Amazon Prime Day is one of the best times of the year to stock up on streaming players, smart TVs, and other cord-cutting gear, as both Amazon and its competitors are offering deep discounts on some of the best products out there.
Not all deals are worth your time and attention, however, so we’re sorting though them all and highlighting only the best. Here are the most worthy Prime Day deals for cord-cutters we’ve found so far. We’ll be updating this post throughout the day as we uncover more.
The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K for $25 is the best Prime Day deal out there if you’re in the market for a new streaming player. The Fire TV Stick 4K is fast, supports the latest HDR formats (including Dolby Vision and HDR10+), offers powerful Alexa voice controls, and has TV volume/power/mute buttons built into its remote. Right now, it’s on sale for its lowest price yet.
Amazon’s regular Fire TV Stick is also on sale for $15, but we suggest spending the extra $10 on the 4K model even if you don’t have a 4K TV, as it loads apps faster and it’s much more responsive. And while Amazon’s Fire TV Cube is on sale for $70, pairing a Fire TV Stick 4K with Amazon Echo Dot ($22 on Prime Day) will provide most of same hands-free Alexa controls for $23 less, and you’ll get a faster streaming device with better HDR support to boot.
This 32-inch 720p from Toshiba has Amazon’s Fire TV software built right in, so you can control it by voice with Alexa and enjoy a bigger app selection than most other smart TVs. It’s back down to record low price of $100 on Prime Day.
The first Fire TV Edition sets with Dolby Vision HDR just launched last month, but they’re on sale for the first time during Prime Day. The 50-inch model has the biggest discount at $280 (reg. $380), while the 55-inch model isn’t far behind at $360 (reg. $450). You can also save $70 on the 43-inch model, which is selling for $260 on Prime Day. Once your TVs arrive, use Amazon Prime to watch original series in glorious 4K HDR at no extra charge.
The Logitech Harmony Hub is a handy universal remote with support for automated routines and voice control via Alexa or Google Assistant. Want to create a voice command that turns on your TV, flips to the Fire TV input, scrolls to the PlayStation Vue app, and starts playing live TV? With a bit of setup, you can make it work. While the Hub alone used to cost $100, Hub and Remote bundles have come way down in price lately, and Best Buy now has the bundle for $50.
Roku Streaming Stick for $34 (reg. $49), Stick+ for $49 (reg. $59)
Prime Day has some good deals for folks who prefer Roku’s simpler interface and emphasis on free content over Amazon’s more ambitious software. The Roku Streaming Stick is on sale for $34, down from a regular price of $49 and $5 less than the promotional price we often see from Roku.
Discounts are also available on the 4K Roku Streaming Stick+ and Roku Ultra. Get the former for $49 or the latter for $69, for discounts of $10 and $30, respectively. The Steaming Stick+ is a fine upgrade for 4K TV owners, but the Ultra is only necessary if you want an ethernet connection, local USB media playback, or private headphone listening through the remote.
Roku is offering $5 discounts on its Premiere ($34) and Express ($24) streaming players as well, but we suggest skipping those as neither includes TV volume or power controls on their remotes, and they don’t support voice control either.
The Sonos Beam is a better soundbar for small- or medium-sized rooms than larger ones, but it still provides excellent overall sound quality and lots of features, including Apple AirPlay 2 support and either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant voice controls. This Prime Day deal knocks $40 off the regular price and throws in a pair of physical $50 Amazon gift cards, so you can give them to someone else or keep them for yourself.
While it’s not a high-end TV, TCL’s 55-inch R-Series set offers great color accuracy and HDR performance for the price, plus it has Roku’s simple smart TV software built-in. Rakuten’s $529 price is the same as what you’ll find on Amazon during Prime Day—a nice deal, but nothing special—but it also includes 22% back in Rakuten Super Points. That adds up to $116 to use on a future Rakuten purchase, making for an excellent deal.
If you plan to build your own over-the-air DVR system with Plex, Channels, Emby, or HDHomeRun’s own DVR service, the HDHomeRun Quatro can play or record up to four over-the-air channels at once. It’s on sale at both Amazon and Best Buy, though the former is also throwing in a 14-foot ethernet cable and some cable ties. Best Buy also has the dual-tuner model for just $60, down from the list price of $100. Just keep in mind that you’ll need a PC, NAS box, or Nvidia Shield TV—plus a hard drive with ample storage—to handle the recordings.
LG’s NanoCell (or quantum dot) TVs are a great alternative to OLED sets, providing excellent color accuracy and screen brightness at slightly more affordable prices. The smallest of LG’s Nano 8 series is down to its lowest price yet at $565. The 65-inch version is also close to its record low of $1097, though this price has come and gone repeatedly over the past month or so.
While $10 off is a pretty pitiful discount by Prime Day standards, the overall rarity of Apple TV deals compels us to mention this one anyway. No other streaming box matches the Apple TV 4K on polish, and its software has made some major strides in recent months. Grab it from Best Buy for $170.
Tablo: Quad-tuner DVR (refurbished) for $120
The predecessor to our pick for best over-the-air DVR, Tablo’s quad-tuner DVR has a slower 802.11n Wi-Fi connection and lacks an internal hard drive bay, but it’s otherwise functionally identical. It can play and record up to four broadcast channels at a time when you plug in an external hard drive, and it streams the video to the Tablo app on streaming players, smart TVs, game consoles, phones, tablets and computers. Refurbished models are $120 from Tablo’s online store—that’s $80 less than a new Quad—and shipping is free with the code SHIPFREE.
Amazon Fire TV Recast for $130
If you’re stocking up on Fire TV devices during Prime Day, consider the Fire TV Recast for your over-the-air DVR needs. It functions similarly to Tablo, but has better video quality, and you can launch channels with Alexa voice commands. On the downside, it only works with Fire TV devices for watching on televisions, and it lacks ad-skipping features. The dual-tuner, 500GB model is selling for $130, while the quad-tuner, 1TB model is selling for $180. Both are $100 off the regular price, and there are no subscription fees.