Amazon Prime Day can be overwhelming if you don’t have a few products in mind you’ve been waiting to shop for. To avoid a large bill and a bunch of things you don’t really need, we’ve compiled our favorite Prime Day deals under $50.
Note: We regularly update articles and
strike through items that sell out or rise in price as of publishing, and mark discounts based on recent product pricing or average price, not MSRP. Be sure to check discounts for yourself. Our picks come from research and our extensive experience reviewing products. You’ll need an Amazon Prime subscription to get most of these deals.
Table of Contents
- Kitchen Deals
- Smart Home Deals
- Pet Deals
- Gaming Deals
- Outdoor Deals
- Deals From Other Retailers
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Kitchen and Home Deals
The WIRED staff loves Stasher bags. They’re better for the environment than single-use Ziploc bags and they’re dishwasher-friendly. You can also get the sandwich size for $9 ($3 off) and the snack bag for $7 ($3 off).
If you don’t have a big family to cook for, this 3-quart pressure cooker might be a good bet. Instant Pots make cooking easy, as you can use them for pressure cooking as well as slow cooking, plus sauteing, steaming, or even for making yogurt.
We prefer other types of coffee makers because they taste better and are less wasteful than single-use pods (even if they’re recyclable). But Keurigs are convenient, especially if you’re only drinking one cup a day. This one is small too, so it won’t take up your entire counter.
Clip the on-page coupon to save more, and you’ll see the full discount at checkout. These crunchy, spicy snacks are addictive and a match of the cheapest they’ve been in years. Last Prime Day, this deal was also available, and it was the only thing that I (Louryn) bought. The smaller bags are more wasteful, but they do prevent the chips from going stale, and they’re perfectly sized for a bedtime snack.
If you drink a ton of sparkling water, you may just want to start making your own. You’ll save money in the long run and won’t waste as much plastic. The Fizzi doesn’t need electricity to work, so you can use it anywhere, even camping.
This is perennially one of our favorite travel mugs. It has a cult following because these mugs keep drinks hot. Like hot, hot. So you can pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea before you leave for work in the morning and it’ll still be hot when you get to the office (remember commutes?). We recommend letting it cool a bit before sealing it.
If you or someone you know is about to have a baby, this is a nice kit to keep you stocked on some essentials. It includes a Snotsucker, little nail clippers and file, five tubes to help relieve gas, a silicone baby brush, and four hygiene filters.
A lot of Legos are on sale, so it’s hard to pick just one. This set is currently $5 cheaper than the lowest price it’s ever been and will appeal to any Star Wars fan.
Smart Home Deals
These deals are great if you want to create a smart home, whether that’s by controlling lights, door locks, and robot cameras with your voice, or by having an easy way to stream your favorite shows. See our guides on our top smart speakers, smart displays, and streaming devices for more.
WIRED reviewer Parker Hall calls the Dot “the greatest alarm clock ever.” You can easily check the time in the middle of the night, thanks to the forward-facing clock, and it can wake you up to your favorite seasonal playlists. The models without a clock are still useful, especially if you want to add Alexa to more rooms in your house without spending a fortune.
The kids edition Echo Dot is almost the same as the model above, except it comes with some parental controls and a kid-friendly design. This deal also includes a year of Amazon Kids+ (formerly FreeTime Unlimited) content. After the first year, Amazon Kids+ is $3 per month, so be sure to make a note on your calendar if you plan to cancel. You can get it in a panda design too.
This isn’t an unusual deal, but the Streaming Stick Plus is still our favorite streaming device for most people. If you’re not happy with your current streaming setup, you’ll probably like this.
We prefer Roku overall, but this Fire Stick 4K is much improved from older models. You can watch all your favorite services (besides Vudu), but the menus are, unsurprisingly, geared heavily toward Amazon’s Prime content.
We think the Fire HD 8 is one of the best values for a tablet at its typical $90 price, so this is a no-brainer. It’s portable, but still has a nice enough screen to comfortably watch movies. There are better tablets out there if your budget is larger.
What’s a smart home worth if you still can’t find your keys or the remote? Even with Apple’s recent AirTag launch, Tile is still one of our favorite ways to find all your stuff. This two-pack comes with both a Pro and a Slim tile. The Pro attaches to your keys and the Slim slides in your wallet, making it a perfect one-two combo.
We haven’t tried all of these particular pet products, but they come from well-known brands with high ratings. For our top picks, see our guides on cat and dog supplies and accessories, and read our tips for recently adopted pets.
Big dogs may prefer this soft pad over a walled-in bed so they can really stretch out. This one is machine washable.
This discount is applied at checkout. I’m a fan of Boots & Barkley products generally and this bed is plush for comfy napping. The muted, stylish color scheme is also much better-looking than many other pet beds.
