15 Products on Deep Discount in July

This is the month to shop for gas grills, kitchen and laundry appliances, and more

Illustration of a person opening a refrigerator Illustration: Jennifer Tapias Derch

Thanks largely to July Fourth, this month always kicks off with a load of sales on everything from large appliances to grills and more. It can be a great time to shop for big-ticket items, and smaller ones such as microwaves and dehumidifiers, especially as these sales often continue past the holiday weekend.

When it comes to large appliances, this year may not bring as many opportunities to get discounts. In fact, there have been fewer sales, and those we have seen have not been as impressive as in years past. Things may get closer to normal by 2022, so unless you need to buy a new fridge or washer/dryer set or other large appliance, you'll be better off waiting a few more months.

Although July used to be when Amazon hosted Prime Day, this year, as you may already know, the retailer held the sale early in June—and other major retailers moved their own events as well. This means we are not expecting quite as many savings events in July, but there are still ways to save on some products this month.

A handful of product categories typically drop in price this month. Consumer Reports tracks prices of every product we test all year to help you know when you can expect to find the biggest discounts. We expect to see major price drops on these products this month.

Want to know what’s on deep discount during the rest of the year? See our calendar of deals.

Refrigerators

If you need to replace your refrigerator, you might be able to find a good price. Thanks to July Fourth sales on appliances, the first week or so of the month is traditionally the best time to shop for a new fridge.

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However, residual pandemic-related issues have strained manufacturers and retailers, so we're seeing fewer sales and smaller discounts than in years past. If you can hold off on making this purchase, we recommend waiting until next year, when things are expected to be back to normal. (Check out CR’s advice on how to shop for a large appliance now.)

There are so many types and styles to choose from, whether you want a French-door fridge or a more traditional top-freezer model. You’ll also want to consider the style and features of the ideal refrigerator. Do you want a water dispenser? Is freezer capacity important? Are you short on space? Take a look at CR’s buying guide to get a better sense of which type of fridge is most ideal for you.

Check out the following refrigerator deals.

LG Side-by-Side refrigerator
The deal:
$1,600 at Appliances Connection, Best Buy, Home Depot, and LG
CR’s test results: LG LSXS26366S
This LG is a true side-by-side refrigerator, but its door-in-door compartment makes the fridge side look like a French-door model. In our labs, this 36-inch-wide LG gets high marks in every test, including thermostat control, noise, and ease of use. LG side-by-sides also did well when it comes to reliability and satisfaction in our owner surveys. In terms of features, you’ll find the standard external water/ice dispenser and digital controls, as well as the not-so-standard dual evaporators.

Samsung Top-Freezer Refrigerator
The deal:
$850 at AJ Madison, Appliances Connection, Best Buy, Home Depot, P.C. Richard & Son, and Samsung
CR’s test results: Samsung RT18M6215SG
This Samsung fridge features a flexible freezer compartment that you can convert into additional fresh-food space, as well as an icemaker. It gets high marks in all our lab tests, and our owner satisfaction survey indicated positive results for reliability and owner satisfaction. If you need an affordable fridge for a small space, this Samsung is a great choice. But note that it is 29 inches wide, so you will have a small gap in a 30-inch space.

For more discounts: Best July 4th Sales on Appliances

Headphones

Headphones are always in demand, and in years past, we've seen ample opportunities to save on top models thanks to Prime Day. But because Amazon held its two-day sale in June this year, you may not be able to find as many options at a discount. There are, however, always at least some sales, so keep an eye on the pair(s) you want.

Whether you’re looking for true wireless earbuds or a comfy pair of over-ear headphones that offer noise cancellation, it’s important to research brands and models to ensure that the pair you buy will have the features you’re looking for.

Consumer Reports tests headphones in our labs to measure attributes such as volume, noise cancellation, sound quality, and battery life. Review our recommended models to get more familiar with the best options before you start shopping.

Check out the following deals on headphones.

Sennheiser PXC 550-II Noise-Canceling Headphones
The deal:
$180 at Amazon, $190 at Best Buy
CR’s test results:
Sennheiser PXC 550-II headphones
These headphones rate with the best when it comes to sound quality and noise cancellation. They also have appealing features, such as adjustable levels of noise reduction and an ambient sound monitoring mode that lets in noise from your environment. The model has touch-sensitive controls and an automatic pause feature that stops your audio when you take off the headphones.

Sony WF-SP800N True Wireless Earphones
The deal:
$98 at Best Buy
CR’s test results: Sony WF-SP800N
This massively discounted model (typically $200) is a good deal if you’re looking for true wireless headphones with noise-canceling technology. The SP800N gets a decent rating for sound-blocking and audio quality, and it has a handy monitor mode that lets you listen in on your environment when you don’t want to cancel outside sound.

Grills

Thanks to July 4th sales, you can usually find loads of discounts on gas and charcoal grills. These deals often last throughout the month, but may be fewer and farther between after the holiday weekend.

