Headphone and Earbud Deals
Best Buy The Pixel Buds (8/10, WIRED Recommends) are our favorite wireless earbuds for most people. With five hours of battery life, IPX4 sweat resistance, and great overall sound quality, there’s just not much to dislike, especially if you’re an Android phone owner. These have been going in and out of stock so be sure to check for yourself.
Their high price was the only reason I didn’t recommend that everyone with tough-to-fit ears run out and buy a pair of these custom-molding earbuds from Ultimate Ears. The tech they use to fit ear tips is neat. When you slip them in for the first time, the earphones emit ultraviolet light, forcing the soft tips to permanently mold to the shape of your ear canals. This means even those who have the hardest time finding ear tips that work will get a bespoke fit.
Jabra makes some of our favorite earbuds for working out, and the Elite 85T are no exception. They have a rugged IP56 rating, great noise canceling, and a super comfortable design that stays put in even the smallest ears.
The Powerbeats Pro (8/10, WIRED Recommends) are the best workout option for people who have trouble keeping earbuds in their ears. They sound pretty decent and work super well with iOS devices and MacBooks—thanks in large part to Beats’ Apple ownership.
If you’re after a pair of earbuds that does everything well and doesn’t break the bank, the Galaxy Buds2 (9/10, WIRED Recommends) are a great pair. They have noise canceling, a dual-driver array, and a sleek and comfortable design that fits well in smaller ears.
The ColorBuds (8/10, WIRED Recommends) are the third-generation of incredibly comfortable wirefree earbuds from the small audio brand 1More. They have a six-hour battery life, support for the AptX Bluetooth codec for higher-quality wireless audio, and an assortment of comfortable ear tips that all but guarantee a good fit. They’re also IPX5 rated, which means they can withstand rainy walks and sweat.
The Echo Buds (8/10, WIRED Recommends) are a quality pair of wireless in-ears, especially if you like Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. They have a comfortable fit, good sound, and decent battery life, plus they’re great for setting reminders, getting the weather, or setting timers.
Some people want to hear everything that’s going on around them at all times when working out. If that’s you—and you live in sunnier climates—consider these headphones/sunglasses from Bose. The Frames have speakers that aim straight into your ears, so you can hear both your music and the world while you rock your sunnies.
Need some earplugs instead? We love Eargasm’s High-Fidelity Plugs and the brand doesn’t have sales often. WIRED writer Louryn Strampe wore these to an EDM festival and said they were extremely comfortable in her small ears (she used the smallest size, but there are different sizes as well as multiple size ear tips in each set) and didn’t muffle sound despite reducing it.
Sony’s flagship wireless headphones (9/10, WIRED Recommends) have ranked among the best on the market for nearly a decade. They have 30 hours of battery life, amazing noise reduction, and fantastic sound. They even detect ambient air pressure, so they can help reduce that weird feeling you get in your ears on flights.
This is the newer version of the ever-popular QC-35 headphones that debuted over a decade ago. They now have better mics, better battery life, and the same great noise-canceling feature. At this price, they’re a great deal for those who are spending more time than ever on Zoom.
Noise-canceling tech gets all the press, but sometimes you can’t block the world out. Whether you’re watching the kids while you work or you’re waiting for a knock at the door, these are the headphones for you. The open-back design lets sound in, allowing you to hear what’s going on in the real world.
Smart Speaker and Soundbar Deals
In our review, we say the midsize Google Nest Audio Smart Speaker (8/10, WIRED Recommends) has both great sound and a discreet design. It offers a lot of value in the guide to the Best Google Assistant Speakers. Essentially, buyers get the most bang for their buck—and now that it’s $40 off, that’s especially true.
If you don’t mind living with a microphone-enabled smart speaker, this is the best way to enter the smart-home world. It’s dirt cheap, especially on sale, and you can ask Google Assistant pretty much anything. Ask it to tell you the weather, play the news, set a timer, or if it’s safe for your dog to eat blueberries. (The answer is yes.) It can control any supported smart home gadget you install, from smart bulbs and smart plugs to security cameras.
Unlike most smart displays, the Google Nest Hub Max (8/10, WIRED Recommends) has a video camera. That means it can be used for video calling, as well as the usual tasks like displaying recipes or spouting off weather information. The camera does have a privacy shutter, but reviewer Matt Jancer found it useful for home security and liked its cool (and just a touch creepy) facial- recognition-based features. Don’t miss our guide to keeping your smart home as private as possible.
Google’s smaller smart display (7/10, WIRED Recommends) doesn’t have a camera, so you can use it in any room without worry. It can also track your sleep if it’s on your bedside table. If you want a bigger display with a camera, our top smart display pick, the Google Nest Hub Max is also discounted to $179 ($50 off).
Like the aforementioned Portal Go, the Facebook Portal is super handy for video calling. It’s also made by Facebook. These do go on sale a few times throughout the year; $79 is the lowest price WIRED has tracked. Here’s our full review.
Shopping in a way that aligns with your morals can be tricky. That’s why we try to include several retailer options when possible! With a device made directly by Facebook (or “Meta”), it can be a bit trickier. Facebook, as a company, has faced a lot of public scrutiny. When stripped from its maker, the Portal Go (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is a good gadget, and this is the best price we have seen. It’s particularly handy for video chatting, whether with long-distance relatives or with colleagues. Should you want to buy one, this deal is a goodie. Should you not, there are some other products on sale that might be a better fit.
The 4th generation Echo Dot (8/10, WIRED Recommends) produces detailed sound that can fill a room, has Alexa inside for queries and commands, and offers a 3.5-mm output for hooking up larger speaker systems. What more do you want in a smart speaker? This version also displays the time on the speaker, and can even show timers.
The fourth generation of the standard Amazon Echo (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is our favorite Echo speaker overall. It’s got room-filling sound, excellent signal processing, and it picks up voice commands better than its predecessors (though it still struggles if you’re playing loud music).
While we much prefer Amazon’s larger Echo Show devices, the Show 5 is super cute and nails the basics. You can ask Alexa nearly anything, video chat (there’s a camera), and use it as a smart home hub. We appreciate the physical shutter for the camera when it’s not in use, but the smaller screen detracts from the magic and limits its usefulness.
While we prefer Google Assistant, this is the best alternative smart display for Alexa fans. It’s a good size for the kitchen counter or night stand and you can use it to watch video, ask Alexa questions, and make video calls. It also makes a nice digital photo frame if you use Amazon Photos. It was $5 cheaper over the weekend, but this is still a good deal.
Sony’s little portable speaker is one of my new favorites, thanks to its bold, bassy sound. Toss it into a backpack or book bag and you can take your favorite tunes with you anywhere, thanks to an IP67 rating and up to 16 hours of battery life.
Klipsch speakers are gorgeous. But if that’s not enough of a reason to buy this wooden Bluetooth speaker, consider the gorgeous metal knobs and knit-looking grille cover. Imagine yourself sipping Scotch whisky and listening to Miles Davis on this thing.
The YAS-209 is an excellent soundbar that sounds great and is easy to use. It has Amazon’s Alexa voice control onboard, so you can play music, check the weather, and even set timers with ease. It’s been down to this price a couple other times since August, but this is as cheap as it gets.
