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The Prime Early Access Sale is here — a two-day flash sale with discounts on thousands of items from Amazon’s vast inventory. If you’re sitting there thinking this sounds a lot like Prime Day, you’re not totally wrong. We’ve been calling it Prime Day 2, and we’ve seen other folks refer to it as the Prime Day sequel. And just like Prime Day, the best deals are reserved for Prime members only (so if you haven’t already joined, now’s a good time to sign up).
The main difference is that this flash sale is offering early access to Amazon’s holiday deals. That means it’s a great time to get some very early shopping done ahead of the chaos of Black Friday sales (and to make sure you avoid any shipping delays). But the sheer number of items on offer can be overwhelming — and just because something is on sale doesn’t mean it’s actually worth buying. So, as we’ve done for the last five years, if you don’t have a specific big-ticket item in mind or you just need a little bit of guidance on finding the best October Prime Day deals, we are here to help .
We’ve pulled together a comprehensive list of the best Amazon Prime Early Access deals including lots of things that would make excellent holiday gifts (but we won’t tell anyone if you just buy a thing or two for yourself). If you want even more deals in a specific category, we’ve linked to our in-depth roundups, where you’ll find every deal we’ve deemed worth it.
So scroll on down to see all our picks, or use the jump links to go to the category that catches your eye. Just know that these deals expire at 11:59 pm PT on Wednesday, October 13 (or 2:59 am ET on Thursday, October 14) — and the better the deal, the faster a product might sell out, so don’t dillydally . If you want even more sales coverage, be sure to sign up for our email newsletter to stay in the loop.
Toys | Beauty | Fashion | Home | kitchen and appliance | Vacuum and floor care | Baby | Tech | TV
True to the theme, there are lots of toys and games on sale for kids of every age. We found lots of things we’ve already written about, including a play cash register, an inflatable bounce house, and a slime kit. The board-game category is also particularly exciting with discounts on everything from Catan to candy land. You can find even more of our picks in our roundup of the best October Prime Day toy deals.
➽ LOL Surprise OMG Bon Bon Family: $41 (was $60, now 32 percent off)
➽ Melissa & Doug Fold & Go Dollhouse: $35 (was $79, now 56 percent off)
➽ The Original PlasmaCar: $49 (was $100, now 51 percent off)
➽ Catan Board Game (Basic Game): $33 (was $48, now 31 percent off)
There are a batch of Strategist favorites to be found in the beauty section, including Olaplex’s fan-favorite No. 3 conditioner, a moisturizer beloved by drag queen Farrah Moan, and the lip mask Strategist writer Erin Schwartz applies nightly. We also dug up deals on dry shampoo, face mists, several flat irons, and more — all of which you can find in our roundup of the best October Prime Day beauty deals.
➽ R+Co Two Way Mirror Smoothing Oil: $24 (was $37, now 35 percent off)
➽ Devacurl Microfiber Towel: $19 (was $25, now 24 percent off)
➽ The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Light Face Cleansing Foam: $17 (was $28, now 39 percent off)
➽ Philips Norelco Shaver 7700 Electric Shaver: $130 (was $160, now 19 percent off)
➽ Glycone Acne Back & Chest Treatment Spray: $29 (was $42, now 30 percent off)
➽ R+Co Crown Scalp Scrub: $27 (was $38, now 29 percent off)
We found bralettes and leggings for women, running shoes and jeans for men, ballet flats and cardigans for kids, and, of course, the now-infamous Amazon coat all on sale — and you can find more of the best October Prime Day fashion deals here.
➽ C9 Champion High-Waist Cropped Leggings: $18 (was $26, now 30 percent off)
➽ Wrangler Classic 5-Pocket Cotton Relaxed Fit Jeans: $22 (was $31, now 30 percent off)
➽ Ray-Ban Rb2180 Round Sunglasses: $149 (was $185, now 20 percent off)
➽ New Balance Fresh Foam X70 V1 Sneaker: $49 (was $65, now 25 percent off)
➽ Under Armor Charged Pursuit 3 Running Shoe: $49 (was $70, now 30 percent off)
➽ Moon and Back by Hanna Andersson Tulle Dress: $25 (was $30, now 15 percent off)
The home section is stocked with some surprisingly nice décor to spruce up your space, like potted plants and closet organizers. We also found lots of little gadgets that’ll make your home more inviting, like air purifiers and bidets. Check out our full roundup of the best October Prime Day home deals here.
