Labor Day is here and the official start of tech bargain season has begun. While you might want to hold out for the larger Black Friday sales coming in November, there are good bargains to be had right now. In fact, early fall/late summer is a great time to get deals on previous generation items as retailers are looking to clear the shelf for the holiday rush.
iRobot Roomba i7+
If you’re looking for a robot vacuum that will not only keep every corner of your house clean, but will clean up after itself, the $150 discount on the Roomba i7+ should have your attention. Using vSLAM technology, it maps your house as it cleans, knowing exactly where its been and what it has left to do. Based on that data, it will take itself back to its base to top itself off and empty its bin. That’s right, the i7+ empties itself.
ecobee4 Smart Thermostat
It may not have the redesigned smart sensor of the current model ecobee, but the ecobee4 is still a fantastic smart thermostat. With Alexa built in, a remote sensor in the box, and more, it’s also on sale for $180—a savings of $70. The ecobee4 is easy to program, with a user-friendly app that makes adding more room sensors and setting up Alexa simple tasks. You can also connect the device to Apple HomeKit (you’ll need to do that separately from the initial setup). Once you’ve set your temperature preferences, you’re done. Place the sensors around your house and let the ecobee figure out the rest.
Apple Watch Nike+ Series 3
I resisted getting a smart watch for a long time. Mostly because I thought a second screen on my wrist was redundant and ostentatious. But now that I’ve had one for a few years, I feel hampered without it. The Apple Watch Nike+ Series 3 was my first and it transformed the way I interact with my tech and approach my fitness. The Nike Run Club app guided runs have a real effect on my training. From speed runs, to long runs, to on-the-hoof meditation, to laughing so hard I have to slow down, NRC gives me more than just the same old run metrics. And if I don’t feel like doing a guided run? Then I can stream music or podcasts from any source that I can access on my iPhone…but without my iPhone. Running on your own gets dull. The Apple Watch keeps me engaged. Plus, being able to interact with my iPhone rather than just get alerts I have to dig my phone out to deal with is worth every penny. Luckily, Best Buy has the Series 3 watch on sale right now—at $100 off the regular price.
Netgear Nighthawk AX8
The Nighthawk AX8 is Netgear’s 8-stream mid-range Wi-Fi 6 router. It also supports dual band connectivity. So not only do you have the bandwidth management of Wi-Fi 6 (where devices can talk simultaneously to the router without clogging the network), you have dual-band management to ensure that traffic doesn’t get too congested on one or the other. With speeds of up to 4.8Gbps and the Nighthawk app to help you set up and maintain your network, it’s one of the best deals out there. If you have a lot of devices, this is the router you should be looking at. It’s on sale for $300 at Best Buy this week—marked down from $400.
The June Oven is a countertop convection oven that’s also an air fryer, dehydrator, slow cooker, broiler, toaster, rice cooker, and warming drawer all in one. With an internal HD camera, carbon fiber cooking elements, and a deeply integrated app, June is like nothing else in your kitchen. In the months since I’ve had my June, I use it more than I use my regular oven. It eliminates the need for nearly all your other unitaskers, freeing up countertop and cabinet space. It’s smart and gets updates on a regular basis to add new refinements to old recipes, add new skills, and generally just make itself better. And now through Labor Day, you can get one for $100 off with the code FORBES100. Click here to get started.