All year, CNN Underscored’s staff and expert contributors put in countless hours testing the latest products, from tech gadgetry to outdoor gear, skin care essentials to home cleaning necessities, to find the best things for our readers.
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On Black Friday and Cyber Monday (and all Cyber Week), we turn our attention to finding the best deals out there so you can get those things for some. of the best prices you’ll see all year. That way, you get the things you really want and can depend on — not just doorbusters that’ll end up as doorstops.
Read on for some low sale prices on the things we’ve gone hands on with over the past year.
Tushy Classic 3.0 Bidet Attachment ($79.20, originally $99; amazon.com)
Best bidet attachment
If you’re a bidet beginner and don’t want to spend too much money, the Tushy Classic, our favorite bidet attachment) mounts under your existing toilet seat and gives you a comfortable stream with just enough adjustability. At $20 off for Cyber Monday, it’s a great way to see if you like the idea of a bidet (we’re pretty sure you will)
Shark IQ XL ($299, originally $599, amazon.com)
The best value self-emptying robot vacuum
At $300 off for Cyber Monday, our choice for the best value in a self-emptying robot vacuum is a fantastic deal (and is cheap enough that you might not want to consider anything else if you want the convenience of a self-emptying vacuum but are put off by the relatively high prices of the similar offerings by iRobot or Samsung. The Shark IQ XL cleans and performs almost as well for a whole lot less.
Anker PowerPort Atom III Slim ($23.98, originally $35.99; amazon.com)
Best all-around USB-C charger
With 45 watts of power, support for all the major fast-charging standards, cool-running GaN circuitry and a slim design that makes it easy to plug in anywhere, the PowerPort Atom III — our pick for the best USB-C charger overall — was the most versatile single-port charger we tested, and a great deal at one-third off the regular price for Cyber Monday.
KitchenAid 3.5-Cup Food Chopper ($34.88, originally $49.99, walmart.com )
Best mini food processor
Our pick for the best mini food processor, the KitchenAid 3.5 Cup Food Chopper, gets a substantial price chop from $49.99 to $34.88 at Walmart. It’s even easier to add a mechanized sous chef to your small kitchen, so if you are short on space or just need to chop herbs, a small amount of veggies or nuts or want to make a few servings of salsa, salad dressing or the like, this mini version has you covered. Easy to use with great results, it earned a permanent spot in our kitchen repertoire.
Kindle Paperwhite Kids ($114.99, originally $159.99; amazon.com)
Best e-reader for kids
At a $40 discount, the waterproof Kindle Paperwhite Kids is an even better deal for anyone looking to pick up the best e-reader for younger users in their family. It comes with an easy-to-use sleep cover and one year of Amazon Kids+ for free, making it the best e-reader available for children.
KitchenAid 5-Quart Artisan Series Tilt-Head Stand Mixer ($349.95, originally $429.95; williams-sonoma.com)
Best stand mixer overall
At $80 off, there’s no better time to pick up our favorite stand mixer, the KitchenAid 5-Quart Artisan Series Tilt-Head Stand Mixer. The Artisan delivered the best performance of the mixers we tested, and with more than 20 available colors and a classic profile, you’ll want to keep this tilt-head mixer on display in your kitchen.
KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer ($429.95, regular $529.95; williams-sonoma.com)
Best stand mixer for large batches
With a $100 Black Friday discount on our recommendation for the best bowl-lift stand mixer, it’s a great time to upgrade to the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series. It has a bigger stainless steel bowl and a more powerful motor that can handle bigger batches and recipes than the Artisan series.
Alpha JX Bidet Seat ($339.00, originally 368.99, amazon.com)
Best bidet overall
Now available at the lowest price we’ve seen, the Alpha JX bidet seat features an instantaneous and endless supply of warm water along with a fully adjustable stream, dryer, remote and heated seat, making it the best value bidet on the market — even more so at this price.
Toto K300 Electronic Bidet ($529, Originally $699; amazon.com)
Best luxury bidet
The Toto Washlet K300 combines superior comfort and performance with unlimited, instant warm water. Featuring all the bells and whistles you could ever want in a bidet, the K300 is undoubtedly the best bidet we tested — and at $170 off for Black Friday, it’s a great time to treat yourself with a serious upgrade to your bathroom routine.
