12 of the coolest Airbnbs in Charleston for your next family vacation, girls’ getaway, or couple’s trip

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Cobblestoned Chalmers Street and historic buildings in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Charleston is a grand, historic city that has good looks, Southern charm, and a compact city center.
  • Charleston is within easy driving distance of some of South Carolina’s and Georgia’s best beaches.
  • We found highly-rated Airbnbs downtown and in scenic suburbs, all between $86 and $479 per night.

Charleston, South Carolina is a longtime popular vacation destination, boasting history and a handsome, compact city center that lends itself to easy sightseeing. It has a slightly more buttoned-up reputation than peers like Savannah or New Orleans, but its attractions and proximity to great beach towns means tourists keep coming back.

It can be slightly more expensive than the previously mentioned cities in terms of private vacation rentals on Airbnb, but the houses are of exceptional quality and its neighborhoods are safe and picturesque. Most residential areas are within easy reach of downtown and the suburbs offer tranquil and scenic bases to stay.

As a travel writer with a specialty in the deep south, I’ve visited and written about Charleston many times. It’s one of my favorite cities in the US and I’ve put that experience to use by selecting impeccable Charleston rentals on Airbnb across various neighborhoods and budgets. Here’s my pick of the market.

Browse the best Charleston Airbnbs below, or jump directly to a specific area here:

These are the best Airbnbs in Charleston sorted by price from low to high.

Spacious private bungalow close to downtown

Spacious Private Bungalow

Rent this Charleston bungalow on Airbnb

There may be a bridge between this property and downtown Charleston, but it’s less than a 10-minute drive and for the notable value and comforts, it’s well worth considering. The Avondale neighborhood is a also good-looking area with its own restaurants and shops worth exploring. Otherwise, a quick hop across the bridge has you in the thick of things really quickly.

The house itself is as cute as any in the region, with a subtle powder blue and mint color palette, plus an inviting design that includes window seats, a small deck, and a patio. The property does not have a kitchen, but it does have a Keurig coffee maker, fridge, and microwave, and local dining options are plentiful. 

Funky little Airstream

Funky, charming Airstream, Charleston, South Carolina

Rent this Charleston Airstream on Airbnb

If you’re willing to take a chance on a non-traditional property, then this remodeled Airstream camper (cutely named Emma) is a comfortable, whimsical option in Riverland Terrace, which is a 10-minute drive from downtown that is also close to Stono River and Folly Beach.

The camper reflects a preppy aesthetic with crisp bright colors, wooden floors and paneling, and rafia blinds. The sleek ceiling lighting and a clawfoot tub add to the list of attractive amenities, while Wi-Fi, a kitchen, and a plush-looking bed make staying here akin to a high quality glamping experience.

Pretty guest suite with an outdoor shower and kitchen

The Island Nest

Rent this Charleston guest suite on Airbnb

As well as boasting a historic downtown, Charleston is also close to great beaches and staying just outside downtown makes it easy to enjoy the best of both worlds. This spacious, self-contained suite is 10-minutes by car from both the city center and gorgeous Folly Beach.

Enter this guest suite and be enveloped in a sense of relaxing vacation vibes thanks to decor that is tastefully seaside chic with driftwood accents, pops of bright yellow, and a great outdoor kitchen for a constant flow of fresh air. Couples or small families will love grilling on the covered deck after either a day’s sightseeing or sunbathing, and the master bedroom adds a punch of luxury with the addition of a jetted tub, as does the outdoor shower.

Light and airy tiny house with a patio

The Cedar House Rules

Rent this Charleston tiny house on Airbnb

Surrounded by river views and close to central Charleston, what the property lacks in size, it makes up for in tasteful design and easy good looks. Cedarwood features prominently, both in the decor as well as the surroundings, covering high-end floors and furniture. The neutral white and cream color palette is calming and airy, and accommodations include both a West Elm futon and a lofted sleeping nook with a white noise machine and fan for light sleepers.

The bathroom is compact but boasts a rain shower, and a secluded outdoor patio is private, lush, and outfitted with a hammock. Cruiser bikes are also provided.

Large townhome with multiple outdoor spaces

Home with rooftop deck

Rent this Charleston home on Airbnb

Although it’s located in a quiet residential neighborhood, this home is just steps from downtown and historic King Street.

The three-story townhouse itself has a cool, colorful, and contemporary vibe, with polished wooden floors, a breakfast bar, and a clawfoot bathtub. Though, the highlight of staying here is the impressive private rooftop, seemingly perched amid the trees. Sink into the outdoor sofa or enjoy a meal at the wood table, prepared in the sleek kitchen inside. If a shadier spot is more to your taste, you can decamp to the private courtyard for cocktails, a quiet respite with plenty of tree cover. 

Colorful apartment with impeccable design

Southern Shangri La Apartment

Rent this Charleston apartment on Airbnb

For a design-forward home with personality that shines through in spades, consider this cheery apartment which wows from the first glance of the colorful mural painted on the home’s exterior walls.

Inside is equally charming, with loads of wicker furniture ranging from end and coffee tables to chairs and even a bed frame, plus sleek midcentury modern couches and console tables. Leafy plants add a pop of color, as do fun accents like pom pom tassels and framed art.

The property is in the cute Cannonborough neighborhood, just two blocks from King Street.

Modern home with a large backyard

Modern Gem with Backyard

Rent this Charleston apartment on Airbnb

While Charleston is filled with plenty of historic homes, sometimes it’s just more comfortable to opt for a house that feels a bit more like checking into a boutique hotel.

Though, that’s not to say there’s no history to be found in this Airbnb which features grand exposed beams and brick plus original woodwork that retain the charm of the building’s roots. Decor, meanwhile, is quite contemporary with abstract coffee tables, modern art, and sleek finishes such as the subway-tiled shower and reclaimed wooden headboards in the bedrooms.

Loft-style carriage house

Carriage House

Rent this Charleston carriage house on Airbnb

Billed as a loft-style home, this carriage house has an airy open-plan layout that makes great use of natural light, complemented by furnishings and decor done up in muted grays and powder blue hues.

