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As Amazon Prime Day has come and gone, we’ve stopped updating this post with sales and can’t promise the ones below are still available. Check back later this year for updated deals.
As with Black Friday, we await Amazon Prime Day each year with excitement. And today's your last day to get the best deals (June 21 to June 22), so we're highlighting the hottest and coolest Prime Day deals to upgrade your home bar: from cocktail shakers to wine fridges, Margarita machines to kegerators.
Remember, you have to be a Prime member to take advantage of these deals. If you don't already have one, sign up for a free 30-day Prime membership now. Many other brands and retailers like Walmart, Wayfair, and Macy's have also already confirmed sales for the same time—and you won't need a membership for that.
And if you want to shop a bit more locally, Amazon now has Amazon Handmade, and you can shop by region to help support small businesses.
When is Amazon Prime Day 2021?
This year, Prime Day runs from 12 AM PDT on Monday, June 21, through 11:59 PM PDT on Tuesday, June 22, 2021.
In years past, the event landed in July. Last year, during the thick of the pandemic, Amazon moved it to October.
What is Amazon Prime Day?
First of all, it’s actually two days. The event offers members of Amazon’s Prime subscription service additional savings across the site on numerous items from toys and televisions to, yes, home bar equipment. Throughout the 48-hour sale, you’ll find great deals on thousands of items from beer glasses to whiskey decanters, along with short-term lightning deals across the site.
Prime Day is the perfect day to pick up something both bartending pros and newbies can enjoy. “When building your home bar, take some time to think about necessity versus excess,” says Pamela Wiznitzer, a corporate beverage consultant and bartending veteran at some of New York City’s top spots. “Take time to read professional reviews, not just the reviews from consumers. That bar cart might look cool in the picture but may not function the way you need it to. Too often people won’t take the extra step to do a little more in-depth research. But if you do that, you’ll tend to get a better outcome.”
Do I Have to Be an Amazon Prime Member?
Prime Day is only available to Amazon Prime members, who currently pay $12.99 per month or $119 per year. There is a workaround: You can score a free 30-day Prime membership (if you haven’t canceled a membership in the past 12 months).
Just be sure and cancel your trial before the 30 days run out (unless, of course, you decide to stay on). You can also sign up for a one-month membership at $12.99 (again, remember to cancel before the next month begins).
What Categories Are Best to Shop?
Electronics, toys, appliances, and furniture all commonly experience steep discounts. When it comes to your home bar, big-ticket items like wine refrigerators, ice makers, and dehydrators often feature great deals.
If it’s cocktail-making tools you’re after, Wiznitzer says to “pick up a citrus squeezer (view at Amazon). The smaller kind with the two handles. Honestly, you can shake with anything: you can shake your cocktail in a water bottle. But you can’t squeeze juice that easily. In all my cocktail classes, it’s the one thing I stress the most."
How Do I Find the Best Deals?
Amazon consists of lots and lots of merchants from around the world, big and small. Not all of them offer great deals or high-quality products. As Wiznitzer says, hunt out educated reviews from professional critics, and do a little searching before you add something to the cart if you’re uncertain.
You can also check several sites to see if the “bargain” is an actual sale price or a cleverly disguised everyday price. CamelCamelCamel, Honey and WikiBuy all offer price tracking alerts to let you know if an item’s price has actually dropped. Fakespot can also suss out whether a glowing review on a given product is legitimate.
What About Shopping Locally?
Though Amazon is a massive company, it also offers a platform for small, independent, and local merchants, Wiznitzer points out. “There are ways to be very intentional in what you buy. Do some research: Is it a small company? How are they operated? What are their reviews? Are you getting something a little more unique, or a little more generic?” You may find that your favorite indie designer around the corner has a shop on Amazo and is offering Prime Day discounts.
What Other Brands Offer Prime Day Deals?
One lucky (for us) side effect of Prime Day is that other major retailers have taken to offering one- or two-day sales at the same time to try and draw some business. Target, Best Buy, Walmart, Brooklinen and others tend to offer competing sales or price-matching events. We'll add those here as we confirm them.
