Many shipping times are already delayed this year due to supply chain issues and labor shortages. It’s best to start shopping now for those on your holiday list instead of waiting for the last possible moment. Best Buy started its holiday deals event early, with Black Friday prices guaranteed—if it gets lower before Black Friday, it will refund you the difference, though there are a few caveats (explained below). Here are some of our favorite products discounted so far.
Updated November 16: We’ve added a bunch more deals throughout each section below, including a Keurig, OnePlus 8T, Surface Laptop Go, and more. We also removed deals that are no longer active, like the Moto G and a Roomba.
WIRED’s Early Black Friday Coverage
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Best Buy’s Black Friday Price Guarantee
There are a few things you need to know about Best Buy’s holiday promotion. First, you need a My Best Buy membership (free). If a product you buy drops in price before November 26 (Black Friday), then you will be refunded the difference on December 15. Only the products listed as Black Friday Price Guarantee are eligible. That said, if you see Our Lowest Price of the Season on a product, that’s the price it will remain through January 8, 2022.
None of this means prices won’t drop further on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, but Best Buy says it has limited stock. Our advice? Try to see what the product you want sells for at other retailers to make sure the Best Buy price is actually a deal. We have more Black Friday tips here.
Best Buy also has an extended return window for any purchases you make from October 18 through January 2, 2022. You have until January 16 to return the item, so if a product does dip further on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, it’s worth buying it and returning the one you got at a higher price. There are some exclusions to this return policy, like holiday products (decorations, artificial trees), and items bought with third-party contracts, like a cellphone with a cellular plan.
Google Nest Mini
We love the second-generation Nest Mini and it’s frequently discounted. Its audio is better than the previous version, and it won’t take up too much space in your house. This is one of the most affordable ways to venture into a smart home. You can ask Google Assistant anything you’d search on Google, and have it control your smart lights, robot vacuum, and smart AC, among other devices.
Even on sale, this price is jarring, but we really liked using the Tempo Studio (8/10, WIRED Recomends). This version includes an accessory pack with a wireless heart rate monitor, a recovery roller, two extra collars, and a 25-pound stainless steel and chrome barbell. If you only need the basics, you can get it discounted directly from the Tempo site for $1,995. You’ll need to pay an additional $39 a month for a subscription, but if you’re paying more for a monthly gym membership and you aren’t happy with it, you may like this better and could even save money over time.
Philips One by Sonicare
This is one of our favorite electric toothbrushes. It’s not the most powerful one available, but it’s thin and light, and offers just a gentle vibration to aid in your cleaning. This is the rechargeable version, but the AAA-battery operated one is also on sale for $15 ($10 off).
Not everyone is a fan of Keurigs, and if you’re a really avid coffee drinker it’s worth upgrading to something else. However, sometimes you just need one quick cup, and that’s where a Keurig works. This one is super compact, so it won’t take up much room on a counter, and it has a very pretty design from Jonathan Adler. It goes on sale frequently, but $50 is the lowest we’ve seen it.
The Arlo Pro 4 is our favorite outdoor camera (that you can use indoors too!). This bundle comes with three cameras, four rechargeable batteries, a charging station, “anti-theft” mounts, and a yard sign. It has a wide 160-degree field of view and records up to 2K resolution with HDR. But, as we note in our review, you’ll need an Arlo Secure plan ($3 per month for one camera) to get the most out of this camera’s features.
Lenovo Smart Clock
We like this smart display for bedside tables because it’s compact without being unusable. Its 4-inch screen is probably too small for comfortably watching movies, but it’s a great little digital photo frame, and a nice way to see weather updates, alarms, and results from your Google Assistant search queries. There’s also a USB port so you can plug your phone directly into it to recharge. If you don’t need a touchscreen display but want the smart capabilities, go for Lenovo’s Smart Clock Essential for $30 ($20 off). It even has a nightlight on the back.
Aura makes our favorite photo frames. They’re pricey, and this deal isn’t the best we’ve ever seen. Still, they’re easy to use and the photos look nearly analog. It makes a great gift.
Roku Streaming Stick 4K
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We like all Roku devices, especially the Streaming Sticks and this is one of the newest versions. It doesn’t have hands-free voice or programmable shortcuts on the remote the way the new 4K Plus version does, but it still has a microphone button you can use.
If you’re a fan of Amazon’s Prime Video offerings, you may prefer this streaming device, which is geared heavily toward all Amazon content. This is the newest 4K device from the brand, which we haven’t yet tried, but we liked the older version and it has not changed drastically.
Need a new TV? This one has Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant built-in, so you can ask them to search for shows or answer any other questions you might have. Even with smart features, we think most TVs need a dedicated streaming stick like the ones above. We’ve rounded up more TV deals here.
