The 22 Best Early Black Friday Deals at Best Buy

Many shipping times are already delayed this year due to supply chain issues and labor shortages. It’s best to start shopping now for those on your holiday list instead of waiting for the last possible moment. Best Buy started its holiday deals event early, with Black Friday prices guaranteed—if it gets lower before Black Friday, it will refund you the difference, though there are a few caveats (explained below). Here are some of our favorite products discounted so far.

Updated November 9: We’ve added more smart home deals, iPads, Chromebooks, and updated prices. We also removed deals that are no longer active.

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Best Buy’s Black Friday Price Guarantee

There are a few things you need to know about Best Buy’s holiday promotion. First, you need a My Best Buy membership (free). If a product you buy drops in price before November 26 (Black Friday), then you will be refunded the difference on December 15. Only the products listed as Black Friday Price Guarantee are eligible. That said, if you see Our Lowest Price of the Season on a product, that’s the price it will remain through January 8, 2022. 

None of this means prices won’t drop further on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, but Best Buy says it has limited stock. Our advice? Try to see what the product you want sells for at other retailers to make sure the Best Buy price is actually a deal. We’ve got more Black Friday tips here

Best Buy also has an extended return window for any purchases you make from October 18 through January 2, 2022. You have until January 16 to return the item, so if a product does dip further on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, it’s worth buying it and returning the one you got at a higher price. There are some exclusions to this return policy, like holiday products (decorations, artificial trees), and items bought with third-party contracts, like a cellphone with a cellular plan.  

Smart Home Deals

Google Nest Mini

Photograph: Google

The Arlo Pro 4 is our favorite outdoor camera (that you can use indoors too!). This bundle comes with three cameras, four rechargeable batteries, a charging station, “anti-theft” mounts, and a yard sign. It has a wide 160-degree field of view and records up to 2K resolution with HDR. But, as we note in our review, you’ll need an Arlo Secure plan ($3 per month for one camera) to get the most out of this camera’s features.

A smart home needs a robot vacuum. This is a great, self-emptying one (9/10, WIRED Recommends) that can remember up to 10 floor plans. It briefly dipped to $550 when Best Buy’s holiday deals started, ratcheted back up to $750, dropped back to $550, and is now $50 more. It stands to reason that it will dip down to $550 again soon. 

We love the second-generation Nest Mini and it’s frequently discounted. Its audio is better than the previous version, and it won’t take up too much space in your house. This is one of the most affordable ways to venture into a smart home. You can ask Google Assistant anything you’d search on Google, and have it control your smart lights, robot vacuum, and smart AC, among other devices. 

Lenovo Smart Clock

Photograph: Lenovo

We like this smart display for bedside tables because it’s compact without being unusable. Its 4-inch screen is probably too small for comfortably watching movies, but it’s a great little digital photo frame, and a nice way to see weather updates, alarms, and results from your Google Assistant search queries. There’s also a USB port so you can plug your phone directly into it to recharge. If you don’t need a touchscreen display but want the smart capabilities, go for Lenovo’s Smart Clock Essential for $30 ($20 off). It even has a nightlight on the back. 

Aura makes our favorite photo frames. They’re pricey, and this deal isn’t the best we’ve ever seen. Still, they’re easy to use and the photos look nearly analog. It makes a great gift. 

Streaming Deals

Roku Streaming Stick 4K+

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We’re testing this new Streaming Stick. So far, it’s as good as any Roku device. (We like them all.) The new remote has a voice option for controlling your TV hands-free. Just say “Hey Roku” as you would with any other voice assistant—you can turn this off if you don’t want it listening. This version comes with headphones so you can watch TV without waking your partner. 

If you don’t need programmable shortcut buttons on the remote and don’t mind having to push the microphone button to use your voice, you can save $10 with this 4K stick.

If you’re a fan of Amazon’s Prime Video offerings, you may prefer this streaming device, which is geared heavily toward all Amazon content. This is the newest 4K device from the brand, which we haven’t yet tried, but we liked the older version and it has not changed drastically.