Here's what to shop for this Prime Day and how to score the best deals.
Vitamix 5200 Professional-Grade Blender
Normally $550, Now $450
It's a scorcher of a summer—so why not blend up your favorite adult slushies? This self-cleaning blender by Vitamix will come in handy: Its high-performance motor and sharp stainless steel blades can crush ice and frozen fruits with ease. Plus, with its 64-ounce capacity, you'll have enough to share! Frohito, anyone?
Riedel Tumbler Glasses, Set of 4
Normally $27, Now $24
Enhance any red wine with these durable stemless glasses from Riedel. The set comes with four 20-ounce, dishwasher-safe glasses.
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GE Profile Opal Countertop Nugget Ice Maker
Normally $549, Now $449
If you entertain a lot (or just really like ice in your soda), a stand-alone ice maker can become more than an indulgence. Nugget ice is more consistently shaped and melts slower than the random crushed chunks and slivers that come out of your fridge. This smart fridge—with programmable scheduling you can monitor from your phone—is completely portable (fill the water reservoir, plug and play), meaning you can haul it anywhere there’s an electrical outlet. Rated Best Overall Ice Maker by our experts.
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Whiskey Decanter Globe Set
Normally $110, Now $51
Etched in globe designs, this unique set makes a great gift for the whiskey lover in your life. The set includes a whiskey decanter and four whiskey glasses, along with an elegant, mahogany tray.
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JoyJolt 4-Piece Cocktail Glasses Set
Normally $25, Now $15
This unique take on the traditional Martini glass is a great statement piece. Built for frequent bar use, the 8-ounce, stemless glasses feature a heavy base for added stability.
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NewAir Built-in Wine Cooler and Dual Zone 46-Bottle Refrigerator
Normally $900, Now $800
Compact on the outside yet spacious enough for 46 bottles on the inside, this 24-inch, dual-temperature zone fridge fits into base cabinets or stands alone. The ultra-quiet compressor makes it ideal in kitchens or home bars, and triple-tempered glass doors provide extra insulation and UV protection.
Barillio Cocktail Shaker Set
Normally $32, Now $20
This cocktail set comes with everything you need to make your favorite drink. In addition to the shaker, there's a muddler, mixing spoon, jigger, and two pourers. All products are made of stainless steel for a high-quality touch.
NewAir AI-100S Portable Ice Maker
Normally $210, Now $157
This compact ice maker from NewAir is made for small spaces. Still, it packs a punch, producing 28 pounds of ice per day (with the first batch ready in just 15 minutes).
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Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Wine Glasses, Set of 6
Normally $82, Now $68
Enjoy your favorite bottle of white wine in these stunning glasses from Schott Zwiesel. A great value, this set comes with six, 15-ounce glasses—perfect for generous pours during the holidays or dinner parties throughout the year.
Colzer 24-Inch Beverage and Wine Cooler Dual Zone Refrigerator
Normally $1,300, Now $854
Finish off that game room with this versatile dual-zone refrigerator. It stores up to 18 standard wine bottles and 57 cans at the same time—and the left and right compartments work independently (you can even turn one off). The left zone ranges from 35.6 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit, the right from 41 to 64.4 degrees Fahrenheit—all digitally controlled. It can be used as a built-in or freestanding unit, and there's even a safety lock.
HiCoup Wine Decanter
Normally $55, Now $30
Aerate your favorite wines in this mouth-blown, lead-free crystal wine decanter and look great while doing it. This sleek, swan-shaped decanter offers an elegant way of serving wine.
Aobosi Wine Cooler 28-Bottle Wine Refrigerator
Normally $600, Now $480
When space is at a premium, this 15-inch dual-zone wine fridge is just what you need. Accommodating 28 traditional wine bottles (or fewer Champagne bottles, which also fit), a customizable temperature panel offers cooler temperatures up top for white, more moderate for red. This upgraded model features temperature memory, which will automatically restore in case of a power failure.
Glencairn Whiskey Glasses, Set of 2
Normally $18, Now $16
These tasting glasses are sure to liven up any gathering. The glass shape has been specially developed to showcase the spirit's aroma, body, and color while the tapered mouth makes it easy to sip and enjoy.
