VIZIO sound bars, a popular Anker battery pack, and discounted pillows lead off Friday’s best deals.

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VIZIO makes some of our readers’ favorite sound bars, so if you have any TVs in your home that could use an audio upgrade, today’s Amazon Gold Box is a can’t miss opportunity.

Inside, you’ll find four refurbished VIZIO sound bars appropriate for different situations. For example, this $60, 29" model would be perfect for a bedroom TV, while a 38" alternative with a wireless subwoofer is a great value for $100.

The really exciting deals here though are the 5.1 surround sound models. Unlike traditional surround sound systems, these fully integrated sound bars don’t need a receiver, and are incredibly easy to set up. The sound bar sits in front of the TV, delivering three front channels of sound, while the two rear satellite speakers plug into the included wireless subwoofer, which you can set up in the back of the room. The upshot is that you won’t have to run any wires from your TV at the front of the room to the speakers in the back. I own an older model of this setup, and absolutely love it.

Just note that like all Gold Box deals, these prices are only available today, or until sold out.

If you enjoy the small-town-with-something-to-hide genre (a la Twin Peaks), you’ll love the Wayward Pines book trilogy. Fox ruined it by turning it into a TV show, but don’t let that scare you away. Each one is just $2 on Kindle today, but I recommend just picking up all three.

Update: You can buy all three together for even less using this link.

It’s a great time of year to go for a bike ride, but if you need to drive your bikes to the trailhead, this sedan-compatible rack can carry two for just $25, an all-time low.

Amazon helpfully includes a tool at the top of the page to verify compatibility with your car, so be sure to check that before purchasing.

3-Pack 24-Count Nature Valley Granola Bars, $11 after Subscribe & Save and 20% coupon

Nature Valley granola bars are a fantastic way to start the day, and Amazon will sell you 72 of them (36 packs of two) for just $11 today, which is far better than any local supermarket deal I’ve seen (and I buy these a lot).


Just clip the 20% coupon on the page, and use Subscribe & Save to maximize your savings. You can always cancel the subscription after your first delivery.

Protip: Break them apart before opening the wrapper to avoid crumbs.

Men’s Grooming Sample Box, $20 + $20 Amazon Credit

Amazon’s sample box deals have been a huge hit this year, and they keep raising the stakes. Today, you can pick up a $20 box full of men’s grooming samples, including razors, deodorant, shaving cream, body wash, and more, and of course, you’ll get a $20 credit back to spend on your next men’s grooming purchase through Amazon.

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Anker’s PowerCore 10000 is part of your favorite line of USB battery packs, and you can pick one up on Amazon today for just $18, an all-time low. That comes complete with an 18 month warranty and a nice travel pouch, but the real reason to get this thing is the size. If you’ve owned other ~10,000mAh battery packs, you’ll be shocked how small and light this thing is.

This $50 TP-Link router isn’t the fastest or most powerful model on the market, but it has fantastic user reviews, and would be a fine choice for apartment dwellers looking to upgrade to 802.11ac.

Extra 40% off at checkout, promo code TIMETOSHOP

J.Crew Factory’s clearance section already had some great deals, but today only, you can take an extra 40% off your order, with promo code TIMETOSHOP. Note that the 40% is in addition to the clearance deals listed, so you won’t see the final price until checkout.

Need a little push to get off the couch? The Fitbit Charge HR is your favorite wearable fitness tracker, and you can get one for just $100 today, which is a match for the best deal we’ve seen.

We’ve seen our fair share of sub-$20 Bluetooth speakers, but not many of them can join you in the shower. The Omaker M4 can do just that thanks to its IP54-rated splash resistance, and still deliver up to 12 hours of playtime on a single charge. That’s perfect if you like to sing in the shower, or just need to catch up on your podcast backlog.

For times when a drill is too large, or just plain overkill, this $20 electric screwdriver earns its keep with an integrated wire stripper, as well as a live wire detector that can sense electrical currents from up to an inch away, before you find out by touching it. It even charges over USB, so you won’t have an extra charger to keep track of.

Whether you aren’t happy with your current pillows, or just need an extra set for your guest room, Amazon’s selling a 4-pack today for $25.


Reviews on these pillows are mixed, which is what you’d probably expect; pillows comfort is very subjective, after all. Most reviews tend to describe them as soft, with a relatively small amount of support, which some people will love, and some people won’t. For $25, there’s not a ton of risk in trying them out though, and returning them if you aren’t satisfied.

The Worx AeroCart could best be described as the lovechild of a dolly and a wheelbarrow, so if you ever need to move heavy loads, this is one of the most flexible tools you can buy. $100 today gets you a cart and a bonus water hauler. That’s the best deal we’ve ever seen. [Worx AeroCart + Free Water Hauler, $100]

AWOL on the Appalachian Trail is a must-read for anyone who loves the outdoors, and Amazon will sell you a Kindle edition for just $2 today. 4.5 stars on nearly 1500 reviews.

In 2003, software engineer David Miller left his job, family, and friends to fulfill a dream and hike the Appalachian Trail. AWOL on the Appalachian Trail is Miller’s account of this thru-hike along the entire 2,172 miles from Georgia to Maine. On page after page, readers are treated to rich descriptions of the valleys and mountains, the isolation and reverie, the inspiration that fueled his quest, and the life-changing moments that can only be experienced when dreams are pursued. While this book abounds with introspection and perseverance, it also provides useful passages about safety and proper gear, with a view into a professional hiker’s preparations and tenacity. This is not merely a travel guide, but a beautifully written and highly personal view into one man’s adventure and what it means to make a lifelong vision come true.

