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Best wireless earbuds and Bluetooth headphones for making calls

Looking for wireless headphones or earbuds that are great for making and taking voice calls? Here are our current top picks.

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While sound and comfort are arguably the most important factors when buying a pair of headphones, their performance as a headset for making phone calls has become a key feature as we use headphones to communicate on the go — or working from home — in a world where we’re no longer tethered to the office.

I’ve created a list of best headphones for working from home, but this one is a little different. That list includes more “work” or “business” headphones that you’re more likely to use with both a phone and computer and features some enterprise headphones with boom microphones. Some of those are Microsoft Teams-certified and are also designed to work with Unified Communications applications. This list is less business focused and includes only consumer wireless Bluetooth headset that works well for making calls on the go with your cell phone (and yes, most of these work just fine with video-conferencing applications like Zoom and Microsoft Teams).https://bac252663d470d4fc532d51b53974bcb.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html?n=0

So, what makes the best earbuds for phone calls? Well, for starters, the best Bluetooth earbuds or headphones are able to reduce ambient sound even in loud environments, allowing people to hear you clearly when you speak during conference calls. Needless to say, you’ll want to hear people clearly, so sound quality — and often noise isolation (so you don’t hear external noise) — are also important. And finally, comfort is essential along with decent battery life and touch control.

To that end, we’ve tested a bunch of Bluetooth headphones specifically for their audio quality during calls and wireless charging features. Here are our current top picks for the best Bluetooth headphones for calls. We’ll be updating it regularly as we review new products.Latest BoseBose QuietComfort 45

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The QuietComfort 45 has virtually the same design as its predecessor, the QuietComfort QC35 II. It has the same drivers, according to Bose, and the buttons are in the same place. However, there are small but notable changes. First off, these thankfully have USB-C instead of micro-USB.

Secondly, the microphone configuration is different. Not only have the mics been shifted on the headphones, but there’s now an extra external mic for voice pick up, which means the QC45 has a total of six microphones, four of which are beamforming and used for voice. By contrast, the QC35 II has a total of four, two of which are used for voice. (The Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 also have six microphones total.)

The result is that these are excellent for making calls and offer good microphone quality. They’re very close to the Bose’s Headphones 700 in that regard and also feature top-notch noise cancellation, as well as multipoint Bluetooth pairing so you can connect these with a PC and your smartphone simultaneously. Read our Bose QuietComfort 45 headphones review.$329 AT BOSEhttps://bac252663d470d4fc532d51b53974bcb.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html?n=0Built to make callsBose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

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The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, the long-awaited successor to Bose’s QuietComfort 35 II model, may not be a quantum leap forward, but these headphones offer slightly better sound and noise cancellation along with top-notch headset performance for voice calls. They’re a strong all-around audio performer with up to 20 hours of battery life and a more durable design than their predecessor (some find the QuietComfort 35 II headphones slightly more comfortable).

At launch, they cost $400, but they’ve recently come down in price. We’ve seen the white version dip as low as $299 while the black and silver versions have hit $340. That said, the new Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones, their closest competitor, have also seen nice discounts

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Lightweight in-ear true wirelessApple AirPods Pro

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Even if they don’t sound quite as magical as you’d hope a $249 model would, the Apple AirPods Pro still manage to be a great pair of truly wireless premium earbuds. That’s largely due to their winning design and fit, solid sound quality, effective noise canceling and excellent voice-calling performance — and now these true wireless headphones have been updated with spatial audio, a new virtual-sound mode for watching movies and TV shows (only works with iPhones and iPads running iOS 14).

Yeah, they’re expensive at $250, but the good news is they tend to sell in the $190 to $210 range. Despite all the competition, they remain hard to beat for their great sound quality, particularly for iOS users.

Read our Apple AirPods Pro review.$197 AT AMAZONBest on-ear valueJabra Elite 45h

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Released in mid-2020, the Jabra Elite 45h was essentially billed as the best on-ear headphone for the money. While there’s nothing terribly fancy about this bluetooth headphone, it is one of the best on-ear headphone values right now, with good sound quality, a sturdy design and comfortable fit (for on-ear headphones, anyway). Additionally, this wireless headphone performs well as a headset for making calls and includes a sidetone feature that allows you to hear your voice in the headphones so you don’t talk too loudly. Battery life is also good and it has multipoint Bluetooth pairing so you can connect to both your computer and your smartphone at the same time and easily switch between the two should a call come in on your phone (it mostly works).

Available in multiple color options, it lists for $100 but sometimes gets discounted to as low as $70.

Note that the $250 Evolve2 65, which has an integrated boom microphone, is essentially the souped-up office version of this headphone. $100 AT JABRAhttps://bac252663d470d4fc532d51b53974bcb.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html?n=0Improved Sony budsSony WF-1000XM4

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No earbuds are perfect, of course, and not everybody will love the fit of the Sony WF-1000XM4 buds or be able to afford their high price ($280). But if you’re looking for great-sounding earbuds with great noise canceling, solid voice-calling capabilities and good battery life, these sets of Bluetooth earbuds check all the boxes.

Bose’s QuietComfort Earbuds also have top-notch noise canceling and sound quality, but the Sony is right there with the Bose for noise canceling (and some might say it’s a touch better in that department). The Sony offers slightly better sound quality and also has a more compact design, particularly for the case (though the Sony buds certainly aren’t small).

While the earlier WF-1000XM3 was a bit lacking in the voice-calling department, Sony has made significant improvements in this model’s voice-calling capabilities, making it a strength rather than a liability. Alas, these earbuds don’t have multipoint Bluetooth pairing that would let you connect to a phone and computer simultaneously, but that’s the only real missing feature.

Read our Sony WF-1000XM4 review.$248 AT WALMART$248 AT BEST BUY$248 AT AMAZONBetter-fitting SamsungSamsung Galaxy Buds 2

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Available in four color options, the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 hew more closely to the newer Galaxy Buds Pro and Galaxy Buds Live, both of which have eye-catching glossy curved designs and the same compact charging case as this new model. In fact, it’s the Buds 2’s design and fit — they’re 15% smaller and 20% lighter than the Buds Plus — that make them a potentially more likable alternative to the slightly better-sounding Buds Pro. 

Like the Buds Pro, the Buds 2 are equipped with active noise canceling. That means all the latest Galaxy Buds models now feature some form of active noise canceling, though it’s slight with the Buds Live, which have an open design sans ear tips. While the Buds 2 look more like shrunken versions of the Buds Pro, I found them more akin to the Buds Live in that they barely stick out of your ears and are fairly discreet. Because they sit more flush with your ears — and have that curved design — they also pick up less wind noise. 

I found the Buds 2 to be very good for voice-calling, with excellent noise reduction during calls. While they don’t have pipes sticking out of them like the AirPods Pro, their microphones manage to pick up your voice well. They’re IPX2 sweat-resistant.

Read our Galaxy Buds 2 review.$129 AT AMAZONUnder $70 standoutEdifier TWS 330NB

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Edifier has a few different new true-wireless earbuds, and most — including the TWS 330NB — are very good values. While the TWS 330NB buds are missing a sensor that automatically pauses your music when you take them out of your ears, they feature excellent sound quality for the money, decent active noise canceling with a transparency mode, and solid voice calling (they have three microphones in each bud for noise canceling and noise reduction during calls). 

They fit my ears well — they’re essentially AirPods Pro clones — and while the touch controls are a little limited, they are programmable using the Edifier Connect app for iOS and Android; you can also set the level of touch sensitivity. They have an IP54 rating, which means they’re splash- and dustproof, and battery life is rated at four hours with noise canceling on and five hours with it off (at moderate volume levels). That’s only OK, but you do get an additional two charges in the charging case. $55 AT AMAZONhttps://bac252663d470d4fc532d51b53974bcb.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html?n=0Superior SonySony WH-1000XM4

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Sony’s earlier WH-1000XM3 wireless earphone model was great. But if it had a weakness, that was in the area of voice-calling capabilities, particularly in noisier environments. The new WH-1000XM4 bluetooth earphone improves a lot in that area and also adds multipoint Bluetooth pairing so you can connect to two devices — such as your phone and PC — at the same time. That means that if a call comes in while you’re using the headphones with your computer, the audio will switch to your phone when you answer the call.

