12 Best Deals: Kindles, iPads, and Headphones
Summer Sales are already starting to leak out into the world like hot sunscreen exploding out the top of the bottle. That said, not everything you want will be on sale. Now is not the time to buy a mattress or any new outdoor gear, as both will likely see better discounts later this month, especially during all the Memorial Day sales.
Don’t worry, though. There are still plenty of deals to be had, and we’ve rounded up our some of our favorites on Kindles for kids, All-Clad pans, iPads, espresso machines, and more. Don’t see anything you like? Don’t forget to check out our guides to the Best Kindles and Best iPads for more information.
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Kindles are simple, reliable, and great at what they do, which is pack tons of books onto a device that fits in the palm of you hand. Their simplicity makes them great for kids, too. The Paperwhite Kids is our top pick among the various Kids models. It has a bigger and sleeker screen, more lighting options, and IPX8 water resistance. You get a year’s subscription to Amazon Kids+, a kid-friendly content library with parental controls. This deal has been coming and going for the last month, but it’s the best price you’ll likely see until Prime Day this summer.
The base model Kids Kindle comes with more storage, but doesn’t have quite as nice a screen as the Paperwhite above. It isn’t waterproof and there’s no adjustable warm lighting, but it is a bit cheaper and gets the job done. As with the Paperwhite Kids, you get a year’s subscription to Amazon Kids+.
Amazon tablets are some of the only affordable tablets around. They’re not all that powerful, but Fire tablets are completely functional, reasonably capable devices. When you get them on sale, they’re almost too good to be true, especially if you follow our guide to getting the Google Play Store installed on your new Fire so you can access (almost) every app you ever wanted. This one will likely be about $10 cheaper during Prime Day later this year, but this is a good deal if you want one now. The Plus model with an extra gig of RAM and more storage space is also on sale for $90 ($20 off).
The Echo Dot with Clock is currently our favorite mini smart speaker. You can easily check the time in the middle of the night, thanks to the forward-facing digital clock, and it’ll wake you up to your favorite playlists. The sound isn’t bad either.
This is the lowest price we’ve seen an Apple’s 10th-generation iPad (7/10, WIRED Review). It’s powered by Apple’s A14 Bionic Chip and features a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display, USB-C port, support for 5G, and a Touch ID sensor integrated into the power button.
The OnePlus 11 Pro came out earlier this year, which means deals are rolling in on last year’s OnePlus 10 Pro (7/10, WIRED Recommends). It’s not a perfect phone, the camera could be better, but it has a bright 120-Hz screen, fast charging, and decent battery life, and offers great performance. It’s a considerably better phone at this price too, the lowest we’ve seen it drop yet.
The Sennheiser HD 660S2 headphones (7/10, WIRED Recommends) offer a warm, smooth, and refined sound signature with reference-quality detail and dynamics. You get that lovely deep, articulate bass that Sennheiser is famous for. The catch is they’re expensive. This deal takes a little of the sting out of the price.
WIRED associate editor Parker Hall says that Sony’s redesigned WF-1000M4 (7/10, WIRED Recommends) earbuds are “the best you can buy, so long as your ears are big enough.” The sound quality is excellent, the noise-canceling is better, and they pick up your voice more clearly than ever before. They also have wireless charging and an industry-leading eight hours of battery life. Just make sure your earholes are big enough to fit them.
Kitchen and Home Deals
Our favorite all-in-one espresso machine is on sale right now. It’s your local coffee shop condensed to a countertop device. It will grind beans, pour espresso, and steam milk. WIRED reviews editor Julian Chokkattu has had this model for four years and says it’s still going strong.
If you need a new frying pan, this is a good price on a pan that will likely last a lifetime. All-Clad’s pots and pans aren’t cheap, but they’re reliable and rarely go on sale. The 10-inch pan is a good all-around size, though the 12-inch is also on sale for TK (TK off) if you prefer something bigger.
Are you the last person without an Instant Pot? Here’s your chance to get in on the fun. This 10-in-1 model can pressure cook, slow cook, steamer, sauté, sous vide, and more. This one does often drop another $20 during Black Friday, but if you don’t want to wait, this is a good enough deal.
We love Solo Stove’s shiny chrome fire pits. Their signature design has airflows at the top and bottom to produce a secondary burn that results in a very hot fire with very little smoke.