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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If you’re looking for deals on gadgets and technology, see our list over at The Wirecutter.
Street Price: $249 MSRP: $249 Deal Price: $199
This matches the best price we’ve seen on this smart thermostat, which it briefly hit around Black Friday last year. The price drop is almost certainly due to the 3rd generation being announced, however, the improvements seem to be a more refined look and easier to read screen but the same performance.
The Nest 2.0 is our pick for best smart thermostat. Jason Snell said, “The $250 second-generation Nest Learning Thermostat (introduced in 2012) is the leader of this category for a reason. Its learning mode automatically programs the thermostat based on your home and usage, its industrial design is the best, and it works with many other smart-home devices. The Nest offers the best combination of style and substance, its software and apps are solid and elegant, and it integrates with more smart devices than any of its competitors—for now.”
CNET gave it 5 stars and said, “Easy to install and easy on the eyes, the Nest Learning Thermostat learns your heating and cooling preferences over time, so you don’t have to program it. Wi-Fi networking and tasteful apps let you control and monitor your Nest from afar. Saves money … eventually.”
Street Price: $290 MSRP: $350 Deal Price: $235
You can grab this great stand mixer from Woot! right now for more than $50 off its street price. This isn’t the cheapest price we’ve seen on this model, but it’s not far off. Unfortunately, this deal is only available on the pear-colored model. Shipping is $5 and is included in the deal price above.
The KitchenAid Artisan is our pick for the best stand mixer. Lesley Stockton writes, “This stand mixer tackles nearly any recipe without knocking around on the counter, and it’s one of the quietest models in the KitchenAid line.”
Good Housekeeping is also a fan of this mixer. They said, “Not only did it expertly cream butter and sugar for cookies and whip up a genoise cake batter to perfection, it also effortlessly kneaded whole wheat bread dough without straining or walking around on the countertop. For the money, the KitchenAid Artisan can’t be beat in performance and versatility.”
Street Price: $195 MSRP: $300 Deal Price: $175
This is the best price we’ve seen on this blender in months, and only about $5 more than the best price we’ve seen in 2015. There was a huge drop around Black Friday, but it didn’t last longer than a few hours.
The Oster Versa is our pick for best blender. Christine Cyr Clisset wrote, “We don’t think you can beat the value of the Oster Versa 1400-watt Professional Performance Blender with Short Jar ($200). It performs as well as blenders twice the price, making silky smoothies, purees, and blended cocktails. It has one of the best combinations of variable and preset speeds we’ve found, and its controls are more intuitive to use than those on other models we’ve tried. The Versa has a broader range of speeds, and the motor runs more quietly than equally priced blenders do. It comes with features usually only available in more expensive machines, like a tamper and overheating protection. And at 17½ inches tall to the top of the jar, it will fit under most cabinets, unlike many high-performance blenders.”
CNET gave it 3.5 stars and said, “Using this blender is a pain, but once you get it up and running, it can keep up with machines that are more than twice as expensive.”
Street Price: $40 MSRP: $40 Deal Price: $33
One of the better prices we’ve seen on these LEDs. These do fluctuate in price a little but Christmas is expensive enough as is, might as well save on the decorations. Both the blue and the green models are on sale, with the blue being slightly more expensive. Free shipping on Christmas Designers requires a $175 order, so you’re stuck paying about $12 for UPS ground.
These were our pick for best outdoor Christmas lights. Doug Mahoney said, “These lights have all of the benefits of LEDs as well as a design that makes the bulb impervious to moisture for weeks in the snowy, sleety, rainy outdoors—and we confirmed that by leaving a lit set submerged in a bucket all day. We liked the warmth of the color, the bright output, and the manageable wires.” permalink
Street Price: $260 MSRP: $320 Deal Price: $236
Update : The price went down $2 since we posted this deal.
While this has been cheaper, even dropping down to $210, this is the best price we’ve seen since February. Once winter started warming up, the street price kept going higher and higher and for the past couple months, it sat around $260.
