130+ Best Early Black Friday Deals on TVs, Google Pixels, Apple and more - The New York Times

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Deal Spotlight: Google Pixel 7 Pro (Unlocked, 128 GB)

What we like: Takes the amazing Pixel 7 and adds a bigger, better OLED screen and a zoom camera—and it’s still cheaper than the competition.

Other things to know: The value isn’t quite as strong as with the Pixel 7, but is a capable phone with excellent software and five years of update support. RedCard holders save an extra 5%.

Deal Spotlight: Apple iPad (9th Generation, Wi-Fi, 64 GB)

What we like: Our top tablet pick due to its great balance of price and performance. Supports Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard pairing. Unbeatable selection of apps, stellar hardware quality, long battery life, and unrivaled customer support.

Other things to know: Not the most up-to-date tablet that Apple sells, but still fast enough for all but the most demanding tasks. Consider an iPad Pro if you plan on creating high-res images and videos.

Read our review of the best tablets.

Deal Spotlight: Meta Quest 2 VR Headset (128 GB) RE4 Bundle

Google and Google Pixel deals

A hand holding up a Google Pixel 7 Pro that is displaying apps on its home screen.

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The Google Store may have been counting down the days until its Black Friday 2022 sale, but you don’t have to wait to score select discounts on some of the most popular Google devices. Right now, shoppers can take advantage of deals on the new Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro Android phones, as well as older models like the Pixel 6a. There are also plenty of opportunities to save on the Google Chromecast, Google Assistant enabled smart home devices, smart thermostats, and more.

What we like: Takes the amazing Pixel 7 and adds a bigger, better OLED screen and a zoom camera—and it’s still cheaper than the competition.

Other things to know: The value isn’t quite as strong as with the Pixel 7, but is a capable phone with excellent software and five years of update support. RedCard holders save an extra 5%.

What we like: Offers the best version of Android, with guaranteed security updates through fall 2027. Best Android smartphone camera we’ve ever tested. Excellent build quality and more affordable than comparable models.

Other things to know: It’s hard to find negative things to say about the Google Pixel 7, but no optical-zoom camera and fast-charging speeds are underwhelming. RedCard holders save an extra 5%.

What we like: Handy digital assistant for streaming audio and video, or making video calls. Good size for a bedside table or other space where a smaller screen works well. Includes sensors to track your sleep.

Other things to know: Screen is 7 inches. Lacks a built-in camera.

What we like: Previous-gen flagship processor. Latest Android software. Excellent screen. Good battery life. Camera that rivals those of phones that cost twice as much.

Other things to know: Lacks wireless charging. Cheaper build and smaller display (6.1") than Pixel 6. Pixel 7 is now available, but no 7a has been released yet. RedCard holders save an extra 5%.

What we like: Larger, crisper, and more useful display. Wide compatibility with HVAC systems. Learns heating and cooling preferences to create an optimized schedule. Works with Nest Temperature Sensors.

Other things to know: Includes extra Nest Temperature Sensor. Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, SmartThings. Available in three colors. Costco membership required.

What we like: Intuitive interface that better reflects how people watch video in 2022. Useful remote, voice search capabilities, and 4K HDR video support (including Dolby Vision).

Other things to know: Select store pickup to avoid shipping fees. Comes with with a Funko Pop figure of Eleven with Eggos from Stranger Things.

What we like: Capable smart home device for Google Assistant users. Loud and bass-filled audio experience. Two or more speakers can be configured into a stereo pair or multi-room sound system.

Other things to know: Sound is good but nothing special. Older model. Guide writers prefer the Amazon smart device ecosystem. Add 2 to the cart for deal price.

An iPad on Target.com

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Target began touting early Black Friday deals in October, offering markdowns on everything from electronics and toys to kitchen and cleaning gear, with the promise of new deals each week. As in years past, we expect Target to match select deals from Amazon and Best Buy, but it will also offer a compelling Holiday Price Match Guarantee of its own: The retailer will match any prices that have been further reduced on items purchased from Target between Thursday, October 6, and Saturday, December 24 (with certain exceptions like Target Circle offers and clearance items). Target RedCard holders have historically been able to score exclusive deals and discounts on top of the 5% savings and free shipping available year-round. Here are the best discounts we've turned up.

What we like: Same great features as Series 7. New features include crash detection, faster processor, watchOS 9, and temperature sensor.

Other things to know: Still in testing, but likely to be our new top pick. Best if upgrading from older watch (Series 4 and earlier) or first time Apple Watch user. Multiple colors available, 41 mm screen. RedCard holders save an extra 5%.

What we like: Offers the best version of Android, with guaranteed security updates through fall 2027. Best Android smartphone camera we’ve ever tested. Excellent build quality and more affordable than comparable models.

Other things to know: It’s hard to find negative things to say about the Google Pixel 7, but no optical-zoom camera and fast-charging speeds are underwhelming. RedCard holders save an extra 5%.

What we like: Strong suction, tangle-resistant brushes, and smart assistant and navigation capabilities. Ideal for larger spaces with rugs and shedding pets.

Other things to know: It doesn’t work quite as fast as other similar models. Alexa and Google Assistant compatible. RedCard holders save an extra 5%.

What we like: Takes the amazing Pixel 7 and adds a bigger, better OLED screen and a zoom camera—and it’s still cheaper than the competition.

Other things to know: The value isn’t quite as strong as with the Pixel 7, but is a capable phone with excellent software and five years of update support. RedCard holders save an extra 5%.

What we like: Does a superior job of keeping your child rear-facing longer—and it’s straightforward to install and use.

Other things to know: Passenger rear-facing from 4 to 50 pounds. Passenger forward-facing from 22 to 65 pounds, up to 49 inches tall. RedCard holders save an extra 5%.

What we like: Previous-gen flagship processor. Latest Android software. Excellent screen. Good battery life. Camera that rivals those of phones that cost twice as much.

Other things to know: Lacks wireless charging. Cheaper build and smaller display (6.1") than Pixel 6. Pixel 7 is now available, but no 7a has been released yet. RedCard holders save an extra 5%.

What we like: Smooth and responsive buttons. Comfortable and familiar design. Offers built-in Windows compatibility. Works with nearly any game that supports a controller. Can choose between connecting wirelessly via Bluetooth, or wired via the USB-C port.

Other things to know: Requires AA batteries or an add-on rechargeable battery pack for wireless play. Nearly identical to the older Xbox One controller. Available for $40 in black or white. RedCard holders save an extra 5%.

What we like: Answers queries and plays music from a variety of services. Controls most smart-home devices. Orb design allows for a better speaker with more improved soundstage than previous Echo generations. Multi-microphone array can usually hear commands from across the room or above music played at a moderate level.

Other things to know: Sound, while good for casual listening, isn't audiophile-level. Older model at this point with the release of the 5th gen in September. RedCard holders save an extra 5%.

The new MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 processors, shown against a blue background.

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Touting their devices’ user-friendliness, security features, and innovative design, Apple devotees eagerly await Black Friday as it’s one of the best times to buy Apple products. This year, there are early Black Friday Apple deals as good as those you’ll see at the end of the month—but that aren’t as likely to sell out in seconds. MacBooks, various iPads, and Apple Watches (including the last gen Apple Watch Series 7, the new Apple Watch Series 8, and the last and current gen Apple Watch SE) are all seeing early sales. Bargain shoppers can get even deeper savings by trading in their old devices or purchasing refurbished models. These are the best early Black Friday Apple Deals we’ve found so far.

What we like: Same great features as Series 7. New features include crash detection, faster processor, watchOS 9, and temperature sensor.

Other things to know: Still in testing, but likely to be our new top pick. Best if upgrading from older watch (Series 4 and earlier) or first time Apple Watch user. Multiple colors available, 41 mm screen. RedCard holders save an extra 5%.

What we like: Our top tablet pick due to its great balance of price and performance. Supports Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard pairing. Unbeatable selection of apps, stellar hardware quality, long battery life, and unrivaled customer support.

Other things to know: Not the most up-to-date tablet that Apple sells, but still fast enough for all but the most demanding tasks. Consider an iPad Pro if you plan on creating high-res images and videos.

Read our review of the best tablets.

What we like: Same great features as Series 7. New features include crash detection, faster processor, watchOS 9, and temperature sensor.

Other things to know: Still in testing, but likely to be our new top pick. Best if upgrading from older watch (Series 4 and earlier) or first time Apple Watch user. Multiple colors available, 45 mm screen, with Sport Band in the S/M or M/L size.

What we like: Great option for those seeking a tablet with more screen space for creative work, like digital illustration or audio editing. Larger screen is useful for multitasking and produces deeper blacks and brighter highlights than the smaller size.

Other things to know: Last generation, but nearly identical to the M2 model (besides the slightly faster processor and Hover pencil feature).

What we like: Enough speed, memory, and storage for most day-to-day computer tasks. Battery life a little over 14 hours. Lightweight, solid construction, comfortable keyboard, and industry-leading support.

Other things to know: Specs include Apple M1 processor, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB SSD, 13.3" Retina display, one 3.5mm jack, and two Thunderbolt 4 ports.

What we like: Updated design with a brighter screen and better webcam. Brings back the MagSafe port. A good all-around option for Mac users.

