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Now, that Amazon Prime Day has officially been announced (it starts on Monday, July 15, in case you were wondering), you’re probably thinking about all the incredible products you’re going to snag at ridiculously low prices. While we don’t know what’s going to be on sale (yet!), there are certain things we can expect to be discounted during Prime Day—like Amazon devices.
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Last year, we saw a ton of Amazon Echoes, Fire Tablets, Fire TV, Fire Sticks, Kindles, and Ring doorbells drop in price during Prime Day. Since the shopping extravaganza was basically invented to promote Amazon products, we can guarantee these products will be included again and at some of their lowest prices of the year. If you’ve been eyeing any of these products, then you should probably add them to your Prime Day wishlist so you get alerted when they inevitably go on sale.
Unfortunately, not all Amazon devices are created equal. Some of them are incredible and super useful in making your life easier, while others are just plain terrible (*cough* the Fire TV Cube *cough*). Thankfully for you, we’ve tested most of Amazon’s products, so you can get a better idea of which ones are actually worth buying. Here are the best Amazon devices that you’re going to want to watch out for this coming Prime Day.
1. The best Amazon Echo smart speaker
The Amazon Echo is far and away the best smart home speaker for anyone looking to bring Alexa into their living room. It’s got great sound quality thanks to Dolby audio, a 2.5-inch woofer, and a 0.6-inch tweeter. And it has an auxiliary input and Bluetooth if you want to connect it to a larger speaker.
Every Echo device has access to the same Alexa skills and features, but we found the second-generation Echo model offers the best blend of quality performance and value. It only costs twice as much as the Echo Dot, but it sounds 10 times better. It doesn’t act as a hub for devices that require their own bridge like the Echo Plus does, but it costs $50 less and most people don’t need the Hub features anyway. Honestly, we think this is the best Echo for the average smart speaker user.
Last year, this speaker got a $30 discount during Prime Day, so you can expect similar savings (if not more) during the 2019 Prime Day shopping event.
Add the Amazon Echo 2nd-Gen. to your Amazon Prime Day wishlist
2. Our favorite Echo with a display screen
Here at Reviewed, we’re obsessed with the Echo Spot. Not only is it adorable, but the screen displays a customizable clock and cycles through useful information to give you insights at a glance. The combination of the small but super useful screen with a sleek, modern design makes this little smart speaker look just as at home on a bedside table as it does on a home office desk.
Considering the Spot has a modest 1.4-inch speaker, the sound quality is not half bad for such a small device (and it’s definitely superior to the Dot). It also gives you the ability to make video calls, which are surprisingly perfect with a round screen. And it can stream TV and movie content, though that might be tricky to watch with the small screen. Last year it was $30 off, and we’ll probably see similar savings with this Prime Day.
Add the Amazon Echo Spot to your Amazon Prime Day wishlist
3. The most affordable Echo for everyone
The Echo Dot is the perfect entry-level smart speaker for those of us who want Alexa without spending too much. It gives you access to all the standard Alexa features at half the cost of the Echo. Although the newest Echo Dot has been upgraded with a better speaker, you still sacrifice on sound quality compared to the other models. However, there’s an AUX input on the back and Bluetooth connectivity, so you can easily connect it to any existing speaker for a boost in sound quality. The Dot was nearly half off during Prime Day last year, making it one of the best times to add it to your smart speaker collection and this year will be no different.
Add the Amazon Echo Dot to your Amazon Prime Day wishlist
4. A media streaming device made for 4K content
Amazon recently released the Fire Stick 4K as a replacement to the Fire TV, which is one of our favorite media streaming devices. It has 4K, Dolby, and HDR, and it comes with an all-new Alexa voice remote that controls a number of different features. You can also stream all your favorite shows, movies, and other content just like you can with the Fire TV. It was $15 off for last year’s Prime Day, and you can probably expect an even bigger discount this time around.
Add the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K to your Amazon Prime Day wishlist
5. The best e-reader on the market
The updates to newest Kindle Paperwhite managed to make the oh-so-popular Kindle even better. While its core features and overall presentation are largely the same as its predecessor, this Paperwhite has more storage, a waterproof design, and Audible functionality. It features a 6-inch, 300-ppi e-ink display with a built-in light and 24 levels of brightness, which makes it easy to read in even the brightest, sunniest settings. Plus, its battery life is insane and can last you over a week, depending on how much you’re using it. Last year, Amazon only discounted the previous generation on Prime Day, so here’s hoping we’ll see the 10th generation on sale this year.
