summer is fast approaching. And while it’s a season meant for rest, relaxation, and sun, it can also get extremely hectic. Most of us are trying to get as many backyard barbecues, road trips, and other activities in before fall hits.
Below, we’ve rounded up a variety of deals on gadgets to get you ready for what could be a busy few months ahead, including deep fryers for making quick and delicious meals, sound machines for a good night’s sleep after a supercharged day, air units conditioning to beat heat waves and more. Looking for more discounts on summer-friendly gear? Check out our roundup of the best outdoor Memorial Day deals.
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Air Fryer Deals
This air fryer earned the title of Best All-Arounder in our buying guide. Cooks with up to 75 percent less fat than a standard air fryer and has 12-in-1 functionality (with preset cooking modes for steaming, baking, browning, sautéing and more) and a 6-quart cookware gallon capacity. The best part is that you can cook one-pot meals in just 15 minutes. It is easy to operate and clean as well.
With a 6-quart capacity and the ability to cook up to six servings at once, the Instant Vortex Air Fryer is a great choice for large households. We also love the convenient viewing window that allows you to keep an eye on your food without opening the fryer and interrupting the cooking cycle. And with built-in “odor-erasing” filters, it reduces odors that can linger long after you’re done cooking.
For those who don’t have a lot of counter space to spare, the Ninja Air Fryer Max XL is a great compact option. It comes equipped with a 5.5-quart ceramic-coated nonstick basket and an easy-to-use control panel (no smartphone app). You’ll have the option to choose from multiple settings, including max crisp, air broil, air broil, dehydrated, bake, reheat, and more.
Sound Machine and Sunrise Alarm Deals
Yogasleep’s Dohm Sound Machine is simple yet reliable. It has only two settings, the bottom one being below 55 decibels, and a rotating fan inside the acoustic housing. It’s a great option for people who love to fall asleep to the sound of a box fan running. Check out our guide to the best sound machines for more information.
Although this alarm is heavy, large and expensive, it is one of the best we have tested. It includes standard features such as an audible alarm, FM radio and five natural wake-up sounds. But it also throws light in more directions than other similar lighthouse-shaped sunrise clocks we’ve tested. It diffuses the light beautifully, which also prevents glare from the rays. It’s great if you have a big room and want more light for bedtime reading.
Instead of a loud alarm clock going off in your ear, a sunset alarm is a great way to wake up more naturally. We love the Casper Glow Light for the intuitive controls on it. Flip it over to start the sunset show, tap the button on top to pause and resume it, and twist it to adjust brightness. It sits on a charging pad, too, so you don’t have to keep track of battery life. There’s a companion app for things like wake times along with adjusting sunsets and sunrises.
Action Camera & Camera Bag Deals
If you’re looking for an action camera to capture your summer memories, the Hero 11 Black (9/10, WIRED recommends) is our top pick. It includes a new sensor that is almost square, allowing you to shoot and then edit in both portrait and landscape setups. You can also extract higher resolution stills from a video, capture RAW images in burst mode, and enable “easy” mode so you don’t have to fiddle with as many settings.
The Insta360 One RS (8/10, WIRED recommends) is an action camera that doubles as a 360-degree camera, meaning you don’t have to decide between the two. It comes with three interchangeable lenses, including a dual-lens 360-degree camera, a wide-angle Leica lens (along with a 1-inch sensor) that can capture 5K video, and a 4K lens. That way, you have a feature-packed camera to capture content in multiple ways. It’s down much lower, to $75, in March, but it’s still a solid business.
This is a great compact backpack that received an honorable mention in our best camera bags buying guide. The 10L size is not only roomy enough to pack daily necessities for photo and video shoots, but also holds a 13-inch laptop in the rear zippered compartment. With two roomy pockets on the front, you can also store chargers, batteries, and SD cards. The straps at the bottom are convenient for storing a small tripod.
Whether it’s a fanny pack or a crossbody bag, this bag is comfortable whichever way you decide to wear it. With its 2-liter capacity, you can use it to carry a compact mirrorless camera, compact point-and-shoot camera, or your phone. The main compartment has a slim sleeve for storing an item next to your camera, along with two front pockets for keys or spare batteries. We also love the awesome design.
We recommend the Claremont Crossbody for those who want a camera bag that doesn’t require them to sacrifice fashion for functionality. It’s big enough for a mirrorless camera, some lenses, and other accessories like memory cards and batteries. It also has a stylish design that goes well with fancy outfits.
Window Air Conditioner Deals
Most air conditioners are an eyesore. But the Windmill AC (8/10, WIRED recommends) has a modern design that will add to your interior decor. WIRED Reviews Editor Adrienne So says it’s also easy to install, blows cool air up instead of forward (great for smaller spaces), and is recyclable. You can control it manually, through the companion app on your phone, or with voice controls through Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. It went down to $289 last month, but we still think it’s a solid deal.
Midea’s U-Shaped AC (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is our favorite window AC unit. It has a bracket that balances the weight of the air conditioner by resting it against the outside wall of your home, along with a large notch between the front and back that allows you to lower the window all the way into the unit. That way, there are fewer gaps around the sides, preventing cold air from escaping and offering better soundproofing.