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How to Preorder the iPhone 13—and Which One You Should Get

How to Preorder the iPhone 13—and Which One You Should Get

If you’ve been daydreaming about the iPhone 13 over the past few days, then you’ll be happy to know that you can order one very soon. Preorders for each of the four new iPhones start at 8 am EDT (6 am PDT) on September 17. If you’re struggling to find the best deal, you don’t know which model to choose, or you’re wondering if you even need to upgrade, we’ve got you covered.

Below, we break down the differences between the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max, and have included details on how to preorder one of these shiny new slabs of glass (or multiple, we don’t judge).

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Is the Upgrade Necessary?

All four iPhone 13 models come with incremental changes over last year’s devices. Slightly longer battery life here, more internal storage there. That’s why we don’t think it’s a sound investment to upgrade if you currently own an iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, or iPhone 12 Pro Max.

That mostly rings true for anyone with an iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro. Unless you’re really into the boxier frame of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13, have cash to spare, and want to future-proof your device with 5G connectivity, then you’re good with what you have. If you’re dealing with poor battery life, the first step is to try a battery replacement, which can go a long way in extending the life of your device for a nominal fee.  

Got an older iPhone? Then have at it! Snag that iPhone 13 with no regrets.

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Choose Your iPhone

The iPhone 13 offers some noteworthy improvements over the 2020 range. Each model includes the A15 Bionic chip for slightly better performance, plus longer battery life, more internal storage, improved camera sensors, and new colors. The 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max are the first iPhones with ProMotion, a 120-Hz refresh rate, which you can read more about here.

Just like last year, there’s 5G support, but it shouldn’t be the sole reason to get a new iPhone, since 5G availability is still rather sparse in the US and not that different from 4G LTE in day-to-day use. To see more differences between each model, Apple’s comparison tool can help. 

Amazon Fire Tablets And Kindles Are on Sale Right Now

Amazon Fire Tablets And Kindles Are on Sale Right Now

The best perk about Amazon devices is the price. What the company’s tablets lack in power, they make up for by being so cheap it’s almost too good to be true—especially when they’re on sale like they are right now. Kindles are a slightly different story. They’re more expensive and go on sale less often, making them an even better deal.

The best time to buy any Amazon device is Prime Day, when they’re usually about half off, but right now Fire Tablets and Kindles are 30 percent off, which is about as good of a deal as you’ll find outside of Prime Day. Be sure to read through our guides to finding the right Kindle and Fire Tablet to figure out which of these deals make the most sense for you.

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Kindle Deals

Amazon Kindle

Kindle

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The entry-level Kindle remains a solid ebook reader, and the latest model includes a backlight for the 6-inch E-Ink touchscreen, meaning you can read in the dark. It’s our favorite Kindle for the money. This is very close to the best price we’ve seen on the Kindle this year (it’s just $5 more than it was on Prime Day). Be sure to grab the three free months of the Kindle Unlimited deal, which gives you access to a massive library of ebooks. After the three months is up, Kindle Unlimited is $10 per month so set a reminder to cancel if you don’t want to keep it.

The Paperwhite’s higher-resolution screen and waterproofing make it an upgrade worth considering. For not a lot more money than the plain Kindle, it opens up the joys of reading in the pool, beach, and bathtub without fear. The display is flush and the device is rated IPX8, meaning it can sit in 2 meters of water for two hours. Read more about its features here.

The Kindle Kids Edition is the basic Kindle at the top of this list with some parental controls and—more importantly—Amazon’s two-year worry-free guarantee. The guarantee means should your Kids Edition Kindle go crashing down the stairs because your child decided to see if it would bounce like a slinky, Amazon will replace it. That alone is worth the extra money, but you also get a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids+, which gives your children access to a vast array of kid-friendly books. After 1 year, the subscription will automatically renew at $3 a month, so be sure to set a reminder if you don’t want to keep it going.

Fire Tablet Deals

Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet

Fire HD 10

Photograph: Amazon

Amazon’s latest Fire HD 10 arrived earlier this year with more RAM and a brighter screen, reaffirming it as a more capable tablet than the 8-inch version. It’s our favorite cheap tablet and the best Amazon tablet you can buy, with speedier performance, more storage, and a 10-inch HD screen that looks much nicer. The Plus model with an extra gigabyte of RAM is also on sale for $130 ($50 off), and the new productivity bundle is $210 ($90 off). The bundle includes a keyboard, along with software tailored for work, making the Fire HD 10 a more capable device—so long as you don’t use Google’s office suite, which won’t run on Amazon hardware.

