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.
10% Off at L.L. Bean, including the Wicked Good Moccasins
Street Price: $69 MSRP: $70 Deal Price: $62 with code SUMMER
One of L.L. Bean’s regular 10% off sales is going on right now. Just use code SUMMER to get the discount. Although our favorite sheets and favorite comforter do get some regular 20% off discounts when L.L. Bean specifically targets bedding, this code still works for those too if you need them. The comforter has actually been out of stock during the last couple of codes, so now’s a good time for that if you’ve needed one. You can get the moccasins for Women or Men with this sale.
The Wicked Good Moccasins are our pick for the best slippers if you have really cold feet. Michael Zhao said, “Of all the sheepskin slippers we tested, we found these were comfortable, super soft, warm, and not terribly sweaty. That’s because they are made from genuine shorn sheepskin shearling, as opposed to the fleece-lined-leather commonly found in this price range.”
He added, “Wearing the L.L.Beans feels like a warm hug for your feet. The sheepskin shearling is soft without being over-processed—it still feels and looks like natural wool fleece, unlike, say, Uggs, which feel almost artificial. They’re comfortable, soft, and fluffy—in short, they feel just like a slipper should feel—and the fleece beats all other materials out there (including boiled wool) in terms of pure warmth.”
Street Price: $295 MSRP: $300 Deal Price: $200 with code MOMNOMS
Last time I saw a deal on the Nomiku was Cyber Monday. This is basically the same deal but for Mother’s Day – $100 off the classic version. That price brings it to $200 with free shipping. Just don’t forget to put in the code MOMNOMS during checkout.
Worth noting – there’s a newer version of this gear coming out this summer that will sell at $200 from the start and our main pick already runs a bit cheaper than $200 as it is. This is still a good product worth investing in, but those are some options to juggle as well.
The Nomiku is one of our favorite pieces of sous vide gear. Tim Barribeau said it doesn’t offer more power for the cost, but “what it does get right is a bunch of small things that make it all but foolproof to use and perhaps a better option for someone who wants to be extra careful.” He also said “it uses a silicone coated clamp to grab onto the wall of the pot, which is faster and easier than the screw-on methods of some of the competition.”
Street Price: $150 MSRP: $200 Deal Price: $120
Update #2: Price lowered to $120 from $130.
So this is the first time this vacuum has ever dropped this low on Amazon. It has been sitting at $150 since last year, and that had been the previous low. It also has Prime shipping.
This used to be our step-up pick in our article on the best portable vacuums. When I asked our guy Liam McCabe about the DC34 he told me, “It’s the most powerful handheld vacuum for the price. It’ll suck up messes faster than others.” We switched it out with the Dyson V6 because the V6 had dropped down to $160, which was only $10 off the DC34 and has some better upsides. With this deal, though, the V6 has jumped in price to $200 in most places while the DC34 is going down. So I think this is worth recommending at this price. And at $130, the DC34 is within about $15 of our main pick, too.
Originally published: May 19, 2015