It may not be the most wonderful time of the year, but it is time for Amazon’s annual Prime Day (which is actually two days because Jeff Bezos does not believe in your paltry 24 hours). For the uninitiated, Amazon is going to put a lot of stuff on sale today and tomorrow, all in an effort to generate even more revenue and memberships of its Prime service.
Some of those Prime Day deals include discounts on connected kitchen gadgets and appliances, but, as with any product category, there is a lot of crap being shoveled our way today and passed off as a “deal.” Just because it’s on sale doesn’t mean you should buy it, which is where The Spoon comes in. We’ll be watching Amazon throughout the day to see what deals are actually worth your money. We’ll also be highlighting what The Wirecutter and The Verge find, because they have whole teams of people sifting through deals to offer great recommendations.
With that said, here’s what we’ve seen so far:
Amazon Echo Dot: $22 (normally $49)
Not too much of a shocker here, as the Dot goes on sale frequently. Still, if you’ve been on the fence about trying one, or are looking to outfit a couple more rooms, this is a chance to do it for half off.
Amazon Echo Show 5: $49.99 (normally $89.99)
If you want a screen with your Alexa assistant (look up recipes, watch videos while you cook, etc.), you can pick up this newer version of the Show.
You can also get an Amazon-brand microwave bundled with an Echo Dot for $60 during Prime Day.
Amazon is also leveraging Prime Day to drive people to Whole Foods, where it’s offering Prime members special deals.
Instant Pot (mutiple)
People love the Instant Pot multi-cooker, and there are a number of models on sale today. Making this more interesting, Instant Pot’s parent company, Corelle, had said that it would need to raise the price of Instant Pots because of President Trump’s trade war with China. Who knows how that will or will not turn out, so now’s a time to lock in a lower price.
Breville Smart Oven
Typically $179.95, on Prime Day Breville’s smart oven is on sale for $129.99. The countertop oven has “smart heat” that transfers throughout the device, apparently leading to more evenly cooked food.
Anova Sous Vide Wand: $63 (normally $99)
Anova makes a solid sous vide wand that can turn just about any pot of water into an immersion circulator/cooker.
Prime Day is just getting started, so stop back by later today and tomorrow to see what other deals have popped up.