In the good ‘ol days, we’d pack the family in the car and head to the mall for an all-day holiday shopping fiasco (meet at the Sbarro if you get lost!). Of course, this isn’t 1998, and boy has shopping for gifts gotten so much easier. In fact, thanks to Google, we know what the 15 most wished-for home items are this year. From air fryers to coffee makers galore, these popular pieces are bound to make some dreams come true.
The 15 Most-Wished-For Home Items of 2021, According to Google
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1. Emeril Lagasse 360 Power Air Fryer
An air fryer that doubles as a convection oven (hello, kitchen counter space). It has 12 cooking functions, including toast, bagel, pizza, bake, roast, broil, rotisserie, slow cook, reheat, dehydrate and warm—so you can crisp roasted brussels sprouts, dehydrate fruit slices and slow cook savory short rib tacos, all in one place. One reviewer raves: “[It’s] so convenient and versatile that we use it all the time instead of our large oven. I cook biscuits, cornbread in an iron skillet, corn dogs, tater tots, frozen turnovers and so much more. It has replaced my stand-alone toaster [and] it's so much faster to heat up and cook than our large oven.”
2. Breville The Barista Express
What’s the best coffee maker with grinder, you ask? Answer: the Barista Express by Breville. It’s jam-packed with innovative features, including an LCD screen that shows your grind setting, grind time and the number of shots or cups you want, and a programmable “auto-start” option that allows you to pre-set the time you'd like to enjoy a hot cup of coffee and automatically starts the brewing and grinding process—all without having to get out of bed (yes, please).
3. Keurig K-mini Coffee Maker
Effective, efficient and affordable, this compact machine delivers a steaming cup of coffee without all the bells and whistles—just add water, pop in a K-Cup pod and press brew. Bonus: It’s available in a variety of matte-finish colors, so you can match it to your chic backsplash.
4. De'longhi Nespresso Vertuoplus
If you’re looking to take your single-serve coffee game to the next level, this is *the* splurge-worthy option. Take it from our PureWow100 review, which rated the VertuoPlus 97 points out of 100: “Unlike the OG Nespresso machines, which only create espresso shots, the Vertuo line brews a full range of single-serve espresso and coffee beverages (18 to 1.35 ounces). This is ideal for families or roommates who have differing tastes, or if your preferences simply change based on the time of day…It’s like a supped-up Keurig and espresso machine, all in one,” writes editor Angela Pares.
5. Chefman Multifunctional Digital Air Fryer And Rotisserie
This 10-liter machine is great for whipping up healthy weeknight dinners for the whole fam. Its rapid air technology and a high-speed convection system makes for crispy fried deliciousness without buckets of oil. Plus, it functions as more than an air fryer—it can also be a rotisserie spit, oven and dehydrator.
6. Instant Pot Duo Mini 3 Quart
Running out of counter space for yet another large appliance? Never fear: This three-quart mini is just the ticket. This little guy is a sextuple-threat, doing everything from pressure, slow and rice cooking to sautéing, steaming and warming. Not to mention that there are ten built-in programs that can whip up your favorite meals with the press of a button (cue the oohs and aahs). Not too shabby for three quarts.
7. Kitchenaid Pro 600 Kp26m1x
This KitchenAid mixer is a classic for a reason; it received 94 points out of 100 in our PureWow100 review. “Its more than 10 attachments allow you to make everything from lasagna noodles to your own freshly ground burger blends… and in the five-quart size, you can bake up to nine dozen cookies (!) at once,” according to editor Candace Davison. Plus, “the design is undeniably iconic and it’s available in dozens of colors (including the brand’s ‘it’ shade of the year, Honey).”
8. Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista Espresso Maker
Another highly rated and reviewed coffee maker—but this one can brew coffeehouse-style drinks right at home. The Mr. Coffee machine is surprisingly easy to use; all you have to do is pick between a single shot or double shot filter, select your grounds, fill the milk reservoir and choose your brew (Starbucks, who?). Plus, it comes with a recipe book to help you create everything from Espresso Martinis to Chocó-Nutty Lattes.
9. Baby Brezza Formula Pro
Looking for the perfect baby shower gift? This is one of the best, according to real parents, and one reviewer deemed it "a godsend when we transitioned to formula." It can mix, heat and dispense formula with the touch of a button: "It's like a Keurig for babies and saved a ton of time in the middle of the night when my son was hungry and crying."
10. Hamilton Beach 12 Cup Programmable Coffee Maker 46293
Can’t get enough cold brew? This guy has over 2,300 reviews with an average of 4.5 stars that suggest it’s a go-to coffee maker that’s as affordable as it is efficient. It has three brewing options—regular, bold and 1- 4 cups—and “it consistently produces smooth, strong cold brew,” according to one reviewer. “I let it steep up to 15 hours for a bigger kick and then add a dash of almond milk and store the rest in the fridge for a second (or third cup) later in the day,” she adds.
11. Toastmaster 4 Liter Stainless Steel Deep Fryer
Next on the list of I need this right now kitchen appliances is a 4-liter deep fryer. It’s equipped with a large wire fry basket and removable handle for easy cooking and offers adjustable temperature control with 1700 watts of power. Our favorite part? Its charcoal filter can help control that “fried food smell.”
12. Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Dutch Oven
“The vibrant colors. The signature sheen. The graceful proportions. Few home goods make us go weak at the knees like a Le Creuset Dutch oven,” writes editor Katherine Gillen. Its 8-quart size is big enough to handle brisket for a crowd, and it enhances slow-cooking by heating evenly and locking in moisture for more tender results. And don’t even get us started on how fabulous this guy looks as it simmers next to our quartz countertops.
13. Ninja Air Fryer101
This Air Fryer’s crisper plate is the key to foolproof fries—minus the grease. Enjoy guilt-free meals with this bad boy as it promises to cook with “up to 75 percent less fat than traditional frying methods; Tested against hand cut, deep fried French fries.” Oh, and its 4-quart, ceramic-coated nonstick basket, multi-layer rack and crisper plate are totally dishwasher safe.
15. Vitamix Immersion Blender
And finally, a must-have blender for the health nut. Gillen raves, “You can do the usual tasks, like purée soups and blend up smoothies or hummus, and get the creamiest, smoothest results of your whole dang life because this thing is so powerful. You can literally grate an entire block of Parmesan cheese without damaging the blades.”