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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When looking for deals, first I start with as many deal-gathering sites as I can find. There are dozens of new deals each week, so I put as much time as I can into eliminating the deals that really aren’t doing anyone any good. It’s more than just putting time into sorting through lists, it’s also about finding the items that were probably worth buying before they were ever on sale because a deal isn’t really a deal if the gadget still isn’t very good. So, I run the deals by the senior writers at The Wirecutter, check user and editorial reviews to see if the gear is any good. Finally, I check with price checking sites and other resources to see if the price will likely drop or if it’s been lower in the past. In the end, I’m left with just a few really good deals. Fewer than other many other sites would have you believe.
If you’re looking for deals on gadgets and technology, see our list over at The Wirecutter.
Street Price: $250 MSRP: $250 Deal Price: $225 with code 47000RRRRR9982R
Yes, that’s a ridiculous code, but it works. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen the 2nd generation drop down from its $250 price. Closest deal was a $40 gift card over the holidays, but that didn’t lower the actual price. Thanks to this mouthful of a code from Lowe’s you can get the Nest for 10% off, which isn’t too bad for such a great product.
The Nest 2.0 is compatible with 95 percent of low-voltage heating and cooling systems. But you should check to make sure yours will work with it before you buy. We picked it because the user interface is very intuitive and set-up is easy. The “smart” part of the Nest is how it learns the specific temperatures you like, at which times, and how often it typically takes your home to heat or cool to your desired temp. It’s also equipped with a motion sensor so it knows when you’re not home and uses the opportunity to save energy. You can also dig into your Nest’s data and see how much it’s saving.
CNET gave the Nest 2.0 5 stars (exceptionally rare by CNET standards) in her review, writing, “Within a week of installing the first-generation Nest Learning Thermostat in my house last spring, I decided to buy my review unit rather than return it to the company. When a tech journalist pays $249 for a thermostat, you know it’s a special kind of thermostat.”
David Pogue wrote for the New York Times: “Goodness knows there are cheaper thermostats. And there are other learning thermostats with color screens and Internet connections. But they don’t have the sensors that let them self-adjust. They don’t look like pieces of art. They’re sold and packaged for contractors, not humans.” permalink
Street Price: $390 MSRP: $480 Deal Price: $353
This is the lowest price the Supreme has ever reached on Amazon. Just yesterday it was up to $430, but it seems to have been selling closer to $390 recently. Either way, this is a great deal and prices like this don’t tend to last very long.
Tim Barribeau talks about the Supreme in our article on the best budget sous vide gear. It’s not our favorite piece, and at this price it is still $150 more than our main pick, but it is one of the most popular sous vide devices around. He said it holds an “impressive” amount of water and has a great lifespan. When I asked him about this deal, he said he prefers clip-on units over devices like this because it’s more bulky, expensive and doesn’t have a circulator to move the water around.
America’s Test Kitchen reviewed this machine and said “Wondering if this machine was as good as its restaurant counterparts or just another overpriced toy, we followed the simple setup instructions and cooked fish, chicken, and steaks—all with perfect results.”
More about our deal process: When I’m looking for deals, I start with deal-gathering sites like dealcatcher.com and dealdump.com, curating all the dozens of deals that come in each week to filter out the gems, and eliminate the deals that really aren’t doing anyone any good. It’s more than just putting time into sorting through lists; it’s also about finding the items that were probably worth buying before they were ever on sale because a deal isn’t really a deal if the product still isn’t very good. I run the deals by the senior writers at The Sweethome and check user and editorial reviews before checking with camelcamelcamel.com and other price tracking tools to see if the price will likely drop or if it has been lower in the past. In the end, I’m left with just a few really good deals. Fewer than many other sites would have you believe.