Nothing in 2020 is quite the same as it has been in years past—and that includes Black Friday. All of the disruptions to regular shopping patterns have led to a wider proliferation of long-lasting sales, the majority of which are online. That’s safer than the typical crammed-aisle shopping that typifies Black Friday, and may also mean deeper discounts. Retailers have been struggling and need to compete for your dollars now more than ever. That means dropping prices as retailers undercut each other on some of your favorite electronics, home goods, and appliances for Black Friday deals in 2020.
What is Black Friday?
Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. The term came into vogue in the 1980s, and its name has multiple possible explanations; it might refer to the chaotic nature of the day for retailers, or it might refer to the intense profitability (it puts retailers “in the black,” instead of “in the red”). Retailers have sometimes attempted to nudge Black Friday earlier in the month to extend the peak shopping season. That hasn’t really worked for in-store shopping, but online, shoppers can often find deals beginning around Halloween. Especially this year.
When is Black Friday 2020?
Black Friday is traditionally the Friday after Thanksgiving, which in 2020 will be November 27th. It’s the biggest shopping day, and some sales will only be found then, but it’s by no means the only day you should be shopping this month. At many retailers, including Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and Amazon, deals are already popping up and will continue to bloom through Cyber Monday, the day after Thanksgiving weekend.
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What exactly is going to be on sale for Black Friday 2020? There’s been a big shift in what people need, thanks to more time spent at home because of the pandemic, so we’re seeing good deals on home office equipment, appliances, kitchen gear, furniture, gadgets—and lots of smaller items for cash-strapped holiday gifters, too. We expect many of these Black Friday deals to sell out quickly—so if you see something you like in our editors’ picks below, don’t wait! And bookmark this page to check back in with us regularly. We’re updating our coverage with new deals and sales, and removing ones that have ended.
SAMSUNG LAPTOP—SAVE $200. The Galaxy Book Ion boasts a vibrant QLED display in 13.3″ or 15.6″. Outdoor mode lets you work on the patio or rooftop without the sun’s harsh glare and Wireless PowerShare lets you charge your smartphone or smartwatch right on the trackpad, so you don’t need to lug around five chargers anymore. Right now, you can get it for $200 off.
SAMSUNG TVs—SAVE UP TO $1,800. That huge, limited-time deal is available on a number of Samsung TVs. Check out their savings on 2020 Samsung 4K QLED TVs or snatch it up discounts on this 85-inch Q900 8K TV that are up to 30 percent off.
SAMSUNG SMART WATCH—SAVE $60. The Galaxy Watch3 has an automatic sleep tracker that monitors stress level, breathing, and sleep cycles for more restful nights. You can also track steps as well as six other popular workouts, as well as your heart rate and menstrual cycle.
SAMSUNG HOME APPLIANCES—UP TO 35 PERCENT OFF. Samsung has a number of direct deals on appliances for your home that are worth a gander. Whether you’re looking for a new washer and dryer, or have had their entrancing AirDresser staring you down, you can save up to 35 percent on gear to clean and take care of your clothing. If you’re looking to upgrade your kitchen setup, you’ve got options like 35 percent off ranges, like their health-conscious Slide-In with Air-Fry appliance.
HISENSE TVs—SAVE UP TO $300 AT BEST BUY. Whether you’re looking for a new television for a guest room or a beautiful screen for your new entertainment hub, Hisense has a number of models on sale that range from 50 to 85-inches. Their 50-inch H65 G model starts at $50 off at $299.99, or $300 off for the 85-inch model at $1,399.99. Their higher-end H0G starts at $699.99 (that’s $50 off the original price) for 55 inches, or $949.99 for the 65-inch option. They’re all smart TVs with 4K resolution. The largest offers 4 HDMI inputs, while the smaller models have 3.
DYSON VACUUM—SAVE $150. The Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal Pro Cordless Stick Vacuum can clean up for to 60 minutes on a single charge and handle nearly any dry mess. For smaller jobs—like cleaning a car—this model can turn into a handheld vacuum. The direct drive cleaner head makes this ideal for pet owners, removing hair and dirt from carpets and rugs. Families looking for an option that can stand up to larger messes can rest assured in their decision, knowing the bin in this vacuum is 40 percent bigger than previous models and it has three power modes: Suction mode 1, Suction mode 2 and Max suction mode. Get it now for $400.
MOTOROLA PREPAID SMARTPHONE—$99. This 32GB Straight Talk Motorola Moto E, 32GB in Midnight Blue (ooh la la!) features a 13MP dual camera system and 6.2 HD+Max Vision display, and it’s compatible with nationwide talk, text and data plans from Straight Talk. Up to two days of battery life (yowza!), plus no contract, credit check or activation fee makes this a terrific option for anyone looking to reduce their phone bill.
SHARK CORDLESS VAC—$249. Begone, pesky pet hair! This light-as-air Shark® Cordless Pet Pro Lightweight Stick Vacuum (IZ140) has a high-speed brushless motor that delivers powerful suction, and the self-cleaning brushroll with PowerFins gives floors and carpets a continuous, flawless finish (sending fur into a dust cup, not all over the place) for up to 40 minutes without recharging. Patented MultiFLEX® technology helps you get to hard-to-reach places, or take it apart and use it like an old-school Dustbuster! It also comes with accessories to get into tight nooks and crannies.
