46 Products on Deep Discount in November

Bargains will be harder to find this year, but we'll help you find the best sales on products we test

Illustration of a pattern of laptops with a person using one of them. Illustration: Jennifer Tapias Derch

November is traditionally one of the best months to find discounts. But this year, with shortages on a number of products, there won’t be nearly as many as in the past.

There are still bargains out there, however, and we’re here to help you find them. That’s especially important as we enter the holiday shopping season.

Black Friday sales have started earlier and earlier over the past few years. And this year, we saw holiday deals and discounts start in earnest in mid-October. Keep in mind, however, that the same reasons retailers are starting sales earlier are also leading to smaller discounts.

Consumer Reports tracks prices of everything we test to spot drops in price. In addition to popular gifts such as televisions, headphones, air fryers, and cookware, you’ll also see sales on large appliances and mattresses, especially around Veterans Day on Nov. 11. Historically, 46 kinds of products we test reach their lowest prices this month. Below, we’ve highlighted 15 of the most popular items on deep discount in November.

Laptops and Computers

Laptops and computers are always high up on holiday wish lists, so it’s no surprise that retailers tend to offer bigger discounts in November. But this year, don’t expect quite as many offers. With chip shortages leading to lower inventory and higher demand, discounts will be harder to come by.

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In addition to fewer sales on laptops, Chromebooks, and computers, supply chain problems and other concerns are creating shipping delays. If you need a new laptop or want to give one as a gift, the key this year will be to shop early to ensure you get the model in time for the holidays. Pay attention to shipping times when ordering online, and shop around, because some retailers may be able to deliver faster or provide in-store pickup,

Start your search with CR’s buying guide and recommended models to find a few options that fit your needs and budget.

Check out the following deals on laptops and Chromebooks.

Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook
The deal:
$249 at Amazon
CR’s test results:
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook
This interesting hybrid originally cost $330. It straddles the line between tablet and Chromebook, thanks to its use of the Chrome operating system (rather than Android) and the included keyboard, which can be attached directly to the device. Use the touch screen to play games and watch videos, then connect the keyboard and switch to Chromebook mode for schoolwork and the like.

Our testers mostly had good things to say about the Duet, highlighting the bright and easy-to-use outdoor display, 12-hour battery life, and handy parental controls that make it one of the best tablets for kids. The model doesn’t have an SD card slot to expand the storage, but the built-in 128 gigabytes should be enough for typical use.

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 (Core i5)
The deal:
$700 at Best Buy
CR"s test results: Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Core i5 laptop
Released late in 2019, the 12.3-inch Surface Pro 7 performs quite well in our tests. It has a previous-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8 gigabytes of memory, and 128GB of solid state storage. Our testers note strong performance for everything from browsing the web to editing office documents to watching high-resolution streaming video.

If there’s one “but” here, it’s that the battery life is nothing special, coming in between 6 and 11 hours per charge, depending on how hard you push it. Lighter tasks, such as browsing the web, will sip battery; watching 4K videos will deplete it roughly twice as fast.

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook
The deal:
$694 at Amazon
CR’s test results: Samsung Galaxy Chromebook
This is a Chromebook with specs you’d expect to find on a more traditional laptop: an Intel Core i5 processor, 8 gigabytes of memory, and a spacious 256GB solid state drive. That makes it fast and versatile, especially when you factor in the touch-screen display. The battery life is a modest 7 hours, though, so this model may be best suited for those who are fine with being tethered to a charging cable for part of the day.

Televisions

The holidays are one of the best time of years to find a deep discount on a new TV. Usually, you’d expect the biggest sales to happen on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But this year, as with last year, retailers are stretching their sales throughout the month.

If you’re planning to order a larger TV, buy early if you want it delivered, to reduce the risk of shipping delays—or order from a retailer that offers in-store or curbside pickup to get your new TV even sooner.

It pays to do some research before heading to the store because there are countless options available. There are plenty of highly rated makes and models in our ratings, from brands such as LG, Samsung, Sony, and TCL.

Our TV buying guide will help you get the most bang for your buck no matter how much you want to spend. Paid members should consult our TV ratings to make sure you get a set that performed well in our lab tests.

