25 Everyday Essentials Worth Stocking Up On During Cyber Monday

25 Everyday Essentials Worth Stocking Up On During Cyber Monday

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Although 2020 has brought on a whole new fleet of what we consider essential items (hello, face masks, hand sanitizer, and Netflix subscriptions), many other essentials have remained the same. Whether you’re in need of new bedding, cozy wardrobe basics, or a toothbrush, here are some of the best deals we’ve seen for the gear you’re likely to use daily. Stock up now for the rest of the year.

For the pearliest whites

crest white strip box
Photo: Amazon

Crest 3D Whitestrips Kit (Glamorous White)
Deal price: $30; street price: $39
Read about at-home teeth whitening kits vs. strips.

When you’re spending so much time staring at your own face on a Zoom screen it seems like an especially good time to whiten up those pearly yellows. Crest’s home whitening kit comes recommended by several of the dentists we interviewed in our piece about at-home teeth whitening kits vs. strips: It’s low-tech, low cost, yet also proven to work. This kit includes 16 glamorous white teeth whitening strip treatments, plus two bonus 1-hour express strip treatments and it’s currently offered at the lowest price we’ve ever seen.

A compact, easy-to-read bathroom scale

The Etekcity EB9380H bathroom scale.
Photo: Sarah Kobos

Etekcity EB9380H Bathroom Scale
Deal price: $13; street price: $20
Read our review of the best bathroom scales.

It feels just a bit cruel to point out a deal on a bathroom scale days after Thanksgiving, but this is a really good deal. The easy-to-read Etekcity EB9380H, our top-pick bathroom scale, gives accurate readings while still looking nice in most bathrooms (it comes in silver, blue, black, and white). The scale has a 400-pound weight capacity, can measure in kilograms or pounds, is completely silent (no beeps), and turns on and off instantly. All that, and it even comes with a one-year warranty.

A dependable and effective electric toothbrush

A single black electric toothbrush stands against a blue background.
Photo: Michael Murtaugh

Oral-B Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush (white) (Amazon)
Deal price: $30; street price: $40
Read our review of the best electric toothbrush.

Oral-B Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush (white) (Walmart)
Deal price: $30; street price: $40
Read our review of the best electric toothbrush.

In our quest for the best electric toothbrush, we’ve spent more than 100 hours researching tooth care, interviewing experts, evaluating nearly every model available, and testing 36 toothbrushes ourselves in hundreds of trials at the bathroom sink. So when we say the Oral-B Pro 1000 is the best electric toothbrush for most people, we mean it. This toothbrush features a built-in two-minute timer and access to one of the most extensive and affordable lines of replaceable toothbrush heads available. Right now you can snag it for the lowest price we’ve seen.

An umbrella that won’t bust in the wind

Repel Easy Touch Umbrella
Photo: Michael Hession

Repel Easy Touch Umbrella
Deal price: $18; street price: $23
Read our review of the best umbrella.

On top of everything else this year, you do not need to get soaked in an unexpected downpour. The Repel Easy Touch is our top umbrella pick for keeping you dry. It folds up to an 11½-inch-long, 14-ounce package that fits easily into most bags and glove boxes. It forcefully expands at a touch of a button to reveal an ample, 37-inch-diameter canopy that protects your torso and head from precipitation in all but the windiest of conditions. We like that it comes in a wide range of colors (making it easy to pick out of a crowded pile of boring black umbrellas), and it’s even backed by a lifetime refund or replacement guarantee.

A cure for a pain in the neck

Ecosa Pillow
Photo: Rozette Rago

Ecosa Pillows
Deal price: $68 with code WCPILLOW; street price: $90
Read our review of the best memory foam pillows.

If your down or down-alt pillows feel too flat or uncomfortable, or if you tend to wake with pain in your neck, head, or shoulders, it might be time to try a memory-foam pillow. The Ecosa Pillow, a contoured pillow that offers extra support for the natural curve of the neck, is the best we’ve tested for back- and side-sleepers who struggle with neck, shoulder, or arm pain while they sleep. Firm with a bit of squish, the pillow helped our testers feel cradled without sinking. You can also adjust its height thanks to two sheets of extra foam that you can add to the bottom (inside the cover). It’s down to a new low price of $68 each when you use the code WCPILLOW.

