Best Deals at Target Right Now
The three-day sales event is over but there are still competitive prices on headphones, vacuums, and more
Target’s Deal Days event again coincided with Amazon Prime Day, but this year Target’s sales began a day before Amazon’s. Both are over, but a handful of deals on products that score well in CR's tests are still available.
Below, we’ve gathered some of the best Target deals. (Note: Don’t see Target’s price? Click “+More” to expand any offer.)
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JLab Audio JBuds Air True Wireless Earphones
Even at full price, the JLab Audio JBuds Air earphones deliver impressive sound quality for the money, beating some competitors that cost more than three times as much and earning them a spot in CR’s picks for the best true wireless headphones of 2021. So when you can save 30 percent, it’s an even bigger bargain.
The JBuds Air have an advertised 3.5-hour battery life and come with a carrying case that will recharge the earphones for an additional two cycles. Other features include support for various digital assistants, three switchable EQ modes to change the tonal balance of the sound, and, according to JLab, water resistance. (We don’t test that feature.)
CR’s test results: JLab Audio JBuds Air headphones
Bluetooth & Smart Speakers
Google Nest Hub (2nd Generation) Smart Speaker
Unlike smart speakers with larger touch screens designed for the kitchen, this 7-inch model belongs in the bedroom, according to Google. It doesn’t have a camera, but it does have a sleep tracking function, which can be turned off, for those who are concerned about privacy. Our testers found flaws in the sound: The bass has little impact, the midrange is grainy and congested, and the highs have an unpleasant papery quality.
CR’s test results: Google Nest Hub (2nd generation) smart speaker
Marshall Emberton wireless Bluetooth speaker
Like Marshall’s other speakers, the Emberton sports a cool, retro vibe inspired by the company’s legendary guitar amps. Our testers rate this small speaker quite high in sound quality, with bass aplenty for the model’s size and a relatively clear midrange for the price. They did find the device best suited for up-close listening in small rooms, because the sound can become strained when you play it at high volumes.
CR’s test results: Marshall Emberton wireless and Bluetooth speaker
Sony SRS-XB23 Bluetooth Speaker
This speaker has fewer bells and whistles than the company’s previous offerings, but it performs its primary function of playing music admirably. The low bass is a bit shy, and the midrange lacks some of the clarity of the very best portables, but on balance, the Sony’s sound is satisfying.
CR’s test results: Sony SRS-XB23 wireless and Bluetooth speaker
Kitchen & Home
Hoover PowerDash Pet Carpet Cleaner
This carpet cleaner is already one of the more affordable options out there, typically retailing for $110 to $130, but it’s even more budget-friendly at this discounted price. The Hoover carpet cleaner had a strong performance in CR’s lab tests. It’s lightweight, maxing out at 20 pounds when the tank is full, and is ideal for smaller carpets and area rugs. It doesn’t include a hose, so you may have difficulty cleaning tight spaces like stairs.
CR’s test results: Hoover PowerDash Pet FH50700 carpet cleaner
iRobot Roomba e5 Robotic Vacuum
This high-scoring model usually costs $350, and it has been on sale for around $300 for the past few weeks but just dropped an additional $20. This Roomba isn’t as “smart” as the top-of-the-line iRobot Roomba i7+, but it performs well cleaning carpet and bare floors. It’s also a champ at navigating a room, then returning to its base for recharging. It has a convenient carrying handle. If you prefer a model with a remote, you’ll have to look elsewhere.
CR’s test results: iRobot Roomba e5 robotic vacuum
iRobot Roomba i3+ Vacuum Cleaner
The iRobot i3+ is one of the lower-priced models in the iRobot lineup, even at full price. It’s fantastic at cleaning bare floors and navigating our test rooms. It doesn't come with a self-emptying dustbin like some of the more higher-end robotic vacuum models.
CR’s test results: iRobot Roomba i3+ vacuum cleaner
Fitness & Personal Hygiene
Norelco Multigroom 7000 Trimmer
This easy-to-clean trimmer gets high marks in our user tests. It works well cutting through coarse beard hair, it’s small enough for travel, and it’s simple to use once you get past the somewhat difficult-to-follow setup instructions.
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