Black Friday 2022 takes place in just a few weeks, meaning the year’s biggest sales will be here before you know it. While Black Friday used to be a single day in November when people would line up outside their favorite stores to buy discounted tech, home goods, apparel and more, that has changed a lot. In recent years, it’s moved from one day to a weeklong event series, to one that now spans nearly the whole month of November.
We’ve already seen Target kick off an early Black Friday sale, Walmart launch its Deals for Days event and Best Buy unveil its early Black Friday deals, and we expect other major retailers like Kohl’s, Home Depot, Lowe’s and more to reveal more about their fall sales in the coming days. Read on for all you need to know about Black Friday, the best early Black Friday deals and more below.
Best Early Black Friday Deals
Even though Black Friday is still a a little way off, that hasn’t stopped a bunch of early sales from kicking off. Whether it’s momentum from from this fall’s second Prime Day sale or retailers just trying to get out ahead, there are plenty of early Black Friday deals to shop right now.
- Amazon: Save up to 50% on Amazon devices
- Best Buy: Shop early Black Friday deals on TVs, laptops, headphones, appliances and more
- Walmart: Early access savings on tech, home, and toys
- Target: Low prices on headphones, small kitchen appliances, baby gear and more
- B&H Photo: Holiday Head Start sale on computers, camera gear and portable storage
- Dell: Laptop and desktop PC deals from $250
- Home Depot: Savings on power tools, appliances, furniture and more
- Overstock: Up to 70% off furniture and home decor
- Wayfair: Sneak peek sale on furiniture, seasonal decor, bedding and much more
If you want to dive deeper into the deals, we’ve picked out a few of our early favorites below.
Black Friday deals on tech and smart home
At close to $80 off, this is a deal worth considering if you don’t need the upgraded 2022 Apple TV model — particularly if you need Ethernet or can forego the extra storage of the new model.
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Its list price already beats many other smartwatches on the market, and you can find a killer Apple Watch SE deal at Amazon right now, where the 44mm GPS model is down to just $240 — a $39 savings.
You’re receiving price alerts for Apple Watch SE (2022): $240
Though it’s no longer the latest iPad Air, the 4th-generation device is still a solid choice for any tablet buyer in 2022 — especially at this price.
Apple’s previous-gen Apple Watch SE is a great starter smartwatch for those just wanting to try out an Apple wearable without spending big bucks.
Hook your TV up with easy access to all the popular streaming services with 50% off this streaming stick.
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Amazon’s lineup of Fire tablets are super popular, and it’s not hard to see why with regular discounts on already affordable prices. Right now, tablets from 7 to 10 inches in size are on sale with as much as 50% off.
Save 50% on the 4th-generation Amazon Echo smart speaker and add Alexa to more rooms in your home. This latest Echo model features premium sound quality plus the ability to function as a Zigbee smart home hub.
You’re receiving price alerts for Amazon Echo (4th Gen): $50
Hook up the Fire TV Stick 4K to your TV’s HDMI port for easy access to all of the biggest streaming services. This devices offers a 4K and HDR support, Dolby Atmos audio and tight integration with Alexa.
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Nab an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra from just $900 at Best Buy and save yourself $300. Various colors and configurations are included in the sale.
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Black Friday TV deals
This tiny smart TV is a good buy for a spare bedroom or kids playroom. For this discounted price, you also nab a free Echo Show 5 worth $85.
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If you want an affordable 4K TV, this smart Fire TV from Insignia is worth a look at just $220. Not only is it $80 off, but you’ll also score a free Echo Show 5 smart display with the purchase.
You’re receiving price alerts for Insignia 43-inch F30 Series 4K Smart Fire TV + Echo Show 5: $220
Samsung’s clever The Frame smart TV hides your screen in plain sight. This 2022 model includes a special matte display to blend in even better, too.
In the market for an OLED upgrade? This LG model is over half off right now in a deal you’ll only find at Best Buy.
Save close to $100 on this 43-inch 4K XClass-powered smart TV that also comes with 12 months of Peacock Premium at no extra cost.
You’re receiving price alerts for Hisense 43-inch A6 Series 4K Smart TV: $198
This mid-size 4K smart TV offers HDR and Dolby Atmos, easy access to streaming apps, AirPlay 2 and Chromecast built-in, plus a variety of gaming-focused features.
