Your chance to score some of the best deals of the year is running out; Prime Day 2020 is already more than halfway over. Amazon kicked off its biggest sale event of the year in full force yesterday, with savings on thousands of products from top brands, and the discounts continue today. No doubt you’ll find discounts on everything you need to start checking family and friends off your holiday gifting list as well as deals on everyday essentials you’ve been meaning to stock up on.
With so many items on sale, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, but don’t fret: CNN Underscored has rounded up all the Prime Day deals you need to know about below. If you see something you like, act quickly — stuff is known to sell out fast on Prime Day. We’ll be updating this post throughout the day as the sales come and go, so be sure to check back often.
Tech and electronics
Our pick for best over-ear and noise-canceling headphones is seeing quite the deal. Sony’s WH-1000XM4s are down to just $298 from $348, and a $25 Amazon gift card is thrown into the mix. These headphones are not only comfortable with improved padding but deliver balanced and robust sound, class-leading noise cancellation and long battery life.
Our top pick for best earbuds for working out are down to their all-time low on Amazon for Prime Day. Powerbeats Pro feature a comfortable and stable design with an ear hook that wraps around your ear, plus they deliver robust sound with ample bass and offer fast pairing for Apple devices.
Whether you want to expand storage on your smartphone, tablet or even a Nintendo Switch, SanDisk is here to help. With 128GB ($19.99), 256GB ($23.49), 400GB ($45.93), 512GB ($79.99) and 1TB ($182.99) microSDs all discounted, you can’t go wrong with any size.
The Note 20 Ultra might have just launched in August, but it’s seeing an epic $250 off discount. It’s currently the best Android smartphone on the market in our eyes and features top-of-the-line hardware across the board, including a 6.9-inch Super AMOLED display, a triple camera array with 50x Space Zoom and a zippy processor.
Apple’s entry-level AirPods still best most other true wireless earbuds out there. With the H1 chip inside, you’ll get fast pairing across all Apple devices (and easy switching with iOS 14) as well as hands-free “Hey Siri” support. Better yet, you get five hours of playback and over 24 hours of playtime with charges from the carrying case.
With an Eero Mesh Wi-Fi system you can improve your whole home network and provide more room for many more devices. You’ll strategically place these Eero nodes around your home to spread coverage farther — up to 5,000 square feet. And Eero will intelligently connect your device from node to node for the best coverage.
These on-ear noise-canceling headphones are our runner-up pick in the category and are over $100 off. The Solo Pros feature a comfortable and modern design in fun colors with terrific hardware inside. These will fast pair with Apple devices, thanks to the H1 chip, and they feature active noise cancellation and even a transparency mode.
The Surface Pro X is Microsoft’s next-gen 2-in-1 with a custom ARM processor powering Windows 10 and both Wi-Fi + Cellular connectivity out of the box. You get an expansive 13-inch screen inside an incredibly portable build at just 7.3 millimters thick and 1.7 pounds. You can bundle it with a TypeCover and a Surface Pen for $1,285, down from $1,569.98.
With Apple’s 2020 iPhone family announcement yesterday confirming the rumors that there will be no power plug in the box, it’s a good time to pick one up. And the Anker Nano is not only incredibly compact, but it can fast charge your iPhone (or really any smartphone) at 20 watts.
You can really never go wrong with an Echo Dot, especially at just $18.99. It’s the easiest way to add Alexa to a room, but you’re getting more than just a virtual assistant. Alexa can be your DJ from a variety of sources or even turn your Echo into a Bluetooth speaker. Better yet, you get to pick your color: Charcoal, Heather Gray, Plum or Sandstone. You can even bundle an Echo Dot with an Amazon Smart Plug for just $23.99, down from $74.98.
The most affordable Echo is even more affordable right now. The Echo Flex is down to just $9.99 and is the simplest way to add Alexa to a room, as you simply just plug it into an outlet. There are even attachments like a motion sensor, night light or LED clock that can clip into the bottom to give this some more utility.
SanDisk 128GB MicroSD Card With 12 Months of Nintendo Switch Online ($39.99, originally $69.98; amazon.com)
If you have a Nintendo Switch or Switch Lite, this deal is for you. You can score a 128GB microSD card (which equals more storage for games and save files) and a year of Nintendo Switch Online for just $39.99. These two together would normally cost just shy of $70. And that online subscription lets you play with friends across the globe and access over 70 classic Nintendo titles.
The Echo Studio isn’t just the biggest Alexa smart speaker made by Amazon, but it’s the loudest with the most robust sound. In our testing, we found that it can really pump out the jams with strong bass. That’s thanks to five speakers inside and support for Dolby Atmos, which mixes the music for your room.
Our TV luxury pick is seeing a mighty fine discount this Prime Day. The Sony A8H OLED 4K TV is just $1,298 for the 55-inch model, and it provides one of the best pictures of any TV we tested. The A8H delivers superior contrast with pitch-black darks, vibrant hues and even softer pastels. It’s the complete package and features an Android TV smart interface.
Apple’s AirPods Pro are our top pick for best true wireless earbuds — and for good reason. They’re epic across the board with seriously impressive active noise cancellation, comfortable silicone tips that seal off the ear, fast pairing with Apple devices and nearly five hours of battery life with ANC engaged. And they’re $50 off right now.
