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Shopping the online sales and don’t know where to start? Check out some of the best deals we’re seeing at Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, and other retailers on products that aced Consumer Reports’ tests.

Don’t see anything you like just yet? We’ll continue updating our Amazon Prime Day coverage as more deals become available. Prime Day is officially this Monday and Tuesday, but the site is already offering early deals. Best Buy's event is already on, while Walmart's begins Sunday.

Keep in mind that these prices are accurate at the time of publication, but some deals may sell out and prices can change throughout the sale. 

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TVs
Headphones
Bluetooth and Smart Speakers
Cooking and Kitchen Products
Health and Fitness Equipment

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TVs

Toshiba 55-Inch Smart 4K Fire TV

    This set, which also uses Amazon’s Fire TV smart TV system, is a fine overall performer, though like many lower-priced sets it can’t produce a great HDR experience. It also has better-than-average sound quality.

    CR's test results: Toshiba 55LF621U21 TV

    LG 65-Inch B-Series 4K OLED Smart TV

      LG's OLED TVs perform well in CR's tests. The B-Series is the entry-level model lineup, so it has a slightly less powerful processor than the C-Series listed below. But it still has excellent overall picture quality and top-notch sound, and it's capable of delivering a satisfying HDR experience. And it supports Dolby Atmos audio, which can give a soundtrack a three-dimensional effect.

      CR's test results: LG OLED65BXPUA TV

      LG 77-Inch Smart 4K OLED TV

        Anyone looking for a top-performing jumbo-sized TV should consider this LG OLED set, one of the best models we tested in 2020. It’s among a limited number of options that can deliver a truly compelling HDR experience and it’s got great sound.

        CR's test results: LG OLED77CXPUA TV

        Headphones

        Apple AirPods (2nd Gen) True Wireless Earphones With Wireless Charging Case

          Unlike the new AirPods Pro, the second-generation AirPods don’t get high marks for sound in Consumer Reports’ testing. But there’s no denying the appeal of these true wireless earphones for many Apple fans. And with the launch of the newer model, we’re seeing some terrific discounts on these headphones. If you buy the AirPods with the standard charging case straight from Apple, you’ll pay $160, but a number of retailers are selling them for much less.

           

          CR's test results: Apple AirPods (2nd Gen) With Wireless Charging Case Headphone

          Apple AirPods Pro True Wireless Earbuds

            The AirPods Pro are rarely discounted, and when they are it's usually only by $15 to $20, so this $50 in savings is worth a look. 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

            Jabra Elite 85t True Wireless Headphones

              Jabra’s follow up to the popular 65t model lives up to the hype, and adds fantastic noise-canceling performance in addition to the great audio quality. These feature-rich true wireless headphones have adjustable noise-cancellation levels, a monitor mode so you can pipe in outside sound, and an auto pause feature that stops your audio when you take the earbuds out. They also feature a “hybrid” earbud/insert style, so they seal the ear canals without sticking deep inside them, which may be more comfortable for some people.

               

              CR's test results: Jabra Elite 85t

              Beats by Dre Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphone

                These headphones deliver above-average sound and superb noise-canceling. At the usual price, they typically don’t make our lists of top picks, because there are cheaper models that perform just as well or better. At $200, though, the Studio3 is definitely worth the cost of entry.  

                CR's test results: Beats Studio3 Wireless

                Bluetooth and Smart Speakers

                Amazon Echo (4th Gen.) Smart Speaker

                  You can get $40 off the Echo smart speaker, but you need to buy two at once to get the savings. (Use the code ECHOPRIME at checkout.)

                   

                  The speaker looks radically different from Amazon's original model, with globelike styling replacing the now-iconic cylinder. The capabilities haven't changed much, mostly because the Echo, like all smart speakers, relies on the company's cloud servers to do the digital heavy lifting.

                  The 4th generation Echo is improved with a new Zigbee smart home hub that allows you to control compatible devices without using an app. The sound quality is also noticeably better than that in the previous version, with better bass and clearer trebles.

