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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More about our deal our process:
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: $400 MSRP: $400 Deal Price: $300
This is our crazy expensive step-up alternative to our favorite portable vacuum. This vacuum has never sold lower than $290, and it’s only reached $300 or lower a couple times in its history. So, if you were looking for a more portable version of the Dyson vacuums that Seamus Bellamy admits is “a better vacuum” than our main pick, this is a good time to get it.
Bellamy does say it’s well-balanced and easy to use. He called the 65 air watts boost mode “insane” and added “It’s one of the best vacuums, corded or battery powered, that I’ve ever used.”
Digital Trends really liked this everything about this vacuum except for the cost. They said “The price tag is impractical for most families, but when you consider the cost of bag replacement, cordless flexibility, and the ability to multitask the vacuum to clean both your car and your home, you’ve got yourself an all-in-one tool that’s pretty much the Apple of the vacuum world, and it’ll be hard to find any other machine that’s nearly as capable as a Dyson.”
Pocket-Lint also liked the vacuum. They said there was another flaw besides the price. At around five pounds, “the main unit is considerably heavier than many other handheld cleaners. If you are using it as a short-range device, you may find your arm runs out of energy before the battery does.” However they also added that compared to the competition “the Dyson, pardon the pun, wipes the floor with its competitors in power, versatility and lastability.”
Street Price: $70 MSRP: $100 Deal Price: $65
For pretty much all of the 2013 this iron was selling between $80 and $90. Since December, however, it has been dropping down to $70. Just recently it dropped to $65, which is the second lowest price it has ever dropped to on Amazon. According to its price history it once hit $60 back in 2012. Maybe $65 isn’t a huge drop from $70, but the sudden decline is worth noting.
This is our step-up pick for the best iron. Our main pick, the Singer Expert Finish, is still cheaper at $50 and capable of ironing just as quickly (in testing for this article, the Rowenta was faster by only a couple of seconds). However, Eric Hansen liked the Rowenta because “its higher build quality, bigger reservoir and more powerful steam add up to a significantly more refined iron, the kind of product people take pride in owning.” He added “Overall, ironing with the Focus felt less like painting and more like waving a wand over clothes.”
Sears customer JakeF says, “The fridge on the top is excellent from a usability standpoint. If you have a bad back or have trouble squatting down, this setup is a must. The interior is smartly designed as it allows you to set up the shelves in any way you see fit. The black textured exterior looks nice and doesn’t seem to smudge which is a plus. The compressor motor is very quiet.” permalink
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.