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›  The absolute best Black Friday deals for 2021, all in one place

UPDATE: Nov. 19, 2021, 12:10 p.m. EST This post has been updated with new information about Bed Bath & Beyond's holiday ad scan, along with the latest deals.

We've rounded up all of the best early Black Friday deals as of Nov. 19 — here are our top picks:

  • BEST TV DEAL: Samsung 70-inch Class TU6985 4K Crystal UHD Smart Tizen TV offers a theater-like, immersive experience that's ideal for family rooms — $599.99 $749.99 (save $150)

  • BEST AMAZON DEVICE DEAL: Echo Show 8 (1st Gen), a versatile smart home hub, now back to its lowest price ever — $59.99 $109.99 (save $50)

  • BEST ROBOT VACUUM DEAL: iRobot Roomba i7+ (7550), a self-emptying robot vacuum that learns your home to effectively target messes — $549.99 $799.99 (save $250)

  • BEST SMART HOME DEAL: Blink Outdoor 2-Cam Kit with Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen) is a home security bundle not to miss — $109.99 $264.98 (save $154.99)

  • BEST LAPTOP DEAL: Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, a supremely powerful laptop that's backed up by a brilliant and colorful Retina display with True Tone technology — $1,299.99 $1,799.99 (save $500)

  • BEST FITNESS DEAL: Peloton Bike+ is an upgraded version of the cult-favorite spin bike that features a larger, swivel-able HD touchscreen and automatic resistance detection — $2,145 $2,495 (save $350) + free delivery and a free 2-month Peloton app subscription

  • BEST GAMING DEAL: GameStop is having "buy two, get one free" sales on thousands of new and pre-owned video games, including titles like Call of Duty: Vanguard and Forza Horizon 5 — save up to $129.99

  • BEST AIR FRYER DEAL: Bella Pro Series Digital Air Fryer comes with a built-in touchscreen and large capacity that makes cooking meals fast and easy — $49.99 $129.99 (save $80)


Did it hurt? When you realized we're in the thick of our second pandemic holiday shopping season?

A handful of stores began soft-launching their Black Friday sales in October to get a jump on the ongoing supply chain mess that's clearing inventories and putting products on backorder. Now, with just over a week to go until the big day (Friday, Nov. 26), all major retailers are bringing out some best-ever deals to help savvy shoppers avoid shipping delays.

Below, you'll find a complete list of all the Black Friday doorbusters that are live right now (with sales grouped by retailer, category, and brand). We continue to update this post as more deals pop up, but don't hold out too long if something on your shopping list is already enjoying a discount — it may not be in stock for much longer.

Please note: Anything with a strikeout was either sold out or no longer available at the sale price as of this writing, but check back as we're updating this page constantly.

The best Black Friday deals at each retailer

Amazon

Amazon dropped dozens of deals on its own devices on Friday, Nov. 19 — probably to compete with Best Buy's Black Friday event, which began the same day. We're seeing almost every Fire tablet configuration on sale, plus tons of markdowns on Kindles, Ring Video Doorbells, Echo Show smart displays, and more. (One item featured in the sale — the new Halo View fitness tracker — hasn't even come out yet; it's still up for preorder until Dec. 8.)

The retail mega-giant originally kicked off this year's festivities on Oct. 4 and continues to drop holiday doorbusters every day in the lead-up to its 48-hour Black Friday event on Nov. 25 and 26, which will supposedly feature "more deals than ever before." Its inventory tends to change the most, so check back often — you can find out what's up for grabs by visiting its Early Black Friday Deals page, installing its mobile app, or by asking your smart home device, “Alexa, what are my deals?" Like in previous years, it pays to be an Amazon Prime member: Subscribers get 30-minute early access to select Lightning Deals, which go quick once they're live; click here to sign up for a free 30-day trial.

Bed Bath & Beyond

This year's slow-burner, BB&B finally revealed its Black Friday ad scan on Nov. 19 — a good two months after retailers like Amazon and Kohl's began teasing their holiday deals. Its three-day event from Thursday, Nov. 25 to Saturday, Nov. 27 promises some steep discounts across its home and kitchen departments, some of which were already live as part of its latest early Black Friday sale (see above); that brings savings of up to 50% on kitchen appliances, holiday decor, bedding, and health/beauty tools through Nov. 21.

Want to save even more? You can get 20% off your entire purchase by using store pickup or joining its $29/year Beyond+ membership program. (Subscribers also get free standard shipping through Jan. 31, 2022; click here to start a free trial.)

Best Buy

The electronics store's official Black Friday sale begins a whole week early (on Friday, Nov. 19) with $99 Chromebooks, $150 off a 70-inch Samsung 4K TV, up to $100 off select Fitbits, $200 off a Dyson cordless vacuum, half off a Bowflex treadmill, up to 40% off LEGO Star Wars building sets, and 30% off a wired Ring Video Doorbell (which also comes with a free third-gen Echo Dot). If anything you buy gets cheaper on or before Nov. 26, you'll get a refund under its new "Black Friday Price Guarantee."

Dell

A few other stores beat Dell to the punch this year — it's usually among the first to release its holiday ad scan — but its official Black Friday event began earlier than everyone else's on Monday, Nov. 15. Deals are going fast; get in there ASAP to score up to 38% off select gaming PCs, up to $630 off XPS desktops and laptops, and up to 58% off monitors.

HP

The techies over at HP are rolling their Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals into one big ol' sale from Nov. 25 to Cyber Monday (its "biggest savings event of the year," per the ad scan), which plunges prices on Microsoft Office software and tons of Windows 11 PCs. As far as early pickings go, its Black Friday Sneak Peek sale brings sitewide savings of up to 49% on laptops, printers, monitors, and gaming peripherals.

JCPenney

The department store is keeping things pretty traditional this year with a three-day Black Friday sale from Nov. 26 to 28. But like most of its peers, it's also putting a sprinkling of weekly deals and doorbusters up on its website all month long; highlights include $8 kitchen appliances (with mail-in rebates), up to 40% off Disney toys, and as much as 60% off select mattresses.

Kohl's

Early-bird shoppers can "get a jump on the savings" at Kohl's by shopping its Early Black Friday Deals from Nov. 18 to 20, which features nearly three dozen discounts on popular items (including Fitbits and Google Nest devices). Be sure to mark your calendar for Nov. 21, which is when its official Black Friday sale begins — we'll see the return of its excellent $15 for $50 Kohl’s Cash offer on select days, per the ad scan.

Macy's

The mall stalwart is offering "unbeatable" and "specially-curated" deals each week of November ahead of its big holiday sale (which begins a few days early on Tuesday, Nov. 23 and goes through Saturday, Nov. 27). Its latest markdowns come as part of a Black Friday Early Access Sale on apparel, home goods, shoes, and handbags/accessories from Nov. 16 to 22.

Target

Not to be outdone by its peers, the bullseye brand is getting a head start on Black Friday with a series of weeklong Holiday Best sales — the third of which is live through Saturday, Nov. 20. Its official Black Friday sale will also be a weeklong affair (from Nov. 21 to 27); stop by to save up to $60 on Apple Watches and AirPods, snag a $250 Dyson vacuum, and score a free $50 gift card with the purchase of an Oculus Quest 2 VR headset. It's worth noting that Target's holiday price match policy is now in effect through Dec. 24, and you can also take advantage of two new "buy now, pay later" payment options through Sezzle and Affirm.

Walmart

The big box store has revived its popular Black Friday Deals for Days event from 2020, this time spreading it out over three sales throughout the month of November. (Like Target, it's also nixed layaway in favor of a new "buy now, pay later" program as part of its partnership with Affirm.) Its third and final event will begin Monday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. ET following a three-hour preview for paying Walmart+ members (click here to sign up), then continue in stores on Black Friday at 5 a.m. local time — can't-miss deals will include a $109 Apple Watch Series 3, $159 AirPods Pro, and the return of last year's $299 Nintendo Switch/Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle.

Best tech deals

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Amazon:

Tablets

Headphones

Fitness trackers

Smart home

Gaming

More tech deals by brand:

23andMe: Save up to 52% on select DNA tests (starting at just $79).

Acer: Get 23% off an Acer Swift 5 with an Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor, Intel Iris Xe Graphics, 16GB of RAM, and a whole terabyte of storage (now $999).

AeroGarden: Take 40% off its Sprout and Harvest indoor gardens (now $59.99 and $89.99, respectively), 44% off the Harvest 360 (now $83.99), 39% off the Harvest Elite (now $109.50), and 47% off the Harvest Elite Slim (now $99.99).

AncestryDNA: Save 40% on a DNA test kit (now $59).

Arlo: Save 41% on a three-pack of Arlo Essential wireless security cameras at Walmart (now $199), or head to Best Buy to get its Arlo Pro 4 Security Bundle on sale for $200 off (now $399.99).

ASUS: Take $110 off a VivoBook Flip 14 Laptop with an Intel Core i3-10110U processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage (now $379), or grab an ASUS Laptop L510 with an Intel Celeron N4020, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage for $60 off (now $219).

Bose: Take $170 off the QuietComfort 35 II noise-canceling headphones (now $179), $50 off the new QuietComfort 45s (now $279 — their lowest price to date), $80 off the QuietComfort noise-canceling earbuds (now $199), and $30 off the Sport Earbuds (now $149.99).

Canon: Get up to 38% off select cameras and accessories.

Cricut: Save 32% on the Cricut Explore Air 2 (now $169), take 33% off the Cricut Maker (now $249), or get Walmart's Cricut Maker Holiday Bundle (a $493.96 value) for just $259 — that's a 48% savings.

Dell: Save $250 on a 512GB Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 Laptop (now $699.99) and $313 on a 256GB Dell XPS 13 Laptop (now $636.99). More of a desktop person? Get half off the 512GB Dell Vostro 3888 using the promo code BFDTLQ8 (now $569) and 29% off the new XPS Desktop (now $599.99 — no code required).

ecobee: Take up to 30% off select smart home devices, including a two-pack of ecobee SmartSensors (now $59.99), the ecobee SmartCamera (now $69.99), and the ecobee SmartThermostat (now $199).

Facebook: Save up to 32% on Facebook Portal smart video-calling devices (starting at $117.02).

Fitbit: Get 33% off the Fitbit Luxe (now $99.99) and 34% off the Fitbit Versa 2 (now $119); both come with $20 in Kohl's Cash.

Fujifilm: Get an Instax Mini 7+ bundle at Walmart for just $48, which is 20% less than the camera alone.

Garmin: Save up to 38% on select Garmin smartwatches, including the Garmin Instinct Solar (now $249.99), the Garmin Forerunner 245 (now $199.99), and the Garmin Venu Sq (now $129.99).

Google: Save up to 50% and score up to $30 in Kohl's Cash when you buy a second-gen Nest Hub (now $49.99), a battery-powered Nest Video Doorbell (now $129.99), or the Nest Learning Thermostat (now $179) during the department store's early Black Friday sale. Meanwhile, Best Buy will give you three months of YouTube Premium for free if you grab a second-gen Nest Mini smart speaker on sale there at half price (now $24.99), and Walmart has the Chromecast with Google TV on sale for $10 off (now $39).

GoPro: Get $50 off the HERO9 Black and the new HERO10 Black on Amazon (now $349.99 and $449, respectively), or visit Walmart to get a HERO8 Black bundle for just $249 — that's 29% cheaper than the camera itself.

Honeywell Home: Save 41% on the WiFi Smart Color Thermostat (now $99).

HP: Take 31% off the HP Chromebook 11a-nb0047nr (now $179.99) or 40% off the HP EliteBook 840 (now $1,311.60); the latter comes with a free headset worth $19.

Insignia: Save 41% on the brand's bestselling 24-inch smart TV (now $99.99), or buy its 58-inch Class F30 Series 4K smart TV on sale for 40% off (now $349.99) to score three months of Apple TV+ and a 30-day trial of FuboTV for free.

Jabra: Save $80 on the Elite 85t true wireless earbuds (now $149.99).

JBL: Get 40% off its Tune series of headphones and earbuds (starting at $29.95), or take half off the JBL Live 460NCs and 660NCs (now $69.95 and $99.99, respectively) to receive up to $20 in Kohl's Cash.

Lenovo: Take 57% off the Lenovo Smart Clock with Google Assistant (now $34.99); get an Alexa-enabled Lenovo Yoga 6 with an AMD Ryzen 7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage for $200 off (now $749.99); or snag a Lenovo Chromebook Flex 3 with a MediaTek MT8173C processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage for 53% off (now just $149.99).

LG: Save 32% on the LG SLM3R 4.1 channel soundbar surround system (now $129), take up to 28% off a gaming-ready C1 OLED TV (starting at $1,096.99), or get a 48-inch A1 Series 4K smart TV on sale for 25% off (now $896.99) and earn a free $100 Amazon.com credit using the promo code HBQ5KMZKGRRP.

Logitech: Save 23% on the Webcam C615 (now $53.99).

Marshall: Save $50 on the Kilburn II portable Bluetooth speaker (now $249.99).

Microsoft: Get up to $200 off the Surface Laptop Go, save up to $400 on the Surface Pro 7, or grab a Surface Pro 8 Essentials Bundle to snag a free pair of Surface Earbuds (worth $199.99).

Revlon: Save 42% on the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer (now $34.88), a budget-friendly alternative to the Dyson Airwrap.

Roku: Get 42% off the new Roku Streaming Stick 4K (now $29), 29% off the Roku Ultra LT (now $49), and 17% off the Roku Express (now $24).

Samsung: Get 34% off the 32GB Galaxy Tab A (now $99.99), 23% off the 128GB Galaxy Tab S7 (now $499), 25% off the Galaxy Buds Pro (now $149.74), 41% off the Galaxy Buds Live (now $99.99), 47% off the Galaxy Buds+ (now $79), 55% off a Galaxy Watch3 (now $179.99), and up to 20% off the new Galaxy Watch 4 (starting at $199.99). You can also save up to 33% on select 4K smart TVs with Alexa, including the latest iteration of The Frame.

Sceptre: Save up to 22% on select monitors (starting at $115.97) and take 39% off its 50-inch 4K LED TV (now $199).

Sennheiser: Get up to 40% off select headphones and earbuds (starting at only $19.95).

Sony: Save up to 39% on its BRAVIA XR X90J 4K smart TVs (starting at $898) or snag a 55-inch BRAVIA XR A80J 4K smart TV on sale for 22% off (now $1,399.99) to get a free three-month trial of Apple TV+.

TCL: Save 37% on its 43-inch 4-Series 4K Roku smart TV (now $219.99), take 39% off the 55-inch 5-Series 4K Roku smart TV (now $398), or get $150 off the new 55-inch 6-Series QLED 4K smart Google TV (now $799.99), which features Mini-LED backlighting and comes with three free months of Apple TV+. Want to turn your living room into a home theater? Grab TCL's 2.1 Channel Dolby Atmos Sound Bar on sale for 44% off (now $99.99),

MORE BLACK FRIDAY DEALS ON TVS AND LAPTOPS


Best robot vacuum deals

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Bissell: Save 38% on the SpinWave 2-in-1 robotic mop and vacuum (now $249).

eufy: Take 40% off the RoboVac 11S (now $137.98), 57% off the RoboVac G30 Verge (now $149), and 36% off the RoboVac 15C MAX (now $179.99) with an extra savings coupon.

iRobot: Take $100 off the WiFi-connected Roomba 692 and Roomba i3 (now $199.99 and $299.99, respectively), save $200 on the self-emptying Roomba i3+ (now $399.99), or get a Roomba i6+ with Imprint Smart Mapping for 31% off (now $549.99).

Roborock: Get $170 off the S5 MAX (now $379.99) and $229.99 off the self-emptying S7+ (now $719.99), two hybrid robot vacuum/mops; don't forget to apply their extra savings coupons before adding them to your cart.

MORE BLACK FRIDAY DEALS ON ROBOT VACUUMS AND ROOMBAS


Best Apple deals

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AirPods: Get 21% off the AirPods Pro (now $197), take 25% off the second-gen AirPods (now $119), save $4.01 on the new third-gen AirPods (now $174.99 — hey, it's something), or grab a pair of AirPods Max for $109.01 off (now $439.01).

Apple accessories: Save $5 on the MagSafe Charger (now $34).

Apple TV: Get six months each of Apple Music and Apple News+, a three-month trial of Apple TV+, and 30 days of FuboTV when you grab a 32GB Apple TV 4K on sale for $30 off (now $129.99).

Apple Watch: Save $9.01 on the new 41mm Apple Watch Series 7 (now $389.99), $50 on a 40mm Apple Watch Series 6 (now $349), or $30 on a 38mm Apple Watch Series 3 (now $169). Want one with cellular connectivity instead? Buy it directly from the Apple Store to get $100 back after activation.

Beats: Get half off the Solo3 and Solo Pro wireless headphones (now $99.99 and $149, respectively), or take 40% off the Powerbeats Pro wireless earphones (now $149.99). Plus, score some free trials of Apple Music, Apple News+, and Apple TV+ when you buy the Studio3 noise-canceling headphones on sale at Best Buy for 43% off (now $199.99).

iPad: Save $50 on an iPad Air with 64GB of storage (now $549) or get up to $150 off select configurations of the latest 12.9-inch iPad Pro (starting at $999). You can also buy any iPad with cellular connectivity directly from Apple to score up to $200 back after activation.

iPhone: Get a free 128GB iPhone 13 from AT&T or a free 128GB iPhone 13 mini from Verizon with an eligible trade-in and a new data plan.

iMac: Take $49.01 off the colorful new 24-inch iMac with Apple's M1 chip, a 7-core GPU, and 256GB of storage (now $1,249.99); get $500 off the 21.5-inch iMac with a Retina 4K display, an Intel Core i5 processor, and 256GB of storage (now $999); or save $150 on a 27-inch iMac with a Retina 5K display, an Intel Core i5 processor, and 512GB of storage (now $1,849).

MacBook: Get up to $149.01 off an M1-equipped MacBook Air (starting at $899), save $150 on a 512GB M1 MacBook Pro (now $1,349), or take $49.01 off the latest 14-inch MacBook Pro with 1TB of storage and an all-new M1 Pro chip (now $2,449.99).

Mac mini: Save $99.01 on last year's 256GB Mac mini (now $599.99), which is powered by the original M1 chip.

MORE BLACK FRIDAY APPLE DEALS


Best fitness deals

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Bowflex: Save 25% on the SelectTech 840 Kettlebell (now $149), or buy a set of SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells on sale for 27% off (now $399) to score a free one-year JRNY membership.

Echelon: Take 20% off the EX-3 Smart Connect and the EX5-S Smart Connect (now $799 and $1,275.19, respectively), two Peloton-rivaling fitness bikes, or grab a 40-inch Echelon Reflect smart fitness mirror for 24% off (now $756.99).

The Mirror: Save $500 and get free delivery with the code HOLIDAY21 (now $995).

NordicTrack: Get $700 off the new S22i Commercial Studio Cycle and the Commercial 2950 Treadmill (now $1,499 and $2,499.99, respectively) or $600 off the RW200 Rower (now $699.99); all three come with a free 30-day iFIT membership.

Peloton: Save $350 on the Peloton Bike+ (now $2,145) and get free delivery on top of a free two-month trial of the Peloton app.

ProForm: Take 50% off the 750R Rower (now $497) and $200 off the Carbon T10 and Pro 5000 treadmills (now $999.99 and $1,499.99, respectively); you'll get a free 30-day iFIT trial with all three.

Schwinn: Save $210 on the IC4 Indoor Cycling Bike (now $989) and get a free one-year JRNY membership.

Tonal: Save $250 on the Tonal home gym system (now $2,745).

