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November is a banner month for discount shopping, with huge deals on everything from home goods to electronics.

And if you're among the 60 percent of people the National Retail Federation says will start shopping for the holidays this month, we've got the tips and buying guides you need to find the best products for your money.

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With the improving economy, consumers are expected to spend more this holiday season. According to NRF, consumers are each expected to drop just over $1,000 on gifts in 2018, on average, compared with almost $970 they spent last year.

The holiday sales tend to kick off on Veterans Day weekend and continue through Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But lately, these big spending days have become less important for shoppers because retailers have spaced their sales throughout the year.

Our analysts track prices year-round, so if you want to know what's on sale in other months, check out our calendar of deals.  


Go to Consumer Reports' 2018 Holiday Central for updates on deals, expert product reviews, insider tips on shopping, and much more.
 

Electronics

Televisions
According to a recent study by the Consumer Technology Association, TVs will once again be the most-wanted tech gift this holiday.

For your next TV, choose one with picture-perfect clarity. From screen size and type to price and features, rapidly improving television technology presents more options than ever.

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best TV for you.

Headphones
Pump up the volume with your favorite type of headphone. Whether you prefer in-ear or over-ear, Bluetooth or noise-canceling, there's a set out there for everyone.

Wireless earbuds are becoming a hot gift item, according to the CTA, with wireless ones becoming a fan favorite.

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best headphones.

Smart Speakers
Use the power of your voice to play music, turn on lights, and check the weather with a smart speaker. We compared sound quality, voice assistance, and ease of use to help you decide on the best fit for your home.

View our ratings and reviews to find the best smart speakers.


Wireless Speakers
Untangle the way you listen to music. Wireless speakers use Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity to let you listen anywhere.

Use our buying guideratings and reviews to find the best wireless and Bluetooth speakers.

Fitness Trackers
Monitor and measure every step you take with a fitness tracker. Find the right one that fits your budget, fitness level, and lifestyle.

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best fitness trackers.

Smartwatches
It's time to find the best smartwatch. With dozens of high-tech features, such as step tracking, heart-rate monitoring, and voice-command capability, smartwatches come with lots of worthwhile features.

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best smartwatches.

Smartphones
Stay in touch with the best cell phones and mobile services. From WiFi and network capabilities to camera and video functionality, phones—and the services you need to operate them—come with more options than ever.

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best cell phone and service provider for you.

Laptops
Power up your search. Laptop, desktop, or 2-in-1? Each has its pros and cons when it comes to portability, cost, screen size, and battery life.

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best desktop computer or laptop.

Printers
Inkjet and laser printers have become more affordable and full-featured.

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best printer for your home or office.

Tablets
Tablets are loaded with features that give you computerlike functionality along with easy portability. Consider price, app availability, and operating systems before you buy.

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best tablets.

Kitchen Appliances

Ranges
From basic electric smoothtops to pro-style ranges, there are more choices for cooking than ever. Our ratings also include induction and coil-top ranges, plus electric, gas, and dual-fuel models.

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best kitchen range.


Dishwashers
The best dishwashers ace our cleaning tests, are relatively quiet, and can have options such as adjustable racks, soil sensors, and stainless steel interiors.

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best dishwashers that really clean up.

Refrigerators
The many options make it easy to choose the right style of refrigerator for your kitchen—whether it's a top-freezer, bottom-freezer, side-by-side, or French-door.

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best refrigerator.

Blenders
Make quality shakes, soups, smoothies, and frozen drinks with a versatile blender. The one that's right for you—from personal to high-performance—depends on what you're cooking up.

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the blenders that crush the competition.

Coffee Makers
Start your day with a good cup of joe. Coffee makers vary among drip, single-serve, and specialty models, with features and conveniences to brew your daily fix.

Cookware
Build your culinary capabilities with new pots and pans. Learn more about the convenience of nonstick pans and stainless steel pots before you buy.

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best cookware.

Laundry & Cleaning

Washing Machines
Washing machines differ considerably in water efficiency, noise, and capacity.

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best top-load, front-load, or HE (high-efficiency) washing machine for your family.

Clothes Dryers
Tumble into a clothes dryer that can offer features like steam modes and dewrinkle drying.

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best electric or gas dryers for all your laundry.

Vacuum Cleaners
Clear through the clutter when choosing the best vacuums. Check out which features really clean up in robotic, upright, and canister models.

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best vacuum cleaner for your household.


More Products for Your Home

Mattresses
Find a comfortable, supportive mattress that really stacks up in terms of durability, stability, and firmness.

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best mattress for you.

Cordless Drills
Equip yourself with the best cordless drill. Find the model that's right for you so that you're prepared for any project.

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best cordless drills.