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: $99 MSRP: $99 Deal Price: $82
It’s important to note the color is “British Racing Green” because “Green” is not on sale. This price drop is match for the lowest ever. The previous deal was on the Brown color, which has since been discontinued. Looks like, much like that one, they’re trying to clear out the inventory on this color to discontinue it as well. There’s a mandatory $3 shipping fee I’ve included in the price.
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: $45 MSRP: $50 Deal Price: $30 with code LETSRIDE
Just use the code LETSRIDE in your shopping cart to knock the price down to $30 with free shipping. This deal matches a couple of previous price drops from BuyDig on this bike lock, but the last deal was back in November so you might have missed it.
This is our favorite bike lock. Eric Hansen put in hours of research into these locks, including interviews with journalists, bikers and even bike thieves. He eventually picked the KryptoLok as the best lock and said he likes it because it’s “strong, light, easily transportable and comes with insurance you might actually use. Deployed correctly, it’ll keep you rolling for years to come and prevent any unnecessary debates with thick, tattooed ex-cons.”
Street Price: $179 MSRP: $200 Deal Price: $129
Home Depot is having a big spring event right now, and this kit is a part of that. It has been as low as $149 and $139 in the past, but I haven’t seen any evidence that it has gone lower than this. It’s a great price and comes with free shipping. You can get the drill itself plus 2 batteries at a regular price of $79, so the extra $50 covers all the other tools in the kit including a 5-1/2″ circular saw with blade, reciprocating saw with blade, and the flashlight.
The drill itself is one of our runner-up choices for the best drill. Doug Mahoney thought it was just a bit too much drill for the average homeowner, and it was more expensive than our main pick, but he said it “stood out in the power/battery test and is the recommended tool if you are heading in the direction of being a full-time do-it-yourselfer.” In the tests he’s talking about the Ryobi out-paced all the other drills he tested by driving and removing 28.5 TimberLOK screws on one battery charge (compared to 23 for the next highest).
The other thing he liked about the Ryobi is that it’s on the One+ system, which means the batteries it uses will work with any other Ryobi tools in the same system. And with this kit you get several other tools to use. I asked Harry Sawyers about this deal in particular, and this is what he told me straight from our conversation on it:
“Put it this way, if you’re already going to buy the drill, drop an extra $50–you’re never going to find a $25 circ saw or a $25 recip saw anywhere else. Sure, the build quality on the Ryobi recip saw isn’t what you’ll find on a 15-amp Milwaukee Super Sawzall, but that’s a $200+ tool. This will get through most things a homeowner needs to cut, especially if you have new, high-quality blades on it. (Guess what: Milwaukee’s Sawzall blades are great!)
The circular saw has the potential to be a perfectly capable tool. Like the recip saw, upgrading the blade on it will really make a difference. Start with a $14 5-1/2-inch Freud Diablo blade–one reviewer put it nicely: “Fits Ryobi cordless 18v saw, Transforms it from worthless to amazing.”
The flashlight, at this price, is practically free. You’ll probably never use it. But if you do, bonus!” permalink
Street Price: $21 MSRP: $24 Deal Price: $17 in-store
The shipping is not free and not cheap, so if you want this deal you’ll have to find a The Container Store near you. They have quite a few locations, but they aren’t everywhere. Considering we just published our container article today and this bin didn’t quite make the cut because it wasn’t under $20, this is a pretty nice deal to see.
This is one of our alternatives for step-up pick for best container, and Gregory Han said “In our kiddie pool water test lab, the product lived up to its name—not a single drop of water got inside” and added that it had a lot of other small details working in its favor too: “its small molded feet and recessed channel along the convex top perimeter provide a non-slip connection between stacked units, the foam gasket adds an extra seal between the lid and bin, the comfortably curved ergonomic grips allow easy lifting, and a ridged pattern on the bottom creates traction to prevent the bin from sliding around.”
It’s hard to find a lot of user reviews for containers, but this tote has 3.6 stars based on 26 user reviews on Amazon. And it’s worth noting that all six of the one-star reviews were complaints about the shipping from the third-party selling it, not about the tote itself, which is why (along with an $80 price markup) we don’t recommend you buy yours there. permalink
Originally published: April 14, 2015