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The best early Amazon Prime Day deals on Amazon products

If you're looking for deals on Amazon devices, you've come to the right place. We'll keep this section updated, as well as our roundup of the best Amazon Device Deals.

The Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, shown side by side.

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Matching the best price we saw during Black Friday, this is a solid Prime exclusive deal for a 4th Gen Amazon Echo smart speaker that comes with a Sengled Bluetooth color smart light bulb. With Alexa, the Echo can play music, answer questions, control your smart-home devices, and buy stuff from Amazon—all with a few words. The Echo is our pick for the best Alexa smart speaker, and although the Sengled bulb isn't an official pick, we've recommended some of their bulbs in the past. (Plus, it's free!)

Part smart speaker and part tablet, the compact Amazon Echo Show 5 is the perfect display for a nightstand or bathroom counter. Our smaller-screen pick does everything the larger Show 8 can do, including play music, check the weather report, and trigger any smart-home routines. It also has an auto-dimming screen when you turn out the lights, so it shouldn't keep you up at night.

As the smaller version of our top Alexa smart speaker, the Echo Dot is a great option for people who want to snag a smaller smart speaker on the cheap. Our budget pick features an audio-out port and Bluetooth connectivity, so you can connect the Dot to a Bluetooth speaker or to a larger audio system if you want better sound. This is a new low price for the Echo Dot on its own, and an even better value if you add in the free Sengled Bluetooth bulb. While we haven't tested that Sengled bulb in particular, it's a simpler version of our former budget pick and it's free (usually $15).

Prime members who have yet to try Amazon Music Unlimited can get four months free. Like its competitor, Apple Music, Amazon Music now offers HD spatial audio—an improvement in the quality of sound that makes your listening experience a lot more pleasant. Other great features that come with an Amazon Music subscription include ad-free access to any song, unlimited skips, and hands-free listening with Alexa for those who are already part of the Amazon smart-home ecosystem. This deal regularly crops up around this time of year, but free is hard to beat, so it’s still a nice chance to experiment with a new music streaming service. Be aware that after the free four-month subscription expires, you will be automatically charged $8.99 per month.

If you have a book lover in your life, or are one yourself, this is a great chance to try out an Audible Premium Plus subscription. Normally $15/month, Amazon Prime members can get the first three months of this subscription for free. On top of accessing tons of audiobooks, podcasts, and original content, you'll receive one credit to purchase any premium selection title each month. After the trial period is over, you'll automatically be billed for the regular monthly membership fee—so be sure to cancel if you aren't interested in continuing with the service.

Keep the Boogeyman at bay and help your child sleep through the night with one of our smart night light picks, the Echo Glow. It doesn't have any physical controls, but adjusting the brightness and 16 different color options is as easy as tapping the light or using the accompanying app or your Alexa device. At $17, we've seen better discounts for this smart lighting device, but it's still a  great way to regulate your little one's bedtime routine—an essential step for children to sleep better over time—while adding some personality to their bedroom.

As the kids' version of our budget Alexa speaker pick, the Echo Dot Kids Edition offers all the standard Echo Dot features for about half the price—such as asking Alexa to play music, reading stories, and calling approved friends and family. Plus, it sounds good enough to use as a nightstand speaker or even as a small kitchen speaker. Down to a new low of $25 for Prime members, the Kids Edition comes with a solid two-year replacement warranty and is available in your choice of two cute, child-friendly designs (with a tiger or panda printed on the fabric).

The Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Generation) is simple to use thanks to its excellent on-screen menus and Alexa's always-impressive conversational chops. Its speaker also produces clear audio and is powerful enough to fill a room, so you can listen to tunes, finally perfect that Hollandaise, or perhaps even do both. Down to the lowest price we've seen for a refurbished model, this is a solid chance to pick up the latest Show 8 for less. Available in both black and white.

If you're having a hard time getting your little one into a regular bedtime routine, Amazon's Echo Dot Kids and Echo Glow bundle, which features one of our smart nightlight picks, is back on sale and here to help. The Glow has a range of 16 colors and can cue a bedtime countdown controlled by another Amazon Echo device—in this case, the included Dot Kids, a kid-friendly version of the vaunted pint-sized smart speaker, available in tiger or panda print.

The black Cuisinart Gooseneck Kettle.

