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Best Black Friday deals available now: 4K TVs, Beats, AirPods, Nest and more

The Black Friday 2021 deals are here and we've got the pick of the best.

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Black Friday has arrived with great savings to be had from all major retailers including Amazon, Target, Best Buy and Walmart. There are great deals on 4K TVs, Beats wireless headphones, Apple AirPods and more, all at a variety of prices to suit any budget you're shopping with. It's a great way to pick up some gifts and treats for family and friends or maybe just to grab yourself that new stand mixer you've been eyeing up all year. 

We've been searching through the deals and gathering the best Black Friday savings from Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart and a ton of other retailers and manufacturers right here, so you can see exactly what's worth your money and what you should avoid.


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All the deals are available now, but stock levels and general availability will fluctuate over the weekend, particularly as we transition into Cyber Monday. We'll keep this article up to date, but safe to say that if you see a deal you really want, don't wait for the price to get lower; act now. 

So let's jump right in -- here's our roundup of the best Black Friday deals available right now.

9 best Black Friday deals overall

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Hulu's Black Friday deal returns, and it's open to nearly everyone -- new subscribers and anyone who's been away for more than a month. Get the ad-supported Hulu plan for 99 cents per month for 12 months, after which the price returns to its normal $7 per month (you can cancel anytime after that). That's an 85% savings. (Anyone who came in on last year's Black Friday $1.99 deal is excluded.) 

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Amazon has Apple's newest AirPods, the AirPods 3, on sale for just $150. That's $30 less than the Apple Store and their lowest price to date. Note that at Amazon, you get an extra $5 off at checkout -- it's listed in green under the larger red price. If you don't see "Save $5 at checkout," the deal has expired. The AirPods 3 have been in and out of stock at this price.

Read our AirPods 3 review.

 

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With the arrival of Beats new Fit Pro earbuds, I assumed we'd see some nice discounts on the earlier and less feature-rich Beats Studio Buds, which list for $150, or only $50 less than the new $200 Beats Fit Pro. I predicted we might see their price dip to $100 and sure enough, that's what their price is now (and a new low).

The Beats Studio Buds look a lot like the rumored stemless AirPods that people were talking about but never materialized -- as AirPods anyway. Geared toward both iOS and Android users, they're missing a few key features on the Apple side of things (there's no H1 or W1 chip), but they're small, lightweight earbuds that are comfortable to wear and offer good sound. They fit most ears securely, including mine -- I run with them without a problem -- but others may find a better fit with the Beats Fit Pro and their integrated wing tips.

They're a Black Friday deal of the day at Best Buy, Amazon and Walmart, but Amazon is one-upping its competitors by also offering a $10 Amazon gift card at checkout with the code BYZPPJADUODB. The deal is set to expire at the end of the day.

Read our Beats Studio Buds review.

 

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Apple's AirPods Pro were briefly as low as $169 at Walmart and $170 at Amazon for Black Friday 2020. More recently, the wireless headphones have been ping-ponging between $180 and $200. Right now, the new model -- with the MagSafe case -- is available for $159 at Walmart, a new all-time low. 

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Google's second-gen Nest Hub smart display offers a 7-inch display that you can watch videos on, read recipes, host video chats and so much more. You can ask Google Assistant to help with math problems, conversions, to tell you the weather each day, and even to help with controlling your smart home gear. At this price, you may want to just grab two of them since you're going to want them around the house.

Read our Google Nest Hub (2nd gen) review.

 

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The TCL 6-Series Roku TV is the best TV for the money overall that we've tested, and every size in the series is down to its lowest price of the year. The 6-Series features excellent picture quality thanks to mini-LED backlight technology, QLED color and full-array local dimming. Though this TV technically debuted in 2020, the 6-Series is still a current model for 2021. 

All three sizes are on sale but the largest savings is on the 65-inch model.

Read our TCL 6-Series Roku TV review.

 

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Bose

The newest addition to the QuietComfort line, the QC45, are now on sale for the lowest price yet. These headphones haven't been out for long, and they're rated among the best headphones you can get by CNET's David Carnoy.

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Amazon last refreshed the Fire HD 8 tablet in 2020 by doubling the on-board storage, enhancing the processor inside and adding USB-C charging instead of Micro-USB. It comes in four different colors and if you want to upgrade to the 64GB model you can for an extra $30.

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Kasa

This smart bulb from Kasa can be controlled using the free Kasa Home app on your phone or by using your voice with Alexa or Google Assistant. It's a color bulb so you can set it to a bunch of different options, and even automate it to turn it on or off at certain times of the day without you doing anything.

Best Black Friday deals at Target

The official Target Black Friday deals are live now and will run until Saturday, Nov. 27. Here are the best deals you can take advantage of right now.

KitchenAid

This KitchenAid Professional Series stand mixer offers a lot of power and versatility in a compact package. It features 10 speed settings and a bowl-lift design that is perfect for larger batches and dense ingredients. It comes with a set of whisks, flat beaters and a dough hook, but there are over 10 additional attachments available to help you get even more out of this mixer without sacrificing more counter space.

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Best Black Friday deals at Walmart

The first inventory drops for the Xbox and PS5 sold out immediately, but Walmart has plenty more deals. Walmart is going all-out with its Black Friday sale, which lasts until Nov. 28. Here are some of the best Walmart Black Friday deals that are available right now.

