20 Best Early Black Friday Deals: Robot Vacuums, iPads, Instant Pots

Black Friday official arrives in a few weeks, on November 25, the day after Thanksgiving. But the deals are no longer limited to just 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, especially 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 getting the most out of this shopping season, see our guide How to Shop Like a Pro on Black Friday. Our Christmas gift guides and other buying guides can also be helpful once you’re done making your shopping lists.

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Offers for tablets, laptops and smarthomes

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, recommended by WIRED). It’s one of our favorite gaming laptops overall. The keyboard and trackpad are both fantastic, and we love the built-in webcam too. The battery life could be better, but the machine still offers a good price and a great experience for both gaming and non-gaming tasks, especially at this discount.

This 2-in-1 is our favorite cheap laptop. It’s powerful and the bright screen is nice in both traditional laptop mode and tablet mode. you want to get a digital pen to take full advantage of the hybrid design. Read more about it in our Best touchscreen laptops guide.

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 recommended) 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 Great British Baking Show. The internal specs are also good and offer plenty of power for most users. Pair the tablet with some of the best iPad accessories for an even better experience.

We’ve seen this deal come and go for a few months. The iPad Mini (8/10, WIRED recommended) probably won’t get much cheaper on Black Friday. Our favorite pick for the most portable iPad is perfect for students and those who travel frequently. It’s small but mighty and has nice features like USB-C charging and support for the second-generation Apple Pencil. It also goes 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 should think carefully about what you buy on Black Friday. They go on sale every year for prices just slightly lower than the previous year’s. However, if you still need a compact voice assistant for your home, you’d better buy a small smart speaker on sale. This deal is still solid – it’s just really easy to get. Find more choices in our Best Alexa Speakers guide.

Prefer Google Assistant to Alexa? We also. This deal comes with the same caveats as the aforementioned Echo Dot deal. Both speakers have similar features, including size and sound quality, so it really comes down to your preferred ecosystem (and whether or not you need one). The price is almost equal to Best Buy.

Gaming and streaming deals

Nintendo Switch (OLED).

Photo: Nintendo

This deal comes with some obligations. The Nintendo Switch OLED (8/10, WIRED recommended) regularly sells for $350, so it’s only 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 if you can check another item off your list with the gift card, then this deal is worth it. You will receive the gift card via email within 20 days of purchase and will expire 90 days after you receive it. Use it or lose it! Check out our Nintendo guides, including the best Nintendo Switch games and Switch accessories, for inspiration.

The Colorbuds 2 are newer and heavier than their predecessors, but we still love them, and we recommend them in our Best Cheap Headphones guide. The second-generation pair has better mics than the original version — and they’re cheaper, too, thanks to this discount.

This product has a misleading suggested retail price. It usually doesn’t sell for $70, more around $40. This deal is still great, taking the ride to one of the lowest prices we’ve seen. We recommend the Samsung Bar as a great flash drive with a cool minimalist design. Please note that the shipping of this color has been delayed. The silver model ships faster and costs $5 more. Learn more in our roundup of the best USB flash drives.

SanDisk Extreme.

Photo: Amazon

This deal equates to the lowest price we’ve seen. In our guide to the best external storage drives, this model took first place in terms of speed. It’s lightning fast and super portable, but not so small that you lose it. My partner and I regularly use this drive to backup and transfer video graphics projects, both in the field and at home. The price is based on Best Buy.

While it’s no longer our top pick, we still recommend the Samsung T7 Shield in our Best Portable External Storage Drives guide as a good option for both speed and durability. It’s padded and rugged, so it’s better than some other drives for outdoor applications. And while not the fastest we’ve tested, this drive is still fast — and cheaper than its faster counterparts right now. The price is based on Best Buy.

We saw the same discount on Prime Day. This is a solid deal for the best Amazon 4K streaming stick. It supports Wi-Fi 6, includes picture-in-picture mode and has Alexa built-in. It’s fast 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 purchase 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 a lot simpler than your TV’s interface.

We love a cheap nostalgic gift (and a forbidden snack). Pass on the priceless experience of painstakingly capturing the perfect light-up shot, only to have your younger sibling come and knock him over. Templates and pins are included. Check out our Best STEM Toys guide for more ideas. And remember, as delicious as they look, Lite-Brite herrings are not edible.

Add three eligible items to your cart and the cheapest one will be free at checkout. If you’re shopping for lots of kids (including grown children) or want to donate gifts to a local charity this holiday season, this deal offers an easy way to save some cash. There are over 1,000 items to choose from.

Fitness, Health, Home & Outdoor Deals

iRobot Roomba j7+ Vacuum cleaner robot.

Photo: iRobot

This deal price is in line with what we saw during Prime Day. It may have been around for a while, but it’s still one of the best deals we’ve seen on the absolute best robot vacuum. With smart navigation features, a self-emptying bin and customizable cleaning schedules, this robovac has all the bells and whistles.

This is the very best hair straightener we’ve tested. The price fluctuates a lot but doesn’t often drop below $100. The plates are a good size to straighten out and curling: this styling tool can do both.

When not on sale, these simple and easy-to-use trackers usually sell for around $25 each. This package is a good deal for just the trackers. While not featured in our Best Trackers guide, many people on the WIRED Gear desk use and like Tile’s products. You can also choose to add Tiles for a year premium service plan free. (Just choose premium from the list on the right before adding the bundle to your cart.) The plan includes free battery replacement and free refund of up to $100 if Tile can’t find a lost item. The subscription automatically renews at the regular price of $30 per year when your trial ends, so set a cancellation reminder if you want to avoid later charges.

Instant Pots are popular for a reason. Their multiple functions allow them to be used for making rice, reheating food, making slow cooker recipes, and even sterilizing items. This bundle includes an extra sealing ring, as well as an egg tray and steamer tray. The capacity of 6 liters is good for small to medium-sized households. Be sure to grab a cookbook too to get the most out of your multicooker.

From the brand’s backyard fire pits to the pizza ovens, we generally love Solo Stove gear. Some of the company’s camping stoves are currently slightly discounted, and you get two for the price of one. If you’ve checked out 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 additional models will get some sort of discount in the coming weeks.

Early Black Friday Sale Pages

Browse the sale yourself? Here are a few places that offer early Black Friday deals. Be sure to check out our many buying guides and gift guides for more ideas.

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