Consumer Reports

What to Buy in June

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The official start to summer is almost here - which means now is the time to double-check your warm-weather inventory. And with Father’s Day and early Fourth of July sales coming up, Consumer Reports says the month of June is a great time to save on purchases big and small.

Not only are the days long and full of sun -- June is a great month to cash in on savings for high-quality items.

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

“This year, Father’s Day falls on June 19 and we’re already seeing sales on traditional gifts for dads like smartwatches, and fitness trackers, as well as power tools,” said Consumer Reports Shopping Editor, Samantha Gordon.

Drill down on your Father's Day shopping list with something that’ll be sure to tackle those big jobs around the house.

This DeWalt Cordless Drill is a CR Best Buy and is now $143 at Amazon. CR says this drill is very powerful, capable of driving even the largest screws.

And if dad has a green thumb outside, now he can continue gardening year-round when he’s inside -- with the AeroGarden Harvest 360 Countertop Garden on sale for $130 at AeroGarden.

As for new dads and moms just getting started -- CR says June is a great month to score deals on strollers.

The Chicco Bravo Trio Stroller is a CR Best Buy at $400 at Amazon, BuyBuyBaby, and Walmart. CR says this stroller is the best for suburban living.

Next, keep up your curb appeal with a string trimmer you won’t have to drop five dollars a gallon for.

This EGO Battery-Powered String Trimmer is a CR Best Buy and is now $179 at Amazon and Lowe’s.

And finally, as this month closes out, keep a lookout on sales for next month’s big holiday.

"Around the end of June you’ll start to see July 4 sales kick-off at all the major retailers and you can expect big savings on big-ticket items like large appliances and mattresses," Gordon said.

The Bosch Ascenta Dishwasher is a top performer and a CR Best Buy at only $699.

And to make the sweltering heat of June just a little more manageable, Consumer Reports says June is a great month to find deals on sunscreens and insect repellents.

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