Amazon Warehouse is running a big sale with 20% off used products

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Shoppers can save an additional 20% on select, already-discounted products from Amazon Warehouse. Amazon Warehouse offers discounts on used goods, like-new products, refurbished wares, and more.

This sale encompasses several categories including electronics, home and kitchen, tools, video games, appliances, and more. Be sure to check for the “Save 20% at checkout” tag under the product name. However, the stock is very limited.

The refurbished items featured in Amazon Warehouse are generally returns, or brand new units with minor cosmetic flaws that have been returned to “like new” quality by the manufacturer. While some may hesitate to buy refurbished, it doesn’t have to be a risky endeavor so long as you know what to look for.

For those willing to shop refurbished, great prices await. Better still, Amazon Warehouse offers free returns or replacements within 30 days of purchase, if you’re not satisfied with your purchase.

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How to watch the Tokyo Olympics – live gymnastics, swimming, and basketball events continue this weekend

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Simone Biles withdrew from the team and individual all-around competitions, but she could still compete in other gymnastics events.

  • The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will run from July 23 to August 8 after a one-year delay.
  • NBC is providing live coverage of the games on its networks, along with select events on Peacock.
  • Check out our schedule breakdowns for track and field, gymnastics, swimming, basketball, and soccer.

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The Tokyo Olympics held its opening ceremonies on July 23 after a one-year delay, welcoming thousands of athletes from 205 countries and states. The international competition will continue through August 8 with events from 33 different sports.

Live broadcasts and streamed events from Tokyo are available every day on NBC and other NBC affiliate networks. Free highlights and select live events are also available on Peacock, NBC’s streaming service. You can find full channel details and schedules for upcoming track and field, gymnastics, swimming, basketball, and soccer events in our individual articles for each sport.

Because the event was originally planned for last year, this year’s Summer Olympics are still being called the Tokyo 2020 Games. Japan hosted the Winter Olympics in 1998, and last hosted the summer games in 1964.

How to watch the Olympics

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Megan Rapinoe and the US Women’s Soccer team defeated Japan to win the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics.

To watch the Olympics you’ll need access to NBC and its affiliated networks. Olympic coverage is spread across multiple NBC channels, including NBC Sports Network, CNBC, the Olympic Channel, the Golf Channel, and USA; Telemundo and Universo carry Spanish language coverage. You can find channel details and schedules for track and field, gymnastics, swimming, basketball, and soccer in our breakdowns for each sport.

If you have a pay-TV provider with access to NBC’s various channels, you can use your account information to stream every Olympic event online via the NBC Sports app or the NBCOlympics website. You can also visit NBCOlympics.com to view the daily Olympics schedule with specific network information for every event.

NBC’s streaming service, Peacock, also features daily highlights, docuseries, commentary, and a limited selection of live events for free. Peacock is available on iOS and Android devices, Roku, Amazon Fire, Xbox, web browsers, and select smart TVs.

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Live TV services with NBC coverage of the Olympics

If you don’t already have a cable or TV provider, you can use a live TV streaming service like YouTube TV, Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, or FuboTV to watch the Olympics live on channels like NBC, NBC Sports, and USA.

Of those options, Sling’s Blue plan is the most affordable at $35 a month ($10 for your first month) for NBC, USA, and NBC Sports. However, to watch all of NBC’s live Olympic coverage on Sling, you’ll need to add the $11 sports package to get access to the Olympic Channel and Golf Channel, as well as the $6 news package for CNBC.

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How to watch the Olympics opening ceremony

The opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics was broadcast live on July 23 at 6:55 a.m. ET on NBC. If you have a pay-TV provider with access to NBC, you can stream a replay of the opening ceremony via NBCOlympics.com, the NBC Sports app, or any live TV streaming service with access to NBC.

The opening ceremony is also available to watch on-demand via Peacock, NBC’s standalone streaming service.

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Key dates for the Tokyo Olympics

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US swimming star Katie Ledecky goes into the Tokyo Games with five Olympic gold medals.

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How to watch UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Strickland this Saturday on ESPN+

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Uriah Hall (left) became the first UFC fighter to win a match without throwing a strike when a defensive check of Chris Weidman’s kick broke Weidman’s leg in April 2021.

  • UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Strickland will be streamed live on ESPN+ on July 31
  • Prelims start at 6 p.m. ET, while the main card is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. ET.
  • Every UFC Fight Night is included with ESPN+, which costs $6 a month or $60 per year.

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UFC veteran middleweights Uriah Hall and Sean Strickland will headline this weekend’s UFC Fight Night on July 31. The entire event will air on ESPN+ and ESPN, with prelims scheduled for 6 p.m. ET and the main card starting at 9 p.m. ET.

Hall’s recent record includes four straight victories, with the last two coming against former champions Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva. Strickland has also won four straight matches and boasts a career record of 23 wins and three losses.

UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Strickland will have limited attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, though UFC has started welcoming fans back to its larger pay-per-view events, like the upcoming UFC 265.

Here’s the match schedule for UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Strickland

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UFC Fight Night matches are included with an ESPN+ subscription.

Prelims – 6 p.m. ET, 3 p.m. PT on ESPN+ and ESPN

  • Philip Rowe versus Orion Cosce [Welterweight]
  • Ryan Benoit versus Zarrukh Adashev [Featherweight]
  • Jinh Yu Frey versus Ashley Yoder [Women’s Strawweight]
  • Danny Chavez versus Kai Kamaka [Featherweight]
  • Chris Gruetzemacher versus Rafa Garcia [Lightweight]
  • Collin Anglin versus Melsik Baghdasaryan [Featherweight]

Main card – 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT on ESPN+ and ESPN

  • Bryan Barberena versus Jason Witt [Welterweight]
  • Niklas Stolze versus Jared Gooden [Welterweight]
  • Cheyanne Buys versus Gloria De Paula [Women’s strawweight]
  • Kyung Ho Kang versus Rani Yahya [Bantamweight]
  • Uriah Hall versus Sean Strickland [Middleweight]

How to watch UFC Fight Night matches

UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Strickland is separated into two parts: the prelims and the main card. The entire event will broadcast live on ESPN and ESPN+, starting with the prelims at 6 p.m. ET. The main card will begin at 9 p.m. ET.

