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Amazon is one of the go-to online retailers for deals, especially around Black Friday and Cyber Monday. And now that the sales have started, Amazon has countless deals, but not every one is a winner.

Every year, Amazon offers its best discounts on its own devices, including Echo smart speakers, Fire TV streaming devices, and Fire tablets. But that’s far from all the deals you’ll find here. CR’s experts have been tirelessly scouring sale ads and retailer sites to find the best discounts on top-tested items, and we’ll continue to search and update our deals coverage through Cyber Monday and into Cyber Week.

Amazon has deals on everything from headphones to laptops, speakers, and streaming devices, as well as small kitchen appliances, vacuums, and more. Below you’ll find the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals we’ve come across so far. Be sure to check back often to see the latest offers.

Go to Consumer Reports’ Holiday Gift Guide for updates on deals, expert product reviews, insider tips on shopping, and much more.

Headphones

Beats Beats Solo Pro Noise-Canceling Headphones

    These noise-canceling headphones are usually a little too expensive to justify their performance, but they’re a decent deal, and some colors are discounted as low as $170 right now. The Solo Pro Wireless gets an above-average rating for sound quality in our tests, and the noise cancellation is superb. Before you pick them up, though, you may want to check out other noise-canceling options available for $200 or less.

     

    CR’s test results: Beats Solo Pro noise-canceling headphones

    Sony WF-1000XM3 True Wireless Earbuds

      The 1000XM3 headphones are a popular noise-canceling model from Sony with a true wireless design, meaning there’s no cable connecting the earpieces. They get solid marks in our ratings for audio quality and blocking out sound. They have touch controls, adjustable levels of noise cancellation, a generous battery life, and a slew of other features. They aren’t our No. 1 noise-canceling pick, but at this price they’re a great value—the headphones are worthwhile even at full price.

       

      CR’s test results: Sony WF-1000XM3 true wireless earphones

      Sony WH-1000XM4 Over-Ear Headphones

        Sony’s flagship noise-canceling headphone is one of the most popular models on the market, and it does well in CR’s tests. We give it high marks for sound quality, and it performs even better at blocking out unwanted noise from your environment. It has touch controls, adjustable levels of noise cancellation, a generous battery life, and a slew of other features. Target is selling this model at a nice discount from the usual $350 sticker price. 

         

        CR’s test results: Sony WH-1000XM4 over-ear headphones

         

        For more discounts: Best Black Friday Deals on Headphones

        Tablets

        Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition

          This model comes with a thick and chunky rubber case that protects it from falls. Even more comforting is Amazon’s “two-year, worry-free guarantee,” which means it will replace your tablet if it breaks. The deal also includes a one-year free subscription to Amazon Kids+, which gives you and your family access to thousands of kid-friendly movies, TV shows, books, and apps. Better yet, Amazon’s robust parental controls allow you to create different profiles for different kids, setting hard limits on what each can look at, and when and how long the tablet can be used.

           

          CR’s test results: Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet

          Amazon Fire 10 HD

            We haven’t yet evaluated this model, but the 2019 version is the highest-scoring Amazon tablet in our ratings. The 10-inch screen is bright and crisp, and has a wide viewing angle, which makes it ideal for watching movies and TV shows with friends. The battery life is impressive, too. And thanks to an SD card reader, you can easily expand the storage if 32 gigabytes seems too tight.

             

            As of Saturday morning, it looks like Amazon will have this back in stock Dec. 9. You can still order at the sale price—it just won’t ship right away.

            Samsung Galaxy Tab A

              This tablet has a lot to offer, even without the discount. It features a big, bright display, 128 gigabytes of storage for downloaded games and shows, solid battery life, and the speed to tackle everyday tasks, such as web browsing and email, with ease. And if you have little ones, you’ll appreciate the parental controls.

               

              CR’s test results: Samsung Galaxy Tab A 2019 tablet

               

               

              For more discounts: Best Black Friday Deals on Laptops and Tablets

              Bluetooth and Smart Speakers

              Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen.)