The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 probably still have a slight edge for voice calls, but the 1000XM4 headphones are arguably a tad more comfortable and also have some other slight wireless headphone improvements to noise cancellation and sound that make this model a great all-around choice.

Read our Sony WH-1000XM4 review.$248 AT AMAZON$250 AT WALMART$248 AT BEST BUYAndroid-centricGoogle Pixel Buds A-Series

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Google’s Pixel Buds A-Series are kind of unusual, in that they’re new but not exactly an upgrade. They look and sound similar to last year’s Pixel Buds 2, which debuted at $179 but are now selling for less. However, instead of adding new features — like active noise canceling — they’ve actually lost a few. Why? They only cost $100: The “A” stands for affordability. That new lower price is the real story here and what makes these a bona-fide true-wireless value, particularly for Android users. They’re splash-proof with an IPX4 rating and worked very well for making calls in our tests, with good background noise reduction. 

Read our Pixel Buds A-Series review.$100 AT BEST BUYMid-range SennheiserSennheiser CX Plus

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The Momentum True Wireless II remain Sennheiser’s flagship true-wireless earbuds. But shortly after the release of the CX ($130), Sennheiser’s second-generation midrange buds, the company followed up with the CX Plus, which add noise canceling for $50 more ($180). They look nearly identical to the standard CX buds but have a glossy black finish on the touch-sensitive exterior surface — cosmetically, they’re more akin to the older and slightly larger CX400BT.

I like the CX for the money, and the CX Plus delivers the same excellent sound while rounding out the feature set with active noise canceling and a transparency mode. Battery life is rated at up to eight hours at moderate volume levels and these are splash-proof, with an IPX4 rating. They do stick out of your ears a bit.

The noise canceling isn’t quite as good as the Sony WF-1000XM4’s, but I thought it was effective and the headset’s performance was decent, though not stellar. These are all-around solid noise-canceling earbuds that can count sound quality as their biggest strength. 

Read: Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 earbuds are $100 off.$180 AT AMAZONhttps://bac252663d470d4fc532d51b53974bcb.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html?n=0Budget pickTribit Flybuds C1

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Some of Tribit’s 2020 true wireless earbuds were decent for the money, but none of them truly stood out from the pack. Its new Flybuds C1, however, are top-notch as far as inexpensive true wireless go. Not only do they sound very good for their modest price, with good clarity and strong, punchy bass, but their call quality measures up well to the AirPods’, with good noise reduction — the earbuds have two microphones in each bud — and a sidetone feature that allows you to hear your voice in the buds when you’re making a call.

They also have strong battery life (12 hours at 50% volume) and 30-meter range with Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity. They use Qualcomm’s QCC3040 chip, which includes aptX audio streaming for compatible devices such as Samsung’s Galaxy phones. 

While they don’t have active noise canceling like the AirPods Pro, if you get a tight seal, which is crucial for optimizing sound quality, they do a good job of passively sealing out a lot of ambient noise. They’re IPX4 water-resistant (splashproof) and have a compact matte-black charging case with USB-C charging. I also liked how they have tiny physical buttons on their stems that work well for controlling playback and volume control.$70 AT AMAZONHigh-end optionApple AirPods Max

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Yes, they’re expensive, but the AirPods Max deliver richer, more detailed sound than lower-priced competitors from Bose and Sony, and work very well as a headset for making calls. While I wouldn’t recommend them for Android and Windows users, they’re the ideal work-from-home headphones for iOS and Mac users who want to switch easily between their devices. 

They also feature arguably the best noise canceling on the market, along with premium build quality and Apple’s virtual surround spatial audio feature for video watching. While they’re heavy, they manage to be surprisingly comfortable, though I did have to adjust the mesh bluetooth headphone canopy headband to sit a little more forward on my head to get a comfortable secure fit when I was out walking with them. They should fit most heads well, but there will be exceptions.

Read our Apple AirPods Max review.$479 AT AMAZON$549 AT APPLE$479 AT BEST BUYAnker AirPods Pro alternativeAnker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro

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Anker’s Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro ($130), the company’s first earbuds to feature active noise canceling, are mostly an excellent set of true-wireless earbuds that measure up pretty well against Apple’s AirPods Pro for significantly less money. They retail for $100 but frequently get discounted to $100.

