Grab a great deal on Amazon Prime Day with our round-up of the best buys for home and garden. Plus we've put together a foolproof guide to bagging a bargain.
You know we can’t resist a good deal here at Ideal Home. So we always get excited at the prospect of Amazon Prime Day. Usually held in mid July, it’s a chance for Amazon Prime customers to take advantage of exclusive and generous money-off deals on Amazon products and other big brands.
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If you missed it this year, don’t worry – it’s been so successful, it’s bound to back in 2017. But in the mean time, we’ve put together few tips on how to bag a brilliant deal on Amazon Prime Day. Because we’re nice like that…
1. Sign up for an Amazon Prime account
To get your mitts on the deals come Prime Day, you’ll need to sign up for Amazon Prime. An annual membership at a cost of £79, but you can sign up for a 30-day free trial and see how you get on.
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Prime gives you access to lots of extra services, including a subscription to Prime Instant Video, where you can watch exclusive series like The Crown, Top Gear and Vikings. You’ll also get free next-day delivery, so you can enjoy your bargains straightaway. Because who wants to wait around for their goodies to arrive?
Sign up: Amazon Prime 30-day free trial
2. Write a list
Before you start shopping for tech, write a list of what you actually want, and stick to it! It’s all to easy to be distracted by – and waste money on – reduced-price gadgets that, in reality, you’ll barely ever use.
3. Do your research
‘Wow – a 4K, 46inch TV reduced to £80! I’ve not heard of the brand but surely I’d be MAD not to buy it?!’
OK, so maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but you should always ask yourself why the item is so cheap. If the picture or sound quality of that £80 TV is so poor it’s unwatchable, you’ll only have to replace it with something more expensive down the line, and all the while you could have missed out on a really good deal on a really good set.
So whether you’re in the market for a TV or a blender, read reviews beforehand and jot down the names or numbers of the models that most impress you, along with their average pre-Amazon Prime Day prices or RRPs. That way, when you come to shop, you’ll know that you’re getting a great product and genuine deal.
4. Understand Lightning deals
Lightning Deals are what Amazon Prime Day is all about. An item will go on sale at a discount for a limited time (usually for a few hours, max) or until a certain number have been sold.
On any Lightning deal, you’ll see a timer counting down how long you have to claim the deal, and a percentage bar that shows how many of that particular item have already been purchased or are in a customer’s basket.
When stocks are really low, you might be added to a Waitlist. This means that if a shopper has the item in their basket but doesn’t go through to checkout, you might still have a chance to grab it. You’ll need to be quick though!
5. Use the Amazon app’s Watch-a-Deal feature
Download the Amazon app and you can also take advantage of the ‘Watch-A-Deal’ feature. This sends an alert whenever an item you want goes on offer.
To get alerted when your deals start, open the app, go to the menu and select Settings, then tap Notifications. Turn on Watched and Waitlisted deals.
Next, go into Today’s Deals and add any Upcoming Deals that you’re interested in to your Waitlist. Now as soon as a deal starts, a notification will pop up on your phone screen, so you don’t miss it.
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Best deals from Amazon Prime Day 2017
If you’re looking for an idea of what’s on offer, here’s a look back at our favourite deals for your home and garden from Amazon Prime Day 2017.
Best garden deals
30% off Keter Corfu outdoor rattan sofa, armchairs and table, RRP 269.99, now £187.99
We may have the perfect weather for chillaxing in the garden, but rickety furniture can really take the edge off. If your patio set has seen better days, take advantage of the big Prime Day discount on this handsome suite.
Available in smart graphite with cream cushions, these lightweight pieces are easy to reposition as the sun creeps across. They’re virtually maintenance-free, too, being made from a durable resin that’s rust-proof, decay-proof, weather-resistant and UV protected.
44% off Keter Eden storage bench, RRP £99.99, now £55.98
Provide a seat in a shady spot AND deal with any garden clutter with this handy storage bench. The large 265-litre storage space will keep your things ventilated and dry, and has umpteen uses! Perhaps you could hide garden tools in there, or a stash of citronella candles or maybe seat cushions. It’s lockable, so whatever you stow away will be safe.
