73 Absolute Best Black Friday Deals Right Now (2022)
The Salesmas season started a bit early this year, but that’s only made things more confusing—what’s really a deal? What’s not? It’s hard to know which deals to snag and which to walk away from. Luckily, we’ve done the hard work for you. WIRED reviewers try countless gadgets, tools, and digital delights of all kinds every week, and we have developed smart shopping tips and tricks to weed out fake discounts and bring you the real deals. We can say with confidence that these are the absolute best Black Friday deals you’re going to find.
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Laptop and Accessory Deals
The Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 (7/10, WIRED Recommends) is our top pick in the Surface lineup for most people. (The new Surface Laptop 5 doesn’t offer enough upgrades to justify the extra cost.) The Laptop 4 comes with a nice 13.5-inch high-resolution display (the 15-inch version is also on sale), along with a good keyboard and glass trackpad. You can choose between an AMD Ryzen chip or an Intel processor—we’ve tested both, and while they each have their pros and cons, either will be capable of handling most tasks.
Last year’s Microsoft Surface Pro 8 (7/10, WIRED Recommends) remains a powerful machine, especially for work. The 2-in-1 packs a large 13-inch display (with a 3:2 aspect ratio), a 120-Hz refresh rate, a 1080p Windows Hello-compatible webcam, and an 11th-generation Intel chip.
This is the 2020 MacBook Air (9/10, WIRED Recommends), but it’s still excellent, especially at this price. The battery lasted us a full workday, and the M1 chip means this machine will instantly wake up from sleep too. It’s great for everyday tasks and a little more, and it’ll be supported for years to come.
The Surface Laptop Studio is a great machine (7/10, WIRED Recommends) for power users. Thanks to its unique hinge, you get both a 2-in-1 laptop and a tablet, allowing you to take notes or make sketches. The only downside is the weight—at 4 pounds, it’s too heavy to tote around all day. You can find more Surface deals here.
Apple’s 14-inch MacBook Pro (8/10, WIRED Recommends) comes with upgrades on the inside and out. It has an industrial look, with a boxier chassis, tons of ports (including a MagSafe port for charging), a beautiful 14.2-inch display with ProMotion (increasing the frame rate to 120 Hz), and a 1080p webcam. Under the hood, the M1 Pro offers excellent performance that can handle nearly any task you throw at it. Apple is likely to announce new versions of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros early next year, but if you want to save money, this is a great option.
This is the slightly smaller sibling to the Blade 15 in Best Gaming Laptops guide. This model features an AMD Ryzen 9 chip, with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti graphics card. A Quad HD 165-Hz screen, 16 gigabytes of RAM, and a 1-terabyte SSD round out an impressive set of specs for this price.
Asus ROG Zephyrus (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is one of our favorite gaming laptops. The keyboard and trackpad are both excellant, and we also like the built-in webcam. The battery life could be better, but this Windows machine still offers good value and a great experience for both gaming and non-gaming tasks.
This 2-in-1 Lenovo is one of our favorite value laptops. It offers a tent mode for better movie-viewing angles and a tablet mode, making it versatile. You get an AMD Ryzen 5 chip, 16 gigabytes of RAM, and a 512-gigabyte SSD. That’s plenty of power for the average user, and there’s plenty of ports: two USB-A ports, an HDMI, an SD card reader, one USB-C, a headphone jack, and a charging port (though you can use the USB-C to recharge the laptop too).
This deal matches the lowest price we’ve seen for this speedy little drive. It currently holds the top spot in our Best External Storage Drives guide. It’s small, but not so small that you’ll lose it at the bottom of your bag.
These are some of our favorite USB-C cables, because they’re attractive, made from certified recycled plastic and aluminum, and are BPA- and PVC-free. The braided design makes them quite durable, and they can carry up to 60 watts of power to your laptop. One of them is powering my laptop as I type, and after two years, it still looks and functions like new. You can choose between three sizes, all of which are on sale. Need a USB-C to Lightning cable? Nimble has a sale on those too.