Other things to know: Matches the lowest price drop we've seen for this model. Isn’t ideal for people who edit photos or videos, or who otherwise process large media files. Available for $1050 in Space Gray.

Our pick for best air fryer toaster oven overall, the Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer Pro.

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Between its breadth of available brands and wares and its unmatched accessibility for shoppers, Amazon is undoubtedly the biggest retailer to participate in Black Friday. Historically, Amazon has led the charge in kicking off Black Friday sales earlier than ever, and with the launch of the Prime Early Access Sale on October 11 and 12, this year is no different. Shoppers are sure to see some of the biggest and best price cuts in the most popular Black Friday deals, including discounts on robot vacuums, toys, headphones, smart speakers, electric toothbrushes, tablets, and just about everything in between. Here are some of the highlights we’ve noted thus far.

What we like: Upcoming top pick. Has Google’s latest Wear OS 3 software paired with Samsung’s One UI interface, plus all the apps and watch faces in the Google Play Store. Offers impressive health tracking with automatic workout detection, ECG, SpO2, and stress analysis.

Other things to know: Lacks the rotating bezel of the older Galaxy Watch4 Classic, and it comes in just one, minimalist style. New low.

What we like: Best soundbar if you want a complete system. Dynamic and immersive audio experience. Two HDMI inputs, Bluetooth and Chromecast music streaming.

Other things to know: Voices don’t sound as clear as they do through our top pick. Attach an Amazon Echo Dot to add smart-speaker functionality.

What we like: A camera-free option for nightstands. Packs the same features as the regular Dot, with a small screen that can show the time and weather.

Other things to know: Screen can be turned off with Alexa if desired. $40 matches the low we've seen for the 5th gen.

What we like: Easy to use and navigate menus. Reliably detects, identifies, and starts recording workouts after about 10 minutes of activity. Built-in GPS and solid battery life.

Other things to know: Getting to be an older option at this point. No tracker perfectly recorded every metric it attempted in our testing.

What we like: The Kids version of the Kindle improves on the previous generation Kindle Paperwhite’s great display, adjustable color temperature, even lighting, and waterproofing with a cover.

Other things to know: The Kids edition of the Paperwhite is identical to the standard Kindle but comes with a case, a two-year warranty (versus the standard’s one-year), and no ads, for only a little more.

What we like: Very sharp, detailed image. Less expensive than top pick while still delivering high quality visuals. Accurate and bright. Two HDMI 2.0 inputs and a USB-A port.

Other things to know: Contrast ratio is lacking. Lacks the dynamic range to display HDR videos in full effect. Small, 1.1x zoom can make placement difficult. No built-in video streaming services. Some users can see the rainbows caused by single-chip DLP projection. No Bluetooth capability.

What we like: A kid-friendly version of our smaller Alexa smart display pick. Can play videos, help with homework, narrate bedtime stories, and make video calls to approved contacts. Comes in a fun, brightly colored finish.

Other things to know: Includes parental controls like built-in camera shutter and microphone/camera off button. Longer 2-year warranty. Comes with a year of Amazon Kids+ content (typically $4.99/month).

What we like: Effective noise-cancelling that's particularly good for working from home or in an open office. 30-hour battery-life with quick-charge capabilities. Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa wake-word functionality. App-based customizable EQ and listening modes. Better for larger heads than the previous model.

Other things to know: Mild improvement over the previous generation. EQ needs tweaking to make sound good. Lacks ability to adjust ANC level.

What we like: A former runner-up pick. Pairs quickly and easily with Apple devices, offers Siri voice activation, and ability to wear either earpiece individually for situational awareness. Sound great and long battery life.

Other things to know: No hear-through mode and offers water resistance but no official IP rating.

What we like: Denser pillow supports the hips, knees, and abdomen exceptionally well. Shredded memory foam fill molds to the body to support the areas that need it most.

Other things to know: Our more supportive body pillow pick. Firmer and heavier than our top pick, but still one of the most flexible. Clip the on-page coupon.

What we like: A full-featured and balanced monitor with a high refresh rate. Solid 1440p display and G-Sync compatibility is good for gaming.

Other things to know: 144 Hz refresh rate with Nvidia G-Sync compatibility, up to 170 Hz overclocked. Two HDMI in ports, one DisplayPort in. USB hub has two USB-A ports, no USB-C charging.

What we like: Great option for those seeking a tablet with more screen space for creative work, like digital illustration or audio editing. Larger screen is useful for multitasking and produces deeper blacks and brighter highlights than the smaller size.

Other things to know: Last generation, but nearly identical to the M2 model (besides the slightly faster processor and Hover pencil feature).

What we like: Offers a lot of excellent features in common with our top pick. Comes with solid (IP57) sweat resistance, decent noise isolation, a hear-through awareness mode, and EQ adjustability.

Other things to know: Sound quality is bass-forward in a fun way. The touch-based controls are limited and were occasionally temperamental in our tests. Currently about $25 cheaper than our top pick.

What we like: Has bigger battery and water tank than our top pick. Sophisticated navigation system learns house layout. Cleans up to 1,000 square feet at a time. iRobot has an established track record for durability and long-term support.

Other things to know: Struggles with rug edges and thresholds. Need to change the pads and fill the reservoir after every cleaning session. Potential navigation complaints.

What we like: The only option we tested that performs just as well as an air fryer as it does a toaster oven. Multitude of specific settings for dehydrating, proofing, and slow cooking. Crisps food faster than traditional toaster ovens. Has a large two-rack oven capacity. Multiple fan speed options.

Other things to know: The Cuisinart Chef's Convection Toaster Oven is cheaper and performs nearly as well for a fraction of the price.

What we like: Our SSD pick for PS5 owners. Meets Sony's demanding performance requirements for the PlayStation 5. Runs faster and cooler than similarly priced drives.

Other things to know: Does not come with a pre-installed heatsink, so you'll need to attach an easy-to-install option to further reduce temperatures.

Read our review of the best SSDs.

What we like: Enough speed, memory, and storage for most day-to-day computer tasks. Battery life a little over 14 hours. Lightweight, solid construction, comfortable keyboard, and industry-leading support.

Other things to know: Specs include Apple M1 processor, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB SSD, 13.3" Retina display, one 3.5mm jack, and two Thunderbolt 4 ports.

What we like: Durable woven sisal lasts longer than carpet and is better for your pet than rope. Taller than other posts we tested, so your cat can stretch out.

Other things to know: First worthwhile deal on this scratching post in years.

What we like: Our runner-up pick for the best medium-sized toaster oven. Impressive ability to maintain a set temperature. Offers a modern, intuitive interface. More spacious than our top pick.

Other things to know: Doesn’t toast quite as evenly as our top pick. Doesn’t come with a pizza stone like our top pick. Convection setting allows you to air-fry food even though the setting isn’t labeled that way. Lacks an oven light.

What we like: Nearly identical to its predecessor, the Flex 5, except for its newer processor. Offers faster performance than most Chromebooks under $500. Handles everyday workloads with aplomb.

Other things to know: Comes with Intel Core i3-1115G4 processor, 8 GB RAM, and 128 GB SSD. At $300, within $20 of Prime Day 2 price, and could fall further to $280 later this month.

What we like: Less expensive, but still capable. Around 10 mile range per charge. Lighter than other picks. Design allows for bike lock usage.

Other things to know: Weight 33 pounds with a 265 pound weight limit. Real life range is disappointing next to Segway's claimed 18 miles. 15 mph top speed.

What we like: Our top pick for the best 32-inch TV. Offers better picture quality than the competition and has helpful built-in features like voice search and Bluetooth audio output.

Other things to know: 720p resolution is not ideal for up-close uses and really dark scenes can look too blue at times.

What we like: Our budget smart doorbell camera pick bundled with our smaller Alexa smart display pick. Ring is cheap and easy to install. Captures clear 1080p images. Delivers accurate motion and person alerts. Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen) does everything the larger Echo Shows can do, but has a 5½-inch screen that adjusts to the room’s lighting.

Other things to know: Ring needs to be hardwired. Works only with Amazon Alexa. Requires a Ring Protect Basic plan (which starts at $3 per month or $30 per year) to record motion events.

What we like: Small and lightweight. Has both USB-C and USB-A ports. Wide variety of colors.

Other things to know: Use code 20XRD5MF and clip the on-page coupon. Lack built-in recharging cable. Looks like a small hardshell suitcase.

Walmart typically engages in a holiday price-matching arms race with Amazon, and like its competitors, it has once again rolled out droves of early Black Friday deals. The retailer has kicked off the second round of its Deals for Days Black Friday sale, which went live online on November 14 with deals launching in stores on November 16. Promos will continue to drop on a rolling basis as the month goes on. Walmart+ members will score exclusive early access to each round of sales, plus free shipping on all orders, but nearly every deal will make its way to non-members eventually. Although Walmart’s price-match policy doesn’t apply to major sales events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday (or drops in price on previous seasonal purchases), the retailer still usually offers a selection of worthwhile deals. Here are the best sales we’ve found so far from Walmart.

What we like: Does a superior job of keeping your child rear-facing longer—and it’s straightforward to install and use.

Other things to know: Passenger rear-facing from 4 to 50 pounds. Passenger forward-facing from 22 to 65 pounds, up to 49 inches tall.

