A box on a colorful background for Amazon Prime Day.

Shopping this week’s online sales and don’t know where to start? Check out some of the best deals we’re seeing at Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, and other retailers on products that aced Consumer Reports’ tests.

Don’t see anything you like just 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. 

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Headphones
Laptops
TVs & Streaming Devices
Smartphones
Tablets
Bluetooth & Smart Speakers
Kitchen & Home
Home Security Gear 

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Headphones

Apple Powerbeats Pro True Wireless Headphones

    This model doesn’t score high enough to earn a CR recommendation; our tests find that the bass is overpronounced to the point that it distorts the sound of original recordings. It’s also worth noting that the charging case—a standard accessory with all true wireless headphones—is unusually bulky. Still, some bass fans might be happy to sacrifice audio clarity for an extra boost on the low end, and you can’t argue with the model’s popularity.

     

    CR’s test results: Apple Powerbeats Pro true wireless headphones

    Bose QuietComfort 35 II Noise-Cancelling Headphones

      Bose has a new flagship model, the Noise Cancelling Headphones 700. But the older QuietComfort 35 II option is still around, and it gets the same score in our ratings. The headphones come with all the bells and whistles you’d expect on a top-of-the-line noise-canceling model, including adjustable level of sound blocking, outstanding audio quality, and fantastic sound-blocking capabilities. This pair goes on sale pretty often, but this discount is about as good as it gets, with rare exceptions.

       

      CR’s test results: Bose QuietComfort 35 II noise-canceling 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

        Laptops

        Lenovo Chromebook Flex

          This is a small, 11.6-inch convertible Chromebook that would be a good buy even at full price, especially since it can double as a tablet. That’s especially useful here, because the device can also run Android apps from the Google Play store. The specs are nothing to shout about (MediaTek processor, 4GB of memory, 32GB of storage), but given the similarities to another model we tested, you should be okay, as long as you confine yourself to lightweight tasks like office productivity work.

          Lenovo 15-Inch IdeaPad Laptop

            This is a good price for a 15-inch Windows laptop. It’s got solid specs (8GB of memory and 256GB of solid-state storage), except for the entry-level Intel Core i3 processor. In the model we tested—which was slightly older—that was enough power for tasks such as emailing, word processing, web browsing, movie streaming, and even some light gaming.

             

            CR’S test results: Lenovo IdeaPad S340-15

            TVs & Streaming Devices

            Samsung 50-Inch 4K Smart TV

              We tested this set and it had top-notch overall picture quality, though the HDR performance wasn’t so great. It’s actually a 2018 entry-level 4K smart TV that’s still hanging around. It’s currently selling for about $330 at retailers such as Best Buy, so you’ll save about $30, but it was actually cheaper—$280—at Best Buy, Target, and Walmart during their Black Friday sales last year.

               

              CR's test results: Samsung UN50NU6900FXZA

              Toshiba 43-Inch 4K Smart Fire TV

                This 43-inch 4K smart TV from Toshiba, an Amazon Fire TV Edition set, does a nice job for both high-definition and ultra-high definition 4K picture quality, but the high dynamic range (HDR) is ineffective, mainly because of peak brightness limitations. (The TV supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision.) Also, the TV’s viewing angle is narrow. The set works best when you sign in with your Amazon account, giving you access to all the Fire TV streaming services, plus the Alexa voice-powered digital assistant. (If you don’t sign in, you can still use the TV in an optional basic mode, but you lose access to the full assortment of streaming content.)

                CR’s test results: Toshiba TF-43A810U21 43-inch 4K smart TV

                Samsung 58-Inch Q60 4K QLED Smart TV

                  This set, the Samsung QN58Q60TAFXZA, has become about $100 cheaper during the sale. We didn’t test this set, but we did test smaller and bigger similar versions of this model, sold via warehouse clubs. They score well on picture quality but only so-so for high dynamic range (HDR) performance. The TV is in Samsung’s least expensive QLED series for 2020.

