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Prime Day 2022: The 59 Absolute Best Deals (So Far)

Amazon Prime Day is here. The mega-retailer’s two-day sales event for Prime subscribers is in full swing, and there are plenty of deals on some of our favorite gear and gadgets, from Alexa-enabled speakers to robot vacs to laptops and tablets.

The WIRED Gear team tests products year-round. We sorted through hundreds of thousands of deals by hand to make these picks. Crossed out products are out of stock or no longer discounted. Our Amazon Prime Day coverage page has the latest stories, and our Prime Day Shopping Tips will help you avoid bad deals. You can also get a 1-year subscription to WIRED for $5 here.

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Prime Day is the best time to pick up a new Amazon device, whether that’s a Kindle, Fire tablet, or Echo speaker—they’re unlikely to get cheaper than this. For a complete list, read our Best Prime Day Deals on Amazon Devices roundup. Be sure to also read through our Best Kindles, Best Fire Tablets, and Best Alexa Speakers guides.

Kindle Paperwhite with case.

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The Paperwhite is the best overall Kindle. Last year the waterproof e-reader went from one model to three, which makes picking one a little tougher. We tried the Signature Edition (8/10, WIRED Recommends), but all three have bigger, 6.8-inch screens with adjustable warm lighting and USB-C ports. We think it’s worth the extra $20 to get the ad-free version. There are also deals on the Paperwhite Kids’ Edition for $105 ($55 off) and the Paperwhite Signature Edition for $130 ($60 off).

If you want a basic ebook reader, this has all the essentials (8/10, WIRED Recommends) and it’s affordable. You get an adequate 6-inch E Ink capacitive touchscreen for reading, and it lights up so you can read in the dark. If you can spend $20 more, you should opt for no ads on the home screen.

The 10th-generation Kids Kindle works just fine if you don’t need waterproofing. Like the fancier Paperwhite, it comes with a 1-year subscription to Amazon Kids+, after one year that costs $5 a month for Prime members.

Amazon Echo Dot

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Amazon’s fourth-generation Echo (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is the best smart speaker you can buy for under $50. Amazon has dialed in its digital signal processing and sound quality over the previous three Echos, and the rounded edges here help fidelity. The new Echo comes with Amazon’s AZI Neural Edge processor too, which helps Alexa recognize speech better than ever. This is the lowest price we’ve ever seen for this model.

The special Kids edition of the Echo Dot has easy-to-use parental controls that allow you to set time limits, filter explicit content, and review activity. The tiger-colored sphere comes with a year of Amazon Kids+, after that it reverts to $5 per month.

The Echo Show 8 has been our favorite smart display for Alexa for two generations in a row. We like this Goldilocks size: It’s big enough that video chats work well, and recipes are readable, but small enough that it doesn’t take up too much valuable countertop space. 

Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021)

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All the Fire Tablets are on sale right now, but the Fire HD 10 (7/10, WIRED Recommends) is the largest, speediest, and best for most people. The bigger screen has more pixels (1080p) than its siblings, making it better for watching videos. Thanks to Show Mode, you can turn it into an Echo Show and shout commands at Alexa from across the room. If you need more power, the Fire HD 10 Plus for $105 ($75 off), bumps the RAM to 4 gigabytes and adds wireless charging.

We think the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is the best device for younger kids. It fits well in smaller hands, isn’t too heavy, and thanks to the padded casing, it’s better at surviving life in the hands of a small child. The Kids Edition tablets include a 1-year subscription to Amazon Kids+, giving your child access to plenty of books, videos, games, and more. Be sure to read through our guide to managing Amazon Kids+ content. We don’t recommend you buy the Fire HD 7, as it’s simply too old.

We like the Fire Stick 4K Max for its Wi-Fi 6 support and picture-in-picture feature (allowing you, for example, to check a security camera feed while you watch TV). It’s fast, and the Alexa voice remote works well. If you want to save some cash, the Fire TV Stick Lite is also on sale for $12 ($18 off). Fire Sticks are geared toward Amazon Prime content, and that’s what you’ll get on the homepage. There are apps for other streaming services, like Netflix, but if Amazon Prime isn’t one of your most-used streaming services, you should go with something else. 

