November is a time of tradition: colder weather, football, turkey feasts with friends and family — and, of course, scouring the web for the.Â
Sure enough, here you are! And, presuming it's deals on smart home gadgets that you're after, you've come to the right place. They've been some of the hottest Black Friday sellers in recent years, especially now that big names like Amazon and Google are essentially all-in on the connected home. Expect more of the same in 2018, with lots of deals on Alexa and Google Assistant gadgets, smart thermostats from names like and , , , … you name it.
To that end, here's a running list of all the upcoming deals we've spotted thus far. We've kicked things off with deals from Amazon and Target, then Best Buy, Walmart and Lowe's followed suit. More retailers are sure to follow in the coming days, along with online deals direct from the manufacturers themselves. As soon as we see anything, we'll update this page, so keep it bookmarked.
And remember the usual caveats: Many of the deals won't actually be live until Black Friday, Nov. 23 (though some, most notably from Best Buy, are already live online). Also, CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Got it? Good. Now let's get to the deals.
Amazon's fleet of Alexa-enabled smart speakers goes on sale starting Thanksgiving Day, and that includes a $30 discount on Alexa's flagship, the second-gen Amazon Echo. That discount brings the price down to $69, more than $100 less than the original Echo originally sold for. That price looks like it'll be available elsewhere, too, including at Target and at Best Buy.
Amazon has a relatively aggressive discount in store for the new, third-gen Echo Dot, too. At just $24, you'll be able to get it for more than half off (and a dollar cheaper than its rival, the Google Home Mini, which I'm sure is just a coincidence). And yep, like a lot of these Echo deals, you'll find the same price at major retailers like Target and Best Buy.
Amazon already cut the price of the last-gen Echo Dot down to $30 when the new one came out last month, but the company is marking it down by another $10 for Black Friday, bringing the price all the way down to $20. I don't know why you wouldn't just pay the extra $4 for this year's model, which offers a noticeable uptick in sound quality, but hey, maybe you're just going to connect the thing to an external audio setup anyway. In that case, this might be the deal for you.
Expect to see this deal elsewhere, as well. For instance, it'll be available at Best Buy starting Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22) at 5PM.
If you'd like an Alexa device that comes with a touchscreen, then the second-gen Echo Show is your newest option. You can save $50 on it on Black Friday. Best Buy will have the same deal available starting at 5PM on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22).
Another Alexa touchscreen option: the semispherical Amazon Echo Spot, which might rightly claim to be the smartest ever alarm clock. You can score it for $90 on Black Friday, a savings of $40. Best Buy is offering the same deal starting Thanksgiving Day.
Also $40 off: the just-released, second-gen Amazon Echo Plus, which you'll be able to get for $110 for Black Friday. It takes the Echo and adds a slight improvement in sound quality, plus a built-in temperature sensor and a Zigbee radio that can connect directly with things like smart lights and smart locks. Amazon will even throw in a free Philips Hue White LED with purchase. Starting Thanksgiving Day, look for the same deal –free bulb included — at Best Buy, as well.
Picking up a new Echo Dot, or any other Echo gadget on Black Friday? You can tack an Amazon Smart Plug onto your order for just $5. Plug it in and plug something like a lamp or a space heater into it, and you'll be able to tell Alexa to turn it on and off via your new Echo gadget. And if you'd rather shop at Best Buy, it looks like it'll be offering the same deal.
It usually sells for $160, but starting Thanksgiving Day, Best Buy will sell you Anova's Wi-Fi-equipped sous vide circulator for $100. It's a great way to cook meats to the exact temp of your choosing, and the Wi-Fi lets you monitor the cook remotely on your phone, even if you aren't at home.
Here's a rare discount on the Siri-powered Apple HomePod, available at Best Buy in either white or space grey for $250, a savings of $100. The deal begins Thanksgiving Day at 5PM.
Heads up: Unlike the Echo gadgets, this deal on the Amazon-owned Blink XT security camera actually goes live the day beforeÂ Thanksgiving. It's a wireless, weatherproof smart home camera with night vision, motion detection, free cloud storage, Alexa compatibility (duh) and two-year battery life — you'll be able to score one for $79, which is a savings of more than $50. And, if you'd rather get a couple of the things, Amazon is also offering a three-camera Blink XT system for $230, which is $90 less than you'd usually pay.
