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The 25 Best Memorial Day Sales on Tech, Games, and Outdoor Gear – News Opener

Memorial Day is a major shopping holiday in the US, but nobody wants to spend their long weekend scrolling through marketing emails. Let us save you the trouble. We scoured the web to find actual deals on the gear WIRED reviewers recommend. Below, you’ll find great sales on everything from video games to furniture. Don’t forget to check back, as we’ll be updating this story throughout the weekend. 

Be sure to check out our other Memorial Day deals coverage, including the Best Memorial Day Mattress Deals, Best Memorial Day Outdoors Deals, Best Masturbation May Sex Tech Deals, and Best REI Anniversary Sale Deals for more. 

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LG C1 OLED

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This matches the best price we’ve seen on the LG C1 OLED (8/10, WIRED Recommends). It made our list of the best TVs as a top pick for gamers, not just because of the wonderfully rich blacks that OLED panels provide, but also due to its 120-Hz refresh rate support (and it works with Nvidia’s G-Sync and AMD’s FreeSync) for smooth-looking gameplay. Other screen sizes are also on sale. The deal is matched at Best Buy and Buydig (where it comes with a $75 Visa gift card). 

This deal has been around for a couple of weeks, but it’s still a good one. The 2021 iPad Mini (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is a great little portable hybrid device. The size is especially nice for reading or streaming videos, making it a good summer vacation sidekick. The price is matched at Walmart. For folks craving more power and a larger screen, the iPad Pro is also on sale. Check out our Best iPads guide for additional advice.

It’s not listed in our Best Bluetooth Speakers guide, but we generally like JBL’s gear. This deal is available in every color (and there are several to choose from). It’s waterproof and dustproof, so you can bring it along to the beach without worry. The speaker also doubles as a power bank to top up your smartphone. 

Google’s Nest Hub (7/10, WIRED Recommends) is powered by Google Assistant, so you can ask it anything from the weather to whether your dog can eat grapes (no!). It has a screen, so you can read the answers to your queries and also use the touchscreen to control your smart home. This version doesn’t have a camera, and it can track your sleep, so it’s good for the bedroom. Read our Best Smart Displays guide for more.

GoPro Hero 10

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The GoPro Hero 10 Black (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is our favorite action camera. Paying $400 for it alone is a good deal that saves you about $50, but this bundle adds even more value: It includes a spare battery and a charger that can top off both batteries simultaneously. The charger usually sells for $50 by itself. This is the best deal we’ve seen for the action camera since last year.

Totallee makes some of the thinnest smartphone cases around, so if you usually hate bulky cases but want some kind of protection for your pricey device, these are some of your best options. You can read more about our thoughts on its cases in our Best iPhone 13 Cases guide.

Enter code MD15 to see the discount at checkout. This sitewide coupon is valid through May 30. You can also use code MD20 to take 20 percent off orders of $100 or more. Satechi makes great tech accessories, like cases and chargers. Its products are featured in many of our guides, including the Best Wireless Chargers, Best USB Hubs, Best iPad Accessories, and Best iPhone Accessories

Elden Ring

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This is a holdover from last week that’s worth mentioning again. Folks feel very strongly about Elden Ring. You either love it or hate it. This is the first discount we’ve tracked for the popular title. The price is matched at Walmart and GameStop, and the deal is only valid on the PlayStation versions of the game. 

This recently released game is a modern-day version of the classic Pokémon Pearl. The price is lower than we’ve tracked before. It’s not the newest Pokémon game, but it still has the hours-long campaign the franchise is known for—perfect for kids in need of entertainment this summer. (Or parents in need of a quiet moment or two.) The price is matched at GameStop

As a part of its Mega Sale, Epic Games is offering both of these titles for free to anyone with an Epic Games account (free to create). Additional free games will be announced over the next couple of Thursdays. Check out the entirety of the sale here

Sony PlayStation 5 DualSense Wireless Controller

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One of the best PlayStation 5 features has nothing to do with the console itself. We really like this controller. In our roundup of the best PlayStation 5 accessories, WIRED reviewer Jaina Grey says there’s no third-party alternative that packs the same punch as the DualSense. The haptic feedback is spaced throughout the housing, making the games feel even more immersive. The controller is available in several mouthwatering colors too. This is the first and best deal we’ve ever tracked. The price is matched at Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and GameStop

There’s no chance of snagging a discounted PS5, but this annual promotion from Sony still has some good discounts. The Sony Pulse 3D Wireless Headset, for example, is seeing its first price drop. We don’t love the headset on its own, but it is a good accessory for PS5 owners. Tons of digital and physical games are also on sale. Highlights include Deathloop for $25 and Sackboy: A Big Adventure for $30. If there’s a PlayStation game you’ve been meaning to pick up, it’s probably discounted this weekend. 

