Black Friday 2022: Best Early Black Friday Deals on Apple, Laptops, TVs, and More - The New York Times

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A larger variant of our runner-up spiralizer pick, the Spiralizer Seven-Blade Vegetable Slicer.

Photo: Spiralizer

Walmart typically engages in a holiday price-matching arms race with Amazon, and like its competitors, it has once again rolled out droves of pre–Black Friday deals. Although Walmart’s price-match policy doesn’t apply to major sales events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday (or drops in prices on previous seasonal purchases), the retailer still offers worthwhile deals that won’t leave you plagued by buyer’s remorse. Shoppers can expect to see deals on small appliances like air purifiers and vacuums, as well as price cuts on popular toys, tech, fitness gear, and health and beauty essentials. Last year, Walmart+ members scored exclusive early access to deals, plus free shipping on all orders, but nearly every sale made its way to non-members eventually. Here are the best sales we’ve found so far from Walmart.

What we like: Top pick smartwatch for iPhone owners. Bright, large screen. Always-on display. More crack-resistant glass. Faster charging. Health tracking features like ECG and blood oxygen.

Other things to know: 41 mm watch face, GPS and cellular enabled. New Series 8 is still in testing and will likely replace Series 7 as top pick. Available in Midnight.

What we like: Our runner-up pick for best spiralizer. Does a good job at cutting most vegetables. Extra blades are a nice addition.

Other things to know: Comes with Spiralizer's lifetime no-hassle replacement policy. New low price for the 7-blade version.

What we like: Our upgrade prick for the best steam mop. Ideal for bigger areas. Relatively lightweight, maneuvers well, and uses Shark mop head covers that are easy to wash or replace.

Other things to know: Only for use on glazed tile or sealed stone. Can flip over a cloth mop cover and use the other side without having to stop mopping. Able to change covers without touching them. New low price.

What we like: The Imperial Droid Lego set that and Lego and Star Wars fans are looking for. 683 pieces.

Other things to know: Recommended for ages 18+. New low.

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.

The Garmin Forerunner 45, our budget pick for best GPS running watch due to its reliable functionality and appealing price point.

Photo: Michael Murtaugh

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 budget pick in our guide to the best smartwatch for iPhone owners. More affordable, great screen, and good battery life. Good option for a first smartwatch.

Other things to know: Minimal upgrades from 1st generation. Lacks the always-on display, certain health functions, and smaller than the Series 8. New crash detection feature can falsely trigger on theme park rides. Starlight and silver on sale.

What we like: Offers the best software experience on Android. Receives security updates through fall 2026. Excellent build quality. Has the second-best smartphone camera we've tested. Google's custom Tensor processor is fast and can handle more complex AI tasks.

Other things to know: Unlocked with support for all major carriers across 5G. 8 GB RAM. 256 GB storage. Available in Stormy Black.

What we like: Our budget pick for the best GPS running watch. Delivers solid running and activity tracking.

Other things to know: Has fewer activity modes and no swim tracking. Data is organized neatly in the app and is easy to review.

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. New low price.

What we like: Our most versatile pick for best Android phones. Delivers peak quality and top class features in spades. High resolution 1440×3088 OLED screen. Advanced camera suite. Excellent build quality.

Other things to know: Overpriced but worth picking up on sale.. Includes S Pen stylus slot in phone body. Too large for one handed use. Pixel camera's often take better pictures.

What we like: Our favorite all-in-one car seat. Has many of the same qualities as our top convertible car seat pick. Converts to a booster seat. Cost-effective. Anti-rebound bar can help reduce the secondary motion in a crash after the initial impact.

Other things to know: We’ve found that each individual type of seat tends to do a far better job at its dedicated purpose than an all-in-one seat can. Anti-rebound bar can only be used in rear-facing mode. Comes with a rapid-remove seat cover.

What we like: Best soundbar if you want a complete system. Dynamic and immersive audio experience. Two HDMI inputs and 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. Deal isn’t as good as what we saw during the Prime Early Access Event.

What we like: Wide, angled opening. Easy to grab from. 10-year warranty. Sleek and modern design. Durable build from a high-quality brand.

Other things to know: On the pricey side. Only available in charcoal.

What we like: Comes with all the ingredients and molds needed to concoct fruit-flavor, colorful gummies. Kids get a walk-through of the chemistry behind candy-making.

Other things to know: Kids will likely need adult assistance for experiments involving the microwave or stove. Clip the on-page coupon to get the deal price.

The Apple MacBook Air (2020, M1), our top pick for the best Macbook.

