Best Cyber Monday Deals at Best Buy

CR's experts have found the best discounts on top-rated products at Best Buy

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Best Buy began rolling out its Black Friday and Cyber Monday discounts for the last few weeks. And now that Cyber Monday is here, this is the last chance to score the bets savings on everything from TVs and tech devices to large home appliances and more.

Best Buy, like many retailers with brick-and-mortar locations, is offering curbside and in-store pickup options for online orders. This can be a great alternative to regular shipping, which may risk delays and late deliveries with the surge in online shopping for the holiday season.

Consumer Reports is tracking every deal available on tested items to help you find the best offers on great products (and avoid deals that look good on items that may leave you disappointed).

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• Fitness Trackers and Smartwatches
• TVs
• Laptops, Chromebooks, and Tablets
Headphones
• Small Kitchen Appliances
Smart Speakers
Sound Bars
Streaming Devices

Fitness Trackers and Smartwatches

Sleeker than its predecessor, the inexpensive Versa 2 smartwatch features a bright AMOLED display and a microphone that lets you use voice commands to access the built-in Amazon Alexa digital assistant. The model receives praise from our testers for being easy to use and read in both bright and low light. It’s also great at tracking steps and heart rate. The deal runs from Nov. 21-26 and includes $30 in Kohl’s Cash to use on other holiday purchases.

CR’s test results: Fitbit Versa 2

If your gift-getter is a runner, the Versa 3 is a solid smartwatch choice because it has built-in GPS capability. The speaker and the mic allow you to take calls when the watch is tethered to your smartphone. Our testers found the model’s step counting and heart-rate monitoring to be solid, too. The deal at Kohl’s runs Nov. 21-26 and includes $45 in Kohl’s Cash.

CR’s test results: Fitbit Versa 3

Loaded with features and style, the Luxe is a fitness tracker that drifts into smartwatch territory. In addition to Fitbit’s robust array of fitness functions, the model adds an EKG function usually found on smartwatches and some stress-monitoring features. The slim, sleek, and shiny case works as well in the office as the gym. The deal at Kohl’s runs Nov. 21-26 and includes $30 in Kohl’s Cash.

CR’s test results: Fitbit Luxe

This slim, inexpensive tracker offers features such as sleep tracking. The reasonably small screen may send you to the manufacturer’s app in search of more detailed fitness data, but our testers found the heart-rate monitoring and step count to be reasonably accurate. The model doesn’t have GPS, though, which makes it less useful for runners looking to keep track of their mileage.

CR’s test results: Garmin Vivosmart 4

For more discounts: Best Cyber Monday Deals on Apple Watches, Fitness Trackers, and Other Wearables

TVs

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.

CR’s test results: Insignia NS-43DF710NA21 43-inch TV

This 55-inch 4K set, though not cheap, is a good deal—it’s a step-up model in Hisense’s 2021 line, with a lot of features (quantum dots full-array LED backlights) that make it a fine overall performer in terms of both picture quality and HDR performance. It supports HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and HLG HDR formats, and it’s an Android TV with Google Assistant built in, plus it will work with Amazon Alexa-enabled devices.

CR’s test results: Hisense 55U8G 55-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.

CR’s test results: Hisense 70A6G 70-inch TV

This 75-inch 4K smart TV from Hisense—in its entry-level series of ULED sets that feature quantum dots for a wider range of colors—has satisfying overall picture quality, though its HDR effectiveness was limited. It has a number of step-up features, including a full-array LED backlight with local dimming and support for Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos Audio. This model uses the Android TV smart TV platform, with built-in Google Assistant; it will also work with Amazon’s Alexa digital voice assistant.

 CR’s test results: Hisense 75U6G 75-inch TV

This entry-level 4K QLED set is a few hundred dollars cheaper than it was a few weeks ago. Even better, we tested this model, and it’s a very nice set that delivers first-rate overall picture quality, and very good sound. Its HDR performance, though, has limited effectiveness.

CR’s test results: Samsung QN60Q60A 60-inch TV

This TV, in a series that’s a step up from Samsung’s entry-level QLED sets for 2021, delivers great overall picture quality but limited HDR performance. It’s a good deal because the entry-level Q60 model, which lacks some features found on this set, is selling for the same price.

