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Best Cyber Monday Deals on Instant Pot and Other Small Appliances |

Best Cyber Monday Deals on Instant Pot and Other Small Appliances

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Forget the doorbusters and deserting your family during dessert to grab a Black Friday deal. Cyber Monday is all about convenience. And discounts, of course.

We scoured Cyber Monday flyers and other store promotions to find savings on small appliances that shined in Consumer Reports’ labs.

Here’s what we found on the websites of AbtAmazonBed Bath BeyondBest BuyJCPenneyKohl’sMacy’sSearsTargetWilliams Sonoma, and other retailers.

Some stores are featuring the same items at the same price, while, in other cases, one retailer is offering a standout discount. Keep in mind, prices can and do change, stock can run low or sell out, and new deals may be introduced throughout the day.

We’ll continue to update our picks and add new retailers as they reveal their deals.

Air Fryers

NuWave 6-Quart 37001
The deal: $100 on Amazon
Savings: $40
If you want to make space on your counter for an air fryer, you can’t do much better than this one. With its intuitive operation and ease of cleaning, it earns high marks in our tests, including an Excellent on the clarity of the controls. And its basket is on the larger side for these appliances. The only drawback is it’s a bit noisy, but at this price that shouldn’t be a deal breaker.

NuWave Brio 36001
The deal: $80 at Target; $100 at JCPenney
Savings: Up to $20
They’re called air fryers, but these countertop wonders don’t fry food. They’re actually small convection ovens that rely on a fan to circulate hot air that cooks your food. At 2.6 quarts, the NuWave Brio has one of the smaller capacities of the 14 models we tested—the largest hold almost 6 quarts. Despite that, it rates very highly, earning an Excellent score for how easy it is to set the time and temperature. And though it’s quieter than some models, it’s a little more difficult to clean.
   
Power Air Fryer XL
The deal: $80 at Target; $99.98 on Amazon
Savings: Up to $50
This little number can be found on sale at a variety of prices, but the lowest we’ve seen is at Target. It earns an Excellent rating for cleaning, which we determine by cleaning both the food basket and the exterior of the fryer. It’s so-so on noise, but large families will appreciate its large capacity, 5.3 quarts, because you can cook dinner in bigger batches.

Elite Platinum EAF-1506D 3.5 Quart Digital
The deal: $71 at Amazon
Savings: $120
At less than half its usual price, the Elite Platinum is worth a look. In our tests it earns Very Good scores across the board, meaning it’s easy to use and clean, and operates quietly. The basket is midsized for these compact fryers.

Blenders

Oster Pro 1200
The deal: $59.99 on Amazon
Savings: $20
This blender is affordable at its normal price so this deal just makes it all the more attractive. If you use your blender to puree soup or other foods, you can’t go wrong with this one as it scores an Excellent on that task. It can also make a respectable smoothie and crush ice like the best of them. It’s built to last, which may be one reason why CR members find it so reliable.

Vitamix E-310
The deal: $299.95 on Williams Sonoma and QVC
Savings: $150
Vitamix blenders aren’t known for their low price tag so a deal like this may be worth considering if you want to join the Vitamix club. In our tests, our members judged reliability to be Excellent and said they were happy with their machines. Scores for typical blending tasks range from good to better and this is a solid appliance that should sit on your counter for a long time. Like most blenders, it’s noisy.

Vitamix 5200
The deal: $299.95 at Amazon
Savings: $136
If you’re hooked on your morning smoothies, this Vitamix will serve you well as it earns an Excellent on that task in our tests. But you won’t be disappointed by its pureeing prowess either. And pity the ice cubes that meet its blades, as they will be crushed to smithereens. Like most of its brandmates, it’s built to last but also a bit noisy.

Vitamix A3500
The deal: $549.45 at Williams Sonoma, Amazon, and Macy’s
Savings: Up to $150
Another standout from Vitamix, this blender checks all the boxes and that’s why our members find it to be so reliable. It’s Excellent at making icy drinks and smoothies and almost as good at every other blender task. You’ll certainly hear it running—it’s not quiet—but chances are you’ll be satisfied with the results.

