Phew, April flew by really fast! Believe it or not, Mother’s Day is now only two weeks away, so unfortunately we can no longer postpone the search for a gift. Fortunately, however, retailers probably are very aware of this fact – are discounting some items today that mom will love.
First of all, some of our favorite robot vacuum cleaners are on sale. The cream of the crop, the iRobot Roomba j7, for example, goes for $399 ($200 off) at Amazon, Best Buy, and directly from iRobot. You can also buy the iRobot Roomba j7 Plus, the same robovac but with an auto-emptying docking station, from Amazon, Best Buy and direct from iRobot for $599 ($200 off).
The vacuum cleaner is our first choice for many reasons. He can avoid obstacles so mom doesn’t have to worry about him running into furniture. She can also program it to clean specific areas of her home and at specific times as well, either through the app or through a voice assistant like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. And thanks to a new update, it can now even double as a security camera. Read our review.
The Roomba j7 has an obstacle avoidance feature that allows it to navigate around furniture and smaller objects it deems dangerous. In addition to cleaning on a set schedule, the j7 can also jump to work via voice commands or the Roomba app.
The j7 Plus is good at avoiding obstacles, has a long battery life and features an auto-emptying docking station. In addition, iRobot will replace the vacuum cleaner free of charge if it runs over pet feces within the first year of ownership.
If the iRobot Roomba j7 is out of your budget, you can get the iRobot Roomba i3 Evo at Amazon for $244 ($105 off) or for $5 more at Best Buy and Target. You can also buy the Plus model with an auto-empty base from 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 reduce the chance of getting caught 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 cleaner with just her voice.
The best bang for the buck Roomba i3 Evo cleans just as well as the j7, but doesn’t avoid messes and doesn’t have app-enabled clean zones or keep-out zones. If you can live without it, you’ll be very happy with this bot. You can also pair it with an auto-empty station for $200 more.
The self-emptying robot vacuum is identical to the iRobot Roomba i3 Evo, but comes with its own auto-empty base.
If you wish you could buy the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 but you’re turned off by the price, the Xbox Elite Series 2 Core Wireless Controller is one to consider. Right now, the white version is 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 shy of its all-time low during Black Friday. If you prefer other shades, you can also pick up the new blue Xbox Elite Series 2 Core Wireless Controller 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 stripped-down version of the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2. Like the Elite Series 2, the Core controller comes with adjustable tension thumbsticks, a wraparound rubber grip, and hair trigger locks. However, it lacks rear paddles and an additional D-pad. It also doesn’t come with a carrying case or a variety of thumbsticks.
The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 Core is functionally identical to the more expensive Elite Series 2, but it doesn’t come with the extra D-pad, back paddles, thumbsticks, or charging case.
If you’re looking for a high-end iPad, check out the Latest generation silver 11-inch iPad Pro with Wi-Fi and 256 GB of storage now for $679 ($220 off) from Expercom, which is the second best price ever. Like the new iPad Pro, the tablet offers a screen that supports refresh rates up to 120Hz for smoother scrolling and gaming, and long battery life. It is not equipped with the faster M2 processor, nor does it support Wi-Fi 6E. Nevertheless, it still performs superbly and is a great tablet to buy if you’re fine without those features.
Read our review of the 12.9-inch M1-powered iPad Pro.
Apple’s 2021 iPad Pros feature the M1 processor, Thunderbolt 3 port, 120Hz refresh rate, and Face ID.
The last season of The Mandalorian may be over, but there are plenty of other shows to look forward to, including a third season of The witcher. The first batch of episodes will be out at the end of June, but you can set yourself up now with today’s deal Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 4K Max. Right now, the streaming stick is available for an all-time low of $34.99 ($20 off) at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target.
As far as streaming devices go, the 4K Max offers quite a bit for the price. It offers access to a great selection of streaming services, along with support for Wi-Fi 6, Dolby Vision, HDR, HDR10 Plus and Dolby Atmos, making for a more immersive sound quality. Plus, it offers impressive smart voice capabilities via the included Alexa remote, which lets you create 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 still offers 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 wrap up
- You can buy the popular ones Lego bonsai tree set for $39.99 ($10 off) today from both Amazon and Walmart. The set consists of 878 Lego pieces with which you can assemble a bonsai tree and makes a wonderful, very creative Mother’s Day gift.
- The latest Galaxy Watch 5 from Samsung is 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 starting 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-warming smart mugs in black and white until May 9 at 11:59 p.m. PT. Right now, for example, you can grab the 10-ounce Ember mug 2 for $99.95 ($30 off) when you use the promo code MOM’S DAY23.
- The Nerf Pro Gelfire Mythic is on sale now for $34.99 ($45 off) on Amazon. The blaster comes with 10,000 gel pellets, which it can fire at up to 10 rounds per second.
- Amazon’s second generation Echo Show 8, now you can buy the smart display for $84.99 ($45 off) at Amazon and Best Buy. The Alexa device is great for those embedded in Amazon’s ecosystem, with robust sound and a good camera for making video calls over Zoom. Read our review.
- As part of the Mother’s Day Sale, OtterBox is taking a 20 percent discount of various phone cases, MagSafe charging stands, portable power banks and other accessories. For example, you can pick up this adorable flowery iPhone 14 Pro MagSafe case from the highly durable Symmetry Series Plus series for $39.96 ($10 off).