Early Black Friday deals LIVE: $569 OLED TV, $400 off MacBook Pro and more


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I love my Ninja CE251! It’s a budget machine, but it makes a damn good cup of coffee. It’s compact, very easy to use, and it comes with a glass carafe. It has all the basics you’d want in a machine like an auto-programming feature, built-in warming plate that keeps your coffee hot, and the plastic parts of the machine are BPA-free. But what really draws me to this machine is how good the coffee is. (I’ve tried various different coffees and the results are always solid). I bought it at $79 ($20 off), but it’s now fallen to $69, which is a very nice price for this machine. You can check out my full thoughts on it here.

The Asus Chromebook C433 on sale at Best Buy

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There are tons of cheap Chromebooks out there, but for me — the Asus C433 merits your attention. This is a great no-frills laptop because unlike many cheap Chromebooks, it packs a 1080p touchscreen (most max out at 1366 x 768) and it packs an Intel Core M3-8100Y CPU (instead of a Celeron CPU). You also get 8GB of RAM (instead of 4GB) and 64GB of eMMC storage. 

This machine won’t break any speed records and I definitely don’t recommend it for gaming, but for students or for light/basic Web-based tasks, it’s perfect and keeps your budget in check. 

KitchenAid Artisan Series Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Premium Accessory Pack

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Seeing the KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus Series 5-Quart Mixer on sale for $249 isn’t too shocking. In fact, we saw this same price/deal last Black Friday. What’s surprising is seeing this price low THIS early in the season. Normally, we don’t see price cuts this aggressive on KitchenAid Mixers till mid-to-late November. To see it on Halloween is surprising! 

That said, this mixer holds a spot in our list of the best stand mixers you can buy. It has the power to handle the dough for six loaves of bread or 72 cookies. During Thanksgiving, it can mash 7 pounds of potatoes, leaving you free to carve the turkey and whisk up the gravy. It’s big, heavy, and made for bakers who bake a lot and bake often. Make sure to check out our KitchenAid promo codes page for more ways to save on KitchenAid gear. 

MacBook Air M1

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It may not be the newest MacBook Air, but there’s still plenty to love about the MacBook Air M1. It packs fantastic battery life (over 14 hours on our battery test), excellent performance thanks to its M1 CPU, and a gorgeous 13.3-inch Retina display. It’s now on sale for $799, which is the cheapest price we’ve seen all year for this laptop. 

This same config hit $749 last year, but it was a student-only deal and it lasted less than a day. Today’s sale is open to anyone. By comparison, Amazon has it sale for $899 (opens in new tab), which is $100 higher than Best Buy’s price. 

If you’re a Mac user, I’d keep an eye on Best Buy this holiday season. They’ve been offering killer Apple deals since the summer. For instance, they had the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros for $400 off and they had the 13-inch MacBook Pro M1 on sale for $899, which to date remains the cheapest MacBook Pro I’ve ever seen. Amazon price matched most of them (excluding the 13-inch MBP M1 deal), but I feel like Amazon’s stock is somewhat flaky when prices are that low (whereas Best Buy rarely sells out). 

DreamCloud mattress

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Last year I purchased a new bed that I keep in my family’s old house for when I visit/stay over. I got the basic Purple Mattress, which I love. However, I’m a tall-ish/heavy guy (6’3″, 245 lbs.) and part of me wishes that bed offered just a tad more support. (It’s memory foam only). 

So, this year I’m thinking of buying a new bed for my place and this is the bed I have my eyes on. It’s 25% off right as part of a very rare flash sale. The 14-inch DreamCloud hybrid mattress offers both memory foam and coils, to give you that bounciness that memory foam beds lacks. It’s also one of the tallest beds we’ve reviewed. It features five layers that offer firm, responsive support as well as soft cushioning. In our DreamCloud mattress review, we said it’s a great bed for just about anyone, but it especially shines for those suffering from hip or lower back pain. (That’s me!) 

As part of its flash sale — you can get the DreamCloud Hybrid mattress twin for $599 (was $799) or the queen for $899 (was $1,199). The mattress comes with free shipping, free returns, and a 365-night home trial. Plus, you get a free mattress protector, sheet set, and pillows.

If you don’t need a new bed, I’m a big fan of the DreamCloud duvet. I purchased it a few years back and use it year-round. The down-alternative duvet is fluffy and light for summer months, but locks in heat during those colder, winter months. Make sure to check out our Black Friday mattress deals page for more deals on all things bedroom related.

