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While the coronavirus pandemic may require that some holiday celebrations go virtual, some people may opt to shelter close family and friends for a quarantine-friendly extended stay.
You can help guests spending time away from their beds feel right at home under your roof.
No matter how long your guests are staying, listed below are some of the top-performing products from CR’s tests—including a reliable air mattress for a good night’s sleep and a great coffee maker for caffeinating a crowd—that are sure to keep them happy while you’re all staying safe at home.
Cuisinart Coffee on Demand DCC-3000
CR’s take: A great option for caffeinating a lot of people, the Cuisinart Coffee on Demand DCC-3000 is a self-serve coffee maker, meaning it forgoes a carafe and lets you fill a mug straight from its heated reservoir. Guests can brew a fresh cup on demand—and no one gets stuck with the dregs that have been sitting on the warmer all morning.
This model does well in our tests, and Cuisinart self-serve machines receive top marks for owner satisfaction. Features include a removable reservoir, a permanent filter, a water filter, a cleaning indicator, auto-shutoff, programming, and a small-batch setting.
For more options, read “Best Drip Coffee Makers From Consumer Reports’ Tests.”
Oxo Brew Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
CR’s take: The Oxo Brew Conical Burr Coffee Grinder is a fantastic grinder and one of the lower-priced models that does well in our tests. It receives strong scores in our grind performance tests, making it a good choice for any brew method you want to use. It also scores well for convenience, thanks to its clearly marked and easy-to-use controls. Our testers found it extremely easy to clean, too, because it has a removable hopper. It features 15 grind settings, a 12-ounce bean hopper (one of the largest), an auto-stop feature, and a timer.
For more options, read “Best and Worst Burr Coffee Grinders.”
Cuisinart PerfecTemp Cordless Electric Kettle CPK-17
CR’s take: The 7-cup Cuisinart PerfecTemp CPK-17 boils about as fast as most of the kettles we tested, but it’s pricey compared with the competition. That said, this stainless kettle has six preset temperature settings for making different types of teas or French-press coffee—whatever your guests like—and it boasts a three-year warranty. It performs well in our convenience tests; you’ll have no trouble reading the markings.
For more options, read “Best Electric Kettles From Consumer Reports’ Tests.”
Hamilton Beach 6-slice 31411
CR’s take: The Hamilton Beach 6-slice 31411 did well in our reheating tests; food emerged evenly heated throughout. It’s better at toasting a batch of toast than just one slice, however. It costs a fraction of most of the other…
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