While the HD 10 is nicer, the Fire HD 8 is a very capable tablet for the price. The smaller form factor is easier to hold to. It’s our preferred choice for traveling. The Plus model with extra RAM (3 gigabytes instead of 2), is the model we’d go for and it’s on sale for $80 ($30 off).

The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is our top pick for kids under 7. It’s small enough for younger hands, and it’s padded so it won’t likely break when they drop it. Like the Kindle Kids above, you also get a no-questions-asked, two-year replacement plan, and a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids+.

If you’ve got older kids (about 8 and up), the Fire HD 10 Kids Pro Edition has a less bulky case and more app options. It still has plenty of parental controls in the settings.


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The 36 Best Labor Day Sales on Our Favorite Gear

The 36 Best Labor Day Sales on Our Favorite Gear

Labor Day is the informal beginning of fall, and for many of us, it starts with a nice long weekend. What could be better than sleeping in, enjoying a cool breeze, or treating yourself to one of the innumerable pumpkin spice confections at your favorite coffee shop? Deals, that’s what. We found the best Labor Day deals on gear that WIRED reviewers love, from rain jackets to video games. 

For more discounts, we’ve rounded up the best Labor Day Mattress deals here, as well as Labor Day deals on camping and hiking gear. Most of these deals end on Monday night, and we’ll be updating this roundup over the weekend as we find more. 

Updated September 6, 2021: We double-checked pricing, removed expired deals, and added a few new discounts.

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Tech Deals

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Asus Chromebook Flip C434.

Photograph: Asus

This is one of the best prices we’ve tracked for our favorite Chromebook. It’s cheaper than it was on Cyber Monday last year. WIRED senior writer Scott Gilbertson says, “Out of all the Chromebooks I’ve tested, the Asus Chromebook Flip C434 strikes the best balance between price, power, and features.” (Scott has tested a lot of Chromebooks.) 

We’ve seen this laptop dip for slightly less before, but this is still a great deal on a powerful laptop with tons of ports. That’s right, you get an HDMI, two USB-A ports, a USB-C that’s Thunderbolt 4 capable, and a headphone jack. We recommend the model linked here with the Intel Core i7, 16 gigabytes of RAM, and a 1-terabyte SSD. 

This is the lowest price we’ve seen on the Beats Powerbeats (8/10, WIRED Recommends). They’re one of our favorite wireless earbuds for working out and a steal at this price. They’re not completely wireless—there’s a wire connecting each bud, so you can rest them around your neck on the drive back home from the gym. They stay put in your ears, are sweat-resistant, and are best paired with an iPhone.  

This deal comes around pretty frequently. Today’s price is a match of the best we’ve tracked outside of Black Friday. In our guide to the Best Roku, we say this is the second-best option for most folks. Thanks to today’s discount, it might temporarily be the first.

It’s not an amazing deal, but this is a relatively new Wear OS smartwatch at a pretty good price. It lasts about a day, runs really well thanks to its updated Qualcomm processor, and will get the upcoming Wear OS 3 update next year.  

LG C1 OLED TV

LG C1 OLED TV

Photograph: LG

The LG C1 OLED (8/10, WIRED Recommends) has been dipping to this price for a few months, but it remains one of the lowest we’ve seen. With its deep blacks, intense contrast, and ultrafast response times, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better set around this price point outside of the November shopping season.

We’ve seen the 2020 iPad Air dip to this price before, but it’s still a great deal. It has the design and power of the high-end iPad Pro, but there’s no Face ID. Instead, Touch ID has been embedded into the side power button. It’s lightweight and thin and has long battery life. Read more in our review and learn more about the iPad models in our guide.

Motorola’s budget phone frequently dips to $220 and has dipped this low before. For the price, you’ll hardly find a better Android phone. It has a battery that can last up to three days, and it runs fairly smoothly. The downside is Motorola only offers one Android OS upgrade, though you do get two years of security updates. It also has no NFC for contactless payments. 

This is our favorite smartphone under $300 (8/10, WIRED Recommends), and a spectacular deal. Samsung promises two Android OS upgrades and four years of security updates, a rarity on a cheap phone. Plus, you’ll get all the standard-fare features available on pricier phones, such as NFC, a 90-Hz refresh rate, sub-6 5G support, and surprisingly great performance. The cameras are decent too. 

Outdoor and Fitness Deals

Want more outdoor deals? We’ve rounded up deals on camping and hiking gear here. 

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REI Co-Op Rainier rain jacket

Photograph: REI

The Rainier is our top pick for the best affordable rain jacket. Labor Day has made it even cheaper. The jacket features zippered armpit vents, taped seams, and other perks that are usually limited to more expensive raincoats.

