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An appliance aisle at retail, with ranges, wall ovens, and washing machines.

Retailers have already kicked off sales for the Fourth of July, with promotions on mattresses, grills, and many major appliances popping up this week. And many will be extended after Independence Day.

Whether you’re remodeling your laundry room, your fridge is on the fritz, or you're looking to upgrade an appliance that’s seen better days, you’ll find hundreds of markdowns advertised at home centers, home goods stores, and independent retailers.

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The thing is, a deal is only a deal if the product in question aces its job.

So we set out to compare the advertised sales with our comprehensive ratings for refrigerators, washing machines, vacuums, dishwashers, over-the-range microwavesranges, and various countertop appliances.

The discounts vary. We found dishwashers up to 30 percent off, and the only time of year we see steeper discounts in that category is around Black Friday. The same goes for most major appliances. 

As you shop, keep in mind that most major retailers will match competitors' advertised prices.

Read on for our analysis of the deals for all major appliances, plus countertop appliances, OTR microwaves and vacuums. Or skip straight to the appliance you're looking to purchase this weekend. For each category, the appliances are listed in alphabetical order.

Over-the-Range Microwaves
Washing Machines
Countertop Appliances

Use this guide as you shop. Or if you're considering other appliances, be sure to cross-check the models with our full appliance ratings to see how they compare with the competition in terms of performance and price.

Best Dishwasher Sales

We saw the biggest savings on these six models. Some are more than 30 percent off the list price. If you’re looking for one of the Bosch or Thermador washers that top our dishwasher ratings, you can still snag 10 percent off many of them this week. (Those brands generally don’t cut prices more than that.)

The deal:
$443 to $450 at Home Depot, Lowe’s, AJ Madison, P.C. Richard & Son, and Best Buy
Savings: Up to $266
This GE earns a Very Good rating for washing in our tests, but it’s louder and has a longer cycle time than most of its peers. The interior is part plastic, part stainless steel, and the dish rack doesn’t have adjustable tines. You’ll have to manually clean the filter, but your electricity bill may thank you, because this machine scores Excellent for energy efficiency. Weigh the pros and cons: If you can live with the lows, this model on sale costs hundreds of dollars less than our top-ranked dishwasher.

The deal:
$548 to $550 at Home Depot, P.C. Richard & Son, and Best Buy
Savings: Up to $371
For a hundred bucks more than the model above, this GE will get you slightly better cleaning results. It rates Excellent in our washing test. It’s also quieter, but it takes 155 minutes to finish a cycle (longer than most) and requires manual filter maintenance. This dishwasher also scores Excellent for energy use and has special wash zones, a relatively rare feature at this price.

KitchenAid KDTM354DSS
The deal:
$697 to $700 at Home Depot, ABC Warehouse, and Best Buy
Savings: Up to $451
KitchenAid dishwashers generally rank above average in CR's ratings, and this model outperforms the brand's more expensive dishwashers. It aces our tests for washing, drying, and energy use. It earns a Very Good score for noise as well. And while the normal wash time clocks in at 125 minutes, that’s still faster than most of its competitors. 

The deal:
$945 to $950 at AJ Madison, P.C. Richard & Son, Best Buy, and ABC Warehouse
Savings: Up to $429
This high-end LG earns Very Good marks for washing and drying in our lab tests, and it's very quiet. But its Overall Score takes a hit from the brand’s middling marks for reliability and owner satisfaction, gleaned from CR’s annual member survey. The racks have adjustable tines, and the flatware slots are spacious. And a WiFi feature lets you control the machine remotely.

Maytag MDB4949SHZ
The deal:
$497 to $500 at Home Depot, P.C. Richard & Son, and ABC Warehouse
Savings: Up to $251
This stripped-down Maytag doesn’t offer fancy features like WiFi, a hidden control panel, or adjustable racks, but it’s built with a self-cleaning filter, a plus that could trump all those extras. It also rates Excellent for drying, better than most dishwashers in our ratings. The cycle time is 155 minutes, which is on the long side, but the machine is Very Good when it comes to energy and water efficiency.

