Lowe’s Black Friday 2020 ad shows love to Echo and Google devices

All bets are off in the 2020 Black Friday season. Lowe’s, a traditionally predictable store, is one of the retailers shaking things up.

The home improvement store is no longer just your parents’ destination for power tools and ginormous artificial Christmas trees dressed in fake snow and berries. Smart home devices and vacuums could technically be home improvement, right? At least, that’s what Lowe’s said when it devoted two pages of its Black Friday ad to Echo and Google speakers, Fire TV Sticks, and more — all at super competitive pricing. 

Timing for the deals is more in line with what we’ve seen in years past. Unlike Target and Walmart, which are openly just celebrating Black Friday for the entire month of November, most Lowe’s deals will start online on Nov. 26. Doors are closed on Thanksgiving Day but will open at 6 a.m. on Friday morning if you need to scale that 10-foot inflatable snowman in real life.

All of the smart home deals begin on page 11 of the ad, but you can flip through all 28 pages at BlackFriday.com. Below are the deals we were most impressed by:

Smart home and streaming deals

OUR PICK: Google Nest Hub — $49.99 (save $39.99)

This stellar Google Nest Hub deal lets you add a voice-activated screen — and the arsenal of content it brings — for less than $50. It’s a mini TV compatible with Netflix and Hulu when you need it to be, and can switch back to the recipe video you’re using without touching the screen with hands covered in bread dough. Like the rest of Google’s smart speakers, it can control smart home devices, check traffic and weather, and Google all of your questions with a simple “Hey Google.”

Other great smart home deals:

Security camera and video doorbell deals

OUR TOP PICK: Amazon Blink Mini Plug-In Wired Indoor Security Camera — $24.99 (save $10)

The Blink Mini is the most affordable way to get Amazon-powered monition detection, 1080p video, and two-way audio. Check in on pets while they’re home alone, ensure that the house sitter actually watered your plants, and check in on that sketchy noise you heard in the living room. Setup requires nothing more than plugging in and connecting to WiFi. 

Other great security camera and doorbell deals:

Vacuum deals

OUR PICK: LG CordZero A9 Charge Cordless Stick Vacuum — $399 (save $100)

LG’s answer to the Dyson frenzy is the CordZero — a powerful stick vacuum that can clean and charge at the same time thanks to two detachable batteries. Switch between power levels with the touch of your thumb to get suction up 140aw with the Smart Inverter Motor and up to 99.99% of dust filtered.

Other great vacuum deals:

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