Amazon’s Eero 6 Wi-Fi system is one of the easiest mesh networks to set up. It offers reasonably good coverage and delivers stable connectivity. It’s also not bad looking, which means you won’t have to hide it in a closet (which kills your coverage). This deal is for the model that features three identical router units.

Laptop, Phone, and Gaming Deals

Google Pixel 6

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The Pixel 6 (9/10, WIRED Recommends) may have been bogged down by bugs in its first few months after launch, but many of its issues have been fixed, and it remains one of the best values right now. (This is the lowest price we have ever tracked.) You get great performance thanks to the Tensor processor, genuinely helpful smart software features, and some of the best smartphone cameras for the money. This deal is also available at Target. Yes, the Pixel 6A is on the way for slightly less, but the Pixel 6 offers more perks, like wireless charging, a 90-Hz screen, and better camera hardware. 

Take everything about the Pixel 6 and now add an excellent 4X optical zoom camera, a 120-Hz screen refresh rate, a bigger 6.7-inch screen, and slightly longer battery life (it comfortably lasts a day). Those improvements weren’t quite worth the $300 upcharge initially, but this is the first major discount we’ve seen for the Pixel 6 Pro, and this is an excellent price for it. This deal is also available at Target. Just know that Google announced the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro already, and they’re due in the fall. 

The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G (8/10, WIRED Recommends) was recently added to our Best Cheap Phones guide. It has a nice-looking display, good battery life, and better performance than the price would suggest. This deal has been popping on and off over the past few weeks, but this phone is an absolute steal at this price. 

Lenovo Flex 5

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Lenovo’s AMD-based IdeaPad 5, which comes with a Ryzen 5 processor, is our favorite budget laptop. You get plenty of power, a very nice 14-inch IPS display, 8 gigabytes of RAM, and a 256-gigabyte SSD. The 360-degree hinge converts it to tablet mode or stand mode for watching movies. To take full advantage of the two-in-one design, be sure to grab the digital pen ($45). If you’re flush with cash, the even more powerful Ryzen 7 version can be had for $689.

The Pixelbook Go is starting to show its age, but it’s still an excellent, no-frills laptop. It’s a Chromebook, so it’s only a great option for anyone who can work completely off the Chrome browser (though Android apps are available via the Google Play Store). Read our Best Chromebooks guide for more details.

If you’ve ever thought you’d like a large-display laptop you still can lug around all day, the LG Gram is it. Despite the 16-inch IPS display, the LG Gram weighs just 2.6 pounds (sadly, not a gram). This model features an 11th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16 gigabytes of RAM, a 256-gigabyte SSD, and Windows 11 Home. 

Razor Blade

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The enhanced portability of the 14-inch form factor, combined with Razer’s stealthy black aesthetics, makes this powerhouse one of our favorite gaming laptops. It’s hard to beat the power of an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX with an RTX 3080 GPU at this price. A 2,560 x 1,440-pixel display with 165-Hz refresh rate, 16 gigabytes of RAM, and a 1-TB SSD round out this portable gaming rig.

The unique look of the Aurora R14 is designed to maximize heat dissipation and ensure that cool air is well distributed among internal components. It also looks pretty cool, though not what you might expect from Alienware. This deal features an AMD Ryzen 9 5900 chip, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, 32 gigabytes of RAM, a 1-terabyte SDD, and a 2-terabyte spinning drive.

Alienware’s M15 R6 offers a lot of power in a smallish 15-inch package. There’s an 11th-generation Intel Core i7 chip, an Nvidia RTX 3070 graphics card, 32 gigabytes of RAM, and a 1-terabyte SSD. So long as you don’t take it too far from a power socket, this is a solid deal on a portable gaming rig.

Logitech G413

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This is one of our favorite budget gaming keyboards. You get the same understated black chassis, the same mechanical switches, and even the same Lightsync RGB lighting that you get on more expensive Logitech models. It’s an excellent pick if you’re just getting started.