Need to blast your tunes while you’re riding a bike? Get this. It has a stretchy silicone strap that’s taught enough to stick to handlebars, and you can pair two together if you get one for a friend. It’s IP67 water-resistant, so you can jam in the rain, and it lasts for eight hours on a single charge. You can read more about it in our Best Bluetooth Speakers guide.

Use code LABORDAY at checkout to save. If you want a super modern workout at home, the Tempo Studio (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is a sleek and expensive option. It’s basically a big touchscreen tablet on an easel with built-in weights and intelligent features to optimize and personalize your exercise. The full price is outlandish, so if you don’t take advantage of this discount, wait until another shopping holiday—it’ll probably be on sale again.    

We think Swiftwick’s Pursuit are some of the Best Running Socks, but the brand generally makes gear we like. This slight discount is for three other styles—one is cushioned, one is supportive, and one offers ankle stability. All three are probably better than the saggy crew socks you’ve been sweating in since 1994.

This is one of the Best Portable Grills. Ironically, it isn’t the most portable, since it requires electricity. If you don’t have the space for a charcoal grill, it might be a good fit. It’s good on its own and even better with optional accessories, such as a flat top surface. Those are also discounted. Check out our roundup for more.

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Biolite FirePit+

Photograph: BioLite

This is another one of our favorite portable grills. Part grill, part fire pit, this features a built-in battery that can double as a phone charger in a pinch. It can burn both wood and charcoal, and the whole thing stashes down small enough to fit in your trunk if you’re car camping.

Darn Tough makes awesome socks in all sorts of styles to fit various activities. Its Hiker styles are versatile enough to be worn every day, and WIRED reviewers love them—even those of us that hike to the fridge more often than we do outdoors. The socks are backed by a lifetime warranty (and are extremely comfortable.)

In our guide to the best backpacks, we say this is the best for rain, but it’ll work well even if you live in a sunny area. It’s waterproof and has a neat magnetic front pocket for quick access to whatever you reach for most often.

WIRED reviews editor Julian Chokkattu tested this backpack in Iceland, and he loves it. He was able to carry tons of camera gear and easily access it. You can slot in two camera cubes (sold separately), which allows for some excellent organization. It’s well built and can withstand the elements, and it’s very comfortable to carry, even when it’s packed with gear. We recommend adding the two camera cubes, which will cost you $318 ($79 off).

Home Deals

If you’re hunting for a new bed, you might want to spruce up the mattress too. Most of the mattresses we tested and like are on sale. We’ve rounded up the mattress sales here. 

fellow stagg EKG

Fellow Stagg EKG+ electric kettle

Photograph: Fellow

Use code BREWCREW at checkout to save on this kettle (and nearly everything else on Fellow’s site.) The Stagg EKG+ (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is superb. It’s gorgeous, retains heat well, and is easy to clean—a hard-to-find feature when it comes to gooseneck kettles. The price is the obvious downside. But Fellow doesn’t have sales too often, and while this discount isn’t much, it’s rare.

When it comes to portable espresso makers, Flair is our top pick for the model with the best-tasting brews. It doesn’t usually drop much lower than this in price, though it’s still a bit expensive. The whole contraption folds flat for easy storage.

Several members of WIRED’s Gear team use these lights for the videos we shoot on the products we test. If you’re frequently on video and your webcam quality is suffering, more light always helps. And if you’re just filming TikToks, this will double as a tripod, too. 

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Aura Carver Digital Picture Frame

Photograph: Aura

We’ve seen this deal several times, but we still recommend it simply because the product is so good. The Aura Carver is the best digital picture frame. It makes a great gift for far-away family members, but it’s also a nice way to cut down on clutter (or actually do something with the gazillion cute photos of your baby that are collecting dust in your phone camera roll.)

Here at WIRED, we prefer Google Assistant over Alexa. If you want to fill your home up with a smart voice assistant you can ask just about anything, then this is a great option. The Nest Audio (8/10, WIRED Recommends) delivers great sound in a compact, pillowy shape. It frequently drops to this price, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad deal. 

We haven’t tested this exact model, but we usually like Flexispot’s standing desks. This one has a bamboo top, goes up and down with a dual motor, and has presets so you don’t have to remember the exact height you liked the day before.

Use coupon code LABORDAY20 at checkout to save 20 percent on this itty-bitty humidifier. WIRED reviewer Medea Giordano likes it, especially when she’s feeling under the weather. She recommends it in our guide to keeping your air quality under control. Did we mention how cute it is?

