Best home products for fall 2020: Coffee makers, fire pits and other cozy


The days are steadily getting shorter and we’ve transitioned into the colder months. For me, that conjures images of warm beverages and comfort food. So I’ve put together this list of awesome smart home devices for the fall, ranging from the Oxo Brew 8-Cup Coffee Maker to the Philips Hue Lily Outdoor Spot Light — and a bunch of other favorites. 

Of course, all of these products are great year-round, but they’re especially nice to have when it’s cold outside. 

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Coffee is great any time, but a warm beverage can come in particularly handy during those chilly fall mornings when it’s still dark outside and you need to get going. 

The Oxo Brew 8-Cup Coffee Maker is CNET’s favorite drip coffee maker. Not only is it affordable at $170, we were impressed by its hot, speedy brew that didn’t ruin the coffee grounds. Its 8-cup capacity means a full pot can keep you fueled throughout the workday — and you’ll still have plenty left over to share. 

We even prefer the Oxo Brew 8-Cup Coffee Maker over the popular $190 Bonavita Connoisseur

The best coffee makers of 2020.

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A kamado grill is an excellent cold-weather cooking appliance, one you can let sit and do its thing for hours at a time while you stay warm inside and enjoy the smell of brisket or ribs cooking away. 

The $1,699 Kamado Joe Classic III is our favorite smoker/kamado grill. Because of its ceramic design, it holds heat well and can cook a variety of different dishes “low and slow” to deliver food that’s ridiculously tender and flavorful.

Yes, the Kamado Joe Classic III is extremely expensive, but if you’re serious about getting a kamado grill that works wonders, this is our favorite by far. 

The best kamado grills of 2020.

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Fall is my favorite time of year to sit around a fire pit, and the Tiki Brand Fire Pit is CNET’s top choice for a backyard fire pit. Priced at $350, this fire pit isn’t cheap, but it’s worth it. 

We especially liked its large size, sturdy build and overall design. Its removable ashtray made it easy to clean, too. A built-in airflow system reuses the hot smoke generated from the fire pit, reducing the amount of smoke overall. 

It was easy to light, but it gets extremely hot after being lit and takes a long time to cool down afterward, so exercise caution. At 45 pounds, it’s on the heavier side for a modular fire pit, so consider setting it up with two people. 

The best fire pits of 2020.



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Best home products for fall 2020: Coffee makers, fire pits and other cozy


The days are steadily getting shorter and we’ve transitioned into the colder months. For me, that conjures images of warm beverages and comfort food. So I’ve put together this list of awesome smart home devices for the fall, ranging from the Oxo Brew 8-Cup Coffee Maker to the Philips Hue Lily Outdoor Spot Light — and a bunch of other favorites. 

Of course, all of these products are great year-round, but they’re especially nice to have when it’s cold outside. 

Brian Bennett/CNET

Coffee is great any time, but a warm beverage can come in particularly handy during those chilly fall mornings when it’s still dark outside and you need to get going. 

The Oxo Brew 8-Cup Coffee Maker is CNET’s favorite drip coffee maker. Not only is it affordable at $170, we were impressed by its hot, speedy brew that didn’t ruin the coffee grounds. Its 8-cup capacity means a full pot can keep you fueled throughout the workday — and you’ll still have plenty left over to share. 

We even prefer the Oxo Brew 8-Cup Coffee Maker over the popular $190 Bonavita Connoisseur

The best coffee makers of 2020.

Chris Monroe/CNET

A kamado grill is an excellent cold-weather cooking appliance, one you can let sit and do its thing for hours at a time while you stay warm inside and enjoy the smell of brisket or ribs cooking away. 

The $1,699 Kamado Joe Classic III is our favorite smoker/kamado grill. Because of its ceramic design, it holds heat well and can cook a variety of different dishes “low and slow” to deliver food that’s ridiculously tender and flavorful.

Yes, the Kamado Joe Classic III is extremely expensive, but if you’re serious about getting a kamado grill that works wonders, this is our favorite by far. 

The best kamado grills of 2020.

Brian Bennett/CNET

Fall is my favorite time of year to sit around a fire pit, and the Tiki Brand Fire Pit is CNET’s top choice for a backyard fire pit. Priced at $350, this fire pit isn’t cheap, but it’s worth it. 

We especially liked its large size, sturdy build and overall design. Its removable ashtray made it easy to clean, too. A built-in airflow system reuses the hot smoke generated from the fire pit, reducing the amount of smoke overall. 

It was easy to light, but it gets extremely hot after being lit and takes a long time to cool down afterward, so exercise caution. At 45 pounds, it’s on the heavier side for a modular fire pit, so consider setting it up with two people. 

The best fire pits of 2020.



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