Vitamix 7500
The deal: $419.98 on Amazon
Savings: $100
We expect this model to perform similarly to the Vitamix Professional Series 750 we tested, although it may differ in price and features. The 8-cup blender earns an Excellent rating in our icy-drinks tests, meaning it will also turn out superb smoothies. This blender also gets top scores in our tests for pureeing soup and crushing ice. This Vitamix was a beast in our durability tests, in which we crush ice 45 times over a 2-day period. It’s noisy—most we test are. As a bonus, this Vitamix makes hot soup in about 5 minutes.

Ninja Smart Screen Duo

The deal: $120 at Amazon and Target
Savings: $50
Another good blender from Ninja. This one has several handy extras, such as a to-go cup and a personal blender attachment. It’s hard to beat when making icy drinks and smoothies, and with top marks in durability it should last a long time. It can also make a smooth purée and crush ice for your favorite cocktail.

Ninja Professional 1,000-Watt System
The deal: $64 at Amazon; $89 at Abt
Savings: $35
At its list price, the 1,000-watt Ninja Professional NJ600 is a CR Best Buy, meaning it combines impressive performance and an appealing price. And for Cyber Monday, you can find the model marked down by 40 percent. The Ninja’s removable blade helps make cleanup a cinch and is a reason this model rated Excellent in our convenience tests.

Nutri Ninja Pro Personal Blender
The deal: $54 at Amazon
Savings: $55
This pint-sized personal blender is perfect for commuters who like to make their smoothies to go. It notches an Excellent score for puréeing and is very capable at other blender tasks, such as making smoothies and crushing ice. Although it’s small, it’s mighty and built to last. But again, like its brandmates , it’s fairly noisy.

Ninja Personal Blender With Auto-iQ BL480
The deal: $55 at Amazon
Savings: $45
Ninja claims the Auto-iQ on this personal blender ensures that your food is blended perfectly every time. Though some of the blenders in our tests are a bit better at making smoothies and puréeing soup, this one performs consistently in all our blender tests, and durability is Excellent.

Ninja BL770 Blender Food Processor system
The deal: $99.99 at Amazon
Savings: Up to $120
Yep, another Ninja. This blender is part of a so-called food system because it comes with several attachments and different size containers including a personal to-go cup. Despite all the various parts, we found it to be very convenient to use and clean giving it an Excellent score. It does a workmanlike job on all normal blender tasks, pureeing, crushing ice and making smoothies. But it’s even noisier than the other Ninjas in this roundup.

Vitamix Explorian Series E310
The deal: $296 at Amazon; $300 at Bed Bath Beyond
Savings: Up to $140
Our members give Vitamix Excellent ratings for predicted reliability and owner satisfaction. And it’s impressive in our performance tests, making a perfect purée and refreshing icy drinks. Across the board, Vitamix blenders are on the pricey side, so this deal brings the price down a bit. We find it to be durable but have one caution: It’s one of the noisiest Vitamix blenders in our tests.

Coffee Makers

Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System CP307
The deal: $203 at Best Buy; $199.99 on Amazon
Savings: $30
Consumer Reports members who own this coffee maker are highly satisfied with its performance. In our tests, it was convenient to set up and use, and produces good cups of coffee. It has a small-batch setting as well as a setting for brew strength, so you can more easily make coffee just the way you like it.

Keurig K-Elite K90
The deal: $109 at Amazon; $130 at Target; $129.99 at Best Buy; $129.99 at Kohl’s
Savings: Up to $100
If you’re craving a Keurig, now is a good time to buy one. The Elite has a removable reservoir, making it easier to fill and clean, adding up to a top score in convenience. In our tests, it was a consistent performer, meaning you can rely on it for your morning joe every day.

Ninja Coffee Bar System CF097
The deal: $99 at Kohl’s
Savings: $40
This Ninja brews like a champ and is super-convenient. Our members who own it give it a big thumbs up. The system comes with several extras, including a container for iced coffee, so you don’t have to waste any of that big batch of coffee you made.