If you need an extra controller for your Xbox One, or just want to upgrade your PC gamepad, this $40 deal is the best we’ve seen. Of course, it’ll work wirelessly out of the box on Xbox One, but it also comes with a microUSB cable to connect it to your PC.

Apple Pay and Android Pay can’t replace your wallet yet, but with the help of a special phone case, you still won’t have to carry one. This VRS wallet case is marked down to $12 today on Amazon as part of a Gold Box deal, and is available for the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, and the iPhone 6/6s, in a variety of colors.

Mpow Wolverine Bluetooth Earbuds, $15 with code PV62UJKU

Mpow basically created the cheap Bluetooth headphone market, and their noise-cancelling Wolverine models are marked down to $15 today with code PV62UJKU, the best price we’ve seen.

We see deals on compact jump starters almost every day, but I’m pretty certain $23 is the best price we’ve ever seen. Plus, it’s from KMASHI, manufacturer of some of the most popular USB battery packs we’ve posted.

Even if you aren’t a golfer yourself, this $100 GolfBuddy GPS unit would be a fantastic gift idea. It’s preloaded with nearly 40,000 courses, calculates your distance to the green, and tells you how far you hit the ball. At $100, it’s also never been cheaper.

If you happen to be in the market for tennis shoes, you can pick up a pair of Asics Men’s Gel Challenger 10s in three different colors for just $35 today. These shoes usually go for $60-$70 around the web, but several sizes are already selling out, so grab yours before they’re gone.

Update: The women’s version is on sale as well!

Blendtec is the brand that brought you those viral “Will It Blend” videos, and yeah, their blenders are really good. You can grab a refurbished model today for $190, which is over 50% less than buying it new. [Refurb Blendtec Total Blender, WildSide Jar, $190]

Fix-A-Flat tire sealant is no substitute for having a professional fix a puncture or replace your tire, but it’s faster than putting on a spare, and should allow you to drive safely to the nearest tire shop. For $5, why not keep one in your trunk?

What’s this? A sub-$100 toaster oven with good reviews, convection fans, and digital buttons rather than imprecise knobs? I didn’t know such a thing existed.


This Oster can fit six slices of bread, a 16" pizza, and more, and includes two racks so you can bake multiple items at once. Good toaster ovens under $100 are few and far between, but the reviews on this model are vey solid.

RockBirds Silicone Water Bottle, $9 with code 2PJJ7CIK

The problem with reusable water bottles is that once you’ve finished the water inside, they become a massive waste of space in your bag. Not so for this foldable silicone alternative. Genius.

If you can’t start your day without a morning cup of coffee, but you’re still using an electric drip coffee maker, or even a Keurig, you might want to try out a flavor-extracting french press. This 4.4 star-rated Bodum Chambord is one of the most popular models on the market, and it’s within a couple bucks of its lowest price ever right now on Amazon.


If you’re not convinced, know that french press took the #1 spot in Lifehacker’s coffee-making Hive Five, and many coffee aficionados swear by it. And with no disposable filters to buy (not to mention K-Cups), this $24 machine should pay for itself over time.

Grey felt laptop sleeves are so popular that they inspired a line of AmazonBasics knock-offs, but you can get even better deals by buying from Inateck today. Just pick the right size for your computer from the list below, and be sure to apply the corresponding promo code at checkout.

You’re never too old for gummy vitamins, and Amazon’s taking an extra 15% off a variety of offerings from Vitafusion. Just find the vitamins you’re looking for, add them to your cart, and you’ll see the extra 15% discount at checkout.

Notice any major absences in your tool chest? Amazon’s offering a variety of discounts on tools today when you buy from specific manufacturers, including $20 off a $100 DEWALT, Bosch, or Makita order, $10 off a $50 Black+Decker order, and more. Head over here to see all of the available discounts, and let us know what you got in the comments.

Apple’s top-of-the-line 15” MacBook Pro is probably overkill for most people, but if you expect a lot out of your laptop, you won’t find a better deal than this. The $2,500 model is all the way down to $1940 on eBay today, which is actually less than the MSRP of the base model 15” Pro.


Granted, that’s still a lot of money, but it buys you a whole lot of computer. We’re talking a 2.5GHz quad-core i7, 512GB SSD, 16GB of RAM, a discrete AMD Radeon R9 M370X graphics card, and a 2880x1800 retina display. Aside from a few minor build-to-order spec upgrades, this is the most powerful portable computer Apple has ever shipped, and if you’ve been on the fence about getting one, a 20% discount is basically unheard of.

If you can live with a 256GB SSD and no discrete graphics card, the base 15" MacBook Pro is still on sale for $1600, or $400 off.

Dell’s P15Q series 4K monitors have always been the most affordable 4K IPS displays on the market, but today, the 27" model is down to an all-time low $450, and the 24" version is down to $375.


If you aren’t familiar, IPS displays boast superior color accuracy and viewing angles compared to the TN panels you’ll find in most cheap 4K monitors, and with this deal, you’re basically getting IPS for “free” compared to the going rate for similar 4K displays. I happen to own the 24" model, and I absolutely love it.

If you’re sick of broken zippers and torn fabric on your luggage, Samsonite’s S’Cure 28" spinner might be the answer, and you can save $100 on the 28" version today.


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 $260 on Amazon, with fantastic user reviews, but you can pick one up from BuyDig’s eBay storefront for $100 less right now.

6-Pack MicroUSB Cables, $7 with code 6USBCORD

It never hurts to have some extra microUSB cables, and you can get six today in various lengths for just $7 with code 6USBCORD. If only Lightning cables were that affordable.

Etekcity Body Weight Bathroom Scale, $14 with code HLNI3XKL

This bathroom scale doesn’t have any bells & whistles; just a sleek look, a great price, and tons of five-star reviews. Save a couple bucks with promo code HLNI3XKL.





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