ESPN+ subscribers can watch every UFC Fight Night event live and also gain access to a huge catalog of classic UFC matches and recent highlights. ESPN+ costs $6 a month or $60 for a full year, and it’s available as an app on most mobile and streaming devices. You can also bundle ESPN+ with Disney Plus and Hulu for $14 a month.

Here’s a full breakdown of additional features and details for ESPN+.

Select UFC Fight Nights, including Hall vs. Strickland, are available on the ESPN cable network as well. If you don’t have cable, ESPN is available through live TV streaming services, including Sling Orange, Hulu + Live TV, AT&T TV, and Youtube TV.

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Coursera is running a 25% off sale on some of its top professional certificates, led by IBM and Facebook

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Through August 31, Coursera is offering 25% off the first month on select online professional certificate programs from IBM and Facebook.

  • E-learning platform Coursera offers professional certificate programs for in-demand career skills.
  • They’re led by companies like Google, Facebook, and IBM, and can help you get an entry-level job.
  • Right now, Coursera is offering 25% off 5 of its certificate programs through August 31.

If you’re interested in a fast-growing career that pays well and boasts high job satisfaction, you don’t necessarily need to go to grad school to switch paths. Online learning platforms like Coursera offer a number of professional certificate programs led by well-known companies, with the aim of teaching you the in-demand skills that could land you an entry-level job in a growing field like data science or cybersecurity. Once completed, you’ll get a certificate to share on your resume and LinkedIn profile for potential employers to see.

One big benefit of pursuing a Coursera professional certificate is that it’s self-paced and fully remote, offering full flexibility. You pay a monthly fee for as long as you take the course, so the faster you finish, the more money you save.

To help offset some of the costs, Coursera is offering 25% off the first month of some of its professional certificates through August 31. So, if a program is $39 per month, you could save $9.75 on the first month.

Here are the 5 Coursera professional certificates on sale right now

Facebook Social Media Marketing Professional Certificate

Enroll here

Cost: $49 per month (first month $36.75 with discount)

Approximate length: 7 months

Learn how to analyze your target audience, build a growing social media presence, and use Facebook Ads Manager to create and troubleshoot ads. No degree or prior experience are required.

IBM Data Science Professional Certificate

Enroll here

Cost: $39 per month (first month $29.25 with discount)

Approximate length: 11 months

For anyone interested in data science or machine learning, this course teaches you core data science skills, programming languages like Python & SQL, data analysis and visualization, and how to build machine learning models. No degree or prior experience are required.

IBM Cybersecurity Professional Certificate

Enroll here

Cost: $49 per month (first month $36.75 with discount)

Approximate length: 8 months

Learn about the modern threats to cybersecurity today using real case studies, and gain an understanding of data protection, endpoint protection, SIEM, and systems and network fundamentals. No degree or prior experience are required.

IBM Data Analyst Professional Certificate

Enroll here

Cost: $39 per month (first month $29.25 with discount)

Approximate length: 11 months

Learn the basics of data analysis and gain working knowledge in Excel, Python, SQL, data libraries, and IBM Cognos Analytics to jumpstart your data analyst career. No degree or prior experience are required.

IBM Applied AI Professional Certificate

Enroll here

Cost: $39 per month (first month $29.25 with discount)

Approximate length: 6 months

To kickstart your new career in artificial intelligence, this course teaches you how to code in Python, build a chatbot, and explore machine learning and computer vision using AI-powered solutions like IBM Watson. No degree or prior experience required.

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The best online sales and deals happening now, including Coursera, Madewell, and Macy’s

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We rounded up the best sales and deals happening online today, including details on Nordstrom’s annual Anniversary Sale, plus discounts at Patagonia, Everlane, and Spanx.

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 what our team is shopping for during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

The best sales and discounts happening right now

Get up to 70% off at Macy’s

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Shop the Macy’s The Big Home Sale now

Macy’s The Big Home Sale is a good chance to freshen up your home. A huge selection of bathroom gear, dining accessories, luggage, furniture, and bedding is up to 70% off during the sale. 

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Get 25% off your first month of select Coursera courses

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Enroll in a Coursera IBM course now.

Coursera offers online courses that are affordable and give you the skills and credentials you need for a new career in tech. If you enroll before August 31, a selection of IBM courses are 25% off for your first month, including Applied AI, Data Analysis, and Cybersecurity. 

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Get an extra 30% off sale items at Madewell

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Shop the Madewell sale now.

From indie brands to high-waisted jeans, Madewell is a great source for apparel you’ll love. Right now, you can knock an extra 30% off select sale items with promo code SALEONSALE at checkout. 

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Get up to 75% off at Universal Standard

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Shop the Universal Standard Annual Sample sale now.

Universal Standard makes jeans for wearers of different sizes that we found to be universally flattering and comfortable. The brand also makes apparel like dresses, blazers, and more — a lot of which you can find with a discount during its Annual Sample Sale. 

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Get a free cleaning set from Grove

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Join the Grove Collaborative now

Grove sells essentials that are healthy for you and your environment, from cleaning supplies to skincare. Right now, if you spend at least $20 on an order from the store, you can claim a free essentials set of your choice, including a Mrs. Meyer’s set valued at over $50.

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Save up to 70% off during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale

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Shop the Nordstrom Anniversary sale now

Nordstrom’s huge Anniversary sale is live now through Sunday, August 8. This is the luxury department store’s most popular sale of the year. During the sale, you can save big on clothing, plus home goods, bedding, and kitchenware.

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Save on select Spanx designs

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Shop the Spanx sale now.