This soundbar is one of the most expensive ones we feature, and for good reason. It’s our pick for best luxury soundbar, with some of the most advanced audio processing we’ve heard from a single bar. It excels at projecting sound around the room and making you feel like you have a surround system even when you don’t.
Roku’s Streambar is a great combination of a mini soundbar and streaming device with Roku OS onboard, making it the perfect device to pair with smaller, older TVs.
Robot Vacuum and Smart Home Deals
This is one of iRobot’s midrange Roombas, but it is still a solid pick if you’re entering the world of robot vacuums. It sports a roller brush, a simple-to-use app, and it’s quiet and powerful. Despite its price, its navigation abilities are pretty impressive. It comes with Alexa or Google Assistant support.
This is the Best Cheap Robot Vacuum, and thanks to the on-page coupon, it’s cheaper than ever. It runs for more than 100 minutes at a time, and it can deftly navigate obstacles like cords or stray socks.
Pet owners looking for one of the best robot vacuums should consider the S6 MaxV (7/10, WIRED Recommends). It is a powerful, fast vacuum, with long battery life. There’s an optional mop attachment and a camera, and it can avoid any messes your dog may have deposited.
Topping our best robot vacuums guide, the Roomba i3+ doesn’t just do a good job cleaning your floors, it even empties its own bin (though you will have to empty the big bin on the charging base from time to time). A full bin is the most common reason a robot vacuum stops cleaning effectively, so a self-emptying model that works is a big step up. Stock is limited, but you can still order it.
Robot vacuums have different features here or varying capacities there, but the bottom line is that they offer a convenient way to keep up with day-to-day dust-busting. Overall, we like iRobot models. The E5 5150 has special brushes to gather up pet hair, and it’s smart enough to base its cleaning schedules around your daily routines. Our roundup of the Best Robot Vacuums has additional recommendations. Depending on your location, this vacuum might be out of stock.
While this is an older model, we find Eufy robot vacuums to be reliable and easy to use, and this is a deep discount on an already affordable device. It’s quite powerful, with reasonable battery life, but it is slow. Read our full review to learn more.
This is a similar version to the G30 Edge we recommend in our robot vacuums guide. It comes with strips you can use for marking boundaries that you don’t want the robot crossing.
The new Nest Cam is in our guide to the Best Outdoor Security Cameras, but it works just as well indoors. This one is battery-operated, so you can place it pretty much anywhere (within range of your Wi-Fi network), and the battery only needs to be recharged after a month or more. When you need to charge it, you can just take it off the mount—it attaches magnetically. The 1080p video quality is solid, and the motion alerts are seamless. You can pay for a Nest Aware subscription ($6 per month) so it can learn faces, have access to a 60-day event history, and more. The corded version is also on sale for a significantly cheaper $80 ($20 off).
We haven’t tested this battery-powered version of the Nest Doorbell yet, but it adds HDR and night vision. The sun or streetlights won’t blow out the image and ruin your footage. You can get alerts customized for people, packages, animals, and cars, and you can talk to visitors through the doorbell’s speaker if somebody rings when you’re not home.
We have not tried this model, but we’ve tested and liked previous Nest Thermostats. You can control your home’s heating and cooling system from your phone and set schedules. It can remind you when to change your filter, and it can detect when you leave the home to turn on Eco mode to save energy.
The Nest Wi-Fi isn’t our favorite mesh router system because it doesn’t have Wi-Fi 6, a relatively new standard that can support more internet-connected devices in your home with better speeds. That said, it’s dead simple for anyone to set up, doesn’t look ugly, and the mesh point doubles as an Assistant smart speaker, reducing the need to get a separate one.
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We’re testing this video doorbell now, and it’s a great budget pick. This version is wire-free so you don’t have to worry too much about installation. We saw it drop down $30 more, but $170 is still not a bad deal.
While they certainly aren’t cheap, Philips Hue smart lights are among the best you can buy with a wide choice of colors and temperatures, an easy-to-use app, and reliable performance. The starter kit includes three bulbs, a hub so your smart lights can connect more reliably on their own mesh network making them more responsive than lights that connect via Bluetooth, and a handy wireless dimmer switch.
The Arlo Pro 4 is our top pick for the Best Outdoor Security Camera. This bundle includes three cameras, respective batteries, and some additional pieces like a yard sign and anti-theft mounts, all at the same price as it would usually cost to buy two of these cameras separately. The price here is hard to beat, especially for folks that were planning on buying any of the components individually.
You can’t beat Wyze for some of the most affordable security cameras around, and this bundle combines the Wyze Cam V3 with one of our favorite smart displays, the Nest Hub 2nd Gen (7/10, WIRED Recommends). The Wyze Cam V3 has to be plugged in, so works better as an indoor camera, even though it has an IP65 rating. It produces decent 1080p footage and comes with free 14-day cloud storage.
Aiming to cover all of your security needs with a system that includes security cameras, motion sensors, entry sensors, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and a keypad, Simplisafe’s Home Security System (9/10, WIRED Recommends) is impressive. Easy to set up, reliable, and with no need for a monthly fee, this is a cost-effective alternative to traditional security systems. The only element we don’t like is the security camera.
It might be a strange time to buy an air conditioner in most parts of the US, but buying off-season is the best way to save a few bucks, right? WIRED reviews editor has been using this window AC (8/10, WIRED Recommends) since the summer and says it’s incredibly quick to cool his bedroom, and fairly quiet. There’s Alexa and Google Assistant support so you can turn it on with your voice, or even toggle it on before you arrive home. The price has been creeping down over the past few months, but this is the lowest price ever on this AC unit.
This air purifier doubles as a fan and we liked it when we reviewed it a few years ago (8/10, WIRED Recommends). It’s still very expensive, but it doesn’t take up much room. That’s handy if you don’t have the space for a separate fan and purifier.
This is one of our favorite electric toothbrushes. It’s not the most powerful one available, but it’s thin and light, and it offers just a gentle vibration to aid in your cleaning. This is the rechargeable version, but the AAA battery-operated one is also on sale for $15 ($10 off).
Water flossing isn’t necessarily a substitute for regular dental floss, but it’s for those days (or months …) when you just can’t be bothered with string. It’s also significantly smaller than some of the machines I’ve seen, so you don’t need to sacrifice much counter space. I suggest starting out with the soft pressure setting. If you also need a new toothbrush, SmileDirectClub’s Electric Toothbrush is discounted to $10 ($15 off). I’m testing it now, and it’s nice and affordable and will be a step up if you’re using a manual brush. Plus its stand can be stuck to a mirror, the counter, or opened and used as a travel case.
The small but mighty Hum is our overall favorite electric toothbrush (9/10, WIRED Recommends). It’s affordable and beats out the Philips in cleaning power. It’s small, so you can scrub your entire tongue and those hard-to-reach back teeth without issue, plus there’s an app if you want to track your habits.
TV and Streaming Deals
This HiSense ULED TV (8/10, WIRED Recommends) was very nearly our favorite overall television this year. The price-to-performance value for this one is matched only by our favorite TCL TVs, but if you have a stronger preference for Google’s smart TV software, this Google-powered model is the better pick for you.