The living space includes a small but modern sofa, a wicker chair, and leafy potted plants alongside a full kitchen with a granite-topped island for bar seating. A spiral staircase leads up to a lofted bed area, but note that there is no wall or door separating the bedroom from the living room below. A small bathroom with a walk-in tiled shower round out the home’s offerings. The home is a couple of blocks from King Street and the nightlife and dining of downtown are just a few minutes’ walk away. 

A little pink palace

The Little Pink House on the Peninsula

Rent this Charleston house on Airbnb

If an adorably romantic getaway is what you’re in the market for, then we suggest you strongly consider this picture-postcard property.

This bijoux pink palace in the Cannonborough neighborhood exudes charm, from the ornamental porches with period gas lamps to the posh interiors that effortlessly mix classic farmhouse pieces like armchairs and bureaus with a contemporary marble-topped kitchen with slate blue cabinets punctuated by fire orange walls in the bathroom.

The lofted master suite is well-appointed for couples and opens out to a relaxing second floor porch. 

Serene cottage with a beautiful garden and pool

best airbnbs in charleston home with a pool

Rent this Charleston cottage on Airbnb

There’s an embarrassment of attractive features in this cottage, part of the Airbnb Plus collective. First is its plum location close to King Street and the tranquility of leafy Cannonborough as the surrounding neighborhood.

But you’re most likely going to book this lovely home for its access to a heated saltwater lap pool, a real rarity in this part of town, and a boon in summer during the sticky, humid months. The small lap pool is shaded by leafy trees and flanked by sun loungers, a stone patio with an outdoor dining table, and a peaceful koi pond.

Inside is equally impressive, a mix of classic, traditional Charleston architecture and midcentury furniture as well as funkier finishes including modernist standing lamps and coffee tables and a gorgeous white-tiled bathroom. Light pours in through a wall of windows in the living room, however, the kitchen is small and less modern. Though, the whole home more than makes up for it.

Enchanting apartment in the historic district

Enchanting Apartment in the Historic District

Rent this Charleston apartment on Airbnb

The hosts of this home have gone to great lengths to create a memorably exquisite look, mixing neutral fabrics with bold prints and textures with expert ease.

The midcentury furnishings are bolstered by striking features such as regal interior columns, multiple period fireplaces, hardwood floors, and exposed brickwork. Breakfast bars, porches, and three bedrooms mean that groups will have plenty of space to spread out. The master stuns with a standalone turquoise claw tub in the bedroom while additional bedrooms and spaces boast stunning designs that feels lifted out of a lifestyle magazine.

Swanky home with a pool

'The Bermuda' Home with Pool

Rent this Charleston home on Airbnb

Checking into this immaculate home is kind of like renting out your own small boutique hotel.

Enjoy private porches for an evening cocktail or grab a sun lounger on the common pool deck followed by a dip in the cool, refreshing waters. You may also bring your pet and let them roam free in the dog run.

The charms extend inside as well, with neutral and contemporary decor including exposed brick, high-quality wooden floors, and spa-like luxe bathrooms. There is also a gleaming kitchen and multiple bedrooms, including a master with a memory foam King-size bed. 

FAQ: Cool Airbnbs in Charleston, SC

Where is Charleston?

Charleston is on the Atlantic Coast of South Carolina, around two hours north of Savannah, and five hours east of Atlanta, by car. It is a peninsula, surrounded by the Ashley and Cooper Rivers, with suburbs on each side. The islands just to the south of Charleston are home to great beaches, such as Folly Beach on Folly Island. 

Where should I stay in Charleston SC Airbnb?

Where you stay in Charleston will depend a lot on your budget and personal tastes. The historic downtown and neighboring French Quarter are by far the most popular spots, and staying there means you can likely walk to most of the sights you’ll want to see. Many of these downtown streets are lined with beautiful historic homes, which opens up options on Airbnb, too.

Cannonborough and Elliotborough are well-appointed residential neighborhoods, while across the river, Avondale, Riverland Terrace, and James Island both provide quiet, riverside accommodations that are easily accessible by car from downtown.  

How much does it cost to rent a vacation house in Charleston?

If you want to rent a private vacation house in Charleston, the cost will depend on factors such as house size, proximity to downtown, the home’s historic status, plus the time of year and the day of the week you plan to visit. The average rental cost is $232 per night according to market analysts AirDNA, but there are variations. 

For example, a simple studio apartment downtown might start at around $120 per night off-season, but surge to over $400 per night for a busy weekend. A large, lavish townhouse could be closer to a thousand dollars or more per night at any time.

For better deals, as well as increased availability, visit in shoulder seasons like spring or fall when the weather is still pleasant and there are fewer crowds and less competition for properties. If you’re set on a summer trip to Charleston, plan to increase your budget or consider only staying midweek for lower rates.

Expect to pay, at minimum, a few hundred dollars for a short midweek stay off-season, or a couple of thousand for a weekend or summer visit in a higher-end property. Also budget in extra fees for cleaning, service fees, and other additional costs imposed by Airbnb.

What is there to do in Charleston?

Charleston is one of the best-preserved cities in the South, dating back to 1670 and soaking up the atmosphere with its decorative balconies, colorful stucco, and elaborate mansions is a pastime in itself.

The city is easy to walk around but a good way to get an overview of Charleston’s fascinating history is to take a horse-drawn carriage ride around downtown. It still has over 70 colonial buildings, mostly from the 18th century and many more from the first half of the 19th century. Touring some of these historic homes, such as the Calhoun Mansion, is a popular activity, and most of the shops and cafes hold some historic interest.

The local culinary delicacy is she-crab soup, so be sure to try it if it’s in season. 

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Sephora vs. Ulta: We compared the perks of each store’s membership programs and more

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  • As one-stop shops for all things beauty, Sephora and Ulta are often compared.
  • Both are actually pretty similar and great for stocking up on makeup, skincare, and haircare.
  • Here we break down their differences, from membership programs to shipping costs.

