Digital Trends may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.
Labor Day is now much more than a celebration of the labor movement and its contributions to the social and economic achievements of American workers. Like most federal holidays, it’s has been transformed into a shopping bonanza — a chance to take home must-have hardware on the cheap. We’re talking about clothing, laptops, mattresses, smartphones, televisions, and everything in between. You’ll need to act fast, though: Unlike during Cyber Week, the best Labor Day sales only last for one day. When they’re over, they’re over. Finito.
Labor Day always celebrated on the first Monday of September, meaning Labor Day 2021 falls on September 6. You don’t need to wait until then to take home a bargain, though. Some retailers start their Labor Day sales a little earlier — usually the Friday before. This means the best Labor Day sales will land between September 3 and September 7. The most substantial savings won’t arrive until the Monday, though, and as we said before, they’ll last until midnight when they’ll disappear only to return on Black Friday at the end of November.
This depends on what you’re looking for. If it’s a 4K TV, then check out Best Buy or Walmart. If it’s an iPad, Amazon is the standout. Mattress? You’ll want to look at a manufacturer like Casper. See where we’re going here? You don’t have to make this decision yourself, though: We’ve thrown together a quick list of where we expect to see the best deals for Labor Day 2021. Just keep in mind that Digital Trends will be on hand when the sales start, highlighting all of the best deals right here, so be sure to check back nearer the time for more structured buying advice.
- Amazon Labor Day Sale: Amazon isn’t hosting a Labor Day sale per se, but it has discounted a number of must-have electronics and appliances (even more than usual) and that can’t be a coincidence.
- Adorama Labor Day Sale: Adorama has discounted everything from AirPods and DSLRs to MacBooks and Surface Books for Labor Day. There’s no theme to the savings, so head over to see what’s up.
- Best Buy Labor Day Sale: Best Buy has extended its Labor Day Appliance Sale to high-end electronics. We’re talking iPads, iPhones, MacBooks, 4K TVs, and more. (Almost) everything is on offer!
- B&H Photo Video Labor Day Sale: On the hunt for a new MacBook Pro? Headphones? Projector? These are just a few of the different gadgets B&H Photo Video has discounted for Labor Day 2021.
- Dell Labor Day Sale: Dell is offering massive discounts not only on laptops, monitors, and other computing hardware, but also smart home tech like Roombas, Nest Learning Thermostats, and Samsung 4K TVs.
- GameStop Labor Day Sale: GameStop has reduced several must-have Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One games and accessories to celebrate Labor Day. Hurry, though: Stock is already running low.
- Microsoft Labor Day Sale: Microsoft is selling off several must-have laptops on the cheap for Labor Day, and with discounts coming in as steep as $800 under sticker, it’s an sale that’s not to be missed.
- Best Buy Labor Day Sale: Best Buy’s Labor Day Home Appliance Sale is in full swing, bringing steep discounts on kitchen hardware like dishwashers, refrigerators, and washer-dryers.
- Dyson Labor Day Sale: Save up to $150 on select Dyson small home appliances, including the Dyson V11 Torque cordless vacuum and the Dyson Pure Cool BP04 purifying bladeless fan.
- Lowe’s Labor Day Sale: Lowe’s is offering up to 40% off home appliances, patio furniture, and just about everything else you’d squeeze into or outside your home, including outdoor grills.
- Home Depot Labor Day Sale: Just like Lowe’s, Home Depot is selling home appliances, patio furniture, tools, and more home essentials for up to 40% less than their retail price. Nice.
- SimpliSafe Labor Day Sale: Looking to tighten security around your home this Labor Day? SimpliSafe is knocking 20% off any new system and throwing in a free SimpliCam worth $99 with every order.
While there aren’t any Labor Day sales happening right now, there are several fantastic offers on must-have products like AirPods, Keurigs, Kindles, iPads, iPhones, MacBooks, 4K TVs, and even 8K TVs that are bound to run right through the shopping bonanza. We’ve cataloged all of the best deals below. The highlight? Amazon has knocked $50 off both the Apple iPad 10.2 and the Apple iPad Mini, bringing the former down to $280 from $330 and the latter down to $350 from $400. Act fast, though: They won’t be in stock for long at these prices.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: For every good deal out there during a shopping event like Labor Day and Black Friday, there are at least a dozen bad. That’s why it’s important to not only consult an impartial source of buying advice to find out whether the deal you’re looking at is really worth your hard-earned cash, but to also have an understanding of the tricks retailers use to dupe customers into thinking they’re looking at a no-brainer. Below, we’ve thrown together some advice to make sure you’re getting the best possible deal this Labor Day 2021.
- Compare: It can be hard to do this for clothing, but if you’re shopping for electronics, a quick check of other stores can help you decide if you’re getting a good price (if you found the deal here, skip this step).
- Read: Some sales aren’t all they’re cracked up to be, but you have to read all of the details to know that. BOGO could mean a variety of things and mail-in rebates are always more work than they ought to be.
- Think: Deals were designed to get you to make an impulsive buying decision, so make sure you do your due diligence before clicking Buy Now. If an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is. Be sensible.
Digital Trends may earn commission on products purchased through our links, which supports the work we do for our readers.