ALTEC PORTABLE BLUETOOTH SPEAKER—$50. Take the music wherever you go—even the pool!—with this waterproof, shockproof, dustproof Altec Lansing Jacket H20 4 Portable Bluetooth Speaker. One charge of the Lithium battery gets you 10 hours of tunes
LUXURY EASY-PUMP AIR MATTRESS—$58. Got a lot of guests, or a small room that requires you to put your bed away in the morning? You’ll be a fan of the Intex Queen 15″ Dura-Beam Dream Lux Airbed Mattress with Built-in Pump. For only $58, you can get the twin—but you might as well shell out the extra $10 for a queen-size. The bed inflates within minutes using the built-in pump, and because it’s 15 inches tall, you or your guests won’t feel like you’re sleeping on the floor.
RETRO RECORD PLAYER—$45. The Crosley Cruiser Deluxe Stereo Turntable just got an upgrade. Choose from a neutral-toned suitcase shell, or an adorable blush, baby blue, or violet. Control your record’s speed with new pitch control adjustments, or connect via Bluetooth to blast your favorite playlists. RCA output lets you pump up the volume with powered speakers.
HOT AND COLD WATER DISPENSER—$149. Get ice-cold or piping-hot water with just the press of a button on the Primo Bottom Loading Hot/Cold Water Dispenser, Black. A child-resistant safety feature keeps little hands safe from boiling water, and a dishwasher-safe stainless steel drip-tray makes for easy cleanup. Enjoy fresh, clean water with this machine’s multi-step reverse osmosis process.
WIRELESS EARPHONES—$20. Sick of untangling your earphones every time you take them out of your pocket, or getting wound up in the cord on your morning run? Enter the onn. True Wireless Earphones, White. For only $19.88, you can enjoy up to 33 feet of wireless range and 4 hours of music, plus two extra charging cases. This duo is IPX5 waterproof, which means they’ll stay safe in the rain.
ROBOT VACUUM—$299. The Shark IQ Robot® Vacuum R100, Wi-Fi Connected, Home Mapping (RV1000) might be one of the smartest damn vacuums we’ve ever seen—and that’s saying something. It’s a machine that cleans every room of your home without lifting a finger—except for telling the vacuum where to go with an app. A self-cleaning brushroll lifts stubborn pet hair and a powerful filter traps 99% of dust and dander.
PERCUSSION MASSAGER—$38. Sometimes the human touch just won’t cut it when it comes to healing achy muscles. Roll out your kinks using the FitRx Muscle Massage Gun- Handheld Therapeutic Percussion Massager. Four different attachments serve different purposes, from targeting large muscle groups like the thighs, to treating the tender neck and spine. Six speed settings move from 1,200 to 3,600 RPM for up to 75 minutes of muscle relaxation. Ahhhh.
How to find the best Black Friday deals
It’s in a retailer’s best interest to direct you to their deals, so it certainly doesn’t take any tricky manipulation to find Black Friday discounts. But there are also several easy ways you can ensure you’re finding the best deals.
- Bookmark this page! We’ll be regularly updating our Black Friday coverage with the best deals you can find on appliances, TVs, and electronics, so be sure to check back here regularly.
- Join Honey: Honey is an extension available for most of the most popular web browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. It’s a constantly updated repository of coupons, and when you go to one of the thousands of sites it supports, it’ll automatically check to see if the product in your virtual cart has a coupon available.
- Check Google Shopping: Sometimes an item catches your eye, but you may not know what the standard pricing actually is. (MSRP is next-to-irrelevant these days in many categories.) Simply search for the item in Google, then click the “Shopping” tab just below the search bar to get a quick look at the prices of that item around the web.
- Keepa extension: If you’re shopping on Amazon, Keepa is an amazing, full-featured tool. It tracks prices over time, alerts you to price drops, and rounds up daily deals, all in one place.
- Check <a href=”http://camelcamelcamel.com/” target=_blank>CamelCamelCamel.com</a>: If you’re buying a product on Amazon, check out CamelCamelCamel: it’ll show you the price history of that product, so you’ll know if you’re actually getting Amazon’s lowest price.
- Don’t ignore curbside pickup: Shopping online at a store that has physical outlets—think Target, Walmart, and Best Buy—and then picking up at the curb can save you shipping costs.
- Do your research: Just because something’s on sale doesn’t mean it’s a great product. Sometimes, retailers may be trying to clear out products that don’t sell well otherwise. Make sure to read reviews—professional ones as well as consumer reviews on the retailer’s site.
- Don’t forget YouTube: Especially for more niche products, YouTube is an underrated source of information to see how a product actually works. Simply search for your product name, and you can see an array of videos of it in use.
Where to find the best Black Friday deals and sales
Amazon Black Friday deals: Amazon is a great first stop for online shopping; the company’s selection is second-to-none, across an absurdly wide range of categories. Amazon traditionally offers killer Black Friday deals on its own products like the Kindle line, the Echo line, and the Fire line of tablets and TV streaming devices. But there will also be big discounts on other goods; last year, Amazon slashed prices on the SodaStream, Instant Pot, and more.
Walmart Black Friday deals: Walmart is actually hosting three separate Black Friday deals, one each on November 4th, November 11th, and November 25th, on the retailer’s website. Walmart typically has great deals on electronics and home appliances.
Target Black Friday deals: Every Thursday through Saturday in November, Target will be previewing some of its Black Friday sales, and you can sign up your email to get alerts right when new products become available. The first round of deals is focused on electronics, with killer deals on TVs and wireless earbuds, among others.
Best Buy Black Friday deals: Best Buy is a great spot to improve your home office, whether you need a new monitor, printer, keyboard, or headphones for Zoom meetings. This year there will be big discounts on Apple products, including MacBooks and iPads—up to $250 off certain MacBook models.
Home Depot Black Friday deals: Home Depot’s official Black Friday sale is on from November 6th to December 2nd, where you can save on tools and appliances.