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If you’re an avid shopper of all things beauty, you’ve probably been to a Sephora or an Ulta – maybe even both. As one-stop shops for everything from makeup to skincare to haircare and all else in between, many people compare the two stores.

Sephora has a reputation for selling more luxury beauty brands while Ulta has long been considered a retailer for drugstore brands. The reality is that these two stores aren’t so different. With competitive rewards programs, strong selections, beauty services, and more, both stores offer a great shopping experience.

Wondering where you should go to get what? Below we’ve covered the membership programs, rewards, product and brand selections, ways to shop, and how to decide which store is best for you.

Keep reading for a complete breakdown of what you can expect to find at Sephora and Ulta.

Brands and product selection

Sephora Collection Lip Gloss
Sephora carries a host of brands, including its popular in-house Sephora Collection.

Both stores carry a wide range of products across all price ranges, and there is a lot of overlap between the two when it comes to brand selection. Generally, Sephora stocks more high-end brands and Ulta more drugstore options.

Sephora: Sephora carries hundreds of brands, along with its own private label. Sephora Collection, the store’s in-house line, offers affordable beauty products starting as low as $1. The store also stocks a host of mid-tier brands, as well as high-end ones like Dior, La Mer, and Chanel. Fenty Beauty, Huda Beauty, and Charlotte Tilbury are some of Sephora’s standout brands you can’t find at Ulta.

Ulta: Ulta Beauty Collection is the store’s in-house label offering affordable beauty products — prices start below $1 for a sheet mask — with everything from skincare to beauty tools. Like Sephora, you can find plenty of mid-tier brands, but what stands out about Ulta is its curation of budget beauty brands. NYX, e.l.f. Cosmetics, and L’Oréal are some of the drugstore brands you can’t find at Sephora.

Sales and deals

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Some of the brands at Sephora you can save on.

Both beauty stores have online sale sections and limited-time deals. Ulta tends to host sales more often, but Sephora gives greater savings during singular events. And like many retailers, the sales are even greater when you enroll in their membership programs.

Sephora: The beauty retailer has weekly sales on trial and mini sizes, and with online orders, you can choose two free samples at checkout. Sephora also hosts a massive annual spring sale where Beauty Insiders can save big on popular brand names. If you sign up for the rewards program, you can use an exclusive promo code to take 10% off nearly every product Sephora carries. And for Rouge and VIB members, the deals are even greater — saving 15% and 20% off, respectively. Right now, everyone can get free shipping with the code “FREESHIP.”

Ulta: Constantly releasing coupons, buy more save more deals, and sale items, Ulta makes it easy for people to shop discounted beauty products both in-store and online. Its big sale events — like the 21 Days of Beauty, the Gorgeous Hair Event, and the Love Your Skin Event — are notorious for featuring Beauty Steals, where customers can shop up to 50% off top brands like Tarte and Glamglow and the deals refresh every 24 hours. These events come and go quickly, so you can sign up for Ulta Beauty emails to stay in the know for big upcoming events.

Memberships

Ulta Morphe Setting Spray
One of the photo-ready products you can find at Ulta right now.

Both stores offer membership programs that reward shoppers through points programs, granting them special access to promotions, and more.

Sephora: Beauty Insider is Sephora’s membership program. There are three levels of membership: Beauty Insider, VIB, and VIB Rouge. Any shopper can become a Beauty Insider since there’s no minimum spend necessary. To become a VIB member, you must spend $350 a year, and to become a VIB Rouge member that number goes up to $1,000 a year.

Ulta: Ultamate Rewards is Ulta’s membership for loyal shoppers. There are three tiers of membership: member, platinum member, and diamond member. There is no minimum spend required to become a regular member. You must spend $500 a year to become a platinum member and $1,200 to become a diamond member.

Rewards program benefits

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This Laneige skincare set is one of the three eligible birthday gifts for Beauty Insiders.

Both the Beauty Insider and Ultamate Rewards programs offer great perks to shoppers, whether you’re spending lots of money at the store each year or none at all. Sephora offers its members more promotions while Ulta offers more birthday perks, but ultimately both programs reward shoppers very similarly. 

Sephora: There are many benefits of becoming a Beauty Insider. One of the most notable is the points system, which turns your spending into points that you can redeem at the Rewards Baazar in exchange for products. Here’s a rundown of the rewards you get, at every membership tier:

  • Insider: 1 point for every $1 you spend, 2 free birthday gifts, 10% off during seasonal savings events
  • VIB: 1 point for every $1 you spend, 2 free birthday gifts, 15% off during seasonal savings events, exclusive gifts with a monthly purchase
  • VIB Rouge: 1 point for every $1 you spend, 2 free birthday gifts, 20% off during seasonal savings events, exclusive gifts with a monthly purchase, free standard shipping, access to exclusive events, first-in-line for new product launches

Ulta: Ultamate Rewards members get lots of benefits that make future shopping hauls more affordable. Unlike Sephora where points are redeemed as products, at Ulta points are redeemed as cash discounts on future purposes. Here’s a breakdown of the rewards at every level:

  • Member: 1 point for every $1 you spend, free birthday gift, double points during your birthday month
  • Platinum: 1.25 points for every $1 you spend, free birthday gift, double points during your birthday month, $10 birthday coupon, points never expire
  • Diamond: 1.5 points for every $1 you spend, free birthday gift, double points during your birthday month, $10 birthday coupon, points never expire, everyday free shipping on orders of $25 or more, annual $25 beauty service reward card

Shipping costs

Ulta Beauty shopper

Both Sephora and Ulta have well-organized stores where you can find (and be tempted by) thousands of products on display. Both also offer pretty similar online shopping experiences, though Ulta offers an incredibly convenient in-store pickup option. 

Sephora: Sephora’s shipping offering is pretty standard. If you spend $50 or more, you’re eligible for free, standard three-day shipping. For orders less than $50, this same shipping costs $6.50. To get two- or one-day shipping, you’ll pay $10.95 or $16.95, respectively. If you shop online at Sephora often, it may be worth it for you to enroll in its flash shipping program. It costs just $15 a year and gives you free shipping for the entire year, no minimums required. 