Photo: Dave Gershgorn

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: Our top pick for the best MacBook. Enough speed, memory, and storage for most day-to-day computer tasks. Battery life lasts 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-inch Retina display, one 3.5 mm jack, and two Thunderbolt 4 ports.

What we like: Our top pick for the best smart LED light bulb. Brightest and most affordable bulb we tested. Excellent colors and reliable basic features (remote, scheduling, and timers).

Other things to know: No special effects. Offers the equivalent of a 75-watt bulb. Supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT. Opt for store pickup to avoid shipping fees.

Best Buy deal price: $430; street price: $500

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: The 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 and 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. Select store pickup to avoid shipping fees.

The base-station of the Simplisafe, one of our picks for best home security system, shown on a shelf with books and a plant.

Photo: Michael Hession

Not to be outdone, Costco has thrown its hat into the early Black Friday ring. Starting Monday, October 31, members can score pre–Black Friday deals. The first wave of sales will run through Sunday, November 13, followed by a second round of early Black Friday discounts kicking off on Monday, November 14, which will ultimately converge with Costco’s Black Friday sale beginning on Friday, November 25. Be sure to look out for sales on kitchen essentials, smart-home devices, snacks, and candy, as well as discounts on electronics like TVs, Apple devices, laptops, and tablets. These are the best early deals we’ve found so far.

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: Great screen and battery life. Cheaper and smaller than the 7. Combines style and accessibility. Good option for a first smartwatch.

Other things to know: New low, but Apple just recently released a new 2022 model, so expect prices to drop lower. Lacks the always-on display and certain health functions of the 7. Requires Costco membership. Price includes shipping.

What we like: Hottest and most powerful space heater we tested. Countdown clock and digital display. Gets up to temperature quickly.

Other things to know: Costco silver variant of the AVH10 with added timer and remote. A bit pricier than our top pick. Doesn’t distribute hot air quite as evenly throughout the space. Requires Costco membership.

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.

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: Handy digital assistant for streaming audio and video or making video calls. Good size for a bedroom 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. Available in four colors.

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: Smaller and cheaper than most Ring doorbells. Captures clear 1080p images. Delivers accurate motion and person alerts.

Other things to know: Needs to be hardwired. Compatible with Amazon Alexa and other Ring products. Doesn't offer detailed alerts or local storage. Requires a Ring Protect Basic plan (which starts at $3 per month or $30 per year) to record motion events.

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.

The KitchenAid Pro 500 Series 5-Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer on a kitchen counter surrounded by other baking products.

Photo: Sarah Kobos

Target began touting early Black Friday deals on its website 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: More capacity and power than top pick. Easy to use and clean. Sturdy build that stands the test of time.

Other things to know: Trades more power for heavier frame. Large counter footprint. Includes flat beater, power knead spiral dough hook, and stainless steel wire whip.

What we like: Creates tasty Eggo-size waffles with nonstick surfaces for easy extraction. Perfect for cramped or storage-limited spaces. Multiple fun color and design options available.

Other things to know: Only really good for small snacks or occasional use. Select store pickup for best price, free shipping for RedCard members or when added to order over $35. Use Target Circle offer for extra $1 off.

What we like: Can be built as one central bunch or separated into their own small boxes. Satisfying to build and breathes life to a room without any windows.

Other things to know: Doesn’t often see discounts, so this $8 drop matches the best price we’ve seen.

What we like: Easily pairs with Apple devices. 40-hour battery life. Sound profile offers nice highs and mids with a slight bass boost.

Other things to know: Typically sells for more than our budget pick, but this deal makes it more affordable.

What we like: Excellent device if you need or want a small tablet with a faster processor and a more modern design.

Other things to know: Diminutive version of the 4th-generation iPad Air. Good for those with smaller hands who want to watch videos, play games, doodle, or chat. Wi-Fi enabled with 64 GB memory.

Read our review of the best iPad.

A close up of an apple watch on an orange background

Photo: Michael Murtaugh

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: Great screen and battery life. Cheaper and smaller than the 8. Combines style and accessibility. Good option for a first smartwatch. This model offers cellular connectivity for those who want phone-free use.

Other things to know: Cellular variant of upcoming budget pick. Minimal upgrades from 1st gen. Lacks the always-on display and certain health functions of the 8. New crash detection feature can falsely trigger on theme park rides.

What we like: Our top pick for the best MacBook. 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, 512 GB SSD, 13.3" Retina display, one 3.5mm jack, and two Thunderbolt 4 ports. Costco membership required.

What we like: Top pick smartwatch for iPhone owners. Bright, large screen. Always-on display. More crack-resistant glass. Faster charging. Health tracking features like ECG and blood oxygen.

