Cyber Monday 2021 live blog: Best early deals so far

You thought Black Friday was over? HAHAHA. Black Friday deals remain online even after the big event, sometimes for days, and that makes it doubly hard to figure out which sales are still worthwhile compared to those trickling in before Cyber Monday dawns. Our Black Friday team — now swapping on our Cyber Monday hats — is hard at work sifting through every sale, including biggies like Walmart, Amazon, Target and Best Buy, to bring you the best Black Friday deals carrying over and great Cyber Monday deals as they trickle in. 

Keep in mind Cyber Monday deals are almost always renamed and repromoted versions of the same Black Friday deals. You may see some new items on sale for Monday, but that’s actually pretty rare. If you see a live deal you like, we recommend pouncing on it. And a spreadsheet for tracking prices can be a serious shopper’s best friend.

LATEST CYBER MONDAY DEALS

THE BEST EARLY CYBER MONDAY DEALS

Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook: $329 (save $101)

This Lenovo 13-inch Chromebook two-in-one is a great option if you need a Chromebook for all-day use in a travel-friendly size. It has a full HD display as well as excellent performance and battery life for the money, thanks to an Intel Core i3-10110U processor, 4GB RAM and a 64GB solid-state drive. The Lenovo Flex is not a great Chromebook choice for outdoor use since the display is pretty dim. For the price though, it’s an acceptable sacrifice. 

Amazon Fire TV Omni Series: from $300 (save $110)

This year Amazon began making its own television sets that ran the Fire TV OS alongside the Insignia and Toshiba models that do the same. The Omni Series offers hands-free TV with Alexa and Dolby Vision, where the 4-Series has a few less features but comes in a bit cheaper. There are multiple sizes available for each model.

Amazon Smart Soap Dispenser: $38, all-time low (save $17)

I tested the Amazon automatic dispenser and was wholly impressed. It has a sturdy build, consistent discharge of soap and it times your 20-second scrub to keep things compliant with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I’d say it’s a bit overpriced at $55 so grab it now while it’s 31% off.

Nespresso Vertuo Plus: from $120 (save up to $45)

Making a delicious cup of coffee at home just got a whole lot more affordable with these great Nespresso deals. You can make coffee, iced coffee, espresso and much more with just the tap of a button. The roast is consistent every time and the Nespresso does all the work for you, there’s no settings to change or anything based on the pod you use.

Anova Pro Nano sous vide precision cooker: $99 (save $30)

Making a delicious cup of coffee at home just got a whole lot more affordable with these great Nespresso deals. You can make coffee, iced coffee, espresso and much more with just the tap of a button. The roast is consistent every time and the Nespresso does all the work for you, there’s no settings to change or anything based on the pod you use.

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Fire HD 10: $75 (best price ever)

Amazon’s Fire HD 10 is the biggest and most powerful tablet that the company offers, and it recently got better. The 2021 revision launched in April with more RAM, a 10% brighter screen and a slightly updated design. The Fire HD 10 comes packed with benefits for Prime subscribers, making it easy for members to stream and download movies, TV shows and games. Like its 2019 predecessor, the new HD 10 normally starts at $150, but right now you can get the HD 10 for $75, its best price to date.

Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds: $200 (save $80)

The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds are excellent wireless headphones that include first-rate noise cancelling, deep and rich acoustic sound, 6-hour long battery life, weather and sweat resistance — and they’re mighty comfortable. If you’re thinking about getting the AirPods Pro, this a good competitor to consider, especially because they’re $200 right now over at Amazon.

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Soundcore Motion Plus Bluetooth speaker: $85 (save $21)

Anker’s Soundcore Motion Plus Bluetooth speaker has won a lot of accolades, including a CNET Editors’ Choice Award in 2020. It usually goes for more than $100, but right now, you can get it for $85. The sound quality is unmatched for a speaker of this size and price. The Soundcore Motion Plus features Hi-Res Audio with a frequency range from 50Hz to 40KHz and supports Qualcomm aptX for streaming. It’s portable, IPX7 waterproof and provides up to 12 hours of playback. It has USB-C charging and can wirelessly link to another speaker. 

