Best Prime Day deals 2022: a recap of Amazon's big sale

Amazon Prime Day 2022 is officially over. Here's how it went and what you can still save on

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Amazon Prime Day has officially sailed into the sunset, leaving us exhausted with the amount of deals and offers we covered over the past weekend. There were winners, there were losers, and in the end we saw a few curveballs get thrown by Amazon that surprised us in more ways than one.

While Amazon's biggest savings event of the year "officially" ran from Tuesday, July 12 through Wednesday, July 13, Amazon pulled out all the stops this year by dropping Prime Day deals as early as a month in advance. Some of which were fresh, new deals we've never seen before while others were popular picks by both us and our readers.

If you were one of the lucky few who nabbed a solid Prime Day deal on something you've been waiting for, than you know exactly how this year's Prime Day went. However, if you've been living under a rock (or just didn't get the chance to shop Prime Day deals this year), here's a brief recap of what went down during Amazon Prime Day 2022.

Amazon Prime Day 2022 Recap: The Results

According to Numerator's Prime Day 2022 tracking, smart tech rained supreme this year. However, there is some surprising data that shows that buying habits this year were quite different than what was expected.

Average cart sizes were smaller and average dollar amount per purchase was much lower than expected, however Amazon blew it out of the water in terms of overall performance. Even in times like this, it seems people still need their Amazon tech fix!

The most popular item was Amazon's own Fire TV Stick (opens in new tab), which dropped down to it's lowest price of the year and matched last year's Prime Day price.

Along with that, some interested tidbits of data point to people buying more essential products as opposed to luxury items:

  • 29% of shoppers purchased household essentials this Prime Day, just inching out over health and beauty supplies (also considered essential) at 28%
  • The average purchase price was only $33.58, meaning people were sticking to tighter budgets during the savings event
  • The primary purchasing audience of Prime Day 2022 was females ages 35 to 44
  • Most buyers were high income, with an average income of over $80,000
  • Suburbanites reigned this Prime Day, taking up the majority of purchases this year over rural and urban livers
  • Of all the smart home devices purchased, a massive 68% of the were Amazon branded (meaning Amazon devices absolutely killed it)
  • Inflation had a huge impact during Prime Day, causing 65% of purchase to spend less than they have in previous years

Amazon Prime Day 2022 Recap: The Best Deals

While most of the deals below are no longer available (be sure to double check, some are!), these were by far some of the most popular deals to show up. Many of which were some of Amazon's top performers this year.

There was a great mix of home goods, smart tech, security gear, kitchen appliances, and gaming gear that our readers were after.

Amazon Devices: Ring Video Doorbells starting at $44.99 with discounts on battery packs as well as eero mesh routers.

Fashion: Save up to 20% on Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger apparel, and find additional savings on men’s and women’s active wear from Amazon brands.

Health & Wellness: Save 20% on healthcare products from Amazon Basic Care along with wellness and personal care products from other Amazon brands, including Solimo, Revly, and Amazon Elements. Save on 23andMe Personal Genetic Service DNA Test Kits.

Pets: Save on Friends Forever Orthopedic Dog Beds and 20% on pet supplies from Solimo.

Toys: Save on select Green Toys, Calico Critters, and Thames & Kosmos products.

Electronics: Save 72% on the Norton 360 Deluxe and get a $10 Amazon Gift Card; up to 50% on select Xbox and Ubisoft titles, up to 30% off Amazon Basics

Kitchen: Save on Ninja blenders and coffee makers as well as the Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker Pro.

Home: Save on select vacuums, air purifiers, irons, steamers, and fans, as well as dehumidifiers from iRobot, Bissell, Toshiba, Levoit, Black & Decker, and more.

Household Essentials: Save 20% on household essentials from Amazon brands, including Solimo and Presto!

Home Improvement: Save on select Moen kitchen and bathroom fixtures, Makita tools, and Kasa smart light switches, as well as CRAFTSMAN 20V lithium ion and Duracell batteries. 

Grocery: Save up to 30% on candy and gum, and 20% on snacks and grocery products from Amazon brands, including Happy Belly and Amazon Fresh.

