15 Prime Day deals you shouldn’t wait until Black Friday to buy
The holidays will look different this year—start shopping now
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Black Friday is just a month away, and while we expect some great deals to drop, we also expect the holiday to look different this year. We're predicting more online sales and delayed shipping—meaning Amazon Prime Day may be your best bet for scoring deals while holiday shopping this year.
Thousands of our favorite products are on sale today, and if you're hunting for the best Amazon Prime Day deals, we've got you covered. If you were planning to wait until Black Friday to do your bargain shopping, here are 15 deals that we recommend snagging now, as they may be sold out, back-ordered or at a higher price come Black Friday 2020.
1. Apple AirPods Pro: $199 (Save $50)
The Apple AirPods Pro are the best Apple headphones—period. We've seen AirPods on sale at many retailers this year, but in 2019, they were only marked down to $234.99. We see these popular headphones selling out quickly around Black Friday, so snag a pair while they're still at this amazing discount.
2. Amazon Echo Show 5: $44.99 (Save $45)
You can save big on the Amazon Echo Show 5 right now. This reviewer-favorite is on sale for $44.99, but during Black Friday 2019, it was only on sale for $49.99. Use that extra $5 in savings to snag a Blink Mini or TP-Link Smart Plug, both of which you can get for just $5 when you buy an Amazon Echo Show 5.
3. AncestryDNA kit: $49 (Save $50)
We love to see AncestryDNA kits drop below $50. Many of our staff members have tested and loved AncestryDNA kits, and during Prime Day, you can get the kit for the same price as 2019's Black Friday sale. We're not sure what the Black Friday price for this one will be in 2020, but we recommend ordering it now if you're looking to buy one, since shipping may get sticky around Black Friday.
4. Apple MacBook Air: $1,149 (Save $150)
This Apple computer is one of the best laptops of 2020, and right now, it's $150 off. Last year, we saw this model go on sale at Best Buy for $1,189.99. This is definitely one of the best Apple deals you can snag during Prime Day, but if you're holding out for Black Friday to buy a new laptop, be careful—we saw Apple MacBooks sell out almost immediately last year.
5. Apple Watch Series 3: $169 (Save $30)
This isn't our favorite Apple Watch (that'd be the Apple Watch Series 6), but this model is a strong performer. It went on sale during Black Friday 2019, but it was only $10 off. For Prime Day, you can nab it for $30 off. And, just like the MacBook Air, Apple Watches sold out almost immediately during Black Friday, so if you want one, now's the time to buy.
6. Casper Mattress: $316 (Save $79)
Casper offers an incredible mattress—even our editor-in-chief swears by it. Last year, we saw Casper offer between 10%–15% on its mattresses, but this model is 20% off on Amazon right now. Reviewers give it a 4.6-star rating and praise it for its comfiness.
7. Echo Dot: $18.99 (Save $31)
Last year, we hailed the $22 Echo Dot (3rd Gen) as a steal—but for Prime Day this year, the price has dropped down even lower to $18.99. This powerful smart speaker is one of the best you can buy, and if you spend an extra $5, you can get a smart plug bundle. Our executive editor says this is the one deal he regrets not buying during Prime Day last year.
8. Fire HD 8 Kids Tablet: $79.99 (Save $60)
The Fire HD 8 Kids Tablet is the best tablet for kids you can buy. It went on sale for the same price during Black Friday 2019, but during this year's Prime Day, it's flying off the shelves. We've seen it come in and out of stock, and right now, it's back-ordered until October 30. This makes a great gift for kids, and if you're looking to get one, get it now before it goes out of stock again.
9. Fire TV Cube: $79.99 (Save $40)
We're always going to recommend the Roku where we can, but you can't deny the savings you can snag on the Fire TV Cube this Prime Day. This device, which acts as both a smart speaker and streaming device, is $10 cheaper than what we saw during Black Friday 2019. Plus, it has more than 18,000 ratings and a 4.4-star rating on Amazon.
10. Fitbit Versa 2: $127.95 (Save $72)
Before the Fitbit Versa 3 came out, this was one of our managing editor's favorite fitness trackers ever. It's incredibly powerful, it makes a great activity tracker and it can even control your smart home devices. Last year, it went on sale for $148.99 on Amazon, which pales in comparison to this year's Prime Day deal.
11. Gravity Blanket: $151.20 (Save $37.80)
The Gravity Blanket is—hands down—the best weighted blanket you can buy. It's cozy, it's perfectly weighted and our tester said it was incredibly enjoyable to use. Last year, we saw the Gravity Blanket drop down to $149.40 on Gravity's website. That's about $2 cheaper than its Black Friday sale was, but when accounting for the free shipping you get with Amazon, this deal is significantly better than what we saw during Black Friday 2019.
12. iRobot Roomba i6+: $599.99 (Save $200)
We didn't see the iRobot Roomba i6+ go on sale during Black Friday 2019, but this powerful model is a sister to our favorite robot vacuum, the iRobot Roomba i7+. The iRobot Roomba i6+ has the same cleaning platform as its big sister and even features the same self-emptying base our testing team fell in love with. iRobot models are incredibly popular, so if you're thinking of picking one up, we definitely recommend snagging this great model for its low price.
13. Kindle Paperwhite: $79.99 (Save $50)
The Kindle Paperwhite is our favorite Kindle. Not only do we recommend getting the Kindle Paperwhite for under $80—which is the same price it was during Black Friday 2019—but we recommend signing up for Kindle Unlimited, which is on sale for Prime Day, as well. This particular model is already back-ordered through mid-November, which means even if it goes on sale for Black Friday, it'll be a while before you can actually get your hands on one.
14. Ninja Foodi: $149.99 (Save $70)
We are obsessed with the Ninja Foodi. We didn't see this model go on sale during Black Friday 2019, which isn't surprising, since it was still pretty new at the time. If it goes on sale this year, we can't see the price getting any better—and if it does, don't expect it to stay in stock for too long. Now's the time to pick up this air fryer–pressure cooker hybrid.
15. Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer: $29.39 (Save $30.60)
The Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer exploded in popularity this year. We tested it and loved it every bit as much as the rest of the Internet did. Last year, we saw it go on sale at Ulta for $39.99, but this Prime Day, we've seen it go as low as $23. If you can find it for $23 again, buy as many as you can carry—otherwise, that $29 price tag is still pretty incredible.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.