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 arrived, and that screaming you hear is the sound of Internet users everywhere becoming inundated with holiday “deals.” And, as you may know from experience, most of those deals don’t actually result in any kind of savings. In fact, according to our research so far only 0.6% of the 66,000 deals we’ve studied since early November are actually a good deal on 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. Read more here about our philosophy on holiday deals and why we strive to be the pickiest on the Internet.
If you’re looking for deals on gadgets and technology, see our list over at The Wirecutter.
Street Price: $530 MSRP: $600 Deal Price: $400
So the last deal I had on this Roomba matched this price but it was a little shaky. You might have missed out on it. This one is easier because it’s just a mark down price on Amazon. I don’t know exactly why the 780 is seeing so many great deals recently, but probably best we just accept it for what it is.
Most of you should still buy the $350 Roomba 650, our favorite robot vacuum. But when I asked Liam McCabe about this deal, he said if each floor of your house is more than 1200 square feet, the 780 is a solid deal at this price because it comes with two “virtual lighthouses.” These beacons make sure your bot cleans each room to the best of its ability before moving onto the next room. In big houses, Roombas can wander aimlessly, but the lighthouses mitigate that problem.
McCabe writes that while a robot vacuum “won’t fully replace your regular vacuum, it will prolong the time you can go between manual cleanings with very little effort and oversight on your part. Almost every household can benefit from a robot vacuum—it’s just a matter of whether or not you’re willing to pay for it.”
Street Price: $25 MSRP: $25 Deal Price: $20
We haven’t seen these towels go on sale before, so this is the first time we’re seeing them at this price.
This is our new favorite towel. They’re very soft, made from Oeko-Tex certified hydrocotton that absorbed five times its weight in water but managed to become 87% dry after six hours—as quickly as super thin, cheap towels. It has a mid-range GSM of 564 but remain lightweight yet luxuriously plush.
Writer Melissa Tan said, “The namesake ‘hydrocotton’ isn’t a variety of cotton but rather a name for zero-twist cotton threads (as opposed to tightly twisted yarns). This method of towel construction is what gives these towels their lightweight loft, supersoft texture (otherwise known as the fabric’s “hand”) and impressive drying abilities.” Permalink
Street Price: $140 (queen) MSRP: $140 (queen) Deal Price: $56 with promo code SNOWMAN
This deal is back. The price has gone down a few times to $48, but this is the second-lowest price we’ve seen. The queen sheet set is on sale for $70, plus a 20% off coupon code (SNOWMAN) for a total of $56 with free shipping.
These are not our pick for the best sheets, but they are our recommendation for people who prefer sateen as a material over percale. Melissa Tan said these sheets performed pretty similarly to our main pick during testing and added, “Many sateens can prove clingy because of their smooth drape, but these sheets remained light and breathable throughout the night. They’re also incredibly soft and almost slippery both out of the bag and after washing.”
Tan also said of the trademarked Wrinkle-Guard feature, “Nothing is truly wrinkle-free, but these sheets come surprisingly close… if you can manage to remove these sheets from the dryer and fold them or make your bed right away, it’s pretty impressive.”
Street Price: $340 (queen) MSRP: $340 (queen) Deal Price: $255 with code N14CYBER
As far as I am able to tell, this is the lowest price I’ve ever seen on this comforter. It’s hard to track since it’s coming from a unique site, but this seems like a pretty good deal that won’t last the night. The Company Store has a great 90-day return policy and the comforter itself comes with a lifetime warranty. This comforter is on back order so it won’t be in stock again until December 12, but you can take advantage of this great sale now while the promo code N14CYBER is still active.
We’re about to update our down comforter guide, in part because our favorite comforter (then and now), the LL Bean Baffled Box Comforter, is constantly going out of stock. This is our new runner up from The Company Store. It’s almost exactly the same as the LLBean comforter, but it’s a bit heavier and a touch cooler, with a premium, soft shell that meets Oeko-Tex’s environmentally-friendly standards.
Eric Hansen calls the Alberta a “moderately lofty 600-fill-power comforter. It felt a couple degrees cooler when sleeping, so it’s a good choice for someone who sleeps a touch warm.” Baffles provide a bit more warmth, with good stitching and seams. The main reason it isn’t as good as the L.L. Bean is that the Alberta is not as feather-light as the L.L. Bean, and it’s also not as warm.
The Alberta Baffled Down Comforter comes in three warmths. We suggest the medium warmth. permalink
Street Price: $170 MSRP: $170 Deal Price: $129
Looks like Lowe’s is running some clearance sales on the less popular versions of our favorite microwave. The white version is really cheap at $129. That’s the lowest price I’ve ever seen, and it definitely beats out other retailers like Home Depot where it’s $170 and Sears where it’s $240. The shipping is free but you’ll probably pay some tax.
Like I said, the stainless steel version of this microwave is our best recommendation. Ganda Suthivarakom said she likes it because it has “a roomy interior with a 16-inch turntable that’s big enough to handle a 13×9 baking dish with handles with room to spare or two side plates. If all you want is to press Add 30 Seconds until your food is done, this is a great model with quick, even cooking.”
Originally published: December 19, 2014