These are the best deals on top-rated products for Memorial Day 2022
By Samantha B. Gordon
The holiday weekend may be more than a week away, but Memorial Day sales are already rolling out. So if you’re in the market to replace your cookware, vacuum, or other household helper, you may be able to find a great new one at a discount. Just note that some of these prices may get better closer to the end of the month, so waiting to buy may enable you to save a little bit more.
No matter what you’re shopping for, it feels good to get it for less than full price. But what you don’t want is to choose something based on price alone, then get it home and find out it’s not worth what you paid. Consumer Reports can help. We monitor the prices of all the products we test in our labs and evaluate in our homes to help you find deals on those that won’t disappoint.
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• Air Conditioners
• Bedding and Mattresses
• Coffee Makers
• Home Goods
• Outdoor Products
• Small Kitchen Appliances
• Smart Home Products
• Vacuums and Robotic Vacuums
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Dyson Ball Animal 2
The 17-pound Dyson Ball Animal 2 has impressive results in CR’s lab tests for carpet cleaning. It aces our bare-floor and pet-hair tests, too. Emissions are clean, so this vacuum won’t spew debris back into the room (although emptying the bin can stir up some dust). It comes with attachments that help you get into tight spaces. In our brand reliability survey, Dyson uprights earn middle-of-the-road scores for predicted reliability and owner satisfaction.
CR’s test results: Dyson Ball Animal 2
This nicely priced Frigidaire window unit cools a small room in ample time, earning an above-average score in our comfort test, in which we measure how quickly and accurately the temperature hits a set point. It easily restarts in periods of low voltage, such as during a brownout, and our testers found the controls easy to use and the filter easy to clean. It’s a bit noisy when running on high but less so on low. According to data from our member survey, Frigidaire window ACs earn the highest mark for reliability but are only so-so for owner satisfaction.
CR’s test results: Frigidaire FFRE063WAE
The Frigidaire FHWW063WB1 is no slouch when it comes to cooling a room. This window AC gets an above-average score in CR’s test for comfort, hitting and maintaining a set temperature with little effort. It bounces back in brownout conditions without an issue and the controls are a cinch to figure out. It operates pretty quietly on a low setting, but it gets a bit noisy once you crank it up to high. So if you plan to install it in a room where you watch TV, look for another model.
CR’s test results: Frigidaire FHWW063WB1
Midea U-shaped MAW08V1QWT
With its innovative design, the top-rated U-shaped Midea solves one of the main consumer concerns with window ACs—that you can’t open the window when one is installed. The Midea has a U-shaped channel between the indoor and outdoor sections of the unit that allows you to open the window when the AC isn’t running and close it when it’s on. Specially designed brackets hold it in place. The Midea is also impressive at cooling a room, earning an above-average rating in our comfort test and running quietly on the high cool setting and whisper-quiet on low. The controls are easy to set, and it bounces back in brownout conditions.
CR’s test results: Midea MAW08V1QWT
Bedding and Mattresses
You can save 30 percent on a Bear mattress and get a free sheet set, two free Cloud pillows, and a mattress protector by using the code MD30. The original mattress from Bear performed well in our tests, and it’s a good choice for back and side sleepers who are petite or of average height. (Tall folks may want to look elsewhere.) CR’s tests found that this mattress tends to retain heat, so it may be best for those who sleep cooler.
CR’s test results: Bear Original foam mattress
Comfort Revolution Blue Bubble Gel
This pillow is one of the best CR has tested. It combines the cooling properties of a gel pad with polyurethane foam. It’s less than ideal for back sleepers, but it’s a solid choice for those who sleep on their side. Our testers found the resiliency of the pillow to be top-notch. Its breathability, however, is below average.
CR’s test results: Comfort Revolution’s Blue Bubble Gel pillow
GhostBed Shredded (2pk)
This GhostBed pillow, made of shredded memory foam pieces with a polyester fiber cover, is a great option if you sleep on your side or back. Sleepers can customize their level of support by removing some of the shredded foam pieces and polyester gel fibers in the pillow. In our testing, removing filling for back sleepers improved support. Smaller sleepers are likely to need to remove more filling than larger sleepers. Side sleepers, both petite and larger, might find that removing a small amount of filling improves support. It earns just middling marks in our resilience test but aces our breathability test.
