Best Black Friday Smart Home Deals

We combed through the ads to find the best prices on top-rated smart thermostats, video doorbells, security cameras, and more

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If you’re in the market for a security camera, a video doorbell, a smart thermostat, or another smart home device, you’re going to find plenty of options on sale this Black Friday. While supply issues are plaguing appliances and other electronics, smart home gear appears to be readily available this holiday shopping season.

But not every deal is worth your money. That’s why we reviewed the ads and compared them with our ratings of smart locks, security cameras, security systems, smart thermostats, video doorbells, and more. We’ll update this list as we find more deals on top-rated products. CR members can click on each model name to see detailed ratings and reviews. The deals are listed in alphabetical order, by product type.

Smart Locks

The August Smart Lock is a retrofit model, meaning it replaces only the interior thumb-turn side of your home’s deadbolt. (The benefit of this solution? You can keep your current house keys and let the exterior side of the deadbolt continue to match your front door’s knob or handleset.) This August model does quite well in our tests, especially when it comes to its ease of connectivity and many convenience features. Those features include auto-lock, auto-unlock, an access log to track who comes and goes, and electronic keys for guests. This deal includes the August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge, normally $79 on its own, which adds remote control via the August app and voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

CR’s test results: August Smart Lock AUG-SL04-M01-S04

The retrofit August Smart Lock Pro offers a ton of smart features, including auto-locking and auto-unlocking, voice and app control (via Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit/Siri, Google Assistant, and Samsung SmartThings), access logs, electronic keys, a door sensor (to tell whether the door is closed, not just locked), and compatibility with Z-Wave Plus smart home hubs. This deal includes the August Connect WiFi adapter, $79, which adds remote access features and third-party voice/app control to the lock’s repertoire. It earns top scores for convenience in our tests and is very easy to set up. If you’d like to use PINs with this lock, August sells a separate wireless keypad for $60.

CR’s test results: August Smart Lock Pro AUG-SL-CON

Interested in a smart lock, but tired of hubs and dongles? The August WiFi Smart Lock is one of a growing number of smart locks that connects directly to WiFi, no hub needed. This August is also a retrofit model, meaning it replaces only the interior side of your deadbolt, so you can keep your existing keys. It performs quite well in our tests, including for its ease of remote access and convenience features. Those features include auto-locking and auto-unlocking, voice and app control (via Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit/Siri, Google Assistant, and Samsung SmartThings), access logs, electronic keys, and a door sensor. The lock is on sale for $50 off at a number of retailers, and Best Buy is offering an exclusive bundle of the lock with a wireless keypad, worth $60, for $220.

CR’s test results: August WiFi Smart Lock AUG SL05-M01-G01

The Kwikset Halo Touch is one of a growing number of smart locks with built-in fingerprint scanners, allowing you to lock and unlock your door with just a tap. Better yet, it will hold up well when under attack from a burglar because it scores highly in our tests for kicking and lock picking. Its only weakness is attack from a cordless drill, but that’s common among most smart locks. In addition to its fingerprint scanner, this smart lock features auto-unlocking, electronic keys for letting in guests, remote app control (thanks to its built-in WiFi), and voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Home Depot has this lock on sale for around $200, which includes a matching door lever. The lock by itself normally costs $249.

CR’s test results: Kwikset Halo Touch 959 CNT FPTR WIFI 15

The Wyze Lock is one of the more affordable retrofit smart locks in our ratings, and one of the best. It performs especially well in our tests for convenience and security features. Its features include auto-locking and auto-unlocking, an access log, electronic keys, an integrated door open/close sensor, and voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Amazon is selling the Wyze Lock with an Amazon Echo Dot (third-generation, worth $40), for about $70 off their combined list price.

CR’s test results: Wyze Lock

Smart Security Cameras

The Arlo Essential is one of the company’s best and most affordable wireless security cameras. Plus, it connects directly to WiFi without the need for the $100 Arlo Smart Hub. In our lab tests, it offers superb video quality, as well as strong data security for preventing hacks. Features include a built-in spotlight that allows for color night vision, a rechargeable battery, a siren, and voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Cloud video storage and additional features (such as person, package, vehicle, and animal detection) require an Arlo Secure subscription. This camera normally costs $130 by itself, making this three-pack deal from Amazon a great buy.

