A box on a colorful orange background for Amazon Prime Day.

You don't need to look far to find Amazon Prime Day deals priced at less than $50. But it's difficult to know whether those cheap headphones are 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. And, of course, other major retailers are holding sales this week—including Best Buy, Target, and Walmart—so we'll make sure to include the best offers from those events as well.

Don't see anything you like yet? 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.

Full Coverage: Prime Day Sales and More

Electronics

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd-Gen.) Smart Speaker

    Earlier this month, Amazon unveiled an Echo Dot with an all-new spherical design. This is the older hockey-puck-like version. The music playback doesn’t sound the best, but you can use the auxiliary jack to connect the device to a better speaker for your tunes and still get easy access to Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa for voice-command help with drafting the grocery list and staying up to date on the weather. It's worth noting that while this speaker usually sells for $50, Amazon offered two Dots for $40 early in October, before changing that promotion to one speaker for $40 last week.

     

    CR’s test results: Amazon Echo Dot 3rd-Generation Smart Speaker

    1MORE Triple Driver BT Wireless Headphones

      These Bluetooth headphones are a great deal even at the standard price. They provide above-average sound quality, a flexible neck collar that can be rolled into a pocket, and convenient features such as a quick-charge function that 1MORE claims will provide 2 hours of playtime after just 10 minutes of charging.

       

      CR's test results: 1MORE Triple Drive BT Headphones

       

      Skullcandy Hesh 3 Wireless Headphones

        These wireless over-ear headphones are a CR Best Buy at the normal price, so this is a sweet deal. The model gets high marks for sound quality and comes with a detachable audio cable you can use when you don’t want to rely on Bluetooth. According to Skullcandy, the Hesh 3 headphones have a generous battery life as well, with up to 22 hours of playtime. Amazon is only offering the sale price on the black model, and Best Buy has both the black and gray options on sale.

         

        CR’s test results: Skullcandy Hesh 3 Wireless Headphones

        Roku Streaming Stick +

          If you’ve wanted a 4K HDR Roku but not another settop box, then this stick-style player may be just the ticket. Its AC power cord has a unique inline wireless receiver the company claims can improve its wireless range, and we had no issues during our tests. Like all Rokus it has a category-leading assortment of channels. It has some voice capability, but it’s limited compared to the other players’.

           

          CR's test results: Roku Streaming Stick +

          Amazon Echo Show 5 Smart Speaker

            One of Amazon’s early Prime Day deals, this 50 percent discount on this smart speaker is $5 lower than the lowest price we’ve seen. Note: This speaker is not going to wow you with music playback, according to our testers. If that’s a problem for you, check out the second-generation Show, listed above. If you just want a smart speaker with a screen that won’t break the bank, the Show 5 may be a great option. With a 5-inch screen, it’s also much smaller than its counterpart.

            CR’s test results: Amazon Echo Show 5 smart speaker

            Kitchen & Home

            Asobu Cold Brew Coffee Maker

              If you or a loved one prefer cold-brew over traditional hot coffee, consider this Asobu cold-brew coffee maker. It receives high scores for convenience and taste in our tests, and offers a 40 ounce carafe so you can make one batch and have it last all week. At 18 percent off, this brewer is a great buy.


              CR’s test results: Asobu Insulated Portable Brewer KB900 cold-brew coffee maker