Add the Kindle Paperwhite to your Amazon Prime Day wishlist
6. Our luxury pick for a Kindle
With its all-metal body, physical page turn buttons, and narrow bezels, the high-end Kindle Oasis is a thing of beauty, and earned our luxury pick for best Kindles. The wedge-like design makes one-handed reading super easy, which is perfect for commuters, and the backlight automatically changes depending on the ambient light. It also works with Audible books, but you can only listen to them with Bluetooth headphones or a speaker, as there’s no headphone jack.
Even better, the Oasis has recently been upgraded with adjustable warm light to shift the screen shade from white to amber, which makes it even more luxurious. Although this model won’t be released until July 24 (a.k.a. after Prime Day), we can assume the older Oasis will be on sale for its lowest price during this year’s Prime Day.
Add the Amazon Kindle Oasis to your Amazon Prime Day wishlist
7. The most popular tablet that Amazon makes
We have not yet tested the Fire 10, but judging by its 4.2-star rating on Amazon after nearly 40,000 reviews, we think it’d be a great addition if you’re looking for a tablet at an affordable price. It has a 10-inch HD display that makes it perfect for streaming all of your favorite movies, songs, shows, and more with apps for each major streaming site. You can also make video calls to friends and family who have Echo devices or the Alexa app, and can you ask Alexa to access anything hands-free. We saw the Fire HD 10 discounted $50 in 2018, so this Prime Day will probably make this luxury tablet even more affordable.
Add the Fire HD 10 Tablet to your Amazon Prime Day wishlist
8. The best tablet that’s just for kids
If you want a safe, kid-friendly tablet, then we highly recommend the Fire 8 Kids Edition. It’s easy to set up, simple to use, and comes with so many pre-installed apps and videos it would take some time for your child to get bored of it. The best thing about the Fire tablet is how stocked it is with easily accessible, ad-free, and fun content.
Each Fire tablet also comes with one year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited. Basically, this provides access to more than 13,000 apps, games, videos, books and other content from PBS Kids, Disney and more. After a year, users pay a monthly fee for FreeTime. At present, pricing begins at $2.99 per month. Bonus: This tablet was also discounted $30 during last years Prime Day, so we can expect similar savings this time.
Add the Amazon Fire 8 Kids Edition to your Amazon Prime Day wishlist
9. Amazon’s indoor security camera
Amazon’s Cloud Cam starts streaming very quickly, but even in 1080p, the video doesn’t look as good as some other indoor security cameras out there. The app makes it easy to dial in the right amount of notifications, and it can automatically shut off the camera when you’re home and turn it back on when you leave. Setup is a snap too.
Unfortunately, the two-way audio feature was glitchy in the iOS app, although it worked well on the Android side. The $7/month fee is also on the higher side, but it comes with extra features like person detection and motion zones. It was 50% off during last years Prime Day, so hopefully, these huge savings will happen this year too.
Add the Amazon Cloud Cam to your Amazon Prime Day wishlist
10. A doorbell that provides extra security
After testing a bunch of smart doorbells, we found the Ring Doorbell 2 was the most reliable by a large margin. Its smartphone app connected to the doorbell’s live feed faster and more consistently than the others, had fantastically clear night vision, and didn’t seem to notice if you were home or away in terms of notifying you of motion or a doorbell press quickly. But you can also tell Ring to ignore areas that get a ton motion, so you aren’t flooded with notifications all day long.
It’s wired but also has a battery, meaning you can still feel secure during a power outage. If you want to save and play back video clips, you’ll have to pay a minimum $3/month or shell out $30 for a year of storage. If you invest in multiple Ring devices, they offer a $10/month or $100/year package for as many devices as you want. Ring Doorbells were one of the most popular products of Prime Day last year, so we can expect some huge discounts on these smart doorbells this year.
Add the Ring Video Doorbell 2 to your Amazon Prime Day wishlist
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