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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Street Price: $400 MSRP: $400 Deal Price: $339
The Breville Smart Scoop is the runner-up pick in our guide on the best ice cream maker. Lesley Stockton said, “Although it made slightly creamier ice cream than our top pick, the difference was so subtle that we don’t think it’s worth the extra $150 for most people. It has an auto function with 12 hardness settings and a “keep cool” function so you can set your ice cream and walk away. And its brightly lit LCD display and control panel with big buttons make it easy to use—even for kids.”
She added, “A “stay-cool” function keeps your ice cream frozen and churned for up to 3 hours. It also has a unique “cool down” function that brings the temp on your base and the machine down to the perfect turning temperature before it starts to churn—no other ice cream maker we tested has this feature. A large, bright LCD display is easy to read, and the buttons are intuitive. And if you prefer, there’s also a manual function that gives you complete control (the Whynter, by comparison, has no presets).”
Street Price: $30 MSRP: $36 Deal Price: $20
This is the first time we’ve seen a great deal on this garden hose, and it’s a significant drop under the street price. We normally see this hose idle around the $30 mark at Amazon, and this deal comes in at $18 if you use in-store pickup.
The Craftsman Premium Rubber Hose is our pick for the best garden hose. Oliver Hulland and Meg Muckenhoupt wrote, “The Craftsman Premium Rubber Hose is built like a tank, with heavy rubber construction and connectors of nickel-plated brass. Because of this plating, any lead in the brass won’t get into the water, and the couplings should hold up better over time. Rubber also minimizes contamination from plasticizing agents, and the thick material contributes to its kink-resistance. While not totally kink-proof, in our tests the Craftsman certainly kinked far less than the equivalent hybrid rubber/PVC hose from Gilmour.”
They also wrote about the return policy, “Outside of being a stellar hose in its own right, one of the best features of the Craftsman hose is that if and when the hose breaks you can easily get it replaced in-store (at both Sears and Kmart), no questions asked. This is because Craftsman (which is produced by and sold through Sears) has one of the better return policies on the market. “They honor their guarantee. It’s the only one you want,” explained Beauregard. “Everything else is faulty, the connectors will strip, and it won’t be good for long.””
Street Price: $40 MSRP: $70 Deal Price: $30 with coupon
The Philips Sonicare 2 Series is the runner-up in our guide on the best electric toothbrush. Casey Johnston wrote, “The Philips Sonicare 2 Series is one of the least expensive brushes in Sonicare’s line, but still has a 2-minute timer, rechargeable battery, and less noise than our Oral-B pick. This pick has smaller range of brush textures and shapes, but they are all soft and serviceable.”
She added, “A nice perk of all Sonicare brushes, including the 2 Series, is that the brush heads come with a tiny plastic hood you can snap off and on to guard against the coliform sprays flying around one’s bathroom if you store your toothbrush in open air. The cap is easy to lose, but it’s a nice touch.”
Street Price: $65 MSRP: $75 Deal Price: $58
While not the best price they’ve been this year, this $57 sale is close and it’s the best since we started tracking them.
The Messermeister Avanta Pakkawood is our pick for the best steak knife set. Tim Heffernan had a lot of praise for them, “The Messermeister Avanta Pakkawood steak knife set was our clear winner. No other knives came close to matching their combination of performance, price, and quality of construction. Their blade-edges are well-formed, smooth, and extremely sharp; they cut even the toughest steaks as well as knives we tested that cost five times as much, which can’t be said for most others in their price range. Their handles are finished with pakkawood, a durable resin-impregnated natural wood usually only found on more expensive knives. And unlike any other knives we found at the price, they feature full-tang construction: A single piece of steel forms the blade, bolsters, and handle. This adds strength (a practical concern), balance, and heft.”
He also wrote about another perk, considering their affordable price, “Also unique to the Messermeisters’ price range, their handles are finished with pakkawood—an industry term for resin-impregnated natural wood—instead of the more-common cheap plastic or unfinished wood. Pakkawood is strong, durable, and stable—basically, it doesn’t absorb water or dry out and expand or shrink accordingly—but retains the rich and variegated look of natural wood. (Many high-end Japanese kitchen knives, including our Best Chef’s Knife for Most Cooks, feature pakkawood handles for these reasons.)”