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Today's Best Deals: Harmony Hub, Ecobee3, Camping Hammocks, and More

A great deal on the Ecobee3 smart thermostat, a Harmony remote with the all-powerful Harmony Hub, and camping hammocks lead off Friday’s best deals from around the web.

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Three Amazon Echo Dots, $130 with code DOT3PACK
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Amazon’s Alexa is basically the operating system of the home, but to fully appreciate it, you need to scatter Echoes and Echo Dots around your house until they can basically hear your from anywhere. If you’re ready to fully commit, Amazon’s offering a solid discount on the already-affordable Echo Dot when you buy three.

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To get the deal, just add three Dots to your cart, and use promo code DOT3PACK at checkout. The $130 you’ll spend is, somewhat incredibly, $50 less than a single full-sized Amazon Echo. The Dots’ speakers obviously aren’t as good, but you can plug them in or pair them over Bluetooth to any other speaker you have lying around, which makes them perfect little omnipotent, voice-activated Music streamers.

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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01DFKC2SO/?kinja_price=130&kinja_promocode=DOT3PACK


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$70 for a Logitech Harmony remote is a great deal on its face, but the real reason to buy this model is the included Harmony Home Hub.

The Hub allows you to use your iPhone, Android device, or even an Amazon Echo to control everything a Harmony remote can (which is basically any piece of home theater gear you can think of). So even when you inevitably lose the included remote behind the couch cushions, you’ll still have multiple ways to take control of all of your home theater gear.

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Considering the hub alone sells for $87 right now, getting the hub plus a remote for an all-time low $70 is a fantastic opportunity.


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Until relatively recently, USB-powred external hard drives (meaning those that don’t require an extra power cord) topped out at 2TB. Now, you can get this 5TB model for an all-time low $130, no power outlet required.

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Aukey Metal Magnetic Vent Mount, $6 with code AUKEYHD6
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Aukey’s magnetic vent mount was already our readers’ preferred method for mounting phones in the car, but this new version has a metal ring on the outside, rather than plastic. So fancy!

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But seriously, even if you already own one of these, I find it’s worth keeping an extra in my luggage so I’ll always have it handy for rental cars.

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Mark your calendars, because Amazon’s third annual Prime Day is July 11, with the deals actually kicking off at 9PM ET the night before.

Of course, we’ll be sifting through the avalanche of deals to help you find the best stuff, but in the meantime, a few great digital discounts are already live on Amazon’s Prime Day hub page. The highlights here are six months of Audible for $9 each (rather than the usual $15), up to 40% off Kindle Unlimited subscriptions, and 15% off July 4 snacks. Again, these deals are available starting today, if you have a Prime subscription (sign up for a free 30 day trial here).

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The best early access deal of them all though is undoubtedly four months of Amazon Music Unlimited for just $1. It’s only available for new members, but that’s the best deal we’ve seen on the service, which will still be less expensive than Spotify Premium ($8 vs. $10) after the promotional period expires.


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These USB batteries aren’t packed with the latest and greatest features, but they do have some of the best price-per-mAh ratios we’ve seen. The smaller of the two has an LCD screen that shows you your precise battery level remaining, while the larger Aukey includes a Lightning input for iPhone owners.

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APC’s SurgeArrest is your favorite line of surge protectors, and the miniature six outlet version is down to $6 on Amazon right now, within a few cents of an all-time low. You can never go wrong with extra power outlets.

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6-Month PureVPN Subscription, $43 with code 6M31 | 2-Year PureVPN Subscription, $60 with code 2Y77
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VPNs are in the news these days, and with good reason. So if you’re curious to sign up and start protecting your browsing history and personal data (or, you know, getting around websites’ geoblocks), PureVPN is running some pretty stellar discounts right now.

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If you sign up for a six month membership and use promo code 6M31, you’ll get it for $7.20 per month rather than the listed $9, and if you commit to two years, your price will drop all the way to $2.51 per month with code 2Y77, down from $2.95. That’s less than you spend during a trip to Starbucks.

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Top Home Deals

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Update: Sold out on Amazon, but Best Buy has it available for the same price.

The new Ecobee4 smart thermostat has Alexa built right in, but the previous generation Ecobee3 is still great, and Amazon’s clearing them out for an all-time low $170 right now. That’s about the same price as an Ecobee Lite, but you get an all-important remote temperature sensor, plus the ability to control HVAC accessories like humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and ventilators.

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Energy drinks will probably kill you, but if you can’t go without the pick-me-up, Red Bull is probably the least disgusting option out there. And with this cheapest-ever Amazon deal, it’s also one of the most affordable.

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If you still haven’t upgraded your morning routine up a life-changing wake-up light, two of Philips’ most popular models are on sale right now.

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Update: The HF3510 is now up to $99, which is a decent deal for that model, but not as good as $90, obviously.

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The entry-level Philips HF3500 has been down to $50 for a little while now, but outside of a brief $40 sale, that’s as low as it’s gotten on Amazon. But the higher-end HF3510 just joined the party with a $90 sale, matching the best deal Amazon’s offered since 2013. Compared to the 3500, the 3510 adds “natural” wake-up sounds, FM radio, more brightness settings, dusk simulation to help you wind down at night, and more.

https://www.amazon.com/Philips-Wake-Up-Sunrise-Simulation-HF3500/dp/B00F0W1RIW

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Shredded Memory Foam Pillow, $30 with code PQWCJIEX
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You spend 1/3 of your life in contact with a pillow, so it had better be a good one. This queen-sized bed pillow is stuffed with chunks of shredded memory foam, and it can be yours for only $30 today with code PQWCJIEX. Don’t sleep on this deal.