Black Friday deals

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Happy Halloween, all! This is deals editor Louis here highlighting the best early Black Friday deals of the season. I know what you’re thinking…why on earth are we doing a live blog on Black Friday deals this early in the season. 

As we’re all aware — every year retailers start their Black Friday deals earlier and earlier. I’ve usually been skeptical of October deals, but the truth is — there are a lot of really good sales happening now. Ever since Amazon held its October Prime Day earlier this month, retailers have all scrambled to unveil their early Black Friday deals as well. 

I’ll be honest — there are a lot of mediocre deals out there. BUT there are some deals that have taken me by surprise. (And I’ve been covering deals for 10+ years now). For example, I didn’t expect to see a 2022 LG OLED TV on sale for $569. Yes, it’s an entry level model, but it’s still a solid deal and an amazing price. Those are the kind of deals we’re bringing you in this live blog. 

So without further ado — here’s what’s on my deals radar for today. If there’s something you’re looking/hoping to buy this season, feel free to shoot me an e-mail. (I’m personally shopping for a new TV). 

Beats Powerbeats Pro wireless earbuds

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The Powerbeats Pro, an excellent pair of wireless earbuds, just hit their lowest price ever. If you like to run or workout — or you’re just looking for a secure fit on the go — these are the headphones to get.

Right now, the Powerbeats Pro are just $149 at Amazon (opens in new tab). That’s $100 off the original retail price and ties the record-low price for these earbuds. This deal applies to all three colors: black, ivory and navy. 

In our Powerbeats Pro review, we gave it high score of 4.5 out of 5 stars. We praised the earbuds for having a comfortable and stable fit while running and for having long battery life. The integration with Apple devices is also seamless, even if the charging case is a bit bulky.

Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3

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It’s time to get your game on without emptying your wallet. Right now you can buy the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 for just $559 at Best Buy (opens in new tab). That’s $350 off its original $899 price.

This budget gaming laptop sports a 15.6-inch FHD display, an AMD Ryzen 5 5600H CPU, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU, 8GB of DDR4 RAM and a 256GB SSD. These are not top-end specs but they should be sufficient for playing the best PC games at medium settings.

The display offers a smooth refresh rate of 120Hz, and you get 2 USB A ports, a USB-C port and HDMI. The whole thing weighs under 5 pounds, so you should be able to game on the go without a problem. 

iRobot vacuum

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As someone who owns a Roomba robot vac, I can tell you that they can save you a ton of time keeping the house clean. And right now the iRobot Roomba 694 Robot Vacuum is just $179 on Amazon (opens in new tab), down from $274. That’s nearly $100 off, and it’s a new lowest ever price for this top performing robot vacuum.

In our iRobot Roomba 694 review, we praised this robot vac’s solid cleaning performance, ease of use and handy features like scheduling. Considering this is one of the best performers, the iRobot Roomba 694 Robot Vacuum is certainly a fantastic deal, and one that is bound to fly off the shelves. 

The Bose Sport Earbuds, on sale this Black Friday

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If you’re looking for a good pair of wireless earbuds and want a fit that’s stable enough for exercise, this could be the early Black Friday deal for you. Right now the Bose Sport Earbuds are on sale for $119 at Amazon (opens in new tab). That’s $30 off and it’s a record-low price that applies to three different color options. 

These lightweight earbuds offer the famous Bose sound quality in a compact secure package perfect for those who lead an active lifestyle. In our Bose Sport Earbuds review, we said that “Bose’s minimalist aesthetic appeal and warm sound will still find some great value out of these relatively affordable fitness buds” and at this price, they are even better value for money.

google nest audio with deal tag

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Google is getting in on the action for early Black Friday deals by offering a huge sale on its smart speakers. Right now you can get the Google Nest Audio for just $49 at the Google Store, which is 50% off the regular price.

We really like the Nest Audio. It earned 4 out of 5 stars in our Google Nest Audio review, and it’s also one of the best smart speakers you can buy right now. For the money you get a clean-looking speaker with loud sound with strong bass that really packs a punch.

Google Assistant is also along for the ride, which makes controlling your music and smart home devices an absolute breeze.