Sports & Outdoors: Buy one, get one 20% off World Famous Sports camping equipment.

Amazon Launchpad: Save up to 50% on the Kids Against Maturity Combo Pack and $80 on the Tertill Weeding Robot Bundle.

Panera Bread: Panera is fueling Prime Day shoppers with a sweet (and savory) deal. Prime members who sign up for MyPanera rewards will get a $3 shopping credit and 40% off their Panera online order on Prime Day.

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Amazon Fire TV 55" Omni Series 4K UHD smart TV: was $559.99, now $299.99 at Amazon (save $260) (opens in new tab)
The Omni is Amazon's premium Fire TV range and features hands-free voice control and AirPlay support. Now with a huge $260 saving

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Amazon Fire TV 43" 4-Series 4K UHD smart TV: was $369.99, now $199.99 at Amazon (save $170) (opens in new tab)
Amazon's 4K Fire TV is available right now with a 46% saving making it one of the most affordable 4K options out there.

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Hisense 50-inch QLED 4K UHD Smart Fire TV: was $529.99, now $399.99 at Amazon (save $130) (opens in new tab)
One of the newest Fire TVs on the market, this Hisense QLED Fire TV features Dolby Vision, Motion Rate 240 (60Hz native) and an Automatic Low Latency Mode for gaming.

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Insignia 24-inch HD 720p Fire TV: was $169.99, now $89.99 at Amazon (save $80) (opens in new tab)
The cheapest Fire TV just got even cheaper. You can now pick up this 24-inch HD TV for $80 less.

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Pioneer 50-inch 4K Smart Fire TV: was $419.99, now $249.99 at Amazon (save $170) (opens in new tab)
Pioneer's larger 50-inch Fire TV includes Dolby Vision and DTS Virtual-X Sound. With 40% off right now, this is a great price.

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Fire HD 10 Tablet: was $149.99, now $74.99 at Amazon (save $75) (opens in new tab)
When it comes to tablets, the Fire HD 10 is the best for the price. Now that it's 50% off, there's no contest! Pick one of these up before it's gone.

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Fire TV Stick 4K: was $49.99, now $24.99 at Amazon (save $25) (opens in new tab)
The best 4K streaming device is back to its lowest price since Prime Day 2021. If you don't have a Smart TV to stream your favorite shows, this is the ultimate way to do it – and it's by far the cheapest.

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Echo Show 8: was $109.99, now $54.99 at Amazon (save $55) (opens in new tab)
Amazon prime smart display and speaker is getting a massive 50% discount thanks to Prime Day. If you've been eyeing one of these, now is the time to buy.

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Echo Dot (4th Gen): was $49.99, now $19.99 at Amazon (save $30) (opens in new tab)
Now down to its lowest price in months, the Echo Dot 4th Gen is the best smart speaker for the price right now. Don't skip out on this one!

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Halo View Fitness Tracker: was $79.99, now $44.99 at Amazon (save $35) (opens in new tab)
A great fitness tracker for those on a tight budget, the Halo View delivers features that trackers double its price do at an incredibly affordable price. Now over 40% off, this is a must buy if you're in need of a cheap fitness tracker.

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Antarctic Star Oscillating Tower Fan: was $75.99, now $53.19 at Amazon (save $22.80) (opens in new tab)
If you don't want to pony up a couple hundred bucks for a portable AC unit, a cooling tower fan is your next best bet. This highly rated oscillating fan is a solid buy at this price, and well worth it for the value.

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Shinco 12,000 BTU Portable AC/Dehumidifier: was $399.99, now $263.99 at Amazon (save $136) (opens in new tab)
A less-expensive option to the more popular brands out there, the Shinco portable AC/dehumidifier is perfect for smaller rooms and apartments. Now over $130 off, this thing is a must-buy if you're dying for some air.

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PELONIS Oscillating Tower Fan: was $84.99, now $67.99 at Amazon (save $17) (opens in new tab)
One of the highest rated fans on Amazon, this popular fan is getting a decent 20% discount during Prime Day. While there are cheaper options out there, this fan is by far the best value of the sale.

