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Black Friday is here and sales are already in full swing. Many of the season’s best deals have already arrived and a team of more than a dozen CNET shopping experts spent hours analyzing thousands of offers from trusted retailers. And here are the best Black Friday deals we’ve found.

Pay close attention to products we’ve lab tested and reviewed. Below are the most notable deals worth grabbing this Black Friday, along with some tips on getting the most out of Black Friday sales. We’ve also included links to all our related coverage. 

Best Black Friday deals

This bundle deal includes the new slim version of the PlayStation 5, as well as a digital copy of Insomniac’s Spider-Man 2. The console lists for $500 on its own, so with this bundle offer, you’re essentially getting the game (a $70 value) for free. 

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Our favorite cordless vacuum of 2023 is down to a new all-time low for Black Friday. If you’re looking for excellent value in a stick vac, the Tineco Pure One S11 is a solid choice — especially at this price.

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Sure to be one of Black Friday’s most popular deals, Walmart is offering Apple’s AirPods Pro 2 for just $169. Sure, these are the Lightning-equipped model, not the new USB-C version, but they are essentially the same otherwise and can still be charged up wirelessly. 

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The Peloton Bike Plus is an upgrade that incorporates the best features from the original model and has new features like a 24-inch HD rotating touchscreen display and a more powerful speaker. 

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Our favorite 4K streaming device is 38% off for Black Friday. With this early Amazon deal, you can snag the Roku Express 4K Plus for just $25.

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Dyson makes some of the best fans and space heaters, and you can score a huge $120 off this model that can do both. Plus get a further $20 off your order with code HOLIDAY20 if you’re new to QVC. 

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If you’re looking for a huge upgrade to your entertainment space, the LG C3 is the best high-end TV on the market. It has an OLED screen with incredible picture quality as well as excellent gaming features. Plus, you can save $900 on the 65-inch model right now.

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Best Black Friday iPhone deals

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Best Black Friday TV deals

Our Black Friday TV deals roundup has got you covered this holiday season, whether you want to upgrade to a premium OLED model or nab a cheap TV set for a guest bedroom. 

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Black Friday headphone deals

We’re tracking headphone and earbud prices this holiday season in our dedicated Black Friday headphone deals roundup. Save on brands like Apple, Sony, Bose and many more.

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Black Friday laptop deals

Featured deals in our best Black Friday laptop deals guide include Apple MacBooks, Microsoft Surface, Acer Chromebooks and many more. You can save hundreds on your next laptop purchase this fall.

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Black Friday PS5 deals

We’ve got you covered when it comes to Black Friday PS5 deals, from console bundles to game and accessory deals. 

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Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals

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Black Friday Roku deals

From streaming sticks to full TV sets, there are plenty of Roku Black Friday deals to shop right now with prices starting as low as $20. 

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Black Friday soundbar deals

Need a Black Friday soundbar deal to go with your recent TV upgrade? We’ve rounded up deals from Polk, LG, Klipsch and more if you want to give your audio experience a boost. 

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Black Friday fitness deals

With a plethora of Black Friday fitness deals available now, you can get a head start on your New Year health goals. Save on everything from Peloton bikes and treadmills to dumbells, fitness trackers, shoes and apparel. 

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Black Friday mattress deals

Black Friday mattress deals offer some of the best prices of the year. If your mattress is a little long in the tooth, now’s the time to consider swapping it out for something now. 

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When is Black Friday?

In 2023, Black Friday is on Nov. 24. The major sale event always takes place the day after Thanksgiving is observed in the US, which is on the fourth Thursday of November each year. That being said, Black Friday sales have expanded greatly in recent years, moving from a post-holiday weekend event to a month-long bonanza. 

Read more: Black Friday and Cyber Monday Cheat Sheet

Which stores have Black Friday sales? 

Basically all major retailers — both online and brick-and-mortar stores — have tons of deals and discounts for Black Friday and Cyber Monday each year. That includes the likes of Amazon, Best Buy, Target and Walmart, as well as more specialized retailers such as B&H Photo, GameStop and Dell. 

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When do Black Friday sales start? 

Though Black Friday always falls late in the month, Black Friday sales tend to begin much earlier. These days, much of the month of November is dedicated to early Black Friday deals with many of the big retailers launching showing off their Black Friday ads. Most companies launched their sales weeks before Black Friday itself. 

As well as sharing online sales, we’ll be rounding up all of the Black Friday store hours and Thanksgiving store closures to help you decide when to shop in person versus online. 

Are the best Black Friday deals available online? 

Generally speaking, yes. The days of lining up outside of your nearest big-box retailer in the early hours of Black Friday are essentially over. The number of deals launching exclusively in stores has been dwindling in recent years, and this was certainly accelerated during COVID-19, when crowds were discouraged and much of the shopping moved online. Some retailers — such as Walmart — are even launching their Black Friday deals earlier for online shoppers before in-person shoppers get a look in. 

Read more: Which Black Friday Sales Are Better? Online vs. In-Store Deals

When is Cyber Monday?

Cyber Monday takes place on the Monday after Black Friday, so that’s Nov. 27 in 2023. But with Black Friday sales running throughout November, both in-store and online, there’s less delineation of the two sales than in years gone by. 

How long do I have to return Black Friday and Cyber Monday purchases? 

This varies by store, but most will offer extended returns windows for items purchases in pre-holiday sales. This should give you some peace of mind when it comes to picking out holiday gifts for loved ones. We’ll be rounding up all of the notable holiday return windows here. 

Why is it called Black Friday and Cyber Monday?

The term “black” has historically been used to denote distressing or calamitous events. The earliest known use of Black Friday for the Friday after Thanksgiving was to refer to the practice of workers calling in sick the day after Thanksgiving in the early 1950s. Around that same time, US police adopted the term to describe the traffic conditions during the first major holiday shopping date. 

After attempts to move to the term “Big Friday” failed, merchants attempted to ameliorate the term Black Friday in subsequent years, suggesting that its origin was not due to the poor traffic conditions the shopping day created, but because the profit it generated put stores “back in the black” in financial terms.

Then, in 2005, the National Retail Federation coined the term “Cyber Monday” because it had noticed a spike in online traffic the Monday following Thanksgiving. At the time, they believed it was because people were making online purchases while they were at work following the holiday so their kids couldn’t see any gift purchases and because work computers usually have faster internet connection. 

There was some chatter about calling the date Black Monday or Blue Monday — because hyperlinks are blue — but eventually, everyone settled on the more futuristic-sounding Cyber Monday. In 2014, Cyber Monday became the biggest online shopping day in the country.

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