Ninja AF101 ($99.99, originally $119.99; amazon.com)
Best air fryer overall
Ninja’s air fryers are some of the best on the market and use 75% of the oil conventional frying uses — and right now you can save $30 on the brand’s sleek, 4-quart machine. Our pick for the best overall air fryer, it can hold 2 pounds of fries and has a generous 2.6-foot cord length in case you need to stretch it across a countertop. It’s dishwasher-safe for extra-easy cleanup too.
Dash Express Tasti-Crisp 2.6-Quart Air Fryer ($39.99, originally $59.99; target.com)
Best affordable air fryer under $100
Another one of our winners when we tested the best air fryers of 2021, the Dash was our affordable pick, thanks to its simple, hassle-free air frying and cheap price tag. And now Target is offering it for even cheaper, slashing $20 off the price and bringing it down to $39.99.
Cuisinart Air Fryer Oven (starting at $159.99, originally $229.99; amazon.com)
Best air fryer toaster oven
Our pick for the best air fryer toaster oven, this Cuisinart air fryer typically goes for $229.99, but you can snag it right now for just $159.99 in the black and white color options. We loved this air fryer’s versatility, allowing you to air fry, bake and roast basically anything.
Best measuring spoons overall: Gorilla Grip Magnetic Stackable Measuring Spoon Set ($7.99, originally $24.99; amazon.com)
Best measuring spoons overall
Our favorite set of measuring spoons is available at a significant discount this Black Friday, so if you can’t find that 3/4 tbsp measure, now’s your chance to level up. This Gorilla Grip set comes with seven spoons that nest together with magnets, making it easier to select the appropriate measures than with other sets. They’re dual-sided, with a narrow, oblong end that fits easily into small containers.
Galaxy Buds Pro ($149.99, originally $199.99; amazon.com)
Best wireless earbuds for Android users, best wireless earbuds for calls, best work-at-home earbuds
Named our best wireless earbuds for Android users (and best wireless earbuds for calls or working at home), these buds offer up a ton of great software features that let Android users fine-tune the audio and customize the controls, and deliver some very solid noise cancellation.
Best budget earbuds: EarFun Air ($49.99, originally $69.99; amazon.com)
Best budget wireless earbuds
We’ll make this really simple for you: If you want to spend less than $100 on wireless earbuds, you won’t find a better pair than the EarFun Air, our pick for the best budget wireless earbuds. And now you can get these EarFun Air earbuds for $20 off–just in time for Black Friday. Which is even sweeter.
TaoTronics Cool Mist Humidifier ($38.99, originally $59.99; walmart.com)
Best humidifier overall
The TaoTronics Cool Mist Humidifier — our favorite humidifier overall — was a breeze to use from the start. It fills and mists quickly, takes up minimal space, and was also a standout when it came to cleaning, which is hugely important if you’ve ever dealt with a gross, moldy humidifier filter or tank. At $20 off for Black Friday, it’s an even better deal.
SteelSeries Apex Pro ($163.99, originally ($199.99; amazon.com)
Best gaming keyboard overall
When it comes to a keyboard that checks all of the possible boxes and then some, including a great Black Friday discount, our best gaming keyboard overall, the SteelSeries Apex Pro shines bright, delivering extreme value with adjustable switches, individual key lighting and an OLED display that makes quickly changing settings a breeze.
Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse ($69.99, originally $89.99; bestbuy.com)
Best wireless gaming mouse
The Corsair Dark Core RGB, now $20 off for Black Friday, is our pick for the best gaming mouse. It’s a do-it-all device that offers wired and wireless connectivity, a comfortable and adjustable grip, and eight programmable buttons.
Happy Light Luxe by Verilux ($44.99, originally $99.95; bedbathandbeyond.com)
Best SAD light therapy lamp
Now that the days are short, pick up the Happy Light Luxe by Verilux, the best SAD light therapy lamp we’ve found. The Happy Light Luxe is sleek, slim, packable and stable, and now available at an all-time low price for Black Friday. We love its customizable, well-thought-out controls — which were missing from almost every other light that we tested. Plus, the deep discount helped make us even happier.
