Black Friday 2020: the latest news and (very) early deals

Want to know everything about Black Friday 2020? Well from when it falls, to how it could be affected by coronavirus, we have been researching the biggest shopping event of the year to share the latest news

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Black Friday 2020 may be nearly seven months away, but we are in permanent bargain hunting mode on Realhomes.com so it is our mission to keep you in the know on all the best sales. Black Friday is arguably one of the biggest retail events of the year – falling just before Christmas it is a chance for shops to shift things that are hard to sell at that time or year, but more importantly the best time to get hold of bargain tech and Christmas gifts. 

Last year was one of the biggest Black Fridays on record with deals from all of our favourite brands. We saw top offers on all departments, too, but namely vacuum cleaners, large appliances like fridge freezers and washing machines and then great Black Friday deals on TVs and smart home tech. As always Amazon, Walmart, John Lewis and Currys all delivered amazing discounts, but we shopped around and also got hold of GHDs, KitchenAids and Le Creuset wares at super low prices.

This year might be a little different. There is no telling how much Black Friday will be affected by Covid-19 – if at all – but with Amazon Prime Day set to be delayed, we are expecting that unless things are totally back to normal in November, Black Friday could be different too.

As always, we are here to keep you in the know and will share every bit of news as it drops. For now, read on to learn all about Black Friday. You can also see deals on our favourite items incase you really can't wait until November or are looking for something special now.

Our philosophy is simple – we’ll only recommend products we own or would buy ourselves. So, here are the latest live sales and all the news we have on Black Friday 2020.

When is Black Friday 2020?

In 2020, Black Friday falls on 27 November and Cyber Monday follows on 30 November, so that's a whole weekend that will be packed with deals, with everything from technology to homeware and toys to appliances reduced to grab-me-while-you-can prices. And just like last year, we'll be covering every one of them to make shopping the Black Friday sales as easy as possible. 

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.

Will Black Friday 2020 be affected by coronavirus?

As yet, it is hard to tell how much coronavirus will affect Black Friday 2020. Although all the buying can take place online, there are a few things that could impact the Black Friday deals reaching the scale of previous years:

  • Supply chains: Covid-19 has affected both manufacturing and delivery of key items in recent weeks. Many of the products we see for sale on Black Friday may already have been built, but we are yet to see how factory closures have impacted the global tech market.
  • Safe delivery: Deliveries have been made possible during the pandemic by companies and individuals upping their hygiene practices and offering no-contact delivery. In some cases this has added time to estimated deliveries so it will be interesting to see what changes stick around for Black Friday 2020.
  • The economy: As expected, the economy has been knocked by the world effectively coming to standstill. Some have lost jobs and others may have resulting cash flow problems. We have already seen store closures from the impacts to the highstreet and where this has wiped out competition, remaining shops may not be as driven to offer the big discounts of years gone by.

See our Black Friday 2019 best sellers

'Why do we care what sold well last year?' you say. Well, chances are, if it sold well last year, they will put it on sale again this year – we hope. Keep an eye on these prices for the next round of sales or spot a deal now!

Shop live deals

TV deals

Black Friday is notorious for its TV deals. Can't wait? Check out these top offers or head to our TV deals page for more.

Panasonic TX-43GS352 43in LED Full HD Smart TV | Was £319, now £299 at Very
This great value 43in TV gives a huge range of entertainment to enjoy, making it ideal for positioning in the living room. It has a wide choice of channels to choice from, a built-in Freeview Play tuner plus easy access to Netflix and Youtube. Delivery from 24 hours.View Deal

Hisense H50U7BUK 50in Smart TV | Was £549 now £399 at AO
With £100 off right now, this HiSense TV is a bargain. It's 50 inches, it's smart, it's Ultra HD and its sound quality is incredible. It also comes in 65 inches if you want to go the extra mile.View Deal

Fridge freezer deals

While Black Friday is the perfect time to bag a refrigeration on offer, we have our eyes peeled year round for the best fridge freezer deals. 

Samsung RB31FDRNDSA Frost-Free Fridge Freezer | Was £519.00 now £499.99 at Very
The tall Samsung RB31FDRNDSA fridge freezer features a water dispenser in the door and No Frost technology that eliminates frost and icy build-ups. Plus there are a load of other nifty features, like easy slide shelves for quick access and in door storage designed specifically for drinks. View Deal

Hotpoint Day 1 FFU4DK American Style fridge freezer | Was £929.99 now £719.99 at Littlewoods
This American-style fridge freezer is a steal. We love that it features freezer draws at the bottom to easily organise your food, while its A+ energy rating is a huge bonus.View Deal

Vacuum cleaner deals

Can't wait till Black Friday for a new vacuum cleaner? Worry not – check out these brilliant vacuum cleaner deals. Our top picks are below, then head to our vacuum cleaner deals page for more offers.

