The 19 Best Products on Sale for Prime Day, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers


Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. This week, we’re highlighting the best-reviewed items on sale for Amazon Prime Day. Everything below is not only vouched for — it’s on sale. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.) Follow us on Twitter for our coverage of lightning deals, too.

Note: We’ve been hearing that if you add items to your cart but don’t check out swiftly, the deals are lost. Try not to wait!

Travel accessories

AmazonBasics Packing Cubes, set of 4
$17 (25 percent off) Amazon

4.6 stars, 716 reviews
“This is an amazing product. I was able to pack all my 3-year-old son’s clothes in the small cube. I used the large cubes to pack all the adults’ clothes. Everything fit neatly into a small suitcase. I was blown away by how smoothly it made packing and kept us organized during vacation.”
Original Price: $23

Home décor and appliances

AmazonBasics Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
$27 (33 percent off) Amazon

4.1 stars, 2,646 reviews
“Okay, boys and girls. This is my honest opinion of this very fine product. I have been to a lot of my friends’ houses and it seems that they all have some sort of small Bluetooth speaker ranging in price from $40 up to $200. In comparison, I love what I got for such a good price. For one thing, when compared to the $40 speaker, the AmazonBasics seems to have more bass, and the $40 speaker didn’t have the ability to answer a cell phone. When compared to the $120 speakers, I’d have to say they sound about the same for half the price.”
Original Price: $60

Anker SoundCore Sport Portable Bluetooth Speaker
$25 (58 percent off) Amazon

4.5 stars, 504 reviews
”I was excited to see this speaker released by Anker. I’ve got a few of their other smaller speakers and dozens of their products. I always had to be somewhat mindful when brining in one of my Bluetooth speakers into the bathroom while I shower. Not anymore. I immediately and unsparingly paired this speaker to my iPhone, put on some music, and hopped into the shower with the speaker. I ran it under the shower head for a few seconds and the sound was immediately muffled. I got a bit nervous, but turning the speaker around solved my issue as it was just holding water inside the speaker grille. The speaker worked perfectly fine again.”
Original Price: $60

Bose Soundlink II
$129 (35 percent off) Amazon

4.6 stars, 3,537 reviews
“Based on a stupid amount of research and reviews I purchased the Bose SoundLink Mini II and the JBL Charge 3 for review to replace an aging Monster Clarity Bluetooth speaker I had been using for beaches/pools/vacations. Disclaimer: I have never liked Bose anything. I have always thought their product was overrated junk marketed to less than savvy consumers. After reading multiple reviews from sources I trusted, I landed on the MiniLink II and the JBL Charge 3 as best options for my needs. Outside of my mentioned purchases I informally “reviewed” several other Bluetooth speakers owned by friends. None of them were worthy of mention here.”
Original Price: $199

Safavieh Adirondack Collection Rug
$98 (41 percent off) Amazon

4.5 stars, 801 reviews
“What can one say really about a rug? I mean, it’s one of those things you hate to have to spend money on, but sometimes you need one. I was looking for a rug to go underneath our new bed to protect the hardwood floor, but I didn’t want to break the bank either. This fit perfectly under our queen-size bed, and I love the neutral colors. I’m no expert rug critic or anything, but I would recommend this item.”
Original Price: $165

Dyson V6 Animal Cord-free Vacuum
$300 (40 percent off) Amazon

4.4 stars, 1,186 reviews
I’ve waited about 2 months to write a review because I wanted to really try out the vacuum. It comes with a lot of different pieces that are each great for different purposes. I love the lightness of the vacuum that makes it so easy to move around from room to room. You have to make sure to empty it as soon as the canister hits the full line or else it isn’t near as good with picking up debris. It’s extremely easy to empty.”
Original Price: $500

Dirt Devil Vacuum Cleaner Simpli-Stik Lightweight Bagless Corded Stick and Handheld Vacuum SD20000RED
$12 (42 percent off) Amazon