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Best gaming deals

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Amazon: Save up to 40% on select gaming furniture (including chairs, bean bags, and desks).

Bose: Take 15% off the QuietComfort 35 Series 2 Gaming Headset (now $279).

Dell: Save $600 on the Alienware Aurora R12 Gaming Desktop (now $1,399.99), get $380 off the Alienware M15 R5 Ryzen Gaming Laptop (now $999.99), or buy Dell's 27-inch QHD gaming monitor on sale for 44% off (now $329.99) to score a free $50 gift card. Need a new keyboard or headset? Grab some Alienware gaming peripherals on sale at Best Buy for up to 40% off (starting at $59.99).

GameStop: Thousands of new and pre-owned video games are buy two, get one free (including Call of Duty: Vanguard, Forza Horizon 5, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Deathloop, Returnal, and Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut).

HP: Take $100 off the HP Reverb G2 virtual reality headset (now $499).

JBL: Get up to 25% off its Quantum line of gaming headsets (starting at $29.95).

Lenovo: Get a free month of Xbox Pass Game Pass Ultimate when you snag a Lenovo Legion Slim 7 for $250 off (now $1,549.99).

LG: Save 21% on the new 27-inch UltraGear GP850 (now $396.99) and 29% on the 32-inch UltraGear GN600 (now $249), two 2560 x 1440 gaming monitors with a 165Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, and HDR10 support.

Logitech: Save 35% on the G935 wireless gaming headset (now $109.99) and get half off the MX Master 2S mouse (now $49.99); the latter comes with a free $10 Dell gift card.

Microsoft: Get your first month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or your first three months of Xbox Game Pass for PC for just $1.

Razer: Take up to 50% off Razer peripherals (starting at $29.99) or grab last year's excellent Razer Blade 15 gaming laptop on sale for 31% off (now $1,787.40) — this particular configuration comes with an Intel Core i7-10875H processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q graphics, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage.

Rockstar: Save 58% on a copy of Red Dead Redemption II for Playstation 4 (now $25).

Samsung: Get 47% off its 24-inch CRG5 Curved Gaming Monitor (now $149.99).

Square Enix: Save 50% on Marvel's Avengers for Playstation 4 and the Day One Edition of Outriders for PS5 (now $19.93 each).

SteelSeries: Take up to 28% off select gaming headsets, including the wireless Arctis 7 (now $121.80), the RGB-lit Arctis 5 (now $72.99), and the wired Arctis 1 (now $38.95).

Turtle Beach: Get half off the Recon 200 gaming headset (now $29.99).

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Best kitchen deals

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Bella Essentials: JC Penney has several Bella appliances on sale for just $7.99 (after a $10 mail-in rebate), including a waffle maker and a 4-quart slow cooker.

Breville: Take 20% off the 3X Bluicer and the 3X Bluicer Pro (now $239.95 and $319.95, respectively).

Chefman: Save $50 on the family-size, 26-quart French Door Air Fryer+ Oven (now $99.99) and $30.99 on its 8-quart TurboFry Air Fryer (now $69).

Cuisinart: Get a $50 Bed Bath & Beyond gift card when you buy a 5.5-quart Precision Master Stand Mixer for $249.99.

Hamilton Beach: Save $50 on the Digital Sure-Crisp Air Fry Toaster Oven (now $79.99).

Instant Pot: Get 17% off the 6-quart Instant Pot Duo Plus and 33% off the 6-quart Instant Pot Duo Crisp (now $99.99 each).

Keurig: Save 50% on a limited-edition K-Mini (now $49.99), 56% on the K-Duo (now $79.99 with code HOME + $10 Kohl's Cash), and 33% on the K-Slim (now $79.99).

KitchenAid: Save 38% on the Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine (now $279.99), which comes with an automatic milk frother attachment.

Le Creuset: Take 40% off the fancy French brand's 3.5-quart Sauteuse (now $179.95).

Ninja: Take $80 off the 6.5-quart Foodi TenderCrisp Pressure Cooker (now $149), save $50 on the new 8-quart Foodi XL Pressure Cooker Steam Fryer (now $279.99), and get 42% off its 4-quart Air Fryer (now $69). Plus, score $50 in Kohl's Cash when you buy a 10-piece Foodi Neverstick Premium Anti-Scratch Nest System on sale at the department store for $70 off (now $299.99).

PowerXL: Get its 7-quart Vortex Air Fryer or Smokeless Grill Pro on sale for just $71.99 using the promo code HOME (a savings of 52% and 48%, respectively); both come with $10 in Kohl's Cash.

Pyrex: Save 60% on a 22-piece set of glass storage containers (now $19.99).

SodaStream: Get up to 22% off select bundles (starting at $124.95).

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Best house and home deals

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Amazon: Get up to 30% off select rugs, office furniture, and kitchen/dining furniture.

Birch: Get $400 off a mattress and two free Eco-Rest pillows with the code BFSALE400.

Brooklyn Bedding: Take 25% off sitewide using the code BLACKFRIDAY25.

Casper: Save up to 20% on select bundles, mattresses, and sleep accessories.

Homesick: Get up to 25% off select candles (starting at $20.23).

JCPenney: Take up to 60% off select mattresses and up to 40% off select furniture.

Layla Sleep: Get up to $200 off mattresses and up to $950 off bundles.

Leesa: Get up to $500 off mattresses and 20% off bundles (plus two free pillows with every purchase).

Purple: Save up to $600 when you bundle a mattress with pillows, sheets, and a mattress protector.

Target: Take up to 20% off bedding and up to 15% off mattresses.

Tuft & Needle: Save up to 20% sitewide.

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Best toy deals

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Amazon: Get up to 50% off a handful of children's books.

Baby Alive: Take 25% off the Baby Alive Lulu Achoo Doll (now $39.97).

Barbie: Save 40% on the Barbie 3-in-1 DreamCamper and the Barbie Dollhouse and Furniture Doll Playset (now $60 and $84, respectively).

Disney: Select toys and kids' clothes are buy two, get one free at Target.

Hover-1: Save 38% on the iridescent Aviator eScooter and 26% on the iridescent Self-Balancing Scooter (now $199.99 each).

KidKraft: Get 50% off the Uptown Espresso Kitchen Playset (now $99) and 32% off the Majestic Mansion Dollhouse (now $149).

Kinetic Sand: Save 15% on the Kinetic Sand Sandisfactory Set (now $16.97).

LEGO: Get half off the 1,500-piece LEGO Bricks and Animals set at Walmart (now $29), or head over to Target to save 20% on select building sets.

Little Tikes: Save 34% on the Activity Garden Playhouse (now $59).

Osmo: Get 25% off select kits and games (starting at $22.49).

Play-Doh: Save 30% on select playsets and kits at Target.

Ruko: Take 15% off the voice-controlled Ruko Smart Robot (now $109.99) with an extra savings coupon.

Tamagotchi: Get 34% off the floral/pink Tamagotchi Pix (now $39.46).

Target: Save 10% on kids' craft and activity kits.

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Best pet deals

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Treat your good boy/girl this Black Friday. Credit: Whistle

Amazon: Save up to 25% on Amazon Basics pet products (including dog poop bags, a de-shedding tool, and a cat tree).

Basepaws: Get $50 off its Breed + Health Cat DNA Test (now $79) with the code DNAFRIDAY.

Chewy: Select pet products are buy three, get one free.

ChuckIt!: Take 59% off the ChuckIt! Sports Ball Launcher (now $5.28).

Doggy Do Good: Save 17% on a 60-count pack of its biodegradable dog poop bags (now $9.99), our favorite eco-friendly option for pet waste disposal.

Embark: Take $30 off its Breed Identification Kit (now $99) or $50 off its Breed + Health and Purebred kits (now $149 each) with the code HARK.

KONG: Save 15% on the medium-sized KONG Classic (now $10.99), a stuffable and durable rubber chew toy.

Petco: Get $30 off select pet supplies purchases of $100 or more.

Petcube: Save $24.05 on the Bites 2 Lite (now $124.95), an 1080p HD pet camera with night vision, two-way audio, and a treat dispenser.

PetSafe: Save 29% on the ScoopFree Ultra Self-Cleaning Litter Box (now $149.95) and 23% on the Healthy Pet Simply Feed (now $99.99).

ThunderShirt: Get 15% off a small ThunderShirt (now $34), which fits most dogs in the 15- to 25-pound range.

Whistle: Take 30% off the Whistle GO Explore (now $104.95), 25% off the Whistle FIT (now $59.95), and 23% off the new Whistle Switch (now $154.95); all three come with a free three-month monitoring plan. Plus, save 50% on select accessories.

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Don't forget to order a little something nice for yourself this year. You earned it. Credit: Vicky Leta / Mashable

Ready or not, Black Friday is here

Stores began cramming our inboxes with Black Friday-worthy deals in early October (starting with Amazon's "Epic Daily Deals" event, which kicked off Oct. 4). It probably felt a bit preemptive, like those neighbors who insist on putting up their Christmas lights while the trees are still green, but they actually had a very good reason to get a jump on this year's sales.

And no, it wasn't just a good, old-fashioned cash grab in response to some strong holiday spending forecasts.

Shipping delays and supply chain chaos

The global economy is grappling with some unprecedented supply chain challenges as the result of the Delta variant, which continues to inflame pandemic-related material scarcities, labor shortages, and shipping bottlenecks across industries of all kinds. (Under circumstances absolutely no one had on their bingo card, pickles and paper bags have gotten as elusive as Playstation 5s.)

Unsurprisingly, the ordeal has left most major manufacturers and retailers scrambling. Amazon is trying to lure in an extra 150,000 seasonal employees with the promise of $3,000 sign-on bonuses and higher pay for certain shifts, while Walmart, Home Depot, and Ikea have all gone so far as to charter private cargo ships to make sure their shelves are stocked for the season. Apple, meanwhile, is "predicting that we're going to be short of demand by larger than $6 billion" heading into the holidays, CEO Tim Cook said in a recent interview with Reuters.

For us consumers, this all means that finding the best deals this holiday season will likely be an ongoing issue of availability. As Canalys analyst Runar Bjørhovde wrote in an email to Mashable: "It will be very possible to buy devices, it’s more of a question to what cost and when." (Read more about supply chain issues.)

If you missed out on the whirlwind of early sales, fret not. Backorders and "sold out" notices haven't besieged stores just yet, but mapping out a game plan now will help you avoid them when they inevitably crop up in the coming week. Here are all the must-know details you can use to strategize this holiday shopping season:

What is Black Friday?

Black Friday is a shopping holiday that takes place every year on the day right after Thanksgiving. It used to be synonymous with viral fistfights and stampedes and lines that stretched around city blocks before 3 a.m., but COVID-19 has turned it into a mostly online event.

When is Black Friday?

While Black Friday proper falls on Nov. 26 this year, most stores have already begun rolling out their holiday doorbusters.

Black Friday versus Cyber Monday — what's the difference?

The National Retail Federation officially coined the term "Cyber Monday" in 2005 after it noticed that in previous years, the Monday after Thanksgiving saw a massive uptick in online sales. It credited the phenomenon to two factors: Online retailers were starting to vie for a piece of the Black Friday pie, and shoppers were waiting to peruse the deals on their faster work computers come Monday morning. (At the time, office PCs had better broadband than home setups.)

Last year's Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales effectively bled together since in-person shopping wasn't really a thing. We'll almost certainly see that repeat this year.

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What stores will be open for in-person shopping this Black Friday, if any?

All major retailers with brick-and-mortar locations have made the call to stay closed on Thanksgiving Day. That's another big change from pre-pandemic years, when many stayed open on the federal holiday so that eager shoppers could start perusing their best deals early. (If you feel the urgent need to do some post-pie shopping that day, you'll have to crack open your laptop instead.) In-person shopping is making a comeback for Black Friday, but be mindful of COVID-related safety procedures and limited store capacities:

  • Bed Bath & Beyond: Closed on Thanksgiving; doors open at 6 a.m. local time on Black Friday. Masks are required for all customers (unless you're fully vaccinated) as well as associates, and all stores are following safety plans that include extra cleaning, free wipes and hand sanitizers, employee health screenings, and occupancy limits. Curbside and in-store pickup are available.

  • Best Buy: Closed on Thanksgiving; Black Friday hours TBD. Face coverings (available in stores) are recommended for all customers and required for all employees, who are abiding by enhanced safety procedures such as daily wellness checks and regular cleaning of high-touch areas. Curbside and in-store pickup are available.

  • JCPenney: Closed on Thanksgiving; doors open at 5 a.m. local time on Black Friday. Its mask policy varies based on local and state mandates, but all locations are following safety measures like regular nightly cleanings, socially distanced queues, contactless checkout, and capacity limits. Curbside pickup is available.

  • Kohl's: Closed on Thanksgiving; stores open at 5 a.m. local time on Black Friday. The company is requiring all associates to mask up, recommending that customers in high-risk counties do the same; it's also implemented extra cleaning and safety measures that include placing sanitizer at every register, removing beauty testers, and installing signage that encourages social distancing. Drive-up and in-store pickup are available.

  • Macy's: Closed on Thanksgiving; stores are open from 6 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. local time on Black Friday. Its COVID-19 safety policy includes pre-shift wellness checks for all associates, readily available hand sanitizer, increased cleaning in high-touch areas, extra ventilation, and social distancing; masks are recommended but not required for vaccinated customers except where mandated. Curbside and in-store pickup are available.

  • Target: Closed on Thanksgiving; most stores open at 7 a.m. local time on Black Friday. Face masks are required for team members and strongly recommended for shoppers in areas with a substantial or high risk of transmission, per CDC guidelines, and increased cleanliness/disinfecting measures have been implemented. (Haven't gotten a vaccine yet? You can do so at select CVS locations within Target stores.) Drive-up and in-store pickup are available.

  • Walmart: Closed on Thanksgiving; stores open at 5 a.m. local time on Black Friday. All associates are required to wear a mask (regardless of vaccination status) in areas where there are mandates, and customers are strongly encouraged to do so, too. Stores are spraying carts after use and keeping plastic shields at registers, among other enhanced safety procedures. Curbside and in-store pickup are available.

›  Graduate to a 70-inch Samsung TV for under $600 with this Black Friday deal at Best Buy

Save $150: A well-reviewed 70-inch 4K TV by Samsung has dropped to $599.99 as of Nov. 19. You'll save 20% as part of Best Buy's Black Friday sale.


Black Friday TV deals often focus on midsize TVs. But if you're looking to upgrade from one of those smaller TVs, this deal may be for you.

A 70-inch Samsung TV (that was a hot deal in 2020) was on sale a week ahead of Best Buy's official Black Friday sale. (That sale kicked off on Nov. 19, a week ahead of the calendar's Black Friday. Time is fake!)

This is probably one of the best TV deals of the season, as $599.99 is a price many people dish out for a 55-inch of similar caliber.

Samsung's 6 Series TVs from 2020 are solid performers and outshine the brand's budget TVs from the past few years. Samsung's Crystal Display is a powerful take on budget-friendly viewing quality that fine-tunes content to the sharpest 4K resolution possible.

LED is not as bright as QLED, but this TV works hard to make content pop. Its rows of LEDs are lit directly to optimize the contrast between blacks and whites, while Samsung's PurColor and HDR+ expand the color spectrum. Plus, movies and shows just hit harder when they're on a screen this huge.

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Credit: Samsung
Samsung 70-inch TU6985 4K TV
$599.99 at Best Buy (save $150)

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›  5 best free photo layout apps

Photo layout apps, which can help you quickly and easily create attractive photo collages and montages, are an absolute godsend for those of us who aren't conveniently blessed with mad Photoshop skills. After testing dozens of them, we can now bring you, in alphabetical order, the five best free photo layout apps out there.

Choose one of these to take your design skills to the next level without having to even think about layer masks or lossy compression.

1. Canva

Canva is arguably so much more than a photo layout app: It's a complete graphic design suite. But if you just need photo layout, it's highly recommended for exactly that. Canva offers a fabulous photo collage tool with hundreds of different grid-style layouts for you to choose from for free.

As well as giving you the option to easily create freestyle photo collages and montages, Canva offers designs sized specially for all the major social media services. If you're looking to create a photo-based Instagram or Facebook Story, this app helps you do it quickly and easily.

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Credit: screengrab: canva

You can use your own content, or you can add to your design with hundreds of thousands of free photos and graphics from Canva. The app also gives you the ability to collaborate with other Canva users and work together to create a montage. Canva allows you to save your designs to the cloud; even the free version gives you 5GB of cloud storage.

Canva Pro costs from $12.99 a month and gives you unlimited access to over 420,000 templates; more than 75 million premium stock photos, videos, audio, and graphics; 100GB of cloud storage; and the ability to create a "Brand Kit" with your own fonts, brand color palette, and logos to use on the Canva platform.

2. Layout from Instagram

We're big fans of the free Layout app from Instagram. It's not as full-featured as other photo layout apps, but it's very intuitive and simple to use, and it will provide you with watermark-free photo collages in a matter of seconds.

Get started by selecting the images you want to use from your phone's photos, then the app dynamically creates different layout options with photos arranged in different ways, all horizontal, all vertical, and a mix of the two, etc. Simply tap to choose the design that best suits your needs.

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Credit: screengrab: layout from instagram

Once you've selected your layout, you can drag and drop the images to reorder them, flip them, and add a border. It's a quick process to share your creation: Instagram and Facebook obviously come up as the primary shortcut share options.

3. Moldiv

Moldiv is a photo editing app that's available for iOS and Android. Its beauty camera functionality, which softens your skin, slims your face, and enlarges your eyes, makes it a popular choice for selfies.

Moldiv also offers comprehensive layout options, including magazine-style layouts that allow you select a design you fancy, replace the images with your own photos, and switch out the text to whatever you want your message to be.

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Credit: screengrab: moldiv

As far as straightforward collages go, Moldiv offers more than 300 different designs, all of which are grid-based, with different-sized squares and rectangles, to choose from. Whether you want to simply stitch two photos together or create an elaborate grid of imagery, the options are there for you.

4. PicCollage

PicCollage is a fresh and fun photo layout app that offers cool and contemporary designs, many of which are available for free — although if you want to get the best out of this app, you're going to need to pay for the premium functionality, which costs $35.99 a year.

PicCollage's templates are organized into categories, such as summer, "thank you," travel, birthday, and the like, which makes it easy to find the correct design to suit your needs.

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Credit: screengrab: piccollage

This app also really shines when it comes to cute stickers. There are an absolute ton of really sweet little stickers, with sayings and phrases, food and drink items, and graphics such as hearts, stars, and flowers that you can overlay on your design. These are also organized into categories, making it simple to find the best graphics to add the perfect finishing touch to your creation.

5. Pic Stitch

Pic Stitch offers an ad-supported free version of its app that allows you to create and export very basic photo collages and montages. If you pay for the annual $29.99 subscription, you get access to more advanced tools, with 300+ collage layouts, 20+ filter packs, 10+ border packs, video editing tools, and the option to add music to your creations.

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Credit: screengrab: pic stitch

Pic Stitch's free layouts are sorted into "classic," offering a mix of standard square and rectangular designs, and "fancy," offering more contemporary options for you to browse. You can also view trending layouts, although those are often mostly only available to subscribers.

But the free version of the app is quick and easy to use. Simply select the layout you want, add your imagery, and then hit the export button. This gives you the ability to save your creation to your phone or share it to the major social networks.

›  40 gifts for the cottagecore-obsessed ? including the whimsical Selkie Puff Dress

Girls don't want boyfriends, girls (and boys, and nonbinary folks) want cottagecore presents.

