The 30 Best Black Friday Deals of 2017
When we choose our top 30 Black Friday deals, it's not just about the discount. We're thinking about who's on your holiday shopping list, and what you've got your eye on for yourself. This year, our picks for the best Black Friday deals of 2017 include laptops, toys, bedding, vacuums, a TV for every budget, and more.
Before we dive in, we have some Black Friday shopping tips for you.
Know what you're going to buy, as well as when and where to buy it.
Don't just make a list – make a schedule. Use our collection of Black Friday circulars to research, and read the fine print on every item that catches your eye. Is it going to be available online, or is it exclusively in-store with limited quantities? Is it only on sale at a particular time?
Stay on mission, stay on budget.
If you go in without a plan, you're going to spend more than you need to, or you're going to hesitate and miss an opportunity, or both.
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Set up deal alerts on the items your looking for.
If you're waiting for the perfect deal on something specific, our Deal Alerts feature is for you. Just create an alert for your item (eg. "cashmere sweater" or "North Face") and we'll send you a note when we post a deal that matches your alert.
Use a credit card for major purchases to lock in extra benefits.
Big ticket items like televisions, major appliances, and anything that comes with a warranty should be paid for with a credit card, even if you have the cash ready to go. The reason for this is that credit cards often provide extra warranty protections that cash does not, and many also offer price protection programs that allow you to file a refund claim for the difference if the price drops later (Citi Price Rewind is a well known example). To make this work even more to your advantage, use a cash back credit card or your favorite rewards credit card. Brad's Deals finance editor Mark Jackson has additional thoughts about the best credit cards for Black Friday shopping. No matter what card you prefer, use your cash savings to pay off the card right away and avoid interest charges.
Our Favorite Black Friday Deals of 2017
Black Friday Price: $179.99 (was $499.99)
Where: Best Buy (pg 1)
Our favorite Black Friday TV deal of the year is this 50-inch Sharp 4K Ultra HDTV with built-in Roku at an eye-popping price that will inspire Black Friday campouts at Best Buy stores across the country.
Black Friday Price: $699.99 (was $969.99)
Where: Dell (pg 3)
Bonus: $200 Dell eGift Card
Dell's Black Friday deals on TVs are some of the most underrated you'll find. This 60-inch 4K TV comes with a $200 Dell eGift Card that you can turn around and spend on anything in their online store – gaming consoles, video games, computer stuff, all manner of electronics accessories, and more.
Black Friday Price: $949 (was $1,298)
It's hard not to include a large, high quality curved 4K smart TV for less than $1,000. We saw this set below $1,000 earlier this month, too. Note: We're not sure when the Amazon deal expires, so it's worth noting that it's also in Walmart's Black Friday ad for $998 – still a pretty good price.
Black Friday Price: $89.99 (was $129.99)
Where: Target (pg 7)
AVAILABLE NOW FOR REDCARD HOLDERS
Would any list be complete without the cheapest set of the lot? We can't vouch for the quality, but the price is probably right for bargain hunters who just need a cheap set for the kitchen or a kids' bedroom.
Black Friday Price: $29 (was $49)
Where: Walmart (pg 1)
Bonus: $25 Google Express Credit
The Google Home Mini is Google's answer to Amazon's Echo Dot, and comes in much cheaper, especially when it's bundled with a $25 credit that you can use to place a Walmart voice-order – using your new Google Home Mini, of course. If you want a device with better sound quality, you'll also find best-ever deals on Google Home and Amazon Echo just about everywhere.
Black Friday Price: $189.99 (was $279.99)
Where: Kohl's (pg 1)
Bonus: $45 Kohl's Cash + $5 Yes2You
Kohl's doesn't usually leap to mind when we think about the best places to buy a gaming console, but here we are. Because Microsoft dictates the discounts, you're going to see the same $189.99 price tag everywhere it's sold, but the $45 Kohl's Cash you'll earn back is unmatched.
Black Friday Price: $199.99 (was $299.99)
Where: Kohl's (pg 1)
Bonus: $60 Kohl's Cash + $10 Yes2You
Everything we just wrote about the Xbox One above also applies to the PlayStation 4. Black Friday deals are more or less fixed at $199.99, so you might as well pick up $60 Kohl's Cash on the deal.
Black Friday Price: $299.99 (was $399.99)
Where: Walmart (pg 7)
This is the first time we've seen a PlayStation VR bundle under $300.
Black Friday Price: $179 (was $219)
Where: Walmart (pg 33)
We like this HP laptop because it offers more memory and storage than the bargain Chromebooks at a price that is still very budget friendly.
Black Friday Price: $99.99 (was $199.99)
Where: Best Buy (pg 3)
If you're looking for a sub-$100 laptop deal, this looks like the best of the lot. It won't break any speed records, but offers twice the hard drive space of a similarly priced Chromebook we found.
Black Friday Price: $0 down with qualified activation
Where: Walmart (pg 11)
Bonus: $300 Walmart Gift Card
If you've got your eye on an iPhone upgrade on Black Friday, Walmart offers both the best deal and the smoothest process. Schedule an appointment for your upgrade on Black Friday, and customers with qualified activations walk away with a $300 Walmart gift card, which beats other retailers' gift card offers by $50.
