The Very Best Prime Day Amazon Deals (UPDATING)

Prime Day is finally here, and so are the bargains. We're scouring Amazon for the very best deals the World's Biggest Store is offering during its annual discount bonanza. We'll be updating this list throughout the day, so keep checking back! 

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The wildly popular 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker manages to cram a rice cooker, a pressure cooker, a slow cooker, a yogurt maker, a warmer, a steamer, and a saute/browing pan into one tight package. The device has piled up a stellar 4.7-star Amazon rating with over 19,000 reviews, and it's also been one of the most popular items for Mental Floss shoppers. For anyone with a tight kitchen space, this versatile cooker is a convenient, compact workhorse. It's usually $129.95, but today it's marked all the way down to $89.99. Pick one up for yourself or your favorite cook!

Instant Pot DUO80 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, 8 Quart/1200W for $129.95 (list price $129.95)


Thinking of upgrading your TV? Today's the day. Sony's XBR55X700D 55-inch model is down to just $500. Sure, it may be the 2016 model, but once you get your first look at the 4K picture quality, all you'll remember is what a bargain you got. 

Sony XBR55X700D 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2016 Model) for $499.99 (list price $798.00)


Luggage isn't the world's sexiest purchase, but a good suitcase or carryon can make any trip feel that much smoother. Samsonite may be the biggest name in the suitcase game, and Amazon is knocking over $300 off several exclusive sets for Prime Day. If you have been needing to pick up a new carry-on spinner and checked back, you can nab both for under $120, a real steal. 

Samsonite Advance Xlt Lightweight 2 Piece Softside Set (21"/25"), Black, Exclusive to Amazon for $119.99 (list price $429.99)


Want to catch up on Game of Thrones very quickly? You can grab the Blu-Ray set of the first six seasons for just $74.99.

Game of Thrones: The Complete Seasons 1-6 + Digital HD [Blu-ray] for $74.99 (list price $139.76)


Are you sick of having to get up and walk across the room to turn on a light? Of course you are. We all are. Now, there's finally a way to escape the tyranny of light switches. Amazon's hands-free, voice-controlled Echo Dot can sync up with the Philips Hue smart lighting system to control all the lights in your home. This bundle comes with an Echo Dot, which can control all manner of smart lights, thermostats, locks, thermostats, and the like, and a Philips Hue starter kit of two A19 LED smart bulbs and a bridge controller. A bundle like this would ordinarily set you back $120, but Amazon's slashed the price down to $84.75. If you've been waiting to make your home a little smarter, it's time to take the plunge. 

Echo Dot (2nd Generation) - Black + Philips Hue White Starter Kit for $84.75 (list price $119.98)


A good drill can make a world of difference in your DIY and home repair projects, and Amazon is offering a steal on a 20V lithium-ion Black + Decker model for Prime Day. The project kit comes with a 20V drill that offers more than enough power for your standard household jobs, plus a set of screwdriving and drilling bits, a level, a utility knife, a tape measure, and a carrying case. If your drill is on its last legs, you can't go wrong with a $33 upgrade.

Black & Decker BDCD120VA 20V Lithium Drill/Driver Project Kit for $32.99 (list price $118.79)


For an activity that's supposed to be rugged and simplistic, camping can be expensive. Tents can be especially pricey, so if you're planning to get back to the land, you'll want to jump on the Prime Day tent deal. Amazon is offering the eight-person Coleman Montana tent for just $67.99, a huge savings off of its normal $219.99 list price. Yes, for the price of one night in a hotel room that would almost certainly be mildly disgusting, you can own your very own tent. This model has a 4.1-star rating over nearly 1600 reviews, and it's also the official tent of the National Park Foundation. And trust us, those guys know their tents. 

Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent for $67.99 (list price $219.99)


Amazon's do-everything speaker can play music, answer questions with Alexa, control your smart-home devices, give you weather and traffic reports, and lots more. The device usually retails for $179.99, but Amazon's offering a deep discount for Prime Day. You can pick up an Echo of your own for just $99.99. 

