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Amazon Prime Day 2022: confirmed date and the early deals available today

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It's now confirmed that Amazon Prime Day 2022 will take place on Tuesday, July 12 and Wednesday, July 13. The online retailer recently annouced the news that it's annual Prime Day sale will return to the usual July window after the previous two events were rescheduled due to the pandemic. We're now less than three weeks away, so join us as we take a look at the early Prime Day deals as well as all the latest news for the upcoming two-day shopping extravaganza.

Now, those early offers are limited at the moment, but they're worth a look if you're interested in any of Amazon's other subscriptions services. New members can sign up today and get up to four months of Kindle Unlimted, Music Unlimited and Audible for free. That's way more that the one month free that's usually offered. Next to that, there's up to 50% off a selection of movies and TV shows (opens in new tab), and the chance to rent films such as Uncharted for only £1.99. 

That's just a small taster to keep you going for now. It won't be long, though, until the main bulk of Prime Day deals are live across everything from laptops, TVs and homewares, to health and beauty products, fashion and more. We'll share the real gems from each of these categories right here when it all starts so you don't miss out on all the top bargains.

Until then, we've got some insights for you to read based on eight years experience covering the event that will help you make the most of Amazon Prime Day 2022. We want you to be best prepared to take full advantage of this year's offers as we appreciate prices for consumer goods are soaring and money is tight for many. Whether it's a tech treat or stocking up on discounted essentials, you'll find them all here over Prime Day.

Today's best deals at Amazon

If you're waiting for the right time to pick up a new product or bag a bargain, Amazon Prime Day is usually a good time to buy. However, there's always a good selection of Amazon deals available throughout the year. If you're looking to buy today, then, we've gathered up a selection of the best offers currently available.

Today's best early Prime Day deals

Amazon Music Unlimted: four months free (opens in new tab)
If you've never tried Amazon Music Unlimited before you can now get a four month membership for free. That's  saving of around £36. The service offers 90 million songs ad-free in high quality as well as millions of podcast episodes. You can also purchase an Echo at the same time to get six months free instead.

Kindle Unlimited: three months free (opens in new tab)
We've had movies, TV and music, so how about some free books, too? Amazon's book subscription service has millions of novels, magazines and audiobooks available as part of your membership. You can try three months for free if you haven't used it yet, saving you just under £25.

Audible: three months free (opens in new tab)
Last up on the Amazon subscriptions is Audible. Right now, Prime members can try it for free for 90 days, instead of paying £7.99 per month. An Audible subscription grants access to thousands on Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts. You also get a credit each month that you can use to download and keep any title of your choice.

Amazon Prime Day 2022: everything you need to know

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When is Amazon Prime Day 2022?

Amazon has just announced that Amazon Prime Day 2022 will take place on Tuesday, July 12 and Wednesday, July 13. As the previous two sales events have taken place in June and October, there was a lot of uncertainty as to when it would take place in 2022. Amazon has decided it's time to return to the normal window following the disruption caused by the pandemic.

Even though that is the official date for Amazon Prime Day, expect a fair number of deals to pop up in the weeks between. While these may not be the most popular offers, Amazon does tend to offer discounts on some of its subscription services such as Audible, Music Unlimited and Kindle Unlimited. 

Sometimes, these offers are tied into bonuses that can be used in the main sale, too. Perhaps if you make a purchase through the Amazon Marketplace, you get a free voucher to use on any of this year's Prime Day deals. We'll keep an eye out for those if you're looking for a bargain ahead of time or more ways to save in the sale.

Prime Day date history

Eighth: July 12-13, 2022
Seventh: June, 21-22, 2021
Sixth: Oct 13-14, 2020
Fifth: July 15-16, 2019
Fourth: July 16-17, 2018
Third: July 11-12, 2017
Second: July 12, 2016
First: July 15, 2015 

Last year, Prime Day was held in late June for the first time. The event launched just eight months after Amazon was forced to postpone Prime Day until mid-October, following stock shortages and delivery delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.

Prior to this, Prime Day was always held in July, so the confirmation of this same date for the 2022 event shows Amazon wants to return things to normal once more. This is the same month it took place when Amazon originally started the 24-hour shopping event back in 2015, before evolving it to 30 hours in July 2017 and later expanding it to a full two days.

What is Amazon Prime Day?

Prime Day is Amazon's biggest sale of the year. Usually held during the summer months, the annual two-day deals event is for Prime members only. And while there are non-Prime offers on the site throughout the sale, all the best discounts are exclusive Prime Day deals.