What we like: Small and light formfactor. Long battery life. Slimmed down smart-watch experience while providing all the basics you expect from a fitness tracker. Great app. Comfortable band.

Other things to know: Step tracker is okay. Greyscale screen can be a bit tough to see on bright days. Lacks standalone GPS tracking. New low.

What we like: Loud enough for small gatherings with clear and crisp vocals. Easily transportable. Handy retractable carrying handle.

Other things to know: Costs more than twice our top pick. 14.5 hour battery life. IP67 water and dust resistance. Will be our new upgrade pick in the next update.

What we like: Gets floors near-spotless more quickly than any other floor-care tool. Sucks up solid debris, slurps up spills, and wipes away stains. Has pet-centric brushes and detergent, plus a strainer for easy cleanup.

Other things to know: Essentially the same machine as the standard CrossWave. Down to the lowest price we've seen.

What we like: Same great features as Series 7. New features include crash detection, faster processor, watchOS 9, and temperature sensor.

Other things to know: Still in testing, but likely to be our new top pick. Best if upgrading from older watch (Series 4 and earlier) or first time Apple Watch user. Multiple colors available, 45 mm screen, with Sport Band in the S/M or M/L size.

What we like: Great for kids that prefer Lego sets without instructions. Builds into 10 animals, then kids can get creative with open-ended play. Wide-variety of brick colors and includes small, unusual pieces.

Other things to know: Includes 1,500 Lego bricks. Variant of our Lego Classic Medium Creative Brick Box pick. Select store pickup to avoid shipping fees.

What we like: Affordable wireless option. Combines solid performance with good battery life, lasts about four months. Includes 2K image, person detection, local storage, customizable responses, and a separate wireless chime.

Other things to know: Compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Can store clips in the built-in memory or Eufy’s cloud service (which offers 30 days of history for $3 per month per camera, or $30 per year per camera).

What we like: Powerful, weighty motor. Comes with a wide variety of attachments, including ear guide combs. Grippy nonstick sleeve.

Other things to know: Larger and heavier than our top pick. Combs are not reinforced. A step above our budget pick.

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

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Best Buy has gone toe-to-toe with Amazon during past sales events, and we expect discounts on TVs, smartphones, computers, iPads, and other tech from Best Buy. The electronics retailer officially kicked off its early Black Friday sale on Monday, October 24, and although the first wave of discounts ended on Sunday, October 30, there will still be plenty of ways to save. In addition to the rolling sales we’re likely to see, My Best Buy and Totaltech members can also take advantage of exclusive sales on Member Mondays through the end of December. Unfortunately, Best Buy’s Price Match Guarantee will not apply to purchases made from Friday, November 18, through Monday, November 28. However, the electronics retailer will extend its return window through January 14, 2023, for most purchases made from October 24 through December 31, 2022, with the exception of major appliances, holiday decorations, and select tech purchased with a third-party contract. Best Buy has also announced that it will be joining other retailers—including Costco, Kohl’s, Target, and Walmart—in keeping brick-and-mortar stores closed on Thanksgiving Day, but we anticipate a flurry of online sales that day to tide you over. Here are some of the best early deals we’re seeing.

What we like: Cord free design allows for standalone play. Solid visuals and tracking. Doesn't require a high-spec computer. Easy to set-up and play. Can connect to a PC for use with Steam.

Other things to know: Includes codes for Resident Evil 4 and Beat Saber VR games. 128 GB storage. Best deal we've seen since the Quest 2's price hike. Third party head straps and controller grips can improve comfort for long-term wear.

What we like: More capacity and power than top pick. Easy to use and clean. Sturdy build that stands the test of time.

Other things to know: Best Buy variant. Trades more power for heavier frame. Large counter footprint. Includes flat beater, power knead spiral dough hook, and stainless steel wire whip. Sign up for a free my Best Buy membership to get the sale price.

What we like: An inexpensive and uncomplicated option. Perfect if you don't plan on using remote temperature sensors. Pairs with the Google Nest ecosystem. Home/away feature in the Google Home app is very reliable.

Other things to know: Won't automatically learn your heating and cooling schedule. Available in four colors.

What we like: Our top tablet pick due to its great balance of price and performance. Supports Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard pairing. Unbeatable selection of apps, stellar hardware quality, long battery life, and unrivaled customer support.

Other things to know: Not the most up-to-date tablet that Apple sells, but still fast enough for all but the most demanding tasks. Consider an iPad Pro if you plan on creating high-res images and videos.

Read our review of the best tablets.

What we like: Unique design makes it extraordinarily nice to use. No vibration whatsoever, and simple-to-switch magnetic attachments make styling easier.

Other things to know: Expensive, and it can’t make your hair look any different than other dryers can. Must have a free My Best Buy membership to get sale pricing.

What we like: An inexpensive 2.0 soundbar that includes an integrated 4K HDR media streamer. Offers Bluetooth and Apple AirPlay 2 support. A good soundbar for small spaces and setups.

Other things to know: Although not a sonic powerhouse, it's a significant improvement over TV speakers.

What we like: Top-tier OLED picture quality at a reasonable price. Great visuals from lower-resolution SDR and HDR content. Native Dolby Atmos support. Full suite of HDMI 2.1 inputs.

Other things to know: Only a marginal improvement upon last year’s C1. Doesn’t match the high brightness and color volume of Samsung’s S95B.

What we like: Our new top pick for best budget 4K TV. Full-array LED backlighting with local dimming, quantum dots (better color performance), HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos.

Other things to know: Only available with Roku TV. TCL's Game Studio Plus has good features for gamers but 60 Hz refresh rate is not best for gaming. Four HDMI 2.1 ports.

What we like: Wireless-charging version of our favorite standard car phone mount. Good choice if you prefer the ease and convenience of a magnetic car phone mount but don’t have an iPhone with MagSafe.

Other things to know: Requires the use of a very strong magnet on the back of your phone or phone case. Clearance item.

What we like: Sleek and light. Decent battery life, clocking in at 11 hours and 31 min during testing. 13.3 inch AMOLED display is beautiful and capable of flipping into tablet mode. Solid trackpad and a good (albeit shallow) keyboard.

Other things to know: Equipped with a powerful 12th gen Intel i7-1255U processor, 16 GB of RAM, a 512 GB SSD, several ports, and a microSD card reader. Sign up for a free my Best Buy membership to get the sale pricing.

What we like: Brightest and most affordable bulb we tested. Excellent colors and reliable basic features (remote, scheduling, and timers). A dollar off of last year's lowest price.

Other things to know: No special effects. Offers 1,100 lumens, the equivalent of a 75-watt bulb. Supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT. 2-pack. Store pickup to avoid shipping fees.

Our pick for the best smart thermostat.

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Not to be outdone, Costco has thrown its hat into the early Black Friday ring. Since Monday, October 31, members have been able to score some solid pre–Black Friday deals. The retailer's second round of early Black Friday discounts kicked off on Monday, November 14, which will ultimately converge with Costco’s Black Friday sale beginning on Friday, November 25. But the member warehouse is currently offering a promotion that gets you $300 back on $2000 spent. While that requires a large spend to get the benefit of the offer, Costco sells large appliances and electronics like TVs that could fit the bill, depending on your needs. Be sure to look out for sales on kitchen essentials, smart-home devices, snacks, and candy, too. These are the best early deals we’ve found so far.

What we like: Excellent for curly or coarse hair. Powerful enough for heavy beards. Solid build with long handle.

Other things to know: Comes with clean and charge base. Heavier and more expensive than top pick. Uses same cartridges as Series 7 base. Costco membership required, price reflects shipping.

What we like: Larger, crisper, and more useful display. Wide compatibility with HVAC systems. Learns heating and cooling preferences to create an optimized schedule. Works with Nest Temperature Sensors.

Other things to know: Includes extra Nest Temperature Sensor. Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, SmartThings. Available in three colors. Costco membership required.

What we like: Offers core functionality of a laptop in a tablet formfactor. Access to every application available on Windows. Sturdy keyboard with a decent trackpad and full row of function keys. Keyboard is well matched to the size of screen and is comfortable to use. Smooth 120 Hz refresh rate. Long 10 hour battery life. Solid kickstand.

Other things to know: Intel i5 processor, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD. Does not come with the surface pen. i5 processor should be sufficient for most people. Two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 connections. Some might prefer buying a comparably priced ultrabook. Not all applications are very tap-friendly. Costco membership required.

What we like: Our new top pick for the best OLED TV. Combines OLED technology with quantum dot color to produce the brightest, most color-rich, and most room-flexible OLED TV we’ve ever tested.

Other things to know: Does not support Dolby Vision HDR. Only available in 55- and 65-inch screen sizes. New low price for the 65-inch size.

Read our review of the best OLED TV.

What we like: Affordable and reliable system. Easy to install and use. Works with voice-control systems and offers a good selection of add-ons.

Other things to know: Optional monitoring plan is slightly cheaper than that of our top pick but doesn’t provide video storage. Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and August Smart Locks. Costco membership required.

Home Depot and Lowe’s deals

The Ridgid R87012 18V driver from the drill driver kit, with an orange colored body.

