Best July 4th Sales at Walmart
CR's experts sorted through the holiday weekend deals to bring you the best prices on top-rated items from our tests
Independence Day is a great time to find sales at all the major retailers, including Walmart.
The patriotic holiday has traditionally been all about mattresses, cars, and large appliances. But you can find plenty of offers on everything from TVs and headphones to vacuums and home goods at all the major retailers, and Walmart has plenty of discounts worth checking out.
Consumer Reports is monitoring the retail giant’s sales to help you find good prices on great products. We look at more than just the discount to determine what makes a good deal—we also consider our test results and owner satisfaction surveys, so you can buy what you need with confidence.
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Char-Broil Kamander Kamado Grill
The Char-Broil Kamander is one of four nonceramic kamado grills in our ratings, all of which score very similarly. The Kamander hits the sweet spot between price and performance. It’s made from double-walled stainless steel, with a powder-coated finish. On high heat, the Kamander can get to 1,000° F, helping it to char pizza crust perfectly in our tests—and earns high scores for cooking performance. As with ceramic models, it has upper and lower dampers for controlling airflow, but because of its metal construction, it’s far lighter than most kamado grills, weighing in at 115 pounds.
CR’s test results: Char-Broil Kamander 17302051 kamado grill
Dyna-Glo Charcoal Grill
If you’re a lover of cooking over charcoal but haven’t bothered to upgrade, this barrel grill, one of the best charcoal grills CR has tested, will be a step up from that rusty old kettle grill. It’s been selling for $50 to $60 less than its typical sale price of around $280 at multiple retailers for the past few weeks. The grill performs well in CR’s tests for cooking evenness, convenience, and cleaning. And it has a built-in bottle opener, a fun perk.
CR’s test results: Dyna-Glo DGN576DNC-D charcoal grill
Apple AirPods Pro True Wireless Earbuds
The AirPods Pro were on sale for $10 less yesterday, but this price is still about $15 to $20 better than usual. The model offers active noise cancellation to muffle outside sound and interchangeable ear insert tips, abandoning the one-size-fits-all earbud design of its predecessors. The sound quality is more than sufficient for critical listeners of music and movie soundtrack playback.
CR’s test results: Apple AirPods Pro headphones
Health and Hygiene
Philips Norelco Multigroom 7000 Beard Trimmer
This easy-to-clean trimmer gets high marks in our user tests. It works well cutting through coarse beard hair, is small enough for travel, and is simple to use once you get past the somewhat difficult-to-follow setup instructions.
For more information: Best Beard Trimmers
Frigidaire Small-Capacity Dehumidifier
The Frigidaire FFAD2233W1 can remove 22 pints of water from the air per day, and the tank holds 12 pints, almost twice the amount of most we’ve tested in this category. It gets the job done, but the humidistat is the least accurate of the small-capacity models we’ve tested. This is a basic model and doesn’t have an auto-restart feature or a clean-filter alert.
CR’s test results: Frigidaire FFAD2233W1 dehumidifier
Laptops and Tablets
Apple iPad Air (64GB) Tablet
If you simply want to watch Netflix and read e-books, this high-powered tablet might be overkill, but it’s a good choice if you play demanding games and regularly edit video. The device weighs 1 pound on the dot, and the display is big, bright, and accurate. The battery lasted just 7.7 hours in our web-browsing test, though. That’s not impressive for a tablet, but it’s just about the only knock here. The model we tested features WiFi and 4G connectivity. By contrast, this one is WiFi-only. The sale price may vary by color.
CR’s test results: Apple iPad Air (4G, 64GB) 2020 tablet
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
This laptop has solid specs: an Intel Core i5 processor, 8 gigabytes of memory, and 256GB of solid state storage. And according to our testers, the high-resolution 4K display produces accurate colors, making it a nice choice for those who enjoy streaming movies on the go. The laptop has been on sale for a few weeks, but it has dropped $70 since Memorial Day, making this the best deal we’ve seen in some time.
CR’s test results: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 13-inch laptop
Small Kitchen Appliances
Instant Pot Ace Blender
The 600-watt Instant Pot Ace blender earns high marks in our icy-drinks tests, so expect smoothies with a smooth, consistent texture, though it’s better at blending bananas and other soft fruits than it is at puréeing carrots and apples. There are settings for blending milk made of nuts, rice, or soy, and one for blending and cooking hot soup. We made a cannellini cauliflower soup in about 25 minutes following an Instant recipe and it turned out nice and hot, thanks to the blender’s 700-watt built-in heater.
