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Cyber Monday 2021: when it is, and the deals we expect in this year's sales

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Cyber Monday 2021: what to expect

This year's Cyber Monday deals 2021 are due to fall on November 29th this year. That's still a way off still, but trust us - it's definitely worth getting prepared ahead of time.

As one of the biggest sales events of the year, this year's Cyber Monday deals are going to feature any number of huge discounts on everything from TVs and laptops to mattresses and appliances - many of which may be at their lowest prices all year.

We've covered this excellent sales event for many years now, so not only do we have a ton of expert tips to share, but we can tell you exactly what to expect. Regardless of what's on your shopping list, you'll find useful tips on this page with key dates, retailers, and expert research on which categories get the best sales. You'll also find a quick selection of last year's best Cyber Monday deals, should you be interested.

Alongside the more well-known Black Friday deals, Cyber Monday forms a bookend to the greater 'Holiday sales' period. It's essentially retail's biggest one-two punch of the year and easily the best chance to save some serious bucks on both big purchases and gifts for loved ones. Because comparisons are very easy to draw, you'll find a quick and easy 101 on how these sales differ in this article too.

The biggest sale of the year? It's likely

In terms of sheer consumer spend, the Cyber Monday sales event actually exceeds the more well-known Black Friday sales. According to Adobe's yearly shopping insights report (also reported by Statista), retailers reported a whopping $10.8 billion in overall revenue on Cyber Monday versus Black Friday's $9.0 billion. 

Surprising? Not according to either source. Both pin the 'fear of missing out' as the deciding factor in an increased consumer spend on Cyber Monday, with 7pm to 11pm Pacific time being the 'golden hour' of revenue. Being on the tail end of the larger 'Holiday sales' period can mean last-minute purchases on Cyber Monday. However, don't feel rushed or pressured into making a sub-par purchase on the day. Instead, let's get prepared and ready for what's to come.

Cyber Monday deals 2021: FAQ

When is Cyber Monday 2021?

Cyber Monday 2021 will fall on November, 29. It's directly following Black Friday (26th), which in turn follows the prior Thanksgiving holiday (25th).

We do, however, expect most retailers to launch their Cyber Monday deals a little earlier over the weekend or carry over promotions from Black Friday. Generally, retailers don't update their site with Cyber Monday branding until first thing Monday AM although it's not uncommon to see a 'taster' deals on the prior Saturday or Sunday. That said, it's still likely the best deals will be concentrated on Monday proper.

Another fairly common occurrence in recent years is retailers extending their one-day sale out into a larger 'Cyber week sale'. While interest does tend to quickly dissipate after Monday, it's likely there will be plenty of excellent holdout sales to check out in the first few days of December.

Is Cyber Monday better than Black Friday?

In short, no - Cyber Monday and Black Friday should feature deals of similar quality. This could vary depending on what items you're looking to pick up, however.

According to an interview conducted by Business Insider, Steve Koenig of the  Consumer Technology Association stated that "Black Friday equals big-ticket items" and that "many [people's] purchases end up being for themselves or their own households". Blackfriday.com, in a similar article, specifically narrowed down deals on TVs, toys, gaming consoles, and appliances as being better on Black Friday, whereas Cyber Monday was better for deals on laptops, clothing, and travel. 

Our own experience is that Cyber Monday deals are generally a continuation of the prior Black Friday sales, both in width and content. Since Black Friday comes first, you can expect retailers to start strong by offering those 'big ticket' items for sale. Things like games consoles or other highly sought-after items are likely to sell out extremely quickly, so you'll want to keep your eye out over Black Friday for those. That said, it's worth noting that the vast majority of deals do not sell out over either sales event. Cyber Monday deals on things like cheap laptops, TVs, clothing, and appliances will all still be fantastic and in some cases could possibly exceed those offered on Black Friday.

