Prime Day 2020 is here, and will last until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14. As with Black Friday — we’re going to be working to help you find the actual great deals you’ll want to know about (and not the “on sale” food processor that’s cheaper eleswhere). And if you’re not sure where to start, we’re ready to help.
Remind me, what is Prime Day again?
Launched in 2015, Prime Day is a sitewide sales event on Amazon for Prime members only. On actual Prime Day — which, for the second year in a row, will last a full two days — Amazon releases lightning deals on various products throughout the day, which continue for a few hours or until the items sell out. (One tip: They often sell out, so it’s best not to dillydally.)
What is on sale during Prime Day?
Typically, there are endless “deals” advertised for Prime Day, but we’ve always focused on the actually good ones, including many things we’ve written about on the Strategist. As you can imagine, Amazon items (like a Kindle or an Echo) are usually where you can really score, but otherwise, finding actual bargains will require some wading through a lot of, well, muck. (That’s where we come in. Our editors are on deal-watch, helping you sniff out the best Prime Day steals.)
Beauty writer Daniela Morosini wrote an ode to this cheap (and now even cheaper) body cream. “I’ve tried nearly everything on the market, from super-whipped, thick creams from expensive bath and body brands, to high-tech body serums from cosmeceutical companies and luxurious oils from natural brands. But nothing is ever quite as good as CeraVe Moisturising Cream.”
When we researched the best mattresses on Amazon, many buyers said they were fully convinced by the quality of this Emma mattress— one reviewer raved that, by helping him wake up better, the mattress gave him a new lease on life. This mattress also has an extended trial period, and Emma says that it will pay for any return postage.
Meg Liu, co-founder of ESHK Hair in London and Berlin, calls the ghd original an “industry standard.” It’s also her “long-time favourite” to use on her own hair as well as her clients’. For Meg, the best thing about ghd straighteners is their build quality: In her words, “the iron plate is so smooth that your hair doesn’t suffer, regardless of style.”
If you want to buy a Kindle, now’s the time: the latest model (owned, and loved by Strategist editor Ailbhe Malone) is reduced to £80.
An astonishing saving on an iPad Air.
A well-discounted mini projector.
There’s a saving of almost £300 on this Chromebook.
It’s a good time to snap up an on-sale Samsonite.
A three-pack of t-shirts, in wearable shades.
A strapless bra (available in a range of colours).
These 9 carat rose gold hoops are rather pretty.
We like the textured sole on these white trainers.
Best Prime Day kids and baby deals
There’s up to to 42 percent off on a selection of baby products – including this BabyBjörn travel cot.
Global toys-industry analyst Frédérique Tutt told us that L.O.L Surprise is going to be quick to sell out this year: “L.O.L. Surprise! remains the No. 1 toy brand in 2020 (year to date: week 33). Constant refreshes and new iterations explain its continued popularity.”
Best Prime Day home and kitchen deals
This Phillip Starck-designed juicer would be a fun housewarming gift.
A third off makes this microwave now under £50.
Save on this 7-in-1 model which our US colleagues say is the model that most recipes for the Instant Pot are formatted for.
A streamlined way to make your morning coffee.
Grow your own herbs, with no outside space needed.
These pots and pans are specifically dishwasher-safe.
A perfect starter kitchen set.
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