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Nanoleaf Hexagons

Photograph: Nanoleaf

Even on sale, these reflective hexagons are expensive. They’re also a lot of fun. At home on the back wall of your favorite streamer’s office, or in your kid’s bedroom, these no-drill lights offer awesome ambient lighting that can melt between colors or sync up with music. If you’re going to drop the cash on this kit, do it when it’s on sale, either now or for other shopping holidays.

Hue bulbs are some of the best smart bulbs out there. This isn’t the lowest price we’ve seen, but it’s a good deal. These bulbs feature a vast array of color options, and the app allows you to set schedules, use smart voice assistants to control the lights, and more.

Click the on-page coupon checkbox and apply code ECOROBOT8 at checkout to save. The T8 is an older version of one of WIRED’s Best Robot Vacuums. It doesn’t get much cheaper than this. The little dustbuster will both vacuum and mop, and while the intelligent mapping feature can be a bit buggy, the T8 is still a solid option—especially for smaller spaces.

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Burrow Nomad Sofa in a Box

Photograph: Burrow

You’ll see the savings in your shopping cart. The Nomad is one of the Best Couches in a Box. It looks great, it’s easy to assemble, and the compact footprint doesn’t sacrifice comfort. It’s also expensive, even with this discount. If you’ve been eyeing it, now is a good time to pick it up—otherwise, you’re better off waiting until Black Friday, when brands like this tend to go on sale again.

Dyson has a ton of Labor Day deals—and a ton of confusingly named appliances. We have a whole guide about the Best Dyson Vacuums, but the V8 is one of the best models to get if you’re on a budget. These go on sale for around $300 pretty regularly. You can also get the V8 Animal for $350. Both come with accessories. 

Deals on Everything Else

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Hedley & Bennett Wake Up and Fight mask

Photograph: Hedley & Bennett

These are some of our favorite face masks. With pockets for filters, adjustable nose wires, and donations made for every mask sold, this deal is a worthy one if your current masks are grubby.

Use code JETSETTER at checkout to save. These are our favorite clip-in bangs—we feature them in our guide to cutting your own hair—and now that you might be looking at another lockdown, they make a good way to avoid giving yourself bangs. Don’t give yourself bangs, folks! The brand’s other products, like wigs and extensions, are also on sale.

This sex toy is designed to give users a blended orgasm via two methods of stimulation. There’s a bit of a learning curve to using it, and while it’s designed for solo use, we had more fun with it with a partner. It’s designed with vulvas in mind. You can read more about it in our Best Sex Toys guide.

Jackbox party games

Jackbox Games Party Pack 3

Photograph: Jackbox

When it comes to couch co-op, it’s hard to find a game as fun as Jackbox. Each pack comes with multiple minigames that can be played by multiple people all at once. As long as the party leader has the game on PC, Switch, PlayStation, or Xbox, teammates can play along on their smartphones, even remotely.

Use code HFLDW2021 at checkout to save. New subscribers will get free shipping on their first HelloFresh meal kit delivery, plus 14 free meals spread across five boxes. Deals on meal kit subscriptions aren’t particularly hard to come by, and they’re almost always for new subscribers, but if you’ve been considering a subscription, you’ll save some money. HelloFresh is the best meal kit service for absolute beginners. New subscribers can also save at Green Chef with code GCLDW2021, or at EveryPlate with code EPLD2021. (Note that all three of these brands are owned by the same parent company.) Check out our guide to the best meal kit delivery services for more information on the differences between these options.

Use code LABOR21 at checkout to save. We recommend this underwear brand in our menstrual product buying guide. The styles are usually pretty affordable, but this coupon code makes them even cheaper. Each pair absorbs moisture from menstruation or bladder leakage. There are four absorbency levels to choose from, plus a plethora of colors and cuts.

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The 30 Best Labor Day Sales on Our Favorite Gear

The 30 Best Labor Day Sales on Our Favorite Gear

Labor Day is the informal beginning of fall, and for many of us, it starts with a nice long weekend. What could be better than sleeping in, enjoying a cool breeze, or treating yourself to one of the innumerable pumpkin spice confections at your favorite coffee shop? Deals, that’s what. We found the best Labor Day deals on gear that WIRED reviewers love, from rain jackets to video games. 

For more discounts, we’ve rounded up the best Labor Day Mattress deals here, as well as Labor Day deals on camping and hiking gear. Most of these deals end on Monday night, and we’ll be updating this roundup over the weekend as we find more. 

Updated September 5, 2021: We double-checked pricing, removed expired deals, and added a few new discounts.

Special offer for Gear readers: Get a 1-year subscription to WIRED for $5 ($25 off). This includes unlimited access to WIRED.com and our print magazine (if you’d like). Subscriptions help fund the work we do every day.