                  Sony 65-Inch A9G Series 4K OLED Smart TV

                    The Sony XBR-65A9G  had been selling for $3,500, so it's a significant discount on one of the best TVs from 2019. It was in Sony’s flagship 4K OLED series for 2019, which were top-rated TVs.

                     

                    CR’s test results: Sony XBR-65A9G

                    Amazon Fire TV Cube

                      The Fire TV Cube is 30 percent off for Prime Day. It is a combination of two Amazon devices: the Echo Dot and the Fire TV streaming device. The benefit in combining them is that you effectively get a universal remote that you can control with voice commands. This model scored well in CR’s tests, thanks to faster response times than the first version’s as well as Dolby Vision HDR and versatile controls. You can adjust the volume, change channels, and even search for shows and open different streaming services all without lifting a finger.

                      CR’s test results: Fire TV Cube (2nd-generation)

                      Smartphones

                      Samsung Galaxy A51

                        As far as budget-phones go, the A51 is one of your better options. The 6.4-inch display received top marks from our testers. And the battery lasted an industry-leading 39.5 hours on a single charge. The main downside? The phone’s cameras are just okay, which means they lag most others on the market. This version of the A51 doesn’t come with the hardware needed for 5G, either. Need a slightly bigger phone with 5G connectivity? Check out the Prime Day deal for the Galaxy A71 5G.

                         

                        CR’s test results: Samsung Galaxy A51

                        Samsung Galaxy S20

                          The S20, which comes standard with the hardware needed for 5G connectivity, is one of our top-rated smartphones. You get a super-sharp 6.2-inch OLED display and some of the best smartphone cameras on the market. In our battery life testing, the phone lasted 37 hours on a single charge. Looking for something a little bigger? The Galaxy S20+S20 Ultra, and Note20 are also all on sale for Prime Day.  

                           

                          CR’s test results: Samsung Galaxy S20 5G

                          Tablets

                          Amazon Fire HD 10

                            Amazon will be cutting the price for its top-level Fire tablet almost in half for Prime Day. While we haven’t yet tested the latest model of the Fire HD 10, the 2019 version did fairly well in our tests. Its battery life was longer than most, and thanks to an SD card reader, you can expand storage easily. While there are certainly more impressive tablets out there, they tend to cost significantly more. The Fire HD 10 offers decent quality for a much lower price, and we expect this model to perform similarly to the one we tested.

                            CR’s test results: Amazon Fire HD 10 (2019) tablet

                            Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 Tablet

                              This is a decent discount for an entry-level tablet that performed well in our labs. The tablet has an 8-inch display and a battery that should last around 11 hours. The biggest knock against the model on sale? It only has 32GB of storage, which doesn’t leave much space for photos, games, and other large apps. But that’s easy to fix with an inexpensive SD card.

                               

                              CR’s test results: Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2019)

                              Bluetooth & Smart Speakers

                              Bose Soundlink Revolve Wireless & Bluetooth Speaker

                                Given how rarely Bose products get discounted, this is a nice offer. The speaker features easy-to-use controls and provides enough volume to fill a medium- to large-sized room. According to our testers, the sound quality is okay, too, though they did point out a slight metallic tinge to the all-important midrange.

                                 

                                CR's test results: Bose Soundlink Revolve

                                JBL Boombox Wireless & Bluetooth Speaker

                                  Think of this as a sleek digital reimagining of the classic boombox, featuring streaming music instead of warbly cassettes and a rechargeable battery in place of those old-school D-cells. Our testers found much to like about the sound quality, too, although the bass can be a bit overwhelming. JBL recently released a Boombox 2, but we haven’t tested that one yet.

