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Amazon Prime Day 2022

Everything you need to know about Amazon Prime Day 2022 so that you can score the very best Amazon Prime Day deals.

It’s official: Amazon Prime Day 2022 is kicking off on Tuesday, July 12, and running through Wednesday July 13, returning to its original summertime roots. Like with Prime Day 2021, you’ll see millions of deals on everything from trendy tech gadgets to essential home goods, with savings as steep as 80%. But when the clock is ticking, it can be hard to tell the stellar deals from the so-so. That’s why the Mic commerce editors will be putting in the work to round up the absolute best deals for you.

And, yes — you do have to be an Amazon Prime member if you want in on the savings. But if you aren't one, you can sign up for Amazon Prime now and take advantage of the free 30-day trial. This year’s deals will be available to Prime members in 20 different countries, according to Amazon, including, the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Mexico, China, and Spain.

Click here to sign up for a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime.

We’ll be updating this page with additional details as they become available, so be sure to circle back for more Amazon Prime Day news and deals. Once Prime Day commences, we'll have all hands on deck as we sift through the massive list of deals and round up the most impressive ones here. In the meantime, you can read on for answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about one of the biggest online sales of the year.

Best Amazon Prime Day Deals

What is Prime Day?

Prime Day made its debut in 2015, back when it was just a single-day sales event to commemorate the retailer’s 20th anniversary. Now, it spans a full 48 hours and includes millions of exclusive deals for Prime members from brands big and small.

When is Amazon Prime Day 2022?

Prime Day 2022 is set to commence at 12 a.m. PT/3 a.m. ET on July, 12 and go through Wednesday, July 13. But early deals have already started, including three free months of Amazon Music Unlimited for Prime members who haven’t yet tried the service, as well as slashed prices on select Fire TVs, robot vacuums, Kindle ebooks, and more.

How long will Prime Day last?

For the third year in a row, Prime day will span two days, for a full 48 hours of sales. That may sound like a lot of time to shop. But keep in mind, the most coveted items usually sell out fast.

Do I have to be a Prime Member to take advantage of Prime Day deals?

Yes. It’s true that Prime Day deals are only available to existing Amazon Prime members. But if you sign up for Amazon Prime as a new member, you can get a 30-day free trial. Aside from the Prime Day deals, some year-round benefits that make the subscription worthwhile include an abundance of movies, TV shows, and Amazon originals via Prime Video; exclusive deals at Whole Foods Market; ad-free access to more than 2 million songs via Amazon Music; and free two-day, one-day, or even same-day delivery on eligible products (including free “release date” delivery for select pre-order items, like books, music, movies, and video games).

Click here to sign up for a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime.

Signing up for Amazon Prime is pretty low-stakes, since you can manually cancel at any point within those first 30 days to avoid being charged. But if you find it meets or exceeds your expectations, it’s just $12.99 a month or $119 a year plus taxes (and if you’re an active student, it’s even cheaper).

Does Amazon Prime Day live up to the hype?

While Prime Day famously got off to a rocky start in its earliest years (the offerings left some shoppers unimpressed), it definitely lives up to the hype now. Prime Day 2021 brought discounts on more than a million products across virtually every category. This year, Amazon is promising even more price cuts and promotions, with early deals starting right now from brands like BLACK+DECKER, Le Creuset, and LEGO. And if you’re a Prime member who hasn’t already signed up for Amazon Music Unlimited, you can score three months free.

Are Amazon Prime Day deals better than Black Friday sales?

That depends, in part, on what you’re shopping for. Some of Amazon’s hottest deals from last year’s Black Friday sales included 36% off Apple AirPods Pro, 33% off the Ninja Foodie Smart Indoor Grill and Airfryer, 60% off the AncestryDNA Genetic Ethnicity and Traits DNA Test Kit, and 50% off the Amazon Fire Stick. That said, Amazon has already teased some major Prime Day discounts that could easily eclipse last year’s Black Friday offerings, so you won’t want to miss it.

What are the best things to buy on Amazon Prime Day?

While the sales span virtually every product category, the best deals tend to be on pricier tech devices and household appliances (including those from popular brands like Beats, Casper, iRobot, and SharkNinja). This year, Amazon is having its lowest prices ever on select products from Sony, Bose, and GE.

In past years, Prime Day has also proven to be the perfect time to invest in many of Amazon’s Alexa-enabled devices, like the Echo Dot and the Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, as well as items from many private-label brands. Beyond that, Prime Day will also include select promotions through Whole Foods, though no specifics have been revealed just yet.

What did the Mic commerce editors buy during Prime Day 2021?

Mic’s commerce editors are experts at multitasking, which means that while poring over 2021’s Prime Day deals to round up the best ones for readers, we were also adding some of them to our own shopping carts. Many of our favorite purchases were hot tech items like the Kindle Paperwhite and the Echo Show 8. But we also couldn’t pass up the chance to grab wardrobe staples like the adidas Women's Grand Court Sneakers and Hanes’ ecosmart fleece sweatshirts (and of course, we had to get the Pritech fabric shaver to keep those fleeces looking like new).

What is Amazon doing for small businesses on Prime Day?

This year it will be easier than ever to support small businesses when shopping through Amazon. In the days leading up to Prime Day starting on Tuesday, June 21 through Monday, July 11, for every $1 spent on eligible small business products, customers will receive a chance to win prizes. You could score a trip to Super Bowl LVII or even VIP passes to music experiences in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Other prizes include tickets to a New York City screening and cast meet-and-greet for Prime Video’s upcoming The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power series, and a VIP trip to Amazon’s first-ever clothing store, Amazon Style, near Los Angeles. Learn more about the sweepstakes and see the official rules at amazon.com/primedaysweepstakes.

Simply look for the Small Business Badge to know if you’re shopping for products from small business brands in Amazon’s store. This badge is a new feature that makes it easier for Prime members to identify products from small business brands, according to Amazon. You can browse the full list of participating small businesses on Amazon.

Will there be any Prime Day deals beyond Amazon?

In past years, other retailers like Walmart, Best Buy, and Target have timed their own major summer sales to overlap with Prime Day, and we expect the same this time around. We’ll be updating this space with more information as Amazon competitors announce their offerings.

What should I do in the meantime?

First, be sure to sign up for an Amazon Prime membership if you haven’t already. Then, we recommend checking out some of the early deals happening on Amazon right now. You can also ask Alexa, “Remind me when Prime Day starts,” to be notified when the two-day savings event is finally here. And, of course, check back here again for updates in the weeks to come.

Click here to sign up for a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime.