A friendly reminder that we only have 11 days left until Christmas, so your gift-buying days are down to the single digits when you account for shipping time. We see a lot of great deals every day, but these were our 10 favorites from Thursday.
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#1: Dash cams
Anker’s line of dash cams isn’t even a year old, but they’re already a huge hit with our readers, and two different models are down to great low prices on Amazon today.
You can read my original Roav DashCam impressions here, but the C2 model (available for $45 today with promo code RVC2SD44) has a few differences. Notably, it operates at a wider temperature range, so if you live in an extreme climate, this is the model for you. It also upgrades the screen from 2.4" to 3", and packs in a new Sony Exmor sensor and Ambarella A12 chipset. However, unlike the original, it doesn’t include Wi-Fi, so you’ll have to plug your microSD card into a computer to export your footage.
Or, for $79 (with code SDRV7814), you can opt for the C1 Pro. This is an upgraded version of the model I reviewed, with higher resolution recording, built-in GPS, and an included 32GB microSD card. It also has Wi-Fi, unlike the C2.
#2: Star wars movies
Just take today off work, buy all seven episodes (not including Rogue One) digitally on Amazon while they’re only $10, and you can cram it all in before seeing The Last Jedi. Call it “training” and I’m sure you’ll get away with it.
Or, you could just buy episodes 4-7 and forget the prequels ever happened besides to set up some backstory like I do.
It’s a long list, so head over to our breakout post to see them all.
#3: a smarter thermostat
While not nearly as ubiquitous as Nest’s Learning Thermostats, Ecobee’s smart thermostats one-up the competition by pairing with wireless remote sensors that you can place elsewhere in your house, giving the thermostat a more accurate picture of your home’s overall temperature.
The new Ecobee4 is especially notable in that it doesn’t just work with Alexa...it actually is a fully-featured Alexa device, just like an Echo Dot that lives on your wall. It’s rarely been discounted from its usual $250 since it launched earlier this year, but today on Amazon, you can get it (plus a remote temperature sensor, eat your heart out, Nest) for an all-time low $199, the same price as Black Friday.
#4: robot vacuums
Want to get a robotic vacuum for someone you love this holiday season, or just buy one for yourself? A couple of models are back on sale today.
First up, the ECOVACS Slim Neo is thin enough to slip under most furniture, and is $30 off when you clip the on-screen coupon. You can also control and program it with your smartphone.
If you’d prefer the name brand, the iRobot Roomba 690 is back down to its Black Friday price of $275. This one also features smartphone controls, and you can even start or stop it with Alexa.
#5: PHONE-CHARGING CAMP STOVE
When society collapses and the power grid fails, you’ll always be able to keep your phone charged with twigs and branches if you buy BioLite’s CampStove 2 for 25% off today.
It sounds like fake news, but this thing really does work. You just find some sticks just laying on the ground, toss them into the stove and press a button to light them on fire. Then, you plug your phone into the USB port on the side of the stove, which is connected to a battery that is recharged by the flames. It’s completely bonkers, and yet it works.
Of course, this also works as a regular old camp stove, and at full power it can boil a liter of water in under five minutes. It’s also super light, and is about the size of a large water bottle, so it won’t take up too much space in your camping bag. Save over $30 on it today with promo code BioLite2, which brings it below $100 for the first time ever.
BioLite’s BaseLanterns is also on sale with the same code today. It puts out enough light to illuminate your entire campsite, and you can also plug in SiteLites from BioLite’s NanoGrid for even more illumination.
#6: Kamado grill/oven/smoker
If you’re unfamiliar, kamado grills are ovens, grills, and smokers in one. They have a very wide temperature range, and are made of ceramic, which allows them to heat up quickly and keep that heat for long periods of time.
Similar-sized models of the Big Green Eggs typically sell for around $850, so today’s price on this Kamado Joe is a hot deal. However, this is a Gold Box discount, so this deal will only last through the end of the day or until the product sells out, so don’t dillydally.
#7: logitech Harmony
The Logitech Harmony Ultimate has just about every feature you could ever ask for in a universal remote, and then some, and Amazon’s offering it up for an all-time low $140 today, about $80-$100 less than usual.
The Harmony Ultimate can control 15 of your favorite devices (from a database of 270,000), including ones hiding behind cabinet doors. Its touchscreen gives you quick access to your favorite settings, and it can even control smart home devices like your Philips Hue lights, meaning you can create a “Movie” mode that turns on your TV and Blu-ray player, switches your TV to the right input, and dims the lights, all with one push of a button.
The sneaky-great reason to buy this though is the included Harmony Hub. The hub is the thing that actually controls all of your devices, and it doesn’t just work with your remote: It works with your smartphone and Alexa too. That means if you can’t find the remote, or can’t be bothered to get off the couch, you can still control your TV with just your voice. The hub by itself usually sells for about $90, so this bundle adds a powerful remote for only $50.
#8: private access internet
It’s not hard to find good deals on VPN subscriptions, but our readers’ favorite service, Private Internet Access, hardly ever goes on sale. This is the holiday shopping season though, so for a limited time, you can sign up for two years of the service for just $60, down from its usual $70. That’s just $2.50 per month to protect your browsing data, get around video geoblocks, circumvent proxy filters, and more.
#9: Noise-canceling headphones
We see a ton of deals on affordable Bluetooth earbuds, but if you’ve been waiting for a solid discount on noise-cancelling over-ears before you cut the cord, you’re in luck today.
Amazon’s marked down BÖHM’s Bluetooth headphones to $75 today as part of a Gold Box deal. These cans include up to 16 hours of battery life, 40mm drivers, and yes, even active noise cancellation.
#10: PLANET EARTH
Long after the ice caps have melted and the rainforests have been eliminated, you’ll be able to rewatch hours upon hours of Earth porn that you bought for just $15.
For the rest of Thursday’s best deals, be sure to check out our main post.