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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A note from the editor: The holiday season has come and gone and the deals were just as empty as we expected. According to our research, which involved most of the Wirecutter and Sweethome staff scanning listed “deals” every day throughout November and December, only 0.6% of the 66,000 deals we studied were worth posting here as a good piece of gear. The New York Times talked to us about how we find and screen deals before posting them on our sites; Our attitude is dictated by a general idea — if we wouldn’t buy it ourselves or tell our friends and family to do so, we won’t list it. If the price or the item itself is not good, we won’t list it. And just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean our attitude toward finding the best deals has changed. It’s actually easier to find the deals during the holidays, despite the larger number of scams, because that’s all anyone is talking about. For the rest of the year, when everyone else has moved on, we’re still digging deep to find only the best discounts worth talking about.
If you’re looking for deals on gadgets and technology, see our list over at The Wirecutter.
Street Price: $120 MSRP: $200 Deal Price: $100
This is about $10 above the best price we’ve ever seen on this pan, and the lowest it’s been in over a month. It’s about a 15 percent discount on its street price of $120.
The 12-Inch All-Clad Stainless Steel Fry Pan is our pick for the best skillet. Michael Zhao writes, “For some items, it’s worth paying extra for reputation because that reputation is hard earned and well-deserved. The All-Clad 12-Inch Stainless Steel Fry Pan is one of those things. It’s beloved by professionals, enthusiasts, and home cooks alike for their superior heat conductivity, balanced handling, and durability.”
He goes on to say, “It’s also tough as nails. Cook’s Illustrated’s durability tests managed to loosen or ding up every other pan in the roundup, but the All-Clad came out good as new. Ask anyone who’s been in the food industry for long enough and chances are that they’ll have an All-Clad that they’ve been using for a decade or more.”
Street Price: $240 MSRP: $300 Deal Price: $140
This is a fantastic price and significantly below any price we’ve seen on new models of the AM06. Since they’re through a Dyson authorized dealer and service center, they come with a 6 month warranty through Dyson, and 6 months through ABC’s warehouse. However, our top pick in the best fan has a 5 year warranty and Dyson themselves offer a 2 year warranty, so you’ll have to consider whether that’s a deal breaker for you.
The Dyson AM06 is what we considered the best combo desk and room fan in our best fan article. Seamus Bellamy said, “During our testing, the $250 AM06 moved more air than any other desk fan. On its highest settings, this 4-pound 5.8 by 12 by 19.7-inch fan could put out as much air as some of the room fans we tested—and it often worked as well as they did, despite being much smaller.”
CNET reviewed it, giving it 3.5 stars, and said, “With a quieter, more efficient design that sacrifices none of the original’s unique appeal, the Dyson AM06 is about as luxurious as desk fans get.” Their primary concern was price, which is less of an issue with this deal.
Street Price: $200 MSRP: $200 Deal Price: $180 with code SOUSVIDELY20
The Nomiku was on our page discounted from $300 to $200 for a long while. After that coupon expired it looks like they just decided to drop the price down to $200 permanently. Now they have a coupon code that brings it to $180, its lowest price ever. Just use the code SOUSVIDELY20 to knock off $20, and it comes with free shipping, too.
Worth noting – there’s a newer version of this gear coming out this summer that will sell at $200 from the start and our main pick already runs a bit cheaper than $200 as it is. This is still a good product worth investing in, but those are some options to juggle as well.
The Nomiku is one of our favorite pieces of sous vide gear. Tim Barribeau said it doesn’t offer more power for the cost, but “what it does get right is a bunch of small things that make it all but foolproof to use and perhaps a better option for someone who wants to be extra careful.” He also said “it uses a silicone coated clamp to grab onto the wall of the pot, which is faster and easier than the screw-on methods of some of the competition.”
Street Price: $900 each MSRP: $1000 each Deal Price: $700 each
Home Depot is running a great sale on a variety of washer and dryer sets, with a particularly good price on these two. the LG WM3570HWA Washer, and the LG DLEX3570W Dryer at $700 each. The last deal we saw on these had them at $743.
Those two are our best Washer and Dryer combo pick, Liam McCabe said this about them, “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: $38
This is the lowest price we’ve seen on this skillet but the price drop does cause an issue with free shipping. The previous price of $50 qualified for free shipping, the new price of $38 doesn’t, and shipping is $5 extra. To get the best value out of this deal, you can use the store pickup option to grab it from your local Walmart.
The Tramontina 12-Inch Tri-Ply Clad Open Frying Pan was our Also Great step down pick for best skillet at under half the price of our top choice. Cook’s Illustrated found in a comparison of 7 moderately priced traditional skillets that the Tramontina was a great performer not just at its $50 price tag, but even compared to pans that approach the price of the All-Clad.
Street Price: $45 MSRP: $65 Deal Price: $33
Outside of mail-in rebate deals, this is the lowest price we’ve seen on this Oral B. It got close around the holiday season but never quite made it. To get the proper price on Amazon, make sure you’re logged in, you should see a “$10 off coupon” button just below the price, click that and add to cart. Other retailers have it sitting around $40-$50, such as Best Buy and Target.
The Oral-B Deep Sweep 1000 is our top pick for best electric toothbrush, with all the most important features that experts recommend, as well as access to a variety of replaceable toothbrush heads. Casey Johnston said, “The Deep Sweep has comfortable-feeling oscillating bristles, a simple one-button interface, and a battery that lasted 11.5 days with twice-daily use in our tests. The body survived drop tests on the floor and into water.”
Originally published: June 30, 2015