The Apple Watch Series 3 is $30 off during Amazon Prime Day — and it’s arguably the best smartwatch for iPhone users on a budget

Hollis Johnson

  • The Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS, 38mm) and Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS, 42 mm) are down 15% at both Amazon and Walmart during Amazon Prime Day 2020 — matching Apple's lowest ever prices on these watches. 
  • The Series 3 is a good smartwatch option if you're on a budget. It has seamless integration with the iPhone and the core fitness, health, and connectivity features we look for in a smart watch. You can find a comparison of it with the Series 5 here.
  • Prime Day started on October 13 and ends today, October 14 at 11:59 p.m. PT. Walmart's Big Save event will last until October 15. But, there's no guarantee stock of popular deals will last until then. 
  • Check out other tech deals on Prime Day 2020, and the best competing sales — as well as our curated list of the best competing deals from Walmart. 

Amazon Prime Day is officially here and, with it, thousands of deals on everything from weighted blankets to headphones to Apple products.

We're tracking the best deals in from Amazon Prime Day 2020 — and that includes a rare $30 off the Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS, 38mm) at both Amazon and competitor Walmart, for an all time low price of $169. (It's also on sale for a slightly less discounted price of $179 at Best Buy.) You can also save $30 on the 42 mm version on Amazon and Walmart — now $199 rather than $229. (It's down to $219 at Best Buy.) 

At $169 and $199 respectively, these prices are the cheapest we've seen for the Series 3. The deals aren't fast-moving, limited stock lightning deals, but there's also no guarantee that supplies will last through the end of Prime Day at 11:59 PT tonight. Walmart's Big Save event runs one day longer — through October 15. 

The Series 3 is arguably the best smartwatch option for those on a budget. It has seamless integration with the iPhone and the core fitness, health, and connectivity features we look for in a smart watch for one of the cheapest price tags. With it, you can track your activity each day, see how many calories you've burned, and use smart coaching for extra motivation in workouts. You get basically all the must-haves: Apple Pay, 18-hour battery life, and water resistance. When senior tech correspondent Lisa Eadicicco switched from the Series 5 to the older Series 3 earlier this year, she wrote that one of the only features she missed was the Series 5 always-on-display.

In other words, you'll get more bells and whistles with newer models, but they may be features you won't really need. And the Series 3 is more likely to see meaningful discounts, even over similar models like the Apple Watch SE. You can find a comparison of the Series 3 to the Series 5 — and why we think the Series 3 is the best deal for iPhone owners looking for a basic smartwatch — here.

Here are the best Apple Watch deals for Amazon Prime Day 2020:

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