46% off Karcher K4 Full Control home pressure washer, RRP £249.99, Amazon Prime Day price £134.99
Clean your car, garden furniture or pathways with this powerful pressure washer. Digital Editor Amy has this very same model at home and it took her grubby patio from brown to off white in minutes. Having never owned a pressure washer before, she loved the LED display on the trigger gun, which tells you which pressure setting and rod to use based on the surface you are trying to clean.
55% off Flymo robotic lawnmower, was £998.40
Put your feet up and let the tech do the hard work with this robotic lawnmower from Flymo. It can trim a lawn of up to 400 sq m, and comes with a boundary wire and pegs so that it doesn’t munch on your flowerbeds.
You can adjust the cutting height anywhere between 20 and 50mm, and your little mowbot has collision sensors so he doesn’t come a cropper when negotiating a shed or rockery.
It’s still reduced to £599.99 if you fancy getting your hands on one…
Buy now: Flymo robotic lawnmower, £599.99
Best kitchen deals
72% off Kenwood kMix Stand Mixer in red, RRP £429, now £118.99
Hot cross buns! We think this might be the cheapest we’ve ever seen the kMix stand mixer. This excellent machine comes with a beater for mixing cake batters, a whisk for whipping cream and a dough hook for, well, dough. Its planetary motion stops anything sticking to the sides, too – bad news for bowl lickers! We can only hope that the cakes you make with it look as good.
Buy Now: Kenwood kMix stand mixer, £118.99
Denby Halo dinner service, RRP £178, reduced to £98
Comprising four dinner plates, side plates, mugs and bowls, this beautiful Halo tableware collection should fly off Amazon’s shelves when it goes on offer at 3.15pm.
The set can be put in the dishwasher, oven, microwave and freezer, so it’s hugely practical, yet you still get the handcrafted finish that Denby are so famous for.
Add to Watchlist: Denby Halo 16-piece tableware boxed set, £98
A Breville personal blender for just £17.99
Whizz up your own smoothies – or if you’re feeling less virtuous, cocktails – in this handy blender. Small enough not to clutter up a worktop, it comes with two portable bottles so you can just blend and go.
Most of the parts go in the dishwasher, too, so you don’t have to get sticky cleaning it up.
At least 35% off Breville high-gloss sandwich toaster, was £49.99
Relive your student days with this fancy sandwich toaster in high-gloss white. As Breville invented the original electric sandwich toaster, you really can’t go wrong with this brand.
It’s a deep-fill model so you can be more experimental with your recipes – or just chuck in more cheese. You could also use it for making omelettes or apple turnovers.
Worried about cleaning it? The plates have a ceramic non-stick coating and can be removed so you can give them a good scrub in the sink.
More than 50% off the De’Longhi Nespresso Lattissima Touch coffee machine, was £279.99, now £125.99
Wow. This is potentially a great deal. We’re big fans of Nespresso at Ideal Home. Those little capsules of joy are a life-saver first in the morning when we can’t be bothered to faff around with a bag of ground coffee. They taste amazing, too.
This clever machine takes things up a gear by pimping your espresso into your choice of barista-style drink. Press a button for a ristretto, cappuccino, latte, long (or Americano) or to add hot milk. It also makes ristrettos and regular espressos.
Best lighting deals
25% off Anglepoise Type 75 mini desk lamp, RRP £95, now £69.99
Get £25 off this design classic of a lamp. It’s on offer in several colours, so if this brushed aluminium finish isn’t really your thing, how about alpine white, powder blue or signal red?
Lightning deal: 20% off Pathson 5.5-inch wall light in copper, was £34.99, now £27.99
Wall lighting can be tricky to perfect, but this sconce ticks a lot of boxes. It’s finished in on-trend copper, has a simple, industrial-style finish and takes standard E27 screw bulbs. We’d line a few up along the wall of an open-plan kitchen-diner. Gorgeous.
