Google started his Black Friday Deals early, but the price cuts are still going on. Pixel phones, Pixel Buds wireless earbuds, and smart home gadgets we like are getting significant discounts, even devices that launched barely a month ago.
Updated November 24, 2022: We’ve added the Nest Mini and Nest Audio.
We test products all year round and have handpicked these deals. Products that are sold out or are no longer discounted as of publication are
crossed out. We’ll be updating this guide over the Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend.
Offers for Pixel phones
Google’s most recent flagship phone, the Pixel 7 (8/10, WIRED recommends), has been out for barely a month, but it’s already on sale. That’s impressive, because one of the biggest things we like about it is the low price in the first place. At $600, it’s the best value you can find in the Android world. But now the Pixel 7 is $100 off. You get fast performance, a 90 Hz display, wireless charging, all-day battery life, one of the best cameras on a smartphone, and a host of useful smart features you’ll use every day (that you can read more here).
There’s also the Pixel 7 Pro (8/10, WIRED recommends), which adds a few advantages over the standard Pixel 7, namely a Refresh rate of 120 Hz, a really great camera with 5x optical zoom, a macro mode for taking close-ups and a slightly longer battery life. Not to mention the larger 6.7-inch screen, which is better for anyone who prefers more screen real estate. These Pixels also come with five years of security updates, which is some of the best you’ll find on Android, although the three-year OS update policy isn’t quite as good as what Samsung offers.
If you don’t want to spend that much on a smartphone, get the Pixel 6A (8/10, WIRED recommends), which is ours favorite smartphone for most people. This more budget-conscious handset still produces some of the best pictures for the price, and you get a bright AMOLED screen, all-day battery life, speedy performance and five years of security updates. (In addition, many of the smart software features Pixels are known for.) You sacrifice a few bells and whistles like wireless charging or a higher screen refresh rate, but for the price it’s a bargain.
Deals on Pixel accessories
The Pixel Buds A Series (8/10, WIRED recommends) perform just as well as Apple’s standard AirPods (if not better), and they do much cheaper to boot, especially now. They work better with Android phones, as they pair instantly and have easy access to Google Assistant (although they work with iPhones with some limitations). You get crystal clear sound, sweat resistance and touch-sensitive buttons on the earbuds for music control. The five-hour battery life isn’t great, but at this price it’s easier to bear. You can only charge them via USB-C.
Jump ahead with the Pixel Buds Pro (9/10, recommended by WIRED), which are great comfortable wireless earbuds to wear, have even better sound (especially bass), and be in a case that supports wireless charging. Battery life is a little longer here – seven hours – and the active noise canceling does a pretty good job of silencing the outside world. There’s also a solid transparent mode to let in ambient sounds so you’re more aware of your surroundings.
from Google very first Pixel Watch lacks some key features at launch, such as SpO2 detection, automatic training detection and fall detection (coming soon), but it is a beautiful smartwatch that is really comfortable and accurate in tracking the basics of health and fitness – heart rate monitoring plus electrocardiograms. The responsive interface allows you to keep track of notifications and respond to messages, even phone calls. Unfortunately, the battery life is mediocre and it charges slowly, so it will be constantly on your mind. It only works with Android phones.
Do you have a Pixel phone? Grab this wireless charger, which is rated to fast charge Pixels without plugging in a cable. It’s pricey, but it has other neat tricks too. It can automatically enable Do Not Disturb and Bedtime modes on Pixel phones, muting notifications. You can have your screen turn into a digital photo frame or display smart home controls just like one smart displayand when the sun rises, it will try to mimic sunlight to gently wake you up before the alarm goes off.
Smart Home offers
The Nest Cam (battery) is one of our top picks for outdoor security cameras, especially if you want to stick to the Google Assistant ecosystem. It has a simple magnetic mounting plate and the battery lasts just over a month before needing a charge. The 1080p quality is pretty good, even if the night vision starts in low light. A subscription to Nest Aware is not required, but it is adds a few useful features. There is a version with a spotlight for $190 ($90 off)and the wired version of this Nest Cam (for indoor use) is too on sale for $70 ($30 off).
The latest generation Nest Thermostat can control your heating and central air, learning your patterns over time to intelligently adjust the temperature as needed. In some cases, it can help reduce energy costs by turning off your systems when you’re away from home, while your home returns to a comfortable temperature before you return.
The Chromecast with Google TV (8/10, WIRED recommends) finally brought the Chromecast in line with other streaming sticks that have a physical remote and a full TV interface. It’s one of the easiest streaming sticks (well, dongle, really) to use, and I especially like that you can add movies or TV shows to your watch list from Google’s search results and they’ll show up in the interface of the Chromecast. Google’s new HD version, suitable for TVs with a resolution of 1080p, does also on sale for $20 ($10 off).
The Nest Hub (7/10, WIRED recommends) makes a great focal point for a smart home. It can display calendar events and reminders, display the video of smart doorbells, and even control other smart devices. You can do all this by tapping the screen or asking Google Assistant to do it for you. The assistant is also good at answering random questions, such as how much whiskey to use for a whiskey sour. There’s no camera, so it’s nice for more private areas like bedrooms.
The Nest Hub Max (8/10, WIRED recommends) has a camera, so you can use it for video calls on Google Meet and Zoom, among others. The larger screen size here makes it great for the kitchen, where you can use it to track recipes.
The trend of smart speakers going down to binge bargains during the holiday season continues. Google’s 2nd gen Nest Mini (7/10, WIRED recommends) is one of the easiest ways to get started with a smart home. You can use it to set timers, play music and control other smart gadgets such as your lights. They’re way over half done now, making it almost impulse territory to pick up a few for all the rooms of your house.
The cheapest smart speakers are usually good for quick voice commands, but if you really want to enjoy your music, you can move on to something like this Nest Google Audio speaker (8/10, WIRED recommends). It has better audio than the Nest Mini, and at this price it’s not much more expensive than one either.
Black Friday retail sales
Browse through the sale yourself? Here are a few of the top retailers taking part in Black Friday deals.