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The 79 Best Prime Day Deals Under $50 (Day 2)

Amazon Prime Day promises hundreds of thousands of deals, but not everyone has been saving all year for a big-ticket purchase. Beneath the noise, there are some great finds on deals under $50. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite items on sale, from smart home products to books and board games.

The WIRED Gear team tests products year-round and sorted through hundreds of thousands of deals by hand to make these picks. Crossed-out products are out of stock or no longer discounted. Our Amazon Prime Day coverage page has the latest stories, and our Prime Day Shopping Tips will help you avoid bad deals. You can also get a 1-Year Subscription to WIRED for $5 here

Updated July 13, 2022: We’ve refreshed this guide with several new deals, including travel chargers and more games. We’ve also updated prices and links where necessary.

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Slice Box Cutter

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Click the coupon button to see the discount at checkout. If you frequently get packages, a box cutter is a good idea. We love this model because its ceramic blade won’t cut you. It’s large, but that just makes it easier (and safer) to wield. 

If you spend at least $50 on food and beverages from Target, choose free same-day pickup or delivery to snag a free $10 gift card. There are a few exclusions to this deal, but it’s an easy way to save some cash if you were planning on restocking some groceries anyway. 

These food containers are made of durable, lightweight plant-based plastic. The bento system snaps together which makes these fantastic for cold lunches, and they’re are also nice for keeping the fridge a bit tidier. Read more about them in our guide to the Best Reusable Products

Stasher Bags

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Stasher bags are the easiest way to replace single-use plastic baggies. They’re dishwasher-, freezer-, microwave-, and boiling water-safe. This bundle comes with six bags in sandwich and snack sizes. A four-pack is also discounted to $38 ($14) and comes with two sandwich bags, a snack size, and a half-gallon. If you need one or two specific sizes, single options are all on sale too: Stand-Up Mega for $22 ($8 off), Mid for $15 ($7 off), and Mini for $13 ($5 off); 1/2 Gallon for $15 ($7 off), Go Bag for $14 ($6 off), Pocket for $10 ($4 off), Sandwich for $9 ($4 off) and Snack for $7 ($3 off).

I haven’t used this particular Crockpot, but I have another one I’ve used for years. They can last you a long time with proper care. This one can serve around eight people and cook from 30 minutes to 20 hours. This is the lowest we’ve seen it since last year; it went for $80 in May. 

I haven’t used this Crockpot either, but it’s genius. The 20-ounce size is ideal for lunches, and because it plugs in and heats up, you don’t have to wait in line at your office’s communal microwave. Just plug it in at your desk about an hour before lunchtime. It’s also a great option for those who don’t have a lot of time to sit down and eat—food will stay warm even if you have to run around. An Amazon reviewer even used it on an Amtrak train.

LifeStraw

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If you buy one thing for potential emergencies or backpacking trips, let it be this. LifeStraw filters out 99.9 percent of waterborne bacteria for up to 1,000 gallons of water. It often goes on sale, but it generally is around $18. The brand also has a 22-ounce water bottle with the straw built-in that’s also discounted to $20 ($27 off).

Amazon Warehouse is like an open-box bonanza filled with all sorts of things, from video games and camera lenses to random junk. Some products are previous customer returns, some have damaged packaging, and some are refurbished. Every product page will have details on the item’s condition. This discount knocks up to 25 percent off the displayed price; You’ll see the exact discount on the product page, and the final price in-cart. Open-box items are a good way to save some dough on gadgets that don’t fall in price very often. Reviewer Louryn Strampe has purchased modems, routers, Apple Pencils, and other gear through Amazon Warehouse with no issue. The standard return policy still applies.  

Even with the newish AirTags and other options promising the same thing, Tile is still one of our favorite ways to find all your stuff. This 2-pack is perfect for keys and bags.

