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. Follow us on Twitter at @sweethomedeals to see any updates we make throughout the day.
If you’re looking for deals on gadgets and technology, see our list over at The Wirecutter.
Street Price: $900 MSRP: $1170 Deal Price: $800
This beats the best price we’ve ever seen on this snow blower by about $10, and the street price by $100. Typically, this snow blower sits at $900 for the majority of the year, popping down to $810 for a day or two every three months. However, with winter approaching soon, it’s a great time to get it.
The Craftsman Quiet 208cc Dual-Stage Snow Blower is our pick for best snow blower. Doug Mahoney wrote, “If you regularly get six inches to a foot of snowfall, and you have to clear a two-car driveway up to about 80 feet long, we recommend the Craftsman 88694 Quiet 208cc Dual-Stage Snow Blower ($900). No other blower on the market combines this unique combination of features at such an excellent price. We know $900 is a lot of money, but if you truly need this machine, it’s actually a great investment—and this blower gives you premium features that you usually only find on competing products that cost hundreds more.”
Street Price: $150 MSRP: $250 Deal Price: $117
While it’s not a surprise this price drop was held until the end of the back to school buying season, it’s still a good sale. This hasn’t really been below $150 since the start of the year and this is by far the best price we’ve seen on it.
The Danby Designer Compact Refrigerator is our pick for best tall mini fridge in our Back to School College Checklist. The Sweethome staff wrote, “We like this model for most of the same reasons as we do the tiny Midea, and we prefer it over other tall fridges because it has wide availability, a fair price, and a stronger user rating than similar models. One differentiating factor for the Danby over most mini fridges of this size is that the can holders in the door are individuated, so you don’t just have to grab whatever drink is at the bottom of the dispenser.”
Street Price: $130 MSRP: $200 Deal Price: $100
This is a great deal on one of our favorite cordless stick vacuums from Hoover. This price from Amazon is matches the best we’ve seen, which is $30 below its going price. Shipping is free from Hoover on eBay.
The Hoover Linx Cordless is our runner-up choice in our guide on the best cordless stick vacuum. Liam McCabe writes, “Unlike the 2-in-1, it doesn’t convert into a hand vac and doesn’t have a hose or any attachable tools—this is for floors only. But it cleans wood, tile, and short rugs just as well as the newer Hoover, the battery runs a couple minutes longer (about 16 minutes total), and it can be as much as $50 cheaper.”
CNET gave the vacuum four out of five stars in its review. They said, “The Hoover Linx isn’t fancy, but it will clean your floors better than most of the other stick models we tested. Combine that with its reasonable price and you have one of our favorite vacuums to date.”
Street Price: $156 MSRP: $251 Deal Price: $137
Not the best price we’ve ever seen on this shower head, but that was almost a year ago at this point and only about $10 less than this deal. This tends to stick around the $156 street price, with this being the first good drop since around April.
The Delta In2ition Shower Head is our pick for the best shower head. Daria Argenta said, “The In2ition is a shower head that gives great pressure, has a wide variety of settings, and promotes water conservation. But what puts it head and shoulders above the rest is the feeling of a torrential downpour while using only 2.5gpm. If you want to improve your shower experience while giving yourself the most options for pressure, spray, and where you want the water to go, buying the Delta In2ition is the way to do it.”
Street Price: $60 MSRP: $100 Deal Price: $45
We’ve had a similar deal up on this a number of times recently and while this isn’t a huge drop from the previous $47 low, it’s the new best price. Much like the previous deal, it’s available in black or red and comes with a special kit of 4 bottles and a reusable CO2 carbonator.
The SodaStream Jet is our pick for the best soda maker. Jamie Wiebe writes, “It’s simple to use, makes decent-tasting seltzer water, has a CO2 tank that lasts for about 40-60 liters, and is one of the most eco-friendly options.”
She added, “In our blind taste test, the Jet scored third, behind the Purefizz and the store-bought control. It’s neutral-tasting, and not as fizzy as the store-bought version, but it still tastes effervescent and bubbly.”
Street Price: $180 MSRP: $200 Deal Price: $150 with code WIFI
This is a pre-order so you won’t get the device until it ships in October, and you might consider waiting to see if they do any bigger discounts over the holidays.
Anova loves their coupon codes, but we haven’t seen one since the beginning of summer. They had a nice discount for Mother’s Day and an even bigger one for Father’s Day. This code is for their new version that includes support for both WiFi and Bluetooth (instead of just Bluetooth). While the discount is not nearly as big as the one on Father’s Day (down to $130), it’s still $30 cheaper than the current price of the Bluetooth version.
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: $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: $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 8, 2015