The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and while official Black Friday sales are just around the corner, savvy shoppers looking for early Black Friday smart home deals are in luck. Thanks to Amazon's Prime Big Deal Days this past month, finding discounts on smart home tech including cameras, thermostats, smart hubs, and more are already possible.
In the past, you had to wait until Thanksgiving night for the Black Friday weekend to kick off. That's all changed over the past few years, however. Retailers are starting off their holiday deals earlier than ever, and while they may not officially label these offers as Black Friday discounts, more often than not they feature savings that you'll see during the holiday weekend in November.
For smart home shoppers, you'll want to start keeping an eye open for deals on smart home hubs to set up a central control station for your smart home, and everything from smart speakers or hubs to manage your appliances and even smart thermostats to optimize your central air situation. This tech always gets good discounts during the holiday season, and some seriously good offers are already up for grabs.
While we'll keep this page updated with some of the best early Black Friday smart home deals you'll find today, keep in mind that we may see better offers as we get closer to Black Friday in late November. If you're not happy with the deals you're seeing here just yet, keep checking back during the coming weeks. You'll be glad you did!
We'll be collecting and listing some of the best Black Friday smart home deals further down the page, but if you'd rather browse for these offers yourself, here's where you'll want to look.
- Amazon — a huge selection of smart tech, including robo vacs, smart speakers, and more
- Best Buy — smart appliances, TVs, cameras, it's all here and much of it is on sale
- Home Depot — a surprising selection of cameras, lighting, speakers and more
Early Black Friday smart home hub deals
A smart home hub is an essential part of building out your smart home system, acting as the control station for all of your connected smart devices. Whether you're looking to (or already run) on Google Home, or want to expand with some of the best Amazon Alexa-compatible smart home devices, this is where you start.
Amazon Echo Show 5 (3rd Gen)
The Amazon Echo Show 5 is a great budget-friendly option for Alexa-based smart systems. Connect video doorbells, smart thermostats, and more all with voice control capabilities directly through the device itself. Nifty features like a build-in camera also allow for making video calls or chatting directly with someone at your door with a connected smart doorbell.
Google Nest Hub 2nd Generation
If you're looking to go towards the Google Home route, the Nest Hub is a smart choice. It's an affordable smart hub that comes loaded with what you'd expect from a Google smart device, including a built-in camera, Google Assistant voice control, and more.
Early Black Friday smart speaker deals
Useful for both entertainment and utility purposes, a smart speaker expands your home's smart control with the ability to both take commands and be used as an audio device. Connect via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth in some cases to TVs and audio devices to play music, use as a home theater speaker, or fire off a few voice commands to set a schedule or turn off the lights. The possibilities are almost limitless with the right smart hub and speaker combo.
Google Nest Audio
If Google Home is your system of choice, then the Google Nest Audio may be the speaker for you. Seamlessly sync up with other Google smart devices, and connect with friends and family through voice calls, stream music, and more with Google Assistant.
Early Black Friday smart thermostat deals
Not only does upgrading to a smart thermostat usually net you rebates with your local utility company, it also helps you save money on your power bill by optimizing when your HVAC system kicks, the temperature it should run at, and more. There's a mix of budget-friendly basic models and more expensive options come with more features, such as room mapping and automatic temperature adjustments, but expect plenty of deals in the coming weeks.
Ecobee Smart Thermostat Enhanced
Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings, and Google Assistant, the Ecobee Enhanced smart thermostat is a top choice for any smart home system. It's ENERGY STAR certified and can save upwards of 25% off your energy bill, and is one of the easiest to install and monitor thanks to a convenient app.
Honeywell Home RTH9585
The Honeywell Home smart thermostat kicks it up a notch with a bevy of sweet features, offering not only personalized controls and settings but monthly energy usage tips to help you optimize your system as well. The design is sleek and sophisticated as well, and it's compatible with Alexa, Cortana, Google Assistant, SmartThings, and Wink.
The Nest Thermostat is Google's take on the smart thermostat, offering much of what you'd expect from a Google device. Its simple and clean design helps it fit into any home decor, and it features smart settings and energy monitoring to help you optimize your home's heating and energy use. All of which can be accessed and managed via your smartphone.
Early Black Friday smart plug deals
If you're looking to connect non-smart appliances and devices to your smart home system, then you'll need to grab yourself a few smart plugs to do so. These are often inexpensive to pick up, but offer a quick and easy way to implement voice control and smart monitoring on almost any appliance.
Philips Hue Smart Plug
While on the pricier side, the Philips Hue Smart Plug is a great choice for any smart home. Its subtle design helps it blend in easily, and Bluetooth low-energy technology lets you connect and control non-smart lighting to the Hue ecosystem for voice settings and adjustments.
TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Outdoor Plug
Connect outdoor lighting and other appliances to your smart home system with this Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Outdoor Plug. It's weather resistant IP64 construction ensures protection from dust and water, letting you set the scene of your deck or backyard with scheduled activation. All of which can be accessed and set via a smartphone app, or via voice control with smart assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant, and Samsung SmartThings.
Early Black Friday smart camera deals
Beefing up home security can be costly, but thankfully, many of the best home security cameras see sizable discounts during the holiday season. Whether you're looking for a quick, cheap way to keep an eye on the family dog, or need a sharp eye on your homes exterior, you'll find plenty of Black Friday smart camera deals in the coming weeks.
Arlo Essential XL Spotlight Camera
Featuring a built-in spotlight and siren, the Arlo Essential XL Spotlight Camera is the perfect add-on for exterior home security. No hub is required to use it, since it can connect to your Wi-Fi network, and it can be controlled via your smartphone. It offers 1080p recording, color picture and night vision, and can provide you with automated alerts in the event it gets triggered.
When is Black Friday
Black Friday always falls on the third Friday of November, the Friday following Thanksgiving. This year, Black Friday falls on November 24, but that's just the official date on the calendar. There's a new trend that's been happening over the past few years, and retailers have been kicking off Black Friday sales much earlier than that date.
Black Friday unofficially started earlier this month, when Amazon started it's Prime Big Deal Days savings event. Essentially Amazon's new second Prime Day, much of the deals that were available then are going to be what you see in the coming weeks.
Where to find the best Black Friday smart home deals
It'll be fairly easy to find deals on smart home products in the coming weeks, and most of the big box stores and online retailers will have a decent mix of offers to choose from. Of course, Amazon is a central player in the smart home market, meaning you'll find a ton of deals available there over the course of the holiday season. There are already some great deals to check out on Google Nest products and Alexa devices, but expect more to show up as we get closer to Black Friday weekend.
Amazon isn't the only place you'll want to shop, however. Newegg, Best Buy, Crutchfield, and even stores like Home Depot and Lowe's all have decent selections of smart tech, meaning there may be some deals available that you won't find anywhere else.
Q: What is the best doorbell camera for 2022?
With long battery life and a low-hassle user experience, the wireless Arlo Essential is our current top pick for best doorbell camera right now. Its MSRP is $200, but it's usually available for $150. Right now, though, Amazon is selling the black version for $118 — though the white is still its typical street price.
Q: Do Ring products go on sale for Black Friday?
Ring products, including doorbells, cameras, and security systems, regularly go on sale, including around Black Friday. You'll see several Ring deals on this list. Our favorite right now is probably the Ring Alarm 5-piece kit for $130, which shakes out to a savings of $70.