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Black Friday 2018 smart home deals: Bargains on Echo Dot, Google Home Hub, Facebook Portal, Apple HomePod and more

November is a time of tradition: colder weather, football, turkey feasts with friends and family — and, of course, scouring the web for the best Black Friday deals

Sure enough, here you are! And, if it’s deals on smart home gadgets that you’re after, you’ve come to the right place. They’ve been some of the hottest Black Friday sellers in recent years, especially now that big names like Amazon and Google are essentially all-in on the connected home. Expect more of the same for shoppers in 2018, with lots of deals on Alexa and Google Assistant gadgets, smart thermostats from names like Nest and Ecobee, connected lighting kits, video doorbells, app-enabled robot vacuums… you name it.

To that end, here’s a running list of all the upcoming deals we’ve spotted thus far. We’ve kicked things off with deals from Amazon, then brick-and-mortar bargains from Target, Best Buy, Walmart and Lowe’s followed suit. We’re keeping our eyes peeled for online deals from names like Newegg and Dell, too.

Other stores like Home Depot are sure to follow as Black Friday draws near, and we also expect to see plenty of online deals direct from the manufacturers themselves. As soon as we spot anything, we’ll update this page, so keep it bookmarked.

And remember the usual caveats: Most of the deals won’t actually be live until Black Friday, Nov. 23, and CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Oh, and click that gallery above if you just want to see our ten favorite smart home bargains of the season. I’ll keep that updated as new deals come in, too.

Got it? Good. Now let’s get to the deals.

Amazon Echo (second-gen) for $69 (save $30)

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Amazon’s fleet of Alexa-enabled smart speakers goes on sale starting Thanksgiving Day, and that includes a $30 discount on Alexa’s flagship, the second-gen Amazon Echo. That discount brings the price down to $69, more than $100 less than the original Echo sold for. That price looks like it’ll be available elsewhere, too, including at Target and at Best Buy — and also Kohl’s, where you’ll get $15 of in-store credit for every $50 that you spend on Black Friday, meaning that you could buy the Echo for $69 and get an extra $15 to put towards something else. Hmm..


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Amazon Echo Dot (second-gen) for $20 (save $10)

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Amazon already cut the price of the last-gen Echo Dot down to $30 when the new one came out last month, but the company is marking it down by another $10 for Black Friday, bringing the price all the way down to $20. I don’t know why you wouldn’t just pay the extra $4 for this year’s model, which offers a noticeable uptick in sound quality, but hey, maybe you’re just going to connect the thing to an external audio setup anyway. In that case, this might be the deal for you.

Expect to see this deal elsewhere, as well. For instance, it’ll be available at Best Buy starting Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22) at 5 p.m.


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Amazon Echo Spot for $90 (save $40)

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Another Alexa touchscreen option: the semispherical Amazon Echo Spot, which might rightly claim to be the smartest ever alarm clock. You can score it for $90 on Black Friday, a savings of $40. Best Buy and Kohl’s are offering the same deal starting Thanksgiving Day.


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Amazon Echo Plus (second-gen) for $110 (save $40)

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Also $40 off: the just-released, second-gen Amazon Echo Plus, which you’ll be able to get for $110 for Black Friday. It takes the Echo and adds a slight improvement in sound quality, plus a built-in temperature sensor and a Zigbee radio that can connect directly with things like smart lights and smart locks. Amazon will even throw in a free Philips Hue White LED with purchase. Starting Thanksgiving Day, look for the same deal –free bulb included — at Best Buy, as well.


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Amazon Smart Plug for $5 with purchase of any Echo device (save $20)

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Picking up a new Echo Dot, or any other Echo gadget on Black Friday? You can tack an Amazon Smart Plug onto your order for just $5. Plug it in and plug something like a lamp or a space heater into it, and you’ll be able to tell Alexa to turn it on and off via your new Echo gadget. And if you’d rather shop at Best Buy, it looks like it’ll be offering the same deal.


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Anova Wi-Fi Sous-Vide Circulator for $100 (save $60)

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It usually sells for $160, but starting Thanksgiving Day, Best Buy will sell you Anova’s Wi-Fi-equipped sous vide circulator for $100. It’s a great way to cook meats to the exact temp of your choosing, and the Wi-Fi lets you monitor the cook remotely on your phone, even if you aren’t at home.


