- 1 Our upgrade robot vacuum pick
- 2 The best liquid eyeliner
- 3 A small and powerful USB charger
- 4 The best smart scale
- 5 Sleep soundly
- 6 A stable, versatile tripod
- 7 Cordless phones with great sound quality
- 8 A solid discount on an upcoming iPad pick
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Though we all wish we were top pick (or even upgrade pick) people, most of us can’t ignore the little voice in our heads that steers us toward the budget picks. There’s something about buying the more expensive option that often 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—especially when you’ll save more money in the long run when you buy something for life. Because the Wirecutter Deals team wants you to live out your top and 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 have never let yourself splurge on.
Our upgrade robot vacuum pick
If you’ve had your eye on a super-smart robot vacuum, you can’t go wrong with our upgrade pick. The Roborock S4 is an efficient navigator that can quickly cover a lot of ground gracefully. Though it doesn’t do as well on rugs as our other picks, this robot vacuum is still a great pick for larger homes with lots of hardwood and tiling. This vacuum, now down to $300, also comes with a robust and flexible barrier-setting feature that can be controlled through a smartphone app—a great perk for anyone who needs to cordon off areas with a lot of expensive electronics and their dangling cords. Although thispick sees somewhat frequent drops, we’ve never seen the price drop lower than this before, making now a great time to save on a new robot vacuum that’ll keep your home in tip-top shape.
Read our review of the best robot vacuums.
The best liquid eyeliner
Revlon ColorStay Skinny Liquid Eyeliner (Black Out)
Deal price: $4; street price: $6
Liquid eyeliner lovers know how easily their makeup can smudge throughout the day—it’s just something they’ve likely come to terms with long ago when they chose liquid over pencil or gel. The good news is that our top pick for liquid eyeliner, the Revlon ColorStay Skinny, stays on better than any other eyeliner we tried. In fact, it holds on so well that it actually takes a bit more effort to remove than our runner-up pick. Inexpensive even at full price, the ColorStay Skinny is easy to apply and quickly dries to a matte finish. It’s long, extra-fine felt tip helps create thin, consistent lines, and the liner feels comfortable after it dries (unlike liners that feel crunchy or heavy after time). This is a small price drop for the ColorStay, but the first deal we’ve seen in a year.
Read our review of the best eyeliners.
A small and powerful USB charger
There are few things as agonizing as watching your phone slowly charge when you’re on a tight schedule. Whether you have a doctor’s appointment to make or need to get to the grocery store before it closes, waiting for your phone to have enough juice to survive the journey can be excruciating. Invest in the Aukey Minima 18W PD Charger and you’ll likely never run into this scenario again. The Aukey Minima is the smallest power brick out there that’ll charge your phone to full power in about an hour. Just a bit bigger than Apple’s standard rectangular charger, this small brick also comes with folding prongs that make it easier to store when it’s not in use. Already quite affordable, this deal presents a great chance to save a few bucks on a charging brick compatible with any USB-C cable.
Read our review of the best USB phone chargers.
The best smart scale
If you’ve been using your time at home during quarantine to work on your gains, having a scale to track your progress can be very handy. The Greater Goods WiFi Smart Body Composition Scale is an affordable Wi-Fi-enabled scale that gives consistent, accurate readings. Because the scale uses Wi-Fi rather than Bluetooth, you won’t need to keep your phone nearby for the scale to send data to the Weight Gurus app. Compatible for both iOS and Android users, the app provides easy-to-read information on weight, body fat, muscle mass, and water for up to eight unique accounts, so you’ll be able to keep your stats separate from your partner or your kids without having to explain to an app that you didn’t lose and then gain 80 pounds twice a day. This is the first deal we’ve ever seen for the best smart scale we’ve tested—just be sure to clip the on-page coupon to collect your savings.
Read our review of the best smart scales.
If the sounds of the house settling at night keep you up past your bedtime, you might want to invest in a white noise machine to block out the noises of the outside world. Compact and efficient, the LectroFan is the best white noise machine we’ve tested. It does a great job at masking shrill noises that might be keeping you up at night and features ten fan sounds and ten ambient noise variations to choose from. Right now, the LectroFan is discounted to $32 at checkout in black—and though we’ve seen better deals on this fan in the past, we still think this is a nice drop on your ticket to a good night’s sleep.
Read our review of the best white noise machines.
A stable, versatile tripod
Nothing ruins a photo faster than a shaky hand. If you’re a photographer prone to the shakes—or you want to take long-exposure shots of the night sky—the Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB100 Tripod can help you take stunning photos. Stable and easy-to-use, this tripod has an angling center column to help you get the best possible shot, and its legs are capable of angling outward at four different angles to bring the camera closer to the ground. The Alta Pro 2+ is a bit heavier than some of our other picks, but it’s rated to support up to 15.5 pounds and was able to handle heavy, pro-level gear gracefully without making us worry about the safety of our equipment during testing. Though not the cheapest we’ve ever seen, this deal is the first we’ve seen in half a year, making now as good a time as any to splurge if you’re planning to head into the mountains to take photos of the changing leaves.
Read our review of the best tripod.
Cordless phones with great sound quality
Though many folks have moved away from using landline phones in their home, we think cordless phones are still a reliable alternative to cell phones in case of emergencies at home. The AT&T’s DL72210, an upcoming pick from our new guide to cordless phones, offers great sound quality and long range. Our testers reported that the DL72210’s voice quality was better than the competition, including an iPhone using Wi-Fi calling. This two-handset bundle, on sale for $55, also offers modern gestures like smart call blocking and Bluetooth cell phone pairing. If you’ve been thinking about adding a landline phone to your home—or you’re looking to upgrade an ancient model at your grandparent’s house—this is a great chance to get your hands on an upcoming pick for less.
A solid discount on an upcoming iPad pick
At Wirecutter, we’ve always said that the Apple iPad is the best tablet money can buy—and as newer models are released, that opinion continues to hold steady. The Apple iPad (8th generation) is slated to become the new top pick in our guide to the best iPads. Though our writers haven’t tested this model yet, it has the same design, screen size, and storage as the previous model, but with a much faster processor. On sale for $300 in gold, this is a solid discount for the 8th generation iPad (and the lowest price we’ve seen), making now a great time to get your hands on a new Wirecutter top pick before we name it so.
Read our review of the best iPads.
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