Kindle

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Kindles are the best e-readers out right now, and they’re extremely convenient devices to own. For $45 you really can’t go wrong if you plan on using it every once in a while. It hasn’t been updated since 2019, so we do have to wonder if a new one is coming. Still, you’ll get an adequate 6-inch E Ink capacitive touchscreen for reading, and it lights up so you can read in the dark. If you can spend $15-ish more, you should opt for no ads on the home screen.

You can use a smart speaker to play sounds for sleeping (like an Echo Dot), but if you don’t want a voice assistant to invade your home, just stick with a dedicated sound machine. The Yogasleep Dohm Classic has a fan housed inside it, with two volume settings. (Marpac is the same company as Yogasleep, so don’t be alarmed by the name listed on the Amazon page.) If you need more than one, the three-pack is also discounted to $89 ($38 off).

This is our favorite sunrise alarm. For this price, you get a solid metal stand and touch-sensitive buttons. Plus the actual light is nice. The sunset setting was warm and relaxing, and the sunrise was enough to rouse WIRED writer Matt Jancer out of bed without being blindingly bright. There are even some nature sounds and FM radio access. You can also turn off the LED display, thankfully.

Genuinely good, cheap sheets are hard to come by, but this affordable set is WIRED writer Matt Jancer’s personal fave. He says the quality is incredible, especially at this price. There are nice color options too, like blue and blush.

Roku Streaming Stick 4K

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We like the hands-free voice control of the more expensive Streaming Stick 4K Plus, our top streaming device. However, this one is just as capable and still supports HDR10+ and Dolby Vision. You can get it from Best Buy as well.

We might prefer Roku, but Amazon makes a good streaming stick too. This one gets some upgrades over the older 4K Stick, including support for Wi-Fi 6 and a picture-in-picture feature for pulling up your security camera feed while you watch TV. It’s very fast, the Alexa voice remote works well, and the Max has 2 gigabytes of memory over the 4K’s 1.5 (and 8 gigs of storage). Vudu is also now available. Fire Sticks are obviously geared toward Amazon Prime content.

This deal has popped up a few times since June. The Chromecast with Google TV is the Best 4K Streaming Device for folks that use Google TV or cast with an Android phone. We like the interface a lot, especially the search function. Just keep in mind that you may need to manually clear the device’s cache from time to time. Read more about it in our in-depth review

Primula Burke 

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The Primula Burke is our favorite cold-brew coffee maker. It makes about 32 ounces of coffee at a time, just put coarse grinds into the basket and slowly pour water through it. Then let it sit at room temperature or in a fridge for 24 hours, and that’s it. WIRED reviews director Jeffrey Van Camp says the resulting coffee is “smooth and flavorful without too much bitterness” or sediment.

Sometimes you just need a plain old automatic coffee maker, and one of our favorites is the Hamilton Beach 2-Way. It’s a standard drip coffee machine, but also includes a secondary spout for brewing a single cup of coffee (and it even fits most travel mugs, so you can set your mug there the night before work). It’s well made for its price point, and brews good coffee. No bells or whistles here.

While not technically an espresso machine since it doesn’t produce up to 15 bars of pressure during brewing, Bialetti’s Moka pots brew a potent cup of coffee comparable to espresso. Since it’s a stovetop percolator, it doesn’t need power to function, making it a good pick for camping.

Atlas Coffee Club 

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Atlas Coffee Club is on our best coffee subscriptions list, and for good reason. Atlas ships coffee from a new country every month, so you’ll get a well-rounded experience. Choose your preferred roast type, whole beans or ground, how many bags you want, and how often. The standard 12-ounce bag, which equals roughly 30 cups, is usually $14, but the Prime Day promotion cuts that down to a mere $7 for new subscribers. (Note: The price will go back up to $14 after the first shipment.) 

Don’t want to commit to a full subscription just yet? This Sampler gets you a 4-pack of 1.8 ounces of ground coffee. And if you prefer tea? The Atlas World of Tea Sampler is $18 ($7 off) when you click the on-page coupon button.