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Apple HomePod Smart Speaker for $250 (save $100)

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Here’s a rare discount on the Siri-powered Apple HomePod, available at Best Buy in either white or space gray for $250, a savings of $100. The deal begins Thanksgiving Day at 5 p.m.


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Blink XT 1-Camera Security System for $79 (save $51)

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Heads up: Unlike the Echo gadgets, this deal on the Amazon-owned Blink XT security camera actually goes live the day before Thanksgiving. It’s a wireless, weatherproof smart home camera with night vision, motion detection, free cloud storage, Alexa compatibility (duh) and two-year battery life — you’ll be able to score one for $79, which is a savings of more than $50. And, if you’d rather get a couple of the things, Amazon is also offering a three-camera Blink XT system for $230, which is $90 less than you’d usually pay.


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Chamberlain MyQ Garage Hub for $60 (save $20)

Chamberlain’s MyQ Garage controller lets you open or close your garage from your phone, and it works with a bunch of popular smart home platforms. On Thanksgiving Day, Best Buy will offer it for $60, saving you $20.


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Cree Connected LED for $12 ($3 off)

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It’s the smallest discount in this roundup, but hey, nothing wrong with saving a few bucks per bulb if you plan on filling your home with automatable Zigbee smart lights like these. And, despite the fact that they’ve been out for a few years now, Cree’s Connected LEDs, which work with Zigbee controllers like the Philips Hue Bridge and the Amazon Echo Plus, are still some of our favorite bargain bulbs. 

Look for them on sale at Home Depot this Black Friday — both the soft white and daylight versions, I might add.


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Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat and an Amazon Echo Dot for $199 (save $100)

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Ecobee is discounting a couple of its connected thermostats for Black Friday this year, including the current-gen Ecobee4. That model comes with a separate room sensor that lets you track the temperature away from the thermostat, which is really handy if your bedroom runs a little too warm or a little too cold at night. It also has Amazon’s Alexa built right in. 

It usually sells for $249, but you’ll find it for $199 online at Amazon and on Ecobee’s website right now. That said, the best place to buy it is at Best Buy, where you’ll also get a brand new Amazon Echo Dot thrown into the deal for good measure. That’s a fantastic offer, and it’s live on Best Buy’s website right now.

If you don’t care about using your thermostat as an Alexa access point, you can save even more by going with the previous-gen Ecobee3 Lite, which Ecobee is currently offering for $139, or $30 off. Like the current-gen model, it works with remote sensors and with Google, Siri and Alexa for voice controls. The only real difference is that it doesn’t have Alexa built-in.


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Ecobee Switch Plus for $79 (save $20)

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If Alexa in your thermostat sounds interesting, then how about Alexa in a light switch? Ecobee pulled it off with the Ecobee Switch Plus, a smart, in-wall light switch that works with all of the major voice platforms, and also includes built-in microphones and a speaker to let you talk with Alexa. It’ll be marked down by $20 wherever Ecobee thermostats are sold, and the deal appears to be live already on Ecobee’s website.


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Emerson Sensi Smart Thermostat for $89 (save $40)

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Another smart thermostat option getting a Black Friday price cut: the Emerson Sensi, one of our favorite budget picks. The Sensi isn’t anything fancy to look at, but it still does the job admirably well. It also works with both Amazon Alexa and Apple HomeKit. Starting Nov. 22, you’ll be able to score one from Newegg for just $89, saving you $40. 


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Facebook Portal (10-inch) for $150 (save $50)

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It’s brand-spankin’ new, but the Facebook Portal video chatting hub is getting a Black Friday discount at Best Buy that starts at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. You’ll be able to get the smaller, 10-inch version for $50 off.


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Garadget Smart Garage Door Controller for $65 (save $34)

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Chamberlain isn’t your only option for smart garage control — this little doodad called Garadget can get the job done, too, and it works with Alexa, IFTTT and Google Assistant. Newegg will have it marked down to just $65 on Black Friday, which is a steal.


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Geeni Switch and Charge Wi-Fi Smart Plug for $15 (save $5)

We haven’t tested this specific smart plug, but my ol’ pal David Priest reviewed an earlier version of Geeni’s Wi-Fi smart plug and came away impressed, giving it a four-star review. This one adds in a pair of USB charging ports, and looks like it won’t block adjacent outlets. Plus, it works with Alexa and Google Assistant to let you turn anything plugged into it on and off using voice commands. 

