Cyber Monday deals are here (though many are actually Black Friday sales that don’t actually end until December 2), and they are plentiful, with discounts at Amazon, Walmart, and Macy’s, along with hundreds of home and TV deals, too. So to make things easier for you, loyal Strategist readers, we decided: Why not stick to the tried-and-true things we’ve already written about that just happen to be on sale for Cyber Monday — even if Black Friday seems to be more of a state of mind than an actual date?
Instead of inundating you with all of the deals here, we’re only going to surface the things that we already love and have already written about. But it’s still a long list, so we’ve organized things alphabetically by merchant: Allswell, Amazon, Backcountry, Best Buy, Brooklinen, Buffy, Chewy, Dermstore, Everlane, Glossier, Hay, Look Optic, Lululemon, Macy’s, Net-a-Porter, Need Supply, Nordstrom, Outdoor Voices, Parachute, Saatva, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, Shopbop, Snowe, True & Co., Ulta Beauty, Walmart, and Zappos.
If you want more, bookmark this page, as we’ll be updating it through December 2. (And don’t even get us started on holiday gifting.)
When former Strategist editor Margaret Rhodes first lay down on the Allswell Luxe Hybrid to test its buoyancy, she fell asleep almost immediately, explaining, “There was something comfortably paralyzing about letting this very firm mattress straighten out my skeleton.” We called it a remarkable value for the price, and it’s an even better deal for Cyber Monday, since you can get 20 percent off any size of Allswell mattress with code STRAT20.
You can find more Cyber Monday mattress deals here.
The “Tesla of electric toothbrushes” is currently half-off. It’ll look nice on the bathroom counter, but it also leaves your mouth feeling like you’ve “just come back from a cleaning, probably because the toothbrush vibrates at 31,000 brush strokes a minute.”
The Oral-B 1000 comes well recommended by dentists, because of the way it both rotates and oscillates (vibrates) to clean teeth and remove plaque — and it’s become a favorite among Strategist readers, too, appearing on our list of best sellers 12 times.
The best Instant Pot for most people is currently the cheapest we’ve seen it.
This Instant Pot Smart Wi-Fi is a great gift for a smart-home obsessive, someone who would like to be able to control appliances while sitting on the couch. And $90 is as good of a price as you’re going to get on this multifunctional cooker, even on Cyber Monday.
If you missed our 30 percent exclusive discount on the Amazon coat yesterday, don’t worry: It’s open to everyone today. Just be sure to check off the coupon on the product page.
The Trtl travel pillow looks a little like a neck brace, but its unique, scarflike design also means it’s very supportive, endlessly adjustable, and doesn’t take up too much room in a carry-on. And right now, it’s on sale, so you can buy one for yourself and one for a friend.
The Garmin Forerunner makes a great gift for runners, and this model is a particularly nice entry-level model, letting them track their runs and check their pace, heart rate, and distance mid-run.
“Hands down, Vitamix is the Ferrari of blenders,” says Jessica Young, founder and CEO of Bubble. And though this Explorian model doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles, it’s still got a lot of power, which makes it great for making smoothies and every, home-kitchen uses.
Our resident beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton says that she likes this hyaluronic acid serum from Amazon’s skin-care brand Belei better than the one from Drunk Elephant. It’s hydrating, affordable, and doesn’t leave her skin feeling sticky after she puts it on — and for Cyber Monday, it’s an extra 15 percent off.
This Nixplay digital photo frame is our pick for the best app-compatible digital photo frame. And reviewers report that it’s very easy to use, like one who says, “The ability to simply click a button to allow photos to be sent to the frame (to anyone I provide the email address) is a WOW!”
This double-decker egg cooker has over 2,000 five-star reviewers, including one particularly enamored fan who calls it “an EGGcellent investment.”
The Kindle Paperwhite, which Maxine described as the best thing she bought last year, is the cheapest we’ve ever seen it.
This automatic pet feeder was recommended by a veterinarian, who appreciates that “it allows you to feed smaller meals throughout the day, which can keep them a little more satiated and prevent them from gorging themselves.” Plus you can control it from afar, using an app on your phone.
We first featured this stainless-steel travel mug from Zojirushi in 2016. Writer Laura Perciasepe said it kept her vodka-soda ice-cold at the beach and her hot coffee scalding in the winter — and this 16-ounce Zojirushi is the cheapest we’ve ever seen.
Former deputy editor and dog owner Jason Chen was very eager to get this Furbo as a gift last year. Instead of sitting at work, worrying about his pup, “this little camera can keep track of what’s going on at home, send real-time bark alerts, and even toss him treats.”
In her testing of truly wireless earbuds, our managing editor called these Bose headphones the best for working out, thanks to the sporty finish and their easy-to-adjust controls.
Our pick for the best-rated inflatable boat on Amazon, which inspired one reviewer to write, “It’s portable. It deflates and fits easily into my sedan. No roof racks, no heavy kayak! It is easy to steer and fits my giant goldendoodle.” Plus, it’s never been this cheap.
The Drillbrush, which Maxine attaches to a power-drill to deep-clean her tub and shower, makes an excellent gift for a White Elephant exchange — especially now that it’s under $15.
You can find more Amazon Cyber Monday deals here.
Travel writer and photographer Michaela Trimble packed everything she needed for a two-month trip in this Patagonia duffel bag, with room to spare. “And it barely came back with a scratch.”
This leather Baggu tote is one of our picks for the best women’s work bag. According to Sam Anderson, a product designer who recommended it, it’s incredibly versatile, good for bringing to the grocery store or out for drinks. “The thing that I love most is that the leather and finish age really well, so even oil stains and scratches give it beautiful character,” she told us.
On a hunt to find the best weighted blanket to gift, senior writer Karen Iorio Adelson talked to experts and tested a bunch on her own — and she determined that this blanket from Baloo is the best traditional-style weighted blanket. “I never needed to adjust it during the night and it has a surprisingly thin profile for a heavy blanket,” she wrote.
This Roomba is our pick for the best entry-level robot vacuum. One satisfied reviewer reports that it can “vacuum under the bed, under the dresser, over the air vents, over the door tracks, and on short nap carpet, shag carpet, tile, vinyl, parquet, and throw rugs — any place you want cleaned.”
This portable Bluetooth speaker came recommended by a former RA at Brown University. It’s light and portable, with enough sound to “transform your dorm room into a comfy pre-game or party room.” It’s also waterproof, in case you want to bring it in the bathroom (or are worried about spills). And at just $40 at Best Buy, this Ultimate Ears speaker makes an excellent gift for a college student or hard-to-shop-for teen.
Former tech columnist (and occasional tech writer for the Strategist) David Pogue calls these Sony headphones the best noise-canceling headphones he’s ever owned. And right now, they’re $70 off.
Though it’s still fairly expensive, this is a very good sale price for one of the newer, most powerful Dyson models. Writer Lori Keong tested the Dyson V10 when it first came out in 2018 and concluded, “You’d have a hard time finding a better, easy-to-use vacuum — especially if you suffer from allergies, have pets, or own lots of dusty upholstery.”