Ulta: Ulta’s shipping rates and policies are pretty standard too. Regardless of how much you spend on your order, standard shipping costs $5.95 (3-8 business days), expedited shipping costs $9.95 (3-4 business days), and premium shipping costs $16.95 (2-3 business days).

If you want to avoid shipping costs and live close to an Ulta store location, use Ulta’s in-store pickup service. All you have to do is choose “Buy Online & Pick Up in Store” as your purchase option. When your order’s ready, you’ll get an email from Ulta — just head over to the chosen store with that email confirmation and an ID, and you’re good to go. 

So, where should you go?

Ulta Beauty store

Truthfully, it’s up to you. You can’t go wrong shopping at Sephora or Ulta. For many shoppers, it’s a matter of what they know. For example, I grew up going to a local Sephora and got a Beauty Insider card at that time. It’s still worth it for me to shop there as I’ve accumulated points over the years and it’s proved to be a brand I can really trust. If you grew up going to an Ulta instead, you’d probably say the same about that brand. 

Another factor in choosing where to shop is looking at what you want to buy. If e.l.f. Cosmetics is your favorite brand, go to Ulta — Sephora doesn’t stock the brand. If you love Charlotte Tilbury, you’ll want to go to Sephora, as Ulta doesn’t have it. Luckily, both Sephora and Ulta stock a number of popular beauty brands like Nars, Clinique, and Too Faced, among others — so if that’s what you need, you’re set wherever you go. 

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24 fun gift ideas for toddlers in 2021

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  • Finding gifts that toddlers will love more than the boxes they come in can be a challenge.
  • I’ve already gone through that process with my toddler and have rounded up 24 of the best toddler gifts.
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Toddlers can be picky little humans. You know this if you’ve ever seen how long they’re entertained by a cardboard box or bubbles, only to leave a pricey toy sitting by the wayside day after day.

I would know – my 2-year-old has a big personality. But I’ve become a pro at buying gifts that she plays with longer than the packages they come in. That’s why I’ve rounded up 24 gifts that will be a hit with any toddler. Many of the gifts on this list have also been tried, tested, and well-loved by my own child.

Check out 24 of the best gifts for toddlers below:

Their first toolbox

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Hape Fix It Kid’s Wooden Tool Box and Accessory Play Set, available at Amazon, $19.59

Toddlers can fix things up around the house with this 17-piece toolbox. The small set is just the right size for toddler hands and includes a hammer, nails, screwdriver, screws, and more.  

Recommended ages: 3 years and up

Educational place mats

little tikes educational placemats

Little Likes Kids Educational Two-Sided Place mat Variety Pack, available at Amazon, $14.99

Even as they refine their eating skills, toddlers still often make a mess. Keep your table clean and your toddlers entertained with these three double-sided place mats.

Recommended ages: 3 years and up

Books to build their library

baby goes to market

“Baby Goes to Market,” available at Amazon, $14.56

“The Rainbow Fish,” available at Amazon, $9.99

“The Snowy Day,” available at Amazon, $4.95

“Chicka Chicka Boom Boom,” available at Amazon, $4.59

“I Like It When . . . /Me gusta cuando . . .” available at Amazon, $7.41

There’s nothing quite like cuddling up with a good book at bedtime. From simple board books to narratives that encourage kindness, toddlers will ask to read these books again and again.

Animal-themed bingo

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Banana Panda Let’s Play Animal Bingo, available at Amazon, $17.92

Toddlers can get in on the action with this simplified version of bingo. Each bingo card features animals in a different habitat, and the boards and tokens are made of thick cardboard that will hold up to rough play.

Recommended ages: 2 years and up

A World of Eric Carle puzzle

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Mudpuppy World of Eric Carle Brown Bear 4-in-A-Box Puzzles, available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, $14.99

Four-piece puzzles are a step up from peg puzzles, another toddler favorite. This set of four puzzles is inspired by the popular book “Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?” As a former English teacher, I can’t resist a toy that encourages reading. Even if you don’t have the book at home, these puzzles will still be engaging and challenging while simultaneously exposing toddlers to color matching.  

Recommended ages: 2 years and up

The ultimate racetrack

Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate Corkscrew Tower

Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate Corkscrew Tower, available at Walmart and Target, from $29.82

This quickly became our family’s favorite Go! Go! Smart Wheels track after the company sent us a review sample a few months ago. It can be configured into one tall spiral or two smaller spirals for racing. You’ll get one race car, and the track includes a switch track, hazards, and a trap door. Five different locations along the track prompt the car to play various sounds, songs, and phrases. If you already have other Go! Go! Smart Wheels tracks, you can connect them to the tower.

Recommended ages: 1 to 5 years

An interactive thinking chair

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Blues Clues and You! Play and Learn Thinking Chair, available at Walmart, $49.44

If you have a Blues Clues fan, this real-life thinking chair will be a big hit. It comes with a mailbox, letters, and an interactive handy dandy notebook. The chair can detect when kids sit down or get up, and there is even a storage space under the seat. We’ve been testing it for a few months, and my daughter hasn’t let it leave our living room since. 

Recommended ages: 2 to 5 years

A color-changing bath book

Color Me: Who's in the Water? (Wee Gallery Bath Books)

“Color Me: Who’s in the Water?” available at Amazon, $12.95

Toddlers will think this book is magic when it changes color in their bathwater. The illustrations are the central focus with just a few words on each page. This creates an ideal environment for reluctant readers to pick up a book. Use it for some water painting fun out of the bath, too. 

Recommended ages: 1 to 3 years

A dump truck made of recycled plastic

Green Toys Dump Truck

Green Toys Dump Truck, available at Amazon and Walmart, from $18.86

Whether you have a sandbox, a dirt pile in the backyard, or a bunch of toys that need to be moved around the house, toddlers will enjoy loading this truck and dumping things out. The brightly colored toy is made of 100% recycled plastic. An added bonus: After this truck spends a long day hauling materials for your child, you can throw it in the dishwasher. 