While I had an issue with the included ear tips and had to use some other tips (it’s crucial to get a tight seal or both noise canceling and sound quality will suffer), they should fit most people comfortably. Sound quality is better than Anker’s earlier Liberty Air 2 and the noise canceling is effective. These also work well as a headset for making calls and are available in multiple color options. They’re IPX4 water-resistant (splashproof) like the Airpods Pro. Read our Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro review.$130 AT AMAZONhttps://bac252663d470d4fc532d51b53974bcb.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html?n=0Samsung noise cancelingSamsung Galaxy Buds Pro

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I’ve been a fan of Samsung’s recent Galaxy true-wireless earbuds. The Galaxy Buds Plus fit my ears really well and have become one of the better true-wireless values, sometimes selling for less than $100 online. And the Galaxy Buds Live, also discounted a bit since their original debut, feature a discreet and innovative “open” design and I like to use them for running and biking. Now the $200 Galaxy Buds Pro — Samsung’s long-awaited active noise-canceling model — have arrived with upgraded sound and high expectations. (Yes, the Buds Live also have noise canceling, but it’s rather modest.)

The Buds Pro are mostly impressive, although just how good you think they are will ultimately depend on how well they fit your ears. The other caveat is that Samsung’s new 360 Audio virtual surround feature (similar to Apple’s spatial audio) only works with Samsung’s latest Galaxy S21 models. Over time firmware upgrades will offer small improvement and performance when making calls was very good, with solid background noise reduction.

Read our Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review.$150 AT SAMSUNG$148 AT AMAZON$179 AT WALMARTNoise-canceling Jabra budsJabra Elite 85t

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Jabra describes the Elite 85t as “semi-open” earbuds, meaning you don’t have to jam the tips all the way into your ear canal. Rather, the new, more oval-shaped tips nestle in your ear for a more comfortable fit — according to Jabra, anyway. A touch of sound will leak in, however, because you’re not creating a super tight seal. Engineered on Qualcomm technology, Jabra calls the Elite 85t’s noise-canceling Advanced ANC, which is designed for earbuds that don’t have true noise-isolating designs.

Personally, I didn’t find the 85t earbuds any more comfortable than the 75t. They didn’t stay in my ears quite as securely, though they did stay in. While the 85t buds are bigger — and so is their charging case — they definitely seem like siblings design-wise. They do sound richer than the 75t, with more bass, and their voice-calling capabilities are also very good. They do feature multipoint Bluetooth pairing so you can take a call on your smartphone while being connected to your computer.

Available in multiple colors, they’re splashproof like the AirPods Pro (IPX4 water-resistance rating) and list for $230, but we’ve seen them sporadically discounted to $180.

Read our Jabra Elite 85t review.$149 AT AMAZON$150 AT BEST BUY$180 AT EBAYInnovative designSamsung Galaxy Buds Live

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Say what you will about the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live’s bean-shaped design — yes, they’re affectionately known as the Beans — but they might just be the most innovative new true wireless earbuds of the year. Like the standard Apple AirPods, they have an open design, so you don’t jam them into your ear, and they’re quite comfortable to wear and fit my ears more securely than the AirPods (that said, they won’t fit everybody’s ears equally well). Additionally, they’re discreet and basically sit flush with your ear without a little white pipe extending out from them.

They deliver good sound and work well as a headset for making calls, with good background noise reduction so callers can hear you clearly even when you’re in noisier environments. While they feature active noise canceling, it’s mild compared with the noise canceling in earbuds that have a noise-isolating design. In other words, buy them for their design and sound, not their noise-canceling features.

Read our Samsung Galaxy Buds Live review.$100 AT SAMSUNG$100 AT AMAZON$169 AT WALMARTBest bone-conduction headphoneAfterShokz Aeropex

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AfterShokz bone conduction wireless headphones aren’t quite what many people picture when they think of an earphone because they don’t go on your ears — these headphones actually deliver sound to your ear through your cheekbones. The big benefit of this technology as earphones is that, thanks to its open design, you can hear ambient noise and what’s going on around you while listening to music or having a phone conversation through the wireless headphones. That’s why they’re a favorite of runners and bikers for safety reasons.

