Wow, April really flew by fast! Believe it or not, Mother’s Day is just two weeks away, so unfortunately we can’t put off the gift search any longer. Fortunately, though, retailers probably do strongly aware of this fact – they’re discounting a bunch of items today that mom will love.
First, some of our favorite robot vacuums are on sale. The cream of the crop, of iRobot Roomba j7, for example, costs $399 ($200 off) at Amazon, Best Buy, and direct from iRobot. You can also buy the iRobot Roomba j7 Plus, which is the same robovac but with an auto-empty dock included, at Amazon, Best Buy, and directly from iRobot for $599 ($200 off).
Vacuum is our top choice for many reasons. It has obstacle avoidance so mom won’t have to worry about bumping into furniture. She can also program it to clean selected parts of her home and at specific times, either through the app or through a voice assistant like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Plus, thanks to a new update, it can now even double as a security camera. Read our review.
Roomba j7 features obstacle avoidance, which allows it to navigate around furniture and smaller objects it deems dangerous. In addition to cleaning on a set schedule, the j7 can also switch to work via voice commands or the Roomba app.
The J7 Plus is good at avoiding obstacles, offers good battery life, and includes an auto-empty docking station. Plus, iRobot will replace the vacuum for free if it runs through pet waste in the first year of ownership.
If the iRobot Roomba j7 is out of your budget, you can alternatively gift iRobot Roomba i3 Evo at Amazon for $244 ($105 off) or for $5 more at Best Buy and Target. You can also purchase the Plus model with auto emptying base at Amazon and Best Buy for $399.99 ($150 off).
The i3 Evo offers the same level of suction as the j7 and is equipped with two multi-surface rubber roller brushes that help reduce the chance of tangling in hair. It lacks AI obstacle avoidance, but mom can still program it to clean certain areas in your home. It also offers support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, so she can control the vacuum with just her voice.
The best bang for your buck, the Roomba i3 Evo cleans just as well as the j7, but it won’t avoid messes and it doesn’t have app-activated clean zones or protection zones. If you can live without them, you will be very happy with this bot. You can also pair it with an automatic emptying station for $200 more.
The self-emptying robot vacuum is identical to the iRobot Roomba i3 Evo, but comes with its own self-emptying base included.
If you want, you can buy the Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller, but the price puts you off Xbox Elite Series 2 Core Wireless Controller is one to consider. The white version is currently on sale for $104.99 ($25 off) at Amazon, Microsoft, and Walmart. That’s the best price we’ve seen it sell for this year, and just $5 less than the lowest price set during Black Friday. If you prefer other shades, you can also buy the new Xbox Elite Series 2 Core Wireless Controller in blue for an all-time low of $131.93 ($8 off) at Amazon and Walmart, or in red for $2 more at Amazon and Microsoft.
This is the cut-down version of the Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller. Like the Elite Series 2, the Core Controller comes with tension-adjustable thumbsticks, a wraparound rubber grip, and hair trigger locks. However, it lacks rear joysticks as well as an additional D-pad. It also doesn’t come with a carrying case or different thumbsticks.
The Xbox Elite Series 2 Core Wireless Controller is functionally identical to the more expensive Elite Series 2, but doesn’t come with the extra D-pad, rear sticks, thumbsticks, or charging case.
If you’re in the market for a high-end iPad, you can buy 11-inch iPad Pro latest generation with Wi-Fi support with 256 GB memory in silver right now for $679 ($220 off) from Expercom, its second best price ever. Like the new iPad Pro, the tablet offers a display that supports a refresh rate of up to 120Hz for smoother scrolling and gaming, and boasts a long battery life. It is not equipped with the faster M2 processor and does not support Wi-Fi 6E. However, it’s still an excellent performer and a great tablet to buy if you can do without these features.
Read our review of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with M1.
Apple’s 2021 iPad Pro includes an M1 processor, a Thunderbolt 3 port, a 120Hz refresh rate, and Face ID.
The latest season of The Mandalorian may be over, but there are still plenty of other shows to look forward to, including a third season of The Witcher. The first batch of episodes will drop at the end of June, but you can get ready now with today’s deal on Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 4K Max. The streaming stick is currently available for as low as $34.99 ($20 off) at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target.
As streaming devices go, the 4K Max offers a lot for the price. It provides access to a great selection of streaming services along with support for Wi-Fi 6, Dolby Vision, HDR, HDR10 Plus and Dolby Atmos, allowing for more immersive sound quality. Plus, it offers impressive smart voice capabilities via the included Alexa remote, which lets you make hyper-specific voice commands like “Turn to ESPN on Sling TV.”
Read our Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max review.
Amazon’s streaming stick has improved performance and now supports Wi-Fi 6. It continues to offer a great selection of streaming apps and an easy-to-use interface with the benefit of Alexa voice commands.
A few more deals before we’re done
- You can buy the popular ones Lego Bonsai Tree Set for $39.99 ($10 off) today from Amazon and Walmart. The set consists of 878 Lego pieces that you can use to assemble a bonsai tree, and is a beautiful, highly creative Mother’s Day gift.
- Samsung’s latest Galaxy Watch 5 still available at an all-time low in a variety of sizes. For example, you can buy the 40mm Bluetooth-enabled configuration from Amazon and Best Buy for around $219 ($61 off). Unlike its predecessor, the Galaxy Watch 5 offers the ability to measure body temperature and analyze body composition data. Read our review.
- Ember is taking $30 off its popular self-heating smart cups in black and white until May 9th at 11:59pm PT. Right now, for example, you can grab a 10-oz Ember 2 cup for $99.95 ($30 off) when you use promo code POMADEN23.
- The Nerf Pro Gelfire Mythic on sale for $34.99 ($45 off) on Amazon right now. The blaster comes with 10,000 gel pellets that it can fire at up to 10 shots per second.
- Amazon’s second-generation Echo Show 8, right now you can buy the smart display for $84.99 ($45 off) at Amazon and Best Buy. The Alexa-enabled device is great for those embedded in the Amazon ecosystem, with solid sound and a good camera for Zoom video calls. Read our review.
- As part of their Mother’s Day sale, OtterBox takes 20 percent off various phone cases, MagSafe charging stands, portable power banks and other accessories. For example, you can buy this cute Flower iPhone 14 Pro MagSafe Case from the ultra-durable Symmetry Series Plus for $39.96 ($10 off).