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Biggest Black Friday deals under $100: Huge savings on Bose speakers, Echo Show, Amazon Fire (just updated)


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This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2019, your source for the season’s best gifts and deals, hand-picked by the experts at CNET.

Thanksgiving is behind us, the turkey is gone and nobody can stomach another slice of pumpkin pie. But that meansBlack Friday has officially begun (despite the sales starting at most stores much earlier in the week). We’ve gathered a whole range of great discounts on tech under $100 — including the Kindle PaperwhiteFire HD 10 tablet and a Bose speaker with $100 off — plus wireless earbuds, fitness trackers, streaming TV gear, kitchen appliances and more. 

These are our top picks from AmazonBest BuyCostcoTargetWalmart and a few other companies in that price range. The first group includes discounts that are available now, and the second has deals that are coming online later this week. Take a look for deals under a C-note.

And if you’re looking for ideas on how to have a low-stress holiday, visit our Holiday Survival Guide for tips on how to get through the four-day weekend without too much strain.

Best Black Friday deals $100 and under: Available now

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Usually $99, this is smallest wireless Bose speaker you can buy. It’s water-resistant, and sounds great for its size. And with no Alexa or Google Assistant on board, there’s no privacy worries, either. 

Read our Bose SoundLink Micro review.

Josh Miller

The Instant Pot Smart WiFi 8-in-1 is an electric pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, saute, yogurt maker, cake maker, and a warmer — which means there’s a limitless amount of delicious dishes that you can use to make it. The pot also has 13 smart one-touch programs for cooking a variety of foods, such as ribs, soups, beans, and rice.

The pot typically goes for $150, but is now $90 — a savings of 40%.

Here are the best instant pots for 2019:.

Dan Ackerman

With a list price of $140 — and usually hovering around $105 or so — Gloomhaven at $87 is a comparative steal. But I’ll leave it to tabletop gaming addict Andrew Gebhart to explain the game’s appeal: “Gloomhaven is a behemoth of a board game. It’s physically huge, comparatively pricey and mentally taxing. But if you’re willing to invest the money, time and energy, the game will reward you for your efforts many times over. It’s so wonderfully engrossing. Gloomhaven is a cooperative dungeon crawler for one to four players with a great combat system and an interesting story that adapts to your decisions as you play. There’s nothing else like it and while not the same as Dungeons and Dragons, it scratches a similar itch without the need for a dungeon master. You unlock new characters and other secrets as you play, but what keeps me coming back is the deceptively simple but challenging gameplay that flows beautifully once you know what you’re doing. I’ve already invested more than 200 hours over several months and I can still barely wait until my next session.”

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Amazon’s latest Echo Show smart display is the Goldilocks model in the company’s line, thanks to its 8-inch display. It’s brand new, but Amazon is already marking it down a whopping $50 from its list price. 

Read our Echo Show 8 review.

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If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to check out the night sky, Celestron’s Portable Refractor Scope is currently on sale for $60 — a 33% savings from its usual $90. It’s easy to transport, too, so you can bring it anywhere you think the viewing will be good.


Amazon’s top-of-the-line Fire HD 10 usually starts at $150 for the 32GB version. Now that Black Friday pricing has kicked in, it’s on sale for $100. You get a fast processor, a 2-megapixel front camera and — new to this year’s model — USB-C charging.

Read our Fire HD 10 preview.


The new Echo Show 8 features an 8-inch HD display and, like the Echo Show 5, a privacy shutter that’s designed to cover the camera when it’s not in use.

Read our Echo Show 8 review.


This 32-inch HD Smart LED TV from Insignia comes with an Amazon Fire TV, which will let you access Disney+, Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, and more. You can also add the code FTVE19 for a free Echo Dot to be included with the TV. 


I got a couple of Tiles earlier this year and connected them to my kids’ favorite stuffed animals. The frantic prebedtime search party is now a thing of the past. 

For $100, this deal nets you an eight-pack of Stickers — Tile says their batteries last for about three years — and Google’s fantastic Nest Mini. This is a surefire way to cut down the amount of time you spend looking for misplaced toys, remote controls, wallets and phones.

Read more about the Tile Sticker.

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Best Buy has the all-black version of the Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3150 true wireless earbuds on sale for $50 off. The Fit 3150 has an open design that lets ambient noise in (a safety feature for runners) while the BackBeat Fit 3200 has a noise-isolating design that helps improve the sound quality, particularly the bass. That said, both models have the same drivers so they produce the same sound — you just hear it differently thanks to the design of the ear tips. Both are an improvement over the earlier Backbeat 3100, which had some connectivity issues.

Like the Powerbeats Pro, the one downside to this headphone is that it has a large charging case that isn’t so pocket friendly.

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We love the UE Boom 2 — a compact, durable wireless Bluetooth speaker that plays loud and sounds good. It’s stain-resistant, shock-resistant and fully waterproof. Battery life is a strong 15 hours, and it can be paired with a second UE speaker for stereo sound.

Read our UE Boom 2 review.

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This compact Wi-Fi speaker plays much bigger than its size would indicate, and offers convenient features such as Bluetooth and shortcut buttons. We previously thought it would be 50% off at Best Buy on Thanksgiving Day, but that deal appears to be available now as well.

Read our Bose SoundTouch 10 review.

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If you can’t afford premium noise-canceling models from Bose and Sony, the JBL Live 650BTNC Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones lists for $200 and is a very good headphone. And this week, you can get it for 50% off.

Read our JBL Live 650BTNC review.

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Amazon is dishing up a $50 discount on this compact, lightweight smartwatch and fitness tracker. The Versa is water-resistant to 50 meters, works with iOS and Android and features a nice variety of apps and watch faces.

See our Fitbit Versa review.

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My daughter called the Quip the best toothbrush she’s ever used, and she’s been through her share of electric models. The adult plan includes a delivery every three months that includes a new brush head and battery, a large tube of mint toothpaste and a floss refill.

Quip is offering 15% off orders of $55 or more from Nov. 26 through Dec. 2, which brings the price of an annual prepaid plan from $91 down to to $78.

Read our Quip review.

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(Update: Out of stock) 

We’ve seen this discount come and go. Now it’s back. At $100, we’re big fans of the Ninja Coffee Bar, which provides an unequaled list of features and capabilities.

Read our Ninja Coffee Bar review.

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Amazon’s most affordable security camera gets even more affordable on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The Ring indoor camera was the inspiration for Amazon’s new Alexa Home Mode that will prevent Ring products from recording audio and video when residents are home.

Read more about the Ring Indoor Cam.

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