- 1 A rain jacket that actually works
- 2 Affordable glasses you can buy online
- 3 A way to rise with the (simulated) sun
- 4 A high-capacity water dispenser
- 5 A second Instant Pot insert
- 6 An affordable introduction to smart-home living
- 7 The Best Wirecutter Staff Picks, According to Our Readers
- 8 Why Some Wirecutter Picks Have Bad Amazon Reviews
- 9 How Our Readers Made Wirecutter Better in March 2020
- 10 Wirecutter Deals, Explained
- 11 Related
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Finding a great deal with too-good-to-be-true pricing elicits a feeling like no other: It’s an adrenaline rush, a hit of endorphins that sends you to cloud nine, leaving you convinced there is no better bargain hunter out there than you. That’s the feeling the Wirecutter Deals team chases each and every day.
But it’s easy to become desensitized to the wonderment of a top-notch discount when scouring the web in search of them is your job. Luckily, all it takes is one amazing deal to recapture that spark—and below are a whopping six of our favorites from this week. Are you glad we all came to work this morning?
A rain jacket that actually works
Columbia Men’s Watertight II Jacket
Deal price: $36; street price: $50
I bought the Columbia Watertight II featured on the Deals page right now from Columbia.com early last month. Anything under $40 is a really nice discount for a rain jacket that’s effectively waterproof (or at least extremely water resistant) and just works. I’ve had rain jackets in the past identified as water resistant that seemed to eventually just absorb water if rained on enough, making them pretty useless for prolonged use—that hasn’t happened with this jacket. In fact, I used it this morning in a torrential downpour, and it kept me dry. This deal, like the previous deal we posted that I snapped up, is on somewhat limited colors. I settled on the olive color, which is boring but totally unobjectionable, a quality I appreciate in a utilitarian jacket I only use for really wet weather. My only gripe (and it’s not a serious one) is that the Velcro closures that exist in addition to the zipper can make it annoying to zip and unzip, but that’s a small inconvenience at this price.
—Nathan Burrow, Deals editor
Read our review of the best rain jackets and raincoats.
Affordable glasses you can buy online
Deal price: $15; street price: $30
Life is more fun when you have a different pair of glasses for every day of the week. I don’t quite have seven pairs just yet, but I’m getting close, and the only reason why I can afford to treat my prescription glasses like fun accessories is because I buy them online from Zenni Optical (seriously, all six pairs of mine come from this website). As the budget-minded pick from our guide to buying glasses online, Zenni offered a ton of affordable frames to choose from, with prescriptions that were always accurate during testing. The one drawback is that the return policy includes only store credit or partial credit. But since Zenni is currently offering up to 50% off through July 26, taking that leap of faith on a pair of glasses you’re not quite sure you can rock is a little easier to justify.
—Elissa Sanci, associate staff writer
Read our review of the best places to buy glasses online.
A way to rise with the (simulated) sun
Philips Wake-Up Light HF3520
Deal price: $88; street price: $120
At the risk of sounding dramatic, the Philips Wake-Up Light HF3520 has completely revolutionized the way I wake up in the morning. I snagged it for a ridiculously low price last Prime Day, but I’d buy it again at full price. Instead of blasting your face with bright white light, it slowly transitions from a soft yellowy-orange to white. It also offers a nice array of alarm sounds as well as a radio, but the light has always done the trick for me. In fact, I’m so unfamiliar with the actual alarm itself that I once let it continue for an hour, all the while wondering why there were so many exotic birds outside. Beyond helping with your morning routine, it has a “dusk simulation,” too, so you can set it at night and read until your light dims to let you know it might be time to hit the hay. I’m an early riser by nature, so it might not be the alarm for you if it takes a foghorn to get you out of bed. But if you’re just tired of blaring alarms, this clock truly feels like the difference between a slap awake and a gentle suggestion.
—Jordan Thomas, Deals writer
Read our review of the best sunrise alarm clocks.
A high-capacity water dispenser
Pur Ultimate Water Dispenser
Deal price: $34; street price: $40
After a near-constant cycle of forgetting to fill my water filter pitcher and then haphazardly trying to pour the small amount of water in the reservoir while the top was still full, I decided enough was enough. I bought the Pur Ultimate Water Dispenser awhile ago, and it’s one of the most-used items in my kitchen. It has a huge upper tank that holds over a gallon, and the filtered water reservoir holds the same amount, meaning you have to fill it only occasionally. And since it’s surprisingly compact, it fits comfortably on the top shelf of my fridge so I can have ice-cold water whenever I want. It’s a small creature comfort, but it’s one of the few things that help me stay hydrated and drink water instead of cracking open another can of soda.
—Dan Kim, deputy Deals editor
Read our review of the best water filter pitchers and dispensers.
A second Instant Pot insert
Instant Pot Stainless Steel Inner Pot 6-Quart
Deal price: $22; street price: $25
I use my Instant Pot a lot, but I didn’t realize I needed a second stainless steel inner pot until I saw this deal on the page this morning. It was an immediate buy for me—how many times had I cooked a batch of chili only to clean out the scalding pot to make the rice that goes with my meal? I’m excited to be able to swap out pots quickly to get dinner on the table during the week, and then easily transition to batch cooking on meal prep Sundays. This deal, in particular, is a good find because the Instant Pot inserts rarely go on sale. If you, too, are kind of obsessed with your Instant Pot and have been looking for ways to make it work even harder, this is a great time to save a few bucks that you can put toward the ingredients you’ll need for your next dish.
—Elissa Sanci, associate staff writer
Read our review of the Instant Pot.
An affordable introduction to smart-home living
Google Home Mini (pack of two)
Deal price: $35; street price: $60
I’ll admit I was skeptical of the smart-home life at first, but after a slow introduction, I can happily say that I am now the owner of a small hoard of Google Home Minis dispersed throughout my home. From opening my garage to turning on the AC with just my voice, remaining sedentary while letting Google Assistant do my bidding has never been easier. At $35 for a pack of two, this is a great chance to begin (or expand) a Google Home army of your own for an exceptionally low per-speaker price (and a new low for a two-pack!). We see our fair share of deals on these little guys, but finding them in a neutral color at such a low price is much less common.
—Sarah Saril, Deals writer
Read our review of the best Google Home speakers.
Source: NY Times – Wirecutter
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