Best Black Friday 2020 deals: Save $30 on Amazon Echo, $170 off Android TV and more! – CNET

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

The Black Friday sales are out and more keep popping up and and often disappearing again just as quickly. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with the hottest and best deals this holiday shopping season! There are serious deals to be had right now, and it’s worth marking your calendar for those to come. We’re particularly excited about Walmart’s “real” Black Friday sale, which caps a month of early offers and starts Nov. 25.

Amazon also has some early Black Friday deals running now, with more to come starting this Friday, Nov. 20. (On deck: Discounts on some of the new Echo devices that weren’t discounted for Prime Day.)

The list below continues to feature our favorite early Black Friday deals. Below them, you can see some of the expired stuff, which we’re keeping here because we expect them to resurface. For some of the Best Buy deals, you’ll need to be a member of the My Best Buy rewards program, and logged in. It’s free to join at the basic level.

As always, keep this post bookmarked and check it often for updates!

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Best early Black Friday deals available now

Monopoly: Star Wars The Child: $10

Save $10


We all know the best thing about The Mandalorian. (Hint: It’s not the guy who never takes his helmet off.) This Monopoly set features a big ol’ Baby Yoda on the box. Do not pass Go, do not collect Force powers… but do collect this game for only $10.

$10 at Walmart

Amazon Echo 3rd-gen smart speaker: $65

Save $35


Not wild about the new orb-shaped Echo? You can score a solid deal on the previous, third-generation model. It’s available only in the charcoal color at this price, and probably not for long. Use this to replace, say, an old Dot or bring Alexa smarts to a currently nonsmart room.

For what it’s worth, the new Echo will be on sale for $70 starting tomorrow — but, again, you’ll have to look at that dorky orb all the time. My $0.02: pass. Read our Echo 2019 review.

$65 at Lowe’s

TCL 55-inch Android TV: $230

Save $170

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TCL is best known for its Roku TVs, and we like the Roku smart TV system better than the Android TV version in this television, but for this price you can just buy a Roku Streaming Stick Plus, attach it to this TV and still come out ahead. Aside from its smarts we expect this 4-Series TV to perform “good enough,” just like the Roku equivalent.

This TV was previously $30 less, and may get there again. So although $170 is a solid discount, you might want to wait and see if the better deal returns.

$230 at Best Buy

Insignia 6-quart pressure cooker: $30

Save $30

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A pressure cooker is one of the most versatile tools you can add to your kitchen, and at this price it’s one of the most affordable. Insignia’s model appears nearly identical to the equivalent Instant Pot, offering 10 preset modes for things like rice, meat, soup and even cake. It features a delayed-start option, an automatic keep-warm function and a dishwasher-safe nonstick pot.

$30 at Best Buy

Apple AirPods Pro: $190

Save $59

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Available today only at this price, this is one of the best deals yet. The AirPods Pro are all about the noise cancellation: These in-ear buds block outside noise better than just about any other product on the market. They’re also great for calls and offer an excellent transparency mode. Like to work out? The AirPods Pro earbuds are sweat-resistant. Standard AirPods are not.

If Woot runs out, Amazon still has the AirPods Pro for $200. And here’s a pro tip: Use your Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card to get 5% back on this purchase. Don’t have that card? If you’re a Prime subscriber, grab it and score a $100 Amazon gift card.

Another tip: As noted above, Walmart will be offering the AirPods Pro for just $169 on Nov. 25, by the far the best price to date. If you’re not in a rush, it’s worth rolling the dice to see if you can land that deal. Read our AirPods Pro review.

$190 at Woot

Apple AirPods: $129

Save $30

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Amazon, Walmart, Costco and other stores were offering $99 AirPods, the lowest price on record, but for the moment that deal is gone. In its place: $129 AirPods on Amazon

Will $99 AirPods be back? [Shakes Magic 8-Ball.] All signs point to yes. Read our AirPods review.

$129 at Amazon

Apple Watch SE (44mm): $260

Save $49

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New for 2020, the Apple Watch SE is the middle child of the Apple Watch lineup. It’s got the same basic design as the Series 6, but lacks that model’s always-on display, ECG functionality and oxygen saturation measurements.