Recommended ages: 12 months and up

Reusable mess-free coloring pads

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Melissa & Doug Water Wow! 3-Pack, available at Amazon, Target, and Kohl’s, from $10.99

If you have a toddler living in your house and you haven’t yet discovered the magic that is Water Wow, you’re missing out. Each pad comes with four reusable boards that change color when they make contact with the water pen. They make absolutely no mess and are some of our favorite travel toys for toddlers. We keep one in the car and always bring them along to places like the doctor’s office and restaurants. 

Recommended ages: 3 years and up

A picnic play set and shape sorter all in one

LeapFrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket

Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket, available at Walmart, Buy Buy Baby, and Amazon, from $20.99

 This picnic play set is one of our favorite toys for 1-year-olds. It teaches toddlers concepts like shapes, colors, manners, and sharing. The basket includes a shape sorter, two cups, two forks, two plates, six food items, and a picnic blanket. 

Recommended ages: 6 months to 3 years

A doll to love and care for

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Manhattan Toy Wee Baby Stella, available at Buy Buy Baby, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Amazon, from $16.99

This doll can grow with children as they move through different developmental stages. Toddlers can practice caring skills and strengthen their fine motor skills by removing and replacing the doll’s binky as well as changing its clothes. At 12 inches tall, Wee Baby Stella is also a great size for toddlers. 

Recommended ages: 1 year and up

A starter dollhouse

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Melissa & Doug Fold and Go Wooden Dollhouse, available at Amazon and Walmart, $50.14

Dollhouses can keep toddlers entertained for hours as they imagine new scenarios and practice everyday skills. The set comes with 11 pieces of wooden furniture and two dolls, which is a big plus as many dollhouses don’t come with dolls. 

Recommended ages: 3 to 6 years

Toddler-size crayons and coloring books

My First Toddler Coloring Book

My First Toddler Coloring Book, available at Amazon, $4.10

Crayola Jumbo Crayons, available at Walmart, $2.97

Crayola Multicultural Large Crayons, available at Amazon, $4.19

This is a simple yet exciting gift for young toddlers who are just learning how to color and develop their fine motor skills. The large pictures, numbers, letters, and shapes have thick lines, and the pages are durable. These are all characteristics that make coloring easier for toddlers. Thicker jumbo and large crayons are designed for toddlers to have success coloring. This book was one of the first coloring books I bought my toddler over a year ago, and it’s still going strong. 

Recommended ages: 1 to 3 years (coloring book); 3 years and up (crayons)

A push car with all the bells and whistles

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Step2 Whisper Ride II Ride-On Push Car, available at Buy Buy Baby and Amazon, $74.99

My neighbors can’t help but smile when they see my toddler roll by in this push car. Step2 sent a review sample that we’ve been testing since the beginning of the summer. It’s still in great shape and handles hills and bumpy roads well. Some standout features include a storage trunk, a working horn, cup holders (for you and your toddler!), and a seat belt. 

Recommended ages: 18 months to 4 years

A cuddly version of everyone’s favorite Star Wars character

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Star Wars The Mandalorian The Child aka Baby Yoda Plush, available at Target and Kohl’s, from $19.89

Toddlers can cuddle up with quite possibly the cutest Star Wars character ever. Toys based on characters like this one give kids just enough inspiration for imaginative play scenarios without doing all the work for them. Even if you haven’t seen “The Mandalorian,” it’s hard to resist this endearing little creature.

Recommended ages: 3 years and up

A cleaning set so they can ‘help’ around the house

Melissa & Doug Let's Play House! Dust, Sweep & Mop Set

Melissa & Doug Let’s Play House! Dust, Sweep & Mop Set, available at Buy Buy Baby, Kohl’s, and Amazon, from $26.99

My daughter loves to “help” me clean around the house and this set is the perfect size for her. It comes with a pint-sized broom, mop, duster, brush, dustpan, and even a storage rack. My toddler has consistently used it for more than a year, and it’s still in excellent shape. 

Recommended ages: 3 years and up

A doctor’s play set

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B. Toys Toy Doctor Kit, available at Target and Amazon, from $19.99

Doctor visits can be scary, but role-playing with a play doctor kit makes them more approachable and even fun. This 10-piece kit comes with a stethoscope, otoscope, blood pressure cuff, syringe, scissors, thermometer, mirror, a pair of tweezers, a beeper, and a carry case to keep it all organized. The pager beeps and lights up, and the stethoscope makes a heartbeat sound. 

Recommended ages: 18 months and up

A Lego set for learning the alphabet

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Lego Duplo My First Alphabet Truck, available at Amazon and Target, from $15.99

This Lego Duplo set encourages hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills as toddlers stack blocks and move the truck around. It comes with 36 Duplo pieces, including 26 letter bricks, a truck, and 10 other bricks and figures. 

Recommended ages: 18 months and up

A customized tricycle

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Radio Flyer Custom Build-A-Trike, available at Radio Flyer, from $55

There’s nothing quite like a classic red tricycle. Radio Flyer sent this tricycle for me to test, and I’m impressed by its quality. Depending on how you customize it, this tricycle can grow with your child from 9 months to 5 years old. Available customization options include a classic bell, a canopy, and a footrest. What I appreciate most about it is the push handle — I use it to help my daughter learn to steer and make sure she is safe while learning to ride. 

Recommended ages: 9 months to 5 years

A set of musical instruments

B. Toys Drumroll Please Instrument Set

B. Toys Drumroll Please Instrument Set, available at Amazon, $35.99

This musical set inspires imagination and creativity. It includes a drum, two drumsticks, castanets, a whistle, a tambourine, and a shaker egg. All of the instruments fit neatly inside the drum so toddlers can take it anywhere.

