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Black Friday, like most everything else, is different this year, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

There are fewer advertised deals than we’ve seen in years past, especially on products that have been in high demand, like large appliances.

The good news? Retailers have started their sales earlier this year, so you've had more time to find great deals on quality products. And with Black Friday just a couple days away, the deals and discounts are only getting better.

Consumer Reports’ experts have been poring over Black Friday ads from all the major retailers to find the best prices on products that have scored well in our rigorous lab tests.

You can find impressive sales on cookware, coffee makers, mattresses, and large appliances, as well as tech devices like TVs and headphones.

This year, you won’t see as many in-store-only deals or doorbusters, as retailers aim to keep crowds down and keep customers safe. And most every deal will be available online, so you can shop from home and have items shipped right to your door.

To reduce the risk of shipping delays, you can also look into curbside or in-store pickup options.

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

Cookware

Analon 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. Simmering in the saucepan, however, is only so-so, and the eggs needed nudging out of the pan in our food release test.

     

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

    Cuisinart Green Gourmet Nonstick Cookware Set

      This cookware set is one of the top nonstick sets CR has put to the test, and it’s 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.

       

      CR’s test results: Cuisinart Green Gourmet Hard Anodized GG-12 cookware

      Staub Cocette 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 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 Cocette Dutch oven

        Small Kitchen Appliances

        Ninja BL770 Blender

          This blender is currently marked half off for myBestBuy members as part of the retailer’s early access sale. And Macy’s Black Friday ad shows that it’ll be marking it down to $100 there, the week of Thanksgiving.

           

          The Ninja BL770’s 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

          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

            SodaStream Fizzi Soda Maker

              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, below) 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.

              SodaStream Fizzi One Touch

                The SodaStream Fizzi One Touch, the only soda maker we evaluated that must be plugged into an outlet, gets our highest marks in every test—and now it’s $30 off at more than one retailer. It has three preset levels of carbonation, each with its own control button that you lightly touch to activate. Because the electric-powered One Touch doesn’t require you to hold down a button or lever, it alone earns our top mark for ease of use, and it’s ideal for someone with limited hand strength.

                 

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

                Vacuums and Robotic Vacuums

                LG CordZero A9 Stick Vacuum

                  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 A906SM cordless stick vacuum cleaner

                  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 BH53350 cordless stick vacuum cleaner

                    iRobot Roomba 960

                      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

                       

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

                      Ranges

                      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 offers convection and a steam clean setting for smaller messes inside the oven cavity. In our tests, it offered solid performance all around.


                        CR’s test results: GE JGB735SPSS gas range

                        LG Gas Range

                          This LG LDG4313ST gas range is among the very best range deals we’ve seen for Black Friday. You almost never see a double-oven range for under $1,000 (most start around $1,500), and based on our tests, this is a particularly good model. In addition to two ovens, the range has a built-in griddle burner; continuous cast iron grates, which make it easy to slide pans across the surface; and convection in both ovens.

                          CR’s test results: LG LDG4313ST 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

                            Refrigerators

                            GE French-Door Refrigerator

                              The 33-inch GE GWE19JSLSS is an affordable French-door that offers superb performance in our temperature tests. In fact, its only real flaw is that it’s a bit of an energy hog. If you can look past that, this fridge won’t disappoint. It comes in a stainless steel finish with an icemaker, spillproof shelves, a built-in water filter, and uniquely adjustable shelves that you can raise and lower without removing food.

                               

                              CR’s test results: GE GWE19JSLSS French-door refrigerator

                              Kenmore Side-by-Side Refrigerator

                                Looking for a stylish stainless steel side-by-side? This 36-inch model offers strong performance in our temperature tests, and it’s quite energy-efficient. The only downside is that this fridge doesn’t offer many features compared with the competition. Aside from its finish, this fridge’s only notable feature is a through-the-door water/ice dispenser. But if you’re looking only for the basics, this fridge will suit you well.

                                 

                                CR’s test results: Kenmore 51335 side-by-side refrigerator

                                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 French-door refrigerator

                                   

                                  For more discounts: Best Black Friday Refrigerator Deals

                                  Mattresses

                                  Essentia Stratami (Queen)

                                    The Essentia Stratami is currently 25 percent off its full price for Black Friday—one of the highest discounts we've seen.
                                     

                                    The Stratami has been one of the top-ranking foam mattresses in CR’s ratings for several years. It’s good at supporting people of all sizes, whether they sleep on their side or back, but it earns the highest marks for supporting petite and average-sized people who sleep on their back.
                                     

                                    This mattress meets the two most meaningful organic standards, the Global Organic Latex Standard and the Global Organic Textile Standard.

                                     

                                    CR’s test results: Essentia Stratami

                                    GhostBed GhostBed (Queen)

                                      This online-only mattress-in-a-box retailer is offering a 30 percent discount on the namesake GhostBed and throwing in two free pillows. Amazon has the same mattress for $50 less, if you don’t want or need pillows. Shipping is free for Prime members, but the mattress does not 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

                                      Tuft & Needle Mint (Queen)

                                        Tuft & Needle is sold through its website and has walk-in stores in a handful of cities. But you also might find it—and have the opportunity to toss and turn on it together—at a Crate & Barrel store. In our tests, we found that it has better-than-average support for all body sizes—petite, average, large/tall side sleepers and petite, average, large/tall back sleepers. 

                                         

                                        CR's test results: Tuft & Needle Mint

                                         

                                        For more discounts: Best Black Friday Mattress Deals

                                        Dishwashers

                                        Whirlpool 24-Inch Top-Control Dishwasher

                                          This Whirlpool earns better-than-average ratings for drying and quiet operation, but it takes 145 minutes to finish a normal cycle (that’s on the longer side). This model has ample space for silverware and a third rack on the top for cooking utensils and knives. Right now, you can get it for a little more than $200 off.

                                           

                                          CR's test results: Whirlpool WDT970SAHZ

                                          Air Purifiers

                                          Alen BreatheSmart Classic Air Purifier

                                            This deal will be available on Nov. 27.

                                             

                                            This top-rated air purifier is made for large rooms but it can clean the air even more efficiently when used in a smaller room, like a bedroom. It’s also quiet, which means you can carry on a conversation in the room or sleep soundly while it’s running. We’ve seen high demand for air purifiers this year, so at $175 off, this is a pretty sweet deal.

                                             

                                            CR's test results: Alen BreatheSmart Classic