Black Friday 2021: 67 incredible deals are already live

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You don’t imagine it: you to have has been blasted for weeks with Black Friday deals. Retailers turned the once-a-day shopping event into a month-long shopping experience, for better or for worse. The Black Friday deals usually come in waves and the first few are over, but the best ones are usually held until the big day. That is now a few hours drive. Going through all those sales can be overwhelming, but that’s where CNET comes in! We are pondering scans of newspaper advertisements, searching retailer websites (Amazon, Target, walmart and Best Buy, just to name a few), and found the deals you don’t want to miss, and keep you up to date with our latest finds via our live blog. You will even find good streaming offers such as Hulu offers annual subscriptions for 99 cents per month.

We’ve listed below by section to help you find what you’re looking for, but first, here’s what you need to know as you get ready to start shopping:

  • Macy’s Black Friday sale started Tuesday.
  • Many Amazon device sales (Echo, Fire tablets, Fire TVs, Ring security systems) started last Friday.
  • Best Buy sales began last Friday, including the lowest price ever on Apple Watch SE.
  • Target’s Black Friday sale kicked off on Sunday.
  • Staples’ Black Friday sale kicked off on Sunday.
  • Walmart’s Black Friday sale kicked off Monday and includes potential access to PlayStation 5 and Xbox consoles for Walmart Plus members. The initial availability of the PS5 and Xbox console has already sold out.
  • More Amazon Black Friday sales started today.

Best Black Friday deals yet

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The TCL 6 Series Roku TV is the best TV for the money we tested, and every size in the series has the lowest price of the year. The 6 Series offers excellent picture quality thanks to mini LED backlight technology, QLED color and full array local dimming. Although this TV technically debuted in 2020, the 6 Series is still a current model for 2021.

All three sizes are on sale, but the biggest savings are on the 65-inch model. The new $800 price is $98 lower than the previous retail price just a few days ago, and the best price ever.

Read our TCL 6 Series Roku TV review.

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Amazon has Apple’s latest AirPods, the AirPods 3, on sale for just $150. That’s $30 less than the Apple Store and their lowest price yet. Note that Amazon gives you an additional $5 discount at checkout – it’s listed in green below the larger red price. If you don’t see ‘Save $5 at checkout’, the deal has expired. The AirPods 3 have been in and out of stock for this price.

Amazon last revamped the Fire HD 8 tablet in 2020 by doubling the onboard storage, improving the processor inside, and adding USB-C charging instead of Micro-USB. It comes in four different colors and if you want to upgrade to the 64GB model, you can pay an extra $30.

Those aren’t the only great discounts we found. Between the deals that stand out to us the most are a variety of offers on AirPods. In addition to the AirPods 3 above, the new AirPods Pro with MagSafe charging case for $159 at Walmart hits $90 less than you pay at the Apple Store and the lowest price we’ve seen for them yet.

walmart too dropped the price of the 2nd gen Google Nest Hub to just $50, another tempting offer. This smart Google Assistant display offers a 7-inch screen where you can watch videos, read recipes, host video chats and much more. At this price, you might just want to grab two of them because you want them in the house.

This is also a great time of year to stock up on essentials, such as light bulbs. The Kasa Smart Bulb is only $10 at Amazon, $12 off the usual price. You control it with the free Kasa Home app on your phone or by chatting with Alexa or Google Assistant to change colors, automate the on/off cycle and more.

Amazon also has $50 off the price of the Bose Quiet Comfort 45 (QC45) Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones, bringing the cost down to $279. Those headphones come with a strong recommendation from CNET’s David Carnoy and would make a great gift (even if it’s a present for yourself).

Another timeless gift candidate: a KitchenAid stand mixer. Target has some pretty tempting deals, including: a 5-quart model discounted to $220, save $210. Look for additional color options for the same Black Friday price at Best Buy.

