Amazon Prime is continuously growing, not just in popularity but also the benefits it offers to its members. What started out as a way to get unlimited next day delivery at no extra cost has quickly become an all-encompassing digital service that adds video, music, books, cloud storage and loads more.
It's a handy service to have, especially for bagging Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals before Christmas hits.
Amazon Black Friday Sale
Prime members can reap the benefits during Amazon's Black Friday sale, which runs until 25 November – see our full coverage here. Apart from usual perks like 30-minutes early access to Lightning Deals, Prime members using Prime Wardrobe can use Amazon's AR View to preview outfits before purchase.
Prime Now, Amazon's express service that promises free delivery within two hours for select areas will also be seeing Black Friday discounts. For more details on Prime Now including costs and available cities, see our dedicated article.
Read on to find out everything you need to know about Amazon Prime and whether it’s worth signing up, including its latest features and how much Amazon Prime costs.
Amazon Prime free trials
Below you'll find quick links to the various Prime free trials available if you just want to get stuck in and try it out.
Amazon offers a 30-day trial on nearly all its Prime services (except for Prime Student, where the free trial is for 6 months!). Remember, if you decide you don't want to pay for a subscription, you'll need to cancel Amazon Prime before your trial ends.
How much does Amazon Prime cost?
Amazon Prime is available with a few different subscription models. The best value is the upfront sum of £79/$119 for the year, which works out at about £6.58/$9.92 per month. Don’t forget to take advantage of the 30-day free trial first, though.
You can also get Amazon Prime on a monthly subscription plan, but it does work out at a higher cost per year. It’s £7.99/$12.99 per month, which is £95.88/$155.88 per year.
The final option is for those looking to subscribe to the Prime Video service without the rest of the perks that come with the full Prime package.
This option is £5.99/$8.99 per month, but we’d hesitate to recommend this when the yearly option works out at almost the same price and gives you all of the additional features.
All of these subscription options are available to sign up to on Amazon's website by clicking here.
There is another option, but this one is only for students. It works out at half the price of the usual Amazon prime and there’s a whopping six months free trial available too. Find out everything you need to know about Prime Student and how to get it here.
Amazon Prime benefits
We’ve explained how much Prime costs, but if you’re still wondering what you get with Amazon Prime and whether it’s worth it, here’s where we’re going to dig into its benefits to help you decide.
Amazon Prime delivery
The core feature of Amazon Prime is delivery. You’ll get unlimited one-day delivery at no extra cost for millions of eligible items. Plus, if you’re not in a hurry you can choose no-rush delivery to get promotional credit as a thank you.
Some addresses are available with same-day delivery, and better yet there’s also Prime Now, which can mean your purchase is delivered within two hours or less.
Prime Early Access
Prime members get access to lots of deals 30 minutes before the rest of its customers, which can sometimes make the difference between bagging a bargain and missing out completely. (We share the best Amazon deals available right now here).
Amazon Prime Music
Also included is Prime Music, which offers huge selection of songs (more than two million) available to stream.
However, if you want access to the complete library of 40 million songs, Amazon’s answer to Spotify is Prime Music Unlimited, which has a separate subscription cost of £9.99/$9.99 per month.
As a part of Amazon's Black Friday sale, however, new subscribers can get Prime Music Unlimited for £0.99/$0.99 for three months. It is available to sign up to here.
After the 3-month period, it costs £9.99/$9.99 per month again if you don't have Prime. Though, in the UK, Prime users can get Music Unlimited for £7.99 per month instead.
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon’s Netflix rival is called Amazon Prime Video, and there you’ll find thousands of films and TV shows, some exclusive, to stream. Better yet, you can download them to watch offline.
We've picked out our favorite movies on Amazon Prime here.
Starting in 2019, Prime will show 20 exclusive Premier League matches per season at no extra cost for its subscribers, which is an indication that Amazon is gearing up to bring even more exclusive content to entice new users.
Amazon Prime Deals
Every year Amazon holds Prime Day (often longer than 24 hours). It's big sale similar to Black Friday where thousands of products are reduced but only Prime members can access the deals.
Prime members also get access to Amazon Channels, which offers 40 TV channels at a small additional cost. We’ve got a guide to Amazon Channels here.
Kindle Owner’s Lending Library & Prime Reading
Prime members can borrow a book a month from the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library at no extra cost, as well as a book from the Kindle First picks.
You’ll also be able to download and read books, comics and magazines from the library of more than 1,000 titles available with Prime Reading.
Amazon Pantry is the retailer's answer to grocery shopping. It's a Prime exclusive service that could save you time and money. Find out more about Amazon Pantry here.
Amazon Prime Photos
Prime Photos lets you upload and store unlimited photos in the cloud to keep them safe and accessible from any device.
Some of these perks aren’t limited to one individual, either. With Amazon Household, you can share features with one other adult member of your household.
You can also join Amazon Family, which in addition to all of the Prime benefits gets you 20% off nappies subscriptions as well as other exclusive offers and discounts. You’ll have to provide a few details about you and your family in order to qualify, and only one membership is available per household.
Finally, Amazon Restaurants is a fast food delivery service a bit like Deliveroo. Read all about it here.