Photo: Michael Murtaugh

Good news, home improvement buffs: Now is a great time to snag some early Black Friday sales from Home Depot and Lowe’s. Home Depot kicked off its Black Friday 2022 sale early on Monday, October 31, whereas Lowe’s launched its pre-Black Friday savings event on Thursday, October 27. Both retailers are offering deals on a variety of smart home devices to optimize your day-to-day life, as well as discounts on power and lawn care tools to spruce up your indoor and outdoor spaces before holiday gatherings.

What we like: Essentially free money towards your next Lowe's purchase. Redeemable in stores and online.

Other things to know: If you're not sure what to buy, check our tools, gardening equipment, and outdoor furniture guides.

What we like: Traditional and sturdy. Excellent build quality. Hardly wobbled at all during tests, even when shifting weight aggressively. Offers an attachment point for helpful add-ons.

Other things to know: Lacks the large and comfy platform steps of our top pick. Select store pickup to avoid shipping fees.

Read our review of the best ladders.

What we like: Our new subcompact drill pick. Offers 18-volt power in a 12-volt size. Performed great in our tests. Has enough power for more substantial DIY projects.

Other things to know: Had a harder time with continuous drilling than our more powerful 18- and 20-volt recommendations.

Read our review of the best drill.

What we like: A more affordable alternative to our main picks. Has 10 preset temperature options up to 450 °F. Comes with two temperature probes.

Other things to know: We haven't tested the grill, but Traeger is a reliable company and the grill is generally well-reviewed. Doesn't connect to Wi-Fi. Available in bronze. Matches low.

Samsung's The Frame 55-Inch QLED TV (2022 Model) displaying an image of the Mona Lisa painting.

Photo: Samsung

Samsung's Early Black Friday Sale is live, but with a limited number of our recommendations on sale and underwhelming deals, it has yet to impress. Not only are we seeing unlocked Samsung devices more deeply discounted from other retailers, but the prices listed on Samsung's website are often framed as being better than they actually are by always giving you the trade-in price first. It may be worthwhile if you have a recent device to trade, but you can likely find better prices elsewhere if you don’t have a pristine, recent trade to offer. These are the best standalone Samsung sales we're seeing from all retailers.

What we like: Sleek and light. Decent battery life, clocking in at 11 hours and 31 min during testing. 13.3 inch AMOLED display is beautiful and capable of flipping into tablet mode. Solid trackpad and a good (albeit shallow) keyboard.

Other things to know: Equipped with a powerful 12th gen Intel i7-1255U processor, 16 GB of RAM, a 512 GB SSD, several ports, and a microSD card reader. Sign up for a free my Best Buy membership to get the sale pricing.

What we like: Our SSD pick for PS5 owners. Meets Sony's demanding performance requirements for the PlayStation 5. Runs faster and cooler than similarly priced drives.

Other things to know: Does not come with a pre-installed heatsink, so you'll need to attach an easy-to-install option to further reduce temperatures.

Read our review of the best SSDs.

What we like: Our new top pick for the best OLED TV. Combines OLED technology with quantum dot color to produce the brightest, most color-rich, and most room-flexible OLED TV we’ve ever tested.

Other things to know: Does not support Dolby Vision HDR. Only available in 55- and 65-inch screen sizes. New low price for the 65-inch size.

Read our review of the best OLED TV.

What we like: Five to six times the performance of older SATA SSDs. Can easily handle photo and video editing. Hardware encryption and 5 year warranty. Solid endurance rating.

Other things to know: You can find faster drives, but the SSD 980 will be good enough for most people. Slows down a bit with big files.

Read our review of the best SSDs.

REI deals from its Gear Up Get Out sale

A person wearing a dark blue REI Co-op 650 Down Jacket 2.0 while standing in a forested area in an autumnal setting.

Photo: Jenni Gritters

What we love: Warmer and has a more attractive fit than other low-cost puffy jackets. 650-fill performs well in moderately cold climates. Easy to layer under.

Other things to know: Doesn't have all the added features of some of our other picks. Not fully waterproof. Comes in a wide range of sizes.

What we like: Densely-knit construction with quick-drying nylon shell. Recycled material stuffing. Durable and stain resistant. Ideal for outdoor use.

Other things to know: Stiffer, less packable, less breathable, and heavier than our top pick. Available in multiple colors/patterns.

What we like: Our thermal underwear pick for the best long sleeve for outdoor activities. Basic, functional, fitted but not tight, comfortable to wear all day, and wears well under backpack straps.

Other things to know: Fabric is 87% merino wool blended with nylon. There isn’t anything notably bad about this shirt. We don’t recommend the matching bottoms for this top.

What we like: Our top pick support insole for men. Insoles strike a good balance between support and cushion. Provides a comfortable fit for a wide range of shoe styles and sizes.

Other things to know: Available in sizes B-G. Matches the best price we've seen this year. REI members qualify for free shipping, otherwise opt for store pickup to avoid shipping fees.

The Samsung S95B OLED TV (65-Inch), our top pick for the best OLED TV.

Photo: Lee Neikirk

TV deals always spring to mind when people think of the upcoming sale season, and with good reason—November is one of the best times of the year to buy a new TV (the other being pre–Super Bowl sales). We’re anticipating that 4K models will be dirt cheap and OLED models will be more accessible than ever, but proceed with caution. Before you pull the trigger on a seemingly great deal, consider this advice from our TV experts.

What we like: Impressive specs for the price. 600 nits of peak brightness, quantum dot color, and backlights with full-array local dimming. Google TV platform.

Other things to know: Only 60 Hz refresh rate. Doesn’t have HDMI 2.1 inputs. Lower brightness leads to lacking HDR.

What we like: Top-tier OLED picture quality at a reasonable price. Great visuals from lower-resolution SDR and HDR content. Native Dolby Atmos support. Full suite of HDMI 2.1 inputs.

Other things to know: Only a marginal improvement upon last year’s C1. Doesn’t match the high brightness and color volume of Samsung’s S95B. Included free $175 Visa gift card.

Read our review of the best OLED TV.

What we like: Our runner-up pick for the best OLED TV if you want a larger or smaller screen size. Top-tier OLED picture quality at a more reasonable price. Great visuals from lower-resolution SDR content. Native support for Dolby Atmos audio. A full suite of HDMI 2.1 inputs and advanced gaming functions.

Other things to know: Doesn’t match the high brightness and color volume of our top pick.

Read our review of the best OLED TV.

What we like: Our top pick for the best 32-inch TV. Offers better picture quality than the competition and has helpful built-in features like voice search and Bluetooth audio output.

Other things to know: 720p resolution is not ideal for up-close uses and really dark scenes can look too blue at times.

What we like: Our new top pick for the best OLED TV. Combines OLED technology with quantum dot color to produce the brightest, most color-rich, and most room-flexible OLED TV we’ve ever tested.

Other things to know: Does not support Dolby Vision HDR. Only available in 55- and 65-inch screen sizes. New low price for the 65-inch size.

Read our review of the best OLED TV.

What we like: Our new top pick for best budget 4K TV. Full-array LED backlighting with local dimming, quantum dots (better color performance), HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos.

Other things to know: Only available with Roku TV. TCL's Game Studio Plus has good features for gamers but 60 Hz refresh rate is not best for gaming. Four HDMI 2.1 ports.

What we like: Very sharp, detailed image. Less expensive than top pick while still delivering high quality visuals. Accurate and bright. Two HDMI 2.0 inputs and a USB-A port.

Other things to know: Contrast ratio is lacking. Lacks the dynamic range to display HDR videos in full effect. Small, 1.1x zoom can make placement difficult. No built-in video streaming services. Some users can see the rainbows caused by single-chip DLP projection. No Bluetooth capability.

What we like: Supports almost every major service and has a clean, simple interface. Affordable 4K.

Other things to know: Runner-up pick. Search and discovery features are more limited than our top pick, the more expensive Google Chromecast TV.

Our pick for best chromebook, the Lenovo Flex 5i Chromebook.

Photo: Michael Murtaugh

MacBooks and Chromebooks and Windows ultrabooks, oh my! No matter what laptop you’re looking for and what purpose it may serve (work, school, gaming, or even photo and video editing), Black Friday can be a great time to pick up a computer. Often, retailers drop prices before Black Friday as part of early sales—which can really come in handy if you need a laptop immediately or you’re concerned about a gift arriving in time for the holidays. And if you’re not sure what kind of laptop is right for you, we have some handy tips for finding a laptop that best suits your needs.

What we like: Sleek and light. Decent battery life, clocking in at 11 hours and 31 min during testing. 13.3 inch AMOLED display is beautiful and capable of flipping into tablet mode. Solid trackpad and a good (albeit shallow) keyboard.

Other things to know: Equipped with a powerful 12th gen Intel i7-1255U processor, 16 GB of RAM, a 512 GB SSD, several ports, and a microSD card reader. Sign up for a free my Best Buy membership to get the sale pricing.

What we like: Nearly identical to its predecessor, the Flex 5, except for its newer processor. Offers faster performance than most Chromebooks under $500. Handles everyday workloads with aplomb.

Other things to know: Comes with Intel Core i3-1115G4 processor, 8 GB RAM, and 128 GB SSD. At $300, within $20 of Prime Day 2 price, and could fall further to $280 later this month.

What we like: Lightweight. Solid performance. 10.5-hour battery life. No deal-breaking flaws.

