Exciting news! In addition to the July Prime Day, which they've been doing for several years, Amazon has added a new Prime Day event this year on October 11-12 (it's actually 48 hours, even though they call it Prime Day).
October Prime Day kicks off the holiday shopping season (we agree: it's early). It's great for buyers not only because there are some great deals to be had on Amazon, but because other retailers like Target, WalMart, Best Buy and more are also discounting items (see the deal below on the Thermapen One--the lowest we've seen it!).
If you're a savvy shopper and an Amazon Prime member, you can save money on all sorts of stuff. If you're not, there's never been a better time to try Prime:
Probably the most important thing to know on Prime Day is which deals are actually deals. We scoured Amazon's kitchen product deals, and here's what we found--both deals and not deals.
Here are some of the better deals we found (some are definitely better than others).
Sale price: $49
Regular price: $53
It's not much of a sale, but if you're looking for a budget-priced enameled Dutch oven, this is one of the best prices we've seen. It's nearly identical to the Lodge (probably made in the same factory), which is about $30 more.
By the way, the 6-quart Amazon Dutch oven went down to $33 on the last Prime Day--so if you wait, you may see the price go down between now and the holidays.
Sale price: $135
Regular price: $170
We haven't watched this item super closely over the years, but we do know it's one of the best burr coffee grinders on the market, highly sought after by coffee nerds. $135 is a good price for a high quality burr grinder, especially one with as many positive reviews and recommendations as this one has.
Sale price: $399
Regular price: $499
We don't keep tabs on smart oven prices because it's not a product we've reviewed (yet). But the Breville Smart Oven is an iconic product that people love, and we know that the real regular price is more than $400. So we can't tell you exactly how much you're saving, but we know it's a decent sale price.
Sale price: $97
Regular price: $115 (not $139, as posted)
This is our favorite low-priced induction burner (we sell a ton of them). For years it was priced at $99 and just recently (earlier in 2022) jumped to around $115. The highest we've seen it was about $120, not $140, as Amazon says.
So $97 is a good price (but not a great one).
Gevi Countertop Nugget Ice Maker (29lbs/day)
Sale price: $325
Regular price: $460
To be honest, we haven't followed the pricing on this nugget ice maker, but it's substantially less than the Opal Nugget, and it gets good reviews. If you want to save on a chewy ice maker, Gevi might be worth your while to check out.
There is always a risk involved with a young or unknown brand, but we think this one is worth it. Buy the Amazon warranty if you want to be covered.
Sale price: $31.99
Regular price: $48.99
This is another product we haven't kept tabs on, but we paid more than twice this for anti-fatigue mats at Bed, Bath & Beyond several years ago, so we know this is a great price.
We found another brand also on sale on Amazon for less, but this one gets much better reviews.
Sale price: $579-$583 (with side tank--which we strongly recommend getting)
Regular price: $529-$629
The original Opal (without WiFi) went down to $480 with the tank on the last Prime Day, and this time it's staying at $579, or $429 without the tank, but you really need the tank for this to be convenient and easy to use--so not really marked much (if at all).
The Opal 2.0 (with WiFi) is marked down about 11%, from $629/$649 (depending on color) to $562/$583. So if you want WiFi on your ice maker, you can get the new Opal for about the same price as an old one.
Prices without the tank go down to $529/$549 on the Opal 2.0 (but seriously: the tank is what makes this a great appliance).
Sale price: $109
Regular price: $149
It's a lot for a trash can, but it's a really great trash can. The lid holds in odors and the foot pedal opening is great: we have one in our kitchen and it's held up over several years. We paid somewhere around $130 for it several years ago, so this is a good price.
Sale price: $69.30
Regular price: $105
This is the NEW Thermapen, which gives a reading in less than a second. This is the first time we've seen it on sale. An excellent price!
Sale price: $468
Regular price: $549.99
If you want a Vitamix, this is the one that gets all the rave reviews. Some of their cheaper lines (such as the Explorian, on sale for $299) aren't as powerful or might be made in China.
It's not a super great deal, but it's probably as low as you'll see the 5200 this holiday season.
Sale price: $699
Regular price: $699 (not $1159, as posted)
This is a nice set of cookware and we recommend it, but it's not really 40% off. We've never seen it higher than $700 on Amazon.
If you want the set, you can hold off buying it because the price won't go above $699 before the holidays.
Anova Nano Sous Vide Cooker, 750 watts
Sale price: $109
Regular price: ???
Last time we checked (which admittedly, was awhile ago), this sous vide cooker went for $99; the more powerful one was priced at $149.
750watts is low power for a sous vide cooker. We recommend finding a less popular brand with a higher wattage for less (like the Inkbird, which is 1000 watts and just $87).
Sale price: $20.99
Regular price: $29.85 listed, but we have never seen it more than $21.
It might go lower between now and the holidays, but it's really great price at any time.
Sale price: $149.99
Regular price: $174.99
Just no. Get the Nesco Deluxe, which is almost the identical vacuum sealer (probably made in the same factory) for $120.
Keep your eye on your Amazon account and notices, because prices will change. But these are the ones we found so far that we wanted to share.
Thanks for reading!