10 top-rated small appliances for $50 or less

10 top-rated small appliances for $ 50 or less

One-third of holiday shoppers are concerned about going over their budget, according to the latest Consumer Reports holiday poll. The good news is that with Christmas fast approaching, stores and online retailers are offering discounts and free shipping so there are still bargains to be found. Fortunately, the experts in our labs are on the lookout for good deals all year long and have found some top-performing small appliance that cost $ 50 or less. Here are 10 to consider.

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Top-rated baby gifts for new parents

Top-rated baby gifts for new parents

As tiny as they are, babies need a lot of stuff. So helping new or soon-to-be parents furnish the nursery makes a welcome gift, especially around the holidays. The little rascals need many new things all at once and a sturdy crib or stroller can cost hundreds of dollars. Consumer Reports tests such baby essentials as cribs, strollers, car seats, and more. Here’s some advice from our experts on the best baby products for new parents.

Cribs
A newborn may seem too … (read more)

Top-rated healthy gifts

Top-rated healthy gifts

Have your friends and family been eating more and exercising less because of the holidays? Help them reverse that trend with some healthy gifts. Here’s a roundup of top products, from our experts.

For fitness buffs

Activity trackers. Exercise fanatics on your list will appreciate this gift because trackers are smarter, more accurate, and do a whole lot more than measure how much one walks. The Fitbit One is a CR Best Buy. The Nike+ FuelBand is Recommended.

Heart-rate monitor. Vigorous exercisers … (read more)

Top-rated gifts for your favorite cook

Top-rated gifts for your favorite cook

For some, pushing a microwave button counts as cooking and then there are those who enjoy spending a Saturday afternoon leafing through cookbooks and trying new recipes or rolling out dough for an after dinner sweet. Here’s some cooking gear that impressed the testers at Consumer Reports and that your favorite cook will appreciate.
 
The sharpest knives in the drawer. Zwilling J.A. Henckels is a premium name in kitchen knives and its $ 315 Twin Professional “S” 7-piece set was … (read more)

Find top-rated large appliances at low prices

Find top-rated large appliances at low prices

Black Friday doorbusters may not appeal to everyone, especially if you don’t need another small appliance cluttering your counter. But this weekend is also a good time to buy a big appliance without spending all your holiday cash. Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Sears are all offering discounts on large appliances. We found some low prices on some of Consumer Reports’ top-rated models. Here’s a sampling from each store.

Sears
Sears is offering up to 40 percent off some select appliances and … (read more)

Top-rated matching washers and dryers

Top-rated matching washers and dryers

Matching washer and dryer pairs are a popular choice but some don’t make a great couple. Their coordinating style and color make a statement, but you’ll question how a terrific washer and a noisy dryer that’s tough on clothes ended up together. Enter the matchmaker. Consumer Reports’ tests found a number of matching pairs that are worth a look.

About six out of 10 buyers choose a matching laundry pair, according to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, a trade group. Special pricing and … (read more)

Don’t think twice about buying these top-rated double ovens

Don’t think twice about buying these top-rated double ovens

With manufacturers touting double-oven ranges for their flexibility, Consumer Reports has been testing more electric smoothtop and gas ranges with two ovens. Of the 21 models in our labs, five performed so well that we recommend them. But to avoid second-guessing your purchase, first find out whether a double oven would be more convenient, or less, given the way you cook.

Ranges with double ovens come in several configurations—a smaller top oven paired with a larger one below, the … (read more)

A new top-rated electric cooktop just in time for the holidays

A new top-rated electric cooktop just in time for the holidays

The eating season is here and that means cooking, lots and lots of cooking. To prepare a big holiday meal it helps to have a cooktop that can quickly bring a big pot of water to a boil for potatoes or a burner that can maintain a constant low heat when you’re making a chocolate dessert. Enter the Maytag MEC7430WS, the new electric smoothtop that just took first place in our 30-inch cooktop tests.

Precise simmering and super-fast … (read more)