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Looking for the best Best Buy buys for Black Friday? First, let's pause to acknowledge my incredible use of alliteration. I know, I'm pleased with myself, too.
OK, on to business. Like Amazon, Walmart and pretty much every other store, Best Buy has rolled out oodles of Black Friday deals. Below I've rounded up what I consider to be the standouts.
Pro tip: Although these sales are scheduled to end today, it's a safe bet that Cyber Monday sales will kick off tomorrow — and many of these same items may be similarly discounted.
Is there a kitchen-product hall of fame? If so, this stand mixer would almost certainly be on the roster. KitchenAid's Pro 5 Plus is widely regarded as the best thing since sliced bread (the dough for which you can knead right here thanks to the included spiral hook). Indeed, look no further than the average customer rating: 4.8 stars out of 5, and that's from over 11,000 buyers.
Normally $500, the Pro 5 Plus is on sale at Best Buy for just $220 — not the lowest price on record, but close, and a discount that comes around very infrequently. It's available in your choice of black, blue, red and silver.
Sony WH-1000XM4 wireless ANC headphones: $248 (save $102)
Widely regarded as one of the best active noise-canceling headphones you can buy, the WH-1000XM4 has a list price of $350. I often see it on sale for around $279, but $248 ties the lowest price on record.
Available in three colors, Sony's over-the-ear "cans" boast a comfortable fit, great sound and virtually unrivaled ANC. Whether you're trying to work in peace or eliminate the stress-inducing drone of airplane engines, trust me when I say this yields amazing results.
There are cheaper ANC 'phones out there, absolutely. But if this is on someone's wish-list, don't miss your chance to grab this deal.
See all the other Black Friday headphone deals at Best Buy.
Literally one of my favorite products in the history of technology, the Oculus Quest 2 delivers amazing virtual reality experiences at an affordable price. Discounts are extremely rare, but at least now you have the option of scoring a $50 gift card with purchase.
Note that this is for the Quest 2 with 128GB of storage. I think that's ample for casual users, but hardcore gamers might want to choose the 256GB model for $100 more. The $50 gift card is included there as well.
Insignia F30 Series 58-inch 4K UHD Smart TV: $350 (save $230)
Not every living room can accommodate a huge screen. If you're looking for something a little more modest, size-wise, consider this 58-inch model from Best Buy's house brand.
Hang on, why no user ratings? This particular size is a new addition to the F30 series. If you look at the 55-inch version (which is currently selling for $20 more), you'll see it has a 4.6-star average from around 550 buyers.
Why all the love? Simple: Sharp, colorful picture; a remote that understands Alexa voice commands; and Amazon's Fire TV interface, which serves up all the popular streaming apps and some great games you can't get on a Roku-powered TV.
See all the other early Black Friday TV deals at Best Buy.
The Roku Streambar kills two birds with one stone — or, as my enlightened friends like to say, feeds two birds with one scone. First, it's a sound bar, something every TV owner absolutely positively needs (because built-in TV speakers all point down or back, exactly where your ears aren't).
Second, it's a Roku streamer, able to sling everything from Netflix to HBO to YouTube. That's great if you're upgrading a "dumb" TV or seeking an alternative to your existing streaming setup. (Example: Perhaps you don't like the user interface afforded by your current TV.)
The Streambar is a top-rated product, featuring 4K streaming and a voice-powered remote, and this is the lowest price on record.
SOLD OUT: HP 11A 11.6-inch Chromebook: $99 (save $160)
This is bonkers, without question the best laptop deal I've seen in 2021. I mean, it's a full-fledged Chromebook, capable of running not only browser-based software but also Android apps!
Okay, yes, the screen is on the smaller side at 11.6 inches, and screen resolution is a lower-end 1,366 x 768 pixels. The Celeron N3350 processor won't win any speed awards, and the 32GB of onboard storage may run out fairly quickly.
But here's the thing: For the intended audience, namely students, this will absolutely get the job done. The Chrome operating system doesn't need a lot of horsepower, and the storage is easy to expand by way of external media (flash drive, memory card, etc.).
Meanwhile, look to the reviews: The HP 11A earned a very respectable 4.5-star average from over 2,300 buyers. Do. Not. Miss. This.
See all the other Black Friday laptop deals at Best Buy.
Looking for more great Black Friday deals? Check these out:
Headphones and earbud deals:
Apple AirPods 2nd Gen, $115 (was $159), amazon.com
Smartphone and tablet deals:
Moto G7 Plus Unlocked, $150 (was $250), amazon.com
Video game deals:
Hades (Xbox), $20 (was $30), amazon.com
Smart home deals:
Fire TV Stick 4K, $25 (was $50), amazon.com
Echo (4th Gen), $60 (was $100), amazon.com
Echo Show 8 (1st Gen), $60 (was $110), amazon.com
iRobot Roomba 692 Robot Vacuum, $175 (was $300), amazon.com
Oster Blender Pro 1200, $90 (was $150), amazon.com
Aroma Housewares 8-Cup, $30 (was $40), amazon.com
Herstyler Hair Repair Serum, $12 (was $16), amazon.com
LuxClub 6pc King Sheet Set, $35 (was $62), amazon.com
Faux Fur Throw Blanket, $13 (was $30), amazon.com
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