Best Memorial Day Sales Under $100

Great deals on great products that won't break the bank

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With Memorial Day coming up, this is a great time to find savings on just about everything. That said, it can be difficult to know whether, say, that $70 air fryer is a steal or a clunker that doesn’t deserve space in your home.

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 items including air fryers, soda makers, streaming devices, and more. Below, you’ll find items on sale for $50 to $100 (if you’re looking to spend less, we’re also tracking all the best deals under $50).

These are just a few of the best deals we’re seeing right now, but we’re always checking everything regardless of price to bring you the latest. So check out more great discounts on electronics and home and kitchen products.

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Bluetooth and Smart Speakers

The JBL Flip 4 is a bargain at this price. The classic cylindrical design takes up relatively little space in a beach bag or on a picnic table. And the Flip 4 comes in six fun colors, all the better to coordinate with your favorite sunglasses. The company claims a battery life of up to 12 hours, and the Flip 4’s claimed IPX7 water resistance rating means that it can survive being fully submerged, which makes it perfect for the beach or any outdoor setting where a shower—or a dunking—is a distinct possibility.

Compared with the best-sounding speakers we’ve tested, the Flip 4 has a few shortcomings, with bass that’s a bit boomy and trebles that are somewhat subdued. But when played outdoors and in other casual environments where a speaker like this works best, the Flip 4’s largely forgiving sonic signature encourages you to play tunes one right after the other.

CR’s test results: JBL Flip 4

The latest Echo is better than its predecessor in every way. The Zigbee hub is a useful smart home upgrade. And the sound quality is improved with strong but slightly boomy bass and enough volume to fill a midsized room. That said, the latest Echo still can’t compete with the very best-sounding smart speakers, like the Sonos One or Amazon’s Echo Studio.

CR’s test results: Amazon Echo (4th generation)

Sony’s SRS-XB23 is proof that less can be more. While older Sony speakers came with superfluous features like lights and sound effects, the more straightforward XB23 still performs its primary function admirably—and at a great price. It’s a medium-sized speaker that checks a lot of boxes. It’s relatively inexpensive, and Sony claims that it’s water-resistant.

And it sounds good. According to our testers, the low bass of the SRS-XB23 is a bit lacking and the midrange lacks some of the clarity of the very best portables. But on balance, the speaker delivers satisfying sound.

CR’s test results: Sony SRS-XB23

Coffee Makers

This Cuisinart drip coffee maker is a self-serve coffee maker, meaning it forgoes a carafe and allows you to fill a mug straight from its heated reservoir. This model does well in our tests, earning top marks for brew performance. Cuisinart self-serve machines received high predicted reliability and owner satisfaction scores in our member surveys. This machine comes with a removable reservoir, permanent filter, water filter, cleaning indicator, auto shutoff, programming, and a small-batch setting. Amazon has an on-page coupon that will be applied at checkout for the full discount.

CR’s test results: Cuisinart Coffee on Demand DCC-3000

Cookware

This colorful 16-piece Tasty set has been on sale for closer to $80 for a few weeks, but the price just dropped even further for the red set. It has six pans and four lids. The remainder of the pieces are accessories, including utensils, a cookbook, and three small prep bowls. In our tests, cooking evenness was top-notch, earning the set an Excellent rating, and speed of heating and simmering were solid, too. The handles stay cool to the touch and are sturdier than many models in this price range. But when we fried eggs, it took a little coaxing to get them out of the pan without sticking.

CR’s test results: Tasty 16-piece nonstick cookware set

The 10-piece Gotham Steel set performs well, earning above-average ratings in all the main cooking tests: even cooking, sauce simmering, and bringing water to a near-boil quickly in the 5-quart Dutch oven. One exception is the food-release test, in which testers cook four eggs in quick succession. The eggs easily slide out of the best pans but had to be nudged out of the frying pan in this set. Handles stay cool to the touch but aren’t the sturdiest, which is in keeping with other sets in this price range. Walmart’s price matches the best price we’ve seen in months.

