Take advantage of some early Black Friday deals like an Instant Pot and Bose QuietComfort headphones, plus a Philips Hue starter kit, Nordstrom’s Clear the Rack, and many more kick off today’s best deals.
Top Tech Deals
If you’re intrigued by the idea of Philips Hue smart lighting, but don’t particularly care about dramatic, colorful light shows in your living room, the Hue White starter kit is exactly what you need, and it’s $40 off today.
The kit comes with four bulbs and a Hue Bridge to control them (plus up to 46 other Hue products, so you can add more as time goes on). The lhese bulbs don’t change colors, or even color temperatures, but you can turn them on or off, and dim them from your phone or with a voice assistant. You probably already have at least an Echo Dot lying around by now, and smart lighting is one of the things it does best.
This kit legitimately usually sells for $100, and the Bridge by itself typically costs about $50, so this is a hell of a deal.
If you’ve been saving your nickels for a big TV purchase this Black Friday, you don’t necessarily have to wait until the end of the month. This 70" 4K Sony is already down to its Black Friday pricing of $1198, an all-time low by about $300.
This set is on the low end of Sony’s current lineup, so you’re not getting features like local dimming or Dolby Vision HDR here, but if you’d rather invest in having a huge TV than having the absolute best image quality, it’s still a great deal.
The great thing about Philips Hue is that your fancy lighting profiles aren’t limited to standard bulbs; the Hue LighStrip Plus lets you to stick a rope of color-changing, Wi-Fi connected lights anywhere in your house.
This LightStrip Plus is compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit, and it hardly ever goes on sale, but while supplies last, you can get this for the lowest price ever, just $50. This kit includes a 6' strip, but you can add on 40" extensions for a (comparatively) affordable $30, if that’s not quite long enough.
Just note that you’ll need a Hue Bridge to control this thing; it’s not a starter kit on its own.
DJI’s Spark is the most exciting new drone of the year. It’s roughly the size and weight of those cheap toy drones you see out there, but with significantly better flight time and performance, an automatic follow-me mode, and most crucially of all, a gimbal-stabilized 1080p camera that shoots some seriously great footage.
It was already a bargain at its $500 launch price, but its Black Friday deal just went live early, bringing it down to $400, so go earn your wings.
I sound like a broken record at this point, but here’s yet another early Black Friday deal. This 2.1 channel Sony sound bar includes a wireless subwoofer, a voice-boosting mode, and a night mode that lowers the bass and produces clearer sound at lower volumes. $148 is the same price we expect to see for the holidays, and is an all-time low by about $50.
The Logitech MX Master Mouse comes with all the accoutrements you’d expect form a high end mouse—namely a rechargeable battery, adjustable DPI, and a dark field laser that works on glass—and a few that you wouldn’t, like a side thumb wheel for horizontal navigation and gestures, and the ability to connect over Bluetooth to three devices simultaneously.
$50 is the best price we’ve ever seen, but I wouldn’t expect it to last, so click on over to Amazon to lock in your order.
The wall charger that came with your phone just doesn’t cut it while traveling these days. In addition to probably being slow as hell, you likely have at least two or three USB-powered devices that you’ll want to charge every night while you sleep.
Luckily, Anker stuffed four USB ports and 40W of power into a tiny travel charger (with folding AC prongs!), and you can get it for $19 today with promo code AAAA2142.
Anker’s PowerLine Lightning cables have been reader favorites for years, and while they’ve since been followed up with PowerLine+ and PowerLine II sequels, they’re still fantastic cables that will last you a long time, and feel great in the process. For a limited time, get one in white for just $6 with code ANKER811, or less than 1/3 of what Apple charges for their own, inferior cable.
Own USB-C devices? Get two nylon-braided USB-C to USB-A cables for $10 with code ANKER826
Logitech’s Z313 speakers won’t blow you away like some of your top picks, but they’ll still be leaps and bounds better than the speakers built into your laptop, and you can grab a set for just $25 today, complete with subwoofer, the same price as yesterday’s Gold Box deal.