Recommended ages: 18 to 36 months

A cash register with play food and money

LeapFrog Count Along Cash Register

LeapFrog Count Along Cash Register, available at Target, $19.99

My daughter and I have played many hours of “grocery store” with this set. It comes with a working cash register, eight pieces of play food, 10 coins, and a credit card. Prompts encourage kids to count coins, and buttons on the display correspond with the play food.  

Recommended ages: 2 to 4 years

A stylish play mixer for the budding chef

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KidKraft Modern Metallics Baking Set, available at Kohl’s, $19.99

This stylish mixer can be an addition to an existing play kitchen, but it’s also ideal if you have limited space. The set comes with a mixer, a bowl, eggs, flour, sugar, milk, a baking sheet, cookies, and a working rolling pin. Toddlers can’t help but imitate daily life, and this set let my daughter “make” cookies without making a mess. 

Recommended ages: 3 years and up

Everything they need to complete rescue missions

Paw Patrol Rescue Rev Up Vehicle with Mystery Dinosaur Figure

Paw Patrol Dino Rescue Rev Up Vehicle with Mystery Dinosaur Figure, available at Amazon, $10.29

For less than $15, this toy comes with a figurine, a vehicle, and a surprise dinosaur egg. Choose from six different Paw Patrol characters: Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Skye, and Zuma. Each vehicle has a rev-up motor and a working tool.

Recommended ages: 3 years and up

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The best deals and sales happening on Amazon right now – save on Apple AirPods Pro and Luna weighted blanket

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Amazon’s dynamic pricing strategy can make shopping tricky for the average consumer, but if you know where to look⁠ – and when to act fast⁠ – Prime members can save a ton of money.

We’ve gathered all the best discounts currently available on the retail giant. Below you’ll find one-day sales via Amazon’s Gold Box promotion, exclusive coupon codes, and, of course, deals ranging from tech, fashion, and gaming all the way to home goods.

Due to the unpredictable nature of online shopping, prices may change without warning.

For more ways to save, check out our round-up of the best spring-related sales, Grill Week discounts, and the best sales going on right now.

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Best Buy is giving new Apple Music subscribers 6 free months, and you don’t even have to buy anything. Here’s how to get the deal.

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If you want ad-free access to over 75 million songs on Apple Music, now is the perfect time to sign up. Best Buy is offering new subscribers a free six-month subscription.

Apple Music is one of the best streaming services available and it offers hundreds of curated playlists, radio shows, and more. You can use it to download songs for offline listening, stream music across all of your devices, and even find occasional album exclusives. Though we found Spotify to be a better music streaming service for most, Apple Music beats it in terms of user interface and radio.

If you want to take advantage of this offer, one of the longest we’ve seen from the streaming service, here’s how you can start a plan today.

Here’s how to get 6 free months of Apple Music

  1. Go to Best Buy’s website and sign up for an account with the store.
  2. Add the “Free Apple Music for six months” digital download to your cart.
  3. Go to your cart and check out.
  4. Wait for a digital code to be sent to the email address linked to your Best Buy account.

Once your trial ends, your Apple Music subscription will auto-renew for $10 a month. It’s not clear how long Best Buy’s promotion will be available.

It’s an easy and rare chance to snag an extended Apple Music trial, so don’t miss out.

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How to watch UFC 262: Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler fight for UFC’s lightweight title tonight on ESPN+

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Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler will meet in the main event of UFC 262.

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Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler will fight for the vacant UFC lightweight championship in the main event of UFC 262 tonight at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+. UFC expects a capacity crowd of 19,000 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

Oliveira enters the match with an eight-fight win streak, including seven successful finishes by submission and knockout. Oliveira holds UFC’s all-time record for most submission wins with 14. Former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler made his UFC debut in January with a first-round knockout win over Dan Hooker.

The winner of Oliveira vs. Chandler will likely face the victor of the UFC 264 main event between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor. UFC’s lightweight championship has been vacant since March; former champ Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his retirement following an October 2020 title defense.

The UFC 262 main card costs $70 and requires an ESPN+ subscription for $6 a month or $60 per year. ESPN is also offering a discounted price of $89.98 for a bundle with UFC 262 and one year of ESPN+; a 30% discount.

Here’s the fight card for UFC 262: Oliveira vs. Chandler

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Early Prelims – 6:30 p.m. ET, 3:30 p.m. PT on UFC Fight Pass

  • Christos Giagos versus Sean Soriano [Lightweight]
  • Kevin Aguilar versus Tucker Lutz [Featherweight]
  • Gina Mazany versus Priscila Cachoeira [Women’s flyweight]

Prelims – 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT on ESPN+ and ESPN

  • Jordan Wright versus Jamie Pickett [Middleweight]
  • Andrea Lee versus Antonina Shevchenko [Women’s Flyweight]
  • Lando Vannata versus Mike Grundy [Featherweight]
  • Ronaldo Souza versus Andre Muniz [Middleweight]

Main Card – 10 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. PT on ESPN+ for $70

  • Matt Schnell versus Rogerio Bontorin [Bantamweight]
  • Shane Burgos versus Edson Barboza [Featherweight]
  • Katlyn Chookagian versus Viviane Araujo [Women’s flyweight]
  • Tony Ferguson versus Beneil Dariush [Lightweight]
  • Charles Oliveira versus Michael Chandler [Lightweight title]

How to watch UFC 262

The main event of UFC 262 will be streamed live on ESPN+ tonight at 10 p.m. ET. The event is separated into three portions: the early prelims, the prelims, and the main card.

The early prelims start at 6:30 p.m. ET and are only available to UFC Fight Pass subscribers. The prelims will begin at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN+ and the ESPN cable channel. The main card is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET and is an ESPN+ exclusive pay-per-view event.

This means that you have to subscribe to the ESPN+ streaming service before you’re able to purchase the main card PPV. An ESPN+ membership costs $6 a month or $60 a year. The UFC 262 PPV event requires a one-time fee of $70 on top of your ESPN+ subscription.

You can access the ESPN+ app on all major mobile and streaming devices, including Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Xbox One, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, and more.