The sweatproof and waterproof Aeropex ($160) is currently AfterShokz’s flagship headphone, which it describes as its “lightest, highest-quality headphones yet” (they were released in 2019). While they’re the best sounding bone-conduction headphones, they still don’t sound great for music listening. However, they’re top-notch for making calls and listening to podcasts and newscasts, as they’re strongest in the midrange, where vocals live. They also feature multipoint Bluetooth pairing so you can easily switch between two devices, such as a smartphone and computer.

For the same price AfterShokz also has the OpenComm, which adds a boom microphone.$160 AT AMAZONhttps://bac252663d470d4fc532d51b53974bcb.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html?n=0Best on-ear noise cancelingBeats Solo Pro

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The Solo Pro headphones are the first Beats on-ear model to feature active noise cancellation and the first full-size Beats headphones to charge via Lightning. They use the company’s Pure Adaptive Noise Canceling (Pure ANC), “derived from the over-ear Studio3 Wireless, with updated tuning to accommodate the on-ear form factor,” Beats says. With the tap of a button, you can turn off that noise cancellation to save battery life. Hit the button a second time to enter an audio transparency mode that allows you to hear the outside world, not just the music you’re listening to.

Available in multiple color options, these noise-canceling headphones are equipped with six microphones, two of which are beamforming mics that are designed to home in on your voice when you’re making calls or talking to your voice assistant (Apple’s H1 chip is on board for always-on Siri). The sound is smooth and well-balanced, with punchy bass that doesn’t make music sound boomy. Quite comfortable for an on-ear model, the more compact design travels better than some full-size models on this list. While these noise cancellation headphones are overpriced at $300, we’re seeing discounts that bring its price closer to $200, which is where it needs to get to.

Read our Beats Solo Pro review.$180 AT WALMART$200 AT BEST BUY$20 AT EBAYBest audio glasses for making callsBose Frames

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Yes, the Bose Frames are both sunglasses and headphones — and they sound surprisingly good for a sunglasses-headphones combo. What’s also impressive about them is how good they are for calls. 

The two original Frames, the Rondo and Alto, are still available for $200. But the recently released second-generation models, which cost $250, have some performance enhancements, including better sound and call quality. The Tempo, Bose’s new sports model (pictured), has the largest drivers and best sound along with better battery life. The Tenor and Soprano Frames are also excellent for making calls.

Read our Bose Frames review.$219 AT BOSEThe popular pickApple AirPods (2nd gen)

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The AirPods’ look may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but they do work really well as a true wireless earbud headset. The new second-generation version features greater noise reduction, which helps callers hear you better when you’re outside in noisier — and potentially windier — environments. It also adds hands-free (always-on) Siri.

Read our Apple AirPods 2019 review.$119 AT AMAZON$129 AT APPLE$120 AT BEST BUYhttps://bac252663d470d4fc532d51b53974bcb.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html?n=0Audiophile-grade soundShure Aonic 50

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If you’re looking for clean-sounding headphones with more of a neutral sound profile, the well-built Shure Aonic 50 are those noise-canceling headphones. The treble is clear and articulate and the bass is well-defined, but may be a little underpowered for those who want a little more oomph. The noise canceling is good but not quite up to the level of top noise-canceling models from Bose and Sony that cost a little less.

The headphones fold flat, but they’re a bit bulky, as is their case. But they work very well as a headset for making calls — Shure is known for making excellent microphones — so they’re good work-from-home headphones that are comfortable to wear (but might be a little big for some folks). 

While the Aonic 50 suffers from being a little too expensive, they’re excellent headphones that seem built to last. Battery life is rated at 20 hours — the headphones charge via USB-C — and they support a variety of audio codecs, including aptX, aptX HD, aptX Low Latency audio, Sony LDAC, AAC and SBC.$299 AT AMAZON

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Echo, Fire TV and more drop to historic lows as Amazon Black Friday deals go live

Alexa, let’s save some money!Jared DiPaneNov. 19, 2021 1:24 p.m. PT

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Amazon definitely waited until what seems like the last minute to announce its Black Friday deals, but the prices that are available now seem to make it worth the wait. The online retail giant announced huge discounts on nearly all of its own devices, including the Echo, Fire TVRing hardware and more. 

