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: $22 MSRP: $22 Deal Price: $17
We recently saw a deal on these at Amazon that dropped them to $4 a bulb, but that deal was limited to a maximum of 3 bulbs, which isn’t as useful as we’d like for replacing the bulbs in your house. This deal is slightly more expensive per bulb, but still one of the best prices we’ve seen on these, and allows you to buy 5 sets of 4.
The Phillips Slimstyle LEDs were our runner-ups in best LED lightbulbs. Margery Conner said, “Most of the good things I said about the Cree Soft White apply just as readily to the Energy Star-certified Philips SlimStyle ($10), which combines a clever “flat” bulb shape with light-but-rugged plastic construction”
She did have one concern and mentioned, “Dimming performance is the only thing that sets the bulb apart. Although it dimmed nicely with all switches in terms of brightness adjustment, during our tests it emitted a loud humming that was clearly audible from several feet away — even when the switch was on full brightness.”
Street Price: $50 MSRP: $60 Deal Price: $40
Amazon is matching the previous best deal we’ve seen on this bicycle headlight. It’s only dropped to this price once before, and that was back in April.
The Cygolite Metro 360 is our pick for the best bicycle headlight. Eve O’Neill said, “The Cygolite Metro 360 still can’t be matched in quality, even after several new designs debuted. It can run for two hours on the highest setting, easily detaches to prevent theft, and has a Steadypulse mode that alerts cars to your presence while keeping the road illuminated.”
Outdoor Gear Lab gave the headlight four out of five stars in its review. They wrote, “The Metro 360 wins our Best Buy award because no other light priced under $60 performed even comparably.”
Street Price: $140 MSRP: $200 Deal Price: $105
Newegg on eBay is offering the lowest price we’ve seen on this robot vacuum specializing in homes without pets or carpet. This deal beats Amazon’s lowest price, which was offered in June, by $15.
The iRobot Braava 320 is our no-pets, no-carpet pick in our guide on the best robot vacuum. Liam McCabe writes, “This isn’t a vacuum; it’s more like an automatic Swiffer. It comes with two washable cloths—one meant to be moistened, the other meant to be used dry—and will work on any bare, smooth surface. The navigation system is much more methodical than the Roomba’s, and it’s almost silent when it’s working.”
PCMag gave the Braava 3.5 stars in its review. They wrote, “Overall, the Braava 320 is a very easy-to-use, effective mop and broom for light-duty-to-average messes, and I like that it uses cleaning consumables you may already have in your home.”
Street Price: $240 MSRP: $300 Deal Price: $196 with code
The best price we’ve seen on this air conditioner by a significant amount, and it beats the price on our favorite air conditioner by almost $20. You’ll have to be logged in to get the discounted price online, with the code 14948. You should also be able to pick it up in-store if you prefer to get it immediately, with the code 37696.
The LG LW8015ER is our runner-up choice for best air conditioner. Liam McCabe said, “Our runner-up is as efficient and powerful as our main pick, with better control of air flow and a sound quality you may prefer—but it’s heavier, tougher to install, and not as full-featured.”
He went on to say, “The LG 15ER can direct its air flow in eight directions—more like the mostly accurate vent controls in a car than the half-baked vent controls in the Frigidaire 33Q1. If you have to put the AC right next to your bed or couch, this is an advantage in favor of the 15ER. But if your AC is at 6 feet away, it probably won’t make a dramatic difference for most people.”
Street Price: $30 MSRP: $35 Deal Price: $24
If you’re getting tired of not having enough drinking glasses, now is the time to add to your collection. This is the lowest price we’ve seen in at least a year on these glasses. This set of 12 will ensure you’re never short on glasses for any occasion.
The Libbey Gibraltars are our affordable pick in our best drinking glass guide. Eve O’Neill said, “The Libbey Gibraltar is a staple of the food service industry, and for good reason: At 12 for $35, you can’t beat the price. Like our top pick, they survived the concrete drop and passed our hot and cold stress tests, but they can’t stack and they’re incredibly heavy compared to the much lighter Bormiolis and Picardies.”
She added, “… We tested the cooler-size glass, which most resembled the size and shape of the Bormiolis, and they weigh almost a pound (15 oz.) each. It’s so heavy it’s basically a blunt weapon masquerading as glassware.”
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!).”
Street Price: $250 MSRP: $380 Deal Price: $225
This sale ties the best price we’ve seen in the past year on the Breville Tea Maker. While it has been a bit cheaper, that was a brief sale a year and a half ago.
The Breville BTM800XL is our step-up pick in our article on the best tea steeper. Alexandra Chang writes, “The Breville brews up to 40.5 ounces of tea or heats up 51 ounces of water, which makes it a good choice if you want an all-in-one option. Presets exist for black, green, white, oolong and herbal teas. The only drawback is the high price.”
Serious Eats also praised the tea maker. They wrote, “Is it worth $250? That depends on how much you love tea, how often you drink it, and how much the convenience of automatic turn on will change your morning routine. I, for one, have gotten tons of use of mine, and have a hard time thinking about putting water back into my stove-top kettle.”
Street Price: $103 MSRP: $140 Deal Price: $90
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: $25 MSRP: $46 Deal Price: $17
This deal nearly ties the tea pot’s lowest price ever from July of last year. Since then, it’s gone as high as $42 but has been sitting around $25 since the start of 2015.
The Hario Chacha Kyusu Maru Tea Pot is our larger pick in our best tea steeper article. Alexandra Chang said, “If you want a teapot that makes more than one cup, we highly recommend the Hario ChaCha. Holding 23 ounces, the glass pot makes about three small cups, so you can share with another person. Or you can have more tea for yourself without making an overwhelming amount that you won’t finish.”
She added, “What makes the Hario special is its large metal, mesh infusing basket, which takes up the majority of the teapot. This gives the leaves more room to expand and ensures a flavorful tea. You can watch the leaves expand and dance through the top of the pot and always know how much tea you have left.”
Street Price: $200 MSRP: $200 Deal Price: $180 with code SOUSVIDELY20
The Nomiku was on our page discounted from $300 to $200 for a long while. After that coupon expired it looks like they just decided to drop the price down to $200 permanently. Now they have a coupon code that brings it to $180, its lowest price ever. Just use the code SOUSVIDELY20 to knock off $20, and it comes with free shipping, too.
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.”
Originally published: July 7, 2015