Looking for a pair of seriously long-lasting true wireless earbuds? Those would be the Galaxy Buds+, which sport 11 hours of playback from the earbuds and up to 22 hours when you factor in the case. They also boast a wide soundstage and a sleek design that doesn’t stick out from the ear as much.
Just over $400 for a 5G-enabled phone with a big 6.7-inch display? That’s the Galaxy A71 5G, and at $419.99 it’s down to an all-time-low price. It boasts a sleek design and a three-camera array on the back. You’ll find a selfie cam in a pinhole notch on the front.
We just declared the Galaxy Tab S7 the best Android tablet, and it’s now seeing a fresh discount on Amazon.com. You can score this 11-inch tablet for just $549.99, and that price includes the S Pen. Out of the box it runs Android 10 with a Samsung One user interface on top. It will be zippy fast as well, thanks to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor inside.
The eighth-gen iPad is just a month old, and it truly delivers extreme value at full price. But for nearly $30 less, it goes into epic territory. This 10.2-inch iPad bests nearly any other tablet at this price point, thanks to the A12 Bionic processor inside. With it, you can take full advantage of iPadOS 14 and any application from the App Store.
The Echo Show 8 is Amazon’s middle smart display -— it’s larger than the Echo Show 5 with an 8-inch display and better speakers inside. It keeps all the functionality of an Alexa smart speaker but adds in visuals. You can watch a movie or a TV show, learn how to cook, stream music and even video call with friends or family. You can bundle it with an Amazon Smart Plug for $69.99, down from $158.98.
You’ll always know where you are and what time it is with these deals on Garmin GPS units and smartwatches. Outdoorsy people will find these GPS units particularly useful on hikes and cycling trips, while just about anyone can enjoy a new smartwatch, especially since dozens of models are on sale.
Snag a top pair of noise-canceling headphones for just $199. Normally closer to $350, the Bose QuietComfort 35 cans boast Alexa voice control and are available in three colors: black, white and navy.
These fitness trackers do far more than just track your fitness. The Fitbit Versa 2 features Alexa integration to deliver news, check the weather, set timers and alarms, control your smart home devices, play music and more. Also on sale, the Versa Lite still provides access to your apps and smartphone notifications, while the Aria Air smart scale can sync with your Fitbit watch via Bluetooth for a well-rounded fitness experience.
Blast your tunes from anywhere with this JBL boombox, now more than $100 off. This powerful, portable Bluetooth speaker plays for 24 hours on a full charge, and it’s waterproof, so you can use it by the pool. Choose from black, green and camo colorways.
The Bose Soundlink Revolve, which offers up 360-degree sound and 12 hours of play time, is on sale for $119 — its lowest price — in both black and white. Plus, snag the SoundLink Color II speaker bundled with a pair of Bose Frames Audio Sunglasses for the ultimate cool factor.
Ensure you’re getting the full picture when you’re on the road with deals on Vantrue dash cams. Starting at just $51.99, these cameras boast night vision and automatic recording, thanks to motion detection technology built in.
Give your at-home network a boost with deals on gear from TP-Link, Netgear and more. Switches start at just $12.99, while routers are as low as $51.99.
Not only do you get an Echo Dot, but you also get a stand with adorable green ears that could only belong to The Child. The base has the same coloring and design as Baby Yoda’s clothes, and a green half-circle will hold the smart speaker in place.
This no-frills HD camera can be placed on any surface with the included stand or mounted to a wall. It supports a live view and can even monitor for motion to record.
This smart plug easily integrates with Amazon’s Alexa or the Google Assistant so that you can control your lights and appliances from anywhere in your home.
The Kasa smart plug allows you to seamlessly control devices, power devices on or off and set schedules with your smartphone using the Kasa smart app.
If you’re a fan of good sound at a great price, the Echo Buds are for you. And having an affinity for Alexa doesn’t hurt either considering she’s built in. You can expect up to 20 hours of battery life with the included charging case.
If you’ve got an older car, but a newer phone, the PowerDrive Speed+ 2 can bridge the gap. This accessory converts the old c igarette lighter port into a two-port charging station for your phone and other devices. Whether you need USB Type-A or USB Type-C, it’s got you covered.
This Qi-Certified charging pad takes care of business, capable of charging up to three devices simultaneously.
With the world going full-on virtual this year, this 1080p HD webcam by eMeet lets you be present and presentable for online meetings or recorded lectures. And with a built-in microphone, this little camera is all you’ll need to get going.
USB-C rechargeable with backlit illumination, this bluetooth keyboard from Satechi will upgrade your iMac and MacBook experience. It’s a full sized keyboard with a numeric keypad for optimal function. Plus, you can pair it with up to three devices to effortlessly switch between screens at the press of a button.
The Fire HD 10 features a 10.1 inch screen with 1080p full HD display for sharp visuals while you enjoy your favorite shows and books or browse the internet. With an improved battery life you’ll get up to 12 hours of watching, reading and listening to music.
With a thin and light design, Retina Display with True Tone, and a 7.9 inch screen, the iPad mini gives you the ultimate tablet experience while remaining portable and functional. It has a 10 hour battery life to get you through the day and the A12 chip will deliver an incredibly fast performance.
The 12.9 inch iPad Pro packs a powerhouse liquid Retina Display, A12Z bionic chip for incredibly fast performance and has a battery life of up to 10 hours. If you’re looking for a smaller screen the 11-inch iPad Pro is also on sale for $749.99, dropping from $799.99. It has the same processing power and display just with a smaller screen.
