Whew, April really flew by fast! Believe it or not, Mother’s Day is now just two weeks away, so unfortunately, we can no longer keep putting off the search for a gift. Thankfully, though, retailers — likely highly aware of this fact — are discounting a bunch of items today that Mom will love.
First up, some of our favorite robot vacuums are on sale. The cream of the crop, the iRobot Roomba j7, for example, is going for $399 ($200 off) at Amazon, Best Buy, and directly from iRobot. You can also buy the iRobot Roomba j7 Plus, which is the same robovac but with an auto-emptying docking station included, at Amazon, Best Buy, and from iRobot directly for $599 ($200 off).
The vacuum is our top pick for many reasons. It features obstacle avoidance, so Mom won’t have to worry that it’ll run into furniture. She can also program it to clean select areas of her home and at certain times, too, either through the app or via a voice assistant like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Plus, thanks to a new update, it can now even double as a security camera.
The Roomba j7 features obstacle avoidance that allows it to navigate around furniture and smaller objects that it deems hazardous. Besides cleaning on a set schedule, the j7 can also jump to work via voice commands or the Roomba app.
The j7 Plus is good at avoiding obstacles, features good battery life, and includes an auto-emptying docking station. Additionally, iRobot will replace the vacuum for free if it runs over pet waste within the first year of ownership.
If the iRobot Roomba j7 is out of your budget, you can alternatively gift the iRobot Roomba i3 Evo at Amazon for $244 ($105 off) or for $5 more at Best Buy and Target. You can also buy the Plus model with an auto-empty base at Amazon and Best Buy for $399.99 ($150 off).
The i3 Evo offers the same suction level as the j7, and it’s equipped with two multi-surface rubber roller brushes that help reduce the likelihood of it getting tangled up in hair. It lacks AI obstacle avoidance, but Mom can still program it to clean certain areas in your home. It also offers support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, so she can control the vacuum with just her voice.
The best bang for your buck, the Roomba i3 Evo cleans just as well as the j7 but won’t avoid clutter and doesn’t have app-enabled clean zones or keep-out zones. If you can live without those, you’ll be very happy with this bot. You can also pair it with an auto-empty station for $200 more.
The self-emptying robot vacuum is identical to the iRobot Roomba i3 Evo but comes with its own auto-empty base included.
If you wish you could buy the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 but are turned off by the price, the Xbox Elite Series 2 Core Wireless Controller is one to consider. Right now, the white version is on sale for $104.99 ($25 off) at Amazon, Microsoft, and Walmart. That’s the best price we’ve seen it sell for this year and only $5 shy of the all-time low set during Black Friday. If you prefer other shades, you can also buy the new blue Xbox Elite Series 2 Core Wireless Controller at an all-time low of $131.93 ($8 off) at Amazon and Walmart or in red for $2 more at Amazon and Microsoft.
This is the stripped-down version of the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2. Like the Elite Series 2, the Core controller comes with adjustable-tension thumbsticks, a wraparound rubberized grip, and hair trigger locks. However, it lacks rear paddles as well as an extra D-pad. It also doesn’t come with a carrying case or a variety of thumbsticks.
The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 Core is functionally identical to the more expensive Elite Series 2 but doesn’t come with the extra D-pad, back paddles, thumbsticks, or charging case.
If you’re in the market for a high-end iPad, you can buy the Wi-Fi-enabled last-generation 11-inch iPad Pro with 256GB of storage in silver right now for $679 ($220 off) from Expercom, which is its second-best price ever. Like the new iPad Pro, the tablet offers a display that supports refresh rates up to 120Hz for smoother scrolling and gaming and boasts a lengthy battery life. It doesn’t come equipped with the faster M2 processor, and nor does it feature support for Wi-Fi 6E. Nevertheless, it’s still an excellent performer and a terrific tablet to buy if you’re fine going without those features.