Fire tablets and Echo speakers are some of the cheapest personal tech devices on the market. They’re designed to be affordable, and some of them are particularly cheap for Prime Day. Kindle is another story. They are more expensive and go on sale less often. We’ve compiled all the Prime Day great deals on Amazon branded devices we’ve tested (and love!). Amazon has a Device Offers page with many of its best deals, but we’ve got the top picks organized below.
Note: We regularly update the items and
cross out items that sell or price increase at time of posting, and mark discounts based on recent product prices or average price, not MSRP. Be sure to check out the discounts for yourself. Our choices come from research and our vast experience in product review. You will need a Amazon prime subscription to get most of these offers.
Updated Tuesday: We crossed out the Echo Dot with Clock, although it’s worth checking out as that chord could come back. We have also added two offers on alternatives to Google Assistant.
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Amazon’s Kindle pretty much owns the e-book market, and for good reason. The company’s book readers offer over a month of battery life per charge, the ability to hold thousands of titles, and unlimited book subscriptions. You can even get Free books from your local library. Check out our guide to the best Amazon Kindle.
The base Kindle remains a solid offering, and the latest model includes backlighting for the 6-inch E Ink touchscreen, which means you can read in the dark. This is our favorite kindle for money. It’s the best price we’ve seen on the Kindle this year. It comes with three free months of Kindle Unlimited, which gives you access to a huge library of eBooks. After three months, Kindle Unlimited costs $ 10 per month.
The waterproofing of the Paperwhite makes it a Kindle upgrade worth considering. For a few more Jacksons on the regular Kindle, this unlocks the joys of reading in the pool, beach, and tub without fear. The screen is flush and the device is IPX8 rated, which means it can stay in 2 meters of water for two hours. Lily learn more about its features here.
The Kindle Kid’s Edition is the basic Kindle with a few parental controls and, more importantly, Amazon’s 2-year worry-free warranty. This means that if your Kindle Kids Edition crashes down the stairs because your kid decided to see if it would bounce like a slinky, Amazon will replace it.
The Oasis is the Kindle candle. The processor is faster for smoother page turns, it’s easier to hold with one hand, and the screen automatically adjusts the brightness. This version also comes with 32 gigabytes of storage, which is enough to hold tens of thousands of books.
Echo speaker deals
Read our Guide to the best Echo and Alexa speakers for recommendations on Amazon Echoes that we think are worth your money. The short version is the Plus for music, the Dot for voice and the Show for a screen. Our Guide to the best smart speakers has more options if you are still deciding which one to buy.
The latest 8 inch Echo Show is sleek and stylish. We like this size more than the 5 inch and 10 inch versions. It’s big enough for weather updates and video chats, and recipes to display clearly, but it’s compact enough that it doesn’t take up too much space on your desk or kitchen counter.
The Echo Show 10 has a screen that swivels to follow you as you walk around the room. This feature requires a bit of setup – you put it where you want it and then the Echo chooses its range of motion – but it works well on calls and when trying to check how much time is left on a kitchen timer. . The base of the screen houses the good-sounding speakers, which provide a fairly substantial soundstage, close to a standard Echo.
Standard echo is one of the best smart speakers and the best alexa speaker (8/10, WIRED Recommend). If you don’t want a screen and camera staring at you, but want better sound than a small Echo Dot, the standard Echo is worth listening to. It has hovered between $ 80 and $ 100 since its debut last year. This week’s price is $ 10 cheaper than its lowest selling price.
The Echo Dot is one of the cheapest ways to stream Alexa around your home, if that’s your thing. It’s a pretty darn good speaker, too, especially at this price point.
The Echo Dot Kid’s Edition offers parental controls and kid-friendly designs – Gear Team editor Adrienne So says it’s insanely cute and sounds surprisingly good. This agreement also includes one year of Amazon Kids + (formerly FreeTime Unlimited) content. After the first year, Amazon Kids + costs $ 3 per month, so mark it in your calendar if you plan to cancel.
WIRED Gear team audio expert Parker Hall calls the Dot “the best alarm clock ever.” You can easily check the time in the middle of the night, thanks to the forward-facing clock, and it can wake you up to your favorite seasonal playlists. Models without a clock are always useful, especially if you want to add Alexa to more rooms in your home without spending a fortune.
The Echo Buds (8/10, WIRED Recommend) sound good and have great app and Alexa integration. The noise reduction isn’t quite on par with what you’ll get in Apple and Samsung headphones, but it’s good enough to block out most ambient sounds. The headphones come with a charging case and plenty of tips and ear tips to ensure a good fit.
Fire tablets deals
Amazon tablets are so cheap, it’s almost suspect. We have some reservations about the tablet software, but overall it’s worth it. Don’t forget to check out our updated guide to decipher which Amazon Fire tablet is best for you.
While the HD 10 is nicer, the Fire HD 8 is a very capable tablet for the price. The Plus model, with additional RAM (3 gigabytes instead of 2), is recommended, and its on sale for $ 65 ($ 45 off).
The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is our first choice for children under 7. It’s small enough for young hands, and it’s padded so it probably won’t break when they drop it. You also get a two-year no-questions-asked replacement plan.
If you have older kids (around 8 and up), the Fire HD 10 Kids Pro Edition has a smaller body and more app options. It still has a lot of parental controls in the settings.
Amazon revamped its Fire HD 10 earlier this year with more RAM and a brighter screen, reaffirming it as a more capable tablet than the 8-inch version. This is our favorite cheap tablet and the best Amazon tablet you can buy, with faster performance, more storage, and a 10 inch HD screen which is much prettier. The Plus model with an additional gigabyte of RAM is also on sale for $ 110 ($ 70 off), and the the new productivity package is $ 180 ($ 100 off). This includes a keyboard, as well as some work-friendly software, making the Fire HD 10 a more capable device, as long as you aren’t using Google’s office suite, which won’t work on Amazon hardware.
Fire TV offers
Amazon’s Fire TV platform is ideal if you subscribe to Amazon Prime or buy Amazon instant videos. It emphasizes Amazon content above Netflix and other providers, but it owns most of the major streaming apps. With Google and Amazon argue, you can get YouTube on FireTV again. At these preferential prices, even the Fire TV Cube is very attractive.
The Fire Stick 4K is the best of Amazon’s Fire TV devices. All things considered, we prefer Roku devices for streaming, but if you are a heavy Prime Video user or have a 4K display, this works great. Much like the Fire tablets, the interface is poor, but you will get used to it.
We encourage you to just buy the Fire Stick with 4K, but if you don’t have a 4K TV and want to save an extra $ 10, get knocked out.
Other Amazon device offerings
The Amazon Halo isn’t a useful fitness tracker, but it does something no other device we’ve tested will: track your emotions. WIRED associate editor Adrienne So wore it for a month and found the emotion tracking feature to be interesting and ultimately useful. At the same time, should a company, let alone Amazon, standardize the full body scan process for its customers? It’s a good price, but this first version of the device still looks unfinished. Read the review first to find out what you’re getting into with it.
The Eero is the mesh router that Apple would have made if it had bothered. This deal includes a base station and two smaller extenders, which will provide more than enough wireless signal coverage for most homes. Eero’s app has some cool features like the ability to pause the internet on particular devices. At this price, our main complaint about the Eero – that it is expensive for a router – is resolved.
If you don’t need the extension cords (like if you live in a small apartment), this is the same base unit as above. It should cover around 1,500 square feet, although the coverage will vary depending on the layout of the rooms and even the building materials in your home.
Retailer sales pages
If you’d like to check out more deals yourself, here are some links to the current sales this week.
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