It’s hard to cough up the change for a robot vacuum if it’s not for sale, but luckily for us, that’s what Black Friday is for. One of the most notable deals we’ve seen is for the iRobot Roomba i3 Plus for $400 (Model 3350), $200 off the regular price. The sensors can distinguish between carpet and hardwood and can detect even the dirtiest part of your home so it knows where to focus its efforts. It even deflates by itself, so you hardly have to think about it.

After you let the vacuum do all the hard work, it’s time to let your tired bones go to take advantage of Hulu’s 99 cents a month deal for one year of its ad-supported subscription, open to new or expired (for more than a month) subscribers. After that, the price will revert to the normal $7 per month (you can cancel at that point). Unfortunately, anyone who took advantage of last year’s $1.99 Black Friday deal is excluded.

Sometimes it’s just easier to stick with one retailer for all your shopping, especially if you do it in person. So here are some of the best you can find with them.

Best Best Buy Black Friday Deals

It’s a little late for the game, but Best Buy finally has the details of the sales taking place in the week of Black Friday. It’s not as ready-made as some other retailers’ sales, which have clear start and end dates, but essentially Best Buy’s sales have already started and will be adding more items in the coming days. There have been a number of drops already, including great deals like the first sale of the season on the Apple Watch SE.

Here’s what to expect from each wave of deals:

Read more: Best Black Friday Deals at Best Buy

Best Target Black Friday Deals

Target’s Black Friday sale has already started and continues Saturday 27 Nov. Target offers great savings on everything from technology to toys to household items. This sneak peek circular also advertises the Nintendo Switch OLED, which has been notoriously hard to find since it was released in October, so keep an eye on your local Target’s deal page and inventory if you were hoping to get your hands on one.

Here are some of the best Target deals currently available:

Read more: Target’s Black Friday Sales

Best Walmart Black Friday Deals

Walmart’s Black Friday sale has begun Monday, Nov. 22 at 4 p.m. PT (7 p.m. ET). Early access to some deals started four hours earlier for Walmart Plus members. Walmart notes that it will make the PS5 and Xbox Series X available online during Black Friday week, but details on times are not yet available. Here are some of the deals we’re most excited about.

Read more: Walmart’s Black Friday 2021

Best Amazon Black Friday Deals

Amazon’s Black Friday deals are now in full swing, with some great new ones on Apple AirPods and Beats headphones. Amazon also has the Switch bundle in stock at the time of writing. Some of the highlights include up to 40% off Instant brand kitchen appliances, up to 50% off select Fire HD tablets and up to 30% off select TVs from Samsung, Sony and LG. Here are some of our favorites.

Read more: Best Black Friday TV Deals

Best Black Friday Headphone Deals

You can always find headphones on sale during Black Friday events, but striking the right balance between a good deal and good headphones can be a challenge. These are the best sales on headphones and earbuds.

read more: Best Early Black Friday 2021 Headphone Deals Available Now

Best Black Friday TV Deals

Televisions often fill out Black Friday sales pages, but it’s not always easy to see which sales are really worth it. Here are some of the best TV deals you’ll see for Black Friday.

read more: Best TV deals for Black Friday 2021 so far

Best Black Friday Laptop Deals

And some of this week’s best laptop deals:

Read more: Best Black Friday Laptop Deals

Best Black Friday Tablet Deals

It is never difficult to find a cheap tablet, but it can sometimes be a challenge to find a good tablet at a reasonable price. Here are all the valuable tablet deals now and around the corner.

Best Black Friday smart home deals

Smart home gadgets allow you to automate things like lighting and home appliances, and Black Friday week is a great time to see them on sale. Here are some of the better offerings we’ve seen so far:

Read more: Black Friday’s best smart home deals

Best Black Friday kitchen deals

Kitchen technology can completely change the way you cook, and a great sale of kitchen technology makes that exploration even more fun. Here are the best Black Friday kitchen deals included in this week’s sale.

Read more: Best Kitchen Deals for Black Friday 2021

Best Black Friday Fitness Deals

With New Year’s Day drawing ever closer, those fitness resolutions can get daunting. But not if you have the right equipment. Here are the best Black Friday fitness deals we’ve found.

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