Through August 8, Spanx is holding a big sale featuring deep discounts, and a wide variety of apparel and underwear is included in the sale. The brand makes flattering designs, from bras to denim, that we’ve loved over the years

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Get up to 50% off at Patagonia

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Shop the Patagonia web specials sale now

Patagonia is a sustainable outdoor clothing brand that boasts a huge variety of gear for men, women, and children. To get discounted prices on jackets, pants, sweaters, and more, shopping through the web specials section will save you money on some of Patagonia’s most popular styles from last season. 

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Get up to $50 off at Tushy

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Shop the Tushy Hole-idays in July Sale now

If you’re looking to snag a new bidet, Tushy is holding a big sale featuring up to $50 off sitewide. Its toilet attachments are hygienic and eco-friendly; they can even save you the money you’d otherwise spend on toilet paper. Through July 31, you can get $15 off $100, $30 off $150, or $50 off $200+. 

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Get up to 60% off at Everlane

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Shop the Everlane Summer Sale now.

Looking for a chance to update your wardrobe? Everlane’s huge summer sale is as good an opportunity as any. During the event, nearly 1,000 different styles for men and women are up to 60% off, including underwear as low as $6 and t-shirts as low as $9. For shopping inspiration, check out our roundup of the best deals here.

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  • Anthropologie: Get an extra 25% off sale items.
  • Athleta: Get up to 60% off select gear. 
  • Backcountry: Get up to 30% off The North Face gear. 
  • Bare necessities: Get up to 40% off intimates and up to 70% off swimsuits. 
  • Bed, Bath, and Beyond: Get 20% off all college essentials.
  • Cara: Get 70% off all swimsuits. 
  • Chewy: Save with Chewy Summer Deals.
  • HBO Max: Get $25 off an annual plan after adding the promotion to your American Express card. 
  • Headspace: Get 50% off your first year.
  • Lo and Sons: Get up to 50% off select bags through July 31.
  • Madewell: Get an extra 30% off sale items with promo code SALEONSALE
  • Mirror: Get $150 off your Mirror plus free shipping and installation with promo code JULY400 through July 31.
  • Nike: Get up to 50% off select styles through August 7.
  • Olay: Get 25% off sitewide. 
  • Plants.com: Get 20% off plants for the office with promo code OFFICE20
  • Sur la Table: Get up to 75% off kitchenware. 
  • Verishop: Get up to 70% off apparel, home, and more. 
  • Winc: Get four bottles of wine for $30. 

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The 4 best exercise balls we tested in 2021

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  • An exercise ball is perfect for working on stability and flexibility and makes bodyweight exercises harder.
  • The best exercise balls have a durable exterior, are mild flexibility, and retain air well.
  • Our top pick, the TheraBand Exercise and Stability Ball, has thick walls and holds air even if punctured.

Exercise balls might seem like a boring piece of workout equipment that sits in the corner of the gym with no one using it. But that’s only because it’s an overlooked dark horse – the benefits of adding one to your workout far outweigh any perceived dullness. In fact, as a part of a home gym setup, an exercise ball has the ability to greatly improve one’s core strength while also helping hone balance and flexibility.

Whether it accompanies a daily workout routine or becomes the central focal point, an exercise ball can be an important part of anyone’s plan to keep fit and healthy. (For what it’s worth, while many used to think using an exercise ball in lieu of your home office chair was better for your spine, experts actually recommend against it now.)

To find the best exercise balls worth using, I tested an assortment of models from brands like TheraBand, DynaPro, and Wacces. The goal was to find those that fit a variety of use cases, like being portable or constructed of a thicker material that increases its durability. After spending the last several months using exercise balls as both my office chair and main workout partner, I narrowed the list down to my four favorites listed below.

At the end of this guide, I’ve also included some insight into what to look for in a quality ball, the exact benefits of using one, and why they’re an important part of anyone’s home gym setup.

Here are the best exercise balls:

The best exercise ball overall

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The TheraBand Exercise and Stability Ball holds air better than most exercise balls — even if it’s punctured.

Pros: Maintains its shape and holds air better than other exercise balls, includes a slow deflate technology if the ball is punctured, extremely firm, has a good surface for just the right amount of grip, offered in four sizes

Cons: Takes a long time to inflate, no inflation pump included, only one color per size

One common complaint among exercise ball fans is the inability of the ball to hold air over time. As air leaks out of the ball, it loses its firmness and becomes difficult to use. The TheraBand Exercise and Stability Ball, though, is one of the thickest-walled balls you can buy, and it holds air longer than most of the competition.

Even if it’s punctured, the ball will deflate very slowly, allowing you to finish your workout. Because the Theraband Exercise Ball retains air so well, you won’t have to reinflate it that often, which is a very good thing because this ball does take quite a bit of time to inflate in the first place.

The exercise ball is available in four sizes from 45 cm to 75 cm and it comes in a few colors.

The best portable exercise ball

DynaPro Exercise Ball

The DynaPro Exercise Ball is extremely durable and will hold its air pressure nicely, but it’s also portable, thanks to its easy-to-carry hand pump.

Pros: Good price point, easy to fill while on the go because of an included hand pump, very durable material in the ball, prevents fast leaks when it suffers a puncture, available in four sizes and four different colors

Cons: Cannot fully inflate the ball the first time you use it, firmness level of the ball seems below average

When you’re looking for an exercise ball you can take with you anywhere, the DynaPro Exercise Ball is a good idea. It ships with a hand pump and inflates faster than many other balls, so you can be ready to use it within several minutes.

The ball is available in four sizes, ranging from 45 cm to 75 cm, and it features slight ribs around the circumference of the ball to ensure a steady grip. You can get it in a few fun colors, including pink, blue, silver, gray, and black.

Like many exercise balls, you can also use it for active seating in your office. Unlike most exercise balls, it’s available in gray or black, which fits in better with an office setting than a brightly colored ball. 

This is a tough, durable exercise ball, featuring a 2,000-pound burst rating. The ball also slowly deflates if it ever suffers a puncture, allowing you to finish your workout safely.