Whirlpool WDT730PAHZ
The deal:
$447 to $450 at Home Depot, ABC Warehouse, and Best Buy
Savings: Up to $251
This top performer in the budget category offers a lot of value, especially when on sale. It scores Very Good on CR's tests of both washing and drying, and boasts Excellent ratings for energy efficiency. Plus, according to our survey, Whirlpool dishwashers get top marks for reliability.

Best Over-the-Range Microwave Sales

Compared with the other three pieces of a matching kitchen suite—the range, refrigerator, and dishwasher—over-the-range microwaves cost considerably less. Still, better to snag a deal. We found some top performers from our tests discounted by as much as 50 percent.

The deal: $199 at AJ Madison and Lowe’s
Savings: $100
At 30 percent off, this GE is a better deal than its brandmate below. It’s just as quiet, and if you use your defrost function often, this is the better choice; it’s superb at that task. Its performance for heating evenness and heating speed isn't quite as good (compared with the next option listed here), but it still gets better-than-average marks in our tests.

The deal: $393 at AJ Madison and $399 at Lowe’s
Savings: Up to $107
Marked down 20 percent, this top-performing microwave aces CR’s heating evenness and speed of heating tests. It operates very quietly, a plus when you’re trying to talk in the kitchen while you cook. It could be better at defrosting, but our tests find that it capably vents cooking fumes and is easy to use.

KitchenAid KMHS120ESS
The deal: $399 at Lowe’s
Savings: $300
With top-notch scores for heating evenness and defrosting, the KitchenAid KMHS120ESS is a good addition to a matching kitchen suite from this brand. Heating and defrosting evenness are among the best in our tests, and it works quickly. Our testers found the controls to be a cinch to use without consulting the manual. We’ve seen this model priced as high as $700, so this is an attractive offer.

The deal: $255 at AJ Madison, $260 at Lowe’s, $310 at Appliances Connection
Savings: Up to $130
This midpriced LG is an even better deal this weekend. It heats fast and evenly, and if you’re the type of cook who usually decides what to make for dinner at the last minute, note that it earns our top score for defrosting. Plus, the vents on this model work really well. So when you cook steamy pots of pasta on top of the stove, it’ll clear the air.

Whirlpool WMH53521H
The deal: $299 at Lowe's
Savings: $170
Whirlpool is one of the most reliable over-the-range microwave brands in our latest reliability survey. It earns an Excellent rating in our heating evenness test, producing a bowl of mashed potatoes with no cold spots. The cooking sensor is a nice feature that lets you know when your food is ready.

Whirlpool WMH75021HZ
The deal: $379 at Lowe's
Savings: $140
This stainless steel Whirlpool earns a rating of Excellent for defrosting evenness, though it’s not quite as fast as some other models at heating up food or in its air-venting capability. It’s very quiet, though, and our testers found it easy to use without thumbing through the manual. It fits a 9x15-inch baking dish, and a sensor automatically adjusts cooking time.

Best Range Sales

There are hundreds of gas and electric ranges on sale this weekend, and some of the sales at Home Depot and Lowe's are valid through July 10. Here, we’ve compiled eight stellar deals.

Frigidaire LFGF3054TF gas range
The deal:
$499 at Lowe’s
Savings: $250
It’s rare to see savings this big on a range that’s inexpensive to begin with. But you can save about 33 percent off the everyday price on this Frigidaire gas range right now at Lowe’s. The model is exclusive to the home center. It performs well in our tests, with a rating of Very Good for baking, and it’s loaded with features, including a convection oven and a griddle burner on top of the range.

Frigidaire FGEF3059TD electric range
The deal: $793 at AJ Madison
Savings: $556
If you’re searching for an electric range in black stainless, this sale is your chance to get one for under a grand. The sale price on this model makes it a steal, especially considering its strong performance. It earns ratings of Excellent for our cooktop high and low tests, and it has two power burners, a warming element, convection, and a quick-clean setting for smaller messes in the oven.