                This previous-generation Echo Dot is the cheapest way into the Alexa smart speaker universe, even at full price. This deal is a no-brainer if you want an Echo for its smarts, as opposed to its sound quality. Just note that if you order from Amazon, it will take 3-6 months to ship.

                 

                Alexa lives in the cloud rather than on the device itself, and this speaker is perfectly fine for listening to podcasts, getting a weather report, ordering a pizza, or doing other smart speaker tasks. It’s just not an ideal vehicle for listening to music. This fall, Amazon introduced a new, globe-shaped Echo Dot that sells for $50. The sound on that speaker is somewhat improved, but not enough to make it a good choice for playing music.

                 

                CR's test results: Amazon Echo Dot (3rd generation) smart speaker

                Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen.)

                  The latest version of the Echo Dot features new styling, a spherical look that’s a shrunken version of the larger and more expensive Echo, which is also new. In terms of smart speaker performance, the Dot hasn’t changed much from its hockey-puck-like predecessor, and still works about as well as the company’s more expensive models. That’s because most of Alexa’s heavy duty artificial intelligence work is done on Amazon’s cloud servers. Which makes the Dot a good value in that regard. Music is another story. Our testers find the newest Dot to sound somewhat better than its predecessors, with slightly clearer highs and a bit more bass. However, the Dot is still best for listening close-by to a podcast rather than for filling a room with music.

                   

                  CR’s test results: Amazon Echo Dot (4th generation) smart speaker

                  Amazon Echo Show (2nd gen.)

                    The Amazon Echo Show, which features a 10-inch touch screen, is among CR’s top-rated smart speakers with screens. Our testers give it high marks for versatility, as well as its surprisingly good sound quality. Note, however, that Amazon plans to introduce a new, similarly sized smart screen, the Echo Show 10, before the holidays. The new model, which isn't yet available and we haven't yet tested, features a motorized screen that can pivot to follow you around the room. The Show 10 will sell for about $249, $100 more than the second-generation Echo Show, making this speaker a great deal at the discounted price.

                     

                    CR's test results: Amazon Echo Show (2nd Generation) smart speaker

                    Amazon Echo Studio

                      Our testers report that the Studio is the best-sounding Amazon smart speaker ever. It handles voices beautifully, and delivers strong bass and enough volume to fill a midsized to large room. The Studio features a Zigbee smart home hub that allows the speaker to control compatible devices without an app. (Smart devices that connect to WiFi don’t need Zigbee, but lots of smart lights and other gadgets do require it.) The Studio can also work as a part of a multiroom system with other Echo speakers. The $40 discount represents a good deal. And if you’re considering a gift for a music lover, it’s probably worth spending the extra money to purchase this speaker rather than the standard Echo. 

                       

                      CR’s test results: Amazon Echo Studio smart speaker

                      JBL Flip 5

                        Our testers find the Flip 5 to be a solid performer, with slightly bass-heavy sound that should please less-than-critical listeners, and enough volume for a midsized room. Bluetooth pairing is easy, although the low-contrast external controls could be a bit easier to see and use. JBL claims that the IPX7 rating makes the speaker waterproof. 

                         

                        CR’s test results: JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth speaker

                        Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3

                          The Megaboom 3 is a solid choice for outdoor fun. It’s colorful and waterproof, with almost comically large volume buttons. While it’s larger than many portable Bluetooth models, that size is worth it because it helps to give the UE solid bass and more than enough volume for playing alfresco. This sale slashes the price in half, which makes it an excellent buy.

                           

                          CR’s test results: Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3 Bluetooth speaker

                           

                           

                          For more discounts: Best Black Friday Deals on Bluetooth and Smart Speakers

                          Sound Bars

                          Samsung 3.1.2 Q70T Sound Bar Speaker

                            This two-piece sound bar, the Samsung HW-Q70T, has a main enclosure with left, center, and right channels, plus upfiring drivers for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X immersive sound formats. It also has a separate wireless subwoofer. Like other models designed to work with Samsung QLED TVs, it has a mode that synchronizes the sound bar with the TV’s speakers to produce a fuller sound. It also has built-in Bluetooth. (Note: We haven’t tested this, or other Q-series sound bars.)