Best tech deals
Miele Complete C2 Cat and Dog vacuum cleaner, RRP £270, now £122.99
This Miele vacuum cleaner is a top performer, and just brilliant at picking up pet hair. If the price or the cute picture haven’t won you over, perhaps the fact that this model has been tested for use for 20 years might.
£70 off Amazon Echo, now £79.99 and £15 off Echo Dot, now £34.99.
Surely the best bargain to be announced so far is a staggering £80 discount on Amazon’s Echo Alexa-enabled speaker. There’s also £15 off its baby sister, the Echo Dot.
These are the lowest prices ever for Alexa devices, so if you fancy trying them out, now is the time. These deal will begin at 6pm tonight.
You can ask Alexa almost anything and she’ll do her best to oblige. She’ll give you the weather forecast, traffic updates, play your favourite music or order you an Uber. If she’s connected up to other smart gadgets around your home over WiFi, she’ll control them. Hook her up to a Hive thermostat, for example, and she’ll turn the heating up or down for you.
Add to your watch list: Amazon Echo, £79.99
£3 off Dash buttons – plus get a £4.99 discount after your first press.
These small adhesive buttons have one use. Press them and they will automatically reorder a household essential through Amazon.
You could pop Andrex Dash button in your downstairs loo, attach an Ariel Dash button to your washing machine or stick a Heineken button on the fridge door. Then, if you see you’re running low on toilet paper, washing detergent or beer, there’s no need to add them to a shopping list. Just tap.
There are more than 65 different buttons to choose from, including Duracell, Nescafe and Whiskas.
Buy now: Amazon Dash button, £1.99
£30 off the all-new Fire 7 Kids Edition, now £69.99
You might think it’s too early to start thinking about Christmas, but you’ll be surprised how quickly it creeps up on you. Take advantage of this great deal now, and Santa’s purse strings won’t be quite so stretched later in the year.
The all-new Fire 7 Kids Edition is a 7-inch tablet with 16 GB of storage and an 8 hours battery life. The big draw for parents though, is its kid-proof case and two-year worry-free guarantee. So if little Johnny should break his Kindle, Amazon will replace it, no questions asked.
Add to your watch list: Fire 7 Kids Edition, £69.99
£40 off the all-new Fire HD 8 Kids Edition, now £89.99
The 8-inch Fire HD Kid Edition is a good step up for older children, who will appreciate its high-definition screen, extra 32GB of storage and longer 12 hours of battery life.
It’s got the same protective cover and guarantee, and, like the Fire 7 Kids edition, comes with Alexa to help with homework.
Add to your watch list: Fire HD 8 Kids Edition, £89.99
69% off the Hoover Freedom 2-in-1 cordless stick vacuum cleaner, RRP £259.99, now £79.99
This powerful stick cleaner is already heavily reduced on Amazon but the price is set to go even lower on Prime Day.
Great for quick cleaning jobs around the house, the Hoover covers floors quickly and efficiently. Spilt cereal over the kicthen table? Whip off the handheld attachment to suck up the mess.
Because it’s powered by a Lithium-ion battery, performance won’t drop off as the cleaner loses charge. It’s good for 25 minutes of cleaning, and comes with three tools – a floor nozzle with a rotating brush bar to deep-clean carpets, a 2-in-1 dusting brush, and an upholstery tool for tackling curtains and blinds.
£220 off an LG 43-inch 4K Ultra HD HDR Smart LED TV, was £599, now £379
LG TVs are known for their decent Smart TV interface and are right up there on picture quality, so this is another discount worth bagging.
This award-winning 43-inch set is ideal for a small to medium-size living room. It’s both 4K and HDR ready – two big plus points that mean your set is futureproof and can show images in four times as much detail as a standard 1080p HD set.
Built-in Freeview Play gives you access to more than 70 digital channels and 15 HD ones, plus catch up services like BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub and Demand 5.
Good luck, and remember – it’s only a bargain if you really need it!