November is an especially good month for deals. The sales start early, with Veteran’s Day promotions the weekend of November 11, and then ramp up with Black Friday sales at the end of the month.

According to our analysts, who track prices year round, this is a good month to buy items such as dishware, baby products and mattresses that could be 40 to 60 percent off. But the best deals are on electronics and appliances. Figuring out what to buy can be difficult because there are many options and a wide range of prices.

If you're in the market for these items, we've got the shopping tips, buying guides, and ratings that can help you find the right models.

Want to know what's on sale the rest of the year? Check our calendar of deals.

1. Super TV Deals

Plasma TVs have gone the way of the VCR, and most new models are LED LCD sets, so that helps streamline your decision-making process. Size and price are likely to be the biggest factors you need to consider. Here's what to look for:  

Think about screen size. Few people buy a TV and wish they’d chosen a smaller screen. For your primary set—for your living room or family room, for example—figure on a 50- to 60-inch screen, or even bigger if your room is very large. For a bedroom or kitchen, 24 to 32 inches should be plenty. 

Consider clarity. Ultra HD (UHD) TVs, also called 4K models, have higher resolution because they offer more pixels. Practically all the televisions in our ratings now use 4K technology except for the smallest TVs. The programming is lagging behind so you'll have to rely on streaming services for now to really see a difference in the resolution.

Shop where you'll get a price guarantee. Smaller sets will likely cost between $150 and $500, while you can expect to spend around $400 to $2,500 for your primary TV—or even more if you want a 65-inch screen or UHD model.

Many retailers will match or beat a lower price from a local competitor, so go to the store with those prices in hand. Even after the sale, some stores promise a refund within a specified period of time, often 30 to 60 days, if they reduce the price of the TV you purchased, or if you find it selling elsewhere for less. Save your receipt and keep checking the ads even after you buy.

Consult our TV buying guide and ratings before shopping to make sure you get a set that performed well in our lab tests.

2. Tablets

Lower-priced tablets have improved a lot. You can get a great 7- or 8-inch tablet for less than $200—or you can pay more for a larger or more powerful model. Our buying guide can help you choose. Two important tips to consider:

Portability. Do you plan to take the tablet with you or mostly use it at home? Tablets that are 8 inches or smaller are usually very thin, weigh less than a pound, and may offer 15 hours of battery life or more. Larger tablets are heavier; they also cost more—around $400. But they offer more versatility and may be your best choice if you want to watch movies, read, type on a separate keyboard, or play games.

For children. If you have kids, you may want to consider a tablet made just for them. These models come with extra parental controls such as website blocking features and app approval. Prices run around $150 to $200.

3. Gaming Consoles

Once you decide on the gaming system you want, you’re locked in to that brand for both the console and the games since games aren’t cross compatible with other systems. So choose wisely.

Buy last year's model.  Kids may clamor for the latest system, but you can save money by purchasing the outgoing model when a new version launches. Otherwise, gaming systems tend to sell at fixed prices and rarely go on sale.

Look for holiday bundles. One way to save is to look for special holiday promotional bundles. These include the console as well as several games and accessories.

4. Headphones

Over-the-ear headphones from Beats and Bose might be the most recognizable models, but our tests show that you don’t have to spend a lot on a big brand name to get quality sound. If you prefer ear buds, the ones that come with your phone may be adequate for your needs. If you want something better, our buying guide can help you determine the best choices.

Consider comfort. Ear buds can be uncomfortable, and some people don’t like wearing headphones over their heads. Once you've figured out the kind of headphone that is most comfortable, consider whether it should work wirelessly and if one kind offers better sound quality than another. Like speakers, headphones might emphasize different parts of the audio spectrum, and you might prefer one sound to another.

Pay attention to policies. If you’re buying headphones as a gift for someone else, be sure to check return policies and ask for a gift receipt.  Headphones can be a very a personal choice so they should be easily returned or exchanged.

5. Coffee Makers

We have ratings on more than 100 models. If you want to give a coffee maker as a gift, our recommendations can help you choose.

Something to keep in mind, though, is that paying more won’t necessarily get you a better product. A basic coffee maker will brew you a decent cup of coffee, and you can get a top-rated drip model for $25. Don’t assume that a higher price tag will mean higher quality. You will pay more for extra features, though. Popular single-serve coffee makers can be affordable—around $80 to $100 for good performers—but you’ll spend more on the single-use pods.

This month, also look for deals on other small kitchen appliances including blenders, food processors, juicers, microwaves, mixers, slow cookers, and toasters.

6. Refrigerators

It can be hard to decide what kind of refrigerator you want. There are so many styles, brands, and features to choose from and they can be expensive. Even a basic model can cost more than $1,000, and fancy fridges can come with a much higher price tag.

Pay attention to Energy Star ratings. Besides the price tag of the refrigerator, consider the costs of all that cooling. We take Energy Star information into consideration for our ratings; don’t overlook this, even if a sale tempts you.

Take trade-offs into account. What are the most important considerations for you? It could be space, price of the built-in features. The most requested feature buyers look for is an in-door ice and water dispenser. But we found that these models typically require the most repairs, use the most energy, and sacrifice storage space.

Also look for deals on other major appliances including washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, ranges, cooktops and wall ovens, freezers, and built-in microwaves.