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Best Buy has been rolling out Black Friday discounts and other offers on everything from TVs and tech devices to large appliances and more all month. Many of those deals are still available as we move through the weekend toward Cyber Monday.

And this year, in an effort to reduce crowds and keep shoppers and workers as safe as possible, we expect to see fewer in-store exclusive deals and more opportunities to save by shopping online. Best Buy, like most 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).

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

Televisions

Insignia 32-Inch 720p Fire TV Edition Smart TV

    This is a nice price on a set from Best Buy’s house brand, provided you’re okay with the high-definition (not UHD) resolution. The model has very good HD picture quality, and the Amazon Fire TV system provides you with easy access to streaming services. The good news is that the price has dropped $20 since we first posted the deal, at both retailers.

     

    CR’s test results: Insignia NS-32DF310NA19

    TCL 40-Inch TCL S-Series Android TV

      While most of the TCL sets we’ve reviewed at Consumer Reports have been Roku TV models, this 40-inch 1080p TCL set—found only at Best Buy—uses the Android TV smart TV platform. It delivers a satisfying high-definition picture, though its viewing angle is fairly narrow and its sound quality is only fair. The Android TV smart TV platform has the voice-enabled Google Assistant built in.

       

      CR’s test results: TCL40S330

      Hisense 43-Inch 4K H55-Series Android Smart TV

        We didn't test this set, but in general entry-level Hisense 4K TVs have done fairly well for picture quality, though not for HDR (high dynamic range), in Consumer Reports testing. Like other Android TVs, it has Chromecast and Google Assistant built in.

        Insignia 50-inch 4K Fire TV Smart TV

          This 50-inch 4K Fire TV from Insignia, Best Buy's house brand, is at a very low price for a set this size. (Only signed-in Best Buy members see this price right now, so we suggest becoming one; it's free.) We didn't test this model, the Insignia NS-50DF710NA21, but other Insignia sets have ranged from middling to decent performers. It's at a very good price right now; it was listed $100 higher at Amazon during the Amazon Prime Day sale.

          TCL 50-Inch 4-Series Roku Smart TV

            This Best Buy exclusive comes at a nice price for a 4K TV this size. And though we can’t vouch for the set’s performance, we can say that we’ve been pleasantly surprised by the overall picture quality of other models from TCL’s entry-level 4K series. But don’t expect them to ace HDR (high dynamic range). Roku TVs are also easy to use and offer lots of streaming services.

            LG 55-Inch CX-Series 4K OLED Smart TV

              Though this 4K OLED TV from LG isn't cheap, it's at the lowest price we've seen so far this year. More important, it's among the best TVs we’ve tested so far in 2020, with top-notch picture quality and effective HDR performance. It also delivers great sound, with support for Dolby Atmos immersive audio. 

               

              CR's test results: LG 55OLEDCXPUA

              Vizio 55-Inch 4K OLED Smart TV

                We’ve been waiting for this deal to drop, and it finally has. Best Buy members who are signed in will see this price, down from $1,300 previously. We tested this set and it does great in our ratings, though it can’t quite match the HDR performance we’ve seen with OLED TVs from LG and Sony. Still, it’s the lowest-priced OLED TV this size, even before the price drop. This set should be appealing to anyone who has wanted an OLED TV.

                 

                CR's test results: Vizio OLED55-H1

                Samsung 58-Inch TU7000-Series 4K Smart TV

                  This is an entry-level model in the company’s mainstream non-QLED 4K TV lineup for 2020. We didn't test this screen size, but the 55-inch Samsung UN55TU7000 was a satisfying overall performer except for HDR, which was ineffective. It's about the same price at both Best Buy and Walmart right now.

                  Samsung 65-Inch TU7000-Series 4K Smart TV

                    We tested this 65-inch 4K smart TV from Samsung, an entry-level model in the company’s mainstream 4K TV lineup for 2020, and it's a decent overall performer, though like many lower-priced sets this size, its HDR performance is ineffective.

                     

                    CR's test results: Samsung UN65TU7000

                     

                    For more discounts: Best Black Friday TV Deals of 2020

                    Sound Bar Speakers

                    Insignia 2.0 Basic Sound Bar

                      A low-priced model we haven't tested, the Insignia NS-HMSB20 is from Best Buy's Insignia house brand for electronics. It's a smaller model—only about 20 inches wide—and it lacks an HDMI input, so connections are made using digital optical or RCA connections. It does have Bluetooth audio.

