Although 2020 has brought on a whole new fleet of what we consider essential items (hello, face masks, hand sanitizer, and Netflix subscriptions), many other essentials have remained the same. Whether you’re in need of new bedding, kitchen tools, or a toothbrush, here are some of the best deals we’ve seen for the gear you’re likely to use daily. Stock up now for the rest of the year.
Reliable oven mitts
Now that everyone is a home cook (or, at least, an expert viewer of The Great British Bake Off), it’s time to invest in a nice pot holder. And would you look at that—our top pick, the OXO Good Grips Silicone Pot Holder, is currently available for only $8. What luck! We especially like the silicone exterior, which allows this pot holder to provide better heat protection than standard terry-cloth versions. Don’t forget to use code BLKFRI and select store pickup to get the deal price.
A compact, easy-to-read bathroom scale
It feels just a bit cruel to point out a deal on a bathroom scale the day after Thanksgiving, but this is a really good deal. The easy-to-read Etekcity EB9380H, our top-pick bathroom scale, gives accurate readings while still looking nice in most bathrooms (it comes in silver, blue, black, and white). The scale has a 400-pound weight capacity, can measure in kilograms or pounds, is completely silent (no beeps), and turns on and off instantly. All that, and it even comes with a one-year warranty.
Replacement blades for our favorite razor
Whether you or someone you know has been growing out facial hair in celebration of No-Shave November or smoothing it away regularly, one can never have too many razor blades. We think the Gillette Mach3 razor works best for most faces, and this 20-pack of replacement blades offers weeks of even, close shaves without skin irritation. Refills for the Mach3 are usually priced at about $2 each, so now is a great time to stock up and save.
A dependable and effective electric toothbrush
Oral-B Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush (white – Amazon)
Deal price: $30; street price: $40
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Oral-B Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush (white – Walmart)
Deal price: $30; street price: $40
Read our review of the best electric toothbrush.
In our quest for the best electric toothbrush, we’ve spent more than 100 hours researching tooth care, interviewing experts, evaluating nearly every model available, and testing 36 toothbrushes ourselves in hundreds of trials at the bathroom sink. So when we say the Oral-B Pro 1000 is the best electric toothbrush for most people, we mean it. This toothbrush features a built-in two-minute timer and access to one of the most extensive and affordable lines of replaceable toothbrush heads available. Right now it’s available for the lowest price we’ve seen.
An umbrella that won’t bust in the wind
On top of everything else this year, you do not need to get soaked in an unexpected downpour. The Repel Easy Touch is our top umbrella pick for keeping you dry. It folds up to an 11½-inch-long, 14-ounce package that fits easily into most bags and glove boxes. It forcefully expands at a touch of a button to reveal an ample, 37-inch-diameter canopy that protects your torso and head from precipitation in all but the windiest of conditions. We like that it comes in a wide range of colors (making it easy to pick out of a crowded pile of boring black umbrellas), and it’s even backed by a lifetime refund or replacement guarantee.
A crisp, modern duvet cover
A beautiful, comfortable duvet cover is worth investing in if you want to protect your comforter (or duvet insert). One of our favorites from testing is the Brooklinen Classic Duvet Cover. It comes in several attractive colors and prints, and it feels cool against the skin thanks to its smooth, long-staple cotton percale fabric. Even after two years of using this duvet cover, our testers report that it feels as soft and looks as good as when it was first purchased.
A cure for a pain in the neck
If your down or down-alt pillows feel too flat or uncomfortable, or if you tend to wake with pain in your neck, head, or shoulders, it might be time to try a memory-foam pillow. The Ecosa Pillow, a contoured pillow that offers extra support for the natural curve of the neck, is the best we’ve tested for back- and side-sleepers who struggle with neck, shoulder, or arm pain while they sleep. Firm with a bit of squish, the pillow helped our testers feel cradled without sinking. You can also adjust its height thanks to two sheets of extra foam that you can add to the bottom (inside the cover). It’s down to a new low price of $68 each when you use the code WCPILLOW.
The perfect comforter for kids
There’s nothing quite like colorful new bedding to brighten up a child’s room. The Garnet Hill Essential Down Comforter is especially great for children or teens since it doesn’t require a separate cover and it comes in a ton of colors to suit many styles. It’s machine washable, and the sewn-through construction prevents the down from shifting. If you’re looking for a ready-to-go top cover for any bed, this is a good deal to consider. Note that a few colors are already low in stock, and others will ship on December 28.
Quick-drying lattice towels
If you tend to find terry-cloth towels too plush, or if you need something that dries a little faster, you may prefer a lattice-weave towel. Onsen produces our favorite. Made of American-grown Supima cotton, the Onsen towel was the softest and smoothest lattice towel we tested, and five hours after we dried off with it, the fabric was bone dry. It comes in several beautiful, subdued colors to suit most bathrooms. This great deal applies to a set of two or to a bundle featuring multiple sizes.
The best electric razor for a clean shave
No-Shave November is almost over, and although that was fun and hairy and all, it might be time to invest in a new electric razor. The Braun Series 7 7071cc is our favorite because it gives a close, consistent shave without pulling hair or nicking skin. And it comes with all the accessories we think most people want, including a cleaning system and carrying case (plus a two-year warranty).
