22 Products on Deep Discount in September
Big savings on grills and electronics, as well as appliances and home goods
September is a great time to save on a variety of items across multiple categories. There are three main reasons you’ll find so many ways to save: Labor Day, back-to-school shopping, and the seasonal shift from summer to fall.
Retailers have dropped their prices on these 22 products, among others, throughout the month. There are opportunities to save on outdoor items like grills, lawn mowers, and leaf blowers, as well as discounts on tech, including cell phones, printers, and wireless routers. Add to that price drops on freezers, air purifiers, and cooking appliances, and you can make upgrades across your whole home for less. Plus, you’ll often see sales on other large appliances, mattresses, and even apparel and home goods this month.
Keep in mind, however, that because of chip shortages and pandemic-related problems, we’re still seeing smaller and fewer discounts on big-ticket items like refrigerators and dishwashers. Unless you need these items immediately, it may be better to postpone a purchase until next year when sales are expected to improve.
Consumer Reports tracks the prices of the products we test to determine the times of year they will most likely be at their best discounts. To learn more about what goes on sale and when, see our calendar of deals.
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Labor Day is the last major chance of the year to find grills on sale, though you may still find sale prices for a few weeks after the holiday. Retailers are looking to make room in their warehouses as the outdoor cooking season draws to a close. And with a few months left until it's too cold to barbecue often (at least in some parts of the country), you might as well make the most of the fall grilling season. So whether you want a new charcoal, gas, pellet, or kamado grill, keep an eye out for sales this month.
September could be a good time to find a deal on a TV; our data shows that prices may drop on models this month. We usually see the biggest discounts in November for the holidays and January when manufacturers release new models and older options go on sale. But you may not have to wait for those sales if you’re looking for a new TV for your kid’s dorm room or you’re ready to upgrade right now.
It pays to do some research before you buy because there are countless options available. You’ll need to decide whether you want an OLED, a QLED, or an LCD screen. Determining the best size for your space will also help narrow your options. And once you’ve found a few potential models, you can get a better sense of what to expect in terms of pricing so you can make an informed choice. There are plenty of highly rated makes and models in our ratings from such brands as LG, Samsung, and Sony, whether you’re looking for a big screen, something smaller, a high-definition picture, or smart features.
Our TV buying guide will help you get the most bang for your buck no matter how much you want to spend. Members should consult our TV ratings to make sure to get a set that performed well in our lab tests.
Check out the following TV deals:
Hisense 70-Inch 4K Android Smart TV
The deal: $620 at Best Buy
This model, sold only at Best Buy, offers satisfying overall picture quality, though like many less-expensive sets it falls short when it comes to the HDR (high dynamic range) experience. The set, which typically costs $850, uses the Android TV system and comes with built-in Google Assistant.
LG 77-Inch 4K OLED Smart TV
The deal: $2,800 at Best Buy
CR’s test results: LG OLED77CXPUA 77-inch OLED smart 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 has great sound.
TCL 32-Inch 720p Roku Smart TV
The deal: $188 at Amazon and Walmart
CR’s test results: TCL 32S335 32-inch smart TV
Those looking for a smaller low-priced smart TV might want to consider this model, even though the picture quality is only decent. Thanks to the Roku TV smart TV platform, the set is easy to use and has access to lots of content.
If your current smartphone isn’t that current anymore and you’re finally ready to get your hands on something newer, September may be a great time to find a recent model at a discount. While Black Friday in November is when you’ll find the widest variety of phones on sale, the fall season kicks off with early discounts as carriers and retailers prepare for new phones.
You’re especially in luck if you’re an Apple fan, because the brand typically unveils its new devices in September, and rumors are circulating that the new iPhone 13 will be announced this month. As a result, prices on the previous year’s models will begin to drop this month, and there are often trade-in deals that may help you save if you want the new model.
Not sure which phone is right for you? Our smartphone buying guide can help you find the perfect option to suit your lifestyle.