Photo: Michael Hession

For the pour-over fans who have been winging it with a regular kettle, it's time to ditch the old-school method and upgrade to an electric gooseneck model. Our newest pick, the Cuisinart GK-1 Gooseneck Kettle impressed our testers with its temperature accuracy and ability to hold water at temp for 30 minutes. Simple controls allow you to adjust the water temperature while the willowy spout ensures the perfect pour every time—and it certainly doesn't hurt that the pot itself is stylish. Matching the lowest price we've seen, snag the kettle for $75 with promo code GOSHOP25.

Update 2: Back down to $76, which matches the lowest price we've seen since last year.

Unlock the full potential of your mixer with the addition of the KitchenAid Metal Food Grinder Attachment. If you already own our top stand-mixer pick, this easy-to-store grinder attachment enables you to flex your creative muscles and assume more control over the ingredients you put into your culinary endeavors. Included with the attachment are a food pusher, a food tray, two grinding plates, and a few extra accessories, so you can handle anything from raw meats and vegetables to bread and hard cheeses. This isn't the lowest discount we've seen, but it's still a solid deal on a versatile cooking accessory.

Looking for a minimal-effort way to make popcorn from kernels? Well, the Colonel Popper Microwave Popcorn Maker is dead simple to use and easy to clean up. Made out of silicone, this dishwasher safe-bowl collapses to about two inches in height. In fact, both senior staff writer Rachel Cericola and editor Kalee Thompson swear by this Wirecutter favorite. For best results, hang out by your microwave and listen for the sound of diminishing pops so you can remove your snack at the perfect time.

Baby and kid product deals

A photo of the Geometric Stacker.

Photo: Melissa & Doug

One-year-olds may not be very picky when it comes to toys, but some gifts are bound to entertain more than others. A versatile, wooden block-on-stick stacker like this one from Melissa & Doug is a great gift that should provide endless engagement. Each tower is composed of solid, well-made wooden pieces that offer varying sets of challenges based on their shape and color. Although we've seen some better prices in the past, this drop to $13 matches the lowest price we've noted within the last six months.

The runner-up Britax B-Lively stroller is comparable to our top pick in design, handling, and maneuverability, plus a similarly easy-to-use recline. It also has a larger, more accessible storage basket and a brake mechanism that requires less effort to engage. However, the B-Lively is only compatible with Britax and BOB car seats. It won't work with the popular Chicco Keyfit 30, our infant car seat pick, or other brands, so it's not a good choice if you already own one of those car seats. Nevertheless, this $143 deal marks a new low for the stroller and is worth a look versus our top pick, especially if you're looking for a stroller with ample storage.

The HoMedics Therapist Select Percussion Massager, one of our picks for the best massage gun, with an all black body.

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Suppose you've been interested in trying a massage gun without investing hundreds of dollars on a higher-end model. In that case, this is a great chance to save on the already affordable HoMedics Therapist Select Percussion Massager. This HoMedics model delivers a less-intense deep-tissue massage than some of our other picks, but it's light, comfortable in hand, and cheaper than most options. Overall, it's less powerful and more vibratory than other alternatives, but it still offers three speeds at 3,000 ppm. Down to a new low of $75, it's a great opportunity to save on the less intimidating massage gun.

Most doorframe cantilever pull-up bars are only designed for relatively stationary exercises. If you’re looking for a unit that can handle more dynamic workouts, we recommend the Gym1 Power Doorway Gym Pull-Up Bar. As the only pull-up bar we recommend for swinging on, it has adjustable vise clamps that attach on the sides of your doorframe for extra stability. Comparable models may warn against any swaying motion during use, but the folks at Gym1 encourage people to swing around as much as they like. In fact, this bar boasts an ASTM safety rating, which guarantees that it meets rigorous safety demands. At $56, this is a new low for the Gym1 Power Doorway Gym Pull-Up Bar—just remember to clip the on-page coupon.

The easy-to-use and feature-packed Fitbit Charge 5 is the best option for most people who want to use a fitness tracker to monitor their movements. Whether you're walking, biking, or swimming, the watch reliably detects and automatically records workouts after about 10 minutes of activity. Down to $105 in lunar white or steel blue, this deal is a new low price for our top fitness tracker pick.

One of our top picks for best air purifier, the Coway Airmega 200M, next to a chair and a decorative potted plant.

Photo: Michael Murtaugh

Whether you're deep in the throes of an unending allergy season or living in a heavily-polluted city, an air purifier can help with air quality problems. The Coway Airmega 200M is nearly identical to our top pick in noise level, CADR, controls, and overall performance. The main difference (aside from price) is the appearance: This model features a square grille rather than a round one. And considering that the Mighty is down to $146, it really just comes down to which aesthetic you prefer. While we've seen better deals on air purifiers in the past, this discount is a decent chance to save if you need something immediately.