CR’s test results: GhostBed Shredded Pillow (2-pack)
Tuft & Needle Mint
The Mint gets a 4 in firmness (on our scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the firmest) and earns high ratings for petite, average, and large/tall side and back sleeper support. This mattress is also extremely durable, earning a top score in that test. It’s 12 inches high, weighs 80 pounds, and has no grips. Tuft & Needle offers a 100-night trial period; if you’re not satisfied, you can return it for a full refund.
CR’s test results: Tuft & Needle Mint mattress
For more discounts: Best Memorial Day Mattress Sales
The Nespresso VertuoPlus offers a superb brewing range as well as solid first-cup speed and temperature consistency. In terms of features, this machine comes equipped with a removable water reservoir, a height-adjustable drip tray, and an auto-shutoff function. And Nespresso pod coffee makers earn top ratings for owner satisfaction and reliability in our member surveys. This machine uses Nespresso’s VertuoLine pods, not the OriginalLine other models use, so make sure you choose the correct pods.
CR’s test results: Nespresso VertuoPlus
Cuisinart Coffee on Demand DCC-3000
This Cuisinart coffee maker is a self-serve drip coffee maker, meaning it forgoes a carafe and allows you to fill a mug straight from its heated reservoir. It does well in our tests, earning top marks for brew performance. Cuisinart self-serve machines have received high predicted reliability and owner satisfaction scores in our member surveys. This machine comes with a removable reservoir, a permanent filter, a water filter, a cleaning indicator, auto-shutoff, programming, and a small-batch setting.
CR’s test results: Cuisinart Coffee on Demand DCC-3000 self-serve drip coffee maker
Hamilton Beach 12-cup Programmable 49465R
The unassuming, inexpensive Hamilton Beach 12-cup coffee maker might be easy to miss, but it can brew a mean cup of joe at a fantastic price. It’s been on sale for a couple of weeks, but the price just dropped a few more dollars, making it an even better deal. It has the essentials in a basic black plastic finish. It’s programmable, as its name says, and has auto-shutoff—and it offers solid brewing performance, making a fresh pot in just 10 minutes. This model even earns an above-average score for convenience.
CR’s test results: Hamilton Beach 12-cup Programmable 49465R
Gotham Steel Nonstick
The 10-piece Gotham Steel set performs well, earning above-average ratings in all the main cooking tests: even cooking, sauce simmering, and bringing water to a near-boil quickly in the 5-quart Dutch oven. One exception is the food-release test, in which testers cook four eggs in quick succession. The eggs easily slide out of the best pans but had to be nudged out of the frying pan in this set. Handles stay cool to the touch but aren’t the sturdiest, which is in keeping with other sets in this price range. Walmart’s price matches the best price we’ve seen in months.
CR’s test results: Gotham Steel 10-piece nonstick cookware set
Kenmore Arlington Metallic
The eye-catching 12-piece Kenmore Arlington Metallic set stands out for its performance in the kitchen. Cooking evenness and speed of heating are top-notch, and the nonstick coating is so slick that you’ll never be stuck with egg residue in the pan. Our sauces simmered without scorching and the nonstick coating is durable, earning an above-average rating in that test. The handles stay cool to the touch when cooking but could be more sturdy, typical of pans in this price range. The 12 pieces include two frying pans, two saucepans, a sauté pan, a Dutch oven, four lids, and two wooden spatulas.
CR’s test results: Kenmore Arlington Metallic
Tasty Ceramic Titanium-Reinforced
This colorful 16-piece Tasty set has six pans and four lids. The remainder of the pieces are accessories, including utensils, a cookbook, and three small prep bowls. In our tests, cooking evenness was top-notch, earning the set an Excellent rating, and speed of heating and simmering were solid, too. The handles stay cool to the touch and are sturdier than many models in this price range. But when we fried eggs it took a little coaxing to get them out of the pan.
CR’s test results: Tasty 16-piece nonstick cookware set
Weber SmokeFire EX6 23510001
The SmokeFire is Weber’s first foray into pellet grills, and it’s among the better models we’ve tested. It gets above-average ratings for cooking evenness and indirect heating. It also has an integrated cooking system called Weber Connect, which is essentially a smartphone app that connects your phone to the grill’s internal thermometer and the temperature gauge. The app lets you check the internal temperature of food you’re cooking, even when you’re across the yard, and it includes recipes with video step-by-step instructions that you can view on your phone.
