Amazon Prime Day 2022 is over now – these were the best deals we found

Prime Day 2022 is over now, and what a huge event it was!

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How to shop Prime Day deals

Prime Day is a members-only event, meaning you'll need to be an Amazon Prime subscriber to make the most of the big sale. If you'd like to participate, click on the link below to sign up and you'll get a 30-day free trial, plus free and fast delivery on millions of eligible products, and access to a lot of other Amazon services, including Prime Video, Prime Reading and Prime Gaming (previously called Twitch).
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Amazon Prime Day 2022 is now officially over, and Australians saved an absolute fortune scooping up the many delectable deals. We'll be back on the case for next time, helping you find the best deals.

Below are a sampling of the best that was on offer for 2022.

Clothing

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Calvin Klein underwear | up to 50% off (opens in new tab)

Stock up on underwear with these heavy discounts on both men's and women's underwear from Calvin Klein. There's 3-packs of men's trunks in both short-leg and long-leg varieties, as well as cotton thongs and bralettes for women, all weighing in at up to a 42% discount.

Gaming

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Meta Quest 2 (256GB) | AU$639 + AU$100 credit + 2 free games (opens in new tab)
While not directly discounted this year, this Prime Day
Quest 2 deal on only the 256GB model will net you AU$100 Amazon store credit that can be used to purchase products "sold by Amazon AU", although a few exclusions apply. You'll also get two free games to get you started on your VR journey.

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Nintendo Switch Lite | AU$329 AU$289 (opens in new tab) (save AU$40)

The handheld-only version of the regular Switch was cheaper a few days ago (just AU$248). While we admit this isn't a great deal in comparison, keep an eye on it to see if it drops further in price.

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PS5 DualSense wireless controller | AU$109 AU$79 (opens in new tab) (save AU$30)

If you’ve managed to get your hands on a PS5, you might be keen to get an extra controller for you or your mates. While it isn't as hot as the initial Prime Day deal, Amazon still has all six colours on offer, and they're (mostly) just AU$79.

Phones & tablets

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Google Pixel 6 (128GB) | AU$999 AU$705 (opens in new tab) (save AU$294)

The Pixel 6 is a premium smartphone from Google, and Amazon’s discounted it by almost AU$300 for Prime Day. We like its new bold design, and Google’s Tensor chip is impressive, delivering excellent photo-taking and clean software. Note that this deal is available from Amazon UK, and comes with a UK plug for charging.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 (256GB) | AU$1,599 AU$1,189 (opens in new tab) (save AU$410)

Combining the classic clamshell design and aesthetic with modern smartphone convenience and power, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 from Samsung is arguably the best value flip phone on the market. The larger 256GB model is reduced by 26% (for the lavender (opens in new tab) colour choice).

Personal audio

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Apple AirPods (2019) | AU$219 AU$187 (opens in new tab)

This was down to AU$165 yesterday, but if you're still in the market, this less generous discount is still good. If you’re not fussed on noise cancellation and you just want an affordable pair of Apple true wireless buds, you could opt for the second-gen AirPods. They’ve got excellent connectivity for iPhone users, and offer quick access to the Siri voice assistant. Sound quality is good but not great, and bass can be a little underwhelming. But at this price, no complaints!

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Apple AirPods Max | AU$899 AU$679 (opens in new tab) (save AU$220)

We’ve spotted Apple’s mighty expensive headphones on sale a few times, and now the pink (opens in new tab) version is down to AU$679. We're hoping this might drop to its lowest price we saw back in March (AU$580), so we’d suggest keeping an eye on these next week. They’re among the best-sounding headphones we've ever tested, with unbelievable audio performance.

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Sony WF-C500 | AU$149.95 AU$75 (opens in new tab) (save AU$74.95)

These affordable WF-C500 buds earned a full five stars (opens in new tab) from our colleagues over at What Hi-Fi thanks to their compact and comfortable design, well-balanced audio and great companion app. Already a super cheap option for everyday buds, they're now reduced to half price, making them much harder to ignore!

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Live | AU$249 AU$132 (opens in new tab) (save AU$134)

These bean-shape buds provide a surprisingly good fit and sound quality, with an extra dose of punchy bass. The noise-cancelling capabilities aren't the best, so skip these if that’s essential to you. The white (opens in new tab) version is cheapest at AU$132.

