Best Time of Year to Buy Appliances: When to Buy and When to Wait

Buying major home appliances can be an expensive ordeal, and it can cause more headache than excitement. There are hundreds of options on the market for any given large appliance. Taking the time to research each one and compare prices to find the best deal can be overwhelming.

So, what is the best time to buy appliances? If you buy at the right time, you can be sure to save money in the long run.

We researched all the ins and outs of buying appliances. Our research included comparing prices of the highest-selling models throughout the year to find out when you should buy.

When NOT to Buy Appliances

Before we jump into learning about the best times to buy, it’s important to understand when NOT to buy a new appliance. This can be just as important when it comes to saving you money and stress.

Don’t buy the brand-new model right when it releases. Manufacturers are almost guaranteed to reduce prices in the months following the release, especially during the times listed below. If you want the new model, be patient and wait for a sale.


Don’t wait to buy a new appliance until you have no other choice. Many people wait until their fridges or air conditioners die completely before even thinking about purchasing a new one. If you put yourself in a situation where you have an emergency need, you can bet that you won’t want to wait until a deal comes around.

You also lose your bargaining power, which means you lose out on more money from your credit card overall.

Now that you know when not to buy, let’s take a look at the best times of the year to get that new microwave or range.

Holiday Weekends Are a Great Time to Buy an Appliance

By far, holiday weekends are the best time to purchase a new appliance. Retailers love dropping prices just to get more people into their stores.

Keep your eye on Labor Day, Memorial Day and President’s Day weekend sales.

Stores usually send out their sale ads in the weeks before the sales start so you can get a good idea of what prices are going to be before you even leave the house.

Don’t forget about Black Friday, either! The day after Thanksgiving is one of the craziest shopping days of the year, but for good reason.

The best deals of the year happen during this time, but most people focus on purchasing consumer goods like TVs or smartphones. If you’re lucky, you might be able to skip the line and save thousands on a new fridge or washer and dryer combo.

The only downside about shopping the holiday weekends for new appliances are the crowds. A relaxing day off work may be full of fighting crowds and limited quantities instead. However, the savings are worth it for that extra home improvement.

When a New Model is Released

As we mentioned above, buying a new model right when it’s released is one of the worst times to buy. However, this time frame can still work to your advantage if you set your sights on last year’s model.

When a manufacturer releases a new model, the old model will lower in price almost instantaneously. Retailers want to be sure to clear out of their old stock to make room for the shiny new models that will arrive shortly after the announcements from manufacturers.

Keep in mind that you may need to do a little extra research on sites like Amazon, eBay, consumer reports and so on if you’re going to approach your purchase from this direction. For the most part, new models don’t introduce a ton of new features that are must-haves, especially when compared to the last generation. Many of these are minor improvements that come with major price tags.

Unless there’s some feature on the new model that you absolutely need to have, it’s likely you’ll do just fine with the old version.

The End of the Month

The end of the month is another great time to purchase major appliances, but for reasons you may not realize. It isn’t that there are any extra sales or a country-wide mandate to lower prices at the end of the month.

Did you know that most appliances salespeople work on commission? This means they have sales quotas they need to meet every month. You can use this knowledge to your advantage. At the end of the month, many salespeople are eager to meet their sales goals and are willing to bargain more than usual to move product out the door.

If you take this approach, be prepared to bargain. You’ll need to negotiate in order to get the best deal. This can be difficult for some people, but if you do it well, you can get a killer deal on a new appliance.

To prepare for your negotiations and bargaining, study up on standard pricing for the model you’re looking to buy, and don’t forget to compare the prices other stores are offering. You may also want to see if you can purchase a display model or something from the scratch-and-dent section to knock off a few more dollars.

The Best Months to Buy an Appliance

The best months to buy appliances is closely related to a point we’ve already covered above: when a new model releases.

Most appliance manufacturers follow a strict schedule when it comes to new product releases. You can pretty much predict when a new model is going to be released, therefore knowing when the best months to buy actually are.

Most manufacturers unveil and release new products in September and October. The only exception is for refrigerators, which are released on a summer schedule, meaning May is the time to buy a new fridge.

Like car dealerships, January is also a good time to buy new appliances. Stores are looking to clear their floors of all the “old” product to make room for the new year’s offerings. This is also the time they sell through any leftover inventory from Black Friday and Christmas sales.