I can’t for the life of me figure out why records are making a comeback, but our Co-Op for best album to own on vinyl was one of our most popular polls ever, so I guess I’m duty-bound to report that this popular Pioneer turntable is marked down to $159 today, an all-time low.
Update: Sold out on Amazon, but still available from Best Buy.
Ring’s video doorbell lets you see who’s at the front door, even if you’re halfway across the world, and you can outfit your porch with one for an all-time low $100. That’s down from its usual $180, and a match for early Black Friday ads that we’ve seen. Every Ring doorbell can be powered via its internal battery, or wired directly to your home, so you don’t have to choose.
We don’t post a lot of wired headphones anymore, but we’ll make an exception for Bose’s iconic QuietComfort noise cancelling cans.
Both the Apple and Android version are marked down to $179 right now, an all-time low, $100 less than usual, and a match for what expect to see on Black Friday. If it wasn’t already clear, Black Friday has already started this year.
Anker’s SoundCore line of speakers have been huge hits among our readers, and you can choose from three different models on sale today, ranging from tiny to booming.
On the small end, the SoundCore Mini packs impressively loud audio into a speaker the size of half a soda can. Get it for $24 with promo code QUM7D9ED.
I suspect that most people will want to spring for the SoundCore 2, which is a true sequel to our readers’ favorite Bluetooth speaker. The main selling points here are 24 hour battery life (and that’s a conservative estimate, in my experience) and IPX5 water resistance.
And if you missed it yesterday, the rugged and powerful SoundCore Sport XL is still $14 off with code QUM7D9ED. With dual 8W drivers, this is loud enough to fill an entire yard.
Update: Now it’s the white version of the same product. The promo code still works.
Most modern laptops don’t include ethernet ports, but it’s worth keeping a dongle in your bag just in case you run into a rare situation where wireless internet isn’t available or reliable. This one plugs straight into a USB-C port, supports gigabit speeds, and is only $11 today.
A good HDTV antenna is essential gear for any cord cutter, and will let you watch a ton of football games this season for free. $17 is a fantastic price for a an amplified antenna, and you’ve got two to choose from today. The weird looking model includes a stand and a unique design, but in terms of specs, they should be pretty similar.
I’ve never been a fan of hard laptop bags, but MOBICASE, with its built-in ergonomics and plethora of smart pockets, is wooing me on the trip to Chicago it’s currently accompanying me on.
The MOBICASE was easily able to accommodate my MacBook, Nintendo Switch, external battery pack, and noise-cancelling headphones, along with all the requisite cables for my flight out here. Get it for just
$89 $104 with a preorder.
Update: The super earlybird pricing is expired, but you can still get it for $104, compared to the estimated $190 retail price.
Anker’s original SoundBuds were our readers’ favorite affordable Bluetooth headphones, but they’ve since spawned an entire line of earbuds to fit every budget and lifestyle.
The SoundBuds Curve are the newest addition to the family, and are designed with active users in mind. Their ear wings ensure they stay put while you exercise, and an internal hydrophobic coating means your sweat won’t fry them. Their best spec though? 12.5 hours of battery life, which is fantastic for Bluetooth earbuds. They normally sell for $36, but you can get them for an all-time low $26 right now, no code necessary.
VPNs are in the news these days, and with good reason. So if you’re curious to sign up and start protecting your browsing history and personal data (or, you know, getting around websites’geoblocks), NordVPN charges less per month than a typical trip to Starbucks.
NordVPN has long been one of the most popular and reliable VPN providers out there, and if you sign up for a one-year membership, promo code VIP70 will drop your annual price from $69 to $48. If you’re sure you want to commit, use this link instead to get a special two year plan for $79 with code 2YSpecial2017. Lifehacker has recommended Nord in some previous guides, but if you have any firsthand experience with the service, sound off in the comments!
