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.
We’ll always put the newest deals at the top of the page. Follow us on Twitter at @sweethomedeals to see any updates we make throughout the day.
If you’re looking for deals on gadgets and technology, see our list over at The Wirecutter.
- Exercise & Fitness
Street Price: $104 MSRP: $104 Deal Price: $88
The ThermoWorks Thermapen Mk4 is our serious upgrade pick in our guide for the best instant-read thermometer. Kevin Purdy said, “If you’re looking for more precision in your cooking, you should upgrade to theThermapen Mk4. Like the “classic” Thermapen, the new model hits a close temperature in two seconds, then a precise temperature in about three seconds. It has a long fold-out probe and large display, and it’ll last a very long time with only rare calibrations. The few features added were smart: an automatic backlight, screen rotation, and motion-based sleep and wake-up. It’s also more waterproof than the prior model, and it switched from drawing power from a coin battery (that you never have on hand) to a single AAA battery.”
Street Price: $80 MSRP: $80 Deal Price: $60
The Werner FS106 6-ft Type-1 Fiberglass Single-Sided Stepladder is our runner-up pick in the best ladders guide. Doug Mahoney wrote, “If the Gorilla is unavailable, we also like the Werner FS106 6 ft Type I Fiberglass Single Sided Stepladder. This traditional stepladder doesn’t have wide top steps but does offer a number of add-on accessories (available separately) that we found to be useful, including a utility bucket, a tool hook, and a paint cup. The FS106 has excellent build quality, and in our tests it hardly wobbled at all, even while we stood on it and aggressively shifted our weight around.”
Street Price: $750 MSRP: $750 Deal Price: $500
The Maytag MVWB755DW Top Load Washer with Steam is our new pick for best top loading washer in an update coming to the best washer and dryer guide. Liam McCabe wrote, “We think front loaders are the better washers. But if you know you want a top loader, this is an affordable model with a huge capacity and a lot of features that you’ll only find in pricier washers.”
The MVWB755DW has a rating of 4.4 stars based on over 1000 reviews on Home Depot.
Street Price: $80 MSRP: $80 Deal Price: $70
The Porter-Cable PCCK600LB is our runner-up upgrade pick for the best drill. Doug Mahoney said, “The 20-volt Porter-Cable isn’t the most powerful drill in its class, but it delivers competitive performance and features at a lower price than the competition.”
In terms of value, “But as an 18-volt, it’s a deal. Priced consistently lower than most of the others in the category, the Porter-Cable was one of only two 18-volts to come with a full set of features. It has an LED, belt hook, onboard bit storage, and a battery gauge. The LED is positioned above the trigger, so it’s not as easy to see as the Bosch’s light. And the battery gauge is on the tool (not the battery itself), so to check the life of a spare battery, you have to click the battery into the tool.”
Street Price: $1,500 MSRP: $1,700 Deal Price: $1,200
This Whirlpool refrigerator is another product featured on sale in Best Buy’s Major Appliances Labor Day Sale. While it’s not the best price we’ve seen, it’s still a several hundred dollar drop below the average street price. If you’re interested in saving more and are okay with open-box models, some areas have stock available for $1,020 which you can combine with an open-box only coupon for 20% off. The coupon code is: APPLIANCES20 and is only applicable to the open-box models.
The Whirlpool WRF535SMBM is our pick in the best refrigerator guide. Liam McCabe wrote, “The Whirlpool WRF535SMBM’s build is stripped-down but solid; it feels like it can turn in years of steady service without much fuss. With about 25 cubic feet of full-width, well-distributed capacity, it should hold enough food for a family of six with room left for drinks. Energy Star gives its efficiency a stamp of approval. Noise is not a common complaint among owners, either. No fancy features here, apart from an ice maker in the freezer, but that means there’s less that can break over time. And for what it’s worth, the stainless-look, French door design should keep your kitchen looking fresh and modern for years to come.”
On user reviews on the Whirlpool, “User ratings for the Whirlpool WRF535SMBM are among the best we’ve seen for a refrigerator, averaging 4.5 out of five stars based on almost 6,000 reviews. That bodes well for reliability. Even looking at the poor reviews, we can’t find obvious patterns of quality issues, and this thing has been out for a few years. Sure, there are some lemons, as there will be with any product, but nothing to suggest that Whirlpool goofed on certain parts of the design or cut any corners.”
Street Price: $270 MSRP: $450 Deal Price: $225
The KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus Stand Mixer is the 5 quart version of our workhorse pick for the best stand mixer. Lesley Stockton said, “With a bigger mixing bowl and footprint, this mixer is best left on the countertop. It’s not as good as the Artisan at smaller jobs, but excellent at mixing heavy doughs and batters.”
On Amazon, it has 4.7 stars based on 932 user reviews.
Street Price: $800 MSRP: $800 Deal Price: $500
The Samsung DV42H5000EW is the standalone dryer pick in our guide on the best washer and dryer. Liam McCabe said, “So your dryer broke, but you want to keep your washer? No problem. The Samsung DV42H5000EW is a great, affordable electric dryer… The H5000 has a capacity of 7.5 cubic feet, which is enough to hold more than 20 pounds of laundry—a bit more than the LG DLEX3570W, the dryer portion of our favorite pair.”