Chamberlain's MyQ Garage controller lets you open or close your garage from your phone, and it works with a bunch of popular smart home platforms. On Thanksgiving Day, Best Buy will offer it for $60, saving you $20.
It's brand-spankin' new, but the Facebook Portal video chatting hub is getting a Black Friday discount at Best Buy that starts at 5PM on Thanksgiving Day. You'll be able to get the smaller, 10-inch version for $50 off.
It's only been out for less than a month, but that didn't stop Google from discounting its new voice-activated touchscreen by 50 bucks for Black Friday. Small but mighty, the Home Hub's Google Assistant smarts are a great fit for your kitchen countertop, and you'll be able to score one for just $99 at Target on Black Friday, or from Walmart, Best Buy or Lowe's starting Thanksgiving Day. No matter where you get it, that's $80 less than what you'll pay on Black Friday for its rival, the Amazon Echo Show.
The Google Home Mini smart speaker will be available for $25 on Black Friday at outlets like Target, but the best deal we've seen comes from Lowe's, where the same $25 will get you the Home Mini packaged with a free C by GE Bluetooth smart bulb. This combo is designed to work right out of the box, so as soon as you screw the bulb in and turn it on, it'll automatically pair with the Google Assistant for voice controls.
Like Target, Walmart is offering the Google Home Mini on its own for half off starting Thanksgiving Day. It doesn't come with a free bulb so it's not quite as good a deal as you'll find at Lowe's, but Walmart does have the new aqua-colored version as an exclusive, which is why I'm giving it a separate mention here.
As an exclusive deal, Walmart is also offering the Google Home Mini packaged with a Chromecast media streamer for $45 total, which is about 30 bucks off the combo's usual price. These two are a good pair — plug the Chromecast into your TV and you'll be able to tell the Home Mini things like, “OK, Google, play The Great British Baking Show on Netflix,” plus other nifty tricks.
Another Walmart exclusive bundle: the Google Home Mini packaged with a 30-piece cookware set from Tasty that includes ceramic, nonstick pots, skillets and frying pans in red, copper or blue, all for just $99. The combo usually retails for $230, so this might be worth it for the cookware alone.
Prefer a smart speaker with a little more oomph? The full-size Google Home gets a Black Friday deal, too, with a $50 discount bringing the price down to $79. Best Buy's offering the same deal starting Thanksgiving Day.
Target has a bunch of vacuums and robot vacuums marked down for Black Friday, but the biggest discount we're seeing is the $150 you can save on an app-enabled Roomba 890. That discount brings the price down to $350, which is about as low as we've ever seen a current-gen smart Roomba sell for.
You can get a smart Roomba for even less by going with an earlier-gen model. Best Buy will offer the app-enabled Roomba 675 for $200 starting on Thanksgiving, which saves you $100 off of the retail price.
We've tested all of the impressive new Google Assistant smart displays this year — Lenovo's was the first, and I think it's still my favorite. Best Buy has the 8-inch version marked down by a hundred bucks for Black Friday, bringing the price down to $99. That's the same price as the Black Friday deal on the smaller, less expensive Google Home Hub. Best of all, the deal is already live online, so you can buy it right now if you're itching to get your shopping started.
Starting Thanksgiving Day, Best Buy will offer both the standard-size and floodlight versions of the current-gen Lifx LED for $40 each, a savings of $20 per bulb. That's a good price on good smart bulbs that are brighter than the Philips Hue.
Nest's lineup of smart security cameras are all pretty solid picks, but they don't come cheap. Fortunately, you'll be able to score a pretty sizable $70 discount on the original Nest Cam Indoor at Target this Black Friday, bringing the cost down to $129. It's not the newest model, but it's still a worthy pick, especially at this price. And by the way, if you don't want to wait for Black Friday, you'll find the same deal available at Lowe's starting Nov. 22.
One other note — Best Buy claims it'll have Nest gear marked down by up to $70 starting on Thanksgiving Day. No specifics on any of those deals yet, but I'm guessing they'll be the same ones that I've posted here. Keep an eye out, though.
Prefer Nest's current-gen, outdoor camera? The rugged, weather-proof Nest Cam IQ Outdoor typically sells for a steep $199, but you'll be able to pick it up for $50 off at Lowe's from Nov. 22 through Nov 28.
