Amazon Prime Day: our predictions for next week's deals

Last year's Prime Day had plenty in store for those looking to update their homes – from home tech, to audio-visual and even home accessories – and offers a good clue for what to expect next Monday

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Amazon Prime Day is just days away now – on 15 and 16 July 2019. Some deals have already been released – these are the best deals live already – but what else can we expect in terms of bargains? Here, we take a look back at the 2018 Amazon Prime Day sale and the best deals for interiors' junkies, home tech lovers, or anyone looking to get their hands on an appliance for a fraction of the usual price – so that we can get a steer on what's going to be on offer in 2019.

Wondering what makes Prime Day special? It’s the moment to pick up the very best of the season’s deals. The summer equivalent of Black Friday, Prime Day last year was a record breaker. Beating every other Prime Day before, it was the biggest day in Amazon’s history. 

If you can't wait until Amazon Prime Day to grab a bargain, follow these quick links to Amazon (below). 

What will be on offer for homeware buyers?

Last year, interiors addicts, serial re-decorators and home improvers of all sorts together with fans of home tech and audio-visual products were not disappointed: the overwhelming majority of deals on Prime Day were buys for you and your home, and we expect that to be the case for 2019. 

Amazon Prime Day isn’t just another Black Friday with the focus on Christmas shopping and this was reflected by some great garden and outdoor deals – hot tubs were selling like hot cakes.

As usual, some of the best deals to be had last year were in the technology section of the site. TVs, speakers and all forms of smart home tech were on offer. Hive products were highly discounted (probably favoured for their compatibility with Amazon Alexa), with over £100 off the Hive Active Heating and Hot Water Thermostat at a new price of just £138.99. Look out for similar deals this year.

And last year the UK top seller was the Bosch Cordless Drill, while in the US, it was the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. Again, we expect DIY tools and small to have big discounts.

Amazon's own home tech products were also among the best deals with 40 per cent (and more) off on the Amazon Echo, Spot and Dot. So, if you were looking to turn your home into a smart home, last year was definitely prime time. And again, we expect smart home tech products to be heavily discounted on Amazon Prime Day 2019.

When is Amazon Prime Day?

Prime Day starts at 00.01am on Monday 15th July and runs until midnight on 16th July. This gives buyers around 48 hours to bag a bargain. Expect bargains to start being rolled out from the Saturday before onwards.

What is Amazon Prime Day?

Amazon Prime Day is Amazon’s biggest summer sale. To access the best discounts, you need to be a member of Amazon Prime.

If you’ve already joined, you’ll know that Prime gives you free next-day delivery on thousands of items, in addition to the Amazon Instant Video streaming service. Not a member? You can sign up for the free 30-day trial.

Last year, more people signed up for Prime on Prime Day than on any other day in Amazon’s history. There are more than 100 million subscribers, and this year’s Prime Day gave the company the chance to add plenty more. 

Sales via the Amazon app grew hugely, too, with Amazon reporting tens of millions of people buying items this way on Prime Day.

Do Amazon's rivals respond to Prime Day?

In short: yes. Amazon’s competitors use Prime Day to boost their own sales, which means you'll get a good bargain elsewhere, too. This is why many other stores put on large sales at the same time. John Lewis is having a clearance sale that's already started. And you can expect similar response sales on both sides of the Atlantic.

Is Prime Day better than Black Friday or Cyber Monday?

Prime Day offers great deals, but it’s not nearly as big as Black Friday and Cyber Monday and Amazon isn’t likely to be any less enthusiastic about them than it has been over recent years. However, when you’re shopping for your home, Prime Day offers plenty to interest you and to help you save – especially on homewares and summer buys, such as BBQs.