Best Buy Black Friday Ad Analysis: The ONLY Deal on an Apple HomePod

Best Buy will have Apple deals you won't find anywhere else, as well as big-screen TV offers that drop to new low prices.
Best Buy Black Friday

The Best Buy Black Friday ad is here! It's 52 pages full of deals — some of which you can buy right now!

We've gathered our very favorite items from the ad below. Once you've seen our top picks, be sure to read on for our full guide on shopping at Best Buy on Black Friday.

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Best Best Buy Black Friday Ads for 2018

  • LG 70" Smart 4K UHD LED TV for $699.99
    Why Buy It: Great price for a huge screen

    Most big-screen name-brand sets will easily set you back at least $1,000. This giant set is a fraction of that, so if you're in the market (and your home can handle it), this is a solid buy.

  • Samsung 11.6" Chromebook for $99
    Why Buy It: It matches our predictions exactly

    We expected Chromebooks to start at $99, and this deal is spot on. If you're not looking to spend a ton, this is a great choice for a laptop that can handle the basics.

  • Google Home Hub with $10 My Best Buy Rewards for $99.99
    Why Buy It: It's an unexpected $50 off brand new tech

    This new piece of Google Home tech was only announced about a month ago. At most, we expected a slight discount on this new gadget, but you can save a whopping $50 by shopping Best Buy's Black Friday sale. Even better, you'll also receive $10 in My Best Buy Rewards.

  • Chefman Analog Air Fryer for $29.99
    Why Buy It: Popular appliance at an affordable price

    Whether you call them air fryers or oil-less fryers, these kitchen appliances have grown in popularity this year. If you're looking to try the "healthier frying" method, this deal offers a super affordable way to do so.

  • Ring Video Doorbell Pro & Chime Pro Bundle for $179.99
    Why Buy It: Best price we've seen this year

    Smart video doorbells have a big convenience factor, and this offer provides everything you need to get started. In addition the the Ring doorbell and the Chime Pro, you'll also receive the latest Amazon Echo Dot.

  • Sharp 55" 60Hz Roku Smart 4K UHD LED TV for $249.99
    Why Buy It: It matches our predictions exactly

    If you want a mid-size set and you aren't looking for a high-end brand, then this Sharp set is an excellent choice. We predicted off-brand sets would hit $250, and this one checks that box while still being a mid-tier brand.

  • Insignia 32" 720p LED HDTV for $89.99
    Why Buy It: It's a super affordable set

    We knew doorbusters would drop below $100 in at least a couple of stores, but we've seen more of these cheap TVs than we thought. Just remember that these sets, even though they're small and basic, will likely sell out fast!

  • Apple iPad Pro 10.5" for up to $150 off
    Why Buy It: It's the only deal we've seen on the iPad Pro

    This deal likely won't drop the iPad Pro far enough to meet our predictions. In fact, Best Buy has this as an early Black Friday deal, and the starting price is $524.99. However, we predicted we'd see prices as low as $500. While not ideal, if you want the Pro, this is a decent option, as well as the only one we've seen so far.

  • Apple HomePod for $249.99
    Why Buy It: Significant drop on a rarely discounted item

    We haven't seen any other deals on the Apple HomePod for Black Friday so far and at most we expected it to drop to $300. This deal beats the lowest price we've seen, which was for an open-box model, by $8. If you've been eyeing a HomePod, you shouldn't skip this deal.

  • Oculus Rift Touch Virtual Reality Bundle for $349
    Why Buy It: It's $50 off list price

    Virtual reality systems have definitely become cheaper over the last few years. While we hoped this bundle would drop a little further to $320 for Black Friday, this $350 price tag is still far more attainable than the $800 it would have cost when it was released.

  • Amazon Fire TV Cube with Alexa Voice Remote for $59.99
    Why Buy It: It's the best price we've seen

    The Fire TV Cube hasn't been out even six months yet, but this is an unbeatable price. We thought it would drop to $90 at the most, but you can grab this streaming media player for 50% off its normal price by shopping at Best Buy for Black Friday.

