Best Black Friday 2018 UK deals by category
Black Friday 2018 and Cyber Monday 2018 are rapidly approaching and, more than ever before, they are going to be a big deal in the UK.
The Black Friday deals event is now bigger than ever before, with more mad discounts and even more people looking to exploit the best Black Friday deals and the best Cyber Monday deals, making it harder than ever for tech enthusiasts to pick up the products they love.
Indeed, spending on Black Friday last year was up 8% from the year before, and all reports suggest that this year is going to see yet another increase, too.
What's more, the Black Friday sales are now longer than ever before, too, with many of the big online retailers like Amazon, AO, and Currys PCWorld offering deals up to two weeks either side of the black day itself (there are some top deals already available right now, for example).
With more retailers and brands than ever taking part in the Black Friday event sales, though, the chances of picking up the products and technology you want have also improved, so providing you shop smartly this year's Black Event promises to be the best ever.
As such, if you intend to score some top deals this year during the pre-Black Friday sales, as well as right Grey Thursday, Black Friday, the Black Weekend, Cyber Monday and the post Black Friday sales, then you need to be informed and prepared. That's where T3's guide to the UK Black Friday sales comes in.
Here we'll run you through everything you need to know to land the stuff you want this Black Friday at the absolute best prices, from when and where to expect deals to drop, to how to identify an amazing deal and how to avoid a clunker.
We start, though, with the basics: when Black Friday 2018 and Cyber Monday 2018 is taking place, as well a clear overview as to when Amazon is dropping its deals throughout the Black Friday event and how you can ensure you pick them up.
When is Black Friday 2018?
Black Friday always takes place on the Friday immediately after the North American Thanksgiving holiday, which this year is November 23, 2018.
When is Cyber Monday 2018?
Cyber Monday is always the Monday immediately after Black Friday, so this year Cyber Monday takes place on November 26, 2018.
Amazon Black Friday deals: when does Amazon's Black Friday sale begin?
Amazon's Black Friday 2018 UK deals event, dubbed the "Amazon Black Friday Sale", begins at 00:00AM on Friday 16th of November, and lasts right the way through to Sunday the 25th of November at 23:59pm.
In this time window Amazon's Black Friday Deals Store will be open, with products across every category receiving crazy Black Friday discounts.
A steady stream of Amazon "Deals of the Day" will also drop every 24 hours and, excitingly, Amazon has confirmed that there will also be thousands upon thousands of "Lightning Deals" dropping every day, too.
Lightning deals are special limited time and stock deals that, as you would expect from the name, sell out very, very quickly indeed. New Lightning Deals will land every 5 minutes, though, meaning that providing you are prepared and ready to strike, you're almost guaranteed to land the tech you want.
And talking of Lightning Deals, as well as many of the best products in the Amazon Black Friday Deals Store, there's one sure fire way to guarantee you're among the first in line to score them… Amazon Prime.
Amazon Black Friday deals: how to get a free Amazon Prime account for Black Friday 2018
The truth of the matter is that if you want to be in on the ground floor for many of Amazon's best Black Friday deals then you need to be an Amazon Prime member.
Amazon Prime members get an exclusive 30-minute early access window to ALL Lightning Deals, which is normally the only way to grab one of the hot products before they all sell out. As such, becoming a member of Amazon Prime is essential for scoring many of the best Black Friday UK deals.
Luckily, Amazon Prime is available on a 30-day free trial, so our advice to you if you don't have a membership is sign up before Amazon's Black Friday Deals Store opens, bag the deals you want with preferential access, and then, if you don't want to continue with the benefits Prime membership delivers, then simply cancel the trial. You won't have spent a penny, but will have bagged Amazon's best Black Friday deals.
This year, though, Amazon has already confirmed that it is launching its try before you buy service, dubbed "Prime Wardrobe". This new service allows Prime members to have Black Friday deal fashion products delivered for no extra cost, where they can then try them on at home, and only actually pay for the items they decide to keep.