Final Thoughts

You can shop the sales and you can bargain for better prices at the end of the month, but if you buy a model that you don’t love, you may end up with a healthy dose of buyer’s remorse.

While it’s important to know when the best time of year to buy appliances is, it’s also of utmost importance that you do your research before you buy.

Take the time to research different models and manufacturers. Measure the pros and cons of your top picks and get familiar with their standard pricing. That way when sales come around, you know just how good of a deal you’re getting.

If you go about your purchase in the right way, you’ll maximize your savings and go home with a brand new appliance that you love.

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Last Chance: Verizon’s $400 off Pixel 3 XL, Galaxy S9+for Black Friday

For this Black Friday, Verizon Wireless is offering a pretty amazing deal on brand new flagship Android smartphones. $400 off the phone of your choice, with no trade-in required! You’ll find everything from the premium Google Pixel 3 XL to the Samsung Galaxy S9+ qualifying. This deal ends in less than 12 hours, so you’ll need to act fast.

Here are the details. Pick an Android smartphone of your choice from a list of 22 selection. Pay for the device and the $400 discount will be applied to your account over a 24 month period. If you transfer the line or terminate your contract with Verizon Wireless, the promotional credit will end. This means you’ll receive about $16.67 off your monthly bill for the next 2 years.

Noteworthy qualifying phones:

  • Google Pixel 3 XL
  • Google Pixel 3
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9
  • Samsung Galaxy S9+
  • Samsung Galaxy S9
  • LG V40 ThinQ

…and many older models. Considering the Google Pixel 3 XL is currently discounted by $200 on Google Store for $699, this $400 discount is twice the savings. (The smaller Pixel 3 is on sale for $150 off). As for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, the next non-Black Friday related sale price is $779 at Amazon, while the S9+ has a similar $200 off discount to the Pixel 3 XL, making the phone only $639.99. As for the LG V40, the next best offer online is also a $200 discount down to $749.99.

With Verizon’s $400 off Black Friday deal, the best phone to apply this towards is the Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3, Galaxy Note 9, or LG V40 to get the maximum value. Everything else is simply older and won’t yield the best bang for your buck – especially considering the $400 discount is spread across a 24 month period.

Link: Verizon Black Friday $400 off Android Smartphone

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Best Online Mattress Stores in 2018 (Bed in a Box)

Traditionally, the only way to shop for the best mattress was to head out to a store and start plopping yourself down on bed after bed until you found one that felt right for you. There’s nothing wrong with this method, but a lot has changed in recent years with “bed-in-a-box” online shopping.

Now we have a number of online mattress stores with unique, interesting ways of helping you find the right mattress…and a lot of great deals on purchases and shipping.

But if you’ve never thought about shopping for a mattress online before, you may be feeling some stress at the idea: where do you begin? What site is the best to buy a mattress on?

We’re going to help you out by pinpointing the best online mattress stores around, what makes them worth checking out, and everything else you need to know when looking for the best reviewed mattress on the market.

Note: Are you looking for the best time to buy a mattress? Fall and early winter are often excellent times to look, because there are a lot of deals going on at this time. The opposite end of the year, around early summer, may also be a good choice, since mattress stores often try to get rid of a lot of merchandise around this time.

#1  Helix


  • Excellent shopping method
  • Good customization options


  • Mattresses are generally more expensive than competitors

Helix is trying to re-invent the way you shop for mattresses, and it’s impressive. First, you take a quiz that asks about your body, your sleep position, how firm you like your mattress, what your sleeping partner prefers, and other key questions.

Then Helix makes a suggestion for a mattress customized specifically for you with a variety of features like body contouring, different levels of support, sleep zones, mattress “feel” and more. These mattresses generally start at $1,000.

Helix also offers free shipping, free returns, and a 100-night return window for you to make up your mind about whether or not you like the mattress. That’s just about the best you can hope for on any mattress website, and allows you to undo your decision if the mattress just doesn’t work out.

#2  Casper


  • More choices than most online sites
  • Easy to buy any bedroom accessories, too


  • Mattresses may have too many layers for some shoppers

Casper is a highly reliable hybrid foam mattress site designed to make picking out a mattress easy. It starts off with an easy choice – three layers, four layers, or five layers of foam?

From here you can go on to pick the right size and choose other features like a foundation and adjustable base.

You also buy other bedroom furniture there, including beds, nightstands, and other important components. Prices for a mattress range from several hundred dollars to over $2,000 based on what you’re getting.

It’s a welcome, simple process, but what really makes Casper shine are the guarantees. Both shipping and returns are free, and you get a 100-night “trial” to see how well you like the mattress before choosing to buy it, a great addition that you should look for in any online mattress company, because sometimes you just don’t know how a mattress will feel.

Mattresses also come with a 10-year limited warranty.

#3  Leesa


  • High-quality, mainstream foam mattresses
  • Great nonprofit and eco-friendly involvement


  • A little expensive for the product

Leesa makes your mattress choices both simple and affordable. You can pick the Leesa foam mattress, starting at $525, or the extra-support Sapira mattress, starting at $995.

They are both great choices for those looking for a smaller mattress on a budget, and for people who don’t necessarily need the extra-layered options that companies like Casper offer.

Additionally, Leesa has a big focus on nonprofit activity and eco-friendly work. They donate one out of every ten mattresses they sell, plant one tree for every mattress they sell, and generally spend a lot of time supporting over 1,000 nonprofits around the country. That makes them a perfect fit if you like to support others with your big purchases.

Finally, Leesa also offers the top-tier 100-night free trial and free shipping and returns, which is always nice to see.

#4  Tuft and Needle


  • Very affordable mattresses
  • Unique foam mixture, plus graphite cooling gel


  • Beds may be too firm for some buyers

Tuft and Needle is another burgeoning online mattress store with a unique approach to service, and specialization in very affordable memory foam mattresses, with prices that start at just $350 for a basic twin mattress and rising to only $750 for the top king-sized model.

The company uses its own foam mixture, plus graphite and cooling gel to help the bed feel more comfortable and help keep you cool.

These are simple, firm beds, by design. Tuft and Needle prides itself on skipping all the frills and providing no-nonsense mattresses that are likely to appeal more to younger buyers.

Like many others on our list, the company offers a 100 night free trial, a 10-year limited warranty, and free returns (with the promise that the mattress will be donated to charity when returned).

#5  Allswell


  • Foam and coil mattresses for more traditional products
  • Most affordable mattresses online


  • Product availability can be hit or miss

Allswell uses a combination of foam and coil support for its mattresses, an ideal option if you prefer more traditional mattresses and aren’t a fan of layers and layers of foam.

Their website is particularly excellent, offering full information on mattress materials, videos on how to set up your mattress, and other useful features.

The mattresses themselves (divided into two different classes) are very affordable, starting at around $295 for a twin and not rising above $1,000 for a king.

In addition to the 100-night trial and the 10-year limited warranty, the company also offers their own option setup and mattress removal services.

However, one problem is that Allswell’s low-cost mattresses are popular – which can affect availability, especially at busy times of the year. That means that popular sizes, like queen, may not be available in the class of mattress that you want, which can be frustrating if you don’t want to wait.

#6  Bear


  • You get to try advanced mattress materials different from many options on the market
  • Targeted at fitness lovers who want comfort and recovery


  • Some claims are scientifically silly
  • Prices can be high

Bear has a very unique offering for a specific segment of the mattress market – fitness fans who want the latest in mattress materials.

The company offers a Bear and Bear Hybrid mattress (the hybrid is thicker and uses springs, but that’s the main difference).

The mattresses use graphite-gel memory foam, smart fabrics for support layers, and other tricks designed to help athletes recover quickly and sleep better.

Unfortunately, there’s also some severe pseudoscience, like “infrared therapy” claims (aka, materials that feel cool) that are mostly nonsense, despite the FDA labels. Ignore this, and focus on the real sleeping benefits instead.

Bear’s mattresses are also pricier than many of our picks, starting at $540 – $1350 and rising quickly after that.

Fortunately, for those who want to try the latest experimental mattress materials still have a 100 night trial and full refund option for returning the product.

Buying Guide

Return Policies

  • Return policies should always offer free returns within the trial period once the mattress is bought. As long as you ship the mattress back within this window, you should be able to get a full refund. After all, you’re buying a mattress design online – you should be to return it free of cost if something doesn’t work out.
  • Make sure you read return policies carefully to see if there are any caveats or requirements for making returns…there usually are.


  • You are buying an expensive, heavy item online, and shipping costs shouldn’t be a consideration. Every mattress site worth visiting will offer you free shipping for your purchase. If they don’t, it’s probably all a scam anyway.