CR’s test results: Arlo Essential VMC2030-100NAS

Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera

Arlo’s smart floodlight camera sets itself apart from other models in design alone. The sleek device doesn’t immediately give itself away as a security cam, and because it runs on a rechargeable battery, you won’t have to worry about pesky wires. The camera records a 160-degree angle in 2K (with high dynamic range, or HDR), though our tester found that the quality wasn’t quite as sharp as 2K ought to be. It also has two-way audio and color night vision. You have to pay for a subscription if you want motion detection alerts, though, and we found that setup was a little troublesome, resulting in a call to customer service to get things running smoothly. Amazon is selling the camera for $86 off; Costco is selling it for $70 off and including a free solar panel charger, worth $60.

CR’s review: Arlo Pro 3 floodlight camera

For a higher-end camera, consider the Arlo Pro 4. Like the Arlo Essential, the Pro 4 connects directly to WiFi (no need for a hub), and features a built-in spotlight for color night vision, a rechargeable battery, a siren, and voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. In our tests, it offers great response time for alerts, robust data security, and plenty of smart features. Its only flaw is that its video quality doesn’t match its claimed 2K resolution. Cloud video storage and additional features (such as person, package, vehicle, and animal detection) require an Arlo Secure subscription. By itself, the Arlo Pro 4 lists for $200, but you can get a three-pack of the camera for the price of just two Pro 4 cameras. Best Buy has the best deal, though, throwing in an extra rechargeable battery and a two-battery charging dock at no additional cost.

CR’s test results: Arlo Pro 4 VMC4050P-100NAS

Eufy Floodlight Camera

Floodlight cameras have grown in popularity by leaps and bounds over the past few years, which has helped them become more affordable. The Eufy Floodlight Camera already undercuts the competition with a list price of $180, and Costco is currently selling it for $40 off. In our hands-on evaluation of the camera, we find that it records decent video and that its built-in 2,500-lumen floodlights are plenty bright. Best of all, this camera stores its recordings locally on the device, which means no monthly cloud storage fees. Other features include a 100-decibel siren, monitoring zones to limit motion alerts to certain areas in the camera’s view, and voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. 

CR’s review: Eufy Floodlight Camera

Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Pro

If you’re looking to upgrade your home’s floodlight with a floodlight camera, the Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Pro is a great choice. In our evaluation, the Ring model provides detailed video recordings, especially at night, and impeccably accurate motion alerts, thanks to its radar-based 3D Motion Detection feature. Other included features are monitoring zones and voice control via Amazon Alexa, while a Ring Protect subscription will add a rolling 60 days of cloud video storage, photo snapshots between recordings, and person detection. The best deals are from Amazon and Costco. Amazon is selling this floodlight camera with an Amazon Echo Show 5 (second-generation) for $135 off their combined list price, while Costco is selling it for $60 off list price and including a Ring Stick Up Cam Battery (third-generation), worth $100 (it’s also one of our top-rated security cameras) free of charge.

CR’s test results: Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Pro

Interested in outfitting your home with security cameras? There are a number of good deals on the Ring Stick Up Cam Battery (3rd gen). Amazon is selling it for $75, as well as in a two-pack for $150 and with an Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd gen) for $95. Costco also has a good deal on a three-pack of the Ring Stick Up Cam Battery (3rd gen), netting you three cameras for a little more than the price of two. Our testers found it to have superb video quality, response time for motion alerts, and data security. Among the included features are monitoring zones, voice control via Amazon Alexa, and alert schedules for silencing alerts at certain times of day. With a Ring Protect subscription, you can add a rolling 60 days of cloud video storage, photo snapshots between recordings, and person detection.

CR’s test results: Ring Stick Up Cam Battery (3rd gen)

Smart Security Systems

The Ring Alarm (second-generation) is a top performer in our tests, with high marks for its ease of setup, motion detection, and array of add-on smart home devices. Of course, it works with Ring security cameras and video doorbells to record intruders whenever the alarm goes off. The system also offers optional professional monitoring, where trained dispatchers notify you and police when your alarm goes off, for a monthly fee. There are a number of different-sized kits on sale, but the best are Costco’s 10-piece Ring Alarm (second-generation) starter kit for $100 off list price and Amazon’s eight-piece kit with a Ring Video Doorbell (2020) and an Amazon Echo Show 5 (second-generation) for $195 off their combined list price. Amazon and Ring are also discounting the five-piece kit, five-piece kit with Ring Video Doorbell Wired, eight-piece kit, eight-piece kit with Ring Indoor Cam, eight-piece kit with Ring Indoor Cam and Echo Show 5 (second-generation), 10-piece kit, and 14-piece kit.