At $15, it might make a great stocking stuffer — and the deal is live right now on Home Depot’s website as an early, pre-Black Friday special.


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Geeni Outdoor Smart Wi-Fi Plug for $20 (save $5)

For an extra $5, you could upgrade to Geeni’s weatherproofed outdoor smart plug, which would be a really thrifty way to help automate your holiday decorations. 

Here’s what Dave Priest had to say when he reviewed Geeni early last year: “The Geeni Energi stands out as one of the best affordable smart plugs on the market. When further integrations are added, it’ll be a fantastic product.” Now, the things work with Alexa and Google Assistant, so it sounds like it might be a great time to give Geeni a shot.

At any rate, $20 for a well-connected outdoor smart plug is a heck of a deal — comparable models from names like iDevices typically sell for at least twice as much. And, like the other Geeni switch, this deal is available online right now as an early special.


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Google Home Hub for $99 (save $50)

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It’s only been out for less than a month, but that didn’t stop Google from discounting its new voice-activated touchscreen by 50 bucks for Black Friday. Small but mighty, the Home Hub’s Google Assistant smarts are a great fit for your kitchen countertop, and you’ll be able to score one for just $99 at Target on Black Friday, or from Walmart, Best Buy, Kohl’s or Lowe’s starting Thanksgiving Day. Want to buy it even earlier? Jet will offer the same deal starting the day before Thanksgiving at 10 p.m. ET.

No matter where you get it, that’s $80 less than what you’ll pay on Black Friday for its rival, the Amazon Echo Show.


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Google Home Mini and C by GE Bluetooth Smart Bulb for $25 (save $30)

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The Google Home Mini smart speaker will be available for $25 on Black Friday at outlets like Target, but the best deal we’ve seen comes from Lowe’s, where the same $25 will get you the Home Mini packaged with a free C by GE Bluetooth smart bulb. This combo is designed to work right out of the box, so as soon as you screw the bulb in and turn it on, it’ll automatically pair with Google Assistant for voice controls.


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Google Home Mini smart speaker for $25 (save $25)

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Like most stores that carry it, Walmart is offering the Google Home Mini on its own for half off starting Thanksgiving Day. It doesn’t come with a free bulb so it’s not quite as good a deal as you’ll find at Lowe’s, but Walmart does have the new aqua-colored version as an exclusive, which is why I’m giving it a separate mention here.


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Google Home Mini and Chromecast Bundle for $45 (save $29)

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Walmart is also offering the Google Home Mini packaged with a Chromecast media streamer for $45 total, which is about 30 bucks off the combo’s usual price. These two are a good pair — plug the Chromecast into your TV and you’ll be able to tell the Home Mini things like, “OK, Google, play The Great British Baking Show on Netflix,” plus other nifty tricks.

Walmart calls this deal an exclusive, but Jet.com is offering this same bundle at the same price, and you’ll be able to get it starting the day before Thanksgiving at 10 p.m. ET. That’s a bit earlier than Walmart, for what it’s worth.


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Google Home Mini and 30-piece Tasty Cookware Set for $99 (save $131)

Walmart calls this bundle an exclusive too. In it, you’ll find the Google Home Mini packaged with a 30-piece cookware set from Tasty that includes ceramic, nonstick pots, skillets and frying pans in red, copper or blue, all for just $99. The combo usually retails for $230, so this might be worth it for the cookware alone.


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Google Home for $79 (save $50)

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Prefer a smart speaker with a little more oomph? The full-size Google Home gets a Black Friday deal, too, with a $50 discount available basically everywhere it’s sold bringing the price down to $79. Look for it at Target, Best Buy, Dell and Kohl’s starting Thanksgiving Day.


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iRobot Roomba 890 for $350 (save $150)

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Target has a bunch of vacuums and robot vacuums marked down for Black Friday, but the biggest discount we’re seeing is the $150 you can save on an app-enabled Roomba 890. That discount brings the price down to $350, which is about as low as we’ve ever seen a current-gen smart Roomba sell for.