  • A mattress site that walks you through the decision process is very valuable. Watch for tips, tests, explanations, and other information that can help you make the right purchase.
  • Helix’s mattress quiz is a great example of this, but other stores also have very helpful resources, articles, and descriptions that can lead you in the right direction.


  • How much can you customize your mattress? Online customization options are limited, but they are still better than picking a mattress from a store.
  • Look for options to choose the type, size, and feel of the mattress padding used. Accessories aren’t nearly as important, because you can get them anywhere, but the ability to choose different mattress features is a great sign.

Other Reviews

  • Always look at online reviews! Be careful of the reviews on the site itself: these can offer insight, but they may also be curated. Instead, search for reviews on other sites and on social media to see what people think.
  • What mattresses do others like? What was their buying experience like? How did they feel about shipping and returns? These points can provide you with valuable information!

FAQs for Buying Mattresses

What About Installation?

Generally speaking, online services are less likely to offer installation and “take away the old mattress” services than store chains. However, some do! Always look at the shipping information for specific details. However, be careful with this step: Suppose, during your 100-night free trial, you decide to return the mattress. That leaves you with zero mattresses to sleep on until you get another, which could create a budget crunch or some uncomfortable sleeping periods.

How Long Should I Wait Before Sending the Mattress Back?

You don’t have to wait for any specific period of time. However, mattress companies suggest you give it at least 30 days. The reason is that it may take some time for your body to adjust to a new sleeping experience, and for your spine/muscles to adjust to the point where you find out if it makes any difference. So, if you can, try to give it at least a few weeks before you decide.

Is There Any Way I Can Try Out an Online Mattress?

Not usually. Some large online stores, like Casper, also have a few stores around the country where you can go in and check out a mattress, so it’s worth a quick search. But it’s not often a possibility. This is where the free trial period comes in handy. If you have very special needs for a mattress, it may be better to avoid buying online.

I’m Worried About a New Mattress Smell, Is This Going to Be an  Issue?

Generally, new mattress smells are nothing to worry about. Packaging materials and the mattress production process can indeed leave a mattress smelling a little plastic-like or strange. That smell does not continue! After several days, it should be dissipated, so be patient and let it happen. If you have the time, you may want to unwrap the mattress and just leave it sitting for a while to help with this process. Putting sheets on right away will only make the issue worse.

Is a Hard Mattress Really Better?

Science goes back and forth on this issue, but currently the best answer is: No. The best mattress for the average sleeper are able to conform to your body so that your shoulders and spine don’t have to get twisted into unnatural shapes and stay that way. More cushioning is better, because it gives you body room to relax into a more normal alignment. Of course, too much cushioning can cause similar problems to hard beds, and should be avoided. Finding the sweet spot can be a challenge, so it’s important to take a look at what each mattress version offers. If you have back issues, ask your doctor for which option would be best for you.

Can My Old Bed Frame Support the New Mattress?

Generally, yes, if the frame is intended for a mattress of that size (twin, full, queen, etc.). If the mattress appears to be significantly heavier, you may want to consider a new frame, but it isn’t usually necessary.


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Best Kayak for Beginners in 2018 – Kayak Reviews & Buying Guide

If you’re new to the world of kayaking, you might be overwhelmed with the sheer number of kayaks there are available on the market. On top of that, you might not even know what to look for in a kayak.

To get you started on finding the option that’s best for you, we’ve researched and reviewed the best kayaks for beginners.

We waded through 25 different kayaks, testing stability, space and usability. After hours of testing and more dips in the water than we’d like to admit, we landed on the Ocean Kayak Scrambler 11 as the best kayak for beginners for 2018. This boat offers comfortable seating and greater stability so you feel confident on the water.

Out of all the hobbies you can choose to fill your free time, kayaking has become one of the more popular options. It gives you an opportunity to reconnect with nature and meet new people. Choosing the right kayak to fit your needs and budget is important to get the most out of this fulfilling activity.

Check out our list of the other top kayaks below, as well as our kayak buying guide for beginners, which outlines some of the most critical features you should consider when making your choice.

The Best Kayaks for Beginners of 2018

#1 Ocean Kayak Scrambler 11 – Best Overall Kayak for Beginners


  • Extra-stable design makes it easy to use in the water
  • Included dry storage gives you room to store gear
  • Included seat is both comfortable and adjustable
  • Durable construction


  • Heavier than other kayaks
  • Slower than other kayaks
  • No accessories included

The Ocean Kayak Scrambler 11 is a great choice for recreationalists and beginners alike. While it doesn’t offer features for the pros, it provides everything you need to get started on a new kayaking hobby. It features an extra-stable design that gives beginners more room to make mistakes without the consequences. This added stability in the bow and stern also makes it easier for you to get back into the kayak when you inevitably tip over in the water as you are learning.

