The Best Preview Deals of the Amazon Prime Early Access Sale (Prime Day 2.0)

The Best Preview Deals of the Amazon Prime Early Access Sale (Prime Day 2.0)

amazon prime early access sale deals
Serious Eats / Joy Kim

On the heels of Prime Day this past summer, Amazon announced that it’s hosting another two-day sale, featuring some of the biggest discounts of the year, on October 11th and 12th (that’s tomorrow and Wednesday!). The Amazon Prime Early Access Sale will include excellent kitchen sales, some great home deals, and even some outdoorsy discounts (fingers crossed for a Solo Stove!). We’re calling it Prime Day 2.0.

You don’t have to wait until then to save: We rounded up some of the best early deals available now. We also have answers to your questions below (like what the Prime Early Access Sale is and how to shop it!).

Yoskuta Carbon Steel Wok Pan

Normally $70, Now $60

One of our favorite woks is a cool 14% off right now. It’s flat-bottomed, so it’s compatible with all stovetops. It’s pre-seasoned, which makes it easier to get going with. And we found it heat responsive—essential for wok cooking. 

Yosukata wok.
Serious Eats / Tim Chin

Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

Normally $170, Now $135

This is the lowest price we’ve seen for this very, very good burr grinder from Baratza. It’s our favorite budget-friendly coffee grinder for coffee geeks and it has a powerful motor, 40 grind settings, and removable burrs that can actually be replaced/upgraded. We’re huge fans of it—and you won’t find it discounted often.

Baratza Encore coffee grinder
Serious Eats / Vicky Wasik

DII Swedish Dishcloths

Normally $18, Now $13

Swedish dishcloths are like a cross between a sponge and a paper towel and are an excellent reusable alternative to the latter. They’re absorbent, they dry quickly, and they’re durable. Plus, they come in some fun prints (we’re partial to the lemon one shown above).

A Swedish dishcloth underneath a running faucet
Serious Eats / Vicky Wasik

Chef’n FreshForce Citrus Juicer

Normally $25, Now $20

Our favorite handheld juicer for lemons and limes is as good as it gets: It easily extracts juice with minimal effort, it directs juices downwards (keeping splashes off of your countertop), and it has a slip-free handle. 

Juice being squeeze from a lemon into a small metal measuring cup.
Serious Eats / Vicky Wasik

Lodge 10.25-Inch Cast Iron Skillet

Normally $30, Now $21

You really can’t beat this 30% off sale on our favorite cast iron skillet. We truly don’t think it’s worth splurging on a high-end cast iron skillet when this now-$21 Lodge has it all: It’s durable, it’s easy to season, and it has great heat retention.

lodge cast iron skillet
Serious Eats / Joy Kim

Mueller Austria Vacuum Sealer Machine

Normally $80, Now $60

Our favorite affordable vacuum sealer is currently 25% off, which is a steal for those into sous vide or food preservation. It’s lightweight, it works (better, we found, than some vacuum sealers triple its price), and it’s easy to store. It does have a longer, 40-second refractory period (the time it has to rest in between seals), but that’s really not too bad considering its price point.

The Mueller vacuum sealer vacuum sealing a bag of Chex
Serious Eats / Taylor Murray

Cuisinart 14-Cup Food Processor

Normally $250, Now $200

One of our favorite 14-cup food processors is 20% off at the moment. It’s powerful, it’s rather quiet, and it has a simple two-bottom control panel (on/off for continuous processing and pulse). Only the Brushed Stainless finish is discounted, but we’re not complaining.

Cuisinart food processor with accessories
Serious Eats / Vicky Wasik

KitchenAid Full Size Dish Rack

Normally $85, Now $62

Our favorite full-size dish rack is currently 27% off. It has a large capacity, drains quickly, is easy to clean, and has prongs for hanging glasses (yes, even wine glasses) to dry.

kitchenaid dish rack on wooden countertop
Serious Eats / Madeline Muzzi

Coffee Gator Insulated French Press

Normally $55, Now $40

An excellent French press at an equally excellent price, our budget-friendly pick from Coffee Gator delivers on all fronts. Made from layered stainless steel, it’ll keep your coffee hot and there’s no worry of it accidentally falling off your countertop and shattering to bits (…not that that’s happened to us with a ceramic French press before). Note: only the grey color is currently discounted.

Plunging Gator French Press
Serious Eats / Ashley Rodriguez

T-fal Professional Nonstick Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator Fry Pan

Normally $50, Now $32

While we don’t recommend nonstick skillets for most cooking tasks (we’re all about cast iron or carbon steel), there are some applications—like scrambled eggs, for example—where a good nonstick pan is mighty helpful. One of our favorites is currently 37% off and it features a grippy handle, is oven-safe to 400℉, and resisted scratches after our (admittedly tough) durability tests.

an overhead look at the T-fal nontick skillet sitting on a white surface
Serious Eats / Donna Currie

All-Clad Stainless Steel Immersion Blender

Normally $170, Now $120

The most powerful immersion blender award goes to this model from All-Clad. In our tests, it emulsified mayo, crushed ice, and puréed with amazing ease. It’s an all-around winner.

Puréeing celery soup in a plastic container using an immersion blender
Serious Eats / Emily Dryden

Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Reversible Stovetop Griddle

Normally $75, Now $50

Our favorite stovetop griddle is a whopping $25 off at the moment. It works for pancakes, bacon, eggs, panini…oh, the possibilities. If searing burgers is high on your priority list, we found that electric griddles don’t get hot enough to do the trick, but that this cast iron griddle does. 

Messermeister Avanta 4-Piece Steak Knife Set

Normally $70, Now $50

After testing 14 sets of steak knives, we named this one our top pick. These knives are affordable, super-sharp, and incredibly well-constructed. Plus, they come in a set of four—some sets of two can cost five times the price (or more). 

Side and overhead view of the Messermeister Avanta
Serious Eats / Vicky Wasik

Yummy Kitchenware 9-Inch Fine Mesh Strainer

Normally $20, Now $16

Our favorite budget-friendly fine mesh strainer is even cheaper right now. It’s also pretty great: it has a wide basket and extra-large bowl hook. Its mesh is fairly fine, too (not as fine as our winner, but that one’s $56). 

Yummy Kitchenware fine mesh strainer
Serious Eats / Eric King

Bentgo Kids Print Lunch Box

Normally $40, Now $27

With five compartments to keep your kiddo’s lunch in place and kid-friendly latches, this cute lunchbox from Bentgo is well worth buying. (Note: It’s meant for ages three to seven.) This grown-up Bengto is also currently discounted.


When is the Amazon Prime Early Access Sale? 

Amazon’s Prime Early Access Sale is set for October 11th and 12th, though the site is already teasing preview discounts.

What is the Amazon Prime Early Access Sale?

This two-day event is one of the biggest sales of the year, with discounts on kitchen, home, outdoor products, electronics, and more. It will include markdowns that are available for the entirety of the two-day sale and lightning deals that are offered for a limited amount of time and sell out quickly. You can read more details via Amazon’s press release.

What other brands offer these deals?

Like with Prime Day, other major retailers—including Target, Nordstrom, Walmart, and Bed, Bath & Beyond—will likely offer their own sales during this time. Smaller, direct-to-consumer brands (like ThermoWorks) often mark down their offerings at this time, too.

What sold best in July?

Some top-selling products from Amazon’s July Prime Day included the Vitamix 5200 Professional-Grade Blender, Yoskuata Carbon Steel Wok Pan, Anova Culinary Precision Cooker, and more.