Smartwatch Black Friday 2019 sale: Wearable deals predictions

Everything you need to know about picking up a cheap smartwatch or fitness tracker
Black Friday 2019 smartwatch deals
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Undoubtedly, Black Friday is always one of the best times of year to pick up any sort of bargain. But it’s smartwatches and fitness trackers that we specialise in here at Wareable, so you can be sure we know how to separate a genuine Black Friday discount from an absolute dud.

Black Friday 2019 – which this year falls on 29 November – is guaranteed to bring discounts on smartwatches from every brand, including Apple, Samsung, Fossil, Fitbit and Garmin.

We’ll be keeping this page updated during the entirety of Black Friday 2019. We say that because Black Friday has blown up beyond just a single day, so expect discounts for the entire week starting on Monday 25 November and through to Cyber Monday 2019 on Monday 2 December.

As we’ve been right here keeping an eye on the best Black Friday smartwatch deals for the last few years, it also means we’re expertly placed to predict just what sort of deals you can expect. So if you want to know what to look out for, keep on reading.

Today's best smartwatch deals

Fitbit Versa - Save $14.97
Fitbit Versa - Save $14.97
Amazon
$154.98
Amazfit Bip - Save $20
Amazfit Bip - Save $20
Amazon
$79.99
Apple Watch Series 3 38mm GPS - Save $10
Apple Watch Series 3 38mm GPS - Save $10
Amazon
$189
Garmin Vivoactive 3  - Save $70
Garmin Vivoactive 3 - Save $70
Amazon
$179.99

Once Black Friday 2019 arrives, check back for only the very best smartwatch deals.

Apple Watch Black Friday

Smartwatch Black Friday sale 2019: What deals to expect this year

In a nutshell, we expect the older Apple Watch Series 3 to drop as low as $150 for the 38mm GPS model. That’s because the Series 3 just received an official price cut to $199 and is still being sold alongside the Apple Watch Series 5.

We don’t think the Series 5 will see a substantial price cut because it’s so new. There’s a chance Apple will run a gift card promotion where you get a free voucher alongside a purchase from the Apple Store as it has done in previous years, but that might be the best you’ll see.

The Series 4 will likely get big discounts as retailers clear stock on the discontinued model. It could mean the 40mm GPS model drops as low as $259, as that’s the price the Series 3 dropped to last year.

Head over to our dedicated Apple Watch Black Friday page where we go into more depth on how you can bag a bargain.

Fitbit Black Friday

Smartwatch and fitness tracker deals: Cheap wearables round up

Between its smartwatches and fitness trackers, Fitbit has a raft of devices primed for a Black Friday discount. A lot of the devices that were widely on sale for Black Friday 2018 have now been discontinued and replaced with newer models, so it’s not that helpful to look back a year.

However, the Fitbit Prime Day 2019 sale is a good indicator of what to expect from Black Friday 2019. For Prime Day, we saw the Fitbit Versa Lite drop to $108.70 (-$46.72), the Fitbit Ionic drop to just $169.95 (-$80) and the Fitbit Inspire drop to $49.95 (-$20.28) so those are clearly the prices to beat.

We wouldn’t be too surprised to see the new Fitbit Versa 2 get its first price drop, too. The Fitbit Charge 3 has commonly been on sale for as low as the $119.99 mark this year as well.

You can read more of our Fitbit Black Friday predictions over at its dedicated page.


Garmin Black Friday

Smartwatch and fitness tracker deals: Cheap wearables round up

Garmin might not be who you think of when it comes to smartwatches, but its been increasingly packing in smartwatch features into its sports watches.

Garmin has just launched a whole new range of running watches and smartwatches at IFA last month, so older models are almost certainly going to get a discount for Black Friday 2019.

The Vivoactive 3 and Vivoactive 3 Music in particular are models we’re keeping an eye on. Last year the former dropped to $212.49 (-$88) but we’ve already seen it on sale for just $179.99 now that the Vivoactive 4 is out. It also dropped to $150 for Garmin Prime Day, so that’s the price we expect to see it at again - if perhaps even lower.