Here's a terrific deal on Nest's excellent video doorbell, which our camera and doorbell pro Megan Wollerton called “the smartest video doorbell available today.” $70 off is about as much as a discount as we've ever seen on it — look for the deal at Lowe's starting on Nov. 22.
Nest's smart thermostat is basically an icon of the smart home at this point. If you've been holding out for the right price to make the upgrade in your own smart home, then perhaps this $70 Black Friday discount from Target will do the trick. And yep, Lowe's will have the same deal starting on Nov. 22.
It isn't discounted by quite as much, but the plastic-bodied Nest Thermostat E costs less than the stainless steel Nest to begin with, and it's just as smart.
It's not the biggest doorbuster I've ever seen (especially for a piece of tech that's been out for a few years now), but hey, here's Nest's smart smoke detector marked down by $20.
Netgear's battery-powered Arlo security cameras are a popular pick for home security, and Walmart's offering a good Black Friday deal on a first-gen, three-camera starter kit that'll save you a hundred bucks. Like the rest of Walmart's offerings, you'll find it available starting at 6 p.m.Â on Thanksgiving Day.
Meanwhile, Best Buy has the newer version of the Arlo cameras available in a four-camera starter kit for $580. That sounds like a lot, but this kit usually sells for $800. And this is one of Best Buy's early-bird deals, so it's already available online if you're ready to pull the trigger now.
This Philips Hue starter kit includes three color-changing bulbs, a wireless remote that docks on the wall like a light switch when you aren't using it, and the all-important Philips Hue Bridge that needs to stay plugged into your router in order to control the lights from your phone or sync them with Alexa, Siri or the Google Assistant. It usually costs $190, but Best Buy has it available as an early Black Friday special that you can buy right now for $120. That's a terrific deal — $120 is $30 less than you'd typically pay for just the bulbs.
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If you've already got a Hue Bridge and just want to expand your system, these Hue Lightstrips look great beneath cabinets and behind TVs, and $60 is about as low as they ever sell for. Like the other Hue deal above, this one is available online from Best Buy right now.
Right now, Best Buy is also selling individual Hue bulbs for $40 each, a savings of $10.
If you don't care about the colors and just want to fill out your home with automatable white light, this four-pack of plain, vanilla Philips Hue White bulbs is just $40 at Best Buy, and available for purchase online right now. Usually sells for $50, which is already a pretty good deal.
It isn't marked down, but if you buy a four-bulb Philips Hue White and Color Starter Kit from Target this Black Friday, the retailer will throw in a free $50 gift card. If you were so inclined, you could turn around and use that card to pick up a bonus bulb for your new setup.
Ring Floodlight Cam
Looking for a smart security light to hang above your garage? You could do a lot worse than this floodlight from Ring, which packs a built-in night vision camera and motion sensor, plus the ability to customize those motion alerts using “activity zones” within the camera's field of view. Look for a $50 discount on it at Lowe's between Nov. 22 and Nov. 25.
Here's a heck of a deal that appears to be live already on the Best Buy website: The Ring Video Doorbell 2 with a new, third-gen Amazon Echo Dot for a total of $140. The Ring on its own usually sells for $200, so this is a particularly good value if you've been itching for an upgrade at your front door.
If you're looking for a good deal on smart bulbs, you might consider jumping on this Sengled Element starter kit, which will be available at Best Buy starting Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22) for just $30. With three bulbs and the Zigbee hub that controls them, that's cheaper than the two-bulb starter kit usually sells for.
Best Buy's also offering nice discounts on SimpliSafe home security packages, which usually start at $270 but will be available starting at $170 this Thanksgiving. On top of that, Best Buy will throw in a free standalone SimpliCam with your purchase, which you'll get in addition to the video doorbell that already comes as a free extra. That's a lot of value for a very strong security system that's won multiple Editors' Choice awards here on CNET.
With built-in Alexa controls and Google Assistant controls coming next year, the platform-agnostic, premium-sounding Sonos One hits the smart speaker sweet spot at its usual price of $200. Scoring one for $25 off at Best Buy sounds just fine to me.
Best Buy is also offering the Sonos Beam, an Alexa-equipped sound bar, at a savings of $50. Like most of Best Buy's deals, the sale starts at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22).