  • Amazon Smart Plug with Amazon Echo Purchase for $5
    Why Buy It: Save $20 buying them together

    If you want to start your smart home conversion, but don't know where to begin, this deal is a solid option. Amazon's recently released smart plug is only $5 when you purchase an Echo device, and it can be used to control a variety of objects that aren't smart on their own.

  • Microsoft Surface Pro for $599
    Why Buy It: Any Surface Pro discount is good

    Best Buy's ad originally listed this item as the Surface Pro 6, which would have been an incredible deal at $600. Sadly, that was a mistake. However, this ad for the 2017 model still merits a mention, as any discount on the Surface Pro line is noteworthy.

  • Select Klipsch, Polk, & Sony Speakers, Select Items for 50% off
    Why Buy It: Rare discounts to upgrade your audio system

    If you want to upgrade your home sound system, this is a good way to do it. While Klipsch might take up to 60% off in its own store closer to Black Friday, this is a pretty great deal on a variety of quality speakers.

  • Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM Portable Bluetooth Speaker for $99.99
    Why Buy It: It's the lowest price we've seen

    If you need a solid Bluetooth speaker, this one will certainly check all the important boxes. It offers up to 20 hours of playtime per charge, a Bluetooth range of up to 100 feet, 360° sound, and it's waterproof.

  • Amazon Echo Show 2nd Gen Device for $179.99
    Why Buy It: It beats our predictions by $20

    With the latest Echo Show being released just a couple of months ago, we expected it to hit $200 at most. However, you'll save an extra $20 on this latest tech if you shop Best Buy's sale.

  • Amazon Echo Plus 2nd Gen with Free Philips Hue A19 Smart Light Bulb for $109.99
    Why Buy It: It's $10 cheaper than we expected

    Setting up a smart home is easier with a device like the Echo Plus, which has a smart hub built in. Even better, you can grab the latest one bundled with a free Philips smart bulb for $10 cheaper than what we predicted.

  • Video Games, Select Titles for Nintendo Switch for $20 off
    Why Buy It: Nintendo discounts are rare

    We see Nintendo discounts almost as rarely as we see Apple discounts, so knowing that select Switch titles will be $20 off makes this deal extra appealing.

  • Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9 Android Smartphone for $200 off
    Why Buy It: Save big with no signup required

    A lot of the smartphone deals we see for Black Friday require activation on a carrier's plan. Fortunately, if you want Samsung's flagships, you can snag the S9 unlocked for $200 off. Looking for a bigger phone? You can also grab an unlocked Galaxy S9+ or Galaxy Note9 with this offer.

  • LG 75" 2160p Smart 4K HDR UHD LED TV for $999
    Why Buy It: Under $1,000 for a huge screen is rare

    If you want a giant TV, Black Friday is the time to grab one. Sets over 70" generally go for well over $1,000, so to see a set of this size at this price makes it one sweet deal.

Looking for more Best Buy Black Friday deals? Check out the whole ad here. You can also check out our full guide to shopping at Best Buy on Black Friday below.

What to Expect From Best Buy Black Friday Sales in 2018

When Will the Ad Be Released?

Last year, we saw Best Buy's Black Friday ad on November 8, and it arrived on November 10 the previous two years. If this trend continues, we expect at least a preview ad from Best Buy to appear around November 7 in 2018. And if there's an additional ad this year, it should be out about a week before Thanksgiving.

Will Best Buy Be Open on Thanksgiving?

Best Buy gives you time to enjoy your Thanksgiving lunch, opening its doors at 5 pm local time on Turkey Day. Most stores should stay open until 1 am, then reopen at 8 am local time to officially kick off Black Friday. However, many deals will be available online all day on Thanksgiving.

SEE ALSO: When Do the Black Friday Ads Come Out in 2018?

When Does the Sale Start?

Update: Once again, Best Buy will have a Black Friday Early Access Event on Sunday, November 18. It will be for Elite and Elite Plus members to take part in. Although there isn't a specific time announced, Best Buy suggests checking the website between the hours of midnight and 5 am CT.

Deals will go live on Best Buy's website on Thanksgiving morning, and doors will open for in-store shopping at 5 pm that evening. Online deals should include doorbusters. Keep in mind, though, that some of the better ones could appear in-store only. One of the best deals we saw last year was for a Sharp 50" 4K smart TV for $180 — and you could only snag one if you braved the crowds at your local store.

