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Black Friday can be overwhelming, to say the least. With practically every retailer on the planet offering up massive discounts, it can be tough to decipher which ones are truly killer and which ones are simply marking down their overstocked junk. You also don’t want to jump at a doorbuster, only to find out another store is offering it up cheaper. We’ve done our homework and combed through ads from four of the biggest Black Friday players— Macy’s, Kohl’s, Walmart, and Target — to help you figure out exactly what to buy on Black Friday and when it will be up for grabs.
Best Black Friday Stores
When it comes to Black Friday, no one does it quite like the big box stores. Each one offers up hundreds of doorbuster, or special limited-time deals, on everything from technology and cookware to bedding and clothing. While some will be unique to a specific retailer, others will be exactly the same. Read on for our analysis of the Black Friday deals from this year’s big four to help you decide which one to hit up first.
Macy’s Black Friday: Macy’s will host not one, but two massive sales this holiday season, the first of which kicked off on Nov. 21 and runs through Nov. 27, when phase two will begin, with even steeper discounts. This is a great place to pick up home goods (food storage sets, comforters, and cookware deals will abound), you can also shop for more fashionable clothing items, like fall boots and supportive bras. Shipping is free with orders of $25 or more.
Kohl’s Black Friday: Kohl’s is a one-stop destination for all those big ticket items you’ve been eyeing for ages, but haven’t had the dough to pull the trigger on: think KitchenAid mixers, iRobot roombas, and kitchen electronics. This year’s sale starts on Nov. 25, with a 15 percent coupon (THANKS15) to lower prices even further on select items. Customers will also get $15 in Kohl’s cash with every $50 spent for use between Nov. 30 and Dec. 9 and free shipping on orders of $25 or more.
Walmart Black Friday: How low can you go? That seems to be Walmart’s M.O. this year with everything from air fryers to mini fridges. You can log on ahead of Thanksgiving at 10 p.m. EST on Nov. 27 to shop to your heart’s content.
Target Black Friday: Last but certainly not least is Target, who makes a case for itself with great electronic and home décor doorbusters. Its sale won’t go public until Nov. 28, but Target Circle members and Red cardholders can log on a day early to shop. Target Red cardholders will also earn an extra five percent off Black Friday pricing, and free shipping will be available site-wide.
Keep scrolling for FIRST for Women’s picks of what to buy for Black Friday from Macy’s, Kohl’s, Walmart, and Target in 2019.
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Kohl's Black Friday Sale
The details: Online access starts Nov. 25
Use coupon code THANKS15 for extra 15 percent off through Nov. 29.
All orders will receive free shipping with $25.
Customers will earn $15 in Kohl’s cash for every $50 spent.
Best Deal on Roomba — iRobot Roomba 677
Black Friday Price: $199.75 with coupon code THANKS15 (Originally $399.99), Kohl’s
When it comes to keeping floors nice and tidy, there’s nothing more convenient than a robotic vacuum. The only problem? They tend to be rather pricey. But not on Black Friday! On Nov. 25, all of your dreams of hands-free cleaning can come true as this Roomba 677, which can run for up to 90 minutes off its charger, drops to $199.74 with the coupon code at hand, while Shark’s ION robot cleaner falls to $152.99.
Kitchen Aid 4.5
Best Deal on KitchenAid Mixer — Kitchenaid 4.5 Classic
Where to buy: $199.99 (Originally $259.99), Kohl’s
If you’ve been good and waited all year to get the best deal on a KitchenAid mixer, now’s your chance. While most retailers will be offering the 4.5 Classic model at its Black Friday price of $199.99, Kohl’s will be sweetening the deal with its Kohl’s cash offer, which will arm you with $60 to spend at the store between Nov. 30 and Dec. 9. It comes in white or silver and offers 10-speed control, a tilt-locking head, and includes a wire whip, a dough hook, and a flat beater.