Our top pick from the guide to the best air purifier, the Coway AP-1512HH Mighty is effective, efficient, and affordable. This unit works great, and we also found it to be quite reliable during our long-term testing. But don't let its diminutive size fool you—although it weighs under 13 pounds and measures at 16.8 x 9.6 x 18.3 inches, it can reduce heavy smoke pollution in a 135-square-foot office by 99.6% in within 30 minutes. If clean air is valuable to you, this markdown to $146 is a rare opportunity to save on a high-quality air purifier.

A robot vacuum can help if you struggle to find the time (or will) to clean the old-fashioned way. A variant of our budget robot vacuum pick, the Eufy RoboVac 35C is a slim version that is perfect for small spaces with hard surfaces or low- to medium-pile carpets. Down to the lowest price we've seen with an included 1-year Eufy warranty, don't miss out on this quiet and diminutive option.

Save yourself from becoming a feast for mosquitos and snag the Thermacell MR450 for $25. As our runner-up pick, it's more rugged and portable than our top pick and better for situations like camping or fishing. However, its butane cartridge isn't quite as convenient as a lithium-ion battery, and this device is only meant for stationary activities, so it won't be effective if you take it on a stroll or hike. While this deal isn't quite the best price we've seen for the MR450, it's still a great discount considering the typical street price.

When you have an organized collection of drilling and driving bits, you’re ready for anything. A smaller variant of our runner-up 95-piece set, the 65-Piece Drill and Impact Drive Kit offers a basic selection that's lacking when compared to our main picks, but still solid. But if you think this 65-piece kit is a good fit for you, it's down to a great price of $15 with free shipping from Home Depot. Just keep in mind that you may encounter a project that requires something this kit doesn't have.

The Vivitest is almost a dead ringer for our small, stylish essential oil diffuser pick, but costs far less. This 100mL ceramic unit is compact, looks great, and has nine light settings—seven colors, plus color-changing mode, and off. If you don't mind its relatively weak output and need for more frequent refills, we think the Vivitest is an effective option for bedrooms and other small spaces.

Whether your dog has special needs like arthritis or you just want them to nap in the lap of luxury, we think the Casper Dog Bed is a paw-some pick for your pooch. Though pricy, our testers thought the Casper was the easiest to re-stuff after cleaning and loved its high-quality material. We’ve seen better prices on this dog bed before, but this $104 deal is still a solid markdown on a well-constructed memory-foam dog bed with a 30-night risk-free trial.

Laptop, Chromebook and accessory deals

The Logitech HD Webcam C615 shown attached to a monitor edge.

Photo: Michael Murtaugh

Update: Up $1 to $30. In this modern age of Zoom meetings and video conferencing, sometimes the sub-par webcam on your laptop just won't cut it. Our budget pick for the best webcam, the Logitech C615, is perfect if you're seeking a sub-$50 option. While the overall video quality isn't as good as our top pick, it still offers 1080p resolution and looks better than any other camera we tested around the same price point. Matching the best price we've seen this year, this deal is another excellent opportunity to ensure you aren't a pixelated blur when video-chatting with others.

Read our review of the best webcams.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

Photo: Rozette Rago

Drown out the din with our top noise-cancelling headphones pick, the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, now down to $223 with code SUMMER20SAVE. This pair is manufacturer-refurbished from the Bose eBay storefront and comes with a comprehensive two-year warranty. Though we've seen slightly better deals on refurbished options, this is still an excellent opportunity to save if you're looking for a pair of comfortable and lightweight headphones that offer superior adjustable noise cancellation.

With clear highs, deep (but not overpowering) bass notes, and a surprisingly large soundstage for tiny earbuds, the KEF Mu3 is one of the best-sounding pairs of true wireless Bluetooth earbuds we’ve ever tested. These small, smooth earbuds offer a secure, comfortable for all but the most diminutive ears, and the single-button controls are intuitive to use. However, they lack track-reverse control and the active noise cancellation is just middle-of-the-road. Down to $130, this is a great chance to save if your priority is excellent sound quality over active noise cancellation.

A TCL 5-Series 4K TV on a media console table displaying rock mountains and a valley.

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A collection of Prime Day preview sales on Fire TVs started June 21. We've never recommended Fire TVs, as we don't think they offer good value at their usual MSRPs, but our experts think they're somewhat more worthy of consideration when they're heavily discounted, especially if you're invested in the Alexa ecosystem. Of the ones available for sale, senior staff writer Lee Neikirk prefers the Amazon Omni Series 4K, noting, “that price for the 55-inch is solid.” Lee warns that we may see competitive pricing on better TVs during Prime Day itself.

We're also noting a number of sales on 2021 model year TVs, with deals on LG's C1 OLED line leading the way. If you've considered the tradeoffs and want to pick up one of these older models, you can find discounted TVs and home theater gear on our dedicated TV Deals page. We're presently testing the 2022 iteration of this TV—you can find our early impressions in our OLED TV guide. We've found a few early Prime Day TV and TV accessory deals worthy of notice—we've added them below.

You don't have to spend an arm and a leg to get a quality 4K TV, and the 75-inch version of our top budget Google-enabled 4K TV pick is back down to the previous low. The TCL 5-Series model S546 provides good picture quality and great integrated streaming options, offering a full array of local-dimming backlights and the Google smart-TV interface. While its overall brightness, contrast, and motion quality don't measure up to the best LCD and OLED screens, we still think the TCL 5-Series provides a great viewing experience.

With so many streaming services, it's nice to have a dedicated media streamer that consolidates all of your subscriptions into a single place and does the job well. Our runner-up pick has the widest selection of services overall, and the player supports all the major 4K HDR standards (including Dolby Vision, HLG, and HDR10+). But Roku's interface feels dated and doesn't integrate all your recently watched and preferred content into one menu as our top pick does. So if you want the widest selection of services presented in a simple, albeit somewhat dated, user interface, this is another nice opportunity to save on the Roku Streaming Stick 4K.

The Apple Watch Series 7, with a dark gray braided wrist band.

Photo: Sarah Kobos

We expect a slate of Apple deals during Prime Day, but only select Apple products will see significant discounts. We're anticipating notable price drops on the Apple Watch Series 7 and SE, along with various iPad models, specifically the iPad Mini 6th gen, the iPad Air 5th Gen, the Mac mini, and perhaps some models of the iPad Pro.

The M1 Macbook Air is also likely to see some small discounts. The M2 Air will be released within the next few weeks, but has a substantially higher starting price at $200 more than the M1. So, should you buy the M1 if it's on sale? Our experts will be testing the M2 model soon. In the meantime, the M1 remains a solid option for everyday tasks, especially if it's substantially discounted, but those seeking the latest and greatest should probably wait. We'll work in consultation with our writers during Prime Day to assess the M1 sales and see if any are still worth it.

For iPhone owners, the Apple Watch Series 7 is the best way to keep up with notifications, track fitness, get directions, and use apps without having to constantly reach for your phone. It has a bright large screen and is plenty fast for apps, and it includes some health-related features that less expensive models don’t. If the 41 mm face size is the right fit for you, this deal is a new low price for the GPS enabled model, however only the green aluminum case is on sale.

There’s no reason to choose anything but an Apple Watch if you're an iPhone owner searching for a smartwatch. Whether you’re getting your first Apple Watch or upgrading from a version that’s a few years old, the Apple Watch Series 7 is the model most people should choose. It offers the best combination of style, message handling, activity tracking, app selection, and battery life. If the 45 mm face size is the right fit for you, this is a solid deal for the GPS enabled model with the aluminum case. The starlight and green colors are both on sale.

Game console deals dried up almost entirely during the pandemic, as consoles were hard to come by even at full price. So far in 2022, we've noted some deals on select consoles that we're hopeful will see markdowns during Prime Day. We've tracked sales on the Xbox Series S, the Nintendo Switch Lite, and even the non-OLED Switch in recent months. We're hopeful that we'll see these consoles, along with accessories like the Switch Pro controller, well-discounted during Prime Day.

In recent weeks, we've seen some deals on refurbished Kindle Paperwhites, but they've been primarily for the 2018 model. At this point, we'd recommend forgoing the older models and waiting for Prime Day sales on the newest Paperwhites, which support USB-C charging.

Wirecutter recommends the 2021 Paperwhite Kids edition over the standard 2021 Paperwhite—our reasoning is value, as the Kids Edition includes a case, a two-year warranty (versus the standard’s one-year), and no ads, for only $20 more. Based on Black Friday prices and sales we've seen earlier in 2022, we anticipate prices at or just over $100 for the Kids Edition during Prime Day, with prices of the standard Paperwhite coming in at around $90.

Target Deal Days kicks off July 11

Target is planning to launch a competing sale of its own, with the Deal Days event officially starting on Monday, July 11. In fact, July 11 is looking like a strong possibility for sales starting across retailers, as Amazon will likely match Target prices, effectively launching a portion of its own sale at least one day early.

