Best Buy Black Friday 2020: what to expect

Cristopher Centers

While Black Friday 2020 is a few months away at this point, it’s definitely on the way. And, if 2020 looks like, well, any of the last few years, we’re going to see early Black Friday deals any time now. Top Best Buy Black Friday deals We haven’t quite seen […]

While Black Friday 2020 is a few months away at this point, it’s definitely on the way. And, if 2020 looks like, well, any of the last few years, we’re going to see early Black Friday deals any time now.

Top Best Buy Black Friday deals

We haven’t quite seen Best Buy’s Black Friday ad yet, but thanks to last year’s sale we’ve got a fairly good idea of what’s coming. Down below we’ve separated out the particular areas of interest into the most popular categories. There you’ll find not just our favorite deals from last year, but also some current top deals featured on Best Buy this week – both for comparisons sake, and in case you didn’t want to wait until the big day itself.

While stores will be open on Black Friday we’re expecting Best Buy’s online sales to be particularly stellar this year, given the situation, and you can also be sure that they’ll be carrying most of them through to Cyber Monday 2020 as well, so stay tuned for the very latest.

Here at TechRadar, we’re all-in on Black Friday, helping find the best deals, so you can spend less time shopping and more time with your family. Black Friday falls on November, 27 this year – still quite some time away but fast approaching now, and we’ll definitely start to see some early bird deals crop up as early as next month.

If you’d like to stay on top of Best Buy’s Black Friday deals, all you need to do is bookmark this page as we’ll be updating it regularly in the lead up to the event. That way you can be sure you won’t miss out on any amazing deals.

Best Buy Black Friday TV deals

Best Buy possibly has the best TV deals of anywhere in the US and this Black Friday shouldn’t be an exception to that. Last year we saw some great deals on all sorts of TVs, ranging from fairly cheap LED screens all the way to massive OLED screens – sometimes boasting discounts of hundreds of dollars.

A couple of our favorites in particular were LG’s B9 65-inch OLED on sale for $1,799.99 – down from a list price of $2,299.99 and Samsung’s Q60 55-inch QLED on sale for $699.99, down from $899. Both of these were highly sought-after TVs last year and we’re expecting similar savings to crop of this year on both these ranges, plus the brand new 2020 lines from LG and Samsung.

Best Buy TV deals available now

Hisense 55-inch H65 Series 4K UHD TV: $399.99 $299.99 at Best Buy
This Hisense 55-inch TV is a great pickup if you want something that’s high-tech, looks great, but doesn’t break the bank. Not only are you getting a near bezel-less display here, something normally reserved for much more premium TVs, but you’re also getting full HDR and a host of smart assistant features. While we’ve seen this particular TV go for $20 cheaper before, the specs on offer fro the money here are still fantastic.
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Samsung 65-inch 7-Series 4K Ultra HD Smart TV: $549.99 $499.99 at Best Buy
The Samsung 7-series is a great buy for those more budget-minded folks who still want a feature-laden 4K TV from a top brand. They feature a universal guide that’s super handing for streaming content as well as Samsung’s Crystal Display technology for a sharp, clear picture.
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Best Buy Black Friday phone deals

Unlocked phones are a bit of a specialty category over at Best Buy, and we’re sure to see plenty of excellent offers come Black Friday this year. With plenty of new releases from Apple, Samsung, and other leading brands, this year’s also shaping up to be particularly good if you’re looking for that rare deal on an unlocked phone.

A few of our favorites from last year were the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, a relatively new phone at the time, going on sale for just $799.99, and the Galaxy S10e being discounted to $449.99 – awesome $300 discounts on both.  

Best Buy Black Friday phone deals available now

Google Pixel 4a 128GB (Unlocked): $349.99 $299.99 at Best Buy
The new Google Pixel 4a is going down a storm right now with budget phone lovers and what’s more Best Buy currently has the best price around on an unlocked device. That $50 discount might not seem particularly eye-catching, but considering this device is just over a month old now, it’s a great price.
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Apple iPhone SE 64GB (Unlocked): $399.99 $349.99 at Best Buy
Another top budget pick, the new Apple iPhone SE, is also getting a neat $50 saving right now at Best Buy. Simply pair this device with one of the excellent cheap prepaid plans that can be found at many smaller carriers and you’ve not only got yourself a cheap iPhone, but super-low monthly bills too.
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Samsung Galaxy S20 128GB (Unlocked): $999 $749.99 at Best Buy
Alternatively, go all out and grab a 5G ready flagship this week at Best Buy. With a $200 saving. you’ll also have plenty of flexibility here in case you want to pick and choose what carrier you want to go with. The S20’s a fantastic phone all around too, so it’s a great pick up if you can afford to do so.
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Best Buy Black Friday Apple Watch / smartwatch deals