➽ Convenience Concepts Oslo 1-Drawer Desk: $118 (was $212, now 44 percent off
➽ Bio Bidet Bliss BB2000 Elongated White Smart Toilet Seat: $484 (was $699, now 30 percent off)
➽ Songmics Bamboo Laptop Desk Serving Bed Tray Breakfast Table: $34 (was $39, now 13 percent off)
➽ Keter Urban Bloomer Plastic Raised Garden: $120 (was $150, now 20 percent off)
Kitchen appliances are always one of our favorite items to buy on clearance. In addition to staples like blenders, kettles, and saucepans, we included some on-sale items for your pantry, like allergen-free cookies and Momofuku’s new chili crisp. Even more deals can be found in our roundup of the best October Prime Day home deals.
➽ Cuisinart MCP193-18N MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel 3-Quart Saucepan: $45 (was $50, now 10 percent off)
➽ Stasher Reusable Storage Bag, 4-Piece Bundle Set (Small): $15 (was $20, now 25 percent off)
➽ Partake Foods Soft-Baked Vegan Cookies Variety Pack: $26 (was $33, now 20 percent off)
➽ Ninja AF101 Air Fryer: $80 (was $130, now 38 percent off)
➽ Health-Ade Kombucha 12-Pack: $35 (was $50, now 30 percent off)
➽ Calphalon Coffee Maker, 14 Cups: $75 (was $110, now 32 percent off)
While it’s not as fun as the other categories, we like to keep an eye on big-ticket items like vacuums and steam cleaners. Below, we’re highlighting a number of wireless, robot, and stand-up options to consider.
➽ Shark ION Robot Vacuum AV753: $150 (was $230, now 34 percent off)
➽ Shark NV352 Navigator Lift Away Upright Vacuum: $120 (was $200, now 40 percent off)
Whether you need a baby-shower gift or are looking to fill out your registry wish list, there’s a lot of Strategist-approved baby gear to be found. To make your search a bit easier, here are some of our favorite items, from humidifiers to crib mattresses.
➽ Dream On Me Foam Pack and Play Mattress: $36 (was $49, now 27 percent off)
➽ Fridababy 3-in-1 Humidifier: $33 (was $50, now 34 percent off)
➽ Tommee Tippee Advanced Baby Bottle & Pouch Warmer: $36 (was $59, now 39 percent off
➽ Regalo Easy Step 38.5-Inch Baby Gate: $38 (was $45, now 15 percent off)
Amazon’s line of tech products — from its Echo series to the Kindle — are usually at their best prices of the year during Prime Day sales. We also found a smattering of other items, from noise-canceling headphones to smart home-security cameras.
➽ Amazon Smart Plug: $13 (was $25, now 48 percent off)
➽ Furbo Dog Camera: $147 (was $210, now 30 percent off)
➽ Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 13.5-Inch Touchscreen: $960 (was $1,200, now 20 percent off)
➽ Bose Noise Canceling Wireless Bluetooth Headphones 700, with Alexa Voice Control: $270 (was $379, now 29 percent off)
➽ Fangor 1080P HD Projector: $133 (was $170, now 22 percent off)
➽ Blink Mini Plug-In Security Camera – 2 Pack: $30 (was $65, now 54 percent off)
It’s a great time to buy smart TVs, sound bars, and streaming-enabled remotes at a huge discount. There’s a wide array of sizes available including a 24-inch TV for as low as $100.
➽ Samsung 55-Inch S95B OLED TV: $1,598 (was $2,198, now 27 percent off)
➽ Sony 55-Inch Bravia XR OLED A90J Series TV: $1,799 (was $2,500, now 28 percent off)
➽ Polk Audio Signa S2 TV Soundbar: $149 (was $249, now 40 percent off)
➽ Sony 65-Inch X80K Series LED Smart Google TV: $798 (was $1,000, now 20 percent off)
➽ Amazon Fire TV 43-Inch Omni Series 4K UHD Smart TV: $330 (was $410, now 20 percent off
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