If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission. This helps support our journalism. Learn more.

Tech Deals

chromebook

Asus Chromebook Flip C434.

Photograph: Asus

This is one of the best prices we’ve tracked for our favorite Chromebook. It’s cheaper than it was on Cyber Monday last year. WIRED senior writer Scott Gilbertson says, “Out of all the Chromebooks I’ve tested, the Asus Chromebook Flip C434 strikes the best balance between price, power, and features.” (Scott has tested a lot of Chromebooks.) 

We’ve seen this laptop dip for slightly less before, but this is still a great deal on a powerful laptop with tons of ports. That’s right, you get an HDMI, two USB-A ports, a USB-C that’s Thunderbolt 4 capable, and a headphone jack. We recommend the model linked here with the Intel Core i7, 16 gigabytes of RAM, and a 1-terabyte SSD. 

This deal comes around pretty frequently. Today’s price is a match of the best we’ve tracked outside of Black Friday. In our guide to the Best Roku, we say this is the second-best option for most folks. Thanks to today’s discount, it might temporarily be the first.

Clip the coupon on the page to see the savings at checkout. It’s not an amazing deal, but this is a relatively new Wear OS smartwatch at a pretty good price. It lasts about a day, runs really well thanks to its updated Qualcomm processor, and will get the upcoming Wear OS 3 update next year.  You may see a Lightning Deal that saves you another $10; note that Lightning Deals are quite time-limited.

LG C1 OLED TV

LG C1 OLED TV

Photograph: LG

The LG C1 OLED (8/10, WIRED Recommends) has been dipping to this price for a few months, but it remains one of the lowest we’ve seen. With its deep blacks, intense contrast, and ultrafast response times, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better set around this price point outside of the November shopping season.

Samsung’s Galaxy S21 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is our favorite high-end Android smartphone. It has dipped to this price before, but the deal is still excellent. You get everything you could want with this phone, including fantastic performance, a reliable triple-camera array, wireless charging, and a gorgeous design. 

Motorola’s budget phone frequently dips to $220 and has dipped this low before. For the price, you’ll hardly find a better Android phone. It has a battery that can last up to three days, and it runs fairly smoothly. The downside is Motorola only offers one Android OS upgrade, though you do get two years of security updates. It also has no NFC for contactless payments. 

This is our favorite smartphone under $300 (8/10, WIRED Recommends), and this is a spectacular deal. Samsung promises two Android OS upgrades and four years of security updates, a rarity on a cheap phone. Plus, you’ll get all the standard-fare features available on pricier phones, such as NFC, a 90-Hz refresh rate, sub-6 5G support, and surprisingly great performance. The cameras are decent too. 

Outdoor and Fitness Deals

Want more outdoor deals? We’ve rounded up discounts on camping and hiking gear here. 

Image may contain Clothing Apparel Jacket and Coat

REI Co-Op Rainier rain jacket

Photograph: REI

The Rainier is our top pick for the best affordable rain jacket. Labor Day has made it even cheaper. The jacket features zippered armpit vents, taped seams, and other perks that are usually limited to more expensive raincoats.

Use code LABORDAY to save. If you want a super modern workout at home, the Tempo Studio (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is a sleek and expensive option. It’s basically a big touchscreen tablet on an easel with built-in weights and intelligent features to optimize and personalize your exercise. The full price is outlandish, so if you don’t take advantage of this discount, wait until another shopping holiday—it’ll probably be on sale again.    

We think Swiftwick’s Pursuit are some of the best running socks, but the brand generally makes gear we like. This slight discount is for three other styles—one is cushioned, one is supportive, and one offers ankle stability. All three are probably better than the saggy crew socks you’ve been sweating in since 1994.

This is one of the best portable grills. Ironically, it isn’t the most portable, since it requires electricity. If you don’t have the space for a charcoal grill, it might be a good fit. It’s good on its own and even better with optional accessories, such as a flat top surface. Those are also discounted. Check out our roundup for more.

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Biolite FirePit+

Photograph: BioLite

This is another one of our favorite portable grills. Part grill, part fire pit, this features a built-in battery that can double as a phone charger in a pinch. It can burn both wood and charcoal, and the whole thing stashes down small enough to fit in your trunk if you’re car camping.

Darn Tough makes awesome socks in all sorts of styles to fit various activities. Its Hiker styles are versatile enough to be worn every day, and WIRED reviewers love them—even those of us that hike to the fridge more often than we do outdoors. The socks are backed by a lifetime warranty (and are extremely comfortable.)