Top Home Deals
It’s 2017, and your vacuum shouldn’t have a cord anymore. The Hoover Linx Signature features an 18-volt battery, a motorized brush that you can turn on and off, and a low profile to get under furniture, all for an all-time low price of $90. Just note that this is a Gold Box deal, so be sure to get yours before they’re all vacuumed up.
August Smart Lock lets you lock and unlock your door from anywhere using your phone, it’s even compatible with Siri. Normally selling between $180 and $230, you can unlock an all-time low $150 deal right now on Amazon.
Assuming you have your phone with you whenever you leave the house, an August Smart Lock-equipped door will automatically lock behind you and unlock as you approach, so you don’t have to fumble for your keys. It also enables you to grant or restrict access to people like dog walkers, maintenance workers, or other people who need to come into your house, no matter where you are in the world. It even creates a log of when the door has been opened so you monitor comings and goings.
We’ve seen a lot of early Black Friday sells sell out quickly today, so if this is on your shopping list, I’d lock one in now.
Set up yourself up with a cozy fireplace and new TV stand in one with this one-day-only Home Depot sale.
For about $100 less usual and $200+ less than similar models on Wayfair, this $480 TV stand accommodates up to a 70-inch TV, includes a Bluetooth-enabled speaker, and a highly-customizable flame display with five flame brightness levels and seven flame color options.
Since you won’t need the fireplace’s heat year-round, this model allows you turn on the fireplace display without turning on the heating coils. Nifty!
This Philips GoLITE BLU Energy Therapy Light is a bright, sunlight-simulating lamp that you use during the day to combat seasonal affective disorder, or just to energize yourself. This discount couldn’t have come at a better time since we’re getting to the point in the year where the sun has already set by the time you leave work. This can help fill the void in your brain that craves sunlight.
Today, this is just $64 after 20% off coupon. But, remember the discount won’t show until checkout.
If excessive noise (or utter silence) makes it difficult for you to doze off, this feature-packed white noise machine might be the key to a better night’s sleep.
LectroFan can pump out 10 white noise sounds and 10 fan sounds, all of which are generated dynamically, without any jarring looping. And this particular model also includes EU and UK plug adapters, so you can take it with you when you travel.
It has over 6,000 reviews and a 4.6-star rating on Amazon and very rarely goes below $45, but you can get one today for just $38 with shipping from Woot. So don’t sleep on it.
If you ever do DIY work around the house, you really out to invest in a drill/driver and an impact driver. This DEWALT combo kit includes both, plus two batteries to power them, and today only, you can get it on sale with a bonus handheld area light that normally costs $59 on its own.
The combo kit by itself currently sells for $159, usually sells for $199, and has never gone for less than $149. So even by the most conservative standards, you’d be getting the area light for $3. Just note that this is a Gold Box deal, meaning it’s only available today, or until sold out.
These top-of-the-line containers are made from stain-resistant and odor-blocking materials that are safe for the dishwasher, microwave, and freezer. With built-in vents, they’re ready to go in the microwave without splattering and are 100% leak proof.
If you don’t own a pressure cooker, today’s a great day to fix that, as Amazon’s knocked the highly-rated Instant Pot IP-DUO60 down to $80, matching the price we’ve seen in multiple Black Friday ads. While that’s not as good as a one-day $70 deal they ran at the beginning of October, it’s still $20 less than usual, and a great chance to save if you want to use it to help cook Thanksgiving dinner.
If you’re worried that you won’t get a ton of use out of this thing, note that in addition to standard pressure cooking, this is also our readers’ favorite slow cooker, and one of their favorite rice cookers too. To put a fine point on it: It’s one of the most versatile kitchen gadgets you can own. Even if you already have one, I don’t need to tell you that these make great gifts, and the holidays are just around the corner.
