Everything you need to know about Amazon Prime Day 2019 so that you can score the very best Amazon Prime Day deals.

Amazon Prime Day 2019

In a press release issued on Monday, June 24, Amazon announced that Prime Day 2019 will take place from 12 a.m. PT on Monday, July 15 to 11:59 p.m. PT on Tuesday, July 16 — that’s an unprecedented 48 hours of staggering deals. Amazon is really taking some liberties here by continuing to call it “Prime Day,” but we aren’t complaining. Last year, Prime Day lasted for a full 36 hours, with as much as 80 percent off being offered on categories ranging from tech gadgets to home goods. This year, it sounds like the savings will be just as good, if not better.

For the uninitiated, Prime Day is a massive online sale that's exclusive to — you might have guessed this — Amazon Prime members. But if you aren't a member already, you can take advantage of a free 30-day trial when you sign up for Amazon Prime.

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We’ll be updating this page with more info as it becomes 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 endless array of deals and round up the best ones here. (Consider us your Prime Day compass.) In the meantime, you can read on for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions, as well as a handful of the best Amazon deals that are going on right now.

When is Amazon Prime Day?

The secret is finally out: Prime Day 2019 will begin at 12 a.m. PT on Monday, July 15 and end at 11:59 p.m. PT on Tuesday, July 16. This was announced in a press release from Amazon on Monday, June 24, and the dates are in keeping with Amazon’s tradition of holding Prime Day during the second or third week of July.

Last year, Amazon waited until July 3 to announce that Prime Day 2018 would take place from July 16 to 17, which gave existing and prospective Prime members just under two weeks to prepare (though, that year Amazon accidentally leaked their Prime Day plans a couple weeks ahead of their press release, so it can be argued that the dates weren’t a complete surprise). This year, Amazon has given a slightly more generous three weeks’ notice, allowing Prime members more time to plan their schedules and contemplate their shopping wishlists.

How long will Prime Day last?

If you’ve read this far, you already know that Prime Day has essentially been growing longer each year. In 2017, the event spanned 30 hours, and Amazon raised the stakes again in 2018, when they announced that Prime Day would last for a generous 36-hour stretch. This year, Amazon has topped themselves once again, announcing that Prime Day 2019 will last for 48 hours.

Fortunately, you don’t need to pull an all-nighter for fear of missing out on a great deal. We will be keeping a close eye on all the offerings and compiling them right here for you. Just be sure to check back often; some of these sales will be short-lived, and when it comes to the most coveted deals, products tend to go out of stock 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 members of Amazon Prime. 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; ad-free access to more than 2 million songs via Amazon Music; and free delivery on Prime-eligible products (including free “release date” delivery for select pre-order items, like books).

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Signing up for Prime is a pretty low-stakes scenario, as 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 (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 — as you might recall, the offerings left some shoppers feeling thoroughly unimpressed — it definitely lives up to the hype now. Last year, for example, Prime members all over the world enjoyed as much as 80 percent off best-selling products in categories like tech, beauty, home goods, and apparel. More than 100,000 products were sold altogether, and, according to Amazon, some of their top-sellers included the Instant Pot pressure cooker and the Lifestraw personal water filter. Additionally, some of the deals we were most impressed by included 67 percent off the 23andMe DNA test kit, 46 percent off the Vitamix blender, 40 percent off the FitBit Alta HR, and 50 percent off the Amazon Echo Dot.

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

While the sales do span across a plethora of categories, the best deals tend to be on pricier tech devices and household appliances (including those from popular brands like Bose, InstantPot, Cuisinart, Bissell, Black + Decker, and Keurig). In past years, Prime Day has also proven to be a great time to invest in many of Amazon’s Alexa-enabled devices, like the second generation Echo Dot and smart plug, as well as items from many of their private label brands.

Anything else?

Actually, yes. Last year, Amazon introduced a new Prime Day perk that we hope to see again: Prime members were given exclusive access to brand new products on the site. It’s unique perks like these that have us eager to see what Amazon has up their metaphorical sleeve for Prime Day 2019.

Does Whole Foods participate in Amazon Prime Day?

Amazon made headlines in 2017 after purchasing the Whole Foods grocery chain for more than $13 billion. And 2018 marked Whole Foods’ Prime Day debut, with multiple deals for Prime members. We’re hoping that this year we’ll see even more discounts for both online and in-store Whole Foods shoppers.

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 great deals happening on Amazon right now. And, of course, check back here again for updates in the weeks to come.

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