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Black Friday and Cyber Monday look pretty different this year. For one thing, holiday shopping already began in earnest in October. A delayed Amazon Prime Day and an accompanying wave of sales from other retailers led to $2.9 billion in incremental spending over the same month last year. And of course, the pandemic has precluded the usual massive in-store doorbusters, leading stores like Walmart and Best Buy to lean further into online sales. Steep discounts continue to roll in, so—if you haven’t already started—you might as well get shopping.
Slate Picks named the Eero Mesh Wi-Fi System (2019) the major deal to snag during Prime Day, and now that deal is back. We wrote, “This Eero system uses three units to cover a home up to 5,000 square feet. (Each unit has two Ethernet ports giving you six additional places to plug in. You can also, of course, use the system wirelessly.) The Eero app aids with setup, which is supposed to take under 10 minutes, and also allows you to check your internet’s speed and restart the network from your phone.”
Though our lives may no longer contain nearly as many frantic, halfway-out-the door searches, it’s still surprisingly easy to lose your belongings while staying at home. The Tile Mate is PCMag’s Editor’s Choice for tracking devices. They write, “It easily fits in your pocket attached to some keys, and it has the loudest alarm. Although it only works within Bluetooth range, you can tap into a community of Tile users to cast a wider net to help find what you’ve lost.”
The Fizzi is the simplified version of the snazziest SodaStream model, the Fizzi One Touch. If you value savings over novelty, this $50 version may be the choice for you. Business Insider writes, “The SodaStream Fizzi Classic is as foolproof as it gets, but you can still count on it to make tasty carbonated water.”
Tom’s Guide says of the Kickscooter Max, “With an estimated range of 40 miles, the Kickscooter Max has more than double the range of most other scooters … and, with a powerful rear-wheel drive 350-Watt motor and large 10-inch inflatable tires, the Kickscooter Max will not only be able to get up hills with ease, but do so comfortably, too.”
The LifeStraw water bottle is an easy way to carry potable water around with you no matter where you are. Christina Djossa wrote in Slate’s 2019 gift guide, “Whether you’re camping, traveling, or living in a place where clean water is scarce, the LifeStraw bottle can easily filter water from lakes or streams and remove any bacteria or chemicals. I have a 22–fluid ounce LifeStraw Go, which is for daily use and has saved me from many waterborne illnesses while traveling.”
Insider writes of the L.L. Bean Wicked Good slippers, “Each pair is made from a combination of high-quality sheepskin with shearling-lined interiors. Shearling is naturally warm, moisture-wicking, and odor-resistant, which is perfect for keeping feet nice and toasty, but not too sweaty.”
PCMag lists the new Amazon Echo as an Editor’s Choice. Will Greenwald writes, “The fourth-generation Echo offers better audio performance than ever, the ability to control Zigbee devices, and, of course, Alexa voice assistance. That’s more than you’ll get from any other smart speaker at this price.”
The Roku Streaming Stick Plus debuted back in 2017, but it remains a favorite media streaming device, as it supports high-quality video and sound with a simple interface and set-up. And with movie theaters empty, people are turning to their TVs. CNET writes that the Roku “streams 4K and HDR video from Netflix, Amazon, Disney Plus, Vudu, Apple TV and others, comes with worthwhile features like a voice remote with buttons that can control your TV, and runs Roku’s best-in-class streaming system. It has all of the stuff you need and none of the fluff.”
The Instant Pot Duo has long been the darling of the beleaguered home cook, allowing users to do everything—from pressure cooking, to steaming, to making yogurt—with one appliance. Wirecutter calls the new model, the Duo Evo Plus, their upgrade pick, stating that it “comes with a number of small but impressive upgrades that make it more enjoyable to use.” These include handles on the inner pot, a big, bright LCD screen, and a sous vide function.
At the current price of $150, the Eufy RoboVac 11s is one of the cheaper robot vacuums you will find. PCMag says this model “delivers powerful, efficient cleaning performance in a more compact form … is one of the quietest vacuums we’ve tested, and small enough to clean under just about everything in your home.”