Best Deals on Home and Kitchen Products Right Now
CR helps you find items that are worth owning
No matter what you need, it always feels good to get it at a discount. When we’re in between big events, especially leading up to the winter holiday season, those sales can be a bit harder to come by. All that means is you just need to take advantage of a deal when you spot it. And right now we’re seeing great prices on cookware, vacuums, CO and smoke detectors, and other useful items for around the home.
Because not every deal is a good one, we look closely at quality—based on our rigorous lab tests of products—and price to help you find the best discounts on items that work well and should last.
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Cuisinart Convection Toaster Oven
This Cuisinart convection toaster oven boasts an oven big enough to fit a 9-pound chicken or nine slices of toast. It does an impressive job of toasting. But in our test for reheating, the lasagna wasn’t as hot as with the other models that rank among the best toasters we’ve tested, and it wasn’t as evenly heated. This 1,800-watt toaster oven has a temperature range of 150° F to 500° F and four rack positions. In addition to bake, broil, and bagels, there are settings for roasting, convection, and pizza—it even comes with a pizza stone.
CR’s test results: Cuisinart Chefs Convection TOB-260N1
Elite Gourmet 3.5-Qt. Air Fryer
This air fryer, one of the best CR has tested this year, has a shape that makes it seem bigger than it is; its measured capacity is 3.4 quarts. The handle folds down, making it easier to store. The controls and preprogrammed settings are fairly easy to read, and it’s relatively quiet. Cleaning the inside and outside of the air fryer is easy, but cleaning the basket takes a little extra elbow grease.
CR’s test results: Elite Platinum EAF-1506D
Farberware 3.2-Quart Air Fryer
Its performance and relatively good price make this air fryer a CR Best Buy. It’s among the quietest of the models we’ve tested. (You can actually hear the mechanical timer ticking over the fan noise.) The dials are fairly easy to read and use, but the nooks and crannies of the food basket make it tough to clean.
CR’s test results: Farberware 3.2 Quart Oil-Less Multi-Functional
GoWise 5.8-Quart Air Fryer
A CR Best Buy, this GoWise air fryer has a measured capacity of 4.9 quarts. Its touch buttons and programmed settings are among the easiest to see and use. And this is one of the quietest air fryers we’ve tested. The exterior’s crevices and the basket’s nooks and crannies take some effort to clean, however. Make sure to select the on-page coupon before adding the air fryer to your cart to get the savings.
CR’s test results: GoWise GW22731
Black+Decker Drip Coffee Maker
This programmable drip coffee maker, a great value, gets top marks in CR’s test for convenience and earns a solid score for brew performance. It also features brew-strength controls, allowing you to adjust for different tastes. One minor downside: The reservoir markings are a bit difficult to see, a potential problem if you tend to brew your first pot when you’re only half-awake.
CR’s test results: Black+Decker CM4000S
Keurig K-Café Special Edition Pod Coffee Maker
Single-serve coffee gets a major upgrade with this Keurig machine. It has a built-in milk frother, so you can make cappuccinos and lattes at home. CR’s tests show that the K-Café is consistent when it comes to brew size and temperature, but it does take a bit longer than other models to heat up the first cup. In our owner satisfaction survey, Keurig ranked among the top brands for satisfaction but fell in the middle of the pack for reliability. The price at Amazon is only for the charcoal model.
CR’s test results: Keurig K-Café Special Edition Coffee, Latte & Cappuccino Maker K84
Cooking and Kitchen Products
Black+Decker 6-Slice Convection Toaster Oven
Overall, this Black+Decker does a good job at the basics: baking, reheating, and toasting. But it also comes with a few additional functions, including convection bake and broil, as well as settings for cookies, pizza, frozen snacks, potatoes, and bagels. If you’re looking for a countertop oven, here’s an opportunity to get one for 20 percent off.
CR’s test results: Black+Decker 6-Slice Digital Convection CTO6335SS toaster oven
Zojirushi Induction Rice Cooker
This popular and highly rated rice cooker is available for a great discount right now. It’s one of the best rice cookers CR has tested in our labs, consistently cooking rice to perfection. Our rice cooker expert said it was the best option for rice aficionados because it can cook a wide variety of recipes, from steamed rice to porridge. It can take up to 90 minutes to make brown rice (and 45 for white rice), but it plays a song when it’s done, and it’s very intuitive to use and easy to clean.
