Amazon Prime Big Deal Days vs Best Buy: which is worth your money?

The two retailers have launched big sales ahead of Black Friday. But which is actually worth your money?

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The news is full of articles covering Prime Big Deals Days, but it's far from the only sale right now. In fact Best Buy are just one of several retailers running counter-sales to try and undercut Amazon. 

However, with so much on sale, it can be hard to know which deals are genuine value and which aren't worth your time. As a product tester and shopping writer, I've combed through thousands of deals on both sites to work out which retailer is best. 

There's a pretty easy golden rule with these sales. If you're shopping for large appliances like dishwashers and fridges, the Best Buy sales are much better. For small appliances, Amazon Prime Day deals are better.

What's more, if you're a Prime member, I'd head straight to Amazon. If you're not yet a Prime member, I'd stick to Best Buy. The deals on Amazon are great, but if you have to add on the $14.99 monthly Prime fee, you might not be saving any money in the long run. 

What are Amazon Prime Big Deal Days?

Prime Big Deals Days have landed, bringing big discounts on a wide range of products. Our product testers have found some Amazon Prime Day deals that can save you hundreds of dollars. However, these offers are only for Amazon Prime members, and we've also seen some counter-sales from other big retailers. If you want to head straight to the deals, here's what's on offer:

Which is better?

Amazon has a broader range of deals, and they tend to be little cheaper than Best Buy. For example, our pick for the second-best stand mixer, the Cuisinart Precision is $179 on Amazon and $192.99 on Best Buy. The our favorite ever vacuum cleaner, the Dyson V15 is $598 at Amazon and $629.99 on Best Buy. The Nutribullet Smart Touch, our pick for the best budget blender, is $107.99 at Best Buy, but $83.99 at Amazon. There are dozens of other examples of this. 

What's more, Amazon has much better bedding deals. There's a few mattress protectors, pillows, and mattress toppers on Best Buy, but there are hundreds of bedsheet discounts at Amazon that could save you a lot of money. 

Unlike Best Buy, Amazon also has a 

However, Amazon has a poor range of large appliances and few deals on those it stocks. Amazon tends to sell mini countertop appliances, like this Chumaste Countertop Dishwasher or this Frigidaire Mini Fridge. If you need a full-sized fridge, dishwasher, or dryer, Best Buy is your best option by far. 

The best Prime Big Deal Days deals

Dyson V15 | Was $749.99

Dyson V15 | Was $749.99, now $598 at Amazon
This is the best vacuum that we've tested. The green laser highlights dust that the naked eye can't see and it will give you numerical data on how well you've vacuumed. Amazon have taken more than $150 off, which is an unmissable offer.

Hoover ONEPWR Pet Max | was $309.99
Best vacuum deal

Hoover ONEPWR Pet Max | was $309.99, now $183.99 at Amazon
This vacuum keeps on going on sale for key sales dates. I actually use one of these in my place, and while very far from perfect, it does a pretty good job. If you hate picking hair out of a brush roll, I'd steer clear, but if you need a decent vacuum ASAP, I'd get this now. 

Martha Stewart Sheets Set | Was $74.99

Martha Stewart Sheets Set | Was $74.99, now $43.99 on Amazon
This set has been on sale for less, but it's still a steal to get a flat sheet, a fitted sheet, and a pillowcase at this price. Made from durable cotton with a sateen sheen, these sheets should stand the test of time.

Utopia Bedding Queen Bed Sheets Set | Was $29.95

Utopia Bedding Queen Bed Sheets Set | Was $29.95, now $21.95 at Amazon
If you're really tight on budget, these sheets from Utopia bedding could work for you. I'm far from convinced about polyester sheets like these as they can sleep pretty hot and stain easily, but at such a low price and with hundreds of thousands of positive reviews it could be worth the risk. 

Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-IQ |  Was $219.99

Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-IQ | Was $219.99, now $189.99 at Amazon
This blender is unbelievably good value: an enormous 72 oz. pitcher combines with a 64 oz. food processor bowl for two functions in one appliance. It also has two 24 oz. blending cups for single-serve drinks to take away. It can easily crush ice and it blends delicious smoothies.

Cuisinart Precision Stand Mixer, 500W, Black, SM50BU | Was $210.58

Cuisinart Precision Stand Mixer, 500W, Black, SM50BU | Was $210.58, now $162.35 at Amazon
We've argued for year that the Cuisinart Precision is almost as good as the iconic KitchenAid Artisan. It's usually hundreds of dollars less than the Artisan, and this deal makes it an unbelievable bargain. This study machine kneads bread with ease, and the controls are easy to use.

