Black Friday home sales: Your ultimate guide on what to shop

With Black Friday right around the corner, here are all the deals to keep an eye out for this year.

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Gearing yourself up for the Black Friday home deals? With the year we've all had, we are expecting big things. And by big things, we obviously mean impressive discounts. On everything from a new fridge freezer to the best mattresses and even a comfortable and stylish sofa bed, that is. 

Consider this the ultimate Black Friday guide, so long as you are searching our favorite retailers including all of the Walmart Black Friday, Amazon Black Friday deals, and the rest of your normal go-to's. 

We've got the low down on all things Black Friday home deals related, so just keep on reading for everything you need to know ahead of this year's event.

When is Black Friday 2021 and Cyber Monday 2021?

For 2021, Black Friday falls on the 26th November, and Cyber Monday is on the 29th November.

Where should I shop for Black Friday home deals?

To shop all of the Black Friday sales, continue scrolling below:

When will the Black Friday deals start?

Traditionally speaking, we expect the Black Friday sales to start rolling out at the start of November; still, some retailers like Amazon and Walmart have already begun. 

While we can neither confirm nor deny that every retailer will follow suit, we do strongly recommend keeping an eye out and checking back frequently. As well as heading over to Wayfair on November 19th, as we can confirm they will kick off their Black Friday sale festivities on that specific day. 

What should I buy during Black Friday?

What you buy on Black Friday is down to you, and really, we only suggest buying stuff that you actually need. Because even if something is a bargain, it's not really a bargain if you don't need it in the first place. 

Saying that we can give you a helping hand if you want to know what to look out for during the Black Friday sales in 2021. Click below to shop our deals pages where you will find the best offers around based on the product. 

As well as this, there'll be plenty more products for you to search for in the sales, whether that's home gym equipment or a new appliance for help around Christmas time.

Sales of anything to do with mattresses tend to rise over Black Friday weekend – and just before. This includes mattress protectors for those who want to cover and shield a mattress they may have bought on sale ahead of Black Friday. Otherwise, if you need a new mattress but haven't got the money to spend just before Christmas, you'll want to buy the best mattress topper. These can transform the comfort level of any mattress, just be sure to choose yours wisely.

What about a top vacuum cleaner? Yes, sales on everything from Shark vacuum cleaners to Dyson options and even the iconic (and for good reason) Henry vacuum soar over Black Friday.

To keep you sane over the wintertime when inside the kitchen, the best slow cooker ought to go down a treat. This way you can prep food the night before, throw it in your slow cooker, and leave it on whilst you're at work. Once you arrive home, a warming meal will be waiting for you to serve. 

Now, let's not forget about a coffee machine (how could we?). With lots of us heading back to the office, this is an essential kitchen item in our eyes. To avoid spending ££'s on your weekly coffee, and to get more use out of your reusable cup.

Upgrading your cinema setup? Doing this over Black Friday would be a very smart idea: Black Friday TV deals are known to be impressive. The bigger, the better the discounts in our eyes. This is why we think you should check out our list of the best 75 inch TVs.

To sleep more heads this Christmas, a new sofa bed would go down a treat. Pop this in your spare bedroom or even in a corner of the kids' bedroom. Thank us later as our roundup features plenty of stylish – and cozy – options.

Last but definitely not least, gym equipment is set to sell in the thousands this Black Friday. We're not talking about your average cheap exercise bike, but everything from the best cross trainer to a brilliant treadmill and even sizeable multi gyms

Otherwise, here's everything that sold well last year.

What is Black Friday? What is Cyber Monday?

Black Friday actually 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 in malls 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 to furniture and more. With Black Friday weekend falling around a month before Christmas, it is a great opportunity to bag Christmas gifts and winter deals, too. 

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 jewelry 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?

A handful of items! 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 hum, after all, we saw big markdowns from some standout retailers last year! 

How to secure the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales: Our top tips

1. Sign up for mailing lists

Subscribe to newsletter lists from your favorite 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

Ensure that you stay one step ahead of other shoppers by frequently browsing some of the top retailer websites. Cyber Monday deals are exclusively online, meaning it's good to start saving items to your wishlists or carts now. So, that when it comes time to checkout, you've already laid the groundwork for success. 

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.

How to shop safely during 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.

Brittany Romano
Brittany Romano

Brittany Romano joins the Real Homes team as their U.S. E-commerce Editor, based in New York City. From her start as a fashion market assistant at Marie Claire to building highly profitable commerce vertical at Us Weekly and AMI brands, Brittany has produced award-winning content covering everything from celebrity beauty hacks to must-have items from online sales. She is a graduate of New England College. When she isn’t writing, you can find Brittany indulging in yet another DIY-project or cheering on her beloved Boston Bruins. Find her on Instagram at @Rammmyyy.