The perfect comforter for kids

Our pick for the best comforter for kids, the Garnet Hill Essential Down Comforter
Photo: Garnet Hill

Garnet Hill Essential Down Comforter (Queen)
Deal price: $171 with code TOGETHER; street price: $229
Read our review of the best comforter.

There’s nothing quite like colorful new bedding to brighten up a child’s room. The Garnet Hill Essential Down Comforter is especially great for children or teens since it doesn’t require a separate cover and it comes in a ton of colors to suit many styles. It’s machine washable, and the sewn-through construction prevents the down from shifting. If you’re looking for a ready-to-go top cover for any bed, this is a good deal to consider. Note that a few colors are already low in stock, and others will ship on December 28. Use code TOGETHER

Quick-drying lattice towels

The Onsen Bath Towel folded and sitting on a bathroom shelf next to a wicker basket.
Photo: Kyle Fitzgerald

The Onsen Towel 2-Pack
Deal price: $77; street price: $100
Read our review of the best bath towel.

The Onsen Towel Bath Bundle
Deal price: $109; street price: $156
Read our review of the best bath towel.

If you tend to find terry-cloth towels too plush, or if you need something that dries a little faster, you may prefer a lattice-weave towel. Onsen produces our favorite. Made of American-grown Supima cotton, the Onsen towel was the softest and smoothest lattice towel we tested, and five hours after we dried off with it, the fabric was bone dry. It comes in several beautiful, subdued colors to suit most bathrooms. This great deal applies to a set of two or to a bundle featuring multiple sizes.

Dial in to your daily news

The New York Times app on a phone screen
Photo: The New York Times

NYT Basic Digital Access Subscription
Deal price: $52; street price: $104

Although keeping up with the news can be taxing at times, it doesn’t have to tax your wallet. For only $52, you can get a yearlong NYT Basic Digital Access Subscription—that’s just $4 a month. This pricing matches lows we’ve previously seen on this subscription, so it’s definitely a deal worth snagging. Just note that the cost returns to the typical $17 per month once your first year is over, however.

Tee it up

The J.Crew Broken-In Short-Sleeve T-Shirt.
Photo: J. Crew

J.Crew Broken-In Short-Sleeve T-Shirt
Deal price: $17; street price: $35

James Dean doesn’t have to be the only one known for his perfect white T-shirt. With the J.Crew Broken-In Short-Sleeve T-Shirt and a pair of your favorite jeans, you too can become a style icon. This pick in our upcoming guide to white T-shirts is a comfy, cool, and classic addition to your daily wardrobe. With the code CYBER, you can get this shirt for $17, the best price we’ve seen on it.

Coffee break

A Driftaway Coffee subscription box.
Photo: Driftaway Coffee

Driftaway Coffee Annual Subscription
Deal price: $159; street price: $212
Read about 8 Wirecutter staffers on the online coffee subscriptions they love.

As the days get shorter, the weather gets colder, and it gets harder and harder to keep your eyes open, a warm cup of coffee can make all the difference. The Driftaway Coffee Annual Subscription will help keep you caffeinated with 11 ounces of whole bean coffee delivered monthly. Better yet, Driftaway sends your delivery as soon as possible after roasting the beans, ensuring you get some of the freshest beans possible. With the code THANKS25, you can get this deal for only $159.

H2O to-go

A soft pink Takeya 24oz Actives water bottle.
Photo: Michael Hession

Takeya Actives Water Bottle (22 ounces)
Deal price: $16 with code HOLIDAY30; street price: $30
Read our review of the best 8 best water bottles.

Water is the essence of life, but sometimes drinking it is boring and hard to remember. A water bottle that looks cute to carry and feels easy to drink from can help make the experience one that you’ll actually enjoy. Among our favorites from testing is the Takeya Actives Water Bottle, which features a spout with a twist-on flip cap that prevents spills, and a wide mouth that makes it easy to add ice or fruit to your drink. Plus, it comes in several beautiful color options to suit any style.

