April 22, 2024


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Best Buy’s best Black Friday 2021 deals

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Best Buy's Black Friday sale includes some of the best Best Buy deals of 2021. (Photo Illustration by Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Best Buy’s Black Friday sale includes some of the best Best Buy deals of 2021. (Photo Illustration by Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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.

Am I crazy, or does it look like the KitchenAid Pro 5 Plus is hugging the mixing bowl? (Photo: KitchenAid)

Am I crazy, or does it look like the KitchenAid Pro 5 Plus is hugging the mixing bowl? (Photo: KitchenAid)

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.

$220 $500 at Best Buy

If you have ears, you're sure to love Sony's WH-1000XM4 noise-canceling cans.

If you have ears, you’re sure to love Sony’s WH-1000XM4 noise-canceling cans.

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.

$248 $350 at Best Buy

See all the other Black Friday headphone deals at Best Buy.

Yes, whoever wears the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset looks goofy. No, whoever's using the Oculus Quest 2 won't care. It's that awesome. (Photo: Oculus)

Yes, whoever wears the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset looks goofy. No, whoever’s using the Oculus Quest 2 won’t care. It’s that awesome. (Photo: Oculus)

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.

$299 with $50 Best Buy gift card

It's a newcomer to Best Buy's Insignia lineup, but the 58-inch F30 offers Fire TV-powered smarts and an unbeatable (at least at the moment) price. (Photo: Best Buy)

It’s a newcomer to Best Buy’s Insignia lineup, but the 58-inch F30 offers Fire TV-powered smarts and an unbeatable (at least at the m
oment) price. (Photo: Best Buy)

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.

$350 $580 at Best Buy

See all the other early Black Friday TV deals at Best Buy.

Even if you don't need the Roku part of this sound bar, $80 is a superb deal on a sound bar! (Photo: Roku)

Even if you don’t need the Roku part of this sound bar, $80 is a superb deal on a sound bar! (Photo: Roku)

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.

$80 $130 at Best Buy

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:

TV deals:

  • Insignia NS-24DF310NA21 24-inch Smart HD TV — Fire TV Edition, $100 (was $170), amazon.com

  • Insignia 50-inch Class F30 Series Smart Fire TV, $300 (was $450), amazon.com

  • LG OLED C1 Series 65-inch Alexa Built-in 4K Smart TV, $1,797 (was $2,500), amazon.com

  • Amazon Fire TV 50-inch 4-Series 4K Smart TV, $330 (was $470), amazon.com

  • Sony X90J 65-inch Bravia XR LED 4K Ultra HD Smart Google TV, $1,198 (was $1,500), amazon.com

  • Samsung 85-Inch Class QLED Q60A Series Smart TV, $1,798 (was $2,800), amazon.com

Headphones and earbud deals:

  • Skullcandy Hesh Evo Wireless Over-Ear Headphones, $85 (was $105), amazon.com

  • Apple AirPods 2nd Gen, $115 (was $159), amazon.com

  • Sony SSCS3 3-Way Floor-Standing Speaker, $113 (was $230), amazon.com

  • Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds, $199 (was $279), amazon.com

  • Sony SSCS5 3-Way 3-Driver Bookshelf Speaker System (Pair), $88 (was $170), amazon.com

  • JBL Tune 510BT: Wireless On-Ear Headphones, $25 (was $50), amazon.com

  • Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WHCH710N, $78 (was $180), amazon.com

Smartphone and tablet deals:

  • Apple Watch Series 5 GPS + Cellular with Milanese Loop, $459 (was $749), amazon.com

  • Nokia 8.3 5G Android 10 Unlocked Smartphone, $445 (was $700), amazon.com

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 11-inch Android Tablet, $499 (was $650), amazon.com

  • Garmin Venu Sq GPS Smartwatch, $130 (was $200), amazon.com

  • Moto G7 Plus Unlocked, $150 (was $250), amazon.com

  • Apple 11-inch iPad Pro (Wi‑Fi, 128GB), $750 (was $799), amazon.com

Video game deals:

  • Razer Kraken X Ultralight Gaming Headset, $30 (was $50), amazon.com

  • Madden NFL 22 for PlayStation 5, $26 (was $70), amazon.com

  • Homall Gaming Chair, $90 with on-page coupon (was $123), amazon.com

  • Far Cry 6 Xbox One Standard Edition [Digital Code], $40 (was $60), amazon.com

  • Razer Viper Ultimate Hyperspeed Lightest Wireless Gaming Mouse & RGB Charging Dock, $90 (was $150), amazon.com