If you've scrolled TikTok or Instagram at all over the past two years, you've probably seen creators (especially young people) baking from scratch, gardening, picking up screen-free hobbies like knitting, and making it all look romantic and dreamy. That's cottagecore, an aesthetic trend dedicated to romanticizing "uncomplicated" country living. Think foraging berries to make homemade jams, growing vegetables, and sipping tea all day — essentially becoming a vaguely '70s-styled Alice in Wonderland character. 

Cottagecore became trendier during quarantine, as people looked for not only an escape from day-to-day life, but also a way to idealize staying at home. The aesthetic imbues cozy, grandma-ish style with Gen Z cool: The most popular cottagecore TikTokers wear gorgeous prairie dresses, go on whimsical picnics in fields, and make even boring activities look idyllic (thanks, in part, to filters). No work, no stress, only quaint, Instagram-friendly pastoral living.

If there's someone in your life who's gone down one too many rural-life-cottage-living-forest-nymph internet rabbit holes, they're probably into cottagecore. Find a gift for them below.

›  All the best Black Friday deals on robot vacuums

UPDATE: Nov. 19, 2021, 11:30 a.m. EST Best Buy's Black Friday sale has officially started, and the Roomba j7+ is on sale again.

We've compiled the best deals on robot vacuums ahead of Black Friday from brands like iRobot, Shark, and Ecovacs. Here are the ones to grab as of Nov. 19:

  • The iRobot Roomba 692 offers a standard, reliable cleaning for under $200 — $199.00 $299.99 (save $100.99)

  • The compact Shark EZ RV1912S offers auto-emptying at one of the best prices we've seen this season — $299.99 $549.99 (save $250)

  • The new Roomba j7+ is empties itself and avoids pesky objects like cords — $699.99 $849.99 (save $150)

  • The Roborock S7+ Robot Vacuum and Mop is the first self-emptying Roborock — $719.99 $949.98 (save $229 with coupon)


Make room, pastel appliances and 4K TVs: Robot vacuums are a hot Black Friday item, too. And features like specific room targeting and automatic emptying aren't reserved for the high-end Roomba budget anymore.

Black Friday 2021 is proving to be a great time to buy a new robot vacuum because 2021 saw the debuts of so many new models — particularly self-emptying ones. Three major releases (the Ecovacs Deebot N8 Pro+, the Roborock S7+, and the iRobot Roomba j7+) have already been on sale at some point this Black Friday season. The $150 off deal on the Roomba j7+ disappeared and came back just in time to give Best Buy's Black Friday sale (which has a kickoff date of Nov. 19) a run for its money.

Prices from brands like Shark and Eufy have also been dipping more and more since the beginning of October, with retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, and Target touting pre-holiday deals.

Pop back to this list each week to see what's on sale ahead of Black Friday. Any deal with a strikethrough is back to full price or sold out, but could reappear whenever. If that happens, we'll un-cross it out.

Robot vacuums under $200

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Credit: iRobot
Our pick: iRobot Roomba 692
$199.99 at Amazon (save $100)

Why we like it

We're pumped to welcome yet another Roomba under $200 after the 694 sold out. These are iRobot's baseline model, offering a standard clean that you can trust to keep floors tidy on a daily basis. Cleanings can be scheduled in the app based on your needs or custom cleaning suggestions. The only difference between the 694 and the 692 is that the latter doesn't include an extra filter.

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Robot vacuums under $500

Shark self-emptying robot vacuum
Credit: Shark

Why we like it

$299.99 is a stellar price for a self-emptying robot vacuum — and from a brand like Shark at that. The EZ vacuum isn't decked out with tech but cleans efficiently and returns to dirty areas that need more work. Its auto-empty dock is compact and less of an eyesore than those of other Sharks.

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Robot vacuums under $800

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Credit: iRobot
Our pick: iRobot Roomba j7+
$699.99 at Amazon (save $150)

Why we like it

IT'S BACK. Amazon teased a discount on the newest Roomba a few weeks ago and has slyly re-introduced the deal just in time to compete with Best Buy's Black Friday sale.

The Roomba j7+, which just came out in Sept. 2021, is the only Roomba to use Genius Technology and PrecisionVision Navigation to avoid obstacles that were previously problem-causers, like pet waste and cords. The j7+ also self-empties.

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Robot vacuums under $1,000 (and really nice)

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Credit: Samsung
Our pick: Samsung Jet Bot AI+
$999 at Samsung (save $300)

Why we like it

Samsung's smartest vacuum dropping under $1,000 is kind of a big deal. Like the more affordable Jet Bot+, the Jet Bot AI+ uses LiDAR to map your home and cleans by identifying the surface and amount of dust it's dealing with. Unlike the Jet Bot+, the AI+ uses a 3D sensor to identify objects that trip up most robot vacs, like cords. It also doubles as a remote-control pet camera.

The included compact Clean Station holds up to a month's worth of debris.

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Robot vacuum and mop hybrids and dedicated robot mops

Why we like it:

The Deebot T8+ includes fundamental smart upgrades like LiDAR mapping and virtual boundaries for customizing its cleaning path down to specific rooms or areas. It also has sensors that avoid carpets while mopping and uses 3D obstacle detection to avoid small objects that cheaper vacs usually trip over.

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Are robot vacuums worth it?

The control of an upright vacuum comes with its own type of satisfaction. But if you're not one to classify cleaning as cathartic, a robot vacuum could erase that huge, agonizing task off of your chore list. (And did we mention the joy of having first-day-clean floors all the time?)

But whether robot vacuums are worth it or not comes with a caveat: It can't be just any robot vacuum. A cheap robovac that doesn't do the job right — scattering dust, bumping into walls, getting stuck on area rugs — is completely missing the point and will actually create more work for you.

What to consider when buying a robot vacuum

  • Suction power: A vacuum is the one purchase that you hope sucks a lot. Suction power is typically measured in Pascals (Pa), ranging between 600 Pa to 2,500 Pa. Stronger sucking will be needed to pick up heavier pieces of debris (be sure to set up a barrier around Legos) and to pull matted-down pet hair from rugs.

  • Floor type: Carpeting and high pile rugs will probably require stronger suction than hard floors, as well as special features like an extra-wide or self-cleaning brush roll to prevent hair from wrapping and clogging. Folks in homes with multiple floor types might consider a bigger, sturdier robot vacuum that can hurl itself and its wheels over mats, rugs, and transitions from carpet to hard floors.

  • Home layout: Every robot vacuum is equipped with sensors and drop detection. But if your home has lots of rooms, lots of turns, or lots of close-together furniture, you'll have fewer navigation issues with an advanced model that uses intelligent mapping to remember exactly how your home is laid out, including labeling of specific rooms, mental notes of staircases, and ability to deploy zone cleaning.

  • Low-profile furniture: No one should have to be scared about what's accumulated under their couch over the past year. A robot vacuum measuring three inches or less in height should be able to scoot under most low-hanging couches and beds.

  • Battery life and square footage: One of the main complaints people have about their robot vacuum is that it craps out in the middle of the floor. Larger spaces require more time to clean, and it all depends on how annoyed you'll be if it only finishes a few rooms at a time. Average run times for the list below range between 90 and 150 minutes, which translate to about 500 and 2,600 square feet covered on one charge.

  • App control: WiFi-enabled robot vacuums can be synced with a smartphone app to control scheduling, manual start, cleaning settings, as well as telling your vac to make its rounds when you're not home. Low-end models that don't connect to WiFi will usually come with a separate remote. If you're used to asking Alexa or Google to turn off the lights or tell you the weather, a model with voice integration will blend in nicely.

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›  Black Friday deal: Snag an Apple Watch Series 3 at Best Buy for just $169

SMARTWATCH, SMART PURCHASE: As of Nov. 19 (Best Buy's Black Friday), the Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) is on sale for just $169. That's about 20% off its suggested retail price of $199.


The Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) was first announced in September of 2017 (a lifetime ago, really) and received a wave of positive reviews. Although the price dropped earlier this year in July, it's since dropped even more: As of Nov. 19, the Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) is on sale for just $169 at Best Buy.

The Apple Watch Series 3 comes in two colors: white and black. It can help you maximize your workout experience through personalized coaching — runners can even get notifications about cadence and pace. You can also share your activity with friends and compete in monthly challenges for awards.

With Siri, you can make phone calls, send messages, and listen to music and podcasts. It also has a Walkie-Talkie feature, which works a lot like the Find My Friends app.

More seriously, the smart watch will notify you if your heart rate is too low or too high and it has a SOS button in case of emergencies. As the name suggests, it also has a GPS feature.

You can get all this right from your wrist. Even though it's basically retro, it's still an exceptional Apple device with a lot to offer. It's even a Mashable Choice winner.

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Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS)
$169 at Best Buy (save $30)

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›  Save $100 on the latest iPad Pro during Best Buy's Black Friday sale

SAVE $100: Starting Nov. 19, Apple's 12.9-inch iPad Pro is on sale for $999.99 at Best Buy — that's $100 off its usual price. This iPad Pro is the latest model, and features the powerful Apple M1 chip, has 128GB of storage, and delivers impressive all-day battery life and performance.


Tablets may come and go, but the iPad Pro is forever. No, seriously — on its fifth iteration in just six years, Apple's iPad Pro continues to live atop not only our "best tablet" list, but many others as well. It's Apple's most vibrant and powerful tablet in history, better than the regular iPad, but it does come with one con: its price.

But bank accounts, be glad: You can score $100 off the latest 12.9-inch iPad Pro (128GB WiFi model) at Best Buy for Black Friday, which starts Nov. 19.

The latest iPad Pro features Apple's powerful M1 chip and is targeted directly at creatives. It's designed for heavy-duty tasks, not just your average Netflix streaming. With a Liquid Retina XDR display with mini-LED technology, the colors and contrast on screen are crisp, vibrant, and punchy. It's perfect for editing photos, streaming 4K footage, or designing 3D prototypes.

