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: $26-34 MSRP: $48 Deal Price: $23
This is similar to a deal I’ve posted here before, and it includes blades of several sizes. It’s a nice way to get a pair of wiper blades at a cheaper-than-normal price, although the savings aren’t enormous by any means. Depending on the size of your car and the size of the blades you need, you could save anywhere from $3 to $8. The smaller blades already sell pretty cheap, around $26 for a pair. Some of the larger ones, like the most popular 26-inch version, sell for up to $32 a pair.
Either way, to get the deal that knocks them down to $23, you need to make sure the seller for the blades is Amazon and not a third party (If it doesn’t say “Ships and sold by Amazon,” look under the seller list for Amazon because sometimes the page defaults to a cheaper item). Then, just add two of whatever blade you want to your cart. You should see the savings applied automatically at checkout.
These are our favorite windshield wiper blades. We like the Rain-X Latitudes because “they’ll do the job of keeping your windshield clear of rain and snow, and they’ll perform well throughout their life cycle (which can vary from nine to 18 months, depending on driving conditions).” They’re beam-style wiper blades, which are more durable than bracket-style blades and tend to work better in winter weather because ice can’t build up and cause streaking or skipping. In Consumer Reports’ testing, they were the only blades to retain “Very Good” performance after 6 months of regular use. Plenty of users from wintery climates write that they work well in the cold, dark months. permalink
Originally published: February 10, 2015