Cyber Monday 2021: the deals we expect to see

  • Laptops - discounted MacBook Airs, Dell XPS 13, Chromebooks, Ultrabooks
  • TVs - cheap 4K TVs from Amazon, LG OLED TVs, Samsung QLED TVs 
  • Tablets - potentially lowest prices yet on M1 iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad 10.2
  • Smartwatches - again, lowest prices yet on Apple Watch 6 and SE
  • Games consoles - No PS5 / Xbox Series X, but Nintendo Switch likely
  • Headphones - AirPods, Sony WH-1000xm4, Galaxy Buds, all on sale
  • Phones - iPhone 13 and 12, Galaxy S21 unlocked, big Verizon deals
  • Cameras - Nikon, Sony, and Canon DLSRs and mirrorless cameras
  • Appliances - big sales on vacuums, air fryers, multi-cookers, instant pots
  • Mattresses - free accessories and upfront savings from leading online brands
  • Smart home - cheap Amazon Alexa devices, plus Google Nest

Laptops, TVs, tablets, smartwatches, phones, appliances, and even mattresses all had amazing Cyber Monday deals last year, and we're expecting more of the same for 2021. 

So far this year we've seen new iPads, new Samsung Galaxy phones, and brand new 11th generation Intel Core i5 and i7 laptops. Without a doubt all of these items will have hefty price cuts on Cyber Monday and perhaps even the lowest prices all year.

By November, we should also have the new iPhone 13 too and potentially even a brand new Apple MacBook Pro too, which could see their first price cuts over Cyber Monday.

Cyber Monday deals: what to expect

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How do I get the best Cyber Monday deals in 2021?

First thing's first, we'll be rounding up all the best Cyber Monday deals right here on this page, so if you want an easy-to-navigate index of expert recommendations, just simply bookmark this page and revisit. 

Regardless of whether you'll be flying solo or not, however, we do still have some tips to help score the best possible Cyber Monday deals.

1. Check in early
As with the prior Black Friday deals (which happen the Friday before Cyber Monday), we always recommend checking in early to see what's on sale. While it's not always a case of the 'early bird gets the worm', there are sometimes flash sales on sites like Amazon which are available for a limited time and in limited quantities. It's also likely that a lot of the best deals from Black Friday will spill over into the weekend too, so it's always worth it keeping an eye on things on Saturday and Sunday.

2. Know what you're looking for
We'd definitely recommend drawing up some sort of basic shopping list or a list of requirements well before Cyber Monday lands. For example, if you're looking for gifts then shortlist a number of options based on personal research. If you're looking for something like a 4K TV, set your budget, determine what size you need, and do a bit of reading in regards to brands and features. Similarly, with laptops you should think about what kind of specs and power you'll need and visit sites like Dell and HP beforehand to gauge what they're likely to offer on the day.

3. Be prepared to buy alternatives
Following on from our second tip, we'd also recommend keeping an open mind in regards to what's exactly going to be on sale. You may have a crystal picture of the exact laptop you want to buy beforehand but find it's not as heavily reduced as another similar choice. In this case, it's often best to be brand-agnostic if you want to bag the best Cyber Monday deals.

Which retailers have the best Cyber Monday deals

We've already mentioned their names in this article: Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy and others and there's reason to check these places first. They often have the steepest price cuts among US retailers.

However, these major American stores aren't the only places to keep tabs on during Cyber Monday. We've personally snagged great deals from smaller outlets like B&H Photo, and non-techie chains like Kohl's, Macy's and Staples. You can also find deals directly from many retailers, including Apple, Samsung, and DJI, too.

That's a lot of stores, so we're going to amass a list of the best retail websites to check out shortly ahead of the Cyber Monday date of November 29. 

Best Buy Cyber Monday deals
Best Buy's big Cyber Monday deals from 2020 featured massive price cuts on TVs, FitBits, Chromebooks, and even coffee machines. We're expecting them to go big in 2021 again, however, they also run weekly sales events too, which are really worth checking out in the meantime.

Shop the current Best Buy deals

Amazon Cyber Monday deals
Amazon had amazing deals on Echo devices, electronics, fashion, health, and beauty in particular last year, including some of the biggest price cuts of the year. It'll of course be back with the Cyber Monday 2021 deals, although it always has plenty to check out each day thanks to its daily deals section.

Shop the latest Amazon sale

Walmart Cyber Monday deals
Walmart did Cyber Monday properly last year by not just simply offering continuation sales from Black Friday. We saw some great prices on 4K TVs, pressure cookers, Chromebooks, and headphones in particular. Its selection wasn't quite as big as Amazon's or Best Buy's, but what it did have on sale was absolutely fantastic.

Shop the current Walmart deals

Dell Cyber Monday deals
Dell's Cyber Monday deals featured huge price cuts of up to 30% off premium and budget machines alike and we're expecting its 2021 sales to be just as good. Alienware and XPS machines were particularly good, although we expect there'll be great sales on Inspiron, G3 machines, and even Chromebooks too.