Other things to know: 41 mm watch face, GPS and cellular enabled. New Series 8 is still in testing and will likely replace Series 7 as top pick. Available in Midnight.

What we like: Excellent device if you need or want a small tablet with a faster processor and a more modern design.

Other things to know: Diminutive version of the 4th-gen iPad Air. Good for those with smaller hands who want to watch videos, play games, doodle, or chat. Wi-Fi enabled with 64 GB memory.

Read our review of the best iPad.

What we like: Upcoming budget pick in our guide to the best smartwatch for iPhone owners. More affordable, great screen, and good battery life. Good option for a first smartwatch.

Other things to know: Minimal upgrades from 1st generation. Lacks the always-on display, certain health functions, and smaller than the Series 8. New crash detection feature can falsely trigger on theme park rides. Starlight and silver on sale.

What we like: Our top pick for the best MacBook. 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: Great screen and battery life. Cheaper and smaller than the 7. Combines style and accessibility. Good option for a first smartwatch.

Other things to know: New low, but Apple just recently released a new 2022 model, so expect prices to drop lower. Lacks the always-on display and certain health functions of the 7. Requires Costco membership. Price includes shipping.

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: Less invasive and more decor-friendly TV. Can be mounted perfectly flush against the wall like a framed piece of art. The Frame’s smart screensaver can display photos or art when not in use.

Other things to know: Doesn’t offer the latest and greatest TV features. New low price for the 2022 model in the 55-inch size.

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. New low price.

What we like: Runner-up budget 4K TV pick. 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: 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.

Best Buy deal price: $430; street price: $500

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: 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 top pick for best ultrabook that has a slightly smaller shape and screen, the Samsung Galaxy Book2 360.

Photo: Michael Hession

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: Sleeker and lighter than runner-up pick. Offers more power and better 1080p webcam. 13.3-inch AMOLED display capable of flipping into tablet mode. Solid trackpad and decent keyboard.

Other things to know: Poor battery life. Includes a decent amount of bloatware that should be uninstalled. 1-year limited warranty.

What we like: A great laptop that our senior staff writer and guide writer Kimber Streams said they would buy at this price.

Other things to know: Hasn’t been fully tested by Wirecutter. Successor to the well-liked C13 Chromebook. Heavy relative to other Chromebooks. Intel Core i5-1245U processor, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD. Use codes SUPERTHINKHOLIDAYS and HOLIDAYOFFERS for the deal price.

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

Other things to know: Keyboard is a little cramped. Doesn’t come with USB-C charger.

What we like: Capable laptop replacement. Offers portability, versatility, and everything we look for in a laptop.

Other things to know: Usually requires the purchase of additional accessories (but this bundle includes Surface Pro Signature Keyboard and Surface Slim Pen 2). Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD. Costco membership required.

Video game and board game deals

Eight cards for the game, Sushi Go, laid out in two rows of four.

Photo: Rozette Rago

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 keep an eye out and beat the rush. Plus, now is a great time to pick up the most sought-after board games, puzzles, and card games, so you can sit back and relax knowing you don’t have to engage in some type of retail warfare à la Jingle All the Way.

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%.

What we like: Essentially free money for Xbox owners. Can be used to purchase games, apps, movies, TV shows, or devices from the Microsoft, Windows, and Xbox storefronts. Xbox Series X and Series S are both picks in our game console guide.

Other things to know: Use promo code SSBY424 for discount. Delivered via email.

What we like: A fun and easy-to-learn card game for a group. Two teams, with one player guessing the codeword based on single word clues—like Taboo but spy-themed.

Other things to know: Eight person limit is flexible, with rules for two- and three-player variants. Short, 15 minute games. Make sure to clip on-page coupon.

What we like: Fast-paced pass-and-pick game. Easy enough for young kids, while still engaging for adults. Doesn’t require reading or math comprehension to play.

Other things to know: Longtime favorite in our guides. Young children may need help keeping track of their scores and point combinations. Deal doesn’t match low of $4. Clip on-page coupon.

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.

What we like: A quick economic card collection game. Not overly complicated or dull. Doesn’t rely too heavily on luck.

Other things to know: Skill ceiling is relatively low. Nicely balanced and will keep you engaged throughout multiple rounds, but it can feel like you’ve learned everything after a few play-throughs. New low price.

Cleaning and vacuum deals

The iRobot Roomba 675, our budget pick for the best 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: Our cordless mop-vacuum combo pick. Makes mopping and vacuuming super convenient. Does a great job of sucking up the majority of solids and stains from bare floors.