To be eligible for the offers, you'll either need to sign up for Prime membership (opens in new tab) for £7.99 per month, or £79 per year. You can also start a free 30-day Prime trial (opens in new tab) closer to the date, once it's been announced. 

If you don't intend to keep Prime after the sale, just make sure you cancel it within the one-month trial period. (You can read our Amazon Prime review if you're not sure.) 

How to sign up for a free 30-day Amazon Prime trial

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1. Go to Amazon Prime (opens in new tab)
2. Select: Start your free trial
3. Follow the instructions
4. Start browsing deals (opens in new tab)

Prime Day originally started in 2015 as a celebration of Amazon's 20th anniversary. Designed to encourage people to spend outside of the October-December holiday season, the online retailer says its only goal was to "offer a volume of deals greater than Black Friday".

Since then, it's ballooned into one of the biggest sales in the global retail calendar, with many other large retailers launching promotions of their own to take advantage of the huge online audiences around Prime Day - although the UK is smaller on this front than the US.

Just to give you an idea of how big it is, US figures show that total online spending across Prime Day - so that's all retailers and not just Amazon - exceeded $11 billion in 2021, according to the Adobe Index (opens in new tab). That's more than the $10.9 billion spent online during Cyber Monday two years ago and also more than the more recent Cyber Monday where spending was $10.7 billion. Of course, Prime Day is spread over two days rather than one, but these figures are still significant for an event that's generally focused on a single retailer.

And even though Amazon doesn't release sales data for Prime Day, it did report that over 250 million items were sold globally during the last event. DigitalCommerce estimates that helped Amazon's sales to grow by a "modest" 7% year on year. Based on that, we expect another bumper Amazon Prime Day in 2022.

We'll round up the best Prime Day deals at Amazon here once they start - and we'll bring you the biggest offers from the likes of John Lewis, Very, Argos and others too.

What are this year's best Prime Day deals?

Along with the recent date confirmation, Amazon has revealed the first wave of this year's Prime Day deals – and you won't even have to wait until July to take advantage of some of them.

As predicted, the best offers are on Amazon devices for yet another year. It's been confirmed that savings of up to 60% will be available on the Echo Dot, Echo Show 5, Fire TV Cube, Fire 7 Tablet and more starting from July 8. The Echo Dot was one of the most popular deals for TechRadar readers last year when it dropped from £49.99 to £24.99, so expect a repeat of that same discount in 2022 - at least.

Meanwhile, Amazon's data suggests that the Fire TV Stick 4K was a favourite for many shoppers during the last Prime Day and was bought by more people than on any previous event. The retailer hasn't said it will also be discounted this year, but we are almost positive it will be at least half-price in July, so you should be able to pick one up from £24.99 or less.

Of course, it's not just Amazon's own products that will feature in the sale. We've had confirmation in a press release that big brands including Philips, Bosch, Samsung, Shark, Sony and Bose will also feature in the sale. Some of these Prime Day deals will start on June 21, with products promised to be up to 50% off and many down to the cheapest prices ever. We'll share specifics as soon as we can.

Prime Day will also be a good time to try some of the additional entertainment services offered by Amazon if you haven't already. Music Unlimited, Kindle Unlimited and Audible will be free for Prime members for up to four months. And then over on Prime Video, you can save up to 60% off top movies and TV shows, or rent a selection of new and classic films from just £1.99.

Lastly, outside of the bigger brands, Amazon continues to make an effort to boost its marketplace sellers in this year's sale after the previous Prime Day was the biggest two-day period ever for Amazon’s third-party sellers, according to the retailer. Every £1 you spend on eligible small business products from June 21 through July 11 puts you in a draw for a selection of Amazon gift cards up to the value of £5,000.

Amazon Prime Day 2022: our predictions

Of course, we expect there will be discounts on Amazon Echo, Fire and Kindle devices once again this year. Look out for a price drop on the fourth-generation Echo speakers that brings them in line with the older third-generation devices - so, under £20. There's also a strong possibility that Blink, Ring and Eufy products will also drop in price once more for Prime Day 2022. 

Amazon has gathered more momentum with its range of laptop deals this year, and as the increased demand for these devices from the pandemic further eases throughout 2022, we may see even more discounts in this category. Typically, Amazon has gaming laptops, high-performance ultrabooks and a handful of cheap Chromebooks on offer. Hopefully, we might see more mid-range devices priced between £300 and £500 on the shelves by summer 2022. 

Also, with the new MacBook Air M2 set to launch in July, we've got a very close eye on discounts on the previous 2020 MacBook Air M1. The latest M1 iPad Air and iPad mini have both been on the shelves for a good few months now, so we expect to see even better prices on these Apple devices over Prime Day 2022. 

