10 Products on Deep Discount in April

    You'll find great deals on gas grills, lawn mowers, vacuums, and more

    An illustrated GIF of a chain saw, bike helmet and lawn mower surrounded by sales tags. Illustration: Lacey Browne/Consumer Reports

    As warmer weather returns this spring, you’re likely to be spending more time outdoors. Whether you’re going to be grilling burgers or mowing the lawn, you can usually find big discounts on top-rated models throughout April.

    It’s also time to clear out the stuffiness from winter and dive into spring cleaning, both inside your home and outdoors. This month, retailers typically offer deals on pressure washers and vacuum cleaners to help you do just that.

    Consumer Reports tracks the prices of many products all year long, so we know when they go on deep discount. The ones listed below should be available at their lowest annual prices in April. Check our buying guides to find out whether sale products are worth it, and use our ratings to make sure you get a great-performing product.

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    April is usually the perfect time to start getting ready for a favorite summer activity: backyard barbecues. So you’ll be glad to know this month can bring discounts on gas and charcoal grills.

    Prices can range from as little as $100 to more than $3,000, but shoppers can take advantage of discounts on last year’s inventory as retailers make room for newer models. And there are often sitewide spring sales meant to get shoppers thinking about all the things they want and need for summer.

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    There are three main types of grills to choose from; you’ll want to review our grill buying guide if you’re not sure whether you’d be happiest with a charcoal grill, gas grill, or pellet grill. Pellet grills combine the qualities of gas and charcoal in one cooking device that uses compressed pellets of sawdust for fuel and can also function as a smoker.

    Each type has pros and cons when it comes to cost, ease of use, cleanup, and, most important, how it cooks food. CR tests grills to fit every cooking style and budget, from portable models you can take camping to larger grills designed to feed an extended family. We produce ratings of more than 200 grills to suit everyone from the first-time buyer to the seasoned grill master searching for a replacement or an upgrade.

    Check out the following deal:

    Dyna-Glo Charcoal Grill
    The deal: $223 to $230 at Home Depot, Lowe’s, Walmart, and Wayfair
    CR’s test results: Dyna-Glo DGN576DNC-D
    If you love 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. This is the standard sale price we tend to see throughout the season, but it may get $50 to $60 cheaper closer to Memorial Day weekend. 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.

    Vacuum Cleaners

    Vacuums, including robotic vacuum cleaners, are among a handful of products that tend to go on sale all year long. But in early spring you can expect to see even deeper discounts than usual because retailers often lower their prices to stay competitive when shoppers set their sights on spring cleaning.

    There are so many kinds of vacuums to choose from that it can be daunting to decide on the best option for your home. To make the choice easier, review our vacuum cleaner buying guide as well as our ratings to select the best brand and model for your budget.

    Check out the following deals on vacuums:

    iRobot Roomba i3+
    The deal: $499 at Abt Electronics, Amazon, and Walmart
    CR’s test results: iRobot Roomba i3+
    The i3+ Roomba is a great choice if you want a high-end robotic vacuum. It earns top scores in our pet-hair tests, in part because of its rubber brush roll. It’s one of the bigger models we’ve tested but navigation is top-notch, and the model is very quiet. One downside: You have to purchase replacement vacuum bags for the base, but they don’t cost a lot.

    LG A9 Kompressor Stick Vacuum
    The deal: $600 at Abt Electronics and Best Buy
    CR’s test results: LG A9 Kompressor
    The LG A9 Kompressor lands near the top of our list of worthy contenders in its category. It aces our carpet, bare-floors, and pet-hair tests, and leaves nothing behind when you vacuum along the edges of a room. It’s not quite as quiet as some of its competitors, but it won’t bother you during short bursts of cleanup. It runs for almost a full half-hour on one battery charge. Better yet, it comes with two batteries. Because LG is a relatively new entrant to this category, we don’t yet have enough data to rate its cordless vacs for reliability.