Other things to know: Doesn’t clean quite as well and probably won’t last nearly as long as a plug-in model. Doesn’t dry-vacuum. Can't really suck up wet messes from rugs.

What we like: A vacuum and mop combo we recommend for best robot mop. Good if you only want to mop occasionally in addition to vacuuming. Lets you control the mop's moisture level through the smartphone app. Has a better reputation than other combo-bot brands.

Other things to know: Certified refurbished, sold via Roborock's eBay storefront. 2-year Allstate warranty. Recommended if your mopping needs are modest. Use code TREATYOSELF.

What we like: Reliable, repairable, and good on rugs. Robot vacuums offer relatively low-effort help with pet hair buildup. Wi-Fi enabled and works with existing smart-home accessories via Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

Other things to know: Budget pick in our robot vacuum guide. Works best when it only has to clean a few rooms at a time.

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: A smarter variant of our top robot vacuum pick. Great navigation with the ability to clean or ignore certain rooms. Self-emptying base makes it more self-sufficient than other models. Reliable and repairable.

Other things to know: Aging model but still very good. Expensive. Navigation can sometimes be fussy. Self-emptying base can be jarringly loud when active.

What we like: Our upgrade prick for the best steam mop. Ideal for bigger areas. Relatively lightweight, maneuvers well, and uses Shark mop head covers that are easy to wash or replace.

Other things to know: Only for use on glazed tile or sealed stone. Can flip over a cloth mop cover and use the other side without having to stop mopping. Able to change covers without touching them. New low price.

A black KitchenAid stand mixer shown with the food grinder attachment connected to the front of the mixer head.

Photo: Michael Murtaugh

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

Other things to know: Trades more power for heavier frame. Large counter footprint. Includes flat beater, power knead spiral dough hook, and stainless steel wire whip.

What we like: Great for grinding meat if you already have a KitchenAid mixer. Three different grinding plates allow customizing coarseness of the grind. Chill the whole attachment in the freezer to keep whatever you’re grinding as cold as possible.

Other things to know: Attachment for compatible KitchenAid stand mixers. Comes with three different grinding plates. Leaves about an ounce of meat scraps that don’t get pushed through the die.

What we like: Top pick for the best personal blender. Powerful motor. Blended everything we threw at it without straining. Easy to use and clean. Affordable. Small countertop footprint.
Other things to know: 1-year warranty. Wide range of color options. Lowest price we've seen this year. Use code SAVE15.

What we like: Creates tasty Eggo-size waffles with nonstick surfaces for easy extraction. Perfect for cramped or storage-limited spaces. Multiple fun color and design options available.

Other things to know: Only really good for small snacks or occasional use. Select store pickup for best price, free shipping for RedCard members or when added to order over $35. Use Target Circle offer for extra $1 off.

What we like: Our runner-up pick for best spiralizer. Does a good job at cutting most vegetables. Extra blades are a nice addition.

Other things to know: Comes with Spiralizer's lifetime no-hassle replacement policy. New low price for the 7-blade version.

What we like: Wide, angled opening. Easy to grab from. 10-year warranty. Sleek and modern design. Durable build from a high-quality brand.

Other things to know: On the pricey side. Only available in charcoal.

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.

The Graco Extend2Fit 3-in-1, our pick for best all-in-one car seat.

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, you can shop sales on strollers, car seats, toys and and all the other essentials that both parents and babies will love and need.

What we like: Our favorite all-in-one car seat. Has many of the same qualities as our top convertible car seat pick. Converts to a booster seat. Cost-effective. Anti-rebound bar can help reduce the secondary motion in a crash after the initial impact.

Other things to know: We’ve found that each individual type of seat tends to do a far better job at its dedicated purpose than an all-in-one seat can. Anti-rebound bar can only be used in rear-facing mode. Comes with a rapid-remove seat cover.

What we like: Compact frame. Good maneuverability. Adjustable handlebar. Comfy reversible seat. Roomy storage basket.

Other things to know: Upcoming pick. The V2 has larger, softer wheels than the previous model for improved suspension, and a roomier toddler seat and storage basket. It’s 4 inches shorter when folded and weighs 4 pounds more.

What we like: A good fine-motor-skills exercise for babies. A fun counting toy for toddlers. The heads and hindquarters snap together with a satisfying click.

Other things to know: A staff favorite in our guide to the best gifts for 1-year-olds. Clip the on-page coupon.

What we like: A musical toy we recommend in our gift guide for 1-year-olds. Large center push-button activates melodies. Easily graspable beaded handle. Tolerable sound level with two volume settings. Just chirpy enough to stimulate tots, but without driving caregivers batty.