                      Polk MagniFi Mini Sound Bar

                        We tested this 2.1-channel sound bar speaker system from Polk—a smaller sibling to the Polk MagniFi Max SR, also in our ratings—and it has good overall sound quality. It's a decent choice for casual listeners for both movie soundtracks and music. Living up to its name, the Mini’s main enclosure is quite small—just over a foot long, and only three inches high. It has built-in Bluetooth for streaming from a phone or tablet, and it's Google-friendly, with built-in Chromecast for streaming music from the cloud, and support for the voice-powered Google Assistant. 

                        CR's test results: Polk Audio MagniFi Mini

                        Samsung 5.1.2-Channel Dolby Atmos DTS:X Sound Bar

                          This model, the Samsung HW-Q850T/ZA, appears to be a Best Buy exclusive. It's a full-blown surround-sound system with a separate subwoofer and wireless rear speakers that supports both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X immersive sound formats. Designed to work with Samsung's QLED TVs, the sound bar synchronizes with the TVs speakers to produce a fuller sound. It has a lot of features, and includes the Amazon Alexa voice assistant built in.

                          Vizio Elevate 5.1.4 Sound Bar Speaker

                            This model, the Vizio P514a-H6, is a full surround-sound sound bar system in the company's top Elevate series for 2020. We haven't tested this model, but generally Vizio sound bars have delivered a lot for the money in our ratings. This model has some unique features, such as auto-rotating speakers at the ends of the bar that automatically swivel upwards when playing Dolby Atmos and DTS: X soundtracks, then shift back for regular audio. The system has Bluetooth,WiFi, and Chromecast built in. The system cost $1,000 when it launched, and it's about $100 cheaper at Best Buy right now.

                             

                             

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

                            Streaming Devices

                            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

                              Amazon Fire TV Stick

                                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

                                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

                                  Roku Streaming Stick+

                                    This 4K stick-style player is at the lowest price we’ve seen. (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 other functions; it can also control your TV.

                                     

                                    CR’s test results: Roku Streaming Stick+

                                     

                                     

                                    For more discounts: Best Black Friday Deals on Streaming Devices

                                    Headphones

                                    Apple AirPods (2nd Gen.)

                                      This is the classic version of Apple’s AirPods without noise-canceling tech. Unlike the Pro model, these don’t do very well in our tests—their mediocre sound quality keeps them from earning a Consumer Reports recommendation. Regardless, you can’t argue with the design, convenience, and handy features, and their overwhelming popularity speaks for itself. This is the second-generation model, in which Apple included hardware meant to improve the call quality and a charging case that can be powered using a wireless charging mat. Deals on this model aren’t unheard of, but this $40 off deal is a solid discount. 

                                       

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

                                      Apple AirPods Pro

                                        The AirPods Pro add active noise cancellation to Apple’s ever popular line of true wireless headphones. That’s not the only upgrade, either—our testers find that they have much better sound quality than their predecessors, and they’re the first AirPods model to earn a Consumer Reports recommendation. The AirPods Pro don’t go on sale very often, making this an appealing discount.

                                         

                                        CR’s test results: Apple AirPods Pro true wireless earphones

                                        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

                                          Beats Studio3 Over-Ear Headphones

                                            The Beats Studio3 deliver above-average sound and superb noise-canceling. But at their usual price of $350, they typically don’t make our lists of top picks because there are cheaper models that perform just as well or better. For $175, though, the Studio3 is definitely worth the cost of entry. 

                                             

                                            CR’s test results: Beats Studio3 noise-canceling headphones

                                            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. They have 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 noise-canceling headphones

                                               

                                               

                                              For more discounts: Best Black Friday Deals on Headphones

                                              Laptops, Chromebooks, and Tablets

                                              HP 15-Inch HP 15 Laptop

                                                This is a high-powered 2-in-1 convertible, which means you can not only tackle tough tasks such as video editing, but also fold the touch screen display behind the keyboard and use it like a tablet when you’re ready to admire your work. The laptop features an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of memory, and 512GB of solid-state storage. We haven’t tested the model, but did evaluate an HP 15 with an AMD Ryzen 5 processor and less storage and it scored high enough to earn a CR recommendation.

                                                Lenovo 11.6-Inch Chromebook Flex 3

                                                  This is a nice option for anyone in need of a Chromebook for browsing the web and doing simple productivity tasks. Thanks to the convertible design, you can also fold the touch screen display behind the keyboard and use the device like a tablet. A similar model performed well enough in our labs to earn a recommendation from our testers and this one has even better specs: a MediaTek processor, 4GB of memory, and 32GB of flash storage.

                                                  Lenovo IdeaPad 3

                                                    This is a decent entry-level laptop for routine office tasks. It has an Intel Core i3 processor, 8 gigabytes of memory, and 256GB of solid state storage, all of which are good for managing spreadsheets, editing text documents, and conducting video calls. The model we tested had the same specs but a slightly older processor.