It's also equipped with a 12MP front camera with Center Stage technology, which keeps you in frame automatically during video calls. If you regularly hold meetings via Zoom or FaceTime, you'll love this feature. Support for Apple Pencil (2nd generation), Magic Keyboard, and Smart Keyboard Folio top it off as a true workhorse in the iPad line. Its single Thunderbolt port is kind of a buzzkill, but you can work around it by snagging an adapter or syncing to other accessories via Bluetooth.

If you're looking for a gift for a creator in your life or you want to dive into some digital artistry of your own, you can't really go wrong with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro — especially when it's $100 off. It even comes with six free months of Apple Music and Apple News, as well as three free months of Apple TV.

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›  Best Buy's Black Friday sale includes $500 off a MacBook Pro

SAVE $500: MacBooks are always at the top of the list when it comes to the best laptops, and as of Nov. 19, the Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) is on sale for $1,299.99 (original price: $1,799.99) as part of Best Buy's Black Friday event.


As you probably know by now, the rules have simply gone out the window regarding Black Friday this year. Best Buy is straight up having its Black Friday sale on Nov. 19. I mean, we're not going to complain about getting early deals.

This Black Friday sale includes a pretty sweet discount on a MacBook. The Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) is on sale for $1,299.99, which is $500 off its list price.

This isn't one of Apple's new MacBook Pros, so it still has the Touch Bar where all of the function keys live. It also features Touch ID, a backlit Magic Keyboard, and four USB-C ports. The MacBook Pro's battery lasts up to 10 hours.

You don't have to wait until the rest of the world celebrates Black Friday. Hop on Best Buy's Black Friday sale to save early — and maybe work around those supply chain issues.

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›  It was tough, but we found the 20 best movies on HBO Max

When HBO Max launched in May of 2020 boasting thousands of hours of content, they weren't lying.

The streaming service that came into our lives by way of yanking Friends from Netflix has proved to be an endless source of movie magic, with hallowed Hollywood favorites in the Turner Classic Movies collection to the works of directors like Kubrick, Hitchcock, Miyazaki, and Kurosawa.

Picking the best (and distinguishing them from our personal favorites) was no easy task, but we somehow managed.

In no particular order, here are the 20 best movies on HBO Max.

1. The Dark Knight

It's daunting to pick just one Batman movie from the literal dozens available on HBO Max, but in the end the top spot could only go to 2008’s The Dark Knight, written and directed by Christopher Nolan (Mask of the Phantasm, we will avenge you — someday).

The Dark Knight is more than the obvious peak of Nolan’s Batman trilogy and the final, mesmerizing performance that won Heath Ledger an Oscar. Over a decade later, the film’s exploration of nuance within the poles of good and evil remains as prescient as ever. We’re drawn to the chaos and fury of Ledger’s Joker, yes, but we are as compelled by Bruce’s struggle (Christian Bale) and Harvey’s fall from grace (Aaron Eckhart). You don’t get a line like “You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain” without seriously contemplating its meaning. -Proma Khosla, Entertainment Reporter

How to watch: The Dark Knight is now streaming on HBO Max.

2. Singin' in the Rain

Easily one of the greatest movie musicals ever made, Singin’ in the Rain tells the story of Hollywood’s shift from silent films to talking pictures. Caught in this transition is leading man Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly), whose leading lady Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen) has the most grating voice imaginable. With the help of his best friend Cosmo Brown (Donald O’Connor) and aspiring actor Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds), he plans to make a movie musical. What follows are some of the best musical numbers in history, with showstopping choreography accompanying catchy tunes. The title number is an absolute joy, as are “Good Morning” and the comedic masterpiece “Make ‘Em Laugh.” But it’s the 13-minute “Broadway Melody” sequence in all its Technicolor glory that solidifies Singin’ in the Rain as one of the all-time greats. -Belen Edwards, Entertainment Fellow

How to watch: Singin' in the Rain is now streaming on HBO Max.

3. The Shining

A woman screams as an axe breaks through the door next to her.
Imagine telling Shelley Duvall that this moment would live in film history forever. Credit: Warner Bros.

The legacy of Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror masterpiece precedes it. There’s the electricity between actors Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall, revisited repeatedly by film scholars as a toxic artifact of Kubrick’s infamous process; the Overlook Hotel’s iconic imagery, reflected and even copied in countless horror titles since; the fascinating conflict the adaptation spurred between Kubrick and author Stephen King, a kind of clash of artistic titans that never fails to intrigue fans of either; and plenty more, like, oh say, all those conspiracy theories.

But, when choosing whether or not to cue up this classic, remember: The Shining is above all a great scary movie. Truly, one of the best. Regardless of importance or prestige, the story of Jack Torrance turning on his family in an empty, icy hotel is timelessly terrifying with entertainment value to spare. It’s superlative as a matter of craft, yes, but there’s also an intangible insidiousness to it that never fails to frighten. 

If you like horror, The Shining is always expecting you. -Alison Foreman, Entertainment Reporter

How to watch: The Shining is now streaming on HBO Max.

4. You've Got Mail

The very best Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan collaboration, You've Got Mail is many things: a delightfully sweet romantic-comedy; a hilariously dated ode to muddling through technology problems; a Nora Ephron extravaganza where New York City is A Character. Kathleen Kelly (Ryan) owns a small children's bookshop, while Joe Fox (Hanks) owns a new Barnes & Noble-esque conglomerate that is putting a new branch up just around the corner from her store. Will he run her out of business? Will the secret e-mail pen pal friends discover each other's true identities? Will Greg Kinnear keep showing up to remind you of your most insufferable ex? (Yes.) Bonus: Hanks is so charming here it makes catfishing your sworn enemy...seem kind of sweet? -Erin Strecker, Entertainment Editor

How to watch: You've Got Mail is now streaming on HBO Max.

5. Goodfellas

It takes less than five minutes for Goodfellas to deliver one of its most-quoted lines: "As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster." And it never slows down from there. Martin Scorsese's masterpiece draws you into the colorful underworld of the Brooklyn mob through the ravenous eyes of Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), charting his rise and fall over the decades. It's downright intoxicating at first, all that glamor and danger — so much so, you might not even notice how tight the noose has become until that white-knuckle third act. Goodfellas has rightfully earned a towering reputation for its swagger, style, and substance, and its influence can be felt in countless other movies and shows released since. But it's also just a fantastically good time from start to finish — quite possibly the zippiest two hours and thirty minutes you'll ever experience. -Angie Han, Deputy Entertainment Editor

How to watch: Goodfellas is streaming on HBO Max.

6. Spirited Away

If you want to get into the beautiful, captivating films of Studio Ghibli, the vast majority of which are on HBO Max, Spirited Away is a great place to start. It’s the story of Chihiro, a young girl trapped in a spirit world who must work to free her parents from a witch’s curse, and it’s a perfect movie. Everything about it, from the visuals to the characters to the score, grabs you tightly and immerses you in director Hayao Miyazaki’s imaginative world of spirit bathhouses, soot sprites, dragons, and more. There’s beauty in Spirited Away’s most elaborate sequences, but also in its quiet moments too, like a train ride or a meal shared between friends. These are the moments when you’ll find yourself crying without fully knowing why. All you’ll know for sure is that Spirited Away is amazing and you’ll never want it to end. -B.E.

How to watch: Spirited Away is now streaming on HBO Max.

7. Malcolm X

Many actors have and will portray the impassioned civil rights Malcolm X, but Denzel Washington's 1992 version looms mighty. From his childhood at Malcolm Little to his arrest and subsequent indoctrination into the Nation of Islam, the film follows classic biopic formula with an intimate look at this leader's life.

Under Spike Lee's direction, Washington captures Malcolm X's vigor and magnetism in recreated speeches as well as subtler scenes, right up until his assassination in 1965. Lee encountered repeated obstacles to production, including public misperception of X over time, and backlash against his requests for Black interviewers ("The real crime is white publications don't have black writers, that's the crime," he told The New York Times). It's a small step on the long journey to understanding leaders like X, the civil rights movement, and the Black American experience, and Lee himself is a giant in moving that needle. -P.K.

How to watch: Malcolm X is now streaming on HBO Max.

8. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

An older man draped in white robes and carrying a wizard's staff stands backlit in a forest.
"Gandalf the Grey can't come to the phone right now." Credit: Pierre Vinet/New Line/Saul Zaentz/Wing Nut/Kobal/Shutterstock

Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy remains the gold standard for fantasy adaptations: it’s epic in scope and full of memorable characters and performances. Most impressively, the trilogy is consistently great. Choosing the best movie from the three is tricky, but I’ve got to give the edge to The Two Towers. The battle of Helm’s Deep is still the best fantasy battle put to film, and the introduction of Rohan, the Ents, and Gollum (Andy Serkis) deepens the already well-established world of Middle Earth. Gollum in particular elevates the movie to a whole new level, with Serkis and the visual effects team nailing one of the most iconic characters of the books. HBO Max has the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy in its library, as well as the extended editions if you want even more Middle Earth goodness. -B.E.

How to watch: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is now streaming on HBO Max.

9. Hairspray (1988)

For those most familiar with the 2007 musical starring Nikki Blonsky, John Travolta, and Michelle Pfeiffer the 1988 original might come as something of a shock. It's not a musical, for one, though music and dance are still central to the story. It's also perhaps one of the most sanitized and mainstream-friendly works in writer and director John Waters' rich and thrillingly queer-coded filmography — though the Waters version of "sanitized" is still more beautifully irreverent than 99 percent of what Hollywood puts out, then and now.

Ricki Lake stars as Tracy Turnblad, a teenager in early '60s Baltimore who has a particular talent for dancing. In fact, she's so talented that she lands a recurring spot on a local dance show despite the fact that she's a fat girl living in a place and time when fat bodies were still stigmatized in popular culture (much more so than they still are in 2021). That success eventually gets Tracy in trouble at school, which in turn leads to her forming friendships with a group of Black students. Tracy soon comes to recognize how insidious the deeply ingrained racism in her community really is, and it compels her to use her public profile to push for integration.