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Koogeek Smart Plug, $22 with code LXZXJUW6
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We see deals on WeMo switches and TP-Link Smart Plugs on a pretty regular basis, but this similar product from Koogeek is Apple HomeKit certified, and only $22 today.

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Like those other smart switches, the Koogeek Wi-Fi Smart Plug includes an app for turning your electronics on and off, and putting them on a schedule. The key difference here is that you can also control it with Siri from your phone, or from Control Center in iOS. That’s a big deal if you’re an iPhone owner, and with promo code LXZXJUW6, you’re not even paying a premium for it.

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You don’t need a Shop-Vac until you really, really need a Shop-Vac, so prepare for the leaks life throws your way with this 5-gallon model, marked down to an all-time low $49 today. You might not use this for your every day house cleaning, it’s one of those things that everyone should have in their garage.

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Select 3-wick candles, $10 | $10 off $30 orders with code INEEDTHESE
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Bath & Body Works just dropped a whole bunch of summer scents to help keep your thoughts carefree, and they’re marking them down to just $10. No code is needed to enjoy the markdown, but if you pick up $30 worth of stuff and use the code INEEDTHESE, you’ll get $10 taken off. You could end up with three 3-wick candles for just $7 each.


Philips Hue Bloom, $46 after $14 coupon
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You’re probably familiar with the color-changing Hue lights that screw into your existing lamps and light fixtures, but if you really want to paint your rooms with color, you’ll want to pick up a few Hue Bloom accent lights as well.

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These lights used to sell for around $80, and have sold for $60 for the last few months, but today’s $46 deal on Amazon is the best we’ve ever seen. If you’re already invested in the Hue ecosystem, you should absolutely pick up at least one.

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Contigo, purveyor of your longtime favorite travel mug, now makes a vacuum insulated water bottle as well, and you can grab a 24 oz. model for an all-time low $16 today. It’ll keep your drinks cold for up to 28 hours straight, which doesn’t seem like it should be possible, but here we are.

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The newest, big-screen Nest Learning Thermostat 3.0 is down to $198 today, which is a match for the best discount we’ve ever seen. These don’t go on sale all that often, so if you have one on your wishlist, I wouldn’t hesitate.

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If your tires are about due for a replacement, Discount Tire Direct is offering up to $100 in Visa gift card rebates (in addition to any manufacturer rebates) when you order four new tires, plus an additional $100 if you order wheels as well, plus an extra $60 on each if you use a Discount Tire credit card. Just enter your make and model, click the options to see tires on promotion, and you’ll see the rebate amount (either $25, $75, or $100) on the right hand side.

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There’s really nothing better than lounging in a hammock when the weather’s nice, drink in hand. If you have the drink part down, but need the lounge, Amazon’s one-day sale on Twisted Root hammocks has you covered. Pick up practically any kind of hammock, plus, grab the accessories you need to kick your feet up.


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Pack your stuff in a new Timbuk2 bag during their End of Season Sale. Get up to 30% off a ton of styles, no code needed, and make sure your commute is packed well. There’s everything from one of your favorite carry-ons to your favorite laptop bags.

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Cymas Resistance Bands, $16 with code SF3B9O46
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Need to get your body beach-ready? This resistance band set lets you get a full workout in any room in your house, and at $16 (with code SF3B9O46), it’s quite a bit more cost-effective than joining a gym.

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Now is the time to get your summer wardrobe in order (before you sweat your way through the week. Right now, ModCloth is running a buy one, get one 50% off sale on all their fan favorites, including top-rated apparel, shoes, and accessories. There is so much to choose from, so get ready to take a little bit of time to look through.


Dorco Pace 6 + 10 Cartridges, $11 with code KINJA6CSF
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Great razors for low prices are kind of Dorco’s thing, but $11 for a handle and ten six-blade cartridges, plus free shipping? You’ll probably spend more on lunch today, and this should last you months. Just use promo code KINJA6CSF at checkout to get the deal.

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While it lacks the brand recognition of the Fitbit Aria, this $30 smart scale can still sync your weight, body fat, and other stats to your phone over Bluetooth so you can track your measurements over time. And if you own an iPhone, it’ll even sync to the Health app, so you can integrate the stats with tons of other fitness apps.

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Most Blu-ray-focused Amazon Gold Boxes have more than three titles, but if you’re into anime, you’ll probably find something worth buying here. The complete Steins Gate, the complete Spice & Wolf, and the first season of My Hero Academia are all marked down to the lowest prices ever.

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If you’ve never used Amazon Prime to stream video, doing so today will get you a $10 Amazon credit to spend by Prime Day. All you have to do is sign up for a 30 day free Prime trial if you aren’t a member, open up the Amazon Video app on your smart TV, streaming box, or game console, and watch any free movie or TV show included with your Prime membership.

Assuming you’ve never done this before on the same Amazon account, you’ll receive a $10 credit in your account within 3-4 days, which will expire at midnight on Prime Day.

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In addition to Wednesday’s deal on The Wrath of Khan, you can also get all three rebooted Trek movies for just $17 today, including the best Star Trek movie of all time, Star Trek (2009).

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If Steam’s Summer Sale savings aren’t enough for you, here’s a $100 Steam Wallet gift card for $90. That’ll buy you a lot of great games this time of year.


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If your PlayStation Plus membership is due to expire soon (or not), grab another year for $48 today, which is about as low as it gets since Sony jacked up the price by $10.

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