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Hoping to save on any purchases during the month of June? You’re in luck this year because you should be able to find a deal on just about anything you’re shopping for. Amazon recently announced that Prime Day will take place after Father's Day on June 21 and 22.

The online retail giant is promising over 2 million products on sale, and Prime Day often brings Black Friday-level discounts on almost everything. Plus, Amazon’s sale spurs other major retailers to hold their own savings events. Target has announced that it will be running its Deal Days sale June 20 to 22. And others are likely to follow suit. (For more on these sales, check out our rundown of what to expect for Prime Day 2021.)

This sales moment aside, there are a few items that almost always go on sale in June. Consumer Reports has been tracking prices of every product we test for years to help you know when you can expect to find the biggest discounts. We expect to see major price drops on 11 types of items throughout the month. You may find deals on other products as well, but the categories in this article tend to have the biggest discounts this month.

Some of the sale prices earlier in the month, such as the ones on blenders and dishwashers, can be attributed to continuing Memorial Day deals. Father’s Day, which lands on June 20 this year, also spurs sales on tech, tools, and other stereotypical “dad” items, such as smartwatchesstring trimmers, and cordless drills.

After Prime Day is over, you’ll soon start to see early July Fourth sales on some of the products listed here, as well as big-ticket items like mattresses and large appliances.

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

Blenders

In the market for a new blender? CR has found that many tend to cost less in May and June, which means you might be able to get a better blender without paying full price. Blenders can cost anywhere from $30 to well over $500, and how much you should spend will depend on how often you plan to use it and what you want to do with it. 

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Paying more generally means better results and more versatility; lower-end models might not be well-suited for tough jobs, such as crushing ice. But there are exceptions, including high-priced models that cracked under the pressure of our tough tests and bargain blenders that exceeded expectations.

Before you start looking at what’s currently on sale, get a better idea of what you can expect to spend for what you want. Start your search for your ideal blender with CR’s buying guide and recommended models.

Check out the following blender deal.

Instant Pot Ace Blender
The deal:
$79 at Walmart
CR’s test results: Instant Pot Ace 600-Watt blender
The 600-watt Instant Pot Ace blender, which typically costs $99, 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 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.

Smartwatches

June is often a good time to pick up a smartwatch, even after Father’s Day, when tech gadgets tend to be more heavily promoted and discounted. Look for sales that are likely to crop up at popular online retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, and Target, and you can finally take the plunge on some high-tech products without overspending. 

You’ll want to make sure the smartwatch you choose is going to fit your lifestyle. First and foremost, it should be compatible with your smartphone. But do you want one that has its own network connectivity? How about a heart-rate monitor? Or the ability to pay for purchases? You should also take into account things like size, battery life, and replacement bands.

Read CR’s buying guide to learn more, then check out our ratings to find the best smartwatch for you.

Deals on Smartwatches

Apple Watch Series 6
The deal:
$329 at Amazon
CR’s test results: Apple Watch Series 6 (40-mm) Aluminum Case GPS 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.

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.

Check out the following blood pressure monitor deals.

Omron 3 Series Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor
The deal:
 $30 at Best Buy; $33 at Walmart
CR’s test results: Omron 3 Series BP7100
This model earns full marks for accuracy, and it’s comfortable and easy to use. It’s low on extra features—you’ll probably need to record your BP readings by hand so that you can note the date and time, and you can’t download data stored on the unit or record readings for more than one user. But if what you’re looking for is a highly accurate and convenient monitor for a great price, this is could be it, especially because it typically costs $50.

Omron 10 Series Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor
The deal:
 $75 at Amazon
CR’s test results: Omron 10 Series BP7450
This is an all-around great BP monitor that’s highly accurate and packed with convenient features. You can sync the monitor via Bluetooth with the Omron Connect app to access your BP readings on your phone and even send them to your doctor. It originally cost around $100.

Omron Evolv Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor
The deal:
 $70 at Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart
CR’s test results: Omron Evolv BP7000
One of the highest-rated monitors in our tests, this model is also more portable than a lot of its peers because it’s fully contained in one unit attached to the cuff. (In other models the cuff is connected to the device via a long tube or hose.) If you need to travel with a BP monitor, this is a good option. It originally cost $100 and now tends to sell for closer to $75, so you’re technically saving only a few bucks.

Dishwashers

dishwasher can make quick work of cleaning up the kitchen, but only if it cleans and dries well. June 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.

Check out the following dishwasher deals.

Kenmore 24-Inch Dishwasher
The deal:
$800 at Sears
CR’s test results: Kenmore 14573
This dishwasher, which originally cost $1,045, needs 145 minutes to get the job done, on the longer side of models we’ve tested, but it is superb at drying. The controls sit on the top edge of the door, so they’re hidden when the door is closed, just like the brand badge, for a look that’s clean and sleek whether you choose a stainless, black, or white finish.

Kenmore 24-Inch Dishwasher (with hidden controls)
The deal:
$800 at Sears
CR’s test results: Kenmore 14523
If you prefer the controls on the front of your dishwasher, consider this Kenmore model instead of the one above. This one, which originally cost $20 more than the model above, gives an impressive performance in CR’s tests when it comes to washing, and its score is almost as high for drying. However, its normal wash cycle, at 150 minutes, is a few minutes longer than the other model. And you may find yourself short of space to place your silverware.

String Trimmers

If you missed the chance to snag a discount on a string trimmer in early spring, when they typically start to fall in price, don’t worry. June is another great month to find a good one at a discount. Because we’re already well into the season of lawn care, retailers may be looking to move more of this inventory as lawn care sales slow down, resulting in savings for consumers.

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 additional batteries.

Not sure what’s right for you? Read CR’s string trimmer buying guide and browse our product ratings to get a better idea of what’s available. 

Check out the following string trimmer deal.

Snapper Battery-Powered String Trimmer
The deal:
$254 at Amazon and Home Depot
CR’s test results: Snapper XD 1687875
Originally retailing for $300, this string trimmer scores high across the board in CR’s tests. It provides a clean trim in one pass, thanks to a dual cutting string setup, and it’s quieter than most other models.

Sunscreen

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 you may be able to stock up for less in June.

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 Repellent

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.

Strollers

There are a lot of price reductions on strollers in June, 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 start looking 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.

Cordless Drills

June is particularly noteworthy in terms of sales and price reductions for cordless drills, according to CR’s data. This may be a result of Father’s Day promotions aimed toward the DIY dads.

A good drill is useful to have, even if you don’t consider yourself particularly handy. It makes quick work of putting together furniture, hanging decorations, fixing things around the home, and taking on bigger projects.

There are plenty of options, giving you a lot to consider when shopping for the best drill for your needs. The first factor to look at is voltage. Most casual users can get away with a 12-volt model, but if you’re a heavy-duty DIYer, you may prefer something with 18 or 20 volts. 

CR’s buying guide can help you learn more about the different cordless drills and their pros and cons so that you can find the best model for your needs and budget.

Pressure Washers

The start of summer may be the perfect time to deep-clean the outside of your house 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 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 isn’t necessarily something everyone needs to own, so if you have limited storage space or don’t think you’ll use it often enough for it 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 this is a smart purchase for you.

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 start looking.

Steam irons can cost anywhere from $15 to $150. While 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.