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Black Friday deals on home and kitchen
Snag an upright Dyson vacuum cleaner for $400 in this early Black Friday deal. It’s a great pick for households with pets.
Air fryers are all the rage these days and you can get in on the craze with a third off this popular Dash model. It has a 2.6-quart capacity which is ideal for a couple or small family and can crisp up wings, fries, veggies and more with way less fat.
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This 16-piece cookware set is half off and features frying pans, saucepans and a stockpot plus essential lids and utensils.
Add this versatile stand mixer to your kitchen with close to $60 off. It includes a 7.5-quart mixing bowl plus three different useful attachments.
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Black Friday deals on health and fitness
Upgrade your home gym with this adjustable dumbell set at $100 off. It allows weight adjustments in increments ranging from 5 to 52.5 pounds and stores away without taking up a lot of space.
You’re receiving price alerts for FitRx SmartBell Adjustable Dumbbell: $99
Upgrade your home gym with this advanced treadmill featuring adjustable speed, incline and cushioning. It’s $200 off.
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With three speeds and a handheld design, Therabody’s portable Theragun Mini massager is perfect for taking on the go.
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When is Black Friday 2022?
Black Friday takes place the day after Thanksgiving each year, meaning that this year’s Black Friday date is Nov. 25. It kicks off a weekendlong sales event that culminates in Cyber Monday on Nov. 28.
Despite the official Black Friday date being the last Friday in November each year, retailers have begun kicking off early Black Friday sales well in advance, meaning that the event often takes over most of November.
Which stores are having Black Friday sales?
All of the major retailers — both online retailers and those with brick-and-mortar stores — will hold Black Friday 2022 sales. 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. Several retails have already launched sales with others going live in the coming days.
When do Black Friday deals start?
As we mentioned above, the official Black Friday date is Nov. 25, 2022. For a lot of doorbuster deals and ultra-limited-time offers, these will go live early in the morning on this date and run through the weekend, where supplies last.
We’ll get more precise times for specific sales, deals and retailers nearer to the event, but it’s likely that many sales will go live online before stores open on Black Friday itself if previous years are any indication. Early Black Friday sales are likely to kick off days or even weeks prior to the “official” Black Friday date, which means many of the best Black Friday deals will be available from early November to try and tempt holiday shoppers into spending earlier.
When do Black Friday deals end?
While we can’t predict exactly how Black Friday 2022 will go, previous years show us that Black Friday sales tend to span the final weekend in November and culminate in Cyber Monday sales on the subsequent Monday. The best limited-time sales will likely begin to dry up as Cyber Monday sales wrap up, though retailers have been known to extend some sales into December to capitalize on the holiday gift buying season.
What time do retailers open on Black Friday?
Some retailers like to kick off their Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving itself, though a trend in recent years has seen retailers keep their physical doors closed on the holiday so staff can enjoy time with their families, instead kicking off online sales that day. Black Friday 2021 saw some retailers open earlier than usual for the particularly dedicated shoppers on Black Friday itself, such as Walmart, which opened at 5 a.m. on the first day of its sale event.
Are Black Friday deals available online?
Yes, Black Friday deals are available online. In fact, recent years have seen retailers with physical stores kicking off online sales earlier than those same deals in store, giving online shoppers the jump.
Some Black Friday deals are only available in store, though these days those tend to be specific doorbuster deals that are available in extremely limited quantities. Unless you really like to line up outside your nearest big-box store in the early hours of the morning, you’d be better served shopping online.
Best Black Friday deals of 2021
While we can’t predict exactly what deals we’ll see for Black Friday 2022, we can use previous years as an indicator of what types of products will go on sale and see the biggest discounts. Below we’ve listed some of the best promotions from last year’s sale and we’ll be sure to update this page when we start to see Black Friday 2022 deals cropping up.
Why is it called ‘Black Friday’?
Throughout history, the term “black” has 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.
How do I prepare for Black Friday?
There isn’t too much in the way of preparation you can do right now as we all await official word on Black Friday sales from the major retailers. Once we get some sale specifics, you’ll be able to plan your shopping accordingly. Regardless, it’s worth considering what products you hope to pick up during Black Friday and start putting some money aside now. It’s never too early to start budgeting for these things.
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