So if you're looking for Black Friday fashion deals, Prime once more will be an essential weapon in the deal-bagging armoury.
What is the difference between Black Friday 2018 and Cyber Monday 2018?
When Black Friday first started, which was termed thus as it statistically is the day where online sales for Christmas gifts really spikes, there was a clear distinction between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Black Friday tended to see consumer electronics receive huge discounts and sales, while Cyber Monday's focus was more on clothes and jewellery.
Now, however, the distinction between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is basically non-existent, with crazy deals and discounts on all product categories taking place not just on both days, but also either side of them, too.
Grey Thursday, for example, is the Thursday before Black Friday, and tends to see some top deals drop, while the Saturday and Sunday between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is now referred to as the Black Weekend, as many top deals are typically dropped then as well.
In the UK some big retailers like Amazon and Currys PC World also tend to extend their Black Friday deal offerings to the weeks leading up to Black Friday and after Cyber Monday, so to score the absolute best deals you need be switched on both during and around the Black event.
What UK deals to expect on Black Friday 2018
We're already hearing plenty of whispers about the hot deal trends for UK shoppers on Black Friday 2018, and the good news is that there is going to be serious discounts on top tech categories.
These are but a few of the types of deals to expect:
- Roku has already confirmed it is going BIG this year on Black Friday deals across its products, and across all major UK retailers as well, with Amazon, Argos and Curry's PC World taking part. Items like the Roku Express and Roku Streaming Stick will be discounted down to half their current price points. As such we'd hold off buying anything Roku for a few more weeks.
- 4K TVs are going to get monstrous price drops this year, and across top makers like Samsung, Sony and LG, too. We're already seeing 4K TVs with 40-inch plus screens going for under £500, and during Black Friday 2018 we're hearing talk of Philips, Panasonic, Sony and Toshiba HDR, 4K panels retailing for under £250. These crazy prices are being partly driven by the recent emergence of 8K TV sets.
- Amazon is, as you would expect, going to heavily discount technology across all its categories, as well as offer incredible discounts on Amazon Prime membership. This year the retailer is going to discount extra hard, though, so the rumours go, mainly because it supposedly had a disappointing Amazon Prime Day event. We'd have T3's best Amazon deals page on lock.
- Laptops, which didn't have a great year deals-wise last year, are going to be discounted like mad, with Curry's PC World, AO.com, and even John Lewis getting in on the action. The original Surface Book, for example, has been tipped as a product that will have its price slashed.
- DSLR camera bodies and lenses are set for crazy reductions, as too compact cameras.
- The PS4 Pro is going to be cheaper than it ever had before, we some outrageous bundle deals incoming, too.
- Xbox One X, while not slated to be discounted as cheap as the PS4 Pro, is also set to retail for well under £400, even beneath £349 in some rare deals.
- Mobile phones, bought outright, will see hundreds of pounds knocked off the handsets, while you should expect data-stacked 4G contracts to be available for up 50 per cent less.
- And, while we're on phones, the Samsung Galaxy S9, in particular, it is rumoured is going to see some astonishing discount deals for Black Friday 2018. Samsung is reportedly having a bad time of it at the moment shifting its Galaxy Note 9 handset, so the industry expects its summer flagship, the Galaxy S9, to get some insane price drops.
- Power tools and home appliances are set for a big Black event, too, with whispers indicating that fridges, kettles, lawnmowers, coffee machines, microwaves, ovens, BBQs, sprinklers, hedge trimmers, and more will see weeks of deals landing.
- Clothing manufactures, including major names like Nike and Adidas, are also set to join the deal-a-thon, with trainers, exercise wear, and style garments heavily discounted.
The best Black Friday deals 2018: retailer quick links
While we list all the best Black Friday 2018 deals on this page, as curated by T3.com's dedicated and experienced deals team, if you want to browse every single deal currently available from a specific retailer then you should visit their online store directly. To jump straight to the biggest Black Friday retailers simply click on the links below.