The Whynter ICM-15LS Ice Cream Maker is our pick for best ice cream maker. Lesley Stockton said, “The Whynter ICM-15LS not only made some of the smoothest ice cream in our testing, but it was also the quietest-running maker we tried and the easiest to scoop from and clean. And since it’s a self-refrigerating compressor machine, you won’t have to deal with freezing an insert bowl or futzing with messy ice and salt.”
Street Price: $40 MSRP: $88 Deal Price: $32
This is the lowest price we’ve seen on this item, and no sales have even come close for months. This deal is available on the wide model only.
The Benriner Wide-Body Large Slicer is our pick for pros in our guide on the best mandoline. Lesley Stockton writes, “This mandoline aced all of our tests. It’s versatile, too; instead of preset thicknesses, you can adjust the platform with screws to fine tune your cut to the exact thickness desired.”
She added, “The reason we think this is more suited for experienced cooks is that it’s incredibly sharp, and the hand guard is a complete joke… It’s a rectangular piece of plastic with a couple of miniscule spikes and no ergonomics.”
Street Price: $40 MSRP: $64 Deal Price: $32
The best price we’ve seen outside of a mail-in rebate, and a dollar lower than the last time we had a deal on it. This electric toothbrush is often in the $38-$42 range and rarely drops below that, so now’s a great time to pick it up. There’s also a great deal on the Pro 1000 model. This was our previous pick and is functionally identical to our main pick. Make sure you’re logged in and you’ll see a $5 off coupon, which drops the price to $29.
The Oral-B Deep Sweep 1000 Electric Rechargeable Power Toothbrush is our pick for best electric toothbrush. Casey Johnston said, “The Deep Sweep 1000 is among Oral-B’s least expensive models, but comes with all the features recommended by most of our experts for the lowest price—a 2-minute timer (with a nice-to-have quadrant alert), and a wide selection of compatible and affordable brush heads. 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. Best of all, you’re not getting overcharged for features like digital monitors, travel cases, or inductive chargers—none of which will actually get your teeth any cleaner than the Deep Sweep can.”
Street Price: $46 MSRP: $46 Deal Price: $27
A substantial discount on the best tights – although the $27 price is only on select sizes and colors, and unfortunately doesn’t include black. Another couple are available at the $40 price. Ground shipping is free.
The Wolford Velvet De Luxe 66 are our pick for best tights. Jamie Wiebe said, “The best tights are Wolford’s Velvet De Luxe 66. They’re certainly pricey at $45, but the quality justifies the expense, as these are the closest pair we could find to what a tight should be: super durable and long-lasting; well-fitting, even for our diverse group of testers; smooth and flattering; and available in a variety of sizes and basic colors to fit all shapes and skin shades (if you do happen to be on the hunt for a nude tight).”
Street Price: $40 MSRP: $40 Deal Price: $23
This deal comes in at $19.75 + $3 shipping, for a total of $22.75 for 2 Zeroll ice cream scoops. Compared to the usual prices we see on this scoop, that essentially makes this a buy one, get one free deal.
The Zeroll 1020 Original Ice Cream Scoop is our pick for best ice cream scoop. Tim Barribeau and Lesley Stockton said, “There’s no better tool for digging into frozen treats than the Zeroll ice cream scoop. Its large, smooth handle was one of the easiest to hold in our testing, even compared to those with silicone grips. And thanks to a heat-conducting fluid inside the scoop that slightly warms the metal, it cuts into ice cream more efficiently than any of the competition. The Zeroll also makes more beautifully-formed and well-proportioned spheres of ice cream than any other scoop out there.”
They also said, “The Zeroll is the prefered scoop of many ice cream shops. All the experts we spoke to and the multiple servers at multiple ice cream parlors unanimously recommended the Zeroll. Its simple design has been virtually unchanged since it was introduced 75 years ago. Buy this scoop, and you probably won’t ever need to get another (or, at least, not for a long time!).”
Originally published: September 1, 2015