                                                     

                                                    CR’s test results: Lenovo IdeaPad S340-15 laptop computer

                                                    Microsoft 13.5-Inch Surface 3 Laptop

                                                      This laptop has solid specs—an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, and 256GB of solid-state storage—and, according to our testers, the high-res, 4K display produces accurate colors, making it a nice choice for those who enjoy streaming movies on the go.

                                                       

                                                      CR's test results: Microsoft Surface 3 Laptop

                                                      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

                                                        Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

                                                          This is a nice tablet, too, and it comes with an S Pen stylus for those who like to doodle and take notes on the screen. Once again, the tablet has a big, bright display; solid battery life; and plenty of speed for routine tasks. In this case, though, there’s only 64 gigabytes of storage. The model we tested had 128GB. But you can quickly and inexpensively expand the volume with a microSD card.

                                                           

                                                          CR's test results: Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (128GB) Wifi

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          For more discounts: Best Black Friday Laptop Deals

                                                          Smart Home Security

                                                          Ring Stick Up Cam (3rd gen.) Security Camera

                                                            The Ring Stick Up Cam (3rd gen.) is a terrific little security camera that can be placed indoors or out. It offers impressive video quality and response time, as well as strong data security, in our lab tests. It records 1080p HD video and features monitoring zones, voice control via Amazon Alexa, and two-way audio to speak with visitors. With a Ring Protect plan, you’ll get 60 days of cloud video storage, person detection, and periodic photo snapshots between video clips.

                                                            CR's test results: Ring Stick Up Cam (3rd gen.)

                                                            Ring Video Doorbell 3

                                                              The Ring Video Doorbell 3 does quite well in our tests, with strong video quality and data security. Its response time is a little sluggish, though. Still, this doorbell can be battery-powered or hardwired, and it offers 1080p HDR video, voice control via Amazon Alexa, and monitoring zones. With a Ring Protect plan, you’ll get 60 days of cloud video storage, person detection, more customizable monitoring zones, and periodic photo snapshots between video clips. Best Buy and Lowe’s are selling the doorbell for $60 off, while Amazon is selling it for $50 and throwing in a free Amazon Echo Show 5, $90, which you can use to answer the door with a simple voice command.

                                                              CR's test results: Ring Video Doorbell 3

                                                               

                                                               

                                                              For more discounts: Best Black Friday Smart Home Deals

                                                              Bluetooth and Smart Speakers

                                                              Amazon Echo Dot (4th gen.) Smart Speaker

                                                                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.) Smart Speaker

                                                                  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

                                                                  Bose SoundLink Color II Bluetooth Speaker

                                                                    The Bose SoundLink Color II is easy to use, and our testers report that it provides fairly good sound quality, comparing favorably with that of much larger and more expensive speakers. Note that its IPX-4 rating makes it splashproof but not waterproof, unlike some other portable wireless speakers. This $50 discount, available from several retailers, represents a very solid deal. 

                                                                     

                                                                    CR’s test results: Bose SoundLink Color II Bluetooth speaker

                                                                    Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3 Wireless & Bluetooth Speaker

                                                                      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

                                                                      Appliances

                                                                      GE Gas Range

                                                                        The GE JGB735SPSS is a feature-packed gas range with plenty of bells and whistles. It has five burners, including two high-power burners, as well as a built-in griddle. It has a convection oven mode and a steam clean setting for smaller messes inside the oven cavity. In our tests, it offers solid performance all around.


                                                                        CR's test results: GE JGB735SPSS Gas Range

                                                                        Samsung Electric Smoothtop Range

                                                                          At $468, this Samsung NE59M4320SS is nothing short of a steal. It might be low on features, but in our tests, it offers stellar performance. In addition to two high-power burners, it has a stovetop warming element and even convection, which you almost never find in a range at this price.

                                                                           

                                                                          CR's test results: Samsung NE59M4320SS Electric Range

                                                                           

                                                                           

                                                                          For more discounts: Best Black Friday Deals on Ranges

                                                                          LG French-Door Refrigerator

                                                                            Pining for a French-door but worry about the price tag? The LG LFCS22520S is a great option. This 30-inch model costs less than many side-by-sides and bottom-freezers. It also performs quite well in our temperature tests and runs very quietly. The stainless steel fridge has an icemaker, half shelves for better organization, spillproof shelves, and digital controls.

                                                                             

                                                                            CR's test results: LG LFCS22520S refrigerator

                                                                            LG Side-by-Side Refrigerator

                                                                              The LG LSXS26326S is a CR Best Buy pick thanks to its winning combination of performance and value. It performs very well in all of our lab tests, and according to our exclusive member survey, LG side-by-sides have decent reliability, too. This 36-inch model features dual evaporators (to prevent air and odors from mixing between the fridge and freezer), a through-the-door water/ice dispenser, and a stainless steel finish.

