top UK savings and discounts this weekend
The Black Friday 2019 weekend is well underway with major discounts on everything from TVs, tech, beauty, smart devices and more.
Last year, around £1.49bn was spent on UK online retail sites on Black Friday itself, according to IMRG, up from £1.39bn a year earlier, with smart home devices among the best sellers. Customers saved £40 million on Amazon’s Black Friday deals alone, and it is estimated that a quarter of all sales during the four-day period between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, where electronic goods are discounted, were made on the online retailer’s website.
Whether you’re traditionally an in-store bargain hunter or someone who likes to shop on a smartphone from the comfort of your own bed, you’re spoilt for choice online this year. But how do you sift the good deals from the bad?
Luckily, we have scoured the internet and rounded-up of our favourite Black Friday weekend deals.
This smart speaker uses voice command (Alexa) to play music, answer questions, update you on the day’s news and more. It has a sleek pebble-like design that will suit any room, and it’s impressive 56 per cent discount makes it particularly good value for money. If you already have a pair of decent speakers, however, Amazon is offering the Echo Input (which allows any external speaker to become an Alexa-enabled device) at over half price today, at £14.99, down from £34.99.
We’re surprised that the Echo Show 8 is in the sales, and with such a significant discount, given that it is a brand new model. This 8-inch HD Smart Display connects to Alexa and allows you to view your photos, hear the day’s news, set an alarm or listen to music, with its rich stereo sound. If you’re looking for even more of a bargain, try to Echo Show 5, also in today’s sales, which is now just £49.99, down from £79.99.
These special edition Sennheiser headphones, exclusive to Amazon, are almost £100 off in today’s Black Friday sale. They’re one of the best from the premium brand’s audio arsenal, too; the build and sound quality are perfection, the ear cups and headband are cushioned for exceptional quality, and their ‘ergonomic acoustic refinement’ (E.A.R.) design channels audio like no other.
4. Fire HD 10 Tablet
Amazon’s latest and greatest Fire tablet has taken pride of place in its Black Friday sales. The HD 10 is still the priciest of the lot, of course, but its tech specs speak for themselves. The tablet is up to 30 per cent faster, according to Amazon, and has a larger 10.1″ screen, making it ideal for catching up on your favourite shows during your commute. It also has 10 hours of battery life and a super-crisp 1080p Full HD display.
Older Fire models are also on offer this year, should you want to buy a few as Christmas gifts, and the Fire HD 8 is actually fairly similar to the HD 10 (only with a smaller and lower-quality screen). The best Fire HD deals include:
5. Olympus PEN E-PL9 16 MP Compact System Camera with Electric Zoom
This lightweight digital camera is a perfect little photography and videography companion, whether you prefer being in front of or behind the camera. Intuitive bluetooth and wifi connectivity allows users share images to any device with immediate ease, while the TruePic VIII image processor and built-in class 3-Axis Image Stabilisation, helps to create crisp and blur-free shots. Next year’s holiday snaps will thank you for this year’s investment, that’s for sure.
6. Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Ultra HD with Alexa Voice Remote
The Fire TV stick allows you to use the Alexa voice remote to play your favourite shows in Ultra High Definition. Stream your favourite shows from BBC iPlayer, Netflix, Prime Video, All 4, Disney and others (subscription fees may apply). As well as watching shows, you can use the remote to dim the lights, check the weather and stream music.
Best Black Friday deals: Currys PC World
7. KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer
It’s the ultimate status symbol, which perhaps explains why it regularly sells out throughout the year. Now, the KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer, which we rated the best stand mixer on the market, is on sale with an incredible £220 discount. Boasting a 4.8-litre capacity and iconic retro design, it is both a pragmatic and decorative kitchen addition. For a little extra (£349), you can get the stand mixer in a striking red colour from John Lewis.
8. Google Nest Mini
This nifty little device allows you to control smart devices (including smart bulbs and televisions) using voice command. Plus, as with other smart speakers, you can play music or have your burning questions answered instantly.
9. Dyson V8 Absolute Cordless Bagless Vacuum Cleaner
The days of tripping over the lead are long gone. This powerful, cordless update on the Dyson V6 has a longer running time of 40 minutes, so you should be able to vacuum your entire house in one fell swoop. It also has more powerful suction, plus 150 per cent more brush bar power than the V6 Animal. Like all cordless Dyson products, of course, the V8 is lightweight and easy to use.
10. LG 55SM8200PLA 55″ Smart 4K Ultra HD HDR LED TV with Google Assistant
There are tonnes of TVs on sale for Black Friday 2019, but all aren’t created equal. This 55-inch Ultra HD Samsung is a cut above (most of) the rest; its technology improves both picture colour and clarity, the sound system is Dolby Atmos (yes, just like the ones in the cinema), and its 4K display ensures every pixel you see matters. With ThinQ AI, LG’s voice command platform, you can even ask your TV to play something on Netflix, turn on the news, or boost the sound.