CR’s test results: Weber SmokeFire EX6 Pellet Grill
Kamado Joe Classic II 18" KJ23RHC
The Kamado Joe Classic II is the best kamado we’ve seen. It offers countless features that make grilling and smoking easier than with other models. For starters, it has a spring-assisted lid that holds in place at any height, whereas most grill lids are either open or closed. The lid also locks, helping control airflow and, in turn, temperature. The upper and lower dampers are easy to adjust, and it has split racks that allow you to cook foods at different heights, so you can sear a steak and cook chicken with indirect heat at the same time. And it’s one of the few models that features a pullout ash tray, helping it earn an above-average rating for cleaning.
CR’s test results: Kamado Joe Classic II
This Permasteel gas grill straddles the line between small and midsized grills. We classify it with other small models, but it has three burners and a decent cooking surface. It has two side shelves, a partly enclosed cart, and locking casters. Performance is solid, with above-average ratings for all four of our primary cooking tests, though it gets an average rating for sturdiness.
CR’s test results: Permasteel PG-40301-BK
Weber Spirit E-210 46110001
The Weber Spirit E-210 is a spiffy, well-polished grill in a small package. It gives an above-average performance when it comes to evenness, our most crucial test. Weber is also near the front of the pack when it comes to owner satisfaction and brand reliability, with top ratings for each. It was $60 less last week, and the price may drop again closer to Memorial Day.
CR’s test results: Weber Spirit E-210
For more discounts: Best Deals on Grills Right Now
Atomi Smart AT1481
This smart space heater heats a room quickly and evenly, and is okay at spot-heating, too, although other space heaters in CR’s ratings do better on that test. While the likelihood that it will ignite nearby fabrics is low, it doesn’t fare well on our hot-surface test, meaning you can get a serious burn if you touch it when it’s on. But it’s controllable via an app on your smartphone, so you can adjust the temperature without going near it.
CR’s test results: Atomi Smart Space Heater
This 20-volt Skil has been on sale for a few weeks, and before this week the lowest price we saw was $95. In CR’s tests, it makes fast work of drilling holes and driving fasteners. It’s also light and comfortable to hold, and weighs a little over 3 pounds. It comes with only one lithium-ion battery but charges very quickly, and it has an LED work light and a belt hook. This model comes with a generous 5-year warranty.
CR’s test results: Skil DL529303 cordless drill
The SPT SU-1053 portable humidifier is designed to use in a very small room or—because a water bottle serves as the water tank—for travel. It excels at adding moisture to the air, earning top scores for output as well as for noise and energy efficiency in CR’s lab tests. It sports an empty-tank indicator and automatic shutoff when the water is used up. If you’re refilling a water bottle with hard water, however, performance will suffer.
CR’s test results: SPT SU-1053 travel/personal humidifier
This Toro leaf blower is lean and mean, ideal for smaller properties if you have access to an outdoor outlet. It excels at sweeping and loosening embedded leaves, earning a top rating in each of those tests. If you’re looking for a model that can also vacuum, check out the also stellar Toro UltraPlus 51621.
CR’s test results: Toro 51624 electric handheld leaf blower
Black+Decker LP 1000 Power Lopper
This corded electric lopper set resembles a large claw with a hidden blade. Wrap it around a small limb, turn it on, and it’ll cut through the branch quickly. The Black+Decker LP 1000 earns top marks for safety because it minimizes any chance the user will be exposed to the moving blade.
CR’s test results: Black+Decker LP 1000 Power Lopper
Small Kitchen Appliances
Breville Smart Oven BOV800XL
With a temperature range of 120° F to 450° F, the 1,800-watt Breville Smart Oven BOV800XL does a nice job baking food, reheating leftovers, and turning out a batch of even, medium-brown toast. More praise: It’s a cinch to operate and easy to clean. Plus, the brand receives high reliability and owner satisfaction ratings in CR’s member survey. One minor drawback, though: Our testers found this model isn’t as good at toasting a single slice of bread as the other two top-rated toaster ovens from Breville in our tests.
CR’s test results: Breville Smart Oven BOV800XL
Brita Stream Rapids OB55
One of our highest-rated water filter pitchers, the Brita Stream Rapids OB55 is the only true filter-as-you-pour model. It aces our flow rate and clogging tests, and earns a solid score for improving taste and reducing odor. It’s certified to the NSF standard for chlorine removal but not for lead removal. You’ll see the NBA superstar Stephen Curry on the packaging, and our tests show that water from this pitcher goes down smoothly, with a swish.
