Best Holiday Deals Under $100
Great prices on great products that won't break the bank
Finding a great deal is always a thrill, and there are still loads of sales still available at or near Black Friday and Cyber Monday prices.
To help budget-conscious shoppers—who shouldn’t have to sacrifice quality for a low price—we went through low-cost options that scored well in CR’s tests for the most promising deals on kitchen tools and cookware, streaming devices, headphones, and more. Below, you’ll find items on sale for under $100. (We’re also tracking all the best deals under $50.)
These are just a few of the best sales we’re seeing for under $100 right now, but we’re always checking everything regardless of price to bring you the latest, and remember, you can expect more sales as the holidays approach. So check out more great discounts on electronics and home and kitchen products, as well as our CR Deals hub.
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The Sennheiser CX Plus offers really good value for true wireless noise-canceling earbuds. According to our testers, the sound quality is more than solid, while the active noise-canceling performance is among the best we’ve tested and includes a transparency mode so that you can hear traffic while you’re walking. Some users might find the buds a bit bulky, but our testers found the fit to be fine for most users.
Why it’s a good deal: This deal puts the desirable CX Plus earbuds significantly below their list price.
The Studio Buds are true wireless noise canceling earbuds that hit a sweet spot between price and performance. Sure, there are some earbuds that perform somewhat better, only a few—notably the Sennheiser CX Plus and the OnePlus Buds Pro— are in the same price range as the Studio Buds. While these earbuds aren’t particularly feature-packed, our expert testers report that the noise canceling works really well, and Studio Buds do sound really good, especially given their modest price.
Why it’s a good deal: This sale price is just $10 more than we saw during the Black Friday weekend.
The Asobu Insulated Portable Brewer KB900 is one of the more expensive models we test, but it’s a superior performer. This manual cold-brew coffee maker offers superb convenience and was one of the best models in our taste tests. The Asobu isn’t dishwasher-safe, but it has a stainless-steel insulated carafe (rare for a manual model) and brews in 12 to 24 hours, depending on how strong you want your coffee.
Why it’s a good deal: This cold-brew coffee maker is on sale for about 22 percent off in select colors, making now a great time to buy.
The Oxo Brew Conical Burr Coffee Grinder is one of the more affordable models that does well in our tests. It receives strong scores in our grind performance tests, making it a fantastic choice for any brew method you want to use. Our testers find it extremely easy to clean, too, because it has a removable hopper. It features 15 grind settings, a 12-ounce bean hopper (one of the largest), an auto-stop feature, and a timer.
Why it’s a good deal: This grinder is $20 off at a handful of retailers.
If you love the look of KitchenAid stand mixers, you might want to consider this KitchenAid KCM1208DG coffee maker. It features the iconic wraparound metal band from the stand mixers and offers the performance to match. Its many features include a permanent filter, a removable water reservoir, a cleaning indicator, auto-shutoff, brew-strength control, and programming.
Why it’s a good deal: This brewer beats out machines that cost twice as much, and it’s currently $10 off its list price.
For a brewer with a thermal carafe, consider this deal on the Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew BVMC-PSTX91. Our tests show thermal carafes aren’t as easy to hold and pour as glass carafes, but this machine still performs decently for handling. It also offers great brew performance and is quite easy to clean and use.
Why it’s a good deal: This is the same price we saw for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Testers find that the Beautiful by Drew Barrymore 6 Quart Touchscreen Air Fryer’s electronic controls are easy to read, and its programmed settings, easy to use—earning it a high score in our controls test. Cleaning the inside and outside is simple enough, too, and this measured 4-quart model doesn’t produce too much noise. To the delight of décor enthusiasts, this air fryer is available in a range of colors.
Why it’s a good deal: While this fryer in Merlot has always been $69 at Walmart, the other colors are also now at that same low price.
A CR Best Buy, the GoWise GW22731 air fryer has a measured capacity of 4.9 quarts. Its touch buttons and programmed settings are among the easiest to see and use. And this is one of the quietest air fryers we’ve tested. But the exterior’s crevices and the basket’s nooks and crannies take some effort to clean.
Why it’s a good deal: This is the lowest price we’ve seen for this model all year.
The Oster DiamondForce Nonstick XL 5 Quart Digital Air Fryer’s digital touchscreen is easy to read. And its programmed settings are easy to use, earning it a favorable score in our controls test. This model also doesn’t make too much noise, and cleaning the inside and outside doesn’t take a lot of elbow grease. Despite the air fryer’s name, the basket has a measured capacity of 3.6 quarts. Like other models we’ve tested, this one comes with a 1-year warranty.
Why it’s a good deal: At $9 less than the best price we’ve seen at Amazon, this is a solid deal.
Bluetooth and Smart Speakers
The Show 8 offers a lot of device for the money. The voice-enabled touchscreen can be useful in a kitchen when you want to follow a recipe while your hands are messy. The sound quality does have flaws—our testers found the treble to be strident and heard echoes in the all-important midrange. The Show 8 also lacks the Zigbee smart home hub found on the latest-generation Echo.
Why it’s a good deal: At half off its previous price, this is a very solid deal on a device that performs well.
Kitchen Tools and Appliances
The Cuisinart Countdown Metal CPT-415 snags the top rating in our color-range tests, popping up toast just as you like it. There are settings for bagels, defrost, and reheat, and Cuisinart’s 3-year warranty is longer than that of most brands in our ratings.
