Our colleagues at the Verge are technology experts. So when they tell us that there are good Black Friday deals at Best Buy — well, we look through those deals, leave behind a couple of the more advanced things like a nearly $2,000 gaming laptop, add a few finds of our own, and bring the more-useful-to-the-average-non-technophile stuff to you.
There are substantial discounts to take advantage of, like a 65-inch LG OLED TV (which is seriously one of the best TVs we think you can buy), the original Nintendo Switch, the Series 4 Apple Watch, and a Sonos soundbar. But act quickly, because things are selling out fast! Once an item’s stock is low enough online, it becomes an in-store purchase only.
We should note that Best Buy is constantly updating its deals, and we’re constantly watching. So check back here frequently for updates of Black Friday sales on big-ticket appliances, vacuum cleaners, home security systems, smart speakers, and phones. Incidentally, for more early tech deals, check out our Black Friday coverage of the Amazon and Walmart sales.
Video game systems and accessories
Desktops, laptops, and tablets
Earbuds and headphones
If you don’t want to spend the money on AirPods or AirPods Pro, these earbuds are a good alternative. Especially if you have big earholes.
David Pogue’s favorite noise-canceling headphones are $70 off.
Strat writer Lori Keong loved the power of this vacuum. And now you can get it for $200 off.
This kitchen staple has never been cheaper. This model doesn’t have a the typical tilting head, which means it is more powerful. (For more great gifts for bakers, click here.)
You deserve a bigger fridge. This full-depth French-door option from Samsung can fit all of your Thanksgiving prep. (The adjustable shelves will even accommodate a turkey.) And it even has an ice-maker with a bin that’s actually big enough to handle company.
If you want an actual Instant Pot, you can expect to pay between $50 and $100 for it. Or you can get Best Buy’s house-brand equivalent, which has nearly 2,000 reviews and a 4.7-star rating.
TVs and accessories
OLED TVs have the best picture available, with the highest contrast and darkest blacks. Since they don’t need backlights, they’re also the thinnest screens available. You’re going to pay a premium for that compared to other types of TVs, but it can be worth it. This is the lowest price we’ve seen for the 55-inch C9. There are also sales on the 65-inch version and an enormous 77-inch model.
A beautiful 4K picture with 120 Hz refresh rate, so quick-moving objects won’t look blurry. The 55-inch model might be the sweet spot for most viewers: plenty of TV size for an incredibly reasonable price of $550.
Compared to the 8 Series above, the 7 has one fewer HDMI port and a refresh rate of 60 Hz instead of 120 Hz. Those numbers matter only if you you’re hooking up more than three components like cable boxes, streaming devices, and gaming consoles, or if you’re very concerned about getting a slight blur when things move quickly across the screen.