Dial in to your daily news
Although keeping up with the news can be taxing at times, it doesn’t have to tax your wallet. For only $52, you can get a yearlong NYT Basic Digital Access Subscription—that’s just $4 a month. This pricing matches lows we’ve previously seen on this subscription, so it’s definitely a deal worth snagging. Just note that the cost returns to the typical $17 per month once your first year is over, however.
Tee it up
James Dean doesn’t have to be the only one known for his perfect white T-shirt. With the J.Crew Broken-In Short-Sleeve T-Shirt and a pair of your favorite jeans, you too can become a style icon. This pick in our upcoming guide to white T-shirts is a comfy, cool, and classic addition to your daily wardrobe. With the code FRIDAY, you can get this shirt for $17, the best price we’ve seen on it.
Driftaway Coffee Annual Subscription
Deal price: $159; street price: $212
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As the days get shorter, the weather gets colder, and it gets harder and harder to keep your eyes open, a warm cup of coffee can make all the difference. The Driftaway Coffee Annual Subscription will help keep you caffeinated with 11 ounces of whole bean coffee delivered monthly. Better yet, Driftaway sends your delivery as soon as possible after roasting the beans, ensuring you get some of the freshest beans possible. With the code THANKS25, you can get this deal for only $159.
Staying hydrated is key, but it’s not always easy to remember to grab a glass when you need one. Instead of trekking to-and-from the kitchen sink, you can fill up a Takeya Actives Water Bottle (22 ounces) and leisurely sip throughout the day. The wide mouth lets you add ice or even a little fruit to your water if that floats your boat. Plus, the flip top keeps everything inside so you don’t have to worry about any big spills.
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As soon as the baby teeth fall out and your kid grows the chompers they’ll be stuck with the rest of their lives, it’s electric toothbrush time. The Philips Sonicare is one of our favorite picks for kids thanks to an interactive app that encourages even the most reluctant brushers to commit to the habit and a built-in timer that helps them brush for the two minutes that dentists recommend. It comes in only two color options, but you can customize its handle with stickers.
Your couch is the place where you read, watch movies, and these days maybe even take meals and meetings. Make it as snuggly a space as possible with one of our favorite throw blankets. The Garnet Hill Plush-Loft features cool quilting on one side and a super-soft faux fur on the other, making it two kinds of cuddly, and it’s durable enough to withstand kids and pets, too. Right now, it’s down to $134 with the promo code TOGETHER, in seven colors and multiple sizes.
Protect-A-Bed AllerZip Smooth Pillow Protectors (2-Pack, Standard)
Deal price: $16; street price: $26
Read our review of the best mattress and pillow protectors and encasements.
If you’d rather your pillows remain free from bedbugs, dust mites, and your own nasty drool (and you should prefer that, honestly), you need to invest in a pillow protector. Our top pick for the job is the Protect-A-Bed AllerZip Smooth Pillow, which features sturdy seams and outstanding zippers that offer enough protection to extend the life of your pillows by years. The smooth, water-resistant fabric doesn’t feel stiff or plasticky, as the fabric of many competing pillow covers does, so you’ll be able to sleep easy knowing that nothing disgusting is lying under your head.
Masked up and smelling your own breath all day, you may have considered investing in an electric toothbrush. Well, now can be the day. Our runner-up electric toothbrush pick, the Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100, is down to $30, matching the lowest price we’ve seen this year. The 4100 offers most of the features you might expect from an electric toothbrush—such as a timer and a rechargeable battery—and is actually quieter than our top pick, the Oral-B Pro 1000.
If you’d prefer to wake up without interference from your smartphone or smart-home device, a digital clock might be a good investment. One of our favorites from testing, the easy-to-use DreamSky Compact Digital Alarm Clock is available for $15 in white, blue digit, and white case plus white digit. It features a display large enough to see across the room and two USB ports (perfect for charging those aforementioned smartphones and devices).
We named the Garnet Hill Polka-Dot Percale Set in twin XL as one of our recommendations in our college dorm essentials guide because of its wrinkle-resistant fabric and lifetime return policy. These sheets take a few washes to get super soft, but even after a year of use in our long-term tests, they have showed no sign of damage. They’re available in all colors for $74 with the code TOGETHER.
Bee’s Wrap Assorted 3 Pack
Deal price: $14 with code BFCM20; street price: $18
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If you’re looking for an eco-friendly alternative to plastic wrap for covering food for storage or transport, now is a great time to snag our pick for a versatile, longer-lasting food wrap. This is the first discount we’ve seen on this wrap, bringing the classic Honeycomb pattern down to $14 with code BFCM20. The Bee’s Wrap Assorted 3 Pack includes small, medium, and large beeswax wraps. You can also grab this three-pack in one of six additional patterns for $1 more.
Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips Kit
Deal price: $28; street price: $45
Read our article about at-home teeth whitening kits versus strips.
Whitening strips can get expensive, especially if you use them regularly, so this is a great time to stock up on our favorite at-home tooth whitening kit. The new price matches the previous lowest price we’ve seen. The kit is low-tech and low-cost, but it’s also an effective process that is proven to work, albeit slowly over multiple sessions lasting weeks. You get 20 regular treatments plus two one-hour express treatments in the box.