25 things people kept buying over and over on Black Friday and Cyber Monday
From robot vacuums to Apple AirPods, our readers snatched up some great deals.
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Alright folks—we made it through the shopping extravaganza known as Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Our wallets can collectively breathe a sigh of relief. But if you went a little wild during this massive long weekend of sales, I don’t blame you. There were so many incredible products at all-time low prices, which is the perfect excuse to get some holiday shopping done or just treat yourself.
Our readers definitely took advantage of these deals and bought top-rated products like Apple AirPods, weighted blankets, and Instant Pots. If you missed out on any of these sales, don’t worry. You can still snag some of these items at their lowest prices or some sort of discount. Here are the 25 most popular things our readers bought during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
1. Disney+ subscription
Disney+ might be the most popular streaming service on the market right now, giving you access to hundreds of original Disney movies and TV shows as well as new series like The Mandalorian and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. On Cyber Monday, a year-long Disney+ subscription was only $10 off, but people went wild for it. While this deal is no longer available, you can still save 10% if you sign up for a year subscription instead of paying $6.99 monthly.
2. Gravity Blanket
What’s better than being snuggled up in a big ole bear hug? Nothing, that’s what. Weighted blankets can replicate this comforting feeling, which is probably why the Gravity Blanket was so popular during Black Friday. Not only was it 40% off, but it’s also the best weighted blanket we’ve ever tested for providing just the right amount of pressure. Right now, you can get it for 25% off directly from their site with the code HOLIDAY2019.
3. Instant Pot Duo
Everyone loves the Instant Pot, but they especially love it at a sale price. This cult-favorite multi-cooker was just $49 at Amazon, which is the lowest price we’ve ever seen. Even better, it’s still at that insanely low price. Seriously, you’re going to want to get this bad boy to make quick meals during the busy holiday season or to gift to some who claims “they don’t have time to cook,” especially when it’s priced this low.
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5. Nordstrom sale
Nordstrom had a massive sale for Black Friday, offering up to 50% off some of our favorite brands. Our readers took massive advantage of it to get some gifts for their fashionable loved ones and to treat themselves (naturally). While the sale is long gone, some of our favorite products are still discounted like the Thread & Supply Wubby Fleece Pullover and the Sam Edelman 'Petty' Chelsea Boot. Plus, you can also dig through their sale section to find a great price on top-rated clothing brands.
6. Echo Show 5
The compact Echo Show 5 was brought down to just $50 for Black Friday, and it’s only $10 more right now. I got the Echo Show 5 for Prime Day this year and I love that it’s a compact version of the popular Show model, but it still has a screen so I can see timers, get visual weather forecasts, and sing along to the lyrics of the songs I don't know. It’s also our favorite Echo with a screen, and this low price is the perfect excuse to get one for yourself.
7. Eufy 11S Robot Vacuum
During the holiday, the last thing you want to do is spend excessive time cleaning your floors. That's where a robot vacuum comes in: to keep your floors nice and tidy in between deep cleanings. Our readers had the same idea, and picked up the Eufy 11S robot vacuum during Cyber Weekend. We love this ‘bot for its great cleaning power and reasonable price, which is why we named it our favorite affordable robot vacuum.
8. Echo Dot
At just $22, there was no doubt that the Echo Dot was going to be a best-seller. It's our favorite affordable smart speaker because it packs all the great skills Alexa has to offer and decent sound at a reasonable price point. It’s just $3 more than its Black Friday price, which means you can still scoop it up as a gift or for yourself at a great price.
9. Dash Egg Cooker
Let's be honest: Cooking eggs is quite difficult. Too many times the yolk is too runny, or worse, overcooked, which could ruin your breakfast. The Dash egg cooker earned a cult following because it cooks every style of egg perfectly. We tried it out for ourselves, and found that it actually works—so much so that we still keep one around the office for quick breakfasts. Right now, you can still get one for the lowest price we've ever seen.
10. Roku Ultra
With so many streaming services to choose from (Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, etc.), you’re going to want a powerful media streaming device to display it on your small screen, like the Roku Ultra. It’s easily the best media streaming device we’ve ever tested because it supports 4K and HDR content, plus it comes with a seamless remote and has an easy setup. It was on sale for half off during Black Friday, but you can still snag it for a cool $22 off.
11. Apple AirPods
Apple AirPods are a popular product when they’re not even on sale, so when they were on sale for just $129 our readers flocked to them. We named them the best true wireless headphones and they live up to the claim because of their seamless connection to Apple devices and great sound. While this exceptional discount is no longer available, you can still get them for $15 off. The wireless charging case option was also quite popular and is available for $25 more.
