Today's Best Deals: Shun Knife, Smarter Slow Cooker, Tiny USB Charger, and More

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A smarter slow cooker, the most popular little USB charger, and a beautiful chef’s knife lead off Thursday’s best deals.

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Odds are, you’ve got a $20 Crock-Pot sitting in a cabinet, gathering dust. But with just a few added features, the humble slow cooker can be one of your favorite kitchen tools, and one of the best models on the market is on sale in today’s Amazon Gold Box.

Unlike most entry level slow cookers, the Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget is fully programmable on a few different parameters. You could set it to cook for a certain amount of time, after which it’ll switch to a keep warm mode; perfect for preparing six hour recipes during nine hour workdays. You can also insert a thermometer probe, and it’ll cook your meat to the proper temperature, and no higher.

I got a very similar cooker as a wedding gift (it didn’t include the clip-on spoon), and I use it on a weekly basis. This model hardly ever goes on sale, but today’s $40 price tag is an all-time low. Just be sure to grab yours today, before it sells out.

Update: Sold out

A good chef’s knife is by far the most important tool in any cook’s arsenal, and you can get yourself a great—not to mention beautiful—one from Shun for just $59 on Amazon today.

We already know that Shun makes one of your favorite chef’s knives, and while the Shun Sora doesn’t share the Premier’s steel layering or wooden handle, it only costs about 1/3 as much, and reviewers still give it high marks. The biggest draw here though, at least for me, is the samurai sword-style waves on the blade. Holy crap that’s pretty.

This knife most commonly sells for $80 on Amazon, but you can grab one for $59 right now. Just be careful with it!

Update: Back in stock!

Brown Sugar Cinnamon and Strawberry are the only Pop-Tart flavors you should associate with, and you can get 16 of each for under $5 today on Amazon. Just be sure to use Subscribe & Save and clip the 25% coupon.

If you’re going to buy your textbooks on Amazon anyway this year, be sure to use promo code TEXT15 at checkout to save $15 on any $100 order (shipped and sold by That’s a drop in the bucket for a semester’s worth of books, but it’s still $15 more to spend on Natty Ice or ramen or (insert favorite stereotype here).

Every modem rental fee you pay to your ISP is padding for their bottom line, and a total rip-off for you. Fortunately, you can buy your own modem for a relatively small upfront cost, and knock a few bucks off your monthly bill.

There used to be a general consensus that Motorola’s SB6141 was the best modem for most cable internet subscribers, but the newer SB6183 is supports double the maximum download speeds (686mbps), which is important for future-proofing purposes, if nothing else. Woot will sell you a refurb today for $55 shipped, which is the best price we’ve ever seen on this model.

Anker, purveyor of your favorite battery packs, charging cables, and Bluetooth speakers, also makes your favorite LED desk lamps, and one of the most popular models is on sale today.

The Anker Lumos lamp includes four different lighting temperatures for different times of the day, as well as five dimming modes, and even a 2A USB charging port for your phone or tablet. For a limited time, promo code AGGZWXWR will knock a few bucks off the Lumos, bringing it down to $37. That’s not a huge discount, but if you need one for back-to-school system, it’s as good a lamp as you’ll find.

This 320 page cover art book is the perfect gift for the Marvel fan in your life, even if that person is yourself.

You know the little charging brick that came with your phone? Throw it out, and spend $7 on this replacement from Aukey (with code NH6DTSM2). It’s basically the same size as Apple’s standard iPhone charger, but it includes two ports, folding prongs, and 2.4A of current (instead of 1A) to charge your devices faster.

Normally, TUMI luggage will run you into the $500s and even more. But with Nordstrom Rack’s sale, you can get your own TUMI carry on, backpack, messenger bag, and luggage for hundreds off list price. I’m not talking a couple hundred, here. You could stand to save almost $400 on certain styles.

VIZIO’s M-series was the most popular line of TVs around the holiday season last year, and now, the 60" model is down to an all-time low $800 on Jet, with extra savings available for certain customers.

