Amazon is the go-to online marketplace for many shoppers because of its low prices on everything from diapers and detergents to blenders and batteries.
However, not all Amazon deals are created equal. You need to do your research to determine when to buy from Amazon and when to take your business elsewhere. GOBankingRates asked top savings experts to check prices on several items you can purchase on Amazon to determine if they're truly good buys. If you’re wondering what to buy on Amazon, check out these deals.
1. Leaf Blowers
They call it "fall" for a reason — because all those leaves that start on your tree wind up falling on your lawn. If you ever want to see your grass again, you're going to need a good leaf blower. Better yet, get a rechargeable cordless model so you aren't choking on gas fumes.
- Amazon: $92.45
- Home Depot: 118.43
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2. Fall Gloves
Fall — at least late fall — calls for gloves in much of the country. Sure, you probably won't have to bust out the puffy, waterproof, snowball-fighting handwear until winter. But it's definitely wise to have a thin but warm pair of cool-weather gloves in your jacket pocket just in case you need them.
- Amazon: $9.99
- WearWhatNow: $15
That nice new fall jacket looks great — but it's pretty useless if the wind can whip down through the neck opening. That's where a fall scarf comes in. Once the weather cools off you'll have plenty of options, but Amazon is likely the cheapest. In fact, there are dozens of secret ways to save money at Amazon.
- Amazon: $14.89
- eBay: $22.89
4. Fall Candles
There's nothing better than coming home to a nice warm house on a chilly fall day. But warmth is as much about ambiance as it is about temperature. Warm up the room both figuratively and literally by lighting some candles with classic fall scents — but do it for less by buying at Amazon.
- Amazon: $14.99
- Sears: $28.61
5. Space Heaters
Fall is the time when it's cold enough outside to be uncomfortably chilly in the house, but not cold enough to crank up the big, expensive central heating system. One solution is to place a small yet powerful space heater in your room at night. Heat your room for less by buying from Amazon. The company sells lots of products that will help you save money.
- Amazon: $24.99
- Sears: $29.99
6. Grass Seed
The fall grass seed you buy determines what kind of grass you'll have come the spring thaw. Not convinced? Head to your local hardware store during the fall and see what they're pushing toward the front of the store. You could buy it there, or get the same thing at Amazon for less.
- Amazon: $15.31
- Jet: $20.40
If you take your smoothies seriously — like ninja serious — and still want to get a good deal on a blender, Amazon might be the right choice, said Kendal Perez, savings expert at CouponSherpa. The right blender will help keep both your body and your budget in good shape. Yes, a blender is a money-saving item everyone should own.
- Amazon: $82.97
- Jet: $99.99
If you want to take your kitchen game up a notch, consider purchasing a top-quality mixer from Amazon. The online retailer is a great place to get deals on pro-grade mixers, Perez said. The KitchenAid stand mixer is a good example and comes in a variety of attractive colors.
- Amazon: $299
- Kohl's: $319.99
9. Food Processors
If you're looking to expand your kitchen appliance collection, Amazon can likely hook you up with a quality food processor for less. Perez found that Amazon had the best buys on Cuisinart food processors. More than $50 in savings can translate into quite a few veggies to slice and dice.
- Amazon: $144.99
- Crate & Barrel: $199
10. Laundry Detergent
Dirt might be free, but getting it out of your clothes can cost a lot of money. Amazon can help you save by beating the competition on certain laundry detergent brands, Perez said. As an added bonus, you can get your super-sized detergent tub delivered right to your door so you don't have to carry a heavy load home from the supermarket.
- Amazon: $18.23 ($16.23 with $2 digital coupon for first delivery)
- Walmart: $21.72
- Target: $19.19
11. Kitchen Supplies
Filling up your kitchen cabinets with culinary utensils and supplies can leave your wallet empty. However, Amazon offers competitive prices on items like spatulas, spoons and measuring tools, Perez said.
- Amazon: $44.95
- Magical Chefs: $99.98
12. Gaming Controllers
Gone are the days when you had to visit an actual store — or pay full retail price — to decimate your virtual enemies. When it comes to gaming controllers, Perez notes that Amazon beats many of its competitors. Sony’s PlayStation controller is a great example.
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- Amazon: $43.87
- eBay: $62.80
13. Wireless Gaming Headsets
Sound is every bit as important as visuals when it comes to the gaming experience. Since quality technology can be expensive, it pays to shop around for items like wireless headphones. Perez found that Amazon offers better deals than the competition on Sony’s popular wireless headset brand.
- Amazon: $83.81
- Best Buy: $85.99
14. HDMI Cables
Buying quality HDMI cables can be an expensive proposition. The ones that come free with equipment are often absurdly short, while longer, better-quality cables can be absurdly expensive. Amazon beat competitors with its pricing for 6-foot cables, Perez said, and obliterated them on comfortably long 25-foot cables.
- Amazon: $14.99
- Chickadee: $16.95
If you’ve ever shopped for diapers, then you’ve probably wondered if you could save money by wrapping your baby in dollar bills. Amazon might be able to save your baby a bout of diaper rash thanks to some good deals on diapers, Perez said. While she found that Walmart and Target beat Amazon on certain brands, the online retailer is the place to go if you like Pampers.
Buying the batteries needed to power all your gizmos and gadgets can be anything but cheap. And while Perez said certain brands can be cheaper at places like Walmart, the AmazonBasics brand offers an incredible deal — 48 AA batteries for the typical price of 24 branded batteries.
- Amazon: $12.49
- Target: $13.99
17. Halloween Wigs
Halloween is a scary time of year — not because of the witches and warlocks, but because of what the holiday can do to your wallet. Costumes in particular can be a big expense, especially considering they often only get worn once. Amazon might be able to take the terror out of this holiday thanks to competitive prices on costumes and wigs. You can have a great Halloween experience for under $20.
- Amazon: $18.99
- Surushop: $36.10
18. Nail Polish
We all want to look our best, but sometimes beauty products can cause some ugly sticker shock. Fortunately, a little smart shopping can ease the financial burden.
“Amazon seems to have the market beat when it comes to designer nail polish,” said Kerry Sherin, digital marketing specialist at Offers.com. With this product, score a professional-grade manicure at home for less.
- Amazon: $25.99
- eBay: $41.61
If you’re a photography purist, then you know capturing the moment on actual film can be expensive. Luckily, Amazon has affordable offerings to support film buffs.
“Film for instant-print cameras can be expensive as it is, but some retailers are selling the same product for nearly double the price of Amazon,” said Sherin.
- Amazon: $12.49
- Staples: $19.99
- Best Buy: $14.99
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20. Protein Powders
Amazon is ready to pump you up — and for less than the competition.
“If you are into fitness and working out, then you know supplements can get expensive," Sherin said. "Amazon was found to be consistently the cheapest option."
- Amazon: $55.09
- GNC: $59.99
21. Phone Charging Cords
If you live by your smartphone, then you probably know how important it is to have a reliable phone charging cable. There’s nothing worse than a cheap one that breaks after a few bits of current.
“The Amazon brand cords are not only of high-quality materials, but also come at an affordable price," Sherin said. "While you might be able to find a cheaper cord out there, there isn't one that can match the price and quality of what Amazon offers."
- Amazon: $8.49
- Best Buy: $19.99
Terence Loose contributed reporting for this article.