We’re pulling together all of the products here that are at or beating their best prices ever. There are a surprising number of discounts here that you are going to want to pay attention to, including Ring Video Doorbells for only $42, a $20 Echo Dot with a free smart bulb, the all-new Echo Show 5 for $45 and much more. We don’t expect that these prices will drop any further based on Amazon’s previous Black Friday deals (though anything is possible), so now is the time to buy.

Here are all the best Amazon device deals that you won’t want to miss out on this Black Friday.

BLACK FRIDAY AMAZON BUNDLE DEALS

One thing that Amazon tends to do each year with its own device discounts is offer some bundles that make the deals even sweeter. You need to look on each product page to see all of the bundles available, but often you can get something for free, like an Echo Dot, a smart plug or a smart bulb. Other times Amazon will offer other hardware for a serious discount, like a $10 addition of a Blink cameras.Ring Video Doorbell (Wired) + Echo Dot: $42Save $58Amazon

You could get the new Ring Video Doorbell for just $42 right now, or you could add an Echo Dot to your purchase for free, which means that you save an extra $20 on the bundle. This is a wired video doorbell, so you’ll need to make sure you have wiring in place, but at this price it’s really a no-brainer purchase to add some security to your front door.$42 AT AMAZONEcho Dot + Sengled Color Smart Bulb: $20Save $35Amazon

The third-gen Echo Dot has spent the better part of the last year selling for around $50 and more recently dropped down to closer to $30 on its own. Right now, you can bundle the smart speaker with a color smart bulb for just $20, which is the same price Amazon is offering just the Echo Dot for during Black Friday. These bundles tend to sell out fast, so be sure to grab one now.$20 AT AMAZONEcho Show 5 + Blink Mini Camera: $50Save $70Amazon

This bundle includes the all-new Echo Show 5 and the new Blink Mini indoor camera at a massive savings. For Black Friday, Amazon has the Echo Show 5 on sale for $45, which means that you can add an indoor security camera for just $5 extra. What’s great is that you can view that camera from the Echo Show 5 (and your phone), making it a perfect combo.$50 AT AMAZONFire TV Stick 4K Max Gaming Bundle: $85Save $40Amazon

A great way to maximize the power of Amazon’s new Fire TV Stick 4K Max is by adding its Luna Gaming Controller. With this bundle, you can stream games right to your TV without needing anything else, and the best part is just how portable everything is, so you can take it with you on vacation or during holiday travels.$85 AT AMAZONFire HD 10 Productivity Bundle: $145Save $125Amazon

Amazon’s Fire Tablets have traditionally been viewed as media consumption devices, but the Fire HD 10 productivity bundle is aiming to change that. It includes the Fire HD 10 Tablet (32GB), a Bluetooth keyboard and a 12-month Microsoft Office 365 subscription, and right now it’s nearly 50% off.$145 AT AMAZON

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BLACK FRIDAY ECHO DEALS

Amazon’s Echo devices are always some of the most popular products on Black Friday, mainly because of the prices. These smart speakers offer a lot of features and functionality, and this year pricing starts at just $20. With most of Amazon’s hardware discounts this year you can also get a free item or a heavily discounted one, so be sure to check the product pages for each to see if there are any extras you can get.Echo Show 5 (2021): $45Save $40 (lowest price ever)Tyler Lizenby/CNET

This is the latest Echo Show 5 that was just released a few months ago. It offers improved cameras for video calls, still has a physical camera shutter to protect your privacy and more. You can add a Blink Camera for $5 more if you bundle them together as well.$45 AT AMAZON

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BLACK FRIDAY FIRE TABLET DEALS

Nearly all of Amazon’s Fire Tablets are on sale, which means there’s a size and a price for everyone. This year, Amazon changed things up and the online retailer is now offering both a Fire Kids and Fire Kids Pro edition of the tablets. The big difference here is that the Fire Kids tablet is designed for kids up to 7 years old, while the Fire Kids Pro is aimed at kids from 6 to 12. The tablets themselves are identical, they just run different software and have a slightly different case.