Creative Cloud is a collection of over 20 desktop, mobile apps and services for creative ventures ranging from photo and video editing to web and graphic design. This gets you a 12 month subscription to Creative Cloud plus a $10 Amazon gift card for future purchases.
The Samsung Galaxy Book S is a versatile machine. It weighs next to nothing, but contains a zippy processor typically found in smartphones. As a result, the Book S is fit with 4G LTE connectivity. Paired with a battery that’ll go the distance, the Galaxy Book S is perfect for users on the move.
Samsung’s Galaxy Book Ion is built for productivity. For starters, it boasts 12GB of RAM and a QLED display for crisp visuals. It also features wireless power share — charge your wireless-compatible devices right on the trackpad.
With the included S Pen, the Samsung Galaxy Book Flex is your one-stop sketchbook, notepad and laptop. Plus, the vibrant QLED display will bring your creations, as well as movies and games, to life.
Acer’s 2-in-1 Spin 5 laptop gives you a robust laptop in one hand and a tablet with PC power in the other. It’s powered by a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 Processor, backed up by a 512GB SSD for speedy storage. Plus, you’ll get the rechargeable Acer Active Stylus with 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity.
The LED-backlit screen of the Acer ConceptD 3 Exel is great for creators who become inspired in the moment. With the built-in screen hinge, you can swap between a powerful laptop and a digital easel with ease.
We had to throw in this tiny package, namely a powerful ChromeOS PC, fit with Intel HD graphics, a 128GB SSD and a host of ports. Choose between several processors, each faster than the last. Included is also a mounting kit, keyboard and mouse.
When you pick up a Chromebook, chances are you’re looking to be productive, and the 714 won’t disappoint. This slim computer is just over three pounds, but packs 8GB of memory and a Full HD Touch Display so you can work however you want to. Plus, up to 12-hours battery life will keep you rolling all day.
Build-Your-Own PC Components from AMD, MSI, ASUS and More (starting at $19.99; amazon.com)
If you prefer to build your own machine, more power to you. Grab some components from this sale, and score brands like MSI and ASUS. Your creation will be great to go in no time.
Home and health
When flossing just isn’t enough, reach for the Waterpik Aquarius, now almost half off. You can even choose between seven colorways to find that one that will suit your bathroom counter best.
No matter what your teeth need, you’ll find it for a discount here. Add a highly rated Oral-B electric toothbrush to your cart, or brighten up your smile with a set of Crest Whitestrips.
No matter where your travels may take you, you could use a new Samsonite suitcase. Choose from a wide range of hardside and softside luggage, all for under $160.
Turns out Prime Day is the time to stock up on face masks for the whole family. Choose from a selection of reusable fabric styles and disposable one-use masks.
Time to check vacuuming off your to-do list for good. Three Roomba robotic vacuums are marked down for Prime Day, ranging from roughly $200 to $600, so you choose the proper model for your messes.
Discover new information about your health and ancestry with this deal on a 23andMe kit. For $100 off, you can start building your family tree today.
If your household includes a baby, be sure to browse through these deals on diapers and wipes from brands like Pampers, Seventh Generation, Honest and more.
Sip on some savings with these deals on beverages of all kinds. Caffeinate with several discounted K-cup varieties and teas, power up with protein shakes or drink up some seltzer for less.
No matter how you want to clean your floors, Bissell has a vacuum for you. Snag everything from the cordless, compact Pet Stain Eraser Carpet Cleaner to the full-size, lightweight Pet Hair Eraser Turbo Plus Upright Vacuum, with several stick vacs and a mop in between.
Furniture and Decor, Including Christopher Knight, Dorel, and Walker Edison (starting at $15.39; amazon.com)
Revamp your home for less with deals on a range of furniture pieces, from utilitarian desks and office chairs to stylish ottomans and bookcases. No matter what your home is missing, it can likely be found here for less.
No matter which type of vacuum you prefer, you can find a Shark one at a discount today. Check out deals on two upright vacuums, a stick vac and even a robo vac from the highly rated brand.
Kitchen Essentials From Le Creuset, Stasher, Corelle and More (starting at $7.49; amazon.com)
Stock your kitchen with tons of useful essentials for less, including reusable Stasher bags, Victorinox knives, sheet pans, pots and pans, Lodge Dutch ovens, Contigo water bottles, cutting boards and pretty much everything else a home cook needs.
A smart doorbell makes a lot of sense. Not only does it add a sense of protection to your home, but it gives you a simple way to get a bird’s-eye view of the front. At $139.99, down from $199.99, the Ring Video Doorbell 3 is especially affordable today. You get a 1080p HD view, the flexibility of two routes for power and motion detection in a stylish package.
Instant Pot products are up to 58% off this Prime Day, with its most popular Instant Pot Duo Nova now just $99.99, down from $149.99, and the smaller Instant Pot Ultra just $49.99, down from $119.95.
Crock-Pot’s set of food warmers and slow cookers is an extra 20% off this Prime Day, with its lime green Food Warmer now $20.93 at checkout, down from $29.99, while its blue Slow Cooker is now $24.16, down from $30.20.
Trusted brand Hamilton Beach is discounting its extremely popular rice cooker, which has more than 3,500 reviews, 20% off.
What better time than now to have a pizza night? Get the crisp pizza crust you’ve always dreamed of with this bargain pan.