Other things to know: Cheaper alternative to budget pick. Keyboard is a little cramped. Lacks USB-C charger. Comes with bloatware, which our experts recommend removing.

What we like: Fast enough for most people’s computing needs, comparatively inexpensive, and takes up less space than full-size desktop PCs. Can easily handle web browsing, daily computing tasks, media streaming, Zoom calls, and light gaming. This variation on our pick for a cheap desktop computer has a faster processor, double the memory, and more solid-state storage.

Other things to know: Comes with a 1-year warranty. Intel Core i5 processor, 16 GB memory, 1 TB HDD storage, and 256 GB SSD storage. New low.

What we like: Offers attractive and straightforward apps. Plain-language security recommendations for newbies and advanced features and security for the technically inclined. Works on Windows PCs, Macs, Chromebooks, iPhones, iPads, Android devices, and the major web browsers.

Other things to know: On sale for new subscribers. Up to five active members for family subscription. Deals match previous lows.

Three of the tablets that we tested to find the best pro tablets, together with multiple keyboards and stylus accessories.

Photo: Sarah Kobos

Whether you prefer Apple’s iPads or an Android tablet like a Samsung Galaxy or Amazon Fire, this is one of the best times to find some great early Black Friday tablet deals. Many markdowns are as good as discounts you can expect to see during Black Friday, thereby saving you time and money in the long run. Just be sure you keep your eyes peeled, as many of these sales sell out fast. From pro tablets intended to replace your laptop to budget tablets, here are the best Black Friday tablet deals you can buy right now.

What we like: Our top tablet pick due to its great balance of price and performance. Supports Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard pairing. Unbeatable selection of apps, stellar hardware quality, long battery life, and unrivaled customer support.

Other things to know: Not the most up-to-date tablet that Apple sells, but still fast enough for all but the most demanding tasks. Consider an iPad Pro if you plan on creating high-res images and videos.

Read our review of the best tablets.

What we like: Offers core functionality of a laptop in a tablet form. Access to every application available on Windows. Sturdy keyboard with a decent trackpad and full row of function keys. Keyboard is well matched to the size of screen and is comfortable to use. Smooth 120 Hz refresh rate. Long 10 hour battery life. Solid kickstand.

Other things to know: Intel i5 processor, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD. Does not come with the surface pen. i5 processor should be sufficient for most people. Two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 connections. Some might prefer buying a comparably priced ultrabook. Not all applications are very tap-friendly. Costco membership required.

What we like: Wacom's cheapest entry-level option. Reliable and portable graphics tablet with 6-by-3.7-inch drawing surface. Paper-like texture helps ease transition from analog to digital.

Other things to know: Lacks customizable buttons. Prime Day offered slightly better pricing.

What we like: Great option for those seeking a tablet with more screen space for creative work, like digital illustration or audio editing. Larger screen is useful for multitasking and produces deeper blacks and brighter highlights than the smaller size.

Other things to know: Last generation, but nearly identical to the M2 model (besides the slightly faster processor and Hover pencil feature).

What we like: Best keyboard case if you want a trackpad. Offers an impressive keyboard, plus a removable case. Slimmer than our top pick. Draws power from the iPad's Smart Connector.

Other things to know: Can stay positioned in a wide range of angles but isn't well suited for using on your lap. New low price.

A photo of an upright Xbox Series S, with a white Xbox wireless controller.

Photo: Arthur Gies

If you’ve been seeking a new console over the past few years, you’ve likely been lucky just to find one—discounts have been borderline non-existent for the more popular new offerings. We still don’t anticipate massive discounts this holiday season, but we do think consoles will be more available, and some options, such as the Xbox Series S, will see discounts. Nintendo also announced upcoming Black Friday deals on the Nintendo Switch and several Switch games at partner retailers this holiday season (though we predict Black Friday sales on Switch games and accessories will be more compelling). Games for your Xbox, Switch, PC, and PS4 and PS5 will be discounted early and often, so you can beat the rush and relax knowing you don’t have to engage in some type of retail warfare à la Jingle All the Way.

What we like: Comfortable to hold. Headset jack works with PC when connected via USB-C port. Available in a wide-range of colors.

Other things to know: Larger and more expensive than DualShock 4. Windows compatibility can be hit-or-miss.

What we like: Cord free design allows for standalone play. Solid visuals and tracking. Doesn't require a high-spec computer. Easy to set-up and play. Can connect to a PC for use with Steam.

Other things to know: Includes codes for Resident Evil 4 and Beat Saber VR games. 128 GB storage. Best deal we've seen since the Quest 2's price hike. Third party head straps and controller grips can improve comfort for long-term wear.

What we like: Small, light, and can play current generation of games. Compatible with a library of backwards compatible games. Supports 4K media streaming. More affordable than the Series X. Comes with $50 Target Gift Card.

Other things to know: 512 GB built in storage—can add external hard drive for more space. Lacks a disc drive. Weaker graphics card means most games will be a native 1080p or 1440p. Target RedCard holders save an additional 5% on all purchases.

What we like: Smooth and responsive buttons. Comfortable and familiar design. Offers built-in Windows compatibility. Works with nearly any game that supports a controller. Can choose between connecting wirelessly via Bluetooth, or wired via the USB-C port.

Other things to know: Requires AA batteries or an add-on rechargeable battery pack for wireless play. Nearly identical to the older Xbox One controller. Available for $40 in black or white. RedCard holders save an extra 5%.

What we like: Great for PlayStation 5 owners who want to upgrade their system’s storage. Meets Sony's stringent performance requirements. Runs faster and cooler than similarly priced drives. Built-in heatsink means you don't need to buy a separate heatsink.

Other things to know: Still expensive. Overkill unless you're getting it for a PS5 or want maximum read/write speeds and performance for your computer. Identical to the 980 Pro aside from the integrated heatsink. Use code 5BFBYA5324.

Read our review of the best SSDs.

What we like: Our SSD pick for PS5 owners. Meets Sony's demanding performance requirements for the PlayStation 5. Runs faster and cooler than similarly priced drives.

Other things to know: Does not come with a pre-installed heatsink, so you'll need to attach an easy-to-install option to further reduce temperatures.

Read our review of the best SSDs.

What we like: Staff favorite. Great action-adventure game for Nintendo Switch. Beautifully designed. Full of nostalgia.

Other things to know: First deal we’ve seen this year. Target RedCard holders save extra 5%.

The view from behind a person's head while they're wearing headphones and sitting in front of a computer screen.

Photo: Sabrina Bracher/iStock

Now through November 25, GameStop is offering up to 50% off console games, collectibles, PC gaming gear, and other video game accessories as part of its pre-Black Friday sale. Though many of its discounts aren’t as competitive as those of other electronics retailers, like Newegg, this is just its first wave of deals—meaning there are more potentially viable early Black Friday deals to come. For example, Nintendo Switch Black Friday 2022 deals, like the ever-popular Mario Kart 8 Nintendo Switch bundle, are set to launch next week. Here are the best discounts we’ve turned up.

What we like: Great for PlayStation 5 owners who want to upgrade their system’s storage. Meets Sony's stringent performance requirements. Runs faster and cooler than similarly-priced drives. Built-in heatsink means you don't need to buy a separate heatsink.

Other things to know: Pricey. Overkill unless you're getting it for a PS5 or want maximum read/write speeds and performance for your computer. Identical to 980 Pro aside from integrated heatsink.

Read our review of the best SSDs.

The State Bags Kane Kids, our pick for the best stylish and sophisticated student backpack.

Photo: Michael Hession

From destination weddings to heading home for the holidays, travel is back and busier than ever. Unfortunately, that means demand for luggage and all things travel is up as well. Even so, shoppers can anticipate small Black Friday 2022 luggage sales on carry-on and suitcase sets from top brands like Away, plus somewhat more readily available deals on travel backpacks and gear like Bluetooth trackers to make your upcoming winter (or spring!) getaway as stress-free as possible. No matter where you’re headed, we’ll be tracking the truly viable early Black Friday travel deals to help you save on gear for vacations, cruises, and even trips to and from school.

What we like: A tough bag for wet adventures. Comfortable to carry, waterproof, and close to indestructible. Comes with a plethora of lash points.

Other things to know: Typically costs nearly twice as much as the 55-liter version of our most versatile duffle bag pick. 20% off one full-priced item with code HOORAY. Also comes in 75 liters and 100 liters sizes.

What we like: Sleek, modern shape. Durable. High quality finishes. Interior easy to clean. Water bottle pocket holds securely with sturdy elastic band.

Other things to know: Won't provide much cushion for laptops. Expensive. No sternum strap. Use code WIRECUTTER for deal price, available in 4 colorful designs.

What we like: Small and lightweight. Has both USB-C and USB-A ports. Wide variety of colors.

Other things to know: Use code 20XRD5MF and clip the on-page coupon. Lack built-in recharging cable. Looks like a small hardshell suitcase.

Vacuum and robot vacuum deals

The iRobot Roomba i3 robot vacuum.

Photo: Michael Hession

People may associate cleaning with spring, but you don’t have to be a parent or a pet owner to know that dealing with messes is a year-round job. As part of early Black Friday sales, Target, Walmart, and other retailers are already offering plenty of deals on a variety of cleaning, organization, and floor-care essentials. Don’t dismiss refurbished models—opting to take advantage of sales on refurbished items from brands like Dyson and iRobot can net you even deeper discounts—but just be sure to take note of the warranty information before you buy.

What we like: Strong suction, tangle-resistant brushes, and smart assistant and navigation capabilities. Ideal for larger spaces with rugs and shedding pets.

Other things to know: It doesn’t work quite as fast as other similar models. Alexa and Google Assistant compatible. RedCard holders save an extra 5%.

What we like: Better than competitors at getting pet hair out of rugs. Nimble navigation system. Durable, sturdy, and repairable. Packaged with a charging dock that automatically sucks all the debris out of the robot after a cleaning session.

Other things to know: Doesn’t work quite as fast as some competing models. Privacy concerns have been raised by some after Amazon's acquisition of iRobot.

What we like: Gets floors near-spotless more quickly than any other floor-care tool. Sucks up solid debris, slurps up spills, and wipes away stains. Has pet-centric brushes and detergent, plus a strainer for easy cleanup.

Other things to know: Essentially the same machine as the standard CrossWave. Down to the lowest price we've seen.

What we like: Handy, low-effort tidy-up tool for high-traffic zones. Does a good job of not missing any patches of flooring.

Other things to know: Not as quick, clever, or controllable as some other robots. Effective for smaller rooms (about 200 square feet). Requires more frequent refilling than the bigger Jet m6. Use code BRANDSAVINGS for the deal price.

What we like: Has bigger battery and water tank than our top pick. Sophisticated navigation system learns house layout. Cleans up to 1,000 square feet at a time. iRobot has an established track record for durability and long-term support.

Other things to know: Struggles with rug edges and thresholds. Need to change the pads and fill the reservoir after every cleaning session. Potential navigation complaints.

What we like: Better than competitors at getting pet hair out of rugs. Nimble navigation system. Durable, sturdy, and repairable. Comes with charging dock that automatically sucks debris out of the robot after a cleaning session.

Other things to know: Use code BRANDSAVINGS. Doesn’t work quite as fast as some competing models. Comes with a 2-year Allstate warranty. Privacy concerns have been raised by some after Amazon's acquisition of iRobot.

A KitchenAid Artisan Series 5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer on top of a counter surrounded by sugar, vanilla extract, and measuring cups.

Photo: Michael Hession

It’s a great time to take advantage of discounts to make your holiday baking and Thanksgiving meal prep even easier. You can expect to see early Black Friday sales that include deals on appliances and kitchenware from a variety of brands, including KitchenAid, Nespresso, and Instant Pot.

What we like: Chock-full of tangy, crunchy, and sweet shelf-stable delights. Each snack is thoughtfully chosen. Included booklet explains where each item comes from, its significance, and potential allergens. Has something for many palates.

Other things to know: Includes 22 individually wrapped Japanese snacks, candies, and tea. No option to include a gift message. Use code WIRECUTTER10. Ships from Japan, price includes shipping.

What we like: More capacity and power than top pick. Easy to use and clean. Sturdy build that stands the test of time.

Other things to know: Best Buy variant. Trades more power for heavier frame. Large counter footprint. Includes flat beater, power knead spiral dough hook, and stainless steel wire whip. Sign up for a free My Best Buy membership to get the sale price.

What we like: Atlas sources its coffee beans from countries all over the world, including Peru, Rwanda, and Papua New Guinea, and each bag includes a postcard with fun facts about the country’s coffee industry. One of the best coffee subscriptions.

Other things to know: Use coupon code WCCYBERWEEK to get your first bag of coffee for $3 plus free shipping. Select the single bag option when setting up your subscription. For first time subscribers.

What we love: A collection of supple dried chilis, fragrant Sichuan peppercorns, and variety of umami-rich sauces and toppings that will recharge anyone's cooking routine or inspire a completely new one.

Other things to know: Comes with Sichuan Chili Crisp, Zhong Sauce, Mala Spice Mix, 3-Year Aged Doubanjiang, Tribute Pepper, Erjingtiao Chili, Digital Chengdu Guide and Recipe book, and Taste Different Magazine Vol. 1.

What we like: Our top pick since 2013. Sturdy machine that mixes without straining. Easy to use and clean, built to last. One of the quietest mixers we tested.

Other things to know: Refurbished model. Includes a flat beater, dough hook, and 6-wire whip. Available in multiple colors.

What we like: The best wood cutting board. Hard enough to allow for smooth cuts but not too hard that it will dull your knife's edge. Teak resists moisture buildup better than other types of wood. Easier to maintain than other wood boards we tested.

Other things to know: Requires more careful cleaning than a plastic board. Has a deep juice canal on one side and hand grooves for lifting.

What we like: The only option we tested that performs just as well as an air fryer as it does a toaster oven. Multitude of specific settings for dehydrating, proofing, and slow cooking. Crisps food faster than traditional toaster ovens. Has a large two-rack oven capacity. Multiple fan speed options.

Other things to know: The Cuisinart Chef's Convection Toaster Oven is cheaper and performs nearly as well for a fraction of the price.

What we like: Our budget pizza stone pick. Lets you bake pizza and bread with crispy golden crusts. Save to use on the grill or under a broiler. Gentler heat.

Other things to know: Measures 14x16 inches. Includes a 60-day warranty at the discretion of the company.

What we like: Our runner-up pick for the best medium-sized toaster oven. Impressive ability to maintain a set temperature. Offers a modern, intuitive interface. More spacious than our top pick.

Other things to know: Doesn’t toast quite as evenly as our top pick. Doesn’t come with a pizza stone like our top pick. Convection setting allows you to air-fry food even though the setting isn’t labeled that way. Lacks an oven light.

What we like: Another good set of nonstick pans we speak well of in our guide. Very similar to the All-Clad B1 set we recommend. Thick, sturdy, works with induction, and an excellent value.

Other things to know: Has the classic All-Clad stick handles that are angled upward. The sides of the pan are more upright. Comes with one 8-inch and one 10-inch pan.

Our pick for best convertible car seat overall, the Graco Extend2Fit Convertible, in black with gray and white details.

Photo: Michael Hession

Got a new little one in your life? You can expect to find plenty of Black Friday baby gear deals both in stores and online. Right now, we've found a couple good deals on car seats and other essentials that both parents and babies will love. We expect to see even more deals as we get closer to Black Friday proper.

What we like: Does a superior job of keeping your child rear-facing longer—and it’s straightforward to install and use.

Other things to know: Passenger rear-facing from 4 to 50 pounds. Passenger forward-facing from 22 to 65 pounds, up to 49 inches tall. RedCard holders save an extra 5%.

What we like: This is the safest jumper we found, and the only one that lets babies activate music and lights as they leap. Durable enough to last through multiple kids.

Other things to know: The AAP’s National Health and Safety Performance Standards recommend using jumpers only for a maximum of 15 minutes at a time, twice a day at most.

What we like: Customizable and reusable. Teensy drawers are the perfect size for a small token, piece of candy, or slip of paper containing a quote. Customizing and refilling a blank calendar can become a new tradition.

Other things to know: Comes unpainted and preassembled. We recommend filling the vessels with tea from Harney & Sons, candles from Keap, or chocolate from La Maison du Chocolat.

What we like: Lightest seat we tested. Easy to install. Engineered to prevent user error with color coding (green means good, red means something is amiss). Includes additional load leg safety feature. Comes with huge sun canopy.

Other things to know: Pricey, but a worthy investment for new parents. Longest life span and best warranty of our picks. For infants up to 32 inches, 35 pounds. Available in Pitch Black color.

What we like: Thick, smooth paste with 12.8% zinc oxide. Easy to apply, gives great protection, and lasts all night.

Other things to know: Cream that's predominantly zinc oxide and/or petroleum jelly helps to keep out unnecessary moisture.

A pair of extended hands holding a random assortment of loose Lego pieces.

Photo: Michael Murtaugh

Adults may be preoccupied with Black Friday deals on more “mature” purchases, like treadmills, mattresses, and appliances, but for kids, it is all about the toys—and lucky for them, there are plenty of sale opportunities you can score right now. Legos are a great way for children to build some seriously cool creations as well as work on their creative and STEM skills.

What we like: Fun for kids. A good alternative to sweets. Makes a festive holiday display when finished.

Other things to know: Save instructions for easier rebuilding. Includes Clone Trooper Commander, Battle Droid, C-3PO (Holiday), Darth Vader (Holiday), Snowtrooper, Luke Skywalker, Gonk Droid, and R2-D2 (Holiday) figures.

What we like: Great for kids that prefer Lego sets without instructions. Builds into 10 animals, then kids can get creative with open-ended play. Wide-variety of brick colors and includes small, unusual pieces.

Other things to know: Includes 1,500 Lego bricks. Variant of our Lego Classic Medium Creative Brick Box pick. Select store pickup to avoid shipping fees.

a child's hands doing a craft involving rubber bands on a blue frame with books on a wooden surface

Photo: Kyle Fitzgerald

For those seeking discounts on top toy gifts for the holiday season, we’ve got you covered. Many retailers, including Walmart and Amazon, have already launched their early Black Friday toy deals for kids of all ages. Shoppers will find there’s no shortage of great toys to choose from this year, but as always, the best ones sell out in the blink of an eye. We expect sales from brands like Lego, Green Toys, and Melissa & Doug no later than Black Friday, but these are some of the best early Black Friday toy sales that you can shop right now—and they can be shipped or picked up ASAP.

What we like: Fast and fun to ride. Stylish, shiny build. Low, Big Wheel style. Air-filled tires provide a bike-like riding experience. Low center of gravity prevents tips.

Other things to know: Lacks the push bar of our other options. Bigger kids can hit their knees on handlebars. Heavy, at 17 pounds.

What we like: Wooden construction. Great outlet for creativity. Colorful design.

Other things to know: Testers found individual puppets may get more use than the theater itself.

What we like: One of the most original and well thought-out kids craft subscription boxes we've tested. Entertaining and hands-on. Good for elementary schoolers ages 5-8.

Other things to know: Projects explore STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) concepts. Cultivates critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Down to $5 with code PREVIEW.

What we like: Great for kids that prefer Lego sets without instructions. Builds into 10 animals, then kids can get creative with open-ended play. Wide-variety of brick colors and includes small, unusual pieces.

Other things to know: Includes 1,500 Lego bricks. Variant of our Lego Classic Medium Creative Brick Box pick. Select store pickup to avoid shipping fees.

What we like: Comes with an attached roll of art paper and built-in storage bins underneath that can be used to hold paints, brushes, and other supplies (three paint cups are also included). Sturdier and has more features than less-expensive easels.

Other things to know: Requires assembly. New low price.

What we like: Intuitive interface that better reflects how people watch video in 2022. Useful remote, voice search capabilities, and 4K HDR video support (including Dolby Vision).

Other things to know: Select store pickup to avoid shipping fees. Comes with with a Funko Pop figure of Eleven with Eggos from Stranger Things.

What we like: A novel way to entertain your kids (that doesn't involve the TV). Crafting subscription box is a great option for unleashing creativity.

Other things to know: Our pick for preschoolers. Comes with three activities each month. Everything you need is right in the box. Use promo code PREVIEW for discount on first box.

Our picks for the best two-player board games.

Photo: James Austin

Game night is about to get a whole lot better. Black Friday nearly always produces board game deals, from classics that are fun for the whole family to thrilling strategy games for after the kids go to bed. We noted significant board game discounts during Prime Day 2—some even lasted into early November, which makes it likely they’ll reemerge in a week or so. And although we’re facing a slight lull in game deals right now, here are the best discounts we’ve found on the most sought-after board games, puzzles, card games, and everything in between.

What we like: A fun battling card game, with a tricky movement puzzle thrown in for good measure. As tactically deep and interesting as the more elaborate war games we tested but much easier to set up and learn.

Other things to know: Grid occupies quite a large space on a table as you play. Lack of in-box organization means you’ll need a supply of rubber bands for cards.

A Leesa Sapira Hybrid mattress, shown on a wooden bed frame in a bedroom setting.

Photo: Sarah Kobos

Home isn’t just where the heart is—it’s your safe space, where you can take refuge from the cold, dreary weather and gather with loved ones during the holidays and beyond. And given how much time you’ll be spending indoors in the coming months, you may be feeling the urge to enhance your pending hibernation by transforming your home into a cozy cabin. Early Black Friday deals have already yielded significant discounts on everything home, from furniture and home decor to spruce up your space to sheets and throw blankets to keep you nice and toasty. You can also expect to see excellent Black Friday sales from top brands like Leesa, Saatva, Sonos, Brooklinen, Onsen, and Riley. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are also a great time to buy a mattress—and our experts have plenty of tips for choosing the mattress of your dreams. However, stock can be limited and sell out fast, so if an opportunity arises, be sure to jump on it. These are the best deals we’ve found.

What we like: A longtime pick, hybrid tech combines the best components of memory foam and spring mattresses, comes with a foolproof 100-day trial period, and 10-year warranty.

Other things to know: 11-inch mattress, features over 1,000 springs and four layers of CertiPUR-US-certified memory foam. Use code WIRECUTTER to get the deal price, includes two untested down-alternative pillows free.

What we like: A simple and easy-to-use option for best home air quality monitor. Accurate readings. Compact design. Bright display shows particulate measurements.

Other things to know: Lacks Wi-Fi connectivity. VOC sensor may have short working life. Potential long-term durability concerns. Make sure to clip the on-page coupon and use code UA4Z893C.

What we like: The smoothest percale set we've ever tried. Modern colors and prints. Feel great right out of the package, but they feel even better after a few washes. Don't tangle up like thinner percales tend to.

Other things to know: Only includes a fitted sheet, but you have the option to add a flat sheet for $85. Deal price is for the queen size, all sizes are on sale. Available in a variety of colors and patterns. Use code HOLIDAY.

What we like: A wireless Sub you can pair with any existing Sonos speaker to add deep bass. Nice addition to the Sonos One or Five,

Other things to know: Available in black or white. Four months of free Apple Music included. Must have a free My Best Buy membership to get sale pricing.

What we like: A quilted cover, pocketed coils, and foamy top give this bed a pleasingly hefty hybrid feel. A crowd-pleaser when we compared it against 11 other innerspring mattresses in 2019, the Luxury Firm won votes for its billowy yet substantial feel.

Other things to know: Works for back- and stomach-sleepers as well as side-sleepers who rotate positions frequently or those who simply prefer a firmer mattress. The mattress doesn't have handles. Use code WCBFCM22.

What we like: Euro-style tree with fewer, more naturalistic branches. Realistic coating of snow. Sparse foliage leaves room for more ornaments. 500 white micro LED lights illuminate the "snow" to great effect. Lights connect automatically when you stack the tree's three sections together.

Other things to know: Toggle lights via a foot pedal or included remote. Includes a metal tree stand, off-season storage bag, and protective gloves. Use code WIRECUTTER.

What we like: Larger, crisper, and more useful display. Wide compatibility with HVAC systems. Learns heating and cooling preferences to create an optimized schedule. Works with Nest Temperature Sensors.

Other things to know: Includes extra Nest Temperature Sensor. Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, SmartThings. Available in three colors. Costco membership required.

What we like: One of the lightest throws we recommend. Has a pleasant, crinkly texture. Airy and cool to lie under on hot days. Feels sturdier than other gauze blankets we tested. Fabric was a bit fuzzier yet bouncier after being washed.

Other things to know: Measures 70 by 50 inches. Available in 13 solid colors. Use code HOLIDAY to get the deal price.

What we like: Offers a classic innerspring bounce paired with a cushy but understated Euro top. Appealing to those who want to nestle in, as opposed to feel engulfed. The most affordable innerspring mattress we’ve found that still looks and feels luxurious.

Other things to know: Doesn’t have the best motion isolation. The Luxury Firm version comes with 3-inch Euro top. Comes in thicknesses of 11½ and 14½ inches, and you have 365 nights to try it.

What we like: Affordable and reliable system. Easy to install and use. Works with voice-control systems and offers a good selection of add-ons.

Other things to know: Optional monitoring plan is slightly cheaper than that of our top pick but doesn’t provide video storage. Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and August Smart Locks. Costco membership required.

What we like: Brightest and most affordable bulb we tested. Excellent colors and reliable basic features (remote, scheduling, and timers). A dollar off of last year's lowest price.

Other things to know: No special effects. Offers 1,100 lumens, the equivalent of a 75-watt bulb. Supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT. 2-pack. Store pickup to avoid shipping fees.

What we like: Long 27-minute run time. Focused airstream is good at lifting dense materials. Best combination of power, portability, and ease of use.

Other things to know: Includes a battery and charger. Free shipping from store for Ace Rewards members (free to join). Lacks the strength of corded models. Heavier and more expensive than some other picks. Turbo button drains power faster.

Fitbit Inspire HR Fitness Tracker Bundle

Photo: Michael Murtaugh Photo: Michael Murtaugh

If you're hoping to tackle your 2023 resolutions in advance, you're in luck. Deals on Wirecutter's fitness picks, from wearables to all-in-one home workout solutions, are live in early Black Friday sales.

What we like: 52¼ by 21-inch smart mirror. Potential replacement for studio fitness classes and boutique gym memberships. Nearly seamless user experience. Classes streamed via app. Supports internal and external music streaming services.

Other things to know: New low. $39/month subscription required (up to six household members can share). Must be installed with stand or wall mount. $250 installation fee available at checkout if you don't want to self-install. First deal we've seen this year.

What we like: Easy to use and navigate menus. Reliably detects, identifies, and starts recording workouts after about 10 minutes of activity. Built-in GPS and solid battery life.

Other things to know: Getting to be an older option at this point. No tracker perfectly recorded every metric it attempted in our testing.

What we like: Same great features as Series 7. New features include crash detection, faster processor, watchOS 9, and temperature sensor.

Other things to know: Still in testing, but likely to be our new top pick. Best if upgrading from older watch (Series 4 and earlier) or first time Apple Watch user. Multiple colors available, 41 mm screen.

What we like: IP68-rated water and dust protection. Stabilizing wings keep earbuds locked in place. 8 hour battery life with 16 hour case life. Dual-device Bluetooth capability. Good, bass-forward sound. Can function with just one earbud. Excellent noise cancellation.

