Black Friday 2019: when is it and the best deals for your home

Looking ahead to Black Friday 2019? It is just a few weeks away now, so we are preparing for all the best home deals including big bargains on appliances, branded homewares and home technology

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Black Friday 2019 is in just six weeks. While you might be wondering why you need to bother about it now, there is prep to be done if you want to bag true bargains. And, a few Black Friday pre-sales to be aware of too. 

If you haven't started writing your Black Friday wishlist – worry not. We have made it our mission to find not only the best Black Friday deals, but any sneaky deals that come out ahead of the day that are too good to be missed. Our eyes are peeled for the best home deals so expect everything from top of the range vacuum cleaners to smart home gadgets, and sofa beds to scented candles.

So, should you wait for Black Friday 2019 (and Cyber Monday) to shop? Well, yes and no. While prices will go down during the big weekend itself, there might be some purchases that make more sense now (more on this later). That is why we have rounded up the best pre-Black Friday deals below, shared what went on sale last year, and have a few predictions of our own, so you can decide whether to wait.

So, bookmark this page and check in regularly for the very latest deals. And if you can't wait that long, don't forget you can always grab a bargain at our deals hub page any time of year...

Deal of the day: Amazon US cut Amazon Fire Stick price to $24.99

In this pre-Black Friday deal, Amazon US have cut the price of the Amazon Fire Stick to just $24.99 from the usual $39.99. The Fire Stick 4K has been cut to $34.99 too, down from $49.99 so you can save $15 on either device right now. Both have our buddy Alexa installed too.

Grab it before it goes, or if you fancy your chances, gamble on this being a sign of much bigger discounts on Black Friday weekend.... 

Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa voice control | Was $39.99, now $24.99 on Amazon

Everyone in our office has one of these bad boys. The Fire Stick is great way to add streaming capability to your TV and access the help of your gal Alexa. Netflix, games, Prime movies and much more all at your finger tips – or voice command, if you'd rather.View Deal

Amazon Fire Stick 4K with Alexa voice control | Was $49.99, now $34.99 on Amazon

Does everything the usual Amazon Fire Stick does, but for a 4K TV setup. At less than the usual price of the standard Amazon Fire Stick, buy this version if you have a 4K television (or are thinking of grabbing one on Black Friday).View Deal

Deals that might as well be Black Friday deals

We can't call any of our deals Black Friday deals yet but these really are too good to miss. Everything in this section is under £50 too, so they are perfect if you are trying to make a start on Christmas shopping, need a birthday gift or just want to treat yourself because it is a rainy rainy October day...

Priced from low to high:

Alexa compatible Smart Plugs | Was £27.99 now £16.12 at Amazon
A set of plugs might not sound like the most exciting of gifts, but with these you are actually buying the gift of peace of mind. How? They can be used to control lighting when you are out, check you have switched off those dreaded straighteners or just use them to turn the radio on and off to spook your granny...View Deal

Bosch IXO Cordless Screwdriver | Was £41.99 now £28.90
This handy cordless screwdriver makes the perfect stocking filler for anyone who does lots of DIY. It features a forward/reverse operation, as well as 10 standard screwdriver bits and a carry case for easy storage. It charges through a micro-USB system and can work for 3-hours straight without needing to be charged.View Deal

Anthropologie Eula Bedding | Was from £68 now from £34 at John Lewis
Know an Anthropologie fan? Give them the cosiest of gifts with this bedding set which features beautiful hand knotted and machine embroidered embellishment. It's available in a double or king size, and right now is reduced to clear at John Lewis.View Deal

KitchenAid Traditional Kettle - Onyx Black | Was £89.99 | Now £39.99 at Currys

OMG we can't believe this bargain buy! Snatch it up before it's too late because everyone knows that KitchenAid is famous for its style and efficiency. What's more, Currys are offering free next day delivery... quick!View Deal

Le Creuset Stoneware Cafetiere | Was £57 now £45.60 at Amazon
A must for coffee lovers, this neat little cafetiere from leading cookware brand Le Creuset is a fab treat for yourself or someone else. Seen here in recognisable Volcanic orange, it comes in 5 more colours and is sure to brighten up a dreary autumn morning.View Deal

The best pre-Black Friday 2019 deals

Can't wait to bag a bargain? Black Friday 2019 is still seven weeks away, but these deals are here right now. We've found the best current deals on the web that are similar to last Black Friday's offerings. Everything from TVs to washing machines, bedding sets, electric toothbrushes and lawnmowers.

