August was rife with sales, from Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale to multiple back-to-school sales on everything from kids face masks to laptops and other tech. Although Amazon has yet to announce the official date for Prime Day 2020, the company kicked off its first-ever Big Summer Sale Event (marking the second major sale from the retailer following its Style Sale). The current sale ends on Sept. 7 so there’s still time to save upwards of 50 percent on select home, tech, clothing and beauty, among other items. While this Amazon sale is not as expansive as Prime Day, there are some notable deals worth considering if you’re looking to buy new earphones, replace an old mattress or find new sneakers or skin care items. As you consider some of the category-specific sales above, we’ve compiled some standout deals on highly-rated products to give you an idea of what’s in store.
Limited time sales on Amazon
Right now, you can save significantly on highly-rated gaming laptops and electronics, as well as highly-rated, bestselling thermometers:
- The Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop is down to $899.99. More than 710 reviewers on Amazon gave it a 4.6-star average rating.
- You'll also find some notable Anker computer accessories on sale, including the Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Mouse (down to $14.99) — it's got more than 19,990 reviews with an average 4.2-star rating. Plus, you can find a USB C Hub and a USB C Surge Protector.
- The Fire TV Stick 4K is down to $39.99. More than 272,000 reviewers gave it a 4.5-star average rating.
- The bestselling iHealth No-Touch Forehead Thermometer is now 33 percent off, bringing it down to $39.99. Nearly 32,000 reviewers left it a 4.3-star average rating.
- You can save 20 percent on the highly-rated Samsung Galaxy S20 Unlocked Phone. It's down to $999.99 and nearly 35 reviewers left it a 4.8-star average rating.
Amazon’s Big Summer Sale: Best kitchen and home products to shop 2020
This 3-quart Instant Pot is compact and a great option if you have limited kitchen space. “It’s like a Crock Pot on steroids,” Brittany Williams, founder and creator of Instant Loss and author of Instant Loss: Eat Real, Lose Weight, previously told NBC News BETTER. “You can put everything in there and walk away,” she said, including pot roast, chicken noodle soup, rice, eggs and more. An Instant Pot can replace up to seven kitchen tools, such as an electric pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker and more. If you’re looking for a larger model, consider the 6 Quart which feeds up to five people or the 8 Quart for even larger families (or meal prep for the week).
2. Zojirushi SM-KHE48AG Stainless Steel Mug (Pre-Order, Ships Aug. 22)
Aside from its clean design, this stainless steel mug is vacuum-insulated to keep your drinks cold (or hot) longer. It’s compact but equipped with a wide mouth (to fit full size ice cubes, for example). It also comes in a number of colors including Black, Champagne Gold, Lavender Pink, Emerald and more. And it features a flip-open lid for convenience as well as a safety lock to prevent accidental spillage.
The Broil King S490 features a large cooking space with a porcelain coated warming rack, condiment bins and hooks to hold your grilling tools. There is also a rear rotisserie burner, side burner and it features a stainless steel cooking system for durability. "It's quite affordable for a four-burner, stainless design with infrared technology," Matt Moore, the author of "Serial Griller," previously told NBC News Shopping. "Plus, with the rotisserie kit and LED lighting, too — all the hits for nearly one-tenth of the luxury splurge (along with a ten-year warranty)."
This Black + Decker model is an air conditioner, dehumidifier and fan all in one product. It equips 10,000 BTUs to cool most room sizes and sports an easily accessible filter. Justin Edwards, an HVAC contractor with ContractorAdvisorly, previously told NBC News Shopping that his top pick for portable AC units is the 8,000-BTU model variation of this one. “Its sleep mode function allows it to control the air temperature while you're asleep, keeping you comfortable — and it has a low noise level at 75 dB,” Edwards noted.
This upright vacuum is lightweight and features swivel steering to easily maneuver around furniture and other obstacles. It includes a HEPA filter that catches dust and other particles, while its anti-allergen complete seal prevents them from escaping back into the air. For convenience, the brand’s so-called Lift Away technology allows you to detach the canister and clean hard-to-reach areas.
While there are countless wine glasses to choose from, this set of four from JoyJolt Spirits is Amazon’s No. 2 bestselling when it comes to wine glasses. They are dishwasher-safe and include a clean and modern design. Additionally, they are made with shatter-resistant glass, rather than plastic, meaning they are durable enough for everyday use and yet add a bit of elegance.
According to grilling experts we previously consulted, the Weber Spirit E-310 is considered the gold standard of grills. This popular model has an average 4.7-star average rating from nearly 8,600 reviewers on The Home Depot, and more than 6,700 of those ratings were 5-stars. It features three-burners, cast iron gates and a cooking space large enough to cook over a dozen burgers at once. The Spirit E-310 is equipped with 32,000 BTU and includes a porcelain-enameled lid and cook box for durability.
This budget-friendly ergonomic office chair by Modway is one of NBC News Shopping readers' top purchases in August. It’s a great addition to your home workstation and pairs well with an ergonomic keyboard or mouse. It also features a mesh back and plush vinyl seat cushion for comfort while you work throughout the day. Plus it includes a 360-degree swivel and you can easily adjust its height and tilt to your preference. You can find it in Black, Blue, Gray, Red, Green and Brown.
Blueair Blue Pure fan cools rooms with a 90-degree range and removes over 99 percent of dust and pollen in the air in 20 minutes. It features a minimalist design and is equipped with a single button to turn the fan on and off and cycle through three-speed settings. Plus, it’s compact and easily portable for you to use on a tabletop or on the floor. The fan is also popular on Amazon, earning a 4.5-star average rating from 2,040 reviewers.
If you’re looking to upgrade your earbuds, check out Apple’s relatively new AirPods Pro. They feature active noise canceling technology to block out distractions and a version of Sony’s transparency mode, for when you want to be able to hear your surroundings. Additionally, these Airpods are water-resistant and include more than 24 hours of battery life when using the Wireless Charging Case. And if you prefer a simplified and more affordable option, consider the original AirPods which one fitness expert argues are the best pair of earbuds she’s ever used.