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Street Price $360; Deal Price $180
The Bose QuietComfort 25 headphones are the best noise cancelling headphones we’ve tested. They’re comfortable, fold up fairly small, and sound decent. This is the first substantial Black Friday sale we’ve ever seen on the Bose QuietComfort 25, a huge $100 off.
Street Price $100; Deal Price $80
80 (20% off) with code Puro20.
The Puro BT2200 is our pick for the best headphones to protect kid’s ears. Our kid panelists liked it better than anything else we tested. The size and weight fits kids from 2½ to 11 years comfortably, so you can buy these headphones once and they’ll grow with your child, and they are sturdy enough that they should last a long time, too.
Street Price $100; Deal Price $80
Includes dimmer switch, bridge and pico remote.
The Lutron Caseta Smart Bridge is the top pick in our guide for the best in-wall wireless light switch and dimmer. We wrote that it “offers the most smart-home perks via support for Amazon Alexa, HomeKit, Google Assistant, SmartThings, Sonos, Logitech, Nest, and many others. It’s also easy to use, and it’s easy to install because it doesn’t require a neutral wire.”
Street Price: $48; Deal Price: $36
This is our pick in our guide on diaper bags. We wrote that the Skip Hop Duo Signature “was one of the more lightweight bags we tested, yet it felt sturdy and durable despite being shoved, tossed, and dragged around at the beach, on a 5-hour plane ride, and to the pediatrician’s office.”
Street Price $12; Deal Price $10
This the lowest Black Friday price we’ve seen on the top pick on the best lightning cable we’ve tested. Anker’s lightning cables are sturdy. Anker builds its PowerLine cables with Kevlar fiber and PVC strain-relief collars that should prevent fraying during normal use, so they’ll last longer than the ones that come out of the box. There’s also a deal on a 2 pack of our 6ft pick.
Street Price $250; Deal Price $230
This is the upgrade pick in our guide for the best dash cam. The Garmin Dash Cam 65W is the smallest model we tested. We wrote, “The 65W offers 1080p resolution and a 180-degree field of view that covers a wide area—great for scenic vistas… It also comes with GPS, Wi-Fi, voice control, and a number of safety alerts, including forward-collision, lane-departure, and safety-camera warnings (the last only with a subscription).”
Street Price $80; Deal Price $60
This is our pick in the guide for Wi-Fi Range Extenders. We wrote, the TP-Link RE450 Wi-Fi Range Extender “offers incredible performance at long range and supports the fastest wireless speeds of most devices you’re likely to own… It was the only extender that hit triple-digit speeds on our easier long-range 5GHz test, and its long-range 2.4GHz performance was better than that of everything else we tested.”
Street Price $150; Deal Price $120
This is a refurbished version of the upgrade pick in our guide for e-readers. The Kindle Voyage is lighter, thinner, and equipped with an auto-dimming display. If you’re a heavy reader, or if you enjoyed the physical buttons on older Kindle models, you might want to pay more for those features.
Street Price $175; Deal Price $150
This is the top pick in our guide for outdoor security cameras. We wrote, “the Nest Cam Outdoor Wi-Fi camera does everything a DIY surveillance camera should, and tops the others we tested in convenience features. The camera provides 1080p video, two-way audio, and a mounting system that gives you the capability to point it in any direction. It also has the only weatherproof cord among the units we tested.”
Street Price $180; Deal Price $122
This is the top pick in our guide for digital photo frames. We wrote, “the Nixplay Seed’s high-resolution IPS display offers pleasing colors and a wide viewing angle, so your images look great from every corner of the room. The panel’s 4:3 aspect ratio means it can display your smartphone photos full screen, without black borders, and you can position it in either portrait or landscape orientation.”
Street Price $30; Deal Price $20
This is the top pick in our guide for smart switches. The Belkin WeMo Mini’s compact form factor, price, and set of smart-home features set it apart from the other models we tested. It also supports IFTTT (“if this then that”), so you can create home-automation “recipes” to use it along with other smart devices in your home.
Street Price $230; Deal Price $150
This is the top pick in our guide for robot vacuums. We wrote, “ the Deebot N79 is nimble enough to navigate through most homes without getting stuck very often—and that’s what really makes most bot-owners happy. Its battery life is the longest we’ve seen, it runs the quietest, and it has one of the better control schemes we’ve seen for the price—including Wi-Fi and a smartphone app.”
Street Price $135; Deal Price $100
This is the top pick in our guide for drills. We wrote, “Not only is the Bosch PS31-2A the lightest, most compact drill we tested, but it’s also among the strongest, and it completely blew away the competition in terms of battery life. Starting from a full charge, it drilled twice as many holes as the second-place drill and drove almost 50 percent more screws.”
Street Price $230; Deal Price $174
This is the top pick in our guide on air purifiers. The Coway AP-1512HH is one of the best-performing air purifiers we’ve ever tested, and beat some machines that cost three times as much; it maintains that level of performance over the years, whereas some others’ performance degrades; and its low upfront, maintenance, and electricity costs make it the cheapest to own of our main contenders.
Street Price $160; Deal Price $120
This is the runner-up pick in our guide on carry-on travel backpacks. We wrote, “the Osprey Farpoint 40 is a well-constructed bag from a company with a reputation for making great backpacks and has a warranty to match.” If you don’t mind a more outdoorsy look, this is an excellent deal.
Street Price $90; Deal Price $59
This is our pick in our guide for best DNA ancestry testing kits. We wrote that Ancestry DNA “did a better job than its rivals of presenting this data in a clear manner while placing the information in a useful historical context.”
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