Hario Skerton

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The Skerton Pro is our favorite manual grinder. You’ll get ground beans quickly, in a consistent, fine grind. It’s not the best choice for French press brewing, though. WIRED senior reviewer Scott Gilbertson noted that the silicone grip constantly fell off until he discarded it entirely—it isn’t necessary anyway.

Having a little frother at home is a great addition to your kitchen arsenal. Not only can it quickly whip everyday milk into a creamy froth, but it’s also great for whipping cream and mixing cocktails.

Following in the footsteps of its namesake, the Instant Pot Milk Frother is actually a multifunction device that can heat, steam, froth, or whip your milk to just about any consistency you can imagine. It’s also a cute little countertop appliance and tucks in nicely beside any coffee machine.

Personal Care and Health Deals

Tymo Ring

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You may have seen the Tymo all over social media, and it works surprisingly well. It straightens hair without having to clamp it between two plates. It’s like a hot comb and straightening brush in one.

The Curls in Check dryer is an honorable mention in our Best Hair Dryers guide. It’s always affordable, so I appreciate the extra bucks off, and its huge diffuser makes it great for curly qs. Plus it looks like the coolest hair dryer to emerge from the ’90s—which is pretty much the Bed Head vibe. I just wanted a medium-speed setting.

iHealth Covid-19 Test

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We wrote about this deal earlier in the month, but it’s still a good one. The FDA-approved test is easy to use and provides results in 15 minutes. Remember to keep your receipts to be reimbursed by your insurance, if applicable. You can find more details on insurance reimbursement here.

This is a solid deal on the Colgate Hum, which takes our top smart toothbrush spot. The head is small enough to get right to the back of your mouth without gagging and it was the most accurate in terms of tracking your habits—I found a lot of smart brushes to be lacking despite their very large price tag. 

Smart Home and Audio Deals

Wyze Plug

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The Wyze Plug is our favorite budget smart plug, and this price beats previous deals we’ve tracked. While the cost is low, this comes with the functionality you’d expect. The companion app lets you create timers, set vacation modes, and flip the plug on or off remotely.  

We haven’t used this exact model, but we have tried other cameras from TP-Link’s Kasa and many of its smart home products. This one pans and tilts so you can get a better view of things when you’re away—a feature we prioritize. Kasa used to not have two-factor authentication, but it introduced it this year, which we’re happy about.

The Blink Mini received an honorable mention in our Best Indoor Security Cameras buying guide. We like that it’s compact, affordable, and versatile. In terms of features, the Mini comes with solid video quality, accurate motion detection (although, it can’t tell the difference between pets and people), two-way audio, activity zones, and Alexa built-in. However, it requires a subscription to use it—which costs $3 per month.

Clicking the on-page coupon button gets you an additional 7 percent off the Prime Day sale price. We also like Sengled’s smart bulbs—they’re in our honorable mentions—and this four-pack is cheaper than buying two two-packs of Cync’s bulbs. These ones are soft white, so there aren’t any color options that are discounted just yet, though they may drop too.

Nest Mini (2nd Gen)

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The Nest Mini is the cheaper, smaller, and lesser version of the Nest Audio. It doesn’t sound as good, but it’s a great tiny speaker for small areas in the home where you want to use your voice to control your smart home devices. You can also wall-mount it (as long as there’s an outlet nearby). 

Echo Dots (8/10, WIRED Recommends) are solid smart speakers that take up very little real estate on your counter or bedside table. For $20 you can’t go wrong—last year we saw it dip to $25. It can play sleep sounds or music, or help you get ready for the day by telling you the weather. We have a guide on making your Amazon Echo device private.

We love the Echo Dot as is, but this kid’s version has easy-to-use parental controls so you can set time limits and filter out explicit content. Included in the sale price is a year of Amazon Kids+, which includes thousands of Audible books, plus games and other kid features.