It’s also worth noting that with both the Fire Kids and Fire Kids Pro, Amazon offers a year of FreeTime Unlimited to help with parental controls and limits, as well as a truly awesome no-questions-asked replacement policy in case your kids happen to break it.Fire HD 8 Tablet: $45Save $45

Amazon last refreshed the Fire HD 8 tablet in 2020 by doubling the on-board storage, enhancing the processor inside and adding USB-C charging instead of Micro-USB. It comes in four different colors and if you want to upgrade to the 64GB model you can for an extra $30.$45 AT AMAZON

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BLACK FRIDAY FIRE TV DEALS

The lineup of Fire TV hardware has ballooned over the past few years. Just this year alone, Amazon introduced new 4K streaming sticks and new Omni Fire TVs, and it has continued to improve on the basic streaming sticks that it offers as well. With its Black Friday deals, pricing for Fire TV Sticks starts at an absurdly low price of just $18 and smart TVs with Fire TV built-in are down to just $100.Fire TV Stick 4K Max: $35Save $20Amazon

The Fire TV Stick 4K Max is new this year, and it sits just above the Fire TV Stick 4K in Amazon’s lineup. It’s $10 more than the regular Fire TV Stick 4K, but for the extra $10 you get 40% more power (which means faster app loads and better overall navigation), as well as Wi-Fi 6 support for faster streaming. $35 AT AMAZONAmazon Fire TV Omni Series: From $300Save $110Amazon

This year Amazon began making its own television sets that ran the Fire TV OS alongside the Insignia and Toshiba models that do the same. The Omni Series offers hands-free TV with Alexa and Dolby Vision, where the 4-Series has a few less features but comes in a bit cheaper. There are multiple sizes available for each model.$300 AT AMAZON

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BLACK FRIDAY RING SECURITY DEALS

Between Ring and Blink, Amazon has quite a portfolio of home security on its hands. Both are self-install, affordable options, but that has helped make them extremely popular over the past few years. From indoor to outdoor cameras, floodlights to video doorbells, there are a lot of different components to the lineup. Not all of them are discounted, but here are the best ones that are!Blink Video Doorbell: $35Save $15Blink

Blink has been making security cameras for a few years now, but it was only this year that it got into the video doorbell game. If you don’t like the look of the Ring Video Doorbell, or want something a little cheaper, this option is a great one to consider. It can be wired in or used with the included battery, which makes installing it even easier. It comes in both black and white models.$35 AT AMAZON

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In addition to all of these deals, Amazon has a bunch of its other smaller product lines on sale for Black Friday. These are categories where Amazon only has one or two options, so we’ve grouped them together below.

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Black Friday is now officially less than one week away, but we don’t advise you wait any longer to get started on your shopping. We’ve seen deals for the better part of the month already and there’s a lot that’s worth investigating. 

Our team of experts has been sorting through deals every day to break this down for you. We’ve looked at thousands of online discounts, price drops and ad scans, and we’re doing our best to make things easier to understand ahead of Black Friday. Whether you’re looking to finish up your holiday shopping, need a gift for a friend or coworker, or you just want to treat yourself to something new today, we’ve got you covered.

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Here are a bunch of Black Friday deals that are priced under $25 that you should check out. We also have a list of our top deals under $50 for Black Friday that you’ll want to consider as well.Oontz Angle Solo Bluetooth Speaker: :$19Save $11Oontz

Everyone loves Bluetooth speakers, especially ones that are durable, portable and waterproof. Whether you plan to take more vacations next year or spend more time outside by the pool, you don’t need to do it in silence. This speaker will be loud enough to entertain you and some friends and it offers up to 10 hours of playback per charge. It comes in four colors, but the black variant is currently the cheapest.$19 AT AMAZONEcho Auto: $15Save $35Tyler Lizenby/CNET

While you are driving you shouldn’t be fumbling around with your phone at all, whether it’s just to change the music or to make a call. Let this hands-free Alexa device bring easy voice commands to your car for an amazingly low price. This is 70% less than it normally sells for.$15 AT AMAZONEcho Dot + Smart Bulb: $25Save $30Amazon