These amazing deals below should keep you content until Black Friday weekend.

20% off Crock-Pots for Crocktober at Amazon
Had your eye on a Crock-Pot for a while? These deals should be snapped up immediately. Prices start from just £34.99 for a 4.7 litre slow cooker – a bargain!View Deal

TP-Link Smart Bulb | Was £24.99 now £14.99 at Amazon
This smart lightbulb deal is a bargain now with £10 off. We love that it connects to Alexa, Google and IFTTT and it's dimmable and requires no hub to work.View Deal

 Oral-B Genius 8000 Electric Toothbrush | Was £279.99 now £95.10 at Amazon
The Oral-B Genius 8000 electric toothbrush is rated our best electric toothbrush for a reason – it has a battery life for up to 12 days, it features five brushing modes and it connects via Bluetooth to your phone. Right now it has 66 per cent off for those who can't wait until Black Friday to bag a bargain; that's a huge £184.01 off.View Deal

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Electric Toothbrush | Was £299 now £99.99 at Amazon
Another electric toothbrush deal, but this one has a huge 67 per cent off right now. It comes in four different colours, has 10 different speed settings and a battery life of 2 weeks. We want one!View Deal

Braun Series 7 Electric Shaver | Was £279.99 now £129.99 at Amazon
The Braun Series 7 is our pick of the best electric shaver you can buy. Why? It's among the best you can buy for a close, safe and intelligent shave. It also cleans itself, it has five different shaving modes, it's cordless AND waterproof and it can be used wet or dry and with shaving foam or gel...View Deal

KitchenAid 5K45SS Stand Mixer | Was £399 now £299 at AO
This is the cheapest price we've ever seen the KitchenAid sell for. The chances of it being less than this on Black Friday are very slim. Buy now to secure a saving early and cross a Christmas present off your list.View Deal

What is Black Friday?

Black Friday started in the USA. The term had previously been used for bad economic events like Friday 24th September 1969 when a group of financiers tried to manipulate the gold market, leading to an economic crash. However, it was then applied to the shopping chaos that was noted in Philadelphia on the Friday after Thanksgiving in 1961 and the name has stuck. With many people taking this day off and using it to begin their Christmas shopping, it is one of the busiest days in the commercial calendar, both on the streets and online.

Black Friday is no longer just a US phenomenon – it's gained unstoppable momentum in the UK over recent years, too. Along with Cyber Monday, both events are loved by bargain hunters as they offer the chance to make big savings on everything from tech and to cushions.

With the weekend falling about a month before Christmas, it is a great opportunity to bag Christmas gifts and winter deals.

Has Black Friday 2019 started?

Not yet. Black Friday always falls on the Friday after Thanksgiving which is the last Thursday of November. However, this is falling later than previous years and shops will want to capitalise on the most profitable time of year by extending the window for sales. People will also be shopping for Christmas and to ensure they get their goods in time for the big day, they will probably be on the look out for bargains a couple of weeks before the end of November – the retailers will need to react to this too. 

So, we are seeing lots of early sales now and expect Black Friday 2019 to have a soft launch in the weeks before the event. 

Keep an eye on our deals page to see all the latest bargains from vendors. We will also inform you on here when the Black Friday 2019 sales begin. 

When is Black Friday 2019?

Always immediately after Thanksgiving, this year's Black Friday will fall on Friday 29th November. The sales will, however, last for about a week or so, and some retailers, such as Amazon, will start cutting prices before. In fact, Black Friday last year saw deals starting to drop a good week or two before. In other words, keep your eyes peeled for great deals from the beginning of November onwards.

When is Cyber Monday 2019?

Cyber Monday is always the Monday straight after Black Friday, so that means Cyber Monday 2019 falls on 2nd December.

Traditionally, this is when you'll see lots of electronics and technology discounted, perfect for Christmas present and home shopping.