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iRobot Roomba 675 for $200 (save $100)

You can get a smart Roomba for even less by going with an earlier-gen model. Best Buy will offer the app-enabled Roomba 675 for $200 starting on Thanksgiving, which saves you $100 off of the retail price.


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JBL Link View Smart Display with Google Assistant for $200 (save $50)

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Newegg is the only outlet I’ve seen so far that’s offering a Black Friday discount on the JBL Link View, a voice-activated, Google Assistant-equipped smart display that impressed us when we tested it out. 

That said, the $199 sale price isn’t anything exceptional. I’m currently seeing the same price as a non-Black Friday deal from a number of other outlets — and if I was buying a Google Assistant touchscreen on Black Friday, I think I’d much rather snag the equally smart Lenovo Smart Display or the Google Home Hub, which will each be available for $99. 

Still, a deal’s a deal, and this is one you can buy right now if you’re so inclined.


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Lenovo 8-inch Smart Display for $99 (save $100)

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We’ve tested all of the impressive new Google Assistant smart displays this year — Lenovo’s was the first, and I think it’s still my favorite. Best Buy has the 8-inch version marked down by a hundred bucks for Black Friday, bringing the price down to $99. That’s the same price as the Black Friday deal on the smaller-sized Google Home Hub. 

Best Buy made this deal live as an early online special for a few days, but that window is closed, so you’ll have to wait until Black Friday for another chance at it. Some might want to hold out to see if Lenovo’s larger, 10-inch version of the Smart Display gets marked down, as well. Best Buy has that model included in the “up to 35 percent off” section of its Black Friday ad, but no final discounts or sale prices have been announced for any of those yet. If it gets marked down by the full 35 percent, that’d bring the price down to $165. I think I’d still rather spend $99 on the 8-inch model, but it’s still something to keep an eye out for.


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Lifx Multicolor Wi-Fi Smart Bulb for $40 (save $20)

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Starting Thanksgiving Day, Best Buy will offer both the standard-size and floodlight versions of the current-gen Lifx LED for $40 each, a savings of $20 per bulb. That’s a good price on good smart bulbs that are brighter than comparable bulbs from Philips Hue.


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Nanoleaf Rhythm Starter Kit for $180 (save $50)

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I’m not seeing it in Best Buy’s Black Friday ad, but the team at Nanoleaf tells me that the retailer will have the Nanoleaf Rhythm starter kit for $50 off. They tell me you’ll find the same deal at Home Depot (we’re still waiting for that retailer’s ad). No matter where you get it, that’s a good deal on this weirdly likable smart lighting kit, which includes nine triangular, color-changing LED panels that stick to your walls, plus a microphone-equipped Rhythm accessory that syncs lighting changes with whatever music you’re listening to.

Just keep in mind that new, square-shaped Nanoleaf Canvas panels are scheduled for release in early December, so you’ve got new options coming very soon that might be worth waiting for.


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Buy a Nanoleaf Rhythm Starter Kit, get a free Nanoleaf Remote

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Starting Black Friday, Nanoleaf will toss in its unique, 12-sided Remote accessory when you purchase a nine-panel Nanoleaf Rhythm Starter Kit for $230 direct from the Nanoleaf website. The Remote is truly one-of-a-kind, letting you switch between color-changing scenes by rotating different sides to the top and it can trigger Apple HomeKit scenes, too. It usually costs $50 on its own, so this is a decent deal, and right on par with the Best Buy offer as far as value is concerned. Just decide whether you want the Remote or not, and go from there.


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Nest Cam Indoor for $129 (save $70)

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Nest’s lineup of smart security cameras are all pretty solid picks, but they don’t come cheap. Fortunately, you’ll be able to score a pretty sizable $70 discount on the original Nest Cam Indoor at Target this Black Friday, bringing the cost down to $129. It’s not the newest model, but it’s still a worthy pick, especially at this price. And by the way, if you don’t want to wait for Black Friday, you’ll find the same deal available at Lowe’s starting Nov. 22, and on Jet starting Nov. 21 at 10 p.m. ET.

One other note — Best Buy claims it’ll have Nest gear marked down by up to $70 starting on Thanksgiving Day. No specifics on any of those deals yet, but I’m guessing they’ll be the same ones that I’ve posted here. Keep an eye out, though.