In our guide to the best backpacks, we say this is the best for rain, but it’ll work well even if you live in a sunny area. It’s waterproof and has a neat magnetic front pocket for quick access to whatever you reach for most often.

WIRED reviews editor Julian Chokkattu tested this backpack in Iceland, and he loves it. He was able to carry tons of camera gear and easily access it. You can slot in two camera cubes (sold separately), which allows for some excellent organization. It’s well built and can withstand the elements, and it’s very comfortable to carry, even when it’s packed with gear. We recommend adding the two camera cubes, which will cost you $318 ($79 off).

Home Deals

fellow stagg EKG

Fellow Stagg EKG+ electric kettle

Photograph: Fellow

If you’re hunting for a new bed, you might want to spruce up the mattress too. Most of the mattresses we tested and like are on sale, and we’ve rounded ’em up here. 

Use code BREWCREW to save on this kettle (and nearly everything else on Fellow’s site.) The Stagg EKG+ (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is superb. It’s gorgeous, retains heat well, and is easy to clean—a hard-to-find feature when it comes to gooseneck kettles. The price is the obvious downside. But Fellow doesn’t have sales too often, and while this discount isn’t much, it’s rare.

When it comes to portable espresso makers, Flair is our top pick for the model with the best-tasting brews. It doesn’t usually drop much lower than this in price, though it’s still a bit expensive. The whole contraption folds flat for easy storage.

Image may contain Human Person Home Decor Electronics Monitor Display Screen and Face

Aura Carver Digital Picture Frame

Photograph: Aura

We’ve seen this deal several times, but we still recommend it simply because the product is so good. The Aura Carver is the best digital picture frame. It makes a great gift for far-away family members, but it’s also a nice way to cut down on clutter (or actually do something with the gazillion cute photos of your baby that are collecting dust in your phone camera roll.)

Use coupon code LABORDAY20 to save 20 percent on this itty-bitty humidifier. WIRED reviewer Medea Giordano likes it, especially when she’s feeling under the weather. She recommends it in our guide to keeping your air quality under control. Did we mention how cute it is?

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Nanoleaf Hexagons

Photograph: Nanoleaf

Even on sale, these reflective hexagons are expensive. They also look incredibly cool. At home on the back wall of your favorite streamer’s office, or in your kid’s bedroom, these no-drill lights offer awesome ambient lighting that can melt between colors or sync up with music. If you’re going to drop the cash on this kit, do it when it’s on sale, either now or for other shopping holidays.

Hue bulbs are some of the best smart bulbs out there. This isn’t the lowest price we’ve seen, but it’s a good deal. These bulbs feature a vast array of color options, and the app allows you to set schedules, use smart voice assistants to control the lights, and more.

Click the on-page coupon checkbox and apply code ECOROBOT8 to save. The T8 is an older version of one of WIRED’s favorite robot vacuums. It doesn’t get much cheaper than this. The little dustbuster will both vacuum and mop, and while the intelligent mapping feature can be a bit buggy, the T8 is still a solid option—especially for smaller spaces.

Image may contain Couch Furniture and Cushion

Burrow Nomad Sofa in a Box

Photograph: Burrow

You’ll see the savings in your shopping cart. The Nomad is one of the best couches in a box. It looks great, it’s easy to assemble, and the compact footprint doesn’t sacrifice comfort. It’s also expensive, even with this discount. If you’ve been eyeing it, now is a good time to pick it up—otherwise, you’re better off waiting until Black Friday, when brands like this tend to go on sale again.

Dyson has a ton of Labor Day deals—and a ton of confusingly named appliances. We have a whole guide about the best Dyson Vacuums, but the V8 is one of the best models to get if you’re on a budget. These go on sale for around $300 pretty regularly. You can also get the V8 Animal for $350. Both come with accessories. 

Deals on Everything Else

Image may contain Clothing Apparel and Hat

Hedley & Bennett Wake Up and Fight mask

Photograph: Hedley & Bennett

These are some of our favorite face masks. With pockets for filters, adjustable nose wires, and donations made for every mask sold, this deal is a worthy one if your current masks are grubby.

Use code JETSETTER to save. These are our favorite clip-in bangs—we feature them in our guide to cutting your own hair—and now that you might be looking at another lockdown, they make a good way to avoid giving yourself bangs. Don’t give yourself bangs, folks! The brand’s other products, like wigs and extensions, are also on sale.

Jackbox party games

Jackbox Games Party Pack 3

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When it comes to couch co-op, it’s hard to find a game as fun as Jackbox. Each pack comes with multiple minigames that can be played by multiple people all at once. As long as the party leader has the game on PC, Switch, PlayStation, or Xbox, teammates can play along on their smartphones, even remotely.