Phone and Tablet Deals
Google’s most recent flagship phone, the Pixel 7 (8/10, WIRED Recommends), has barely been out for a month, but it’s already on sale for $100 off. It’s plenty fast, has a 90-Hz screen, wireless charging, an all-day battery, and one of the best cameras on a smartphone. The Pixel 7 Pro, which has a larger 120-Hz screen and a 5X optical zoom camera, is also on sale for $749 ($150 off).
If you want a great phone, but don’t want to spend $500, get the Pixel 6A (8/10, WIRED Recommends), our favorite phone for most people. This budget-conscious handset can still churn out great photos, it has a wonderfully bright AMOLED display, and it will get five years of security updates. You miss out on the wireless charging and higher screen refresh rate of the Pixel 7A, but for the price, it’s a steal.
The Moto G Stylus 2022 (6/10, WIRED Review) is our favorite smartphone under $200. The battery lasts two full days, and there’s a headphone jack and a MicroSD card slot. It also comes with a stylus to use on the screen, if you want more precision than your fingertips, though we didn’t find it too useful.
The OnePlus 10 Pro (7/10, WIRED Recommends) has a bright 120-Hz screen and offers great performance, solid battery life, and a version of Android that’s heavy on personalization. It will get three OS upgrades and four years of security updates. The cameras aren’t the best you can buy, but they’re still pretty capable. Our main gripe is there’s no millimeter-wave 5G, but otherwise this is a solid competitor to Google and Samsung phones. The OnePlus 10T is also on sale for $600 ($50 off) if you want some of the fastest charging in a phone.
Samsung will launch its new flagship phones early in 2023, but that doesn’t stop this S22 Ultra (9/10, WIRED Recommends) from being a good buy. There are almost no other smartphones in the US that have a 10X optical zoom camera, and that lets you capture sharp photos of subjects far away—like your kid running across the soccer pitch. It’s a high-end phone in every other way, from stunning performance to a fantastic 6.8-inch display. There’s even a built-in stylus.
This is last year’s model, but it’s more than enough for most people. It’s fast, has a nice screen, and supports the first-gen Apple Pencil (along with the Smart Keyboard). There are several multitasking improvements you can enjoy in iPadOS 16 too. If you want the latest 10th-gen iPad, it’s seeing its first discount right now for $426 ($23 off).
Unless you really need the new M2 chip and Apple Pencil hover feature in the 2022 iPad Pro, we recommend saving your money and opting for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with M1 from 2021 instead. Those eyeing the 11-inch version should go for the M1-powered iPad Air, which is often on sale for $520.
This deal has been coming and going for a few months, but it’s still a good one. The iPad Mini (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is our pick for the most portable iPad. Small, but powerful, this is the iPad for students and travelers. And yes, it has USB-C charging and support for the second-generation Apple Pencil.
Amazon’s newest Kindle Paperwhite is our favorite Kindle for most people. It has a bright 6.8-inch screen with adjustable warm lighting, and it’s waterproof—making it a great option if you like to read by the pool, at the beach, or in the bathtub. This version dipped slightly lower to $95 during Prime Day this past summer, but we still think this a great deal. The slightly fancier Signature edition, which auto-adjusts the brightness to your surroundings and offers faster page turns, is also on sale for $130 ($60 off).
We’re still testing the brand-new Fire HD 8, but it improves on its predecessor in nearly every way. It has a faster processor, a thinner design, and it retains the USB-C port for charging. It’s a great cheap tablet for consuming media and browsing the web, and it’s fairly compact. If you’re buying this for a kid, get the Fire HD 8 Kids version for $80 ($150 off). The Fire HD 7 (2022) is also on sale for $40 ($20 off), and it has good enough performance for web browsing and watching videos.