For all the "product of its time" faults there are that merit further discussion, Waters' original Hairspray remains one of the iconic director's most important and beloved films. -Adam Rosenberg, Senior Entertainment Reporter

How to watch: Hairspray is now streaming on HBO Max.

10. Rocky

Much like Rocky Balboa never backing down in his quest to prove himself, Rocky the movie works hard for its reputation as one of the greatest sports movies ever made. Its legendary inception from a script Sylvester Stallone wrote in three days to a hard sell for movie studios who didn’t want him in the lead role is an underdog story that comes across in the deeply human and triumphant tale of a poor boxer who finds validation, love, and a sense of self worth both in and outside of the ring. Stallone’s first and best performance as Rocky made him a movie star, but it’s the character himself who’s become a symbol for long-shot contenders with big dreams. -A.N.

How to watch: Rocky is now streaming on HBO Max.

11. Rashomon

Two men fight with swords in a forest.
What really happened in "Rashomon?" Credit: Daiei / Kobal / Shutterstock

Akira Kuwosawa is rightly considered one of Japan’s greatest filmmakers and Rashomon is his best known film in the United States. When it premiered in 1950, its unique storytelling device in which the same events are told from the perspective of four different witnesses (one of whom is actually dead) was such a revelation in filmic structure that the movie became eponymous with the concept — hence, the Rashomon Effect. Through this effect, the relatively simple tale of a priest, a bandit, a samurai, a woodcutter, and a woman becomes a complex analysis of truth and perspective that earns its place as a keystone of 20th century filmmaking. -A.N.

How to watch: Rashomon is now streaming on HBO Max.

12. City of God (2002)

City of God might surprise some people. The 2002 crime thriller from Brazilian directors Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund picked up plenty of accolades in its moment, though most would argue it was robbed at a 2004 Academy Awards ceremony that was pretty much swept by Peter Jackson's final Lord of the Rings movie.

Regardless, the semi-autobiographical story adapted by Bráulio Mantovani from his own 1997 novel paints a grim and troubling picture of life in the Rio de Janeiro neighborhood of Cidade de Deus ("City of God"). Conceived as a government housing project in 1960 to stem the spread of favelas (slums) across the city, the neighborhood — which ultimately became a slum itself in the end — is a central character in this story about the formation and growth of organized crime and the local drug trade, as told from the perspective of a young man whose life was directly impacted by those influences. It's as must-watch in 2021 as it was in 2002. -A.R.

How to watch: City of God is now streaming on HBO Max.

13. Rebel Without a Cause

Since its premiere in 1955, Rebel Without a Cause has become one of American cinema’s most influential teen films. Its sensitive (if melodramatic to modern audiences) portrayal of angst, domestic strife, and experimental queer subtext caused flare-ups with the restrictive Hays code before its release and made stars out of then–16-year-olds Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo. It didn’t have to make a star out of James Dean, whose tragic death a month before the film’s release crystallized his character and image as the eternally young face of a restless generation. Though Rebel Without a Cause never took home an Academy Award, its place in the pantheon of film is indisputable and well earned.-A.N.

How to watch: Rebel Without a Cause is now streaming on HBO Max.

14. Grey Gardens

Edith Bouvier Beale, an elderly woman, lays in bed with an assortment of possessions.
Edith 'Big Edie' Bouvier Beale  with a portrait of her younger self at home in Grey Gardens, a run-down mansion in East Hampton, New York, 1974. Credit: archive photos / Getty Images

In their famed 1976 film Grey Gardens, brothers and documentary team Albert and David Maysles pay a visit to a dilapidated mansion in the Hamptons. There, they profile the intriguing and tragic lives of a reclusive mother and daughter, both named Edith Beale, in a strange and winding character study unlike any other.

Relatives of First Lady Jackie Kennedy, the life stories of "Little Edie" and "Big Edie" are sensationalized in the documentary, and many argue that the film takes an inherently exploitative view of its subjects and their apparent mental health conditions. But as far as fascinating footage goes, Grey Gardens is a must-watch — capturing a unique family at the heart of a broader dialogue about the decline of political royalty and ‘60s-era Americana. -A.F.

How to watch: Grey Gardens is now streaming on HBO Max.

15. Mad Max: Fury Road

The dusty dystopia of Mad Max: Fury Road is not one we'd ever wish to live in, but it's one that enthralls us every single time we visit. In some ways, this is a pretty simple film: The meat of the plot is, basically, one long car chase followed by a second long car chase in the opposite direction. What George Miller does with that basic template, though, will leave you positively giddy. There's the striking look of its universe, all rusty reds and dirty browns. And the pounding score by Junkie XL, working as your own Doof Warrior to get your heart rate up. Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy lead the cast with two perfectly matched, tough-as-nails performances. And the film even gets in a sharp message about toxic masculinity and female agency. But above all, there's the action: propulsive and inventive, employing mostly practical effects and a minimum of CG to deliver blows that actually feel like they land, and races that get your adrenaline pumping. Don't blame us if you find yourself running in circles around your own living room by the end of it. -A.H.

How to watch: Mad Max: Fury Road is streaming on HBO Max.

16. The Matrix

The Matrix has been imitated, referenced, and parodied so frequently in the past two decades, it's almost easy to forget how mind-blowing it once felt. Almost. Watch the real thing in 2021, and it's still plain to see that Lana and Lilly Wachowski's sci-fi thriller is a true original. Keanu Reeves stars as Neo, a computer programmer haunted by the sense that something's just off — only to be proven right when he discovers he's been living in a simulation all along. The Wachowskis weren't the first to raise the idea that reality might not be real (and there are other, less literal ways to interpret that central concept), but The Matrix did so with such panache that it forever embedded it into our pop culture consciousness. The sequels may not have the sterling reputation as the original, but they're also worth watching for the Wachowskis' unparalleled action sequences and trippy philosophizing — and they're on HBO Max, too. -A.H.

How to watch: The Matrix is streaming on HBO Max.

17. North by Northwest

A man runs while being chased by a low-flying aircraft.
Identity theft is not a joke, Roger! Credit: MGM / SHUTTERSTOCK

Even the most hallowed classic movies can be susceptible to modern standards of acceptability, pacing, and general entertainment — but Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest is not one of them. Cary Grant stars as Roger Thornhill, an innocent man pursued relentlessly while mistaken for someone else. 60 years after its release, the film is as thrilling, funny, and horny as ever (Grant and Eva Marie Saint could any scene on fire), a magnificent ride from start to finish. - P.K.

How to watch: North by Northwest is now streaming on HBO Max.

18. Ocean’s Eleven

Steven Soderbergh’s reboot (before we were even used to throwing that word around) of a clunkier 1960 film is so much sleeker, funnier, and more of a rollicking good time than it had any right to be. George Clooney stars as smooth-talking Daniel Ocean, a lifelong thief with a heart of gold who sets his eyes on the next heist as soon as he gets parole. We’ll never tire of the antics of second-in-command Rusty (Brad Pitt), inside man Frank (Bernie Mac), veteran Saul (Carl Reiner), explosives expert Basher (Don Cheadle), grease man Yen (Shaobo Qin) and the rest of the team for a groovy heist comedy as entertaining as the Vegas strip. -P.K.

How to watch: Ocean’s Eleven is now streaming on HBO Max.

19. Thelma & Louise

There's buddy comedies and buddy heists and then there's Thelma & Louise, which transcends the boundary. Written by Callie Khouri and directed by Ridley Scott, the film stars Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon star as the titular besties, whose road trip takes a stark turn after one night at a bar. They hop from state to state and into increasingly deep trouble (including with a young guest actor named Brad Pitt), but what sticks with you long after that gasp-worthy final shot is the power of this friendship — and how much it meant to both women to choose each other over anything and everything else. —P.K.

How to watch: Thelma & Louise is now streaming on HBO Max.

20. Little Shop of Horrors

Thirsty for comedy that sinks its teeth into the dark side? Open wide for the wild delights of this 1986 stunner from Frank Oz. Based on an off-Broadway musical (that was inspired by a dirt-cheap B-movie), Little Shop of Horrors centers on a fumbling flower shop in 1960s Skid Row. There, the meek Seymour Krelborn (Rick Moranis) pines for the beautiful Audrey (Broadway star Ellen Greene). When a chattering Venus Flytrap promises him fortune and fame, Seymour is willing to bleed — and do much worse — to impress his dream girl. Tapping into his storied career as a Muppeteer, Oz created a movie monster that's mirthful, menacing, exciting, and sings with the voice of Motown legend Levi Stubbs. Grounding this perturbing plant in a world of wonders is plenty of doo-wop, witty one-liners, wacky lyrics, and comedy luminaries, including Steve Martin, Jim Belushi, John Candy, Christopher Guest, and Bill Murray. —Kristy Puchko, Deputy Entertainment Editor

How to watch: Little Shop of Horrors is streaming on HBO Max.

›  Tennis star Peng Shuai is still missing. Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, and the WTA demand answers.

Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai hasn't been seen since publicly accusing government official Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault.

On Nov. 2, Peng made allegations against the former vice premier of China in a lengthy Weibo post, which was deleted half an hour later, CNN reports.

In the post, Peng alleged that Gaoli had sexually coerced her after inviting her to his house to play tennis with him and his wife. She noted that prior to this they had been involved in an on-off relationship.

Shuai hasn't been seen since making those allegations and fellow tennis players are stepping up to share their deep concern for her welfare. Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams, Andy Murray, and Novak Djokovic are demanding answers on Peng's whereabouts, most using the hashtag #WhereIsPengShuai.

"I am devastated and shocked to hear about the news of my peer, Peng Shuai," wrote Williams on Twitter. "I hope she is safe and found as soon as possible. This must be investigated and we must not stay silent. Sending love to her and her family during this incredibly difficult time."

