Good news: Our diligent friends at Wirecutter have been scanning Cyber Monday deals and listings (more than 10,000 of them, whew) since the deals started hitting sites on Sunday morning. They're sharing five of the best deals they've found on products their editorial department has already vetted and recommended in their guides. After all, no matter how good a deal may look, if it's a bad product, you might be throwing your money directly into the trash.
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Street Price: $75; Deal Price: $35
These are the top pick in our wired workout headphone guide. We wrote, "Available in either Android or Apple three-button remote/mic configurations, this Sennheiser model is designed to be sweat-proof, and like many workout headphones we looked at, also features "antimicrobial" ear tips, so even if your workout gets nasty, your headphones shouldn't. The OCX 686G Sports survived all the tests to which we subjected our previous pick and fared just as well."
Street Price: ~$90; Deal Price: $59
At $59, this marks the best price we've seen on the DNA testing kit by $20. Ancestry is the top pick in our DNA testing kit guide. We wrote, "It's one of the most affordable services we evaluated and our testers ranked it among the top in offering useful information in an easy-to-understand presentation. The company also has the largest reported database of DNA customers we've seen, providing significantly higher odds of a successful search for contemporary relatives than its competitors."
Street Price: $100; Deal Price: $80
These are the top pick in our kids headphones guide and right now, they're $20 off with the code "Puro20." We wrote, "Of the 30 headphones we tested, the Puro BT2200 was the only model that all of our kid testers, little and big, agreed on. A model's ability to fit and appeal to a wide variety of ages and head sizes is key if you want headphones that will grow with your child over a few years or if one pair is to be shared among siblings."
Street Price: $120; Deal Price: $75
The Instant Pot Duo is the top pick in our pressure cooker guide; the Duo Plus is an updated model with more features. We wrote, "The Duo Plus has the same cooking capacity and functionality as our main pick, the IP-DUO60, but with a few new bells and whistles. For starters, the digital display uses icons that inform you about what's happening inside the pot. The Duo Plus also allows you to change the pressure level and cooking time while the machine is in use (the IP-DUO60 requires you to cancel the cooking program to make changes). In addition, the keep-warm function on the Duo Plus goes up to 24 hours, as opposed to the IP-DUO60's 10 hours."
Street Price: $600; Deal Price: $480
This is our top pick in our beginner kayak guide, and a $120 price drop (plus free shipping or in-store pickup) is no joke. We wrote, "The West Marine Pompano 120 is built with heavy-duty, rotomolded plastic; it offers ample dry storage; and at 12 feet in length, it paddles and tracks well enough for longer excursions, and includes just enough accessories to accommodate most waterborne activities."