TCL’s 4-Series used to be a bit under-spec’d for my tastes, but the tech from the higher-end 5- and 6-series models has steadily trickled down over the past few years. That makes this 43-inch a great buy if you’re looking for a smaller model for a kitchen, guest bedroom, or bathroom.
If you’re after a larger TV for a bigger living space, this Vizio is a great deal. It comes with quantum dot color, Vizio’s Pro Gaming Engine for solid performance with game consoles, and the Smartcast ecosystem—one of our favorite methods for casting videos to the TV from your phone.
LG’s C1 (9/10, WIRED Recommends is the best TV we have tested this year. It has gorgeous black levels, hyper-fast gaming response times, and one of the best smart TV interfaces on the market. Whether you’re looking to game at 120 frames per second in 4K, or just to watch darker content like The Mandalorian in ultra fidelity, this model is the ticket.
We like Sony TVs for their excellent video processing software, which produces a superior picture. Priced just below the $1,000 mark, this is a great-looking TV with vibrant color and a classy design. It has Google TV onboard, so you’ll easily be able to cast your favorite shows from Google Chrome or Android.
LG’s NanoCell LED technology makes colors look great, and its Smart TV operating system is actually pretty darn solid. Still, the real reason to buy this model over similarly priced boxes from others is the Magic Remote—LG’s point-and-click, Nintendo Wii-like remote. It’s glorious. You’ll never have to incessantly tap the arrow keys on the remote to input a password again.
If you have a space with curated design and you don’t want a TV getting in the way, Samsung’s Frame models are a great option. When you’re not using them to watch TV, you can set the super-thin TVs to show a variety of famous artworks, allowing the screens to disappear into the background. At this size, it’s perfect for smaller spaces.
If you have a smaller room or you’re looking for the world’s largest computer monitor, check out this gorgeous entry-level OLED from LG, which has deep blacks and astonishing highlights.
This is one of the Best TV Streaming Devices. If you’re all-in on Amazon, the Fire TV Stick 4K is a great choice, as its menus are skewed toward the company’s Prime Video service and purchasing content from its store. And as the third-generation version, it’s faster than its predecessors.
The Google Chromecast With Google TV (8/10, WIRED Review) might have an annoying name, but it remains a top pick in our list of the Best 4K Streaming Devices. It’s great for Google TV and phone streaming. It has Google Assistant built-in, and it’ll let you search for a show or movie to find out which of the numerous streaming services has the content you want to watch.
Folks with a 4K TV should buy the Chromecast With Google TV listed above, but if your TV maxes out at 1080p, this cheaper version is good enough. There’s no interface, but you can stream from an Android device and the dongle supports more than 2,000 apps, including Netflix, YouTube, Disney+, and HBO Now.
The Fire TV Cube is made for “hands-free” streaming via Alexa voice search (6/10, WIRED Recommends). It struggles with this difficult mission, and many folks may be better off with a cheaper Fire TV Stick. Thankfully, it does come with a remote. This is its standard discount price.
If you want to watch your favorite shows and movies on a big screen, just plug this streaming stick into the HDMI port. It has all the latest Roku features, with support for HDR and Dolby Vision. There’s also this older model for $40 ($20 off) that comes with a headphone jack built into the remote control, so you can listen with any set of cans. (A pair of earbuds is also included.)
Shopping for a coffee lover in your life? Or maybe you’ve been thinking of upgrading the way you make coffee at home. Whatever the case, we’ve rounded up the best discounts on WIRED favorites, from a free bag of beans to a powerful professional-grade machine.
Got a big family? This coffee maker (9/10, WIRED Recommends) can make eight cups of coffee. Just add water, your coffee, and your precious drink will flow right into the carafe. It knows how to brew it at the right temperature for the right length of time too.
An automated coffee machine makes any morning a bit better. This one has a broad nozzle to shower the grounds evenly with hot water during the brew cycle, ensuring an even and flavorful extraction.
This isn’t your father’s coffee maker, but it follows in that venerable and likely weathered machine’s footsteps. Simple and straightforward, it has an automatic brew timer, a setting to adjust the brew strength and a compact design for easily slipping onto crowded countertops.
If you’re a drip coffee connoisseur, this machine will turn your morning cup into a sip of heaven. It has a broad nozzle for evenly dripping water over the grounds, and it also features a little knob for increasing or decreasing the strength of the brew. Plus, it’s Wi-Fi enabled and integrates with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can turn it on with your voice from the bedroom while you hide under the covers.
This is our favorite cold brew coffee maker. It’s dead simple to use and brews 32 ounces of cold brew coffee. The resulting taste isn’t too gritty due to the mesh basket filter, and it’s very easy to clean the whole thing when you’re done. See our Best Cold Brew Coffee Makers guide for more.
A solid all-around espresso machine from DeLonghi, it features a single boiler, steamer wand, and everything you need to pull a good shot of espresso. It’s good for small spaces and home use. It lacks the pro-grade features (shot timer, temperature gauge) you’d get on more expensive models, but it’s still quite capable.
Here’s another mid-range espresso machine built to last, without any unnecessary gimmicks. The Solis Barista Perfetta is super compact and narrow, perfect for small kitchen counters. We haven’t tested this exact model, but its features suggest it falls right around in line with the Breville Bambino Plus, another slimline espresso machine with basic yet robust functionality.
Breville’s Infuser espresso machine is a solid mid-range machine. It’s built with Breville’s signature style and quality, it feels solid and doesn’t move around easily when you’re using it. Plus it includes a pressure gauge, which is important for dialing your espresso shots—if the pressure is too high, your grounds are too tightly packed, or too finely ground; if the pressure is too low, then your grounds might be too coarse or not tightly packed enough. It’s a great feature and one I use every day on Breville’s other machines.
Atlas Coffee Club is one of our favorite coffee subscription services, and right now you can get your first month’s bag sent to you for free if you’re a new customer. You get single-origin beans from a different country every month, along with postcards and tasting notes. Atlas also lets you customize your order; you can get ground coffee or whole beans, light or dark roasts, and the frequency of delivery. If you’re already a subscriber, you can save up to $55 by gifting a subscription.
Another one of our favorite coffee subscription services, Trade, offers a wide variety of different beans and blends, plus it has some of the best customer service around. You can also choose to get $25 off your first six bags. Trade is also offering 10 percent off coffee gifts.
Subscription service Grounds and Hounds not only has some of our favorite dark roasts, but it also gives 20 percent of its profits to animal shelters.
One of the best ways to up your espresso game is by investing in a burr grinder. The Solis Scala is a good entry-level model—relatively affordable without compromising on grind quality. Its internal burrs will grind your coffee evenly to ensure an even and consistent extraction.
Most espresso machines come with a tamp, but they’re usually pretty cheap or flimsy. To ensure an even pack on your espresso, you should invest in a solid and weighty tamp like this one.
Mattress and Furniture Deals
Burrow’s Black Friday sale offers up to 15 percent off, with additional savings based on how much you spend. We tested the Arch Nomad Sectional, which is a model that includes a chaise lounge and therefore costs a bit more, and included it in our guide to the Best Couches. All configurations are on sale, and they all feature quick assembly and plush, comfortable cushions.