Hisense Roku TV

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I expect to see a ton of TV discounts this holiday season. But if you can’t wait till late November and need a new TV asap, this 58-inch TV is as good as it gets price-wise. Currently, Walmart has the Hisense 58-inch 4K Roku TV on sale for just $298. If you don’t need a premium TV viewing experience, this TV is for you. It has Dolby Vision HDR/HDR10 support, DTS Studio Sound, and a stylish/bezel-less design. I also like that it packs the Roku platform for all of your streaming needs. It’s a great value TV if you don’t have a big budget and don’t require top-notch picture quality. Make sure to follow our Black Friday TV deals coverage for more sales this month. 

Apple Watch SE

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The previous-gen Apple Watch SE is now Apple’s entry-level smartwatch. That said, it’s still an excellent watch — even more so now that it’s on sale. Walmart has it on sale for $199, which is $50 cheaper than Apple’s price. (Walmart is the only retailer offering this price). The Apple Watch SE packs the same chip found in the Series 5, but sports a bigger screen than the Apple Watch 3. It supports Emergency SOS calling, fall detection, and features a built-in compass and always-on altimeter. 

Sony WH-XB910N Wireless Headphones with a Tom's Guide deal tag

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Here’s another excellent headphone deal that’s definitely worth considering. Right now, the Sony WH-XB910N Wireless Headphones on sale for $123 at Amazon (opens in new tab). That’s 50% off compared to its full retail price of $249. It’s also the lowest price we’ve seen on these headphones. Best Buy (opens in new tab) has the same low price. 

The Sony WH-XB910N headphones offer strong noise cancelling, which makes them an ideal pick for commuting, working in a public space or when you want to zone out and focus on your favorite music. Plus, extra bass creates a deep and punchy soundscape, although some reviews do suggest the bass levels might be a little too heavy. 

These Sony Bluetooth headphones shine when it comes to battery life with 30 hours of rated playback on a single charge. And when you do need a top-up, just 10-minutes of charging will give you an additional 4 and half hours of playback. 

Ninja AF101 Air Fryer

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If you’ve been considering buying an air fryer, this Black Friday deal could be the push you need. Right now, the Ninja AF101 Air Fryer is on sale for $99 at Amazon (opens in new tab), saving you $30. Considering everything this air fryer can offer, this Ninja Air Fryer deal is a bargain. Not only does it air fry delicious and crispy foods, but it can roast, reheat and dehydrate meals. It’s no wonder this air fryer is an ever present on the Amazon best sellers list. It also comes in a stylish, high gloss finish in black/grey to suit any kitchen.

Insignia 70

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If you’re on the hunt for a large TV for not very much money, then you’ll want to consider this Fire TV discount. Right now the 50-inch Insignia F30 Series 4K TV is on sale for just $249 on Amazon (opens in new tab). At $100 off its usual price, this is one of the best Black Friday TV deals we’ve spotted to date. 

The Insignia F30 Series is a capable 4K Fire TV with built-in Alexa voice control, DTS Studio sound, HDR support and a good looking 60hz display that’s great for shows, games, and movies. In fact, we rank it as one of the best TVs under $500 and love its responsive user interface, Amazon Alexa support and surprisingly great sound. 

fitbit sense 2 deal

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Been waiting until Black Friday to pick up a new Fitbit? Well delay your purchase no longer, because Fitbit’s most premium smartwatch just dropped to a new all-time low price in Amazon’s early Black Friday sale.  

Right now the Fitbit Sense 2 is on sale for $79 at Amazon (opens in new tab). That’s a massive saving of $220 compared to its usual retail price of $299. This price makes the advanced tracker cheaper than the Fitbit Charge 5 and the Fitbit Inspire 3, both of which lack the bright, beautiful screen and smartwatch capabilities of the Sense 2. It’s a truly fantastic deal, especially as the Fitbit Sense 2 is one of the best smartwatches you can buy right now.

WD_Black SN850 SSD in a PS5 with a Deal tag

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We’re expecting to see plenty of excellent PS5 deals across the Black Friday sales period. In fact, the savings have already started courtesy of the PlayStation Store Halloween Sale. However with so many discounted games to consider it’s natural that you may be worrying about your console’s hard drive space. 

Thankfully, the WD_Black SN850 2TB NVMe SSD w/ heatsink is on sale for $259 at Best Buy (opens in new tab). That’s a sizable $100 discount compared to its full retail price of $359, and the lowest ever price we’ve spotted on this top-rated PS5 SSD date. The same deal is available at Amazon (opens in new tab) as well. 

The WD_Black SN850 was confirmed earlier this year as the first officially-licensed PS5 SSD. This means you can slot the storage drive into your PS5 console without any worrying about compatibility issues. The SSD meets all of Sony’s requirements for a PS5 SSD (opens in new tab), and I’ve personally tested the drive in my own PS5 for more than a year and can report that it works flawlessly. 

