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We still have a few weeks to go before Black Friday 2020 officially arrives, but retailers such as Best Buy, Walmart, QVC and iRobot are already slashing prices on hundreds of top-rated items. If its affordable Bluetooth speakers, soundbars and more you’re after, however, the JBL Black Friday Early Access sale, which launched today, November 5, is the big event you need to check out, pronto.
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From now through November 8, you can save up to 60% on the brand’s top-rated tech for this special savings event. You’ll also get free shipping and free extended returns on all purchases made through Thursday, December 31.
One of the major deals you absolutely don’t want to miss during this Black Friday 2020 sale is on the JBL Flip 5 speaker. Originally $119.95, you can get this 4.2-star rated gem for $69.95, so you’ll save $50. That’s about $20 cheaper than they were the last time they were on sale in September, when they dropped to $89.99, which means it’s a great time to buy.
This waterproof device, which has nearly 1,000 reviews on JBL’s site, is the best portable Bluetooth speaker we’ve ever tested. According to our reviewers, the Flip 5 offers all the same superb features you probably know and love from the Flip line—booming sound, IPX7 water-resistance (that’s a fancy way of saying you could accidentally knock it into the pool and it won’t die) and long battery life—only kicked up a notch.
The Flip wasn’t the loudest speaker we encountered in our test of portable Bluetooth options but it certainly was the most well-rounded. Unlike the Flip 4 ($99.95), which is our favorite affordable Bluetooth speaker under $100, the Flip 5 offers USB-C charging. This is a noticeable upgrade from the Flip 4’s somewhat dated micro-USB charging system. Additionally, we found that you can get up to 12 hours on a single charge. While the Flip 5 is a bit heavier compared to other units in the Flip line, it’s still portable enough that you can take it with you on camping trips, hikes, beach days and more, making it a win-win.
Another great pick during the Black Friday sale is the 4.2-star rated JBL Bar 2.1 deep bass soundbar. Originally $299.95, it drops to $229.95 on sale for $70 in savings. Although we haven’t reviewed it yet, it’s somewhat similar to our favorite soundbar under $300, the JBL Bar 2.1 ($179.99), which we found to offer impeccable sound quality and a great user experience. Both have a 300-watt output, built-in Bluetooth and Dolby Digital.
There are a few noticeable differences too, most notably in the Bar 2.1 deep bass soundbar‘s superior bass (hence its name) for enhanced sound on your favorite movies, TV shows and more. Featuring a 6.5-inch long external subwoofer, it also comes with a remote that more than 400 Amazon reviewers say is simple to use and makes controlling this soundbar a breeze. “I especially like the remote where I can make the woofer low, med or high.” Wrote another Amazon shopper: “Love this—the bass is amazing and feels like I’m in a movie theater.”
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.