Shark DuoClean Stick Vacuum Cleaner | Was £249.99, now £179 at Amazon
The Shark DuoClean is our best vacuum for stubborn pet hair, believe it or not. It also makes household cleaning a breeze thanks to its bendy wand which means you won't have to bend down to clean under furniture, and it features a light on the front so you can see piles of pet hair with ease.View Deal

Numatic NRV 240-11 | Was £129.99 now £118.90 at Amazon
This well-known vacuum cleaner has a huge capacity of 9 litres, as well as 580 watts of power behind it. Not sure about purchasing a corded model? Its cord length is a huge 12.5 metres long. These are all the reasons we rated it our best budget buy vacuum cleaner.View Deal

Coffee machine deals

If you regularly grab a coffee on your way to work, being able to make your own at home could save you hundreds of pounds. These discounted coffee machines suit every level of barista, whether you like the ease of a pod mechanism, or love concocting the perfect macchiato. Shop more offers on our coffee machine deals hub.

Tassimo Happy Single Serve Pod Coffee Machine | Was £99.99, now £29.99 at Very
What a bargain! This coffee machine has £70 off, it's compact and it can make a huge range of drinks with the touch of one button. It heats up quick and cleans itself, too. A great first coffee machine...View Deal

Nescafe Dolce Gusto Mini Me | Was £99.99, now £65 at Amazon
This Nescafé coffee machine is great! It features a 0.8l removable water tank for easy cleaning, it has a maximum 15 bar pump pressure and since it's a pod machine, you'll have your choice of 40 different drinks to make. Not only that but there'll be less mess to clean up, too. You can also control the coffee strength for the days you're feeling slightly worse for wear and are surviving off five hours sleep *cough* hangover *cough* who said that?View Deal

Smart home deals

Smart home tech is still seen as somewhat of a luxury, but is changing the way we run our homes. If you have been intrigued by what you can do to better connect your home, but put off by price, Black Friday is the best time to buy, but for those who can't wait, shop these current offers.

TP-Link TL-WA860RE N300 Universal Range Extender | Was £34.99, now £21.98 at Amazon
This Wi-Fi extender has a Smart Signal Indicator to show the strength of the signal the device is receiving from your router, to help you find the best area to place it. It also works with any standard router or gateway, just to make things easier. Due to its compact size, you won't even realise it is there and it features a power socket on the front so that you don't waste one!View Deal

Health and beauty deals

With Christmas on the horizon, Black Friday means loads of offers on hair tools, beauty busy and other things that make fab gifts. Luckily, we have seen these offers live now.

GHD Creative Curl Wand Professional Curler | Was £129, now £95.99 at Amazon
This GHD curling wand can heat up in just 25 seconds, meaning it's perfect if you're always in a rush *guilty*. It's the best curling wand around for those who are trying to achieve easy large curls or waves, thanks to its 28mm tapered barrel, and the built-in Ultra-zone technology claims to create the perfect curl in just five to eight seconds. The curlers feature a safety stand for when they're not in use to protect your floor or surfaces (and fingers). They also come with a two year guarantee for peace of mind.View Deal

Oral-B Genius 8000 Electric Toothbrush | Was £279.99 now £98.98 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.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

Small appliance deals

Often we overlook our small appliances – all those bits of kitchen tech that make daily food prep so much easier. So upgrade your current set up with one of these great deals. 

Ninja Foodi MAX 7.5L Pressure Cooker Air Fryer Dehydrator | Was £230, now £199.99 on Argos
Would it be too shouty to say 'BARGAIN'? Another great find at an amazing price, this all-in-one cooker is truly amazing; there's really nothing it can't do: use it as a slow cooker, or a pressure cooker, or a grill, or even a yoghurt maker. Effortlessly switch between steam, air frying, and even baking.  View Deal

Mattress deals

The online mattress market has become increasingly competitive in recent years and there are loads to choose from. Of course, some mattresses suit some people better than others depending on your sleeping position, whether you tend to overheat when you sleep and what kind of firmness you like. Shop these cheap mattresses to find the right one for you.

Casper | 30% off all mattresses
Use the code SLEEPMORE at the checkout to bag a decent saving on one of the best mattresses around. This discount code will work on all size and type mattresses, plus all accessories, so you can get the most out of your bedtime.  Deal ends: unknown.View Deal

OTTY | Save up to £250 on mattresses
There's a couple of comforting offers on at OTTY at the moment; save up to £250 on the OTTY Essential Hybrid or, save £200 off the award-winning OTTY Hybrid. Deal ends: Unknown.View Deal

Washing machine deals

Washing machine tend to end up being a distress purchase – something you don't think to replace until it breaks – but did you know you could be saving on your energy bills, and taking better care of your clothes with a new washer? See our top washing machine deals below.

Indesit Innex Washing Machine | Was £339.99, now £299.99 at Very
An 8kg wash capacity (that’s the equivalent of 40 shirts) will help you get through the family’s dirty laundry. Plus there are 16 wash cycles to pick from, including wool, sport, delicate and half load. View Deal

Indesit IWDC6125 Washer Dryer | Was £298.98, now £278.98 at Appliances Direct
The cheapest washer dryer deal we could find, this Indesit machine has a 6kg wash capacity and 5kg drying capacity as well as 16 different programmes to choose from. Those who love sport are in luck as there are three special sport programmes, and there’s an eco setting, too. Often in a hurry? Don’t stress about leaving washing until the last minute as there’s an express wash and dry setting.
View Deal

When is Cyber Monday 2020?

Cyber Monday is always the Monday straight after Black Friday, so next year Cyber Monday 2020 falls on 30 November. Traditionally, this is when you'll see lots of electronics and technology discounted.

What is the difference between Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Not a great deal really, since many deals run 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.

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.

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 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.

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.