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Best Cyber Monday smartwatch deals: what to expect

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Best smartwatch deals after Cyber Monday
Black Friday is a couple of months away and so is Cyber Monday - we're seeing them on the horizon, and finally we can start planning for some shopping! During both events last year we saw some great deals on smartwatches, with price discounts in the vicinity of hundreds of dollars. No matter if you're an Apple fan or you prefer Samsung smartwatches (or something more focused on sports, like a Garmin), there were excellent deals out there.

While we wait for 2022's shopping event, we look at what we saw last year and what to expect this year, so you can plan ahead for your purchases.

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Apple Watch deals


Apple Watch devices got some minor discounts both on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Hotter deals were available on refurbished models. Now, we have the Apple Watch Series 8 and the Apple Watch Ultra, which will (hopefully!) join the sales as well with some discounts.

Apple Watch Series 8 (41mm)
9.0

Apple Watch Series 8 (41mm)


The Good

  • Beautiful look, premium feel
  • Smooth performance
  • Tons of bands available - 1st and 3rd party
  • Water-resistant
  • Huge amount of fitness tracking options, plus custom programs (available with watchOS 9)
  • Sleep stages (available with watchOS 9)

The Bad

  • Temperature sensor is underused
  • Some may be getting tired with the design
  • Only pairs and activates with iPhone (sorry, iPad users)

Apple Watch Ultra

Apple Watch Ultra


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Apple Watch Series 7 (45mm)
9.0

Apple Watch Series 7 (45mm)


The Good

  • Bigger display for an overall improved experience
  • Brighter display indoors
  • Faster charging
  • Reliable and hiccup-free performance
  • Multiple timers

The Bad

  • Sleep Monitoring still doesn't track deep sleep cycles

The Apple Watch Series 7 was at the time of last year's sale event the latest and greatest in Apple's wearable arsenal. Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals only saw a minor 5% decrease in Watch 7 prices, while the funny thing was that there were 12-15% off deals active after the event.

Apple Watch Series 3 (42mm)
7.0

Apple Watch Series 3 (42mm)


The Good

  • Built-in cellular connection finally
  • Robust platform with WatchOS 4
  • Bigger focus on health & fitness
  • Apple Music streaming coming later this year

The Bad

  • Same restrained look as before
  • Not a whole lot of "new" stuff
Apple Watch SE (44mm)
8.9

Apple Watch SE (44mm)


The Good

  • More affordable price, great deal on cellular model
  • Fast performance
  • Great variety of high-quality watchfaces
  • Very comfortable to wear
  • Very accurate heart rate measurements for a smartwatch

The Bad

  • No always-on screen
  • Still have to charge it every day
  • Sleep tracking less useful than on rivals
  • No ECG, no blood oxygen sensor
  • Does not work with Android phones

The Apple Watch Series 3 and the SE were the first to get Black Friday and Cyber Monday discounts - a couple of days before the event, actually. These models are the affordable way to get a taste of Apple's ecosystem. And some of them are still getting discounts, even now.

Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm)
9.0

Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm)


The Good

  • Has an always-on screen!
  • Fast performance
  • Feels very comfortable to wear
  • Very accurate heart rate measurements for a smartwatch

The Bad

  • One day battery life, not more
  • Does not work with Android phones
  • Automatic workout tracking does not detect most short workouts at all
  • No sleep tracking


The Apple Watch Series 5 has been phased out by Apple to make room for the Watch 6 but we saw some very generous offers on this model at Best Buy and on Amazon.

Samsung Galaxy Watch deals


Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 (44mm)
7.8

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 (44mm)


The Good

  • Stylish design
  • Bright and vivid OLED display
  • Excellent health tracking
  • Wear OS is a great match
  • Good haptic feedback

The Bad

  • One-day battery life at best
  • Gimmicky capacitive rotating bezel
  • No Google Assistant support yet

Samsung is Apple's biggest competitor not only in the smartphone business but also when we talk about wearables. All Galaxy Watch models were discounted for Cyber Monday, and the deals were epic!

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic (46mm)

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic (46mm)


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The best options during the event were to be found on Samsung's own site, and they involved trading in an old device. We expect something similar this year - and, we have also the Galaxy Watch 5 and the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro that should also get discounted.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 (40mm)

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 (40mm)


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Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro
8.5

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro


The Good

  • Superb battery life
  • Titanium body + sapphire screen is a superb combo
  • Bright and legible OLED display
  • Great health and sleep monitoring
  • Good haptic feedback
  • Charges rather quickly

The Bad

  • A bit too bulky
  • The rotating bezel is sadly gone
  • Ecosystem issues - some features are exclusive to Galaxy phones

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm)
8.5

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm)


The Good

  • Very comfortable to wear
  • 2-day battery life
  • Sleep tracking
  • Clean design suitable for both work and play
  • Quick release pins for easy change of straps
  • Automatic workout tracking works mostly well

The Bad

  • You cannot quickly switch between watchfaces
  • Haptics are not great
  • Bixby is worse than Siri and Google Assistant
  • We miss the physical rotating bezel

Garmin watch deals


Garmin is another great option, especially if you're into outdoor activities. The company started its business making navigation systems, and that's the reason Garmin smartwatches and bands have great GPS modules and software. During the last Cyber Monday Garmin devices were the ones that received the biggest discounts, especially on the premium models - Best Buy offered up to $300 off the price of some Fenix watches.

Fitbit deals

Fitbit Sense

Fitbit Versa 3

Fitbit Sense

Lunar White Soft Gold

Fitbit Versa 3

Black Aluminum with Black Band

Fitbit Charge 5


Fitbit is another very popular brand among fitness enthusiasts - during the last Black Friday and Cyber Monday events, Fitbit devices saw moderate discounts at all major online retailers - Best Buy, Amazon, and Walmart.

Smartwatch deals on other brands


Finally, you can go against the grain and search for your wearable happiness elsewhere. There are countless brands out there, and some of them are almost as good as the most popular ones we all know and love. Here are the deals on smartwatches from various other brands that can be found right now.

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