A good slim wireless mechanical keyboard, the Keychron K3 connects via Bluetooth, and despite the low profile of the keys, you get a tactile click. The compact size doesn’t eat up desk space and there’s RGB lighting if that’s your bag. It lasts around four to five days and recharges via a USB-C charging port.

Our favorite gaming headset under $50, the Arctis 1 features quality design, comfort, a removable mic, and clear sound. This headset’s wireless version is also one of our faves, with an understated design and rich, robust sound. The corded Arctis 1 is an excellent, affordable pick that feels and sounds more expensive than it is. It’s corded only and works with PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, Switch, PC, and mobile.

Our favorite wireless gaming headset, the Logitech G Pro X is lightweight, offers DTX:S object-based surround sound, and for PC gamers, the Logitech Hub provides incredibly powerful tools to set custom EQ filters and acoustic profiles on a per-game basis. It will work wirelessly with a PC, PS4, or PS5, but it requires a 3.5-mm cable with Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, or Xbox Series X/S.

Razer Viper Ultimate

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The Razer Viper Ultimate features optical switches and crazy fast response times. It also has a charging dock and wireless dongle (which stows away in the mouse when you’re not using it). It’s not our best overall wireless mouse anymore, but it’s still a great mouse.

Western Digital’s Elements series desktop drives are our favorite way to back up massive amounts of data. These aren’t as fast as SSDs, but they are great for incremental backups, which we recommend. Your backup software will typically run overnight, so the speed isn’t a huge factor. This one is often on sale for around $300, but this is the first time we’ve seen it get to $250.

This portable drive from SanDisk trounces everything else we’ve tested. It’s lightweight, with IP22-rated enclosures, so it’ll stand up to life on the go. It’s not the cheapest drive, but if you’re backing up in the field and want to get it done as fast as possible, it’s your best bet.

Looking for more goodies? We’ve got a separate roundup of more great home and kitchen deals right here. 

Vitamix 5200

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There are blenders, and then there are Vitamix blenders. I was skeptical, but like my fellow Gear reviewer Joe Ray, the Vitamix made me a blender person. A blender is, essentially, just a blade atop a motor. Everything else just gets in the way. The motor is why the Vitamix is so good. Yes, the Vitamix is expensive, but it’s worth it. 

Stasher bags are a WIRED fave. These silicone replacements for single-use plastic bags come in multiple sizes for all your needs. They’re dishwasher-, freezer-, and microwave-safe, too. This deal is on a bundle of six bags, but there are also deals on single bags like the Stand-Up Mega for $22, 1/2 Gallon for $15, Sandwich for $9, or the Bundle 4-Pack Small for $38 ($14 off).

This is our favorite cold-brew coffee maker. It makes about 32 ounces of coffee at a time. Just put coarse grinds into the basket and slowly pour water through it. Then let it sit at room temperature or in a fridge for 24 hours, and that’s it. WIRED reviews director Jeffrey Van Camp says the resulting coffee is “smooth and flavorful without too much bitterness” or sediment.

Genuinely good, cheap sheets are rare, but this affordable set is WIRED writer Matt Jancer’s personal fave. He says the quality is incredible, especially at this price. 

Zojirushi Micom Rice Cooker

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Zojirushi is the undisputed king of rice cookers. The brand uses “fuzzy logic technology” with a microcomputer (hence the abbreviation “micom” in the product name) to make tiny adjustments in heat placement, ensuring that your grains are perfectly done with minimal effort and no burned or wet spots. We did see the price on this model dip lower last year, but this is still a good deal.

Atlas Coffee Club is our favorite way to explore single-origin beans. This deal will get you a 4-pack of 1.8-ounce sampler bags of ground coffee. Atlas’ website has a better deal if you are interested in subscribing—50 percent off your first subscription purchase, plus free shipping.

Even with AirTags, Tile is still one of our favorite ways to find all your stuff. This 2-pack is perfect for keys and bags. Read more in our Best Bluetooth Trackers guide.

Nixplay Smart Frame

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Nixplay digital frames look pretty decent—not as nice as the Aura frames (our top digital frame pick), but they’re much cheaper right now. Pro tip: If you’re getting this for less tech-savvy family members, set it up before you send it to them. That way all they’ll have to do is use the remote to connect to Wi-Fi.