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It's not the newest model on the market, but it's definitely one of the best Fitbit fitness trackers at this price point. The newer Charge 5 is about double the price, and comparing this to the Inspire 2, which is $10 less, you get a few big features that are useful for tracking runs and more.

Read our Fitbit Charge 4 review.

 

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Best Black Friday deals at Best Buy

It seems we finally know when Best Buy's Black Friday event is happening -- pretty much right now. The retailer just released another big wave of deals, along with some details about what we can expect next week. There will be a few more items added in the coming days (some scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 24, and Thursday, Nov. 25) including $150 off the MacBook Air and $280 off KitchenAid stand mixers (already available at Target), but the bulk of the deals are happening already.

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The Apple Watch SE has been a hot item this holiday season, and Best Buy is the first major retailer to have it on sale. The $219 price is for the 40mm mode, but the 44mm model is $60 off as well (selling for $249). These watches come in lots of cool color combinations, but are selling out quickly (some colors are already gone), so we recommend moving fast on this deal. They also have a free six-month subscription to Apple Fitness Plus.

iRobot

With the Roomba i3 Plus, the most work you'll have to do is set it up. Its sensors can distinguish between carpet and hardwood, and can even detect the dirtiest part of your home, so it knows where to concentrate its efforts. It will even empty itself, so you hardly have to think about it.

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Best Black Friday deals at Amazon

This year, Amazon's Black Friday deal press release was much more vague than it usually is, so we don't have a great idea of what exactly the online retail giant plans to do this week. The company offered up some generic outlines of deals, like select percentages off of various brands, but not specific pricing on specific items. In the meantime, however, the online megaretailer has already slashed prices on Amazon devices, which are on sale now.

Samsung

The Galaxy Watch has been giving the Apple Watch a run for its money in recent years. The Samsung smart watch combines the wellness tracking of a Fitbit with all the connectivity of your phone. Track your heart rate and sleep patterns as well as field calls and texts easily. Released only earlier this year, this is the lowest price we've seen on the Galaxy Watch 4.

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Best Black Friday headphone deals

You can always find headphones on sale during Black Friday events, but finding the right balance between a good deal and a good set of headphones can be a challenge. Here's a selection of what we've found so far.

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These Sony headphones offer better noise cancellation and better overall sound quality than the AirPods Pro. And they're currently selling for their lowest price to date.

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Best Black Friday TV deals

Televisions frequently fill out Black Friday sale pages, but it's not always easy to tell which sales are actually worthwhile. Here are some deals on good TVs worth adding to your shopping cart.

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LG's C1 OLED TV is currently CNET's pick for the best TV for high-end shoppers. It offers ridiculously deep black levels and punchy contrast that even the best LCD and QLED TVs can't match, as well as cutting-edge gaming features such as G-Sync and FreeSync VRR, 4K/120Hz input and an all-new Game Optimizer mode with numerous extra settings. It's also our favorite gaming TV to pair with an Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5 (or both).

Read our LG C1 OLED TV review.

 

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This midrange TV is pretty much the baseline for very good image quality. It's one of the least expensive TVs with full-array local dimming, which lets it serve up good-looking high dynamic range video, and also has variable refresh rate for gaming. We didn't like it as much as the TCL 6-Series in our side-by-side comparison, but it does cost less.

With the exception of the 65-inch size, which remains scarce, all other sizes are back down to their lowest prices of the year.

Read our Vizio M7-Series Quantum review.

 

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Speaking of high-end TVs, Samsung's QN90A TV is another one of our favorites that just got a Black Friday price cut. This TV uses QLED TV tech augmented by mini-LED for a brighter image than any OLED TV. The spectacular contrast of OLED still won out in our side-by-side tests, so we still recommend the LG C1 overall, but the QN90A comes closer than ever. And in the 85-inch size, this Samsung costs a lot less than the 83-inch C1.

Read our Samsung QN90A QLED TV review.

 

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Samsung's The Frame looks like no other TV. Its ultrathin screen can double as a place to display digital art and measures just 24.9mm thick, similar to a typical picture frame. By subscribing to Samsung's Art Store for $5 per month, you can access over 1,400 pieces of art to show on the screen. The Frame TV comes in a wide range of sizes -- from 32 to 75 inches -- and each model has large discounts at Amazon and elsewhere. 

Even with the sale prices you'll pay a steep premium for The Frame's unique look, but for design-conscious buyers it might be worth it. 

We haven't reviewed The Frame but we expect picture quality to be similar to the Samsung QN60A series.

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Amazon

With Fire TV built right into this 55-inch 4K TV, streaming your favorite movies just got even easier. The Alexa Voice Remote makes navigating the interface a breeze, and the 4K display will have all of your shows looking their absolute best.

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Best Black Friday laptop deals

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I often call the MacBook Air the most universally useful laptop you can buy. The latest version swaps out Intel CPUs with Apple's own M1 chip, but it'll be a transparent transition for most. After all, MacBook Air users are usually looking for a sleek, reasonably priced machine that just works. The system is also finally truly fanless, replacing the cooling fans with an aluminum heat spreader inside, as well as taking advantage of the highly efficient M1 chip. For a base price of $999, and often on sale for at least $100 less, it's a great value, considering these tank-like laptops can last for years. 

Read our Apple MacBook Air M1 (Late 2020) review.

 

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