CR’s test results: Samsung QN75Q70A 75-inch TV

Consumers looking for a smaller value-priced smart TV should consider this 2020 set. It has fine overall picture quality, plus Amazon’s Fire TV smart system built in. Like many sets this size, it has a fairly narrow viewing angle, but odds are you’re not planning to host a movie-night party around a 32-inch screen, so that’s not a big concern. And these are decent savings: The model is now back to the same price we saw during Prime Day, making this a great time to buy.

CR’s test results: Toshiba 32LF221U21 32-inch TV

For more discounts: Best Cyber Monday TV Deals

Laptops, Chromebooks, and Tablets

If you’re simply looking to add another screen to the house, a device to keep you and the kids occupied, the 8-inch Amazon Fire HD 8 released in 2020 is hard to beat, especially at its Cyber Monday sale price.

The tablet is more than powerful enough for simple tasks like streaming Netflix and Disney+, playing simple games like Minecraft, and scrolling through social media. It weighs less than 1 pound and has a battery that lasted around 15 hours in our tests. It has 32GB of built-in storage, which isn’t a lot, but the inclusion of a microSD card slot means you can add more storage as needed.

CR’s test results: Amazon Fire HD 8

This is a typical Chromebook: modest specs for a modest price. The model has an Intel Celeron processor, 4 gigabytes of memory, and 32GB of flash storage, which is similar to but slower than solid state. We tested a model with 16GB of storage and it scored okay, landing in the middle of the pack. Though not particularly powerful, the Chromebook on sale could serve a nice role as a cheap secondary device.

This is a higher-end, 14-inch 2-in-1 convertible, which means you can fold the display behind the keyboard via a 360-degree hinge and use the device like a tablet. It has an AMD Ryzen 7 processor, 16 gigabytes of memory, and 512GB of solid state storage. We tested a model with an AMD processor, and it performed well in our labs.

This is another classic Chromebook: lower-end specs in exchange for a relatively inexpensive price. The model has a MediaTek processor, 4 gigabytes of memory, and 32GB of flash storage. If you put aside the pokey performance, you may still appreciate the lengthy battery life (12 hours) and decent display quality. The Chromebook has a 2-in-1 convertible hinge, too, that lets you fold the device into “tent mode” to prop up the screen for easy slide presentation or video viewing.

CR’s test results: Lenovo Chromebook Flex 3

Released late in 2019, this 12.3-inch laptop has solid specs: a previous-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8 gigabytes of memory, and 128GB of solid-state storage. Our testers noted 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 the battery; watching 4K videos will deplete it roughly twice as fast.

CR’s test results: Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Core i5 laptop

This is a higher-end, 15.6-inch 2-in-1 convertible. That means it can double as a tablet when you bend the keyboard behind the display via a 360-degree hinge. In terms of specs, the model has an Intel Core i7 processor, 16 gigabytes of memory, and 1 terabyte of solid state storage.

CR’s test results: Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360

Recently replaced by the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2, this 13.3-inch model still offers good value with 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.

CR’s test results: Samsung Galaxy Chromebook

This is a good deal on a tablet that performed quite well in our labs. Think of it as the Android equivalent of the Apple iPad Mini, one with an 8-inch display, 32 gigabytes of storage, and a battery that lasted about 14 hours in our tests. Bottom line: If you’re looking for a reasonably priced Android tablet, this is good choice, especially at this price.

CR’s test results: Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0

For more discounts: Best Cyber Monday Deals on Laptops, Chromebooks, and Tablets

Headphones

Unlike the AirPods Pro, these second-generation AirPods don’t get high marks for sound in Consumer Reports’ testing. But there’s no denying the appeal of true wireless earphones for many Apple fans. If you buy the earbuds with the standard charging case directly from Apple, you’ll pay $160, but a number of retailers are selling them for much less.

CR’s test results: Apple AirPods (second-generation) true wireless earbuds

The Apple AirPods Max usually have a sticker price north of $500. Are they worth that money? Probably not. These headphones do great in our ratings, but you could spend hundreds less on several models that get better scores, including the Sennheiser PXC 550-II and Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II.

Still, they deliver high-quality sound, their noise cancellation is as good as it gets, and they come with a variety of appealing features. They’re available at a discount in certain colors during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, but they’re still far more expensive than their competitors. If you’re dying to show off Apple’s latest tech, though, this is a great time to snag a pair.