Read our guide on the best TV deals.
11. Breville One-Touch VCF108 Coffee Machine
When you have to dash out the door, you simply pop an ESE pod in this brilliant little coffee machine’s handle and its one-touch system does the rest, creating an Americano or latte with ease. For days when you have a bit more time, you can also scoop ground coffee into its larger filter, and let the machine’s 19-bar pressure (the best you can get for the price) serve up cafe-quality coffee with a rich crema. With £150 off, it’s an absolute steal.
12. Sony PS4 with FIFA 20 – 500GB
For a PS4 deal that will bring a smile to any football fan’s face this Christmas, look no further. Along with the brilliant and HDR-ready PlayStation console itself, this bundle comes with the brand new FIFA 20 PS4 game — the best way to get world-class football in your hands, whether you’re setting up a free kick with Messi or rifling in a shot with Lacazette.
Best Black Friday deals: Apple
13. Apple Airpods with Wireless Charging Case
With the latest Apple Airpods you’re automatically on, and automatically connected. As you’re sure to know, these wireless headphones sit comfortably in your ear and give you quick and easy control of both audio and Siri. Thanks to its compact charging case, you can also stream up to five hours of sound in a single charge.
14. Apple Watch Series 4 Nike+ Sports Band
This particular model of the Apple Watch does much more than you’d expect. Along with all the typical Apple watch functionality, this gorgeous little smart watch also doubles as a fitness tracker. It helps you stay motivated (with activity rings and Smart Coaching) and monitors your heart rate and workouts (even swimming, with clear reports). You can also keep track of calls and messages, listen to music, make contactless payments and, of course, tell the time.
15. Apple iPad 10.2-inch, Wi-Fi, 32GB (Latest Model)
Apple fans, you’re in luck; you can now get the brand’s 7th-generation iPad for less than £300. The latest model does everything you’d expect and more, with its Retina display increased from the standard 9.7 inches to 10.2 inches and full-size Smart Keyboard compatibility. Available in Gold, Silver and Space Grey.
Best Black Friday deals: John Lewis
16. Philips Sonicare Healthy Smile Gift Set with ExpertClean and Airfloss Pro
John Lewis is selling the Philips ExpertClean electric toothbrush and AirFloss Pro Power for almost half the price of the original set. The toothbrush is equipped with a smart sensor that lets you know when to adjust pressure (so you can protect your gums from harsh brushing) while the AirFloss Pro can eradicate up to 99.9 per cent of plaque, according the the brand’s scientific studies.
17. Samsung Galaxy Watch
Long gone are the days when a watch simply tells you the time. Using this smart watch from Samsung, you can take calls with a tap, map your daily runs, listen to your favourite Spotify playlists by connecting your wireless headphones, and even track your heart rate. With £100 off, it’s an absolute steal.
Best Black Friday deals: Other
18. Apple iPhone 11
Though there are currently no sim-free deals, the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro are a veritable bargain this Black Friday, considering they are in such high demand. The differences between handsets are simple, too: the 11 comes with a two-camera set-up while the 11 Pro has three outer cameras, the 11 has a slightly smaller battery, the waterproofing is slightly less deep on the 11, and the 11 is made of aluminium rather than stainless steel. Not that much of that makes a difference to the average user. If you’re an iPhone obsessive, the 11 is a great choice for a flawless screen, a beautiful camera, and plenty of colour options.
Contract? At Mobiles.co.uk, you can get the iPhone 11 Pro for £89 upfront with 60GB of data, unlimited texts and minutes at £33 per month. That’s three times as much data as you’d usually get for the same price.
Read our guide on the best mobile phone deals this Black Friday.
19. Sony Xperia 5 with Free FIFA 20 PS4 Bundle
Where value for money is considered, this might just be the best Black Friday deal of them all. With a saving of £648 (yes, really!), this monthly phone contract not only affords customers the superb Sony Xperia 5 (a sleek little smartphone with a powerful triple lens camera), but unlimited data and texts plus a free PS4 bundled with the brand-new FIFA 20.
What about Cyber Monday?
Cyber Monday 2019 will take place on December 2 this year, despite the sales day’s growing futility. While Cyber Monday was once the day Black Friday-worthy deals would finally appear online, many of the best Black Friday deals are now web-only from the very start of the sales period.
That’s not to say there won’t be fantastic deals, of course. Amazon typically saves a few big bargains for Cyber Monday and an increasing number of retailers take site-wide discounts even lower, particularly if they haven’t sold all they expected to.
Check back here on Monday for the Telegraph’s best Cyber Monday round-ups.