It wasn’t just the ever-popular Apple Watches that were on sale last year over Black Friday at Best Buy – there was plenty on offer from Samsung and Garmin as well to name just a few.

Last year we saw the Apple Watch 4 go for just $299 – a $50 saving, but a great price on a now-discontinued watch. This year we’re sure to see a similar discount but most likely on the Apple Watch 5, and definitely on the Apple Watch Series 3 – which is still in the lineup despite two brand new releases. We also saw the Samsung Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Watch Active2 go on sale for $269.99 and $249.99 respectively – price records we definitely expect will be broken this year.

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Samsung Galaxy Fit: $99.99 $49.99 at Best Buy
If you’re on the hunt for a stripped-down, all-business fitness activity tracker then check out the Samsung Galaxy Fit – which is now half price this week at Best Buy. with full heart rate tracking and an AMOLED display, this Galaxy Fit is the perfect companion to a whole range of fitness activities.
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Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS): $199 at Best Buy
The Series 3, a venerable but still amazing contender, is settling in to a whole new lower than ever before price right now. Sure, it’s a little bigger and a little slower than the new entries but it’s still fully supported by Apple and has all the lifestyle and fitness apps you’d expect. You can’t argue with that value either, it’s a great pickup.
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Best Buy Black Friday laptop deals

Alongside sharp competition from Amazon and Newegg, Best Buy’s Black Friday laptop deals are always worthy of note, particularly on affordable laptops and gaming laptops.

Last year our personal favorites were a super specced up HP Pavilion x360 going for just $499.99 – down from $749.99 , and a HP Pavilion 15 gaming laptop going for just $449.99, previously $649.99. Both these were great pickups for the price, and we also saw some excellent sales on both Microsoft and Dell machines too.

Best Buy laptop deals available now

Asus 11.6-inch Chromebook: $189 at Best Buy
Cheap laptops under $200 will usually offer a stripped back but streamlined Chrome OS experience. This Asus model includes just 16GB of storage, but because you’re using a browser-based operating system you won’t have to worry about storing updates. Plus, you can always expand that space using a microSD card as well.
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HP 15.6-inch laptop: $799.99 $699.99 at Best Buy
You’re paying an awesome price here for this mid-tier HP – especially since you’re picking up a 10th generation i7 processor. There’s also 512GB of SSD storage to play within this Best Buy laptop deal, and even 12GB of RAM to go along with that super-charged processor too.
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Best Buy Black Friday headphone deals

Best Buy’s selection of headphones is up there with the very best, and if last year’s anything to go by, we’ll be seeing plenty of them rocking massive discounts this Black Friday.

Beats and Sony headphones were of particular note last year, with both the Beats Solo 3 and Studio 3’s getting $150 discounts and the award-winning Sony WH-1000XM3 being discounted to just $279.99. Now there are new headphones on the market, the Sony WH-1000XM4 especially, we should see even better prices this year with any luck.

Best Buy headphone deals available now

JBL Free true wireless headphones: $149.99 $79.99 at Best Buy
For half-price right now at Best Buy, you can do a whole lot worse than these excellent JBL Free wireless in-ear headphones. With 4-hours of battery life, built-in microphone and comfortable silicone earbuds, these are a great option if you’re prone to losing a bud or two and want a cheap (but still good) pair of headphones.
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Apple Airpods with charging case: $159.99 $129.99 at Best Buy
These second-generation AirPods were one of the hottest items last Black Friday and right now they’re pretty much at an all-time low price at Best Buy. If you haven’t picked up your pair yet, definitely check them out – not least for the amazing device pairing which makes them the perfect companion to any iPhone.
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Beats Solo Pro noise-canceling headphones: $299.99 $199.99 at Best Buy
For something a little more lavish, check out the very best from Apple’s other excellent range of headphones – the Beats Pro. With full active noise-cancellation, these are a great option for a busy commute or working environment, and with 22 hours of battery life, they can go the distance as well.
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Best Buy Black Friday home tech deals

Another strong category for Best Buy over Black Friday, home tech deals range all the way from smart home and security gadgets to vacuums and small kitchen appliances.