Prices can range from as little as $100 to more than $3,000, depending on what you want. 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 150 grills to suit first-time buyers and seasoned grill masters searching for a replacement or an upgrade.

There are three main types of grills to choose from, and each has pros and cons when it comes to cost, ease of use, cleanup, and, most important, how it cooks food. So you’ll want to review our grill buying guides if you’re not sure whether you’d be happiest with a charcoal grill, gas grill, or pellet grill.

Check out the following grill deals.

Dyna-Glo Charcoal Grill
The deal:
$223 at Walmart, $230 at Home Depot
CR’s test results: Dyna-Glo DGN576DNC-D 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.

Monument Grills Pellet Grill
The deal:
$329 at Amazon
CR's test results: Monument Grills 87578 pellet grill
In the market for a budget pellet grill? This model from Monument may be the ticket, especially with the sale price in addition to an on-page coupon, putting its price at just $10 more than the lowest we’ve seen so far this year. It’s certainly one of the most affordable options CR has tested, but its lower price does come at a cost. The grill is great for indirect cooking but gets middling scores for evenness, convenience, and cleaning. It does have WiFi control, though, which the company says lets you manage the temperature, switch the grill to smoke-only, and even monitor meat temperatures from your phone.

Weber Genesis II E-310 Gas Grill
The deal:
$729 at Home Depot, P.C. Richard & Son, Wayfair, and Weber
CR's test results: Weber Genesis II E-310 gas grill
Coming in at the lower end of the price scale for gas grills, this midsized Weber model is at an especially great price right now. It doesn't perform quite as well overall as pricier models, with less-than-perfect temperature range and preheat time. But CR's tests found that it still delivers when it comes to indirect cooking and heat evenness, making it worth a closer look.

For more discounts: Best July 4th Sales on Grills

Home Security Cameras

If you’re working to make your home safer and more secure, consider home security cameras. Rather than paying a company to come in and install a system that they then monitor for you, the DIY route allows you to set up and monitor things all on your own.

July is a great time to find discounts on security cameras. Since smart security cameras first became available, they’ve only gotten better and more affordable. There are indoor and outdoor cameras, as well as video doorbells, and they can all be controlled and viewed from your phone or a computer.

Home security cameras can provide peace of mind by letting you see that your kids arrived home safely from school, or that the dog walker showed up as scheduled, or that a package arrived. And companies keep making these cameras smarter through software updates that add new features, such as person detection and facial recognition.

We have found, however, that most of the models we tested don’t always deliver the high-definition video quality their manufacturers promise. And many models require you to pay monthly fees for some of the most important features, such as cloud video storage and monitoring zones (the ability to focus on or, alternatively, ignore motion within a designated area of the camera’s field of view).

With so many types of models and features, it can be hard to know what to look for. Read CR’s home security camera buying guide to narrow down your options and find the best product for your home before you start to look for deals and discounts.

Dehumidifiers

As summer weather heats up, dehumidifiers tend to drop in price. They’re great for drying out the air in your home on muggy days, which can help things feel less sticky. Dehumidifiers can also take that damp feeling out of a basement or laundry room and prevent a few other sticky situations: Humidity levels above 50 percent can breed dust mites, mildew, and mold, triggering allergies or other health problems.

When choosing a dehumidifier, you’ll want to determine what capacity you need for your space. Large-capacity machines can work in smaller spaces, but small- or medium-capacity dehumidifiers may be more efficient. Read CR’s dehumidifier buying guide to learn more about what to look for.

Check out the following dehumidifier deal.

Frigidaire Small-Capcity Dehumidifier
The deal:
$165 at Amazon and Walmart
CR’s test results: Frigidaire FFAD2233W1 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.

Dishwashers

A dishwasher can make quick work of cleaning up the kitchen, but only if it cleans and dries well. As in June, July tends to be a good time to find deals. Depending on what features you need and want, these appliances can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to over $1,000. Some keep things simple with just the essential washing and drying functions, and others have advanced features like WiFi control, third racks, and even zone control.

And for those in the market to replace any appliance, keep in mind that the entire process is still being affected by the pandemic. This means there might not be quite as many opportunities to save on a new dishwasher this month, and if you do buy one, you can expect extended shipping times. Start your search by reviewing CR’s buying guide to determine the best dishwasher for your home.

Washers and Dryers

July Fourth is typically an excellent time to find a great deal on a new washer and dryer. In general, washing machines and dryers are designed and sold as sets, which means when one goes on sale, the other typically does as well. But you can also mix and match to get exactly what you want. And they tend to have the same, or very similar, prices. But not all pairs are created equal; in some cases you may want to avoid buying a matching set.

Washers range in price from $275 to $2,500, and there are many types to choose from. You’ll see multitasking machines that allow you to wash two loads at once, all-in-one front-loaders that go straight into dryer mode, pod-dispensing front-loaders, built-in pretreat features, washers with a steam option, and more.