Use code HFLDW2021 to save. New subscribers will get free shipping on their first HelloFresh meal kit delivery, plus 14 free meals spread across five boxes. Deals on meal kit subscriptions aren’t particularly hard to come by, and they’re almost always for new subscribers, but if you’ve been considering a subscription, you’ll save some money. HelloFresh is the best meal kit service for absolute beginners. New subscribers can also save at Green Chef with code GCLDW2021, or at EveryPlate with code EPLD2021. (Note that all three of these brands are owned by the same parent company.) Check out our guide to the best meal kit delivery services for more information on the differences between these options.

Use code LABOR21 to save. We recommend this underwear brand in our menstrual product buying guide. The styles are usually pretty affordable, but this coupon code makes them even cheaper. Each pair absorbs moisture from menstruation or bladder leakage. There are four absorbency levels to choose from, plus a plethora of colors and cuts.

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The 40 Best Fourth of July Deals on Home and Outdoor Goods

The 40 Best Fourth of July Deals on Home and Outdoor Goods

Happy Independence Day! We hope you’re able to celebrate this holiday weekend with your family and friends. Maybe stay indoors this year to take your mind off the heat wave working its way through the US. If you’re outside, we have lots of advice on how to stay cool. The good news is there’s money to be saved on some of our favorite home and outdoor products this weekend thanks to a bevy of July 4th sales. 

Updated July 4, 2021: We’ve cut a deal and added two new ones, as well as checked prices throughout.

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Home and Kitchen Deals

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Mr. Coffee One-Touch CoffeeHouse Espresso and Cappuccino Maker 

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See our guides on latte and cappuccino makers and robot vacuums to make your house a perfect oasis for summer parties and staycations.

This is a lower price than we saw on Prime Day. It’s important to get the weight of the grounds and grind size right when you’re chasing the perfect cup of joe. This burr grinder takes care of that for you thanks to its integrated scale. Just set the grind size, choose a weight, and that’s it. It stops when it’s done. 

This initially was a better deal than what we saw on Prime Day, but the price has already jumped back up a little. It’s still a decent deal though. This Oxo Coffee Maker (9/10, WIRED Recommends) can brew up to eight cups of coffee, making it a great option for large households, and it’s very simple to operate. It’ll brew at the right temperature for the correct amount of time. Plus, if you just want to make a single cup’s worth, a pour-over dripper accessory is included.

The DeLonghi is a dead-simple machine and one of the best priced when it’s not discounted. It’s very easy to clean, and you get a frothing wand. 

This is $10 less than the price during Target’s Prime Day rival sale. We haven’t tested it, and while Keurig machines aren’t our favorite way to brew coffee, there’s no denying it’s one of the simplest methods around. Make sure to pick up K-Cups!

Roborock S4 Max

Roborock S4 Max

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This is our favorite robot vacuum for most people. It has features of pricier vacs, like mapping, problem spot detection, and virtual barriers. Plus it has a larger than average dust bin and 180 minutes of battery life. It was discounted to $310 on Prime Day, but this is still a solid price.

Clip the coupon on the page to see the discount at checkout. We saw this robot vacuum go for $100 cheaper on Amazon Prime Day, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t worth picking up for this price. It’s a great vac for households with pets. It sucks dog hair right out of low-pile carpets and best of all, its cameras can avoid obstacles like pet poop. No need to fear that you’ll come home to pet messes smeared across your house.

The D8 has a Turbo mode for particularly tough messes and an auto-recharge and resume function for when the battery dies while it’s still cleaning. We loved the older Neato D7 when we tested it, and you can get it from Neato’s site for the same price right now. But the newer model is probably the way to go. You can also find this deal at Bed Bath and Beyond and Lowe’s. If you buy the D8 directly from Neato’s site by July 5, you can get a side brush and four-pack of filters with your discounted purchase by using the promo code SUMMER21.

Tech and Accessory Deals

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Apple MacBook Air with M1

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Apple’s latest MacBook Air (9/10, WIRED Recommends) uses its very own M1 chip instead of an Intel processor, and the result is excellent. It’s a truly well-rounded machine, with great battery life, powerful performance, a nice screen, and the same, classic, slim design. This is the lowest price we’ve ever seen. 

This price isn’t as low as we saw on Prime Day, but it’s still a good deal on a flagship phone from 2020 (8/10, WIRED Recommends). The AMOLED 90-Hz screen is one of the best you’ll find at this price, and it’s tough to find an Android phone this powerful for less than $500. 