                             

                             

                            For more discounts: Best Black Friday Deals on Sound Bar Speakers

                            Streaming Devices

                            Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

                              The 4K version of Amazon’s Fire TV Stick costs just $2 more than the HD version during this Black Friday sale. And it offers a nice array of content and features—including voice control and support for Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10+—for the price. Bonuses include the ability to control it from Alexa-enabled devices such as the Echo or Dot and the included remote, which can be used to control power and volume on many TVs and sound bar speakers.

                               

                              CR’s test results: Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K streaming device

                              Amazon Fire TV Cube

                                The 4K-ready Fire TV Cube is essentially a mashup of two popular Alexa-powered devices—the Fire TV streaming player and the Echo Dot smart speaker. It adds universal remote-control capability to the mix. The updated model has a more powerful processor, a faster response time, and Dolby Vision HDR. (All players support HDR10, and some additionally support Dolby Vision, HDR10+, or HLG.) Unique among streaming players is the device’s ability to control a host of other compatible A/V gear, including TVs, sound bars, receivers, and even some cable and satellite boxes. And, right now, the Fire TV Cube is selling for $40 less than usual, so this might be the best deal of the bunch.

                                 

                                CR’s test results: Amazon Fire TV Cube streaming device

                                Amazon Fire TV Stick

                                  We haven’t tested the updated Fire TV Stick, but it has a faster processor than its predecessor, according to Amazon, plus support for both HDR and Dolby Atmos 3D audio, despite being limited to HD (1080p, not 4K) video. (Formats include HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG.) The player also comes with an updated voice-enabled remote control; in addition to working with Amazon’s Alexa voice-powered digital assistant, it includes power, volume, and mute buttons that let you control a compatible TV, sound bar, or receiver.

                                  Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite

                                    This model was introduced in the fall, so we haven’t tested it yet. Like the pricier Fire TV Stick, it’s limited to HD resolution (as opposed to 4K), but lacks Dolby Atmos audio and the remote with the TV controls included with the Fire TV Stick remote. It, too, supports HDR.

                                    Roku Premiere

                                      The Roku Premiere is a good option for those looking for a fairly basic, low-cost 4K streaming player that supports HDR (HDR10). It comes with a simple remote, but as with other Roku models, you can download the free Roku app to add voice commands for searching, and enjoy privately listening to audio from streaming channels and live TV via headphones connected to your phone.

                                      Roku Ultra

                                        The Roku Ultra—the company’s top-of-the-line 4K streaming media device—has been redesigned, with new features, including built-in Bluetooth for streaming music from mobile devices and support for both Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos 3D sound. It has an improved WiFi range, so the player can be placed farther from your router, too. An HDMI cable is included. And right now it’s $30 less than usual, making it one of the better Black Friday deals for those looking for a top-performing model.

                                        Roku Streambar

                                          The Roku Streambar combines built-in Roku 4K HDR streaming with a compact sound bar speaker that can be added to any TV. The sound bar has built-in Bluetooth for streaming from a mobile device, and it can be paired with optional Roku wireless speakers and a Roku wireless subwoofer to create a true surround-sound system. It comes with both an HDMI and a digital optical cable.

                                           

                                          CR’s test results: Roku Streambar sound bar speaker and streaming device

                                          Roku Streaming Stick+

                                            This 4K stick-style player is at the lowest price we’ve seen it. (Roku says current sale prices are good only until Nov. 30.) Features include a wireless receiver with improved range and an enhanced voice remote that lets you use voice commands for search and some other functions; it can also control your TV.

                                             

                                            CR’s test results: Roku Streaming Stick+ streaming device

                                             

                                            For more discounts: Best Black Friday Deals on Streaming Devices

                                            Small Kitchen Appliances

                                            SodaStream Fizzi

                                              The SodaStream Fizzi was already the best budget soda maker in Consumer Reports’ tests before its price was slashed by as much as 49 percent. The Fizzi scores almost as well as the top model in our ratings (the Fizzi One Touch) for making seltzer with a consistent amount of bubbles. It’s among the easiest soda makers to use, too—insert your bottle top in a clamp, push the clamp into place, and push start.