The largest Fire tablet is our favorite, and it’s still the cheapest big-screen tablet you can buy. The 10.1-inch screen isn’t the brightest or sharpest, but it’s plenty good enough for watching movies and browsing the web. Throw in 12-hour battery life and a snappy processor and you’ve got a solid device for not a lot of money. If you find the Amazon app store limiting, we’ve got instructions on how to install the Google Play Store on an Amazon Fire Tablet.
Razer’s Huntsman Mini has 60 percent of the keys normally found on a regular-sized keyboard. The number pad and arrow keys are chopped off, but you have the essentials. The Razer Huntsman Mini is our favorite of this size for gaming.
We don’t give many 10/10 ratings, but this wireless gaming headset made the grade thanks to its long lasting battery life, which goes well beyond the norm. These offer rich, booming sound and are comfortable to wear. And the battery life, well, how does 300 hours sound?
The Logitech G915’s main appeal is the set of five macro keys on the left side of the board. Along with the Logitech G Hub software, these keys can be programmed with automated actions and custom shortcuts, or even set to execute scripts. We’re big fans of using gaming hardware for productivity, and these bonus keys are perfect for the job.
This deal is on the original Nintendo Switch model, and it includes a digital download code for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. You also get a three-month membership for Nintendo Switch Online, so you can crush friends and strangers online. You’re effectively getting the game and membership for the price of the console.
Whether you’re struggling to secure the Xbox Series X (since it’s constantly fluctuating in stock) or you don’t need such a powerful console, the Xbox Series S is a great alternative. It’s smaller and doesn’t support discs, but can power games up to 120 frames per second (at 1440-pixel resolution and not 4K). This is also the lowest price we’ve tracked for the Series S.
Since the Xbox comes with only one controller in the box, you’re likely in the market for extras—especially if you plan on playing video games with friends or family over the holidays. You’ll find discounts on all color options including Carbon Black, Robot White, Shock Blue, Pulse Red, and Electric Volt.
Smart Home Deals
We prefer Google Assistant over Alexa, but if you’re all-in on Amazon’s ecosystem, this is the first major discount on Amazon’s latest budget smart speaker. It delivers better sound than ever before (with double the bass), and a new sensor lets Alexa perform a task based on the room’s temperature. The 5th-generation Echo Dot With Clock is also on sale for $40 ($20 off), as is the Echo Dot Kids Edition for $30 ($20 off).
The sound from the Nest Mini is fine, but most of the appeal here is the Nest Mini’s compact size and the fact that you can mount it on a wall—you can put it in areas where you want access to Google Assistant to control smart-home devices (or just ask it the weather).
The Nest Cam (Battery) is one of our top picks for outdoor security cameras. It’s magnetic mounting plate makes it easy to put wherever you want, and its battery will last a little more than a month. The 1080p quality is good too, even when night vision kicks on in low light. A Nest Aware subscription isn’t required, but it adds a few helpful features. There’s a version with a floodlight for $190 ($90 off), and the corded version of this Nest Cam (for indoors) is also on sale for $70 ($30 off).
The Amazon Echo Show 8 is our favorite Alexa-powered smart display. The 8-inch screen is a great size for watching movies, reading recipes, and making video calls (it has an auto-pan and zoom feature to keep you in the frame). Its compact size makes it a great addition to your kitchen counter or nightstand too. It’s $5 cheaper than it was on Prime Day.
The Nest Hub (7/10, WIRED Recommends) makes a great centerpiece for a smart home. It can show calendar events and reminders, play video from your smart doorbell, and control other smart devices. Google Assistant is great at answering random queries you might have, like how many prunes are enough, how many are too much. There’s no camera, so it’s nice for more private areas like bedrooms.
This is our absolute favorite robot vacuum if money is no object. It’s attractive, easy to use, and most of all, effective. It has powerful suction, great navigation, and it empties automatically into the bin, which means you don’t have to empty it as often.
This is our top recommended robot vacuum for most people. If you don’t mind spending this much, you get some nice features. There’s a self-emptying bin, and it maps a space quite well. There’s plenty of power to suck up whatever it finds, and the battery life is enough to cover a large home on a single charge.