Best Buy price matched Amazon’s Fire TV Stick down to $19.99 last year – a great little pick up to kick start any home streaming setup. You could also find excellent prices on Dyson vacuums, Ring Doorbells, Philips Hue Kits and even the odd Segway deal. We’re expecting many of those to return this year, plus plenty of sales on small appliances – such as the deals we saw on Air Fyrers and Instant Pots previously.

Best Buy home tech deals available now

Amazon Echo Show: $89.99 $69.99 at Best Buy
The Echo Show’s a great versatile gadget for any kitchen, bed room, living room or hallway. With a small but vivid 5-inch display and Amazon Alexa smart assistant on board, this little device is your window into the smart home world – all for less this week at Best Buy.

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Blink XT2 2-camera surveillance system: $179.99 $134.99 at Best Buy
The Blink XT2 is a versatile little system that can be used both in-door and out-door, fully wirelessly. It doesn’t just capture 1080p HD video but has infrared night vision, two-way audio, and full Amazon Alexa compatibility as well.
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Best Buy Black Friday gaming deals

Gaming is a tricky one to predict this year. Not only have we seen unprecedented demand and stock issues across the board in the US, but we’re also seeing the launch of a brand new generation of game consoles over the Black Friday period.

We’re expecting stock on older games consoles to remain pretty hit and miss in the lead up until Black Friday and it’s unlikely there will be huge sales this year. PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch are all likely to be affected and if there are any sales on the new PS5 and Xbox Series X – they’re sure to be fairly minimal.

That said, there’s sure to be plenty of Best Buy Black Friday deals on games and controllers, plus plenty of cheap PC gaming peripherals up for grabs.

Best Buy gaming deals available now

Razer Mamba Elite mouse: $89.99 $59.99 at Best Buy
Razer is a name synonymous with quality PC gaming peripherals and often carries a pretty hefty price tag too. While that’s normally the case, the Mamba Elite is currently $30 off right now at Best Buy, making it a great pickup if you’re looking for a comfortable, durable and accurate mouse for competitive gaming.
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Razer Kraken Tournament Edition gaming headset: $99.99 $74.99 at Best Buy
This excellent headset from Razer isn’t just compatible with PC, but all consoles too and features THX Spatial Audio to give you that edge in-game. With adjustable audio and mic controls, custom-tuned 50mm drivers, and comfortable gel-infused ear cushions, you’re getting an all-around headset here, perfect for longer sessions.
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Best Buy Black Friday FAQ

Are Best Buy Black Friday deals better than Walmart’s?

Best Buy, Walmart and Amazon are locked in an eternal battle to be the top retailer during Black Friday, with a lot of people interested in the yellow tag brand throughout the buying period.

However, according to analysis from WalletHub, Walmart offered the better savings in 2018, with an average saving of 29.9% compared to 28.7% from Best Buy.

That’s obviously going to be across a range of product categories, so the savings for things like electronics or outdoor goods could be better served in one brand or the other. However, your chances of getting a good deal were better with Walmart last year (and have been for the last three years) – despite 2018 seeing some of the lowest savings from the two brands in a long time.

That said, there’s still a lot of love for Best Buy from the manufacturers: Parrot, the top drone maker, said in an interview with Forbes last year that “Amazon is a tremendously big e-commerce platform, and Best Buy is a tremendously big retail platform.”

Michael Luke Paris, general manager for Parrot Americas, called Best Buy a ‘tremendous retailer for consumer electronics’ so whether you’re going to go in store or online, it seems that that the brands rate the retailer as a place for the right consumers.

How can I get decent Best Buy Black Friday deals?

There are obviously two ways to buy during Black Friday and Cyber Monday – you can either go online or queue up outside. If you want to do the latter, you’ll need to get there well in advance of 5PM (If the pattern follows last year) as Consumer Reports is stating that tickets were distributed for those in line.

Not everyone made it into the stores though – which would have upset some as Best Buy still keeps some of its top deals for those willing to brave the elements and give up some turkey time.

