Wirecutter's Best Deals of the Week: Amazon Echo Spot, And More

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Amazon Echo Spot – (refurbished)

Street Price: $110; Deal Price: $90

While we’ve seen this model new for $100 as recently as last week, this is a new low, admittedly in refurbished condition, on the Echo Spot in black or white. We think we’re going to see regular drops on this item, and for some it may be advisable to wait on the next sale for the new one or deeper refurb discounts, but if you need one now this is a solid option.

The Amazon Echo Spot is our clock radio pick in our guide to Amazon’s line of Alexa-enabled speakers. Grant Clauser wrote, “Like the Echo Show, the Echo Spot’s defining features are a built-in camera and an LCD screen that can display a clock, song lyrics, or videos or allow video chats with other Spots, Shows, or the Alexa smartphone app. The Spot is about the size of a softball, and the screen is only 2.5 inches wide, making it perfect for a bedside clock (it includes six clock faces), but too small to watch anything longer than a film trailer.”


TP-Link Archer A7 Router

Street Price: $70; Deal Price: $60

Thankfully, you don’t have to spend $200 dollars anymore to get a router with quick and reliable performance, and the TP-Link Archer A7 is a great example of that. Clip the on-page coupon to drop the price of this recommended router, typically $70, to $60. We recommend it for smaller spaces, and while it lacks band steering, we cite it as our favorite model under $100.

The TP-Link Archer A7 is the budget pick in our guide to the best Wi-Fi router for most people. Jim Salter wrote, “The TP-Link Archer A7 is just what we look for in an inexpensive router. Although it doesn’t offer band steering, and its 5 GHz range is shorter than that of our top pick and runner-up, it’s a solid router that kept our test devices reliably connected. If you have a smaller space with relatively few obstructions, and you’re willing to use separate network names for your 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, you can get almost the performance of a high-end router at about half the cost.”


Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp Cordless Electric Kettle

Street Price: $80; Deal Price: $70

The Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfectTemp Cordless Electric Kettle is a great option if you’re looking for reliability and consistency in a kettle with straightforward controls. Perfect for tea and your other hot water needs, this deal at $70 matches lows we saw earlier this year. If you’re seeking a simple-to-use daily option, this is a nice discount.

The Cuisinart CPK-17 is the top pick in our guide to the best electric kettle. Michael Sullivan, Winnie Yang, and Tim Barribeau wrote, “The Cuisinart CPK-17 won us over with its consistent performance and easy-to-use interface. In our tests, we found very little variation in the amount of time it took to bring water to a boil, and we were also impressed with its accuracy in holding water at a set temperature. It has six preset temperature choices, each with a dedicated button, as well as buttons to start boiling and to activate the Keep Warm feature. It emits alerts when you press a button and when the water reaches its target temperature, but unlike with some of the other models we tested, those beeps aren’t too obnoxious or annoying. The three-year warranty is also quite a bit more generous than the coverage for similarly priced electric kettles.”


GermGuardian AC4825 Air Purifier

Street Price: $85; Deal Price: $72

While we’ve seen the street price of this air purifier fall a touch, it’s still typically around $85, so this is a nice discount for it and a new low at $72. If you’ve been looking to better your home air quality, it’s an affordable option relative to our other picks.

The GermGuardian AC4825 is our budget pick in our guide to the best air purifier. Tim Heffernan and John Hoelcek wrote, “Although our other picks are rated to 350 square feet or more, not everyone needs that sort of power—or the higher upfront cost associated with it. If you only need to use a purifier in a bedroom, small office, or a dorm room, the GermGuardian AC4825 is a decent choice. Usually priced less than $100 (versus $185 to $225 for our main pick, the Coway AP-1512HH), it’s both exceptionally popular—Amazon’s number one seller among purifiers, with 4.3 stars, 6,600-plus reviews, and a “trustworthy” rating from Fakespot—and a surprisingly good performer in our lab and real-world tests. In the lab, it reduced particulates by about 80 percent on average, and in our 200-square-foot NYC bedroom, it achieved a roughly 70 percent reduction in 30 minutes on its highest setting (compared with approximately 87 percent by the Coway in both tests).”


Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Headphones

Street Price: $100; Deal Price: $80

Although they’re a pick in our sub-$200 headphone guide, these wired headphones, a long-time favorite, are typically priced at at a pretty reasonable $99. This even better $79 sale price is one we see regularly, but still a nice discount as they rarely get cheaper, outside of the $75 Prime Day price.

The Audio-Technica ATH-M40x is the runner-up pick in our guide to the best headphones under $200. Lauren Dragan wrote, “Second place (again!) goes to Audio-Technica’s ATH-M40x. The ATH-M40x is the sibling of a cult favorite, the ATH-M50x; we tested that model, as well, and you can read below to see how it fared. After listening to all of the newest competitors, however, we kept the ATH-M40x in its second-place ranking. This pair offers a dynamic, clear sound as well as a light feel and comfortable fit. The cords are removable and replaceable, too, and although this model has an MSRP of $140, it currently retails on Amazon for about $80. People who listen to a lot of rock, electronic, hip-hop, and pop might really enjoy the top- and bottom-boosted sound.”

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