Check out the following TV deals.

Hisense 70-Inch Smart 4K Android TV
The deal:
$550 at Best Buy
CR’s test results: Hisense 70A6G 70-inch TV
This model, sold only at Best Buy, offers satisfying overall picture quality, though like many less expensive sets it falls short when it comes to HDR (high dynamic range) performance. The set uses the Android TV system and comes with built-in Google Assistant.

Insignia 43-Inch Smart 4K Fire TV
The deal:
$270 at Amazon and Best Buy
CR’s test results: Insignia NS-43DF710NA21 43-inch TV
This set from Insignia, Best Buy’s house brand, does a nice job overall with both high-definition and 4K ultra-high definition picture quality. But like many less expensive TVs, it can’t get bright enough to deliver a compelling HDR experience. Amazon’s Fire TV smart streaming service and Alexa voice-enabled digital assistant are built into the set.

LG 65-Inch OLED 4K Smart TV
The deal:
$1,800 at Amazon
CR’s test results: LG OLED65BXPUA 65-inch TV
This is LG’s entry-level OLED TV for 2020. The main difference between this set and the CX models that score just a bit higher in CR’s tests—at a price that’s roughly $200 more—is the slightly less powerful processor. In the end, it performs similarly. And like all the LG OLEDs, it supports Dolby Atmos audio, which can give a soundtrack a three-dimensional effect.

Samsung 75-Inch QLED 4K Smart TV
The deal:
$1,900 at Best Buy
The Samsung QN75QN84AAFXZA appears to be a step-up model in Samsung’s top-tier Neo QLED TV lineup, which uses Mini LEDs in the backlight that can be locally dimmed. It seems very similar to another Neo QLED set, the Samsung QN75QN85A model, which right now is considerably more expensive. We didn’t test this model, but the QN75QN85A set is among the best LCD-based TVs in our ratings.

Air Fryers

Air fryers have numbered among the top holiday gifts for the past few years, so you’ll find plenty of discounts. But with so many models and sizes out there, it’s especially important to check out your options before you buy.

Among the models CR has tested, there turned out to be no discernible difference in the food the testers made, but some air fryers had easier controls, were easier to clean, or were quieter than others.

Learn more about the various features and other factors to consider in CR’s buying guide, then take a look at the recommended models to find the best one for you (or whomever you want to give it to).

Check out the following air fryer deals.

Dreo 4-Qt. Air Fryer
The deal:
$71 at Amazon
CR’s test results: Dreo Air Fryer
The Dreo Air Fryer earns high scores in CR’s tests for the ease and legibility of its controls, ease of cleaning, and relatively quiet operating noise. The basket’s claimed capacity is 4 quarts, but CR’s test engineers measured it at 2.5 quarts. The one-year warranty is on a par with most of the models we test. You’ll need to click the on-page coupon before adding it to your cart to get the savings.

GoWise 5.8-Qt. Air Fryer
The deal:
$85 at Wayfair
CR’s test results: GoWise GW22731 air fryer
A CR Best Buy, this GoWise air fryer has a measured capacity of 4.9 quarts. Its touch buttons and programmed settings are among the easiest to see and use. And this is one of the quietest air fryers we’ve tested. The exterior’s crevices and the basket’s nooks and crannies take some effort to clean, however. Make sure to select the on-page coupon before adding the air fryer to your cart to get the savings.

Headphones

Headphones are always a popular gift item, and you can often find great deals on top models in the weeks leading up to the holidays. The best deals traditionally roll out around Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but this year you can expect to see various sales and savings all month.

However, chip shortages may affect inventory levels, so if you’re after a popular brand like Bose or Sony, you may want to shop earlier than later.

Whether you’re looking for true wireless earbuds or a comfy pair of over-ear headphones that offer noise cancellation, it’s important to research brands and models to ensure that the pair you buy will have the features you’re looking for.

Consumer Reports tests headphones in our labs to measure things like volume, noise cancellation, sound quality, and battery life. Review our recommended models to get more familiar with the best options before you start shopping.

Check out the following headphone deals.