Online, it’s a little easier, with the deals going live on Thanksgiving before Black Friday kicks into gear. When that happens is to be seen this year, but it’s a move that could easily see you nabbing the deals you want.

Prioritize the items you want most and the ones with the largest amount of savings, so you can get to them before they sell out and maximize your savings on Cyber Monday.

Pay close attention to the dates listed on deals. Black Friday and Cyber Monday have grown into something of a week-long affair in recent years, so see if any deals start earlier, be sure to go for the ones you want as soon as you can

If you pay attention to product reviews, and you know exactly the product you want, make sure to check model numbers when you’re in the store. 

Black Friday can come with some special models made just for the shopping day, and a 55-inch Sony 4K TV you find on the shelf this Black Friday might not be the same as the one you read all the glowing reviews about.

If you find a Best Buy Black Friday deal you want, try to determine if it will also be online. Competition in stores can make it hard to get in the door and snag the product you want before it sells out, so having the internet as a backup (or even primary) method of getting the product may help you land the deals you’re most excited about.

If you plan to shop mostly online, a VPN may help you avoid internet congestion. Too many people going to the same website to get the same deals can result in next to no one actually reaching the page. With a VPN, you can route your traffic to a different region that may not have servers so busy, allowing you to essentially beat the line.

Finally, if you’ve found a deal that you absolutely have to have, don’t sit around. Popular products sell out quickly on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so buy what you want before it’s gone.

Best Buy Black Friday: last year’s deals

The best deals from last year

LG OLED B9 65″: $2,299.99 $1,799.99 at Best Buy
If you’re itching to upgrade your TV to a 65-inch one, then LG’s 65-inch 4K smart OLED TV is an excellent choice. It boasts a native 4K resolution for ultra-sharp viewing, as well as an intelligent processor to further improve image quality. Since it is a smart TV, you can also play shows and movies via voice commands.

LG UM8070 82″ TV: $2,199.99 $1,599.99 at BestBuy
Cinema-quality viewing experience is what awaits with this LG 82-inch smart UHD TV. It boasts super sharp and vibrant pictures with a wide viewing angle, and features 4K active HDR for optimized picture quality, Apple HomeKit so you can control it using your iPhone or HomePod, and LG’s ThinQ AI.

Samsung 6 Series 70″: $899.99 $549.99 at BestBuy
Save money on this affordable 70-inch 4K TV from Samsung. With 4K resolution, HDR10+ support and smart TV features, you’re getting an amazing viewing experience for less with the Samsung 6 Series. Top those off with its Dolby Digital Plus sound system and 20W speakers, and you’re good to go.

Google Pixel 3a XL 64GB: $479.99 $329.99 at Best Buy
This deal at Best Buy brings the price of the Pixel 3a XL down closed to the price of its smaller sibling. To save $150 on the phone, you’ll need to activate it with Verizon, AT&T or Sprint.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+: $1,099.99 $799.99 at Best Buy
The Note 10+ is one of Samsung’s finest smartphones, and it’s a brilliant productivity tool thanks to its huge 6.8-inch AMOLED screen, powerful hardware and built-in stylus. This deal knocks $300 off the price of the unlocked model.

Samsung Galaxy S10e: $749.99 $449.99 at Best Buy
The Galaxy S10e is the most affordable way to get a Galaxy S10 handset, and for Best Buy’s Black Friday sale, it’s now even more affordable thanks to a huge $300 off if you activate it today. Comes with a 5.8-inch display and 16MP camera.

Apple Watch 4 GPS, 40mm: $349 $299 at Best Buy
You can save $50 on the Apple Watch 4 at Best Buy. The series 4 smartwatch features GPS technology and continuous heart rate monitoring is available in a white, black, or pink sport band.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2: $299.99 $249.99 at Best Buy
This discount chops $50 off Samsung’s smartwatch. The Galaxy Watch Active2 can track your steps, heart rate, sleep, and many fitness activities. it’s ready for a swim, too, thanks to its water resistance.

Garmin Instinct Smartwatch | Graphite: $299.99 $199.99 at Best Buy
A smartwatch for the outdoors adventurer. Garmin brings a more rugged standard of wearable tech to the table with the Instinct, a chunky watch coated with a reinforced polymer that makes it ideal for those who prefer hiking up a mountain to running on a treadmill.

