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Most people don’t like household chores, and as many of us spend more time at home, cleaning up after ourselves and our families, these essential tasks have become just as tiresome as they are important. But with a few choice purchases, like a powerful vacuum or high-quality stand mixer, mundane yet necessary chores—such as cleaning the rugs or prepping meals for the week—can become more manageable and, dare we say, enjoyable. To help you get your hands on the tools you need to make your living space more efficient and comfortable, our Deals team has spent hours scouring the Web for the best discounts on these home essentials. Here are the best we’ve found.
An unbeatable stand mixer
KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer (refurbished)
Deal price: $180; street price: $220
There’s no point in denying it: You’ve spent a lot of time staring wistfully at your kitchen counter, dreaming about filling the empty space with a KitchenAid stand mixer. Now that the highly coveted KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer is down to $180 (refurbished), there’s no better time to turn that daydream into reality. As our top pick, the Artisan continues to whip the competition out of the bowl. It’s easy to use and clean, not to mention one of the quietest we tested, and it can tackle nearly any recipe you throw at it. Available in silver, white, onyx black, or metallic chrome with a six-month limited warranty, this is a great chance to pick up Wirecutter’s favorite stand mixer at the lowest price we’ve seen in over a year.
Read our review of the best stand mixers.
A powerful Dyson for less
Dyson V7 Allergy
Deal price: $180; street price: $250
Cordless stick vacuums are so convenient that they can actually make cleaning the house enjoyable—and if you’re going to go the cordless stick route, there’s no better pick than a Dyson. According to our reviews, any Dyson model can be a good buy for the right price. Now discounted to $180, the Dyson V7 Allergy is a variant of our to pick, the V7 Motorhead. Other than the Allergy’s post-motor HEPA filter, the two models are almost identical in performance and come with the same amount of attachments. Though we don’t think HEPA filter does much, this is still a good chance to grab a powerful vacuum for less than $200.
Read our review of the best cordless stick vacuums.
A reliable cordless drill
Bosch PS31-2A 12V Max 3/8 In. Drill/Driver Kit
Deal price: $81 (with a $100 minimum purchase); street price: $110
If you have a few home-improvement projects you’d like to work on this summer, an efficient, cordless drill is a must-have tool. As an affordable alternative to our top pick, the powerful Bosch PS31-2A drill gets the job done (and done well), even if it is a bit clunkier to hold. As a longtime Wirecutter favorite, the Bosch is reliable, has a long battery life, and is powerful enough to complete most tasks around the house. Right now, Amazon is offering a $20 discount when you spend over $100 on specific Bosch-branded items—and because the drill is $99, you’ll have to add at least one filler item to your cart to get the deal. We think this drill bit, which costs less than two bucks, is a good pick, but you can choose anything from Amazon’s list of eligible Bosch items.
Read our review of the best drills.
An upgraded sous vide machine
Anova Precision Cooker
Deal price: $135 with my Best Buy membership (free to join); street price: $175
If you’re tired of the same dinner routine night after night, trying out a new method of cooking can be a great way to shake things up in the kitchen. The Anova Precision Cooker is similar to the Anova Nano, our top pick, but offers some improvements: It heats faster, comes with upgraded hardware features that make it easier to handle, and has Wi-Fi connectivity. Though not an official pick (it’s normally twice the price of the Nano), this deal brings the Precision Cooker to $135, just $40 more than our top pick when you sign up for a free Best Buy membership.
Read our review of the best sous vide machines and gear.
A reliable AC unit
Deal price: $270; street price: $330
The best time to invest in an air conditioner is before you desperately need one to make it through a blisteringly hot summer. The Frigidaire FFRE083ZA1 is efficient and easy to install, and cools down a room about as well as our top pick. Though it’s slightly louder and lacks smart-home capabilities (which many people don’t need), it pumps out cold air just the same. Now down to $270, this is a new low for a reliable AC unit that will keep you cool all summer long.
Read our review of the best air conditioners.
Our favorite handheld steamer
Sunbeam Power Steam Fabric Steamer
Deal price: $39; street price: $50
A fabric steamer is one of those things you don’t realize you’re missing until you really need one, like when you notice your blazer is noticeably crumpled just moments before your scheduled Zoom interview. Much easier to hold than the competition, the Sunbeam Power Steam Fabric Steamer does a great job at melting away wrinkles without spitting water on your fabrics. It was also the only steamer we tested that has a heat-up metal strip above the steam opening to help push the steam into the fabric’s fibers. The Sunbeam also comes with a steam handle, a snap-on plastic shield that blocked steam from scalding our guide writer’s fingers—something she “really appreciated” after spending hours testing 17 steamers. Because the Sunbeam rarely sees discounts, this deal offers a great opportunity to nab our top pick for less.
Read our review of the best clothing steamers.
Super-plush bath towels
Target Fieldcrest Reserve Bath Towel
Deal price: $9 with store pickup; street price: $13
No one wants to wrap themselves in a scratchy bath towel after a satisfying hot shower. That’s why investing in Target’s affordable Fieldcrest bath towels is a smart move, even when they aren’t on sale. But since we’ve seen these towels drop as low as $9 only during big deals events like Prime Day and Cyber Monday, there’s no better time than now to stock up—especially since Target offers free shipping for RedCard holders. If you’re not interested in applying for a RedCard, you can either opt for store pickup or add the towels to a minimum $35 order to avoid paying shipping costs.
Read our review of the best bath towels.
Source: NY Times – Wirecutter
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