Other discounts we’re bound to see include the Fenix 5 because the Fenix 6 range is now out. There was a massive discount on the Fenix 5 last Black Friday, bringing it down to $299.99 (-$250). Could it go even lower this year?

Check out our Garmin Black Friday hub for even more details.

Samsung Black Friday

Smartwatch and fitness tracker deals: Cheap wearables round up

The Samsung Galaxy Watch dropped to $249 last year, so that’s the price we fully expect Black Friday 2019 to beat this year.

Similarly, the Samsung Gear Sport was discounted to $179, a price it’s stayed relatively consistently at throughout the year. That could mean a discount to around $150 this Black Friday.

The Galaxy Watch Active was quickly replaced by the Galaxy Watch Active 2 only after a few months, so the older model is highly likely to get some big discounts if any retailers still have stock to clear. Samsung also likes to bundle its wearables with other devices like its smartphones.

The Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro was on sale for $149.99 last year, but we’ve already seen it being sold as low as $120 at certain points. We’re hoping for a discounted price of around $100 to really make this fitness tracker appealing.

Read more: Samsung smartwatch Black Friday 2019

Fossil Black Friday

Smartwatch and fitness tracker deals: Cheap wearables round up

Fossil and the wider Fossil Group has just launched a whole bunch of Gen 5 Wear OS smartwatches, so that all but guarantees older watches will go on sale. Last year, the Fossil Q Marshal went down to $127.50 from $275 – an absolutely massive discount. The Fossil Q Venture also dropped by $82.

We’ve also already seen the Fossil Sport on sale throughout the year for as low as $150, so it’s going to need something special for Black Friday.

Check out what other deals to expect at our Fossil Black Friday 2019 hub.

Wear OS Black Friday

Smartwatch Black Friday sale 2019: What deals to expect this year

Elsewhere in the world of Wear OS smartwatches, the sale event favorite Huawei Watch 2 is almost certainly going to go on sale (again). While the smartwatch is showing its age a little, it still proves immensely popular every Black Friday and Prime Day.

The TicWatch range is known for its budget-friendly price point, and that’s even more true when they go on discount. Expect to see the TicWatch E2 and TicWatch S2 both go on sale. Last year’s models were 40% off for Black Friday, so fingers crossed for something similar this year.

Where will I find Black Friday smartwatch deals?

Smartwatch Black Friday 2019 sale: Wearable deals predictions

Pretty much all of the big retailers are going to get involved for Black Friday 2019. Amazon will certainly be up there both sides of the pond.

In the US, Walmart, Best Buy and Target always drop lots of electronics deals, including plenty on smartwatches and fitness trackers.

The UK will see Argos, John Lewis and Currys PC World being good places to consider, alongside other retailers like Very.

The one thing to keep in mind is that you should stick to reputable retailers. There's a big temptation to look at grey importers shipping out of Hong Kong and China, as these can have some seriously low prices.

The problem with grey imports is that the warranty might not be valid for the territory where it's been imported, so you might run into problems down the line.

You also might run into other issues like not getting the same accessories, such as chargers, that you would when buying a local version.

You can also face long delivery times and possibly customs charges once the package arrives at its destination, adding in hidden charges.

How will I know I'm getting a good deal for Black Friday?

First off, we're only going to be highlighting the deals you should be aware of here on Wareable. Because we're always keeping an eye on prices, we can spot a genuine discount from a dud.

During Black Friday, retailers can give false or misleading discounts. That's because they might quote the original RRP when showing the discount, making it look much bigger than it is.

Beyond constantly monitoring prices, there are tools to help you look at the historical price of a product. That way you can know if the discount is genuine.

A great browser extension is Keepa, which embeds a price history graph onto Amazon pages so you can instantly see previous prices. When you're being swamped with Amazon Black Friday deals, it'll save you loads of time.

The other thing to keep in mind is making sure you buy something worthwhile. Black Friday is a chance for retailers to clear out stock of products that aren't selling very well, perhaps because they're just not very good.

There's no point making a big saving on a cheap smartwatch if it turns out to be terrible. So with that in mind, be sure to check out our reviews and guides first to make sure your smartwatch or fitness tracker does precisely what you need it to do.

A good place to start is our list of the best smartwatches and the best fitness trackers.


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