WIRED reviews editor Julian Chokkattu has been testing this couch for a month or so and says it’s super comfortable—so much so that he, his partner, and his pup have all repeatedly fallen asleep on it instead of moving to the bed. It can fit the three of them too because it’s super roomy and long at 84 inches. It’s very easy to set up (perfect for anyone that moves around a lot), and the velvet upholstery is very soft to the touch.
There’s a lot to like about this comfortable couch, from the deep-set cushions that hold their shape to Allform’s commitment to sustainability. We also highlighted its stain resistance in our Best Couches guide. You can choose from a wide range of fabrics or leather finishes.
Specializing in couches for 1950s or ’60s-styled homes, Benchmade does a great line in luxury seating with a polished website that makes it easy to select the couch, color, and size you want. Senior WIRED reviewer Scott Gilbertson called this “the best-looking and most comfortable couch I’ve ever sat on.”
While this brand made it into our Best Couches guide, it is not the most comfortable around. But it is functional, very sturdy, and built to last. It is easy to assemble, with Velcro strips and bars that snap easily into place. You can choose from different optional segments—such as desk pop-outs on the arms and a matching ottoman—to turn it into the sofa you want.
This deal applies to more products than just the Sactional line, but those customizable, comfortable products are our favorites from Lovesac. The Sactional is featured in our guide to the Best Couches. We also really like the new and optional Stealthtech upgrade (8/10, WIRED Recommends), though it’s extremely expensive—so better to get it while it’s on sale.
Some spots around the home simply cry out for a comfy armchair, and this one from Inside Weather made our Best Couches guide. You can customize arm style, upholstery, pillow shape, cushion shape, leg style, and more to get the perfect finish for your space. It’s also roomy for an armchair, with generous arms to set things on, and solid construction that feels like it will last.
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Even after testing more mattresses this year, the Helix Midnight Luxe is still our favorite. It’s plush and comfortable, and designed to prevent back pain—the springs are firmer in areas that need more support. Unfortunately, it’s also super expensive and has gone up in price since last Cyber Week, but if you can afford it, we think you’ll really love it.
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WIRED senior reviewer Scott Gilbertson said this is the only mattress he and his wife agree on, despite her liking soft mattresses and him liking firm ones. It somehow combines them both and has held up over the past year. There’s also a pillow top option for those who need a super soft mattress. It’s not just comfortable. This is our favorite eco-friendly mattress, made from organic latex, wool, and cotton. There’s no polyurethane, fire retardants, memory foam, or chemical adhesives. The company is also a certified B Corporation that’s purchasing enough offsets to be able to say it operates as a carbon-negative business.
If you’d like an organic mattress for your child, you can save some money by going with this brand instead of Avocado. It’s made with organic latex, wool, and cotton. Reviewer Scott Gilbertson tried this one for his kids, and he said it’s firm but comfortable—his kids said it’s the most comfortable mattress they’ve ever tried. For $125 more, you can choose the double-sided option to extend the life of the mattress if your kids are rough on beds (i.e., they’re constantly jumping on them).
This is another organic option and it comes from Helix, the maker of our favorite bed. It has a plush and bouncy feel but isn’t squishy. It’s also good for stomach, side, and even back sleeping, but it doesn’t stay as cool as some other options on this list. This deal includes two pillows.
WIRED writer Louryn Strampe tested both the Birch and this organic Awara mattress. She found this one to be springy and comfortable especially for solo sleepers but says it didn’t offer as much support as the Birch. The company plants 10 trees (through trees.org) for every mattress purchased. This deal comes with two pillows, a sheet set, and a mattress protector.
This is one of our honorable mentions. Its thick pillow top is almost as nice as our favorite mattress, the Helix Midnight Luxe. This deal comes with two pillows, a sheet set, and a mattress protector.
The Leesa Hybrid is one of lead mattress reviewer Jeffrey Van Camp’s favorites. It has a silky, textured cover and it’s soft yet firm and pressure-relieving. He said the layers of foam and springs blend together nicely, hugging his body to sleep. Like the Helix, it’s also pricey. This deal comes with two pillows.
Make sure you choose Hybrid Foam + Springs. Casper is probably the most popular of all the bed-in-a-box mattress brands. We prefer this hybrid over the all-foam, which pops up first on the website, so make sure you’re purchasing the right one. It’s the bed WIRED reviews director Jeffrey Van Camp switched back to in between testing other mattresses. He called it a palette cleanser and says it feels how a bed should. It’s supportive but soft, and typically works for stomach, back, and side sleepers. If you’ve read through our guide and are having trouble picking, this is a safe bet.
You might not know if you need a soft or firm mattress. Layla’s mattress is double-sided, so you can spend a few nights on both (medium firm and medium soft) to figure it out. It’s all-foam, so it’s not as comfortable as hybrid mattresses, but we liked it even for stomach sleeping. This deal comes with two pillows.
We think this one is great for side-sleepers. Its four layers of dense, conforming foam gently hug you while you snooze, but you don’t sink in too much. It offers a “Forever Warranty.” This deal comes with 2 pillows, a sheet set, and a mattress protector.
This is not the best deal we’ve ever seen, but it’s a solid mattress with a unique waffle-y silicone top layer. We loved sleeping on it—it was Jell-O-ey cool and supportive—but it’s one of our honorable mentions because it’s not as comfortable as the hybrid mattress we love. Purple does offer a hybrid, but it’s pricey.
We much prefer Leesa’s Hybrid mentioned above, but this all-foam option is still comfortable, and it’s more affordable. It feels very similar to the original foam Casper, but we like the Leesa more.
The top three inches of this mattress are super soft, so you’ll sink right in—in a good way—when you’re ready to settle down for the night. Despite the squishiness, it’s still pressure-relieving, supportive, and cool.
This is another honorable mention that’s decent if you like soft beds. WIRED writer Matt Jancer slept on it for two months and enjoyed it but wasn’t blown away.
The Eight Sleep all-foam mattress is far too expensive for its unimpressive feel. But if you’re into the idea of tracking your sleep and want to be able to set your mattress to a specific temperature, you might be interested in this smart cover to pair with whatever mattress you buy. Even discounted, it’s more expensive than most of the actual mattresses on this list.
Fitness and Health Deals
The Apple Watch SE is our top pick as the best Apple Watch for most people. It’s a great choice if you don’t need the intricate features that come with the Series 7—like an electrocardiogram (ECG) sensor, always-on display, and blood oxygen monitor—and just want a basic, affordable Apple Watch to pair with your iPhone. In addition to standard health and fitness tracking, you’ll also get a Retina display, fall detection, and a speedy processor.
Yoga doesn’t have to be equipment-intensive, but if you’re tired of using a beach towel for a mat and restrictive soccer pants for yoga clothes, check out Gaiam’s full lineup of yoga mats, blocks, straps, clothing, and other accessories. Check out my guide to setting up a yoga space in your home for tips on why you’d want to use yoga blocks and straps.
Fitness doesn’t always come cheap, but this big, bold, and beautiful treadmill scored 8/10 in our review, and the subscription is more affordable than a gym. It has a large, immersive touchscreen that rotates and iFit integration, but you will need plenty of space to accommodate it in your home.