When it comes to choosing the best dryer, you want one that will get your clothing dry efficiently and safely. Dryers that perform well but don’t hold up over time aren’t winners. That’s why it’s important to be aware of the most and least reliable brands.

Strollers

Price reductions on strollers start in June and continue through July, so whether you’re shopping for a baby shower gift or you want to upgrade your own kid’s ride, it’s a good time to look around. Strollers can cost $100 to more than $1,000. Styling, lightweight materials, and added features can increase the price, but our tests have found that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a good, safe model.

Buying a stroller requires some research first to ensure that you’re choosing a safe one that’s worth the price. The best place to start is CR’s buying guide, which can help you determine which features are important to help you make a smart decision. Then take a look at the strollers we recommend to find the one that best suits your needs.

Blood Pressure Monitors

High blood pressure, also called hypertension, doesn’t have any obvious symptoms, but it can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, and a number of other serious health problems. And though your doctor checks your blood pressure at every checkup, a single reading might not be giving you the full picture.

If you want to keep a closer eye on your blood pressure, you can get an at-home blood pressure monitor. Consumer Reports has tested 28 models, comparing their readouts with those of a mercury sphygmomanometer (the device that’s considered the gold standard of blood pressure testing) as well as testing ease of use, comfort, and convenience.

Most models usually cost between $40 and $100, and they often fall in price this time of year. You can choose between upper-arm and wrist monitors, both of which can have a number of different features, though keep in mind that our tests have found that upper-arm monitors tend to be more accurate than wrist models. Our in-depth blood pressure monitor buying guide is a great place to start your research.

Microwaves

You can find a budget microwave oven for $50, or you can spend upward of $1,000 on a high-end model that gets built in to your kitchen cabinetry. But the important thing is the microwave’s ability to reheat and defrost food, and not all models are created equal in that regard, so it’s a good idea to check out CR’s test results and ratings before you buy a new model.

The type of microwave is important to consider as well. Countertop models are the most versatile, and there are built-in and over-the-range options as well. If you don’t currently have one of the latter, this may be something to consider if and when you ever remodel your kitchen, but it will cost more than a countertop microwave.

There are other features to look for, too. Do you want the more common turntable or a sliding tray that may be better for reheating larger dishes? Do you need a rack? What wattage is best? Our buying guide can help you determine the best options for your budget.

Sunscreens

Sunscreen is absolutely essential when it comes to protecting your skin all year, but it’s especially important in the summer months, when the days are longer and clothing is lighter. The good news is that there tend to be small discounts on sunscreen throughout the summer months.

When choosing the best sunscreen, it’s important to consider more than just the sun protection factor (SPF), which measures how well a product will protect you from sunburn and ultraviolet B rays that can increase the risk of skin cancer. You also want to guard against ultraviolet A rays, which tan and age skin as well as contribute to skin cancer.

Consumer Reports’ rigorous testing has found several options that effectively do well against both UVA and UVB rays, have an SPF of at least 30, and are water-resistant for 40 to 80 minutes. Take a look at which sunscreens we recommend before you start shopping.

Insect Repellents and Sunscreens

As with sunscreen, insect repellent is a must to get through the warmer months. And the good news is retailers often offer discounts and other seasonally promotional deals around bug spray. CR’s data analysts have found that prices tend to remain low in July as well, so you don’t need to buy a season’s supply all in one go. Though if you find a great deal this month, there’s no harm in buying extra so you don’t worry about running out.

With so many brands and types to choose from, buying the right products can feel a little intimidating. Check out our buying guide for insect repellent to get a better idea of what to look for when you shop.

Blood Glucose Meters

Controlling your blood sugar, or blood glucose, level is key to managing diabetes. Accurate test results help people with diabetes adjust their diet, exercise routine, and treatment plan—which might help prevent complications and reduce the risk of seizures, kidney disease, nerve damage, and blindness.

Anyone with diabetes can benefit from testing. Blood glucose monitoring can be important for those taking insulin or other diabetes medications, for women with gestational diabetes (diagnosed during pregnancy), and for people having difficulty controlling their diabetes.

The devices themselves tend to be fairly inexpensive, ranging from $15 to $30 even when they're not discounted, but don't forget to factor in the cost of testing strips and replacement lancets. Testing strips range in cost from $18 to $184 per 100 strips. If you're testing four times a day, that cost adds up to $265 to $2,685 annually. Medicare and some private insurance providers may assist in covering these costs as well.

We are not currently testing blood glucose monitors, but our buying guide can provide more information to aid you in your research.

Steam Irons

Even if you don’t have a ton of clothes that need pressing after they come out of the dryer, it’s good to have an iron at the ready. Our data has shown that steam irons tend to drop in price this month, so if you need a new iron, this is the perfect time to look.

Steam irons can cost anywhere from $15 to $150. Though cheaper models we’ve tested in the past haven’t performed all that well, you can find decent options for closer to $50 that can compete with more expensive models.

We don’t currently test steam irons, but we have a thorough buying guide you can read to learn more about your options and what to look for when you shop.

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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).