While the 2016 M-series TVs got HDR and tablet remotes, it’s tough to beat the prices on the remaining 2015 stock. If you’ve never used Jet before, you can also save an extra $50 with promo code SHOP10, or anyone can use TRIPLE15 to save $30 (maximum of three uses). Unfortunately, they don’t stack.

The Thinkpad has always been a go-to corporate laptop, but you can (and maybe should) buy one for yourself in today’s Amazon Gold Box.

Today only, $800 gets you a 14" laptop with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM (with the ability to upgrade), and a 256GB SSD. It’s not a gaming powerhouse, but it’s no slouch either, and this is a great price if you’re in the market for a new primary computer.

If you’re sick of broken zippers and torn fabric on your luggage, Samsonite’s S’Cure 28" spinner might be the answer.

Featuring an integrated latch and TSA-approved lock, the S’Cure is basically 100% polycarbonate, meaning there’s no fabric, and no zipper. It sells for $164 on Amazon, with fantastic user reviews, but you can pick one up from BuyDig for an all-time low $129 right now with promo code BTS35.

Life’s too short to vacuum every other day, but luckily, you can pawn that tedious chore off to a Roomba, and the excellent 770 model is marked down to $400 today on Amazon, within $25 of an all-time low.

I got this exact model about half a year ago, and I absolutely love it. While it does require a bit of babysitting from time to time, I hardly ever need to pull out my upright vacuum, and yet the floors always feel clean.

If you’ve had your eye on Brother’s excellent monochrome laser printers, but don’t need a scanner or wireless networking, you can pick up a barebones 2320D for just $50 today.

While it lacks some of the fancier features of higher end Brother printers, it’s got the important ones: Automatic duplex printing, 30 pages per minute, and affordable toner that doesn’t dry out like an Inkjet cartridge.

Today only on Amazon, you can drink deep from the discount spring with the $4 off the LifeStraw personal water filter today. If you aren’t familiar, these allow you to sip directly from basically any source of fresh water you find in nature. Hopefully you never need one, but if you like to spend time outdoors, it’s worth keeping one in your bag.

Whether your current mouse is giving you chronic wrist pain, or you just want to try something different, this 4.6 star rated ergonomic vertical mouse from Anker is only $10 today. In addition to the clever design, it even comes with two adjustable DPI settings and forward/back buttons, which are pretty rare at this price level.

There are lots of aluminum laptop stands out there, but this is the only one I’ve seen that can fold completely flat to fit in a backpack, and prop up your laptop at two different angles. Plus, at $28, its also cheaper than most alternatives.

Get the power, versatility, and customer service of Dyson for $200 today with this refurb Dyson V6 deal, today only in Amazon’s Gold Box.

Dyson Vacuums were 3 of your 5 top vacuum picks, and got Jolie Kerr’s recommendation in that same contest.

Update: Sold out

This exact fan is blowing on me right now. I bought it years ago, and I’m pretty sure I spent like $15 on it. Anyway, $8 is a good deal.

If you own a dog, you’re going to use these bags anyway, so you may as well stock up. These are even cornstarch-based, so they should eventually break down in whatever landfill they end up in.

Ninja makes your favorite affordable blender, and the 1100 watt Nutri Ninja Auto-IQ Pro is on sale for just $80 today.

This model lacks a large pitcher, so it might not be great if you’re using it for a party or an entire family, but it does include a 32 oz. and two 24 oz. blending vessels, and matching lids for each. That means if you just want to make a smoothie for yourself, you won’t have to wash any giant pieces of glassware.

The classic BlenderBottle is great for mixing everything from pancake batter to protein shakes, and Amazon’s marked the 28 ounce model down to an all-time low $5, as an add-on item.

If you have any occasions coming up that call for water balloons, then boy howdy are you in luck today. $8 gets you 111 pre-tied balloons already mounted hose attachments to fill them in seconds, plus 240 more that you can add to the nozzles yourself. Genius.

Today only, grab huge discounts on Keds sneakers from Amazon’s Gold Box. Inside, you’ll find some ramped up versions of the classic white tennis shoe, and all for under $40. You’ll want to run (or at least speed walk) to this deal because it’ll be gone by tomorrow.