CR’s test results: Brita Stream Rapids OB55
Chefman TurboFry Touch Air Fryer
A CR Best Buy, the Chefman TurboFry Touch has a measured capacity of just 2.4 quarts. It earns high marks for controls and ease of cleaning, and it operates quietly, acing our noise test. Though it has a digital display, it doesn’t come with programmed settings. That means you’ll need to have a general idea of the temperature and time required for each recipe. It does, however, come with a 1-year warranty, as well as a cookbook and parchment liners for the fryer basket.
CR’s test results: Chefman TurboFry Touch
PowerXL Vortex PAF-7QB
This 7-quart air fryer from Power XL has been on sale for a while now, bouncing between $70 and $80, so if you’ve been thinking about buying it, get it while it’s at the low end of the sale price scale. It has a measured capacity of 5.7 quarts, on the larger end of the models we’ve tested. The electronic controls and programmed settings are among the easiest to read and use, and it’s relatively quiet. But the 60-day warranty is unusually short.
CR’s test results: PowerXL XL Vortex PAF-7QB
Ninja BN801 Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ
Ninja full-sized blenders earn high ratings for predicted reliability in our member surveys. The 1,200-watt Ninja BN801 Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ combines impressive performance and value pricing. Whether you crave soups or smoothies, this model has you covered, receiving a top score for puréeing and scoring nearly as well for icy drinks. It comes with a personal blender attachment, a 24-ounce to-go cup, and a food processor accessory. The blender’s removable blade also makes cleanup a cinch, a big reason it did very well in our convenience tests.
CR’s test results: Ninja BN801 Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ
Vitamix Professional Series 750
The Vitamix Professional Series 750 easily serves up fine smoothies, with ice the texture of snow, perfect when margaritas are in order. And Vitamix as a brand received a high rating for predicted reliability. Though this model is pricey, it’s also among the most powerful blenders made (1,656 watts is well beyond the typical 500- to 800-watt middle ground). It holds 8 cups and is a master at puréeing, and it can make hot soup.
CR’s test results: Vitamix Professional Series 750
Wolf Gourmet High Performance WGBL100S
Besides Vitamix, Wolf is the only other blender brand with a top customer satisfaction and reliability rating. Though pricey, the 1,656-watt Wolf Gourmet High Performance WGBL100S aces our purée tests and receives an above-average score for icy-drink making. It has an 8-cup capacity, 15 speeds, and a pulse function so you can easily churn through egg whites, creamy mayonnaise, or pancake mix. It comes with a tamper and an emulsify cup.
CR’s test results: Wolf Gourmet High Performance WGBL100S
For more discounts: Best Deals on Small Kitchen Appliances
Smart Home Products
Arlo Essential Wireless Security VMC2030-100NAS
The Arlo Essential Wireless Security Camera is a fantastic product, especially if you’re trying to keep costs down. It receives strong ratings in our tests for video quality and data security, and it performs quite well in our response time test, but its data privacy could be better. This model gives you a built-in spotlight that allows for color night vision, a rechargeable battery, a siren, and voice control (via Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit/Siri, and Google Assistant), and it connects directly to WiFi (unlike Arlo’s other models, which use base stations).
CR’s test results: Arlo Essential Wireless Security Camera
August Smart Lock AUG-SL04-M01-S04
The August Smart Lock is a retrofit model, meaning it replaces only the interior thumb-turn side of your home’s deadbolt. (The benefit? You can keep your current house keys and let the exterior side of the deadbolt continue to match your front door’s knob or handleset.) This August model does quite well in our tests, especially when it comes to its ease of connectivity and many convenience features. It also includes auto-lock, auto-unlock, an access log to track who comes and goes, and electronic keys for guests. This deal includes the August Connect WiFi Bridge, usually $79 on its own, which adds remote control via the August app and voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
CR’s test results: August Smart Lock AUG-SL04-M01-S04 retrofit smart lock
Eufy Smart Lock Touch
Out of the box, the Eufy Smart Lock Touch can’t connect to the internet for remote control. For that, you’ll need the Eufy WiFi Bridge, $46, sold separately at Amazon and Walmart. But even without the bridge, this lock still packs plenty of features and performs very well in our tests. It offers a fingerprint scanner, a touch-screen keypad for PINs, an access log to track who comes and goes, an auto-lock feature, and the ability to lock and unlock it from its smartphone app via Bluetooth when nearby. In our lab tests, this Eufy earns a top score for its resistance to kick-ins as sold. It’s very resistant to picking, too, but could be better at withstanding drilling. This lock also gets high scores for its convenience features and ease of setup. It was $30 cheaper last week, though, so you may want to wait for another price drop before you buy.