We consider the Garmin Venu Sq (8/10 WIRED Recommends) the best fitness watch in our roundup of the Best Smartwatches—specifically for its ability to accurately track health and fitness metrics coupled with its affordable price. As for specific features, the Venu Sq offers an always-on LCD touchscreen, blood oxygen monitoring, energy level monitoring, and sleep tracking.
This is the best price yet for the best hybrid smartwatch. It looks like a traditional watch but provides helpful insight into heart rate data, weather, and step counts at a glance thanks to the E Ink display. A single charge lasts for an entire week. Think of the Jorn less like a fitness tracker and more like a typical watch with some added health statistics. When it comes to tracking workout specifics, other smartwatches will be a better fit.
This is WIRED’s favorite fitness tracker. The Charge 5 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) strikes an incredible balance between features and price. It can seemingly track it all, from stress to sleep, and the bright AMOLED display and long battery life are icing on the cake. The Fitbit Charge 4, our previous top pick, is also on sale gets you much better value.
Part percussive device, part foam roller, the Wave is good for general workout recovery or muscle relaxation. For more affordable Theragun products designed to pinpoint specific areas, the Solo for $59 ($20 off).
This luxe massage gun is still expensive, but it doesn’t go on sale very often. There are a lot of Therabody devices out there. The Elite is the quietest and best. This discount is part of a bigger Theragun Cyber Monday sale.
Stop slouching! Did that make you sit up straight? Well, this device (8/10, WIRED Recommends) might actually help improve your posture. It sticks to your back via an adhesive strip (or a necklace) and it vibrates when your back reaches a specific angle you calibrate in the companion app (kind of like a shock band, minus the shocking part). WIRED reviewer Medea Giordano says it’s the only device that’s made her think about her posture even when she’s not wearing it.
Capable of delivering up to 12 measurements about your body, the Eufy Smart Scale C1 appears in our best smart scales guide. You need to use the EufyLife app and connect your phone via Bluetooth is you want more than a simple weight readout, but it’s easy to set up. It also boasts an elegant design and works swiftly compared to other scales we tested.
Ebikes and Bike Accessories
The Propella is my favorite budget ebike of all those I’ve tested at WIRED. The components are quality, the bike weighs a svelte 37 pounds—that’s light for an ebike—and its looks don’t scream “ebike.” Associate reviews editor Parker Hall awarded it an 8/10 and a WIRED Recommends award in his review of the very similar V3.2 model last year.
I gave the more expensive Freedom X model a 7/10 in my review for its good looks, stronger-than-typical acceleration, and low 39-pound weight. The Freedom 2 has all those things minus the so-so torque sensor and integrated LCD display. They’re both good models, but between the two I recommend you save $200 and go for the Freedom 2.
The Lectric XP is the Best Affordable Electric Bike. When we reviewed the original (7/10, WIRED Recommends), we commended its smooth ride and solid range. The discounted 2.0 has an even smoother ride, wider handlebars, and generally improved comfort, plus baked-in water resistance. This bike is heavy, but the deal is great, especially since it includes a premium headlight, bike lock, and a few other accessories.
The Apollo Ghost (8/10, WIRED Recommends) usually costs $1,699, so this deal nets you a free Apollo Air free. Reviews editor Julian Chokkattu loves the Ghost for its speed and power. The Air Pro won’t go as fast and suffers from a much-limited range, but it’s still a solid entry-level e-scooter. The Apollo Ghost is also discounted on its own for $1,399 ($200 off).
The Street is a sharp-looking helmet for those who don’t want to look like a weekend racer. Many of Nutcase’s helmets now come with MIPS (multi-directional impact system). It’s a liner inside the helmet that allows some rotation to absorb energy and reduce the risk of rotational brain injuries. The Nutcase Vio is also $120 ($30 off) to mount bike headlamps and tail lamps.
Camping and Hiking Deals
Swing by our wide range of hiking and camping guides, such as All the Gear You Need to Start Hiking, Best Camp Stoves, Best Tents, and a Gift Guide for Outdoorsy People. We also have advice in our guides on How to Layer Outdoor Clothing, Best Baselayers, and Best Rain Jackets.
Towering chunks of wood on a bonfire are a lot of fun, but finding a lot of dry wood takes a serious time commitment. The smokeless Solo Stove requires less wood than an open bonfire and burns more completely, and it lets fewer sparks go astray, which is an important consideration if you’re setting it up in a backyard or a forested campsite. Associate reviews editor Parker Hall fell in love with the larger Yukon model.
This smaller, cheaper model offers the same, well-contained firepit experience as the Solo Yukon firepit (7/10, WIRED Review), just smaller. It’s perfect for roasting marshmallows after a nice barbecue.
This isn’t just a fire pit. It’s also a grill. But it’s not just a grill, either! It can charge your phone. And it has a fan that you can control with an app on your phone using a Bluetooth connection. This model made our best portable grills. We reviewed the previous version and found it light, portable, and easy to clean.
You can get a wide range of bottles, tumblers, and travel mugs at Hydro Flask. The brand pops up in our best reusable water bottles and best travel mugs guides, as they are generally tough and don’t leak.
Tie up for a rest during a day hike, take a snooze between two trees in your backyard, or spend a night outdoors under the clear sky. This two-person nylon hammock weighs only 19 ounces, but it supports up to 400 combined pounds of snugglin’. This is also a pick in our stress relief gift guide.
For hot environments, I favor a loose button-down shirt over a T-shirt because it vents better and the collar protects the neck. The Canyon’s SPF 50-equivalent fabric protected me on a four-day hike through Big Bend National Park where 95-degree temperatures in the full sun tried (and failed) to roast me. For more ideas, check out our guide to the Best Everyday Sun Protection.
The PreCip range has been around for a couple of decades. Marmot nailed the design years ago and has only had to tweak it since then, like including pit zips and a drawstring-adjustable hem. Senior associate reviews editor Adrienne So gave the PreCip Eco a favorable review in her round-up of the Best Rain Jackets.
Sometimes you don’t need a whole new glove—just a little extra warmth on a particularly long day in the cold. These liners slip inside a larger pair of gloves to boost their toastiness, and the merino wool keeps insulating even if you get them wet from throwing snowballs.
Need some new kitchen tools to help out this holiday season? We’ve found the best deals on the most useful kitchen gadgets.
KitchenAid mixers are the stand mixer for home bakers. They’re pricey, but they’re multitaskers—you can cream butter, knead dough, even grind meat (with an attachment), and the KitchenAid will make quick work of it. What you’re paying for is the motor, and it’s a good one that might last for generations. Stock keeps fluctuating, so grab it fast if you see it available.
Next year, use a sous vide wand on your Thanksgiving turkey. We have not tested this exact model, but we loved two earlier versions (both the predecessor to the Pro and the Anova Nano, which is also on sale for $99 ($30 off). It’s less powerful but more compact.
ThermoWorks’ Thermapen series thermometers are the Cadillacs of the instant-read thermometer world. They’re not cheap, but they’re reliable, simple to use, and last forever. I’ve been using mine for years and it’s every bit as good as the day it arrived. The One is accurate to ±0.5 degrees Fahrenheit and takes one second to read the temp. Note that Thermapen doesn’t sell on Amazon and we suggest avoiding any Thermapens (or knock-offs) you see there.