However, the ball cannot be inflated fully the first time you use it. You’ll have to inflate it fully after it’s had 2-3 days to stretch out.

The best exercise ball for bigger bodies

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The Live Infinitely Exercise Ball receives high marks for its durability and ability to stand up to tough workouts.

Pros: Excellent price point, durable and tough exercise ball that can withstand 2,200 pounds of weight, available in as large as 95 cm diameter, five color and five size options, includes a large library of online exercise guides

Cons: There is no 45 cm diameter size option in this model, difficult to fully inflate this ball

We’re not here to say what an average-sized body is or who is bigger-than-average. But if you’ve ever sat on an exercise ball before and felt like it couldn’t support your height, width, weight, or frame for whatever reason, you need a ball that is bigger and more durable so you aren’t worrying about it popping or slipping out from under you.

In fact, you want your exercise ball to correspond to your size for a few reasons: When you’re sitting on it, you want it to be durable enough to hold your weight and wide enough to hold your buttocks. When you put it underfoot in plank or, say, Bulgarian split squats, the height of the ball influences your form; too small of a ball and your feet are below your hips which can compromise the integrity of your movements, for example.

Because of this, a ball that’s right for someone who’s 5’3 isn’t going to fit someone who’s 6’8, and someone who is 350lbs needs a more durable construction than someone who is 150lbs. (Learn more about What to look for in an exercise ball.)

The Live Infinitely Exercise Ball is one of the few options that comes in five sizes ranging from 55 cm to 95 cm. You can also choose between five colors, including blue, green, gray, purple, and silver.

What’s more, it can hold up to 2,200 pounds of pressure. So while we doubt you’ll ever max out its capabilities, the Live Infinitely Exercise Ball allows you to feel comfortable and secure putting all your weight and force onto it, regardless of your size.

The best budget exercise ball

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If you want an affordable exercise ball that’s also durable, the Wacces Fitness and Exercise ball is a great option.

Pros: Extremely low price point, good build quality versus similarly priced exercise balls, surface has just enough grip to prevent slippage, ribs around circumference of ball provide extra grip, offered in eight colors

Cons: Only available in three sizes, difficult to fully inflate it first time you use it, doesn’t hold air pressure as well as some models

With some low-priced exercise balls, you may feel wary about placing your full weight on them for fear of an exploding ball that leaves you crashing onto the floor. But the durability of the Wacces Fitness and Exercise Ball gives you the peace of mind you’ll need to use this inexpensive ball to its fullest.

Even though it’s less expensive than other options, this ball is still quite durable and has a good grippy surface. The biggest downside is that it doesn’t support as much weight as more high-end exercise balls.

You can pick between three different sizes, ranging from 55 cm to 75 cm. It’s also available in eight colors, including black, blue, gray, green, pink, purple, red, or yellow.

What to look for in an exercise ball

Yes, an exercise ball is a simple, large round ball that looks like every other exercise ball at first glance. There are still several key differences you can pay attention to when looking to find the right exercise ball to meet your needs.

  • Ease of adding air: Some exercise balls include an air pump, however, most of these pumps work very slowly. If you want a faster option, you should be able to use almost any type of pump to inflate your exercise ball, such as an air mattress pump, a bicycle tire pump, or even an air compressor. To determine when the ball is properly filled with air, measure its diameter.
  • Extras: Depending on the model of exercise ball you pick, you may find the ball ships with an air pump, exercise bands, a stability ring, stability legs, a measuring tape, an exercise tip guide, or handles built into the ball. 
  • Size: The size of a stability ball is determined by its diameter. Common sizes of exercise balls range from 45 cm to 85 cm in 10 cm intervals. (Ten centimeters is roughly 4 inches.) People shorter than 5 feet will have the best results with sitting on a 45 cm ball, 6-feet-tall people will want a 65 cm ball, and those 6-foot-8 and taller will want an 85 cm ball. 
  • Supported weight: Exercise balls should offer supported weight limits for static weight and body weight. Static weight refers to the weight the ball supports without bursting when the user is not moving. Bodyweight refers to the weight it can support when the user is exercising. High-end balls may support static weight limits of 2,200 pounds and body weights of 500 pounds. A stability ball placed under too much weight or stress could burst.

Exercise ball benefits

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People use an exercise ball for two main reasons: to workout with and to sit on. While we fully support using this accessory in your workout, most chiropractors and physical therapists actually recommend you don’t trade your office chair for a ball. Studies have found it not only makes prolonged sitting more uncomfortable, but it doesn’t actually activate your muscles better and may in fact contribute to spinal shrinkage (aka slumping). This is all because you must keep your core engaged for optimal spinal alignment, and it’s incredibly hard to maintain perfect posture when sitting for a long time.

That being said, an exercise ball is safe and a great challenge to your body during a workout, where you’re only stabilizing against it for a few minutes at a time. Here are some of the primary benefits exercise balls provide during a workout:

  • Improved balance: You’ll naturally strengthen your abs and back muscles while using an exercise ball because you must subtly shift your weight to remain balanced. As these muscles strengthen, your overall balance improves.
  • Core strength: Athletes constantly talk about the importance of having core strength in the body, as it gives you great balance and coordination. Using an exercise ball increases core strength.
  • Muscle work: Because you have to continually adjust your weight slightly to maintain your balance on the ball, you’ll be using different muscle groups, which benefits your whole body.
  • Rehabilitation and flexibility: You’ll stretch muscles and joints while moving around. Physical therapists sometimes assign a set of exercises using an exercise ball for people to follow as part of rehabilitating a specific joint or muscle group to gain more range of motion.
  • Specific exercises: If you enjoy exercises like Pilates or yoga, you’ll gain some additional benefits by incorporating an exercise ball into the routine.

Why exercise balls are an important part of a home gym

Despite their inherent value, exercise balls aren’t typically the first piece of gear you think of when piecing together a home gym. The truth is in the application, as they work for a host of exercises requiring flexible support. Even though an exercise ball is round, it gives you a base that’s more solid than you might think and provides impressive stability.  

