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Some gems among the Memorial Day sales

It’s a good time to buy paint, grills, and even large appliances

Published: May 22, 2014 05:45 PM

Kenmore Elite laundry pair
Photo: Sears

Memorial Day kicks off grilling season and if you need to replace your gas grill you’ll find some deals this weekend. And stop by the paint aisle and then check out appliances. You’ll find sales there too. Here are some standouts from Consumer Reports tests that are on sale this weekend at Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Sears.

Where to save: Washers and dryers
Here’s the deal: Up to 30 percent off Kenmore appliances and free delivery on any appliance over $399 after discounts and coupons. Ten percent off LG, Whirlpool, Samsung, and other top brands. Offer good through June 1.
What to look for: Kenmore Elite 40173 front-loader and matching electric dryer, Kenmore Elite 81073. They have jumbo capacities, are superb at washing and drying, and relatively quiet. And they’re on our recommended list. This washer is near the top of our ratings and usually costs around $1,500, now it’s $1,100. But front-loaders have long wash times and the Kenmore’s normal time, using the heavy soil setting, was 95 minutes in our tests. The Accela-Wash option offers comparable cleaning in less time. The $1,350 electric dryer is on sale for $1,100. Available in gas as well. Both appliances come in a metallic silver or white finish.
Also check: Kenmore 41182 front-loader and matching electric dryer, Kenmore 81182. They’re recommended and CR Best Buys. Save $150 on each. Normally around $700, now each appliance is $550. They’re superb at washing and drying and relatively quiet. But normal wash time was 100 minutes in our tests.They come in white and a gas dryer is available too.
Wait there’s more. Sears is offering 60 percent off some mattresses as well as seasonal sales on mowers, tools, and shelving to help you organize your garage or shed.  

Valspar Signature Matte

Where to save: Paints
Here’s the deal: Get $10 off a gallon of select Valspar and Olympic paints and stains with a mail-in rebate. You’ll save $25 on a 3-gallon can or $40 off the 5-gallon. Buy as many as you like, this offer has no limit but ends Monday, May 26.
What to look for: Valspar Signature Matte, $32, a flat paint, and Valspar Signature Semi-Gloss, $35, made our recommended list in our tests of 67 interior paints. They’re self-priming, excellent at hiding old paint, and better than most at resisting mildew. The semi-gloss was better than most at resisting sticking, but lost more of its sheen after cleaning. Consider Valspar Signature Satin, $34, in low-traffic areas as it lost much of its sheen after cleaning.
Also check: Exterior paints, including our top-rated Valspar DuraMax Semi-Gloss, $40. The $37 Valspar Duramax Flat and $39 Valspar Duramax Satin finished didn’t make our top picks but were impressive.
Wait there’s more. Lowe’s is offering 10 percent off sales of major appliances and free delivery and assembly of grills that cost $400 or more. There are seasonal sales on grills, patio furniture, and mowers.

Char-Broil Gourmet Tru-Infrared 46325171
Photo: Consumer Reports

Home Depot
Where to save: Grills
Here’s the deal: Home Depot knocked $50—enough to buy some ribeye steaks—off the price of the Char-Broil Gourmet Tru-Infrared 463251714, now $349. It made our recommended list and is a CR Best Buy.
What to look for: This three-burner grill is midsized, so it can fit 16 to 30 burgers on the main cooking area. It’s superb on high and low heat, evenness, and indirect cooking, and offers a better temp range than the top-rated Weber. An electronic igniter gets it going and there’s a lifetime warranty on the burners, the most replaced part. Sale starts Thursday, May 22 and ends June 1. Home Depot offers free assembly on grills $200 and over.
Wait, there’s more. Home Depot is also offering $5 off a gallon of Behr paint and $20 off a 5-gallon can. Major appliances that cost $400 ore more are marked down 10 to 20 percent. There are also seasonal sales on mowers, grills, and generators.
—Kimberly Janeway

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