One added benefit for Target shoppers is the additional 5 percent savings on qualifying purchases for RedCard holders. While 5 percent seems relatively small, it adds up, especially if Target matches Prime Day prices on an expensive product like a TV.

Early sales from Best Buy

Best Buy is competing with Prime Day this year with their Black Friday in July event from July 11 to July 13. Last year, we saw deep discounts on some of our favorite gaming mice and TVs. This year, the company is promising potential discounts on Wirecutter picks including KitchenAid mixers, Apple products, TVs, and vacuums, and we'll look over all of them to see what's really a deal.

Walmart hasn't formally announced an event to compete with Prime Day, but they've hosted their competing Deals for Days to go head-to-head with Amazon's yearly sale in the past. Last year, Walmart offered significant discounts on some Apple Watches, Samsung Android smartwatches, TVs, and several of our vacuum picks. Look for Walmart's deals to launch no later than the official Prime Day start date of Tuesday, July 12—in all likelihood, they'll start even earlier.

Frequently asked questions

When is Amazon Prime Day?

After a June date in 2021, Prime Day is back to its traditional July slot and is officially scheduled to begin July 12, 2022. We typically see preview sales before Prime Day, but the Tuesday start this year signals an even higher likelihood of seeing early deals on Monday and the weekend prior. Target's Deal Days event starts July 11, so at the very least we'd expect Amazon and other competitors to selectively match Deal Days prices starting Monday.

Is Amazon Prime Day worth it?

Amazon Prime Day can be a great way to save, but you should also be selective. Not every deal is as good as advertised, and not every product is worth your time. That's where Wirecutter Deals comes in. We track prices on products recommended by our expert writers to ensure that the discounts we surface are real and meaningful. Prices are trending upward right now, so finding the real discounts is more important than ever.

This Prime Day, we still expect great discounts on portable audio gear like headphones and Bluetooth speakers, smart home gear, Amazon devices of all stripes, personal grooming gear like electric toothbrushes and hair dryers, and certain small kitchen appliances.

We're less bullish about sales on outdoor gear, mattresses, large appliances, and apparel. While Amazon's own apparel brands will see discounts, we think you're better served to wait (if you can) until Labor Day sales for the best prices on these product categories.

Will inflation impact Amazon Prime Day?

Inflation is driving up prices across most product categories. That doesn't mean that Prime Day prices won't be worthwhile, but we'd recommend being cautious of taking claimed discounts at face value. Recently, we did a deep dive into Prime Day and inflation and how we'll help you find the real discounts amid a sea of marketing claims.

Is Prime Day only for Prime members?

You need to be an Amazon Prime member to purchase Amazon Prime Day deals. If you are new to Amazon, you can opt for a trial membership (just be sure to cancel it before the trial is over if you don't want to keep your Prime membership). But also note that many retailers offer competing sales during this period, such as Best Buy, Target, Walmart and Home Depot.

What time does Prime Day start?

Prime Day deals from Amazon are already starting to trickle in, though the event officially starts at midnight PT on Tuesday, July 12. Other retailers are launching competing sales as early as Monday, July 11.

Should I buy a refurbished item on Prime Day?

It depends. We recommend refurbished products if they meet the following conditions: are sold by the manufacturer, come with a minimum of a 90-day warranty and allow for free returns. We're seeing deals on certified refurbished Amazon devices, which we prefer to standard "renewed" items.

We will post deals from manufacturer-approved resellers on occasion, but they must be authorized.

How to collect Prime Day Credits to net myself cash?

If you’re willing to spend a little in order to get a little, Amazon is offering a couple of ways for Prime members to get up to $135 of free money, but predictably there are some hoops to jump through. The most heavily promoted is the Amazon Stampcard. Here’s how it works: You explore various Prime benefits before July 13 (make one eligible Prime purchase, stream one Amazon Video, borrow an eBook via Prime Reading, and listen to a song on Prime Music). Once you do so, you’ll receive a $10 credit to your Amazon account within 24 hours.

Other free cash promotions include a $20 credit for first-time users who upload a photo to the Amazon Photos app. There’s a similar $25 promotion for adding a card to Amazon Wallet, but unfortunately, it’s only for select users.

If all of these sound like ways to get you to sign up for (or further commit to) Amazon’s services, that’s because they are. However, if you use any of these services already or have actually been intending to try them, you can effectively get paid for doing so.

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