CR’s test results: Zojirushi NP-GBC05 Induction Heating System rice cooker
Cuisinart 12-Piece Green Gourmet Nonstick Cookware Set
This 12-piece nonstick cookware set from Cuisinart aces all our key cooking tests. Pancakes brown evenly in the frying pan, and eggs slide out one after another without sticking. We were able to easily maintain sauce at a low simmer, and the 6-quart Dutch oven quickly brought water to a near-boil. This top-scoring set is made of anodized aluminum, a process that hardens the surface. One of the pieces is a steamer insert. Amazon and many other retailers list the original price as being well over $500. But you’re really saving only about $50, because the going price is now closer to $250.
CR’s test results: Cuisinart Green Gourmet
Made In Cookware The Starter Kit Stainless Steel Cookware Set
With just five pieces—three pans and two lids—the Made In Cookware Starter Kit is aptly named. But even a novice cook will appreciate the performance of these pots and pans. The stainless steel pan aces the cooking evenness test, meaning pancakes turn out evenly browned. Speed of heating is also superb, and we quickly brought 4 quarts of water to a near-boil in the 5-quart stockpot. Food release is impressive as well, though no uncoated pan measures up to a nonstick pan in that test.
CR’s test results: Made In Cookware Starter Kit
BioBidet BB-600 Ultimate Bidet Seat
Bidets continue to gain popularity among Americans as a way to take care of business. Consumer Reports recently asked more than two dozen consumers to test a number of popular models, and the BioBidet Ultimate bidet seat received rave reviews. It not only warms the water before spraying but also heats up the seat. It even has a sensor to prevent spraying if you’re not actively sitting down. This bidet seat usually costs $360 to $400, but Amazon’s discount makes it a great opportunity to take the plunge.
Blueair Classic 605 Air Purifier
This air purifier is one of only three models that earns top scores for particle removal at both the high- and low-speed settings. It runs whisper-quiet at low speeds, but it’s noisy on high speed. It’ll clean the air quickly, but you won’t want to be in the room while it does, especially if you’re having a conversation or watching TV. Of course, you pay for all that performance. It’s one of the most expensive air purifiers in our ratings, but it’s almost half off right now. Keep in mind that’s just the initial cost; filter replacements and energy use will set you back around $225 per year. The machine weighs a hefty 30 pounds but has casters that make it easy to cart from room to room. Its claimed capacity is a room of 775 square feet.
CR’s test results: Blueair Classic 605 air purifier
Frigidaire Small-Capacity Dehumidifier
The Frigidaire FFAD2233W1 can remove 22 pints of water from the air per day, and the tank holds 12 pints, almost twice the amount of most dehumidifiers we’ve tested in this category. It gets the job done, but the humidistat is the least accurate of the small-capacity models we’ve tested. This is a basic model and doesn’t have an auto-restart feature or a clean-filter alert.
CR’s test results: Frigidaire FFAD2233W1 dehumidifier
Hoover SmartWash Automatic Carpet Cleaner
Unlike most other carpet cleaners, the SmartWash Automatic is motion-activated—you push it forward and backward, and the carpet cleaner detects what motion you’re making and reacts accordingly, dispensing cleaning solution when moving forward and sucking it up when moving backward. There are three tanks: one for detergent, one for clean water, and one for dirty water, which means you don’t have to mix up solution each time you refill the tank. These features help this model earn a solid convenience score in our tests.
CR’s test results: Hoover SmartWash Automatic FH52001 carpet cleaner
Smart Home Products
Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera
Arlo’s smart floodlight camera sets itself apart from other models in design alone. The sleek device doesn’t immediately give itself away as a security cam, and because it runs on a rechargeable battery, you won’t have to worry about pesky wires. The camera records a 160-degree angle in 2K (with high dynamic range, or HDR), though our tester found the quality wasn’t quite as sharp as 2K ought to be. It also has two-way audio and color night vision. You have to pay for a subscription if you want motion detection alerts, though, and our tester found that setup was a little troublesome, resulting in a call to customer service to get things running smoothly.