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Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 | AU$129 AU$89 (opens in new tab) (save AU$44)

This little Bluetooth speaker packs a mighty punch that belies its size. And it's waterproof too. You can now grab one (or more) in black (opens in new tab), red (opens in new tab) or blue (opens in new tab) from Amazon for just AU$85, which is 35% off.

Wearables

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Fitbit Charge 5 | AU$269 from AU$193 (opens in new tab) (save up to AU$76)

Admittedly you can often pick up a 'full' smartwatch (like the Versa 3) for the same price as Fitbit's latest-generation Charge, but here's why we think this discount is a good deal – there's stress management here, something the Versa 3 misses out. Plus, pick up this Charge 5 and, if you've never tried Fitbit Premium before, you unlock 6 months free of in-depth metrics, guided exercises and much more.

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Polar Vantage M2 | AU$399 AU$297.95 (opens in new tab) (save AU$101.05)

This is an absolutely brilliant price for a triathlon-ready multisport watch. It's not as full-featured as the Vantage V2 but it still scored a 4-star review (opens in new tab) from us. It looks good on the wrist, is light and comfortable to wear all day, plus it comes with easy-to-understand controls and smarts.

Personal care

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Philips Multigroom Series 7000 18-in-1 trimmer | AU$209 AU$177.65 (opens in new tab) 

As above, not quite as cheap as its AU$140 price yesterday, but still a good discount on this feature packed trimmer. There's plenty of juice in the battery to run for up to 5 hours and 18 tools makes it one of the most versatile trimmers you can get. If you reckon the 18-tool version is overkill for your needs, the 16-tool edition is down to just AU$95 (opens in new tab), or 13% off.

Appliances

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Philips Premium XXL Air Fryer (HD9650/93) | AU$499 AU$424 (opens in new tab) 

It's one of the best large-capacity air fryers on the market. So if you don't particularly want an Instant Pot, you can't go wrong with this one. Like the Vortex Plus listed above, this also does a lot more than just air fry, making very worth your while.

Computing

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Logitech MX Vertical ergonomic mouse | AU$169.95 AU$139 (opens in new tab) (save AU$30.95)

If you find yourself developing RSI due to constant mouse use, you might want to consider swapping it out for an ergonomic option. One of our staff did and she couldn't be happier! It truly is comfortable, but note that this suits larger hands better.

Cameras

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Canon EOS R5 (body only) | AU$6,999 AU$5,030.10 (opens in new tab) (save AU$1,968.90)

The headline-making EOS R5 is an expensive beast but it justifies the cost in its performance. But there's no need to pay full price when you can go click-happy for less. This 20% discount isn't the best price we've seen, but it's a pretty decent deal from a third-party seller if you've been lusting after Canon's flagship full-framer.

When is Amazon Prime Day 2022?

Prime Day typically kicks off at midnight on a Monday in the middle of July. So we were expecting the 2022 edition to begin on July 11.

We weren't far off the mark with that prediction as Amazon has announced that Prime Day 2022 will begin 12am AEST on Tuesday, July 12. Local Aussie deals will end in 48 hours, i.e. by 11:59pm AEST on Wednesday, July 13. But hold on, we still get more! With some items available locally from Amazon US and Amazon UK, our deals don't end till Prime Day finishes on the US West Coast. So international deals will continue until 5pm AEST on Thursday, July 14.

Your credit cards can take a breather after that.

What is Amazon Prime Day?

Prime Day began as a 24-hour sale in the US in 2015 to celebrate Amazon's 20th anniversary, but it quickly took a very different role for the retail giant. With a higher volume of deals than on the corresponding Black Friday and with bigger discounts on offer, it proved to me a money mill for Amazon, and the company has carried on hosting the big sale ever since.

It has, of course, grown. It's now held in several countries and over 48 hours. In Australia, however, we get a whooping 65 hours to enjoy shopping. That's because we get to purchase items that are imported from the US and the UK, so the sale carries on till it ends on the US West Coast.

It’s worth reiterating that the bulk of the Prime Day deals are exclusively available only to Prime members, so to get the best savings out of this event you will need an Amazon Prime membership (opens in new tab). In Australia, Amazon Prime is billed at just AU$6.99 per month, or AU$59 yearly. This small fee gets you not only access to great deals and savings, you also get free expedited shipping on thousands of eligible items, as well as free access to Amazon services like Prime Video, Prime Reading and Prime Gaming (aka Twitch).