Make breakfast a breeze with this highly versatile crepe maker, which you can use to make everything from omelets and quesadillas to roti and perfectly cooked eggs.
If you’ve got a kid who’s recently gone off to college or you’re frankly just over waiting for your water to boil every night, here’s a kitchen gadget for you. Just a simple container that cooks your pasta perfectly in the microwave — no waiting around for boiling water necessary.
Some of Mr. Coffee’s non-espresso products are also 20% off, including its Mr. Coffee Simple Brew Coffee Maker, Mr. Coffee Electric Coffee Grinder and Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer.
If this year’s stay-at-home orders have made you someone who can’t have enough stocked frozen goodies (just in case!), then check out these small high-quality freezers from Whynter, which are now an additional 20% off at checkout.
Think of the Amazon Smart Oven as a microwave…but a whole lot better, as it combines a convection oven, air fryer, food warmer and more. It comes with its own Echo Dot so you can order the smart oven to do its thing with just your voice.
Is your kitchen yearning for a little retro flair? The brand Winiadaewoo has a bevy of microwaves and mini fridges for 20% off. We’re huge fans of the mint microwave.
If you can never get enough seltzer water, various bundles from the highly popular SodaStream device are 15% off. That means you can now get a beginner kit, which includes a sparkling water maker, CO2 cylinder and reusable bottle, for $67.99, down from $79.99. You can also get the brand’s bundle, which comes with the maker, two CO2 cylinders, three bottles and two fruit drops (for extra flavor) for $118.99, down from $139.99.
Banish knots and tension with this deal on a massage gun. Lightweight at just 2.5 pounds, you can loosen up tight muscles for three full hours before the battery dies.
The easiest way to spice up any room is by adding a rug. Now you can choose from hundreds of designs, all at a discount, from Safavieh, Nuloom and Nourison. Whether your aesthetic is contemporary, traditional or downright funky, you’ll find something to suit your taste.
Beloved by reviewers for its power and size, this is the microwave you want if you don’t want to buy a new one for a long, long time.
This ice maker is a splurge that its reviewers and fellow ice lovers say is 100% worth it.
For ice makers that are slightly cheaper, Igloo’s got its top-rated models now 10% off, with its popular Stainless Steel Automatic Portable Electric Countertop Ice Maker going for $125.50, down from $149.99.
Though the weather might be changing, it really never gets too cold for ice cream when you’re always cooped up inside. These premium ice cream makers from Whynter are 20% off, with its popular 1.6-Quart Automatic Ice Cream Maker going for $212.37 at checkout, down from $422.50.
If you’re looking for an ultra-sleek and affordable coffee maker to use every morning, well then, here you go.
This kit, perfect for a multiroom house, includes one base station, two keypads, eight contact sensors, two motion detectors and one range extender.
The Ecobee3 pairs with up to 32 sensors and works with Amazon Echo, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, Samsung SmartThings and Wink to allow you control over your HVAC system from anywhere.
The MyQ Smart Garage Hub by Chamberlain is a retrofit device for existing garage doors that adds in smart controls via a companion app. Plus, you can link MyQ with Alexa for voice commands.
Moen 900-006 Flo by Moen 1-Inch Smart Water Shutoff ($331.67, originally $473.81; amazon.com)
This device allows you to turn your water on/off from an app in case of leaks. It also features MicroLeak Technology that proactively monitors the security of your home’s entire water system (including behind walls and in foundations) to identify leaks as small as a drop per minute.
Replace your existing light switch with this smart dimmer to easily control your lighting.
These color-changing bulbs also offer a wide range of warm and cool light options — and, along with the smart outlet, you can control them via app or by voice command when paired with a voice assistant.
No matter what your kitchen currently lacks, it’s likely you can find it on sale among these discounted AmazonBasics kitchen essentials. Save on wine glasses, silverware, dinnerware sets, kettles, dutch ovens and more.
Keep an eye on your pup even when you’re not home. with the discounted Furbo Dog Camera. Thanks to two-way audio you can even chat with your four-legged friends and toss them treats via the Furbo app.
When it comes to home storage, AmazonBasics should be your go-to. And today, the brand is offering savings on plenty of items you probably need around your house, like hangers, storage cubes, curtain rods, bedding, shelves and more.
Treat your cat and/or dog to delicious wet and dry food, not to mention treats galore, with this deal on Wellness Natural Pet Food brand food.
No matter where you’re headed, chances are AmazonBasics makes a bag that can get your stuff there, too. Browse deals on backpacks, duffles, carry-ons, packing cubes and more essentials for your next trip.
Build up your existing home gym or start from scratch with these deals on various workout equipment. For those who need a few finishing touches, pick up a puzzle mat, foam roller or ankle weights. Meanwhile, fitness buffs looking for more bang for their buck should opt for the power cage, rower or stationary bike.
All that shopping making you hungry? Take a snack break, and shop these top treats and drinks. You’ll find foods like Lay’s chips, Chewy granola bars, Quaker oatmeal and more. Don’t forget to wash it down with Life Wtr and Rockstar Energy Drinks.
Fashion and beauty
Need new jeans? This flash sale on Levi’s apparel for men, women and kids is the perfect time to stock up. Pick up pairs of all different styles, not to mention a selection of denim jackets and tees.
Tons of hair tools and skin care devices are marked down in this Gold Box. Scoop up savings on a Foreo Luna Mini 2 Facial Cleansing Brush, add a T3 Cura Hair Dryer to your styling arsenal, pick up a NuFace Facial Toning Device and much more.