Want to throw a backyard pie party? Ooni’s pizza ovens are the best we’ve tried. They’re all on sale, so it’s worth browsing the site on your own, but we think the best deal is the Karu 12 multi-fuel oven. It gives you the flexibility to use wood or charcoal when the flavor is key, or switch to gas for those times you need a pie in a hurry.
I know what you’re thinking, a hundred-dollar mug? But hear us out. If you’re a coffee addict this mug might change your game. It keeps your coffee hot for hours on end without scalding it thanks to a built-in heating element. It also leaves enough room for you to taste the flavors of the coffee rather than simply broiling your taste buds.
We haven’t tested this one extensively, but a good friend of mine has one and I can vouch for the fact that she makes delicious bread. It’s got plenty of controls, from crust darkness to type of bread, you can dial everything in just the way you want it. My only hesitation would be the size; this thing is not small so make sure you have some room to stash it when you’re not using it.
Camera and Accessories Deals
These are the best camera deals we’ve found, including video and photo accessories. Be sure to have a look at our guides to the Best Mirrorless Cameras guide, Best Action Cameras guide, and Best Camera Bags, Straps, Inserts, and Backpacks. if you’re unsure what to buy. Our guide to the Gear and Tips You Need to Make Studio-Grade Home Videos has some more tips and tricks.
If you want to invest in a great camera, look no further than this Sony A7RIII. This is the lowest price we’ve ever seen. Sure, it’s not the latest model, but you’re getting a lot for under $2,000. The 42-megapixel full-frame sensor delivers sharp images and excellent dynamic range, and the camera is light enough to carry all day. The image stabilization is pretty great, and you have access to a dizzyingly large selection of lenses.
The Z 5 is Nikon’s budget-friendly full-frame camera. It features a 24-megapixel sensor, a nice, bright OLED viewfinder, a 3.2-inch touchscreen, dual SD card slots, and in-body image stabilization. This is the lowest price we’ve seen. A kit version, with a 24-50mm lens, is also on sale for $1,297 ($400 off) at Amazon.
This deal puts Fujifilm’s GFX 50R medium format camera down in the price range of full-frame systems. It’s really kind of crazy to think you can get a medium format camera for this price. That said, there are some things to note. The GFX 50R relies on Contrast Detect autofocus, which is slower and less accurate than what you’ll find in most full-frame systems. Video performance is also not great, but the still image quality blows every full-frame system I’ve used out of the water.
This deal has been coming and going for a few months now, but this is still a great price on an excellent camera. The S5 is our top pick for those wanting to shoot video with a full-frame sensor. It’s a fine stills camera too, but what really sets it apart is the high-end video features like support for V-Log recording, anamorphic 4K support, and uncropped 4K at 30 frames per second.
This is the lowest price we’ve seen on Panasonic’s GH5, which is deservedly the go-to camera for video. Panasonic has announced the GH6, but it’s not shipping yet and frankly, the GH5 remains very impressive. Capable of capturing 4K HDR footage with its 20-megapixel sensor, it doesn’t suffer from the rolling shutter effect you’ll find in most CMOS sensors. It’s a beast.
We never did a full review of it, but this is one of the best video cameras I’ve ever used for the money. It’s lightweight, compact, super simple to use, and cranks out some really nice 4K video. If you’ve been wanting to upgrade from shooting video on your phone but don’t want to spend a fortune, the ZV-1 is a great choice—especially for vloggers, since it has some special features just for people who film themselves talking to the camera.
The Insta360 One R Twin Edition (8/10, WIRED Recommends) doubles as a 360-degree camera and a standard action cam. That’s thanks to the interchangeable lens system, which lets you attach a 4K camera, a dual-lens 360-degree camera, and a wide-angle Leica lens paired with a 1-inch sensor for 5K video. It’s spendy, but it’s a very versatile system if you want to capture different types of footage when you’re out adventuring. We also like that Insta360 keeps updating the firmware, adding features for free rather than releasing a new body every year.
We love Moment’s smartphone lenses. They help take your phone photos to another level, and Moment’s current sale makes them much more accessible than ever before. First, you need a Moment phone case to be able to attach the lenses to the back of your camera. The company sells cases for Samsung, Google, and iPhones
This Aputure video light is magnetic, so it can attach to a variety of surfaces for easy mounting. It has plenty of effects and color options, and you can either recharge it via USB-C or with a Qi wireless charger.
This stand is very stable, and the ends of the clamp double as cold shoe mounts, so you can hook up a microphone and a compact video light for a full on-the-go studio. Our only gripe is that you can’t adjust the height.
If you’re standing directly in front of your camera, then a shotgun mic will be one of the best ways to record audio. This one from Deity fits onto the shoe mount on the top of a camera. Just plug it in, and you’re ready to go. It does a great job of picking up audio at a close distance. It’ll plug into your phone too if that’s how you roll.
One of the best ways to improve your video is to improve the audio that goes with it. We haven’t tested this model, but Røde is one of the best names in pro audio and this shotgun comes highly recommended. We’re also big fans of the smaller Røde VideoMic Go, which is similar but not quite as high quality as this one.
This 50-liter bag is so spacious it can fit all your important photo gear in the removable camera cube, plus anything else you need to bring on a hiking trip. The back padding, shoulder straps, and waist straps are thick and soft, making the whole thing incredibly comfortable to wear. We recommend pairing it with a camera cube on Wandrd’s website.
Don’t want to carry your camera in a bag? I like this wrist strap, which is easy to attach to nearly any camera, and it automatically fastens if you let go. The recycled soft-touch nylon isn’t rough on the wrist, and the strap can carry up to 75 pounds.
This card has been in my Sony A7II for three years now and has never let me down. It’s fast enough for recording 4K video, has plenty of room for all-day shooting, and has proved very reliable. This deal is great for those with dual slots in their cameras.
This is our top camera backpack for most people in our Best Camera Bags guide. It’s relatively small, yet can still fit a DSLR or mirrorless camera, additional lenses, and a small tripod in the side pocket (with a loop to secure it). There’s a luggage pass-through strap, a padded laptop storage area, and a compartment up top for everything else. The best part is it comes in a ton of fun colors.
Reviews editor Julian Chokkattu took this backpack on my road trip around Iceland and says it couldn’t have been more perfect. It might be too big to count as a personal item, but as a carry-on, you can convert it to a duffel or leave it as a backpack. Pair it with two of Wandrd’s Essential Camera Cubes ($278 total), and you can fit a ton of equipment and have space for clothes and other gear. You can learn more about it in our Best Camera Bags guide.
This sling comes in various sizes, but whichever you choose, you get a durable, weather-resistant bag that’s comfortable to carry and roomy. The dividers in the main compartment are customizable to fit your gear, and there are a lot of pockets with organization for your batteries, filters, and chargers.
Self-Care and Beauty Deals
Self-Care means something different to everyone. It could involve long bubble baths and face masks, or it might be time spent playing games, reflecting on memories with loved ones, or spoiling your pets. See our guides to weighted blankets, hair straighteners, hairdryers, electric toothbrushes, loungewear, and beauty gifts for more ideas.
I love digital picture frames, especially those from Aura. They can display the hundreds of photos you likely have on your phone while looking nice (and not pixelated or tacky). This Luxe version allows videos to play too. The Mason.