GE JGS760SELSS gas range
The deal:
$1,000 at Sears
Savings: $500
Sears is slashing the price on this solid gas slide-in range. It’s a stellar performer with a rating of Very Good in our cooktop high test, meaning it heats water quickly. In addition to front-mounted controls, it has five burners and convection.

GE JS645SLSS electric range
The deal: $859 at Lowe’s
Savings: $650
It’s hard to find a sleek, electric slide-in range with no back panel for under $1,000. This GE performs well in our tests and can be had for more than 40 percent off its regular price, making it one of the best range deals we’ve encountered over the holiday weekend. It earns a rating of Very Good in our cooktop high test, meaning it heats water fast, and it has convection bake, broil, and roast settings in the oven.

GE JB655SKSS electric range
The deal:
$558 at Home Depot
Savings: $301
This stellar GE electric range can be had for $301 off its regular price, and that’s $80 below the best sale price we’ve ever seen. It offers fast heating and a cavernous oven. The deal is tough to beat if you need an electric range. Most models in the $600 price range are slow to heat and bake unevenly, but this one earns a top rating of Excellent in our cooktop high test, and it bakes evenly, too. 

Samsung NX58K9500W gas range
The deal:
$1,595.30 at AJ Madison
Savings: $1,003.70
Like lots of retailers, AJ Madison is offering bigger discounts on pricier ranges. This deal is exceptionally good, with $1,000 savings on one of the top-performing gas ranges in our ratings. This model earns strong marks, including a rating of Very Good for broiling, a rare feat for a gas range. It has front-mounted controls, a convection oven, and five burners.

Samsung NX58H5600SS gas range
The deal:
$648 at Home Depot
Savings: $450
This gas Samsung performs admirably in our tests. It earns a rating of Excellent in our cooktop low test, which means it can maintain a steady simmer without the need to constantly stir.

Samsung NE59M4320SS electric range
The deal:
$599 at Sears
Savings: $199
Another solid performer in our tests, this electric range rates Very Good for baking. It also has a convection oven, a warming element, and expandable cooktop elements to match the burner size to your cookware.

Best Refrigerator Sales

Refrigerator sales abound over July 4, with significant discounts. Here are five of the best deals we found at major appliance retailers. For even more options, see the full list in our article on the best Fourth of July refrigerator deals.

Kenmore 60412
The deal: $500 at Sears
Savings: $130
Budget-conscious shoppers looking for a decent top-freezer should consider the Kenmore 60412 on sale at Sears. Though it’s not a huge discount, this model earns an overall rating of Very Good, a rare feat for a fridge at this low price.

Kenmore 69313
The deal: $900 at Sears
Savings: $500
It’s rare to find a bottom-freezer that costs less than $1,000, which makes the Kenmore 69313 a steal. It receives a CR Best Buy designation, thanks to its combination of stellar performance and value. You’ll get a stainless steel finish, an icemaker, and digital controls, all rare in the sub-$1,000 range.

The deal: $999 at Lowe's
Savings: $600
Just shy of $1,000, this GE side-by-side is a terrific option for shoppers on a budget. It performs fairly well in our lab tests, and GE side-by-sides rate a middle-of-the-road Good for predicted reliability in our latest member survey. This GE features a stainless steel finish, a through-the-door water/ice dispenser, spillproof shelving, and digital controls.

The deal: $995 at Appliances Connection
Savings: $149
Don't let the meager savings fool you, this LG French-door is a steal for less than $1,000. It offers exceptional performance for the price, with superb thermostat control and temperature uniformity. Of course, there is a trade-off: This model lacks a through-the-door water/ice dispenser.