Laptops and Computers
Laptops and computers always tend to go on sale in August and September for the back-to-school season. But this year, don’t expect quite as many offers. With chip shortages leading to lower inventory and higher demand, discounts will be harder to come by. And if you’re buying a device for the school season, pay close attention to shipping times. The shortages are also creating shipping delays, so take that into account when you buy.
Check out the following laptop, Chromebook, and computer deals:
Acer Swift 3 Laptop
The deal: $729 at Amazon
This midrange laptop comes equipped with an Intel Core i7 processor, 8 gigabytes of memory, and 256GB of solid-state storage. We reviewed a model with an i5 processor and came away largely impressed. One interesting note: The laptop supports WiFi 6, which may come in handy if you upgrade your router. This discount is $50 better than we’ve seen in weeks, and only about $40 more than the model’s Prime Day price.
Apple Mac Mini
The deal: $659 at Amazon
CR’s test results: Apple Mac Mini M1 Chip computer
The Mini, originally $700, is the least-expensive way to buy a Mac, but don’t expect to find a mouse, keyboard, or display in the box. You’ll have to buy your own. This sale price applies to the 256-gigabyte model featuring Apple’s M1 processor. If you want more storage, the 512GB version is on sale for $800 at Amazon, down from $900.
Samsung Chromebook 4
The deal: $219 at Best Buy and Walmart
CR’s test results: Samsung Chromebook 4 (XE350XBA-K01US)
This 15.6-inch model from CR’s list of the best Chromebooks under $300 has an Intel Celeron processor, 4 gigabytes of memory, and 32GB of flash storage. It originally sold for $300, making this one of the biggest discounts you’ll find on a Chromebook right now. The battery life is average (about 5 to 10 hours, depending on the task), the display produces somewhat pale colors, and the model weighs 3.7 pounds, about what you’d expect from a notebook this size.
Smart speakers enable a lot of entertainment and smart home options, and if you’ve wanted one, September is a great time to get it on sale. They originally were best used as virtual assistants, but now there’s a wide world of options that offer impressive sound quality for music playback.
There are three virtual assistants: Amazon Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and Google Assistant. Siri is available only in the Apple HomePod, but you can find a variety of brands offering smart speakers that rely on Alexa or Google. These assistants can set reminders and timers, call an Uber, order pizza, answer trivia questions, share news and weather updates, and so much more.
Smart speakers can be especially useful if you have any smart devices in your home, providing voice control for things like lights, thermostats, and even TVs. Just make sure to check compatibility, because not every device works with every smart speaker.
CR has tested 42 different smart speakers for sound quality, versatility, and ease of use, among other factors, to help you choose the best option for your home.
Check out the following smart speaker deals:
Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen.)
The deal: $35 at Amazon and Best Buy
CR’s test results: Amazon Echo Dot (4th-generation) smart speaker
The Dot is the cheapest way to enter the Amazon smart speaker ecosystem at its typical $50, and this is an impressive discount. Despite the low price and small size, the device is powered by Amazon’s cloud servers, so it offers the same smart speaker functionality as its far more expensive brethren. With stronger bass and more extended treble, the sound quality on the latest globe-shaped model is improved over previous versions, too. Just don’t expect to get much volume, except in a very small room.
Amazon Echo Show 5
The deal: $55 at Amazon
CR’s test results: Amazon Echo Show 5 smart speaker
This 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.
If you need to replace your refrigerator, you might be able to find a good price. Thanks to Labor Day sales on appliances, the first week or so of the month is traditionally the best time to shop for a new fridge. However, pandemic-related problems have strained manufacturers and retailers, so we’re seeing fewer sales and smaller discounts than in years past. If you need an upgrade right away, you can still find savings, but your options may be more limited. (See 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:
Blomberg Top-Freezer Refrigerator
The deal: $999 at AJ Madison and Appliances Connection
CR’s test results: Blomberg BRFT1522SS
This is a narrow, 28-inch-wide top-freezer with solid ratings in our tests, especially when it comes to thermostat control, and it originally cost $1,300. As for its features, this is about as straightforward as they come: You get an icemaker and digital controls. It’s not a standout model compared with the other top refrigerators from CR’s tests, but it’s an all-around great choice, especially if you can find it on sale.