Softer skivvies

Gap 5″ Boxer Brief underwear
Photo: Michael Murtaugh

Gap 5″ Boxer Briefs (3 for $27 Shipped)
Deal price: $27; street price: $45
Read our review of the best boxer briefs for men.

The question shouldn’t be “Do you wear boxers or briefs?” but rather, “What boxer-briefs are you wearing?” Give the right answer with this pair from Gap. They were among our favorites during testing, because despite lacking some of the more detailed features or high end construction of our more expensive picks, they just felt so comfortable. They come in several sizes and patterns to suit your style, and right now you can get a three-pack for just $27 with shipping (or potentially free store pickup depending on your area.)

Sun safety

A large and travel size version of the Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen SPF 50
Photo: Rozette Rago

Supergoop Play Everyday Lotion SPF 50 with Sunflower Extract
Deal price: $49; street price: $58
Read our review of the best sunscreens for your face.

It may be winter but UV rays fear no chill: You and your loved ones still need to wear sunscreen! Our top pick facial sunscreen, the Supergoop Play Everyday Lotion SPF 50 with Sunflower Extract, rubs in easily and appears nearly transparent once applied so you really have no excuses to skip it. Currently it’s at the lowest price we’ve ever seen.

The daily grind

OXO coffee grinder
Photo: Michael Hession

OXO Brew Conical Burr Grinder
Deal price: $80; street price: $100
Read our review of the best coffee grinder.

The difference between pre-ground beans and fresh-ground beans is also the difference between a decent and great cup of coffee. Our budget pick from testing is the OXO Brew Conical Burr Coffee Grinder, which offers the absolute best grind for the price. It’s also got some nice features, like a mechanism to reduce static when grinding and a hopper you can remove to change out beans easily.

Polished pajamas

One of our testers sitting on a couch with a mug of tea next to a fluffy black dog. They are wearing blue cotton pajamas with white detailing.
Photo: Kyle Fitzgerald

Eberjey Gisele PJ Set
Deal price: $90; street price: $120
Read our review of the best pajamas for women and men.

For a soft pair of pajamas to sleep in or a chic pair of pajamas to work in (this year, we’re not judging) the Eberjey Gisele PJ set will make a great, versatile purchase. With their classic style and contrast piping, they feel totally luxurious, and they come in a multitude of colors and styles (short sleeve, long sleeve, shorts, pants, etc.) to make it easy to find the exact right pair for your preferences.

Live and let fry

All-Clad D3 Stainless 12″ Fry Pan with Lid
Photo: Michael Hession

All-Clad D3 Stainless 12″ Fry Pan with Lid
Deal price: $100; street price: $120
Read our review of the best skillet.

If you’re among those who have started cooking more in 2020, treat yourself to a superior fry pan. Our favorite from testing, the All-Clad D3 Stainless 12″ Fry Pan with Lid, features substantial tri-ply construction that distributes heat evenly, allowing you to sear foods with less risk of burning, and a sturdy stick handle that makes it easy to maneuver. Even after years of regular use, our long-term testers report that it resists discoloration, making it a great kitchen investment piece.

Breathable sheets

The Brooklinen Classic Core Sheet Set, one of our picks for our favorite summer sheets, folded over a basket
Photo: Michael Hession

Brooklinen Classic Core Sheet Set (Queen)
Deal price: $111; street price: $140
Read our review of our favorite summer sheets.

Whether you’re already thinking ahead to summer or you just sleep hot all year round, now is a good time to invest in a breathable sheet set. The Brooklinen Classic Core Sheet Set was among our favorites from testing: they’re thin and cool against the skin, and though not as soft as some of our more expensive picks, their 270-thread count, long-staple cotton fabric is at least decently soft, especially for the price. This set includes a flat sheet, a fitted sheet, and 2 pillowcases. It’s available in several standard colors and fun prints.

More deals we love on everyday essentials:

Garnet Hill Plush-Loft Blanket
Deal price: $134; street price: $180
Read our review of the best blankets.