This bed should suit cats and smaller dogs, as it has several sizes and a nice plushy interior. It also has a few different fabric and color options.
This discount is applied at checkout. Target’s cat scratch houses are ridiculously cute and often make the rounds on TikTok. This Surf Shop design is a perfect summertime addition for any felines (and owners!) who like to hang ten.
If you prefer a more conventional-looking scratching post—or just need to pepper your house with posts to protect your furniture—this Amazon Basics one is nearly 3 feet tall. That’s a lot of space for your kitty to climb.
Gaming and Headphone Deals
The Razer Cynosa is another excellent entry-level gaming keyboard. It feels great to type on in everyday use, and looks slick in any desktop setup. It features Razer’s signature Chroma lighting, so you can sync it up with other Razer peripherals with ease.
The Pulsefire Surge has been one of our favorite gaming mice for a while now. It’s straightforward, unassuming, does everything you need a wired gaming mouse to do, and doesn’t bog you down with too many buttons. Plus, it has lights.
The DeathAdder Essential has a spooky name but it’s a very friendly and approachable little mouse. It’s another straightforward take on a gaming mouse—no frills, just reliable performance all around.
If none of the other mice are calling to you, this is another nicely priced option. We typically see this for $68, but it’s been around $50 for a while so this is the best price we’ve seen as of late.
The SteelSeries Arctis 1 are our favorite headset for under $50, and this deal makes them even more worthwhile. This will work with the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X/S, Switch, PC, and your phone. They’re well built and comfortable, plus the mic is removable.
Gaming headsets don’t have to be big, bulky, and expensive. The Cloud Stinger Core proves that. We’ve seen it at this discounted price a couple of times prior to Prime Day, but it’s still a solid deal. It provides rich, atmospheric sound and comes with an adjustable mic for clear comms when you’re coordinating with your teammates half a world away.
Despite Amazon’s misleading sticker price of $80, this headset hasn’t risen past $50 for months. Still, $40 is one of the best deals we’ve seen from a reliable brand.
We haven’t tested this monitor arm, but it comes from the reputable brand behind one of our favorite standing desks. This is the lowest price we’ve ever seen on this arm mount, which can help you ditch the stand on your monitor and reclaim some desk space. It can hold a monitor up to 20 pounds and accommodates screen sizes between 13 to 32 inches.
The 45h are our favorite headphones under $100. They’re often discounted, but this is still the cheapest we’ve tracked in the last few months.
We’re finally able to plan normal summer vacations again, and for you, that might include camping or road trips. Our Best Camping Gear guide has more options. Staying home? We have a how-to on making your backyard more fun.
A good tent is essential for a camping trip, whether you’re planning a single night away or several. This is a pretty good price on a popular tent that can fit four people. It supposedly can be set up in just 10 minutes and several Amazon reviews boast about the excellent waterproofing.
The LifeStraw is a WIRED reader favorite. It’s good to stow away in your emergency supplies kit because it filters over 99.99 percent of bacteria (including E.coli, Salmonella), parasites (including Giardia and Cryptosporidium), and microplastics for up to 1,000 gallons of water, not to mention sand, dirt, and other impurities. You get two of them with this deal.
For being such a simple item, coolers can get pricey so we’re glad to see a nice sized one on sale. You could put this in the trunk for your trip, bring it to the beach, take it to games or other tailgating events, and have it handy for backyard barbeques.
As you can tell, Coleman is a big name when it comes to outdoor products. These are the lanterns of all my childhood camping trips, and I’m not sure the design has changed since then—that’s a good thing. Even if you’re not planning on camping this summer, it’s not the worst idea to have a few lanterns around for emergencies when the power goes out.
WIRED writer Matt Jancer swears by these boxers for hikes and climbs. The material is made to be breathable and moisture-wicking, so you can sweat it up outdoors without feeling gross when there may not be access to a shower.
These vessels are handy to have around, and the price is right—they haven’t been this cheap since last November. The lid automatically seals itself when you aren’t pushing in the big “coffee now” button, and each tumbler can keep drinks hot for twelve hours and cold for up to five.
This game, also known as “yeet the bureet” in some WIRED staffer circles, is obnoxiously fun. It’s a hybrid of dodgeball and cards. The Extreme Outdoor version takes the original game and scales it up for the backyard. If you’ve ever wanted to chuck a gigantic, inflatable burrito at your friends or family members, look no further.
If you’d like to check more deals yourself, here are some links to sales going on this week.
- Amazon Prime Day Sale
- Target “Deal Days” Sale
- Walmart “Deals for Days” Sale
- Wayfair “72-Hour Clearance” Sale
- Bed Bath & Beyond “Beyond Big” Sale
- Best Buy “The Bigger Deal” Sale
- Kohls “Wow Deals” Sale
- Buy Buy Baby “Big Baby” Sale
- Chewy “Blue Box Event” Sale
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