There’s no place like home, so why not deck it out this Prime Day? A lot of things go into making your house feel like a better place to spend time in, and this week is a good chance to save money on all of those things. Whether you’re looking for a better blender, a carpet cleaner that’s trending on TikTok, or a smart bulb to set the scene for your moody movie night, there’s a deal for you this week.
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Like Geena Davis and Madonna, Vitamix blenders are in a league of their own. They’re so good that Joe Ray declared himself a “blender person” after using the 5200. Whether you’re making smoothies, soups, or sauces, the Vitamix blends evenly and efficiently without straining or overheating. Vitamix blenders don’t go on sale often, so this is a rare chance to snag one for less. If you want a newer version with a little more oomph, the Vitamix Blender 750 Series is also on sale for $400 ($230 off).
After multiple years of the pandemic, I’m pretty sure we’re all tired of cooking and cleaning up afterward. Instead of whipping out pots and pans and whatever else it takes to make your favorite meal, toss your ingredients into a slow cooker and let it do the work for you. Not only will you have dinner on the table in time, you’ll also only have to clean the dishwasher-safe, removable stoneware. And if you’re looking to carry your leftovers on the go, the Crockpot Electric Lunch Box for $30 ($15 off) can hold them and reheat them when you’re ready.
You may not think a rice cooker is necessary if you already have a slow cooker, pressure cooker, or even just a pot with a lid. However, Zojirushi is known for making rice so well you won’t wanna go back. This variant is similar to one of our favorite Zojirushi models, except it doesn’t have a setting for quinoa. Still, we think this is a good deal if that’s not a dealbreaker for you.
Come one, come all coffee lovers! Our favorite cold brew maker is already a steal regularly, and now you can get the Primula Burke at 30 percent off. For the cost of about two cold brews, this makes 32 ounces, is simple to set up, and brews a smooth cup of joe without much bitterness or sediment.
Let’s face it—it’s really hard to actually eat all the perishable groceries we get. A nice solution to that is a vacuum sealer. FoodSaver makes a reliable, relatively low-profile vacuum sealer machine. This lets you store your food longer and stash the machine away easily. Plus, it’s a great addition to your sous vide tools.
Reducing waste can feel herculean at times, but you can help protect the environment in many small ways too. Stasher Silicone Reusable Storage Bags are a great replacement for your typical plastic bag, whether you’re packing a lunch, meal prepping for the week, or just saving leftovers for later. If six bags are too many, you can get a 4-pack for $38 ($14 off) or a single bag for $15 ($6 off).
Space is a hot commodity in the kitchen, sometimes forcing you to compromise on what gear you really need. Much like Eartha Kitt, the Hamilton Beach Mini Food Processor laughs in the face of compromise. Its small but mighty build chops and blends well without taking up much space. Medea Giordano, resident pasta sauce royalty, has used this for a few years with great success.
Staub was one of the few brands my sister-in-law asked for this holiday season. And there’s a reason so many people add Staub to their wishlists and wedding registries—they’re a sturdy, stylish addition to any kitchen without the Le Creuset price tag. If dark blue isn’t your color, there’s also a set on sale in Cherry for $63 ($27 off).
Calling a TV “pretty” isn’t the usual technical lingo we’d go for, but damn … the Sony A90J is pretty. From the processing speed to the OLED panel, this TV really does have it all. Though this may not seem like much of a discount, this is the lowest drop we’ve seen for the A90J. We’re not sure when we’ll see prices like this again, so now’s a good time to jump if you’ve been eyeing it.
The Hisense U8G is a fantastic Android TV featuring a quantum dot panel, a 120-Hz refresh rate, and legs high enough to fit your favorite soundbar. This deal is only $2 more than the lowest we’ve seen, so we definitely think it’s worth it. If you’re looking for something more basic to add to your home, the Hisense U6 50-inch 4K TV is on sale for $340 ($190 off).
