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Amazon Prime Day 2021 is over and while the orders are still being counted, it’s expected to top last year’s record-breaking numbers for both items sold and total revenue.
Amazon doesn’t reveal earnings data, but last year Prime members saved more than $1.4 billion. We expect this years numbers to be even bigger, in part because Prime Day was held in the summer, unlike Prime Day 2020, which took place in October. In many cases, big-ticket items were marked down to their lowest price of the year (or ever).
Prime Day 2021 also focused on helping to support what Amazon calls “independent third-party sellers” (I.e. the mostly small and medium-sized businesses that rely on the site as a marketplace to sell their own products and creations). Amazon offered $10 of Amazon credit if you shopped at those retailers and spent $10. Amazon announced that this promotion helped small business earn 100% more than they did during Prime Day 2020.
Rolling Stone readers were big fans of AirPods Pro, streaming sticks and hammocks, while snagging deals on additional outdoor gear and headphones. Here’s a look at the top 10 items that our readers bought for Prime Day (a bonus: many of these deals are still live as of this writing, in case you missed out and want to pick up these products for yourself).
Additionally, Amazon just released the top-selling items of Prime Day 2021, so we’ve included them below. They may not be on sale anymore, but these products are still standouts in their respective categories.
The Top-Selling Items Of Prime Day 2021
1. iRobot Roomba 692
Roombas are the gold standard of robot vacuum cleaners, so it’s no surprise that the Roomba 692 was a hit on Prime Day. The robot vacuum’s sensors help it map out your room to avoid hitting obstacles, you can control it totally hands-free using your voice using an Echo or Google Home speaker, and it’ll automatically return to its charging dock when its battery runs low. iRobot says the Roomba 692 lasts up to 90 minutes per charge (more than enough time to clean several rooms). Prime Day may be over, but the Roomba 692 is still $25 cheaper than usual, so it’s still a good deal.
2. Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus
Any home cook knows that counter space is premium real estate, which is why Instant Pot’s Duo Evo Plus was such a big seller on Prime Day 2021. This single gadget acts as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, sous vide, steamer, yogurt maker, saute pan, and oven. We’ve tried Instant Pot’s gear in the past, and it’s always lived up to the company’s reputation. This bundle comes with a glass lid, which comes in handy if you’re sauteeing food and want to avoid splatter.
3. 23andMe Ancestry + Traits Service
Plenty of people wanted to learn about their roots on Prime Day, which is why 23andMe’s Ancestry kit was a top-seller. The kit uses a small DNA sample (your saliva) and gives you a detailed breakdown of where your family came from. It won’t give specific information about the specific town or region within a country, but you’ll have a far better understanding of your nationality than you had before.
4. Waterpik Electric Water Flosser
Let’s face it, nobody actually wants to floss, and you can avoid it (while maintaining your dental hygiene) with Waterpik’s Electric Water Flosser, a big Prime Day 2021 seller. The pick has several power settings, and lets you switch between a floss and massage mode so you don’t overwork your gums. The American Dental Association gave its official stamp of approval to Waterpik’s Flosser, so it’s an officially recognized tool.
5. Orgain Organic Plant Based Protein Powder
Prime Day shoppers wanted to add some additional protein to their diet this year, and chose Orgain’s Organic Protein Powder. It boasts 21g of plant-based protein, 5g of prebiotic protein and fiber, and no sugar. If you plan on mixing it into smoothies, you’ll appreciate the vanilla bean flavor. Orgain’s protein powder is USDA organic, non-GMO, gluten free, and vegan.
Rolling Stone Readers’ Favorite Products Of Prime Day 2021
1. Kootek Camping Hammock
If you haven’t taken a nap in a hammock yet this season, what are you waiting for? Now’s your chance to get a discounted hammock-for-two that you can set up when you’re camping or just lounging in your backyard. This Kootek camp hammock is up to 21% off at the time of publication. Before adding it to your cart, don’t forget to apply the $2 off coupon for extra savings on a piece of gear you’re about to get a ton of use out of this summer.
2. QPAU Inflatable Swimming Pool
Get this family-sized swimming pool on sale for just $49.99 (regularly $69.99+). Amazon has a $20 off coupon that’s still active from Prime Day. Made from a non-toxic, BPA-free and non-toxic PVC, it’s safe for all ages and durable enough to hold up to repeated use.
It takes less than four minutes to inflate the pool using an electric pump (not included). The pool measures 118 x 72 x 22 inches, with an 800 gallon water capacity. That’s enough to fit 5-6 people seated, or 2-3 people lying down.
3. KINGSO 22-Inch Fire Pit
With a durable steel construction and a weather-resistant finish, this fire pit will last you through the summer and beyond. Great for warmth, roasting marshmallows, bonfires and more, the 22-inch fire pit is on sale for just $49.99 (regularly $70). Apply the on-site coupon for an additional 5% discount.
This patio fire pit set comes with a spark screen and a fire poker, a fire pit cover to avoid sparks, embers, and debris, and a wood-handled poker to let you safely move wood or charcoal.
4. Flikr Fire Personal Fireplace
This is one of our favorite products we’ve used in the last year. The Flikr lets you enjoy a fire from anywhere, so long as you have a bottle of isopropyl alcohol and a lighter or match. While it can actually be used safely indoors, we love using it outside on an outdoor patio table at night. The personal fireplace sits on top of a base, which protects your table surfaces. You can score the Flikr for only $94,
5. Apple AirPods Pro
Apple’s AirPods Pro face a lot of steep competition from the likes of Sony and Bowers & Wilkins, but they’re still the best pick for most people. They sound good, feel comfortable, last a fairly long time, and their active noise cancelling is seriously impressive. Best of all, they work well with Windows and Android devices, too.
6. LifePro Sonic Massage Therapy Gun
There’s never been a better week to buy a massage therapy device, like this one from LifePro, which is back up to its original price of $99.99. The bundle includes you all the different head attachments you could need to massage your sore back, legs and shoulders after a workout when you’re at home, at the gym or traveling. It features five different massaging levels, and you can use it for up to six hours on a charge. If you workout often, this is still a solid massager at its original price.
7. TP-Link Kasa Smart Plug
These smart plugs let you control anything that’s plugged into them by using an app on your phone, and cost just $9 a pop thanks to an Prime Day deal.
8. Fire TV 4K
The Fire TV Stick 4K is Amazon’s newest premium media streamer, and it’s just $39. That’s not quite as low as it was on Prime Day, but still $10 cheaper than normal.
Despite its size, the Fire TV Stick 4K can stream ultra HD video, and supports Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision, the latest high-end audio and video technologies. Its app library is huge, allowing you to stream your favorite songs, TV shows, and movies on the streaming services you want to use.
The device also comes bundled with the Alexa Remote, which lets you use Amazon’s smart assistant to find the content you want to watch without pushing a bunch of buttons. At this price, no other media streamer comes close to delivering the same level of performance or value. Purchase:
9. Fitbit Inspire 2
Get a clearer picture of your overall health with the Fitbit Inspire 2, which tracks your steps, sleep, heart rate, calories burned, and more. Back to its normal price of $98.99, the Fitbit Inspire 2 is still one of the highest-rated fitness trackers available right now, and one we can highly recommend.
10. Roku Streaming Stick+
Roku’s Steaming Stick+ is a 4K media streamer that gives you quick access to services like Prime Video in the highest resolution possible. It supports high dynamic range video and Dolby Atmos audio, so you’ll have the best possible audio and visual experience possible if you have the right equipment. Regularly $49.99+, it’s on sale for just $39 right now.