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Shop Amazon Prime Day for gadgets to make living with roommates easier

Austin Havens-Bowen
By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
June 17, 2021 - 2:30PM

If you have a robot vacuum, you can pretty much take cleaning the floors off your roommate chore chart.


Prime Day, Amazon’s annual mega sale, is almost here—and it’s a good opportunity to buy some gadgets or entertainment tech to make living with roommates easier.

The event kicks off on Monday, June 21st and ends on June 22nd. And if you’re looking for an early deal, there are some sales happening right now.

With smart-home products like robot vacuums, you can pretty much take cleaning the floors off your roommate chore chart. And you can save up to 50 percent on smart hubs, speakers, and even TVs, so you can play music, watch shows, control appliances, and generally techify your apartment to make living together more comfortable and fun.

Both Prime Day and Pre-Prime sales are exclusive to Prime members so make sure you sign up if you want to snag deals. Another perk: If you spend at least $10 with a small business on Amazon, you get a $10 credit for anything you buy on Prime Day.

Keep reading for Brick’s picks for six smart-home products to buy on sale right now. And don’t forget to set a reminder to check out all of the deals when the official sale starts on Monday.

Yeedi k600 robot vacuum, $90, originally $180

This robot vacuum has 4 stars based on almost 8,000 customer reviews. It has four cleaning modes, works on hardwood and carpet, self-charges, and runs for up to 110 minutes. It also comes with a remote and doesn’t require wifi. 

Amazon smart plug, $15, originally $25

This smart plug has a 4.5 star rating based on more than 430,000 customer reviews. You just plug it into an outlet, connect it to wifi, and then you can control it with Alexa. It allows you to schedule when fans, lights, and appliances turn off. Best of all, it doesn’t require a smart hub.

Echo Show 5, $45, originally $80 

This smart display with Alexa has a 4.5 star rating based on almost 400,000 customer reviews. You can use it to set reminders, make video calls to friends and family, look up recipes, and play music. You can also use it to manage all of your smart-home devices. 

Echo, $75, originally $100 

The Echo’s four-generation model has a 4.5 star rating based on over 60,000 customer reviews. Alexa is built-in to be your virtual assistant and it also plays music, controls smart home devices, and makes calls. If you have multiple devices, you can drop in on your roomies or friends without even getting up from the couch. It’s available in three colors. 

Echo Show 8 with Blink Mini, $140, originally $165 

This bundle comes with a smart display and a smart security camera. The Echo Show 8 has an eight-inch display, stereo speakers, and a 13-megapixel camera. It does everything that you’d expect from a smart hub like controlling smart devices, making calls, and has Alexa. The Blink Mini can connect with the hub and features night vision, two-way audio, and motion detection.


Toshiba 50-inch 4K smart TV, $310, originally $430

This Toshiba smart TV has a 4.5 star rating based on 8,043 customer reviews. It has Fire TV built in for both live and streaming services and Alexa, which does automatic software updates. It comes with a remote that features Netflix and Prime Video buttons. 


Austin Havens-Bowen

Austin Havens-Bowen


Austin Havens-Bowen is a writer and reporter. He previously covered local news for the Queens Ledger and The Hunts Point Express in the Bronx. He graduated from Hunter College with a BA in media studies. He rents a one-bedroom apartment in Astoria with his boyfriend and their two cats.

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