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.
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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: $55 MSRP: $76 Deal Price: $35
This 3-piece set is sitting at one of its lowest prices on Amazon right now, and that’s still $20 more than this Woot! deal. Individually, these pieces would run you about $63 total. The Chef’s Knife is $35 alone, so you’re basically paying for that and getting two pieces for free. There is $5 shipping, but I already added it into the price because that’s standard with Woot!. This deal will only last until the end of the day or when they sell out.
The Victorinox 8-inch blade is our favorite chef’s knife for most cooks. Michael Zhao likes it because “First and foremost, it’s made of X50CrMoV15 steel: the same high-carbon, stain resistant steel you’d find in much more expensive knives like the Wusthof Classic, but for a much lower price. You also get a textured Fibrox handle, which is easy to grip, even when wet.”
The 3.25-inch paring knife is our favorite as well. Lesley Stockton said it got our pick because “The plastic handle is very comfortable in the hand. The point where the slender handle and blade join feels almost seamless. The Victorinox has a very fine, pointed tip that pierces the skin of fruits and vegetables without resistance. The 3¼-inch blade is comfortable for detailed in-hand work and easy to control. The knife also excelled with board work.”
Street Price: $99 MSRP: $99 Deal Price: $88
It doesn’t matter where you buy these or what color you choose, the shipping is always $3, so I’ve considered that in this price. This is a special sale straight from ThermoWorks that basically limits your choice to the Brown color, but the color isn’t a big deal when you can get it for $10 cheaper. This is a sale they only do once a year, apparently, and because their Thermapens aren’t really available anywhere else that means it’s one of the best deals you’ll find for these.
The Thermapen is our step-up pick for the best instant-read thermometer. Basically the price is what kept this from being our main pick, but other than that it’s really fast (two seconds for a dead accurate reading), really sharp with a finely calibrated tip and in addition to all that the “LED screen features large, easily read numbers, the range of up to 572 degrees Fahrenheit is more than sufficient, and the casing relatively water and splash-proof.” Kevin Purdy said “the Thermapen is nearly universally beloved for its speed, accuracy, and design among those who can justify its nearly $100 price with a professional need or monthly rib roasts.”
Street Price: $900 (each) MSRP: $1,300 (each) Deal Price: $700 (each)
Sears is having a Clearance sale on our favorite washer and dryer. As far as I can tell these two have never dropped this low in price, and they were even priced up to $1,100 pretty recently. This drop to $700 is a big change from that and about as good as you’re going to see. The deal includes free shipping, too.
These two machines are our favorite washer and dryer. We like the washer because when it first came out it won Best of the Year and Editor’s Choice from Reviewed.com, a “recommended” rating from Consumer Reports, its “Accel-Wash” feature can finish a load quickly, and it’s generally more affordable than the competition.
We also like the dryer because it offers a number of interesting features while still being affordable “like a very accurate moisture detection system that doesn’t over dry your clothes, and a steam option. This feature can be useful in a dryer, leading to fewer creases, easier ironing and less odor.” permalink