Amazon Prime Day 2022 deals to expect

Prime Day always offers incredible savings across tens of thousands of products from beauty to consumer electronics, fashion, home improvement and tools, luggage, pantry food and drink, toys, video games and more. 

First and foremost of the discounts will be on Amazon's own hardware. You can pick a smart speaker or smart display for a fraction of their RRP, throw in a few smart lights to kickstart your smart home setup. If that's just one too many 'smarts' for you, and you prefer a good story to get lost in, Prime Day is a great time to pick up a Kindle. And, more importantly, there's a very good chance Amazon will either discount Kindle Unlimited or offer an extended free trial of three months to new customers.

Prime members will also be able to access deals across big brands such as Bosch, Calvin Klein, Fitbit, Lacoste, Lego, Lenovo, L’Oreal, Nintendo, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, Yamaha and more. 

Other Prime Day regulars are electric toothbrushes, wireless headphones and speakers, cameras and so much more, so expect discounts from brands including Bose, Philips, Sony, Samsung and others.

The important bit here is that Amazon now has an Apple Store on its site and, as of December 2021, iPhones are available as well. While there have been no significant iPhone discounts yet, we’re hoping Prime Day 2022 sets a wonderful precedent.

Is Prime free on Prime Day?

If you have not had an Amazon Prime account before then, yes, you can get a free Prime trial for Prime Day (or for any other day). Amazon offers all customers a free 30-day trial of Prime. You can cancel at any time during the trial and you won't be charged a thing.

If you decide to pay for Prime once your trial ends, that'll cost you AU$6.99 a month or AU $59 a year. Unlike in the US, Amazon Australia does not offer discounted student memberships or a family plan.

Click here to sign up for an Amazon Prime membership (opens in new tab).

How to find the best Prime Day deals

Shopping Amazon Prime Day can be an exhausting and overwhelming experience if you aren't prepared for what's ahead. While Prime Day is some of the most fun deal hunters will have all year, it can easily go bad if you aren't sure what of to look for – or how to look for it. Here are some helpful suggestions to shopping Amazon Prime Day and tips on how to save the most money this year.

Don't just shop at Amazon: This may be a weird one to hear, considering this is Amazon Prime Day we're talking about, but hear us out. Since Prime Day has gotten so dang popular over the years, many retailers out there are trying to get in on the action by running their own Prime Day-like sales alongside Amazon. If you've got a favourite store you like to shop at, don't be afraid to shop there as well. You'll be surprised what kind of discounts you can find.

Trust your gut on reviews: Here's the thing with Amazon's review system, it's not very good at filtering out useless and unhelpful feedback. If you head to almost any major product released in the past year, you'll see one star reviews with one sentence clearly expressing dissatisfaction and nothing else. You may even find "fake reviews" to help deter you from a good product or even steer you towards buying a bad product. If it's something you truly want and it's on sale, reviews may help but at the end of the day it's your money!

Compare prices: This applies to everything. Clothing, electronics, you name it. If it's on sale during Prime Day, chances are every seller who has it is dropping their prices. What you may not know, however, is that it may be cheaper in some cases to check out alternative sellers. Don't be afraid to click that "see other buying options" button from time to time.

Stick with us: If you don't want to spend too much time and energy in bargain hunting during Prime Day, then bookmark this page as we'll be doing just that for you. T3's deals team will be on hand to pick out the juiciest offers on a wide variety of tech and lifestyle products and we'll list them right here in an easy-to-navigate page.

Are Prime Day deals worth it?

The question of "Are Prime Day deals worth it?" gets asked quite a lot around this time, and quite frankly there's a yes and a no answer to this one. Depending on what exactly you're hoping to buy, Prime Day could be the perfect chance to get the best discount, while it may be more beneficial to wait until Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales when the same or similar product could see a bigger discount at a different retailer.

That said, Prime Day deals are definitely worth if when it comes to electronics, smart tech and, of course, Prime services. Most Prime services, including Kindle Unlimited (opens in new tab) and Amazon Music Unlimited (opens in new tab)  get some pretty sweet offers for newcomers and Prime members alike.

Sharmishta is T3 sister site TechRadar's Managing Editor for APAC, and contributes to T3 on occasion, particularly if any local Aussie product testing is needed. She's a keen photographer, managing Digital Camera World for the APAC region, and also helps produce two of Future's photography magazines in Australia. She loves trying to find ways and means to make her home (and life) smarter and, when she's got time to herself, she can usually be found with her nose buried in a good book... erm, ereader.