Black Friday smart home deals: Google’s Nest doorbells, Amazon Echo speakers and more


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Whether you’re looking to build your smart home or expand the one you have, the Black Friday deals are here. You can save on a number of devices that could fit well into any setup. 

Best Buy, Target, Walmart and others have lots of sales leading up to Black Friday, and the prices we’re seeing now could be as low as they go. 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


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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 easy. It’s definitely worth getting over the smaller Echo Dot.

Read our Amazon Echo (4th gen) review.

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Amazon’s smallest smart display has just a 5.5-inch screen, but comes with all of Alexa’s best features. It has a 2-megapixel camera with a physical shutter, and you can get it in glacier white, charcoal or the newest color option, deep sea blue (pictured above).

Read our Echo Show 5 (2nd gen) review.

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The Nest Mini is Google’s most affordable smart speaker, even when it’s not on sale. We often see it at $25 or free with the purchase of another Nest product. This small but mighty smart speaker is a great way to get into the smart home. 

Read our Nest Mini (2nd gen) review.

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The second generation of Google’s Nest Hub is one of our favorite smart displays. It includes touchless sleep tracking in addition to the usual voice commands, smart home controls and entertainment.

Read our Nest Hub (2nd gen) review.


The Nest Doorbell (Battery) is Google’s newest Nest smart doorbell. It has a new design and is, as you might expect, 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.

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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.


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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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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