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Yiju Portable Air Conditioner: was $199.99, now $55.99 at Amazon (72% off) (opens in new tab)
The discount on this thing alone should catch your eye, at over 70% off this is probably the cheapest portable AC unit you'll find during Prime Day. It actually does a good job of cooling, too!

Amazon Prime Day 2022 News & Updates

7/7 – In direct competition with Amazon, the Best Buy Black Friday In July Sale (opens in new tab) has just been announced for a start date of July 11! That means you can get in on deals a full 24 hours before Prime Day even starts, including offers on 4K TVs, laptops, and much more. 

6/28 – If you're on the hunt for some good student laptop deals ahead of Prime Day 2022, Lenovo just kicked off their Black Friday in July (opens in new tab) sneak peak event! Offering discounts of up to 60% off their best machines, Lenovo's savings event is already full of Prime Day-beating deals to check out.

6/24 – Wouldn't you know it, Prime Day seems to have unofficially kicked off early with a plethora of deals dropping this week on TVs, Amazon devices, and much more. You can start shopping for the best early Prime Day deals (opens in new tab) right now!

6/16 – Amazon has confirmed the dates for this year's Prime Day are July 12-13. 

6/9 – With only a month to go, we're getting our Prime Day shopping hats primed and ready to go. Preparation is key with any sale if you want to save the most money, so be sure to avoid the 5 mistakes everyone makes on Amazon Prime Day (opens in new tab). It may just help you out more than you know!

5/11 – Looking for ways to save using Amazon Prime? Here's some helpful tips on using the service to maximize your savings. Check out T3's how to save money on Amazon Prime (opens in new tab) guide for ways to stretch your dollar even further.

5/3 – In a recent press release, the Amazon Prime Day date (opens in new tab) was confirmed for a July time frame. While were predicting a mid-July window, Amazon's press release narrows the possible date range even further.

What is Amazon Prime Day?

Amazon Prime Day is the second largest sales day of the year (next to Black Friday), and is a two day sale that offers one of the largest selections of discounted products and deals all year. While Prime Day has become somewhat of a "Black Friday" type savings event, it's a sale that tends to focus more around Prime Day devices, smart tech and Amazon brands.

There are, however, supposed to be over 2 million individual products going on sale this Prime Day. So while the focus of what you'll see when browsing Prime Day deals is turned squarely on Amazon's line of products, just about everything you can think of gets a discount during the two day event. 

When is Amazon Prime Day 2022?

In a recent press release detailing Amazon's first quarter results for 2022, Amazon sneakily threw in that Prime Day 2022 will be happening sometime in July. This follows suit from Prime Day 2021, where it kicked off on Monday the 11th.

We estimated that a date for Amazon Prime Day in 2022 would be somewhere around the same as last year's date. In 2021, Amazon held its Prime Day sale on Monday, June 21 and Tuesday, June 22, but this is actually a full month earlier than the usual time frame. However, we now know that Amazon Prime day will take place from Tuesday, June 12 to Wednesday, June 13 in 2022. 

Starting at a minute past midnight PST (3:01 am EST) on the Tuesday and finishing on Wednesday at 11:59 pm PST (2:59 am EST Thursday), so though a day later, like last year it'll be a 48-hour event (minus two minutes). 

Amazon has also been toying with the idea of adding an additional sale day later in the year, similar to Amazon Prime Day, yet held around the time of Black Friday. Two Amazon Prime Day sales in a single year? They just may be the ones crazy enough to do it!

That mid-July date prediction is echoed by a report at Digital Commerce 360 (opens in new tab) which cites an announcement from Amazon (opens in new tab) to sellers who use the Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) service. The post is titled "Plan your shipment early for Prime Day 2022" and it says that sellers have until 29 April to submit their deals for Prime Day consideration. It also says: "Plan and send your shipment so that it arrives at fulfillment centers before June 20."

The Digital Commerce 360 report quotes Fahim Naim from ecommerce consulting agency Advantage Unified Commerce as saying: "Barring any major any setback, and based on the data and the timing of the information on Seller Central, all the stars are lining up for July 11 or 18." The same report says it is "extremely unlikely" Amazon Prime Day will be on the first Monday in July which is Independence Day in the US. Naim gives 11 July a 70% probability rating, and  18 July a 30% probability.