Learn More: Canoe vs Kayak Fishing

Unfortunately, this option sacrifices speed for that added stability, meaning you definitely won’t be the fastest kayaker on the water. However, if you’re just starting out, that might be for the best until you get more comfortable paddling.

This boat also includes a variety of convenience features that make it better to use while you’re out on the water. There’s a 6-inch dry storage compartment in the center console, along with webbing on either end of the kayak for more storage. It also features a cup holder molded directly into the hole right in front of the seat so you can bring your water bottle or other drinks with you out on the water.

The Scrambler 11 doesn’t include any accessories other than the adjustable seat, which is very comfortable in its own right. If you don’t have a kayak paddle, you’ll need to purchase one before hitting the lake.

#2 Sun Dolphin Aruba – Best Value Kayak for Beginners


  • More stability for higher ease of use
  • Cockpit is large and comfortable
  • Adjustable foot braces give you greater control


  • Seat doesn’t adjust to your preferences
  • Seat bottom is not padded
  • Water tends to get in the cockpit on rough water

The Sun Dolphin Aruba offers high stability and ease of use for a low price. This is the perfect choice for beginners who don’t want to spend a ton on a new kayak, especially if they aren’t 100% sure paddling is the hobby for them.

One of the biggest selling points for this option is the comfort that it offers. With an extra-large cockpit, kayakers of all shapes and sizes will feel comfortable while paddling. This is also helpful for those who don’t want to feel trapped in a sit-in kayak. The molded seat is comfortable, as well, with padding on the back of the seat and around the rim of the cockpit. While it doesn’t include padding on the bottom of the seat, the Aruba offers adjustable foot braces that give you more customizability and control.

When it comes to learning how to kayak, it’s important that you get a boat that is easy to control. This is another area where the Sun Dolphin Aruba excels. Its hull design adds extra stability to the overall experience. While you do sacrifice some speed to get that extra stability, it’s well worth it for new users.

#3 Ocean Kayak Malibu Two – Best Tandem Kayak for Beginners


  • Tandem style gives you room for two adults and a child
  • Can use solo if desired
  • Overlapping foot braces give you more comfort and control


  • Longer length means heavier kayak
  • Minimal storage options
  • No included paddles

The Ocean Kayak Malibu Two is a tandem kayak that gives you more flexibility in the way get out on the water and enjoy the sport. While kayaking is traditionally a solo sport, it can be especially fun for beginners to paddle with friends and loved ones. This boat includes two seats, three different seating configurations and a 425 lb. weight capacity for a more versatile experience.

Learn More: Best Place to Buy A Kayak

If you’re using this kayak to its full seating capacity, you might find that you don’t have much room to store your gear. While there are two dry storage compartments on board, they can be harder to access with two people paddling, and there isn’t any webbing to store gear on top of the kayak with you. However, if you’re paddling solo, you’ll likely find that you have an abundance of space for your gear. You’ll just need to find a way to secure it.

Since it’s 12 feet long, the Malibu Two is naturally more stable, and its overlapping foot wells help you gain more control over steering and overall movement. Just be aware that adding an extra person to the mix can cause more instability, especially if that person is brand new to kayaking.

#4 Intex Challenger K1 – Best Inflatable Kayak for Beginners


  • Deflates for easier storage and transport
  • Super durable construction
  • Necessary accessories included (air pump, paddle, carrying bag)


  • Included air pump is manual, not electric
  • No dry storage
  • Not as smooth or fast as hard kayaks

In an industry traditionally dominated by hardshell kayaks, the inflatable Intex Challenger K1 stands out. Inflatable kayaks are relatively new to the scene, but they offer an excellent starting point for beginners. This is one of the highest-rated inflatable kayaks on the market today. It’s affordable and easy to use, which makes it a great choice for those new to the paddling scene.

One of the biggest draws about inflatable kayaks for beginners is the added convenience they offer. Being able to deflate your kayak and store it while only using a minimal amount of space means you don’t have to spend a ton of money on extra accessories like car roof racks. This kayak also includes all the necessary accessories to get you on the water, like the paddle, air pump and carrying bag. Unfortunately, the air pump is hand-operated, which can be tiring, so we recommend you look at purchase an electric pump that runs off batteries or a cigarette lighter.