In general, though, Amazon Prime Day is getting bigger with every passing year, with more variety on the shelves and deeper price cuts. That means this year's sale event looks promising already.

How to prepare for Prime Day 2022: pro tips

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How do you find the best Prime Day deals?

1. Grab an Amazon Prime free trial
If you're not a Prime member yet you're not out of the running for this year's Prime Day deals. Closer to the event Amazon will likely offer a free trial of its Prime service, which means you'll be able to take part in the savings event and enjoy some extra time with Prime Video as well. 

2. Know what you want to buy - but stay flexible
Having a good understanding of exactly what you want to get out of Amazon Prime Day will be key to winning. That way you'll be able to quickly recognise how good that discount really is, but stay flexible enough to know whether you should opt for another model. 

For example, if you need a new 4K TV take a look at what features each brand offers, perhaps take a look at a few in person (Currys is great for displaying side by side comparisons in-store), and find a few options you would be happy to pick up. Get to know their prices and how cheap they can be so that you can identify a good deal quickly on the day. 

However, it's also worth identifying the features that you could sacrifice in order to boost the specs that you really care about - you don't want to miss out on the best Prime Day deals just because the specific model you had in mind isn't taking part. 

3. Keep some of that flexibility in your budget
Obviously, it's never a good idea to get caught up in the heat of the moment and spend crazy money for the sake of a good deal. However, a little room above your maximum spend will be helpful in securing the best value deals available. 

Sometimes the best Prime Day deals aren't on the cheapest items available, but on the next level up that offers so much more without boosting the price too much. For example, if you're looking for a laptop you might be tempted by a super low price on a 32GB Chromebook. However, if the 64GB model is just £20 or £30 more expensive it's a far better investment.

4. Get in there early - but stick around for the full event
When the day itself comes, we'd recommend heading to Amazon as early as possible. This will give you first eyes on the biggest discounts Amazon is offering on the first day. And because many of the hottest Prime Day deals sell out particularly quickly you may need to move fast. 

However, just because you've managed to secure an incredible discount straight away shouldn't mean your work is done. Amazon releases plenty more high profile savings throughout the course of the two-day event, so it's worth checking back in throughout as well.

5. You're not limited to Amazon - price check and price match
Prime Day isn't strictly limited to Amazon. We see more and more retailers offering competing discounts these days, and that extra competition often drives prices even further down. It's worth checking other shops aren't running their own version of Prime Day deals. Even if they aren't, some like Currys will offer price match guarantees and you may snag additional extras for shopping elsewhere.

Amazon Prime Day vs Black Friday: should you wait?

Both Amazon Prime Day and Black Friday are well known for some of the best deals of the year. Back when the event took place in October due to the delay to Prime Day the offers were a little closer together, but it's still worth considering whether you should wait for the November sales in 2022. 

In general, we see the same devices discounted during both Black Friday and Amazon Prime Day. However, there are some key differences in how each sale period operates that can change how easy deals are to find and whether you'll be able to get your hands on them before they sell out. 

Prime Day deals are, obviously, limited to Amazon, which means most of the discounts are limited to one retailer and others looking to compete with them. Deals are therefore easier to find and price checking is a lot faster, which means you're less likely to lose out on top items that are selling particularly quickly. 

Black Friday, however, is set across a massive range of retailers with far more variety on offer and a bigger pool of competing shoppers. That does mean we see prices fall a little further as retailers are all competing with each other, rather than just Amazon. However, some flash sales offer the lowest of these prices and with plenty more eyes on the shops, you may not be able to get the deal you're hoping for if it sells out.

While you may be able to save an extra few pounds in November, then, you're far more likely to get the best offer for you in the Amazon Prime Day deals. If you need your tech now, then we'd suggest buying today and then you don't need to worry about waiting five months. Rest assured that, even if prices do drop lower on Black Friday, you've got a much better chance of actually securing those discounts in the summer.

Last year's Prime Day

Amazon Prime Day deals were available on a range of products in 2021, from laptops and 4K TVs to headphones and the Nintendo Switch, as well as home appliances including robot vacuums. While some categories were performing better than others, Amazon's range of Echo devices were the clear winners here. The retailer dropped the fourth generation Echo and Echo Dots to brand new record low prices over the summer, with some excellent savings on the Echo Show 5 and Echo Show 8 to boot. 

