Walmart has a surprise Rollbacks & More sale event that seeks to dethrone Amazon from its own Prime Day sales event. We’ve got some of the best deals on home, home theater, and audio equipment—even ones you won’t find on Amazon. Check ‘em out below, and shop Best Buy’s Flash Sale if you’re looking for more Amazon alternative deals.
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Updated October 12, 2022: We’ve added the Apple TV 4K, Vornado EV200 Humidifier, Instant Pot 9-in-1 Crisp, iRobot Roomba 694, NutriBullet Pro, and SodaStream Terra.
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Although the Max offers a larger screen and a built-in camera, the base-level Nest Hub is all the smart home hub you need. I’ve been using one daily for two years now, and it integrates easily with a Philips Hue, Wyze indoor security cameras, SimpliSafe home alarm, Google Calendar, Spotify, and more. Even in the other room, its microphone can pick up the sound of my voice reasonably accurately.
Once the cool weather of autumn and winter rolls in, indoor humidity tends to drop as low as that of the outdoor air. It leads to dry skin, cracking furniture, and musical instruments going out of tune. Plus, it can just be uncomfortable. I’ve used a single-tank version of this Vornado humidifier for two years and have been impressed with its fan’s ability to circulate the humidified air throughout the room. It’s easy to set the desired humidity level and, aside from filling it up with water once a day, it’s a set-it-and-forget-it machine.
This is an Instant Pot with a couple of extra bells and whistles. In addition to being a pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, broiler, and more, the Crisp version adds the ability to air fry foods. Whatever you can fit in its 8-quart capacity, you can fry up without having to mess with cooking oils that can stink up your kitchen or burn you.
So you’d like a robot assistant to vacuum up your floors, but you’re not willing to spend $500 for it. We get you. The Roomba 694 includes the accuracy and performance iRobot is (rightly) famous for without any of the superfluous bells and whistles. That’s why we recommend it as our affordable option in our Best Robot Vacuums guide. We occasionally see this go on sale, but for the vast majority of the year, it sells for full price.
Make your own soda and sparkling beverages at home with a SodaStream. Just buy the flavor packs you like, load up a CO₂ canister, and it’ll carbonate your water and mix your drink without forcing you to keep making soda runs to the grocery store. You can also skip the sugary additives and just make carbonated water.
Smoothies are delicious! They also cost about eight bucks in a shop, which means that you’re literally drinking an enormous markup. Make your own with a powerful, 900-Watt NutriBullet. This more powerful Pro model can blend up to 32 fluid ounces of fruit, vegetables, and nuts at a time with its stainless steel blades.
This model has been our recommendation as the best air purifier for small rooms for years. Even after three years of daily use, the one I have is ticking along just as effectively as when it was new. It works for rooms up to 361 square feet, and it has an automatic mode that will ramp up or down to three power levels, depending on the air quality in the room. On its lowest setting, it’s almost inaudible. Perfect for light sleepers in the bedroom.
Usually with TVs of this size, it’s “go big and go home with an empty checking account,” but you can give yourself the home theater you’ve always deserved by upgrading to this 4K-resolution, big-screen smart TV. It comes with Google TV included, so you don’t need a separate streaming device to watch television over your internet connection. Capable of Dolby Vision and HDR, it also has Google Assistant baked in, so you can give it voice commands and leave the remote on the table.
For Apple purists who enjoy being able to control their viewing through “Hey Siri” voice commands, the Apple TV 4K (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is the streaming box to get. This is the new 2021 second-generation model that has an improved voice remote.
TCL makes some of our favorite televisions. In fact, when somebody asks for a recommendation for best-value 4K TV, we point them right to this 55-inch QLED TCL. It comes with Roku, our favorite streaming service, built in. For the money, image quality is outstanding, and you won’t find anything better unless you spend three times as much.
