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: $60 MSRP: $60 Deal Price: $51 with code BEMINE
The Recchiuti Confections Black Box is the top pick in our guide on the best boxed chocolates. Lesley Stockton said, “Unlike many of the boxed chocolates we’ve tried, the Recchiuti offer a full sensory experience, which is part of the reason to give boxed chocolates in the first place. The flavors really set this selection apart from the competition.”
She added, “Classic concoctions, such as Burnt Caramel and Piedmont Hazelnut, offer just the right balance of sweet and bitter, while more adventurous flavors, such as Tarragon Grapefruit and Star Anise & Pink Peppercorn, are never overpowering (a problem we’ve found with most other flavored chocolates).”
Street Price: $45 MSRP: $47 Deal Price: $36
The Peugeot Paris u’Select Pepper Mill is our pick for the best pepper mill. Ganda Suthivarakom and Jennifer Fields wrote, “The Peugeot has been a favorite since it was introduced more than a century ago and it’s still the best. The Paris U’Select model ground faster than every other contender and produces an even grind across the spectrum.”
They also wrote that many other experts absolutely swear by it, “It’s beloved by more experts than we can name here. In this video, Martha Stewart says the Peugeot is “still the only pepper mill I use, it’s amazing.” Chef Michael Symon calls it “the BMW of grinders.” In the Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual, Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli say, “Peugeot grinders finely crush the peppercorns rather than mash them like other cheaper mills made with plastic gears will do.” Remodelistanamed the Peugeot Pepper Mill one of their “100 Most Beautiful, Useful Household Objects,” and say, “Its strong-jawed interior was the inspiration for the Peugeot lion.” Food historian Bee Wilson says, “No mill, in my experience, produces a more consistent grind. They are beautiful, too, like noble wooden chess pieces.”
Street Price: $32 MSRP: $32 Deal Price: $27
The Snapware Total Storage 34-piece set is our runner-up pick for the best food-storage containers. Ganda Suthivarakom said, “These glass containers are also nestable, and oven-, microwave-, and dishwasher-safe. The lids are backed by a lifetime warranty, which is great because they’re just a bit more flimsy and prone to damage than our pick’s lids.”
She wrote some more about their durability and quality, “The rectangular containers tend to be more flat than tall. Their locking flaps open easily but feel secure when shut. The containers tested well across the board, and because they’re Pyrex, the bottoms are oven-safe. Containers of the same size nest beautifully, and the lids even lock together nicely. We were amazed that the container didn’t break after we dropped it at different angles four times. The busy, decorated lids also have a write-on area where you can mark the contents or date using a permanent or dry-erase marker.”
Street Price: $332 MSRP: $370 Deal Price: $295
The DeWalt is the portable pick in our guide on the best leaf blower. Doug Mahoney said, “It offers power comparable to that of our corded picks, and with a 22-minute run time, it has twice the stamina of the four other cordless models we tested. We also liked its pro-grade durability and beefy design; it feels tougher than the other cordless (and corded) models we tried.”
He added, “At 12 pounds, the DeWalt is about 3 to 4 pounds heavier than our corded pick and the other cordless blowers, but because of the ergonomics of the handle and the design of the blower tube, it causes minimal arm strain.”
Street Price: $60 MSRP: $118 Deal Price: $48
The Lodge Color Enamel 6-Quart Dutch Oven is our pick for the best dutch oven. Kevin Purdy and Ray Aguilera wrote, “With big handles and a durable design, this Dutch oven aced every test, rivaling models four times the price.”
They had some more to say about the value of this model, ” We really did want to find some major, life-changing, mouth-watering difference between the Lodge and pricier pots, like the Le Creuset and Staub, especially since we’re talking about a difference of $200. In testing, though, we found all of the Dutch ovens performed about equally. They all heated evenly and nicely browned onions. Even after intentionally overcooking the rice, none of the ovens scorched the rice, and the heavy lids retained enough moisture to keep the grains from drying out. For most people, the $75 (or less, depending on color) Lodge cooks just as well.”
Street Price: $64 MSRP: $64 Deal Price: $48
Since Eastern Mountain Sports charges $7 shipping if you’re purchasing less than $48 worth of gear, this is primarily a deal if you’re planning to buy at least 4 pairs of socks. They’re often around $16 when they’re available on Amazon, so $48 saves you a bit of money and gets you prepped for warmer running weather. If you’re planning to buy more than 4 pairs, you can use the code STACK to get an additional $1.50 off of a single pair. However, if you use it on 4 pairs, it’ll drop you below the $48 minimum for free shipping.
The Darn Tough No Shoe Light Cushion Socks are our pick for the best running socks. The SH staff wrote, “After having eight university distance runners help test four of the top running socks, we recommend the Darn Tough Tab No Show Light Cushion (for men and women). These socks were comfortable right out of the bag, with no seams to irritate testers’ feet. They have an unparalleled reputation for durability that makes them a favorite among Pacific Crest Trail backpackers. Made from a blend of merino wool and nylon, which is an ideal running-clothing material, these sweat-wicking socks keep feet warm in the winter and cool in the summer. They also keep feet dry, which is crucial for blister prevention. Merino blends cost a bit more than other fabrics but wick better than cotton and resist odor better than synthetic—both of which are highly desirable traits in a running sock.”