Ways to save on the UFC 262 pay-per-view price

If you plan on signing up for ESPN+ to watch UFC 262, you can take advantage of a special discounted package.

New subscribers can purchase a year-long ESPN+ membership with access to UFC 262 included for a total of $89.98. That’s over 30% off the regular combined price of an annual plan and a PPV match. Following your first year of service, ESPN+ will then renew for the regular annual price of $60.

Bundle the next UFC PPV with an ESPN+ Annual Plan to save over 30%

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Prime Members can get their first month of Paramount Plus for $1 if they sign up by May 16

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  • Amazon Prime subscribers can get one month of Paramount Plus for just $1.
  • The deal applies to the ad-free Paramount Plus plan which usually costs $10 a month.
  • To take advantage of the discounted month, you need to sign up before May 16.

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Paramount Plus offers two types of plans: ad-supported and commercial-free. The ad-supported plan usually costs $6 a month while the ad-free plan is $10 a month.

For a limited time, you can get the ad-free plan for just $1 during your first month if you sign up with an Amazon Prime or standalone Prime Video subscription. The deal is available as part of Amazon’s “Prime Video Channels” feature, which allows members to add other streaming platforms to their Amazon service.

The discount is good for new and existing Prime and Prime Video subscribers who sign up for Paramount Plus by May 16. Prime members can even use their “no-rush digital rewards balance” to pay for the add-on. Amazon Prime costs $13 a month or $119 a year. Standalone Prime Video plans are also available for $9 a month. Both Prime Video and Prime subscribers get a 30-day free trial after they sign up.

Paramount Plus subscribers get access to a variety of original programs, including a new “SpongeBob Squarepants” movie and spinoff series. There’s also a number of other original shows and movies on the way.

How to get $9 off your first month of Paramount Plus

  1. Sign up for either a standalone Prime Video or Amazon Prime membership.
  2. Go to Amazon’s Prime Video Channels page and search for “Paramount Plus.”
  3. Go to the offer’s page and click “Get Started.”
  4. Of the two options next to “Paramount Plus subscription,” click “Commercial Free.”
  5. Enter your payment information.
  6. The discount should apply and you’ll get your first month of Paramount Plus for just $1.

After your first month, the Paramount Plus add-on will renew for the regular $10 monthly price.

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The online best sales and deals happening now, from exclusive Grill Week deals to discounts at Aurate and ThermoWorks

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Best Online Sales Deals

We rounded up the best sales and deals happening online today, including Ulta, AeroGarden, and Sonos.

Deals in this story are subject to change throughout the day. The prices listed reflect the deal at the time of publication. For even more deals and savings across the web, check out our roundup of the best deals from Amazon and the best spring sales going on now – or, celebrate Grill Week with us by checking out both Memorial Day and exclusive deals.

The best deals available right now

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The best Grill Week deals

It’s Grill Week here at Insider and that means tons of exclusive deals. Not only are these some exceptional discounts, but several of these offers are also super rare. They’re short-lived too: all of the sales end May 16. 

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Deals on grilling meat and grilling accessories

  • Casa M Spice: Use code INSIDERGRILL25 for 25% off all orders.
  • Chicago Steak CompanySave 17% with code INSIDER17.
  • Cooks VentureUse code INSIDER for 20% off your order.
  • Crowd CowSave $15 on your first order from Crowd Cow with code GRILLWEEK15.
  • Omaha SteaksGet four free top sirloins on orders $159+ when you shop through our link.
  • Pursuit FarmsUse code BUSINESS10 for 10% off your order.
  • Porter Road: Save $20 off your first order of $100 or more with code INSIDER20.
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  • Sizzlefish: Save 10% off your first purchase with code INSIDER.
  • SloFoodGroupSave 15% off sitewide with coupon code INSIDER.
  • Thermoworks: Get 20% off one item with promo code INSIDER20.
  • Thrive MarketGet 25% OFF your first order and a free gift when you join Thrive Market (1 year and 1 month memberships available).

Get up to 25% off at Aurate

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Shop the Aurate Upgrade sale now.

Aurate’s, one of our favorites for shopping affordable gold jewelry, holding a huge sale to help you upgrade your collection. Now through May 17, you can get 25% off $500+, 20% off $250+, and 15% off all orders — just use promo code UPGRADEME.

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Get 20% off one item at Thermoworks

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Shop the Insider-exclusive Thermoworks sale now.

Thermoworks makes great thermometers for every situation in your kitchen. All of our meat thermometer recommendations are made by Thermoworks, in fact. Sales from the brand, however, aren’t easy to come by; they’re often limited to holidays and exclusives. Now through May 16, Thermoworks is offering Insider readers 20% off any one item, including any of our picks — just use promo code INSIDER20 at checkout.

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Get 30% off sitewide from Carbon38

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Shop the Carbon38 sitewide sale now.

A brand we like for its versatile and stylish athletic wear, Carbon38, is having a huge sale. Right now, you can snag 30% off sitewide, just use the promo code SUMMER30. The discount includes the retailer’s huge array of leggings, bras, and joggers; it’s also the first worthwhile deal we’ve reported from them. 

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Get 20% off candles at Outdoor Fellow

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Shop the Outdoor Fellow Insider-exclusive sale now.

A good candle can brighten up your home, if it’s the right scent. Right now, Outdoor Fellow is offering Insider readers 20% off its selection of candles with promo code INSIDER20, with a range of scents from cozy to energetic. The subscriptions aren’t included in the discount, but that still leaves the brand’s lineup of nine candles to choose from. 

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Get 50% off haircare essentials from Ulta

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Shop the Ulta Gorgeous Hair Event now.

Now through May 29, Ulta is offering shoppers 50% off a rotating selection of haircare essentials. You’ll need to check back daily to access new deals, but the sale includes brands like Revlon, Chi, Ouidad, and many more. This week, Ulta is also offering a special with select shampoos and conditioners as low as two for $26

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Get 20% off at AeroGarden

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Shop the AeroGarden sale now.