Alexa hive, rise. The Fire TV Stick 4K Max is a great streaming option for Alexa-enabled households. You have the option for Wi-Fi 6, picture-in-picture capabilities for security camera streaming, and 2 gigabytes of memory. Again, for the less souped-up version, you can get the Fire TV Stick Lite for $12 ($18 off).
Although we haven’t tested the 2022 version yet, we’re big fans of the Roku Ultra. You’ll get 4K streaming, Dolby Vision, and HDR10+ all in one. The Wi-Fi is also allegedly better than the already incredibly fast connection we loved before. If you’re not looking for anything too advanced like that, you can also get the Roku Streaming Stick 4K (2021) for $30 ($20 off) for a guest bedroom or kitchen TV.
A lot of people expect smart-enabled televisions nowadays, but did you know you can get a smart soundbar, too? The Roku Streambar Pro has all the functionality of a typical Roku, plus it enhances the sound on your TV. This is actually a pretty brilliant two-in-one situation given that TVs tend to have terrible speakers. The Pro is better for bigger rooms, but if you’re looking to spruce up the sound in your bedroom, the Roku Streambar for $90 ($40 off) is a good deal, too.
Reviews editor Parker Hall loves Echo Dots more than he loves most smart speakers. The sound fills up a room exceptionally well, and if you’re looking to boost it even more, the Echo has a 3.5-mm output for connecting to larger speaker systems. For your little ones, you can also get the Echo Dot Kids Edition for $25 ($35 off).
The Echo Show 8 is kind of like the Goldilocks of Echo Shows. It’s eight inches, right in between the 5th and 10th generations. And it even has the same pixel density as larger versions so you don’t have to compromise on picture quality. If you’re low on space, you can always opt for the Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen, 2021 release) for $35 ($50 off) instead.
The thermostat was a touchy subject in my house … or rather, a no-touchy subject. Whenever the weather changed, there was always the back-and-forth of what it should be set at and who should adjust it. Now you don’t have to worry about that with a smart thermostat system that automatically learns to adjust to the weather and your preferences. (On top of that, you can use voice-control, so it’s like nobody really touched it at all, wink wink). The ecobee3 Lite SmartThermostat is also on sale for $127 ($53 off), but doesn’t include the smart sensors.
Looking to up your home security without all the subscription fuss? The EufyCam 2 Pro is an outdoor security camera that has a simple app, 2k resolution, and allegedly a year’s worth of battery life. Eufy has suffered a breach before, but the company has since upped its security after the incident. You can add the EufyCam 2 Pro Home Security Camera for $104 ($46 off) to expand your system.
Another solution to the Household Thermostat Problem: the Nest Learning Thermostat. Like the aforementioned ecobee, this system adjusts based on the weather and whether you’re home or not. It also lets you check how much energy you’ve used and on what, which is a nice way to better understand your footprint.
The Nest Doorbell is our runner-up pick to the Arlo, solely because it costs more. It’s easy to set up, the battery lasts for about a month, and it identifies faces and packages pretty accurately. However, it does require the Google Home app and a subscription to Nest Aware for $6 a month.
Protecting your home is important, and adding the Nest Cam to your Google Home ecosystem can help you do so. Nest cameras have great picture quality and user interface on top of their sleek, attractive design. Usually they’re too expensive for us to recommend, but at 20% off, it’s a solid deal.
Though this camera technically lives indoors, the Panasonic HomeHawk is meant to watch the outdoors. It sticks to the inside of your window and records a clear picture at a 150-degree angle. You’ll need to get a microSD card to store your footage, but those are cheap and easy to come by.
The other night my cousin got a notification: “Your dog is barking.” We opened the Furbo app to see his sweet pup Bucky was, uh … introducing himself to his new neighbors. It was really cute, but the best part was that we could see nothing was wrong with him or the apartment, and could even send him a little treat. If you want that for your furry friend, this discount is a good one to take advantage of. We’re in the process of updating the pet camera guide, but we’ve previously liked the Furbo in our tests.
