Not every holiday can be as exciting as Thanksgiving or Christmas. And as it’s always within a few days from Valentine’s Day
, Presidents Day has it tough. But retailers are doing their best to jazz things up with some Presidents Day sales. In some cases, like a miniature version of Black Friday, the sales have already begun and will run through Presidents Day and beyond. In other cases, sales will pop up as we get closer to the holiday.
Here’s what you need to know: Presidents Day takes place on Monday, Feb. 17, and should be an especially good time to get a— this is the holiday that, as a society, we’ve decided is a . We’ll also see some good deals on home goods and electronics, even though those sales mainly happen during and Cyber Monday. Here are the biggest sales that retailers have announced so far:
Here are the best Presidents Day deals we’ve found so far, but be sure to check back from time to time. We’ll keep this article updated with new deals and updates as they happen.
For the lead-up to Presidents Day, Rakuten is going above and beyond. Not only are there some deep discounts on Lenovo hardware, but you get 20% back in Rakuten Super Points, which you can redeem on your next purchase. That’s nothing to sneeze at. Consider the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon with 1TB SSD, for example. You can get it for $1,499, which is 57% off, and get another $300 in Rakuten points at the same time. That’s enough to snag a set of Bose QuietComfort 35 ANC headphones, for example.
Here are the Lenovo deals we could find:
Despite the fact that the Rakuten site currently says these deals end on Feb. 14, the folks at Rakuten have assured me that the offer really ends on Feb. 17. Even so, Rakuten expects to sell out of certain models fairly quickly, so the actual end date may be moot.
I wish there was a clever historical tie-in to this particular deal, such as if George Washington used to carbonate his own sparkling water using chopped-down cherry trees, but alas, that doesn’t appear to be the case. Nonetheless, SodaStream is discounting its Fizzi Classic, One Touch Electric and Aqua Fizz Premium sparking water makers — basically, everything sitewide — from now through Feb. 17. To get 15% off anything on the site, apply discount code PRES15 at checkout. The only caveat: You can’t get this discount on gas or cylinder exchanges.
The Beats Studio3 might look the same as their predecessor, but they’re radically re-engineered on the inside. They include Apple’s W1 Bluetooth chip, for example, which is why they pair so well with iPhones and also eke out as much as 22 hours of battery life. But they also deliver a solid bass response — something that a lot of headphones in this class tend to lack — not to mention improved noise cancelling. Usually priced at $350, Best Buy is now offering the gray version (and only gray — the other colors are priced much higher) for just $200. That’s about $50 less than the best price we could find elsewhere.
I’m a big fan of the August Smart Lock — there’s nothing quite like the convenience of hearing your front door unlock automatically as you approach the porch. Not everyone loves using a mobile app to unlock the front door, though. Add August’s Smart Keypad and guests, kids, and your smartphone-ambivalent spouse can just tap the entry code. Right now, save $12 on the keypad when you enter promo code VDAY20 at checkout.
If you’ve recently upgraded your TV, you might need to step up your sound system as well. Vizio’s SB36512-F6 is a 5.1.2 home theater soundbar with a pair of wired rear speakers and a wireless subwoofer. The system supports Dolby Atmos and has Google Assistant built in to handle your voice prompts. Regularly $450, it’s currently 35% off.
Stop killing trees — use a Kindle instead. The paperlike screen is much easier on your eyes than reading on your phone or tablet, and this 2019 model has an adjustable front light that can make reading indoors or outdoors comfortable for an extended period of time. And unlike an iPad, the Kindle can run for weeks on a single charge. Right now you can save 28% on a new Kindle.
Read our review of the all-new 2019 Kindle.
Dell is having a pretty big Presidents Day sale, with over 200 featured deals rolling out over the next few days. One of our favorite deals you can snag right now is this souped-up Dell XPS 13, decked out with a 10th Generation Intel Core i7-10710U and 256GB SSD. In a review of the XPS 13, CNET’s Dan Ackerman said, “Dell has done nearly the impossible — it’s made a laptop I can find almost no fault with.”
We’re big fans of the XPS 13 and its narrow bezel that makes the 13.3-inch screen look massive. It comes with a trio of USB-C ports and a microSD slot, as well as a Windows Hello-compatible integrated fingerprint reader and four microphones for Cortana voice support from across the room.
Read our review of the Dell XPS 13.
The Yoga C630 is one of our favorite Presidents Day deals because the discount is enormous — regularly $940, it’s selling for $500 through the holiday when you use discount code EARLYVOTING11 at checkout. That means you can get this Windows 10 Home S Mode laptop for less than the Yoga Chomebook 630 variation we reviewed last year.
This Yoga 630 has a 13.3-inch FHD display with 1,920×1,080 pixels. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 processor and has a 128GB solid-state drive. It’s a convertible, so you can use it as a laptop or tablet and tent it as well.
Lenovo has a lot more on sale for Presidents Day, including IdeaPads, Yogas and IdeaCentres. Check out all the deals at Lenovo’s Presidents Day sale page.
What sport do they play on Presidents Day? Hockey? Presidential debates? Water polo? The point is that I don’t follow sports. But no matter what you want to watch on Presidents Day weekend, you can do it in style with a new 55-inch screen. Sceptre isn’t a big-name brand, and the Sceptre U550CV-U doesn’t have quantum dots or even smart TV streaming apps built in. But it does have a 4K screen and costs just $229.
Cheapskate Rick pondered the question of whether you should buy this Sceptre TV, and he landed on, “Yes, it’s a great deal and if you don’t like it, you can return it.” (I paraphrase.)
Now through Feb. 17, you can get $250 off any Amerisleep mattress. To get this discount, enter code PRESDAY250 at checkout.
Amerisleep offers a family of mattresses, each optimized for a different kind of sleeper. The AS3 (which Amerisleep says is its most popular model) is designed with support in mind. The AS2 is for back and stomach sleepers and is designed to alleviate back pain. The AS5 doubles down on memory foam, for an especially soft sleep experience. Prices on mattresses start at $849.
If price were no object, we’d probably all have a Dyson vacuum (and drive it around in our Lamborghini). But if your budget is in the real world, you might be tempted by the Shark Navigator Upright Vacuum. Generally well-reviewed, this traditional upright has a large capacity and works on both hardwood and rugs. Ordinarily priced at $139, you can get it for $99 right now. (While you can get it somewhat cheaper on Amazon, that offer isn’t for a new one — it’s part of the Amazon Renewed program.)
Originally published last week. Updated to reflect the latest Presidents Day prices and deals.
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