Best Blender: Cuisinart CBT-1500 Hurricane 2.25 Peak HP Blender
Know a smoothie fanatic? The Cuisinart CBT-1500 has impressive features that are sure to please, but at a much friendlier price point than many high-end blenders. It includes load-sensing technology that automatically adjusts blending speed—no more annoying stopping and scraping—as well as preprogrammed smoothie and ice crush modes. The LCD screen and programmable timer make it easy to keep track of blending time, and a soft-grip handle makes pouring comfortable. Finally, a heavy-duty base keeps the blender sturdy and stable on the counter, without loud, annoying vibrations.
An overwhelming buyers’ favorite, the Cuisinart WMR-CA Round Classic Waffle Maker won’t break the bank while turning out perfect golden waffles every time. It has a compact design that won’t hog counter space and can be stored on its end to take up even less room in the cabinet. There is also a weighted lid that keeps batter from dripping onto your counters, rubber feet so that it won’t skid during use, and a cord wrap to keep things neat. Five different browning settings, nonstick plates, and easy-to-read indicator lights add to ease of use. Buy this for your favorite brunch host or hostess.
Best Juicer: Hurom H-AA Slow Squeezing Juicer
The sleek black Hurom H-AA Slow Squeezing Juicer is undeniably stylish for a countertop appliance, but it’s more than a pretty face: With its slow-squeeze technology, it’s also a quiet, efficient substitute for hand juicing. Users maintain a high degree of control over their juice with a lever, strainers, and a low-speed augur that can fine-tune how much pulp they get. This is perfect for your family member who always goes full force on the new year’s resolutions. This might just help them stick to them this time.
Best Toaster Oven: Breville Smart Oven Pro Convection Toaster Oven with Element IQ
Sometimes it just doesn’t make sense to fire up the big oven, and the Breville Smart Oven Pro Convection Toaster Oven may have users searching for excuses to use this smart appliance instead. It has 10 preset functions that take the guesswork out of cooking, suggesting ideal time and temperature. A slow cook mode allows it to stay on for a whopping 10 hours, cooking dinner while you’re out and about, while a convection mode allows the opposite—a speedy meal. A nonstick pizza pan, enamel baking pan and enamel broiling pan are included. This is perfect for the friend who is always looking for ways to save time in the kitchen.
Best Stand Mixer: KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Stand Mixer
KitchenAid’s stand mixers have achieved near-iconic status in the kitchen, and they continue to dominate the stand-mixer market. Chief among those reasons is legendary durability, but don’t underestimate the Artisan when it comes to style or features, either. There are more than 40 colors to choose from, and the power hub allows for a whopping 15 optional attachments, such as a food grinder or pasta maker. Smooth mixing is one of the Artisan’s hallmarks, with 59 touch points around the bowl that ensure lump-free batter. The mixer comes with a flat beater, dough hook, wire whip and pouring shield. You can only hope that your thank you note for this gift comes with cookies.
Best Humidifier: Honeywell HCM-350 Germ-Free Cool Mist Humidifier
Available in white and black, the Honeywell HCM-350 Germ-Free Cool Mist Humidifier can easily soothe irritated throats and dry, itchy eyes, all while removing more than 99 percent of bacteria, mold, and other germs from the air with its UV light and wicking filter. The 1.1-gallon tank is ample enough for rooms up to 500 square feet, and it’s easy to clean because of a lack of nooks and crannies. A recessed handle also makes it easy to tote to and from the sink, where a large filling hole minimizes the chances of spills. Because this is an evaporative humidifier, users don’t have to worry about white dust coating their home if they use it with hard water.