Splurge-worthy Black Friday deals
Shopping on Black Friday is stressful, especially if you're thinking about dropping down some serious money for a high-priced item. How do you know what's really worth splurging on?
Whether it's something you've wanted for a long time and have patiently waited for its price to drop, or something on your child's list that costs a lot more than you'd usually spend, we've scoured the sales and determined which Black Friday deals are worth buying ASAP.
Many of these we've tested extensively, so we can confidently recommend them as items you (or whomever is lucky enough to receive it) will be glad you purchased.
Video game console
The Xbox One X is the most capable gaming console on the market, period. Powered by an eight-core, 2.3GHz processor, the flagship Xbox offers a truly comprehensive 4K experience for both games and Blu-ray discs. You'll need a 4K TV to take full advantage of the Xbox's capabilities, but we've got you covered there too.
High-end TVs have always been the go-to Black Friday sales item, and with new technologies like QLED displays available at huge discounts, there's no time like the present. Samsung's 65" 4K QLED Smart TV packs top-of-the-line features into a classy and attractive package, and you can save more than $1,000 by ordering one this holiday season.
A robotic vacuum can change your life. With an automated butler scooting around your home, messes will disappear without you having to lift a finger, and they're very useful if you have a pet, too. The iRobot Roomba has been discounted by 35 percent this Black Friday, making it a great gift choice. For even more convenience, combine it with an Alexa device for voice control.
The Samsung Gear S3 is our favorite smart watch on the market right now, mostly due to its amazingly slick interface that allows you to access apps by rotating the steel bezel. It has built-in GPS as well, and it's compatible with iOS and Android smartphones. The best part? You save $150 by ordering on Black Friday.
Nothing completes a backyard like a trampoline. Sure, giant Jenga and horseshoes are nice, but nothing compares to executing the perfect backflip over your friend or family member. This Black Friday, the Sky Zone x Vuly 14-foot trampoline is your best choice, as it includes a safety net and a self-closing door and is on sale for around half of its original MSRP.
We gave the Bose Solo 5 the "Best Bang For The Buck" award in our soundbar roundup, but you can get it right now at an even better value. Currently discounted to $199, the Solo 5 projects lovely full-bodied sound, and we loved its dialogue mode for extra clarity when people are speaking. Better yet, it's intuitive to set up and handles Bluetooth connections seamlessly.
Other than televisions, smartphones are arguably the most popular Black Friday purchase. This year, we're spotlighting the Huawei Mate SE, an already great value made better by the holiday. An improvement over the stunning 7X by Honor, a sub-brand of Huawei, the Mate SE boasts 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, two cameras, and a powerful battery for tons of screen-time.
Mixers and toasters are fine, but if you're looking to really splurge for a kitchen gadget, consider something a bit cooler. The Cuisinart ICE-100 Ice Cream and Gelato Maker fits the bill perfectly, and it's sure to light up the eyes of anyone with a craving for sweets. It also includes a "cookbook" so you can perfect your dessert recipes in no time.
A tablet can be the perfect middle ground if you find desktop computers too bulky but you want more capabilities than a smartphone. If that sounds like you, and you're already a part of Amazon's device ecosystem, there's really only one choice -- the Amazon Fire HD 10. Discounted by $50 for Black Friday, the Fire HD 10 provides a high-definition screen, dual-speaker sound, and dual-band WiFi.
Ride on toys for kids
The Audi R8 Spyder is an incredible car, and with this miniature version from Rollplay, it could be your little one's very first ride. The performance has been tuned down just a bit for this version, with a top speed of 2.5 mph and a battery life of two hours. It's still the most stylish way to traverse a cul de sac, though, complete with LED lights and a faux leather interior.
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