It’s the weekend before Labor Day weekend, the calm before the storm. Next weekend there will be barbecues, hot dogs and great sales. That doesn’t mean you can’t start early. We’ve already rounded up some of the early Labor Day sales this week, but this weekend we’ve found some more great discounts on BBQ gear, coffee grinders, and sex toys.
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Coffee and outdoor offers
This is one of our favorite hand grinders, an adorable little thing for hand grinding coffee when you’re away from the convenience of electricity. The Hario Skerton Plus has an ergonomic shape and internal ceramic burrs to ensure you get an even, flavorful grind from your coffee, wherever you go. Read our guide to the best coffee grinders for more recommendations.
The Solis Scala is a killer and super accessible burr grinder. With conical burrs, it is able to grind your coffee fine enough for an espresso or coarse enough for a French press. Aside from using fresh beans, a burr grinder is the number one way we recommend to up your home coffee game. You will get much more flavor from your coffee if it is ground.
You might scoff at the idea of using a Keurig to brew your coffee, and that’s completely fair, but if you want to try your hand at making lattes and cappuccinos without spending a fortune, this is a great place to to start. This hassle-free Keurig (8/10, WIRED Recommends) makes espresso-style shots that taste almost as strong as the real thing, but its frother is what makes it special. It froths the milk perfectly for lattes or cappuccinos, and cleaning is very easy. Keurig coffee pods are also 100% recyclable.
A fire pit can be a great addition to any backyard. You can build one yourself, but Solo Stove’s Bonfire is a nice, hassle-free option. It’s almost smokeless, but still burns hot wood, is virtually indestructible, and is fairly easy to move around. Solo Stove is offering up to 40 percent off all of its stoves for Labor Day, so check out the Yukon (7/10, WIRED Recommends) or the Ranger if the Stove isn’t right for you.
It was a little cheaper over Memorial Day and will probably go back on sale on Black Friday, but it’s still a good price. The FirePit+ is one of our favorite portable grills. It folds up for easy transport, and the hybrid design offers warmth and a very user-friendly cooking surface. There are even USB ports that will allow you to charge your gadgets next to the fire pit. Talk about the best of both worlds. We reviewed the previous model, but the newer version is warmer and has a larger rechargeable battery.
It’s pricey, but Traeger’s Wi-Fi-powered electric pellet smoker lets you become the master of the neighborhood without leaving the couch. It’s well built, and the companion app lets you control almost every facet of the Ironwood 650 (7/10, Wired Recommends) on the go. Traeger recommends using only their own pellets, which isn’t great. Read our guide to the best grills to learn more.
You don’t need a backyard to get in on the grilling action. This simple and inexpensive electric grill from George Foreman will do the trick and can fit four servings. It has a drip tray to catch the fat and can double as a panini press.
This hybrid grill can switch between charcoal and gas, so you can try to end the charcoal vs. gas debate once and for all (or just enjoy both styles). There’s a side burner to heat up the side dishes, and while you probably won’t be able to load enough charcoal for smoking, it’s great for heating.
Offers sex technology
This is a bundle that includes an air pulse stimulator (the We-Vibe Melt) and a curved vibrator for G-spot stimulation (the Pillow Talk Sassy). Both are quite small, which is great for anyone with smaller hands or grip issues, and when used together, they provide a great experience. But even flying alone, each is a killer addition to any bedroom.
The Power Play is for fans of the big, original magic wand. It can massage knots in muscles just as easily as it can stimulate erogenous zones. It’s almost as big as a Maglite flashlight though, so make sure you have the forearm strength to handle it properly.
I’m much more of a fan of the mini size wands myself. They feel great in the hand and are easy to move around for use by yourself or with a partner. This one doesn’t reach the intensity of its bigger cousin, but it’s still very powerful for a vibrator. That doesn’t mean it’s high intensity all the time; at its lowest setting, it’s still deliciously smooth.
This vibrator is a little weird. It has an odd overall shape, but that makes it great for anyone looking to explore new sensations. Both tips have rollers so you can roll them up and down your body, or a sore muscle, providing indirect stimulation. It’s a design meant for anyone whose erogenous zones are too sensitive to be touched directly, or anyone who really enjoys a good tease. Also, the other end of the vibrator is designed for internal use, so you can really enjoy some really fun exploration.
Always a satisfying combination, the Satisfyer Pro Penguin Air Dust Stimulator and Pillow Talk Sassy are a match made in heaven. This bundle is a little different from the other bundle above because the Satisfyer Pro Penguin offers a different experience than the We-Vibe Melt. Its mouth is smaller, and its body is rounder, so it fills the palm a little more easily. This smaller mouth means it’s ideal for targeted stimulation of small erogenous zones, and it even comes with 11 intensity levels. Plus, he looks like a cute little penguin with an adorable tie.
These curved vibrators are designed for simultaneous internal and external use. One part fits inside, while the other part rests against the vulva and clitoris. They are small and discreet so they can be worn during all kinds of activities. On top of that, this one comes with a remote control for more fun with a partner, or just laying back and spending some hands-free time.
Strokers like this eschew the sometimes garish designs you find on others. It’s not shaped to look like anyone’s genitalia, it’s just a soft silicone sleeve with some extra fun texture bits inside. These are great fun for anyone with a phallus, and are even fun to use as a way to apply lube to an insertable toy.
Another entry into the non-traditional vibrator category, this one is shaped to look like an adorable bunny. It’s a different take on the traditional “bunny” vibrator, facilitating indirect and direct stimulation with just one hand. You can feel the vibrations through the two little ears, or through the head or body, making it another good option for anyone who wants to explore themselves a little more than a traditionally shaped toy would allow.
It might sound a little strange, but the Blush Neo dildo isn’t like those old flesh-colored dildos. This is a double density dildo. This means it has a soft silicone outer shell and a harder silicone inner core for a more realistic feel. The base is flared so it is safe for vaginal or anal use and will fit most harnesses. Plus, it glows in the dark, which makes it super easy to see in a dark bedroom, but also makes for an interesting experience with a partner.
Temptasia’s Harness briefs are another longtime favorite of ours. They are very accessible to first-time users and are as comfortable as any other pair of briefs. The built-in O-ring and pocket can fit almost any dildo, but also work great for packers. There’s also an internal pocket, where you can store some bullet vibration for a little extra stimulation.