Black Friday is upon us once again, and with it comes some of the best deals of the year. If you’ve been waiting to scoop up a new TV or appliance or smart-home device, or are looking for special gifts for loved ones, now’s the time to buy. Best Buy is rolling out its discounts early, but not everything that’s on sale is a good deal — and there’s an overwhelming amount of stuff to sort through. To help you find the deals that are worth your money, I’ve rounded up the best products we’ve covered, many of which I’ve tested or reported on in my years reviewing tech in nearly every category, as well as those recommended by experts and our colleagues at the Verge and beloved by celebrities.
In addition to steep discounts on tech, Best Buy has kitchen deals, toy deals, and home deals, with some starting today, and many extending through Monday, November 28. Check back often for more great deals as we draw closer to Black Friday, and don’t forget to sign up for our email newsletter for even more sales coverage.
Note: We’re done updating this post, but you can keep shopping the deals below all weekend. These deals might change or prices might fluctuate during that time, though, so keep that in mind. We’ll be back on Monday with updates and new deals.
Apple’s latest generation of AirPods Pro is one of our favorite wireless earbuds and features better noise cancellation and audio transparency, plus a new speaker in the case that makes it easier to hunt down when they’ve gone missing. This is the lowest price we’ve seen on these earbuds, so act fast.
If you want a good pair of wireless earbuds to go with your Android phone, get Samsung’s Galaxy Buds 2, which Verge editor and reviewer Chris Welch says nail the basics with style. They feature a compact and sleek design, solid sound quality, and active noise cancellation.
Our favorite wireless earbuds for noise cancellation are down to one of the lowest prices we’ve seen.
Logitech’s portable, durable speaker (a Strategist favorite) is available in a two-pack, so you can pair them together for a stereo experience without all the cables. They are compact enough to bring along to a get-together, can float in water, and are waterproof enough to use in the shower.
Our favorite Bluetooth speaker with wireless charging is down to one of the lowest prices we’ve seen all year. “The Roam was among the most crisp-sounding portable speakers I’ve tested,” writes former Strategist writer Jordan Bowman, who also noted the Roam’s ability to charge with a Qi wireless charger, as well as connect with any other speaker in Sonos’ ecosystem.
Great as two-in-one computers like the Surface Pro are, they still can’t match the specs of a well-built gaming laptop when it’s time to play. Often, a quality gaming laptop will run you well over $1,000, but HP’s Victus with Intel’s i7 processor manages to pack plenty of torque into a relatively low-budget package. Although Monica Chin, a reviewer at the Verge, says there are better laptops to be found for a little extra cash, it’s worth considering the Victus if you can snag it on sale.
If you’re cool with skipping the latest-generation processor, Apple’s M1 MacBook Air still packs plenty of power (and all-day battery life) for most-use cases, like getting through a day’s worth of working on Microsoft Office or Google Docs while keeping Slack open.
Need a laptop that can transform into a tablet in a pinch? Microsoft’s Surface Pro 9 is a snappy computer with a built-in kickstand for multiple viewing angles, stylus support for illustration and note-taking, and an eye-catching design that won’t leave your eyes wandering after a year or two. “While the detachable form factor is becoming more common across the laptop space, there are still few convertible models as tried and true as the Surface,” says Monica Chin, a writer at the Verge, “and fewer still with an accessory ecosystem as excellent as the one Microsoft provides.”
Tired of having to get up every time the house gets a little too warm? A smart thermostat can help by letting you change the temperature with just a few taps in your smart-home app of choice or a quick bark at your voice assistant. It can also program itself based on parameters you set and your daily schedule, so you don’t have to do too much manual adjusting if you don’t want. It’s at one of the lowest prices we’ve seen right now, so grab it while you can.
Black Friday can be a great time to snag a new TV if you find the right deal. LG’s C2 TV provides excellent contrast and black levels as well as fast performance, and Welch says it may be the best gaming TV you can buy, thanks to four HDMI ports that all support up to a 120Hz refresh rate and nifty software that triggers anytime the TV detects a gaming-console connection.
Most newer TVs let you stream directly without any additional gear, but it’s usually beneficial to snag a dedicated streamer instead. Google’s latest Chromecast comes in 1080p and 4K variants, both of which are affordable ways to give your TV access to any streaming service you’d like. I also think it’s one of the best tech gifts to get this year.
This excellent countertop oven, which can do everything from baking a pizza to heating up leftovers without leaving them soggy, is down to the lowest price we’ve seen.
If you don’t need all the digital controls, Cuisinart’s air fryer can handle everything from frozen fries to a quick bagel in the morning before heading to work.
If you’ve been waiting to nab one of the most powerful stick vacuums available, now’s your chance. Dyson’s top-of-the-line V15 is at the lowest price we’ve seen. Strategist senior editor Winnie Yang is a fan: “It has a laser sighting head, which helps illuminate all the dust on hard surfaces and makes it easy to see spots you’ve missed,” she says. “It also senses when there’s more dirt and automatically adjusts suction.” You’ll also get a bunch of different attachments, like a soft dusting brush and a crevice tool to vacuum those hard-to-reach spots.
Need a new washer to keep your clothes clean without leaving the house? This washer from LG is discounted 32 percent right now.
If you don’t need top-of-the-line 4K gameplay, the Xbox Series S is a powerful console capable of playing the latest-generation games at a 1080p resolution. It’s down to one of the lowest prices we’ve seen this year, and it’s a great gift for the gamer in your life.
Nintendo games rarely go on sale, but right now, one of the Switch’s best games is down to the lowest price we’ve seen. If it’s still in your gaming backlog, now’s the chance to grab it.
Apple’s tiniest iPad is down to one of the lowest prices we’ve seen right now, and it’s well worth the splurge if you need a small tablet for taking notes or reading when you’re away from your desk.
Apple’s larger-screened M1 iPad Pro is perfect for note-taking and anything from a quick doodle to an in-depth illustration. This is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen for this tablet.
If you need a stylus to go with your new iPad, or you’re looking for a good stocking stuffer for the techie in your life, I recommend Apple’s second-generation Pencil. Right now, it’s down to the lowest price we’ve ever seen.
If you’ve got the larger iPad Pro, that Magic Keyboard is discounted right now, too. Given its typically steep price, this is a good deal.
Samsung’s latest smart watch is down to its lowest price yet, and it’s a great option for anyone with an Android device. Unlike the regular Watch5, it has a rotating physical bezel that makes interacting with the software easier and more fun, and it has a good deal of health and fitness tracking for you to keep an eye on.
New Apple products rarely go on sale, but right now Apple’s new rugged smartwatch is discounted by just enough to buy yourself an extra watch band or download a few fancy fitness apps to try out.
The updated version of our favorite wearable breast pump for usability is down to nearly the lowest price we’ve seen all year. “Once I got the hang of it, the Willow yielded the most milk for me in the shortest amount of time,” writes Strategist contributor Sara Gaynes Levy.
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