Biolite FirePit+

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It’s been a while since we’ve seen the Biolite FirePit+ fall so low in price. We liked the original version; this newer model can be used as a heating source, a phone charger, and a snazzy portable grill. The whole thing folds down and packs up for easy storage.

Resident pizza oven enthusiast and WIRED editor Adrienne So loves the Solo Stove Pi (8/10, WIRED Recommends). From the overall shape and design to the oven’s glowing performance, she had a lot of good things to say in her review. The biggest caveat is the price, but it’s more stomachable now. This discount is part of a larger sale at Solo Stoves—we also like its Yukon firepit.

The Ooni Karu (9/10, WIRED Recommends) is an amazing, albeit very expensive pizza oven. We were thoroughly impressed during our testing, but that goes for most Ooni ovens we’ve tested. Our Best Pizza Ovens guide has more than one Ooni model, and most of them are on sale. The deals end on May 30. 

Thermapen One

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Enter code SHAREBBQ to see the discount at checkout. The Thermapen is one of the best grilling accessories for good reason: It does its job, and it does it quickly. It’ll spit out accurate temperatures in less than a second. It would make a nice Father’s Day gift, though any pitmaster will likely be happy to receive one of these. It doesn’t go on sale very often.

A comfortable seat can make a world of difference when you’re camping. This mini-couch is one of our favorite pieces of camping gear. It doesn’t pack down particularly small, and it can be annoying to set up, but if you just want to snuggle up to your significant other instead of sitting awkwardly in two separate camp chairs, this will do the trick. We’ve never seen it at a lower price. 

I love this blanket. I keep it in my trunk and take it with me on every camping trip. It compresses into the included stuff sack easily, and it keeps me warm despite being so lightweight. It’s also pretty big once unfurled, so I don’t have to choose between having warm shoulders or warm feet. The down filling is best suited to chilly weather—not outright cold. The price is matched at Kelty with code MEMORIAL2022. The blanket isn’t discounted often.

Rumpl blanket

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WIRED reviews editor Adrienne So is a huge fan of Rumpl’s outdoor-friendly blankets. They’re durable, warm, and packable, and they’re available in several eye-catching designs. The blankets are made of recycled materials too. This discount matches what we see a few times throughout the year. The deal is matched at REI, though fewer colors are available there. 

For more outdoor gear, check out REI’s Anniversary Sale. The outdoor retailer’s annual sale is back and ends on May 30. We’ve highlighted some of the best deals here

Moon Pod

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This giant, squishy beanbag is sort of ridiculous (as is its price tag). It’s also more comfortable than my sofa. The soft cover and dense filling make you feel like you’re floating (as if you’re on the moon, get it?). The only person who enjoys taking a nap on this more than I do is my cat. Moon Pod usually offers discounts only around major shopping holidays.

Stasher’s reusable bags made our list of the best reusable products. The bags go on sale around shopping holidays like Memorial Day pretty regularly, but we don’t see many good deals outside of those events. This starter kit includes seven dishwasher-safe bags in different sizes, ranging from smaller storage bags to oversize bags for leftovers or cold lunches. Shop the entire sale here

This deal was around last weekend, but before that, the last time we saw a discount like it was during Black Friday in 2021. New and returning customers are eligible for the deal, as long as returning customers haven’t been subscribed for at least one month. This deal is on the ad-supported version of Hulu. Read more about why we like Hulu in our Best Streaming Services guide.

New users can get half off a one-year membership to the very best password manager. The discount applies to both individual and family memberships. We like 1Password because it’s easy to use and it’s compatible with lots of different devices and programs. There’s also a Travel mode and the option to use 1Password as an authentication method, which are perks similar managers don’t offer. Learn more about it here.

May is National Masturbation Month, and as a result, just about every type of sex toy and bedroom tech is on sale. Many highlights from our Best Sex Tech roundup can be had at a discount. 


If you want to venture out on your own, here’s a list of Memorial Day sales at various retailers. Be sure to check out our many buying guides for additional advice and product recommendations.

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