Back Bay Tempo 30 

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These are surprisingly fantastic earbuds considering the ultra-low price (8/10, WIRED Recommends). They’re lightweight, comfy for small ears, have an 8-hour battery life, and are waterproof. But they’re not so great for calls, and the Bluetooth connection can be finicky. 

We like Jabra headphones and recommend the brand’s Elite 7 Active buds. These Elite 3 earbuds are about $70 cheaper right now than those ones, and you don’t lose a lot of the company’s best features. For the money, WIRED associate editor and sound expert Parker Hall says they have decent sound and microphones, plus seven hours of battery life. They have Alexa built in if that’s your smart assistant of choice, and they’re available in a pretty lilac color, too.

The Elite 45h is our favorite affordable pair of wireless headphones. They’re comfortable and look sleek, plus they pack 50 hours of battery life. Unlike some other cheap wireless headphones, the mics are decent enough to not sound like you’re underwater in a Zoom call.

Logitech G413

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Mechanical keyboards make typing away at your desk all day a much more enjoyable experience, and Logitech’s G413 is our favorite option under $100. Most budget keyboards are plasticky junk, but this one is far from that. You get a lot of the same specs, like the type of switches and RBG lighting available in more advanced Logitech models, so it’s great for those who haven’t tried one before or who don’t need to deck out their board. Sales on this keyboard usually dip to $60, so this is a good time to buy.

The Arctis Prime is our favorite gaming headset under $100, and now it’s under $50. You’ll get rich and expansive sound and a retractable mic in a body that is comfortable enough to wear all day. Plus the build quality is better than the Arctis 1 below. There’s no active noise cancelation, but noise-isolating ear cups do a good job of keeping sound out. 

The Arctis 1 takes the best under $50 prize if you want to spend even less than the Prime above. WIRED writer Jaina Grey says this headset feels and sounds more expensive than it is. This price matches the best deal we’ve tracked. It works with PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, Switch, PC, and mobile.

We also like the Arctis 3. Its cushy AirWeave ear cushions feel good, and its distortion-busting S1 speakers are a solid improvement over the Arctis 1. There’s also a retractable microphone.

Logitech G305

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This reliable and cheap wireless mouse has been a mainstay for a few WIRED writers. It has speedy response times (it relies on a wireless dongle receiver instead of Bluetooth), and the single AA battery can last for months before it needs replacing.  

The K380 is one of our favorite iPad accessories, though it’s also compatible with other gadgets like computers and phones. The Bluetooth keyboard has quiet keys that won’t disturb your coffee shop colleagues or sleeping babies. It’s also nice and portable thanks to the slim, compact design. Both Line Friends styles are discounted.

It follows that the best PlayStation 5 controller also has the best PlayStation 5 controller charger. If you’ve got the latest Sony console, this charging station will make it easy to keep your controllers topped up. It keeps your console’s USB ports open and it doubles as a storage space, thus leaving more room on your coffee table for snacks. Win-win. This is the lowest price we’ve tracked. 

Google Pixel Stand

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You don’t need a Pixel phone to use this wireless charger, though Pixels will get some additional benefits, like automatically triggering Do Not Disturb mode when you place the phone on the charger. (It can even mimic the sun and light the screen up in a golden orange before your alarm starts to ring.) Phones that support wireless charging can be recharged in portrait or landscape orientation, and this charger doesn’t have distracting LEDs that could keep you up at night.

There are plenty of third-party MagSafe chargers on the market, including ones that are currently on sale, but you’ll get the fastest wireless charging possible with Apple’s very own. It attaches to the back of your iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 magnetically and recharges your device at 15 watts. WIRED reviews editor Julian Chokkattu says his only complaint is that the cable is a bit too short.

The iON is one of our favorite wireless chargers, and it looks nice too. It includes a stand for your phone plus a pad for something else like earbuds. But the LED on the front can be too bright if you keep it on your nightstand. You’ll get a cable and adapter too.