There’s no such thing as too much underwear, and now’s your chance to pick up some quality pairs from Calvin Klein. Fill your cart with packs of boxer briefs, bralettes, tees and more.
Amazon’s own in-house brands like Daily Ritual, Goodthreads and Amazon Essentials have become fashion lines in their own right, and today, you can save on basic styles for men and women. Pay particular attention to the cold-weather looks, including tons of jackets and cozy sweaters.
Razors and Electric Shavers From Braun, Gillette and More (starting at $5.59; amazon.com)
All your hair removal needs are more affordable than ever with this Prime Day deal. Replenish your stock of disposable Gillette razor blade refills or pick up a brand-new electric shaver from Braun.
Beauty Products From Redken, Oribe, Biolage and More (starting at $9.10; amazon.com)
Beauty buffs will want to browse through this Gold Box for new, discounted skin care and hair care finds, from value-size Redken shampoos and Mario Badescu facial mists to cult-favorite Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray and Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner — our top pick for best liquid liner.
Top Footwear Brands, Including Keds, Ecco and Aldo (starting at $6.36; amazon.com)
Update your shoe collection for fall with new additions from Ecco, Keds, Aldo and more. Whether you’re in the market for sneakers, sandals, booties or some other style, you’ll find it here for less.
Watches by Citizen, Bulova, Anne Klein, Invicta and More (starting at $17.99; amazon.com)
Time to save on a new wristwatch. Dozens of styles for men and women from top brands like Timex, Skagen and others are marked way down. Just be sure to shop before time runs out on these prices.
On the hunt for new shades? Check out these deals on Oakley sunglasses, plus grab some Oakley apparel (think: tees and shorts) to match.
Tons of comfy styles from Champion’s sister brand C9 are on sale for the whole family. Shop a wide selection of sweats, tees, hoodies, leggings and more.
Need new sneakers? Now’s your chance to load up on footwear for the whole family from New Balance. And while you’re shoe shopping, be sure to check out the brand’s apparel, which is also on sale.
Classic brand Tommy Hilfiger has tons of styles marked down for men, women and kids. In addition to packs of underwear that you’ll want to stock up on, you can score polos, caps, tees and even a few accessories for less.
Smartwatches from Fossil, Kate Spade, Michael Kors and more (starting at $134.75; amazon.com)
Designers like Michael Kors and Kate Spade might be known for stylish accessories, but their classic timepieces have been taken to the next level in the form of these fashionable smartwatches from these brands and more. Snag one before time runs out on this deal.
The Conair hair tools you need, along with a few other devices from the brand that you’d want for your next spa day, are on sale for Prime Day. Don’t relax until you’ve put this stuff — including curling irons, hair dryers and even a foot spa — into your cart.
Toys and games
Keep the kids entertained at home — or get a jump on holiday gifting — with these deals on building kits and STEM toys. Your little ones can explore their scientific side with kits from National Geographic and get creative with Magna-Tiles and Magformers, to name just a few.
Gamers, rejoice! All the gear you need to get in the game from Razer is marked down for Prime Day. Save on everything from mice to headsets to keyboards and then some.
No matter which fandom your kids (or you) are a part of, chances are there’s an action figure on sale that will delight. Pick up a bunch of characters in Funko Pop! form, or even that Chewbacca mask that went viral way back when.
Playskool, Sesame Street and Littlest Pet Shop Toys (starting at $6.89; amazon.com)
The tiniest tots will get a kick out of this set of toy deals. It features classics like Mr. Potato Head, along with all your favorites from Sesame Street (yes, that includes a Rock and Rhyme Elmo).
Media and entertainment
For a limited time, you can get an annual Audible subscription, plus 12 credits upfront, for less than $100. That means hundreds of audiobooks and podcasts can be at your disposal at any time.
Want unlimited reading and listening on any device with the Kindle app? Kindle Unlimited unlocks any book you want to read or listen to at the tap of a finger. If you’re a new subscriber to Kindle Unlimited today, you get three months free. And if you know you’re in it for the long haul, you can get six months of Kindle Unlimited now for $29.97, down from $59.94.
Kindle bestsellers are up to 80% off right now, ranging in genre from fiction, mysteries, romance, science fiction, YA and beyond.
Popular books of various genres — fiction, mystery, classics and more — are 20-25% off this Prime Day.
Relive all the glory of your favorite TV series’ by investing in an old school box set. Cult favorites like “The Office,” “Friends,”Game of Thrones,” “Breaking Bad,”The Twilight Zone,” “Mad Men” and more are on sale now. You’ll never have to worry about whether any of these shows are leaving Netflix again.
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All the products we found to be the best during our testing this year
Throughout the year, CNN Underscored is constantly testing products — be it coffee makers or headphones — to find the absolute best in each respective category.
Our testing process is rigorous, consisting of hours of research (consulting experts, reading editorial reviews and perusing user ratings) to find the top products in each category. Once we settle on a testing pool, we spend weeks — if not months — testing and retesting each product multiple times in real-world settings. All this in an effort to settle on the absolute best products.
So, as we enter peak gifting season, if you’re on the hunt for the perfect gift, we know you’ll find something on this list that they (or you!) will absolutely love.
