Black Friday smart home deals: Nest Audio smart speaker, Arlo security cameras and more

By | November 13, 2021

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Whether you’re looking to kickstart a smart home or expand the one you have, Best Buy has solid deals on a number of devices that could fit well into any setup. The electronics giant is kicking off the month with discounts on devices from Amazon, Google, Arlo and more.

Best Buy and others should have lots of sales throughout the month leading up to Black Friday, but the prices debuted Monday morning are solid deals worth grabbing. Below, you’ll find our current favorite deals in the smart home space. Looking for more sales? Check out Best Buy’s new early Black Friday sale, some early favorites at Target and Walmart’s early Black Friday sales

BLACK FRIDAY DEALS AVAILABLE NOW

Arlo

The Pro 4 is our favorite outdoor security camera thanks to its versatile features and clever design. This bundle nets you a three-pack. Best Buy had a similar deal last week.

Read our Arlo Pro 4 review.

 

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The Nest Audio is Google’s highest performance smart speaker, now that the Home Max is discontinued. It’s a nice-sounding speaker that does everything the Nest Mini does, but with more oomph. Stereo pairing with two of these speakers sounds great. However, if you’re not looking for premium audio, the Nest Mini will still likely meet all your needs.

Read our Nest Audio review.

 

BLACK FRIDAY DEALS COMING SOON

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The second-gen version of Google’s Nest Hub was briefly on sale for $50. That promotion has ended, but Google is promising a return of the 50% discount beginning Nov. 18. This Nest Hub is one of our favorite smart displays and includes touchless sleep tracking in addition to the usual voice commands and smart home controls.

Read our Nest Hub (2nd gen) review.

 

Google

The Nest Doorbell (battery) was briefly on sale for $130. That promotion has ended, but according to Google the $50 discount will return, beginning Nov. 18. This is Google’s newest Nest smart doorbell. It has a new design and is battery powered. You’ll get two-way talk, high-def resolution, a 145-degree field of view with a 3:4 aspect ratio, smart alerts, facial recognition and more.

Read our Nest Doorbell (Battery) review.

 

EXPIRED DEALS

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The newest Amazon Echo sports a spiffy design alongside built-in antennas to help you set up your peripheral smart home gadgets. It even has decent sound quality for its size, especially if you pair it with another Echo, which is super easy. It’s definitely worth getting over the smaller Echo Dot.

Read our Amazon Echo (4th gen) review.

 

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Amazon’s Echo Auto puts Alexa in your car. If you own an older car, this gadget (normally $50) lets you request songs or playlists with Amazon Music, Spotify or other Alexa-connected services, check traffic on the way home and make hands-free calls.

Read our Echo Auto review.

 

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This may not be the biggest sale of the season on the Echo Dot, but it’s a solid option at 30% off if you don’t want to wait it out for a better deal. This latest version of the Echo Dot is the smartest and best-sounding yet.

Read our Amazon Echo Dot (4th gen) review.

 

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