                                               

                                              The Fizzi’s bottle caps stay on well when the contents are under pressure. The CO2 injector sits at the top of the water line, so gas entering the bottle doesn’t freeze the water in the nozzle and ice up the works—a problem for some soda makers. You can customize the amount of fizz in your soda simply by pressing the button for longer or shorter times.

                                               

                                              If ordering from Kohl’s, you’ll need to enter the code YOUGET20 at checkout to get this discounted price.

                                              Vacuums and Robotic Vacuums

                                              iRobot Roomba S9+

                                                A recent debut from iRobot, the S9+ is the most expensive robovac in our ratings—even on sale. But it’s top-tier in terms of performance, too. It has a self-cleaning bin at its docking station. If you or someone you live with has allergies, that self-emptying bin can help eliminate excess particles reentering the air in your home. Most robotics are quiet when they clean, but our testers note that this model is exceptionally quiet. It also is fantastic at picking up pet hair.

                                                 

                                                CR’s test results: iRobot Roomba S9+ robotic vacuum

                                                LG CordZero

                                                  The cordless lightweight LG CordZero A9 gets top marks on all CR performance tests, including an Excellent rating for bare floors. It’s pricey, though—even on sale. It comes with two brushes, one soft roller for hard surfaces and a brush for carpets. The LG is equipped with two batteries, so you can charge one while vacuuming with the other. The charging stand is self-standing, so there’s no need to hang it on a wall.


                                                  CR’s test results: LG CordZero A9 cordless stick vacuum

                                                   

                                                  For more discounts: Best Black Friday Deals on Vacuums and Robotic Vacuums

                                                  Cookware

                                                  Anolon Copper Stainless Steel Cookware Set

                                                    The attractive 10-piece Anolon Nouvelle Copper stainless set has a five-layer metal base, including a copper core that rings the bottom. This set earns a top rating for cooking evenness, and speed of heating in the 6-quart stockpot is solid, too. Simmering in the saucepan, however, is only so-so, and the eggs needed nudging out of the pan in our food release test.

                                                     

                                                    If you’re ordering from Amazon, be sure to select the box for the on-page coupon to take an addition $25 off the price.

                                                     

                                                     

                                                    CR’s test results: Anolon Nouvelle Copper stainless steel cookware set

                                                    Cuisinart Green Gourmet Nonstick Cookware Set

                                                      This cookware set is one of the top nonstick sets CR has put to the test, and it costs about $50 less than usual in a few places right now. The set aces all CR’s key cooking tests, including evenness and food release. Sauces stay at a low simmer, and the 6-quart Dutch oven quickly brings water to a near-boil. Nonstick durability is a notch below the top. This anodized aluminum set is dishwasher-safe, and oven-safe to 500° F. 

                                                       

                                                      If you’re ordering from Amazon, be sure to select the box for the on-page coupon to take an addition $49 off the price.

                                                       

                                                      CR’s test results: Cuisinart Green Gourmet nonstick cookware

                                                      Staub Cocotte Dutch Oven

                                                        The Staub Cocotte holds 5.5 quarts and is one of the more expensive Dutch ovens in our tests. It earns a solid rating in our browning test, but it’s worth noting that the pot’s dark interior makes it trickier to see whether meat is browning—and to tell just how clean the pot is after washing. It weighs 13 pounds, and the cooking surface is 8 inches in diameter.

                                                         

                                                        CR’s test results: Staub Cocotte Dutch oven

                                                        Mattresses

                                                        GhostBed GhostBed (Queen)

                                                          This online-only mattress-in-a-box retailer is offering a discount on its namesake GhostBed. The company is throwing in two free pillows on top of the 30 percent discount. Amazon has the same mattress for $50 less but without the pillows. Shipping is free for Prime members, but the mattress doesn’t qualify for two-day shipping, so check the estimated arrival date before you order. The queen-size GhostBed does well in our tests for supporting petites who sleep on their back, and it earns top marks for durability, which means it shows little change in performance after about eight years of simulated use in our tests.

                                                           

                                                          CR’s test results: GhostBed The GhostBed foam mattress

                                                           

                                                          For more discounts: Best Black Friday Deals on Mattresses