Amazon Prime Day is upon us, and that means there are plenty of eye-popping deals on tools from some of the best hardware brands, including DeWalt, Milwaukee, Craftsman, and Black+Decker. Amazon has been running early Prime Day deals with discounts as steep as 70 percent off on hand tools, power tools, and workshop accessories. Based on what we’ve seen, Prime Day 2023 is the ideal time to shop if you’re looking to expand your toolkit.
There are tons of incentives over the course of this massive two-day sale, which technically runs July 11 and 12, though finding the best tool deals among them may be a dizzying task. That’s where we come in. We’ve culled the pretenders from the real savings to give you the download on which tools are worth your money, even on discount.
The Expert: I’m a freelance writer who has written about landscaping, home improvement, gardening, and home security for publications like Popular Mechanics, Bob Vila, Popular Science, U.S. News and World Report, Switchful, and Futurism. Over the years, I’ve hand-tested and reviewed dozens of different tools, ranging from socket sets to cordless drills to angle grinders, from various top tool brands.
What to Consider
How to Find a Good Deal
Not every product on sale for Prime Day is actually a good deal. Some sellers employ devious practices to make their deals look better than they are, like raising the price of a product a few weeks before Prime Day, then “slashing” it back to a small discount, making a 10 percent discount look like 30 percent off.
So, how do you separate the wheat from the chaff amid chaotic Prime Day shopping? I recommend using a shopping assistant browser extension such as Honey or Camel Camel Camel. These helpful price trackers can show you how the price of a product has changed over time and alert you if it’s cheaper at another retailer. The latter feature is especially useful given that major tool retailers, including Home Depot and Lowe’s, tend to launch their own sales to compete with Prime Day.
What to Look For
It’s hard to know exactly what deals you can expect when Amazon Prime Day’s virtual doors open at 3 a.m. on July 11. As with past years, many of our favorite tools brands—including Bosch, DeWalt, WorkPro, Milwaukee, Black+Decker, Craftsman, and Greenworks, to name several—are not shy about offering major discounts.
Expect to find great deals on corded and cordless power tools, including drills, impact drivers, and circular saws. Sale prices on hand tools, such as socket sets and home tool kits, should also be abundant as well. Check Amazon regularly once the sale starts: You never know when a limited-time “Lightning Deal” will pop up with a great price on something you want.
If you’re keeping your fingers crossed for some specific tools to drop dramatically in price on Prime Day, then you’ll want to track them by logging into your Prime account and adding the products to your Wish List. You can also place them in your shopping cart or mark them as “Save for Later” to get alerts when prices drop.
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Tony Carrick is a full-time freelance writer who specializes in technology, home improvement, DIY, home security, and outdoor recreation. He’s tested and written about everything from home security systems to power tools to gas grills. His product guides, how-to articles, and feature stories can be found in such publications as Bob Vila, Angi, U.S. News and World Report, Field & Stream, Futurism, and Switchful. When Tony isn’t writing, he can be found working on his latest home improvement effort at his home in North Carolina.