The deal: $1,799 at Lowe's
Savings: $1,700
At almost half off its list price, this four-door Samsung does well in almost all of our lab tests. Just like the LG above, the exception here is energy efficiency, where it earns a middling Good rating. Unlike the other four-door models on this list, this Samsung features a temperature-adjustable middle drawer, which is handy for entertaining. (It can be adjusted for party platters, cold drinks, and more.) It also comes with a through-the-door water/ice dispenser, adjustable shelving, spillproof shelving, and digital controls.

Best Vacuum Sales

Although we didn’t find a ton of vacuum sales for this July 4, there are great deals on some of our top performing robotic, stick, upright, and cannister vacuums from reliable brands. Discounts vary, with markdowns up to 50 percent off.

Bobsweep Pethair robotic
The deal:
$215 at Walmart
If you’re looking for an inexpensive robotic vacuum, the Bobsweep Pethair is a good choice. It’s not as smart as some robotics—our testers note that it sometimes gets stuck under furniture and rolls over its charging station—but it has a big dust bin and is terrific at picking up pet hair.

iRobot Roomba 690 robotic
The deal: $279 at Amazon and Home Depot
Savings: $70
This is a great price for a robotic vacuum of this caliber. You can count on the iRobot being a solid choice, even though it’s a few generations old and may not have all the features of the newer models. In our ratings, it earns an Excellent score for carpet cleaning.

Shark Ion 720 robotic
The deal: $229 at Home Depot
Savings: $170
If you’re looking for a robotic vacuum, the deep discount should make this a real contender. It’s also whisper quiet (you probably won’t even know it’s working) and is a whiz at cleaning bare floors.

SharkFlex DuoClean Ultra-Light Corded HV391 stick
The deal: $170 at Amazon
Savings: $130
With a 30-foot cord, you don’t have to worry about the SharkFlex running out of battery like you would with a cordless model. You’re saving a little less than half here, and getting a vacuum that aces all our main cleaning tests—carpets, bare floors, and pet hair. And it won’t emit any dust and debris back into the room you just cleaned, either.

Shark Ion F80 Cord-Free MultiFlex IF281 stick
The deal: $310 at Amazon
Savings: $140
This 8.8-pound Shark requires the same charging time of 4 hours as the other Shark stick vacuums here, but it runs a lot longer than they do: a full 24 minutes. It tackles pet hair and bare floors with ease but struggles on carpet, so it might not be the best option if you have rugs everywhere in your home. This model usually lists for $450, so you’re saving 35 percent.

Kenmore Elite Pet Friendly 31150 upright
The deal: $256 at Amazon
Savings: $64
Though this isn’t the deepest discount, it’s still significant considering we’ve seen this model priced $100 higher than $256. It’s best at cleaning hardwood floors but is still serviceable at cleaning carpet and removing pet hair. The suction through the hose is top-notch, so you can use any of the attachments with ease.

Shark APEX DuoClean Powered Lift-Away AX951 upright
The deal: $350 at
Savings: $220
This deeply discounted Shark is great if you mainly have bare floors in your house and no pets. It also scores well in our airflow test. It’s emissions are clean, meaning it does a great job at keeping debris inside the unit rather than sending it back out into the house.

Shark DuoClean Powered Lift-Away NV831 upright
The deal: $299 at JCPenney
Savings: $300
At 50 percent off, this Shark vacuum is certainly worth a look, especially if your home has hardwood floors; it aces our tests in that category. It’s a capable performer in our carpet cleaning test, too. The only drawbacks are that it’s only so-so at removing pet hair and it’s on the noisy side.

Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Speed NV680 upright
The deal: $150 at and $200 at Walmart
Savings: Up to $110
This Shark is a steal at up to 50 percent off. It’s the quietest bagless upright in our tests, earning a rating of Very Good for noise. It does a solid job getting embedded dirt out of carpets, plus it’s a beast at removing pet hair, a must if you have a dog or cat. An on/off switch for the brush prevents the vacuum from scattering dirt over bare floors or damaging your carpet.

Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away NV501 upright
The deal: $173 at, $173 at Walmart, and $200 at and JCPenney
Savings: Up to $87
If you have mostly bare floors, this Shark is for you. It earns an Excellent rating in our test for carpet-less floors. This model is also easy to maneuver around, and it produces clean emissions. What’s more, as a whole, Shark is one of the more reliable vacuum brands, according to calculations we made from CR’s member survey. This Shark isn’t great for households with pets, though. In our test, it struggled to vacuum up pet hair.

Kenmore Elite 81714 Pet Friendly Ultra Plush canister
The deal: $337 at Amazon
Savings: $43
This Kenmore is great for pet owners; it earns an Excellent rating for grabbing pet hair. It’s also a champ at cleaning bare floors as well as carpet, making it a smart choice if you have a combination of flooring. It doesn't do particularly well in our noise test, though, being on the noisy side.

Best Washing Machine Sales

You’ll see a number of LG appliances on this list. That’s because LG front-loaders and HE top-loaders earn high ratings for predicted reliability, according to information from our member survey. We also list the matching dryer in case you’re shopping for a set. Check our washer and dryer ratings for more options.

Electrolux EFLS527UIW front-loader
The deal: $849 at Home Depot and Sears
Savings: $51
While the savings here may not be huge, keep in mind that at $849, this Electrolux already costs a lot less than many of the high-scoring front-loaders in our washer ratings. It’s great at cleaning and gentle on fabrics, garnering a Very Good rating in our test. Wash time is 85 minutes, and claimed capacity is 4.3 cubic feet.
Matching dryer: Electrolux EFME527UIW (electric) and Electrolux EFMG527UIW (gas)

GE GTW465ASNWW agitator top-loader
The deal: $499 at Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Sears
Savings: $156
Like many agitator washers we test, this GE earns a middling Good rating in washing performance. Where it really stands out is in speed; it took just 35 minutes in our tests to wash a load, about half the time as some other washers. Claimed capacity is 4.5 cubic feet.
Matching dryer: GE GTD42EASJWW (electric) and GE GTD42GASJWW (gas)

Kenmore Elite 31552 HE top-loader
The deal: $750 at Sears
Savings: $100
This Kenmore is among the most water-efficient in the top-loader category, snagging an Excellent rating in our test. And like many HE top-loaders, it’s great at extracting water at the end of a wash cycle, thereby shortening dryer time. It takes 75 minutes to wash a load of laundry, but an Accela Wash option can speed things up. In our tests using this option, it didn’t affect how well it cleans. Claimed capacity is 5.2 cubic feet.
Matching dryer: Kenmore Elite 61552 (electric) and Kenmore Elite 71552 (gas)

Kenmore Elite 41682 front-loader
The deal: $750 at Sears
Savings: $100
This is a good deal for an impressive front-loader. The Kenmore earns a Very Good rating in washing performance. Plus, while most of the high-scoring front-loaders in our washer ratings have wash times of 85 to 105 minutes using the normal wash/heavy-soil setting, this washer takes just 75 minutes. The Accela Wash option on this machine washes even quicker, without compromising cleaning. Claimed capacity is 4.5 cubic feet.
Matching dryer: Kenmore Elite 81582 (electric) and Kenmore Elite 91582 (gas)

LG WM3500CW front-loader
The deal: $649 at Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Sears
Savings: $52
This LG is already usually priced well below the typical $1,000 range for a front-loader. So a discount on top of that is a great deal. It’s a CR Best Buy, offering standout performance at an appealing price. LG is also the most reliable front-loader brand, earning an Excellent rating for predicted reliability based on information from our latest member survey. Just be aware that it takes 105 minutes to wash a load using the normal wash/heavy-soil setting, and it’s not as gentle on fabrics as some other models we've tested. Claimed capacity is 4.5 cubic feet.
Matching dryer:  LG DLE3500W (electric) and LG DLG3501W (gas)

LG WM3700HWA front-loader
The deal: $699 at Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Sears
Savings: $201
This front-loader performed similarly to the LG above in every test, including our washing performance tests, in which it earns an Excellent rating. But it’s faster at washing a load, taking 95 minutes using the normal wash/heavy-soil setting. Claimed capacity is 4.5 cubic feet.
Matching dryer: LG DLEX3700W (electric) and LG DLGX3701W (gas)