Heat Keep Packable Jacket
Best Winter Coat Sale — Kohl’s
Black Friday Price: From $25.49 with coupon code THANKS15 (Originally from $100), Kohl’s
Who said you had to spend a fortune to stay warm this winter? You’ll have your pick of HeatKeep puffer jackets from $25.49 when you apply the 15 percent off coupon code. This long silk Nano version, once $130, drops to just $33.99, and vests are even cheaper, ringing in at $21.24 with the code.
Ho Medics Cushion
Best Massage Chair Deal — HoMedics Dual Shiatsu Massage Cushion
Black Friday Price: $42.49 with coupon code THANKS15 (Originally $129.99), Kohl’s
Heated massage therapy at a fraction of its regular cost? Yes, please! Kohl’s will be taking 68 percent off this shiatsu massage cushion on Nov. 25, and what a treat it will be. It features dual-kneading massage mechanisms over three centralized zones for a treatment that’s sure to relax your entire back.
Best Small Appliance Sale — Kohl's
Black Friday Price: $6.69 select electronics with $12 rebate and coupon code THANKS15 (Originally from $24.99), Kohl’s
Take your pick from a selection of small appliances for $6.69 when you use coupon code THANKS15 on Nov. 25 and send in an accompanying $12 rebate along with your barcode, original receipt, and rebate form by Dec.29. Options include a personal blender, a waffle maker, a hand blender, a can opener, a 1.5-quart slow cooker, and a 6-quart slow cooker.
Macy's Black Friday
Macy's Pre-Thanksgiving Sale
The Details: Online access starts Nov 21.
While Macy's Black Friday sale doesn't technically begin until Nov. 27, the retailer is offering up tons of deals — many at Black Friday pricing — ahead of time with its Black Friday preview sale, which you can shop right now.
All orders will receive free shipping with $25.
Style & Co Madixe Boots
Best Boot Deal — Macy’s
Where to buy: $19.99, Macy’s
Shop a stylish selection of fall boots, like these Madixe gems from Style & Co, right now at Macy’s. Styles range from over-the-knee to faux leather riding boots priced at up to more than 70 percent off! You can also currently buy five pairs for $100.
Tools Of The Trade Cookware
Best Deal on Nonstick Cookware — Tools of the Trade
Where to buy: $29.99 (Originally $119.99), Macy’s
Complete your kitchen set with this 13-piece nonstick set from Tools of the Trade, which is currently priced at $29.99. You’ll get a 1.5 and 2.5-quart saucepan, a 5-quart stockpot, a 9.5-inch sauté pan, an 8-inch frying pan, a flower steamer, a large spoon, slotted turner, and pasta server, and four glass pan lids. This set is dishwasher safe and comes with a manufacturer’s limited lifetime warranty. It’s also available in a stainless steel version at this price.
Best Bra Sale — Macy's
Where to buy: From $8.99, Macy’s
It’s hard enough to find a bra that fits right without having to worry about sticker shock. You’ll find none of that at Macy’s current bra sale, where each and pieces start at just $8.99. With a variety of styles and brands (check out this pictured Olga Signature Support wire-free bra,) you’re sure to find one that fits your needs without breaking the bank.
Tag Springfield Luggage
Best Spinner Luggage Set Deal — Tag Springfield III 5-Piece Luggage Set
Where to buy: $49.99, Macy’s
For $49.99, you’ll get a 27-inch expandable suitcase, a 20-inch carry-on, a duffle bag, a 15-inch travel tote, and a travel kit in your choice of one of two colors — that’s just $10 per bag! This set is equipped with spinner wheels, recessed, push-button handles, and interior tie-down straps. It also comes with a three year warranty.
Walmart Black Friday
Walmart Black Friday Sale
The Details: Online access starts Nov. 27 at 10 p.m. EST.
I Fly Luggage
Best Suitcase Deal — iFly Hard-Sided Carry-on and Case
Black Friday Price: $39 (Originally $79), Walmart
As one of six essential types of luggage every woman should have in her arsenal, a good carry-on deal this stellar is nothing to sniff at. Beginning Nov. 27 at 10 p.m. EST, Walmart will take a whopping 50 percent off this chic hardside iFly model, which comes complete with a mini carrying case for toiletries and accessories. Designed to keep your cargo safe no matter what kind of turbulence it’s up against, this suitcase features a telescopic handle for easy rolling plus adjustable tie-down straps that will keep clothes secure. It comes with a 10-year warranty.
