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October 1, 2015

The Wirecutter’s best deals: SodaStream, UE Boom and more!

by John_A

This post was created in partnership with The Wirecutter, a list of the best technology to buy. Read their continuously updated list of deals at

You may have already seen Engadget posting reviews from our friends at The Wirecutter. Now, from time to time, we’ll also be publishing their recommended deals on some of their top picks. Read on, and strike while the iron is hot — some of these sales could expire mighty soon.

Sharp LC-48LE653U 48-Inch 1080p LED TV

Street Price: $440; MSRP: $600; Deal Price: $400

We’ve reported a couple deals on this TV recently, but this is $20 lower than anything we’ve had on our deals page. And up until about a week ago, we’d never seen any deals below $430.

The Sharp LC-48LE653U is our pick for best $500 TV. Chris Heinonen says, “Our main $500 pick for the time being is the Sharp LC-48LE653U. This $480 48-inch TV offers 1080p resolution, Netflix support, three HDMI inputs, and good picture quality for the money (according to current reviews). At this price level, it has the best picture quality, size, and features for the dollar compared with the competition.”

Logitech UE Boom Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Street Price: $200; MSRP: $200; Deal Price: $155

Here’s a solid deal on this Bluetooth speaker from Logitech. Woot! isn’t offering the lowest price we’ve seen, but it’s still a good $45 below its current going value. You have four choices for colors with this deal: red-blue, white-pink, red-pink and blue-green. The price includes Woot!’s standard $5 shipping fee.

The UE Boom is being discontinued by Logitech because of two newer models: the Logitech UE Megaboom and the UE Boom 2. All that means right now is that we’ll probably see it hit several of these low prices while retailers clear inventory until it becomes hard to find.

The Logitech UE Boom is our runner-up pick in our guide on the best water-resistant Bluetooth speakers. Brent Butterworth said, “It offers an outstanding feature package, delivers very good sound quality, can withstand a splash or a rainstorm (but not a trip to the bottom of the pool), and has a compact and easily portable design.”

IntoCircuit Power Castle 13000mAh Battery Pack

Street Price: $30; MSRP: $100; Deal Price: $15 with code 1NEWDEAL

This looks to be the lowest price ever on this version, although it can be hard to tell with coupon codes. This deal is pretty close to the lowest we’ve seen on the 11200mAh version, which has gone down to $13 before. You can also get the 15000mAh for $17 with code 2NEWDEAL.

While we’ve never tested the 13000mAh or 15000mAh, they are simply higher capacity upgrades of the 11200mAh battery pack, our runner-up pick for the best USB battery pack. Liam McCabe likes the IntoCircuit because “It takes up a bit less space overall than Anker’s Astro E4 [our main pick], but it also has a smaller battery capacity. Of the finalists, it’s the only one with a numerical charge-level indicator, which is as close as any of these packs comes to having a user interface.”

SodaStream Jet Soda Maker

Street Price: $60; MSRP: $100; Deal Price: $45

We’ve had a similar deal up on this a number of times recently and while this isn’t a huge drop from the previous $47 low, it’s the new best price. Much like the previous deal, it’s available in black or red and comes with a special kit of 4 bottles and a reusable CO2 carbonator.

The SodaStream Jet is our pick for the best soda maker. Jamie Wiebe writes, “It’s simple to use, makes decent-tasting seltzer water, has a CO2 tank that lasts for about 40-60 liters, and is one of the most eco-friendly options.”

She added, “In our blind taste test, the Jet scored third, behind the Purefizz and the store-bought control. It’s neutral-tasting, and not as fizzy as the store-bought version, but it still tastes effervescent and bubbly.”

Deals change all the time, and some of these may have expired. To see an updated list of current deals, please go to The

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