The Best Deals We Can Find
Because we think we can make a small difference by being picky, here are some great deals on solid pieces of gear.
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It’s November! Deals get crazy in November thanks to Black Friday and Cyber Monday! Because of that, we actually get the entire staff at The Wirecutter and The Sweethome involved in scanning for deals. We also keep tabs on just how many good deals we find compared to how many we’re actually looking at. Considering all the Black Friday ads coming out during this time, there are a lot of deals to evaluate. Since November 1, we have scanned more than 36,000 deals and have only posted a total of 223 deals (including future Black Friday deals at the bottom of this page). That means only .62% of the deals we physically look at every day pass our standards for what makes a truly great bargain.
If you’re looking for deals on gadgets and technology, see our list over at The Wirecutter.
Street Price: $160 MSRP: $190 Deal Price: $119
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360 Vacuum is very similar to the main pick in our best cheap vacuum guide. Liam McCabe wrote, “The Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352 bagless upright is the best affordable plug-in vacuum right now. It isn’t the best because it has one particular ability, but because it combines several key aspects better than the other 160 vacuums priced under $200 that we considered.”
He went into additional detail about its performance, “Cleaning performance is one of the NV352’s chief strengths. In our testing, its side-suction performance stood out—it picked up almost all of the lentils we scattered into a corner and up against baseboards, outperforming even some high-end vacuums we’ve tested. We were impressed by how quickly and completely it picked up cat litter from a bare floor (in a single back-and-forth pass) and from plush carpet (two and a half passes). It picked up more pet hair than we expected to find in our short-knit area rug. Relative to other cheap vacuums we’ve tested (including cordless models), it did a great job.”
Street Price: $180 MSRP: $180 Deal Price: $140
The Ortlieb Back-Roller Classic Panniers are the classic pick in our guide on the best bike rack, basket and panniers for commuting. Eve O’Neill writes, “They’re so indestructible, cyclists have found all sorts of uses for them: Yosemite host Blash regularly empties his out, fills one with rinse water and the other with soapy water, and uses them to do his dishes. They’ve successfully crossed over to the commuting world because of how reliable and simple the mounting system is, but they’re also extremely durable and very waterproof.”
She added, “A classic pannier like the Ortlieb is basically a big bucket that you can dump anything into, with few organizational components. Its rolltop design helps to make the bag waterproof, though the drawback is that the interior isn’t easily accessible. It offers no exterior pockets, either (though the company sells add-on side pockets separately).”
Street Price: $20 MSRP: $20 Deal Price: $15
The Oster FPSTBW8207-S is the electric opener pick in our guide on the best corkscrew for opening wine. Nick Guy said, “It quickly and easily removes the cork from a bottle of wine, runs off a rechargeable battery, and has a narrower diameter than the next-best model, making it easier for those with small hands to hold.”
He added, “The motor showed no signs of strain, and even the foil cutter was the best we tested. It’s also the least expensive model we tested.”
On Amazon, the opener has 4.3 stars based on 3,793 customer reviews.
Street Price: $179 MSRP: $200 Deal Price: $129
The Anova Precision Cooker is our favorite piece of sous vide gear. Tim Barribeau writes, “It’s one of the cheapest ways to get into sous vide cooking, and thanks to an innovative adjustable attachment system, the new Anova works with a much smaller volume of water than the previous iteration did—so there’s now no need to heat up a gallon of water just to cook a couple of chicken breasts.”
CNET gave the Anova 4 out of 5 stars in its review. They said, “We loved the original Anova, and this one cooks just as well for less cash. Underwhelming smarts aside, it’s a great sous vide starting point.”
Street Price: $40 MSRP: $50 Deal Price: $30
This is our budget pick in our guide on the best ice cream makers. Lesley Stockton said, “The construction is simple, with a canister, cover, dasher, bucket, and a motor that fits over the top. Layer ice and salt in the bucket around the canister and plug in the motor… The bucket has a big, comfortable handle and the motor runs at a low hum. The ice cream took about 30 minutes to churn, but it was only a quarter full.”
On Walmart, this ice cream maker has 4.5 stars based on 290 user reviews.