Shop the latest Dell sales here

Apple Cyber Monday deals
Apple tends to run a gift card scheme rather than offering outright sales over Cyber Monday. We expect them to do something pretty similar with 2021, so if you're looking for Apple deals, we recommend you check out the likes of Amazon and Best Buy first. 

Shop the latest Apple sale here

Top deals from last year

Just to give you a bit of a flavor of what to expect this November, we've kept a selection of last year's Cyber Monday deals right here - both for posterity, and to help you get that shopping list all drawn up. This list is by no means exhaustive, there were after all literally thousands of items on sale across a huge array of items in last year's Cyber Monday deals, but we've saved the most noteworthy ones. We've separated them out into categories just down below, starting with the most popular tech items.

Last year's Cyber Monday deals: TVs

TCL 40-inch HD Smart TV: $199.99 $169.99 at Best Buy
Another great cheap TV choice, this TCL is a fully functional Android OS TV for a cut down price. With Google Assistant built-in you're getting tons of smart assistant functionality here for not a lot of cash. A good one to check out if you're already in the Google ecosystem and need a backup or super cheap display.

Samsung 65-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart QLED TV: $999.99 $897.99 at Walmart
Save $100 -
If you're looking for a premium 4K TV, then Walmart's Cyber Monday sale has this Samsung QLED TV on sale for $897.99. The 65-inch TV is powered by Quantum Dot technology, which produces brilliant colors and sharp contrasts.

Last year's Cyber Monday deals: laptops

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 (128GB): $959 $599 at Best Buy
Save $360
- Best Buy members can save $360 on a baseline (but still awesome) specification Surface Pro 7 at Best Buy. Included in this tablet deal is a black Surface Cover (worth at least $100), allowing you to use this great little tablet as a laptop if you want that added flexibility.

HP 17z 17.3-inch laptop: $659.99 $419.99 at HP
Save $280 -
HP's latest laptop deals are offering up a massive display for a great display in this HP 17z. That's a full 17.3-inch screen - perfect for streaming and multi-tasking. Inside, you'll find a Ryzen 5 processor, 12GB RAM, a 256GB SSD and Radeon Vega 8 graphics as well, and the price of this deal has dropped further!

Dell XPS 15 Laptop: $1,849.99 $1,449.99 at Dell
Save $400 –
Whether you're looking for your next work laptop or a powerful one for your creative endeavors, this 15-inch XPS might just be what you need. It comes with a 9th-gen i7, GTX 1650 GPU, 32GB of RAM, and a whopping 1TB of SSD storage. While that display isn't a touchscreen, it's still a beaut with 500 nits of brightness and InfinityEdge bezels.

Last year's Cyber Monday deals: iPads and tablets

iPad Pro 11-inch (256GB, 2020): $899 $829 at Amazon
Save $50 -
The latest 11-inch iPad Pro has been seeing some stunning discounts recently, and the savings just keep coming. You'll find the smallest 256GB model up for just $829 right now at Amazon, but there's plenty more offers on larger configurations as well. 
256GB: $899 $829 | 512GB: $1,099 $999

iPad Pro 12.9-inch (128GB, 2020): $999 $949 at Amazon
The newest iPad Pro sports a stunning 12.9-inch edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display, and the fastest processor you'll find in any tablet - and right now it's $50 less than usual at Amazon.

Last year's Cyber Monday deals: smartwatches and wearables

Apple Watch Series 6 (40mm, GPS): $399 $349.99 at Amazon
Save $50 -
The all-new Apple Watch Series 6 gets a massive $50 price cut at Amazon in this Cyber Monday deal. The all-new 40mm smartwatch features a new S6 processor, blood oxygen monitoring, an ECG app, and elevation tracking. This specific deal is for the Apple Watch 6 with a Product Red sport band. If you're interested in a Black, White, or Navy sport band, you can still find the smartwatch on sale for $350.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2: $249.99 $179.99 at Best Buy
Save $70 -
The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is still discounted at Best Buy, with plenty of color options up for grabs as well. This model was $10 cheaper over the weekend, but you can still save some significant cash here today.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 - 41mm: $429.99 $329 at Amazon
Save $60.99
- The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 has just hit its lowest price yet at Amazon, courtesy of a $100 discount. That's a great saving considering this watch is still fairly new to the market, and hasn't seen its first major price drops yet. If you've been holding out for those Samsung Galaxy Watch deals then, now's the time to pounce.