The balls compress when weight is put on them to create a flatter, more stable edge. It won’t be as stable as a normal chair but it’s far more solid than you’d expect — which is what makes them great for everything from active seating to working out.

An exercise ball is an amazing addition to any ab workout, as you can hold it between your feet to bump the challenge of leg raises or prop your feet on the ball during plank for more of a core challenge. You can also sit on the ball instead of a bench to activate your core during simple exercises like chest flys and overhead presses. (Learn more from our guide on the best at-home exercise ball routines.)

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HBO Max is offering a free trial to new subscribers who are already signed up for Hulu – here’s how to take advantage

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“Space Jam: A New Legacy” now streaming on HBO Max.

  • New subscribers can get one week of HBO Max for free.
  • The free trial of HBO Max is offered as a Hulu ad-on, where you can get 30-days of Hulu for free in addition to HBO Max for one week.
  • Watch HBO Max originals and newly released movies including “Space Jam” A New Legacy.”

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HBO Max has a huge library of movies and shows, including older original content from HBO and new content called “Max originals.” Right now, new subscribers can get a 7-day free trial to HBO Max attached to a 30-day free trial of Hulu.

Setting HBO Max apart from its competitors, the streaming service releases movies on HBO Max the same day they would be released in theaters. Subscribers can enjoy blockbuster films from the comfort of their home – a game changer during the pandemic.

Now, you can stream recently released film including “Space Jam: A New Legacy” with the HBO Max free trial.

How to get a HBO Max free trial

To get the 7-day HBO Max free trial, you have to sign up for Hulu with HBO Max as an add-on. This may seem like extra work, but it’s an excellent deal since you also get a 30-day free trial to Hulu in addition to the 7 days of free HBO Max.

HBO Max does not have a free trial directly through them, but if you like to keep your streaming services in one place, this is the best way to do it. Plus, you get two free trials with one sign-up. 

When the HBO Max trials ends after 7 days, you will be charged $15/month if you choose to keep the subscription. The ad-supported HBO Max subscription for $10/month is not an option through Hulu. You will also be charged for your Hulu subscription after the 30-day free trial wraps up.

If you’re someone who forgets to cancel free trials, you can set a reminder in your phone to avoid getting charged after the trials end. 

Frequently asked questions

What are the best shows on HBO Max?

HBO Max has hundreds of shows to browse including Max originals, HBO originals, and other non-original shows. You can enjoy popular shows such as “Games of Thrones,” “Euphoria,” “Mare of Easttown,” “The Sopranos,” “Hacks,” “In Treatment,” “Rick and Morty,” “Friends,” “The White Lotus,” and “Batwoman.” 

In addition to the large library of shows offered by the streaming service, HBO Max allows subscribers to stream new Warner Bros. films on the streaming platform instead of going to the movie theater.

What is the best streaming service?

Each streaming service is a little bit different, so we’ve put together a list of our favorite streaming services that offer subscriptions. We placed services into categories for on-demand streaming, live TV, and channel-specific streaming. 

Apple TV Plus, NetflixHBO MaxHuluAmazon Prime VideoParamount Plus, and Peacock TV are the best streaming services for on-demand entertainment. 

For live TV include, the best streaming services are Hulu + Live TVYoutube TV, Philo TV, Fubo TVAT&T TV, and Sling TV.  

The best services for streaming channels that we included in our list are ShowtimeStarz, and ESPN+.

Check out our guide to the best streaming services to read more about each service. 

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‘Jungle Cruise’ is now available in theaters and on Disney Plus – here’s how to stream the new adventure movie with Premier Access

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Disney’s “Jungle Cruise” premiered on July 30, nearly two years after its originally intended release date in October 2019. Starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, the movie debuted simultaneously in theaters and on Disney Plus with Premier Access.

In “Jungle Cruise,” Johnson and Blunt embark on a perilous riverboat journey through the Amazon jungle to find the Tree of Life. The action-adventure movie is inspired by the ride of the same name at Disneyland and Disney’s Magic Kingdom.

Earlier this year, Disneyland revealed a new version of its Jungle Cruise ride for theme park visitors to enjoy. The updated attraction no longer includes offensive portrayals of Indigenous people.

Jungle Cruise” is the fifth movie released online via Disney Plus Premier Access. You can currently buy “Black Widow” and “Cruella” with Premier Access as well.

How to watch ‘Jungle Cruise’ on Disney Plus

Jungle Cruise” premiered on July 30 in theaters and on Disney Plus with Premier Access. In order to stream the movie at home, you have to pay a one-time $30 fee on top of your Disney Plus subscription.

Viewers who purchase “Jungle Cruise” through Premier Access can watch the film as many times as they like as long as they remain a Disney Plus member. Disney Plus costs $8 a month or $80 a year.

If you don’t mind waiting a few months, “Jungle Cruise” will become available to all Disney Plus members without an extra fee on November 12.

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For viewers who want a wider variety of entertainment options, Disney Plus offers a bundle with Hulu and ESPN+ for a discounted rate of $14 a month. The bundle saves you about $6 off the regular combined price of all three services.

You can access the Disney Plus app on most smartphones, smart TVs, and media players. You can find a complete list of devices and platforms that support Disney Plus here. “Jungle Cruise” is available to stream in up to 4K with HDR color and contrast on compatible devices.

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What other movies can I stream on Disney Plus?

Subscribers looking for more entertainment on Disney Plus will find an extensive catalog of movies from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and 20th Century Fox.

Raya and the Last Dragon” and “Mulan” were originally offered on Disney Plus for an additional fee, but these movies are now included as part of the standard membership. Fans of animated movies will enjoy “Luca,” a coming-of-age adventure, and “Soul,” a jazz-focused exploration of the afterlife.

