Black Friday is officially (finally) here. With the actual day upon us, lots of Walmart’s already-good early deals are even better, especially on big-ticket home appliances and rarely-on-sale techy things like an Xbox One bundle (with the all-new NBA 2K20), Samsung TVs, Apple iPads, popular headphones from Beats and Bose, and even some Dyson vacuums. The good deals don’t stop at higher-priced stuff, though. There are also some great sales on smaller, more giftable things, like a 23andMe ancestry DNA kit, a compact air fryer, the best Instant Pot for most people, and a heated foot massager we wrote about that went on to become a Strategist best seller. The sales on giftable things of course extend to toys, including a few perennial favorites that are known to sell out, like a Mystery Egg from Ryan’s World, a Hatchimals critter, and a 70-plus-piece set from L.O.L. Surprise. They even extend to Strategist-approved clothes, like some classic Levi’s jeans, surprisingly tasteful gold hoop earrings, and lots of stuff from Scoop that we suspect will go fast.
Like with any sale, we don’t know exactly how long the listed deals will last, so don’t dillydally. And if you want to see more deals from Walmart, bookmark this page; we’ll continue to update it with our favorite picks and the best discounts. (You can also check out our ongoing Black Friday coverage at Amazon and our list of all the Strategist-approved products you can score at a discount amid the annual mega sale.)
Black Friday tech and gaming deals
David Pogue’s favorite Fitbit.
These in-ear Beats headphones are a favorite among athletes “because they block out external noise, and they also stay on when doing certain exercises that would cause other headphones to fall off.”
If you’re in the market for noise-cancelling headphones, this is a very good chance to snag a very well-reviewed pair from a very well-known brand at a nice discount.
As we noted in our roundup of Black Friday Deals at Best Buy (where this costs $1 more), use the stick to “make any TV a Smart TV.”
Bose SoundLink speakers appear on our list of the top-rated portable speakers on Amazon. This one has a 12-hour battery life and is compatible with Amazon and Google voice assistants.
For those who do not have it yet, Xbox One is still a hot gift, at least according to the teen boys we spoke to. Another hot gift, according to them? NBA 2K20. How convenient, then, to find a bundle with both, for $100 off the list price (which is as cheap as we’re seeing it at Target, Best Buy, and even Microsoft itself right now).
It is still expensive, but writer Steven John and professional Instagrammers both have praised Canon EOS cameras as some of the best DSLR models for most people. This isn’t the newest EOS model, but its features are comparable to the EOS 70D that One Hungry Jew blogger Rayna Greenberg told us she uses, and it comes with a zoom kit.
Nest is arguably the brand most consider synonymous with the term “smart thermostat.” According to writer Kyle Schurman, it is the brand to go with “if you’re interested in a whole-home smart system that includes home security cameras, lighting systems, and smart doorbells.”
Best Black Friday gadget and appliance deals
In our guide to buying an Instant Pot on Black Friday, we said a good time to jump on the 6-quart Duo — the model we called the best for most people — is when its price hovers around $50. Now that it has dipped below that, it means this is a very good time to buy one.
No less than three Ninja blenders appear on our list of the top-rated ones on Amazon. This one can not only blend your favorite fresh ingredients for smoothies, but also has functions to mix dough and crush ice and frozen foods, too.
When we investigated the chiropractor-created TheraGun, a favorite massage tool of professional athletes, we spoke to several people who praised its efficacy. The founder of L.A.’s Cobra Fitness club told us he uses it “multiple times a day, always before and after working out … it keeps me going longer and stronger.” This entry-level TheraGun Liv doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles of the more-expensive G3 Pro, but it does have the same frequency and amplitude — two specifications that, according to its creator, set the TheraGun apart from other percussive-massage devices on the market. And $199 is the cheapest we’ve seen it here, or anywhere, right now.
This nifty tool appeared on our lists of the best beard trimmers (we said it’s ideal for travel) and the best razors for men (we called it the best electric-cartridge hybrid). It comes with a special blade that, according to writer Kurt Soller, cuts “nearly as close as a regular disposable blade, but without any fear of bleeding or ingrown hairs.”
When we reported on the best electric razors and manscaping tools, Philips Norelco was a brand that came up a lot. This shaver is similar to the Philips Norelco model we named the best shaver for most people. Plus, it also works for light manscaping, thanks to the included nose-hair trimming attachment.
With temperatures cooling, you’re probably not opening the windows a lot (or at all) to let in fresh air. That means it’s a great time to invest in an air purifier to keep your space dust- and dander-free. This one has a “smart” sensor that will turn it off if it does not detect pollutants in a 30-minute time span.
The Tesla of toothbrushes, for half the price. Of the DiamondClean, former Strategist senior editor Simone Kitchens has said, “It’s the closest approximation to that thorough, just-back-from-the-dentist squeaky clean — even all the nooks and crannies feel professionally polished up.”
We’ve written before about how 23andMe’s DNA ancestry kit is the easiest thing of its kind for determining your family’s lineage — and how it also makes a good gift. If you’ve been thinking about getting one for either purpose, now would be a great time.
This is the same Braun epilator that Fiona Byrne uses to easily pluck tiny hairs from her legs by herself and save thousands of dollars in waxing bills.
We stan a KitchenAid stand mixer here at the Strategist — it’s the type of thing that’s always on our sales radar. While you can get this model on Amazon for basically the same price, you can’t get it there in this cool matte-silver color.
According to Dr. Jill Lasky of Lasky Pediatric Dental in Studio City, California, “using a water flosser with the ADA Seal of Acceptance has been proven to be as effective, if not more effective, than traditional flossing at removing plaque between teeth — because so many people have a difficult time flossing properly.” This, one of Waterpik’s first entry-level water flossers, has that seal.
This Shark robot vacuum, which comes with a handy remote control, is basically the twin brother of the Shark Ion model we named the “best robot vacuum for hardwood and carpets” in our roundup of the top-rated robot vacuums on Amazon.
Tiny, but powerful, reviewers have praised Roomba’s Wi-Fi–compatible vacuums as nothing less than “little pieces of wizardry.” This model — which is compatible with both Amazon and Google voice assistants — cleans both carpeted and hard-wood floors with “dual multi-surface brushes [that] work together to grab dust, dirt, and large debris,” according to the brand.
Black Friday TV deals
We’re diving deeper into all the best Black Friday TV deals here, but Walmart’s sale presents a terrific opportunity to scoop up some nice-sized models with top-of-the-line 4K technology from name brands, like this 43-inch Samsung smart TV (and the even-bigger Samsung smart models below).