If you’ve got pets, this is the robot vacuum to get. The Eufy RoboVac X8 can suck up twice as much dirt in one pass as most other vacuums its price. The mopping function isn’t the best, but it makes up for that by doing a fantastic job deep-cleaning pet hair around the home.
They might look like the original AirPods Pro, but the second-generation wireless earbuds (9/10, WIRED Recommends) deliver better sound quality, have a speaker embedded in the case so you can find it more easily, and have longer battery life. Most importantly, the noise-canceling tech remains some of the best you’ll find in a pair of wireless earbuds.
This is a ridiculously good deal on what we think are the best wireless earbuds under $50–way under $50 right now. They beat the AirPods with eight hours of run time between charges. The case also has a built-in USB cable, which means you’ll never forget one when you’re out and need to recharge. They also come in a ton of fun colors, so you’ll be able to tell yours apart from all the AirPods.
This is a good deal on our favorite workout earbuds. There are quite a few Jabras out there, but the Elite 7 Active are the best. They’re smaller than previous models and have a new, soft silicone rubber ear tip that holds the buds securely. They also have great noise canceling and at least eight hours of battery life.
These ColorBuds (8/10, WIRED Recommends) are our runner-up pair of cheap wireless earbuds. They have six hours of battery life, support the AptX Bluetooth codec for better music quality, and have several ear tips in the box so you can get a good fit. There’s an IPX5 rating so they will be fine in the rain and during workouts, and they’re super comfy to wear. This is the lowest price we’ve tracked.
It’s not a huge discount on already-cheap earbuds, but the Tempo 30 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) surprised us. They’re lightweight, well-built, water resistant, and fit small ears really well. You get eight hours of battery life and even basic noise canceling. The bass is boomy, but the audio can lack clarity in the higher tones. Call quality is also not great, and the Bluetooth range isn’t amazing either. But if those quirks don’t bug you, they’re a great and cheap way to enter the wireless audio world (or a spare pair to keep around the home).
These Sony earbuds (7/10, WIRED Recommends) deliver some of the best audio quality you’ll find in such a tiny package. There’s noise canceling to quiet down the outside world, quick pairing with Android phones, and a wireless charging case. The only drawback is that they can be a bit big for small ears.
Sony’s flagship headphones (9/10, WIRED Recommends) are a killer deal this time of year. These remain our best overall choice for most people. They’re good looking, have great battery life, and sound excellent. Sony’s noise cancellation is also great. If you want to save even more, the previous generation WH-1000XM4 (9/10, WIRED Recommends) are just $240 right now ($110 off).
The Studio3 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) have been around quite a while, but they’re still a great pair of comfy over-ear headphones. They offer great noise cancellation and really good Bluetooth range, and they pair well with Apple devices. The drawback for Android users is that you might get slightly worse battery life.
Home Office Deals
Netgear’s Orbi range is so vast, even we have trouble keeping them straight. This three-pack of mesh units will cover a whooping 7,500 square feet, making it best suited for a large home. Setup can take a while. But we like the curved design, and the LED light system is handy for signal issues.
This is our favorite wireless gaming mouse and makes for an excellent work companion. The customizable lighting is subtle, and there aren’t a ton of superfluous buttons (just a pair of low-profile programmable buttons on your thumb). It is lightweight, supremely comfortable, and extremely responsive. It also glides smoothly, has a good wireless range, and comes with a lightweight cable to plug in when you need it.
This is our favorite standing desk. You can quickly adjust the height by pressing a button, and the motor will do the rest. You get four height presets, a bamboo top that looks and feels great, and a variety of customization options so you can personalize it to your liking (just know that many of these tweaks will add to the price).
This arm mount supports up to 20 pounds and is VESA compatible. It has a five-year warranty, offers built-in cable management, and is made by the same company that makes the standing desk above.