CR’s test results: Instant Pot Ace blender
Ninja 4-Qt. Air Fryer
Ninja’s air fryer has some of the best scores in CR’s tests, and it has a slightly larger capacity (4 quarts) than the other highly rated models on sale right now, which may make the higher price worth it. Our testers find that it operates a little more loudly than other options, but it’s easy to clean and the digital controls are a breeze to use.
CR’s test results: Ninja AF100 air fryer
Instant Pot Duo60 6-Qt. Disney Mickey Mouse Multi-Cooker
The Duo 7-in-1 is Instant Pot’s oldest multi-cooker currently on the market. Although there are several newer versions available with more functions, this comparatively basic Disney-themed model is more than enough for most home cooks.
At its regular price, this wrapped Instant Pot retails for a little more than half the price of its fancier brandmate, the Instant Pot Max, and performs as well as the Max in our tests. It earns top marks for pressure-cooking and scores well for cooking rice and sautéing. But it’s only so-so at slow-cooking. In our tests, it took a long time to get meat and beans tender.
CR’s test results: Instant Pot Duo60 7-in-1 multi-cooker
Instant Pot Max 6-Qt. Multi-Cooker
The Instant Pot Max is a decent choice if you’re looking for a multi-cooker. It performs similarly to the older (but still popular) Duo60 but also includes a sous vide function that worked well in CR’s tests. The Max goes on sale occasionally for $100 to $120, but these sales typically don’t last long.
CR’s test results: Instant Pot Max 6-quart multi-cooker
Keurig K-Elite Pod Coffee Maker
In our tests this pod brewer was a bit slow to start, but it brews repeat cups quickly and consistently. It’s also packed with features, including a removable reservoir, a height-adjustable drip tray, programming, auto-shutoff, a strong brew mode, an iced brew mode, and the ability to dispense hot water for tea and other noncoffee beverages. The savings aren’t that deep on this particular percolator, but if you’re a Keurig coffee drinker and you’re in the market for a new machine, this brewer won’t disappoint.
CR’s test results: Keurig K-Elite K90 Coffee Maker
SodaStream Fizzi OneTouch Soda Maker
The SodaStream Fizzi One Touch, the only soda maker we evaluated that has to be plugged into an outlet, gets our highest marks in every test. It has three preset levels of carbonation, each with its own control button that you lightly touch to activate. Because the electric-powered One Touch doesn’t require you to hold down a button or lever, it alone earns our top mark for ease of use, and it’s ideal for someone with limited hand strength. If you’re shopping at Bed Bath & Beyond, only the black model is available at this price.
Apple Watch Series 6 Smartwatch
All things considered, the Apple Watch Series 6, which first hit the market in fall 2020, is slightly better than the Series 5 model released a year earlier.
The watch comes equipped with a blood oxygen sensor. It’s optimized for the sleep-tracking feature that Apple introduced in a WatchOS software update. And when it comes to the basics—tracking heart rate and counting steps—the model proves to be just a bit more accurate than the Series 5.
CR’s test results: Apple Watch Series 6 (40-mm) Aluminum Case GPS smartwatch
LG 65-Inch C Series 4K OLED Smart TV
This TV scores well in CR’s tests, and gets high marks for picture and sound quality, versatility, and viewing angles. This model comes with LG’s updated smart TV platform, plus its voice-enabled ThinQ artificial intelligence platform, which allows it to interact with and control other compatible smart home products. The TV also has built-in support for the Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant digital voice assistants, and works with Apple AirPlay 2.
CR’s test results: LG OLED65CXPUA TV
Vacuums and Robotic Vacuums
Eufy RoboVac 30C Robotic Vacuum
This powerful and quiet robotic vacuum usually sells for $250. But right now the Amazon price matches what we saw on Black Friday, and Walmart’s price comes close if you’d prefer to shop there.
The slim model can fit under most furniture and does a great job at picking up debris. But it requires a longer-than-most run time to get the job done. It can talk to Alexa and Google Assistant to start cleaning cycles with voice commands.
CR’s test results: Eufy RoboVac 30C vacuum cleaner
Samsung Jet 90 Stick Vacuum
The cordless Samsung Jet 90 stick vac gets high scores in all of CR’s tests. This is a huge markdown that comes very close to the best price we’ve seen; the model was on sale for $450 during Black Friday last year. Our test engineers like that the digital display allows you to check the power level, the battery life, and any maintenance issues. And it has a sleek and solid stand. In CR tests it runs for about 44 minutes per charge on low power and 10 minutes on high power.
CR’s test results: Samsung Jet 90 Complete VS20R9046T3/AA vacuum cleaner