The 40mm and 44mm models run $279 and $309 at the Apple Store — and have been marked as low as $229 and $259 during previous early Black Friday sales. If you see higher prices, be patient: Those deals will likely return. Read our Apple Watch SE review.

$260 at Amazon

23andMe Health + Ancestry Kit: $99

You save $100


This is only the third time this kit has been priced this low. It’s an insanely popular item, as it’s great not only for checking your ancestry, but also for identifying potentially serious health issues. Makes a great gift, too.

$99 at Amazon

Lenovo Yoga C940: $1,200

Save $400

Lenovo’s premium two-in-one, the Yoga C940, boasts a sturdy and sleek all-metal design and a touch display that can rotate 360 degrees into tablet mode. It includes an active pen and can also instantly wake from sleep, one of the phone-like features it received courtesy of Intel’s Project Athena.

This configuration features a 14-inch display with a 4K resolution powered by a 10th-gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD with 32GB of superfast Optane memory. A similarly configured Yoga C40 on Lenovo’s site works out to $1,650, so this deal is even better than it looks. And it already looked good. Read our Lenovo Yoga C940 review.

$1,200 at Best Buy

AeroGarden Harvest Elite Slim: $130

Save $50


As we roll into winter, I’m already missing my garden — especially the herbs I grow to make homemade chermoula (my best discovery of 2019).

LED-powered indoor gardens to the rescue! There are lots of these on the market right now, some pretty pricey. This is an unusually good deal on the AeroGarden Harvest Elite Slim, which supports up to six seed pods and comes with a starter heirloom-salad seed kit.

This was previously $30 less, so it’s possible we’ll see that lower price again.

$130 at Best Buy

Crock-Pot 6-quart slow cooker: $26

Save $14 with code


Kohl’s isn’t technically having a Black Friday sale, but we’re tossing this in because it’s a great deal on an item every kitchen needs. Score the beloved Crock-Pot for just $25.50 with promo code SAVE15. This model has lid clamps for easier travel.

Take note that shipping isn’t free, however, unless your cart hits $75. But you can pick it up in-store and bypass shipping altogether.

$26 at Kohl’s

Eufy RoboVac 25C Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum: $129

Save $121


You don’t have to spend hundreds to add some automation to your house cleaning. The Eufy RoboVac 25C can be controlled via a mobile app or by voice with Alexa and Google Home. It’s smart enough to differentiate between floors and carpet and can avoid stairs automatically.

$129 at Walmart

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JLab Epic Air Sport ANC true wireless earbuds: $50 (Update: Expired)

Save $50

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Looking for earbuds that won’t fall out of your ears when you exercise? The Epic Air Sport’s ear hooks make that all but impossible. They also deliver an impressive 15 hours of playtime between charges and offer both in-ear detection and ANC (active noise-canceling), features you typically find only in earbuds costing a lot more.

I especially like the charging case, which has a built-in USB connector, and the JLab companion app, which lets you fine-tune the listening experience. Great, great deal at $50.

$50 at Best Buy

Insignia 39-inch Fire TV Edition TV: $140 (Update: Expired)

Save $90

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This was briefly selling for just $100 a short while ago, but even at $140 it’s a deal worth considering.

As a general rule, we don’t like Amazon’s Fire TV as much as Roku because Fire TV menus push Amazon content too much and are more confusing in general. But this model does have a voice remote with Alexa, and the price is mighty compelling for a screen of this size.

$140 at Best Buy

Hisense 65-inch 4K Android TV: $250 (Update: Expired)

Save $250


Watch your favorite shows in all of their 4K glory with this 65-inch 4K set. The TV features a voice remote for easy navigation, built-in Chromecast and Google Assistant. To see this deal, you’ll need to join the free My Best Buy rewards program, and be logged in.

$250 at Best Buy

Roku Premiere 4K Media Streamer: $29 (Update: Expired)

On sale for $10


Not wild about the Android TV or Fire TV interface in that bargain TV you bought? No problem: Simply plug in your streamer of choice. The Roku Premiere offers nearly all the important modern-era goodies, like 4K streaming and HDR support, all wrapped in a simple, effective UI.