Vantrue Dash Cam: $56 (save $24)

This dash cam features Full HD 1080p resolution at 30fps, 160-degree wide-angle shots, motion detection and a sensor for collision detection, night vision, time lapse and more. It supports microSD cards up to 256GB for 40 hours of recording time, but be aware that you will have to purchase that separately. This deal comes with the dash cam, a suction cup mount, a Micro-USB cable and car charger, and today it is just $56

Beats wireless earbuds

Beats Flex: $39 (save $31)

There are a couple of Beats headphones on sale this weekend, but even discounted they can be a little pricey. If you’re looking for a more affordable alternative, the Beats Flex are a great option. They boast 12 hours of continuous battery life and an Apple W1 headphone chip, which means seamless connectivity if you’re an iPhone user. While they’re Bluetooth, they are not true wireless earbuds

Travando RFID-blocking slim wallet: $17 (save $18)

This RFID-blocking bifold slim wallet by Travando is a $35 value, marked down to $17 today, which is the lowest price we’ve seen. Its sleek design means this wallet won’t bulge in your pocket, plus it has RFID protection, which is important these days. It comes in various colors and features 11 card slots, a stainless steel money clip. It would be a great gift, but if you’re interested, act fast — this deal is only available today. 

Sun Joe Pressure Washer: $143 (save $102)

This pressure washer by Sun Joe is marked down to $143 right now, saving you $102 off the list price. Whether you’re trying to remove mildew, dirt, soot, grease, oil or grime, this bad boy will help you maintain a clean exterior to keep your home looking beautiful. This model features a 13-amp motor, which generates up to 2,300 pounds per square inch in water pressure and 1.48 gallons per minute. It also includes a 20-foot high-pressure hose, a 34-inch spray wand, a 35-foot GFCI extension cord and wheels, giving you plenty of options to reach everywhere you need to around your home. 

Echo Dot (3rd-gen) and smart bulb: $20 (save $35)

With Echo Dot, you can easily control your lights, adjust thermostats, lock doors and more. This compact third-gen smart speaker makes a great budget gift at just $20, which is $20 off its regular price. The bundle comes with a free Sengled smart light bulb (regularly $15), a color-changing bulb that’s perfect for creating moody holiday lighting. 

Ring Wired Video Doorbell: $42 (save $18)

Ring’s Wired Video Doorbell features advanced motion detection, two-way talk, night vision and adjustable privacy settings to bring security to your front door all day and night. You can connect to your Alexa device for audio security alerts or a live view. This Ring Video Doorbell is currently 30% off at Amazon, $18 off its regular price. Add a Ring Protect Plan subscription (sold separately) to record your videos, review up to 60 days of video and more. 

Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch: $119 (save $60)

Keep your health and fitness monitored with Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch. Concerned about your health and fitness? Grab this smartwatch for $119 to help you stay fit. The Versa 2 can help you meet your daily fitness goals and has amazing features: a daily readiness score, voice control with built-in Amazon Alexa, 24/7 heart rate tracking and a 90-day free trial of its Premium service.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 40 instant camera: $90 (save $10)

This classic Fujifilm Instax Mini 40 instant camera, with its one-touch selfie mode and selfie mirror, is available for 10% off. If you are a photo freak, this is the best time to grab one: Take incredible shots with its auto shutter speed and auto-brightness feature. Get stunning pictures like a pro with fast functional controls and then the instant credit card-size prints this camera produces.

PlayStation Plus 12-month subscription: $40 (save $20)

If you want to play PlayStation games online with your friends, you’re going to need PlayStation Plus — so why not get yourself a discounted membership? In addition to online gaming, PlayStation Plus gives you monthly access to various free games and more. You can buy multiple of these and stack them, meaning if you buy two and redeem them you’ll have two years worth of access.

The code is delivered digitally, so you’ll receive it within a few minutes of your purchase. Be sure to grab one now and get everything set up so you can bring your gaming experience to the next level.

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Fire HD 8 tablet: $45 (save $45)

Amazon last refreshed the Fire HD 8 tablet in 2020 by doubling the onboard storage, enhancing the processor and adding USB-C charging instead of Micro-USB. It comes in four colors and if you want to upgrade to the 64GB model you can — for an extra $30.