CR’s test results: Ring Alarm Security Kit 4K19SZ-0EN0 (second-generation)

Our tests show that SimpliSafe simply makes one of the best home security systems you can buy. The system receives high scores across the board, but it stands out in particular for its ease of setup, motion detection, and array of essential security features. The system also offers optional professional monitoring, where trained dispatchers notify you and police when your alarm goes off, for a monthly fee. A number of different system bundles are currently on sale at Amazon. They all vary in the number of sensors and security cameras they include, so it’s worth checking out each bundle to find the one that best suits your needs. We think the nine-piece bundle for $180, linked above, represents the best value, but Amazon also has five-piece, eight-piece, 10-piece, and 12-piece bundles for sale. But Costco has the best deal on a SimpliSafe kit, a 10-piece bundle for $130.

CR’s test results: SimpliSafe The Essentials SS3-01

Smart Sprinkler Controllers

The Rachio 3 smart sprinkler controller will give any home sprinkler system a water-saving upgrade, thanks to its ability to factor weather forecast data into its programming. We tested the eight-zone version of this controller, which earned high marks for weather responsiveness and its ease of WiFi setup. We expect the 12-zone version on sale at Costco to perform similarly. This controller also works with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit/Siri, Google Assistant, and Samsung SmartThings, allowing you to connect it to other smart home devices and control it with your voice.

CR’s test results: Rachio 8ZULW-C

Smart Thermostats

The Ecobee Smart Thermostat with Voice Control is unusual in that it doubles as a smart thermostat and a full-featured voice assistant on your wall. You have a choice in voice assistants, too. You can use either Amazon Alexa or—provided you own an Apple HomePod smart speaker—Apple Siri. In our thermostat tests, this model offers great automation of heating and cooling, and is very easy to manually control. It also comes with a wireless remote temperature sensor to balance heating and cooling in other areas of your home. Other features include an occupancy sensor to tell whether people are home, vacation scheduling, a touch screen, and app and/or voice control via Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, and Samsung SmartThings.

CR’s test results: Ecobee Smart Thermostat with Voice Control EB-STATe5-01

This smart thermostat from Honeywell does a great job of automating your heating and cooling, and it comes with a wireless remote temperature sensor for more precise temperature control throughout your home. It also offers a number of other features, including geofencing, a built-in occupancy sensor, a touch screen, vacation scheduling, and voice and app control via Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, and Samsung SmartThings. Additional temperature sensors cost $40 each or $75 for a two-pack and are available at Amazon, Best Buy, and Honeywell Home.

CR’s test results: Honeywell Home T9 RCHT9510WF

The Google Nest Learning Thermostat has been around for a while, but it’s still one of the top-rated models in our ratings, thanks to its impeccable automation skills. It also offers a ton of smart features, including an occupancy sensor, geofencing, and voice and app control via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Samsung SmartThings. The thermostat is on sale for $70 off at a number of retailers, but Costco is also including a free wireless remote Nest Temperature Sensor, worth $39. The sensor can be placed in another room away from the thermostat to better balance heating and cooling throughout your home. One note: If your current thermostat lacks a C-wire, you might also need Google’s wiring adapter to complete installation. It’s sold separately for $25 at Amazon, Best Buy, Google, and Walmart.

CR’s test results: Google Nest Learning Thermostat

Smart Video Doorbells

Want a battery-powered video doorbell that isn’t made by Amazon or Google? This Arlo model is a great alternative. In our tests, it receives high scores for its video quality and data security, but we found it to be a bit slow when it comes to its response time for alerts and loading live video feeds. Its features include a rechargeable battery, optional wiring contacts to wire it to a home’s doorbell circuit, high dynamic range for clear video in brightly lit or dark spots, and voice and app control via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Samsung SmartThings. Cloud video storage and additional features (such as person, package, vehicle, and animal detection) require an Arlo Secure subscription.

CR’s test results: Arlo Essential Video Doorbell (Wire-free) AVD2001-100NAS

The Eufy T8200 video doorbell is an all-around great option, with strong scores for video quality, response time, and smart features in our tests. Those features include 4 gigabytes of internal memory to save recordings (no monthly fees here!), monitoring zones, person detection, voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and the ability to leave recorded messages for visitors. Amazon is selling this doorbell for about $50 off its list price.

CR’s test results: Eufy T8200

Google Nest Doorbell (Battery)

While the Google Nest Doorbell (battery) hasn’t made it into our labs yet, it did impress us in our first-look evaluation with its clear, crisp audio and speedy load times. It’s also one of few video doorbells to give you monitoring zones, object recognition (of people, packages, animals, and vehicles), and 3 free hours of cloud video storage without a monthly subscription. The doorbell works with Google Assistant only (Alexa users are out of luck) and has the option to be wired to a doorbell circuit for continuous power. Cloud video storage and additional features (such as face recognition) require a Google Nest Aware subscription.