Your couch is the place where you read, watch movies, and these days maybe even take meals and meetings. Make it as snuggly a space as possible with one of our favorite throw blankets. The Garnet Hill Plush-Loft features cool quilting on one side and a super-soft faux fur on the other, making it two kinds of cuddly, and it’s durable enough to withstand kids and pets, too. Right now, it’s down to $134 with the promo code TOGETHER, in seven colors and multiple sizes.

Protect-A-Bed AllerZip Smooth Pillow Protectors (2-pack, Standard)
Deal price: $16; street price: $26
Read our review of the best mattress and pillow protectors and encasements.

If you’d rather your pillows remain free from bedbugs, dust mites, and your own nasty drool (and you should prefer that, honestly), you need to invest in a pillow protector. Our top pick for the job is the Protect-A-Bed AllerZip Smooth Pillow, which features sturdy seams and outstanding zippers that offer enough protection to extend the life of your pillows by years. The smooth, water-resistant fabric doesn’t feel stiff or plasticky, as the fabric of many competing pillow covers does, so you’ll be able to sleep easy knowing that nothing disgusting is lying under your head.

Garnet Hill Polka-Dot Percale Sheet Set
Deal price: $74; street price: $100
Read our review of the best college dorm essentials.

We named the Garnet Hill Polka-Dot Percale Set in twin XL as one of our recommendations in our college dorm essentials guide because they’re well constructed, made of wrinkle-resistant fabric, and come with a lifetime return policy. These sheets take a few washes to get super soft, but even after a year of use in our long-term tests, they have shown no sign of wear. They’re available in all colors for $74 with the code TOGETHER.

Bee’s Wrap Assorted 3 Pack
Deal price: $14; street price: $18
Read our review of the best “reusable produce bags, beeswax wraps, and other ways to reduce plastic waste”.

If you’re looking for an eco-friendly alternative to plastic wrap for covering food for storage or transport (and you really should be, just think of the turtles) now is a great time to snag our pick for a versatile, longer-lasting food wrap. This is the first discount we’ve seen on this wrap, bringing the classic Honeycomb pattern down to $14 with code CYBER. The Bee’s Wrap Assorted 3 Pack includes small, medium, and large beeswax wraps. You can also grab this three-pack in one of six additional patterns for $1 more.

Nest Bedding Easy Breather Pillow
Deal price: $74; street price: $100
Read our review of the best bed pillows.

Whether down pillows make you sneeze or you’re a back- or side- sleeper looking for a better option, we recommend the Nest Bedding Easy Breather Pillow. Our top bed pillow pick is available for $74 (price reflects in cart) with a two-year warranty. Unlike other memory foam pillows, the Easy Breather comes with a removable cover and without any lingering chemical stench. If the price doesn’t reflect in your cart, try code HIBERNATE.

DreamSky Compact Digital Alarm Clock
Deal price: $15; street price: $19
Read our review of the best alarm clocks.

If you’d prefer to wake up without interference from your smartphone or smart-home device, a digital clock might be a good investment. One of our favorites from testing is the affordable, easy-to-see DreamSky Compact Digital Alarm Clock, which is now available for $15 in blue. Its display is large enough to see across a room and its two USB ports are perfect for charging those aforementioned smartphones and devices.

Hydro Flask Standard Mouth Water Bottle (21 ounces)
Deal price: $25; street price: $33
Read our review of the best water bottles.

Back down to $25 for most of the available colors, this is a nice deal on the Hydro Flask 21-Ounce Standard Mouth water. Our simple and reliable water bottle pick, the Hydro Flask is insulated, easy to carry, pleasant to sip from, and resists discoloration and dents. Typically selling for about $33, this isn’t the best deal we’ve seen, but it’s still a good price on a recommended pick.

EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 Sunscreen
Deal price: $29; street price: $36
Read our review of 5 cheap(ish) things for self-care in 15 minutes a day.

We all know sunscreen is super important, but when it’s greasy, chalky, and causes breakouts, it’s hard to commit to. Luckily, we’ve tested several at Wirecutter that avoid all that mess. One great staff pick is the EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46, which will keep you free from burns and breakouts alike at a reduced price of just $29.

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