Last year's Cyber Monday deals: headphones and audio

Apple AirPods + wireless charging case: $199 $149.99 Amazon
Amazon's Holiday sale has the Apple AirPods with a wireless charging case on sale for $140. That's a $50 discount for the wireless earbuds, which can be charged using a Qi-compatible charging mat or using a Lightning connector.

Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones: $350 $298 at Best Buy
Save $52 - The Sony WH-1000XM4 over-ear headphones, some of the best noise-canceling headphones on the market, are seriously discounted at $52 off with this Cyber Monday deal. These are currently TechRadar's top-rated wireless headphones, beating out many others in product testing.

Samsung Galaxy Buds: $129.99 $79 at Walmart
Save $50 -
Samsung's original Galaxy Buds are down to just $79 at Walmart right now. They're an older model sure, but it's a great price, and if you're not a fan of the bass boosting you'll find in other models this set of buds actually offers a more well-rounded soundscape than the newer Buds+.

Last year's Cyber Monday deals: gaming and consoles

Nintendo Switch games: save $15 at Best Buy
All your cheap favorites are here - from Rayman Legends to the Borderlands Collection, but you'll also find big discounts on first-party games like Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Pokemon Sword & Shield, and The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild.

Nintendo Switch (Gray) with Mario Glassware bundle: $339.98: $299 at GameStop
Get the elusive Nintendo Switch with a set of Mario-themed glasses for the console's retail price. This will sell out fast, and should make a great gift set. Also available in Neon, and with the Animal Crossing Switch. 

Last year's Cyber Monday deals: cameras

GoPro Hero 9 Black $449 $399 at Amazon
Save $50
- It's only a couple of months old, but GoPro's latest action camera has already received its first discount – and this likely to be the cheapest the Hero 9 Black is going to get before Christmas. It's the most versatile action camera we've seen, with 5K video recording, 10m waterproofing and a handy new front-facing screen.

Sony ZV1: $798 $698 at B&H Photo
Save $100
- The best compact camera for vloggers currently on the market, the ZV1 has only been available for a few months so it's great to see reductions already. You get 4K video recording, a flip-out screen, a dedicated microphone and 3x zoom.

Canon PowerShot G7X Mark III: $749.99 $649 at Amazon
Save $100
- This is one of the best compact cameras you can buy today. The G7X Mark III combines a large 20.1MP 1-inch sensor with a versatile 24-100mm lens and some powerful video features, including 4K video recording, a 3.5mm mic input, and YouTube live streaming.

Last year's Cyber Monday deals: smart home

All-new Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote: $39.99 $27.99 at Amazon
Save $12
- You can get the all-new Fire TV Stick on sale for just $27.99 in this Amazon Cyber Monday deal. The streaming player allows you to enjoy tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills and features an Alexa voice remote.

All-new Echo Dot (4th Gen) bundle with Sengled Bluetooth bulb: $59.98 $29.99 at Amazon
Save $30 -
A fantastic bundled deal for early Cyber Monday shoppers, Amazon has the all-new Echo Dot and Sengled Bluetooth bulb on sale for just $29.99. The smart bulb works with Alexa, so you can use your Echo device to control your lights.

Amazon Echo Show 5: $89.99 $44.99 at Best Buy
Save $45 -
Best Buy still has stock of the Echo Show 5 at just $44.99 - it's lowest price yet. You're getting a 5-inch smart display here, with full Alexa support - that's perfect if you're also running a Blink or Eufy security system. Amazon is also offering this price, but you'll be waiting an extra week for shipping.

Last year's Cyber Monday deals: mattresses

Nectar Memory Foam Mattress: from $798 $499 + $399 of free gifts
Save up to $800
- Nectar's premium, medium-firm memory foam mattress is extremely comfortable and supportive, and we found it to be very good at regulating our temperature throughout the night. This early Cyber Monday deal is superb value: right now you can get up to a $400 discount on the mattress and you'll get $399-worth of free gifts added to your order, including luxury sheets, pillows, and a mattress protector. The mattress also comes with a huge 365-night risk-free trial, so you can try it safely in your own home, and a lifetime guarantee. 

