Amazon has announced a Prime Day sequel. The Prime Early Access Sale will join Target’s Deal Days event in officially jump-starting the earlier-than-ever holiday shopping season. But that doesn’t mean all the featured deals are worth your time. We’re sifting through preview sales to find the best deals gadgets and gear from Amazon’s Prime holiday gambit. These are the best deals we’ve found so far.
The best early deals
Amazon has promised preview deals in advance of the Prime Early Access Sale—while we expect to see more as the event approaches, price drops that are well worth the spend are already live—including especially strong offerings for Alexa devotees and smart-home enthusiasts.
Keep an eye on the front door
Ring Video Doorbell Wired + Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen) Bundle
Deal price: $60; street price: $120
What we like: Ring is cheap, easy to install, captures clear 1080p images, and delivers accurate motion and person alerts. Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen) has a compact 5½-inch screen.
Other things to know: Bundle includes our budget smart doorbell camera with the smaller Alexa smart display pick. Requires a Ring Protect Basic plan (which starts at $3 per month or $30 per year) to record motion events.
The best all-in-one espresso machine
Breville Barista Touch Espresso Machine
Deal price: $900; street price: $1050
What we like: Sleek and powerful. Great programming and quality built-in grinder. Offers lots of guidance in the form of a touchscreen control center with step-by-step tutorials and multiple programs.
Other things to know: Comes with a two-year warranty. Not cheap, but the built-in grinder saves you from having to buy a separate grinder.
Our upcoming upgrade Android smartphone
Google Pixel 6a Android Phone (Unlocked, 128 GB)
Deal price: $350; street price: $450
What we like: One of the best cameras on any smartphone, including smartphones that are twice as expensive. Same Tensor processor as the more expensive Pixel phones. Security updates until summer 2027.
Other things to know: Shorter battery life than we’d like. No wireless charging, no headphone jack, no microSD card slot. Only charges at 18 W, no charger in box.
Our top Alexa-enabled smart display
Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen, 2021)
Deal price: $70; street price: $115
What we like: Great sound and crisp screen. Convenient smart-home control. Includes a 13-megapixel camera for video calling. 8-inch touch display is big enough for comfortably viewing video from streaming services.
Other things to know: Now compatible with Zoom. Compatible with Prime Video, Hulu, and Netflix.
A budget video doorbell camera
Ring Video Doorbell Wired
Deal price: $40; street price: $60
What we like: Smaller and cheaper than most Ring doorbells. Captures clear 1080p images. Delivers accurate motion and person alerts.
Other things to know: Needs to be hardwired. Compatible with Amazon Alexa and other Ring products. Doesn’t offer detailed alerts or local storage. Requires a Ring Protect Basic plan (which starts at $3 per month or $30 per year) to record motion events.
A smarter night light
Amazon Echo Glow Night-Light
Deal price: $17; street price: $25
What we like: Smart night light ambience helps your child sleep. 16 colors, Echo-controllable and routine-compatible.
Other things to know: No physical controls (app or smart device only).
An affordable TV
TCL Class 5-Series 4K Roku TV (65-Inch, Model 65S555)
Deal price: $550; street price: $700
What we like: Still testing, but looks very promising per Wirecutter senior staff writer and TV expert Lee Neikirk. Snappy and bright image. Local dimming is strong for a budget model in early testing.
Other things to know: Previous model was our pick. One of our finalists for the best 4K TV on a budget. Won’t compare to higher-end options, but good value for the price.
A worthwhile smart-speaker bundle
Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) and one month of Amazon Music Unlimited
Deal price: $10; street price: $30
What we like: Affordable addition to an Amazon Alexa smart-home speaker system. Nice opportunity to try Amazon Music Unlimited if you were considering a subscription.
Other things to know: The Echo Dot typically costs $25 to $50 and Amazon Music Unlimited is $9 monthly. The Amazon Music Unlimited subscription auto-renews after the first month. You can cancel or change your subscription anytime. For those interested in trying Amazon Music Unlimited without the Dot, there’s now a free 4 month trial available to new users.
A small screen with smarts (but no camera)
Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen, 2021 release)
Deal price: $35; street price: $60
What we like: Ideal for a nightstand or bathroom counter. Able to play music, check the weather, and communicate with any smart-home device.
Other things to know: Has a smaller, 5.5-inch screen. Display auto-dims when you turn out the lights. Prime members can use codes SHOWOFFICE30 and JULSHOW30 to get an extra $10 off at checkout.
A decent hand mixer
Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed Hand Mixer (Brushed Chrome)
Deal price: $48; street price: $78
What we like: Sturdy, effective, and dependable for its price. Has a nice range of speeds plus several attachments that store neatly into the snap-on case.
Things to know: Mixer is a bit loud and awkward to handle. Only brushed chrome color on sale.