Other things to know: Some in-app EQ tweaking much improves audio. Some may find stabilizing wings uncomfortable during prolonged usage. Touch-based controls aren't perfect. Case lacks wireless charging. Other picks may be better for phone/video calls.

Close up of a person wearing one of our picks for best leggings, the Universal Standard Core, in black with grey sneakers.

Photo: Universal Standard

Electronics, toys, and home appliances may get a lot of hype, but early Black Friday sales also offer plenty of excellent opportunities to revamp your wardrobe with sitewide deals and flash sales. Beyond Amazon and Target, you can expect to see deals from apparel retailers like Kohl’s, L.L.Bean, and Nordstrom. You can expect everything from drops on Nike sneakers and shapewear to discounts on wardrobe staples like plain white T-shirts and cozy cashmere sweaters.

What we like: Classic Oxford button-up shirt. Lightweight. Comfortable. Comes in several cuts for a more-precise fit. Wide array of colors and prints.

Other things to know: Thinner fabric is better for warm weather or layering. Use code SHOPEARLY. Free shipping with J.Crew Rewards membership (free to join).

What we like: Colorful and comfortable. Mix-and-match. Body-hugging design. Thick, warm fabric. Generous sizing. Options for whole family.

Other things to know: New low. Available in select colors and patterns. Free shipping. Top in Fjord/Out of the Blue pattern is more deeply discounted at $18, all others $23. Matching pants also on sale.

Read our review of the best pajamas.

What we like: Feel nice on the move and are comfortable enough to wear all day. Soft and stretchy. Good for working out, but we think they're ideal as a layering piece or a comfy alternative to pants.

Other things to know: Available in a wide variety of sizes in black or navy. Matches the lowest price we've seen. Use code WC50.

What we like: Good cheap option for when kids grow out of clothes quickly. Soft and sensory-friendly. Wide variety of colors. Sold as separates for mixing and matching.

Other things to know: Use code GEARUP. Deal roughly translates to $13 for a top and a bottom set but you can get pieces individually around $6 each. Kids sizes 2-14.

What we like: Can serve as a handheld accessory or organizer tucked into larger purses or totes. Comes with card slots. Snap-pouch great for coins or earbuds. Soft leather wears impressively.

Other things to know: Available in four versatile neutral shades. Choose between large and small fonts in 11 different colors and up to eight characters for personalizing. Use code OHJOY. Price includes shipping.

What we like: Classic kids pajamas. Soft, thick, 100% cotton. Stand up to years of wear with color and elastic remaining intact. Available in a wide range of patterns and holiday-themed designs.

Other things to know: Kids sizes start at 0 to 3 months and go up to 14/16. Multiple patterns on sale. Free shipping.

What we like: High neck and puff sleeves are sweet but with an edge. Invokes a girlish, Virgin Suicides look. Can be worn as a nightgown around the house or doubles as a beach coverup.

Other things to know: Available in Sheer White Swiss Dot in sizes XS-XXL. Can be worn off-the-shoulder. Pregnancy and breastfeeding friendly. Use code 30FORYOU, price includes shipping.

What we like: The best mix of comfort, durability, and cushioning in a versatile height. Constructed with highly breathable merino wool, nylon, and Lycra spandex.

Other things to know: Includes a lifetime warranty. Available in multiple colors and sizes S-L. Free shipping.

What we like: Best synthetic option for most climates and terrains. Offer more padding around the heel and toes than comparable options. Kept our testers' feet dry throughout hot summer days.

Other things to know: Includes a lifetime warranty. Available in two colors and sizes M-XL. Free shipping.

What we like: Our durable black tights pick. Wardrobe staple. Stylish opaque design. Showed no signs of wear, even after zipper and brick tests. Generous range of sizes.

Other things to know: New low. A little expensive (when not on sale). Not particularly soft or stretchy. Available in black. 90-day warranty. Free shipping on all orders.

What we like: A great value for what you get. Flattering design. Self packable design allows for easy storage. Velcro wrist cuffs. Repels water well, even after machine-washing.

Other things to know: Cheap-feeling zipper. Lack of placket can lead to seeping water. Better-suited to light rainy days. Available in Static Blue in sizes S-XL.

This article was edited by Ignacia Fulcher.

Frequently asked questions

When do Black Friday sales start?

Early Black Friday sales have already started, and we're sifting through the early sales to find you the real discounts on Wirecutter-recommended products worth the spend. We're already seeing sales from the likes of Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Costco, and Newegg. Some retailers (Target and Newegg) are offering holiday price protection, which promises to refund you the difference if the price of select early Black Friday sale items drop lower this season. Others, like Walmart, are offering extended holiday return windows.

When do Black Friday ads come out?

If you haven’t started planning for Black Friday, it’s not too late—but it’s better to get started earlier than later. Some retailers, like Amazon, Best Buy, and Costco, began releasing their early Black Friday ads as early as late October, giving shoppers a first glimpse of the sales that will be available leading up to the main event. Throughout the month of November, expect a deluge of actual Black Friday ads to publish or leak—up until the week of Black Friday, at which point most sales will have actually begun. Historically, Home Depot has revealed its Black Friday ad a couple weeks before the main event in mid-November— we anticipate savings on appliances, tool brands like Milwaukee and DeWalt, furniture, and even home and holiday decor like Christmas trees. For now, you can shop its early Black Friday event. Target also typically shares its Black Friday ad closer to mid-November, though—like other retailers—it has already kicked off its early Black Friday 2022 sale. Walmart, meanwhile, announced the details of its Deals for Days sales event earlier this month, with the first wave of Black Friday discounts going live on November 7 online and November 9 in stores.

When is Cyber Monday?

Cyber Monday always occurs on the Monday after Thanksgiving, meaning Cyber Monday 2022 officially kicks off on November 28. Official Cyber Monday sales often launch shortly after Black Friday sales end, and only rarely are they better than Black Friday’s offerings. In fact, we’re already seeing some deals that are lower than last year’s Cyber Monday prices.

When will Walmart release their 2022 Black Friday ad?

Walmart has launched its first two rounds of early Black Friday sales and will continue to roll out sales in waves each Monday as the month continues. The retailer’s Black Friday 2022 Event 3 starts online at 7 p.m. ET on November 21 and on November 23 in stores. Like the two previous events, Event 3 will include an early access window for Walmart+ members starting at 12 pm ET on the day the sales event starts before being opened to all shoppers

When is Amazon’s Black Friday sale?

Not only has Amazon’s Black Friday already begun—it’s also one of the longest-running deals events of the season. The online retailer’s official position is that its Black Friday 2022 sale kicks off on Thursday, November 24 (Thanksgiving Day) and ends on Saturday, November 26, many of its early Black Friday deals are just as worthwhile as the ones you can expect to see during that period—and they’re live now, so there’s no waiting involved. Shoppers can snag deals on everything from Amazon devices like Echo smart speakers and displays, to deals on just about everything else, including smart TVs, video games, air fryers, Apple products, and vacuums. We expect Black Friday to include special Prime member-exclusive offers, as well as Lightning Deals that will launch every few minutes.

Are PlayStation 5 and Xbox expected to go on sale this Black Friday?

In addition to the Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite, many are holding out hope that this will be the year they’ll finally be able to get their hands on an Xbox or Playstation console. The availability of these consoles has improved and we’ve seen them available for purchase, often bundled with a game, for full price. Unfortunately, we don’t anticipate any exceptional Xbox Series X or PS5 Black Friday deals this year. Less sought-after models like the Xbox Series S could well see discounts, but you likely won’t see the more coveted models going for less than their street price. However, we do expect to see substantial savings on games and accessories like headsets, controllers, and microSD cards.

Do we expect any deals from Peloton?

Even with declines in revenue, recalls, and a decrease in demand, we still think buying a Peloton bike is still a good idea if you plan to use it. Considering the exercise company boasts millions of devoted subscribers—each of which pay a monthly membership fee—the Peloton universe is unlikely to collapse altogether. So if you've been eyeing a Peloton bike for the past few years, now may be a great time to pick one up. After a brief hiatus from the sales event circuit in 2020, we think shoppers can expect noteworthy Black Friday Peloton deals for 2022. Not only did it participate in October’s Prime Early Access Sale, but the retailer also recently announced a price match guarantee policy through November 28, which indicates a willingness to offer deep discounts during a Black Friday 2022 sale. Right now, Peloton is offering up to $300 in accessories with the purchase of the the Peloton Bike+. Because we may see the standard bike for as little as $1225, we recommend waiting unless you think the accessories on offer as part of this promo are worth what you'll miss out on in savings.

Does Apple have Black Friday sales?

Apple has historically offered Black Friday promotions. They often include an Apple gift card with purchase, sometimes a generous one, making them a viable option for shoppers looking to grab multiple Apple products. Students can also benefit from purchasing from Apple directly, as they’ve long offered competitive prices via the company’s .edu portal. However, we’ve historically found better pricing for everyday shoppers from other retailers, so we’d recommend looking out for sales on MacBooks, iPads, and Apple Watches from Best Buy, Costco, and Amazon. While Target and Walmart don’t sell MacBooks, you’ll be able to find sales on iPads and Apple Watches via those retailers as well.

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