While there are dozens of competitors now, iRobot’s vacuums remain some of the best: attractive, effective, and easy to use. It’s still the only manufacturer to offer a smaller bin with storage inside for tools and extra bags, a feature we love.

Shark Wandvac

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The Wandvac wasn’t the strongest performer in our handheld vacuum testing, but for the price, its tiny size, charging station, and decent suction made it the best companion to an upright or robot vacuum. For a slim bullet-shaped vac, it elbows in on the power of the larger handheld vacuums. 

Hoover’s SmartWash Pet Carpet Cleaner is great for furry homes. It features automatic cleaning and drying cycles—pushing it forward releases the solution and pulling it back starts the drying process. After you’ve gone over the whole area, you can turn just the drying mode on for an extra pass if the carpet needs it. As a nice extra, the handle comes out with the click of a button, and you can use its separate tank with a cleaning solution to spot-treat before vacuuming. 

Panasonic’s HomeHawk camera sticks to the inside of a window, so you can keep an eye on the outside of your house without permanently mounting anything, which is great for those of us who rent. The image quality is surprisingly clear, and it features a 150-degree wide-angle view. Read more about this camera and our other favorites in our Best Security Cameras guide.

Nest Doorbell

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The Nest Doorbell is our second favorite, mainly because it’s more expensive than our top pick, the Arlo. But this deal brings the price down below the Arlo. Just know that for 30-day video history and smart alerts, you still need to subscribe to Nest Aware, which costs $6 per month—more than twice the cost of Arlo Secure. Still, if you’re all in on Google, this is a good video doorbell. This deal is also available at Best Buy.

Our favorite camera to use with Google Assistant, the Nest Outdoor camera is battery-powered and easy enough for renters to install. The 130-degree field of view is decent, and it captures clear 1080p video with HDR and night vision. The speaker and microphone both offer crisp, clean audio. This deal is also available at Target.

Need an indoor security camera? This simple one looks elegant, can be mounted, and doesn’t have a battery, meaning you’ll need to plug it in. This deal isn’t rare, but it’s still a solid price. It’s also available at Target. 

If you don’t want a subscription camera, this is your best bet. It records video wirelessly to a HomeBase hub that has 16 GB of storage, and the hub connects to your router via Ethernet cable or Wi-Fi and doubles up as a Wi-Fi repeater. The video footage is mostly crisp and clear at up to 2K resolution, and there’s a fairly wide 140-degree field of view.

Fully Javis Standing Desk

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This is our favorite standing desk of the many we’ve tested over the past two years. It’s adjustable via the motor (up to four height presets), made of eco-friendly bamboo, and there are also tons of ways to customize it to your liking.

It’s not cheap, but this is also a very nice desk. Dual motors shift the desk up and down quickly, quietly, and with zero wobbles. It’s easy to setup and use and we like the woodgrain styles. It has a range of 25 to 52 inches tall, and there’s a hole to route your cables.

Headphone and Speaker Deals

These deals just scratch the tip of the iceberg. Head to our Best Prime Day Headphone and Speaker Deals guide for more recommendations. 

Sony SRS-XB13 Bluetooth Speaker

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These sub-$100 speakers from Sony feature a clever built-in strap and sit flat in a bike basket so you can blast your tunes around town. They get up to 16 hours of battery life, are IP67-rated for dust and water resistance, and you can even link multiples together for stereo sound. 

These on-ear headphones from Jabra are super comfortable, have solid microphone performance, and—best of all—offer up to 50 hours of playback on a single charge. If you want wireless headphones that are affordable, sound good, and rarely require recharging, these are the ones for you.

WIRED Gear editor Adrienne So likes the comfortable silicone coating and small size of these Jabra buds. They feature an IP57 rating for dust and water resistance and eight hours of battery life between trips to the charging case. Audio quality is excellent, and you can customize the EQ in Jabra’s Sound+ app to get them sounding just the way you like.

Sony WH-1000XM4 Headphones

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The Sony WF-1000XM4 (7/10, WIRED Recommends) are the best noise-canceling earbuds you can get right now. They use Sony’s excellent processing, microphones, and foam ear tips to block out nearly every ounce of sound coming from the outside world. 