  • Hades (Xbox), $20 (was $30), amazon.com

Smart home deals:

  • Fire TV Stick 4K, $25 (was $50), amazon.com

  • Echo Wall Clock – Disney Mickey Mouse Edition, $35 (was $50), amazon.com

  • August Smart Lock Pro + Connect Hub, $165 (was $230), amazon.com

  • Facebook Portal Smart Video Calling 10” Touch Screen Display, $79 (was $180), amazon.com

  • Echo (4th Gen), $60 (was $100), amazon.com

  • Bissell air320 Max Wifi Connected Smart Air Purifier, $263 (was $350), amazon.com

  • Echo Show 8 (1st Gen), $60 (was $110), amazon.com

  • CHIROGUN Percussion Massage Gun, $50 with on-page coupon (was $100), amazon.com

  • FITPULSE Muscle Massage Gun for Athletes, $50 with on-page coupon (was $80), amazon.com

Vacuum deals:

  • AZ2002 Vertex Lift-Away Upright Vacuum, $300 (was $480), amazon.com

  • iRobot Roomba i6+ (6550) Robot Vacuum, $549 (was $800), amazon.com

  • LG CordZero Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, $500 (was $700), amazon.com

  • Dreame T30 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, $425 (was $590), amazon.com

  • Hoover Windtunnel Air Steerable Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner, $99 (was $160), amazon.com

  • Shark AV2001WD AI VACMOP 2-in-1 Robot Vacuum and Mop, $300 (was $480), amazon.com

  • iRobot Room
    ba 692 Robot Vacuum, $175 (was $300), amazon.com

Fashion deals:

  • a.Jesdani Women’s Button Down Cardigan Sweaters, starting at $24 (was $50), amazon.com

  • WearMe Pro Reflective Lens Round Trendy Sunglasses, $15 (was $25), amazon.com

  • Betsey Johnson Dark Shadows Skull Earrings, $24.50 (was $35), amazon.com

  • Lark & Ro Women’s Short Sleeve Crew Neck Lace Mixed Dress, starting at $22 (was $49), amazon.com

  • Guess “Basic” Gold 7 Piece Mixed Bangle Bracelet, $13.50 (was $23), amazon.com

  • Ewedoos High Waisted Leggings, $15 (was $27), amazon.com

  • Lamincoa Womens Air Running Shoes, $34 (was $50), amazon.com

  • Adidas Women’s Cloudfoam Pure Running Shoe, $46 (was $70), amazon.com

Kitchen deals:

  • Lodge Pre-Seasoned Dutch Oven With Loop Handles and Cast Iron Cover, $70 (was $95), amazon.com

  • Chefman 6.3 Quart Digital Air Fryer+ Rotisserie, $85 (was $130), amazon.com

  • Oster Blender Pro 1200, $90 (was $150), amazon.com

  • NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z Blender, $100 (was $150), amazon.com

  • Aroma Housewares 8-Cup, $30 (was $40), amazon.com

  • Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker Pro, $199 (was $399), amazon.com

  • HENCKELS Statement Kitchen Knife Set with Block, $145 (was $345), amazon.com

Beauty deals:

  • L’Oreal Paris 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum, $14 (was $24), amazon.com

  • Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Face Wipes, $9 (was $12), amazon.com

  • Wahl Color Pro Cordless Rechargeable Hair Clipper & Trimmer, $19 (was $32), amazon.com

  • CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30, $13 (was $19), amazon.com

  • Philips One by Sonicare Rechargeable Toothbrush, $24 (was $40), amazon.com

  • LilyAna Naturals Retinol Cream for Face, $20 (was $30), amazon.com

  • Herstyler Hair Repair Serum, $12 (was $16), amazon.com

Bedding deals:

  • BGment Blackout Curtains for Bedroom, $8 with on-page coupon (was $19), amazon.com

  • Intelligent Design ID10-1817 Modern Trendy Casual All Season Bedding Set, starting at $55 (was $75), amazon.com

  • Madison Park Palisades 7 Piece Faux Suede King Comforter Set, $110 with on-page coupon (was $354), amazon.com

  • LuxClub 6pc King Sheet Set, $35 (was $62), amazon.com

  • Casper Sleep Pillow for Sleeping, $52 (was $65), amazon.com

  • ZAMAT Adjustable Cervical Memory Foam Pillow, $56 (was $65), amazon.com

  • Faux Fur Throw Blanket, $13 (was $30), amazon.com

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