Street Price: $330 MSRP: $330 Deal Price: $250
The GE JVM6175SFSS microwave oven is our over-the-range pick in our best microwave guide. Tim Heffernan wrote, “This model has GE’s intuitive, user-friendly controls, and its over-the-range installation saves precious counter-top space.”
On its over-the-range fan features, “Its 300-cubic-feet-per-minute vent fan is not the most powerful (higher-end models generally offer 400 cfm or more), but it will quickly clear most kitchen disasters short of a full-on fire.”
Street Price: $1,000 each MSRP: $1,100 each Deal Price: $700 each
These 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: $50 MSRP: $50 Deal Price: $40
Target’s Threshold Performance 400 Thread Count Sheet Set is our pick in the best sheet sets under $50 guide. Our staff wrote, “Target’s Threshold Performance 400 Thread Count Sheet Set is the best we’ve tried for under $50 (queen size, including shipping). We found the sheets almost as soft as those that cost four times as much, and they were among the best ones we tested for wrinkle resistance. They performed very well in our FIT durability tests, which leads us to believe that they will hold up better than other cheaper sets we’ve tried in the past. Because the fabric is on the warm side, we think this set is better for use in cooler weather.”
In terms of durability, “the Threshold Performance sheets resisted pilling (scoring between four and five on a scale of five). They were also within an acceptable range for tensile strength, and they weighed about 3.5 ounces per square yard—lighter than the Royal Velvet sheets but similar to most of the percale and sateen sheets we tried. In years past, we’ve found that cheaper sateen sets are prone to snagging, but we haven’t experienced any such issues with this set so far.”
Street Price: $15 MSRP: $18 Deal Price: $10
The Milwaukee 25 ft. Tape Measure is our upgrade pick for the best tape measure. Doug Mahoney said, “For a more durable tape with better features, the Milwaukee is the way to go—but at nearly twice the price of our pick, it’s only worth it if you use a tape measure frequently.”
In terms of durability, “Where the Milwaukee really stands out (get it?) is the blade durability. The Milwaukee blade is coated in an extruded layer of nylon which is then lightly textured. This coating, according to Milwaukee, is eight times thicker than the layer of polyester that other companies use. Our own sandpaper test showed that the Milwaukee is indeed more durable than the rest. The sandpaper left scratches, but it was only light surface marring.”
Street Price: $14 MSRP: $20 Deal Price: $10
The Quickie Bulldozer 18-inch Push broom is our budget pick in the Best Outdoor Brooms guide. Meg Muckenhoupt wrote, “The Quickie 00528 18-Inch Bulldozer Push Broom Indoor/Outdoor came close to being our top pick. It feels light, but it’s stiff and sturdy enough to push trapped leaves and piles of heavy sand with ease—without leaving huge streaks or lines of sand on the smooth concrete floor. Its combination of stiff, coarse inner fibers and finer outer fibers make it easy to move large debris and dust. In fact, it was the best overall performer in our tests, beating out all other synthetic-bristle brooms at moving a variety of materials. This was the only push broom that managed to move both pine needles and their dust from the driveway in one sweep. It was as capable as the others in moving leaves on and off a deck, and it handled sand on a concrete floor as well as all the other synthetic brooms.”
Street Price: $55 MSRP: $55 Deal Price: $35
This is the lowest price we’ve seen on this bread knife, and a huge drop in savings. The price of this knife has been on sale somewhat regularly over the couple of months, but it always jumps back up to $55. At $30, this is the lowest we’ve seen since we started tracking it, and the lowest sale price in well over a year.
The Victorinox Fibrox Pro 10.25-Inch Serrated Curved Bread Knife is our pick in the Best Serrated Knife guide. Lesley Stockton wrote, “The Victorinox Fibrox Pro 10.25-Inch Serrated Curved Bread Knife is the best serrated knife because it has the ideal medium-size pointed serrations, a thin blade, and a perfect length of 10 inches. It’s also a terrific value. Also, its comfortable ergonomic handle makes long prepping tasks easier. It saws through tough loaves of bread with clean precision and leaves the crust and crumb intact no matter how thin the slices. The thin curved blade is ideal for a wide range of tasks—not just breads and pastries—including soft fruits and vegetables. This knife smoked the competition in our tests by consistently making perfect slices of bread and tomatoes. Other knives, particularly the offset models, sliced unevenly and offered less control.”
Street Price: $160 MSRP: $180 Deal Price: $133
The Polar M400 GPS Smart Sports Watch is one of our runner-up picks in the Best Running Watch guide. Jim McDannald wrote, “The Polar M400, a hybrid GPS running watch/fitness tracker, has an impressive feature set, a price about $100 less than our top pick, and an improving online training log. It’s a worthy alternative to our top pick if you don’t mind the larger size and relative lack of detail in your running stats and display.”
DCRainmaker.com also has high praise for the M400 and calls it “a near perfect blend of activity tracker with GPS running watch, as well as daily wrist watch.”