10 Best Early Amazon Prime Day Deals: Pixel Phones, Apple Watches, and More

Ever since 2015, Amazon has held at least one Prime Day per year. It’s the annual sale event where the retailer slashes prices on thousands of products across its online storefront. Prime Day, over time, has become two full days of shopping instead of one, and in 2022, there were two Prime Day events, one in the summer and one in the fall (because money). This year’s Prime Day falls on July 11 and 12, starting at 3 am ET. 

You need to be a Prime subscriber to take advantage of the discounts (here’s a free 30-day trial; set a reminder to cancel it before it automatically renews), but that’s not always the case. WIRED will be scouring for the best deals throughout the event, but there’s good news: Price drops have already started. We’ve rounded up the best early Prime Day deals we’ve found right here—on Amazon and other retailers—and we’ll keep this story updated over the next few weeks. Our Prime Day Shopping Guide is full of tips to help you navigate the event like a pro. 

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Tech Deals

Apple Watch Series 8.

Photograph: Apple

The Apple Watch Series 8 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is our favorite Apple Watch. (The 41-mm version is also on sale for $329.) Most people will be fine with the new second-generation Watch SE, but this model includes an electrocardiogram, an always-on display, a skin temperature sensor for better period tracking, a more accurate heart-rate monitor, and the ability to measure blood oxygen levels. Check our Best Apple Watch Accessories guide to make the most of your smartwatch. 

This is the lowest price we’ve tracked to date. The brand-new Pixel 7A is our favorite Android phone for most people (8/10, WIRED Recommends). It’s powerful, and it has wireless charging and a nice bright screen—oh, and some of the best cameras you’ll find for the money. It’ll be supported for years to come so you won’t have to upgrade anytime soon. 

The Samsung Galaxy Buds2 (9/10, WIRED Recommends) are some of the Best Wireless Earbuds on the market, particularly if you own an Android phone. They’re comfortable and feature excellent sound quality as well as active noise-canceling. We wish the battery lasted longer, but otherwise, these are hard to beat—especially for the price.  

Anker MagGo 637.

Photograph: Amazon

Clip the on-page coupon to see the discount at checkout. We love Anker’s MagSafe wireless chargers. This one doubles as a power strip for your desktop or living room. It features three AC outlets on the back, two USB-A ports, and two USB-C ports, one of which is capable of outputting 65 watts of power (enough to recharge a MacBook). WIRED reviews editor Julian Chokkattu has been using it for the past year with no issues. 

Need a new tablet that’s not an iPad? Samsung’s Galaxy Tab series are some of the most powerful for the money, especially on sale. This one has all the bells and whistles you’d want in a tablet, including a stylus that can magnetically stick to the back of the slate. This 11-inch tablet will get updates longer than almost any other Android tablet out there, so it’ll be secure and feature-rich for years to come.  

Home and Entertainment Deals

Tears of the Kingdom

Courtesy of Nintendo

The price drop will only show up when you add the product to your cart. This is the first and best discount we’ve seen for the newest installation in The Legend of Zelda series. Play as Link and search for Princess Zelda to uncover the mysteries of the kingdom in the sky. It’s very similar to Breath of the Wild but offers many quality-of-life improvements. Read our full review here

We haven’t tried these oven mitts before, but we’ve had great experiences with KitchenAid products, and $7 is $7. These are the mini kind, which means they only really cover your fingers while you’re handling hot items. They’re better suited for pulling small pans off the stove rather than carrying a hot skillet inside when you’re grilling out. The silicone grip will help you keep a tight hold on whatever you’re moving. 

Photograph: Netgear

This is our favorite mesh Wi-Fi option for folks with larger homes. This is a 3-pack and offers three gigabit Ethernet ports on the main router and two on the nodes. Setup can be tricky, but once you’re up and running, the speeds, coverage, and stability are excellent. Read more in our Best Mesh Wi-Fi Systems guide.

This is our favorite budget office chair, though it does tend to dip to this price often. The breathable mesh fabric means you won’t get too hot in the seat, plus it comes with a headrest. There is a good deal of adjustable components, and it reclines. 

Amazon will automatically discount your order during checkout when you spend at least $50 on select items. There’s a massive selection in this sale, with items ranging from pet food and school supplies to pantry staples and household essentials. Need to restock on dish soap, granola bars, doggy bags, or vitamins? It’s worth checking this deal out. 

Competing Retailer Sales Pages

Other stores have started offering competing deals that don’t require an Amazon Prime membership (and others likely will). Here’s a list of merchants that may be getting in on the action.