When you think of a “big holiday sale”, you normally think of the obvious: Black Friday. But that’s only November. And this year, Amazon decided to start the party a little earlier with its Prime Early Access Sale. Today and tomorrow, October 11 and 12, the online retailer is offering discounts on thousands of items. And while there are definitely some things to buy to maximize the savings, there are also some items you might want to wait until next month for spring. (And note that to qualify for most of these deals, you’ll need to be a Prime member — a 30-day free trial is currently running.)
“I think this ‘Prime Day’ is going to be a really good opportunity for things like Amazon-branded items,” said Deal News analyst Julie Ramhold. Indeed, the Echo and Echo Dot are significantly discounted to under $60 and $18, respectively. “But you know, if you look at other brands of TVs or laptops or the latest smartphone, for example, I still think Black Friday is going to be the best bet.”
To help you navigate this “second Prime Day” surprise, we’ve rounded up 20 of the best deals you can get on day one below – including an iRobot Roomba that’s almost half price (!). I’ve also included selections I’m going to buy for, as well as products I already own, recommend, and love. Good shopping!
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LOWEST PRICE SINCE PRIME DAY
This smart speaker delivers rich HD sound and you can use it to stream songs from your favorite platforms; manage your smart home and set timers, reminders and alarms with Alexa. With over 129,000 ratings, Amazon users give the Echo an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars.
Echo Dot, third generation, 2018 version
I have two of these compact smart speakers, paired with the regular Echo all over my apartment and love them! You can use the Echo to stream songs from your favorite platforms; manage your smart home and set timers, reminders and alarms with Alexa. It has an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars with over 965,000 ratings. It’s cool to have my own smart home (90s kids, what’s up?). And for just under $20, that’s a lot.
Echo Show 5, second generation, 2021 release
This one offers all the power of Alexa with an 8″ HD touchscreen, adaptive colors and stereo speakers. Make video calls with a 13 MP camera. Stream HD and stereo TV shows and movies or music from your favorite platforms; manage your smart home and set timers, reminders and alarms with Alexa.
Amazon Fire TV 75″ Omni Series 4K UHD smart TV with Dolby Vision, hands-free with Alexa
This smart 4K TV offers lifelike picture quality with Dolby Vision, plus hands-free control with Alexa. You can stream over a million movies and TV episodes from favorite subscription platforms, including Prime Video. It has an average rating of 4.6 with over 18,000 ratings.
LESS THAN $50 TABLET
Fire 7 tablet, 16 GB
Amazon’s latest tablet has a 7-inch touchscreen and up to 10 hours of battery life, as well as 2GB of RAM, double that of previous generations. Use this board to stream content from Netflix, Facebook, Hulu, Instagram, TikTok and more through the Amazon App Store.
SAVE ALMOST $200
Blink Outdoor + Mini 5 Camera Kit
Blink Outdoor is a wireless, battery-powered security camera that helps you monitor your home day or night with infrared night vision. Operates up to two years on two AA lithium batteries (included).
LOWEST PRICE EVER
Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition (32 GB)
This reading device offers a 6.8-inch screen, wireless charging and auto-adjusting front lighting. It comes with no lock screen ads, as well as 3 months if free Kindle Unlimited (though this automatically renews at $9.99/month if you don’t cancel). The flush design and anti-glare screen read more like real paper, even in direct sunlight. It has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars with over 9,000 ratings.
LOWEST PRICE OF THE YEAR
iRobot Roomba 671 robot vacuum cleaner
This vacuum offers Wi-Fi connectivity that works with Alexa. Added bonus: it’s good for pet hair, carpets and hard floors.
Shark ION AV753 Robot Vacuum Cleaner
Here is another popular robot vacuum on sale. It’s Wi-Fi connected, has 120 minutes of battery life, and works with Alexa. It’s good for multi-surface cleaning.
UP TO $250 OFF: Bissell Floor and Aircare
BarkBox Monthly Subscription Box
$39.99/box $19.50 for your first box
A monthly delivery of dog boxes with monthly themes including 2 dog toys, 2 bags of dog treats and a chew.
Dreo Air Fryer Pro Max, 11-in-1 digital air fryer
This 6.8 Quart 11-in-1 Digital Air Fryer Oven offers an easy-view window, LED touchscreen and more. It boasts an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars with over 2,500 ratings.
Amazon Basics Enameled Cast Iron Covered Dutch Oven
This 6-quart Dutch oven covered in cast iron offers side handles, a fitted lid and is oven safe up to 400 degrees. Available in different colors.
Calphalon 15-Piece Pot and Pan Set
Not enough space in your kitchen? This stackable nonstick cookware set features stay-cool stainless steel handles and is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. It has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars with over 1,300 reviews.
LOWEST PRICE SINCE JANUARY
Mr. Coffee 10-Cup Programmable Stainless Steel Coffeemaker
This thermal carafe maintains its temperature and offers a delay brew feature allowing you to program the brew time in advance so you can wake up to fresh coffee.
LOWEST PRICE THIS YEAR
Sous Vide Cooking
This powerful 1100 watt precision cooking machine offers an ultra-quiet immersion circulator and brushless motor.
health and wellbeing
Deep tissue massage gun for athletes
When I ran the Chicago Marathon last year, this massage gun was a major key to training and recovery. It offers 8 to 15 hours of battery life on a single charge, 7 speed levels and 12 massage heads to suit different body needs. It has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars with over 12,000 ratings.
OVER $200 OFF
Original Peloton Bike
It’s Peloton’s classic indoor stationary exercise bike with an immersive 22-inch HD touchscreen.
Hatch Restore Sound Machine and Smart Light
I am not, have not been, and never will be a morning person. This sound machine and smart light have helped me stay well rested, and the gentle awakening at sunrise makes my first moments of the day much less moody than before.
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