4 stars, 11,575 reviews
“I don’t move anywhere without this vacuum. I’ve used it for three-plus years, and can definitely say that it works as well or better than bigger, more powerful household vacuums — as long as you regularly empty the dirt cup and give the filter inside a good rinsing. I lived with two massive Siberian huskies who were blowing their coats — meaning piles, and piles, and piles of fur littered everywhere. This allowed me to clean up their daily shedding in a pinch, and even vacuum it from the dogs directly. The narrow attachment is great for cleaning up dirt and dust along the baseboards of a room, on windowsills, and corners.”
Original Price: $19

Utopia Down Alternative Comforter
From $16 (68 percent off) Amazon

4.5 stars, 745 reviews
“I ordered this comforter as a quick option until my husband and I could get a new set, due to buying a new bed. It was packaged very nicely in an airtight bag. Upon opening it fluffed up and out very nicely. It is extremely soft and my husband and I absolutely love it. Most comforters I buy just aren’t warm enough, but I find myself having to take this one off from time to time even when I set my thermostat to 63 inside of our home. We have 2 children and have decided to just buy duvet covers for this comforter (to save it) as we don’t even want to look for another. Overall very pleased with our purchase and the price is unbeatable. Considering getting one for all of the bed in our house.”
Original Price: From $50

AmazonBasics Mid-back Mesh Chair
$49 (42 percent off) Amazon

4.2 stars, 2,095 reviews
“Just wanted to post a positive review after one month of daily use. Replaced a larger, more expensive chair, and this one is proving to be a positive experience. I wanted something that would help me have better sitting posture, and this chair is doing exactly that for me. I am a six-foot, 200-pound male, and it works perfectly for someone my size, if that is a question anyone is looking to answer; glad I purchased it.”
Original Price: $85

Black & Decker Cordless Vacuum
$46 (30 percent off) Amazon

4.3 stars, 12,171 reviews
“Can I express my love for a vacuum? I shall! This vacuum is top-notch! I use it daily! And by using it daily, I mean, I carry it around when I’m bored and suck dust off of random crap. I was a sheltered child; we didn’t have portable vacuums. We had big, clunky, 200-pound Hoover vacuums.”
Original Price: $60


Etekcity Digital Body Weight Bathroom Scale with Step-On Technology
$16 (71 percent off) Amazon

4.3 stars, 10,094 reviews
“We have been using this Etekcity digital scale for a year now in our our home are very pleased with the scale so far. We had purchased this scale to replace our previous Sunbeam manual, spring-loaded bathroom scale which was horribly inaccurate and deliberated for a considerable amount of time between this scale and the FitBit Aria smart scale. In the end because of the huge price difference and very positive reviews on this scale made us go with this one.”
Original Price: $55

Fitbit Blaze
$138 (30 percent off) Amazon

4.0 stars, 6,742 reviews
“I feel naked without it. I’ve become a little dependent on it to kick my butt into gear; although, maybe that’s not a good thing. It tracks my heart rate, steps, stairs climbed, calories burned, active minutes, miles, exercise, and sleep. I run the Fitbit app on a Droid, which I use to keep track of calories consumed. I find it’s a little quicker to track the calories on the desktop version of the app, though. The app will also track water intake (which I ignore) and weight (which I use begrudgingly). You can also set notifications to come through from your phone to your watch, such as text messages, phone calls, calendar reminders, and control your music from it. It also has built-in Fitstar workouts, although I haven’t tried them yet. It’s on my bucket list.”
Original Price: $198

Parker Jotter Stainless Steel Ballpoint Pen
$10 (52 percent off) Amazon

4.5 stars, 63 reviews
“A Parker Jotter was the first refillable ballpoint pen that I ever got my hands on as a kid. I remember how much I loved it then, and I still love it now. This is a fantastic pen for those seeking a refillable pen that writes smoothly, almost effortlessly, and is very well known for its durability and craftsmanship. The metal fore grip is brushed, so it gives a good tactile response. I highly recommend this pen. It’s a fantastic gift for those who are just graduating, or find themselves taking notes or writing extensively. There are better pens out there, but at this price point, there is no other ballpoint.”
Original Price: $20