Right now the Echo Dot (3rd Gen) is on sale for $25, so why wouldn’t you opt for the bundle that also includes a free smart bulb? It’s a colored light that can be automated using the Echo Dot, which is pretty sweet. Plus the Dot does much more, including helping you figure out the weather, do conversions and math. It can even play music.$25 AT AMAZONRoku Premiere: $20Save $20Sarah Tew/CNET

With the Roku Premiere you get 4K, HDR along with quick and easy access to Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus and tons of other streaming services so you can watch all of your favorite shows and movies without needing to upgrade to a smart TV.$20 AT AMAZONFire TV Stick 4K: $25Save $25Amazon

If you’ve upgraded to a new 4K TV recently, you need a streaming stick that can match its resolution. The Fire TV Stick 4K comes with an Alexa Voice remote for easier navigation, and it’s much quicker overall than previous models. If you have an older Fire TV Stick to trade in, you can save an extra 20% as well.$25 AT AMAZONBlink Mini Camera: $20Save $15Megan Wollerton/CNET

The Blink Mini indoor camera offers two-way communication, notifications for motion, night vision and so much more in a tiny package. The camera is currently 43% off for Black Friday, bringing it down to the lowest price it’s seen since launch.$20 AT AMAZONKasa Smart Bulbs (2-pack): $17Save $8TP-Link

This two-pack of color bulbs is great for your bedroom, porch, garage or any other place you may want some smart lights that aren’t super expensive. At $8 each, these can be used as colored bulbs or white, and you can even automate them from the free Kasa Home app to automatically turn on or off at designated times.$17 AT AMAZONAnker Nano USB-C Charger: $14Save $6David Carnoy/CNET

It’s hard to believe that such a small charger could be so powerful, but you’d be amazed at just how quickly this can charge up your phone or tablet. You can pick from one of four fun colors here, but only the black and white model has an additional discount to make it even more affordable.$14 AT AMAZONNest Mini + Smart Plug: $25Save $35Lowe’s

If you prefer Google Assistant over Alexa, this is the bundle for you. It comes with the small, yet powerful Nest Mini and a free smart plug (which can be controlled by the smart speaker). Unfortunately, this bundle is only available in the lighter grey color, or you can get the dark grey Nest Mini for the same price with no smart plug.$25 AT LOWESLogitech M705 Wireless Mouse: $25Save $5Sarah Tew/CNET

Logitech has been making wireless mice for many years, and has become one of the top brands. The M705 is a wireless mouse that offers up to 3 years of battery life before needing to change it. This makes it a perfect work from home companion, but it’s also great for your children in school or to replace your wired mouse at the office.$25 AT AMAZONLego Classic Bricks (442 Pieces): $25Save $5Lego

Instead of buying a specific set, why not buy this kit? It comes with 442 pieces that can be used to build whatever you can come up with. Let your imagination soar and your creativity shine.$25 AT WALMARTLa Crosse Alarm Clock w/ USB Port: $23Save $27La Crosse

Whether you’re headed back to the office next year or you want to have your kids be a little more independent and wake up on their own, having a standalone alarm clock is a great way to do it. This one has a built-in USB port for charging your phone and the customizable LED panel gives it a more personalized look.$23 AT WALMARTFire TV Stick Lite: $18Save $12

If you are looking for a no-frills streaming stick, the Fire TV Stick Lite from Amazon is the way to go. It doesn’t offer TV controls but you still have full access to the Fire TV platform, which is great for streaming your favorite content. If you want more from your streaming stick, we suggest you step up to the Fire TV Stick 4K or 4K Max, which are priced at $25 and $35 respectively.$18 AT AMAZONBella Glass Electric Kettle: $20Save $20Bella

An electric kettle means that you can have nearly instant boiling water anywhere that there is an electrical outlet. Whether you want hot tea, instant coffee or any other warm drink, you won’t need to use stove space to get the water hot.$20 AT BEST BUYMr. Coffee Iced Coffee Maker: $24Save $10

Mr. Coffee

Creating a cup of iced coffee at home doesn’t have to take a long time, nor does it have to be expensive. Stop getting Starbucks every morning and pick up an iced coffee maker for your house to save you time and money next year.$25 AT TARGET

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