With the holiday shopping season now upon us, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are likely the best times to get some big discounts on lots of gifts. This includes several deals in the consumer robotics space, which includes vacuum cleaners and consumer drones.
For the most part, Amazon is matching a lot of the deals we’ve been able to find, but if you have a preferred retailer other than Amazon, here’s what we’ve been able to discover, based on announcements from major manufacturers and retailers.
Please note that prices are subject to change in either direction, and likely have deadlines attached to them (Black Friday, Cyber Monday only, for example, or in-store only).
Also, don’t forget to check out our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide, which features a list of toys, drones, vacuums and books to consider giving as gifts this year.
iRobot Roomba 891: Now listed at $429.99 at Best Buy, on Black Friday the price drops to $299.99.
iRobot Roomba 675: On Best Buy’s Black Friday website, the normally $299.99 robot vacuum is on sale for $229.99, with a $199.99 deal on Black Friday based on its newspaper circular (Amazon has it at $229.00). Best Buy has a list of other robot vacuums on sale here.
iRobot Roomba 670: On Walmart’s Black Friday website, the normally $294 robot is on sale for $244.
iRobot 618 Robot Vacuum: Normally $269, Walmart is advertising a $229 sale price.
Shark ION RV750 Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum: Normally sold for $349, Walmart is advertising a $219 sale price for Black Friday.
Shark ION RV700 Vacuum: Normally $299, this vacuum is being advertised for $179 at Walmart on Black Friday.
Drones and flying toys
Leading drone maker DJI is offering a bunch of different offers on drones, gimbals, and accessories at its Black Friday Deals page, which also includes a daily coupon giveaway between now and Nov. 22.
- DJI Tello Quadcopter Beginner Drone VR HD Video: $79 at Walmart.
- DJI Mavic Air: $699 at the DJI Store (same price at Amazon and Best Buy). A “Fly More Combo” with the Mavic Air and remote controller is being offered for $899.99 at Best Buy on Black Friday.
- DJI Mavic Pro Platinum: Normally $1,099, on sale for $999 at the DJI Store.
- DJI Spark Controller combo: $359.99 at Best Buy.
Air Hogs Supernova: $29.88 at Walmart.
Sky Rider Eagle 3 Pro Quadcopter Drone with Wi-Fi Camera: $24.97 at Walmart.
Vivitar Aero-View Video Drone: $69 at Walmart on Black Friday.
GoPro Karma Quadcopter with Hero6 Black camera: Normally priced at $999.99, this combo drone and camera is being advertised for $699.99 on Black Friday at Best Buy.
Boxer Interactive A.I. Robot Toy: $57.95 at Walmart.
Anki Vector: $199.99 at Best Buy.
JIMU Robot AstroBot Series: Costmos Kit: $149.99 at Target, comes with a $50 gift card.
Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper Robot: $99 at the UBTRobot.com site, originally $299.99. (Amazon price: $149.99, but may go down on Black Friday). Other deals include 10% off JIMU Robot kits, including the JIMU Robot BuilderBots series: Overdrive kit ($108), the unicorn-themed JIMU Robot Mythical Series: UnicornBot Kit ($108), and the JIMU Robot Buzzbot and Muttbot Kit ($117).
Readers! If you come across any other interesting Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals, send me a note and we’ll add it to the list.