Black Friday 2019: best deals under $30 – CNET

Black Friday 2019: best deals under $30 - CNET


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This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2019, your source for the season’s best gifts and deals, hand-picked by the experts at CNET.

Black Friday is upon us and the deals from retailers are heating up. If you’re budget conscious, but still want to bag a bargain or are looking to stock up on affordable gifts ahead of the holidays, look no further. Between the Black Friday sales happening now and the deals coming next week, you can still find plenty of great stuff for under $30. There are some amazing discounts and offers on products from Amazon, Google, JBL and Roku these holidays, and the line-up below demonstrates you don’t have to break the bank this Black Friday to get a great discount on tech and audio. 

Below I’ve rounded up my top picks, starting with the deals you can get immediately. As always, the prices contained herein are accurate at the time of publication, but are subject to change. We’ll keep updating this article daily as new offers come to hand.

Black Friday deals under $30 – AVAILABLE NOW

These are the Black Friday bargains that are available right now.


If you’re a newcomer to Amazon’s music-streaming service, it’s hard to beat a buck for four full months of service. After that, you’ll pay the regular rate of $9.99 per month, though you can cancel if you like, without penalty. 

Assuming you’re not already vested in the Echo ecosystem of smart speakers, the Home Mini is a no-brainer buy at $25. Granted, there’s a newer model (the Nest Mini) that’s even better, but that’ll run you $49. The Home Mini still sounds very good for its size and offers a wealth of Google Assistant-powered features. It’s even better if you pair two together.

The link below will take you to Walmart, but the Home Mini is also on sale for $25 at Best Buy, Target and several other stores. 

Read our Google Home Mini review.

Black Friday deals under $30 – COMING SOON

These are the bargains you should watch for in the near future. 


Break out your own vinyl collection and relive the magic with this portable suitcase-style turntable, which doubles as a Bluetooth speaker. It can play records at three different speeds, and it has RCA-out ports in case you want to connect it to a traditional stereo.


Amazon Echo Dot deals are about as routine as the tides, but this one is about as good as they get. The common sale price is $30; occasionally it might dip to $25. So $22 is notable. It’s the third-gen Dot (but not the slightly modified new one with the clock), great for flinging Alexa commands in just about any room, decent for playing tunes.

Read our Echo Dot review.

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Updated for 2019 with more storage and a faster processor, the Fire 7 remains an incredible buy at its regular $50 price. So for $30? Yeah, there’s honestly no better choice for anyone looking to read, watch videos, play games and all that. It’s an especially good pick for kids.

Read our Fire 7 2019 review.

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The Clip 3 is an insanely popular speaker, as evidenced by the 4.7-star average rating from over 1,300 buyers. It’s also a favorite of CNET’s David Carnoy, who praised its very good sound, fully waterproof design and integrated carabiner. This deal will be available on Thurs., Nov. 28.

Read our JBL Clip 3 review.


Has there ever been a cheaper Roku streamer? Not to our recollection. The Walmart-exclusive comes with an HDMI cable and three-month subscriptions to both Hulu and Pandora. It’s available online starting at 7 p.m. PT on Wed., Nov. 27.

Take note, however, that the SE doesn’t do 4K video. If that’s important to you, consider the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, which will be on sale for $25.

Have you found any other great Black Friday deals for under $30 that are worth sharing? Tell us about them in the comments!

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