Black Friday Price: $179.99 (was $249.99)
Where: Target (pg 9)
Apple Watches are finally coming into their own and this is the lowest price we've seen on a Series 1 that wasn't refurbished.
Black Friday Price: $99.99 (was $149.99)
Where: Kohl's (pg 1)
Bonus: $30 Kohl's Cash + $5 Yes2You
Once again, the Kohl's Cash is what makes this deal fantastic. You'll see $99.99 everywhere for these highly giftable fitness trackers, but no one but Kohl's will give you $30 Kohl's Cash back.
Black Friday Price: $159.99 (was $379.99)
Where: Target (pg 10)
AVAILABLE NOW FOR REDCARD HOLDERS
This Target Black Friday deal beats our last mention by $20, and using a REDcard shaves off another $8 to beat any other retailer.
Black Friday Price: $67.99 after 15% off coupon (was $149.99)
Where: Kohl's (pg 17)
Bonus: $15 Kohl's Cash
The hottest kitchen appliance of the year is at its lowest price ever, and you can make the deal even better with a 15% off coupon that Kohl's always has during Black Friday week and $15 back in Kohl's Cash. Note that this is not the same Instant Pot featured in the Walmart ad for cheaper – that one is a quart smaller and has fewer features.
Black Friday Price: $2.44 after 15% off coupon and $12 mail-in rebate (was $29.99)
Where: Kohl's (pg 16)
We've long been fans of these small countertop kitchen appliances. They're great for small jobs, don't take up much space in your cabinets, and are so cheap that you can kit out your whole kitchen for less than you paid for lunch.
Black Friday Price: $39.99 after $10 mail-in rebate (was $129.99)
Where: Macy's (pg 3)
This basic cookware set is a true kitchen starter with cooking utensils, measuring cups and spoons, a steamer basket, and two trivets in addition to six pans.
Black Friday Price: $19.99 after $20 mail-in rebate (was $100)
Where: JCPenney (pg 4)
This 2.5-liter air fryer beats the lowest price we found on comparable models by $20 after mail-in rebate and is the lowest price we've ever seen on these trendy kitchen appliances. It sold out online Tuesday afternoon during the Black Friday early access sale, so while we're hoping they held some inventory back for the actual Black Friday sale, your best bet may be to brave the crowds and head to your local store.
Black Friday Price: $39.99 (was $100)
Where: JCPenney (pg 6)
The best price we've ever seen on a comparable set of motion-activated trash cans was $50 last December, and this JCPenney Black Friday deal blows that low price out of the water.
Black Friday Price: $246.49 after 15% off coupon (was $399.99)
Where: Kohl's (pg 23)
Bonus: $60 Kohl's Cash + $10 Yes2You
The ever-popular Roomba vacuuming robot gets its best Black Friday price at Kohl's where you can combine a coupon discount with $60 back in Kohl's Cash.
Black Friday Price: $44 (was $88)
Where: Walmart (pg 28)
The Hoover Rewind is a solid vacuum at a bargain price.
Black Friday Price: $39.99 (was $139-$159)
Where: Macy's (pg 20)
These women's cashmere sweaters are one of our favorite recurring deals every year since they turn giftable luxury into something nearly everyone can afford.
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Boots for women are a wildly popular mainstay of so many Black Friday sales for a reason – the $19.99 price tag is tough to beat, and there's a style to suit everyone.
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Black Friday Price: $25.49 after 15% off coupon (was $100)
Where: Kohl's (pg 48)
Warm and comfortable down is rarely so affordable as it is at Kohl's during their Black Friday sale.
Black Friday Price: $8.40 after 15% off coupon (was $36)
Where: Kohl's (pg 64)
Kohl's offers the best price on flannel shirts during their week-long Black Friday sale. Choose from dozens of colors and patterns.
Black Friday Price: $4.75
Where: Walmart (pg 22)
We like these soft, warm leggings for girls in fun colors and patterns, priced $4.75 for a pack of two.
Black Friday Price: $29.99 (was $100-$120)
Where: JCPenney (pg 10)
A very good price on heated mattress pads for twin or full beds, great for bedrooms that get cool at night.
Black Friday Price: $24
Where: Walmart (pg 29)
Black Friday is one of the best times of the year to stock up on affordable bedding, so it's no surprise that we find so many deals on luxury sheets. Walmart turns up the best deal on sheet sets with a 1,000+ thread count.
Black Friday Price: $49.99 (was $149.99)
Where: Target (pg 4)
When Target dropped its Black Friday ad along with a limited early access sale, this AeroBed air mattress was one of the deals that sold out quickly. That should come as no surprise since it's a $100 discount on a queen size air bed just ahead of the season when family comes to visit.
Black Friday Price: $4.94 (was $19.88)
Where: Walmart (pg 16)
We generally recommend waiting until the two weeks before Christmas for the best deals on toys, but that doesn't mean you won't find some genuinely good deals. We like the price tag on these Disney fashion dolls from Frozen, The Descendants, and the spectrum of Disney princesses.
Go deeper with the best Black Friday deals from your favorite stores:
- The Best Black Friday Deals at Walmart
- The Best Black Friday Deals at Target
- The Best Black Friday Deals at Best Buy
- The Best Black Friday Deals at Kohl's
- The Best Black Friday Deals at JCPenney
Check out our comprehensive 2017 Black Friday Shopping Guide for all of the latest Black Friday ads, news, and more.