A big part of my daily work right now is checking out the latest and greatest deals and ensuring that things are actually discounted instead of just appearing to be discounted. We see a lot of the same deals regularly, and sometimes for Black Friday, the deals are slightly better. (Sometimes they are worse.) A lot of my friends and family ask what deals they should be buying or what the best discounts are for Black Friday, and this year I find myself recommending a few of the same Amazon Black Friday deals over and over again.
These may not be the most popular products and may not be something that everyone finds use in, but these are all products that I use daily and paid more for with my own money than their current sale price right now. I’ve done my homework to make sure that these are the best prices and that we don’t expect the price to drop any further in the coming days, so rest assured knowing that you can buy these now as well without the risk of missing out on more of a discount this week.
Here are three products I’ve been recommending to my friends and now I’m recommending them to all of you.
Nespresso Vertuo Next with Aerocinno
In the morning, I enjoy a good cup of coffee or espresso, and I know I’m not alone. My wife and I used to go to Starbucks several times a week and spend anywhere from $10 to $12 per visit, which soon adds up. We used a Keurig for a while, and while it’s convenient, the quality wasn’t what we wanted. After learning that we were spending roughly $35 on coffee every weekend, it was evident that investing in a Nespresso was a good investment that would pay for itself in about a month.
The Nespresso Vertuo Next with Aerocinno frother is currently on sale for $165, which is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen in the last year. In most regions, the frother costs roughly $100, and it’s included in the bundle for a little more money than buying the Nespresso separately.
One of the things I like best about the Nespresso is how easy it is to operate. Whether you use a coffee pod, a single shot of espresso, or a triple shot, the machine knows how to brew it correctly and consistently produces a flawless cup of coffee. The frother can generate both hot and cold foam, which is fantastic.
We’ve only gone to Starbucks a few times since we bought the Nespresso, and we’ve saved a lot of money in the process. The pods cost about a dollar apiece, which is less than a cup of coffee, and Nespresso has a variety of tastes that I’ve tried and enjoyed.
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K
While most CNET editors prefer Roku, I find the Fire TV interface and hardware to be very appealing. For the past three years, I’ve experimented with both and rotated between them: I find myself wishing for the Fire TV experience every time I use Roku. When it comes down to it, both the Roku and Fire TV hardware do the same thing: they allow you to stream your favorite shows. However, in my experience, the Roku hardware slows down with time, whereas the Fire TV experience has remained consistent.
The Fire TV Stick is available for $25 as part of Amazon’s early Black Friday promotions, which represents a 50% savings. For an additional $10, you may upgrade to the new Fire TV Stick 4K Max. The key difference is that the 4K Max is supposed to be 40% more powerful and supports Wi-Fi 6. The Fire TV Stick 4K, on the other hand, is no slouch and will load apps and stream your gadgets with ease.
What I appreciate best about the Fire TV Stick 4K is that it can be plugged into any TV and instantly transformed into a smart TV. The remote contains built-in shortcuts for some of the most popular streaming apps, as well as voice control. Not only can you turn on and off the Fire TV Stick with the Fire TV remote, but you can also control the volume level on your TV with it. Give an Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K a try today if you’re wanting to cut the cable or are weary of your current streaming hardware.
Neato Robotics D6 Robot Vacuum
Whether you have a pet or not, vacuuming is definitely a chore you despise and don’t do nearly enough of. We were vacuuming our hardwood floors every day when we moved into a larger home because of all the animal hair, and I quickly became unhappy at how much time I was spending doing it when there are robots that could do it for me. Over the last few years, I’ve tried a number of robot vacuum models, and none have performed as well (or as consistently) as Neato.
The Neato D6, a midtier choice, is available for little over $300 on Black Friday, which is over $150 less than it normally costs. In 2019, I paid a lot more than that for my current one, and I have no regrets.
The form of the Neato robot vacuums, which resembles an uppercase D, is something you’ll notice right away when compared to others. This is on purpose: it makes it easier for the vacuum to get into corners (and it works). What I like best about Neato vacuum cleaners is how precise the mapping feature is and how simple it is to design no-go zones. We can draw lines where we don’t want the vacuum to go, and I’ve programmed it to run on a specific timetable so I don’t have to think about it. The time and work it saves me is well worth the initial investment.