    Shark Vertex DuoClean
    The deal: $449.99 at Amazon
    CR’s test results: Shark Vertex DuoClean upright vacuum
    The 17-pound bagless Shark Vertex DuoClean has plenty of bells and whistles. CR’s testers like the Duo brush roll, which is great for both carpet and bare floors. The vacuum also picks up pet hair especially well, earning top marks on that test. It has exceptional suction power and does a solid job containing small dust particles in the dustbin. The lift-away canister makes it easy to clean out-of-the-way places.

    For more discounts: Best Deals on Vacuums Right Now

    Lawn Mowers

    Having the right tools makes it easier to get any job done, and that’s especially true when it comes to yardwork. A good mower can make quick, easy work of a task you may dread, and you may be able to find a good deal on a new one this season.

    Prices for lawn mowers range from a hundred bucks to several thousand. Though it’s not necessary to spring for the priciest model on the market, spending just a bit more than the lower end of the price spectrum will get you a higher-quality machine.

    You’ll want to research the options to find the best model for your property, whether gas- or battery-powered, push, or ride-on. And consider factors like size, power, and upkeep. Check out CR’s lawn mower and tractor buying guide to learn more about your options and find a suitable mower for your home.

    Check out the following mower deal:

    Ryobi Battery-Powered Mower
    The deal: $499 at Home Depot
    CR’s test results: Ryobi RY401140US
    The 21-inch Ryobi RY401140US, a CR Best Buy, shares a lot with the top-rated (and pricier) Ego LM2156SP but costs $200 less. The Ryobi performs superbly in our tests of cutting evenness, side discharging, mulching, and handling. Like the Ego, it has a fairly generous hourlong run time. In fact, it does better than the Ego when it comes to bagging. But this model is on the noisy side for a battery mower. The mower warranty is a long 5 years, which is perhaps a good thing because the brand earns a middling score for predicted reliability.


    Another seasonal product you’ll often find on deep discount in April? Chainsaws. They’re perfect for tackling big projects to get your yard in tip-top shape, whether you’re looking to clear out brush too thick for electric loppers, fell a tree that’s threatening a roof, slice off dangerous broken tree limbs, or cut a tree into logs for firewood.

    Chainsaws come in a range of sizes, from small electric models (some with cords, some without) to hefty gas-powered models intended for heavier work. Prices often correlate with engine size for gas saws and voltage for electric saws, along with the length of the cutting bar, the arm of flat metal that guides the chain.

    Finding the right model depends on how—and how often—you plan to use your chainsaw. Check out CR’s chainsaw buying guide and ratings to learn more about the various models.

    Check out the following chainsaw deal:

    Ego Battery-Powered Chainsaw
    The deal:
    $369 at Amazon
    CR’s test results: Ego CS1804 chainsaw
    The battery-powered Ego CS1804 cuts like a much beefier gas saw while offering all the conveniences of an electric one, such as instant starting and zero engine maintenance. It earns an above-average score for cutting speed, just like the top-rated gas saws, but like all electrics, there’s no need to mix gas and oil—you simply keep the battery charged. Another nice plus: Like most electrics, it’s quieter than a gas saw, though you’ll still want to use hearing protection while you’re cutting. With a top score for predicted reliability, Ego stands out as one of the most reliable battery-powered saw brands in our ratings.

    String Trimmers

    Though we usually see seasonal items go on sale toward the end of their respective season, there are often preseason sales if you start shopping early. If you’re a lawn-care enthusiast, you’ll be happy to know that you can find big discounts on string trimmers in April.

    The ideal string trimmer will be able to trim, edge, and cut tall grass with ease, and you can find many top-rated gas, electric, and battery-powered models that handle these tasks. Gas-powered trimmers can handle bigger jobs; electric models tend to be better for smaller properties, and they’re quieter. Corded trimmers are the most affordable of the bunch but may require an extension cord. Battery-powered models tend to give you about 30 minutes on a single charge, which should be good if you have a small property. Otherwise, you may need an additional battery.