CR’s test results: Eufy Smart Lock Touch
Honeywell Home T5+ RCHT8612WF
The Honeywell Home T5+ is one of the company’s lower-priced models. It’s not as stylish as the more expensive options, but it offers plenty of utility, with a touch screen, vacation scheduling, geofencing (to turn the temperature up or down when you leave and return home), and voice and app control via Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, and Samsung SmartThings. It also has a hold function that lets you override scheduling when your plans deviate from routine. In our tests, the T5+ receives a top rating for manual operation and offers great automation to help you save both energy and money.
CR’s test results: Honeywell Home T5+
The Rachio 3 8ZULW-C is a solid sprinkler controller that’s easy to connect to WiFi and is highly responsive to local forecasts, receiving an above-average rating for that capability. It lost a few points because its wiring instructions are unclear, and it lacks a backup battery and weatherproof casing. (A weatherproof enclosure is sold separately for $29.) In addition to app controls, this Rachio also features manual controls on the device itself and voice control via Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google Assistant. This model works with up to eight sprinkler zones; a 16-zone version is also available for larger systems.
CR’s test results: Rachio 3 8ZULW-C
SimpliSafe The Essentials SS3-01
The SimpliSafe security system is one of the best options out there for DIY home security systems. It receives above-average ratings across the board, with the exception being a less-than-ideal rating for data privacy (a common result for a majority of systems we’ve tested). Of course, the system also works with SimpliSafe’s security cameras, the CR-tested SimpliSafe Doorbell Pro SS3 video doorbell, and the smart lock. You can opt for self-monitoring or pay a subscription fee for professional monitoring. And you can purchase and add on extra contact and motion sensors to cover your whole home.
CR’s test results: SimpliSafe The Essentials DIY Home Security System
Vacuums and Robotic Vacuums
iRobot Roomba i3
The iRobot Roomba i3 is a great option for homes of any size because it navigates in a grid pattern and keeps track of the spots that it has or hasn’t cleaned. A software update in March 2022 enabled the Roomba i3 to learn and store the layout of one story of your home in a companion smartphone app. With this feature enabled, the Roomba i3 won’t have to start navigating from scratch every time it runs, so it should finish the job faster and run into walls and furniture less often.
The Roomba i3’s cleaning performance is strong, too. The brushless, rubberized rollers are great for pet hair—it earns a high rating on that test. It’s also great at avoiding bot-snarling hazards like power cords.
CR’s test results: iRobot Roomba i3 Vacuum Cleaner
Kenmore Pet Friendly Cross-Over DU3017
The Kenmore Pet Friendly Cross-Over DU3017 earns top marks in CR’s tests for cleaning bare floors and removing pet hair, living up to its model name. It’s almost as good at cleaning carpet, and tool airflow is impressive, making this a good choice if you use your attachments a lot to clean upholstery or curtains. Emissions are clean. But like some of its brandmates, this Kenmore is a bit noisy, and our testers report that it’s not the easiest vacuum to maneuver around and under furniture.
CR’s test results: Kenmore Pet Friendly Cross-Over DU3017
Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV DuoClean LA500 (Walmart)
One of the many Sharks in our vacuum ratings, the newly tested Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV DuoClean LA500 rises almost to the top of our bagless upright ratings, acing our tests for bare floors and pet hair and earning an above-average rating in our carpet-cleaning test. The “Lift-Away” in the model name refers to the fact that you can lift the collection bin away from the main handle and use it as a canister. This comes in handy when cleaning stairs and reaching into corners for cobwebs. Airflow is ample, and the Shark comes with several attachments.
CR"s test results: Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV DuoClean LA500
Tineco Pure One S11
The Tineco Pure One S11 cleans impressively in all our major tests and has many features to boot. An LED panel shows how much battery life you have left as well as the suction level, which varies when you switch from bare floors to carpet. A sensor detects the amount of debris and adapts the suction power accordingly. If you’re so inclined, you can connect to a Tineco app that indicates cleaning performance, such as battery life, on your smartphone. In CR’s tests, it ran for 22 minutes per charge when using both the high and low settings.
CR’s test results: Tineco Pure One S11
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