Amazon has added an extra six hours to Prime Day, the company’s summer version of Cyber Monday. This year, Prime Day starts on July 16 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time and ends on July 17 at midnight. Amazon says it will offer more than a million deals.
But most deals won’t be worth your money, and the ones that are will most likely be hard to catch — Lightning Deals (which last until a limited quantity of a product runs out) versus all-day deals, for example. Even so, there are a few items worth tracking throughout the sale.
Amazon Prime subscribers, who pay either $12.99 per month or $119 for an annual membership for perks like free two-day shipping and video streaming services, are the lucky few who get access to the offers and special deals. One way to make the most of Prime Day is to enroll in a free trial for the week. (You can always end your enrollment after 30 days.)
We recommend also keeping an eye on Amazon’s major competitors, like Best Buy, eBay, Target, Sears and Walmart, who may offer competitive pricing through Tuesday.
Throughout Monday and Tuesday, Wirecutter, a New York Times Company, is helping you highlight the best deals through its website, newsletter and on its @WirecutterDeals Twitter account. As it updates its Prime Day Deals Page, we’ve also highlighted a few of our favorite products on which to keep a watchful eye:
Worth tracking is the Instant Pot DUO80, selling for $80, down from $130. The Wirecutter offers an extensive guide on Instant Pot, its hands-down favorite electric pressure cooker. If you get one, check out our full guide to the Instant Pot at NYT Cooking.
The best deal on luggage so far is the Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 Carry-On Suitcase, at $130, down from $190. It’s Wirecutter’s favorite carry-on luggage, but be sure to check out Wirecutter’s full luggage roundup to see which is a fit for you.
Expect to see doorbuster discounts on the Amazon Echo devices, the voice-controlled home speaker that helps you cut cords, play music from any internet-connected device and turn your home into a smarter one. The Echo Dot (2nd Generation) is selling at $35, down from $50.