    Not sure which is right for you? Read our string trimmer buying guide to get a better idea of what’s available.

    Leaf Blowers

    Fall is not the only time a leaf blower will come in handy, and as you clean up your yard after winter, you may want to invest in one while you can score a good deal. A leaf blower will make quick work of corralling grass clippings, pulled weeds, and other debris that can get strewn across your property.

    Consumer Reports has put more than 50 models—gas-powered, battery-powered, and corded electric—through rigorous tests to help you find the model that suits your needs. Check out CR’s buying guide and ratings to learn more so that you can shop with confidence.

    Carpet Cleaners

    When it comes to carpets and rugs, vacuuming goes a long way, but you’ll still want to do a deep clean every now and then to help them look and feel better and last longer. And if you’re considering investing in a carpet cleaner, April is a great time to find one at a deep discount.

    Homeowners who only occasionally clean their carpets may choose to hire a reputable professional or rent a carpet cleaner. But if you have a lot of carpeting and a house full of kids and pets, you might want to consider buying a machine. Though nothing beats the ease and performance of a pro, some of the machines we tested came pretty close for less money.

    Renting a carpet cleaner is an option, too, especially if you don’t plan to deep clean more than a few times a year. Rental fees typically run about $20 to $30 per day, but these models tend to be heavy and harder to use, and they’re not always in the best condition.

    Read CR’s buying guide to get a better idea of what’s out there and what will be best for your needs.

    Pressure Washers

    Spring is the perfect time to really deep clean the outside of your home as well as the inside. Invest in a good pressure washer now, while they’re on sale, and you can make your mildewy deck and oil-stained driveway look and feel like new with minimal effort.

    If you have a larger property with more surface area to clean, a gas-powered pressure washer may be ideal. But if you’re cleaning a small deck and patio furniture, you probably only need an electric model, which is typically lighter, quieter, and easier to maintain than a gas-powered version.

    This is not necessarily something everyone needs to own, so if you have limited storage space or don’t think you’ll use it often enough to be worth the upkeep, you may be better off looking into rental options or even taking on the task of cleaning things with soap, water, and elbow grease.

    Take some time to read our buying guide and learn more about the recommended pressure washers to determine whether it’s a smart purchase for you.


    New windows not only enhance your home from the outside but also can improve the quality of life inside your home, creating a quieter and less drafty environment. Today’s double-hung windows are also easier to clean and maintain than most older windows, and they’re more energy-efficient.

    If your existing window frames are still in good condition, you can save on both materials and labor by purchasing replacement units that fit inside the existing frames. And you may be able to save even more if you start shopping in April, because this is when they tend to drop in price.

    Most window manufacturers train and certify contractors to install their brand of window, so plan to have the contractor you purchase windows from do the installation as well. Look for someone who has received certification from the American Window and Door Institute or Installation Masters, and get bids from multiple contractors.

    Bike Helmets

    You and your family should be safe when you ride, so you’ll need trustworthy bike helmets, especially if it has been some time since you bought the ones you have. You may be able to spot discounts this month as retailers start to promote spring merchandise.

    A proper helmet can significantly reduce the risk of injury if you’re in a crash, and CR has tested 48 models for adults and children to help you find the best, safest options. It’s recommended that you replace your helmet at least every five years or immediately if you’re involved in a crash, even if you can’t see any damage to it.

    We recommend reading our buying guide so that you know exactly what to look for when you start shopping. Then check out the ratings on bike helmets we’ve tested to find something reliable and safe that fits your needs.

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    Samantha B. Gordon

    I am an avid writer, editor, and consumer with an unusually deep love for finding amazing deals on amazing products, especially when those things can make my life, or yours, a little easier. When I'm not critiquing deals to find the best of the best, you can find me crafting on a barstool with a fancy cocktail or editing a science fiction novel (also with a cocktail). Follow me on Twitter (@sam_the_editor).