Street Price: $557 MSRP: $557 Deal Price: $450
The Vitamix 5200 is our step-up pick in our guide on the best kitchen blender. Christine Cyr Clisset writes, “Our prior top pick blends more gracefully than any of the 15 other blenders we’ve tested. But at close to $500, it’s probably more machine than most people need.”
She added, “The Vitamix was also one of the only machines we tested in which you can mill grains. This is a handy feature if you avoid gluten or want to start using fresh, whole grains in baked goods.”
On Amazon, the blender package has 5 stars based on 68 customer reviews.
Street Price: $80 MSRP: $80 Deal Price: $50
This matches the best price we’ve seen on this blender, which we posted about briefly a week or two ago, but it expired rather quickly at the time. This blender tends to sit at the $80 MSRP with brief blips down to this price, so be sure to grab it quickly if you’re interested in it. This price is available on the silver and red models.
The KitchenAid KSB1570SL 5-Speed Blender is our budget pick for best blender. Christine Cyr Clisset wrote, “If you’re planning to use a blender just a couple of times a week, or you want a starter machine for making smoothies and purees, we like the KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender. It beat out all the regular blenders in our tests last year, and in a year of long-term testing we’ve found it works fine for rustic smoothies.”
On Amazon, it has 4.4 stars based on 232 user reviews.
Street Price: $13 MSRP: $25 Deal Price: $10
The IRWIN Tools 10-Inch GrooveLock Pliers are our pick for the best adjustable pliers. Doug Mahoney said, “They have a jaw capacity of more than 2 inches, an easy push-button jaw size adjustment, and very comfortable handles. They also have a quick adjust that makes it easier to set the jaw width if you’re working in an awkward spot, like the cramped space behind your washing machine.”
He continued, “In addition, the jaws are designed so that they actually self-lock onto a nut or bolt, letting you focus more on turning than gripping. With all of this for a reasonable $13, they’re also unlikely to break the tool budget.”
On Amazon, the pliers have 4.7 stars based on 452 customer reviews.
Street Price: $80 MSRP: $90 Deal Price: $65
The Nashbar deal is a sitewide sale that takes 20% off with free shipping on any order of $49 or more. So maybe you don’t need this helmet, but you need a patch kit or a pump or lock. You’ll have to do some creative shopping to get most of those to the $49 barrier, but they have a wide variety of stuff we recommend so it shouldn’t be too hard.
The Giro Savant is our runner-up for the best bike helmet. Matthew Edwards said, “It has a noticeably slim and form-fitting profile on the head and could easily pass as a helmet that costs $100 more than it does. One tester even said it was the ‘sleekest of all’ the helmets we looked at. A few testers said the padding in the helmet was great and ‘super comfortable.'”
On Amazon, this helmet has 4.6 stars based on 356 user reviews.
Street Price: $250 MSRP: $360 Deal Price: $200
The All-Clad Stainless-Steel Flared Roaster is the frequent use pick in our guide on the best roasting pan. Lesley Stockton said, “While the Cuisinart MultiClad can do it all (and do it all well), the All-Clad Flared Roaster does it all slightly better. However, at approximately more than twice the price of the MultiClad at time of writing, we only think it’s worth it for people who plan on roasting at least four times a month.”
She added, “Like the Cuisinart, the All-Clad has tri-ply steel construction that disperses heat evenly throughout the pan. What gives the All-Clad its slight edge is its, well, slight edge flare that promotes ever so slightly more heat circulation.”
Street Price: $200 MSRP: $200 Deal Price: $150
The Dyson V6 Trigger is our step-up pick for the best handheld vacuum. Liam McCabe said, “If there’s a logical endpoint for how much power you’d need in a hand vac, the V6 Trigger is pretty close to it. The battery lasts for 20 minutes and cranks out 28 air watts of suction, but it can also be put into boost mode for an insane 100 air watts of suction (though the battery life drops to about six minutes). The Black & Decker cleaned all of the messes that we threw at it, but this Dyson cleans them faster.”
On Amazon, it has 4.5 stars based on 297 user reviews.
Street Price: $300 MSRP: $300 Deal Price: $224
The Dyson V6 Cordless Vacuum is our more powerful upgrade pick for the best cordless stick vacuum. Liam McCabe said, “The base model in Dyson’s cordless lineup has 20 minutes of battery time and an aggressive low brush head that works well on carpets. The price is steep and it’s missing a couple of key tools, but cordless vacs don’t get more powerful than this.”