The DreamCloud: from $799 $599 + $399 of free gifts at DreamCloud
Save up to $599 - This is one of the best Cyber Monday deals around when it comes to sheer value - matching Nectar, but with a hybrid mattress rather than memory foam. In the current sale, you can save $200 on the luxury hybrid DreamCloud (it's medium-firm), and you'll get a free mattress protector, sheet set and two cooling pillows added to your order for free. It also comes with a year-long risk-free trial.

Saatva Classic Queen Mattress: from $1,399 $1,199 at Saatva
Save $200 - The Saatva Classic is the best luxury hybrid mattress you can buy. It's a high-end innerspring mattress that combines eco-friendly foams and a cushioning Euro pillow top with a durable dual steel coil support system. We love that it comes in soft, medium-firm, or firm versions, and a 180-night risk-free trial makes it easy to test whether it's right for you. This Cyber Monday deal drops the price by $200 - that beats last year, where there was only a $150 discount.

Last year's Cyber Monday deals: home and kitchen

Ninja Foodi 8-Quart Pressure Cooker & Air Fryer: $299.00 $249.00 at Walmart
Save $50 –
Perfect for cooking up family dinners, this extra large pressure cooker-slash-air fryer boasts a TenderCrisp technology and a crisp basket big enough to hold a 7-lb chicken so you can alternate between stews and fried dishes. It comes with several different cooking modes as well, so you'll spend less time cooking and more time getting other things done.

Insignia 6qt multi-function pressure cooker: $59.99 $29.99 at Best Buy
Save $30 -
For Just $30, this Insignia 6qt pressure cooker is sure to be a popular buy. Although a fairly common sale item, we don't normally see price cuts quite this low, so we definitely think it's a great pick-up if you're looking for an appliance that's really useful for easy to prepare meals.

Keurig K-Compact Single-Serve Coffee Maker: $59 $49 at Walmart
Save $60 -
Walmart has the best-selling Keurig K-Compact on sale for just $49 right now. A great gift idea, the coffee maker can brew a cup in minutes and won't take up much room on your kitchen counter.

Last year's Cyber Monday deals: vacuums

iRobot Roomba 675 Robot Vacuum: $274.99 $179.99 at Best Buy
This is a fantastic price for a robot vacuum. Best Buy has the iRobot Roomba 675 on sale for just $179.99 right now. The Wi-Fi-connected cleaner allows you to clean your floors remotely from anywhere via the compatible app, and can also be voice-controlled with Alexa and Google Assistant.

Shark IQ Robot RV1000 WiFi Vacuum: $394 $199 at Walmart
One of Walmart's Cyber Monday online-only headline deals is $150 off this robot vacuum if you're looking for a more convenient way to keep your home tidy.

Dyson Ball Animal 2: $430.99 $399.99 at Amazon
If you're interested in a traditional upright vacuum, you can get the Dyson Ball Animal 2 on sale for just $399.99. The multi-floor vacuum features a self-adjusting cleaner head and the ball technology allows you to navigate furniture and obstacles with a simple turn of the wrist, for precise cleaning.

Last year's Cyber Monday deals: Health and Beauty

Philips Norelco 5300 wet / dry electric shaver: $79.99 $34.99 at Best Buy
Save $45 -
With precision blades ensuring comfort for both wet and dry shaves, the Philips Norelco is an excellent all-in-one device, and it's gotten a $45 discount in Best Buy's Cyber Monday deals – that's better than half-price.

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer: $59.99 $48.88 at Walmart
Join the craze and get the Revlon One-Step hair dryer on sale for $48.88 at Walmart. Thanks to the unique oval brush design, the hairdryer delivers a salon-like blowout with brilliant shine and extra volume.

Waterpik Sonic-Fusion Electric Toothbrush: $199.99 $151.99 at Amazon
You can save $48 on this American-Dental-Association-approved electric toothbrush, which also functions as a water flosser for dual purpose.

Alex Whitelock

Alex is deals editor at Future PLC and an all-around expert at one thing - saving readers as much cash as possible while scoring them the best products for their needs. With content that's always packed full of helpful information, no-nonsense expertise, and of course deals, Alex has also written for other leading sites such as T3 and GamesRadar. At work, you'll find him mostly covering computing, gaming, and advising people on how to save on their cell phone plans. Outside of work, you'll find him playing guitar, indulging his love for music, or down at the local climbing gym mostly hanging off boulders far too difficult for his abilities.