JLab Audio JBuds Air True Wireless Earphones
The deal:
$25 at Amazon and Target
CR’s test results: JLab Audio JBuds Air
Even at full price, these earphones deliver impressive sound quality, beating competitors that cost more than three times as much and earning them a spot in CR’s picks for the best true wireless headphones of 2021. So when you find them on sale at more than 20 percent off, it’s an even bigger bargain.

The JBuds Air have an advertised 3.5-hour battery life and come with a carrying case that will recharge the earphones for an additional two cycles. Other features include support for various digital assistants, three switchable EQ modes to change the tonal balance of the sound, and according to JLab, water resistance. (We don’t test that feature or battery life.)

Sennheiser PXC 550-II Noice-Canceling Headphones
The deal:
$160 at Amazon
CR’s test results: Sennheiser PXC 550-II
These headphones rate with the best when it comes to sound quality and noise cancellation. They also have appealing features, such as adjustable levels of noise reduction and an ambient sound monitoring mode that lets noise from your environment back in so that you can hear what’s happening around you. The model has touch-sensitive controls and an automatic pause feature that stops your audio when you take the headphones off.

Tablets

As with laptops and computers, tablet sales are also prominent this month. In fact, a number of laptops and Chromebooks that score well in CR’s tests can convert to tablets for added functionality.

When choosing the best tablet for yourself or your giftee, consider how it will be used. For Netflix or editing photos, look for something with a larger, higher-quality screen. For simpler tasks, such as playing games and browsing the web, you don’t need to spend a ton. Other factors to consider are battery life, storage capacity (and expansion options), size, weight, and processor power.

To learn more about what will work for you, check out CR’s buying guide and recommended tablets.

Check out the following tablet deal.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
The deal:
$530 at Amazon
CR’s test results: Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 tablet
This high-end 11-inch Android tablet has a generous 256 gigabytes of built-in storage (and an SD card slot for adding up to 1 terabyte more) for those with large photo, video, and game libraries. Our testers say the model has a vibrant display, is plenty powerful, and has a battery that lasts up to 13 hours.

Vacuums

Vacuums, including robotic vacuum cleaners, are among the more popular gift options around the holidays, and you’ll find lots of discounts on top models. This is an ideal time to finally replace your old one with an upgrade or surprise a loved one who loves to clean with a fancy new model.

There are so many kinds of vacuums to choose from that it can be daunting to decide on the best option for your home. To make the choice easier, review our vacuum cleaner buying guide as well as our ratings to select the right brand and model for your budget.

Check out the following vacuum deals.

Ecovacs Deebot 711 Robotic Vacuum
The deal:
$149 at Walmart
CR’s test results: Ecovacs Deebot 711 robotic vacuum
The Deebot 711 makes a great choice if you have mostly hardwood floors (it excelled in CR’s bare-floor tests) and don’t want to spend too much. But if your home is carpeted, and especially if you have pets, this isn’t the best choice because its test scores in those categories are middling and lackluster. The Deebot 711 can be controlled via a smartphone app, giving you an easier way to start a cleaning cycle.

Shark Vertex Ultralight Corded Stick Vacuum
The deal: $219 at Walmart; $239 at Amazon
CR’s test results: Shark Vertex Ultralight HZ2002 stick vacuum
The “ultralight” moniker for the Shark Vertex Ultralight HZ2002 refers to its light hand vac mode (our testers weighed it at 2.9 pounds). The Shark aced our tests for carpet, bare floors, and pet hair, and has scores for cleaning edges that are almost as impressive. Although not as versatile as a cordless vacuum, this model has a 30-foot cord that’s long enough so that you won’t have to constantly map out your electrical outlets.

Tineco Pure ONE S11 Tango EX Cordless Stick Vacuum
The deal:
$350 at Amazon
CR’s test results: Tineco Pure One S11 Tango EX
The feature-packed Tango EX usually costs a bit more than the Tineco Pure One S11, but the performance is similar and this sale puts them at the same price. This model has all the bells and whistles of its brandmate, including an LED panel that indicates battery life and suction power. It costs a bit more because in addition to the main power brush, it comes with a soft power brush, a nice extra if you have wood floors. It runs for 17 minutes on one charge. You can use Tineco’s app to monitor battery life, but if you don’t want to be bothered with another app on your phone, you can get all the information you need from the LED panel.