All smart bulbs aren’t created equal, and the Cync Smart Light Bulbs are the best of them. It’s not that we expected them to be bad during testing, but we definitely didn’t expect them to be as easy to set up as they were. The app allows you to cycle through various colors, set schedules, and pair with Google or Alexa.
The Cync Outdoor Smart Plug is our favorite outdoor plug, and with good reason. You can control them through the app, making those nights when you forget to shut off the string lights much easier. We haven’t tested the Cync Indoor Smart Plug, but we imagine it’s just as good and it’s only $10 ($5 off).
With the Philips Hue Smart Bulbs, you’re upgrading to the crème de la crème of smart bulbs. It typically comes at a high price tag, but at almost half off it’s the perfect time to level up your lighting. You can add up to 10 bulbs to this system through the app, letting you customize your ambiance to a tee.
The Nixplay is our runner-up pick for digital frames. It connects to Google and Alexa, has a customizable screen, and lets you cycle through photos with a remote. Now you can show your mom all your latest vacation photos without having to upload them for all of Facebook to see.
Vacuum and Cleaning Deals
It goes without saying that every house would likely benefit from someone else cleaning it—less stress, less resentment, less time. While I can’t offer you an actual cleaning service this Prime Day, I can offer what may be the next best thing: a robot vacuum. Dust and dander gather constantly, making cleaning the floors seem Sisyphean. The iRobot Roomba i7+ not only vacuums for you, adeptly navigating through your home, but it empties its own bin, too.
Almost every pet owner knows that fur gets everywhere. I find it on the baseboards, in between couch cushions, on my Peloton—you name it. A lot of those places are where typical upright and robot vacuums can’t reach, but a handheld vacuum can help. The Black+Decker Dustbuster’s giant canister can hold a ton, and the vacuum itself is pretty powerful. For something a little less powerful and without the lengthy nozzle, you can also get the Black+Decker Handheld Vacuum for $25 ($13 off).
The best hand vac is the Shark Wandvac. It’s very powerful, sucking up stubborn debris more easily than others. It also has a dock that holds different attachments and charges the vacuum itself. And though this doesn’t speak to how well it functions, its modern, almost futuristic design is a definite win.
You’ve seen it, I’ve seen it, we’ve all seen it on TikTok: the Bissell Little Green. This smartphone star is a compact, consistent cleaning accessory that we love just as much as the internet does. If you’re someone who spills and makes messes often (or lives with someone who does), this is a great addition to your repertoire.
If you’re looking for something more powerful than the Little Green, the Hoover SmartWash may be for you. This upright carpet cleaner features automatic cleaning and drying cycles, making sure you don’t leave cleaner and water behind to attract more dust and dirt. This cleaner also acts as a spot cleaner with the detachable top, so you don’t have to go through the whole shebang for a smaller spill.
Air Purifier and Fan Deals
I’ve had the BlueAir Blue 411 for about three years and it’s been a lifesaver. Whether it’s allergy season, my dogs are shedding like crazy, or I sprayed too much hairspray, this little guy works and works hard. I’ve definitely noticed a difference in how I sleep at night because I can actually breathe without sounding like Brainy from Hey Arnold. Other BlueAir purifiers are on sale as well, including the BlueAir Blue 311 for $168 ($83 off) and the BlueAir Blue 211+ Auto HEPASilent 23dB Air Purifier for $238 ($102 off).
It’s July, so you may be feeling hot, hot, hot. The Vornado 630 is one of our favorite tools for staying cool without air conditioning. By placing it in the corner of the room and angling it towards the ceiling, you can circulate air in your room better, keeping you and everyone around you cooler.
Though we haven’t tested this specific mattress, we’re fans of Tuft & Needle. The Mint Mattress is great for pressure relief, with its medium-firmness. This hybrid seems to be more along the lines of the Casper, with the foam and coal combo. Regardless, if you don’t mesh with the mattress, you have a 100-night trial to return it.