Beginner baristas and coffee connoisseurs alike will be pleased with the Baratza Virtuoso+, a conical burr grinder with 40 settings for grind size, from super fine (espresso) to super coarse (French press). The best coffee grinder we tested, this sleek look and simple, intuitive controls, including a digital timer, allow for a consistent grind every time — as well as optimal convenience.
Best drip coffee maker: Braun KF6050WH BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker ($79.95; amazon.com)
During our testing of drip coffee makers, we found the Braun KF6050WH BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker made a consistently delicious, hot cup of coffee, brewed efficiently and cleanly, from sleek, relatively compact hardware that is turnkey to operate, and all for a reasonable price.
Best single-serve coffee maker: Breville-Nespresso VertuoPlus ($165; originally $179.95; amazon.com)
Among all single-serve coffee makers we tested, the Breville-Nespresso VertuoPlus, which uses pods that deliver both espresso and “regular” coffee, could simply not be beat for its convenience. Intuitive and a snap to use right out of the box, it looks sleek on the counter, contains a detached 60-ounce water reservoir so you don’t have to refill it with each use and delivers perfectly hot, delicious coffee with a simple tap of a lever and press of a button.
Best coffee subscription: Blue Bottle (starting at $11 per shipment; bluebottlecoffee.com)
Blue Bottle’s coffee subscription won us over with its balance of variety, customizability and, most importantly, taste. We sampled both the single-origin and blend assortments and loved the flavor of nearly every single cup we made. The flavors are complex and bold but unmistakably delicious. Beyond its coffee, Blue Bottle’s subscription is simple and easy to use, with tons of options to tailor to your caffeine needs.
Best cold brewer coffee maker: Hario Mizudashi Cold Brew Coffeepot ($25; amazon.com)
This sleek, sophisticated and streamlined carafe produces 1 liter (about 4 1/4 cups) of rich, robust brew in just eight hours. It was among the simplest to assemble, it executed an exemplary brew in about the shortest time span, and it looked snazzy doing it. Plus, it rang up as the second-most affordable of our inventory.
Best nonstick pan: T-fal E76597 Ultimate Hard Anodized Nonstick Fry Pan With Lid ($39.97; amazon.com)
If you’re a minimalist and prefer to have just a single pan in your kitchen, you’d be set with the T-fal E76597. This pan’s depth gives it multipurpose functionality: It cooks standard frying-pan foods like eggs and meats, and its 2 1/2-inch sides are tall enough to prepare recipes you’d usually reserve for pots, like rices and stews. It’s a high-quality and affordable pan that outperformed some of the more expensive ones in our testing field.
Best blender: Breville Super Q ($499.95; breville.com)
With 1,800 watts of motor power, the Breville Super Q features a slew of preset buttons, comes in multiple colors, includes key accessories and is touted for being quieter than other models. At $500, it does carry a steep price tag, but for those who can’t imagine a smoothie-less morning, what breaks down to about $1.30 a day over a year seems like a bargain.
Best knife set: Chicago Cutlery Fusion 17-Piece Knife Block Set ($119.74; amazon.com)
The Chicago Cutlery Fusion 17-Piece Knife Block Set sets you up to easily take on almost any cutting job and is a heck of a steal at just $119.97. Not only did the core knives included (chef’s, paring, utility and serrated) perform admirably, but the set included a bevy of extras, including a full set of steak knives. We were blown away by their solid construction and reliable execution for such an incredible value. The knives stayed sharp through our multitude of tests, and we were big fans of the cushion-grip handles that kept them from slipping, as well as the classic look of the chestnut-stained wood block. If you’re looking for a complete knife set you’ll be proud of at a price that won’t put a dent in your savings account, this is the clear winner.
Best true wireless earbuds: AirPods Pro ($199, originally $249; amazon.com)
Apple’s AirPods Pro hit all the marks. They deliver a wide soundstage, thanks to on-the-fly equalizing tech that produces playback that seemingly brings you inside the studio with the artist. They have the best noise-canceling ability of all the earbuds we tested, which, aside from stiff-arming distractions, creates a truly immersive experience. To sum it up, you’re getting a comfortable design, a wide soundstage, easy connectivity and long battery life.
Best noise-canceling headphones: Sony WH-1000XM4 ($278, originally $349.99; amazon.com)
Not only do the WH-1000XM4s boast class-leading sound, but phenomenal noise-canceling ability. So much so that they ousted our former top overall pick, the Beats Solo Pros, in terms of ANC quality, as the over-ear XM4s better seal the ear from outside noise. Whether it was a noise from a dryer, loud neighbors down the hall or high-pitched sirens, the XM4s proved impenetrable. This is a feat that other headphones, notably the Solo Pros, could not compete with — which is to be expected considering their $348 price tag.
Best on-ear headphones: Beats Solo 3 ($119.95, originally $199.95; amazon.com)
The Beats Solo 3s are a phenomenal pair of on-ear headphones. Their sound quality was among the top of those we tested, pumping out particularly clear vocals and instrumentals alike. We enjoyed the control scheme too, taking the form of buttons in a circular configuration that blend seamlessly into the left ear cup design. They are also light, comfortable and are no slouch in the looks department — more than you’d expect given their reasonable $199.95 price tag.
The Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick has thousands of 5-star ratings across the internet, and it’s easy to see why. True to its name, this product clings to your lips for hours upon hours, burritos and messy breakfast sandwiches be damned. It’s also surprisingly moisturizing for such a superior stay-put formula, a combo that’s rare to come by.
The Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner is a longtime customer favorite — hence its nearly 7,500 5-star reviews on Sephora — and for good reason. We found it requires little to no effort to create a precise wing, the liner has superior staying power and it didn’t irritate those of us with sensitive skin after full days of wear. As an added bonus, it’s available in a whopping 12 shades.
The Steelcase Series 1 scored among the highest overall, standing out as one of the most customizable, high-quality, comfortable office chairs on the market. At $415, the Steelcase Series 1 beat out most of its pricier competitors across testing categories, scoring less than a single point lower than our highest-rated chair, the $1,036 Steelcase Leap, easily making it the best bang for the buck and a clear winner for our best office chair overall.
Best ergonomic keyboard: Logitech Ergo K860 ($129.99; logitech.com)
We found the Logitech Ergo K860 to be a phenomenally comfortable keyboard. Its build, featuring a split keyboard (meaning there’s a triangular gap down the middle) coupled with a wave-like curvature across the body, allows both your shoulders and hands to rest in a more natural position that eases the tension that can often accompany hours spent in front of a regular keyboard. Add the cozy palm rest along the bottom edge and you’ll find yourself sitting pretty comfortably.
Best ergonomic mouse: Logitech MX Master 3 ($99.99; logitech.com)
The Logitech MX Master 3 is an unequivocally comfortable mouse. It’s shaped to perfection, with special attention to the fingers that do the clicking. Using it felt like our fingers were lounging — with a sculpted ergonomic groove for nearly every finger.
Best ring light: Emart 10-Inch Selfie Ring Light ($25.99; amazon.com)
The Emart 10-Inch Standing Ring Light comes with a tripod that’s fully adjustable — from 19 inches to 50 inches — making it a great option whether you’re setting it atop your desk for video calls or need some overhead lighting so no weird shadows creep into your photos. Its three light modes (warm, cool and a nice mix of the two), along with 11 brightness levels (among the most settings on any of the lights we tested), ensure you’re always framed in the right light. And at a relatively cheap $35.40, this light combines usability and affordability better than any of the other options we tested.
Best linen sheets: Parachute Linen Sheet Set (starting at $149; parachute.com)
Well made, luxurious to the touch and with the most versatile shopping options (six sizes, nine colors and the ability to order individual sheets), the linen sheets from Parachute were, by a narrow margin, our favorite set. From the satisfying unboxing to a sumptuous sleep, with a la carte availability, Parachute set the gold standard in linen luxury.
Best shower head: Kohler Forte Shower Head (starting at $74.44; amazon.com)
Hands down, the Kohler Forte Shower Head provides the best overall shower experience, offering three distinct settings. Backstory: Lots of shower heads out there feature myriad “settings” that, when tested, are pretty much indecipherable. The Forte’s three sprays, however, are each incredibly different and equally successful. There’s the drenching, full-coverage rain shower, the pulsating massage and the “silk spray” setting that is basically a super-dense mist. The Forte manages to achieve all of this while using only 1.75 gallons per minute (GPM), making it a great option for those looking to conserve water.
Best humidifier: TaoTronics Cool Mist Humidifier (starting at $49.99; amazon.com)
The TaoTronics Cool Mist Humidifier ramped up the humidity in a room in about an hour, which was quicker than most of the options we tested. More importantly, though, it sustained those humidity levels over the longest period of time — 24 hours, to be exact. The levels were easy to check with the built-in reader (and we cross-checked that reading with an external reader to confirm accuracy). We also loved how easy this humidifier was to clean, and the nighttime mode for the LED reader eliminated any bright lights in the bedroom.
Best TV: TCL 6-Series (starting at $579.99; bestbuy.com)
With models starting at $599.99 for a 55-inch, the TCL 6-Series might give you reverse sticker shock considering everything you get for that relatively small price tag. But can a 4K smart TV with so many specification standards really deliver a good picture for $500? The short answer: a resounding yes. The TCL 6-Series produces a vibrant picture with flexible customization options and handles both HDR and Dolby Vision, optimization standards that improve the content you’re watching by adding depth to details and expanding the color spectrum.
Best streaming device: Roku Ultra ($99.99; amazon.com)
Roku recently updated its Ultra streaming box and the 2020 version is faster, thanks to a new quad-core processor. The newest Ultra retains all of the features we loved and enjoyed about the 2019 model, like almost zero lag time between waking it up and streaming content, leading to a hiccup-free streaming experience. On top of that, the Roku Ultra can upscale content to deliver the best picture possible on your TV — even on older-model TVs that don’t offer the latest and greatest picture quality — and supports everything from HD to 4K.
Best carry-on luggage: Away Carry-On ($225; away.com)
The Away Carry-On scored high marks across all our tests and has the best combination of features for the average traveler. Compared with higher-end brands like Rimowa, which retail for hundreds more, you’re getting the same durable materials, an excellent internal compression system and eye-catching style. Add in smart charging capabilities and a lifetime warranty, and this was the bag to beat.
Best portable charger: Anker PowerCore 13000 (starting at $31.99; amazon.com)
The Anker PowerCore 13000 shone most was in terms of charging capacity. It boasts 13,000 mAh (maH is a measure of how much power a device puts out over time), which is enough to fully charge an iPhone 11 two and a half times. Plus, it has two fast-charging USB Type-A ports so you can juice a pair of devices simultaneously. While not at the peak in terms of charging capacity, at just $31.99, it’s a serious bargain for so many mAhs.