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Nest Cam Outdoor for $149 (save $50)

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Prefer Nest’s weatherproofed outdoor camera? The rugged, weather-proof Nest Cam Outdoor typically sells for a steep $199, but you’ll be able to pick it up for $50 off at Lowe’s and Kohl’s starting Nov. 22.


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Nest Learning Thermostat (third-gen) for $179 (save $70)

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Nest’s smart thermostat is basically an icon of the smart home at this point. If you’ve been holding out for the right price to make the upgrade in your own smart home, then perhaps this $70 Black Friday discount from Target will do the trick. And yep, Lowe’s will have the same deal starting on Nov. 22, as will Newegg and Kohl’s.

If you want the absolute best bang for your buck, then I’d actually suggest getting it at Kohl’s, since the store is offering $15 of in-store credit for each $50 you spend. As a result, the $170 Nest deal would yield you an extra $45 to shop with on top of the savings.


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Nest Thermostat E for $99 (save $70)

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The plastic-bodied Nest Thermostat E costs less than the stainless steel Nest to begin with, and it’s just as smart. Target will offer it for $30 off on Black Friday, but the best deal we’ve seen comes from Dell, where you can score one for $70 off starting on Nov. 21. That’s the best price on this thermostat that I’ve ever seen.


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Nest Hello Video Doorbell for $179 (save $70)

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Here’s a terrific deal on Nest’s excellent video doorbell, which our camera and doorbell pro Megan Wollerton called “the smartest video doorbell available today.” $70 off is about as much of a discount as we’ve ever seen on it — look for the deal in-store at Lowe’s and also Kohl’s starting on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22. Dell will also offer it online starting the day before Thanksgiving.

Kohl’s says that some Black Friday specials will be available online starting Nov. 19, so check back that Monday to see if you can score this doorbell deal early. And again, the in-store credit offer at Kohl’s will net you an extra $45 to shop with.


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Nest Protect Smoke Detector for $99 (save $20)

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It’s not the biggest doorbuster I’ve ever seen (especially for a piece of tech that’s been out for a few years now), but hey, here’s Nest’s smart smoke detector marked down by $20. Dell will have the same deal online starting on Nov. 21.


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Netgear Arlo 3-Camera Starter Kit for $189 (save $110)

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Netgear’s battery-powered Arlo security cameras are a popular pick for home security, and Newegg’s offering a good Black Friday deal on a first-gen, three-camera starter kit that’ll save you over a hundred bucks. The deal starts on Nov. 21 — if you miss it, look for an almost-as-good deal at Walmart, where the three-camera Arlo kit will sell for $199.


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Netgear Arlo Pro 2 4-Camera Starter Kit for $580 (save $220)

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Meanwhile, Best Buy has the newer version of the Arlo cameras available in a four-camera starter kit for $580. That sounds like a lot, but this kit usually sells for $800.


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Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance 3-Bulb Starter Kit with Remote for $120 (save $70)

This Philips Hue starter kit includes three color-changing bulbs, a wireless remote that docks on the wall like a light switch when you aren’t using it, and the all-important Philips Hue Bridge that needs to stay plugged into your router in order to control the lights from your phone or sync them with Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant. It usually costs $190, but on Black Friday, Best Buy will sell it for $120. That’s a terrific deal — $30 less than you’d typically pay for just the bulbs.


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Philips Hue Lightstrips for $60 (save $30)

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If you’ve already got a Hue Bridge and just want to expand your system, these Hue Lightstrips look great beneath cabinets and behind TVs, and $60 is about as low as they ever sell for.


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Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Smart Bulb for $40 (save $10)

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Just want to expand your existing Hue setup with an additional bulb or two? On Black Friday, Best Buy will sell them for $40 each, a savings of $10.


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Philips Hue White LED four-pack for $40 (save $10)

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If you don’t care about the colors and just want to fill out your home with automatable white light, this four-pack of plain, vanilla Philips Hue White bulbs will sell for $40 at Best Buy on Black Friday. This four-pack usually sells for $50, which is already a pretty good deal.


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Buy a Philips Hue 4-Bulb White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit, get a free $50 Target gift card

It isn’t marked down, but if you buy a four-bulb Philips Hue White and Color Starter Kit from Target this Black Friday, the retailer will throw in a free $50 gift card. If you were so inclined, you could turn around and use that card to pick up a bonus bulb for your new setup.