Viewers who want to watch “Cruella” or “Black Widow” still have to pay an extra $30 to access each movie. “Cruella” joins the standard Disney Plus collection on August 27, and “Black Widow” will be available without an extra fee starting October 6.

Check out our full review of Disney Plus for more information about the streaming service.

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11 beautiful San Diego hotels that offer central locations, incredible rooftops, or beach and golf perks

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  • San Diego is home to beaches, a military base, a world-famous zoo, and many outdoor activities.
  • From urban towers with water views to beachfront resorts, we vetted the city’s best hotels.
  • Our picks are based on our own reviews and offer great amenities for a Southern California getaway.

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With beachfront resorts, contemporary downtown hotels, and intimate Spanish-inspired bungalows, San Diego’s hotels are as varied and exciting as the city itself. Whether your visit is for business, golf, world-class spas, the beach, or, of course, Comic Con, there’s a hotel to meet your needs.

To highlight the best hotels in San Diego, we made selections based on our own expert hotel reviews and experiences on property, and also set discerning criteria to determine the best hotels in the city. Though, if you prefer a vacation rental, we’ve got you covered too.

Whenever your travels next take you to San Diego, consult our list of the best hotels, from Coronado Bay to downtown, and Rancho Santa Fe.

Browse all the best hotels in San Diego below, or jump directly to a specific area here:

These are the best San Diego hotels, sorted by price from low to high.

Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego

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The views from Skyline rooms are incredible. So is the late night taco window.

Book Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego

This bang-on-trend property in the heart of San Diego’s buzzing Gaslamp district is popular with younger travelers who appreciate a look and feel that’s equal parts trendy and modern and perks like complimentary wine at check-in. 

There are 211 rooms set over 20 stories with the top four floors reserved for Skyline Collection rooms that have expansive views of San Diego and include touches like surfboard headboards, upcycled light fixtures, and shibori curtains. Every room is design-forward with crisp white linens and Atelier Bloem bath products and stocked with useful extras like yoga mats and umbrellas.

There’s also a posh rooftop pool, an on-site Mexican eatery that specializes in elevated street fare, and a pet-friendly attitude that treats your dogs like VIPs.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego

The Guild Hotel San Diego, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel

The courtyard restaurant at the Guild San Diego.
The courtyard restaurant, Luca, feels like you’ve been transported to the south of France.

Book The Guild Hotel San Diego, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel

In downtown San Diego there are many corporate big-box hotels and it can be hard to find a middle ground between modern and intimate and a reasonable price point. Enter the Guild San Diego, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel from Marriott Bonvoy.

The hotel is a newer addition to downtown, housed in a century-old Armed Services YMCA. Yet rather than erasing the building’s past, the owners lovingly embraced its former life in an effort to honor San Diego’s rich maritime heritage.

Ornate, Italian Renaissance Revival exteriors were preserved, while run-down dormitory-style interiors were transformed into a sleek lobby. Well-appointed rooms feel upscale with modern velvet furnishings. But the standout is a tranquil but glam pale pink courtyard and urban garden that feels like you’ve been transported to the south of France.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of The Guild San Diego

InterContinental San Diego

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Kick back on the rooftop pool for great views.

Book InterContinental San Diego

Located on the historic grounds of Lane Field (the former baseball stadium for the San Diego Padres) and part of IHG hotels, the InterContinental’s downtown waterfront location offers a prime vantage point of the San Diego Bay and is a close walk from the Embarcadero, where the USS Midway Museum, Broadway Pier, and cruise ship terminals are located.

Housing 400 guest rooms over 19 stories, InterContinental San Diego is a mass of oversized windows overlooking the water with rooms that are above average in size and generally very affordable in price. Since the real draw here is the bay, splurging on a room that overlooks industrial buildings wouldn’t sit right — spring for a water view. There are also spacious two-room suites, ideal for families.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of InterContinental San Diego

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

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Book a corner room for panoramic views.

Book Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

While there are cheaper downtown options in San Diego, the Manchester Grand Hyatt consistently delivers a high level of sophistication alongside friendly staff, plenty of on-site dining, and a central waterfront location.

With 1,628 guestrooms, including 76 suites, the hotel is huge but not impossible to manage. Rates are accessible in price too if you’re not specific about which incredible view you receive. And there isn’t a bad one; all rooms overlook either the Pacific Ocean, San Diego Bay, or downtown city area.

The hotel earns added appeal as the West Coast’s tallest waterfront hotel and is just steps from attractions like the Gaslamp Quarter, the USS Midway, and San Diego’s scenic Embarcadero. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

Pacific Terrace Hotel

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The hardest part of staying here will be choosing beach or pool.

Book Pacific Terrace Hotel

Directly facing the ocean at the end of the Pacific Beach boardwalk, this beachy hotel’s waterfront location is gorgeous. There are 73 rooms and suites with rich wood furnishings, plantation shutters, and bright pops of turquoise for a tropical island feel. Book a room with an ocean view and watch as San Diego strolls, runs, bikes, and rollerblades by, and surfers catch early morning waves. 

If you can’t choose between pool or ocean, know that the former directly faces the sand for a best-of-both-worlds lounging option. Beach buckets and shovels, toys, boogie boards, and bikes are available for guests’ use, and the hotel is well-located near attractions such as the San Diego Zoo, Torrey Pines State Beach, Belmont Park, Crystal Pier, and is just eight miles north of San Diego’s International Airport.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Loews Coronado Bay Resort

A suite at Loews Coronado Bay Resort.
Book an ocean or bay view so you don’t end up facing a parking lot.

Book Loews Coronado Bay Resort

Coronado might be synonymous with the famous Hotel Del Coronado, but for a cheaper beach resort getaway, the Loews Coronado Bay Resort is a solid option without compromising on comfort or style. 

Situated at the end of a private 15-acre peninsula, Loews Coronado offers a hip but relaxed vibe with a luxury lean, plus excellent grounds, amenities, and scenic 360-degree bay views.