When you’re out on the water, you might find that the Intex Challenger K1 isn’t as smooth a ride as hard kayaks, but it’s stable and easy to use, which is most important to consider for beginners.

#5 Emotion Spitfire – Best Sit-on-Top Kayak for Beginners


  • Built-in seat is extra comfortable and durable
  • Foot wells molded into the hull offer more comfort and control
  • Hull is designed for higher stability and better tracking
  • Lightweight


  • Seat isn’t adjustable
  • No cup holder
  • Slower than other kayaks

The Emotion Spitfire was designed specifically for greater stability and tracking in the water, even though it means you lose some speed, which might be a good thing for beginners. The hull itself is also designed to be extra durable, so you don’t have to worry about ruining the boat if and when you run into things.

This kayak excels when it comes to overall design. The built-in seat is comfortable and durable.  While it doesn’t adjust as much as other kayak seats, it still provides a good amount of comfort while you’re out in the water. The boat also includes molded foot wells at different intervals, which gives you more choices when it comes to your comfort.

Storage is no problem on the Emotion Spitfire. With both cargo-net storage and dry storage, you should be able to store all your gear with ease. The only thing missing here is a cup holder. If you want to bring a drink with you, plan on holding it or putting it on the floor of the kayak, which isn’t advisable unless you want to watch your drink go overboard.

#6 Lifetime Rush 90 – Best Sit-In Kayak for Beginners


  • Cockpit is comfortable and large
  • Seatback is adjustable
  • Hull is designed for added stability
  • Lightweight


  • Onboard storage is lacking
  • No accessories included
  • Doesn’t do well on rough water

The Lifetime Rush 90 is great for young and old alike, with enough stability for younger paddlers and plenty of room for adults. Its hull is designed to give you more stability out on the water, especially as you get in and out of the boat. It also includes extra foam blocks built in for greater flotation. This can provide you more comfort and confidence while you’re kayaking.

The cockpit itself is comfortable, even though the only padded part of the seat is the seat back, which is adjustable to your liking. If you find the seat bottom too hard, you can add your own seat, if desired.

The Rush 90 performs best on calm lakes or slow-moving rivers. While it doesn’t take on much water during rough conditions, it has a hard time tracking and staying straight when it comes up against any kind of resistance. Beginners are probably best left to calmer waters, anyway, but if you start feeling more confident in your skills on rougher water, you might want to use a different kayak.

#7 Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Vapor 10 Angler – Best Fishing Kayak for Beginners


  • Loaded with tons of cockpit features
  • Plenty of storage space
  • Incredible stability


  • No included accessories
  • Drain hole not placed wellability 
  • No dry storage

The Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Vapor 10 Angler is a fisher’s dream. It gets you closer to the fish without the high expenses that come with owning a full-sized boat. This kayak shines when it comes to all the added convenience it offers through the cockpit features. The cockpit itself is extra roomy, with tons of leg room and floor space for gear storage. It also includes a tray and cupholder.

Storage is another area where this kayak shines. Directly behind the seat is a storage well. While it isn’t covered to provide dry storage, it’s easy enough to purchase a cover to protect your gear that can’t get wet. The kayak also includes webbing for storage directly on the hull. And if you’re worried about your fishing rods, you can place them in a rod holder on either side of your seat.

When it comes to using the kayak, you won’t be unstable on the Vapor 10 Angler. Its hull provides added stability and tracking so you can maneuver easily through the water, even in rougher conditions. This is especially helpful for fishers when they need to move to a different area to follow where the fish are.

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ThinkPad X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga Goes 35% Off For Black Friday

If you’ve been waiting carefully all year to finally pick up a deal on the 6th Gen Lenovo X1 Carbon laptop, this is now your moment as the entire line-up is now on sale for 35% off thanks to a special, non-public Black Friday coupon. When you shop at Lenovo right now, you’ll notice that they are listing a public “THINKSGIVING” coupon, which cuts the premium machine down by 30%. But this week is Black Friday week, you’ll want the absolute best deal possible. As of writing, you can knock 35% off all ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th gen) and Thinkpad X1 Yoga (3rd gen) by using coupon code THINKBLCKFRI instead of the aforementioned code.