When Is the Best Time to Shop?

If it's doorbusters you're after, be ready to jump online early on Thanksgiving morning to beat the crowds. New doorbusters should pop up on Friday and Saturday, too. And if you're hoping to get any of the store-only doorbusters, it could pay to shop on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. In those cases, you'll want to be at your local Best Buy on Thanksgiving when doors open at 5 pm, and on Black Friday when they open at 8 am.

Be at your local Best Buy on Thanksgiving when doors open at 5 pm, and on Black Friday when they open at 8 am.

Generally, Thanksgiving and Black Friday should both be good days to shop in-store or online. On Thanksgiving, you can get many of the deals early, while Black Friday could offer more time to take advantage of in-store doorbusters. Also, if you happen to be a My Best Buy Elite or Elite Plus member, you could receive early access to select deals through a special event that Monday.

What Will Be on Sale?

In 2017, the biggest category at Best Buy for Thanksgiving and Black Friday was electronics, which should come as no surprise. Laptops, gaming, and entertainment were all big winners, too. And Best Buy will definitely have deep discounts TVs, tablets, and smartwatches.

If you're in the market for a new appliance, Best Buy will also have deals on those. These tend to be just okay deals, but nothing noteworthy enough to make you upgrade your kitchen or laundry room.

What Will Be the Big Doorbusters?

As always, expect Best Buy to offer its fair share of doorbuster TVs. There's a good chance Best Buy could massively undercut other retailers. Last year, a Sharp 50" 4K smart set for $180 beat our own predictions, as well as other stores' Black Friday offerings. Additionally, look for significant savings on Blu-rays, which could hang around through the weekend and into Cyber Monday.

SEE ALSO: Black Friday Sales Predictions 2018: Inside Info on All the Doorbusters!

Another type of item that should populate the ad's pages is video game consoles. We aren't expecting any new consoles to launch before Black Friday, but there will be plenty of holiday bundles to watch out for, especially from Microsoft's Xbox One line. It could also be a good time to snag a virtual reality set. Last year we saw a PlayStation VR headset at its then-cheapest price, as well as a price low for an Oculus Rift bundle.

What You Should Know Before You Shop

With the retailer splitting its offers between in-store and online, you'll need a solid strategy to make the most of the Best Buy Black Friday sale. Here's everything you need to know.

  • When the sale starts: Best Buy stores will open at 5 pm local time on Thanksgiving, close later that night, and reopen on Black Friday at 8 am.

  • Time limitations: You won't be able to buy the best store-only doorbusters until Thursday at 5 pm local time. Additional doorbusters should be available on Friday and Saturday.

  • In-store or online? Select offers will be available online as early as the Monday before Black Friday for rewards members, and Thanksgiving morning for everyone else. Be ready to fight the crowds for Best Buy doorbusters, though — some will be in-store exclusives.

  • When the ad drops: Expect to see the Best Buy Black Friday ad drop around November 7, but be aware that another one could show up about a week before Thanksgiving.

  • Best day to shop: If you're eyeing the in-store doorbusters, be prepared to shop on Thanksgiving and/or Black Friday when the doors open. Otherwise, start looking online the Monday before Thanksgiving. And definitely check early on Thursday morning for live deals.

  • My Best Buy: During this time, My Best Buy members receive early access to certain deals. The Black Friday Early Access event is usually held the Monday before Thanksgiving for Elite and Elite Plus members. (Those who spend over $1,500 a year are eligible for Elite membership.) All My Best Buy members should get early access that Tuesday.

Readers, what's on your shopping list for Best Buy's Black Friday sale? Let us know in the comments below!

Senior Staff Writer

Julie joined DealNews in 2015. Her work has been featured on MSN, Business Insider, Lifehacker, The Motley Fool, GoBankingRates, and Moneyish. In her spare time, she enjoys baking sweets, reading thrillers, and listening to an ever-growing list of podcasts.
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How early on Thanksgiving morning should we start checking for online deals? Midnight? 5am?