This year, we've been shopping, cooking, and working more from home than ever before, and that means some of us had to (or chose to) upgrade or buy appliances and cookware we'd been putting off for a while. After all, if you're primarily cooking a few weeknight dinners at home, you might can get away with a skillet, Dutch oven, and a few standard gadgets. But if you're making the better part of three meals at home — and all the drinks and snacks, too — well, you probably quickly realized a gap or two in your kitchen arsenal. If that's the case, you're not alone.
Earlier this month, Google told us exactly what people had been searching and buying as gifts, but in that information, they also revealed what appliance was the most searched in 2020. If you had to go without your morning Starbucks or popping down to your favorite coffee spot for an afternoon hot tea because of COVID concerns or safety restrictions, odds are you know exactly what people wanted and bought more than any other year: coffee machines.
Indeed, Google wrote that searches for coffee makers surged to an all-time high in 2020, up 33 percent over last year. And while they may not have beat out top-selling appliances like air fryer toaster ovens, air fryers, and even griddles in total sales, they were so sought out that sites like Amazon, Target, and Walmart had a difficult time keeping some of the most popular coffee makers in stock for the first half of the year. Even now, some iced coffee makers are on back order for months.
What can account for this? Our homes have become our restaurants, our coffee shops, our bakeries, and our bars. If you aren't commuting to work, you probably aren't driving by your favorite java spot. If your kids' school is only doing virtual days, you may not be swinging by your coffee shop after drop-off. So the home coffee maker quickly became the appliance that required the upgrade to keep things as close to status quo as possible.
Also in the most-searched kitchen gifts list, Google revealed that it wasn't just any coffee makers people were searching for. Indeed, these were often unique and specialty top-selling coffee makers, like cold brew coffee makers, two-in-one coffee makers, and even high-quality espresso makers. Here, we gathered all the top sellers and most-purchased coffee makers from Google's info as well as our own so you can upgrade your coffee corner or get one with your Christmas money.
What owners love: "Hey you like coffee? You like ice? Did you ever pay $4 for a bottle of cold brew coffee from some hipster operation? Get ready then to save and enjoy! I bought this for the summer to get a cold caffeine kick in the hot hot mornings it's October now and I'm still using it!!!"
Buy it: $16 (originally $20); amazon.com
What owners love: "After over 20 years of using conventional espresso machines I [cautiously] switched to this little device. I'm very pleased with the outcome: the coffee is consistently very good, no more troubles with having freshly roasted and properly ground beans."
Buy it: $150; target.com
What owners love: "Now that I turned 65 I find myself needing a boost at different times of the day. The Keurig K-Duo perks me up with a fresh, hot cup of gourmet coffee, tea or hot chocolate several times every day. I love this coffee maker and I have a ton of energy since I started using it two months ago."
Buy it: $79 (originally $99); walmart.com
What owners love: "I’ve had this coffee maker for over 6 years and it still works just as well as it always has! So easy to use and I clean it out every so often by running white vinegar through it."
Buy it: $45; target.com
This story originally appeared on Allrecipes.