20 best first Black Friday deals: robot vacuums, iPads, Instant Pots

Black Friday officially arrives in a few weeks, on November 25, the day after Thanksgiving. But the deals are no longer limited to that actual Friday, and in many cases the discounts we see in the weeks leading up to Black Friday are almost as good. Some stores, including Best Buy and Target, even offer price guarantees, so you can shop now without worrying about missing out on even lower prices later. We’ve highlighted the best early Black Friday deals below.

For tips and strategies for making the most of this shopping season, check out our guide, How to Shop Like a Pro on Black Friday. Our holiday gift guides and other shopping guides can also come in handy when you’re done making your shopping lists.

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Deals on tablets, laptops and smart home

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 laptop.

Photo: Asus

This price is $100 less than the last deal we shared for this 14-inch gaming laptop (8/10, WIRED Recommends). This is one of our favorite gaming laptops overall. The keyboard and trackpad are both fantastic, and we like the built-in webcam too. Battery life could be better, but the machine still offers good value for money and an excellent experience for both gaming and non-gaming tasks, especially at this discount.

This 2-in-1 is our favorite budget laptop. It’s powerful and the bright screen is nice in traditional laptop mode as well as in tablet mode. You’ll want to get a digital pen to take full advantage of the hybrid design. Read more about that in our guide to the best touchscreen laptops.

This deal has been around for a few weeks, but it’s one of the best prices we’ve seen for our upgrade iPad pick. The 2022 iPad Air (8/10, WIRED recommends) is still compact, but the larger screen size gives users more room to create art, work on projects, or watch the latest season of the Britain’s Greatest Baking Fair. Internal specs are also good, offering plenty of punch for most users. Pair the tablet with some of the best iPad accessories for an even better experience.

We have seen this deal happen for a few months. The iPad Mini (8/10, WIRED recommends) probably won’t be much cheaper on Black Friday. Our favorite pick for the most portable iPad is perfect for students and people who travel frequently. It’s small but mighty, and it has some great features like USB-C charging and second-generation Apple Pencil support. It also pairs well with the best iPad accessories.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that mini smart speaker deals are an example of why you need to think hard about what you buy on Black Friday. They go on sale each year at slightly lower prices than the previous year. However, if you need another compact home voice assistant, it would be better to buy a small smart speaker on sale. This deal is still solid, it’s just very easy to get. Find more choices in our guide to the best Alexa speakers.

Prefer Google Assistant to Alexa? U.S. too. This Agreement has the same caveats as the aforementioned Echo Dot Agreement. Both speakers have similar specs, including size and sound quality, so it really comes down to your preferred ecosystem (and whether or not you need them in the first place). The price is almost matched at Best Buy.

Gaming and streaming deals

Nintendo switch (OLED).

Photo: Nintendo

This agreement is subject to certain conditions. The Nintendo Switch OLED (8/10, WIRED Recommends) sells for $350 on a regular basis, so it’s only really discounted when you factor in the included $75 gift card, which has an expiration date. . Dell sells many other items, including Nintendo Switch games. If you’re looking for a Nintendo Switch and you can cross another item off your list with the gift card, so this offer is worth it. You will receive the gift card via email within 20 days of purchase and it will expire 90 days after receipt. Use it or lose it! Check out our Nintendo guides, including the best Nintendo Switch games and accessories, for inspiration.

The Colorbuds 2 are newer and heavier than their predecessors, but we still think they’re excellent, and we recommend them in our guide to the best cheap headphones. The second-gen pair have better microphones than the original version and thanks to this discount, they’re also cheaper.

This product has a misleading MSRP. It usually doesn’t sell for $70, but more like around $40. This offer is still excellent, bringing the reader down to one of the lowest prices we’ve seen. We recommend the Samsung Bar as a great flash drive with a cool minimalist design. Note that this color delayed shipping. The silver model ships faster and costs $5 more. Find out more in our roundup of the best USB drives.

SanDisk Extreme.

Photography: Amazon

This deal is the lowest price we’ve seen. In our guide to the best external storage drives, this model got the top spot for speed. It’s extremely fast and super portable, but not so small that you might lose it. My partner and I regularly use this drive to back up and transfer videography projects both in the field and at home. The price is matched at Best Buy.

Although it’s no longer our top pick, we still recommend the Samsung T7 Shield in our guide to the best portable external storage drives as a good option for speed and durability. It’s padded and sturdy, so it’s better than some other discs for outdoor applications. And while it’s not the fastest we’ve tested, this drive is still fast and cheaper than its faster counterparts right now. The price is matched at Best Buy.

We saw the same reduction on Prime Day. That’s a bargain for the best Amazon 4K streaming stick. It supports Wi-Fi 6, includes picture-in-picture mode, and integrates Alexa. It’s quick and easy to use, and it can be a good option for people who prefer Amazon’s ecosystem over its competitors.

If you don’t have a 4K TV, you don’t need to buy a 4K streaming device. This is the HD-only version of our favorite Chromecast. The included remote and built-in Google Assistant make it easy to stream whatever you want, probably much easier than your TV’s interface.

We love an inexpensive nostalgic gift (and forbidden snack). Pass on the invaluable experience of painstakingly creating the perfect light shot, only for your younger brother to come knock it over. Templates and pegs are included. Check out our guide to the best STEM toys for additional ideas. And remember, no matter how tasty they look, Lite-Brite pegs are not edible.

Add three qualifying items to your cart and the cheapest will become free at checkout. If you’re shopping for a lot of kids (including adult children) or want to donate to a local charity this holiday season, this offer offers an easy way to save money. There are over 1,000 items to choose from.

Fitness, Health, Home & Outdoor Deals

iRobot Roomba j7+ robot vacuum.

Photography: iRobot

This price matches what we saw on Prime Day. It might have been around for a while, but it’s still one of the best deals we’ve seen for the absolute best robot vacuum. With smart navigation features, a self-emptying bin, and customizable cleaning schedules, this robot has it all.

This is the best straightener we have tested. The price fluctuates a lot, but it does not drop below $100 very often. The plates are a good size for smoothing and curling – this styling tool can do both.

When not on sale, these simple, user-friendly trackers typically sell for around $25 each. This pack is a bargain for trackers alone. Although not mentioned in our Best Trackers guide, many people in the WIRED Gear office use and love Tile products. You can also choose to add one year to Tile’s premium service plan for free. (Just choose premium from the list on the right side before adding the pack to your cart.) The plan includes free battery replacement and free refund up to $100 if Tile can’t find a lost item. The plan will automatically renew at the normal price of $30 per year when your trial ends, so set a reminder to cancel if you want to avoid later charges.

Instant Pots are popular for good reason. Their multiple functions mean they can be used to make rice, reheat food, create slow cooker recipes and even sterilize items. This set includes an additional sealing ring as well as an egg tray and a steamer. The 6 quart capacity is good for small to medium sized households. Also, be sure to get a cookbook to get the most out of your multicooker.

From the brand’s fire pits to its pizza ovens, we generally love Solo Stove equipment. Some of the company’s camping stoves are currently slightly discounted, and you get two for the price of one. If you’ve been looking at the Lite, Titan, or Campfire models, this is a great way to get one for yourself and one to give as a gift. Solo Stove usually offers deals around Black Friday, so it’s likely that additional models will receive some discount in the coming weeks.

Black Friday Early Sale Pages

Want to browse the sales yourself? Here are a few places with early Black Friday deals. Be sure to check out our many buying guides and gift guides for additional ideas.

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