BLACK FRIDAY SALES AT AMAZON, BEST BUY, WALMART, TARGET AND MORE

On the calendar, Black Friday takes place on Friday, Nov. 26 — the day after Thanksgiving — but Black Friday sales are alive and well. To help navigate the pandemonium, here’s a handy guide of what you can expect on sale when and where:

  • Amazon: While plenty of great early sales are happening now, Amazon just released a sneak peek of its main Black Friday event, which will run from Nov. 25 through 26. It’s a little less detailed than previous versions, but it still helps give you an idea of what’s to come.
  • Best Buy: After much anticipation, Best Buy has finally outlined what its Black Friday sales will look like. Plenty of deals are already available and a few more will be added tomorrow, on Nov. 21, Wednesday Nov. 24, and Thursday Nov. 25. Both current and upcoming deals are viewable on its Black Friday homepage.
  • Walmart: Walmart has had deals running all November, and it’s already released a full slate of deals that start on Nov. 22. From cheap AirPods Pro to discounted TVs and next-gen console stock, you won’t want to miss out on any of it.
  • Target: Deals have been running all November, and now the retailer has listed its full deals slate for Black Friday week. Bigger, better offers start this Sunday, Nov. 21. Its current best deals are live at this page

In short, there are a lot of things worth considering to buy right now instead of waiting for Black Friday. Amazon just kicked off one of its biggest discounts of the year, with tons of its own hardware that’s heavily discounted. We have highlighted more below, but some of the key deals here include:

While these deals will likely last for a while, it’s entirely possible that the most affordable products here start to sell out or go on backorder. Be sure to shop all of Amazon’s Black Friday deals now.

BEST BLACK FRIDAY DEALS AT WALMART

We’ve already had two Walmart Black Friday shopping events this month, and the big one is set to kick off on Nov. 22. From $89 AirPods to $229 4K TVs, Walmart is going all-out this Black Friday (and will even have stock of the PS5 and Xbox Series X). 

RCA Home theater projector

Save $50

This LCD/LED projector has a 720p resolution on a screen up to 100 inches and comes with a Roku Express Plus to make streaming your favorite movies on the big screen easier than ever.

BEST BLACK FRIDAY DEALS AT BEST BUY

It seems we finally know when Best Buy’s Black Friday event is happening – pretty much right now! The retailer just released another big wave of deals, along with some details about what we can expect next week. There will be a few more items added in the coming days (scheduled for Sunday Nov. 21, Wednesday Nov. 24, and Thursday Nov. 25) including $150 off the MacBook Air and $280 of KitchenAid stand mixers, but it seems like the bulk of the deals are happening already.

Apple watch SE

Save $60

The Apple Watch SE has been a hot item this holiday season, and Best Buy is the first major retailer to have it on sale. The $219 price is for the 40mm mode, but the 44mm model is $60 off as well (selling for $249). These watches come in lots of cool color combinations, but are selling out quickly (some colors are already gone), so we recommend moving fast on this deal. They also have a free six-month subscription to Apple Fitness Plus.

iRobot Roomba i3 Plus robot vacuum

Save $200

With the Roomba i3 Plus, the most work you’ll have to do is set it up. Its sensors can distinguish between carpet and hardwood, and can even detect the dirtiest part of your home, so it knows where to concentrate its efforts. It will even empty itself, so you hardly have to think about it.

BEST BLACK FRIDAY DEALS AT AMAZON

This year, Amazon’s Black Friday deal press release was much more vague than it usually is, so we don’t have a great idea of what exactly the online retail giant plans to do next week. The company offered up some generic outlines of deals, like select percentages off of brands, but not specific pricing on specific items.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4

Save $50

The Galaxy Watch has been giving the Apple Watch a run for its money in recent years. The Samsung smart watch combines the wellness tracking of a Fitbit with all the connectivity of your phone. Track your heart rate and sleep patterns as well as field calls and texts easily. Released only earlier this year, this is the lowest price we’ve seen on the Galaxy Watch 4.