Beauty and grooming

Proraso Shaving Cream
$7 (30 percent off) Amazon

4.5 stars, 1,832 reviews
“After I shaved, I felt fresher than ma’s spaghetti and smoother than the crème in a cannoli.”
Original Price: $10

St Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse
$29 (30 percent off) Amazon

4.5 stars 1,370 reviews
“I have never written a review before, but I must. I have tried a number of different DIY tanners and this one is by FAR the most amazing. The color is natural, hardly any smell, it lasts a long time, and the price really isn’t bad. It starts out light with one application, so if you want darker, just reapply. One other thing that’s fantastic is, it doesn’t rub off on your clothes or bedding. I’m thrilled that I found this!!!”
Original Price: $42

Food and kitchen

Oxo On Barista Brain 9-Cup Coffee Brewer
$160 (20 percent off) Amazon

4.1 stars, 565 reviews
“Update — I have now been using this coffee maker for over 18 months with no issues, and I’m still just as happy with the performance. I have made over 750 pots of coffee, and they are hot and tasty every time.”
Original Price: $200

Soma Sustainable Pitcher & Plant-Based Water Filter
$32 (20 percent off) Amazon

4.1 stars, 1,124 reviews
“Very attractive pitcher and seems to filter out more impurities than my Brita. I notice much less of a chlorine/chemical smell now than I did with the Brita. Filters should be replaced every two months or every 40 gallons according to the manufacturer.”
Original Price: $40

Healthworks Chia Seeds 5 Pounds
$14 (30 percent off) Amazon

4.7 stars, 1,027 reviews
“This is an enormous amount of Chia Seeds for the money and they are Quality. I use them in my Smoothies every day, my Cereal and even in my Green Banana Ice Cream. I prefer to just keep it in the heavy resealable container it comes in & take out what I need. I have a morning routine of mixing my vanilla brown rice protein powder, chia seeds, green banana flour, frozen green bananas, flaxseeds & fruit or powdered peanut butter or almond butter into a smoothie and it keeps me going for hours. As gross as that sounds, it’s Delicious!! By the way, all the green bananas are to lower my blood sugar and to help me lose weight. I’ve lost nearly 100 pounds.”
Original Price: $20

Chambong Glassware for rapid Champagne consumption
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Chambong Glassware for rapid Champagne consumption
$12 (52 percent off) Amazon

4.6 stars, 327 reviews
“This new, unparalleled drinking technology has revolutionized my day and cut 30 minutes out of my morning routine. Now, I never really feel like I have started my day unless I have had a champagne breakfast; preferably a vintage ‘04/08 blanc de blanc grower champagne(RM); I try to avoid the maison houses and their high dosages as much as possible….but I digress. Sometimes my wife and I just simply don’t have the time it takes to sit down and imbibe a bottle of champagne from a traditional flute before rushing out the door to drop our kids off at school and then head into the office. I must profess that with our Chambong, I can get 3-4 FULL glasses down in the time it takes to makes microwaved oatmeal for the little ones. God Bless Chambong!”
Original Price: $25

Blendtec Total Blender Classic
$212 (40 percent off) Amazon

4.3 stars, 850 reviews
“Wife purchased Blendtec blender three years ago, and when I found out how much it cost, I was ready to divorce my wife. After using it a few times, I cooled off. After three years of using it all the time for everything from drinks to tamales, I have found this product to be the best investment, dollar for dollar, we have ever made. These are great commercial blenders, and I would never try another brand. Thanks Blendtec.”
Original Price: $400

Crock-Pot 6-Quart Programmable Cook & Carry Slow Cooker
$32 (47 percent off) Amazon

4.2 stars, 3,614 reviews
“I really shopped around when looking at crock pots because they are expensive. I had heard mixed reviews all around about the cooking temps on some of these being too high or too low or some models automatically shutting off before they are done cooking or even in some cases the electronics lock up to the point of having to unplug and leave unplugged for an hour…this doesn’t do any of that. We’ve used it about 15 times since we bought it (often several times a week) and love throwing a whole meal in there in the morning and coming home after work to a prepared meal. This is truly a fix it and forget it crock pot.”
Original Price: $60

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The 19 Best Things for Prime Day, According to Reviewers