What Our Editors Are Actually Buying From Prime Day Sales

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Wait, is there a glitch in the matrix or we groundhog day-ing again? Neither. Amazon is actually having another Prime Day, just a few months after the traditional summer shop-a-thon. This isn’t Prime Day 2: The Return per sé; Amazon’s calling it its Prime Early Access Sale and it’s just 48 hours long—starting tomorrow, October 11-12. There will be too-good-to-pass up deals, including big markdowns on all of our editor’s favorite items.

Sure, on the surface, Prime Day may be a day of massive onslaught of feel-good sales—on both Amazon and at top-tier retailers across the the whole mf internet—but in practice (like when perusing Amazon’s painfully dated and barely navigable interface), the sheer volume of internet deals can make the de facto shopping holiday feel nothing short of daunting. With countdown-clock, lightning-quick deals and a ton of visual stimuli, we don’t blame anyone for feeling overwhelmed. Unless you know exactly where to look and what you’re looking for (e.g. a compact portable speaker, or Dove deodorant), and if, like many of us, you’re just riding the wave of killer discounts, you might end up spending more money than you originally planned on items you never imagined owning. Sometimes that results in a miracle gadget (Scrub Daddy, anyone?), but other times, it can lead to maniacally opening and closing tabs, freaking out as the deal timers approach zero, or—worst of all—plain old buyer’s remorse. You need a spirit guide—perhaps that coyote with Johnny Cash’s voice that talked to Homer Simpson when he ate the really hot chili at the cookout and went on a psychedelic journey? Something like that… but, you know, for shopping. 

Fear not, fellow shopaholics, the editors at Rec Room have taken the L’s, tested the “as-seen-on-TikTok” items, and scoured the limitless ocean of online shopping that contains all of our favorite things (which we will happily recommend)  and also a bunch of stuff we’d never want (which we won’t). So take a deep breath, pop a CBD gummy if necessary, and peruse our invaluable list of the things our staff will actually be buying from the sales this Prime Day. We’re adding our favorite fancy toothpaste, condoms, headphones, and bathrobes to cart, and we’ll happily explain why each and every thing here is worth the time and effort of fishing out quarters between your couch cushions. 

So whether you’re stocking up for the apocalypse (running shoes and an Audible membership?) or just looking for an excuse to go HAM on skincare products, you might as well do it when everything is on heavy discount, and super-easy to return. (We feel blessed by the Whole Foods drop-off.) Scroll forth! 


Ear buds that double as futuristic jewelry

IDK what’s wrong with me, but I’m in a constant state of stress about losing my AirPods. They’re expensive and tiny and feel like they’re constantly trying to escape my orbit, like I should be bracing myself at any moment for a hawk to come down and grab them out of my ears or for one of them to fall into the toilet. This deal on Galaxy Buds Live caught my eye immediately, not just because they’re a bonkers 53% off but because they’re rose gold. They’re eye-catching enough to be easily found while rummaging around in my disheveled backpack, and boast all the same features as AirPods Pro—noise cancellation, audiophile-approved sound and a sleek charging case. Admittedly they’re not cheap, but this is a seriously good price, and I think I’d stress out less that they’re constantly trying to escape. Might just have to grab them. —Angel Kilmister

$169.99$99.99 at Amazon

Sony’s ultra-cheap but highly functional In-Ear Wired Headphones

I love my AirPods, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes, I just need a pair of dirt-cheap but better-than-the-free-ones-on-a-plane headphones to use that quickly gets the job done without having to mess with Bluetooth connecting and my finicky computer. All you need to do with these bad boys is plug in and enjoy the whale sounds. —Ian Burke

$19.99$9.99 at Amazon

This TLC 32” Roku Smart TV for under 200 bucks

My roommate and I are looking to buy a practical smart TV for our microscopic living room during this fine Prime Day. We’re 99.9% sure we’re going with this model, which is under $200 and has a 4.6-star average rating from over 20,000 reviews on Amazon. Sounds like a safe bet, especially since has access to over 5,000 streaming channels and a crystal-clear LED picture. —Nicolette Accardi