UK Black Friday retailer quick links
- Amazon Black Friday
- Very.co.uk Black Friday
- John Lewis Black Friday
- Currys Black Friday
- Argos Black Friday
- Tesco Direct Black Friday
- AO.com Black Friday
- Carphone Warehouse Black Tag deals
- Mobiles.co.uk Black Friday
The best Black Friday UK deals 2018
Here we list the absolute best Black Friday deals available right now. These deals are the crème de la crème of the Black event and have been curated by T3.com's deals team, who specialise in finding the absolute best discounts, deals and bundle offers.
The deals are broken up into a series of easily navigable categories, including: kitchen and home, tv and video, smartphone, headphone and audio, laptop and MacBook, gaming, camera and accessories, iPad and tablet, wearables, gadgets and other deals, too.
Naturally, though, these deals will come and go fast, so be sure to score quickly if you find something that is on your shopping list.
£200 off Huawei P20 Pro - 128GB, Black, at Very | £599 (was £799)
Now this is a great smartphone deal! The superb 2018 Huawei P20 Pro has currently got a whopping £200 knocked off its price over at Very.co.uk, meaning that it can currently be picked up for just £599.99, rather than its usual price of £799. The P20 Pro is a T3-rated 5-star phone that comes with one of the very best camera systems on the market today, so this is a very attractive deal in our opinion and is definitely worth a look if you're in the market for an upgrade.View Deal
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact | £399 (was £499.99)
Now this is among the very best phone deals we've seen this year. That's because you can currently pick up the portable powerhouse Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact for just £399 over at Amazon, which is a direct £100.99 saving over its pre-deal price, and a gigantic £130 saving over its RRP. A great phone at a truly great price, this is the deal small phone lovers have been waiting for.View Deal
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact smartphone, Blue. £199 (was £399)
If you're after small smartphone, then the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact is a good choice. It has a 5.2" display and weight just 155 grams. There's 19MP camera on the rear and a 13MP selfie camera on the front, and right now this handset is half price, which means a discount of a massive £200!
Samsung Galaxy S9 from Mobiles.co.uk | EE | £230 upfront (with 10OFF code) | 1GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £15pm
The latest and greatest Galaxy S handset is a phenomenal phone, with a stellar rear-mounted camera that changes it aperture like the human eye to get better quality shots in low-light conditions. It also has an eye-popping Super AMOLED display.View Deal
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Kitchen and home
Google Home Mini & Philips Hue White and Colour Ambiance Mini Smart Bulb E27 Starter Kit Bundle deal | £79.99 (was £184.99)
Now this is one hell of a sweet early Black Friday deal from Currys PCWorld. That's because you can currently pick up the excellent Google Home Mini smart speaker and AI assistant, along with the top-rate Hue Smart Bulb E27 Starter Kit, for under half price. That means the bundle is yours for a crazy low £79.99, instead of the pre-deal price of £184.99, which is a direct saving of £105.View Deal
Honeywell HPA710WE Premium Air Purifier. £220.99 (was £375.99)
Honeywell claims that this air purifier captures 99.97% of microscopic particles and allergens (0.3 microns and larger) such as mould, spores, pollen, dust, smoke, and pet dander and customers rate it an average score of 4.5 out of 5. It also offers five air cleaning levels (whisper silent, germs, general, allergens, turbo). Order it today and you'll save a tasty £155.View Deal
Morphy Richards Steam Generator Iron 332014. £76.76 (was £172.49
Morphy Richards says that this Steam Generator Iron delivers "crease busting steam that can penetrate multiple layers cutting your ironing time in half". We're always up for cutting down on ironing time. We're up for a good saving as well, and the Morphy Richards Steam Generator Iron is currently discounted by £95.73. Amazon customers rate the iron an average of 4.5 out of 5 with one highly rated review saying: "They get creases out of clothes like no ordinary iron does." It also presses down the price as it's currently -£ 95.73 off.View Deal