It really wasn’t that long ago that a 256 megabyte flash drive would set you back over $50. But now, you can get 256 gigabytes for just $48, an all-time low for this popular drive.

If your movie theater of choice is operated by Regal, this discounted gift card essentially amounts to ten free dollars. In most cities, that’s like a free ticket!

If you’re in the market for a solid mid-range gaming headset on a budget, the Logitech G430 is down to $40 today, a match for the best price we’ve seen since Black Friday.

Giant plugs that block other outlets should be illegal, but until President Trump nukes all of the offenders, this swiveling surge protector from Belkin might be your only recourse. There are some surge protectors out that only feature a few pivoting outlets, or that build multiple outlets onto a single hinge, but this one features eight outlets that can all move independently. Brilliant.

Nature Valley bars are my weekday breakfast of choice, and Amazon’s taking an extra 25% off a variety of different flavors today, including three 24-bar variety value packs for just $9, the best price we’ve ever seen. Like all Amazon coupons, you won’t see the discount until checkout.

Pro tip: Break up the crunchy bars inside the wrapper before you open it, then pull out the pieces to avoid getting crumbs everywhere. It’s the only way.

You won’t unlock the full potential of Amazon’s Fire TV Stick without the useful voice remote, and Amazon just released a batch of refurbished voice remote bundles for $40, or $10 less than buying it new. To put it another way, that’s like getting the voice remote for free in exchange for buying a slightly used dongle that you’ll literally never see once it’s plugged in.

You’ve probably heard a lot of fuss about mechanical keyboards lately, and if not, you’ve at least heard the clicking. If you’re curious to try one yourself without dropping a bunch of money, here’s an entry level model for $30, one of the best prices we’ve ever seen on any mechanical keyboard.

The keys don’t use name brand Cherry MX switches, but the switches it does include should closely mimic Cherry MX blues, which are tactile, loud, and great for typists.

Mpow’s new AquaPro Bluetooth speaker looks like the top-selling Omaker M4, and at $17, it’s priced like it too. But the AquaPro has dual 3W drivers instead of one, and is IPX7 water resistant, which is far superior to the Omaker’s IP54 rating. Just use code 3LINWNZR to get the deal, and then sing yourself silly in the shower.

If you still have any trips to the beach planned this summer, don’t leave home without a waterproof smartphone dry bag. Even if you don’t use it to take underwater photos, it’ll still keep your expensive smartphone safe from sand and splashes, and this one even has a compass, for some reason.

We post a lot of deals on waterproof phone cases, but what about the rest of your stuff? For a limited time, promo code GQ78ZQQC will knock these Leader Accessories dry sacks down to as little as $4. Sizes range from 2L to 20L, and the prices rise with each tier, but even the largest will only set you back $10.

Note: Product must be sold by Leader Accessories and fulfilled by Amazon to be eligible for the discount. Use the dropdown menu and color selector to find a valid combination.

For a few years now, Antec’s USB-powered HDTV bias light has been one of our most reliably popular deals whenever it went on sale. The problem: It only got a significant discount once every few months. Luckily, some even cheaper copycats have since emerged to fill the gap.

Just like the Antec model, these Vansky LED light strips plug directly into your TV’s USB port for power, and sticks to the back of the set via built-in adhesive. Once you turn your TV on, the light strip will cast a soft glow on the wall behind it, which can reduce eyestrain when watching in the dark, and improve your TV’s perceived black levels.

We’ve posted deals on these several times now, but today’s $17 (RGB) and $13 (white) price points are all-time lows. Just be sure to use code L42XO3AB at checkout to get the deal.

This little gadget can function as a flashlight, emergency strobe, and even as a magnetically-mounted work light all for just $10 with promo code YPS2M5UW. At that price, you might as well stick one in your glove box for the next time you have to change a tire at night.

Stick-anywhere LED lights are great for lighting up closets, cabinets, and dark hallways at night, and you won’t find a better deal than three motion-sensing models for $13. Just be sure to use promo code UQCY554H.





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