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Sonos refurbished speaker sale: Get a Play:1 for $99 and more

Lots of good-as-new Sonos gear, all backed by a one-year warranty. Plus, save $60 on the Ember Travel Mug.

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The first-generation Sonos One is available refurbished for $159.

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Just yesterday I shared a deal on a refurbished Vitamix blender, which offered good-as-new hardware backed by a same-as-new warranty. In other words: no downsides, just premium gear at a significant discount.

Same scenario today, but for premium audio: Check out the Sonos Certified Refurbished speaker sale going on now. Among the highlights are a Sonos Play:1 for $99 (originally $199) and Sonos Playbar for $499 (regularly $699).

Like Apple and Vitamix, Sonos is a premium brand, with prices to match. Of course there are cheaper alternatives, but some folks just want that name, you know? Discounts are pretty rare, so when they come around, it's worth a look.

Sonos Certified Refurbished gear is, for all intents and purposes, good as new. It's cleaned, tested and inspected. It's packed in a new box with new accessories. It's backed by a one-year warranty. You even get a 45-day money-back guarantee and free returns.

If you're not already acquainted with the product lineup, you'll want to do your homework. The Sonos One (not to be confused with the older Play:1) is a smart speaker that supports either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant -- but this is the first-generation model, not the slightly improved second-gen One. Read CNET's Sonos One review to learn more.

Meanwhile, the Playbar is much more attractive at $499 than at $699, but the newer Sonos Beam is just $399 new -- meaning that might be the better bet if you're in the market for a smart soundbar. (These are our picks for the best soundbars for 2020, in case you're curious.)

Bottom line: If you want Sonos, buy refurbished Sonos -- and act fast, because inventory tends to go quickly.

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Get an Ember Travel Mug for $90 (save $60)


The Ember Travel Mug recharges when you place it on its "saucer."

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Speaking of pricey products, I have mad love for my Ember mug, which keeps my coffee at a consistent temperature all the way to the last sip. There's also a travel version, but it's a jaw-dropping $150. (Actually, the second-gen model is even pricier: $180.)

Today, however, and while supplies last, Best Buy has the first-generation Ember Travel Mug for $89.99. You also get a free Ember Halo Lid, which makes for a more mug-like drinking experience. It's a $29.99 value (also flat-out bananas when you see that it's just a plastic ring).

Unlike the regular mug, the travel version has a dial that lets you control the temperature directly -- no app required. That's pretty cool. Ember says it can keep a beverage hot for up to two hours, though it varies depending on what temperature you set. At, say, 140 degrees, you might get only an hour.

Why not just a Contigo Travel Mug for $10.52? Yep, no question, that'll get the basic job done. But it won't keep your beverage at a consistent temperature, and it doesn't have a super-cool LED readout built in. (Less important, granted.) Like I said, I absolutely love my Ember, impractical and woefully overpriced though it may be. Don't @ me.

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