12. Dyson vacuums
There isn’t a cleaning device out there as coveted as a Dyson vacuum. There also aren’t many that are as expensive. So when Dyson had a massive Black Friday sale on favorites like the V8 Absolute or the V11 Torque Drive, our readers hopped on it. Plus, you can still save up to $250 on select Dyson vacuums for Cyber Week, so take advantage of it while you still can.
13. iRobot Roomba 675 Robot Vacuum
Nobody actually likes vacuuming, right? Well that explains why this robot vacuum was such a top seller during Cyber Monday. It's already a great affordable 'bot with incredible suction—a.k.a it will do your dirty work for you. It's a good mid-tier robot vacuum, and it was $100 off for Black Friday, bringing the price down to just $200. Even better, it's still at this great deal price.
14. iRobot Roomba 960 Robot Vacuum
The Roomba 960 was also a popular robot vacuum on sale for Cyber Monday. This smart vacuuming ‘bot went down to $400—and you can still get it at this amazing price. It’s a great choice for those with pets, or for those of use who want to set their ‘bot to clean directly from their phone.
15. Ring Video Doorbell 2
Whether you want to spy on who’s outside your door or keep an eye on when your package gets delivered, a video doorbell could be the piece of smart home tech for you. The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is the best smart doorbell we’ve ever tested, and it was down $70 for Black Friday. It had the best connectivity of all the doorbells we used and this was its lowest price. It’s unfortunately no longer on sale, but we still think it’s a great option.
16. Wayfair furniture and decor
Wayfair already has incredible discounts on furniture and home decor, but their Black Friday Blowout brought even better discounts. They offered up to 80% off on basically all their top sellers, which was very enticing for our readers. If you missed the sale, don’t worry. You can get similar sales during their Cyber Week Blowout.
17. Amazon smart plug
While you may not think a smart plug is completely necessary, when it’s a $5 add-on with the purchase of an Echo, you go for it. That’s probably why our readers bought so many during Black Friday. While this isn’t the best smart plug we’ve ever tested, it’s still a great option to experiment with some new smart home technology, especially for just $5.
18. Carter’s clothing
Baby and kids clothes are expensive, so when they’re on sale, you stock up. Carter’s ran a huge sale through Cyber Weekend and offered 60% off everything on their site. This was huge for parents, aunts, uncles, and other caregivers alike. They’re currently running a sale for up to 60% off select products, which we still think is a good deal.
19. Philips Sonicare DiamondClean
For a major upgrade to your oral hygiene routine you're going to want a smart electric toothbrush, which is probably why our readers flocked to the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean. When we tested it, we called it the "BMW of toothbrushes" for its superior clean and high price. But it dipped down to just $100 from its usual $200 price tag. While it went up in price a bit, you can still get it for about $80 off.
20. Fire TV Stick 4K
The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K was also half off during Cyber Monday, which explains why it was such a major seller. It's the upgrade to the original Fire TV, which is one of our favorite media streaming devices. It has 4K, Dolby, and HDR, and it comes with an all-new Alexa voice remote that several features. It's no longer on sale, but will probably dip in price again before the holidays.
21. Affresh tablets
If you didn’t know you should clean your washer machine, then you definitely don’t know how to clean it. These cleaning tablets makes it easy, and one of my coworkers swears by them. They were on sale during Black Friday for just under $10, so our readers decided to try them out for themselves, too.
22. Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WH1000XM3
When you need some peace and quiet from your relatives this holiday season, just put on a great pair of noise-canceling headphones to zone them out. We named the Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones the best noise-canceling headphones we've ever tested, both for comfort and noise-canceling capabilities. They have a crazy feature where you can choose how much noise is canceled out. Right now, you can still get them at their Black Friday discount of $72 off.
23. Nectar mattress
Our readers really care about catching those zzz’s, which is why when the Nectar was on sale for Black Friday, they decided to take the plunge and upgrade their mattress. It’s the best mattress in a box we’ve ever tested because it literally feels like you're sleeping on a cloud. Want to get in on a good night’s sleep, too? The Nectar is still offering 10% off sitewide, which sounds like a sweet dream.
24. iRobot Roomba E5
Yes, another robot vacuum was a top-seller during Black Friday. Big shocker. The iRobot Roomba E5 was $100 off during Black Friday, and you can still get it at this great price. While we haven’t tested this model, it's supposedly great for pet hair. Plus, reviewers claim it has great suction and it makes for a good modest robot vacuum without a ton of fancy features.
25. Innogear Essential Oil Diffuser
What if the best essential oil diffuser was also one of the cheapest? In our tests, we found that the Innogear Essential Oil Diffuser outshined the rest with a long run time (up to 11 hours!) and a variety of glowing color options. It was on sale for Black Friday for around $11, and it's still hovering around this great price, making it the perfect time to grab one for yourself or a loved one.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.