Best Deals Under $100

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Sales are typically sparse in January after the holiday rush, but that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. You just have to look a little closer to find some great deals. But it can be difficult to know whether, say, that $99 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 good 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 $100 or less.

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

Keep in mind that some deals may sell out and prices can change.

Air Fryers

A CR Best Buy, this GoWise air fryer has a measured capacity of 4.9 quarts. Its touch buttons and programmed settings are among the easiest to see and use. And it’s one of the quietest air fryers we’ve tested. The exterior’s crevices and the basket’s nooks and crannies take some effort to clean, however. It’s worth noting that model was $14 more at Amazon last week.

CR’s test results: GoWise GW22731 air fryer

This air fryer from Dreo earns solid scores for the ease and legibility of its controls, ease of cleaning, and relatively quiet operating noise. The basket’s claimed capacity is 4 quarts, but CR’s test engineers measured it at 2.5 quarts. The one-year warranty is on a par with most of the models we test.

CR’s test results: Dreo Air Fryer

The NuWave 37001 air fryer boasts a measured capacity of 5.8 quarts. Our experts found its electronic controls with preprogrammed settings to be among the easiest to see and use. The inside and outside of the appliance are a cinch to clean, but cleaning food out of the holes in the basket takes a little extra effort. This air fryer is on the noisy side, earning a middling score in our noise tests. The fan is as loud as a countertop microwave, so you’ll hear it running.

CR’s test results: NuWave 37001 air fryer

Kitchen Tools & Cookware

SodaStream Fizzi One Touch Soda Maker

The SodaStream Fizzi One Touch aces every one of CR’s soda-maker tests and is the only tested soda maker to earn a top score for ease of use. This plug-in unit excels at delivering consistently bubbly water, and because it operates with just a light push of a button, it’s ideal for those with limited hand strength. This deal is for the black unit only.

CR’s test results: SodaStream Fizzi One Touch

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 Very Good rating 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 set

The 10-inch Farberware Glide frying pan comes as part of a set, but you can also buy it in open stock if all you need is a skillet. In our tests, it earned top marks for cooking evenness but didn’t ace our food-release test, although it did well enough to earn a solid score there. The handle stays cool to the touch, but like many handles of pans in this price range, it did so-so on our sturdiness test and became a bit loose. Use the code COOLBUY4 for the discount.

CR’s test results: Farberware Glide frying pan

Lodge has been making cast-iron frying pans in its Tennessee foundry since 1896. It’s one of the few surviving iconic American brands. This 12-inch Lodge cast-iron pan is top-notch at browning scallops and earns an Excellent rating for searing a steak. Baking is only so-so, though. Heating evenness is also mediocre. It weighs 7.8 pounds, which is about average for the size.

CR’s test results: Lodge Cast Iron Pre-seasoned cookware

Bedding

YnM Weighted Blanket

The YnM blanket has a cotton cover and does not come with a duvet cover, though YnM sells covers separately. The beads are glass. YnM says you can wash and dry it by machine on the gentle cycles but recommends washing the duvet cover rather than the inner blanket because “frequent washing may damage the heavy weighted blanket.” It comes in 26 colors.

The Beckham Luxury Linens Hotel Collection pillow has a 100 percent cotton cover and a filling of 100 percent polyester gel-fiber. The manufacturer claims that the materials in the Beckham pillow keep it cool. To that end, it did ace our test for breathability, and also scored top marks when it comes to resiliency—which means it will hold its shape well over time. Bonus: This price is for a two-pack. Make sure to click the on-page coupon for the full 40 percent discount.

CR’s test results: Beckham Luxury Linens Hotel Collection Pillow

This Sealy pillow is made of memory foam with a gel foam on one side. It’s great if you sleep on your side but not ideal if you sleep on your back. It’s pretty firm and doesn’t really allow your head to sink into the pillow. That creates a greater angle for petite sleepers that could lead to restless sleep. This pillow holds its shape well. Despite the claim that the gel layer keeps the pillow cool, we found just the opposite in our tests. The gel layer combined with the dense memory foam makes the pillow less breathable and causes it to trap moisture. So this might not be the right pillow for you if you tend to sleep hot. Make sure to use the promo code BEDBATH15 at Home Depot to receive the discount.

CR’s test results: Sealy Memory Foam Gel Pillow

Humidifiers

This humidifier is recommended for small spaces—no more than 299 square feet. In that category, it’s one of the best for adding moisture to the air, and it’s one of the quietest we’ve tested. Like most small humidifiers, it’s not feature-heavy, and our testers say the water tank is too large to fill at most bathroom sinks. You can’t get a hand inside it, making cleaning a bit trickier. (The manufacturer recommends daily cleaning, while most call for a weekly schedule.)