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

                  Amazon Echo Show 5

                    This offer matches last year's Prime Day price for the Echo Show 5. The speaker isn't going to wow you with music playback, according to our testers. But if you just want a smart speaker with a screen that won’t break the bank, the Show 5 may be a great option. With a 5-inch screen, it’s also much smaller than its counterparts, the Echo Show 8 and Show 10, which are not yet listed among the early deals but may be on sale for Prime Day.

                    CR’s test results: Amazon Echo Show 5 smart speaker

                    Cooking and Kitchen Products

                    Keurig K-Elite Pod Coffee Maker

                      If you’re a Keurig coffee drinker, consider the Keurig K-Elite K90. In our tests, this pod brewer is a bit slow to start, but it makes repeat cups quickly with a consistent amount of brew and temperature from one cup to the next. 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 non-coffee beverages. The savings aren’t that big on this particular percolator, but if you’re in the market for a new machine, this brewer won’t disappoint.

                       

                      CR’s test results: Keurig K-Elite K90 pod coffee maker

                      Ninja Specialty Drip Coffee Maker

                        This robust 10-cup coffee maker has great features, including a permanent cone filter so you’ll never need to buy paper filters. There’s also an indicator that lets you know when it’s time to deep-clean the machine, and a removable water reservoir for even easier fill-ups.

                         

                         

                        CR’s test results: Ninja Specialty CM401 drip coffee maker

                        Blue Diamond Ceramic Cookware Set

                          Two of the pieces of the 10-piece nonstick ceramic set are plastic utensils, but you’re still getting a nice complement of cookware for the price, especially now that the set is on sale. The ad for this “As Seen on TV” set claims the coating is scratch-resistant and shows a cook using a hand mixer in one of the pans without harming the surface. It did hold up well in our durability tests. In our cooking tests, water quickly came to a near-boil in the 5-quart stockpot, and tomato sauce simmered slowly without scorching.

                           

                           

                          CR's test results: Blue Diamond Ceramic Cookware Set

                          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

                            Zojirushi Conventional Rice Cooker

                              This budget rice cooker from Zojirushi has one of the best scores for cooking rice and is one of the fastest tested in CR’s labs. The reason it’s so low-priced compared with Zojirushi’s popular induction model? It’s bare-bones when it comes to controls and features. It has a single button to cook rice, and that’s it. No preset cooking options, no keep-warm feature, not even an audio indicator for when the rice is done. But it’s still a great option, thanks to its cooking capabilities, low price, and small size.


                              CR’s test results: Zojirushi NHS-06 3-cup rice cooker

                              Health and Fitness Equipment

                              Apple 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 Apple introduced in a WatchOS software update. And when it comes to the basics—heart-rate tracking and step counting—the model proved to be just a bit more accurate than the Series 5. The price did dip to $300 last month and may fall again closer to Prime Day, so it may be one to keep an eye on for now.

                                 

                                CR’s test results: Apple Watch Series 6 (40-mm) Aluminum Case GPS smartwatch

                                Fitbit Charge 4 Fitness Tracker

                                  If you’re shopping for something that’s a little simpler than a smartwatch but will still track your steps and heart rate, consider the Fitbit Charge 4. The Charge 4 features built-in GPS for tracking distance and a claimed battery life of seven days. In Consumer Reports testing, the device receives a high score for step counting, but the score for heart-rate tracking isn’t quite as strong.

                                   

                                  CR’s test results: Fitbit Charge 4 fitness tracker

                                  Nautilus T616 Treadmill

                                    A folding treadmill like this model can be a space saver. Overall, this one performed well in CR’s tests with our testers noting that it was sturdy, durable, and easy to use. It comes with a chest strap heart-rate monitor.

                                     

                                    CR’s test results: Nautilus T616 treadmill

                                    Schwinn 470 Elliptical

                                      This is one of the lower-priced models among the ellipticals with heart-rate programs we tested. (A heart-rate program automatically adjusts intensity of the workout based on a target heart rate.) The hand-contact, heart-rate sensors located on the stationary handgrips, were a little low for a taller user to reach comfortably and appeared unreliable during our testing. If heart-rate programs are important to you, purchasing a compatible chest-strap monitor would improve both convenience and accuracy.

                                       

                                      CR’s test results: Schwinn 470 elliptical