BEST BLACK FRIDAY HEADPHONE DEALS

You can always find headphones on sale during Black Friday events, but finding the right balance between a good deal and a good set of headphones can be a challenge. Here’s a selection of what we’ve found so far.

 
Bose QuietComfort 45 headphones

Save $50

The newest addition to the QuietComfort line, the QC45, is now on sale for the lowest price yet. These headphones haven’t been out for long, and they’re rated among the best headphones you can get.

 

Save $32 (lowest price to date)

These Sony headphones offer better noise cancellation and better overall sound quality than the AirPods Pro. And they’re currently selling for their lowest price to date.

BEST BLACK FRIDAY TV DEALS

Televisions frequently fill out Black Friday sale pages, but it’s not always easy to tell which sales are actually worthwhile. Here are some deals on good TVs worth adding to your shopping cart.

 

Save $140

With Fire TV built right into this 55-inch 4K TV, streaming your favorite movies just got even easier. The Alexa Voice Remote makes navigating the interface a breeze, and the 4K display will have all of your shows looking their absolute best.

Save $220

This midrange TV is pretty much the baseline for very good image quality. It’s one of the least expensive TVs with full-array local dimming, which lets it serve up good-looking high dynamic range video, and also includes variable refresh rate for gaming. We didn’t like it as much as the TCL 6-Series in our side-by-side comparison, but it does cost less.

BEST BLACK FRIDAY LAPTOP DEALS

M1-based MacBook Air

Save $100 (available in select colors)

The latest in Apple’s line of lightweight laptops, the updated 2020 MacBook Air features an M1 processor and a dazzling 13.3-inch Retina display. At only 2.8 pounds, this ultrathin laptop delivers powerful performance in a sleek, compact package. These are pretty popular, and while they can sell out frequently, it looks like Amazon is restocking them in smaller batches. So don’t fret if you missed your chance to snag one, there’s a good chance it will be back in a few hours.

More great laptop deals:

BEST BLACK FRIDAY TABLET DEALS

It’s never hard to find a cheap tablet, but it can occasionally be challenging to find a good tablet at a reasonable price. Here are all of the worthwhile tablet deals we’ve found for early Black Friday.

 
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Save $400 

With 256GB of storage and a dazzling 12.3-inch touchscreen, the Surface Pro 7 gives you the best features of both a laptop and a tablet. While the Surface Pro 8 recently stepped onto the scene, at $800 this previous model still delivers a pretty unbeatable value.

BEST BLACK FRIDAY KITCHEN DEALS

Kitchen tech can totally change the way you cook, and a great sale on kitchen tech makes that exploration even more enjoyable. Here are the best Black Friday kitchen deals we’ve found. 

 
ninja mega kitchen system 72 oz blender

Save $100

Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770 Blender: Mix, blend, juice and process all of your favorite foods with the amazingly high-powered Ninja Mega Kitchen System. Make smoothies in a hurry for you or the whole family, mix bread and dessert dough in mere seconds and cut your food prep time in half with the even chopping performance of the food processor attachment.

BEST BLACK FRIDAY FITNESS DEALS

With New Year’s Day inching ever closer, those fitness resolutions can start to feel daunting. But not if you’ve got the right equipment. Here are the best Black Friday fitness deals we’ve found.

fitbitsense

Save $100

Get a jump on those New Year’s resolutions with $34 off the Fitbit Sense. With a heart-rate monitor, sleep-cycle tracker and temperature sensor, this smartwatch can help ensure you’re in tip-top shape to hit all your fitness goals.

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Save $150

Garmin’s Instinct Solar has a built-in solar panel to keep your watch charging while you’re out being active, which means less time you have to keep it attached to the wall so you can use it. The watch does heart rate monitoring, has a GPS, Pulse Ox, sleep tracking and much more.

BEST BLACK FRIDAY DEALS UNDER $50

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Save $25

The Amazon Fire TV Stick can transform any television with an HDMI input into a smart TV with a simple plug-in. Instantly, you’ll have access to all the shows and movies you love in crisp 4K (on supporting televisions). Its remote even comes with a voice control feature to make browsing a breeze.

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