Philips PowerPro Bagless Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner FC9729/69. £110.14 (was £200)
Rated an average of 4.5 stars out of 5 from over 100 customer reviews, the Philips PowerPro has a TriActive nozzle, which applies three cleaning actions in one go: the soleplate opens the carpet pile. the front opening sucks up larger bits of dirt and the right and left air channels pick up dust next to furniture and skirting boards. Philips promises that its clean-air filter system captures 99.9% of fine dust. The discount right now is £89.86.View Deal
DeLonghi Nespresso Lattissima Touch. £149.99 (was £199.99)
The Lattissima Touch is the number one best seller in Amazon's Espresso & Cappuccino Machines section and has an average rating of 4.5 our of 5 from almost 600 reviews. DeLonghi's "automatic cappuccino system", means that you can get cappuccino and lattes dispensed straight into the glass. Heating time is just 25 seconds and there's an option to get the machine to remember your personal coffee and milk ration so your coffee is always just how you like it. Right now, you can save £50 on this coffee maker, which should keep you in coffee pods for a while.View Deal
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TV and video deals
Sony AF8 55-inch | £1,899 at Curry's | Was £2,299
The 55-inch version of T3's TV of the Year for 2018, the AF8 boasts fantastic HDR image quality with 4K and upscaled HD stuff. It also does a cracking job of 'upscaling' standard dynamic range imagery to something resembling true HDR. Images are bright, colourful and wonderfully vivid
Sound is quite incredible for such a slim screen (although you can always add a soundbar if you want to beef it up further).
With Android TV and YouView, it's easy to find the shows and films you want from streaming services like Netflix as well as live and catch-up broadcast TV.
18 months interest-free credit is available, and if Curry's drops the price further as Black Friday approaches, it will refund the difference.View Deal
Headphone and audio deals
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Laptop and Macbook deals
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Gadgets, clothing, toys, and other deals
Nike Zoom Fly SP -
£149.95 - now £104.47
The Nike Zoom Fly SP Unisex Running Shoe is designed to meet the demands of your toughest tempo runs, long runs and race days. Responsive construction turns the pressure of each stride into energy return for the next. This special edition of the racer updates the lightweight support system, while design details inspired by the historic Breaking2 attempt adorn the shoe.View Deal
Nike Hypervenom III Elite FG Just Do It -
£209.95 - now £146.47
Made for the attacking goal-scorer, the Nike Hypervenom III Elite Just Do It Firm-Ground Football Boot is designed to increase shot velocity and enable dynamic changes of direction on short-grass pitches.View Deal
Nike Air Max 1 -
£99.95 - now £69.47
The Nike Air Max 1 Men's Shoe updates the legendary design with new colours and materials while maintaining the same lightweight cushioning of the original.View Deal
Air Jordan Future -
£114.95 - now £79.97
Blending iconic Jordan styling with an innovative design, the Air Jordan Future Men's Shoe delivers sport-inspired comfort with an upscale aesthetic. It gives players a dressed-up, post-game option without compromising the ride.View Deal
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£79.95 - now £55.47
This special edition of the Nike Air Force 1 Premium Men's Shoe reimagines the iconic hoops shoe. It features special materials and colours atop classic Nike Air cushioning.View Deal
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£44.95 - now £30.97
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Nike Sportswear Tech Fleece -
£79.95 - now £55.47
The Nike Sportswear Tech Fleece Men's Full-Zip Hoodie is made with soft fleece and a panelled hood for comfortable coverage that doesn't weigh you down.View Deal
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£34.95 - now £20.47
The Nike Sportswear Archive Women's Leggings are made from soft stretch fabric to help keep you comfortable and moving freely.View Deal
Adidas Deerupt Runner Parley Shoes –
£89.95 – now £62.96