LG Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator
The deal: $1,530 at Best Buy, Home Depot, and Sears
CR’s test results: LG LRDCS2603S
This LG fridge earns high scores for thermostat control and temperature uniformity, and does well for energy efficiency, noise, and ease of use. Based on our latest survey data, LG bottom-freezers earn impressive ratings for predicted reliability and owner satisfaction. Though this 33-inch model might look basic from its stainless steel exterior, it has an icemaker, spillproof shelves, a built-in water filter, and digital controls.
Stand-alone freezers tend to dip in price a few times a year, including September. But this year we haven’t seen much in the way of savings. More shoppers than usual have been buying freezers to store extra food and reduce the frequency of their shopping trips, and retailers have struggled to keep up with demand.
If you do find a quality freezer available to buy, make sure you look at the shipping options, too, because there are still residual shipping delays and slowdowns. If you need added storage now, you may want to look for curbside pickup or in-store options, or consider purchasing a refrigerator with a larger freezer to expand your food storage sooner.
Check out the following freezer deals:
Frigidaire Chest Freezer
The deal: $579 at Appliances Connection
CR’s test results: Frigidaire FFFC13M4TW
This Frigidaire freezer, which originally sold for over $700, matches the GE freezers test-for-test on temperature control and uniformity, meaning it keeps food safely frozen. It’s 50 inches wide, not quite as big as the GE below. This freezer doesn’t perform as well as others in our power-outage test, so if you live in an area that has frequent brownouts or blackouts, look elsewhere. It earns middling scores for noise, and the annual cost to run it is $35. Appliances Connection says shipping times may be longer than usual because pandemic-related problems have contributed to slower freezer production.
GE Chest Freezer
The deal: $918 at Best Buy and Home Depot
CR’s test results: GE FCM22DLWW
At a little over 6 feet wide, this is a big freezer that usually costs $1,000. And with a usable capacity of 21.5 cubic feet, it holds far more than any of our other recommended chest freezers. Performance in our tests for temperature control and uniformity is superb, meaning the freezer hits its set temperature of 0° F and maintains it uniformly inside. It also holds up in our power outage test. This freezer runs quietly, and we expect its annual energy cost to be $45 based on the average price of electricity at the time of testing. It has bright LED lights inside, which, given its size, is helpful for finding what you’re looking for.
Washers and Dryers
Labor Day 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 that 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 $400 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.
Check out the following deals on washers and dryers:
GE Top-Load Agitator Washing Machine
The deal: $656 at Home Depot; $674 at Appliances Connection
CR’s test results: GE GTW465ASNWW
This GE top-loader has an average score in washing performance, meaning it can handle most loads, but for tougher stains pretreating will help. And typical of agitator washers, it’s rough on fabrics and relatively noisy. Where this top-loader really stands out is speed. It takes just 35 minutes to do a load in our tests, half the time of some. And it uses less water than many in our ratings—13.5 gallons in our tests—meaning it’s not using lots of water to quickly clean your laundry. GE agitator top-loaders earned a Good rating for predicted reliability but only a Fair score for satisfaction. This washer, which originally cost over $700, is out of stock at multiple retailers, but these two still have a modest discount.
Maytag Electric Clothes Dryer
The deal: $1,394 at Appliances Connection
CR’s test results: Maytag MEDB955FC dryer
This loaded Maytag is one of the quietest models—it could lull a baby to sleep—and offers superior drying performance comparable to the MEDB955FW. It’s recommended by CR. and has a stainless steel drum, custom programs, a drying rack, a moisture sensor, and a steam option. It’s Energy Star certified and originally sold for over $1,600.