Though beach access is located across a highway and requires a free hotel shuttle, there’s plenty to enjoy on-site including the large pool deck with reserved space for both adults and kids, a spa, and a terrace bar with ample views. It’s also a bit quieter than Hotel Del, surrounded by natural elements and removed from the city bustle. Rooms are chic and in line with the high-end Loews brand.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of Loews Coronado Bay Resort

The US Grant, a Luxury Collection Hotel

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Book The US Grant, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Once a presidential palace dating back to 1910, The historic US Grant is a posh hotel that’s also earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. The 11-story building was built by the son of Ulysses S. Grant, who named it after his father. 

But it’s far from old and stuffy. Now operating as a luxury hotel, the interiors are magnificent, with large chandeliers, impressive columns, and artifacts that speak to the city’s history.

There are 270 rooms and suites providing a high-end, traditional experience not commonly replicated in the city. The hotel is also well-located near Balboa Park, the waterfront area, San Diego Zoo, and Petco Park. Luxury Collection hotels are also members of Marriott Bonvoy, offering a good opportunity to earn and redeem points.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

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Rooms feel cozy thanks to fireplaces and the private patio is a nice place to sit outside.

Book The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

Set on 21 landscaped acres outside of downtown San Diego, The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, A Tribute Portfolio Resort & Spa, is an enticing option when you want to stay near San Diego, but not in the thick of it.

This calming escape is a member of Marriott Bonvoy and feels like a Mediterranean-inspired village with red-tiled roofs, mosaic details, Spanish-Californian architecture, and bubbling fountains. Swaying palms, leafy green trees, and tall cacti add color to the well-kept grounds.

Even starter Queen rooms are large with 325 square feet, sleek bathrooms, and peaceful terraces overlooking the hotel’s polished spaces. The design is rustic but contemporary, which creates a cozy, welcoming feel, especially if you upgrade to a room with a fireplace. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Hotel Del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton

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Hotel Del was the direct inspiration for Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort.

Book Hotel Del Coronado

Located five miles from downtown San Diego, the Hotel del Coronado is a historic hotel and landmark that has hosted U.S. presidents, royalty, and movie stars for decades. If the Victorian-style resort looks especially familiar, that’s because it’s the direct inspiration for Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort.

Affectionately dubbed The Del or Hotel Del, the sprawling beachfront resort counts 28 acres and 757 rooms and suites throughout the massive original Victorian building, as well as a contemporary oceanfront tower, poolside cabanas, and luxury beach cottages and villas.  

The main building showcases a variety of antique details such as a vintage iron elevator that requires an operator, while the oceanfront towers, cabanas, cottages, and villas each have their own vibe and tends to be more modern and beachy.

The beach is also a draw (and attracts crowds too as it is public) with on-site water sports rentals and wellness classes.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of Hotel Del Coronado

Fairmont Grand Del Mar

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Fairmont Grand Del Mar feels like a lavish Mediterranean estate.

Book the Fairmont Grand Del Mar

You might feel like you slipped away to the Spanish countryside when you first enter this sprawling five-star luxury golf and spa hideaway.

Housed on a lush 400-acre setting with Mediterranean tile work, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar appears pristine with arched windows, curved staircases, and a rose-tinted facade resembling a European palace. The hotel is also operated by the same team behind the ultra high-end Plaza Hotel in New York City.

There are 249 large, well-appointed rooms and suites, though you’ll likely spend most of your time wandering the pretty gardens or taking a dip in one (or all) of the four pools. For more activity, the resort is just a few miles from the beach, and there is also an 18-hole private golf club designed by Tom Fazio, and activities such as art classes, tennis lessons, yoga, cooking classes, and more.

Fairmont Grand Del Mar earned the distinction as a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond luxury resort and also boasts a spa, kids club, nightlife, and dining.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa

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The newly renovated Park Hyatt Aviara is an indulgent pick just outside downtown San Diego.

Book Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa

For something more sedate than the crowded beach, or quieter than noisy downtown San Diego, head inland to the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort’s 200-acre estate in Carlsbad. The hotel overlooks golf greens, a wildlife sanctuary, and offers ample views of the ocean in the distance. The sense is overwhelmingly tranquil with well-kept common places to kick back after a few laps in the lavish pools.

A recent renovation delivered on well-appointed rooms, and a newly revamped grandiose pool has separate areas for adults and children. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa

FAQ: San Diego hotels

Where should I stay in San Diego?

That depends on what you want to do. Stay downtown in neighborhoods like the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, or Embarcadero if you want to sight see with a central, urban base.

If you plan to spend most of your time on the sand, look to coastal communities in Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, La Jolla, or Del Mar. Drive 25 miles up the 101 and you’ll find yourself in popular beach towns like Cardiff and Encinitas.

Or, for a beach base with easy access to downtown, consider Coronado Island. 

If you want to revolve your trip around theme parks and attractions, you should consider a hotel’s proximity to places like the San Diego Zoo or Legoland in Carlsbad.

What is there to do in San Diego?

San Diego has a little bit of everything with a robust city center, military base, rich history, and beautiful beaches.

Watch surfers, take a dip in the ocean, take advantage of the nightlife in Gaslamp, stroll around Coronado Island, or check out the seals in La Jolla. There is also a major sports stadium, the San Diego Zoo, and beautiful parks such as Torrey Pines. 

What is the best time to visit San Diego?

San Diego enjoys warm temperatures and sunny weather for most of the year. As such, there isn’t a major off-season when prices change dramatically. For nice, mild weather, consider a winter visit. However, when temps soar in summer, you might just see cheaper hotel prices.

Is it safe to stay in a hotel?

According to the CDC, fully vaccinated people can safely travel domestically.

Hotels are open during COVID-19 and while you’re more likely to encounter other people in common spaces such as lobbies, check-in desks, restaurants, and pools, experts say that with added caution, it is safe to stay in a hotel

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I bought a refurbished iPhone 11 Pro from Apple for $150 less than the latest iPhone 12 Pro, and it’s completely flawless

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  • I bought a refurbished iPhone 11 Pro from Apple, and it’s in perfect condition and working order.
  • The refurbished discounts aren’t epic, but they’re still cheaper than buying new.
  • Older refurbished iPhone models are not recommended, as they pose very poor value.

