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Black Friday is still just over a week away officially, but if you look at the deals available right now you’d think it was already in full swing. Retailers like Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon and more have been blasting consumers with early Black Friday sales since mid-October, and things are not slowing down at all.
CNET’s team of deal-hunting experts has been extremely busy these past few weeks sorting through thousands of offers, discounts and price drops for you. Several retailers released official Black Friday ads, so we’ve been comparing current pricing to the upcoming deals. We’re constantly updating this guide with the best Black Friday deals and prices available right now, so be sure to check back often so you don’t miss any. This story was last updated on Thursday, Nov. 18.
Black Friday sales at Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Target and more
On the calendar, Black Friday takes place on Friday, Nov. 26 — the day after Thanksgiving — but Black Friday sales are alive and well. To help navigate the pandemonium, here’s a handy guide of what you can expect on sale when and where:
- Amazon: While plenty of great early sales are happening now, Amazon just released a sneak peak of its main Black Friday event, which will run from Nov. 25 through 26. It’s a little less detailed than previous versions, but it still helps give you an idea of what’s to come.
- Best Buy: The big-box retailer has early Black Friday sales running now, but it hasn’t fully disclosed its official Black Friday plans. We anticipate that the plans will come soon, as it is one of the last to release an official ad.
- Walmart: Walmart has had deals running all November, and it’s already released a full slate of deals that start on Nov. 22. From cheap AirPods Pro to discounted TVs and next-gen console stock, you won’t want to miss out on any of it.
- Target: Deals have been running all November, and now the retailer has listed its full deals slate for Black Friday week. Bigger, better offers start this Sunday, Nov. 21. Its current best deals are live at this page. And here are the best Target deals available now and coming soon.
Best Black Friday deals at Walmart
We’ve already had two Walmart Black Friday shopping events this month, and the big one is set to kick off on Nov. 22. From $89 AirPods to $229 4K TVs, Walmart is going all-out this Black Friday (and will even have stock of PS5 and Xbox Series X). Here are some of the best Walmart Black Friday deals that are available right now.
This LCD/LED projector has a 720p resolution on a screen up to 100″ and comes with a Roku Express+ to make streaming your favorite movies on the big screen easier than ever.
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Best Black Friday deals at Target
The official Target Black Friday deals kick off this upcoming Sunday, Nov. 21, but like everyone else the big-box retailer has been offering up tons of discounts all month long. Here are the best that you can take advantage of right now.
This Acer Chromebook, isn’t quite a 2-in-1 laptop and tablet, but it comes pretty close. At less than an inch wide and weighing less than 3 lbs. its extremely portable. It can fold past 180°, but not completely flat like other combination laptop/tablets, which is what excludes this one from that category. The sale is only valid today, so get one while you can.
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Best Black Friday deals at Best Buy
It’s still a bit of a mystery as to what the Best Buy Black Friday deal plans are. The retailer has yet to share its official plans, which is odd considering we’ve already had releases from Amazon, Target, Walmart and others.
With the Roomba i3+, the most work you’ll have to do is set it up. Its sensors can distinguish between carpet and hardwood, and can even detect the dirtiest part of your home so it knows where to concentrate its efforts. It will even empty itself so you hardly have to think about it.
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Best Black Friday deals at Amazon
This year, Amazon’s Black Friday deal press release was much more vague than it usually is, so we don’t have a great idea of what exactly the online retail giant plans to do next week. The company offered up some generic outlines of deals, like select percentages off of brands, but not specific pricing on specific items.
The Galaxy Watch has been giving the Apple Watch a run for its money in recent years. The Samsung smart watch combines the wellness tracking of a Fitbit with all the connectivity of your phone. Track your heartrate and sleep patters as well as field calls and texts easily. Released only earlier this year, this is the lowest price we’ve seen on the Galaxy Watch 4.
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Best Black Friday headphone deals
You can always find headphones on sale during Black Friday events, but finding the right balance between a good deal and a good set of headphones can be a challenge. Here’s a selection of what we’ve found so far.
The newest addition to the QuietComfort line, the QC45, are now on sale for the lowest price yet. These headphones haven’t been out for long, but are already rated among the best headphones you can get by many people.
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Best Black Friday TV deals
Televisions frequently fill out Black Friday sale pages, but it’s not always easy to tell which sales are actually worthwhile. Here are some deals on good TVs worth adding to your shopping cart.
With Fire TV built right in on this 55-inch 4K TV, streaming your favorite content just got even easier. The Alexa Voice Remote makes navigating the interface a breeze, and the 4K display will have all of your content looking its absolute best.
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Best Black Friday laptop deals
The latest in Apple’s line of lightweight laptops, the updated 2020 MacBook Air features an M1 processor and a dazzling 13.3-inch Retina display. At only 2.8 pounds, this ultrathin laptop delivers powerful performance in a sleek, compact package. These are pretty popular, and while they can sell out frequently, it looks like Amazon is restocking them in smaller batches. So don’t fret if you missed your chance to snag one, there’s a good chance it will be back in a few hours.
Read our MacBook Air review.
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Best Black Friday tablet deals
It’s never hard to find a cheap tablet, but it can occasionally be challenging to find a good tablet at a reasonable price. Here are all of the worthwhile tablet deals we’ve found for early Black Friday.
With a 256GB SSD and a dazzling 12.3-inch touchscreen, the Surface Pro 7 gives you the best features of both a laptop and a tablet. While the Surface Pro 8 recently stepped onto the scene, at $800 this previous model still delivers a pretty unbeatable value.
Read our Microsoft Surface Pro 7 review.
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Best Black Friday kitchen deals
Kitchen tech can totally change the way you cook, and a great sale on kitchen tech makes that exploration even more enjoyable. Here are the best Black Friday kitchen deals we’ve found.
This 8-quart deluxe pressure cooker features a stainless steel finish and an enhanced user interface from older models. With new technology, this Pressure Cooker takes frozen chicken and turns it crispy in as little as 20 minutes. Able to steam, broil or “TenderCrisp” up to eight chicken breasts at once, this is a great addition to your kitchen if you regularly need to feed a lot of people. And it’s also dishwasher safe, making cleanup a breeze.
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Best Black Friday fitness deals
With New Year’s Day inching ever closer, those fitness resolutions can start to feel daunting. But not if you’ve got the right equipment. Here are the best Black Friday fitness deals we’ve found.
Get a jump on those New Year’s resolutions with $34 off the Fitbit Sense. With a heart-rate monitor, sleep-cycle tracker and temperature sensor, this smartwatch can help ensure you’re in tip-top shape to hit all your fitness goals.
Read our Fitbit Sense review.
Garmin’s Instinct Solar has a built-in solar panel to keep your watch charging while you’re out being active, which means less time you have to keep it attached to the wall so you can use it. The watch does heart rate monitoring, has a GPS, Pulse Ox, sleep tracking and much more.
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The Amazon Fire TV Stick can transform any television with an HDMI input into a smart TV with a simple plug-in. Instantly, you’ll have access to all the shows and movies you love in crisp 4K (on supporting televisions). Its remote even comes with a voice control feature to make browsing a breeze.
Read our Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K review.
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