Cookware

Cookware often goes on sale in November because it’s perfect for gift-giving and often sought after by anyone throwing holiday parties or hosting loved ones.

Whether you want a Dutch oven, a frying pan, or a full cookware set, you may be able to find a deal on a top-tested model.

There are many factors that define quality cookware, whether you’re looking for cast iron, nonstick, or stainless steel. Consumer Reports tests dozens of pots, pans, and Dutch ovens from brands such as All-Clad, Cuisinart, Lodge, Pioneer Woman, and more to help you make an informed purchase.

Check out the following cookware deals.

Cuisinart 12-Piece Green Gourmet Nonstick Cookware Set
The deal:
$220 at Amazon and Target
CR’s test results: Cuisinart Green Gourmet Hard Anodized GG-12 cookware set
The 12-piece Cuisinart Green Gourmet nonstick set aces all our key cooking tests. This set originally sold for more than $500 but typically retails for closer to $260 and rarely dips lower. Pancakes brown evenly in the frying pan, and eggs slide out one after another without sticking. We were able to easily maintain sauce at a low simmer, and the 6-quart Dutch oven quickly brought water to a near-boil. This top-scoring set is made of anodized aluminum, a process that hardens the surface. One of the pieces is a steamer insert.

Kenmore 12-Piece Arlington Ceramic Nonstick Cookware Set
The deal:
$94 at Macy’s
CR’s test results: Kenmore Arlington Metallic cookware set
its performance in the kitchen. Cooking evenness and speed of heating are top-notch, and the nonstick coating is so slick that you’ll never be stuck with egg residue in the pan. Our sauces simmered without scorching, and the nonstick coating is durable, earning impressive scores in that test. The handles stay cool to the touch when cooking but could be more sturdy, typical of pans in this price range.

To get this sale price, you’ll have to enter the code FRIEND at checkout.

Coffee Makers

Coffee makers are great gifts for any caffeine lovers on your gift list, and there are loads to choose from no matter their brewing style or your budget.

Some drip coffee makers sell for under $30 while others that grind the beans or connect with your smartphone can run you well over $200. But you should be able to find the model you want on sale this month.

If your giftee loves their lattes, there are espresso makers and pod coffee makers that can deliver the barista experience at home. And for the loved one who drinks iced coffee all year long, you can often find discounts on cold-brew makers in the chillier months.

Not sure where to start? Check out CR’s buying guide to learn about the different types of coffee makers and explore some of the top tested models.

Smartwatches

Smartwatches make great gifts, and with the new Apple Watches that were just released, you may be able to find older-model Apple Watches on sale and even modest deals on the new ones.

There are plenty of other smartwatches, from brands such as Fitbit and Samsung, that may be part of Black Friday specials and other ways to save as well.

You’ll want to make sure the smartwatch you choose is going to fit your lifestyle. First and foremost, it should be compatible with your smartphone. But do you want one that has its own network connectivity? How about a heart rate monitor? Or the ability to pay for purchases? You should also take into account things like size, battery life, and replacement bands.

Read CR’s buying guide to learn more, then check out our ratings to find the best smartwatch for you.

Cameras

Cameras have become something of a luxury because most people now rely on their phones to take photos. That makes cameras perfect for gift-giving, so retailers often discount them for the holiday shopping season.

Once you’ve settled on your budget (cameras can range from a hundred to thousands of dollars), you’ll need to decide on the type of camera you want. A simple point-and-shoot is great if your phone camera isn’t up to snuff. But you may want something more powerful, like a DSLR, if you’re looking to capture top-notch photos.

Because choosing the right digital camera can be overwhelming, spend some time doing a little homework before you shop. Determine which type will best suit your needs and how much you’re willing to spend, taking into account accessories such as lenses, SD cards, card readers, spare batteries, and more. Our digital camera buying guide and ratings give you the details on different models, as well as information on features and brands.

Smart Speakers

Smart speakers enable a lot of entertainment and smart home options, and they make great gifts, so you’ll usually see a slew of deals on all the top brands this month. They originally were best used as virtual assistants, but now there’s a wide world of options that offer impressive sound quality for music playback.

