September brings falling prices on appliances, phones

Consumer Reports finds discounts of top-rated products

With Labor Day around the corner and the seasonal shift from summer to fall now here, September is a great month for savings on some appliances, grills and even smartphones, according to Consumer Reports.

SAN ANTONIO – With Labor Day around the corner and the seasonal shift from summer to fall now here, September is a great month for savings on some appliances, grills and even smartphones, according to Consumer Reports.

Consumer Reports tracks the prices of many of its tested products all year long, so it knows exactly when they go on deep discount. Here are top ones to look out for in this month’s Best Time to Buy.

“Thanks to Labor Day sales, during the first half of the month you’re going to see some great discounts on large appliances, like dishwashers, washers and dryers, and refrigerators,” said Samantha Gordon, Consumer Reports’ shopping expert.

The Whirlpool Top-Freezer Refrigerator is now on sale for $529 at Appliances Connection and Best Buy. Consumer Reports says it’s a great budget refrigerator that’s one of the top performers for its size.

Texans use the air conditioner well past summer, and now is the perfect time to buy one as retailers begin to offload their summer products. The Frigidaire Window AC is now $249.99 at Appliances Connection. Consumer Reports says this window AC performs well for comfort and ease of use.

If you have some tree trimming to tackle, a new chainsaw may make it a little easier. The EGO battery-powered chainsaw is now $366.75 at Amazon.

And finally, keep your eyes and ears open for smartphone savings. Apple is expected to announce its new iPhone on Sept. 7.

“Because of that, you can expect older model iPhones to start to drop in price at carriers and retailers,” Gordon said.

The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max is currently $1,099 at full price. But, you will likely see discounts and other offers as the month goes on and through the rest of the year.

The iPhone 13 Pro Max is Consumer Reports’ top-rated smartphone, with one of the longest battery-life spans of all the current models tested, and it has an additional wide-angle and zoom camera.

Looking for something else this month? Consumer Reports says September is a great month to find deals on grills, air purifiers, leaf blowers, wood stains, replacement windows, and smart speakers.


About the Author:

As a consumer reporter, Marilyn is all about helping people stay safe and save a buck. Since coming to KSAT in 1985, she’s covered everything from crime to politics, winning awards for her coverage of the Mexican Mafia, Oklahoma tornadoes, children’s transplants, an investigation into voting irregularities and even a hit-and-run Santa Claus.