Thermos’s stainless steel can insulator uses vacuum insulation and thick walls to actually provide a barrier between your beverage and the outside world. They go so far as to claim that it will keep a can cold for up to 3 hours, and even if that’s a little bit of marketing hyperbole, what could possibly be in that can that takes more than an hour to drink?
Even during the winter months, it has the added benefit of protecting your bare skin from cold, damp cans, so you can use it all year round.
You don’t need to buy a new car to get a backup camera (which is life-changing, by the way), you just need $81, and a few minutes to run the wires. This model attaches to your license plate, and runs to a special rear view mirror that attaches in front of your existing mirror.
The second place (and much less expensive) winner of our readers’ favorite meat thermometer contest is this Taylor precision probe thermometer, which is just $12 after your clip the 25% off coupon today, just in time for your Thanksgiving turkey temperature tracking.
Here’s what you guys had to say about it:
On my second one (got 10 years out of the first one, only replaced it because I lost it in a move). $15. Does the job. This isn’t rocket surgery. - shelwood
Yup, same here. It’s not rocket science AND even if it’s off by a degree or two, it doesn’t matter. Bacteria are killed by a combination of temperature and time, so the extra minute or two that it’s at temperature will easily make up for any discrepancy in accuracy. - Kumico
Get yourself two new collapsible, silicone colanders for just $9 with code QOHWVBSW today and throw out the bulky plastic or metal ones that are hard to clean. These can fold down to the about the size of a dinner plate and be cleaned in the dishwasher, making them perfect for smaller kitchens.
This hard-shelled, travel-friendly first aid kit is full of 85 pieces of gauze, bandages, antiseptic wipes, tweezers and other things you might need in an emergency. At $8 today, it’s at its all-time-low price, so you can thank us later.
For a limited time, Amazon will sell you three pouches of Tide HE-compatible laundry detergent (totaling 144 ounces or 93 loads) for just $14. These pouches are designed basically as refills for plastic Tide bottles, but as long as that doesn’t bother you, this is a fantastic price-per-ounce for any detergent, let alone name brand. Just be sure to clip the $4.50 coupon on the page and use Amazon Subscribe & Save.
You need toilet paper anyway, so you might as well stock up while it’s cheap. Get 48 rolls of Scott tube-free toilet paper for just $12 (or $11 if you use Subscribe & Save) after clipping the 20% coupon on this page. I’m not sure toilet paper tubes were high up on the list of ecologically damaging waste, but I suppose it doesn’t do any harm to get rid of them.
The Bouqs is probably the best place to use when sending flowers right now. The bouquets are unique and the blooms are harvested from the side of a freakin’ volcano. And right now, you’ll be able to get double the flowers for free in honor of their 5th anniversary. Just choose the Deluxe size of select rose bouquets, use the code TOFIVEMORE at check out and get it for the price of the Original size.
OxyLED’s T-02 motion-sensing lights have long been a hit with our readers, and now you can get three of them (with warm bulbs, rather than the traditional cool LEDs) for just $15, one of the best deals we’ve ever seen. These are perfectly sized for small closets and cabinets, but you can stick them anywhere you want.
decorative gourd copper string light season, and we are here for it. Get a 20' strand with 60 LEDs and a remote to control it for just $7 with code BXJWREBN.
Top Lifestyle Deals
Yes, it’s already happening again. Nordstrom Rack has brought back their Clear the Rack sale and it’s full (and I mean FULL) of really incredible deals. Designer clothing, brands you’ve never heard of, everything in clearance an extra 25% off. This lasts through Sunday, so you have a good amount of time to pick up some discounts.
Update: Back in stock, now for $128.
If you can’t be bothered to schlep to the gym during the winter, you can still keep in shape at home with this cleverly designed PowerBlock dumbbell set. Each dumbbell adjusts from 3 to 24 pounds in 3-pound increments with just the flick of a selector pin, so it’s basically like a complete weight rack that could almost fit into a shoebox.