Philips SmartSleep Connected Sleep and Wake-Up Light HF3670
Deal price: $170; street price: $200
Waking up is hard under normal circumstances. These days? Yikes. Make the process easier with a sunrise alarm clock. People are biologically wired to wake as the sun rises, and the SmartSleep, our upgrade pick in the category, simulates that effect, starting with a dim light that builds to the brilliance of a bright spring day to bring you into consciousness without any traumatizing BRINGGGGG BRINGGGG sounds. It also has sensors that detect temperature and humidity, noise, and light levels (which post readings on its app), a built-in nightlight (just tap if you need it), and a USB port to charge your devices.
Read our review of the Best sunrise alarm clock.
Chic WFH clothes
Hanna Andersson Organic Cotton Long John Pajamas
Deal price: $28; street price: $46
Ok, yes these are pajamas. But screw it, you can absolutely wear pajamas at home, whether you’re a kid in virtual classes or a grown-up with Zoom meetings (seriously, I’m doing it right now, who cares). Hanna Andersson’s long john pajamas are some of our favorites for kids and for grown-ups because they’re beautifully made, comfy, and designed to last forever. Just maybe throw a sweater on top if it’s an important meeting.
Read our reviews of the Our Favorite Kids Pajamas and the Best pajamas for women and men.
AncestryDNA Test Kit
Deal price: $50; street price: $100
A lot of us are questioning what the future will look like, but if you’d like to instead consider what your genetic past was like, a DNA test kit can be a nice change of pace. The aptly named AncestryDNA is our favorite because it presents test results in a clearer manner than other services, and it places the ancestry information it provides in a useful historical context. We do urge you to spend a few moments reading our privacy section, though, since even the best DNA testing service involves data and privacy risks.
Read our review of The best DNA testing kit.
A smart watch for dumb times
Fossil Gen 5 Android Smartwatch
Deal price: $190; street price: $240
For Google users who would benefit from receiving calls, texts, and notifications without pulling out their phone, the Android-compatible Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 is a great choice: it’s fast, helpful, but doesn’t look too obviously like a smart watch. It also comes with a fitness-tracking app so you can count your daily steps (or just watch your heart rate rise while watching the news.) For an upgrade, you may also want to consider our top pick in the category, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 Android Smartwatch (44 mm) (Deal price $230; street price $270), which is also on sale this Prime Day, but for a slightly higher price of $230.
Read our review of the The best smartwatch for android phones.
Shake things up
Vitamix 5200 Blender (Black)
Deal price: $260; street price: $450
Whether you’re the type of quarantine-r who starts their day with a green smoothie, or the type who finishes it with a very large margarita (or two), this blender will get the job done. In nearly a decade of testing them, Vitamix blenders have always performed the best overall, and this Vitamix 5200 is the only one we’ve tried that can also blend creamy peanut butter or puree soup without spewing molten liquid up the sides of the jar. Plus, if it somehow gets…too much use and the motor burns out, Vitamix’s seven-year warranty guarantees they’ll replace the machine for you.
Read our review of The best blender.
A cuddly blanket to hide under
Garnet Hill Wool & Cashmere Throw Blanket
Deal price: $97; street price: $129
Sometimes it is very tempting to pull a blanket over our heads and pretend none of this is going on, and if you’re going to do so may I recommend a nicer blanket to do it with. One of our favorites, the Garnet Hill Wool & Cashmere Throw is just a beautiful piece of linen, made of a blend of 95 percent wool and 5 percent cashmere that feels cozy yet light on the body (and perfectly breathable if you’re going to keep it over your eyes for a while.) It comes in seven color options and two prints, as well, so it will suit any home or hideout. It’s especially good for a solid hate-watch of Emily in Paris, so might we also suggest the LG CX Series 55-inch 4K OLED TV (Deal price: $1600; street price: $1900) to go with it?
Read our review of The best throw blankets.
Easy listening (and ignoring)
Jabra Elite 85h Bluetooth Headphones
Deal price: $180; street price: $220
The right pair of headphones for a pandemic is one that sounds great while listening to music or making calls, and also can make other sounds shut up. For that dual mission, we have not found a better pair than the Jabra Elite 85h. They’re easy to set up and use (now is not the time to struggle with confusing tech), have 36 hours of battery life, and are even water-resistant should you decide you want to tune out everyone from the tub. Their active noise cancellation is not as powerful as our specific noise-cancelling headphones, but for a pair that also packs on all those features and sounds so good, you can’t do much better.
Read our review of The best bluetooth headphones.
Stanley Classic Legendary Bottle (2 Quarts)
Deal price: $30; street price: $35
Whether you’re braving the cold to take your dog on a walk, schlepping across town for an exciting visit to the grocery store, or just shuffling across the living room to scroll on Twitter with a different view, the Stanley Classic is the best thermos for keeping your drink hot. Thanks to its easy-to-hold handle and tight cap, there’s no chance of spills or leaks. And since we would never expect you to hand-wash at a time like this, yes, it is also dishwasher safe.
Read our review of The best thermos.