CR’s test results: Crane Drop humidifier

It’s not all about looks with this whimsical Crane Owl humidifier. On just about every measure, including moisture output and noise, it earns top marks. It’s convenient to use, though not being able to get a hand into the tank for cleaning is a drawback. The 250-square-foot claimed coverage area is on the high end for a small-room model.

CR’s test results: Crane Owl humidifier

Tushy Classic Bidet

The Tushy Classic bidet attachment has a dial to adjust the water pressure, as well as three settings fore and aft. A few users in our study of bidets said it was easier to move themselves rather than adjust the nozzle, so if your intended recipient has limited mobility, this bidet may not be a great option. Some users found that it shifted a bit under the toilet seat. And one said the water pressure could be quite strong: “A 2 or 3 on the dial will give you a blast!” Most users found the Classic easy to install and had no trouble figuring out the water-pressure dial or nozzle adjustment switch.

Headphones

These Bluetooth headphones deliver pretty good sound quality, especially for the price. The 510BT sits on the ears, which some people find more comfortable than being engulfed by the more common over-ear style. You can also use them with a cable if you forget to charge them, but they have a claimed 40-hour battery life, so you probably won’t need to be tethered often.

CR’s test results: JBL Tune 510BT on-ear headphones

Some folks are hunting for the best headphones money can buy, but other people just want a dependable pair that won’t break the bank. For those in the later camp, the 1MORE Piston Buds are a great choice. They don’t have the bells and whistles of flagship models from companies like Sony and Bose, but they’ll get the job done, and they’ll do it well.

These earbuds have better-than-average sound quality and a cable-free true wireless design. The advertised battery life is on the low side at 3.5 hours, but the charging/carrying case is marked to power the headphones for almost four full charges. These headphones are an exceptional value all year long but they’re now selling at a small discount. Make sure to click on the coupon to get the full discount.

CR’s test results: 1MORE PistonBuds

Even at full price, these earphones deliver great value. They have impressive sound quality, beating competitors that cost more than three times as much. Now you can find them for a little cheaper.

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 or battery life.)

CR’s test results: JLab Audio JBuds Air true wireless earbuds

More Tech Deals

Kinesis Freestyle2 Ergonomic Keyboard

Available in a wired or wireless configuration, the Kinesis Freestyle2 features a fully split design. That means each half of the keyboard can be positioned directly in line with the user’s shoulders, effectively reducing internal shoulder rotation and ulnar deviation of the wrist. CR’s testers found that its membrane keys are easy to activate and include options for shortcuts and media controls, earning it a spot on our list of best ergonomic keyboards. The palm rests, adjustable legs, and number pad are sold separately ($35 to $50). This deal is for the Mac-compatible model only, though there are versions for Android, Chrome, iOS, Linux, and Windows as well.

Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse

The unique shape and pronounced thumb rest of this mouse, one of the best ergonomic mice CR has tried, reduce forearm stress while preserving elements of the traditional horizontal form. Due to that orientation and the bulky form factor, however, CR found that the mouse does little to reduce wrist strain. The model features five programmable buttons, a four-way scroll wheel, and a glossy finish that picks up fingerprints and may make the palm and fingers feel sweaty. It lacks dpi settings and a forward button for navigating the web, opting instead for a Windows Start button. The USB dongle provided for wired connection can be safely stowed inside the mouse when not in use. No left-handed option.

This three-unit mesh router system has been on sale for a few weeks, but it just dropped an additional $15 at Amazon. It performed well in our tests but doesn’t rate quite as high for speed at midrange and far distances. It’s also not compatible with the latest WiFi 6 standard, which might not be ideal for early adopters with the latest smartphone and gadgets.

Given the relatively low price, however, there’s a lot to like here, including an easy app-based setup, a built-in Ethernet port, and automatic firmware updates, which protect you from hackers, malware, and other security vulnerabilities.

CR’s test results: Netgear Orbi AC1200 wireless mesh router (three-pack)

Razer Kiyo Webcam

This webcam, designed for gamers and livestreamers, tops out at 1080p at 30 frames per second and has an 81.6-degree field of view, which is wider than most models we’ve tested. The picture quality is fair and the audio quality is good and mostly sounds clear. Features include autofocus, auto white balance, and a built-in ring light with settings to adjust the illumination level, which can help improve image quality in environments with poor lighting conditions. The model lacks a privacy shutter, and the indicator light doesn’t turn on to alert you when audio is being recorded.