CR’s review: Arlo Pro 3 floodlight camera
Eufy Solo IndoorCam C24 Security Camera (2-Pack)
The Eufy Solo IndoorCam C24 is one of the best and most affordable models in our ratings. It receives high marks in our tests for video quality, data security, smart features, and response time. The only test it doesn’t perform that well in is data privacy; it receives a middle-of-the-road rating. It features a microSD card slot for local storage, person detection, pet detection, crying detection (if you choose to use it as a baby monitor), optional 24/7 continuous recording, and voice control via Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit/Siri, and Google Assistant.
This deal is for a set of two cameras. A single camera usually costs $40, so you’re saving $10 per device, which is $2 better than the deal we saw last week on the individual camera.
CR’s test results: Eufy Solo IndoorCam C24
Google Nest Hello Video Doorbell
The Google Nest Hello Video Doorbell is one of the best you can buy. It was on sale at a handful of retailers last week, but now only Walmart still has the discount, which may not last much longer. The doorbell receives a high rating in CR’s tests for response time, and offers terrific video quality and data security. But it falls in the middle of the pack when it comes to data privacy and smart features. The Hello’s features include high dynamic range (HDR) video for vivid picture quality, geofencing, person alerts, unusual sound detection, voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, recorded messages for when you can’t answer the door, and a rolling 3 hours of motion-triggered snapshots (not video clips).
If you sign up for a Nest Aware subscription, you’ll get either 30 or 60 days of cloud storage for motion-triggered videoclips (depending on the plan), 10 days of 24/7 continuous video recordings (only with the $12-per-month plan), facial recognition, package detection, monitoring zones, and e911 to call your home’s 911 dispatcher regardless of your physical location. The Nest Hello is offered only in a hardwired version and can’t run on battery power. If you have an existing doorbell that’s hardwired, it will work just fine.
CR’s test results: Nest Hello video doorbell
Google Nest Learning Thermostat
This is one of the best smart thermostats in our ratings, and it’s on sale in select finishes right now. The Nest thermostat aces CR’s test for automating heating and cooling, and offers a wealth of smart features to enhance its functionality, including an occupancy sensor (it can adjust the temperature based on whether people are present in a room) and geofencing to turn the temperature up or down when you leave and return home. One caveat: Our testers found that the manual controls aren’t the easiest to use.
CR’s test results: Google Nest Learning thermostat
Vacuums and Robotic Vacuums
Ecovacs Deebot 711 Robotic Vacuum
The Deebot 711 is a great choice if you have mostly hardwood floors—it excelled in CR’s hardwood tests—and don’t want to spend too much. But if your home is carpeted, especially if you have pets, this isn’t the best choice because its test scores in those categories are middling and lackluster. The Deebot 711 can be controlled via a smartphone app, giving you an easier way to start a cleaning cycle.
CR’s test results: Ecovacs Deebot 711 robotic vacuum
Eufy RoboVac 11S Max
A stellar Eufy vacuum, the 11S Max has a longer average run time than both its siblings, the 11S and the 30C, at 95 minutes. (The other two run about an hour, on average.) It doesn’t have the same cleaning capabilities that the two vacuums above have; it struggled to pick up a gram of Maine Coon cat fur on medium-pile carpet. Still, it earns high marks for cleaning bare floors, which is no small feat. And with the on-page $80 coupon, it’s available for the lowest price we’ve seen in quite some time.
CR’s test results: Eufy RoboVac 11S Max robotic vacuum
Kenmore Pet Friendly Canister Vacuum
Impressive cleaning, lots of airflow for tools, and fairly quiet running help make this bagless canister a top pick. It’s also a great choice for picking up after cats or dogs. Key features include manual carpet pile-height adjustment, suction control, a brush on/off switch, and a retractable cord. One caveat: Handling this vacuum’s 23 pounds takes some muscle. Be sure to select the on-page coupon box to get the savings before adding the item to your cart.
CR’s test results: Kenmore 22614 canister vacuum