Asus ROG Strix Scar III: $1399.99 $899.99 at Best Buy
This deal gives an excellent price to a powerful gaming computer. The six-core Intel Core i7-9750H processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti are a potent pairing for gaming at Full HD. 16GB of RAM just make this laptop even more capable for gaming and work alike.

HP Envy x360: $999.99 $749.99 at Best Buy
The HP Envy x360 is already an enviable laptop, but it is only more enviable with this deal. You’ll get an Intel Core i7-10510U with a respectable 12GB of RAM, plus it has a 512GB SSD backed up by 32GB of Intel Optane memory. It has plenty of ports, Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, and a Full HD, 15.6-inch touchscreen.

HP Pavilion x360: $749.99 $499.99 at Best Buy
The HP Pavilion is a straight forward 2-in-1 with commendable specs at a good price, but it’s made better with this. Youi’ll get an Intel Core i5-10210U processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and 16GB of Intel Optane memory. Making it impressively well-rounded for the price.

HP Spectre x360 15.6-inch: $1,599.99 $1,099.99 at Best Buy
This laptop is powered by the latest and greatest Ultrabook hardware like an 8th-generation Intel Whiskey Lake processor and a gorgeous 4K display. And, ahead of Black Friday you can save a whopping $500 at Best Buy.

Surface Laptop 3 13.5-inch: $1299 $999 at Best Buy
The Surface Laptop 3 is new, but this deal still cuts $300 off the price tag. you’ll get the 13.5-inch model, with a sharp touchscreen display. It runs on an Intel Core i5 with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD.

UE Boom 2: $179.99 $69.99 at Best Buy
Ultimate ears frankly makes some of the best portable Bluetooth speakers on the market today, producing excellent sound and stylish form factors at a reasonable price. And, right now for Black Friday you can get the UE Boom 2 for just $69.99.

Beats Studio 3 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones: $349.95 $199.99 at Best Buy
Best Buy has the best-selling Beats Studio3 headphones on sale for $199.99. That’s a $150 discount for the wireless headphones which include pure adaptive noise-canceling technology and are available in blue, grey and desert sand.

Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones: $349.99 $279.99 at Best Buy
These headphones from Sony are among the very best available, with excellent comfort, high-quality sound, and superb noise cancelling.

Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal Pro: $599.99 $399.99 at BestBuy
Cord-free and bagless, the Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal Pro boasts suction power you’ll get with many big vacuums for less footprint. It’s great for both carpets and hard floors, and with up to 40 minutes of battery life.

Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal: $549.99 $349.99 at BestBuy
Whether its carpet or hard floors, the Dyson Cylone V10 Animal does the job that only big machine vacuum cleaners can – minus that pesky cord. It boasts up to 60 minutes of runtime, and is great for cleaning dust, dirt and pet hair. When you’re done, simply use its point and shoot hygienic dirt ejector to minimize spills and puffs of dust.

Amazon Fire TV Stick: $39.99 $19.99 at BestBuy
You don’t need to splurge for a streaming device. The Amazon Fire TV Stick can do the same things its pricier counterparts do, except at a much lower price and with less footprint. It even lets you browse the most popular websites, and play movies and shows via Alexa Voice Remote.

Amazon Echo Show 5: $89.99 $49.99 at BestBuy
Combine the smart capabilities of Amazon Echo with a 5.5-inch screen, and you’ve got the Amazon Echo Show 5. This smart display takes the popular smart speaker to the next level, allowing you to watch the news, video chat with friends and family, and even setup ambient sunrise lighting.

Bella Pro Series 6qt Digital Air Fryer: $99.99 $49.99 at Best Buy
Prepare your tasty fried foods with less oil with the Bella Pro Digital Air Fryer that’s currently 50% off at Best Buy. The six-quart air fryer features an easy touch digital touchscreen and is dishwasher safe for a quick and easy cleanup.

Nintendo Switch + 128GB memory card + accessories pack: $392.97 $334.97 at Best Buy
The first item we’d advise buying with a Switch is a memory card, and this bundle has a 128GB microSD card. The accessories pack has a carry case, screen cleaner, USB power cable, and Joy-Con cases. Also available with the gray controller bundle.
 

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