Amazon Echo - Black for $99.99 (list price $179.99)


Various models of Amazon's beloved e-readers are getting big discounts today, too. You can save $30 on the popular Kindle Paperwhite or flagship Kindle, or $50 off the premium Kindle Oasis or Kindle Voyage. It's very rare that the Kindle line gets discounted this steeply, so if you've been waiting to jump into the e-book world, today's the day. 

Kindle Paperwhite E-reader - Black, 6" High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers for $89.99 (list price $119.99)

Kindle E-reader - Black, 6" Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers for $49.99 (list price $79.99)

Kindle Voyage E-reader, 6" High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Adaptive Built-in Light, PagePress Sensors, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers for $149.99 (list price $199.99)


The Fire HD 8 is already a relative bargain at its usual retail price of $79.99. For a tablet with Alexa, an eight-inch HD display, and 16 GB of memory, it's a steal. For Prime Day, Amazon's knocking another $30 off the price, which means you can pick up a tablet for $50. Not bad!

All-New Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa, 8" HD Display, 16 GB, Black - with Special Offers for $49.99 (list price $79.99)


Want to keep track of your steps, workout, heart rate, and more? Fitbit's multi-sport smart watch is down under $140 with this Prime Day bargain.

Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch, Black, Silver, Large (US Version) for $138.95 (list price $199.95)


If you don't need everything the Echo offers but still want Dolby-powered sound for playing your Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, and more, the Alexa-enabled Tap portable speaker might be right for you. Amazon's knocking $50 off the retail price today, so you can nab one for the bargain price of $79.99. 

Amazon Tap - Alexa-Enabled Portable Bluetooth Speaker for $79.99 (list price $129.99)


Vacuuming is the most tedious of chores, and until scientists can finally deliver on the robotic-maid promises The Jetsons made, you can farm out at least a little bit of your housework to a robot. Roomba's robotic vacuums are handy, effective time-savers, but they're usually on the pricey side. For one day, Amazon's solving that price. The Roomba 652 is marked all the way down to $250 today. If you hate vacuuming and love feeling like you're living in the future, you can't afford not to buy one. 

iRobot Roomba 652 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner for $249.99 (list price $374.99)


Chances are good that you're overdue for a new toothbrush. On Prime Day, you can own the smartest toothbrush you've ever seen at an even smarter price. The Oral-B Pro 700 Series gives you real-time feedback to help direct your brushing on the most important areas, gives you a warning when you're brushing too hard, and tracks your brushing habits. It's even Bluetooth compatible! It's also racked up a 4.4-star average over 3,100 reviews, so there are lots of smiling customers out there. This kind of tooth-brushing technology would usually set you back $219.99, but Amazon has scrubbed the price down to $85 for Prime Day. You can't even get one cavity filled for $85. Trust us. 

Electric Toothbrush, Oral-B Pro 7000 SmartSeries Black Electronic Power Rechargeable Toothbrush with Bluetooth Connectivity Powered by Braun for $85.00 (list price $219.99)


Amazon frequently runs great deals on Crest's 3D White Luxe Whitestrips, but the Prime Day version is a particularly solid bargain. If you're looking to lighten your chompers, you can pick up 20 treatments, plus two one-hour express whitening kits for just $29.99 today. 

Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrips Professional Effects 20 Treatments + Crest 3D White Whitestrips 1 Hour Express 2 Treatments - Teeth Whitening Kit (Packaging May Vary) for $29.99 (list price $43.99)


Sony XB950B1 Extra Bass Wireless Headphones with App Control, Black (2017 model) for $98.00 (list price $198.00)

Samsung U28E590D 28-Inch UHD LED-Lit Monitor with Freesync support for $279.99 (list price $399.99)

Furbo Dog Camera: Treat Tossing, HD Wifi Cam, and 2-Way Audio for $169.00 (list price $249.00)

K55 Brewer & 40ct Variety Pack of K-Cups (ship separately) for $69.99 (list price $118.77)

Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker, WIFI 2nd Gen, 900 Watts for $129.00 (list price $199.00)

Ninja Professional Blender & Nutri Ninja Cups BL660 for $69.99 (list price $119.99)

Bissell Multi Reach Cordless Stick Vacuum, 2151A for $229.00 (list price $329.99)

