Getting ready for Amazon's Prime Day
Along with Black Friday weekend, Amazon Prime Day is one of the best times of the year to shop for goods. During this annual 2-day event, Prime members get access to exclusive deals on popular products directly from Amazon and many third-party sellers. They’ll also be able to stream movies and TV shows on Prime Video and read books on Prime Reading.
Amazon Prime membership costs $119 per year and comes with many benefits, like free delivery, exclusive deals throughout the year, ultra-fast grocery delivery, discounts at Whole Foods, access to streaming movies and music and much more. If you don’t already have an Amazon Prime membership or are on the fence about purchasing one, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial and get access to all of this year’s Prime Day sales, even if you decide to cancel it afterward.
What to know about Amazon Prime Day 2021
Amazon Prime Day has traditionally taken place around mid-July. However, it was pushed back to October last year due to COVID-19. This year, they have moved it forward to June 21 and 22, so it’s time to start preparing.
Starting on Monday, June 7, and continuing up until Prime Day, Prime members will receive an extra $10 credit for every $10 they spend in Amazon’s small business section, which includes more than 300,000 sellers. Also, during the same period, if you shop using Amazon’s Prime credit card, you’ll get an additional 10% back on your purchases.
If you are an Amazon Alexa user, you’ll be happy to learn that you get early access to exclusive deals starting on June 18th. To do so, simply say “Alexa, what are my deals?” to your Alexa device.
The most heavily discounted items on Amazon Prime Day
Traditionally, the most heavily discounted items on Prime Day are Amazon’s own products and services. This includes both new and older generation products, so if you have had your eye on the brand new Halo fitness tracker or 4th Generation Echo, this might be the time to scoop them up. You can probably also expect to see some great deals on their pet food brands like Wag and Kitzy.
The deals aren’t just limited to Amazon-owned brands though. They also extend to many of the top-selling and most popular products on the marketplace. In 2020, these included things like the Instant Pot, the Apple AirPods Pro, the Nutri Ninja and this 65-inch Ultra HD Samsung TV.
Best Amazon electronics for Prime Day
Though Amazon is tight-lipped about exactly which products are going on sale, Prime Day always includes noteworthy discounts on Amazon-owned electronics brands. With that in mind, we expect to see some great deals on the following items.
Echo Show 8 2nd Gen: available at Amazon
With a vibrant HD display, high-quality stereo speakers and a 13MP camera that automatically centers on you, the Echo Show 8 is one of the most advanced Alexa-enabled smart home hubs. In addition to checking calendars, looking up recipes, streaming music, and controlling connected devices in your home, it can also be used for streaming TV shows and movies.
Ring Video Doorbell 4: available at Amazon
The Ring Video Doorbell 4 automatically turns on and starts streaming video to an app on your mobile device anytime someone approaches your door. It is motion-activated, features two-way communication and supports dual-band Wi-Fi for stable connectivity. Most homeowners can easily install it too, thanks to its wireless installation option.
Echo Dot 4th Gen: available at Amazon
This affordable smart speaker is a great way to add a couple more linked Echo devices throughout your home. It can act as an alarm clock, allows for hands-free calling and offers voice control over your streaming music and smart home devices. Plus, the compact size is perfect for placing on a nightstand or desk.
Fire TV Stick 4K: available at Amazon
If you don’t have a smart TV, the Fire TV 4K stick is one of the best and most affordable ways to add that functionality to your existing television. You can use it to watch all your favorite streaming apps, and as an Amazon Prime member, you’ll already have access to thousands of shows and movies.
Fire HD 10 Plus Tablet: available at Amazon
The largest of Amazon’s tablets, the Fire HD 10 Plus, which is equipped with 4GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of storage, might be a suitable laptop replacement for people who only use a computer for browsing the web, video calls and watching media. This new edition has a 12-hour battery life and supports wireless charging.
iRobot Roomba i7+: available at Amazon
The Roomba i7+ adds to the convenience of standard robotic vacuums with the inclusion of a companion base where it automatically empties itself. It features smart mapping, so it will intelligently clean your home without going over the same areas again and again or constantly bumping into things.
Kindle Paperwhite: available at Amazon
If you like reading while lounging poolside, enjoying a soak in the tub or relaxing at the beach, the Kindle Paperwhite is the e-reader for you. It has a waterproof construction and a 300ppi glare-free display that can be viewed in full sun. You can choose between an 8GB or 32GB option depending on your storage needs.
Blink Wireless Indoor Security Camera Kit: available at Amazon
These Blink cameras are some of the easiest indoor security cameras to set up, as they are completely wireless and operate for up to two years on lithium AA batteries. They allow you to view and listen to live footage from your home on your mobile device, and they even support two-way voice communication.
Insignia 55-inch Smart 4k UHD TV: available at Amazon
Though technically not an Amazon-owned brand, Amazon is partnered with Insignia and we saw some great deals on some of their TVs in 2020’s Prime Day, so we expect to again this year. This particular model is one of their newest releases and it features a vibrant 4K display, DTS Studio Sound and several HDMI ports.
Best Amazon pet supplies for Prime Day
Amazon has been heavily expanding its footprint in the pet supplies industry over the last couple of years and there is a good chance that means there will be some great deals to be had here.
Wag Dry Dog Food with Grains: available at Amazon
Wag Dog Food with Grains comes in a chicken or salmon option, though it should be noted the latter also contains chicken. It is made in the United States using high-quality ingredients and both contain glucosamine for healthy joints. There are also some grain-free formulas if you prefer.
Kitzy Dry Cat Food No Added Grain: available at Amazon
Kitzy Cat Food comes in a turkey or whitefish option, both of which feature real poultry or fish rather than low-quality byproducts. It is suitable for all life stages, from kittens to seniors, and comes in 4- and 12-pound bags.
Wag Dental Chews: available at Amazon
If you have been noticing your dog’s breath has been a little funky lately, these chews can help. They freshen breath while also reducing plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth, and just as importantly, dogs tend to like them.
Amazon Basics Cat Condo: available at Amazon
This cat condo provides your feline friend with an elevated hammock to lounge on and two natural jute scratching posts to keep them occupied. It also has a removable and replaceable dangle toy just in case your cat needs a little extra stimulation.
Amazon Basics Cooling Elevated Pet Bed: available at Amazon
Suitable for indoor and outdoor use, this affordable pet bed keeps your furry companion raised up off the floor and has a mesh fabric to allow for plenty of airflow. It comes in five sizes and two colors, and it is easy to assemble and clean.
Brett Dvoretz is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.
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