He went into additional detail about the battery life, “Battery life is the other big advantage that the V6 has over most cordless vacs. It runs for about 20 minutes on regular mode, which is anywhere from five to nine minutes longer than the Air Cordless 2-in-1. That extra running time will let you clean a few hundred extra square feet of floor space on one charge. Since the power switch is actually a trigger, the vacuum can rest for a few seconds at a time if you’re moving it around—no wasted energy. Our guess is that you’ll be able to vacuum about 1,500 sq. ft. with the V6.”
On Amazon, it has 4.5 stars based on 226 user reviews.
Street Price: $250 MSRP: $250 Deal Price: $226
Here’s a chance to save over $20 on a great smart thermostat. This product has been dropping steadily for the past week, but it’s finally reached a new low today. It’s now $6 cheaper than the lowest we’ve seen it. Shipping is free for Prime members.
The Ecobee3 is the runner-up pick in our guide on the best smart thermostat. Jason Snell said, “The Ecobee3 doesn’t have the retro cool look of the Nest or even the Honeywell Lyric—its black rounded-rectangle design and slick touchscreen interface make it feel like someone mounted a smartphone app on your wall. But its support for remote sensors makes it appealing if your thermostat isn’t in the best part of your house to measure the temperature.”
He added, “If you have a large, multistory house with a single one-zone HVAC system, there can be big temperature differences between rooms. With Ecobee’s add-on sensors (you get one for free with the unit and can add up to 32 more), the thermostat will use the sensors’ occupancy detectors to match the target temperature in occupied rooms, rather than just wherever the thermostat happens to be installed.”
On Amazon, the thermostat has 4.3 stars based on 439 customer reviews.
Street Price: $900 each MSRP: $1,000 each Deal Price: $700 each
Those two are our best Washer and Dryer combo pick. Liam McCabe said, “This set checks off all the boxes: excellent at removing stains, efficient with water and energy, gentle on your clothes, big enough to hold a king-size comforter, stackable, and reliable (as far as anyone can tell). Even gimmicky-sounding features like TurboWash and the steam generator turn out to be pretty useful…The LG appliances are top-tier machines for midrange money, and they’re the best value out there right now.”
Street Price: $24 MSRP: $45 Deal Price: $16
The Hario Chacha Kyusu Maru is our pick for company in our guide on the best tea steeper. Alexandra Chang said, “Capable of holding almost 24 ounces, this glass pot makes about three small cups, so you can share tea with another person—or you can have more tea for yourself without brewing an overwhelming amount that you won’t finish.”
She added, “This is a delicate glass pot, so it requires more care in handling and cleaning than the Finum. It has a much larger brew-basket-to-teapot size ratio than any of the other pots we found, which means that leaves have more room to expand and release their flavor.”
On Amazon, the tea pot has 4.6 stars based on 576 customer reviews.
Black Friday Deals We Like
We're starting to run into promising Black Friday deals and we'll be using this section to list ones we're keeping an eye on. Sales are sometimes changed leading up to Black Friday, including the item being sold or the discount given, so consider this area a work in progress that will be updated regularly.
Nest 3.0, our favorite smart thermostat
Street Price: $250 MSRP: $250 Deal Price: $250 + $50 gift card
Sam's Club (via BFAds)
KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Mixer, our favorite stand mixer
Street Price: $280 MSRP: $350 Deal Price: $200
Ebay (via BFAds)
This is under the Cyber Monday section.
Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, our runner-up for best cordless stick vacuum
Street Price: $124 MSRP: $200 Deal Price: $90
hhgregg (via BFAds)
LG WM3570 Front-Load Washer, our pick for the best washer
Street Price: $900 MSRP: $1,000 Deal Price: $700
DLEX3570 Front-Load Dryer, our pick for the best dryer
Street Price: $900 MSRP: $1,000 Deal Price: $700
Lowe’s (via Brad’s Deals)
Dyson V6, our step-up pick for the best cordless stick vacuum
Street Price: $300 MSRP: $300 Deal Price: $224