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: ~$50 MSRP: ~$50 Deal Price: ~$40 with promo code HOME
This deal won’t save you any money on any individual towel, but if you need more than one, like a bath towel and a few hand towels, you can save some money. The deal with Target is with the promo code HOME, which will automatically apply a $10 discount if you spend more than $50 on the towels. If you need a lot of towels, spend $100 and you’ll save $25. Target also offers free shipping on orders more than $50. Because you wait until after the shipping is calculated to apply the promo code, you should get free shipping with the order as well.
These are our runner-up pick for the best towels. Melissa Tan said, “While they are lighter than most luxury towels, they’re really the perfect weight for everyday use and a great value compared with other towels at this price point. The Fieldcrest towels dry just a little bit more slowly than our main pick, hitting 15% saturation after six hours, compared with the Hydrocotton’s 13%. However, at half the cost with 14 color options, they’re a steal.”
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: January 27, 2015