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It’s the middle of April, yet I woke up to the sight of “wintery mix” (that’s snow, sleet, and rain all at once for my warmer climate readers). To quell my disappointment in this so-called spring season, I’m doing whatever I can to stay positive—and that means hunting for bargain buys online.
From underneath the pile of blankets on my couch, I’ve managed to find a few really great deals on Amazon. Granted, Amazon’s always got tons of stuff on sale, but the deals I found are for things that I know for a fact are actually worth the money. Whether I’ve used them myself or my company has put them through in-depth testing, I’m confident that if you are interested in the things on this list, buying them would be a great decision. So let’s talk about these deals already!
1. A smart air conditioner you can control with Alexa
So, I know I said it’s cold and miserable where I live right now, but that just makes me crave summertime even more. And while I’d love to bask in the sun on a boiling hot summer day right now, I know I’ll want something to keep me cool too.
The Frigidaire Smart Window A/C is at the top of my wish list right now. I’ve had a WiFi-enabled Quirky smart air conditioner for the last couple years, and I love being able to control it with an app on my phone. But Frigidaire’s model also works with Amazon Alexa, so I could just utter a command to cool things down when I’m extra lazy and melting in the summer heat. Pinch me, I’m dreaming.
Right now, you can get this sleek-looking air conditioner for $50 less than its regular price. This is the first time we’ve seen this window unit go on sale in nearly a year, and this sale beats its lowest price ever by a couple bucks too. So if you want an A/C that caters to your every command, this is the time to buy.
2. The cult-favorite TubShroom for under $10
If you hate cleaning hair out of the shower drain, or you’re sick of using an impossible-to-clean mesh drain stopper, you should try the TubShroom. I’ve had one in my shower for nearly two years and it’s amazing. It’s so easy to clean out the hair after your shower, and the design makes it totally inconspicuous in your tub. Right now, you can get it for under $10. But this Lightning Deal almost always sells out before the clock winds down, so you’ll want to act quickly.
3. Our favorite e-reader at its lowest price ever
So, I’ve been talking about this sale all week. Because it’s really great if you’re an avid reader like me. The Kindle Paperwhite is the best overall e-reader from the Kindle family because it has nearly all the amazing feature you’ll find in the pricier Voyage and Oasis, but it comes at a much more palatable price.
Not only did it win in our tests, but it’s also the most popular e-reader among Amazon’s customers. It’s lightweight, has a brightly backlit screen, and you can read it anywhere, even outside in the sun. Did I mention the battery can last weeks or even months on a single charge?
Right now, if you’re a Prime member, you can get the Paperwhite for only $80, $10 less than the lowest price we’d seen before this and $40 less than its regular cost. If you’re not a Prime member, you can still take advantage of this sale with a free 30-day trial. Just sign up, buy the Kindle, and then set a calendar alert for 29 days from now to cancel your trail if you don’t want to keep Prime. Win-win.
4. The best smart water leak detector
If today’s spring snow storm is any evidence that the weather is unpredictable, then it makes sense for anyone who owns a home to be prepared for the worst. And thankfully, there are smart devices that can help keep you and your home safe.
This smart water leak detector, for instance, can help mitigate the damage from flooding, burst pipes, and even frozen pipes (and it’s the best we’ve tested). You place the sensor near a high-risk area, such as under a washing machine or a hot water heater. If it senses water, it will automatically ping your phone to alert you so you can take care of business. It works over WiFi, so even if you’re vacationing in Hawaii, you’ll be able to take action.
The best part? It’s on sale for the lowest price it’s ever been. It originally cost $80 and has been hovering around $60 until now.
5. An Amazon Alexa speaker for $15 off
If you’ve been curious why your friends love their Alexa devices so much, but can’t justify the $100 cost of the regular Alexa, the Eufy Genie might be the perfect way to test the smart assistant waters. This third-party alternative to the $50 Echo Dot is usually $35, but it’s on sale for just $19.99 right now. Like the Dot, the Genie lacks in sound quality but can connect to an external speaker for music playback.
If you are ready to go all-in, the Echo itself is also on sale for $85, $15 off and just $5 more than the lowest price we’ve seen. This one sounds much better than the Genie, looks sleeker with six different shell designs to choose from, and runs faster and smoother than any third-party option can.
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