Black Friday 2021 deals: Major discounts on Nintendo Switch bundles, Apple Watch, Amazon devices and more available now – CNET

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We’re just days away from Black Friday 2021, but at many major retailers, the big discounts and impressive deals have been going strong for weeks. Don’t get us wrong, the official shopping frenzy is coming, but there are a lot of good opportunities to grab in-demand gifts before that begins. 

So who has what? Amazon, Best Buy and Target have a whole bunch of Black Friday deals going on right now that you don’t want to miss out on. Walmart and others are starting big sales as soon as Monday, but they’re already rolling out discounts on certain items. You don’t have to look hard these days to find a great deal.

CNET’s team of deal-hunting experts has been seriously busy these past few weeks sorting through thousands of sales, discounts and price drops for you. Nearly every retailer has released its official Black Friday ads, so we’ve been comparing current pricing to the upcoming deals. We’re constantly updating this guide with the best Black Friday deals and prices available right now, so be sure to check back often so you don’t miss any. This story was last updated on Sunday, Nov. 21.

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 launched a ton of discounts on its Amazon devices (Fire tablets, Fire TV units, Kindle readers and Ring security products). The retailer’s press release details additional deal that will land 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 were added throughout the weekend. Even more are coming on 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 PS5 and Xbox availability, you won’t want to miss out on any of it. Just note you’ll need to be a Walmart Plus member to enjoy the early access sales.
  • Target: Deals have been running all November, and the retailer kicked off its full Black Friday sale starting Sunday, Nov. 21. Its current best deals are live at this page. And here’s what we think are the best Target deals available now and coming soon.

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 heavily discounted. We’ve 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 Target

The official Target Black Friday deals kicked off today, Sunday, Nov. 21, but like everyone else the big-box retailer has been offering up tons of discounts all month long. Here are the best that you can take advantage of right now.


For 2021, Nintendo has revived an old favorite: The Switch bundled with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and a three-month subscription to Switch Online, all for $300. Once the three months are over, the Switch Online membership will automatically renew. You can renew the membership for $4 a month on a month-to-month basis. Prepaying will get you the subscription at $8 for three months or a full year for $20. 

This isn’t the new Switch OLED with a larger screen, but considering the game and Switch Online are being thrown in for free, it’s not half bad. This is already sold out at Target, so we’re including the Best Buy link here.

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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 tomorrow, 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). Here are some of the best Walmart Black Friday deals that are available right now.


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.

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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 (some scheduled for today, with others coming 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.

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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.


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.

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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 this week. The company offered up some generic outlines of deals, like select percentages off of brands, but not specific pricing on specific items.

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


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.

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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.


The newest addition to the QuietComfort line, the QC45, are 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 by CNET’s David Carnoy.

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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.


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.

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Best Black Friday laptop deals

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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.

Read our MacBook Air review.


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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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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.

Read our Microsoft Surface Pro 7 review.


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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. 


This 8-quart deluxe pressure cooker features a stainless steel finish and an enhanced user interface from older models. With new technology, this Pressure Cooker takes frozen chicken and turns it crispy in as little as 20 minutes. Able to steam, broil or “TenderCrisp” up to eight chicken breasts at once, this is a great addition to your kitchen if you regularly need to feed a lot of people. And it’s also dishwasher safe, making cleanup a breeze.

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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.

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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.

Read our Fitbit Sense review.



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.

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Best Black Friday deals under $50

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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.

Read our Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K review.


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