You don't need to look far to find Amazon Prime Day deals priced at less than $150. But it's difficult to know whether that $25 blender is a bona fide steal or a candidate for the Return Label Express.

That's why we went searching through low-cost options looking for the most promising deals on items including headphones, smart speakers, and kitchen gadgets.

We'll continue updating our Amazon Prime Day coverage as more deals become available. Keep in mind that these prices are accurate at the time of publication, but some deals may sell out and prices can change throughout the day.

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Amazon Fire HD 10 (32GB)

    The Amazon Fire HD 10, introduced in 2018, is the highest-scoring Amazon tablet in CR's ratings. The regular price is $150. The display quality and performance are just so-so compared with the far pricier tablets from other brands. But there’s plenty of value here if you want to read books, go through email, and catch up on the news. The very bright screen and low glare make it easy to do all of that even when you’re outdoors. Note that you can only use apps from the Amazon Appstore in most cases rather than the bigger Google Play Store that’s accessible to other Android-based tablets. There’s a workaround for getting access to Android apps, but it takes some fiddling.

    During the sale, the Fire HD 10 tablet is $100, or you can buy two for $180.  

    Ring Alarm and Echo Dot Bundle

      The Ring Alarm is a strong performer in our DIY home security system tests, receiving an Excellent rating for ease of setup. Amazon is bundling the system with the Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) smart speaker, $50, and offering it in three different-sized kits at significant discounts. There’s the basic five-piece kit we tested for $119 (and eight- and 14-piece kits, below). The five-piece kit comes with the base station, a keypad, a motion sensor, a contact sensor, and a range extender. We purchased it (without an Echo Dot) for $200, making each of these bundles terrific deals if you’re in the market. 

      Amazon Echo (2nd Generation)

        The second-generation Echo, which usually sells for $100, is the classic, simple Amazon Echo—no screen and sound that’s just okay, though it beats what you’d get from the diminutive Echo Dot. Amazon had already discounted this speaker in advance of the official sale and started offering it for half price just after midnight Monday morning. If you want better sound—and, of course, a screen—consider the Echo Show. Any of these products get you the skills of Amazon’s voice assistant, Alexa.

        Amazon Fire TV Cube

          Essentially a mashup of two of Amazon’s popular Alexa-powered devices—the Fire TV streaming player and the Echo Dot smart speaker—the Fire TV Cube throws an additional interesting element into the mix: universal remote-control capability.

          The Fire TV Cube, which did well for picture quality and features in our tests, can play 4K videos with high dynamic range (HDR) technology, which can yield brighter, more colorful images when used with a 4K TV. During the sale it’ll cost $70, down from its usual selling price of about $120.

          Jabra Move Style Edition

            The Jabra Move Style Edition, an on-ear Bluetooth model with a sleek appearance and solid audio quality, comes with convenient features like controls for call, playback, and volume, and the option to forgo Bluetooth and use the detachable audio cable included with your purchase. The headphones have a closed, isolating design that will keep some noise from leaking in or out during a listening session. They have an advertised 14-hour battery life, more than enough to get you through a day of listening. The Jabra Move is one of our top picks in this price range (it's usually about $100). 

            Kitchen & Home

            Instant Pot DUO60 7-in-1 6 Quart

              If you haven’t jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon yet, here’s your chance to do it and save. This 6-quart model, which usually costs $100, rates Excellent for pressure-cooking and does a nice job making rice. It’s not as good when it comes to steaming, though, earning a Fair rating for making broccoli and baby carrots that were on the mushy side. Amazon's Prime Day deal ends Tuesday night. 

              Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Speed NV680

                The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Speed NV680 is a steal; it usually lists for about $260. It’s the quietest bagless upright in our tests, earning a rating of Very Good for noise. It does a solid job getting embedded dirt out of carpets, plus it’s a beast at removing pet hair, a must if you have a dog or cat. An on/off switch for the brush prevents the vacuum from scattering dirt over bare floors or damaging your carpet. 

                Power AirFryer XL

                  We’ve seen this model sell for as little as $85 and as much as $150 lately. The Power AirFryer XL has a 5.3-quart capacity and is easy to clean; it’s the only one we’ve tested to snag an Excellent rating in that test. But this air fryer is on the noisy side, and the warranty lasts just 60 days. 

                  Dash Chef Series Digital Blender

                    A sleek dial with presets on this blender takes the guesswork out of whipping up yummy soups and frozen drinks, tasks that the CR-recommended Dash Chef earns an Excellent rating for in our tests. We paid $200 for this 1,400-watt blender, which has a built-in timer and cool candy-colored finishes. Note that the Bed Bath & Beyond price includes the 20 percent discount that comes with the merchant's coupon. 

                    Hamilton Beach Stack & Snap 70725A

                      This 8-cup food processor is rated Excellent for shredding and Very Good for chopping, slicing, and grating. We paid $100 for this model when we tested it in November. The controls are not as easy to use as others, but accessories—such as a bowl scraper and a storage case for organizing blade attachments—add to its convenience.