Get a Vitamix Explorian E320 pro-grade blender for $179.95



The Vitamix Explorian offers a basic blending experience, yet promises enough power to crush nuts into nut butter.


Vitamix is the Peloton of blenders. The Sonos. The Apple. It’s the top-tier, premium brand in its space, with prices to match and rare discounts. That’s what makes this deal especially exciting: For a limited time, Amazon has the refurbished Vitamix Exporian E320 64-ounce low-profile blender for $179.95. That’s $90 off the regular refurb price and $170 off the price of a new one.

This is an “Amazon Renewed” product, meaning Amazon proper will cover you for 90 days if anything goes wrong (or you just want a refund). However, you also get a full three-year warranty from Vitamix, same as you’d get with a new one. (CNET investigated reconditioned Vitamix blenders last year, so check that out if you want to learn more.)

Unlike some models, this one employs a low-profile design, meaning it should fit under kitchen cabinets. It offers 10 variable speeds and a dishwasher-safe lid and container.

One of the Vitamix claims-to-fame is soup: While blending, the blades heat up enough to turn cold ingredients into hot soup within about six minutes.

CNET hasn’t reviewed this model, but nearly 800 Amazon buyers (of this reconditioned model) collectively rated it 4.5 stars out of 5. If you’ve been lusting after a Vitamix but put off by its sky-high pricing, this is about as good as it gets.

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Bonus deal roundup: Save on Oculus Go, Tile Sticker and more



The Oculus Quest is the single best VR product I’ve ever used, but it’s stubbornly still selling for $400. If you want the next best thing, check out the Oculus Go. It normally runs $200, but Walmart currently has the Oculus Go 32GB model at the Black Friday sale price of $149. You can also get it from Amazon for the same price, but there it shows an in-stock date of Jan. 30.

Tile Sticker

Tile’s new Sticker is designed to be placed on smaller items. 


I continue to find new uses for Tile locators — especially for my dad, who’s experiencing issues with memory. During a recent visit, he complained of constantly misplacing his cane. That’s the perfect use-case for the adhesive-backed Tile Sticker, which is about the size of a small stack of quarters. It’s also waterproof and has a three-year battery.

For a limited time, Amazon has the Tile Sticker 2-pack for $29.99. That’s $10 off the regular price, and a small price to pay to lessen the stress of lost things.


Portal 2 is an absolutely dazzling game…and great for your brain.


Finally, looking for something fun to do this weekend? Look no further than Valve’s Portal 2 (PC and Mac) for 99 cents. Regular price: $9.99. This is one of my all-time favorite games, a first-person puzzle platformer that’s also just plain hilarious. Never played the first Portal? It’s not necessary, but you should get it anyway — and it’s included in the ridiculously great Orange Box for $2.99. Regular price: $19.99. That collection nets you not only Portal 1, but also Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two and Team Fortress. 

They may be a little dated in the graphics department, but all these games are brilliant; they totally hold up. (Actually, I’m not sure about Team Fortress: Are people still playing that one?)

Have a great weekend, cheeps, and I’ll see you back here on Monday!

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