Trump’s misleading tweet about changing your vote, briefly explained
Searches for changing one’s vote did not trend following the recent presidential debate, and just a few states appear to have processes for changing an early vote. But that didn’t stop President Trump from wrongly saying otherwise on Tuesday.
In early morning posts, the president falsely claimed on Twitter and Facebook that many people had Googled “Can I change my vote?” after the second presidential debate and said those searching wanted to change their vote over to him. Trump also wrongly claimed that most states have a mechanism for changing one’s vote. Actually, just a few states appear to have the ability, and it’s rarely used.
Trump’s claim about what was trending on Google after the debate doesn’t hold up. Searches for changing one’s vote were not among Google’s top trending searches for the day of the debate (October 22) or the day after. Searches for “Can I change my vote?” did increase slightly around the time of the debate, but there is no way to know whether the bump was related to the debate or whether the people searching were doing so in support of Trump.
It was only after Trump’s posts that searches about changing your vote spiked significantly. It’s worth noting that people were also searching for “Can I change my vote?” during a similar period before the 2016 presidential election.
Google declined to comment on the accuracy of Trump’s post.
Trump also claimed that these results indicate that most of the people who were searching for how to change their vote support him. But the Google Trends tool for the searches he mentioned does not provide that specific information.
Perhaps the most egregiously false claim in Trump’s recent posts is about “most states” having processes for changing your early vote. In fact, only a few states have such processes, and they can come with certain conditions. For instance, in Michigan, voters who vote absentee can ask for a new ballot by mail or in person until the day before the election.
The Center for Election Innovation’s David Becker told the Associated Press that changing one’s vote is “extremely rare.” Becker explained, “It’s hard enough to get people to vote once — it’s highly unlikely anybody will go through this process twice.”
At the time of publication, Trump’s false claims had drawn about 84,000 and 187,000 “Likes” on Twitter and Facebook, respectively. Trump’s posts accelerated searches about changing your vote in places like the swing state of Florida, where changing one’s vote after casting it is not possible. Those numbers are a reminder of the president’s capacity to spread misinformation quickly.
On Facebook, the president’s post came with a label directing people to Facebook’s Voting Information Center, but no fact-checking label. Twitter had no annotation on the president’s post. Neither company responded to a request for comment.
That Trump is willing to spread misinformation to benefit himself and his campaign isn’t a surprise. He does that a lot. Still, just days before a presidential election in which millions have already voted, this latest episode demonstrates that the president has no qualms about using false claims about voting to cause confusion and sow doubt in the electoral process.
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Nearly 6,000 civilian casualties in Afghanistan so far this year
From January to September, 5,939 civilians – 2,117 people killed and 3,822 wounded – were casualties of the fighting, the UN says.
Nearly 6,000 Afghan civilians were killed or wounded in the first nine months of the year as heavy fighting between government forces and Taliban fighters rages on despite efforts to find peace, the United Nations has said.
From January to September, there were 5,939 civilian casualties in the fighting – 2,117 people killed and 3,822 wounded, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a quarterly report on Tuesday.
“High levels of violence continue with a devastating impact on civilians, with Afghanistan remaining among the deadliest places in the world to be a civilian,” the report said.
Civilian casualties were 30 percent lower than in the same period last year but UNAMA said violence has failed to slow since the beginning of talks between government negotiators and the Taliban that began in Qatar’s capital, Doha, last month.
The Taliban was responsible for 45 percent of civilian casualties while government troops caused 23 percent, it said. United States-led international forces were responsible for two percent.
Most of the remainder occurred in crossfire, or were caused by ISIL (ISIS) or “undetermined” anti-government or pro-government elements, according to the report.
Ground fighting caused the most casualties followed by suicide and roadside bomb attacks, targeted killings by the Taliban and air raids by Afghan troops, the UN mission said.
Fighting has sharply increased in several parts of the country in recent weeks as government negotiators and the Taliban have failed to make progress in the peace talks.
The Taliban has been fighting the Afghan government since it was toppled from power in a US-led invasion in 2001.
Washington blamed the then-Taliban rulers for harbouring al-Qaeda leaders, including Osama bin Laden. Al-Qaeda was accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks.
Calls for urgent reduction of violence
Meanwhile, the US envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, said on Tuesday that the level of violence in the country was still too high and the Kabul government and Taliban fighters must work harder towards forging a ceasefire at the Doha talks.
Khalilzad made the comments before heading to the Qatari capital to hold meetings with the two sides.
“I return to the region disappointed that despite commitments to lower violence, it has not happened. The window to achieve a political settlement will not stay open forever,” he said in a tweet.
There needs to be “an agreement on a reduction of violence leading to a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire”, added Khalilzad.
1/4 I return to the region disappointed that despite commitments to lower violence, it has not happened. The window to achieve a political settlement will not stay open forever. https://t.co/hVl4b032W6
— U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad (@US4AfghanPeace) October 27, 2020
A deal in February between the US and the Taliban paved the way for foreign forces to leave Afghanistan by May 2021 in exchange for counterterrorism guarantees from the Taliban, which agreed to sit with the Afghan government to negotiate a permanent ceasefire and a power-sharing formula.
But progress at the intra-Afghan talks has been slow since their start in mid-September and diplomats and officials have warned that rising violence back home is sapping trust.
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