Mr. Coffee JWX31 12-Cup
The deal:
$35 on Amazon
Savings: $15
The Mr. Coffee JWX31 is a superb 12-cup coffee maker. It receives a Very Good rating in our tests for brew performance and offers useful features, such as brew-strength control and programming. At 30 percent off its list price, this is a perfect time to upgrade your (or a loved one’s) morning routine.

Electric Tea Kettle

KitchenAid KEK1522
The deal: $140 at Everything Kitchens
Savings: $60
In our tests of electric tea kettles, this one took the longest to reach a full boil, requiring more than 5 minutes, but still scores a Good overall. The KitchenAid holds 6 cups and has a sliding temperature control in Celsius. The external thermometer shows Fahrenheit, too, but in much smaller numbers. The kettle is made of aluminum, and the warranty lasts five years. It matches KitchenAid’s other countertop appliances and is available in red, white, black, and silver.

Food Processor

Cuisinart Prep 11 Plus DLC-2011CHBY
The deal: $100 at Amazon
Savings: $100
The Cuisinart brand is so synonymous with food processors that some people refer to all food processors as Cuisinarts. If you want to own the real McCoy, this one is a good deal. It holds 11 cups and earns a Very Good rating at both chopping and shredding. It could be better at slicing, but it’s fairly quiet, comes with separate slicing and shredding discs, and has a special setting for kneading dough.

Breville Sous Chef
The deal: $328 at Amazon
Savings: $170
Thanks to its superb performance chopping onions, slicing celery, shredding cheese and carrots, and grating Parmesan cheese, the Breville Sous Chef BFP800XL/A is a top food processor for making hearty dips and chopping raw ingredients. And it’s surprisingly quiet. It can hold as much as 16 cups but also has a convenient minibowl attachment for smaller batches.

Microwaves

Panasonic NN-SD9755
The deal: $196 on Amazon
Savings:  $112
This countertop microwave packs a lot of power and will blend in nicely if your kitchen has all stainless appliances. But better yet, heating evenness is Excellent and defrosting evenness is almost as good. It’s quieter than many models and the controls are clear-cut and easy to use. If you want it for your counter, be sure to measure first: this model is 14 inches high; 24 inches wide, and 20 inches deep.

Mixers

KitchenAid Classic Plus Stand Mixer
The deal: $190 at Amazon, Best Buy and Macy’s; $200 at Target
Savings: Up to $120
If you’ve always coveted a KitchenAid stand mixer, Cyber Monday may be the time to find one at an attractive price, especially if you shop at Kohl’s, which is advertising at least four models. With its Excellent rating for mixing and its quite capable whipping and kneading, you can see why this one is a classic. It’s not as quiet as some of its brandmates, but when used in short bursts, the noise shouldn’t bother you.

KitchenAid Professional Stand Mixer
The deal: $300 at Amazon
Savings: $150
At less than half the regular price, the Professional is a good deal and won’t disappoint in the kitchen when you take it through its mixing paces. Whipping time is Excellent, and mixing and kneading are top-notch. It’s convenient to use and clean and is on a par with the other KitchenAid stand mixers we test. But again, it’s noisy.

KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer
The deal: $280 at Bed Bath Beyond; $300 at Lowe’s
Savings: Up to $195
The KitchenAid Artisan popped up in a number of Black Friday sales, all for about 40 percent off, and it’s still on discount. It’s just as good as the other KitchenAid stand mixers in our tests and is a bit quieter than some, although you’ll still hear it working. Bread makers should take note of the Excellent kneading score; you can also rely on this model for mixing and whipping.

KitchenAid Pro 600 Stand Mixer
The deal: $350 at Amazon
Savings: Up to $100
Other KitchenAid stand mixers earn higher scores in our tests, but this one is no slouch. It rates an Excellent for mixing and is just as capable at whipping and kneading. Like some of its brandmates, it’s on the noisier side. But at 6 quarts, it has one of the largest bowls, so it can handle big batches of cookie dough, cake batter, and bread dough with ease.

KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Mixer
The deal: $30 at Crate Barrel; $40 at Amazon
Savings: $30
Not everyone has enough counter or storage space for a stand mixer. If that’s you, consider this attractive hand mixer from KitchenAid. The model we tested is red, but it comes in 14 other colors so that you can easily match your other appliances. As far as performance is concerned, it’s Excellent at mixing, though it could be a bit faster when whipping cream. Our testers find it easy to use and clean and, as for noise, it’s in the midrange of hand mixers.

Multi-Cookers

Instant Pot Duo60 7-in-1
The deal: $70 at Amazon and Williams-Sonoma; $80 at Macy’s
Savings: Up to $60
No countertop appliance of late has quite captured cooks’ imaginations as the Instant Pot. We tested the 7-in-1, which is one of the earlier versions. Newer models have even more functions, but seven should be enough. We compared the Instant Pot with one of each appliance it’s meant to replace—a pressure cooker, a rice cooker, a slow cooker, a yogurt maker, an electric steamer, a warming tray, and an induction burner—and the results were mixed. Many of the face-offs ended in a tie, so if you want to jump on the Instant Pot bandwagon, go ahead.

Crock-Pot Express Crock Multi-Cooker SCCPPC600-V1
The deal: $50 at Target
Savings: $50
It didn’t take long for the Instant Pot to have its imitators. Crock-Pot, for one, came out with a similar multi-cooker at a lower price. So of course we had to bring the Crock-Pot Express into our labs for a face-off with the Instant Pot. We found some differences, including the fact that the Crock-Pot is easier to clean because the inner pot is nonstick. The Instant Pot, however, makes better yogurt, but if that’s not in your cooking repertoire, you’re likely to be happy with the Crock-Pot Express.

Pressure Cooker

Fissler Vitaquick Stovetop Pressure Cooker
The deal: $132 at Wayfair
Savings: $90
The only model in our tests of electric and stovetop pressure cookers to earn an Excellent overall score, the Fissler Vitaquick pressure cooker was fastest of them all. It has a gentle setting for delicate foods, such as fish, and a speed setting for meats and stews. It’s made of stainless steel, works with all types of ranges, and has a limited lifetime warranty.

Sous Vide

Anova Precision Cooker With WiFi
The deal: $100 at Target and Amazon
Savings: $60
When the sous vide phenomenon (cooking food in water using a plastic pouch or glass container) first came to the fore several years ago, the price of most machines was out of reach for many home cooks. But when standalone immersion circulators (which circulate and heat the water) came out, home cooks started experimenting with the cooking method. In our tests, the Anova maintains a set temperature and delivers Excellent results. Staffers raved about the juicy, tender pork loin and poultry we cooked.

ChefSteps Joule
The deal: $143 (white) and $159 (stainless) on Amazon
Savings: Up to $36
Like the Anova, the Joule held a consistent temperature in our tests. At 11 inches long and weighing just over 1 pound, it’s smaller and lighter than the Anova making it easier to store. The Joule works with a Bluetooth or WiFi connection and you have to use an app on your iOS or Android phone to set the temperature and time. It also works with Alexa. 

Toasters and Toaster Ovens

Breville Smart Oven Air Convection BOV900BSSUSC
The deal: $320 at Amazon
Savings: $80
This Breville is a good alternative to heating up your full-sized oven every time you want to reheat leftovers or bake a small batch of cookies. It aces most of our cooking and toasting tasks, achieving an Excellent color range, but takes a little longer than some toaster ovens to make a batch of perfectly browned  toast. The controls are clear and it’s a cinch to clean.

KitchenAid Digital Convection Countertop
The deal: $199 at Abt and Amazon
Savings: $70
Among the best we tested at toasting—six slices, in this case—the KitchenAid Digital Convection Countertop oven earns an Excellent rating in our full-batch toast tests. It’s a good bet if you have a big family or like to make brunch for a crowd. The KitchenAid serves up consistently browned toast slice after slice. You’ll can also defrost foods, and it has settings for bagels and pizza, plus a convection option.

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