$229.99$148 at Amazon

A Theragun-dupe massage gun 

Two of our staffers are picking up this affordable percussive massage gun that’s a perfect sub-in for Theraguns at a way lower price tag. “I finally rejoined a gym and have been taking some grueling classes (didn’t know what TRX was until I tried it… turns out it’s insane?!?!?!), and my muscles are now sore most days,” Rec Room editor Hilary Pollack says. “I really, finally need a workout recovery massager, and am eyeing this massage gun that’s a Theragun alternative with a way lower price tag.” Staff writer Nicolette Accardi, who is big into running, has also been hunting for a high-quality massage gun that won’t put a dent in her wallet. “I’m confidently expecting it to be as good as a Theragun, in practice,” she says. 

$59.99$38.99 at Amazon

A mini fan for surviving sweat

So, I already own this, and it was one of the best purchases I’ve ever made for under 20 bucks. If you are a person who is prone to overheating, panicking when you’re overheating, sweating when you’re panicking, and getting caught in this miserable cycle ever summer, this tiny, USB-rechargeable portable fan is your new bestie, bestie. Subway platforms, planes, music festivals—it is your companion in this life to give you the cool breeze you need during life’s pitstain moments. —Angel Kilmister

$19.99$15.99 at Amazon

Home Goods & Accessories

A coffee table flex
If you’re looking for something to give your tired living room a little extra flair? It may not be Amazon, but streetwear retailer Bodega’s sale section is going awf. This set of three stackable ceramic Carhartt ashtrays are super cool and highly functional. You could even split them up to give as unique individual gifts which would average less than $10 each—economical and chic. —Becca Blasdel

$48$38 at Bodega

A top-notch dust-sucker 

I despise chores of any kind, especially vacuuming. But I suppose it’s time to get a grip in my late 20s. In my opinion, investing in a high-quality dust-sucker will make things more bearable. Dyson has models with cutting-edge technology that I trust putting my hard-earned smackeroonies on, such as the V8 Absolute, and I can’t blow 500 bucks on a vacuum, but for $100 off? Maybe. —Nicolette Accardi 

$649.99$549.99 at Dyson

My White Whale of mattresses

I’ve recently transitioned from a life of grifting vibing around Europe to putting down roots in Brooklyn, and Prime Day is filled with all kinds of deals on the internet-famous mattresses that I want to make me feel like a higher-functioning adult. There are hundreds of dollars off cult-fave brands such as Casper and Tuft & Needle, including about $400 off of this queen-sized mattress by the latter. “This review could be a book,” writes one Amazon reviewer of the mattress, “I have been on the search for the perfect mattress for the last two years […] It’s been about three months now, and after 40 years of my life I’ve never been so satisfied with a mattress/bed.” —Mary Frances “Francky” Knapp

$1195$1015.75 at Amazon

This sexy Italian moka pot

Do you like espresso? Bauhaus? (So European.) Then the Alessi Pulcina moka pot is probably tugging at your un-caffeinated veins, too. I’ve been in love with this striking espresso maker from the iconic Italian brand for months now. —Mary Frances “Francky” Knapp

$120$91.42 at Amazon

Personal Care

These super thin (and strong) condoms 

The Swedish sexual wellness brand LELO is throwing its own Prime Day sex toy sale, but Amazon is also home to these *chef’s kiss* condoms by the brand that have a permanent spot on my nightstand. The condom’s patented hexagonal structure is what apparently makes them über strong, they don’t smell like balloons, and they come in swish packaging that doesn’t kill the mood. —Mary Frances “Francky” Knapp

$27.22$23.89 at Amazon

The dry shampoo GOAT

I’m sure there’s dozens of opinions on dry shampoo on the interwebs, but speaking on behalf of all the fine-haired freak-a-leaks on the planet, Klorane’s Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk is the winner by a mile. I have tried nearly every dry shampoo product on the market, including the weird foam varieties, and this one blows the others away. I swear all of my good hair days happen when I use this dry shampoo—it’s lightweight, absorbs oil like a sponge, and brushes out into a very light, natural texture, with a little extra oomph. If you’re going for the look of clean, natural, just-washed hair, this is the cure. —Becca Blasdel 

