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.
We’ll always put the newest deals at the top of the page. We’ve also redesigned the deals page to be a more permanent addition to the site so you can now bookmark this page because the address won’t change like it used to. Follow us on Twitter at @homesweethome to see any updates we make throughout the day.
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: $99 MSRP: $99 Deal Price: $82
This deal matches the deal over Saint Patrick’s Day but this time the color is brown instead of green. Like before, I’ve included the mandatory $3 shipping fee in the price.
The Thermapen is our step-up pick for the best instant-read thermometer. Basically the price is what kept this from being our main pick, but other than that it’s really fast (two seconds for a dead accurate reading), really sharp with a finely calibrated tip and in addition to all that the “LED screen features large, easily read numbers, the range of up to 572 degrees Fahrenheit is more than sufficient, and the casing relatively water and splash-proof.” Kevin Purdy said “the Thermapen is nearly universally beloved for its speed, accuracy, and design among those who can justify its nearly $100 price with a professional need or monthly rib roasts.”
Street Price: $105 MSRP: $140 Deal Price: $90 with code TOAST
This toaster oven hasn’t dropped below $90 on Amazon since 2013 when it dropped down to $80. However, it’s worth noting that while the shipping from Panasonic is free, it’s also back-ordered and pretty slow. This deal is only available in white, too. Remember to add the code TOAST during checkout.
This is our runner-up pick for best toaster oven. Ganda Suthivarakom liked it and said “The cubical oven’s infrared heating allows you to bake without preheating. However, it’s more of a compact oven; you can only toast 4 slices of bread at a time and roasting a chicken is out of the question.” She added “It’s also the only oven we tested that could bake at up to 500 degrees.”
Street Price: $180 MSRP: $180 Deal Price: $154 with code SPRING25
Anova doesn’t offer a lot of discounts on their sous vide gear. This one is pretty new and I’m not sure it has ever been discounted. This is the lowest price I’ve ever seen and a great deal with free shipping. Just add the code SPRING25 at checkout.
The Precision Cooker is our favorite piece of sous vide gear. Tim Barribeau said he likes it because “It’s one of the cheapest ways to get into sous vide cooking, and thanks to an innovative adjustable attachment system, the new Anova works with a much smaller volume of water than the previous iteration did.” He added that it “improves on the old design with a simpler, scroll wheel-based interface, which is preferable to the slow-to-adjust touchscreen on the original Anova.”
CNET gave it 4 stars. They said “it offers legitimate sous vide cooking chops that are both affordable and easy-to-use. It’s also got a refined build and a lower price point than the last generation.” permalink
Street Price: $329 (refurb) MSRP: $550 (new) Deal Price: $264 with code 07-0103-01-01
Update: For some reason, they decreased the regular price before the discount from $329 to $299, but they also added a $25 shipping cost. So you’ll now end up paying $264 (instead of $247) with the 25% Friends and Family Discount, which is still a good price but oddly configured. They do have a code for free shipping but you can’t have both codes activated at the same time.
Vitamix already regularly prices their 5200 blender pretty low compared to a new one, and this deal includes 25% off that price plus free shipping. Shipping from the Vitamix site is pretty slow (8-15 days), but at least the blender comes in a variety of different colors. This price comes with a five-year warranty. You can add three more years to it for a bit more money. Insert the code 07-0103-01-01 during checkout, but you won’t see the full discounted price until you go through the checkout process which will include added tax.
For our blender guide, we found that the Vitamix 5200 was by far the most efficient and versatile blender around. It makes silky smoothies and purees, it can tackle difficult jobs like blending peanut butter, as well as more nuanced tasks like mayonnaise. Vitamix makes many models, but we found that the classic 5200 was the favorite of nearly every expert we asked. It comes with a stellar 7-year warranty, and several of the experts we spoke with said they’d been using their 5200’s for a decade or longer..”
Originally published: March 24, 2015