It’s that time of year again, folks: Prime Day is nigh. Now, if you’re the type who likes to read loads o' news stories about Amazon, you may not be elated by the prospect of shotgunning more dollars into Bezos's gaping maw. That’s why we trawled the web searching for price-matched Prime Day deals to help you spend your hard-earned cash on the same mega deals, but with alternative places for gettin' 'em.
A lot of sites play The Price Is Right with Amazon's crazy Prime Day deals, luring in bargain-hunters with similarly subterranean-low prices on all kinds of stuff. We’ve got price-matched deals on everything from cookware to AirPods. You’re welcome!
Happy hunting, and 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.
You’ve been waiting to buy cast iron
A Dutch oven is one of the best routes to go. It’s hefty, versatile, and one of the best urban lumberjack brands, Lodge, has theirs on sale. You can use it for your stews, soups, meats, and for making the perfect gratin potatoes to serve this summer with an ice cold glass of Sancerre. Can’t wait to see who fights over this one in your will.
This is your movie
If you also wanted nothing more than to hand the actors of Cloverfield a Gimbal, you’re safe here. Steady video and clear pictures only, thanks to this gadget.
A tornado in a tube
If you’ve been holding off, or saving up your beans to buy a Dyson, this is also your moment. It might be hard to get excited about a vacuum in the midst of other, sexy Prime Day sales (sup, dildos), but picture this: You have but minutes to prep before That Person comes over, and instead of lugging out an iron lung from the closet with questionable suction, you whip out this baby: a cordless, high-speed tornado that dances faster than Ginger Rogers over those crumbs. A time, space, and frustration saver, dude.
Curious about Instant Pots?
There’s a lot of air frying going on these days, and we love it, but “nothing, however, manifests our obsession with fast cooking more than the Instant Pot,” says Ruby Lott-Lavigna in a VICE article about our obsession with time in the kitchen. An Instant Pot isn’t just a tool, it’s a time-saver. A multi-tasker. A steamy sanctuary that coddles and juggles our veggies and grains better than anything with arms.
Travel is back, man
We’ve been workshopping our vaccinated, ethical summertime slut personalities for some time, and following the re-opening guidelines of various countries. Now, we’re ready to finally bust out with our fellow Pfizer daddies and soup up the bubbles in the Champagne glass bathtub of that one kitsch hotel, or hop a plane to Nashville for a long weekend (and a short bill). Outfit changes will be necessary, props are a must, and a solid luggage set is overdue.
Did the dog wear out that leash in quar?
Good boy. Or cat! Or rabbit! We don’t know your life. But we do know that it sucks to walk around with a wonky, last-string-of-its-life leash. This isn’t a game, dude. It’s your pet’s life. Not to pressure you, but think of this leash as an umbilical cord. Do you really want one that flirts with death?
You’re still working (or gaming) from home
A lot of folks started the WFH thing in lockdown(s), aaaand a lot of folks are continuing to work from home even as cities reopen. Honestly, no matter how much time you spend at your desk, it’s nice to have a comfortable office chair that won’t screw up your back.
These internet-famous sheets
Oh, Brooklinen–we’ve been waiting for you. These are the sheets that feel like they were stolen right out of the softest laundry basket of the plushiest luxury hotel. Their material is even “certified in an independent laboratory against a list of over 350 harmful substances,” so you know you can motorboat them in peace.
You lost them again, didn’t you?
No worries. We (us; your mom) were expecting it.
How to grill without a patio set-up
Outdoors? Pffft. This stovetop grill pan by Le Creuset brings the barbecue inside, works on gas and induction stovetops, and will evenly sear all your veggies, thick bacon strips, steaks, and dinner party experiments. Cleanup is also easier because it has tall sides to prevent splatters, and can slide right in your dishwasher.
The take-me-anywhere speaker
You could give this cordless Bluetooth speaker and FM radio to anyone, and they’d be like, “Tight.” Its design falls somewhere between contemporary minimalism, and person who hosts a children’s show about buttons and numbers. It stays charged for four hours, or just enough time for you and your crew to polish off all the hard seltzers you brought to the park.
Ruby Woo will never die
IYKYK. If you don’t: This is the lipstick shade you make sure they have for your body at the morgue.
Happy price matching, you fiend. Invite us over when you master the Dutch oven?
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