Granted even at an all-time low price of $259 it’s still very expensive, but a larger PS5 SSD is a highly useful accessory to have if you want to jump between a handful of games at once. 

Apple Pencil with a Tom's Guide deal tag

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If you’re a heavy iPad user then you’ll want to invest in an Apple Pencil. And now is the perfect time, because for a limited time, the Apple Pencil (2nd Generation) is on sale for $89 at Amazon (opens in new tab). That’s $40 off its full retail price of $129, and a new all-time low price for the official Apple accessory. We previously saw the latest model of Apple Pencil drop to $99 last November, but this latest discount reduces it by an additional $10. This is definitely one of the best Apple deals available right now.

MacBook Pro 14

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The MacBook Pro 14-inch isn’t expected to get a full refresh until 2023, but the current model is one of the best laptops you can buy period. And right now you can get the MacBook Pro 14-inch for $1,599 at Best Buy (opens in new tab), which is $400 off its standard price. 

This system sports Apple’s powerful M1 Pro CPU, which delivers 8 more GPU cores, a better Media Engine and more memory bandwidth than the already fast M1 chip. Based on our testing, the MacBook Pro 14-inch runs circles around most Windows laptops when it comes to performance, and we saw over 14 hours of battery life in our MacBook Pro 14-inch review

You also get a bright and rich 14.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR mini-LED display with 3024 x 1984 resolution. Other specs include 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. Add in three Thunderbolt 4 ports, an HDMI port, and SDXC card slot — plus MagSafe charging — and you have a winner.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 deal

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The top-of-the-line tech is already being discounted courtesy of early Black Friday deals, Case in point, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 is on sale for $249 at Amazon (opens in new tab). That’s a very solid $20 off the original price of the 40mm model. It’s not quite the lowest-ever price we’ve seen on the latest Samsung wearable — it was $229 for a brief spell last week — but it’s still an discount worthy of consideration.  

As our smartwatch expert explains in their Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 review, Samsung’s latest smartwatch may seem like an incremental upgrade over its predecessor but still remains one of the best smartwatches you can buy today. And it’s even got even new features and functionality to challenge the dominant Apple Watch Series 8

A photo of the LG A2 OLED 4K TV on a purple background

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If you’ve been waiting to get an OLED TV until prices came down to earth, the time has come. Right now you can snag the 48″ LG A2 OLED 4K TV for just $569 at Best Buy (opens in new tab). This TV gets you beautiful OLED visuals without having to spend a fortune.

The LG A2 is LG’s entry-level OLED for 2022. You get support for Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG viewing formats, which help make the content you view on the screen look their absolute best. There’s also built-in support for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, which means you can control your TV with your voice. The LG webOS platform the TV runs on is great, too.

Unfortunately, the budget price does come with some drawbacks: the refresh rate of the TV only goes to 60Hz (120Hz is preferred), and there is no HDMI 2.1 support. But overall this is a great deal on a 48-inch OLED TV. 

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max with a Tom's Guide deal tag

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One of the most popular early Black Friday deals so far has been the Amazon Fire TV Stick dropping back down to its lowest-ever price. And while that deal rapidly sold out last week, Amazon is now offering another discount that is nearly as good. 

Right now, the Fire TV Stick 4K Max is on sale for $39 at Amazon (opens in new tab). That’s just $5 off its lowest-ever price, and still a fantastic price for one of the best streaming devices you can buy right now. This device offers excellent 4K HDR streaming quality, lightning-fast interface navigation and access to just about every streaming service you could ever need.  

Bose QuietComfort 45 in hand

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Welcome to the Tom’s Guide early Black Friday live blog. Here we’ll be flagging all the best deals of the retail holiday, including savings that you can score right now. Let’s kick things off with a discount that brings some of the best headphones you can buy down to a lowest ever price. 

Right now the Bose QuietComfort 45 Wireless Headphones are on sale for $249 at Amazon (opens in new tab). That’s $80 off the full retail price of $329 for a total saving of almost 25%. Alternatively, you can also score the same deal at Best Buy (opens in new tab), if that’s your retailer of choice. But wherever you opt to buy, you’re getting a killer discount on a very premium set of headphones. In our glowing Bose QuietComfort 45 review we labelled the headphones a “no-brainer” and were particularly impressed by the high-end active noise cancellation and highly comfortable fit. 

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