Amazon Echo Show 8 ($59.99, originally $129.99; bestbuy.com)
Best smart display
The Echo Show 8 is the best smart display we tested and you can get it now for a huge $70 off during this Black Friday sale — at Best Buy. With a versatile 8-inch screen in a build that really fits anywhere, the Echo Show 8 can do everything you’d expect from a smart display, and Alexa can respond to your queries both vocally and visually.
Ring Alarm Second Gen ($119.99, originally $199.99; amazon.com)
The Ring Alarm is a budget-conscious system that drops the router and local video storage of the Ring Alarm Pro, but is still a great, customizable DIY home security system. And you can save even more on this system right now with a big $80 discount for Black Friday.
Nespresso VertuoPlus by Breville ($119.96, originally $147.99; amazon.com)
Best single-serve coffee and espresso machine
Looking for a coffee machine that can brew a consistently great cup that’s piping hot, makes espresso, is extremely easy to use and looks great on your counter? Then this amazing deal on our pick for the best single-serve coffee maker, the Nespresso VertuoPlus by Breville, cannot be beat. This single-cup coffee maker stood out from the pack in nearly every category. It produced the hottest coffee of the bunch, delivered the same great taste with every cup, allowed for a variety of brewing options and truly could not be easier to use.
Nest Learning Thermostat ($179, originally $229; amazon.com)
Best smart thermostat
Get the Nest Learning Thermostat — our pick for the best smart thermostat — for a lot less this Black Friday and enjoy a more comfortable home, as Nest automatically studies your habits and controls the temperature (or if, you prefer, you can tell it what to do from the easy-to-use Nest app).
Liforme Yoga Mat ($127.45, originally $149.95, amazon.com)
Best yoga mat for beginners
Looking to get a jump on a new you for the New Year? The Liforme Original Yoga Mat is our recommendation for the best yoga mat for beginners, thanks to 12 alignment markers that show beginners exactly where they should be placing their hands and feet. The markers are especially helpful for anyone practicing at home without a live instructor present to correct their form. At $20 off for Black Friday, it’s a great time to get started.
Logitech StreamCam ($129.99, originally $169.99; amazon.com)
Best webcam for streaming
For content creators it doesn’t get much better than the Logitech StreamCam, our pick for the best webcam for streaming. This attractive camera delivers 1080p video at 60 frames per second (fps) for extra-smooth Twitch streams, and has the unique ability to be positioned in portrait mode. At $40 off, its a great time to get started on that next viral TikTok hit.
DryBar Detox Dry Shampoo ($14, originally $26; saksoff5th.com)
Best dry shampoo:
Stay fresh this holiday season with DryBar Detox Dry Shampoo, now at a fabulous, low price for Black Friday. Our pick for the best dry shampoo, not only was it best at absorbing oil, aptly removed sweat and dirt, but it had the most pleasing scent, leaving our panelists’ hair feeling cleaner and smelling better than any other dry shampoo we tried. Think of it as a sort of oil-absorbing sheet for your hair — a sponge that, even when applied in a fine, veil-like mist, sops up oil, sweat and dirt for even the greasier-haired among us.
Casper Sateen Duvet Cover ($287.30, originally $338 for queen size; casper.com)
Best duvet cover
Our pick for the best duvet cover, the Casper Sateen Duvet Cover, is $50 off for Black Friday, so it’s a great time to get ready for cold winter nights. We love it because it checked all our boxes: For starters, it’s 100% cotton with a smooth, sateen feel that’s soft, not silky. During our testing, washing the cover was a breeze, and it dried completely with one cycle.
Best fitness tracker: Fitbit Inspire 2 ($59.95, originally $99.95; amazon.com)
Best fitness tracker
For a solid $40 off, you’ll want to check out the Fitbit Inspire 2, our pick for the best fitness tracker. It’s the best choice for anyone in the market for a simple device that will give them better clarity and robust data about their fitness without the complexity of a full-fledged running watch or smartwatch.