The best Prime Day 2022 deals on smart home tech – The Verge
Amazon Prime Day is the second-best time of year to bag some smart home gadgets at excellent prices. While Black Friday and its various offshoots traditionally have deeper discounts and wider product options, Prime Day feels strategically situated on the calendar as an ideal buying season for those invested in the smart home. This is particularly true if you are looking for some bargains on Amazon Alexa devices or compatible gadgets.
This year, there are some good deals to be found for Prime members this July 12th and 13th on everything from smart thermostats and smart locks to security cameras and smart lighting. Plus, it’s a great time to stock up on a couple more Echo speakers if there’s a room in your house that still doesn’t have one.
Here are my picks for the best deals on smart home tech for Amazon’s 2022 Prime Day.
The best mesh Wi-Fi router deals
If you have a smart home, good Wi-Fi is essential, and a mesh router is often the best solution to any connectivity woes your gadgets are having.
Eero Pro 6E tri-band router
Eero’s Pro 6E mesh router is the Amazon-owned company’s latest top-of-the-line model. It supports the 6GHz Wi-Fi band with speeds of up to 1.3Gbps and covers up to 2,000 square feet with one unit. Wired speeds can go up to 2.5Gbps.
- If you don’t need that much speed (or don’t have any devices that can take advantage of the 6GHz band), you can save $105 on the equally capable Eero 6 Plus dual-band mesh Wi-Fi 6 system, which can handle speeds of up to a gigabit and is selling at $194 for a three-pack (regularly $299).
- Surprisingly, the Google Nest Wifi mesh system is also seeing a Prime Day discount; you can pick up a two-pack of the routers for $141.55, a savings of 53 percent. Amazon is one of the only places you’ll find a two-pack of just the routers, which, unlike the “points” in the Google Nest Wifi system, don’t double as Google Assistant-powered smart speakers. The dual-band Wi-Fi 5 routers are the more capable devices in the system, however, featuring two ethernet ports and Thread radios. You can string two or three of these together to extend Wi-Fi all across your home. Read our review of the Google Nest Wifi.
The best smart speaker deals
As it’s an Amazon sale, you’ll find a lot of deals on Amazon Echo devices. For a full list, check out our roundup of the best Prime Day deals on Amazon devices, but if you’re looking for a new smart speaker and / or display, my recommendation is to pick up a fourth-gen Echo smart speaker or Echo Show 8 smart display.
- The Echo Show 8 (second gen) is the best Alexa smart display and is on sale for $74.99 ($55 off), a new record low. It’s small enough to fit on a counter or mantle but large enough to be useful — you can comfortably watch a YouTube video or view your security camera through it. It’s also got decent speakers, and its 13…….