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: $300 (new) MSRP: $300 (new) Deal Price: $160
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.”
Street Price: $30 MSRP: $36 Deal Price: $20
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: $77 MSRP: $80 Deal Price: $60
The Cygolite Dash 350 & HS Micro 30 Combo are our picks for the best commuter bike lights. Eve O’Neill said, “We didn’t go into testing expecting to recommend a set, but it just so happens the Dash and Hotshot Micro can be bought together”
She wrote this about the 350 specifically, “The Cygolite Dash is the best headlight for most bike commuters because it’s one of the most affordable and user-friendly lights from the brand that consistently offers the most light for your money. Thanks to its eye-grabbing blinking pattern, you’ll never have to worry if a car can see you coming, and you won’t have to spend $100 for that peace of mind. Its silicone strap mount makes it simple to put on for use and to take off for theft prevention—it’s easier than the hard-plastic mounts used for past Cygolite models. It has seven settings for both day and night riding, including SteadyPulse, which will blink and illuminate your path simultaneously for almost three hours. (The light remembers the last mode you used so you won’t have to cycle through all of them every time you turn it on—only when you switch modes.)”
Street Price: $16 MSRP: $17 Deal Price: $11
The TEKTON 25282 26-piece Long Arm Ball Hex Key Wrench Set is our pick for the best hex wrenches. Doug Mahoney wrote, “Honestly, most of the actual wrenches we tested had similar quality, so what sets the TEKTONs apart are the excellent cases (one for metric sizes and one for fractional inch sizes, also known as SAE). Unlike the other tested units, the TEKTON cases held the wrenches tight enough so they didn’t fall out but with a flexible enough grip that they were still easily removed. It is amazing how few wrench sets passed this baseline test.”
He went on to say, “Beyond this, the TEKTON cases were the only ones that folded open, allowing easy access particularly to the smaller wrenches (which are the most difficult to get out). The TEKTONs have a longer length than normal and a ball-end design, both of which make them particularly useful in tight spots. The set includes a full selection of metric and SAE sizes (13 each) and is backed by a lifetime guarantee.”