There are a few apps made to help you meditate, and Headspace is one of the most popular. The app has hundreds of guided meditations, whether you’re looking for something for general relaxation or need help dealing with anxiety.
Home safety is important too, and Invisawear offers peace of mind by hiding a panic button charm in a keychain, bracelet, necklace, or scrunchie. When you press it, your location is sent to local authorities and/or preselected contacts from the app. The keychain works for both iPhone and Android users, but the entire thing needs to be replaced when the battery dies (for a discounted $99 price). Check out our guide to the best Personal Safety Devices for more.
This deal started at $187, which is still a pretty good deal on a fancy flat iron that we like, but if you can get it for $175 from Amazon, it’s even better. It has a unique temperature feature that sets the heat—via touch controls on the handle—based on your hair texture (fine, medium, coarse), length (short, medium, long), and whether your hair is color-treated. There’s also a refresh mode for hair touch-ups at a lower temperature.
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Miss Jessie’s is my go-to hair product line, but it’s expensive for bottles I go through quickly. I saw this deal and stocked up on my holy grails, Pillow Soft Curls.
This is the lowest price we’ve seen so far on this hair dryer. There are cheaper ones you can get, but if you regularly dry your hair without a diffuser, the oscillating nozzle is a really cool addition. It rapidly moves side to side, mimicking the back and forth motion you might make with your hand.
There are cheaper ways to try heatless curls, but this kit comes from a small, woman-owned business, and it makes a nice gift. It comes with a wooden comb, a spray bottle, and the star of the show: a microfiber and wire curler. You wrap damp hair up in a makeshift bun, and when it dries your hair will be curled without any heat damage. Mileage varies by hair type.
We all want what we don’t have. In my case, that’s cute freckles. Thankfully there are countless faux freckle products and DIY hacks out there. Freck is the best one I’ve tried, and a few other WIRED staffers are fans too. Just create a few dots, tap it out with your finger, and redistribute the leftover product to the rest of your face. No one will know they’re fake unless they’re really studying you. The price has gone down since more options became available. You can opt for the XL bottle.
People love Paula’s Choice, particularly this exfoliant. I didn’t see much change, but have family members who noted nearly immediate improvement. Paula’s Choice sales aren’t uncommon, but they also aren’t usually large either. If you’ve been dying to try it, you can at least save a few bucks.
Sex Toy Deals
Read our Best Sex Tech guide for more details about many of the products below.
This is another one of our favorites, this one’s designed to stimulate the p-spot or prostate. It’s a bit big, so if you’re a newcomer to butt stuff you might want to build up to it. But once you’re ready, it’s an incredible p-spot vibrator. It’s shaped to perfectly rest against the p-spot, and it not only boasts powerful vibrations but it includes a motion-sensitive remote control. So you or a partner can adjust the intensity without having to fumble with buttons.
Lelo’s Elise 2 vibrator is a smooth, sleek beauty with a very comfy and fluid design and super-soft exterior shell of silicone. Built with Lelo’s signature style and impressive design sensibility the Elise 2 isn’t just a looker, it has powerful vibration capabilities. It has two internal motors, and produces deep, rumbly vibrations, perfect for internal or external use.
The Sona Cruise is a streamlined and sleek little air pulse stimulator designed to provide suction similar to the sensation of receiving oral sex. Sona was one of the first ones to hit the market, and the Cruise version boasts an interesting feature: It automatically increases intensity when pressed hard against the body. So you don’t have to fumble with the buttons, just lean in.
The Poco is an adorable little vibrator with two powerful motors and a flexible body. It’s easy to bend into just the right position to hit your G-spot, or for external use in interesting positions. It’s small, discreet, and pairs with the MysteryVibe app so you can set up your own vibration patterns or give someone else control of it.
The Crescendo is the bigger sibling of the Poco. It features a similar but more flexible body and has a whopping six internal motors. Those motors can all be adjusted with the included app, giving you very granular control over your vibration intensity and rhythm. Mostly I ended up using the built-in vibration patterns because there are quite a few, and they’re all pretty good. Those motors give the Crescendo a very unique vibration profile too, it doesn’t just feel like it’s one powerful motor vibrating the whole toy but rather several smaller ones vibrating throughout the toy. This is one of our favorites and for good reason. It’s fully waterproof, so it’s a great pick for bath time.
PicoBong is Lelo’s brand for sex toys designed to be beginner-friendly and usually budget-friendly. But that doesn’t mean they’re cheap. Far from it. PicoBong’s Moka Blue is a great g-spot vibrator. It’s angled to hit just the right spots, and it’s just as well-made as any of Lelo’s other toys. It’s a great choice for anyone who’s just getting into sex tech.
One of the original suction toys, the Womanizer Premium has been around a while. The name is unfortunately very gendered, but if that doesn’t bother you, it’s a solid pick for powerful suction. If the name is a sticking point, I’d recommend the Dame Aer instead.
The We-Vibe Touch is a modern take on the classic bullet vibrator. It’s soft, squishy, and has a contoured body that makes it easier to hold and maneuver. The tip is shaped to fit over just about any erogenous zone. It’s also waterproof and surprisingly quiet.
This one is another suction or air-pulse stimulator designed to simulate the sucking sensation of oral sex. The Melt is a small, discreet, and cute little toy. It’s contoured and fits well in your hand no matter the angle you’re using it from, and the open end is large enough to encircle the clitoris without touching it directly—a great choice if you or your partner are particularly sensitive. It also supports We-Vibe’s app, so you can control it remotely for some long-distance partner play.
This is a vibrator designed specifically for those of you who like rumbly, diffuse stimulation while lying on top of a vibrator. The Laya II is contoured and designed for this orientation, so it won’t poke you anywhere sensitive the way a standard vibrator might if you lie on top of it. It’s also on our best-of list.
We haven’t tried it ourselves yet, but this looks like a fun little kit for couples. It’s a boxed set of sex toys that includes a vibrator specifically designed for the penis and another vibrator designed to go around the penis but also stimulate a clitoris or neo penis. It also includes a few spicy bedroom games, a massage candle, and a cute little hair scrunchie.
This little toy is fun to use all on its own or as an accompaniment to any harness or strap. It fits right in the O-ring, and it’s great for anyone who isn’t looking for size. Small and approachable, great for all kinds of internal play.
Pulsators are another relatively new kind of toy. Shaped like traditional vibrators, they actually pulsate back and forth to simulate thrusting. It’s a new experience for many, but if you’re a fan, it’s hard to go back to standard internal vibrators. This one has a flared head to mimic the shape of a penis and features medium-to-high intensity levels.
This is one of our favorite controllers, and one of the best ways to upgrade your Switch gaming experience. It’s supremely comfortable to hold for long game sessions, and it has long battery life. It’s just a shame it doesn’t come in fun colors like the neon blue and red Joy-Cons.
This is about as self-explanatory as a deal can get. This gift card for $50 in eShop credit is knocked down to $45, so it’s basically an extra $5 off any games you’re planning to buy. The card balance doesn’t expire, either, so if you ever plan to spend at least $50 on games, this deal’s a no-brainer.