Out of the Woods Paper Backpack 

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It’s not easy to find a good, cheap backpack but this Paper Backpack is solid. It has a leather look, but it’s actually made of “supernatural paper,” AKA responsibly sourced tree cellulose. The main compartment includes a snap-closure laptop sleeve and there’s a large front pocket too. It’s one of our favorite laptop backpacks, but don’t put too much weight in it.

Working from the couch or bed is sometimes good for your health. This bamboo stand is best for those days, with a base that can be angled to your liking. The smaller surface on the right stays flat, so you can put a drink there if you’re careful. There’s also a little drawer.

I’ve been using this stand on and off for a few years and it’s held up well. There are three sections to hold a monitor and laptop and anything else you might need, plus you can adjust and angle the sides a bit. 

The travel-friendly size, combined with a processor upgrade and a Plus model ($110) with 3 gigabytes of RAM and wireless charging, make the Fire HD 8 series nearly as capable as its larger sibling. You probably aren’t going to want to work on it like an iPad, but for Netflix and playing games in the car, it’s a nice tablet.

Anker PowerExpand+

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Laptops without ports are frustrating, so getting a good hub can make work easier. This one gets you one USB-C for passthrough charging, an HDMI, SD card readers, 2 USB-A, and an ethernet port. Check out our guide to the Best USB Hubs and Docks for more suggestions. 

This version is for MacBooks, and it will take up both USB-C ports on the left side of compatible machines (we’ve tested it with the M1 MacBook Air). It supports charging adapters up to 100 watts and offers up a 4K HDMI port, a MicroSD card reader, and more. 

We’ve tried a handful of Blue Sky paper planners and love them all—we’re paper planner enthusiasts over here at WIRED. I prefer a vertical weekly layout, but if you like horizontal, this one is for you. This is the cheapest we’ve tracked for nearly any of our favorite planners.

Zendure Travel Adapter

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We recommend the Zendure Passport II Pro in our Best Travel Adapters guide because of its speediness in charging large devices. It packs two USB-C ports, three USB-A ports, and an AC socket. The USB-C port, at 61 watts, can fully charge a 13-inch MacBook Pro in about two hours so you can spend less time near the outlet.

Use code PRIME30 at checkout to see the discount. If all (or most) of your devices support wireless charging, Ampere’s Unravel Charger is handy for traveling. It can charge three devices wirelessly at once but takes up little space in your bag, so you can avoid finagling with twisted wires once you get to your hotel.

Airlines can be strict about the weight allowances for checked bags. Anytime I’ve planned to check a bag in the past 10 years, I’ve weighed it with this scale to make sure I won’t have to pay an overweight surcharge. It’s easy-to-use and no-frills—exactly the sort of user experience I want before having to subject myself to TSA lines and rituals at the airport.

iOttie Velox MagSafe Wireless Charging Car Mount

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Taking a road trip? Gas prices are finally coming down somewhat. This car mount is one of the Best MagSafe Accessories and is only good for anyone with an iPhone 12 or iPhone 13. The powerful magnets keep your phone firmly in place, and it’s compatible with several different vehicle vent styles. The mount doubles as a wireless charger. 

The MacBook’s power brick is an ungainly beast. If you’re lugging one around with you on your travels, you might not feel like packing a whole other bulky adapter. The PlugBug slips right on top of your existing Apple charger and works with outlets in 150 countries, and has two USB-A ports for charging other devices on top of that.

The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments

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It might be hard to read, considering (gestures broadly to the world), but since its publication in 1985 The Handmaid’s Tale has rung true time and time again. In her Masterclass, author Margaret Atwood said, “When I wrote The Handmaid’s Tale, nothing went into it that had not happened in real life somewhere at some time.” 

As an animal lover, this sale caught my eye. James Herriot recalls his early work as a veterinarian working across the Yorkshire Dales in England treating animals from dogs to cattle. 