With this coupon, you can now pick-up a base model ThinkPad X1 Carbon for only $987. This config comes with an 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U, a fast 256GB SSD, and 8GB of RAM. The X1 Carbon comes standard with Full HD 1080p IPS 300 nits display. If you’re willing to splurge, the higher price config comes with a 1440p 500 nits Dolby Vision Display. All of the laptops come equipped with Dolby Audio and Dolby Atmos virtualization for headphones. Coming in at only 0.62-inch thick – the X1 Carbon is one of the thinnest and lightest (starts at 2.49 lbs) business ultraportable on the market today.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Black Friday Deals


Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Black Friday Deals


Note that while Lenovo is offering the older X1 Yoga 2nd Gen on sale in select “doorbuster” deal – we think it’s best to skip out given the price tag is still quite hefty for older hardware. The Black Friday promotion above is also essentially a “Cyber Monday” deal as well, because this 35% off ThinkPad X series coupon will run through December 5th – giving you plenty of time to do some comparison shopping.

This same THINKBLCKFRI coupon also works on other ThinkPad models but the discounts are reduced. For example, the coupon works on the T480 and T480s for the same 35% off, but when used on the E and L series, the coupon only takes 30% off. When you use it on the P Series WorkStation, you’ll find them for around 30% to 35% off.

Throughout the week, if you see a different coupon code listed on Lenovo, we encourage you to try it and compare it against this 35% off Black Friday deal for the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (and X1 Yoga). Occasionally Lenovo will run “doorbuster” deals that are comparable in discount, if not cheaper by $10 to $20 (hey, savings are savings).

Pricing listed above are valid through December 5, 2018. Supplies and stock are limited for certain config. Please refer to shipping time frame before you purchsae as select models ships within 1 business day, while others may take 5-7 business days – especially for the customizable X1 machines.

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Best Time To Buy a TV for a Big Size Deal

Looking for the best deals for the biggest TVs?

You need to know when to start shopping for those large TV sizes, and when to act fast!

The biggest TVs tend to have the most limited quantities and can sell out very quickly, so it’s important to be prepared. Let’s talk about shopping online and in the store, and the best times to do both!

Buying and Finding Television Deals Online

Buying online holds many attractions if you are short on time, or just want to make sure you find exactly the TV you want.

Online shopping allows you to quickly search many different stores with much more inventory than the average brick-and-mortar stores (there’s a good reason that electronics purchasing has moved online en masse).

If you have a very definite idea in mind for your TV size, it will probably be easier to find online. Plus, no waiting in line! Unless, of course, the website is down.

Related: Best 4k TVs On The Market

Note that sites like Amazon are very good about telling you how many of a specific product are left in stock, which can give you valuable clues about when to take action.

Cyber Monday Deals

Black Friday weekend will absolutely have some great online deals for TVs and it’s probably worth checking from Friday onwards.

However, Cyber Monday is the big day to really buckle down and start searching for deals on sites like Amazon and Best Buy. Search for the TV section of their deals, and watch carefully.

Amazon, in particular, tends to do short-term deals, and may change deals based on availability, so be prepared to buy quickly.

Prime Day

Prime Day is typically located in July.

This is when Amazon conducts a broad series of deals across the massive site – although, of course, electronic products are still very popular.

The nice thing about looking for a big TV during Prime Day is that there’s generally less competition than around the holidays, and you can relax a little as you search.

But not too much! Prime Day specializes in lightning deals that last for a very short time, so it’s a “keep the webpage open all day” kind of activity.

Related: Top 65 inch 4K TV

Around New Year

The New Year and following couple of months are generally great for buying a TV: The holiday rush of buyers has largely died down, but companies are still interested in selling – especially when it comes to their most impressive TVs.

The reason is partly that of the Super Bowl, which gets everyone thinking about the best way to view sports, and partly a growing need to make room for new products.

Buying in the Store

Buying in the store has one big advantage for getting a big TV – you get to see it in person, which can help when making a final decision much easier.

You can also take it home immediately (make sure you have enough room in your vehicle or are willing to pay extra for local shipping).

Related: 4K vs 1080p

However, there are also a couple of unique challenges when visiting the store. Yes, you have to get up early and wait in a long line filled with other impatient people, but keep in mind that any individual local store can only hold so much inventory, which means that the “first come, first serve” nature of the deals is particularly important.

Many stores offer vouchers for big-ticket items like large TVs, which allow you to reserve a TV and pick it up later.