This TV typically goes for a little less than the $1,200 price listed on Best Buy, but this is still a solid discount. We’re big fans of Sony’s A90J, which is unfortunately not on sale right now, but this one is usually much cheaper—the X90J is an LED TV, while the A90J is OLED. Still, you can get a nice looking TV without shelling out nearly $3,000. The bigger sizes are discounted as well.
Jabra Elite 85T
These earbuds (9/10, WIRED Recommends) are pricey, but they have excellent sound quality and noise cancellation. The best part of Jabra’s buds is that they’re rugged, have a 2-year warranty against water damage, and have physical buttons for controlling music playback. Jabra also does a great job of supporting its older devices with new features and updates.
These cute little Buds2 (9/10, WIRED Recommends) are comfortable to wear and sound great with their dual-driver system. They’re rated IPX2 for water resistance, so you can work out with them. Plus they come in lavender or olive (in addition to the standard black and white)!
The Galaxy Buds Pro (9/10, WIRED Recommends) are good for everything, and they’re better than Apple’s AirPods in nearly every way: They sound better, are more comfortable, and have longer battery life. WIRED associate reviews editor Parker Hall says he can go from Zoom meetings to listening to music on a run, and these earbuds perform well every time. They’re now $20 less than they were when this deal started.
These are $15 more than they were last week when the sale started. We haven’t tested them, but we generally like the brand. These JBL Tour One headphones are also on sale for $250 ($50 off). Read our Best Wireless Headphones guide for more options.
Storage Deals (Hard Drives and SSD)
Samsung T7 500 GB Portable SSD
This is one of our favorite portable drives for its speed. It’s light but tough, thanks to its metal body, so you can take it anywhere and not worry about it getting damaged. It was $5 less last week, but this is still a good deal if you’re in the market for a fast solid state drive.
We haven’t tried this particular Samsung internal SSD, but the brand is known for making some of the best, and this one gets solid reviews elsewhere. If you need your computer to run faster, this should help. If you need more gigabytes, the other sizes are discounted as well.
This Easystore drive is essentially the same as the Elements drive we recommend in our guide, but this one doesn’t have a power button. They’re fine for backups and storage, but WIRED senior writer Scott Gilbertson doesn’t recommend them for editing video or anything else where speed is essential. Just know that while it sometimes jumps to $110, it usually goes for around $60. For a ton more storage, the 18-terabyte hard drive is discounted to $340 ($80 off).
Phone and Tablet Deals
This is the 2020 iPad Pro model with 256 gigabytes of storage. You can get the 2021 iPad Pro for $100 more, but that one starts with 128 GB. You’re not missing too much from the newer model, so this is still a solid deal if you need extra space. If you need more storage, the 512-gigabyte 4th-gen iPad Pro is discounted to $1,100 ($200 off) and the 1-terabyte version is $1,300 ($200 off).
We really liked using this cell phone, and even though OnePlus has raised its once super affordable prices, this is still a solid deal. The 8T has a nice quad-camera system and a full day of battery. If you desperately need a phone, you’ll probably be happy with this, but we saw more phones discounted last week, and hope that they’ll come back.
Laptop and Monitor Deals
Acer Chromebook Spin 713.
You’ll find this Acer Chromebook in our Best Chromebooks guide. It has one of the nicest screens around on a Chromebook at this price, and the Intel Core i5 chip gives it plenty of power. It’s a 2-in-1 too, so you can rotate the screen all the way back and use it as a tablet. The best part? It has fantastic battery life.
Want to spend even less? We haven’t tested the Spin 514 yet, but we have tried machines with AMD’s Ryzen 3 processors so we feel comfortable saying that this Chromebook will be sufficient for school-level tasks. You also get a 1080p screen and a MicroSD card slot.
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go
This is typically what the 64-gigabyte version costs, so you can get double the storage for the same price. We like other Surfaces more, but the Go is great for, as you might guess by the name, taking with you wherever you need to go because it’s light and small. But the screen resolution is where you’ll notice the budget—text can look a little pixelated.
We prefer the newer Flex 5i, but the 5 is still solid if you want to save a few bucks. You can use it as a tablet or laptop as you please. It’s powered by an Intel Pentium 7505 Processor, and you should get about 10 hours of battery life.
If you’re in need of a monitor to up your gaming setup (or work-from-home setup), this is a pretty solid deal on a monitor this size. It also supports HDR, something we don’t typically see at this price point.
WIRED’s Early Black Friday Coverage
Early Black Friday Sales Pages
Want to browse the sales yourself? Here are a few places offering early Black Friday deals. Be sure to check out our many buying guides and gift guides for additional ideas.
- Amazon Sale
- Target Sale, Coupons
- Walmart Sale, Coupons
- Bed, Bath, and Beyond Sale, Coupons
- REI Get Up Get Out Sale
- Best Buy Sale, Coupons
- QVC Sale, Coupons
- Kohl’s, Coupons
- Moosejaw Sale, Coupons
- Adorama Sale, Coupons