Best of Black Friday 2017 – our top 10 deals for Thanksgiving week (that we know of)

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We’re just a week away from Black Friday, and if you’ve been paying attention to 9to5Toys, you’re aware that we’ve been rolling out our annual Best of guides. From Apple to gaming, smart home to Google, we’ve sorted through the noise to find the best deals to expect in each category next week.

With nearly every Black Friday ad in-hand, we’re now turning our attention to the top ten deals we know are coming next week. Hit the jump to start our countdown.

Before we dive into the individual deals themselves, let’s briefly highlight the retailers. While Amazon, Target and Walmart all delivered nice Black Friday ads this year, our award for the best deals across the board goes to Best Buy.

With discounts ranging this year from Apple products to game consoles, home goods and more, you’re going to find many of our favorite deals at Best Buy. Look for Amazon to price match some items throughout Black Friday, where available. One key advantage that Best Buy has over the online giant is its status as an authorized retailer for more sought after brands. Simply put, there are some deals Amazon just can’t touch.

10) Jaybird Freedom F5: $50 (Reg. $100+) | Best Buy

If you’re still on the fence about ditching Apple’s in-box EarPods, there may never be a better time to upgrade than this Black Friday. We know there will be an abundance of Beats deals from $100, but Best Buy has a deal that we’re really eyeing. The normally $150 Jaybird Freedom F5’s will fall to just $50 on Black Friday. While it briefly did the same earlier this month, this will be a match for the lowest that we’ve tracked here.

Jaybird is known for its exceptional build quality designed specifically for active lifestyles. At under $50, we’re entering no-brainer zone here. It’s an easy gift for the athlete or techie in your life this holiday season.

9) Google Home: $79 (Reg. $129) | Multiple retailers

Google Home has really come into its own over the last year since it was first released back in 2016. At $79, you’ll get full access to everything Google Assistant has to offer and the lowest price we’ve tracked outside of YMMV offers. Even better, go for the $29 Google Home Mini offer with a $10 gift card at Target or Walmart and outfit your whole home. For the Google-head in your life, it doesn’t get much better than this.

8) Dyson Ball Upright Vac: $250 + $75 Kohl’s GC (Reg. $400) | Kohl’s

Black Friday brings the Dyson discounts every year. But for those eyeing the classic Ball model, this deal at Kohl’s is certainly worth checking out. At $250, it will be available for $115 less than the Amazon all-time low price. Throwing in $75 worth of Kohl’s Cash and we’re talking some serious value here. Of course, it has received stellar ratings at Amazon and comes with Dyson’s exceptional warranties.

7) Xbox One S + free game: $190 ($290 value) | Microsoft

It’s crazy to think you can get a Xbox One S console for under $190 this holiday season. Throw in a free AAA title and you’re going to make a kid, or yourself very happy. You’ll also score a free month of Game Pass as well. It’s going to be tough for other retailers to beat this offer on value, but you might see a $175 console-only deal.

6) Sharp 50″ LED Smart 4K Roku UHDTV: $180 (Reg. $300) | Best Buy

The most buzz-worthy TV deal of the year belongs to Sharp, who will be offering a 50-inch 4K set with integrated Roku features for $180. You certainly won’t be getting a high-end panel here by any means, but for a kid’s room, bedroom, or gift, this is an easy buy. That is, if you can find it in-stock as it’s sure to go fast.

5) Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet: $50 (Reg. $80) | Amazon

Amazon’s latest Fire HD 8 tablet will be marked down to $50 on Black Friday. For the same price as Amazon’s Kindle E-reader, you’ll be receiving much more functionality, access to the app store and more. Again, we’re looking at this as a great buy for a kid or grandparent that doesn’t need the full feature list of an iPad. It’s a value buy for sure, and one that is certain to be popular this holiday season.

4) Apple 9.7-inch iPad: $249 (Reg. $329) | Multiple Retailers

Apple’s entry-level iPad has been a 9to5 favorite in 2017, thanks to its friendly price tag. Walmart, Best Buy and Target will all be marking this device down to $249 next week which will easily be the lowest price that we’ve ever seen. You’ll miss out on some high-end iPad Pro features, but you’re still getting a very capable machine at under $250.

3) Google Chromecast: $20 (Reg. $35) | Multiple Retailers

Google’s in-house streaming media player will be $20 at Walmart and Best Buy next week. Although it’s fallen to the wayside in some regards as consoles and other streamers have added features like 4K, the Chromecast is still a capable add-on to your setup. And at $20, that’s a no-brainer. Grab one for stockings or as an easy holiday gift during the office party season.

2) Echo Dot: $30 (Reg. $50) | Amazon

Echo Dot has long been considered a must-have around the 9to5 office. We’re guessing that at this point, most readers have at least dabbled in Alexa Voice Services in some capacity. But this year’s $30 deal makes it easy to bring Amazon’s virtual assistant to more rooms throughout your home or gift it to a friend or family member. This is easily a new all-time low and a price that we may not see again until Prime Day 2018.

1) Apple Watch Series 1: from $179 | Multiple Retailers

As we noted over on 9to5Mac, seeing Apple Watch hit $179 this Black Friday will open this desirable wearable up to a whole number of new potential users. Sure, you’re going to miss out on some features by going with the previous generation, but this is still a solid buy for the Apple-fanatic in your life that doesn’t need every cutting edge device.

What’s your favorite deal this holiday season? Let us know in the comments below.

As always, stay tuned to 9to5Toys on Twitter and Facebook throughout the holiday shopping season. It’s also a good idea to bookmark our Black Friday 2017 guide for all of the latest news and deals.

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