There are three virtual assistants: Amazon Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and Google Assistant. Siri is available only in the Apple HomePod, but you can find a variety of brands offering smart speakers that rely on Alexa or Google. These assistants can set reminders and timers, call an Uber, order pizza, answer trivia questions, share news and weather updates, and so much more.

Smart speakers can be especially useful if you have any smart devices in your home, providing voice control for things like lights, thermostats, and even TVs. Just make sure to check compatibility because not every device works with every smart speaker.

CR has tested 42 smart speakers for sound quality, versatility, and ease of use, among other factors, to help you choose the best option for your home.

Wireless and Bluetooth Speakers

Similar to many items on this list, wireless speakers make great gifts, and retailers roll out discounts on them this time of year for that exact reason.

Decent Bluetooth speakers can cost from $20 to $800. Some are waterproof, some have a longer-than-average Bluetooth range or extended battery life, and some may have smart features such as Amazon Alexa compatibility or companion apps. Of course, not all speakers sound the same, so if you fancy yourself an audiophile, be prepared to spend a bit more for quality playback.

CR’s buying guide and product ratings can help you determine the best options so that you can navigate Black Friday sales and find the speaker you want for less.

Mattresses

The holiday shopping season is often a good time to find a solid discount on a mattress.

Retailers always offer savings for Black Friday, and, thanks to Veterans Day, the deals will start early and last all month. Expect savings from popular mattress brands such as Avocado and Tuft & Needle, as well as retailers like Mattress Firm and US-Mattress.

There’s a lot to consider when buying a new mattress, and your decision will depend mostly on your body type and sleeping habits. Some mattresses are made with organic materials, some incorporate coils and memory foam, and some have special materials like cooling gels. And their prices range from a few hundred dollars to well over $1,000, so your budget will affect your choices as well.

You can find out more about mattress options by reading CR’s buying guide and reviewing our mattress ratings. A good mattress should last you eight to 10 years, so explore your options and invest in one that will suit your sleeping style for years to come.

Printers

If you’ve been meaning to get a new printer, you may be able to find a good deal on a top model, thanks to Black Friday sales. There are plenty of options to choose from—some models can scan and fax, and others stick to basic printing functions.

You’ll have to choose between two main types of printers: laser and inkjet. Some may be able to make copies or offer wireless printing over WiFi. CR’s buying guide can give you a more in-depth look at the options and the best models so that you’ll be ready to buy when the printer you want goes on sale.

Home Security Cameras

If you’re working to make your home safer and more secure, consider home security cameras that you can set up yourself and monitor right from your smartphone.

November is a great time to find discounts on security cameras. Since smart security cameras first became available, they’ve only gotten better and more reasonably priced. There are indoor and outdoor cameras, as well as video doorbells, for optimal safety no matter your needs

Home security cameras can provide peace of mind by letting you see that your kids arrived home safely from school, or that the dog walker showed up as scheduled, or that a package arrived. And companies keep making these cameras smarter through software updates that add new features, such as person detection and facial recognition.

We have found, however, that most of the models we tested don’t always deliver the high-definition video quality their manufacturers promise. And many models require you to pay monthly fees for some of the most important features, such as cloud video storage and monitoring zones (the ability to focus on or, alternatively, ignore motion within a designated area of the camera’s field of view).

With so many types of models and features, it can be hard to know what to look for. Read CR’s home security camera buying guide to narrow down your options and find the best product for your home before you start to look for deals and discounts.

Other Products on Deep Discount

In addition to the 15 products listed above, a whole lot of products go on sale in November, thanks largely to Black Friday. CR’s data has found that the 31 categories below are also deeply discounted this month. So if you need or want to gift anything below, you should be able to find opportunities to save on top options from our tests.

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Samantha B. Gordon

I am an avid writer, editor, and consumer with an unusually deep love for finding amazing deals on amazing products, especially when those things can make my life, or yours, a little easier. When I'm not critiquing deals to find the best of the best, you can find me crafting on a barstool with a fancy cocktail or editing a science fiction novel (also with a cocktail). Follow me on Twitter (@sam_the_editor).