I'm a shopping editor—here's what I'm buying from Amazon's President's Day sale

Kristine Solomon
·15 min read

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These are the deals not to miss this Presidents' Day on Amazon (Photo: Amazon)
These are the deals not to miss this Presidents' Day on Amazon (Photo: Amazon)

Just like you, I love online shopping. In fact, I do it all day, every day. That's because, as a shopping editor, it's my job to scour the web for incredible sales — and, of course, Amazon is arguably the best destination for bargain-hunting. On any given day, the mega-site has deals galore on top-rated products in categories like tech, wellness, beauty and more. But for Presidents' Day, Amazon rolls out some of its deepest discounts of the year.

This year, I left no stone unturned in my quest for the best discounts in Amazon's site-wide shopping event. I found vacuums that bring new meaning to cleaning, stylish walking shoes that healthcare workers swear by and shampoo that brings body and bounce back to thinning hair. And that's just the beginning.

Here my top picks: Get ready to do damage at Amazon's President's Day salewithout hurting your budget, of course.

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Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Corded Bagless Vacuum

Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Corded Bagless Vacuum (Photo: Amazon)
Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Corded Bagless Vacuum (Photo: Amazon)

Whether your home is mostly carpet, bare wood or a mix of both, this vac can handle it. It’s lightweight at only seven pounds, and it brings 500 watts of power and suction. Plus, you’ll get tools for crevices, pet hair and a dusting brush for an immersive full-home clean. Save $92 on this powerful beast for Presidents' Day.

“I am thrilled with this little vacuum,” one shopper shared. “I don't know if it is the pressure of the brush or what, but it does better than my Dyson. I've used it almost daily since it arrived (I have a dog that sheds and sits on furniture) and if it broke I'd just run out and get another one just like it. I've used it on all the rugs, the furniture, the stairs and getting the pet hair out of my car.”

Insignia 24-inch Smart HD Fire TV Edition

Insignia 24-inch Smart HD Fire TV Edition (Photo: Amazon)
Insignia 24-inch Smart HD Fire TV Edition (Photo: Amazon)

Need a new TV? Amazon has its No. 1 best-selling Insignia 24-inch Smart HD TV Fire TV Edition on sale for just $90--its all-time lowest price ever! The standout set delivers eye-popping colors and exceptional picture quality -- both of which are rare in this price range. The audio is top notch, too -- and Alexa is included in the remote. So if you're not a fan of endlessly scrolling through a grid of movie titles (and who is), you can just say, "Alexa, play Knives Out," and she'll make your wish come true.

"I am honestly very pleasantly surprised with how much I like this TV," reported a satisfied Amazon shopper. "As far as clarity goes, I believe HD720p is plenty for this screen size. I'm a bit of a TV snob and the lower clarity is not noticeable in this size."

Maryann Organics Neck Firming Cream

Maryann Organics Neck Firming Cream (Photo: Amazon)
Maryann Organics Neck Firming Cream (Photo: Amazon)

Loss of skin elasticity is a normal part of the aging process, but no one said you can't slow down the effects of time. That's where a Yahoo reader-favorite like Maryann Organics Neck Firming Cream comes in.

It's packed with top-notch ingredients to nourish your skin, address a double chin and tighten pretty much any area -- and it was formulated with the help of dermatologists. Right now you can score it for 39 percent off.

Maryann Organics Neck Firming Cream doesn't mess around when it comes to anti-aging properties. It contains collagen, a naturally occurring protein that serves as one of the building blocks of healthy skin but declines naturally over time. This "heavenly product" also boasts retinol and hyaluronic acid, key ingredients in fighting wrinkles and fine lines.

Fire HD 8 Tablet

Fire HD 8 Tablet (Photo: Amazon)
Fire HD 8 Tablet (Photo: Amazon)

On sale for $65 (was $90), the Fire HD 8 has a brilliant eight-inch HD display and works with Amazon Prime Video and Amazon Music, as well as hundreds of social media apps, games, and more. Trust us, you'll be spending a lot of time binge-watching on this HD stunner, especially with its 10-hour battery life.

"This HD 8 boots up extremely fast. The screen movement is very smooth," wrote a delighted tablet user. "I own an HD 10 but I like this better because the size makes it easier to hold and maneuver. It is much lighter than the 10. I had a concern about the sound quality, but the sound quality is very good. The charge time is fast and the battery holds a charge for a long time."

Adidas Cloudfoam Pure Running Shoe

Adidas Cloudfoam Pure Running Shoe (Photo: Amazon)
Adidas Cloudfoam Pure Running Shoe (Photo: Amazon)

How can you tell if a walking shoe hits the mark? How about testimonials from people on their feet constantly, like nurses, restaurant servers and even Disney theme park fanatics? If a shoe can survive that kind of abuse, then you know it's up to the challenge of keeping your dogs pampered and pain-free on a daily basis.

Enter the Adidas Cloudfoam Pure Running Shoe, Amazon's No. 1 best-selling running shoe with more than 30,000 five-star reviews — many from those very folks who are always on the move. This top-seller is usually sold out, but it's back in stock as we speak! Even better, this shoe is up to 33 percent off (depending on size and color).

The Adidas Cloudfoam Pure Running Shoe is just what the doctor ordered. Take it from this nurse:

"I'm a nurse and work for 12 hours on my feet. I also have very flat, very wide, large feet for a woman," wrote one five-star reviewer. "These shoes are so comfy! They're super light, flexible, they don't make any noise...I'm considering getting another pair to be running around, everyday shoes because wearing your gross nursing shoes outside the hospital...yuck!"

Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer Soothing Gel with Aloe and Vitamin E , 8 fl oz Pump Bottle (Pack of 4)

Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer Soothing Gel with Aloe and Vitamin E , 8 fl oz Pump Bottle (Pack of 4) (Photo: Amazon)
Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer Soothing Gel with Aloe and Vitamin E , 8 fl oz Pump Bottle (Pack of 4) (Photo: Amazon)

Ever since the start of the pandemic, Purell has been selling out everywhere. Demand is just as great as ever--but suddenly the supply is up as well. Purell is cheaper than it's been in months, and it's on sale in tons of shapes and sizes.

As you well know, the CDC recommends frequent hand-washing for minimizing the risk of catching COVID. When you can't get to soap and water, the CDC says to use hand sanitizer that contains up to 60 percent alcohol, like Purell. Purell also meets the CDC guidelines for killing 99.99 percent of common germs and bacteria.

Save almost 50 percent on this four-pack today.

20-Pack Powecom KN95 Masks

20-Pack Powecom KN95 Masks (Photo: Amazon)
20-Pack Powecom KN95 Masks (Photo: Amazon)

As case numbers continue to spike, face masks are more important than ever. The good news is that masks work well to keep the virus from spreading. The bad news is that the most effective masks can be hard to get.

We're not talking about the cute fabric masks emblazoned with the name of your favorite band. We're talking about KN95 masks--the masks the FDA specifically recommends you wear in high-risk situations (say, on public transportation) to protect from possible transmission. Recently, after researching effectiveness, the FDA removed its emergency use authorization for several manufacturers of KN95 masks. Powecom masks made it through the tests. They’re approved by the FDA and officially included on the FDA Emergency Use Authorization List. Like the others on the list, the Powecom KN95 mask is confirmed to filter out 95 percent of particles or more.

For Presidents’ Day, KN95 masks are on sale at Amazon — you save more than $10 on a pack of 20.

Smile Titan Teeth Whitening Kit

Smile Titan Teeth Whitening Kit (Photo: Amazon)
Smile Titan Teeth Whitening Kit (Photo: Amazon)

Sure, everyone has their own unique style, but one thing that's flattering across the board? A brighter smile. Dull or yellowed teeth can taint a perfect picture, and sometimes even the most ardent brushers find themselves coming up short. No need to spend a fortune on in-office treatments — Amazon just marked down the Smile Titan Teeth Whitening Kit from $32 to $12, thanks to an on-page coupon for $20 off. That should put a smile on any shopper's face.

This kit offers everything you need to start working on a sparkling smile. It comes with three applicators, whitening gel containing 35 percent carbamide peroxide -- the same stuff doctors use -- and a tray for easy application. No messing around with loose gels or flimsy strips. The Smile Titan kit uses an LED accelerator light to help speed up the whitening process, so you can say goodbye to tedious swishing while you stare at the clock or uncomfortable overnight treatments. Use it 10 minutes a day, and see up to eight shades of difference in just a week.

To take advantage of the deal, simply click the 'coupon' box and the $20 off will be applied at checkout. You'll be well on your way to a perfect smile.

Naipo Shiatsu Back/Neck Massager with Adjustable Heat and Straps

Naipo Back Massager with Adjustable Heat and Straps (Photo: Amazon)
Naipo Back Massager with Adjustable Heat and Straps (Photo: Amazon)

On sale from $60 to $42, this Shiatsu massager works like the massager above, but enables you to make subtle adjustments when it comes to heat and pressure. It's a dream for back and neck--and you can customize its treatment as you go. Shoppers say it's even helped bring them a better night's sleep.

"This massager is surprisingly good," raved a satisfied shopper. "I originally bought this for my husband. He loved it and used it on a daily basis. I tried [it] and found it helped relax my shoulder and back muscles a lot. I felt so much more relaxed than before. And I could sleep better."

Aukey True Wireless Earbuds

Aukey True Wireless Earbuds (Photo: Amazon)
Aukey True Wireless Earbuds (Photo: Amazon)

On sale for $25 (was $50), these Aukey True Wireless Earbuds deliver premium audio with clear tones and punchy bass, and five hours of battery life per charge--plus the charging case lets you juice them up an additional four times for 25 hours of total playtime.

And Amazon shoppers are loving them. "Fantastic value for the money. They are very easy to use, battery life is good, you can use one or both at the same time, audio quality is good...They also don't fall out of my ears which I was concerned about. Honestly, these are above my expectations and I've very happy I bought them."

Wow Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo and Hair Conditioner Set

Wow Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo and Hair Conditioner Set (Photo: Amazon)
Wow Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo and Hair Conditioner Set (Photo: Amazon)

Just like the rest of your skin, your scalp may lose moisture when the air gets dry, leading to itching, flaking, and irritation. One solid solution? The Wow Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo and Conditioner Set.

If you're wondering why you should put a household condiment in your hair, it turns out that apple cider vinegar can lower your pH, leaving your hair smooth, strong, and shiny. It's also antimicrobial and full of vitamins C and B, which means it may control the bacteria that lead to scalp and hair problems and help reduce dandruff.

The "life-changing" Wow Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo and Conditioner Set, as one customer put it, has been a best-seller for two and a half years, the brand tells InStyle, adding that 80,000 bottles once sold in a single day on Amazon. It has nearly 30,000 five-star ratings, so it's clear that the vegan, paraben- and sulfate-free, and color-safe shampoo and conditioner provide real results.

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