Samsung Compact Front-Load Washing Machine
The deal: $800 at Best Buy, Home Depot, and Wayfair
CR’s test results: Samsung WW22K6800AW
Samsung compact washers earn top scores in predicted reliability, making Samsung one of the most reliable brands in our member survey. This model is an eco-friendly Green Choice washer and a CR Best Buy, and offers impressive washing performance and exceptional water and energy efficiency. It operates very quietly and is gentle on fabric. It vibrates, as most compact washers we test do. And wash time is 100 minutes using the heavy-duty setting. It can be stacked with its matching vented dryer, the Samsung DV22K6800EW.
Samsung Electric Clothes Dryer
The deal: $730 at Abt Electronics, Appliances Connection, Best Buy, and Home Depot
CR’s test results: Samsung DVE45R6300W
This Samsung electric dryer gets top marks for drying performance in CR’s tests, making it one of the best options under $800. It’s convenient to use and is pretty quiet. The Energy Star certified dryer offers a claimed capacity of 7.5 cubic feet, a steam option, and a moisture sensor that detects when loads are finished, perhaps a dryer’s most important feature. It’s also WiFi-enabled, allowing you to control the settings from a cell phone.
Whether you’re looking to upgrade your appliances for a kitchen renovation or suddenly find yourself in need of a new oven, September is an excellent time to be on the lookout for sales. You may also find decent sales on ranges this month, again thanks to Labor Day promotions. If you’re replacing your existing range, you may want to stick with a similar make and model because it will mean less hassle. Switching from electric to gas or vice versa requires more prep work and a more intensive installation and removal process. Even if you find a good deal this month, a new range may be a purchase to consider putting off unless absolutely necessary.
To learn more about the different kinds of ranges, read CR’s buying guide, which will help you determine which options will work in your kitchen.
Check out the following deals on ranges:
Samsung Single-Oven Gas Range
The deal: $1,695-$1,703 at Abt Electronics, AJ Madison, Appliances Connection, Best Buy, Home Depot, and Wayfair
CR’s test results: Samsung NX60T8711SS
This single-oven Samsung range delivers. It’s near the top of our ratings and costs $1,000 less than ranges that don’t cook as well at its full price of $2,300. It has five burners and continuous grates, which make it easy to slide pans from one burner to another. In our tests, it earns high marks heating water on its most powerful burner, and scored even better for holding a steady simmer.
Samsung Smoothtop Double-Oven Electric Range
The deal: $2,595-$2,603 at Abt Electronics, AJ Madison, Appliances Connection, Best Buy, and Home Depot
CR’s test results: Samsung NE63T8751SG
If you want a connected oven, consider this tech-heavy double-oven electric range from Samsung that used to cost $3,000. The oven cavity has a slide-in partition that allows you to bake food in two cavities at different temperatures; just remove the partition to bake larger foods like a turkey. This model also has onboard diagnostics as well as an app that allows you to check on your smartphone to see if, say, you left a burner on. Performance is strong, too, with high ratings in both our low- and high-heat cooktop tests, and ovens that are great for baking and broiling. It has four burners and a warming element.
If you’re considering upgrading to a wall oven, which offers lots of flexibility that you won’t find in a range, the model you want may be available at significant discount this month. Because most wall ovens are electric, they can be installed on just about any wall in your kitchen and at any height, so you won’t have to bend over when pulling out hot, heavy dishes.
If you spend a lot of time cooking, you may want to look into getting a double oven. Or perhaps you’re in the market for one with a convection mode to reduce cook times or variable broil to cook with even more precision. All of these options are out there, making it paramount to research before you buy. Purchasing any major appliance, especially an oven, is a big decision, and we recommend reading our buying guide and exploring our ratings and recommendations before you choose a model. Doing the research is essential to ensuring you’re satisfied with your new wall oven.
Wall ovens typically range from $850 to upward of $6,000, but keep an eye out for sales at major retailers like Lowe’s, Home Depot, Best Buy, Appliances Connection, AJ Madison, Sears, and Walmart.
If you’re remodeling, a new cooktop can be perfect for your kitchen island, especially if you plan to install an in-wall oven. Cooktops tend to drop in price around Labor Day and into mid-September at least, making this month a great time to buy.
