Is Cyber Monday Worth It? Here's What to Buy on Cyber Monday
Even with the Black Friday season stretching out the past few years, many shoppers still treat the big day itself as the one day to shop. But if you're ignoring Cyber Monday, you could be missing out — Cyber Monday deals can totally be worth your time.
Check out our guide below to see what's worth shopping for on Cyber Monday, which is November 28 in 2022.
Is Cyber Monday Worth It?
So, is Cyber Monday worth it? The short answer is a resounding yes! We've seen some Cyber Mondays boast more deals than Black Friday, and even during the years they fall slightly short, these start-of-the-week events still have strong offers worth checking out.
One of the perks of Cyber Monday shopping is you don't have to choose between online or in-store. That's because you can count on all the deals on Cyber Monday being online — hence the name. What's more, retailers use Cyber Monday as an opportunity to provide sitewide coupons, so it can be a good time to do a lot of shopping, instead of picking up one or two items. And considering coupons often stack, the level of savings can sometimes beat what you'd see on Black Friday.
In 2021, about 19% of the deals we listed on Cyber Monday were Staff Pick-worthy, or "best of the best" offers. Compare that to Thanksgiving and Black Friday last year, which had 19% and 16% Staff Pick deals, respectively, and it's easy to see how Cyber Monday can hold its own. But not all the Cyber Monday deals will be winners, so check out our breakdown of what categories to focus on to streamline your shopping.
What to Buy on Cyber Monday
We've highlighted the categories that we expect to be better buys on Cyber Monday 2022, but keep in mind this is general advice. While we expect these will be some of the best things to buy on Cyber Monday, you may have found great deals on these items on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, as well.
Beauty items cover a wide variety of actual products, and last year, we saw more deals in this category on Thanksgiving than we did on Cyber Monday. So is it worth buying beauty products on Cyber Monday instead? Yes, because the offers on Cyber Monday 2021 were of better quality than the Thanksgiving ones, which is why we're expecting another strong showing this year.
Prices will likely start around $7 or even less, depending on the kinds of beauty items you're adding to your cart. For instance, last year, we saw a Burt's Bee's liquid lipstick 3-pack for just $7 and a NYX eye shadow palette for $11. Watch for retailers to offer big discounts on beauty tools, too. In 2021, for example, Amazon offered a Revlon 1-step hair dryer and volumizer hot brush for just $22.
Clothing is another category we're expecting to see huge deals for during Cyber Monday. During the 2021 season, Cyber Monday dominated in both the number of clothing deals we saw and the ones worthy of our Staff Pick badge. In fact, about 20% of the offers we saw that day earned our "best of the best" designation.
Notable offers included graphic T-shirts for as little as $3, Reebok beanies for $8, and a 3-pack of Polo Ralph Lauren slim-fit T-shirts for $17. While we expect winter clothing to see better deals in January and February, there's a chance Cyber Monday will have excellent offers on coats and jackets. For example, last year, a Braveman wool-blend overcoat went for just $50, while a Tommy Hilfiger puffer coat cost $52. We also saw Marmot jackets for as little as $105, plus designer and big brands on sale (including outlet items), such as the following:
- Up to 70% off plus an extra 15% off Michael Kors
- Up to 70% off plus an extra 35% off Bonobos
- Up to 95% off at Saks Off 5th
- Up to 70% off plus an extra 25% off at Coach Outlet
- 50% off at J.Crew Factory, plus additional discounts
Apple iPad deals can be a bit of a toss-up, as some years have more offers than others. Last year, we saw refurbished iPad Air 2 models for as little as $170 on Cyber Monday, while 4th-generation iPad Pro 12.9" models were priced from $940. If you don't mind a smaller screen, know that we also saw 2020 iPad Pro 11" models starting at $770.
Of course, if you're hoping to shop Apple directly, you shouldn't count on outright discounts. But the retailer is bundling select iPad models with gift cards worth up to $50, along with three free months of Apple TV+.
You definitely won't want to miss a deal in this category, so it's worth creating a deal alert for the iPad you're shopping for. That way, when we list a deal that meets your specifications, you'll receive a notification. Then you won't have to worry about missing out!
Kitchen items are a popular deal category during both Black Friday and Cyber Monday. And last year, both dates had similar numbers of overall kitchen deals and Staff Pick offers, but Cyber Monday edged ahead of Black Friday. About 28% of the deals we saw on Cyber Monday were Staff Picks, including notable offers such as:
- A 4-pack of double old-fashioned glasses for $4
- A Select by Calphalon nonstick fry pan for $20
- A 7-piece cookware set for $20
- A Cuisinart Coffee Center Brew Basics coffee maker for $72
- A Ninja Foodi air fry oven for $128
Like clothing, shoe deals are everywhere from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday. But we're still expecting the latter to offer more notable savings overall. Last year, we saw about the same number of shoe deals on both Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday, but only about 16% were Staff Picks on Turkey Day versus 26% the following Monday.
Watch for retailers to offer "buy more, save more" promotions, such as one pair of skate shoes for $36 or two for $50. If you're in the market for premium slippers, remember that those will be included in the Cyber Monday shoe deals, as well. Last year, we saw Lands' End suede moccasin slippers cost just $22. And L.L.Bean took 15% off its beloved Wicked Good slippers on the same day.
Aside from that, keep an eye out for sales on specific brands. Converse offered Chuck Taylor All Stars for just $25 last year and took 30% off in general, while Nike sold its Air Zoom-Type Crater shoes for just $68 per pair. Other offers included Crocs for up to 50% off, adidas Ultraboost shoes for 30% off, and Red Wing boots at Sierra for up to 50% off.