CR’s test results: Gotham Steel 10-piece nonstick cookware set

With its copper-hued coating, the 10-piece Red Copper Ceramic Infused set is colorful inside and out. It aced our tests for quickly bringing water to a near-boil and for slowly simmering tomato sauce. It earns a high mark for heating evenness in our pancake test, but eggs had to be nudged out of the pan in the food-release test. So if fried eggs are part of your breakfast rotation, consider other sets. That said, the nonstick coating held up well in our durability tests. The set includes a steamer insert.

CR’s test results: Red Copper Ceramic Infused cookware set

Fitness

The Inspire 2 gets top marks from our testers for step-count and heart rate accuracy. But what earns it a spot among the best fitness trackers is the top scores for ease of use, pairing, and readability in low light. The Inspire 2 also boasts a very generous claimed battery life of 10 days (we don’t test that) and built-in GPS, a feature not found on many other trackers.

CR’s test results: Fitbit Inspire 2

We liked that this dumbbell has an easy one-handed adjustment by twisting the handles. It also has a good hand grip, and the weights are automatically balanced. But, it can be harder to replace the weight into its cradle on some settings and can be uncomfortable when resting the dumbbell on your thighs during bench exercises. This is the price for a single dumbbell, so if you want two, you’ll have to order two, but considering most of the other dumbbells we tested cost around $400, you’re still saving quite a bit.

CR’s test results: Flybird Adjustable Dumbbell

Headphones

Shopping for noise-canceling headphones on a budget doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice performance. A case in point is the Anker SoundCore Life Q20. You can pick it up for just over $50 right now with the on-page 10 percent coupon, and our tests show that it beats models that cost hundreds more.

The model has great sound quality and outstanding noise cancellation. It doesn’t sound quite as good as top-rated options like the Sennheiser PXC 550-II, and you won’t get sought-after features like adjustable levels of noise cancellation. But at this price, those may be sacrifices worth making.

Anker does include some appealing perks, too, such as the ability to work over either Bluetooth or an audio cable, and a free app that adds features including a bass boost EQ setting. According to Anker, the headphones have a generous 40-hour battery life when Bluetooth and noise cancellation are both turned on.

CR’s test results: Anker SoundCore Life Q20

For the best sound quality you can get from a portable model under $100, look no further than the 1More E1001 Triple Drivers. You won’t find many competitors that deliver such impressive audio anywhere near this price. These headphones have a sleek design and come with extras, including a removable shirt clip, a carrying case, and nine sets of earpieces of varying shapes and sizes to help you find a good fit. While this price is still a savings, this set was $15 cheaper a couple weeks ago, so it could be worth waiting for the price to drop again.

CR’s test results: 1More E1001 Triple Driver

These earbuds are a great deal at full price, considering you get the convenience of true wireless headphones, great sound quality, and superb noise cancellation. But with this discount, the model is even more enticing. It delivers modern noise-canceling features, including adjustable levels of sound blocking and a monitor mode that pipes in outside sound when you want to hear it.

1More advertises a 6-hour battery life backed by a charging case that will power up the headphones twice on the go. To sweeten the deal, the ComfoBuds Pro feature a quick-charging function for an additional 2 hours after just 15 minutes of charging.

CR’s test results: 1MORE ComfoBuds Pro

These earbuds may be a great choice if you’re on a budget but don’t want to sacrifice sound quality. They get the same score as the similar Sennheiser CX 150BTs, both with above-average sound quality, but the 350BTs typically cost a bit more. The 350BTs have a digital audio format called aptX that is meant to enhance the audio quality even more. And right now they actually cost a bit less than the other pair, which is selling for around $80, so you can get the superior pair for less.

