What we know about Walmart's Black Friday sales — including deals you can shop early

Here are the best early Black Friday deals to shop at Walmart as of Oct. 12:

  • Apple AirPods Max — $449 (save $100)

  • TCL 55-inch Class 4-Series 4K Roku TV — $358 (save $91)

  • Instant Pot Duo Plus 6-quart cooker — $99.95 (save $20.04)


In 2020, all rules surrounding Black Friday went out the window. Because of the pandemic, Amazon’s Prime Day got pushed back to October, which had a domino effect and essentially started Black Friday in October, too.

Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving (it’s on Nov. 26 in 2021), but in 2020 Walmart treated the entire month of November as Black Friday, running three sales events throughout the month. Though Prime Day was in June this year, we can expect Walmart to drop deals early again.

Some of our favorite deals from Black Friday 2020 at Walmart include AirPods Pro at their lowest price ever and Instant Pots for less than $50, so we’re expecting deals of the same caliber in 2021. In fact, there’s already a huge discount on AirPods Max, Apple’s over-ear headphones, at Walmart — you can save $100.

In 2021, you’ll probably do most of your Black Friday shopping online. Like last year, Walmart will not open its doors at brick at mortar store locations on Thanksgiving. Walmart stores will be open on Black Friday, but if you want to get ahead of the deals, Walmart.com is where it’s at.

Shopping early is a good idea anyway — we’re still seeing pandemic-related supply chain shortages and shipping delays. So, if your Black Friday shopping plan includes buying gifts for the holidays, start shopping as soon as those online deals hit.

We’re already seeing the odd deal trickle in even though Walmart hasn’t officially started its Black Friday sales. Here’s what you can shop and save ahead of Black Friday:

Best early Black Friday deals at Walmart

Tech deals

OUR TOP PICK: Apple AirPods Max — $449 (save $100)

Apple ventured into the world of over-ear headphones with the AirPods Max. These headphones have active noise cancellation and feature the Apple H1 chip. The battery provides 20 hours of listening per charge, and the headphones come in five colors.

AirPods Max in green

Credit: Apple

AirPods Max

Buying Options

$449 at Walmart

More tech deals

  • Samsung Galaxy Buds+ — $99 (save $50)

  • Apple iPad Mini WiFi 256GB — $449 (save $100)

  • TCL 55-inch Class 4-Series 4K Roku TV — $358 (save $91)

Kitchen deals

OUR TOP PICK: Instant Pot Duo Plus 6-quart cooker — $99.95 (save $20.04)

Instant Pots have dominated Black Friday for the past few years, and 2021 is no different. This particular model has nine functions with a six-quart capacity. It can feed a whole family or meal prep for one.

Instant Pot Duo Plus multi-cooker machine against white background

Credit: Instant Pot

Instant Pot Duo Plus

Buying Options

$99.95 at Walmart

More kitchen deals

  • Crock-Pot 7-quart slow cooker — $49 (save $30)

  • Ninja 4-quart air fryer — $69 (save $20)

  • Keurig K-Duo coffee maker — $79 (save $20)

More great deals

  • Shark Navigator Swivel Pro upright vacuum — $109 (save $40)

  • ILIFE V5s Pro robot vacuum and mop — $129 (save $50)

  • Cricut Explore Air 2 — $199 (save $50)

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