cyber monday 2019

The Strategist’s Greatest Hits That Are on Sale for Cyber Monday — So Far

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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.

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.

Photo: Bobby Doherty/New York Magazine

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.

Furbo Dog Camera

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.

Intex Explorer K2 Kayak

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.


Junior writer Chloe Anello first started wearing this pullover while at college in Syracuse, calling this Patagonia fleece “definitely the warmest” that she tried.

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.

Baloo Living

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.

Best Buy

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.

This Bluetooth speaker from JBL is another one that was recommended by college students. (It’s also one of New York Knicks center Julius Randle’s favorite things.)

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.”

When Strategist managing editor Maxine Builder tested different truly wireless earbuds, she found the Jabra Elite 65t to be “a great option for those looking for a straightforward alternative to the Apple headphones or a less expensive upgrade.” But now, they’re even cheaper than AirPods (and the cheapest we’ve ever seen).

On a hunt to find truly wireless earbuds (that weren’t just Apple AirPods), Maxine tested five different pairs and found these Sennheisers were the most comfortable, the most stylish, and had the best sound quality.

When Strategist writer Liza Corsillo talked with toy experts and trend forecasters to find the top kids’ toys for this holiday season, many of them recommended stocking up on the dolls from L.O.L. Surprise — and it turns out this pet version is available at Best Buy.

You can find more Best Buy Cyber Monday deals here.


We first reviewed Brooklinen’s airy-soft linen sheets in 2017, and it’s since become the Strategist’s go-to source for affordable linen bedding. As our editors wrote, “You can’t go wrong with Brooklinen.” And for Cyber Monday, these linen sheets are even more affordable, thanks to a 20 percent discount — though this sale was so popular that everything in Brooklinen’s linen collection is now back-ordered until December.

If linen’s not your thing, or you want new sheets now, these sateen sheets are still in stock. Writer David Notis describes them as “really soft, but it doesn’t have the shiny look other sateen sheets sometimes get.”


When she tested this environmentally friendly duvet from Buffy back in 2018, Lori described it as “tremendously soft, light, and cool to the touch right out of the box, and sleeping beneath it, you feel nestled under an airy but cozy canopy.” And everything at Buffy — including this cotton candy-like comforter — is 20 percent off with the code SOCOMFY.


Chewy’s Cyber Monday sale has discounts on pet toys and gear up to 60 percent. This modern-looking cat-scratcher lounge is one of our most-stood-behind gifts.

This funny-looking dog toy is also on sale, which writer Alice Gregory says is — inexplicably — her poodle’s favorite toy: “We call it his ‘bear octopus,’ and we hate it.”

You can find more Chewy Cyber Monday deals here.


This lightweight Harry Josh hair dryer is a Dermstore best seller, very quiet while it’s running, and it’s rarely on sale.


Weleda Skin Food is an all-purpose, completely natural moisturizer that I now keep in threes: bedside, car, and purse,” writes Stephanie Danler, who has used it to heal scrapes and burns as well as to make her face look luminous.

You can find more Dermstore deals here.


Strategist email editor Mia Leimkuhler calls these Everlane loafers “a good work shoe.” They’re sturdy, too: Her pair has lasted four years.

Asked to find a stylish, but still warm, puffer jacket under $200, writer Hilary Reid recommended this one — which is even cheaper today.

Strategist editor Alexis Swerdloff calls these “the most comfortable high-waisted jeans I’ve ever encountered.” And they’re rarely on-sale, let alone 25 percent off.

You can find more deals from Everlane’s sale here.


Glossier is having a site-wide sale, and our beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton went through and found some of her favorite deals, including this very giftable three-pack of Balm Dotcom lip balm.

You can find more Glossier Cyber Monday deals here.


“The most exhilarating of all the bath and body products I’ve ever tried isn’t a cream or gel. It’s the Goop G-Tox Ultimate Dry Brush, and it’s biodegradable, made from the leaves of the Mexican sisal palm,” writes Linda Dyett, a beauty writer with decades of experience. Now’s a good time to try it, since it’s rarely on-sale.


One of our picks for best work backpack (and our managing editor’s go-to backpack when flying) is 20 percent off as part of Haerfest’s Cyber Monday sale.


Everything at Hay is 20 percent off, with free shipping, so we’d recommend stocking up on gifts and stocking stuffers — like this porcelain coffee maker that’d make a great gift for a coffee lover.

You can find more Hay Cyber Monday deals here.


We thought this stylish J.Crew fleece would sell out back in October, but it became a Strategist best seller and is somehow still in stock — and currently the cheapest we’ve ever seen it.

Look Optic

Look Optic’s readers are more expensive than what you might find at your local pharmacy, but they’re also sturdier and more stylish. (The design team is made up of Oliver Peoples alums, and its glasses are manufactured by the same company behind Garrett Leight.) And for Cyber Monday, all of its readers are less expensive than usual with an automatic 20 percent discount.


A shorter version of the Lululemon leggings recommended by three fitness instructors. “They’re the most comfortable and are great for wider-mobility workouts,” one told us, while another said they’re soft enough to feel like a “second skin.”

These nine-inch shorts are one of our picks for best gym shorts for men, preferred by a yoga instructor because of the loose and relaxed fit (and Lululemon was one of the most popular brands mentioned by cool men in our reporting).

You can find more Lululemon Cyber Monday deals here.


Yes, even on sale, this Dyson air purifier is still fairly expensive. But it’s asthma- and allergy-friendly, and it functions as a heater, as well as a cooling fan.

You can use the Coravin to pour a single glass of wine from a bottle without removing the cork. It sounds like magic, but it actually works — and it makes a great gift for a serious wine collector with a cellar full of bottles, or the wine lover who’s down for the count after one glass.

When junior writer Jenna Milliner-Waddell discovered these Levi’s, she described the feeling as love at first site. “Not only do they show no gaps at the waist, they stretch just enough to get over my hips without being a full-blown jegging, while still giving me that rigid denim feel.”

Lots of Strategist editors own these Levi’s Wedgie jeans, and now, they’re on-sale in a plus-size.

This is a little deeper and smaller than a 5.5-quart Le Creuset Dutch oven, which is the size and shape that most people imagine when they talk about Le Creuset, but it’s still a beautiful and functional piece of cookware. And for just $200, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth.

Former Strategist senior editor Margaret Rhodes was gifted this French press by her boyfriend. It’s not as quick to make coffee as her old drip coffee maker, but it’s much more civilized. Plus, she writes, “the matte white ceramic looks nice on the kitchen counter.”