Why it’s a good deal: Paying more than $50 for a 2-slice toaster may be a reach. But if you’re going to splurge for a digital display, you might as well splurge on one of the highest-rated models in CR’s ratings.
Sodastream Terra Soda Maker
We found the highly-rated SodaStream Terra’s “quick connect” snap-on mounting for CO₂ cartridges easier to use than the older, screw-in setups of other SodaStream models. (The new, pink cartridges you’ll need for this unit cost the same and can carbonate the same volume as the older cartridges.) The Terra needs no electricity to work. This package includes one pink CO₂ cartridge and one carbonating bottle. We tested the red Terra model.
Why it’s a good deal: This 40-percent discount is the deepest price cut most retailers have posted in several months. They’re charging that same price for the Terra in white, black, and misty blue.
With variable speeds, dial controls, and a reversible shredding and slicing disc, the NutriChef NCFP8 food processor isn’t one to miss. Although the model doesn’t fare as well when it comes to grating, it still manages to score high in overall performance in Consumer Reports’ tests. Included in the set you’ll find a dough blade plus whipping and juicing attachments.
Why it’s a good deal: It’s one of the best options under $100, and the sale price just dropped another $5 compared with recent weeks.
The Bosma Aegis Smart Lock SL0001 receives high scores across the board in our tests, including ease of remote access. This retrofit smart lock also comes with plenty of features, such as auto-locking, auto-unlocking, voice and app control via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, electronic keys, an access log, a door open/close sensor, and a tamper alarm to warn you of a possible break in.
Why it’s a good deal: With the on-page coupon, this matches the lowest price we’ve seen for this smart lock.
If you’re looking for an indoor security camera to keep an eye on your pets, our editors found the Arlo Essential Indoor to be a close second to the Furbo dog camera. And even though the Arlo is technically a home security camera, which means it lacks functionalities like tossing treats, it still provides the necessary technology for checking in on your pets. Our editors found the device’s video angle and video quality to be great, and its corresponding app was easy to use. While the setup was a bit tricky—and the privacy shield makes a noise that could alert your pet when it comes on—it did impress as far as sound.
Why it’s a good deal: This is a nice discount, especially if you’ve already got Arlo smart home devices.
Want a floodlight camera for less than $100? The Wyze Cam Floodlight is the model for you. It receives high marks for video quality, data security, and response time in our tests. It also offers a good array of features, including color night vision, monitoring zones, a siren, two-way audio, voice and app control via Amazon Alexa and Google Home/Assistant, and a microSD card slot to store video footage without a subscription. Optionally, a Wyze Cam Plus subscription can be used to store footage in the cloud and add object recognition for people, packages, vehicles, and pets.
Why it’s a good deal: This floodlight camera is $20 off its list price.
Philips SmartSleep Wake Up Light Alarm Clock
With the Philips SmartSleep Wake-up Light HF3520/60, you can wake up to one of five nature-inspired sounds or an FM radio. The clock glows with red, orange, and yellow hues that ultimately brightens to a maximum intensity of 300-lux (which you can adjust down, according to your preference). Pressing snooze will temporarily shut off the sound alarm but not the light, which may keep you from falling back asleep (a good thing, if you truly want to wake up).
Why it’s a good deal: A discount of $20 on this model is worth considering.
Phomemo M110 Label Maker
The Phomemo M110 is the bigger, bulkier version of the Phomemo D30 (which is also on sale for under $50) and offers a bit more flexibility with the size of the label you’re creating. It uses the same app as well, and has a wide variety of fonts, styles, and images, with quick creation and easy label cutting. Its size, compared with the smaller Phomemo, makes it a bit less portable, and its alignment wasn’t as precise when it came to cutting the label exactly on the cut line compared with the other label printers. But it’s still a solid option when it comes to durable, lasting label printers.
Why it’s a good deal: With the on-page coupon, this label maker matches the best price we’ve ever seen.
The Fitbit Inspire 2 fitness tracker has been on sale since mid-April, but the price continues to fall. It gets top marks from our testers for step-count and heart-rate accuracy, and it earns a spot among the best fitness trackers for its ease of use, pairing, and readability in low light. The Inspire 2 also has a very generous claimed battery life of 10 days (we don’t test that characteristic) and built-in GPS, a feature not found on many other fitness trackers.
Why it’s a good deal: It’s now $4 less than the lowest we’ve seen all year.
The Netgear Orbi AC1200 three-unit mesh router system performs well in our tests overall. But it doesn’t rate quite as high for speed at midrange and far distances, and it isn’t compatible with the WiFi 6 standard, which might not be ideal for early adopters who want the fastest connections to the latest smartphone and other gadgets. (Don’t worry about compatibility, though; all new devices work with the earlier WiFi standard.) Given the relatively low price, however, there’s a lot to like here, including an easy app-based setup, a built-in Ethernet port, and automatic firmware updates, which protect you from hackers, malware, and other security vulnerabilities.
Why it’s a good deal: This router has been on sale for a while, and the price has fallen from around $150 since the summer. It has held steady at under $100 for the last few weeks.
Ekster Senate Cardholder
The Ekster Senate Cardholder features a design that keeps that pop-up switch level with the aluminum card holder. It includes a cash strap and single card holder with the company’s logo emblazoned on the front, and you can keep a card on the outside, such as a Metro card, for tap-to-go. The company includes an extra strap without a card holder, to slim things down even further, inside a very beautiful box.
Why it’s a good deal: This is $8 better than the previous low price.