CR’s review: Google Nest Doorbell (Battery)

The Google Nest Hello, recently rebranded as the Google Nest Doorbell (Wired), is older than its battery-powered sibling, but it’s still one of the best doorbells you can buy. In our tests, it earns high marks for its video quality, response time, and data security. Its features include high dynamic range, geofencing, person detection, unusual sound detection, voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, recorded messages for when you can’t answer the door, and a rolling 3 hours of motion-triggered snapshots (not video clips). Cloud video storage and additional features (such as package detection) require a Google Nest Aware subscription.

CR’s test results: Google Nest Hello Video Doorbell

The Ring Video Doorbell Wired is the cheapest model in Ring’s lineup at just $60, but the doorbell is on sale for $42, making now a great time to give your front door an upgrade. In our tests, this bell receives high scores for its video quality and data security, but we found its response time and free feature set a bit lacking. The latter mainly includes monitoring zones and voice control via Amazon Alexa. And while this doorbell needs to be wired for power, it will not ring your home’s existing doorbell chime. However, Amazon is selling it with a free Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen), worth $40. Alternatively, you can buy the doorbell with an Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd gen), which can act as a chime and display live video feeds from the doorbell, for $62, or with a plug-in Ring Chime for $72. Cloud video storage and additional features require a Ring Protect subscription. Existing Ring Protect Plus and Ring Protect Pro subscribers can also receive an additional 10 percent discount either at Ring.com or Amazon (provided you’ve linked your Amazon and Ring accounts together).

CR’s test results: Ring Video Doorbell Wired

Ring makes a variety of video doorbells to hit different price points and needs. The Ring Video Doorbell (2020) is the company’s most affordable battery-powered model. It performs pretty well in our tests, with strong scores for data security, video quality, and response time for alerts and loading live video feeds. Its features include alert schedules, monitoring zones, and voice/app control via Amazon Alexa and Samsung SmartThings. Amazon is selling the doorbell by itself for $80, a savings of 20 percent, but you can take an extra $10 off by ordering through Alexa. All you have to do is say, "Alexa, order a Ring Video Doorbell." Alternatively, you can get the doorbell with an Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd gen) for $90, a savings of over 50 percent. Cloud video storage and additional features require a Ring Protect subscription.

CR’s test results: Ring Video Doorbell (2020)

The Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus is the best Ring model in our video doorbell ratings, with high scores for video quality and data security. Its features include a removable rechargeable battery, voice control via Amazon Alexa, monitoring zones, alert schedules, privacy zones that let you black out areas you don’t want to film (such as a neighbor’s house), and preroll video that gives you a 4-second clip of what happened before the doorbell detected motion. Costco sweetens this deal by throwing in a one-year Ring Protect Plus subscription (worth $100), which adds a rolling 60 days of motion-triggered video clips, photo snapshots between recordings, and person detection for all Ring cameras in your home.

CR’s test results: Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus

More Smart Home Deals

Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Control

Do you often forget to close your garage door? If so, you might want to consider giving it an upgrade with a Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Control. This affordable little gadget connects to your garage door motor and allows you to remotely open and close your door, see its open/close status, and schedule it to automatically close if it’s left open. The device also works with the Amazon Key in-garage delivery service, which allows Amazon drivers to leave packages in your garage to keep them safe from porch pirates. The service is free for Amazon Prime members. In our evaluation, both the Chamberlain device and the Amazon Key service worked flawlessly. The Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Control is currently $5 off, and Amazon gives you a $30 store credit toward your first Key delivery, essentially making the device free.

CR’s review: Amazon Key and Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Control

Twinkly Strings and Music Adapter

To make your holiday light display really pop this year, consider the Twinkly Strings and Music Adapter. We tried out these lights last year and found them to be a fun way to put on an elaborate light show set to the music of your choice. The lights connect to WiFi, so you can customize them from your smartphone, but they also work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for voice control. Best Buy is selling a bundle of a 600-light set and the Twinkly Music Adapter for $50 off its usual list price.

CR’s review: Twinkly Strings and Music Adapter


Home Content Creator Daniel Wroclawski

Daniel Wroclawski

I'm obsessed with smart home tech and channel my obsession into new stories for Consumer Reports. When I'm not writing about products, I spend time either outside hiking and skiing or up in the air in small airplanes. For my latest obsessions, follow me on Facebook and Twitter (@danwroc).