CR’s test results: Sennheiser CX 350BT

Kitchen Tools

This coffee grinder earns solid scores in all our grind performance tests, including top marks for coarse grind performance (great for cold brew and French-press coffee). This model is easy to clean but not as convenient to use as other top-performing models due to unclear markings on its controls. The Bodum is also one of the two noisiest grinders in our tests. But because you’re using your coffee grinder only for a minute or two at a time, it’s more of an annoyance than a real issue. This model features 12 grind settings, an auto-stop feature, and a timer.

CR’s test results: Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder

With variable speeds, dial controls, and a reversible shredding and slicing disc, this NutriChef food processor is not one to miss. It is one of the best options under $100, especially at this discount. Although the model doesn’t fare as well when it comes to grating, it still manages to score highly in overall performance in Consumer Reports’ tests. Included in the set, you’ll find a dough blade plus whipping and juicing attachments. This food processor has been about $10 off for the last couple weeks but recently we saw it drop to nearly 50 percent off, so that price could return.

CR’s test results: NutriChef NCFP8 food processor

More Deals

Roku’s top 4K streaming media player boasts a few great features, including built-in Bluetooth for streaming music from mobile devices, and support for both Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos 3D sound. It also has an improved WiFi range, so the player can be placed farther away from your router than previous models. The remote even offers voice search and programmable buttons.

CR’s test results: Roku Ultra

The Arlo Essential Wireless Security Camera is a fantastic product, especially if you’re trying to keep costs down. It receives strong ratings in our tests for video quality and data security, and it performs quite well in our response time test, but its data privacy could be better. This model gives you a built-in spotlight that allows for color night vision, a rechargeable battery, a siren, and voice control (via Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit/Siri, and Google Assistant), and it connects directly to WiFi (unlike Arlo’s other models, which use base stations).

CR’s test results: Arlo Essential Wireless Security Camera

The ultrasonic Babymoov Hygro (+), designed for rooms of around 215 square feet, is top-rated for a reason. It excels in almost every one of CR’s tests. The Hygro (+) is the only small humidifier to earn an above-average score for the accuracy of its humidistat, a device that displays relative room humidity. Features include a night-light that revolves through a rainbow of colors, automatic shutoff when the tank is empty, a timer, and the option to diffuse aromas. But its cord length, 58 inches, is on the short side.

CR’s test results: Babymoov Hygro (+)

This Hoover is lightweight, inexpensive, and a good choice for those who have small carpets or area rugs. When empty it weighs only 12 pounds, and it’s 17 pounds when full with a gallon of water, making it easy to move around the house as you clean. This model doesn’t come with a hose, so you might not be able to clean tight areas such as stairs as easily, and it lacks an extra carrying handle. Overall, this Hoover earns above-average ratings across the board in critical performance tests, with one exception: noise. But all the machines in this category are quite loud.

CR’s test results: Hoover PowerDash Pet Carpet Cleaner

Walmart’s Onn Tablet Pro 8 is a great, low-cost option, particularly for those with kids, according to CR’s tests.

It ships with the Android 10 operating system and has access to the Google Play app store. That means you can download Google’s full suite of productivity apps (Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Classroom, etc.), not to mention a wide range of popular games. By contrast, Amazon’s inexpensive Fire tablets use a more limited app store.

The 8-inch Onn comes with 32 gigabytes of built-in storage, plus a microSD card slot, which helps you add even more storage at low cost.

CR’s test results: Onn Tablet Pro 8

Roku’s top 4K streaming media player boasts a few great features, including built-in Bluetooth for streaming music from mobile devices, and support for both Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos 3D sound. It also has an improved WiFi range, so the player can be placed farther away from your router than previous models. The remote even offers voice search and programmable buttons.

CR’s test results: Roku Ultra

This 20-volt Skil does fast work of drilling holes and driving fasteners. It’s also light and comfortable to hold, and weighs a little over 3 pounds. It comes with only one Li-ion battery but charges up very quickly, and it has an LED work light and a belt hook. This model comes with a generous five-year warranty. It’s been on sale for a few weeks, but just fell an additional $10, making this the best price we’ve seen all year.

CR’s test results: Skil DL529303 cordless drill