However, the remote lacks voice controls. If you want that feature, consider waiting for a Roku Streaming Stick Plus deal. That’s going to be available for the same price at Best Buy starting Nov. 22.

CNET hasn’t reviewed this version of the Roku Premiere, but check out the Premiere Plus review, which covers most of the important details.

$29 at Amazon

Keurig K-Compact Coffee Maker: $35 (Update: Expired)

You save $24


This Keurig is the perfect size to make delicious coffee from your K-Cups and still have plenty of counter space.

$35 at Walmart

Beats Solo 3 Wireless: $120 (Update: Sold out)

Save $80 vs. Apple Store

Believe it or not, these headphones debuted at $300 about four years ago — at which time we dinged them for not sounding quite as good as other $300 headphones. For $120, however, they’re a steal — and that’s $80 less than you’d pay at the Apple Store. Read our Beats Solo 3 Wireless review.

$120 at Amazon

TCL 55-inch 4K UHD HDR Roku Smart TV (Update: Sold out)

Save $51


This 55-inch TCL has a 4K UHD display with HDR. It’s equipped with our favorite smart TV interface, Roku, which you can control with the included voice remote. There are four HDMI inputs (including ARC) and dual-band Wi-Fi for smooth streaming.

$148 at Walmart

HP Pavilion 15.6-inch Horizon Blue Laptop (Update: Sold out)

Save $160


This midrange Pavilion is equipped with an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U CPU, a 512GB SSD and has a 1,920×1,080-pixel display. It also features upgraded B&O speakers and weighs 3.9 pounds.

$379 at Walmart

Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth Headphones (Update: Expired)

Save $100


If ever there was a time to tune out the world, it’s now. (Because, you know, election, pandemic, murder hornets…) Sure, there are newer over-the-ear noise-canceling cans from Sony and even Bose, but this perennial favorite was great when it came out and it’s still great now — especially at this price, which rivals the lowest we’ve seen. Original list price: $350. Read our Bose QuietComfort 35 II review.

$199 at Amazon

Instant Pot Viva 6-Quart 9-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker (Update: Expired)

Save $50

Instant Pot

These days, a multicooker is an essential kitchen tool, like a toaster oven or microwave. This Instant Pot Viva can get you in the multicooker business for half price: $49 buys you a nine-in-one gadget that works as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, sous vide, cake maker and more. It has a 6-quart capacity and comes with 15 preset programs for recipes that include soups, beans, rice, ribs and eggs.

$49 at Walmart

Fire TV Stick Lite (Update: Expired)

Save $12

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Normally $30, the new-for-2020 Fire Stick Lite continues to see a solid discount ahead of Black Friday. This entry-level streamer delivers 1080p video with HDR support (but not 4K). The big missing apps are HBO Max and Peacock (for now), but the Alexa-powered voice remote is top-notch. Read our Fire TV Stick Lite review.

$18 at Amazon

Amazon Echo Show 8 (Update: Expired)

Save $65

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The Echo Show 8 is simply a larger version of the Echo Show 5, but that makes it a better candidate for the kitchen and other places you might prefer a bigger display. (It’s definitely preferable for video calls.) This matches the lowest price on record for this model.

Note that Amazon shows an in-stock date of Nov. 24, so head to Best Buy if you’d rather get this immediately. Read our Echo Show 8 review.

$65 at Amazon

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What you need to know about Black Friday 2020

Black Friday 2020 is shaping up to be a very different kind of shopping experience than any holiday shopping weekend in recent memory. With ongoing inventory issues due to the extended global pandemic — not to mention the need for retailers to maintain a safe environment for customers and employees — it’s likely that there will be no throngs of expectant customers lining up for hours ahead of massive doorbuster sales.

In fact, a number of stores will be closed on Thanksgiving this year, ending a long-standing tradition of kicking off Black Friday sales before the turkey has had a chance to cool. These retailers have not yet announced plans for Friday, Nov. 27, but we’ll update this article as we learn more about their holiday hours.

In addition, all of the retailers listed below require customers to wear face coverings. Unless their policies change between now and Thanksgiving, it’s reasonable to assume that face coverings will be required for Black Friday sales as well.

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