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


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Whether you’re looking to start a smart home or expand the one you have, Best Buy has solid offers on a number of devices that could fit well into any setup. The electronics giant kicks off the month with discounts on devices from Amazon, Google, Arlo and other notable brands.

Best Buy and others are expected to have a lot of sales throughout the month before Black friday, but the prices that started on Monday morning are solid offers worth grabbing. Below you’ll find our current favorite deals in the smart home space. Looking for more sales? To verify New Best Buy Black Friday Advance Sale, some first favorites at Target and Walmart’s first Black Friday sales.



The Pro 4 is our favorite outdoor security camera, thanks to its versatile features and smart design. This pack gives you a pack of three. Best Buy struck a similar deal last week.

Read our Arlo Pro 4 review.

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The Nest Audio is Google’s best performing 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 sound, the Nest Mini will likely meet all of your needs.

Read our Nest Audio review.

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

Read our review on Nest Hub (2nd gen).


The Nest Doorbell (battery) is Google’s latest Nest smart doorbell. It has a new design and is, as you might expect, battery powered. You’ll enjoy two-way conversation, high-definition resolution, 145-degree field of view with a 3: 4 aspect ratio, smart alerts, facial recognition and more.

Read our review of the Nest Doorbell (battery operated).

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The newest Amazon Echo sports a sleek design alongside built-in antennas to help you configure 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 Generation) review.


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Amazon’s Echo Auto puts Alexa in your car. If you own an older car, this gadget (normally $ 50) allows you to request songs or playlists with Amazon Music, Spotify, or other services connected to Alexa, check the traffic on the way home, and make hands-free calls.

Read our Echo Auto review.

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It might not be the biggest sale of the season on the Echo Dot, but it’s a solid 30% off option if you don’t want to wait for a better deal. This latest version of the Echo Dot is the smartest and loudest yet.

Read our Amazon Echo Dot (4th Generation) review.


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