Fire tablets and Kindles also saw their own record-breaking discount, with particular attention paid to the Fire HD 8 and Kindle Paperwhite. However, the cheapest Fire 7 was noticeably absent from the proceedings, not dropping a single penny over the event.

Amazon Prime Day surprised us with a few high-quality laptop deals this year as well, impressive considering previous efforts in this category have fallen flat over the year. That said, 4K TVs took a hit with very few discounts on LG and Samsung's 2021 models and returning sales on older 2020 devices. If you were after a 4K TV on Amazon Prime Day this year, options were somewhat limited to the retailer's own Fire-enabled displays. 

Here are all the best Amazon Prime Day deals we saw last year.

Last year's best Amazon Prime Day deals

Echo Dot (4th generation): £49.99 £24.99 at Amazon
Save £25 - The latest Amazon Echo Dot dropped down to a brand new record low price in this year's Amazon's Prime Day deals event. You could find the smaller version of the smart speaker available for just £24.99 - £4 cheaper than its previous record low.

Amazon Echo (4th Gen): £89.99 £54.99 at Amazon
Save £35 -
If you were looking for more power with your smart speaker, Amazon also had the latest Echo on sale for £54.99 - that was a brand new record low price. The smart speaker delivers rich sound that adapts to any room and works with Amazon Alexa to become a smart home hub.

Amazon Echo Show 5 (2019): £79.99 £39.99 at Amazon
Save £40 -
The previous generation Echo Show 5 was down to £39.99 over Amazon Prime Day, jumping back up to £49.99 shortly after the event ended. That was perfect if you're looking to spend as little as possible building up a more visual smart home, especially considering we haven't seen any discounts on the new 2021 release yet.

Amazon Echo Show 8 (2019): £99.99 £59.99 at Amazon
Save £40 -
The previous-generation Amazon Echo Show 8 was also seeing its own record low prices over Prime Day 2021. The larger model adds extra screen space but also ups the resolution as well - that's best if you're going to use your device for video calls as well as smart home control.

Samsung 43-inch Crystal 4K UHD Smart TV (2021): £549 £449 at Amazon
Save £100 -
We were seeing a £100 price cut on this 2021 Samsung 4K TV at Amazon over Prime Day itself, a sales price that quickly jumped back up to £449 once the clock struck midnight. That was still a great price considering this is within the first batch of discounts this model has received yet.

LG OLED CX 48-inch 4K UHD Smart TV: £1,275 £1,099 at Amazon
Save £176 -
This LG OLED TV was a brilliant offer for Amazon customers. In this sale, you could get the TV for just £1,099. That's just £10 more than the lowest price we'd seen for this premium 48-inch TV that comes with 4K HDR, an OLED panel, Dolby Atmos, HDMI 2.1, and ThinQAI technology.

Asus Vivobook 14-inch laptop: £249.99 £199.99 at Amazon
Save £50 -
We had never seen this 14-inch laptop drop below £199.99 at Amazon before Prime Day. If you're after an everyday browsing machine the 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage would be perfectly fine and you were even getting a year of Office for free as well.

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go (Core i5, 128GB): £699.99 £589 at Amazon
Save £110 -  
Microsoft's affordable Surface Laptop Go combines decent specs and a stylish, and premium, design. For Prime Day, it received a decent £110 price cut to just £589, £20 cheaper than the previous £609 record low, which was great value for what you're getting, even if the storage is a little low.

Asus VivoBook 14-inch laptop (Core i5, 512GB): £699.99 £599.97 at Amazon
Save £100.02 -
This Asus VivoBook might not have been cheap, but if you were looking for a mid-range laptop that'll give most ultrabooks a run for their money, then it was awesome. Not only does it feature a gorgeous metal chassis, but this one also had an 11th gen Intel Core i5, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD too, making it a very, very powerful laptop indeed.

Sony WH-CH510 headphones: £50 £32.99 at Amazon
Save £17 -
These Sony headphones would be a fantastic choice for anyone after a budget pair of headphones. Originally you would have been paying £50 for them but they were down to an impressive £32.99 over Prime Day. For that price, you were getting 35 hours of battery life, a built in microphone and a pretty decent audio performance that will work great for most casual users.

Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 wireless headphones: £99.99 £75 at Amazon
Save £24.99 -
This was a record low price on the Sennheiser Momentum wireless earbuds, and one that had only been seen over the last few months. With powerful audio and a comfortable fit you were getting excellent value for money here.

Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones: £330 £195 at Amazon
Save £132 -
Sony's over-ear headphones pack great noise cancellation, quality sound and high battery life in one fantastic package, making this a recommended pair of cans at the discounted price. This was also the cheapest these cups have ever been - just sneaking past that £201 previous record.