On Twitter, Osaka posted a statement about Peng's disappearance. "I was recently informed of a fellow tennis player that has gone missing shortly after revealing that she has been sexually abused," wrote Osaka. "Censorship is never OK at any cost, I hope Peng Shuai and her family are safe and OK. I'm in shock of the current situation and I'm sending love and light her way."

China state-affiliated media CGTN stated that an email purporting to be written by Peng Shaui had been sent to the Women's Tennis Association. The email, posted on Twitter on Wednesday, claims that Peng has "just been resting at home and everything is fine." But it's unclear whether the email is actually fake and has been sent by someone else — the WTA has described it as a "staged statement."

On Friday, the WTA said it will pull its tournaments out of China if there is not a sufficient response to Peng's disappearance. WTA chief executive Steve Simon told CNN that the organisation would drop its ten tennis events that are scheduled in 2022 in China if the situation is not resolved. "We are at a crossroads with our relationship with China and operating our business over there," he said. "We’re definitely willing to pull our business and deal with all the complications that come with it because this is certainly, this is bigger than the business."

"Women need to be respected and not censored," he added.

Tennis legend Billie Jean King praised the WTA for its response. Mashable reached out to the WTA for comment but did not hear back immediately.

›  The best Black Friday air fryer deals are here, and they're great

UPDATE: Nov. 19, 2021, 10:10 a.m. EST Black Friday sales have begun. Here are the best deals on air fryers as of Nov. 19.


The Black Friday deals are in full swing.

Widespread supply chain issues have made this year's holiday shopping season a bit frantic, which is why so many retailers started their sales early. Air fryers are expected to be hot ticket items this year (just like last year) and we're already seeing solid deals on fryers from major brands like Ninja, Instant Pot, Philips, Breville, and more.

How to shop for an air fryer and avoid shipping delays this Black Friday

Supply chain issues and shipping delays across the globe almost guarantee that the most popular products like air fryers will sell out and be unavailable at some point during the shopping season. With that being said, if you see an air fryer that you want on sale, scoop one up for the foodie, busy parent, or lazy cook in your life while they're still in stock.

Last year leading up to Black Friday, we saw major discounts on multiple Ninja Foodi devices, as well as a Walmart deal that brought the Instant Pot Duo Crisp down to only $79. This year, we've already spotted the Ninja Four Quart Air Fryer at over $50 off at Walmart, which has gone out of stock once and is now live again. (As of this writing, at least.) If this deal is any indication of how this shopping season will go, we'll see big discounts for short amounts of time — the products are sure to go fast.

To keep shoppers on their toes, Best Buy is having its own Black Friday sale a week early on Nov. 19. We're seeing tons of air fryer deals from this sales event — including even further price drops on models that were already on sale. Some highlights include a $100 discount on the Ninja Foodi XL pressure cooker and steam fryer, a $100 discount on the Ninja Foodi Smart XL 6-in-1 Indoor Grill with Air Fryer, and major price drops on pretty much every one of Best Buy's own Bella Pro air fryers.

We're expecting to see plenty more sales on basket-style air fryers, oven-style air fryers, and pressure cooker-slash-air fryer combos as Black Friday gets closer, so bookmark this page and keep checking back for updated deals.

Best Buy air fryer deals

Why we like it

While this Ninja Foodi model looks more like a spaceship than a pressure cooker, it's one of the kitchen brands most versatile products yet. It features a lid that allows for steaming and crisping at the same time, which allows for fast, moist, and crispy meals. It features 14 functions (pressure cook, steam and crisp, steam and bake, air fry, broil, bake/roast, dehydrate, sear/sauté, steam, sous vide, slow cook, yogurt, keep warm, and proof) and features a roomy eight quart pot and a five quart crisp basket.

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Amazon air fryer deals

Cosori basket-style air fryer
Credit: Cosori
Our pick: Cosori Five Quart Air Fryer
$89.98 at Amazon (save $25.01)

Why we like it

Cosori stepped up their design game with this basket-style air fryer. Featuring a tempered glass display and a sleek, matte finish, this air fryer will look great on any countertop. It has a five quart capacity, nine different one-touch functions, and heats up to 450 degrees for the perfect, crispy finish every time.

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Walmart air fryer deals

Black ninja basket air fryer
Credit: Ninja

Why we like it

This deal has already sold out once this shopping season, and it's likely to sell out again. The beloved Ninja Four Quart air fryer has a wide temperature range of 105 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, which allows you to dehydrate or crisp. The one-touch controls are simple to use, just choose from one of the four cooking presets (air fry, dehydrate, roast, or reheat) or manually set the desired time and temperature.

The retail price on this air fryer is $119.99, so this discount is only $3 away from the lowest price we've ever seen on the model. Considering the exact same air fryer is $89.99 at Amazon, buying from Walmart will save you over $20.

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Macy's air fryer deals

Silver cuisinart air fryer oven
Credit: Cuisinart
Our pick: Cuisinart TOA-28 Compact Air Fryer Toaster Oven
$134.99 at Macy's (save $53 with code SCORE)

Why we like it

Ideal for small spaces, the Cuisinart TOA-28 packs all the power of the well-loved Cuisinart TOA-60 but at a fraction of the size (and price). It features six functions (convection bake, convection broil, air fry, toast, bagel and warm), can toast up to four pieces of bread at once, and is still big enough to cook an entire three-pound chicken.

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Target air fryer deals

Why we like it

Target has entered the Duo Crisp chat. To compete with the Amazon vs. Walmart Duo Crisp rivalry, Target dropped a deal that's better than all the deals we've seen on the six-quart model so far. This $99.99 deal brings the six-quart Duo crisp to the lowest price we've seen this shopping season so far —and we're confident this is the lowest available price on this model as of the time of writing (though we will likely see further price drops as Black Friday approaches).

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What does an air fryer do?

We've said it before and we'll say it again: Air fryers are just differently-shaped, hyper-efficient convection ovens. They work using internal heating elements and high-powered convection fans that circulate hot air around your food to achieve a crispy, golden result that's similar to actual frying — without the oil.

Air fryers are not only the ideal appliance for getting that ideal crunch. They're also amazing for speedy weeknight dinners. Most air fryers cook food around 30% faster than conventional ovens, so they're great for busy parents, young professionals, and lazy cooks. You won't be resigned to just heating up frozen foods in your air fryer — they're also handy for veggie side dishes, roasting proteins, and so much more.

What are the different types of air fryers?

The two main types of air fryers are basket-style and oven-style. Basket-style air fryers are more well-known, and they tend to be smaller, cheaper, and cook food slightly faster than their oven counterparts, due to more condensed heat in a smaller cooking area. These tend to be great for making meals for one to four people (if you're feeding more folks than that, you'll have to work in batches).

Oven-style air fryers are larger, more expensive, and have significantly more features — but they tend to take longer to preheat and cook than basket-style air fryers. If you're looking for an appliance that can air fry, slow cook, roast, bake, dehydrate, and toast, plenty of oven-style air fryers will basically replace your convection oven for good.

How much should an air fryer cost?

The price of an air fryer depends on a few things: size, the number of functions it has, and whether it's controlled digitally or not. The cheapest air fryers will be small basket-style fryers (around 2.5 quarts), can only air fry, and will typically be controlled via analog dials. These types will usually cost anywhere from $40 to $80 retail.

In the middle of the pack, we'll have the mid-tier basket-style air fryers. These usually have a few added functions, one-touch cooking presets, will be between four and eight quarts, and are controlled with either digital buttons or a touch screen. They'll run around $80 to $150, depending on the model.

On the other end of the spectrum, we have the upgrade picks. The most expensive air fryers are usually oven-style and have multiple different functions in addition to air frying — like baking, roasting, dehydrating, and more. You can expect these versatile all-in-one appliances to cost $150 and up — with the fanciest models reaching up to $500.

Most of these air fryers will see steep discounts during the Black Friday shopping holiday, and we're already seeing really solid price drops — so you can definitely still score an upgrade without endangering your bank account.

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›  The people have spoken: Ford's EV truck is more desirable than Tesla's Cybertruck

Rivian’s electric truck came out in October, but attention is still on the electric Ford F-150 Lightning and other future electric trucks. The Lightning is not arriving until 2022, but the anticipation for the first Ford electric pickup is growing. 

Autolist, a car shopping website, surveyed over 1,100 shoppers at the end of October and early November on their electric truck preferences. The site asked about the Ford, Chevy Silverado EV, Tesla Cybertruck, GMC Hummer EV truck, and Rivian R1T.​​

In almost all categories Ford came out on top. 

Overall, 38 percent of those surveyed said they’d buy an electric Ford truck. Next up was the Chevy e-truck with 26 percent, followed by the Cybertruck with 20 percent, the Hummer with 11 percent, and Rivian trailing with only 5 percent.

For first-time EV buyers, it was the Ford that most intrigued them (39 percent) compared to the Cybertruck with only 20 percent of the vote. But current EV owners are also into the Ford with 33 percent choosing the e-truck. The Cybertruck earned the next-most votes with 28 percent.

Those who’ve owned a truck in the past or currently have a truck went with the Lightning — 41 percent. Then it was Chevy’s truck with 29 percent before Tesla came in with 16 percent. 

For first-time prospective truck buyers, 34 percent also chose Ford, followed by 26 percent for the Tesla truck.

Tesla Cybertruck on the road.
Credit: Tesla

Tesla’s dystopian, cyberpunk e-truck has been delayed until the end of 2022, but that hasn’t stopped younger customers from prepping for the newest Tesla. Those 35 and older prefer the Ford pickup, but 18- through 35-year-olds picked the Cybertruck as their top truck choice. For the youngest demographic of 18- through 23-year-olds, 32 percent said they’d buy a Cybertruck while only 23 percent said they’d go for the Lightning. 

Darren Palmer, general manager of battery electric vehicles at Ford, isn’t surprised by the widespread appeal. In a phone call this week he said, “It’s for everyone,” describing the Ford F-150 Lightning. He credited the accessible starting price of $39,974 that gets you quick acceleration, features like the power frunk, and 230-mile range.

 

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