This is one of our favorite streaming devices. There’s no hands-free voice control, but if you don’t care about that, it snappily gives you an excellent TV interface that lets you access almost every major streaming service. It plugs into your TV’s HDMI port. You can read more in our Best Streaming Devices guide.
I’ve used Sanus mounts for years, and this one has been a favorite because it’s easy to tilt upward or downward and side to side, or to extend, yet it also feels solid. After all, you don’t want your precious TV depending on a piece of flimsy metal to keep it from crashing down. You can extend the FLT1 up to 5 inches from the wall or push it nearly flat against it to save room, and you can tilt it to get a better viewing angle from wherever you’re sitting. It’ll work with nearly all TVs that weigh 80 pounds or less and have screens measuring 32-70 inches.
Get everyone in on the game. If you’ve been puttering around with only the one stock Joy-Con controller that came with your Nintendo Switch, pick up another official Nintendo Joy-Con so you have a friend to beat in Super Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. The two halves can be detached from each other and used as two controllers in certain games, so for $64 you could be enjoying four-player free-for-alls.
Watch, Computer, and Mobile Deals
Apple Watches are a favorite around the WIRED office. The Series 8 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) adds automatic Crash Detection to get emergency responders to your location if you’re unresponsive. It also has a skin temperature sensor that helps with tracking fertility and your period.
Even though the A-series of Galaxy tablets is billed as the economical choice, the A8 offers some impressive, non-economical features, such as a metal case and Dolby Atmos speakers. This model has an upgraded 128 GB of storage with a 10.5-inch display.
You can upgrade to a bigger, more powerful Android tablet for a little more. The Tab S7 Plus has an AMOLED screen for a much better viewing experience (brighter colors, deeper blacks), has a 120-Hz screen refresh rate that’ll feel buttery smooth every time you interact with it, and has a fantastic quad-speaker system. You can do some work on it if you pair it with a keyboard and use Samsung’s DeX mode.
Face it—nobody seems to have a printer, but they’re always asking friends if they have one because they need to print something. This color printer also copies, scans, and faxes over Wi-Fi, and it uses widely available Canon Inkjet ink that you can find on Amazon or any major electronics retailer.
Relive the glory days of film photography with this instant-film, point-and-shoot camera from Fujifilm. It comes with a 10-pack of Instax film to get you started. Even in a world of digital cameras that can rattle off thousands of photographs without hesitation and smartphones that outshine the past decade’s high-end SLRs, there’s something timeless and spontaneous about a camera that spits out a physical photograph on demand.
These first-gen Apple AirPods Pro (8/10, WIRED Recommends) are still a great pair of earbuds thanks to their impressive active noise cancellation, sound quality, and IPX4 sweat resistance. They’ll last for 4.5 hours on a charge, which is low, and the included charging case offers another 24 hours. It pairs super quickly with Apple devices.
Regardless of the laptop speakers a manufacturer brags about, they’re going to sound tinny and small. Although these wireless Bluetooth speakers and 6.5-inch, 100-W subwoofer are hardly audiophile-grade equipment, they’ll provide a significant sound quality upgrade for listening to music, watching movies, and playing video games.
Even though our reviewer was skeptical when testing this speaker for his guide to the Best Bluetooth Speakers, he came away impressed because of its ability to make music sound good no matter where you place it in a room. Even outdoors on a covered patio, its three upward-firing drivers spread music around to create a full listening experience.
The Arctis Prime Wired Headset got great marks in our review (8/10, WIRED Recommends). It’s one of our favorites, due to its comfortable ear cups, sleek look, and quality sound. Essential for gaming, it also has a crystal-clear microphone.
We called the Polk Signa S4 the best soundbar/subwoofer combo in our guide to the Best Soundbars for Every Budget because it offers top-level Dolby Atmos sound for not a lot of money, and now it’s even cheaper. We also rated it a 7/10 for its room-filling bass.
Retailer Sale Pages
Other stores have started offering competing deals that don’t require an Amazon Prime membership (and more will likely join in). Here’s a list of merchants that may be getting in on the action.