Prime Day 2019 has come and gone, and now it’s time to consider what Prime Day 2020 will bring. According to an Amazon statement July 17, the day after Prime Day 2019, the sale was bigger than Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined. Amazon Prime members worldwide bought more than 175 million items and, as has been the case during previous Prime Days, Amazon smart home devices topped the charts in units sold.
After Prime Day, CouponFollow surveyed more than 1,700 Amazon shoppers — people who have shopped at Amazon during the past 12 months. Overall, 44% of the survey respondents shopped on Amazon Prime Day and, among those who are Prime members, 53% shopped during Prime Day. Other merchants also made out during the Prime Day sale, CouponFollow reported. Among Prime members who shopped on Amazon during Prime Day, 17.6% shopped also shopped Walmart, 16% shopped Target, and 8% shopped at Best Buy.
What were some of the best smart home deals on Prime Day?
Amazon said the Echo Dot, Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, and Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote were the best-selling Amazon devices worldwide. Amazon’s Ring and Blink smart home brands sold more than twice as many devices this year than during Prime Day 2018, as did Fire Smart TVs. Other chart-breaking smart home device deals included the iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum, MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener Chamberlain MYQ-G0301, and Amazon Smart Plug.
Amazon smart home device deals that blew us away were the Echo Dot for $22 and the Echo for $50, in both cases their lowest-ever prices. The new Blink XT Outdoor/Indoor Security Camera two-camera kit deal at $99 was fantastic as was an ordered-through-Alexa-only deal for the Ring Video Doorbell 2 for $99. You could also buy the Amazon Smart Plug for only $5 ordering with Alexa. Otherwise, the plug was $25.
Walmart and Google Nest partnered for a Prime Day 2019 sale they called Google Week and ran from July 8 to July 17. During the sale you could buy a Google Home Mini for $25, a Google Nest Hub for $79, and a Google Nest Hello Video Doorbell for $189.
What to expect from Amazon Prime Day 2020
Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the next blowout sales events this year, are November 29 and December 2, 2019, but it’s not too soon to prognosticate about Prime Day 2020. This year Prime Day extended to 48 hours from last year’s 36 hours, but we don’t expect Amazon will need or want to go longer. This year, approximately 250 other merchants joined in on the summer sale push and we expect that number to continue to grow. Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and maybe Target will continue to get the most attention and business.
As the number of smart homes continues to grow, there’s no reason to suggest the emphasis on smart home devices will be anywhere but center stage for Prime Day 2020. Between now and the next Prime Day, Amazon and Google will both introduce new devices and updates and new models of current devices. We’ll see some of the new smart home tech at Amazon’s and Google’s new product introduction events and CES 2020 in January.
The very best smart home device deals for Prime Day 2020 will be for Amazon’s and Google’s smart speakers and smart displays. Both device types have stand-alone value for users and also serve as gateway devices for people who decide to fully configure their smart homes for security, convenience, entertainment, and cost savings.
How to choose between Alexa and Google Assistant
If you want to set up a smart home but haven’t begun yet, your first decision is whether you will build the smart network around Amazon Alexa- or Google Assistant-compatible devices. There are other smart home platforms, but between them, Alexa and Google Assistant make up the overwhelming majority of the installations in the U.S.
Alexa is the leader by a wide margin, but Google Assistant is gaining fast. Both platforms are in major growth mode, which helps keep prices low. Once you decide on the platform, the next decision is whether you start with an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot for Alexa systems or the Google Home Mini or Google Nest Hub for that platform.
Smart home technology is still in its infancy, and if you choose one platform today and later decide to switch, it may not be that big a deal. Most of the larger smart home device brands are compatible with both Alexa and Google Assistant, so if you do switch camps down the road, you won’t have to replace all your devices. We recommend that, when the choice is available, you select smart home devices that support both platforms.
One strategy for choosing your smart home platform is to consider what your family and friends use. If you select the same smart home ecosystem as most of your circle, you’ll find it easier to get help and suggestions and to share the learning and the fun.
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