June 1, 2023

13 Best Deals: Air Fryers, Sound Machines and Camera Gear

13 Best Deals: Air Fryers, Sound Machines and Camera Gear

summer is fast approach. And while it’s a season meant for rest, relaxation and soaking up the rays, it can also get extremely hectic. Most of us try to squeeze in as many backyard barbecues, outings, and other activities before fall rolls around.

Below, we’ve rounded up a variety of gear deals to prepare you for what may be a busy few months ahead—including air fryers for quick and delicious meals, sound machines for a restful night’s sleep after a super-busy day, AC units to get you through the heat waves, and more. Looking for more discounts on summer-friendly gear? Check out our roundup of Best Memorial Day Outdoor Deals.

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Air Fryer Deals

Ninja Speedi Rapid Cooker & Air Fryer

Photo: Ninja

This air fryer has earned the title of Best All-Arounder in our buying guide. It cooks with up to 75 percent less fat than the standard air fryer and has a 12-in-1 function (with preset cooking modes for steaming, baking, searing, sautéing, and more) and a 6-quart capacity cooking dish. The best part is that it can cook one-pot meals in just 15 minutes. It is also easy to operate and clean.

With a capacity of 6 liters and the ability to cook up to six servings at once, the Instant Vortex Air Fryer is a great option for large households. We also love the convenient viewing window that allows you to look at your food without opening the air fryer and interrupting the cooking cycle. And with built-in “odor-wipe” filters, it reduces odors that can linger well after you’ve finished cooking.

For those without a lot of counter space to spare, the Ninja Air Fryer Max XL is a great compact option. It comes equipped with a 5.5-quart, ceramic-coated, non-stick basket and an easy-to-use control panel (sans smartphone app). You’ll have the choice between several settings, including maximum crisp, air fry, air fry, dehydrate, bake, reheat, and more.

Sound machine and sunrise alarm deals

Yogasleep Dohm Classic

Photo: Marpac

Yogasleep’s Dohm Sound Machine is simple but reliable. It has only two settings, the lower one is below 55 decibels, and a rotating fan inside the acoustic housing. This is a good choice for people who like to fall asleep to the sound of a box fan running. Check out our guide to the Best sound machines for more.

Even though this alarm is heavy, large and expensive, it is one of the nicest alarms we have tested. It includes the standard features, such as an audible alarm, FM radio and five natural wake-up sounds. But it also casts light in more directions than other similar headlight-shaped sunrise watches we’ve tested. It diffuses light beautifully, which also prevents the rays from being blinded. This is great if you have a large room and want extra light for reading before bed.

Casper Glow Light

Photo: Casper

Instead of a loud alarm clock ringing in your ear, a sunset alarm is a great way to wake up more naturally. We love the Casper Glow Light for its intuitive controls. Rotate it to start the sunset program, tap the button on top to pause and resume it, and rotate it to adjust the brightness. It also sits on a charging pad, so you don’t have to keep track of battery life. There’s a companion app for things like wake-up schedules, as well as adjusting the sunsets and sunrises.

Action camera and camera bag deals

GoPro Hero 11

Photo: GoPro

If you are looking for a action camera to capture your summer memories, the Hero 11 Black (9/10, WIRED Recommended) is our top pick. It packs a new sensor that’s almost square, allowing you to shoot and then edit in vertical and horizontal configurations. You can also pull higher-resolution still images from video, shoot RAW images in burst mode, and enable “easy” mode so you don’t mess with as many settings.

The Insta360 One RS (8/10, WIRED Recommended) is an action camera that doubles as a 360-degree camera, meaning you don’t have to decide between the two. It comes with three interchangeable lenses, including a dual-lens 360-degree camera, a wide-angle Leica lens (paired with a 1-inch sensor) that can record 5K video, and a 4K lens. That way, you have a camera full of features to capture content in multiple ways. It dropped much lower in March, to $75, but it’s still a good deal.

This is a great compact sling that received an honorable mention in our buying guide to the Best camera bags. The 10-L size is not only roomy enough to pack everyday necessities for photo and video shoots, but it also has a 13-inch laptop in the back zippered compartment. With two spacious pockets on the front you can also pack chargers, batteries and SD cards. The straps at the bottom are convenient for storing a small tripod.

Moment Long Weekend Monterey Camera Sling

Photo: Moment

Whether it’s a fanny pack or cross-body, this bag is comfortable whichever way you decide to wear it. With its 2-liter capacity, you can use it to carry a compact mirrorless camera, a slim point-and-print, or your phone. The main compartment has a thin sleeve to store an item next to your camera, along with two front pockets for keys or spare batteries. We also love great design.

We recommend the Claremont Crossbody for those who want a camera bag that doesn’t force them to sacrifice fashion for functionality. It is large enough for a mirrorless camera, some lenses and other accessories such as memory cards and batteries. It also has a sleek design that goes well with stylish outfits.

Window Air Conditioner Deals

Photo: Windmill Air

The most air conditioners is an eyesore. But the Windmill AC (8/10, WIRED Recommended) has a modern design that will add to your interior decoration. WIRED Reviews Editor Adrienne So says it’s also easy to install, blows cool air upward instead of forward (which is great for smaller spaces), and is recyclable. You can control it manually, via the companion app on your phone, or with voice controls via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. It dropped lower to $289 last month, but we still think it’s a good deal.

Midea’s U-shaped AC (8/10, WIRED Recommended) is our favorite window AC unit. It has a bracket that balances the AC’s weight by leaning it against the exterior wall of your home, along with a large notch between the front and back that allows you to pull down your window deep into the unit. That way, there are fewer gaps around the sides—which prevents the cold air from escaping and provides better soundproofing.

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