Gift giving can be a stressful endeavor. To relieve a little of that stress this holiday season we created a series of gift guides that are grouped by price. Here, we focus on some of the top-rated products of 2015 for under $200. Don't forget to check our Top Gifts for Under $100 and Top Gifts for Under $50.
Bose SoundLink Color, $130
Whether you like Lady Gaga or Frank Sinatra, this wireless speaker makes for a great traveling companion. Compact and intuitive, it delivers good sound at a nice price, and it’s easy to pair with any Bluetooth-enabled device. For non-Bluetooth devices, it has an old-school port for a wire. When choosing a gift, make sure you know your intended’s favorite color because it comes in red, white, blue, black, or mint.
Check our wireless speakers buying guide and Ratings for more information.
Kindle Paperwhite, $120
With its velvety case. sharp contrast, and super-crisp text, the Paperwhite is a welcome treat for anyone who takes pleasure in reading. The new typeface was designed for bookworms (hence the name Bookerly), and the character spacing and kerning engine has been upgraded, Amazon says. Spouses will love this gift, too, because the adjustable front light won't disturb their slumber.
Epson Expression Premium XP-620, $100
If you know someone who likes printing photos without spending a lot on ink, this wireless all-in-one printer should fit the bill. It produces excellent quality photos, very good color graphics, and good text. It even has a separate tray for printing snapshot-sized (4x6) photos. It also provides an auto-duplexing feature so that you can print on both sides of the paper.
Check our printers buying guide and Ratings for more information.
Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker With WeMo, $130
Slow cookers have maintained their appeal in our toobusytocook lives. This model boasts some better-than-basic features, including a roomy 6-quart capacity, cool-touch handles, and dishwasher-safe stoneware and glass lid. Plus you can connect to it through an app on your smartphone, so if you’re stuck at your kid’s ballgame and need to turn down the heat on the evening jambalaya before the chicken turns to mush, you can do that. Also, being able to monitor a heat-producing appliance while you’re away from home offers peace of mind.
Check our slow cooker buying guide and Ratings for more information.
Cuisinart Breakfast Central WAF-300, $100
Nothing says “Good morning, honey!” better than a plate of crispy Belgian waffles, which this Cuisinart did over and over, with aplomb, in our tests. A “ready” light and an audible beep let you know when the waffle iron has finished preheating, and once you pop in the batter, those signals again alert you when it’s time to dig in. Plus, the removable nonstick waffle plates are easy to clean.
Hitachi DS18DSAL, $170
The do-it-yourselfer you need to get a gift for will be thrilled with this Hitachi cordless drill. Almost as fast and powerful as heavy-duty models, this 18volt drill weighs just 3.4 pounds. Its 1⁄2inch chuck can handle more bits for larger holes than drills with a 3⁄8inch chuck, and its two speed ranges mean you’re ready for anything from turning tight screws to drilling through metal. It comes with a smart charger, an LED work light, and two lithium-ion batteries—good news because recharging takes about 10 minutes longer than most other lithium-ion models. We also found that its handle is especially comfortable.
Check our cordless drills buying guide and Ratings for more information.
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