LG WT7100CW HE top-loader
The deal: $579 at Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Sears
Savings: $141
Even at its usual price of $720, this LG rates as a CR Best Buy, offering impressive performance at a nice price. At $579, it’s practically a steal. It’s one of the few HE top-loaders that snags an Excellent rating in cleaning. Plus, it’s water- and energy-efficient, meaning it extracts much of the water from the clothing, cutting dryer time and saving energy. Wash time is 75 minutes, and claimed capacity is 4.5 cubic feet.
Matching dryer: LG DLE7100W (electric) and LG DLG7101W (gas)

Maytag MHW6630HW front-loader
The deal: $799 at Best Buy, Home Depot, and Lowe’s
Savings: $101
Maytag stands out for being a brand that lasts, and its front-loaders earn a Very Good rating in predicted reliability based on information from our member survey. This front-loader aces cleaning but isn’t so gentle on fabrics, earning a Good rating in that test. Wash time is 95 minutes, and claimed capacity is 4.8 cubic feet.
Matching dryer: Maytag MED6630HW (electric) and Maytag MGD6630HW (gas)

Maytag MVWB865GW agitator top-loader
The deal: $698 at Best Buy, Home Depot, and Lowe’s
Savings: $202
Like most agitator washers, this model earns a middling Good rating for washing performance. But at 5.2 cubic feet, its capacity is impressive; it can handle a king-size comforter no problem. It also uses less water than most agitators we tested. Wash time is 70 minutes.
Matching dryer: Maytag MEDB835DW (electric) and Maytag MGDB835DW (gas)

Maytag MVWB965HC agitator top-loader
The deal: $998 at Home Depot and Lowe’s
Savings: $282
Even on sale, this is one expensive agitator top-loader. So why consider it? Because this Maytag earns a Very Good rating in washing performance, something very few agitator washers can match. And with a claimed capacity of 6 cubic feet, it’s one of the biggest of all 100-plus washers tested, so you can do more laundry in one load. That’s good, given the wash time clocks in at 80 minutes, one of the longest among agitator models.
Matching dryer: Maytag MEDB955FC (electric) and Maytag MGDB955FC (gas)

Countertop Appliances

Cuisinart Mini Prep Plus DLC-2A food chopper
The deal:
$29 at Walmart
Savings: $11
Snag this rare deal on one of only three recommended choppers in our ratings. The regular price is already a value; an additional $11 off is a cherry on top. The Mini Prep earns a rating of Very Good in our lab’s chopping test and also garners a Very Good rating for grating (in our tests, we use Parmesan cheese).

Ninja Smart Screen Duo with Fresh Vac blender
The deal: $130 at BJ’s
Savings: $50
This CR Best Buy is a steal on a normal day, but at this discount price, it’s tough to beat. It gets an Excellent score in our icy drinks test, and it’ll do just as well making healthier fruit smoothies, too. You could use the money you save to buy crates of pineapples and coconuts because this blender makes a mean piña colada. 

Ninja with Duo Auto-iQ BL642 blender
The deal: $180 at Macy’s
Savings: $45
This midrange Ninja whips up smoothies just as well as some models that cost hundreds more, snagging an Excellent in that test category. No wonder it’s a CR recommended blender. As a brand, Ninja rates Excellent for predicted reliability based on calculations using data from our annual CR member survey. It comes with three to-go blender cups. However, it doesn’t crush ice very well.

Crux CRX14546 7-Speed blender
The deal:
$60 at Macy’s
Savings: $30
This Crux earns a Very Good rating for puréeing, which means it can handle even chunks of vegetables and fruits with ease. Its plastic jar is made of Eastman Tritan, a copolyester usually seen in higher-priced blenders. Plus, it looks great on countertops: The base has a matte gray finish with copper accents.

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