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18 Most Popular Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals, According to CNET Readers

Here are the deals CNET's readers have found most appealing this holiday shopping season.

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It's been real, Black Friday, but Cyber Monday approaches.

Even with tens of thousands of deals to choose from during our annual holiday shopping weekend, CNET readers tend to gravitate towards certain deals. Our user data (which contains no personal information, don't worry) gives us an interesting window into the clear winners by purchase volume. Think of it like a popularity contest for discounts. Here are the 20 best deals according to CNET's own readers since we started keeping track last week. We'll keep this updated as the rankings (and deals) change through Cyber Monday.


This smart accessory can be added to nearly any garage door made after 1993 and connects to your phone for easy control of the door from anywhere. It's down to its best price, so be sure to grab one for yourself and even some family members, they'll be sure to thank you for something that's so useful.

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Every time that Amazon has offered a bundle like this in the past, it's sold out before the end of the sale period. With this being Amazon's newest Echo Dot, we anticipated there would be a lot of interest in the huge discount and that's proven true, so be sure to grab one now before it's too late.

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Battery Life Rated up to 6 hoursNoise Canceling Yes (ANC)Multipoint NoHeadphone Type Wireless earbudsWater-Resistant Yes (IPX4 -- splash-proof)

The second-gen AirPods Pro are down to $200 right now at several retailers and, surprisingly, the deal has stuck around for a while. These were just released in September and have received glowing reviews since. Grab a pair today, before you're stuck paying more later.


Convert your car headrest into a convenient storage solution with these universal hooks. Each can hold 13 pounds so you can hang up coats, kids toys, umbrellas or even bags of groceries.


This reusable goo gets in all the cracks and crevices of those hard-to-clean places, like computer keyboards and car consoles.


At-home COVID tests are a great thing to have around and the perfect time to buy them is when they're on sale. This pack comes with two easy-to-use tests that give you the results within 15 minutes.

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If you're wanting to add some smarts to your existing TV, you can do exactly that while saving 50% on Amazon's 4K-capable streaming stick today. Amazon's Fire TV Stick 4K is a great pick if you're new to smart TV functionality with its easy-to-use OS and included Alexa-enabled voice remote. 


Being on a budget doesn't mean you have to miss out on the smart home fun. This SwitchBot smart plug is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant and can transform dumb appliances into smart ones.


Pick up the 128GB Quest 2 VR headset bundled with Resident Evil 4 and Beat Saber for $50 off the price of the headset alone. The 256GB model is $70 off.

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Bring outdoor lights, water features and more into your smart home setup with this dual-outlet outdoor smart plug. You'll be able to set schedules and use voice control. 


The Fire TV Stick 4K Max is new this year, and it sits just above the Fire TV Stick 4K in Amazon's lineup. It's $10 more than the regular Fire TV Stick 4K, but for the extra $10 you get 40% more power (which means faster app loads and better overall navigation), as well as Wi-Fi 6 support for faster streaming. 


Whether you're just getting started with Alexa or you have Echo devices throughout your home, the Amazon Smart Plug is a great buy at just $13 in this sale. It's normally $25, so you're saving almost 50% while adding some convenience to dumb appliances around your home. 

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This Roku streaming device is one of our overall favorites for the year, and right now you can pick it up for half off the usual price. It allows you to stream your shows and movies in stunning 4K quality, and features support for Dolby Vision and HDR10 for vibrant colors and rich darks. 


It's finally time to start that journaling practice you've been thinking about. With a rainbow of shades in satisfying 0.38-mm tips, these pens are a good way to get a jump on that bullet journal resolution before New Year's.

Battery Life Rated up to 6 hoursNoise Canceling Yes (ANC)Multipoint YesHeadphone Type Wireless earbudsWater-Resistant Yes (IPX5 -- protection against low-pressure water streams)

Our favorite budget earbuds are discounted by $20 with a further 5% off thanks to the on-page coupon, dropping them to just $53. They offer solid sound quality and noise cancellation, a comfortable fit and a price that's hard to beat.


Get four indoor smart plus for just $23 and use them to bring lights and other dumb appliances into your smart home. These Kasa plugs don't block adjacent outlets and work with Alexa and Google Assistant.

Eligible Amazon accounts can nab a third-gen Echo Dot for just $1 alongside a month of Amazon Music Unlimited. That makes the total cost just $10, which is a no-brainer buy. You can also get the Echo Dot alone for $15.

Wi-Fi Standard Wi-Fi 6Speed Rating AX1800Range Up to 2,500 sq. ft.Wireless Networking Security WPA3Bands Dual-Band (2.4 and 5GHz)

The TP-Link Archer AX21 is an entry-level Wi-Fi 6 router that typically costs about $100 or so, but right now, for Black Friday week, you can find it for $30 off, bringing the cost down to $70. Among all of the Wi-Fi 6 budget picks we've tested, it performed the best, with fast, reliable speeds and an easy-to-use app that makes it a cinch to set the thing up and manage your home network settings. All of that made it an easy Editors' Choice-winner here on CNET.

Read our TP-Link Archer AX21 review.