GreenWorks MO40L410 G-MAX 40V 20-Inch Cordless 3-in-1 Lawn Mower with Smart Cut Technology, (1) 4Ah Battery and Charger included for $225.00 (list price $349.00)

Pelican Elite 30 Quart Cooler (White/Gray) for $210.20 (list price $230.61)

Garmin Fenix 3 HR, Gray for $352.49 (list price $549.99)

Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II (Carbon) for $129.00 (list price $199.00)

PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB Console - Uncharted 4 Bundle for $229.00 (list price $299.99)

All-New Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet, 8" HD Display, 32 GB, Blue Kid-Proof Case for $89.99 (list price $129.99)

Zinus 12 Inch Gel-Infused Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress, Queen for $179.00 (list price $299.99)

Braun Series 9 9093s Wet and Dry Waterproof Foil Shaver for Men for $148.99 (list price $268.98)

GREENIES Teenie Variety Pack with 27 oz. Original and 27 oz. Fresh Dental Dog Treats for $28.99 (list price $69.98)

RUSK Engineering W8less Professional 2000 Watt Dryer for $46.95 (list price $79.95)

FHI Brands Platform Tourmaline Ceramic Professional Hair Styling Iron, 1/2-Inch for $86.99 (list price $125.99)

Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment Skin Protectant 14 Ounce Jar for $7.06 (list price $16.89)

GoPro Session w/ GoPro Handler, Samsung 32GB SD Card, AmazonBasics Headstrap for $149.00 (list price $202.46)

Xbox One S 1TB Console - Halo Wars 2 Bundle + Play & Charge Kit + Xbox White Wireless Controller + 3 Digital Games for $289.99 (list price $417.90)

AmazonBasics High-Back Executive Chair - Black for $79.99 (list price $109.99)

AmazonBasics Havana Bronze Commercial Patio Heater for $99.99 (list price $129.99)

Blue Yeti USB Microphone - Midnight Blue for $89.99 (list price $149.99)

PizzaQue Deluxe Kettle Grill Pizza Kit for 18" and 22.5" Kettle Grills PC7001 for $67.42 (list price $67.42)

Bluedio Turbine T2s Wireless Bluetooth Headphones with Mic, 57mm Drivers/Rotary Folding (Black) for $25.99 (list price $49.99)

SanDisk 32GB Ultra Class 10 SDHC UHS-I Memory Card Up to 80MB, Grey/Black (SDSDUNC-032G-GN6IN) for $10.99 (list price $37.99)

8 Great Gifts for People Who Work From Home

A growing share of Americans work from home, and while that might seem blissful to those trapped in long commutes, it's not always easy to live, eat, and work in the same space. Here are some useful tools and sweet surprises to help make a telecommuter's life a little easier.

1. Folding Book Stand; $7

A foldable metal book stand holding paper
Hatisan / Amazon

Useful for anyone who works with books or documents, this thick wire frame is strong enough for heavier textbooks or tablets. Best of all, it folds down flat, so you can slip it into your backpack or laptop case and take it out at the library or wherever you need it. The stand does double-duty in the kitchen as a cookbook holder, too.

Buy It: Amazon

2. Duraflame Electric Fireplace; $210

Duraflame electric fireplace
Duraflame / Amazon

Nothing says cozy like a fireplace, but not everyone is so blessed—or has the energy to keep a fire going during the work day. This Duraflame electric fireplace can help keep a workspace warm by providing up to 1000 square feet of comfortable heat, and has adjustable brightness and speed settings. You can even operate it without heat if you just crave the ambiance of an old-school gentleman's study (leather-top desk and shelves full of arcane books cost extra).

Buy It: Amazon

3. Sips By Subscription Tea Service; $15/month

Assorted teas and Sipsby tea subscription service packaging
Sips By

A steady stream of hot beverages is key to productivity, and Sips by is a lovely way to keep the tea chest replenished. (Plus, who doesn't love getting presents in the mail each month?) Your giftee can fill out a personalized tea profile, and each month selections of four different kinds of premium tea will arrive. Each batch makes enough for 15-plus cups, and there are cute reusable bags provided for the loose-leaf teas, which also makes them portable for on-the-go days.