Our top office chair pick is a bit cheaper right now. We’ve tested more than 35 office chairs in the past year and this is the one to get based on comfort, quality, adjustability, and price. At this price you’d be hard pressed to find a cheaper way to get seven points of adjustment. The only thing we don’t like is that pet hair tends to cling, so keep a lint roller handy.
Outdoor, Fitness, and Cycling Deals
Through camping and mountain climbing adventures, the Actik headlamp never failed to provide us with 350 powerful lumens on the trail. It runs on three AAA batteries, which are easy to replace in the backcountry (if you remember to bring spares), and they’ll last for up to 260 hours on the lowest white-light setting.
Keep a link between you and your loved ones while you’re out gallivanting through the wilderness with a satellite communicator. With the InReach Mini 2, you can share your location, communicate back and forth, and trigger an SOS button if you need a rescue. It weighs just 3.5 ounces, and the battery lasts for roughly four to 14 days, depending on settings and tree cover.
For backcountry trips, consider saving weight and space by choosing a non-insulated reusable water bottle. Given the same volume, a non-insulated one will also be lighter to carry. The Klean Kanteen was one of the best bottles we tested, thanks to its very scratch-resistant coating, leak-proof lid, and stellar durability.
LifeStraw’s Personal Water Filter has long been a hit with WIRED readers. Just sip out of it like any regular straw and it’ll filter out 99.99 percent of waterborne bacteria for up to 1,000 gallons of water.
Bern’s ebike-specific helmet made our Wish List because it meets all the latest safety requirements, including MIPS technology and certification to withstand crashes of up to 27 mph. The light on the back is also helpful. Everything at Bern is 30 percent off sitewide and the Bern Barn outlet is 50 percent off.
Enter code HELMET25 to see the discount at checkout. Multi-directional Impact Protection System (MIPS) is a technology that offers added protection to your brain from rotational injuries in the event of a crash. It’s worth the small added cost. There are many paint schemes available for this stylish looking helmet, from solid colors to complicated artistic designs.
The 7S Sapphire Solar (8/10, WIRED Recommends) comes packed with preset modes that can track your biometric data from various outdoor activities: biking, bouldering, swimming, running, and more. It’s our favorite outdoor watch for its quick and accurate GPS connection in rain and under dense tree cover, as well as for its built-in altimeter, barometer, and compass. Check out our Best Garmin Watches guide for more.
We rate the Charge 5 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) as the best all-around fitness tracker for its affordability and its bevy of biometric sensors. There’s a smart alarm that determines the best point during your sleep cycle to set an alarm, ECGs for monitoring your heart rate, sleep analysis tools that measure your blood oxygen levels at night, and more. You do have to pay $10 a month, or $80 a year, for a Fitbit Premium subscription to get the most from the Charge 5 though.
Something has to keep the sweat from dripping into your eyes during a run, and yes, you can absolutely sweat that hard during a tough workout, even in winter weather. Made in Vermont, these headbands are silky smooth and come in a range of fun designs. Only some designs are on sale.
Sore muscles are a fact of life when you exercise. If it’s a good workout, you’ll be sore afterwards. You can massage away a great deal of that soreness, though, with a percussive massager. The Theragun Prime provides up to 30 pounds of pressure, making it a solid midrange product in Theragun’s lineup. Check out our Best Theraguns guide for more information.
TV and Speaker Deals
The U8H (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is one of the best-value TVs for the money. It has mini-LED backlighting for deeper blacks, and a super-fast refresh rate for gaming with the latest consoles or PC. The only downside? Some slightly awkward feet that make this too deep to fit on some consoles.
This year’s C2 OLED is one of the prettiest TVs on the market, thanks to LG’s perfect black levels and excellent contrast. The pedestal mount design and super thin bezel round out a well-designed TV. You also get LG’s smart remote, which you can use like a Wii-mote of old to point and click at what you want to watch.
This is a great way to upgrade your streaming capabilities and the audio quality of your TV for a mere $80. Roku’s Streambar is only 14 inches long, so it works great in smaller rooms. It has Dolby Audio for better sound, and there’s a night-listening mode so you don’t have to worry about turning down the loud scenes while your kids are sleeping.