Is there a difference between Black Friday and Cyber Monday?

Not really, since lots of deals are set to last from Black Friday through to Cyber Monday and beyond.

Once upon a time, Black Friday offered great deals on consumer electronics, while Cyber Monday focused more on clothing and jewellery bargains. Now, though, you can get great deals on everything across the entire weekend.

Although Black Friday originated in the US, Cyber Monday has become the bigger event there in the last few years. Many people are preferring to spend their Friday enjoying the holiday and so shops are reacting with great deals on the Monday too.

In the UK most of the activity is on the Friday, with some shops dropping deals in the days before.  

What can you buy for your home on Black Friday and Cyber Monday?

Lots of things! From mattress deals to TV sales, so it's possibly the best time of the year for shopping, big or small. With homeware brands ever more attuned to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday buzz, you can expect big savings from well-known brands.

When it comes to home tech and appliances, Amazon and John Lewis are probably your best bet. And then there's  AO.com, and Currys , of course. Other retailers worth watching include Wayfair and Habitat . Big savings on furniture and homeware can be expected everywhere from Made.com to  Anthropologie

That said, sometimes, retailers opt out of Black Friday and Cyber Monday – which is why it's worth checking back here for updates because we'll be monitoring the best deals for you.

Dunelm chair bed in grey folded up with a scatter cushion

It's not all about punch ups for the last TV on Black Friday. Invest in quality furniture at discounted prices. Sofa beds like this chair bed from Dunelm are a great purchase at this time of year

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Are Black Friday and Cyber Monday savings real or not?

As with any sale, there are some end-of-line products as well as items that haven’t proved popular throughout the rest of the year in the mix on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. However, there are some genuine savings on offer. Here's what you can generally expect:

  • TVs will be sold at massive discounts, ideal for the viewing-heavy festive season.
  • Amazon will offer great discounts on its own products (think Echo and Echo Dots – both great Christmas gifts.
  • Classic Christmas gifts – from cameras to smart home tech – will be way cheaper than usual.
  • Power tools, kitchen appliances – such as washing machines, and even electric razors will all be discounted.
  • It's not just coffee machines, microwaves and other must-have appliances that are up for grabs. Nope, off-season buys, such as lawnmowers, BBQs and more will be discounted, too.
  • eBay even takes part, offering Black Friday deals.
  • Home accessories will be up for grabs at brilliant prices – and we'll have the latest every day.
  • Xbox One X, is expected to be discounted, as is the PS4 Pro. Perfect for that 'big gift' for the kids.
  • Looking for furniture? You'll be able to check back with us for the best bed and sofa bed deals.

BUT... since many products' prices yoyo frequently, checking the price history of what you're planning to buy on CamelCamelCamel.com or PriceSpy will tell you whether the savings are real or illusory. These clever and handy sites show you whether a price is likely to re-occur, so, if you prefer, you can allocate your budget to something that is more rarely discounted on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Whatever you're shopping for, do bear in mind that as prices change frequently (no doubt arranged with the supplier way in advance), it's not always worth racing to get something you're still saving for, because the product is likely to be discounted again soon (think Boxing Day sales). Always check, rather than be distracted by the recommended retail price, especially on big ticket home tech like televisions.

Top tips for bagging a Black Friday deal

1. Sign up to mailing lists: Subscribe to newsletter lists from your favourite retailers to be informed of deals as they drop. You can also sign up for our newsletter because we will be sharing the best home deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

2. Be prepared to research: Retailers will surface some of their best deals on homepages and top pages, but also the ones they want rid of or the ones they think will get the most traffic to the site. This is why it pays to navigate away from the main Black Friday landing pages. If you know what product you are after, head to that section of the site and get ready to scroll. 

3. Check out the lesser known brands: The biggest brands may have the buying power to offer the best discounts, but they will also be the busiest sites and stock is more likely to go quickly. Look for lesser known retailers (check their reviews on Trustpilot first) and see if they have the products you are after.

Amazon Black Friday deals: When does the Amazon Black Friday sale start?