Best Amazon Prime Day 2021 Deals

Of all the deals available over Prime Day 2021, some of the biggest discounts were unsurprisingly on Amazon's own devices. While the top selling product this year was the Fire TV Stick 4K (opens in new tab), some other popular deals included price drops on Echo devices, Halo bands, Luna controllers, Fire TVs, Fire tablets, Kindles, Eero Wi-Fi spots, Blink security cameras and Ring doorbell cameras.

However, as expected PS5 and Xbox Series X games saw a huge surge this year thanks to some pretty tasty discounts. The latest generation of consoles unfortunately have had a bit of a gaming drought, but Prime Day gaming deals on some of the latest titles made it a bit easier to jump into something new.

Prime member rewards

In 2021, Amazon had a few extra incentives and rewards for Prime members including extra cashback rewards on select Prime Card purchases, increased discounts on select products and more.

For Prime Card (opens in new tab) holders, there were a few different offers to take advantage of during Prime Day 2021:

  • 10% back on select LG and Sony 4K TVs
  • 10% back on select Small Business brands
  • 6% back on Amazon.com purchases
  • 6% back on Whole Foods Market purchases

Each year it seems Amazon changes these rewards up, so while we can expect to see something similar during Prime Day 2022 it's hard to predict what they'll be. Prime Card holders got a bit more love this, as 10% cash back is a pretty large sum of money to get returns on. 

Prime Day free product giveaway

Prime members who spent their time on Instagram were able to win free daily prizes including Canon digital cameras, movie projectors, Amazon gift cards (opens in new tab) and more.

Each day, Amazon had a different prize available which required no purchases for a chance to win. The Amazon Photos Giveaway (opens in new tab) landing page listed all the prizes available, and there were some pretty tantalizing wins.

Note that the giveaway is officially over and Amazon is no longer taking entries. Expect a very similar contest next year though through some form of social media.

Giving back on Amazon Prime Day

During Prime Day 2021, Amazon’s charity initiative AmazonSmile offered Prime members the opportunity to double their donation rate (1% instead of 0.5%) to the charity of their choice throughout the entire 48-hour event.

For Prime members who activated AmazonSmile via app, there was even more to gain for charities. AmazonSmile also donated 5% of the net purchase price (10X the regular rate) on the first qualifying AmazonSmile purchase on Prime Day. This special rate was for every Prime member who activated AmazonSmile in their Amazon App from 2nd June through the end of Prime Day 2021 on 22nd June.

Amazon Prime Day 2022 FAQ

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, while students get a massively generous six-month free Prime trial. 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 $119 a year. Student Prime accounts cost just $6.49 a month.

If you live in a household where someone else has a Prime account then you can form an Amazon Household and share some of their Prime benefits at no cost to yourself – including unlimited one-day delivery plus same-day delivery in eligible areas, and access to those all-important Prime Day deals. It also provided a 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals with Prime Early Access.

Here's how to get your free Prime account and how to set up an Amazon Household.

Is the Amazon Prime price going up this year?

It has recently been confirmed that an Amazon Prime price increase is indeed happening this year. While this comes as some unwanted news for many, the 17% price bump is the third increase since Prime's inception.

You can still lock in the current price ratings before the hike later this year, but you'll want to head over to the Amazon Prime sign up page (opens in new tab) today. You can also try it out for 30 days before you make the decision of keeping it, but if you're like us (and the millions of Prime members out there) you'll most likely keep it. The benefits of the service still outweigh the cost in our minds, and while we don't like seeing the price of something go up Amazon Prime is something that offers a plethora of benefits for the price.

The price increases are as follows:

  • Yearly: $139 (was $119)
  • Monthly: $14.99 (was $12.99)

In an earnings call last October Amazon said it had nothing to announce around Prime price increases. However, some analysts speculated that there could be an Amazon Prime price increase on the way. As reported by MarketWatch (opens in new tab), analysts at Jefferies reckoned a price hike was due this year, pointing out that Amazon increased the Prime membership price in March 2014 and May 2018. The same report adds that analysts at JPMorgan also believed that a price increase for Amazon services, including Prime, is coming.