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Sauder International Lux Bar Cart
Normally $200, Now $156
Store your favorite glassware and bottles on this stylish bar cart. With a satin gold finish, the cart features two glass shelves with geometric designs. The metal construction also adds durability, while the locking casters let you freely move the cart.
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Hiware Professional 24 Oz Cocktail Mixing Glass
Normally $20, Now $16
Made with ultra-clear lead-free glass, this weighted-bottomed mixing glass is heavy-duty and durable, while also elegant at the same time. Mix up your Manhattans and Martinis in style with this handsome mixing glass, sure to add a little bling to your bar cart.
Coravin Model Two Premium
Normally $210, Now $175
Coravin's Wine Preservation System is a must-have for wine aficionados. This particular model features a clamp system that will securely fit around any wine bottle for a smooth pour. It also comes with four Coravin capsules, allowing you to serve up to 60 glasses of wine.
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G.E.T. Heavy-Duty Plastic Margarita Glasses
Normally $23, Now $17
These plastic Margarita glasses, which are BPA-free and break-resistant, are a no-frills solution to serving a large crowd outdoors (when it's safe to do so, of course). This set comes with four, 16-ounce glasses. You'll save an additional 20% off at checkout.
Whynter Freestanding Wine Refrigerator Rack
Normally $2,022, Now $1,357
When it’s time to get serious about your wine collection, this wine refrigerator delivers. The dual-zone fridge holds 86 bottles in the top zone and 78 in the bottom (allowing for different temperature storage). Offering customizable temperatures ranges from 40 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit and 15 removable wooden shelves. Rated Best Splurge by our experts.
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Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet
Normally $150, Now $80
Read a new cocktail book with this Amazon Fire tablet, which has a 12-hour battery life. Or, ask Alexa to pull up a new cocktail recipe while you're preoccupied in the kitchen.
HOST Freeze Cooling Cup
Normally $27, Now $25
Not all wines are created equal—white wines are served chilled, while red wines are served at around room temperature. Luckily, this set of two, insulated tumblers help keep all wines at the optimal serving temperature. You can even stick them in the freezer for more refreshing sips.
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HOST Freeze Stemless Margarita Glasses, Set of 2
Normally $27, Now $25
Keep your Margaritas nice and frosty with these stemless glasses. Just pop them in the freezer to keep cocktails cold for longer. The insulated glasses are also durable enough for outdoor use.
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Sodastream Fizzi Sparkling Water Maker
Normally $90, Now $48
With this deal, you'll be able to easily make fizzy water for your highball at the touch of a button, without having to keep spending on plastic bottles—so you can save some money and help save the planet. This kit includes one sparkling water maker, 60-Liter Co2 cylinder and a 1-liter BPA-free reusable carbonating bottle.
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iRobot Braava Jet m6 Ultimate Robot Mop
Normally $500, Now $300
There's nothing like red wine or cocktail spills to ruin the mood of your dinner party. Luckily, the iRobot Braava Jet is here to help, so you can calmly return to your hosting duties. This WiFi-connected "robot mop" has a navigation system that learns the layout of your home, and you can use your voice or an app to tell it where to go.
Orange Slices Ice Cube Tray
Normally $15, Now $8
This fun, silicone ice cube tray will add personality to any drink. It makes 10 orange-shaped ice cubes and can even be used to mold chocolate and candy.
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Mikasa Home Satin Loft 65-Piece Stainless Steel Set
Normally $300, Now $91
The right wine to pair with dinner isn't the only thing to consider when having guests over for a classy dinner party. This modern stainless steel flatware set, with its sleek, polished finish, serves 12, and sure to complement your stemware well.
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Robert Haynes-Peterson has more than 15 years of experience covering wine, spirits, cocktails and more, and is certified by the Wine Spirits Education Trust and the American Sommelier Association. After spending 20 years steeped, soaked, and pickled in the New York City craft cocktail scene, he departed for the calmer, but no less booze-savvy shores of Seattle.