Black Friday 2018 smart home deals: Half-priced Echo Dot, $99 Google Home Hub and more – CNET

November is a time of tradition: colder weather, football, turkey feasts with friends and family — and, of course, scouring the web for the best Black Friday deals

Sure enough, here you are! And, presuming it’s deals on smart home gadgets that you’re after, you’ve come to the right place. They’ve been some of the hottest Black Friday sellers in recent years, especially now that big names like Amazon and Google are essentially all-in on the connected home. Expect more of the same in 2018, with lots of deals on Alexa and Google Assistant gadgets, smart thermostats from names like Nest and Ecobee, connected lighting kits, video doorbells, app-enabled robot vacuums… you name it.

To that end, here’s a running list of all the upcoming deals we’ve spotted thus far. We’ve gotten a good look at the smart home deals we should expect to see from Amazon and Target, but we’re sure to see savings at outlets such as Walmart, Best Buy, Home Depot, and more in the coming days, too. As soon as we see anything, we’ll update this page, so keep it bookmarked.

And remember the usual caveats: Most of the deals won’t actually be live until Black Friday, Nov. 23, and CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Got it? Good. Now let’s get to the deals.

Save $30

Amazon Echo (second-gen) for $69

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Amazon’s fleet of Alexa-enabled smart speakers goes on sale starting Thanksgiving Day, and that includes a $30 discount on Alexa’s flagship, the second-gen Amazon Echo. That discount brings the price down to $69, more than $100 less than the original Echo originally sold for. That price looks like it’ll be available elsewhere, too, including at Target.

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Amazon Echo Dot (third-gen) for $24

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Amazon has a relatively aggressive discount in store for the new, third-gen Echo Dot, too. At just $24, you’ll be able to get it for more than half off (and a dollar cheaper than its rival, the Google Home Mini, which I’m sure is just a coincidence). And yep, like a lot of these Echo deals, you’ll find the same price if you shop at Target.

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Save $10

Amazon Echo Dot (second-gen) for $20

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Amazon already cut the price of the last-gen Echo Dot down to $30 when the new one came out last month, but the company is marking it down by another $10 for Black Friday, bringing the price all the way down to $20. I don’t know why you wouldn’t just pay the extra $4 for this year’s model, which offers a noticeable uptick in sound quality, but hey, maybe you’re just going to connect the thing to an external audio setup anyway. In that case, this might be the deal for you.

$19.00 at Amazon Read the CNET Review

Save $40

Amazon Echo Spot for $90

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Another Alexa touchscreen option: the semispherical Amazon Echo Spot, which might rightly claim to be the smartest ever alarm clock. You can score it for $90 on Black Friday, a savings of $40.

$89.00 at Amazon Read the CNET Review

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Amazon Echo Plus (second-gen) for $110

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Also $40 off: the just-released, second-gen Amazon Echo Plus, which you’ll be able to get for $110 for Black Friday. It takes the Echo and adds a slight improvement in sound quality, plus a built-in temperature sensor and a Zigbee radio that can connect directly with things like smart lights and smart locks.

$109.00 at Amazon Read the CNET Review

Save $20

Amazon Smart Plug for $5 with purchase of any Echo device

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Picking up a new Echo Dot, or any other Echo gadget on Black Friday? You can tack an Amazon Smart Plug onto your order for just $5. Plug it in and plug something like a lamp or a space heater into it, and you’ll be able to tell Alexa to turn it on and off via your new Echo gadget.

$5.00 at Amazon Read the CNET Review

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Blink XT 1-Camera Security System for $79


Heads up: Unlike the Echo gadgets, this deal on the Amazon-owned Blink XT security camera actually goes live the day before Thanksgiving. It’s a wireless, weatherproof smart home camera with night vision, motion detection, free cloud storage, Alexa compatibility (duh) and two-year battery life — you’ll be able to score one for $79, which is a savings of more than $50. And, if you’d rather get a couple of the things, Amazon is also offering a three-camera Blink XT system for $230, which is $90 less than you’d usually pay.

$78.00 at Amazon See it on CNET

Save $50

Google Home Hub for $99

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It’s only been out for less than a month, but that didn’t stop Google from discounting its new voice-activated touchscreen by fifty bucks for Black Friday. Small but mighty, the Home Hub’s Google Assistant smarts are a great fit for your kitchen countertop, and you’ll be able to score one for just $99 at Target later this month, which is $80 less than what you’ll pay on Black Friday for its rival, the Amazon Echo Show.

$99.00 at Target Read the CNET Review

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Google Home for $79

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Prefer a smart speaker with a little more oomph? The full-size Google Home gets a Black Friday deal, too, with a $50 discount bringing the price down to $79.

$79.00 at Target Read the CNET Review

Save $150

iRobot Roomba 890 for $350


Target has a bunch of vacuums and robot vacuums marked down for Black Friday, but the biggest discount we’re seeing is the $150 you can save on an app-enabled Roomba 890. That discount brings the price down to $350, which is about as low as we’ve ever seen a smart Roomba sell for.

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Save $70

Nest Cam Indoor for $129

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Nest’s lineup of smart security cameras are all pretty solid picks, but they don’t come cheap. Fortunately, you’ll be able to score a pretty sizable $70 discount on the original Nest Cam Indoor at Target this Black Friday, bringing the cost down to $129. It’s not the newest model, but it’s still a worthy pick, especially at this price.

$129.00 at Target Read the CNET Review

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Nest Learning Thermostat (third-gen) for $179

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Nest’s smart thermostat is basically an icon of the smart home at this point. If you’ve been holding out for the right price to make the upgrade in your own smart home, then perhaps this $70 Black Friday discount from Target will do the trick.

$179.00 at Target Read the CNET Review

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Nest Thermostat E for $139

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It isn’t discounted by quite as much, but the plastic-bodied Nest Thermostat E costs less than the stainless steel Nest to begin with, and it’s just as smart.

$139.00 at Target Read the CNET Review

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Nest Protect Smoke Detector for $99

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It’s not the biggest doorbuster I’ve ever seen (especially for a piece of tech that’s been out for a few years now), but hey, here’s Nest’s smart smoke detector marked down by $20.

$99.00 at Target Read the CNET Review

Free $50 gift card

Buy a Philips Hue White and Color Starter Kit, get a free $50 Target gift card

It isn’t marked down, but if you buy a four-bulb Philips Hue White and Color Starter Kit from Target this Black Friday, the retailer will throw in a free $50 gift card. If you were so inclined, you could turn around and use that card to pick up a bonus bulb for your new setup.

$199.00 at Target Read the CNET Review

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