Amazon Prime Day: Find Out If Our Top Cool Tools Are On Sale

Wednesday, July 15 is Amazon Prime Day, which promises “more deals than Black Friday.” This is the first Prime Day, so I’m not sure how fabulous it’s going to be, but I’m going to be checking Amazon throughout the day to see what kinds of deals are being offered.

A Prime membership itself is a good deal if you order a lot of things through Amazon. The main benefit is free 2-day shipping with no minimum order size, and discounted 1-day shipping. For me, that benefit alone makes Prime worth getting. The other two benefits I use and like are Prime Instant Video (40,000 free TV shows and movies) and Prime Photos (unlimited photo storage).  Amazon Prime cost $99 a year, but you can try Prime free for 30 days and take advantage of the Prime Day sale.  (Alternatively, if you are in the market for a decent smart phone, consider the Amazon Fire Phone, which currently sells for $199 and includes a year of Prime, making the effective price of the phone $100.)

In anticipation of Prime Day, we’ve put together the top 25 best-selling Cool Tools in the last two years, starting with the most popular. They are all available on Amazon, and there’s a good chance that at least a few will be sold at a discount on Prime Day. Even if they’re not on sale, check them out, because they are tools your fellow readers have bought in large numbers.

  1. Fantastic Ice Scraper with Brass Blade — Scrapes away crusty stuff in the kitchen and garage
  2. Love Glove Grooming Mitt for Cats — Cats love this fur brush
  3. Swiss+Tech Utili-Key — 6-in-1 Multi-Function Tool
  4. Gerber EAB Pocket Knife — Folding utility knife with exchangeable blade
  5. Shave Well Fog Free Shaving Mirror — Low price, foolproof shower mirror small enough to travel with
  6. Panda Ultra Wireless N USB Adapter — Adapter shares wifi signal with other devices
  7. Bluetooth Mini Interface OBD2 Scanner Adapter — Wireless car diagnostic tool
  8. Hugo’s Amazing Tape — Reusable tape sticks only to itself
  9. Key Rack Locker — Improved locking keyclip
  10. Kikkerland UL03-A Universal Adapter — Space saving travel adapter
  11. Illuminated Multipower LED Binohead Magnifier — Designed for both serious hobbyists and casual users
  12. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
  13. Kaboom with OxiClean Scrub Free! — A better toiler cleaning system
  14. O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Cream — Relief for cracked and split hand skin
  15. Woolzies Wool Dryer Balls — Natural fabric softener
  16. Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser — Demolishes dental biofilm
  17. OXO Steel Measuring Jigger — Angled surface lets you read measurements from above
  18. PlaSmart Perplexus — Brilliant 3D maze
  19. Photive 5-Port USB Rapid Charger — Conveniently charge multiple devices
  20. Tibet Almond Stick — Refresh old strings on guitars
  21. Sugru Hardware Sealer — A moldable silicone rubber compound that sticks to everything
  22. Spyderco Bug Knife — Itty bitty knife
  23. Chef’n Stem Gem Strawberry Huller — Decapitate strawberries with the push of a button
  24. Megapro Pocket Driver — Handy driver for small jobs
  25. Cheerson CX-10 Quadcopter — Tiny quadcopter for indoor fun

— Mark Frauenfelder

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