"Increasing the fee again this year seems reasonable and would maintain the latest cadence of about four years," the report quotes the Jefferies analysts as saying, adding that both previous increases were by $20.

Is Amazon Prime Day happening in Canada and India?

Prime Day did not take place in June 2021 in Canada or India due to the Covid-19 situation. Amazon confirmed to CNBC (opens in new tab) that it is pausing the event in both countries. It did not provide a rescheduled date. In the same report, CNBC said that Amazon confirmed that Prime Day will continue on schedule in the UK, US, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Spain, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Portugal, Netherlands, Mexico, Luxembourg, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, China, Brazil, Belgium, Austria and Australia.

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 favorite 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.

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 Father's Day sales, Labor Day sales or even Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales.

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 Prime Video (opens in new tab) and Amazon Music Unlimited (opens in new tab)  get some pretty sweet offers for newcomers and Prime members alike.

That mid-July date prediction is echoed by a report at Digital Commerce 360 (opens in new tab) which cites an announcement from Amazon (opens in new tab) to sellers who use the Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) service. The post is titled "Plan your shipment early for Prime Day 2022" and it says that sellers have until 29 April to submit their deals for Prime Day consideration. It also says: "Plan and send your shipment so that it arrives at fulfillment centers before June 20."

The Digital Commerce 360 report quotes Fahim Naim from ecommerce consulting agency Advantage Unified Commerce as saying: "Barring any major any setback, and based on the data and the timing of the information on Seller Central, all the stars are lining up for July 11 or 18." The same report says it is "extremely unlikely" Amazon Prime Day will be on the first Monday in July which is Independence Day in the US. Naim gives 11 July a 70% probability rating, and  18 July a 30% probability.

Are Amazon Prime Day deals real?

This is a question that gets asked a lot and not just on Amazon Prime Day, but Black Friday, too. And there are two answers – but both center on what you consider a 'deal' to be.

The first is that, yes, you do get products discounted on Amazon Prime Day, and sometimes they are discounted down to prices that they have never been at before. That in many people's eyes is a deal.

The thing is, though, as proved by numerous studies such as this 2022 report by Semrush (opens in new tab), a lot of deals offered up during sales events such as Amazon Prime Day and Black Friday don't actually offer that good a discount.

The practice of artificially spiking prices on items in the weeks or months running up to a sales event, only so that they can then offer what looks like a large discount percentage, is rife within the industry, and what goes from being a jaw-dropping deal ends up, in reality, being just a small to modest price cut.

Of course, if you've wanted that product then you've still got it, and got it for marginally cheaper than it has been available for before, so in that sense, you could say you've still got a deal.

Another thing to factor into if a product is a 'deal' or not is where the product is in its lifecycle. If a 4K OLED TV is $400 off and it's been on the market for a year, then that's more just end-of-life price degradation in advance of its replacement coming out. Of course, the counterargument to that is that just because a product has been on the market for a while doesn't make it bad, or buying it at that point a bad deal.

Lastly, it is important to note the other elephant in the room – Black Friday. According to that Semrush report linked to above the biggest discounts of the year come during the Black Friday sales period, which coincides with the months of November and December.

As such, while Amazon Prime Day 2022 will be a great opportunity to buy discounted products, there's no guarantee those products won't be cheaper still during the Black Friday sales this year.

Will there be a second Prime Day in 2022?

While Prime Day has gone back to it's standard schedule of mid-summer savings, previous year's have seen the savings event get pushed back or even doubled-up to provide even more savings.

This year, chances are we won't see two Prime Days as Amazon has announced that it has gone back to it's July timeframe again. That doesn't mean Amazon won't be running more savings events throughout the year, as there's still Memorial Day, Labor Day and other big holidays to cover.

As Deals Editor for T3.com, Troy is here to help readers do one thing – save money on the products they love. Holding a background in analytics and eCommerce for over 10 years, understanding just how retailers think and perform when it comes to sales is what he understands best. When he isn't scouring the net for deals, Troy is an avid art fan and enjoys painting, music, fitness and of course the great outdoors.

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