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Colorful Cooking Gear to Brighten Mom’s Day

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Giving Mom something for the kitchen when that’s the last place she wants to be on Mother’s Day can put you in the doghouse. Who says it’s her job to cook, anyway?

But if she enjoys cooking on days that aren’t quite so special, you can brighten her day and the kitchen with a gift of colorful countertop gear that performed well in Consumer Reports tests. She’ll remember you fondly every time she makes an omelet or a batch of cookies—especially if you take her to brunch first.

Here are 10 picks sure to pop from Consumer Reports tests.

DeLonghi Icona CTO2003R

This crimson number was an overall good performer in our tests, making batch after batch of evenly browned toast. Only want one slice? It can do that too. The controls on the DeLonghi Icona CTO2003R give it a retro look and feel and it’s easy to get the right setting. The hidden crumb tray slides out smoothly, making it a cinch to clean.

Pioneer Woman Vintage Speckle Non-stick 10 pc

Although the Pioneer Woman comes off as homespun on her Food Network cooking show, Ree Drummond runs a modern food empire including a line of cookware. We bought this Vintage Speckle turquoise set for $99. The pots and pans also come in red, black, and linen. The flat-bottomed aluminum cookware makes good contact on an electric smoothtop range and earned very good to excellent marks in our tests except for the handles, which we think could be sturdier.

Cuisinart CastLite Non-Stick 10″ CIL22-26R

If you own only one nonstick frying pan, the 10-inch Cuisinart CastLite Non-Stick is the one to get. The pan is cast iron covered in red porcelain enamel. It aced our cooking tests and is sturdy to boot surviving 2,000 swipes with steel wool in our durability test. Some testers found the handle uncomfortable but it stays cool to the touch as it should.

Smeg 5-Quart SMF01RDUS

Smeg makes a line of vintage-inspired countertop appliances that come in a variety of colors including this blazing red as well as ivory, sky blue, pale green, and pink. If you like the look you can buy a matching toaster, blender, and tea kettle. In our tests, the Smeg 5-Quart SMF01RDUS was the best of the suite and nearly knocked off our highly rated classic KitchenAid stand mixer. The 10-speed Smeg whipped and mixed with the best of them and kneaded a respectable batch of dough.

KitchenAid KHM926

If you don’t want to sacrifice counter space to a stand mixer, try this brilliant KitchenAid hand mixer that you can stash in a drawer between batches of cake batter. It was very good at whipping and mixing and did it without making a racket. It comes in more colors including bright blue, cranberry, boysenberry, silver, and white.

Cuisinart Smart Stick CSB-75

Cuisinart mixed up the color palette with this lavender immersion blender. It also comes in red, which seems to be the countertop color of choice. These blenders are great for pureeing soup right in the pot, although you have to be careful not to get splattered with hot liquid. The Cuisinart Smart Stick CSB-75 can also make a proper smoothie right in your single-serve container without dirtying a blender jar.

Dash Chef Series Digital

The Dash in the name might as well mean a dash of color. In addition to red, the Dash Chef Series Digital comes in vivid chartreuse. It aced our smoothie and pureeing challenges and the blades stood up to our durability test in which we repeat the ice crush test 45 times. It’s a bit noisy but aren’t all blenders? The Dash Chef is 22-inches tall so make sure you have enough clearance under your cabinets.

Starbucks Verismo 600

For a fan of Starbucks, you can’t go wrong with the single-serve Starbucks Verismo 600. It was speedy at making one cup of coffee after another, matching size and temperature every time. The ample reservoir was easy to access and the sleek design makes the machine simple to clean. Include a variety pack of Starbucks pods or choose one of the 15 blends currently available.

Comark PDT300 Digital

If your Mom is still using an analog meat thermometer, now’s the time to go digital. This handy Comark PDT300 has a digital readout that’s easy to read and slides into a plastic sheath so the thermometer won’t get banged up in your gadget drawer. It’s waterproof, so don’t worry if you’re grilling in the rain or at the beach.

Bel Air 79000

The Bel Air isn’t the best gas grill in our tests but it’s certainly the best looking. The design and paint job is inspired by a 1950s Chevy Bel Air, thus the name. We tested the bright red one but the Bel Air 79000 also comes in vintage turquoise and cream. It preheats in 10 minutes but the temperature was uneven from one spot to another and the range was narrow. That means if you want to make a statement and a good meal, you’ll have to move your food around to find the sweet spot.

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