Buy It: Sips by

4. Solstice Beeswax Aromatherapy Candles; $35

Solstice Naturals Lavender 100% Pure Beeswax Aromatherapy Candle
Solstice / Amazon

People who work at home all day, especially in a smaller space, often struggle to "turn off" at the end of the day. One way to unwind and signal that work is done is to light a candle. Burning beeswax candles helps clean the air, and essential oils are a better health bet than artificial fragrances. Lavender is especially relaxing. (Just use caution around essential-oil-scented products and pets.)

Buy It: Amazon

5. HÄNS Swipe-Clean; $15

HÄNS Swipe being used on a tablet
HÄNS / Amazon

If you're carting your laptop and phone from the coffee shop to meetings to the co-working space, they're going to get gross—fast. HÄNS Swipe is a dual-sided device that cleans on one side and polishes on the other, and it's a great solution for keeping germs at bay, especially in cold and flu season. It's also nicely portable, since there's nothing to spill. Plus, it's refillable, and the polishing cloth is washable and re-wrappable, making it a much more sustainable solution than individually wrapped wipes.

Buy It: Amazon

6. Laptop Side Table; $100

Oversized Wood and Metal Laptop Table
World Market

Sometimes you don't want to be stuck at a desk all day long. This industrial-chic side table can act as a laptop table, too, with room for your computer, coffee, notes, and more. It also works as a TV table—not that you (or your giftee) would ever watch TV during work hours.

Buy It: World Market

7. Moleskine Classic Notebook; $12

Moleskine Classic Notebook in black
Moleskin / Amazon

Plenty of people who work from home (well, plenty of people in general) find paper journals and planners essential, whether they're used for bullet journaling, time-blocking, or just writing good old-fashioned to-do lists. However you (or your intended recipient) organize their life, there's a journal out there that's perfect, but for starters it's hard to top a good Moleskin. These are available dotted (the bullet journal fave), plain, ruled, or squared, and in a variety of colors. (You can find other supply ideas for bullet journaling here.)

Buy It: Amazon

8. Nexstand Laptop Stand; $34

Nextstand Portable Laptop Stand
Nexstand / Amazon

For the person who works from home and is on the taller side, this portable laptop stand is a back-saver. It folds down flat so it can be tossed into the bag and taken to the coffee shop or co-working spot, where it often generates an admiring comment or three. It works best alongside a portable external keyboard and mouse.

Buy It: Amazon

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This Automatic Fetch Machine Will Keep Your Dog Occupied When You Don't Have Time to Play


Every dog owner knows that it's impossible to keep up with a pooch that's always looking to play. But if you want to keep them active while still having time for yourself, there's the iFetch, a toy that will automatically throw tennis balls, allowing your canine to play fetch whenever they please.

You can find the iFetch Original, which is ideal for small or medium dogs, on Amazon for $115. The Original can either be charged with an AC adapter or run on six C batteries, both of which are included. You can adjust the settings on the iFetch to throw the ball 10, 20, or 30 feet, making it perfect for indoor or outdoor play. Once it's charged and the distance is set, let your canine drop a tennis ball into the machine and it will take care of the rest.

If you have a large dog, look for the iFetch Too, which is available on Amazon for $200. This model has a rechargeable battery that can last up to 300 throws. This model can launch the ball 10, 24, or 40 feet, and it also comes with a custom option, so you’ll find room for your dog to play no matter how much space is available.

If your dog loves their new toy, but you don't love finding slobbery tennis balls around the house, check out the company’s medium- and small-size slobber-proof balls.

It may take time for your canine to learn how to use the toy, but the company has some training tips from Nicole Ellis, a certified professional dog trainer. To start, it's recommended that your dog knows the “drop it” command. If they don’t, check out their training tips here. After your dog has mastered that command, the company has plenty of tricks, such as keeping training sessions short and ending them on a positive note. For more ideas, check out their page.

Once you set up your iFetch and watch your furry friend run back and forth, you may start to wonder why they like fetch so much. According to research on the subject, when dogs exercise, neurotransmitters stimulate reward regions in their brain, which is much like when humans experience a "runner's high."

If you happen to notice your canine seems particularly athletic while they are chasing the ball back and forth, check out these other sports they can play.

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