Need a new TV? This one has Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant built-in, so you can ask them to search for shows or answer any other questions you might have. Even with smart features, we think most TVs need a dedicated streaming stick like the ones above. We’ve rounded up more TV deals here.

Headphone Deals

Jabra Elite 85T

Photograph: Jabra

These earbuds (9/10, WIRED Recommends) are pricey, but they have excellent sound quality and noise cancellation. The best part of Jabra’s buds is that they’re rugged, have a 2-year warranty against water damage, and have physical buttons for controlling music playback. Jabra also does a great job of supporting its older devices with new features and updates.

These cute little Buds2 (9/10, WIRED Recommends) are comfortable to wear and sound great with their dual-driver system. They’re rated IPX2 for water resistance, so you can work out with them. Plus they come in lavender or olive (in addition to the standard black and white)!

The Galaxy Buds Pro (9/10, WIRED Recommends) are good for everything, and they’re better than Apple’s AirPods in nearly every way: They sound better, are more comfortable, and have longer battery life. WIRED associate reviews editor Parker Hall says he can go from Zoom meetings to listening to music on a run, and these earbuds perform well every time. They’re now $20 less than they were when this deal started.

These are $15 more than they were last week when the sale started. We haven’t tested them, but we generally like the brand. These JBL Tour One headphones are also on sale for $250 ($50 off). Read our Best Wireless Headphones guide for more options.

Storage Deals (Hard Drives and SSD)

Samsung T7 500 GB Portable SSD

Photograph: Samsung

This is one of our favorite portable drives for its speed. It’s light but tough, thanks to its metal body, so you can take it anywhere and not worry about it getting damaged. It was $5 less last week, but this is still a good deal if you’re in the market for a fast solid state drive.

This Easystore drive is essentially the same as the Elements drive we recommend in our guide, but this one doesn’t have a power button. They’re fine for backups and storage, but WIRED senior writer Scott Gilbertson doesn’t recommend them for editing video or anything else where speed is essential. Just know that while it sometimes jumps to $110, it usually goes for around $60.

Phone and Tablet Deals

OnePlus 9 Pro

Photograph: OnePlus

This is the 2020 iPad Pro model with 256 gigabytes of storage. You can get the 2021 iPad Pro for $100 more, but that one starts with 128 GB. You’re not missing too much from the newer model, so this is still a solid deal if you need extra space.  If you need more storage, the 512-gigabyte 4th-gen iPad Pro is discounted to $1,100 ($200 off) and the 1-terabyte version is $1,300 ($200 off).

If you’re a Motorola fan, the Ace is the one to get. It’s better than the G Series phones with smoother performance overall and two days of battery life. Plus this one has near-field communication (NFC) sensors so you can pay with your phone (the G Series phones don’t).

If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a smartphone, then get this Moto G. Its cameras aren’t great, but there’s decent performance, and it lasts a whopping three days on a single charge

Laptop and Monitor Deals

Acer Chromebook Spin 713.

Photograph: Acer

You’ll find this Acer Chromebook in our Best Chromebooks guide. It has one of the nicest screens around on a Chromebook at this price, and the Intel Core i5 chip gives it plenty of power. It’s a 2-in-1 too, so you can rotate the screen all the way back and use it as a tablet. The best part? It has fantastic battery life. 

Want to spend even less? We haven’t tested the Spin 514 yet, but we have tried machines with AMD’s Ryzen 3 processors so we feel comfortable saying that this Chromebook will be sufficient for school-level tasks. You also get a 1080p screen and a MicroSD card slot. 

This Chromebook from the company that manages Chrome OS came out in 2019, but it’s been one of the most reliable all-around great options out there. It’s lightweight, attractive, and powerful enough with this Core i5 version. The battery lasts a full workday, and the keyboard is really nice. 

If you’re in need of a monitor to up your gaming setup (or work-from-home setup), this is a pretty solid deal on a monitor this size. It also supports HDR, something we don’t typically see at this price point.


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