You’ll find gas, electric, and induction cooktops ranging from 21 to 48 inches. Many have five or six burners, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have room to use them all at once. In general, most 30-inch cooktops have four or five burners, and most 36-inch cooktops have five or six.
Learn more about the advantages of each cooktop in our buying guide to determine which is the best fit for your home before you start shopping around. Then start your search with CR’s recommended models, which passed our rigorous tests with flying colors.
A dishwasher can make quick work of cleaning, but only if it cleans and dries well. As in June and July, September tends to be a good time to find deals. Depending on which 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.
As the weather changes from summer to fall, seasonal allergies can hit hard. An air purifier may be a smart investment if you’re sensitive to this shift, because they typically go on sale around this month. They’re great if you or someone in your household has asthma or is allergic to airborne allergens like dust or pet dander.
But this year things are looking much different as wildfires on the West Coast have created a spike in demand for these items. You’re unlikely to find a discount, and you may also have to search long and hard to find any of the best air purifiers for wildfires in stock. But this gives you time to research your options at least.
In addition to looking at the purchase price of a room air purifier, you’ll want to factor in its operating costs. You could spend $150 to $200 per year on filter replacements and electricity.
To reduce those costs, seek out energy-efficient models (look for Energy Star certification) and washable filters. Choosing a large unit and running it at a lower speed will keep the noise down. Use a higher speed to clean a large room quickly.
Lawn Mowers and Tractors
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 unruly turf, and you may be able to find a good deal on a new machine in early fall.
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 mowers. In addition to that, consider factors like size, power, and upkeep. See CR’s lawn mower and tractor buying guide to learn more about your options and find a suitable mower for your home.
Need to tackle some tree work? Look for sales on chainsaws in September. A top-rated model can help you 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 your fireplace this winter.
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.
Leaf blowers are a great time saver in the fall if you have trees on or near your property. They will make quick work of corralling fallen leaves, grass clippings, weeds, and other debris all year long. So you may want to invest in one this month while you can score a good deal.
Consumer Reports has put more than 50 models, including gas-powered, battery-powered, and corded electric, through rigorous tests to help you find the one that suits your needs. CR’s buying guide will help you learn more so that you can shop with confidence.
Air conditioners often go on sale in September because they’re no longer as in demand as summer winds down. Get one for less this month to beat the last of the summer heat or just be ready for next year.
You can choose a window unit or a portable AC, and some models may have features such as WiFi connectivity and a companion app. CR has tested and rated 50 models, so be sure to see our buying guide and recommendations to find the best fit for your home.
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 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. You can choose an upper-arm or wrist monitor, both of which can have a number of different features. But 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.
Paints and Wood Stains
If you’re finally tackling that painting or staining project you’ve been talking about for ages, both wood stains and interior and exterior paints tend to dip in price this month. If you’re planning to refinish your deck, breathe new life into an old dresser, or give your walls a fresh coat of paint, you may be able to find your supplies for less this month.
CR has tested a number of wood stains and paints for durability, weathering, fading, and cracking, as well as the number of coats needed to cover dark colors. Read our buying guides for wood stains and paints to learn more about which products are worth buying and why.
September is a good time to invest in replacement windows. This home improvement project can help insulate your home better before the temperatures start to fall. Plus, CR has been tracking window prices for years and our data shows that prices tend to dip this month.
Upgrading your windows isn’t going to be a cheap undertaking, so you may as well take advantage of any opportunity to save on materials. Opting for just replacement windows, as long as your sills and frames are in good condition, is a good start. But if you have to replace everything, the cost will go up. Getting Energy Star certified windows offers another potential way to save on your energy bills. And there may even be local or state rebates or incentives you can take advantage of as well.
But before you can buy new windows, you’ll want to do your research. Consult CR’s buying guide, which goes over everything from choosing the right windows and materials to finding the right installer. CR has rated 14 different double-hung replacement windows for wind and rain resistance.