First off, we know: Amazon has problems, and our very newsroom is often at the forefront of those stories. But whatever your stance on Bezos’s superstore, the money saving opportunities of Prime Day can make it very tempting, indeed. Many of us have been there; you see a super-hot deal, or need something to come (for sure) within a couple of days, or your local mom-and-pop shop doesn't have what you’re looking for. And, despite the fist-clenching incurred from Jeff Bezos's mega fortune while the rest of us drown in student loan debt, sometimes, Amazon feels like the move.
Prime Day is the other Black Friday, when Amazon is throwing out crazy low prices on electronics, appliances, personal care products, beauty stuff, and home goods like they're confetti. And, well, we like shopping, and we really like getting stuff for less than we'd usually pay for it.
There are tons of folks who are gonna hit Prime Day, and hit it HARD (the number of items purchased as part of Prime Day in 2019 was a whopping 175 million, and last year, Amazon reeled in $10.4 billion in sales), no matter how much they think Bezos is a money-hungry cartoon-villain dork. Of course, some people abstain from shopping at Amazon entirely (cheers), but the reality is that most people we know partake in a Prime'd set of headphones here, an impulse-purchased Sunset Strip groupie memoir or grip of nondescript socks there. (If you never do anything even slightly morally dubious in the name of personal convenience or pleasure, well, salutations to you.)
So, we’re here with a list of the absolute sweetest sales, the massive savings that make it all worth it. This one's for those among our readers who feel they absolutely must get those deals, deals, deals. And we know you're out there.
Here you go: the stuff that's actually worth buying. (Don’t forget to periodically check back throughout the day, since we’ll be updating this page with all of the best deals as soon as they roll in.)
The Best Cooking & Kitchen Gear Prime Day Deals
We've had a bunch of these kitchen appliances on our wishlists for a while, from the Opal Countertop Nugget Ice Maker—for all of our home tiki bar and Sonic-slush dreams—super highly rated Calphalon espresso machine. We stan the LARQ self-cleaning water bottle, since we're lazy, chronically dehydrated heathens who need all the help we can get, and we all thought we were too cool for microwaves until the pandemic happened (and now they're our best friend). These are the best deals we've seen on all of 'em.
The Best Tech & Gadgets Prime Day Deals
In the words of Rihanna in that one Calvin Harris song, this is what you came for: cheap electronics. I mean, people have literally been trampled to death in the name of Black Friday deals on flat-screens or whatever, which makes occasionally shopping on Amazon really seem not that bad as far as savings-driven crimes go. Anyway, we waded through deals, deals, deals and just pulled out the truly, truly BIG savings and best markdowns that only come on Prime Day. If you've been needing to upgrade your TV, tablet, headphones, or home stereo equipment, today's probably the day. After all, you don't want to have to fight for your life at Best Buy on November 26.
The Best Fashion & Beauty Prime Day Deals
Many of us are intent on having a post-quar glow-up this summer, whether that's with newly adventurous wardrobes or by slathering our face in expensive oils that promise to help make us baby-faced beauties for time eternal. Anyway, to each their own—but here are a few picks that stand the test of time and are on major sale.
Lookin’ for some non-Amazon deals? Here ya go.
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