This isn’t the lowest price we’ve seen on the iPad Air, but if you’re in the market for Apple’s latest mid-range tablet, it’s worth it. It has the modern iPad Pro design without Face ID; in fact, Touch ID is embedded into the power button. It’s powerful and has great battery life. 

Want an Android tablet instead? We like the Tab S6 Lite. Performance won’t be as smooth as pricier slates, but it gets the job done. The screen is nice as are the speakers and battery life.

Frequently filming videos with your iPhone? This is an easy way to upgrade your microphone quality. It can also plug into professional DSLRs or mirrorless cameras with this adapter too. Read more in our story on Gear and Tips You Need to Make Studio-Grade Home Videos. If you want a wireless solution, it’s more expensive, but Rode’s Wireless Go system is also on sale for $182 ($17 off). 

Outdoor Deals

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Tribit StormBox

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You’re probably spending time outside for the next few months. We have guides on all things grilling, including gas grills, charcoal grills, portable grills, and accessories. Plus, see our favorite Bluetooth speakers if you want to play DJ at your next party.

Clip the coupon button to see the discount at checkout. This might not be the biggest discount, but the StormBox is our favorite budget Bluetooth speaker. It’s IPX7-rated, which means you can bring it out to your pool or the beach while you celebrate the summer. It has 20 hours of battery life and strong bass.

It’s nice to have a cooler on hand when you’re hosting (or going to!) backyard parties, taking a beach trip, or tailgating any number of events. The 16-quart Stanley Adventure is tough, relatively light, and holds 21 cans of your choice of beverage.

Nothing says summer quite like grilling. If you regularly grill, you should get an instant-read thermometer. This Thermapen isn’t cheap, but WIRED senior writer Scott Gilbertson says it’s worth the investment. It has an automatic backlight and folds up for easy storage.

ThermoWorks Signals temperature hub

ThermoWorks Signals

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This is WIRED senior writer Scott Gilbertson’s favorite smart hub for a grill. It’s ideal for anyone who does a lot of slow cooking, smoking, or anything where you need to keep a constant but low temperature. It has four channels you can see various temperatures, and you don’t need to have your phone on you to see all of this information. 

Click the coupon button on the page to see the full discount at checkout. Most people don’t think they need gloves for grilling, but it makes things a whole lot easier. These gloves can handle up to 932 degrees Fahrenheit, but you should still stay cautious even when using your gloved hands.

If you’re heading out on hikes this summer, trekking poles help relieve some of the strain off your legs and knees by transferring the work to your upper body. You should buy some rubber tips to snap on the end and avoid dragging the poles as you hike—pole scars can damage the environment.

WIRED staffers have used a few different versions of these bottles, and like them all, but this one has a nice sleeve with a pocket to store your keys. All the bottles are 15 percent off through July 5, so you should be able to find something you like.

Beauty Deals

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Amika Polished Perfection Straightening Brush 2.0

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You might be a little rusty in the grooming department. See our guides on hair straighteners, hair dryers, and hair removal tools for all of our favorite picks.

Sephora’s Summer Sale runs until July 5, and our favorite straightening brush from Amika is discounted. It’s well worth it at this price if your hair type reacts well to brushes. It takes the curls out of my hair but leaves it puffy, and I’ve seen others get flat iron-like results in less time with less damage.

This dryer is cheap as it is, so another $5 off is nice. It works well for diffusing curls and has the best ‘90s design. However, the low setting can be too low, and the high can cause frizz on delicate curls. A medium option would’ve been nice.

This dryer has an oscillating quick-dry nozzle that rapidly moves side to side as you dry, mimicking the back and forth motion you might make with your hand. 

Tineca Moda One hair dryer
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Clip the coupon on the page to see the discount at checkout. This is a pricey dryer, but it automatically adjusts heat and airflow based on moisture levels and air temperature.

This Dermaflash is on our list of the best hair removal gear. It’s expensive, and the blades are single-use, but it gets rid of peach fuzz and dead skin from your face without irritation. 

Mattress Deals

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Helix Midnight Luxe

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It wouldn’t be a holiday if all our favorite mattresses weren’t discounted. Read our guide on all the mattresses we tested for more. The following prices are for queen sizes.

Use promo code July4200 to see the discount at checkout. This is our favorite mattress. It’s quite expensive even on sale, but it really is great to relax on at night. This deal includes two of Helix’s pillows for free. 

Use promo code JULY4TH to see the discount at checkout. We’ve seen this mattress dip further down in price, but it’s affordable even when it isn’t on sale. Comfort doesn’t suffer in the name of a bargain either.

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Birch Natural

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