$20$18 at Amazon

Enough Aquaphor to last a presidential term

One of my favorite #secretsinglebehaviors is absolutely slathering myself head-to-toe, peanut butter baby style, in Aquaphor. No matter the time of year, nothing soothes super-dry or incredibly itchy skin like sealing in all that post-shower moisture with healing ointment and then just marinating, while you do another task you only do in private—like, for example, using your as-seen-on TikTok earwax remover with built in bluetooth camera. —Becca Blasdel

$15.97$17.29 at Amazon

This disco ball dildo

I did a Cinderella slipper gasp when I saw this dildo at Verishop. It’s equal parts Studio 54 and Pretty Pretty Princess; it’s luxurious, well-designed (that bulbous tip=a G-Spot dream), and deserves to be at the top of my [redacted] and my Christmas tree next year. —Mary Frances “Francky” Knapp

$95$61.75 at Verishop

Clothing and Footwear Deals

Non-fugly running shoes

I rack up some serious miles during my runs, and have the horrible habit of stomping around the city in the same shoes. My favorite Hoka Bondi 7 shoes are starting to get worn out, but luckily the epic brand has a ton of Bondi 7’s in various colors currently on sale, with deals well worth heading off Amazon’s Prime Day path and running directly toward’s the brand’s own retail site. I’m debating between a crisp black-and-white version, or a fully murdered-out pair for Fall/Winter 2022. —Nicolette Accardi

$160$127.99 at Hoka

A surprisingly good selection of designer stuff

I’m still learning about how many higher-end brands actually sell their apparel and accessories on Amazon, including The North Face, STAUD, Vince, and Rag & Bone. This classic Theory cardigan is a whopping 55% off; these Rag & Bone jeans, which have the perfect slim-but-not-painted-on cut, are 60% off.

$375$168.75 at Amazon

$225$90 at Amazon

But out of the all the designer stuff on Amazon, I’m the most sprung on the STAUD stuff! This is the lowest price I’ve ever seen the beaded zebra bean bag, which I’ve had my eyes on for legit months. I also spotted these serious deals on a bright orange pair of gorpcore-chic shorts, and some very versatile platform leather flip-flops. —Angel Kilmister

$295$118 at Amazon

$195$97.50 at Amazon

$195$97.50 at Amazon

Fresh bodega slides

Look, my last pair of adidas slides lasted seven years. That’s a long-ass time for these plastic curb stompers, which have been by my side for every bodega run, mailbox peep, and beach day with all the breezy and cushy support I crave. If I could wear them on my hands, too, I would. —Mary Frances “Francky” Knapp

$25$18.74 at Amazon

Calvin Klein undies

The GOAT. Cliché as it may be, my Calvin Klein underwear is always what I end up opting for first when I open my lingerie drawer. You can truly never have too much, and it lasts forever. —Hilary Pollack

$20$14.77 at Amazon

Reebok Women’s Princess sneakers

Another GOAT on sale, baby. This will be, like, my eighth pair of Princesses (I wear ‘em hard); they’re the most comfortable and aesthetically versatile women’s sneakers on the planet, and they surely won’t be my last pair, either. —Hilary Pollack

$54.99$36.95 at Amazon

A cozy waffle-knit bathrobe that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg

A gentleman’s gotta have a bathrobe—I don’t make the rules. As someone who’s a big fan of using multiple towels at once after a shower, adding a bathrobe into my rotation has been a game changer. My old IKEA robe has seen better days, so I’m snagging this Super-Plush Robe from Brooklinen while it’s on sale. —Ian Burke

$99$89.10 at Brooklinen

The freshest take on those 90s stretchy sandals

You know the ones I mean—The Slinky from Steve Madden, which you can buy again, as of the last few years, now that Y2K style is having its moment. I remember clomping down the school hallway in these, feeling on top of the world (aw, to have that delusional self confidence back for one day). But guess what: I found the 2022 downtown cool-girl version of the OGs, and its HOPP’s Limbo slides. They come in black, pecan, and sea salt-gray leather, and the best part are their cut-out soles. —Becca Blasdel

$230$184 at Hopp

Now we wait, greedily hunched by our mailboxes in our building’s vestibule, waiting to pounce on the delivery driver (or, you know, obsessively checking tracking numbers, like a normal person).

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