Bose QuietComfort 35 II: £199.99 £179.99 at Amazon
Save £20 -
The Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones frequently pop up in these sales and are an excellent buy. While you were only saving £20 here, Prime Day brought them down to a record low price. Yes, they are slightly older headphones now but they were still great value for money here.

JBL Flip 5 bluetooth speaker: £119.99 £89.98 at Amazon
Save £30 -
A staple of Amazon Prime Day, this super popular speaker turns up every year in some form. While this wasn't the lowest price we've ever seen (it's fallen to £69.99 in the past), this was a pretty large £30 discount on a speaker that takes the 4th position in our best bluetooth speakers (opens in new tab) guide. With a punchy, engaging sound, a 12 hour battery life and most importantly, an IPX7 rating so you can use this out in the rain with no concern.

Fitbit Charge 4: £129.99 £99 at Amazon
Save £20 -
We were previously seeing a record low £99 price on the Fitbit Charge 4 over Prime Day, but that quickly jumped back up to £109 the day after. If you're after a slimline fitness tracker with a strong seven-day battery and a wide range of monitoring apps, then, this was a great offer with strong value.

iPad (2020) - 32GB: £329 £299 at Amazon
Save £30 -
This device is very rarely on sale in the UK, and this was the first time we'd seen it drop down below £299. Considering the cheapest we've ever seen this model go was £309, and that sales price was already a recent development, this was an excellent buy - while stock lasted.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Wi-Fi (128GB): £689 £519 at Amazon
Save £170 - Samsung makes the best Android tablets today, and you could snag the 128GB model for a £100 discount during Prime Day. It comes with an S Pen included for seamless note-taking. Weighing just 498g, the Tab S7 is one of the lightest and thinnest tablets today for comfortable browsing and bingeing. Prices jump around based on the colour you're choosing here, but this was a record low price for some models.  

Microsoft Surface Pro 7, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB: £899 £649 at Amazon
Save £250 -  
This might just be the best Surface Pro 7 deal we've seen, knocking the price down to £649 - £10 less than its previous record low price. It's got decent specs, including 8GB RAM, though the SSD is a bit tight on space.

Samsung Galaxy S21 SIM-free: £769 £599 at Amazon
Save £169 -
There was a return to a £600 price tag on this Samsung Galaxy S21, but only on the pink color. While limiting in color options, this was one of the lowest prices we'd seen yet this particular device unlocked.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 128GB SIM-Free: £949 £749.99 at Amazon
Save £200 -
The middle device of Samsung's S21 range frequently seems to get left out of sales but over Prime Day the Galaxy S21 Plus had one of the best smartphone discounts of the event. You could saving £200, leaving you only having to pay £754 for this handset. That just sneaks this under the original RRP of the regular Galaxy S21.

Ecovacs Deebot N79S robot vacuum cleaner: £249 £139.98 at Amazon
Save £108 -
You were getting an excellent robot vacuum for a great price here - the lowest we'd ever seen it. In fact, Amazon hasn't dropped too much from that £249 RRP in a long time, which means this was definitely a must-see.

Ecovacs OZMO920 robot vacuum cleaner with mop: £449.98 £299 at Amazon
Save £150 -
This Ecovacs 2-in-1 robot vacuum cleaner and mop had only dropped down to £360 in previous sales, but you could find an extra £60 off that price over Prime Day. Not only were you getting powerful, and WiFi connecting, vacuuming here, but there's also an onboard mop for hard floors as well.

Will there be another Prime Day in October?

It's doubtful. Back in 2020, Amazon pushed its Prime Day deals event back to October 13-14. That kick-started the holiday shopping season, forcing many of the retailer's rivals to launch holiday sales earlier than usual, in an effort to win back consumer spending from Amazon.

Despite some concerns around stock and shipping during the pandemic, this event surpassed 2019's, selling an extra $3.24bn-worth of products. Much of this increase is likely due to how close Prime Day was to the holiday season, but the pandemic also changed shopping behaviour, with more people shopping online in 2020 than ever before. 

Still, Amazon didn't bring back a second October-based Prime Day last year - and we're not expecting to see one this year, either.

James Pickard is a Deals Editor at TechRadar. After many years of scouring the net for the cheapest games and tech for his own personal use, he decided to make it his job to share those bargains with you. James also has over five years of experience covering some of the biggest sales events of the year at Eurogamer and VG247, including Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Amazon Prime Day. When not deals hunting, James can be found on the PS5, watching a classic film noir or cheering on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.