- 1 Clear video with a tamper-proof setup
- 2 Bigger screen, fastest processor
- 3 Long-lasting windshield wipers
- 4 A caddy that works around handheld showerheads
- 5 A long-lasting lightning cable with a lifetime warranty
- 6 An excellent cleaner
- 7 The most accurate drawing tablet
- 8 The highest-quality French press
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Though we all wish we were upgrade-pick people, most of us can’t ignore the little voice in our head that steers us toward budget picks. Something about buying the more expensive option feels overindulgent, especially when the cheaper pick works just fine in most situations. But there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself from time to time, either—especially when you can get the best of the best for less. Because the Wirecutter Deals team wants you to live out your upgrade-pick dreams (without breaking the bank), we’ve rounded up the best deals we’ve found so far on the things you’ve always wanted but never let yourself splurge on.
Clear video with a tamper-proof setup
Google Nest Cam IQ Outdoor
Street price: $400; deal price: $350
Home security is one of those things you don’t want to skimp on. The Google Nest Cam IQ Outdoor, our upgrade pick, was the most advanced security camera we tested. It provides a bright, detailed, clear image, and it has the ability to automatically track moving options and identify people. Though you need a subscription plan to access past recordings, a Nest Aware subscription offers perks beyond storage: You can create clips, teach your camera to recognize faces, and set up activity zones to monitor those areas more closely. The Google Nest Cam IQ is also more tamper-proof than the competition, with a sturdy outdoor mount equipped with a hex-key lock. With the price now down to $350, this is a great time to save on a security camera that rarely sees discounts.
Read our review of the best outdoor security cameras.
Bigger screen, fastest processor
16-inch MacBook Pro
Street price: $2,200; deal price: $2,100
For image and video professionals who want to get work done on the go, a 13-inch laptop screen is a touch too small. If you need something with a bigger screen and you’re an avid Apple fan, you can’t do much better than the 16-inch MacBook Pro: It has the largest screen, the fastest and most powerful laptop components Apple can muster, and an updated keyboard that feels as smooth as butter. It also has 16 GB of memory, 512 GB of storage, and Apple’s new Touch Bar. Though not a significant discount, this deal price matches the best we’ve seen on a product that rarely sees discounts, making now as good a time as any to splurge.
Read our review of the best Macbooks.
Long-lasting windshield wipers
PIAA Super Silicone
Street price: $18; deal price: about $12
You don’t give much thought to replacing your windshield wipers until you’re stuck driving through a rainstorm with a streaky windshield. If it’s time for a new pair of blades, the PIAA Super Silicone, our upgrade pick, are an excellent choice: Made with water-repellant silicone, they’re designed to last longer. Though usually more expensive than similarly designed wipers, the 18” PIAA are currently cheaper than even our top pick, making now a great time to invest. Just be sure to check which wiper length and style work best for your car before buying, as this deal applies only to the 18” wipers. We also found beam-style wipers (if that’s what you prefer) for only a few bucks more. If you’re not sure what length you need, you can set up a vehicle profile on Amazon to find out.
Read our review of the best windshield wipers and glass treatments for your car.
A caddy that works around handheld showerheads
Simplehuman Adjustable Shower Caddy XL
Street price: $80; deal price: $64
Shower caddies are great for walk-in showers that lack the storage usually provided by the corners of a bathtub—and if you’re tasked with finding a caddy that fits around a handheld showerhead, you can’t go wrong with the Simplehuman Adjustable Shower Caddy XL. With more space in the middle for a handheld showerhead’s hose, the ability to hold everything our top pick does (plus additional room for another razor, a hair mask, and a face-wash brush), and holes in the shelves so you can store bottles upside down, splurging on this caddy is a no-brainer. Deals on the Simplehuman XL are rare, making now a great time to save.
Read our review of the best shower caddies.
A long-lasting lightning cable with a lifetime warranty
Anker Powerline II Dura Lightning Cable
Street price: $10; deal price: $8
Stocking up on extra charging cables is never a bad idea, especially if they’re on sale. The Anker Powerline II Dura Lightning Cable, our upgrade pick, is an exceptionally great cable if you’re looking for something that works with an iPhone or iPad and is built to last. Though the Anker cable essentially has the same specifications as those of our top pick, what sets it apart is its lifetime warranty. This deal puts the price of the Anker below that of our top pick, giving you even more of a reason to buy.
Read our review of the best lightning cables for iPhones and iPads.
An excellent cleaner
iRobot Roomba 960
Street price: $520; deal price: $395
You can’t beat the ease and convenience of a robot vacuum—and the iRobot Roomba reigns supreme over the competition. As our upgrade pick, the Roomba 960 has a navigation system equipped with a camera and sensors that create a map of your floor plan as it cleans, meaning it won’t miss any big spots even when working through a massive home. It’s especially great at getting pet hair out of thick rugs. Though it’s missing some of the features of newer robot vacuums (like interactive mapping that allows you to set off-limits areas), this model offers smarts and dependability that more budget-oriented options lack—and it’s currently available at the lowest price we’ve ever seen.
Read our review of the best robot vacuums.
The most accurate drawing tablet
Wacom Intuos Pro
Street price: $340; deal price: $300
If you’ve gotten the hang of using a drawing tablet and you’re ready to upgrade, Wirecutter suggests the Wacom Intuos Pro. Larger and more accurate than our other picks, our testers called the Intuos Pro the “gold standard of drawing tablets.” With intricate pressure sensitivity and multitouch, the Intuos Pro helps artists create nuanced drawings and reproduces exactly what you’d expect from pencil and paper, with none of the differences you may note from cheaper options. Now down to $300, this is a great time to splurge if you’re looking for a top-notch drawing tablet that you’ll use often.
Read our review of the best drawing tablets for beginners.
The highest-quality French press
Espro Press P7
Street price: $110; deal price: $87
Coffee drinkers who swear by French presses are sure to go nuts over the Espro Press P7, our ultra-upgrade pick. Though quite pricey, this French press doesn’t just make an exquisite cup of coffee—it can also serve as a display piece in your kitchen. (It’s that pretty.) Made of brushed stainless steel that can stand up to more abuse than a standard glass body, the P7 has an ultrafine-mesh double filter that traps grit and preserves taste. It also has insulating vacuum-sealed double walls that keep your coffee hot longer than a glass press could. Now down to $87, this is a great opportunity to save on what’s likely to be the fanciest French press you’ll ever have.
Read our review of the best French presses.
Elissa Sanci is an associate staff writer for Wirecutter, where she covers deals, consumer shopping, and personal finance. Based in Denver, she previously worked as an editorial assistant at Woman’s Day, where she wrote about everything from worthy charities to girls’ empowerment. Her byline has also appeared in Good Housekeeping, Bust magazine, and various local newspapers. You can find her on LinkedIn and Twitter.
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