Right now, AeroGarden is holding a huge sale with 20% off (or more) sitewide. Just use the promo code SUMMER20 to get the deal. The company makes indoor gardens of all shapes and sizes; we tested and loved the Harvest. The sale ends May 31. 

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Get $15 off your first order from Crowd Cow

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Shop the Crowd Cow Grill Week sale now.

To commemorate Grill Week going on now, Crowd Cow is offering an exclusive deal for Insider readers. Now through May 16, you can get $15 off your first order with promo code GRILLWEEK15. Crowd Cow is a convenient and reliable way to get meat from ethical and environmentally-friendly sources. After testing, we found it a good way to approach trying new cuts of meat with a clear conscience. 

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Save on certified refurbished speakers from Sonos

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Shop the Sonos refurbished sale now.

Sonos is a multi-room speaker system that lets you control what audio plays in each room of the house. Typically, its speaker lineup is a bit pricey, but right now you can save big by buying refurbished. Though it may sound a bit scary at first, buying items that are certified refurbished can spare you a great deal of money — and the tradeoffs may be less than you think.

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Get 20% off at Hello Bello

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Shop the exclusive Insider sale at Hello Bello now.

A brand known for its premium, plant-based baby products, Hello Bello makes some great products for adults, too. We like the brand’s Everywhere Balm and Sleep Well gummies. Now through June 30, you can snag 20% off everything with the promo code INSIDER20. Though the deal lasts a while, don’t miss out on it — we don’t often see sales from Hello Bello. 

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The best deals and sales happening on Amazon right now – save on Apple Airpods Pro and Razer Gaming Mouse

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Amazon’s dynamic pricing strategy can make shopping tricky for the average consumer, but if you know where to look⁠ – and when to act fast⁠ – Prime members can save a ton of money.

We’ve gathered all the best discounts currently available on the retail giant. Below you’ll find one-day sales via Amazon’s Gold Box promotion, exclusive coupon codes, and, of course, deals ranging from tech, fashion, and gaming all the way to home goods.

Due to the unpredictable nature of online shopping, prices may change without warning.

For more ways to save, check out our round-up of the best spring-related sales, Grill Week discounts, and the best sales going on right now.

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Best deals on Amazon brand products

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ESPN+: All your questions answered about ESPN’s streaming service

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Streaming has largely overtaken cable and satellite as the preferred method to watch movies and TV shows at your leisure. Low price points and the ability to watch on the go are primary reasons for the migration, but one sector has largely resisted any such paradigm shift – professional sports.

If you’re a sports fan, you might be shelling out for traditional cable just to watch your favorite team. Hefty deals between sports leagues and TV networks have prevented services like Netflix from streaming games, but ESPN now has a low-cost service that should satiate many sports fans’ appetites.

What is ESPN+?

ESPN+ is a streaming subscription service that’s considered a complement to existing ESPN content, not technically a separate platform. Think of it as an add-on to the standard ESPN app with live games, exclusive on-demand videos, and access to what was formerly known as ESPN Insider.

Previously, ESPN Insider offered subscribers exclusive written articles for a monthly $5 fee. ESPN decided to add video to the mix and created ESPN+ for a similar price, giving subscribers access to stories, live streaming, and on-demand videos.

What’s included with ESPN+?

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ESPN+ is available to stream on mobile devices, media players, and select smart TVs.

ESPN+ includes a bevy of exclusive video content from live games to on-demand shows and exclusive stories. Unfortunately, the live games come with commercials – just like regular TV.

Subscribers can watch live games from the MLB, NHL, and MLS when their seasons are active; there are no live NBA or NFL games. There’s also PGA golf, UFC, college football, international soccer, and tennis. You can read more details on how to watch Major League Baseball on ESPN+ and other services here.

In addition to games, ESPN+ also features original shows, including in-depth game recaps and analyses hosted by Peyton Manning and Daniel Cormier, and a shorter version of “NFL Primetime.” Documentary programs, like “30 for 30,” as well as full replays of historic NFL games are also available to stream on-demand.

Does ESPN+ offer UFC PPV and UFC Fight Night events?

If you’re a fan of UFC or boxing, ESPN+ often offers exclusive pay-per-view (PPV) matches so you’ll get even more content from the service. The PPV events cost $70 for existing subscribers. ESPN+ also offers a special discounted bundle for new subscribers that includes a one-year membership and one PPV event for $89.98.

The next UFC PPV fight is UFC 262: Oliveira vs. Chandler on May 15. The match will take place in Texas with a sold-out crowd.

In addition to PPV matches, ESPN+ also features access to UFC Fight Night events. Fight Nights are typically included as part of a regular ESPN+ subscription for $6 a month.

What’s not included with ESPN+?

ESPN+ is technically separate from ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNews, so a subscription will not grant you access to live games being broadcast on those networks, including any live games during Monday Night Football and Sunday Night Baseball. That said, some MLB games are still available to be streamed.

Your ESPN+ account is not the same as a cable login with access to the ESPN networks, so there’s no way of getting around it either.

How much does ESPN+ cost?

An ESPN+ subscription will run you $6 a month, or $60 annually. If you do the math, this means that an annual plan will save you about $12 a year compared to paying for 12 months with the month-to-month plan.

If you’re looking for even more streaming content, there’s also a combo package that bundles ESPN+ with Hulu and the Disney Plus streaming service for just $14 a month – a $6 savings each month compared to getting all three services separately. Existing ESPN+ members can even upgrade to the bundle without having to cancel their current subscription. You can upgrade here.

Where can I watch ESPN+?

One of the cool things about ESPN+ is that you can access it through the current ESPN app.

Instead of launching a separate app, all the ESPN+ content is unlocked in the ESPN app once you subscribe. The app is available on virtually every platform you can imagine – phones, tablets, laptops, Roku players, Fire TV products, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, PS4, Xbox One, and Samsung smart TVs.

You can also stream on up to three devices simultaneously with one account.

How do I sign up for ESPN+?

Head over to the ESPN+ website and create an account, or open your existing ESPN account and you’ll be prompted to sign up.

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