12 Expensive Products You Can Get for Nearly Half Price or Less
There's no need to pay top dollar for your wish-list items when you could get these super affordable versions instead.
The future’s here, and it has robots doing your vacuuming, thanks to iRobot Roomba’s robot vacuum cleaners. Some cost a small fortune, like this 960 model, which can set you back upwards of $700. But you can spend well under half of that for a Roomba that totally does the job—and isn’t complicated or confusing with features you don’t need. Both of these Roombas are highly rated (four-star ratings by Amazon customers) and will keep your floors shiny and clean, for under $280. Check out the smart home devices that are worth every penny.
Not quite ready to cede your vacuuming duties to a robot? No worries, because there are also virtual steals on vacuum cleaners you operate yourself, including the bagless variety. You’ve probably seen ads for the Dyson Ball bagless vacuums, but they can cost upwards of $400 (and you still have to do the vacuuming yourself!). Instead, consider one of these highly rated Bissell bagless vacuums, which do what the Dyson does at a fraction of the price (under $70).
A good chef’s knife is a home cook’s best friend, but don’t let anyone say you have to spend a fortune for a good one—like this eight-inch Wusthof, which will run you around $150 and is hand-washable only—when, for a third of the price, you can have one from Henckels, which does the same job and is dishwasher-safe, or one from Victorinox, which is a bestseller on Amazon despite not going in the dishwasher.
When you’re in the market for a smart TV, you don’t have to invest in the top-marketed brands (Samsung, we’re looking at you) when there are lesser-known brands, such as TCL, that are basically selling all the same features (including the same size screen) at less than half the price. And don’t forget to take note of the best times of year to buy popular appliances.
Cast iron Dutch oven
When you buy a cast iron Dutch oven, it’s probably for life, if not for the next generation, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend your family’s fortune on it. Instead of this Viking version, which costs around $100, consider one from AmazonBasics, which is even bigger—6 quart vs. 5 quart, for less than half the price. And don’t miss these Amazon products you’ll definitely use every day.
We’re not advising that you scoff at the speed limit, but there are times when radar detection comes in handy. Escort makes top-of-the-line detectors, but here’s the question: Do you really need the most cutting-edge radar detector, the Escort Max 360C, which will set you back close to $600? Or would you be content with a version from Beltronics, which gets four-star reviews and which you can purchase for under a third of the price?
If you’re looking to read your books on a slim, streamlined electronic device, ask yourself if you really need it to connect to the Internet via cellular service like this Kindle Oasis, which will cost you nearly $250, when you could purchase the all-new WiFi-connectable, fully waterproof Kindle Paperwhite for less than half that amount. To really save some cash, check out these things you can get on Amazon for less than a dollar.
You could try to find a high-speed blender with all of the features offered by the incredible Instant Pot-brand Ace 60 Cooking Blender (with eight smart-programmed speeds and the ability to heat food while blending) for anywhere close to the price of the Ace 60, which is currently $79 at Walmart (it’s only available at Walmart currently). You’ll come across this Vitamix, for example, which, at $329, offers only two speeds and doesn’t heat your food. You’ll also come across this Hamilton Beach model ($249), but it has only four smart-programmed speeds and won’t heat your food.
You might think of Cuisinart as synonymous with food processors, but if you do, you’ll be paying more than you need to for nearly the same product. Instead, consider a brand like Hamilton Beach, which is less known in the food processing space but has high-quality products, including one that is Amazon’s Choice in food processors and is available for about one-third the price of the comparable Cuisinart. Here are some more kitchen products people can’t stop buying from Amazon.
Hermès-style leather Apple watchband
The luxury brand Hermès has absolutely gorgeous leather watchbands for Apple watches, but to acquire one, you’ll have to spend well over $300. And if it’s super-important for you to put Hermès leather next to your skin, then please, go ahead and spend those bucks. But you can purchase similar leather watchbands for your Apple watch at a mere fraction of the cost:
Dentists say the best toothbrush you can use is one that is battery/electric-powered. But some of the best ones are a bit pricey, like this top-of-the-line Philipps Sonicare, with a price tag of around $230. But you don’t need multiple fancy features to get what’s most important out of your powered toothbrush: power. In fact, you can purchase another Phillips Sonicare for a fraction of the price and still be certain you’re cleaning your teeth as dentists recommend.
Portable phone charger/power bank
Looking for a lightweight rechargeable power pack for your mobile devices? You could spend over $50 on this Mophie, or you could spend just $21.99 for a lesser-known brand (ZMI) and get the same slim design (the ZMI is even more lightweight, actually) and the same 10,000mAh capacity. Next, check out these awesome tech gifts you’ll want to keep for yourself.