The Nest Mini, discounted to $25, is all you need if you’re entering the smart-home world for the first time, but the Nest Audio (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is what you want to upgrade to if you’re chasing better music quality. Pair two and you’ll get a pretty great stereo system. They can double as Bluetooth speakers, or just ask Google Assistant to play music through your favorite music streaming service. Assistant can also control your smart-home devices, and it will try to answer anything you ask it, from weather updates to whether onions are toxic for dogs (they are).
The newest Amazon Echo (8/10, WIRED Recommends) delivers more robust sound in all directions thanks to its 360-degree shape. There’s also a 3.5-mm output so you can connect it to any existing speaker systems. Talk to Alexa to control your smart gadgets, set timers, and get news alerts. There’s a lot this little sphere can do.
The speakers aren’t as good on this model as on the Echo above, but what makes this model special is the parental controls; you can set time limits, filter explicit content, and review activity. You get a year of Amazon Kids+, which includes Audible books and games (it’s $3 per month afterward).
Smart displays show the time, double as picture frames, and give you a fixed touchscreen to control your smart home devices. We like Google’s newest Nest Hub, which is powered by Google Assistant. The speakers and mics are solid, and it’s great for the kitchen or bedside table (there’s no camera). It can even track your sleep, though the feature was a bit wonky when we tested it.
We haven’t tested this exact Wyze Cam model, but we have used its predecessor (it’s in our Best Indoor Security Cameras guide). This bundle pairs it with the second-gen Nest Hub for a tantalizingly low price. You can view the video feed from the Nest Hub by asking Google Assistant to pull it up.
In our Best Outdoor Security Cameras guide, this is our favorite. You get crystal-clear footage during the day and at night, thanks to a 2K resolution and support for HDR. There’s a built-in siren and two-way audio, so you can talk to people through the camera. We needed to recharge it after less than three months of use. This deal is on the 3-pack.
If your household is equipped with Google Assistant-powered smart devices, then you might want to give Google’s new Nest Cam a shot. It works indoors, with clear 1080p video and two-way audio. There’s HDR and night vision support too, plus motion notifications for people, cars, and pets. The battery version is also on sale for $150 ($30 off), and it needs a recharge after around a month. For more, see our Best Outdoor Security Cameras guide.
One of the nice things about Eufy’s security cameras is that they don’t require a subscription and you can record video locally on a HomeBase hub. The EufyCam 2 Pro made our Best Outdoor Security Cameras guide for that reason, but also because the two included cameras produce crisp and clear footage at up to 2K resolution and boast an extremely long battery life. On the downside, there’s no HDR, it can be slow to access the video online, and the activity zones are limited.
Pet Accessory Deals
We’ve rounded up more pet gear and accessory deals here.
This carrier complies with the sizing requirements of most major airlines, and I really like it. The handle can double as a leash, there’s a pocket on the side for storing treats, and you can keep your dog hooked to the bag. The mesh makes it breathable, plus a sturdy (and plush) base means your pup can take a nap in the air or on a train. I also regularly use Roverlund’s new pet tote, which is perfect for subway rides in New York City, where dogs are required to be in a bag.
This is an expensive litter box, but a deal on it is rare. We tested and wrote about it in our guide to the Best Cat Toys and Supplies. It has detachable sides and comes with a place to hold the included scoop and dustpan.
Two WIRED reviewers have tested and love this DNA test for cats. It’s a fast turnaround, and you can get a ton of health and breed information about your little kitty. This isn’t the lowest price we’ve ever seen (it dropped to $69 in 2019), but this is still a pretty great deal.
Barkbox offers a customized box of toys and treats for your dog delivered to your door every month. For new members, the company is offering double everything—toys, treats, and chews—if you subscribe to a six or 12-month plan. BarkBox is in our guide to the Best Dog Tech and Accessories, and for good reason. The toys are high quality, as are the treats, though you might quickly feel overwhelmed at the number of treats that pile up. It’s a lot.
No one wants the horrible shock of finding out that their beloved friend is sick. A DNA test can help you figure out what to expect in the future, and it gives you cool breed info too. Embark is the most expensive dog test we tried, but it’s jam-packed with information. You can even find your dog’s relatives.
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We tried the older Fi collar and loved it. It uses your home’s Wi-Fi, cellular, and GPS networks to keep track of your dog if they got lost and track their fitness. There’s a light included on the collar for walking at night, and the brand says the battery should last three months.
These aren’t the only mattresses on sale. We’ve rounded up more of our favorite mattresses here. For more details, read our Best Mattresses buying guide. We link to the queen-size mattress for most of these, but other sizes are on sale.
Of the dozens of mattresses we’ve tested, this is our favorite. It’s the only one that put WIRED reviews director Jeffrey Van Camp to sleep in a bright room full of other folks testing mattresses. It has a medium-firm feel that is comfy for several sleeping positions, and the hybrid design offers better support for your back. This deal includes two free pillows.
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This affordable mattress feels more expensive than it is, with gel-infused memory foam to keep your body cool and individually wrapped coils for great edge support. The high-density foam gives it a medium-firm supportive feel. You usually shouldn’t skimp on a product you will use every day, but if your budget is tight, then this is one of the best bangs for your buck.
Casper’s hybrid was the palate cleanser for WIRED’s resident mattress tester, Jeffrey Van Camp. It has a nice balance between soft and supportive, it’s breathable, and it’s moderately priced—even more so on sale. This model is slightly different from the one we tested, but reviews around the web say it’s very similar.