Amazon Prime Day 2018 was Amazon's biggest shopping event ever. 

By Katie Holdefehr
July 23, 2018
Amazon

Amazon Prime Day has done it again—according to the retail giant, Amazon Prime Day 2018 set a new record as the company's biggest shopping event in history. And if you were one of the many shoppers who snapped up the day's best deals, it's likely you ordered the best-selling item on RealSimple.com and one of the top-selling items from Prime Day overall: the Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote ($40, amazon.com). 

According to Amazon's post-Prime Day 2018 report on CNBC, shoppers bought more than 100 million products during the major shopping event last week. The company also reported that the best-selling items were the Fire TV Stick and the Echo Dot, which was also the best-selling item from Amazon Prime Day 2017. Not surprisingly, Amazon uses Prime Day as a chance to get their own products added to virtual shopping carts around the world—and the big discounts make it the best time to shop. During Amazon Prime Day 2018, the Fire TV Stick was priced as just $19.99, or 50 percent off its $39.99 original price. 

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After the price, perhaps the most remarkable part of the Amazon Fire TV Stick is its stellar reviews. More than 130,000 shoppers have given it a five-star rating, with many happy shoppers citing how much money it's saved them. Rather than shell out for pricey cable, reviewers were able to save money (some claim hundreds of dollars a year), while still enjoying all of their favorite shows and movies. Besides streaming shows and videos, it also plays music on command. As one 71-year-old reviewer puts it: "I am SO GLAD I bought this Fire TV Stick with Alexa. It has literally made my life happier. As I write this review I'm listening to 'soft classic rock'. All I had to do was say...'Play soft classic rock' and music started playing." And other reviewers agree, after the initial setup, it's that easy. 

If you somehow missed the amazing Prime Day deals, don't worry—there are still plenty of Fire TV Sticks in stock. Although you'll now have to pay the full (yet reasonable) price, you'll still get all of the features included in the Prime Day deal. With the Alexa voice remote feature, the Fire TV Stick can turn on your favorite Netflix show with a simple voice command. Plus, it works with a wide variety of apps, so whether your current show is on Netflix, Hulu, or HBO, you'll be able to switch it on without even touching the remote. A device that saves you money every single month, lets you watch all of your favorite shows, and gives you another excuse to never get up off the couch? We're sold.