KitchenAid Artisan 5 Quart | Was $459.99

KitchenAid Artisan 5 Quart | Was $459.99, now $379.95 at Amazon
The best stand mixer in the world is now on sale. On test, it excelled at mixing cake batter, dough, and whipped cream. It looks great in any kitchen style. 23 colors are all on sale and it also comes with a pouring shield to stop your countertops being covered in flour as you mix. 

De'Longhi Dinamica Plus | Was $1,700

De'Longhi Dinamica Plus | Was $1,700, now $1,299 at Amazon
Another familiar face from my favorites list, De'Longhi's Dinamica plus has nearly $500 slashed off the price. It can make 16 different coffees, each customizable for strength, length, and quantity. It's an irresistible deal.

You can read more in our full De'Longhi Dinamica Plus review.

The best Best Buy deals

LG French InstaView| Was $2,899.99

LG French InstaView| Was $2,899.99, now $1,499.99 at Best Buy
With savings of $1,400, this is an incredible deal. The useful door is perfect for all your drinks; you can access them without opening up and heating up your refrigerator. 

Samsung Bespoke French Door| Was $2,789.99

Samsung Bespoke French Door| Was $2,789.99, now $1,999.99 at Best Buy
Made from stainless steel, this smart refrigerator can cover all your kitchen needs. It has a water dispenser and ice maker, perfect for large families. The huge $790 discount is not to be missed.

LG Top Control Tub Washer| Was $1,499.99

LG Top Control Tub Washer| Was $1,499.99 , now $649.99 at Best Buy
Post-party cleanup has never been so easy than with this washer. It has QuadWash technologies, using an extra two spray arms to ensure a thorough wash of your grubbiest dishes. It comes with a useful app for tracking wash cycles, too.

GE Top Control Tub Washer| Was $809.99

GE Top Control Tub Washer| Was $809.99 , now $499.99 at Best Buy
Silently efficient, this dishwasher is all about subtle cleanliness. It has a fingerprint resistant finish and a hidden control panel, perfect for a sleek finish. The speed wash setting takes under an hour and is incredibly effective too. With nearly $500 off the price, it's a must-have.

Samsung 7.5 Cu.Ft Stackable Dryer| Was $1,034.99

Samsung 7.5 Cu.Ft Stackable Dryer| Was $1,034.99 , now $319.99 at Best Buy
A $715 saving is hard to believe. Samsung's stackable dryer is incredible. It's really smart looking and functional too; this dryer has 12 pre-set cycles and 10 extra options. Don't miss this deal.

Is anywhere else offering deals?

Your next best bet is Walmart, and I recommend checking out Walmart's Shark Days. This event offers huge discounts on Shark vacuums, which are one of our favorite vacuum brands. It's a generalisation but they tend to be almost as good as Dyson but cost hundreds less. Shark prices at Walmart are better than both Amazon and Best Buy but the rest of the offers aren't as good as either site. 

Shark Vertex Cordless Vacuum | Was $399

Shark Vertex Cordless Vacuum | Was $399, now $199 at Walmart
I've tested vacuums for years, and this is still one of my favorites. It offers near-Dyson performance at a much more reasonable price, and now it's $200 less. When I tested it I found the compact folding storage a bit of a gimmick, but being able to bend at the neck makes it unbelievably easy to clean under furniture. 

Shark Navigator | Was $199
Cheapest Shark

Shark Navigator | Was $199, now $97 at Walmart
The forerunner of the Shark Vertex and Rotator, the Navigator is an old-school upright. It's nowhere near as powerful as the Vertex or Rotator models, but if you don't care too much about your vacuum, this is a smart way to save a little money. 

Shark Wandvac | Was $199
Best budget Shark

Shark Wandvac | Was $199, now $149 at Walmart
Full disclosure: we weren't full convinced by this vacuum, and it scored 80%. However, if budget is tight and you want something light, cheap, and effective, this is a smart choice. It's especially great if you live in an apartment. 


How long do Amazon Prime Big Deal Days run?

The latest Prime event is running from the 10th-11th of October, and is only available for Amazon Prime members. 

What is the Best Buy Outlet Sale?

Best Buy's Outlet Sale is a promotion offering discounts on refurbished, clearance, and open-box items. It's online and in store, and ends 10/22 at 11:59pm CT. 

While all these sales are worth considering, you're likely to see much lower prices over Black Friday, so if it's not an urgent purchase, you might want to wait another couple weeks. 

Alex David
Head of eCommerce

As Head of eCommerce, Alex makes sure our readers find the right information to help them make the best purchase. After graduating from Cambridge University, Alex got his start in reviewing at the iconic Good Housekeeping Institute, testing a wide range of household products and appliances. He then moved to BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, assessing gardening tools, machinery, and wildlife products. Helping people find true quality and genuine value is a real passion.