The Chromecast With Google TV (8/10, WIRED Recommends) brought the Chromecast in line with other streaming sticks that have a physical remote and a full TV interface. There’s Google Assistant support too. Don’t have a 4K TV? No worries. The new Chromecast With Google TV HD is also on sale for $18 ($12 off).
We actually prefer Roku’s interface, and this model has the strongest dual-band Wi-Fi of Roku’s devices, plus an Ethernet port, meaning you’ll get the fastest load times for all your content (based on your internet speeds). This model adds support for HDR10+ for better colors and brightness.
The Vizio M-Series Elevate offers excellent Dolby Atmos sound and a nice, compact design. It features a wireless subwoofer and great, very granular sound customization. What we don’t like as much are the menus, which are hard to navigate, but overall this is a solid system for the price, especially when it’s on sale.
We saw this same discount on Prime Day. This is a solid deal for the best Amazon 4K streaming stick. It supports Wi-Fi 6, includes picture-in-picture mode, and has built-in Alexa. It’s fast and easy to use, and it may be a good option for folks who prefer Amazon’s ecosystem over competitors.
The Sonos One (8/10, WIRED Review) is one of our favorite speakers. It works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, adding an extra layer of utility, and it still delivers some of the best sound quality out there. If you don’t want the voice control option, you can snag the Sonos One SL for $159 ($49 off) (Target)—you’ll get all of the pros of the speaker with none of the privacy concerns.
Kitchen and Home Deals
Instant Pots offer multiple functions in a single device, meaning they can be used for making rice, reheating food, crafting slow-cooker recipes, and even sterilizing items. Some models can also be air fryers and more, but we like the price-function balance of this 7-in-1 model. This Duo Plus has a 6-quart capacity and is great for small to medium-size households.
Skip the smart toothbrush and get a more powerful cleaner with Oral-B’s Pro 1000. The Pro 1000 has been around for a while and continues to outshine more expensive models with fancier features. The price is right and it’s rechargeable, but the whole thing is chunky and can easily get grimy from toothpaste. You need to rinse it thoroughly after every brush.
Gravity makes some of the best weighted blankets we’ve tried. Most of them are quite expensive, but the Basics is anything but. It’s available in a 15-pound weight and is made from nice, cool cotton. You can get a cover for $20, and they feel crisp and cool too. Adding a cover isn’t necessary to any blanket, but it’s not a bad idea, because washing a weighted blanket can be a chore.
This is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen on this model, which is large enough to handle everything from cookies to bread dough. This is the traditional model, which lacks the tilting head but offers a height-adjustable arm and a more powerful motor for mixing the thickest of doughs. If you prefer the tilt-head model, it’s also on sale for $260 ($70 off).
Camera and Photo Deals
Sure, the A7RIII is not the latest model in the Sony Alpha line, but you’re getting a lot for under $2,000. The 42-megapixel full-frame sensor delivers sharp images and excellent dynamic range, and the camera is light enough to carry all day. The image stabilization is pretty great, and you have access to a dizzyingly large selection of lenses.
This deal has been coming and going for a few months now, but this is still a great price on an excellent camera. The S5 is our top pick for those wanting to shoot video with a full-frame sensor. It’s a fine still camera too, but what really sets it apart are the high-end video features—like support for Log recording, anamorphic 4K support, and uncropped 4K at 30 frames per second.
This is WIRED reviews editor Julian Chokkattu’s favorite camera bag. There’s a side access pocket, an expandable roll-top you can use to store more items, and plenty of zippers and pouches for all your other little pieces of gear. This deal includes the Photo Bundle, which has accessory straps, a waist strap, and the Essential Camera Cube to efficiently store your camera gear in the bag.
Black Friday Retailer Sales
Want to browse the sales yourself? Here are a few top retailers participating in Black Friday deals.
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November 24, 2022 at 09:24PM