CR’s test results: Apple AirPods Max over-ear headphones

These true wireless noise-canceling headphones from Bose excel in our audio-quality and sound-blocking tests. Their "hybrid" eartips seal the ear without sticking too far in, which is a design that some people find more comfortable than conventional earphones. You get advanced features such as adjustable noise-cancellation, and a 6-hour battery life bolstered by a charging case that will power the headphones two extra times.

CR’s Test Results: Bose QuietComfort Earbuds

You could spend top dollar on the latest noise-canceling headphones from Bose, or you could pick up an older model that gets the exact same score in our ratings. The Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II are still one of the top picks in our noise-canceling headphone ratings, with outstanding scores in our tests. They have long battery life and other sophisticated features, such as adjustable levels of sound blocking and an ambient sound mode that lets outside noise in when you want to hear it.

CR’s test results: Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II over-ear headphones

The earbuds listed higher up are Sony’s latest noise-canceling true wireless headphones, but this older model is still a great product, and you can pick it up cheaper than ever. The WF-1000XM3 has a slightly shorter battery life, and it doesn’t have all of the new pair’s flashiest features, such as Speak-to-Chat, which can automatically pause the music when you start talking.

If that doesn’t scare you off (and it shouldn’t), the XM3 headphones have a lot going for them. They earn superb ratings in our tests for sound quality and noise-cancellation, and they have convenient features like adjustable levels of noise-blocking, one of the more useful extras you’ll get with noise-canceling headphones. And right now they cost around half as much.

CR’s test results: Sony WF-1000XM3

Sony makes some of the best true wireless noise-canceling earbuds on the market, and the WF-1000XM4 is the company’s best model yet. You can expect exceptional audio quality and sound-blocking performance, our testing shows, as well as advanced features such as variable noise cancellation, which you can adjust to let in more or less sound, a monitor mode to actively pipe in audio from your surroundings, and the Speak-to-Chat function, which can automatically pause the music when you start talking.

According to Sony, the XM4 has a 5.5-hour battery life and comes with a portable charging case that holds 16 hours’ worth of power before it needs to be plugged in again. We’re not seeing jaw-dropping bargains on this model so far, but we have spotted a couple of worthwhile discounts.

CR’s test results: Sony WF-1000XM4 true wireless earbuds

Noise-canceling headphones don’t have to cost a fortune. The Sony WH-H910N earns recognition as a CR Best Buy at their normal price, around $200, thanks to dependable audio quality and effective noise-cancellation. Right now, you can find these headphones for cheaper than usual. They have a generous battery life and a slew of convenient features, including adjustable noise-cancellation and monitor mode to let outside sound in on purpose when you want to hear it.

CR’s test results: Sony WH-H910N

For more discounts: Best Cyber Monday Deals on Headphones

Small Kitchen Appliances

This Ninja food chopper ranks in the middle of CR’s ratings. It earns above-average scores for chopping onions for salsa or almonds for pies but gets only an average score for puréeing soups and scores below average for grating Parmesan cheese. It’s also a bit noisy. The 8-cup-capacity chopper has convenient touch-button controls and three speeds, and comes with accessories such as a dough blade, a blender attachment, and even a recipe book. It has a one-year warranty.

CR’s test results: Ninja BL770 Mega Kitchen System

Looking for a blender that will warm your heart during soup season? This full-sized Ninja performs very well overall in CR’s tests—powering its ice-crush and purée functions at 1,400 watts on seven speeds. It includes push-button controls, a 9-cup plastic jar, a convenient removable blade, and a one-year warranty. But it doesn’t come with additional accessories or attachments.

CR’s test results: Ninja BN701 Professional Plus with Auto iQ

This 1,200-watt full-sized Ninja performs well in CR tests. It can handle your smoothie cravings, purée your apple sauce, or crush ice for frozen drinks. It has seven speeds, a 9-cup capacity, and touch-button controls. The Ninja BN801 also comes with a personal blender attachment, a food chopper, a 24-ounce to-go cup, and a one-year warranty.

CR’s test results: Ninja BN801 Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ Blender

This Ninja toaster oven received middle-of-the-road scores in CR’s tests. While it did a pretty good job at turning out toast and it’s fairly easy to clean, its reheating and baking capabilities are just okay. Although we didn’t test the rotisserie or air-frying function, this model comes equipped with those functions. Another positive: It flips up when not in use to minimize counter space. Target will have this model for $60 off.