                                   

                                  CR's test results: JBL Boombox

                                  Kitchen & Home

                                  Eufy 35C Robotic Vacuum

                                    This little vac is a champ at cleaning bare floors and is a fairly quiet model. It’s compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and you can program the robot through the manufacturer’s app—which makes it a good, inexpensive robotic vacuum choice that has connectivity.

                                     

                                    CR's test results: Eufy 35C robotic vacuum

                                    iRobot Roomba 960 Robotic Vacuum

                                      Though it’s a few years old, the iRobot 960 robotic vacuum continues to sit at the top of our ratings. It earns high scores for its bare floor cleaning. It does exceptionally well in our navigation tests, and is extremely quiet. (Most robotic vacuums are quiet operators.) One thing our testers discovered, though, is that it needed manual cleaning of pet hair from its brush roll.

                                       

                                      CR’s test results: iRobot 960 robotic vacuum

                                      Hamilton Beach Programmable Alexa Smart 49350 Coffee Maker

                                        This Hamilton Beach brewer’s main selling point may be its voice control through the Amazon Alexa digital assistant, but it’s still a good quality coffee maker. It scores decently in our brew performance test and its carafe is very easy to hold and pour. Alexa integration aside, this drip machine features auto-shutoff, a cleaning indicator, brew-strength control, and programming.

                                         

                                        CR’s test results: Hamilton Beach Programmable Alexa Smart 49350 drip coffee maker

                                        Mr. Coffee Drip Coffee Maker

                                          This Mr. Coffee drip coffee maker yields a great-tasting brew and looks stylish enough to earn its spot on your kitchen counter. In our tests, this brewer earns high scores for convenience and its easy-to-pour carafe, too. This brewer usually retails for $180, but Target’s competing Prime Day sale has it for 30 percent off.

                                           

                                          CR’s test results: Mr. Coffee BVMC-ABX39 drip coffee maker

                                          Home Security Gear

                                          Ring Stick Up Cam Battery with Amazon Echo Dot

                                            For a quality security camera that won’t break the bank, check out the Ring Stick Up Cam Battery. It receives high scores for its video quality and response time in our tests, and it has strong data security too. This Ring camera features 1080p HD video, a 110-degree field of view, alert schedules, monitoring zones, and voice control via Amazon Alexa. With an optional subscription to a Ring Protect Plan, you’ll get a rolling 60 days of motion-triggered video clips, photo snapshots between recordings, and person alerts. This deal also comes with a free Amazon Eco Dot (3rd gen), $50, which you can use to speak with people in front of the camera.

                                             

                                            CR’s test results: Ring Stick Up Cam Battery wireless security camera and Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) smart speaker

                                            Ring Video Doorbell 3 and Echo Show 5 bundle

                                              The Ring Video Doorbell 3 is one of the best bells in our tests, offering superb video quality and strong data security. With an optional subscription to a Ring Protect Plan, you’ll get a rolling 60 days of motion-triggered video clips and photo snapshots between recordings. It normally costs $200 by itself, but this bundle includes an Amazon Echo Show 5, $90, which you can use to view and answer the doorbell completely hands-free. For $20 more, you can get this bundle with the Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus, $230, which performs just as well and offers a pre-roll feature that records the four seconds before motion is detected.

                                               

                                              CR's test results: Ring Video Doorbell 3Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus and Amazon Echo Show 5 smart speaker

                                              Arlo Pro 3 Security Camera

                                                The Arlo Pro 3 is a terrific wireless security camera, receiving high marks in our tests for video quality, data security, and response time. It features a built-in spotlight for color night vision, a siren, a wide 160-degree field of view, and 2K HDR video. With an Arlo Smart subscription, you can get video storage as well as monitoring zones; person, package, vehicle, and animal detection; and e911 to send authorities to your home even if you’re away. If you don't want to pay a monthly fee for video storage, you can connect a USB drive to the base station and store footage there instead. The two-camera system is also on sale for $150 off (now $300 at Amazon).


                                                CR’s test results: Arlo Pro 3 wireless security camera