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Ring Floodlight Cam for $199 (save $50)

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Looking for a smart security light to hang above your garage? You could do a lot worse than this floodlight from Ring, which packs a built-in night vision camera and motion sensor, plus the ability to customize those motion alerts using “activity zones” within the camera’s field of view. Look for a $50 discount on it at Lowe’s between Nov. 22 and Nov. 25.


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Ring Video Doorbell 2 and Amazon Echo Dot (third-gen) for $140 (save $110)

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Here’s one of the best smart home deals we’ve seen this year: The Ring Video Doorbell 2 with a new, third-gen Amazon Echo Dot for a total of $140. The Ring on its own usually sells for $200, so this is a particularly good value if you’ve been itching for an upgrade at your front door.

Like a few of the other deals listed here, Best Buy initially listed this online as an early special, but that offer is over now. You’ll get another chance at it on Black Friday.


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Sengled Element 3-Bulb Starter Kit for $30 (save $20)

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If you’re looking for a good deal on smart bulbs, you might consider jumping on this Sengled Element starter kit, which will be available at Best Buy starting Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, for just $30. With three bulbs and the Zigbee hub that controls them, that’s cheaper than the two-bulb starter kit usually sells for.


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Sensibo Sky Air Conditioner Controller for $89 (save $29)

If the turn towards colder weather already has you thinking ahead to next summer, then maybe the time is right to score a deal on a smart air conditioner controller. If so, you’re in luck because the Sensibo Sky, which smartens up dumb AC units to let you automate them as you come and go, will be available for about $30 less than usual this Black Friday. Along with app-enabled automation, Sensibo lets you control the cool with voice commands using Alexa or Google Assistant. And yes, you can use it to automate a heater, too. 

Bonus — you can pay a slightly lower $83 each if you buy a Sensibo three-pack ($249 total), but you’ll have to buy direct from the Sensibo website


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SimpliSafe Home Security Systems with SimpliCam for $170 (save $200)

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Best Buy’s also offering nice discounts on SimpliSafe home security packages, which usually start at $270 but will be available starting at $170 this Thanksgiving. On top of that, Best Buy will throw in a free standalone SimpliCam with your purchase. At the start of November, Best Buy was also offering a free video doorbell with these kits, but they seem to have yanked that deal away and replaced it with the SimpliCam for Black Friday. Damn. 

Still, that’s a lot of value for a very strong security system that’s won multiple Editors’ Choice awards here on CNET. Typically, a baseline SimpliSafe kit and SimpliCam would cost you about $370.


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Sonos One Smart Speaker for $175 (save $25)

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With built-in Alexa controls and Google Assistant controls coming next year, the platform-agnostic, premium-sounding Sonos One hits the smart speaker sweet spot at its usual price of $200. Scoring one for $25 off at Best Buy sounds just fine to me.


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Sonos Beam Soundbar with Alexa for $350 (save $50)

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Best Buy is also offering the Sonos Beam, an Alexa-equipped sound bar, at a savings of $50. Like most of Best Buy’s deals, the sale starts at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22).


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TP-Link Kasa Smart Plug two-pack for $23 (save $17)

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You’ve got plenty of good smart plug options, but at less than $12 each, these TP-Link plugs might be the cheapest ones I’ve seen that include real-time energy monitoring of whatever’s plugged into them. They work with Alexa and Google Assistant for voice controls, too.

We haven’t reviewed these exact models, but we tested the mini sized Kasa smart plugs and came away satisfied with the experience. These bigger versions use the same hardware and the same app, so they should work well as a cheap way to expand your smart home setup.


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WeMo Dimmer, WeMo Mini and more up to 35 percent off

We don’t know how much each product will ultimately sell for, but Best Buy’s ad lists several smart home gadgets that’ll be discounted by “up to 35 percent” on Black Friday (here’s the list). Those devices include the WeMo Dimmer light switch and WeMo Mini smart plug, two popular Wi-Fi gadgets that let you automate your lights and appliances. Both work with Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT and Apple HomeKit, too.

The WeMo Dimmer usually sells for $80, while the WeMo Mini retails for $30, so if both got the full 35 percent off, then they’d sell for about $50 and $20, respectively. Again, we don’t know how much of a discount they’ll actually get just yet, so stay tuned.


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