These Beats in-ears (9/10 WIRED Recommends) are great headphones for iPhone owners. They’re comfortable, have great battery life, and excellent sound with noise cancellation. And the works perfectly with iPhone, iPad, and Macs. The only downside is there’s no wireless charging in the case.

We like the Pixel Buds (8/10 WIRED Recommends) for under $100. They’re comfortable, with a nice, ergonomic design. The sound is balanced with good details and above-average call quality when you’re on the phone. They have IPX4 water resistance for workouts and built-in Google Assistant integration.

This little speaker is easy to install in the shower (on most shower heads), and it’s hydro-powered by the water running through it. The speaker quality is OK, but you never need to charge it or remember to bring your speaker in the bathroom if you wanna play tunes. It’s not on Amazon but does have a Prime Day-related discount.

We rounded up some early Amazon Prime Day TV deals here, but for more tips and recommendations, check out our other TV buying guides, including our Best TVs roundup and How to Choose the Right TV.

Sony A90J

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It might not look like a big deal, but this price just recently dropped to its lowest level ever. This is one of the prettiest TVs we’ve tested. The bezels are super slim, the OLED panel is fantastic and delivers deep blacks and rich colors, and it has an Android TV interface, which means you can also cast to it from your phone. It has weird feet on the ends, so it’s best to wall-mount it unless you have a large TV stand.

This is a basic, entry-level TV from Hisense, but we like the brand and trust its build quality, unlike some of the other generic Amazon TVs we haven’t tested. You get Dolby Vision high dynamic range support (read: prettier colors) and a built-in Fire TV for streaming your favorite Amazon shows.

Outdoor and Fitness Deals

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LifeStraw’s Personal Water Filter is like a regular straw, but it filters out 99.99 percent of waterborne bacteria. It’s one of our favorite things to have on hand for emergencies. It filters up to 1,000 gallons of water.

We haven’t tried LifeStraw’s water bottle yet, but it works more or less the same as the straw, it just includes the water bottle so you can fill up and go.

Goal Zero’s Yeti power stations are everything you need to stay charged up no matter where you are. They make great camping companions or can serve as a backup power source to charge your phone in emergencies. This deal is the lowest price we’ve seen on the 1500X model. The smaller 500X–think of it as the weekender to the 1500X’s week-long power supply–is also on sale for $525 ($175 off).

DJI Mini 2

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DJI’s Mini 2 has been replaced by the Mini 3, which is better in nearly every way, but it’s also double the price of this deal on DJI’s Mini 2 (8/10 WIRED Recommends). With this older model, you still get 4K video, 12-megapixel still images, 30-minute flying time, and 4X digital zoom. This deal is the Fly More combo, which gets you some extra batteries, props, and a carrying case. For more help picking the right drone for you, see our Best Drones guide.

This is a good starter tent for those new to camping. It won’t stand up to strong winds, and the zippers aren’t the strongest, but it’s great for casual use at your local campground. If you need help picking a tent, see our Best Tents guide.

Garmin Venu Sq

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Garmin’s Venu Sq (8/10 WIRED Recommends) is a great entry-level fitness tracker. It’s equipped with an always-on LCD touchscreen that’s both bright and responsive, and it comes in an assortment of charming colors. Under the hood, the Venu Sq offers high-end features like blood oxygen monitoring, sleep tracking, and energy level monitoring. It also tracks more common data like workouts, step count, calories, and more.

The Instinct is one of Garmin’s most popular trackers. It has excellent backcountry functionality, including an internal altimeter, barometer, and compass with automatic calibration. Unlike almost every other high-end Garmin, the solar charging panel on this one boosts battery life by about 50 percent. That means you’ll have enough juice to keep yourself on track for a backpacking trip that lasts over a week, as compared to other GPS-enabled fitness trackers that only last a few days. This is the original version, which has been superseded by the Instinct 2, but we still like it, especially at this price.

Retailer Sale Pages

If you’d like to check more deals yourself, here are some links to sales going on this week.

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