Surprise hits of Black Friday 2018: 5 deal shockers from last year

Excited for Black Friday this year? As are we. We throwback to last year and the best deals we saw...

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Black Friday 2019 is fast approaching – in just six short weeks your shopping baskets will be flooded with bargains and your wallet brimming with receipts. How to know what to shop? Check out what sold well last Black Friday. We remember the best of the best deals bagged by readers below.

So, scroll for our top five Black Friday offers from 2018 and note what to shop this year to guarantee a bargain...

1. 20% off Mattresses

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Last year's Black Friday mattress deals were pretty amazing for those hoping to bag a bargain. What happened? Simba (opens in new tab), Casper (opens in new tab), John Lewis (opens in new tab) and Mattressman (opens in new tab) all had a huge 20 per cent off site-wide. And that is only the half of it. Bundle deals and limited time discount codes for even more off were dropping left, right and centre. Stick with us to see what happens in 2019.

The best mattress deals right now

2. £700 off the Samsung Family Hub 

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Last year saw Currys slash prices on loads of kitchen appliances; among the sale was the Samsung Family Hub fridge freezer (opens in new tab). Usually, this appliance retails at a huge £2,699.99 but for last Black Friday, Currys customers bagged one for just £1,999. Incredible. It's still for sale at Currys, so if you're after a smart fridge freezer this year, keep an eye on it.

What makes it great? Combining modern technology with elegant design, this Samsung fridge freezer is sure to be the heart of your kitchen. It's got three built-in cameras that let you see what's inside your fridge freezer – check what you've got left from your phone when you're out so you don't end up with more milk than you can use. And, the built-in screen can be used for everything from checking recipes to seeing who is at the door with your connected video doorbell.

The best fridge freezer deals right now

3. Electric toothbrush bargains

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Hoping to bag the best electric toothbrush around? One of these models will see you through Christmas, New Year and beyond with a shiny smile. Last year, Oral B offered up to £210 off selected electric toothbrushes at Amazon. It's the perfect time to buy. 

Last year's Black Friday sale saw: the Oral-B Smart 5 5000 (opens in new tab) with £75.19 off; the Oral-B Genius 9000 (opens in new tab) sold for £89.99; the Oral-B Pro 2 2000N (opens in new tab) sold for under £30. We imagine this year's deals will be bigger, better and on newer models.

4. £24.99 for a Fire TV Stick or Echo Dot

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Striving towards a fully connected home? Or looking to delve into the world of smart home for the first time? Whatever the reason, if you're hoping to buy smart home products during Black Friday, it's a very smart move. See what we did there?

Last year, Amazon sold both their Fire TV Stick (opens in new tab) and the Echo Dot (opens in new tab) for the low price of £24.99. That's stocking-filler worthy, or makes an ideal and affordable gift for a friend. 

The best Amazon smart home deals: all the best home tech bargains for October 2019

5. 20% off EVERYTHING at The White Company

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Need some new bedding? Towels? A glorious candle? Head to The White Company on November 29th for a bargain. Last year, they offered customers a huge 20 per cent off site-wide and our homes have been looking super stylish ever since...

The best bedding deals this month

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Annie is our Deputy Ecommerce Editor at Real Homes, with her particular area of expertise being home fragrance (there isn't a candle out there that she hasn't lit in her home). She's our guru when it comes to what to buy, when — and also where. She has years of experience when it comes to finding deals — Amazon Prime Day, Black Friday or not — and she particularly loves finding a bargain. With some of her favorite homeware pieces coming from Amazon, she's always looking for budget-friendly alternatives and dupes, as well as eco-friendly products to help her on her recent journey to being more sustainable at home. There's nothing she loves more than her Pug, Doug, and a bargain thrift shop find (yes, she once thrifted a brand new Le Creuset pan). Next up on her to-do list at home: DIY crittall-style doors...