                                                                               

                                                                              CR's test results: LG LSXS26326S refrigerator

                                                                               

                                                                               

                                                                              For more discounts: Best Black Friday Deals on Refrigerators

                                                                              LG Front-Loader Washing Machine

                                                                                There’s a lot to like about the LG WM4200HWA. It scores the highest possible rating in our washing test and uses water sparingly. It’s also energy-efficient, and it’s quiet, so you can install it in a living area with confidence that the noise won’t overwhelm. It’s a bit rough on clothes, though, and relatively slow, with a cycle taking 105 minutes. But, as with all LG front-load washers, it earns a top mark for predicted reliability, and scores very well with owners for satisfaction.

                                                                                 

                                                                                CR’s test results: LG WM4200HWA front-load washing machine

                                                                                Matching dryer: LG DLEX4200W (electric) and LG DLGX4201W (gas)

                                                                                LG HE Top-Loader Washing Machine

                                                                                  This top-loading, high-efficiency washer does an excellent job washing, and also is a miser in energy usage. LG high-efficiency top-loaders have standout predicted reliability, based on our exclusive member survey. But this model isn’t particularly gentle on clothes, and guzzles water. You’ll also need patience with its cycle times; its most-aggressive, normal wash is 85 minutes, matched in length by only one other top-loading HE washer in CR’s ratings.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  CR’s test results: LG WT7300CW top-load high-efficiency washing machine

                                                                                  Matching dryer: LG DLE7300WE (electric) and LG DLG7301WE (gas)

                                                                                   

                                                                                   

                                                                                  For more discounts: Best Black Friday Deals on Washing Machines (and Their Matching Dryers)

                                                                                  Vacuums and Robotic Vacuums

                                                                                  iRobot Roomba 960 Robotic Vacuum

                                                                                    Though this vacuum isn’t the latest generation, it’s held strong in the top tier of our ratings for three years. The sale price is $200 less than what you’d typically pay—and the lowest we’ve seen to date. This model earns a standout rating in our bare-floors test and also does a superb job cleaning carpet, though you might have a little difficulty cleaning pet hair out of the brush roller.
                                                                                     

                                                                                    CR's test results: iRobot Roomba 960 robotic vacuum

                                                                                    Hoover OnePwr Blade Max Stick Vacuum

                                                                                      The cordless Hoover ONEPWR Blade Max is an impressive performer in CR’s tests, earning top-notch scores for cleaning bare floors and removing pet hair, and it holds its own on carpet. Plus it zips along the edges of a room, leaving little to nothing behind. The battery has a run time of just over 26 minutes, is replaceable, and can be used with any tool in Hoover’s OnePwr suite of products.


                                                                                      CR's test results: Hoover ONEPWR Blade Max stick vacuum

                                                                                      iRobot Roomba S9+ Robotic Vacuum

                                                                                        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

                                                                                        Small Kitchen Appliances

                                                                                        Keurig K-Select Pod Coffee Maker

                                                                                          The Keurig K-Select is a great little pod brewer that can churn out multiple cups quickly, making it perfect for busy mornings. Our testers find that it brews coffee with very consistent temperature and size, meaning there shouldn’t be much difference between cups. This model features a removable reservoir for easy filling, a height-adjustable drip tray, and an auto-shutoff feature. (If you purchase this at Kohl’s, use the code THANKS to get the discount.)

                                                                                           

                                                                                          CR’s test results: Keurig K-Select pod coffee maker

                                                                                          Ninja Specialty Drip Coffee Maker

                                                                                            If you enjoy crafting specialty coffee drinks like lattes and macchiatos, you’ll love the Ninja Specialty CM401. This drip machine features a built-in milk frother and over-ice and specialty brew modes so you can create any kind of coffee drink you desire. It offers exceptional brew performance in our tests and its carafe is easy to hold and pour.

                                                                                             

                                                                                            CR’s test results: Ninja Specialty CM401 drip coffee maker

                                                                                            Ninja BL770 Blender

                                                                                              The Ninja BL770 is a so-called food system because it comes with several attachments and different-sized containers, including a personal to-go cup and food processor bowl. We found it to be very convenient to use, and it earns admirable scores in our blender tasks for puréeing, crushing ice, and making smoothies.

                                                                                               

                                                                                              CR's test results: Ninja BL770 blender

                                                                                               

                                                                                               

                                                                                              For more discounts: Best Black Friday Deals on Small Kitchen Appliances