For a less emotional journey, opt for this coffee table book full of gorgeous photos and histories of the most famous artists from the early Renaissance to now. 

Board Games and Toy Deals

Clue

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If you have a group of people to play with, Clue is an old-school fun detective game. This version is the one you remember, thanks to Hasbro’s Retro Series releases. It was definitely Colonel Mustard in the ballroom with a candlestick, right? Might as well watch the 1985 movie, too.

I’m unfortunately a terrible speller, but I still find Scrabble fun to play every once in a while to try to work out my brain muscles. This is another revamp from Hasbro.

Toddlers will love this game that teaches addition and subtraction. This version features the cartoon character CoComelon.

Guess Who? is aimed at kids 6 years old and up, but unlike a lot of kids’ games, adults might find it fun too. This one includes two decks, one with people and one with animals. For playing on the go, there’s even a card game for $5.

Magna-Tiles

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These are some of the best STEM toys. The whole family can build both two- and three-dimensional projects. Between the base kit and the many available expansion packs, the only limit is your imagination. (And possibly your budget.) You can also save on the 100-piece kit

If you’re traveling with small children, card games are one of the easiest and most portable ways to prevent epic tantrums while waiting to board a plane or for dinner to come to a restaurant table. We also like the Guess Who? card game linked above and Spot It!

Green Toys are made in the United States using recycled plastic, which is something we can get behind. This set is for the pool or bath, as each of the sea creatures is designed to pour out water in fun different ways like trickles or waterfalls off the jellyfish’s legs.

Unstable Unicorns will appeal to fans of Exploding Kittens. It’s a strategy game about “destruction and unicorns” as the description reads, where you’ll build unicorn armies.

Gloomhaven is one of the most popular—and most expensive—tabletop games out there. Jaws of the Lion can be played as a standalone game or as an expansion to the original. It’s suitable for two or more players ages 14 and older. 

Kitty City Corrugated Cardboard Cat Scratchers

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Cats need something to scratch. There are a few different materials available for this, but corrugated cardboard seems to be widely accepted among felines. This deal gets you three large rectangles for kitty to go wild on, and each one is double-sided (you have to pull the tab to reveal the second side). 

I’ve used and like a bunch of PetFusion products, including this bed. It’s designed to mimic a soft blanket, so there’s an extra fabric that pets can nuzzle into. This size is best for cats or small dogs, but there is also a medium size available.

This is a classic round pet bed for small pets that’s made well. One of my cats loved it, the other didn’t bother (cats, am I right?). The whole thing is also machine washable. 

Furhaven Orthopedic Chaise Dog Bed

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A ton of Furhaven pet beds are discounted right now, but this nice chaise design offers a pillowed edge for pups to rest their heads. It’s available in a bunch of colors and sizes, too, and this jumbo size is good for dogs up to 95 pounds. There’s a version with a third pillowed edge too, or if you think your dog would prefer a flat slab or a contoured version, those are discounted as well.

We haven’t tried this so we can’t speak for its longevity. However, it has decent reviews, and for $23 you can try the brand and see whether your cat is into this kind of lounger. It has a good mix of materials, including two poles made for scratching. My cat has a similar brush toy that she goes absolutely nuts over.

Coleman LED Lantern

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When I think of spending any time out in the elements, I think about Coleman. This lantern’s light goes up to 1,000 lumens and has what the company calls “battery guard” to prevent battery drain. It can last up to 14 hours on its highest setting. You do need to get four D batteries separately though.

The price of this drill is all over the place from $95 to $50. Still, $39 for a basic drill and 30-piece set is pretty solid, especially for those of us without any basic tools around the house. Black+Decker’s Mouse Electric Detail Sander is also discounted to $30 ($10 off).

Expired Deals

These deals may or may not come back, so if you see something you like, check it out! You might get lucky. 