The Amazon Black Friday sale is typically one that starts early – last year it began on 16th November and ended on 25th November. As usual, Amazon won't be confirming when it's Black Friday 2019 UK event starts, but expect to see it kicking off on the 22nd November and finishing around 9th December. 

Amazon's Black Friday Deals page isn't open just yet but bookmark it and put a date in your diary to visit it nearer the time. If Amazon Prime Day 2019 was anything to go by, the deals – both Deals of the Day and Lightening Deals – will be immense.

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Best deals to expect on Black Friday and Cyber Monday 

We don't yet know exactly what Black Friday UK 2019 and Cyber Monday UK 2019 will offer in terms of deals, but, from past experience, we can make some good guesses, so keep your fingers crossed for:

1. Amazon's Alexa devices and Amazon products

Amazon's Black Friday sale last year saw massive discounts on its own devices. Their Prime memberships and Amazon services were also reduced, too. So, if you're thinking Christmas gifts expect sales on: 

2. Smart home tech

As we said above, Amazon slashed prices on their own smart products last year – think the Echo, Echo Dot, Kindle... and also helped customers save on the Hive thermostat. John Lewis also knocked money off the Google Home smart speaker. Amazon Prime Day also saw massive savings on everything from video doorbells to smart plugs. In other words, it's the perfect time to do your shopping. Bargain Christmas gift anyone? 

See our round-up of the best Black Friday smart home tech deals.

You'll find a few more of your favourite smart buys that will be discounted below:

3. TVs

TVs are always sold at great prices on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Currys knocked loads off TVs last year, and Amazon typically has some cracking TV deals. Best page to bookmark? Our TV deals page has all the latest. If you're after lists of the best buys, see these below:

4. Mattresses

You'll sleep in comfort going into 2020, as mattress deals are known to be really good in Black Friday sales. Last Black Friday saw big online mattress brands such as Simba and Casper get in on the action, with some of them offering 30 per cent off over the Black Friday weekend. Check out our guides for recommendations and reviews so you can nail your choice in the run up to the event, not at the last minute:

5. Bedding

It would be rude not to get some brand new bedding considering the low prices, right? Everyone from John Lewis to  Marks & Spencer cuts prices on items such as bedding and towels – and it's a particularly good time to buy extras. We think a  mattress protector would be a great bargain-buy. See our bedding deals page for the latest bargains.

6. Beds

Guaranteed a good night's sleep after all of the money you'll be saving, last year saw homeware haven Habitat cut their prices during the event, and a couple of years back, Very offered a 50 per cent discount on several beds and sofas. Keep ahead of the deals by checking out our bed sales page – or see our round ups below.

7. Sofa beds

Sleeping a few more family members this Christmas? Treat yourself to a new sofa bed from John Lewis or Dunelm. It was only a couple of years ago that they had the deal of the century on their Sacha sofa bed, dropping the price by over £400. Keep an eye on our sofa bed deals page or jump to our curated pick of the best.

8. Sofas

Those on the hunt for a sofa deal will be pleased to hear that Marks & Spencer knocked a huge amount off products across all its departments last year. What to expect this year? Big savings from those squeezed high street stores. Use our guides below for our picks of the best buys now:

9. Fridges and freezers

A purse-friendly fridge freezer deal to store all the Christmas grub you've pre-ordered is definitely in the running for one of the best Black Friday deals this year. Currys PC World offered top-class deals on their fridges and freezers last year, as did AO.com.

10. Washing machines

Good washing machine deals are a definite during Black Friday, especially from brands such as John Lewis , who, tends to slash prices. Currys are also known to offer up to £££s off selected models. 

How we'll help you find the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals

Finding the deals is definitely the trickiest part of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. With so many retailers offering huge savings, it can be difficult to know where to start looking.

The good news? We’ll provide a guide to the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on everything for your home. That way, we’ll do the browsing and you can snap up the bargains.

Shop safely this Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Just as you would usually, ensure you're shopping securely. Paying by credit card will give you more protection than paying by debit card. If you pay with PayPal or another third party payment service, you may not be eligible for these payment protections.

Know you'll be in a hurry on the big weekend? Take time now to sign up to your retailer(s) of choice so you don't miss out. Some online retailers have already opened their Black Friday 2019 pages, and you can browse them below:

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