Black Friday

Black Friday is still king when it comes to in-store deals. You can look both in the local paper and online at the store’s general website to find out what sort of deals they are offering.

If you find the exact TV you want at a low price, all you need is determination: Get to the store extra early in the morning (focus on opening hours) and be prepared to wait for hours if necessary.

Christmas and New Years

Yes, the holidays are also a good time to look in-store for deals…preferably after the Black Friday rush has died well away.

While the best deals are probably on Black Friday, other great deals continue through New Years.

The “Super Bowl” effect that we mentioned can be particularly powerful for stores, even larger department stores that may be trying to sell many different football bundles, including TVs.

Early Spring

Early spring is typically when the next shipments of the latest TV models go out to sellers.

Brick-and-mortar stores have limited room to store inventory, which means they will be anxious to sell “last year’s” TVs at discounted prices.

Fortunately, last year’s TVs are still an excellent buy, so use this opportunity to find great deals with relatively little shopping competition. Again, local ads are your friend here!

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BenQ HT2550 4K Projector Review

BenQ’s HT2550 4K Projector uses the newer, smaller, more affordable, and slightly lower “resolution” 4K UHD DLP chip. I’ve spent a lot of time this past week watching HDTV and movies with it. This is a smaller projector that packs a lot of performance while giving you a great value proposition. This short throw dlp projector gives you a 100 inch Screen at Just 10 feet. While not as small as those LED pocket throw projectors, this 9.3 pound device is still very portable with an 11” x 14” footprint.

This Projector Packs In A Lot Of Features

Is it worth the $1,399.00 price tag? That’s a fair question. Read on to see what we thought of this small but powerful projector.

4K capable
Picture quality beats most, right out of the box
Light and portable
Great price and value

5-watt speaker is obviously not ideal
No onboard media player to allow you to go PC-free
Could use more smart features


The HT2550 has 2,200 lumens of brightness, a 1.2:1 zoom lens, and 4K HDR capabilities. This projector works best in a home theater, or anywhere that you can make very  dark. It comes with a decent remote, and has tons of settings to tweak colors and get the perfect picture. You also get a 4,000-hour lamp life at full power, which can stretch to 8,000 in Smart Eco mode. It is also 3D capable. So this projector packs in a ton of great features. The 5-Watt speaker is adequate, but of course is no substitute for quality sound.

Right out of the box the picture quality is better than most projectors. It will need some tweaking and there are plenty of settings to do this. Once fine-tuned, the colors, in general, appear accurate. They provide adjustments for all six primary and secondary colors, as well as Flesh Tone and Color Enhancer settings. Flesh tones looked very good.


The HT2550 has a nice curved shape and is just small enough to be portable for movie night. The size allows it to sit almost anywhere. As far as the fan sound, don’t expect your typical loud projector. This one operates with more of a hum that won’t interfere with your movie. It isn’t silent, but it’s pretty close.

It has only the basic inputs in back including Audio In, Audio Out, PC, HDMI 1, HDMI 2, Mini USB, USB, TYPE A, and 12 V TRIGGER.

Which brings us to the only real disappointment with this projector. The fact that it lacks an onboard media player. This means that you have to be connected to the source, whether it’s your TV, PC or laptop. These days that feature is a must. I understand that it would have increased the price, but I think consumers would have been willing to pay. Despite this oversight, the HT2550 remains a great value since it is so feature-heavy otherwise.


Aside from the varied image settings, you’ll need to take some time tuning it for the best possible focus. Small movements of the focus dial can produce large effects on the screen. Once you get it just right, you won’t need to touch it again unless you move the projector.


Setup is very simple. Just plug the power cord and source in, and turn the projector on. You may want to adjust like the zoom and focus, then you are good to go.

Picture Quality

Just about everything we watched on this projector was detailed, crisp and clear, as long as you are in the appropriate environment and have your settings correct. BenQ really made it easy to watch a quality picture relatively hassle-free.

Movie Night Will Never Be The Same

Bottom Line

The BenQ HT2550 projector is a pleasant experience. It boots up without much of a delay, operates more quietly than most and has so many settings you that get more control. It comes with a very useful remote, which is nice because that isn’t always the case. There’s 4k and 3D capability built right in. Whether it’s movies, sports or gaming, this short throw projector has everything that you need. In fact, it has more than you need. The menus are all very intuitive and easy to navigate as well. We wish it had an onboard media player, but we can’t really complain about the great value for the price.

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