CR’s test results: Ninja Foodi Digital SP101

For more discounts: Best BlackCyber Monday Deals on Small Kitchen Appliances

Smart Speakers

That’s a nice price. And the Dot’s smart speaker functionality rates right up there with Amazon’s best options, because the processing of Alexa voice commands is done on the company’s cloud-based servers. But the model’s sound leaves a lot to be desired. This is not a bad choice, though, as a) a stocking stuffer b) a speaker for podcasts and other less-than-demanding content or c) a way to add smart speaker functionality to a higher-quality Bluetooth speaker.

CR’s test results: Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen.)

The latest Echo is better than its predecessor in every way. The new Zigbee hub is a useful smart home upgrade. And the sound quality is improved with strong but slightly boomy bass and enough volume to fill a medium-sized room. That said, the latest Echo still can’t compete with the very best sounding smart speakers like the Sonos One or Amazon’s Echo Studio.

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

The Show 5 is Amazon’s smallest smart screen, which makes it flexible in terms of where and how you position it. But our testers report that the sound is kind of unpleasant; grainy, hazy, smeared, and sizzly are some of the terms they use to describe it. So unless you’re very tight on money or space, you may want to spring for the larger and better-sounding Show 8.

CR’s test results: Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd gen.)

The Show 8 has an 8-inch touch screen (ideal for displaying online recipes), responds to voice commands (useful when you’ve got messy hands), and has a camera that can adjust the focus to “follow” you as you move about the room on a video call. The device’s footprint is also significantly smaller than that of the new Show 10, which needs a beach-ball-sized space on the countertop to provide clearance for a rotating screen. As with many smart speakers, though, the Show 8’s sound quality is somewhat lacking, according to our testers, who noted the model’s strident high frequencies.

CR’s test results: Amazon Echo Show 8

The Nest Mini is the least expensive way to get Google Assistant into your life. But the sound quality is marginal at best, neither loud nor particularly clear. The Nest Mini is, however, a solid option if you want to add smart speaker functionality to another speaker.

CR’s test results: Google Nest Mini (2nd gen.)

For more discounts: Best Cyber Monday Deals on Bluetooth and Smart Speakers

Sound Bars

This is a step-up 3.1.2-channel sound bar in LG’s lineup, which adds support for both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X immersive sound. (It can be expanded for true surround sound with an optional LG rear-speaker kit.) We tested this model, and it did well, if not exceptionally so, in our ratings. The main enclosure has upfiring drivers for the height channels, and it includes LG’s Sound Mode Share, which lets it take advantage of an LG TV’s processing power, though we don’t test for this. You can connect it to your TV using Bluetooth or WiFi, or using its HDMI input. This model works with Amazon Alexa, Apple AirPlay 2, and Google Assistant.

CR’s test results: LG SP8YA sound bar

This model, which appears to be a Best Buy exclusive, is a full-featured 5.1-channel sound bar that comes with two wireless rear surround speakers, plus a wireless subwoofer. It’s well priced for its features, and it’s among the better-sounding sound bars in our ratings. Samsung advertises this model as a 7.1-channel system, but it’s not. It will, however, use a feature called Q-Symphony to sync the sound bar’s speakers to a compatible Samsung TV’s speakers. It also supports DTS Virtual:X, which uses signal processing to simulate a 3D audio experience.

CR’s test results: Samsung HW-Q65T/ZA

For more discounts: Best Cyber Monday Deals on Sound Bars

Streaming Devices

This is a highly rated high-definition model, a stick-style streamer that pops into your TV’s HDMI port. The newest version has been updated with a faster processor for quicker app starts. It comes with an Alexa remote, which has TV power and volume controls. To get this price at Kohl’s, you’ll need to wait until the deal kicks in on Nov. 21.

CR’s test results: Amazon Fire TV Stick (third-generation)

This 4K stick-style player has a nice array of content and features—including voice control and Dolby Vision HDR—for the price. You can control it from Alexa-enabled devices such as the Echo and Dot, and use the included remote to control power and volume on many TVs and sound bar speakers.

This is an updated version of the player, which has an Alexa remote control with dedicated buttons for Amazon, Disney+, Hulu, and Netflix. Note that Target is selling an earlier version of the same streaming player, which is the one we tested in our labs.

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

This is an exclusive model made only for Best Buy. It has all the features of the Stick+ but comes with an enhanced voice remote that includes a headphone jack and Roku headphones for private listening, for just a bit more money.

CR’s test results: Roku Streaming Stick+ Headphone Edition

For more discounts: Best Cyber Monday Deals on Streaming Devices