Best Air Fryer Deal — Instant Vortex 6-Quart 4-in-1 Fryer
Black Friday Price: $49 (Originally $99), Walmart
From the same brand that brought us everyone’s favorite pressure cooker, Instant Pot, comes the brand’s state-of-the-art four-in-one Vortex air fryer, which will be up for grabs for just $49 on Nov. 27 at 10 p.m. EST. With this machine, you can air fry, roast, bake, and reheat with ease, thanks to an eight-button touch-control display. It comes with a frying basket that holds a 4-pound chicken and boasts 95 percent less oil than traditional cooking methods.
Keurig K Compact
Best Deal on Keurig Coffee Makers — Keurig K Compact Brewer
Black Friday Price $40 (Originally $59), Walmart
The beloved Keurig will be more affordable than ever this holiday season, as Walmart drops its K compact brewer to an astonishing low of $40 at 10 p.m. on Nov. 27. It allows for your choice of three different cup sizes and can whip out a mug in less than a minute. The slimmest of the bunch, it will barely take up any counter space, and you customize it to your kitchen by choosing one of five neutral shades.
Frigidaire Mini Fridge
Best Deal on a Mini Fridge — Frigidaire Portable Retro Mini 6-Can Fridge
Where to buy: $20, Walmart
How adorable is this retro mini fridge? Just big enough for six cans or 4 liters, it’s the perfect compact size for keeping drinks cold when you’re working in the garage. It’s also a great gift for college students who may need to quench their thirst while studying up for finals in the dorms. Plus, its vintage design makes it a great conversation piece.
Target Black Friday
Fitbit Activity Tracker
Best Activity Tracker Deal — Fitbit Ace 2
Black Friday Price: $49.95 (Originally $69.95), Target
If you’re looking to improve your health in 2020, there’s no better time than the present to invest in a fitness tracker. Studies show that these handy devices not only help set fitness goals, but keep them. And, at less than $50, there’s no excuse for why you can’t start the new year off on the right track. This Ace 2 model will monitor your activity and your sleep for up to four days without recharging its battery. You can wear it while doing dishes or swimming, since it’s water-resistant up to 50 meters, and it comes with a one-year limited warranty.
Serta Air Mattress
Best Air Mattress Deal — Serta 16-Inch Queen
Black Friday Price: $49 (Originally $79), Target
Just in time to host your holiday guests for Christmas, you can score big on this Serta 16-inch queen air mattress at your favorite bullseye destination on Nov. 28. Not only will it comfortably fit up to two adults, its suede-top will ensure sheets remain firmly in place for those who toss and turn. What’s more, it comes with an external pump for fast inflation and a carry bag and repair kit for any punctures or mishaps.
Best Deal on a Dyson Vacuum — Dyson V7 Cordless
Black Friday Price: $179.99 (Originally $299.99), Target
If the only thing that’s been holding you back from owning the Dyson of your dreams is the $200+ price tag, get ready to rejoice. As of Nov. 28, Target will be slashing the popular D7 motorhead origin model down to a jaw-dropping $179.99. With a cordless design that affords up to 30 minutes of powerful suction, you’ll have just the tool for ridding your hardwood or carpeted floors of pet hair, dirt, and more. It comes with a two-year limited warranty.
Best Artificial Christmas Tree Sale — Wondershop Prelit 6-Foot Alberta Spruce
Black Friday Price: $30 (Originally $68), Target
If you’re looking for a great deal on an artificial Christmas tree, you can’t beat the Black Friday price Target will be offering up on this faux Alberta spruce come Nov. 28. For $30, you’ll not only get this 6-foot tall beauty with more than 550 tree tips, it will come pre-decorated with 250 soft white lights. We can practically already feel the warmth of its glow!