Quip Smart Electric Toothbrush

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Quip toothbrushes are a favorite of ours. They’re simple but work well, and the smart version connects to an app to give you feedback on your habits. My biggest complaint is with the precariously thin and bendy neck, which could be improved. This price is for the metal handle. If you don’t want the smart version you can get the metal regular brush for $32 ($8 off). The plastic version (which I tried) is also on sale for $20 ($5 off). 

If you already have a Dewalt drill, this drill-bit set is on sale for Prime Day. If you don’t need all these pieces, we like a similar 14-piece set that’s usually about $10 to $15.

If you’re a casual camper who likes to spend a night or two at a local campground, a no-frills Coleman tent is an affordable option. WIRED senior writer Scott Gilbertson says it won’t stand up to strong winds and the zippers could be stronger, but for a starter tent it’s a good deal.

The 10th-generation Kids Kindle works just fine if you don’t need waterproofing. Like the fancier Paperwhite, it comes with a 1-year subscription to Amazon Kids+, after one year that costs $5 a month for Prime members.

I love cheap things that end up becoming a staple in my life, and that is this Hamilton Beach Mini Food Processor. I’ve used it weekly at least for the last three years. For just a few bucks you can slice and dice up to three cups of ingredients at a time. And it’s dishwasher safe (besides the base, of course).

If you’re planning on spending at least $50 anyway, you can email yourself a gift card worth that much and get $12.50 for free. But remember to use code EGCPRIME22 to get that extra.

Contigo’s Luxe AutoSeal is our favorite travel mug for road trips. A button on the side of the lid opens the slot for drinking, and there’s a lock to prevent that from happening, like when it’s bumping around on your car floor. WIRED writer Matt Jancer says this was the easiest to use one-handed.

We really like this gadget, even despite Meta’s reputation. It’s surprisingly handy for video chats with long-distance relatives. The Portal can also handle Zoom meetings—and freeing up space on  your primary monitor is hardly ever a bad thing. Meta recently discontinued the Portal for consumer use, so we’re not sure when inventory will run out. 

This is our favorite smart bulb because it was the easiest to set up—it took me less than a minute in the Cync app—and it’s affordable. This set is for the full-color bulbs. If you’ll only use shades of white, a two-pack of warm soft white is $16 ($7 off) and tunable white for $16 ($7 off) are both on sale. The latter offers warm and blue-white shades.

We haven’t tried this exact version, but we did try an older model when the brand was still C by GE. All the products work just as well, so we’re confident that this is a solid smart plug for inside. 

Cync’s smart plugs also work well with little work on your part. This one is our outdoor pick because it can withstand the elements to control your holiday decorations or year-round lights, and it works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, too. It has two outlets but plugs into just one, so you can double your space. The price for this plug has gone up and down in recent months, but we’ve seen it hover mostly at $23.

This is the Best Wireless Charger for PC gamers. Razer’s Chroma RGB lighting has permeated PC accessories, from string lights to headphone stands to actual peripherals. This charging pad will give you one more reason to deck out your battle station. 

Anker’s PowerCore Slim is the best portable charger for phones—it can charge an iPhone three times or even a Fire HD 8 tablet. Its tiny body has one USB-A port and one USB-C.

I’ve been using a few reusable Rocketbook products, and these cards are a standout. Write out your notes, upload a photo to the app for storing, then wipe them clean. If you just need a little organizing today but don’t need to keep notes long-term, you don’t even need to use the app. It just helps to not waste so many note cards when you just need to jot something down. Rocketbook’s Fusion Notebook is also discounted to $18 ($15 off). It offers the same reusability with a mix of page types like calendars, blank pages, and project outlines.

Trivia is my all-time favorite game to play because, unlike spelling, I’m actually really good at it. This version has cards for both kids and adults to enjoy, so no one gets bored. You can play by the rules to crown a winner or just draw cards.

If you have a big family willing to act out scenes or flex their art skills, Cranium could make for a fun game night. It’s best for those 16 years old and older and includes 600 cards.

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