Best Buy’s 48-Hour Sale: Tracking the Top Deals Until Midnight

This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET’s guide to everything you need to know and how to find the best deals.

Amazon’s second Prime Day event of the year, known as the Amazon Prime Early Access Sale, officially kicked off yesterday and will end tonight at midnight PT (3 a.m. ET), in less than 10 hours.

Don’t have an Amazon Prime membership? Plenty of anti-Prime Day sales are happening concurrently, from Target’s Deal Days to Walmart’s Rollbacks and More event. And Best Buy’s got deals of its own worth shopping, thanks to its 48-hour flash sale with major discounts on TVs, headphones, home appliances and more.

The Best Buy 48-hour flash sale is running Oct. 11 and 12, the same dates as Amazon’s second Prime Day event, and offers some of the best prices of the year. 

Whether you’re in the market for a laptop or TV upgrade, or just want to get in on the air fryer craze, the sale has got something for you. We’ve highlighted several of our favorite deals below, but it’s well worth perusing the whole sale to find exactly what you want. 

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The 317, one of our recommendations for best Chromebooks, is essentially a portable all-in-one Chrome OS desktop, otherwise known as a Chromebase. The big display makes multitasking a breeze. You can stream a YouTube video in the corner while you work on a presentation and keep an eye on email or chat — all without overlapping windows. It is big and heavy compared with all the smaller Chromebooks here, so it’s not a great option if mobility is a priority. But it’s certainly small enough to move around the house, and with more than 10 hours of battery life according to my tests, you can work all day and still have time left for a video chat with family, gaming or streaming a movie.

You’re receiving price alerts for Acer Chromebook 317: $319


The Apple Watch Series 8 was only released last month, but its price is already being marked down as low as $379. The $50 price break applies to all of the GPS-only Series 8 models in 45mm sizes (41mm are $20 more), and offers the best discount we’ve seen since launch.


This KitchenAid Professional Series stand mixer offers a lot of power and versatility in a compact package. It features 10 speed settings and a bowl-lift design that’s perfect for larger batches and dense ingredients. It comes with a set of whisks, flat beaters and a dough hook, but there are more than 10 additional attachments available to help you get even more out of this mixer without sacrificing more counter space.

You’re receiving price alerts for KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus 5-Quart Stand Mixer (Metallic Chrome)

Apple’s most affordable tablet, the 10.2-inch iPad, didn’t receive a design overhaul like its Mini cousin last fall, but it does serve up a faster processor, a better front-facing camera and a better display than the eighth-gen iPad. The biggest addition is the storage, which was doubled to 64GB on the base model and 256GB on the step-up model. Other than that, the change you’ll most likely welcome in this age of FaceTime and Zoom calls is the front camera going from 1.2 megapixels to a wider-angle 12 megapixels. The iPad also added Center Stage to keep your mug in the frame during video calls. It’s $60 off at Best Buy and Amazon — that’s the biggest discount we’ve seen yet for it. Read our ninth-gen iPad review.

You’re receiving price alerts for Apple iPad (9th gen, Space Gray, 64GB, 2021)


In the market for an OLED TV this fall? This 2022 LG model is seeing huge discounts in various sizes to suit your space. In our review, we praised its superb picture quality, gaming features and sleek styling.

Read our LG OLED C2 Series 2022 review.


You’re receiving price alerts for LG 65-inch C2 Series OLED Evo 4K Smart TV: $1,800


Sony’s new WH-1000XM5 headphones are the best wireless headphones on the market for noise cancellation and you can score them at a $50 discount in Best Buy’s sale. They’re comfortable, sound amazing, offer a best-in-class call experience and can even pair with two devices at the same time. Both colors are discounted.

You’re receiving price alerts for Sony WH-1000XM5: $350


Weird collab aside, the new Crux x Marshmello digital air fryer is $50 off right now making it a solid choice for a large capacity crisper. Its digital touchscreen and eight preset cooking modes make it easy to use, and it can prepare up to 6.6 pounds of food at a time. This deal is one you’ll only find at Best Buy since the device is exclusive to the retailer. 


The 2022 MacBook Air model has seen a complete design overhaul. It now has a larger and brighter 13.6-inch Liquid Retina Display and thinner profile. Inside, it’s powered by Apple’s all-new M2 chip which allows for a performance bump of up to 40% and battery life as long as 18 hours, according to Apple. You can save $150 on 256GB and 512GB configurations at Best Buy right now.

You’re receiving price alerts for MacBook Air M2 (Silver, 512GB, 10-core)


This 55-inch OLED TV delivers premium color and contrast and provides 4K upscaling to your HD content, as well as XR Motion Clarity to keep your picture smooth during action scenes and sports. It has Google Assistant built-in and works with Amazon Alexa, allowing you to control your smart devices right from your TV.

You’re receiving price alerts for Sony 55-inch Bravia XR A80J Series OLED 4K Smart Google TV: $1,000


This robot vacuum automatically cleans your floors on-demand or through scheduled cleanings. It self-empties into the bin attached to the base, meaning you can go up to 60 days without thinking about cleaning, simply dumping the bin when it is full. It will also map your home, stay out of areas you mark so it doesn’t interfere with your wires or other hazards and suggest personalized cleaning schedules during the year. 

You’re receiving price alerts for iRobot Roomba i7 Plus

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