For some, the word “refurbished” means a used device that has been cleaned up and offered for a discount, and there’s sometimes a doubt about inheriting cosmetic or even functional damage.

We wanted to see if that was the case with the refurbished iPhones Apple sells in its refurbished store – the company’s best kept secret. Specifically, we’re checking the cosmetic condition of the iPhone, as well as functionality, like cameras and battery.

We bought a refurbished 256GB iPhone 11 Pro for $849 for this inspection rather than obtaining a unit via the usual press channels to ensure that our refurbished unit would represent what anyone else would get. Apple says that’s a $150 discount from the full $999 price of a 128GB iPhone 12 Pro.

The short of it is that the refurbished iPhone 11 Pro we received is completely, totally, and utterly flawless, and everything works perfectly well. That’s largely because Apple replaces almost everything, including the back glass, the screen, the metal frame, and the battery. In fact, the only pre-owned original part in refurbished iPhones is the logic board, which includes the processor and other hardware that makes the phone work, and the camera module

Essentially, when you’re using a refurbished iPhone from Apple, everything you touch is brand new.

What does ‘refurbished iPhone’ mean?

A refurbished iPhone is an iPhone that was once owned by someone else and has been renovated, and repaired if needed, so it can be sold to a new owner, usually for a discounted price. 

One of the biggest uncertainties with buying a refurbished product is the quality of the refurbishment or renovation. In Apple’s case with its refurbished iPhone store, Apple’s refurbishment quality is extremely high. Check out the cosmetic and functional condition of the refurbished iPhone 11 Pro we bought from Apple:

The refurbished iPhone came in a nondescript cardboard package.

A nondescript cardboard package containing a refurbished iPhone 11 Pro.

Opening the package reveals a white iPhone box strapped in and secure in the shipping package. Unlike buying brand new, the iPhone box is all white and says “Apple Certified Pre-Owned” towards the bottom.

An opened package containing a refurbished iPhone 11 Pro.

The iPhone 11 Pro is presented in the box identically as if it were new. The front and back are wrapped in plastic that you can easily peel off.

The refurbished iPhone 11 Pro box opened, revealing the iPhone 11 Pro on the right.

Apple says it replaces the “outer shell” of pre-owned iPhones, which means the back, front, and metal frame are all replaced.

A hand holding the refurbished iPhone 11 Pro

Essentially, everything your hands and fingers touch on this refurbished iPhone is new and blemish free.

A hand holding the refurbished iPhone 11 Pro, displaying the front screen

The only things that are original are the logic board inside, where the processor and other hardware resides, and the camera module. There are no scratches on the metal frame at all.

A hand holding the refurbished iPhone 11 Pro displaying the bottom of the phone

Here’s the right side of the frame with the power button and no signs of wear. It doesn’t look or feel like this iPhone has been previously owned at all.

A hand holding a refurbished iPhone 11 Pro displaying the side of the phone

Rather, it simply feels like you bought an iPhone from Apple. Here’s the top edge of the refurbished iPhone.

A hand holding the refurbished iPhone 11 Pro, displaying the top of the phone

Here’s the left side with the volume buttons.

A hand holding the refurbished iPhone 11 Pro, displaying the left side

All the accessories are brand new, including the charger, charging cable, and wired EarPods.

The open refurbished iPhone 11 Pro box open and showing the headphones and charger that comes with it

And look at that: you still get Apple stickers if you buy a refurbished iPhone.

All of the Apple instructions and stickers that came with the refurbished iPhone 11 Pro

It wouldn’t be the first time this iPhone has been turned on, as it’s pre-owned, but it’s ready to be freshly set up out of the box.

A hand holding the refurbished iPhone 11 Pro displaying the home screen

After the usual set up, you have yourself a totally fresh and clean iPhone.

A hand holding the refurbished iPhone 11 Pro, open to its home screen

The battery is at 100% capacity, which confirms that it’s a new battery, as capacity would likely be lower if it had a used battery. Charging with the cable and wireless charging both work as expected.

A hand holding the refurbished iPhone 11 Pro open to the Battery Health screen

I can also confirm that all three cameras work perfectly fine. This photo was taken with the normal wide camera.

A photo of a cabin taken with the refurbished iPhone 11 Pro

Should I buy a refurbished iPhone from Apple?

Yep. Refurbished iPhones from Apple come in perfect condition, and you really don’t get the sense that the iPhone was once someone else’s at any point while using it. Refurbished iPhones from Apple also come with the standard one-year warranty, and there’s a 14-day return period. 

With that said, we wouldn’t outright recommend getting any refurbished iPhone you see in Apple’s refurbished store just because it’s available at a discounted price. At the time of writing, you can get a refurbished 64GB iPhone XS for $639, which is a terrible deal, for example. For that money, we’d instead recommend getting the 64GB iPhone 11 for $600. Not only is it cheaper, the iPhone 11 is a newer phone with a faster processor and better cameras. 

The discounts for refurbished iPhones aren’t exactly epic. The $150 discount we got for the refurbished iPhone 11 Pro is what we’d expect for a new unit of an older model. But going refurbished is the only way to get last year’s iPhone 11 Pro series. Still, it really is in perfect condition, and a discount is a discount. You can make that discount go further by trading in your old phone with Apple

The big caveat about getting a refurbished iPhone from Apple is that stock is limited, and the best deal, like the iPhone 11, will always run out fast. You have to check frequently or watch out for headlines that tell you when the model you’re looking for is back in stock.

Where to buy a refurbished iPhone

Apple’s refurbished store is the only place we’ve tried for refurbished iPhones so far, but we plan on testing out refurbished iPhones from other popular retailers that sell refurbished iPhones, like Backmarket and Amazon.

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