Other things to know: Clip on-page coupon. Not the lowest price we've seen, but street price has risen by $1. First deal we've seen in nearly a year.

Lego deals (and other toy deals)

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

Photo: Michael Murtaugh 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. And for those seeking discounts on other top toy gifts for the holiday season, we’ve got you covered there, too.

What we like: Our top pick for the best robotics kit for beginners. A joy for kids to put together in testing and the easiest to program. Possibilities for creative expansion are almost limitless. Great starting point for kids interested in robotics and programming.

Other things to know: Recommended for ages 7 to 12. Matches the lowest price we've seen for the kit.

What we like: The Imperial Droid Lego set that and Lego and Star Wars fans are looking for. 683 pieces.

Other things to know: Recommended for ages 18+. New low.

What we like: Can be built as one central bunch or separated into their own small boxes. Satisfying to build and breathes life to a room without any windows.

Other things to know: Doesn’t often see discounts, so this $8 drop matches the best price we’ve seen.

What we like: A fun and easy-to-learn card game for a group. Two teams, with one player guessing the codeword based on single word clues—like Taboo but spy-themed.

Other things to know: Eight person limit is flexible, with rules for two- and three-player variants. Short, 15 minute games. Make sure to clip on-page coupon.

What we like: A quick economic card collection game. Not overly complicated or dull. Doesn't rely too heavily on luck.

Other things to know: Skill ceiling is relatively low. Nicely balanced and will keep you engaged throughout multiple rounds, but can feel like you've learned everything after a few playthroughs. New low price.

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.

What we like: Great for play or display. Features three cabins, four figures, a tree with interchangeable summer and fall leaves, and accessories like a swing and a bird house.

Other things to know: 3036 pieces. Recommended for ages 16+, but plenty of interactive play opportunities for younger users. Clip on-page coupon for deal price.

What we like: Fast-paced "pass and pick" style game. Easy enough for young kids, while still engaging for adults. Doesn't require reading or math comprehension to play.

Other things to know: Longtime favorite in our guides. Young children may need help keeping track of their scores and point combinations. Deal doesn't match low of $4. Clip on-page coupon.

Two people cozying up on a couch in plaid robes.

Photo: Michael Hession

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: 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.

What we like: The best men’s flannel robe. Soft, warm, and doesn’t feel bulky or heavy. Like wearing a worn-in flannel. Won’t feel sweaty after wearing it around all day.

Other things to know: Robe is pretty thin, so if you want something super warm this might not be for you. Available in the Morgan color for $44.

Read our review of the best robes.

What we like: Our high-quality, calf-height rain boot pick. The best choice for a stylish, high-end boot. The quality lines up with the higher premium. Thoughtful design.

Other things to know: Calf buckle is not functional. Insole is flat-footed and one of the least comfortable we tried.

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 will Walmart release their 2022 Black Friday ad?

Although we haven't found Walmart's official Black Friday ad (you can find the ad scan on their site once available), Walmart has launched its first round of early Black Friday sales and will continue to roll out sales in waves each Monday as the month continues. Walmart's official Deals for Days sale event launches on November 7. Each wave of sales will come with an early access window for Walmart+ members before being opened to all shoppers.

Does Lululemon have Black Friday sales?

Lululemon offers solid deals year-round within their website’s sale section (called “We Made Too Much”), which is updated every Thursday morning, but sizes and styles are limited and Wirecutter picks like the Wunder Train High-Rise Tight and the Align High-Rise Short are rarely included. During Lululemon's 2022 Black Friday sale, you can expect to find discounts on their most popular styles, including best-sellers like leggings, shorts, backpacks, and more. Lululemon hasn’t released the dates of their Black Friday 2022 sale , but we anticipate that it will start between Friday, November 25 and Monday, November 28, as their Black Friday deals have typically run from Black Friday through Cyber Monday in years-past. However, if you see a notable discount on a particular style you’ve had your eye on—such as their highly-coveted leggings—we recommend buying sooner rather than later, as their stock tends to sell out quickly during sales events.

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 their 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.

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 Black Friday ads to come out 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, and we look forward to them following suit this year with substantial savings on appliances, tool brands like Milwaukee and DeWalt, furniture, and even home and holiday decor like Christmas trees. For now, you can shop their early Black Friday event. Target also typically shares its Black Friday ad closer to mid-November, though—like other retailers—they’ve already kicked off their early Black Friday 2022 sale. Walmart, meanwhile, has announced the details of its Deals for Days sales event, with the promise of Black Friday discounts that will go live as early as Monday, November 7.

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.

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