Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018: the best deals and how to get them

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday getting bigger every year, we're expecting better savings than ever before on gifts, tech, appliances, homeware and more. Here's everything you need to know

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An American phenomenon, Black Friday and Cyber Monday has gained traction in the UK over recent years, offering bargain hunters the chance to make big savings on everything from tech and appliances to furniture and home accessories. The best bit? With Black Friday and Cyber Monday falling a month before Christmas, it's also the perfect opportunity to pick up some incredible gifts at a fraction of the price.

So, should you wait for Black Friday and Cyber Monday in 2018? Well, yes and no. While prices will go down during the big weekend, there are still bargains to be bagged in the run-up. 

To help you out, we've done the legwork, finding the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for your home. So, whether you're looking to replace an old home appliance, up your smart home tech quota or simply get your Christmas shopping done early and cheaply, keep checking back with us for the latest deals and info.

When is Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018?

Always immediately after Thanksgiving, this year's Black Friday will fall on Friday 23rd November, with Cyber Monday on 26th November. The sales will, however, last for about a week or so, and some retailers, such as Amazon, often start cutting prices before. In other words, keep your eyes peeled for great deals from the beginning of November onwards.

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 focussed more on clothing and jewellery bargains. Now, though, you can get great deals on everything across the weekend.

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

With homeware brands ever more attuned to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday buzz, you can expect big savings from some of our favourite brands.

When it comes to home tech and appliances, Amazon, AO.com, John Lewis and Currys are worth watching, while big savings on furniture and homeware can be expected everywhere from Made.com, Anthropolgie and Oliver Bonas to Wayfair, Habitat and Amara. 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 illusionary?

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.
  • You'll be able to buy small gifts from Apple – gift cards have featured in the past (perfect for the fussy gift-receiver!).
  • Classic Christmas gifts – from cameras to smart home tech – will be way cheaper than usual.
  • Power tools, kitchen appliances large and small and even electric razors will all be discounted.
  • It's not just fridges, kettles, coffee machines, microwaves and ovens that are up for grabs; off-season buys, such as lawnmowers, BBQs, sprinklers, hedge trimmers are being 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 mattress, bed, sofa bed, and furniture 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 you can allocate your budget to something that is more rarely discounted on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, if you prefer.

Whatever you're shopping for, bear in mind that as prices do 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.

Best deals to expect on Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018

We don't yet know what Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018 will offer in terms of deals, but, from past experience, we can make some good guess-timates, so keep fingers crossed for:

SMART HOME TECH

Amazon slashed prices on its own smart products last year – think the Echo, Echo Dot, Kindle... and also helped customers save a hefty £90 when purchasing a Hive thermostat. John Lewis also knocked £50 off the Google Home smart speaker. In other words, it's the perfect time to do your shopping. Bargain Christmas gift anyone?

TVs

TVs are always sold at great prices on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Last year, Currys had 36 per cent off the Sony Bravia Smart Ultra HD TV, taking the price down from £1,099 to a staggering £699. Amazon also had some cracking TV deals, including a Sony TV reduced from £999 to £599. 

MATTRESSES

You'll sleep in comfort going into 2019, as mattresses have been known to be really cheap in Black Friday sales. In 2017, big online mattress brands such as Simba, Casper and Eve got in on the Black Friday action, too, with some of them offering 30 per cent off over the Black Friday weekend.

BEDDING

It would be rude not to get some brand new bedding considering the low prices, right? Three years ago Marks & Spencer cut prices by 50 per cent on items such as bedding and towels and last yearDebenhams also had 30 per cent off bedding.

BEDS

Guaranteed a good night's sleep after all of the money you'll be saving, last year, homeware haven Habitat cut their prices by 50 per cent during the event, and in 2016, Very offered a 50 per cent discount on several of their beds and sofas.

SOFA BEDS

Sleeping a few more family members this Christmas? treat yourself to a new sofa bed from John Lewis. Last year they had the deal of the century on their Sacha sofa bed, dropping the price by over £400.

SOFAS

Those on the hunt for a new sofa will be pleased to hear that Marks & Spencer knocked a whopping 60 per cent off products across all its departments in 2017, and Debenhams offered savings of 60 per cent off furniture. 

FRIDGES AND FREEZERS

A purse-friendly fridge or freezer 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, including a huge £400 off the LG GSL961PZBV American-style fridge freezer.

WASHING MACHINES

You can get some pretty good washing machine deals from brands such as John Lewis , who, last year, cut prices by up to £170, and Currys offered up to £250 off selected models. 

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

Finding the deals is 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, including smart home and kitchen appliances, bedroom accessories, TVs, furniture, gifts and more. 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 should 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.

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 pages, and you can browse them below:

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