The Xbox Game Pass subscription comes with the same library of games as the Ultimate subscription, including many first-party Microsoft games. But this version of the subscription is specifically for PC players. You can also stack this deal for up to 36 months.
The Jackbox games are hilarious fun, and some of the best games to play when stuck indoors. So long as one player has a copy of the game, other players can join in using a smartphone. Every pack has different games to play, ranging from trivia and drawing contests to made-up words and ad-libs.
If you can’t get your hands on an Xbox Series S/X, you can still potentially play exclusive games via Xbox Cloud Gaming, which comes as part of Game Pass. Clips like this one let you attach your phone to an Xbox controller, so you can play streaming games anywhere, even when you’re not at your couch.
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This might be out of stock depending on your location. When your kids are old enough (Lego suggests 4 years and up), there are few toys that offer such unbridled creativity. This Classic set includes 1,500 pieces in all with four base plates and a range of colored bricks that can be built into anything your little ones can imagine.
Packed with different circuits that can be snapped together, this is a great way for kids to learn about the basics of electronics and get a taste for putting things together. There are more than 60 parts including resistors, a microphone, a slide switch, and wires that can be used to create a lie detector, AM radio, and more.
Blending the digital and physical worlds, Osmo’s innovative kits appear in our Best STEM Toys guide. Kids mount their iPad or Fire tablet on the special stand and engage in educational puzzles and games by interacting with pieces on a tabletop. Your tablet’s camera picks up on the action and provides onscreen and audio feedback. Games develop skills like adding and multiplication, spelling and vocabulary, puzzle-solving and physics, learning to draw, basic coding, and more. There are fun and imaginative kits for different ages, from preschoolers up to 12-year-olds.
This is great for fans of sabotage and wordplay—it’s like a wordplay version of Battleship. Up to eight people can play, and it usually ends up being hilarious, and every round is fast-paced and different from the last. It also has great replay value. It usually sells for between $10 and $12, but this is the cheapest it has been all year.
What kid doesn’t love bouncing on a trampoline? It’s a good way to get energy out and take a break from all their screens. This is a pretty nice price deal on one too, and the cheapest we’ve tracked for it in the last few months.
Just like how it’s interesting to see our ancestry, pet DNA tests are a fun thing to help us learn more about our best pals. Some of them also offer a health aspect, so you can get an idea of what they might struggle with in the future and, hopefully, help them live long, healthy lives. Embark is the most expensive dog test we tried, but it’s jam-packed with information. You can even find your dog’s relatives.
Cats tend to get overlooked when it comes to DNA and breeds, but this DNA test is super-comprehensive, with plenty of health and breed information. It did drop to $69 in 2019, but this isn’t a bad deal. I found out that my orange girl, Eely-Rue, is at risk for dental disease, so now I’m attempting to brush her little fangs.
This deal is for new members, and you essentially get two BarkBoxes for the first month when you subscribe to a six- or 12-month plan. Your pup gets a mix of toys, treats, and chews. You probably won’t go through all the treats the company sends, but it’s nice to find good, affordable dog toys that have cute designs to boot. The company donates 10 percent of profits to shelters and rescues across the US and Canada.
The price of the Furbo Dog Camera (9/10, WIRED Recommends) fluctuates, and $118 is not an uncommon deal. It’s still one of our favorite dog cameras. A bark alert sends notifications to your phone, and you can fling treats to your pets from afar. It even takes pictures when your dog gazes into it.
This is one of our favorite pet carriers. It can be buckled into a car seat, the fleece-lined bottom can double as a bed, and the handle can be used as a leash. There’s also a side pocket for storing treats, and it complies with the size requirements of most major airlines. We also like the Pet Tote for $119 ($30 off) for taking our dogs on the New York City subway, where they’re required to be in a bag.
We love Ruffwear’s dog jackets, and the Cloud Chaser is my go-to for my pup when it snows in New York City. The fleece-lined lower panel doesn’t attract too much dirt, it’s a snug fit, and the reflective trim shines bright at night. Make sure to measure your pup before you buy to get the right size (and use Ruffwear’s size guide.
Chewy is my favorite place to shop for my pets because shipping is quick, prices are usually low, and you can sign up for automatic shipments for a slight discount. Right now the company has a buy-two, get-one-free promotion across all animal products, including toys, treats, litter, and products for pet parents. Chewy doesn’t just cater to cats and dogs, either; there are supplies for birds, fish, reptiles, and small pets, such as hamsters, chickens, and even horses.
Senior product reviewer Scott Gilbertson gave NordVPN one of his highest recommendations in his guide to the Best VPN Services, thanks to its severs’ snappy performance and the company’s relatively transparent business practices. The catch? You have to choose (and pay up-front for) a two-year plan to get the big discount.
The free version of NordPass ties only to one device and doesn’t allow syncing. These days, when almost everyone has at least a couple of devices, step up to the $36-per-year deal so that you’re never without your passwords, whether you’re at your computer, on your tablet, or out and about with your phone.
Surfshark has some of the fastest VPN speeds senior product reviewer Scott Gilbertson has ever tested. Its claims of not logging customers’ data are relatively untested, although it did pass an independent audit recently—a good sign for data privacy.
Sometimes the internet of 2021 feels like the internet of 2001. Advertisers and scammers have gotten good at dodging the built-in browser and operating system features that block pop-ups and embedded ads. Slap them down again with AdGuard, a highly customizable ad-blocker that lets you whitelist and blacklist individual sites to your liking.
There are tons of Japanese-themed snack boxes out there, but Bokksu caught product reviewer Louryn Strampe’s eye for centered each box’s theme around a unique region of Japan, such as a cherry blossom box or one featuring the foods of Osaka.
Named the best meal kit subscription for beginner cooks, Home Chef is particularly comprehensive with its directions and tips throughout the cooking process, such as saving you unnecessary effort by reminding you not to clean a pan that’ll later be used for a sauce. There’s an option to select only meals that take less than 30 minutes to cook. Like Blue Apron, the lowest price per serving isn’t particularly cheap—in this case, $7 per serving.
Ugly produce is perfectly nutritious and delicious. It just ends up in landfills far more often than “pretty” produce. Misfits Market buys up aesthetically different fruit and vegetables to sell to hungry folks who know beauty is more than skin-deep. They’ve also branched out beyond produce these days, too. Choose the bigger box, even if you’re cooking for one or two people. You want to make sure you get enough of each type of vegetable or fruit to make an entire side dish or snack.
Each crate comes with a collection of gifts centered around a theme, selected for a range of ages from toddlers under two years old to teenagers. If you’d prefer to select a theme, you can pick from specialist interests such as robots and music as you like. You can purchase three months for $45, six months for $90, and a year for $180, all based on a $15-a-month price.
Many of the boxes contain a themed mix of physical objects and apps which are, thankfully, free of advertisements and in-app purchases. Senior associate reviews editor Adrienne So calls the Sago Mini Box the best subscription box for youngsters, particularly for those aged two to five years old.
As the name suggests, this box is heavy on arts and crafts. This one’s only for new customers, but you can get 40 percent off your first subscription box. If you choose a month-to-month plan, that makes the normally $30 box only $18. Also part of We Craft Box’s Black Friday sale is a free mystery box if you choose to prepay for three or more months.
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