Deerupt is disruptively simple proof that minimalism can be bold. These lightweight trainers put an innovative spin on adidas running heritage of the '80s. The ultra-flexible knit upper is covered in webbing that provides support and hugs your foot. Inside, zoned cushioning gives a soft, comfortable step-in feel.View Deal
Adidas NMD_R1 STLT Primeknit Shoes –
£149.95 – now £104.96
Progressive, premium, pioneering. NMD blends pure adidas heritage with advanced materials to create a look that resonates on the streets. These shoes have an adaptive upper that hugs the foot with a sock-like fit. View Deal
Adidas Ultraboost Laceless –
£129.95 – now £90.96
These running shoes have a lace-free design for an unrestricted feel. The lightweight knit upper hugs the foot and features a forged band at the midfoot for a supportive fit. Responsive cushioning and a flexible outsole deliver a smooth, energised ride. View Deal
Adidas Originals Forum Mid –
£139.95 – £69.98
This modern version of the basketball-inspired sneaker reintroduces the Forum with a full leather upper and a leather midsole wrap. Mid cut with an adjustable ankle strap, they're built with "Bounce" for a soft, cushioned step.View Deal
Adidas Originals Superstar 80s –
£89.95 – £44.98
The adidas Superstar shoes debuted in the '70s as basketball's first all-leather low top and rose to new heights in the '80s as a streetwear all-star. The shell-toe design continues to win fans with fresh variations. These shoes take the iconic hoops style back to college in soft leather with varsity-inspired fuzzy chenille patches.View Deal
Adidas Trefoil Manager Coat –
£69.95 – now £48.96
Take sport-inspired style from the sidelines to the sidewalks. This men's coat is inspired by archive manager jackets. It features a snap-up front from the hem to the hood. Design details include an extra-long length, elastic cuffs and an adjustable hem. Finished with a big Trefoil logo on back.View Deal
Adidas Active Icons Hoodie –
£49.95 – now £24.98
Inspired by the look of a '90s running piece from the adidas archives, this hoodie modernises the style for today. French terry gives it a soft, cosy feel.View Deal
Adidas Womans Tights –
£34.95 – £24.46
This season, The FARM Company draws inspiration from the revolutionary Brazilian street dance passinho. These tights are made of dense, stretchy jersey with an allover tropical leaf print. View Deal
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Black Friday 2018 tips and tricks: how to be prepared
It's easy to become overwhelmed by the avalanche of deals and offers during the Black event, so being properly prepared and heading into the deal-a-thon with a clear head and a firm idea of what you want to pick up is crucial.
To help you in this we've put together this small selection of tips and tricks, which will almost certainly help you have a successful Grey Thursday, Black Friday, Black Weekend, and Cyber Monday 2018.
1. SET UP ALERTS AND SWITCH ON NOTIFICATIONS
You should consider setting up tailored alerts to help you keep on top of the items that are most important to you. Amazon offers notifications that allow you to track price drops on relevant products, while Google Alerts and Twitter Notifications both help you keep an eye on offers across a wider range of retailers.
It’s also worth following key brands on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as many will promote their best offers across these platforms. Make sure you have push notifications turned on so you can snap these deals up as soon as they are published.
2. CHECK PREVIOUS PRICES
Some Black Friday deals might look fantastic at face value - particularly when listed alongside the RRP or the price the product was first listed at. However, prices can fluctuate and a higher-than-usual pre-sale price can make a deal look better than it really is.
Price tracking websites such as CamelCamelCamel allow users to track a product's price history on Amazon and will show its most recent price ahead of Black Friday - revealing how good those deals really are.
3. ASSESS STOCK LEVELS
Many online stores offer the ability to check stock levels. Keep a close eye on this and prioritise the items on your list that have lower stock availability so you can lockdown those in-demand products.
4. READ THE SMALL PRINT
As tempting as it might be to speed through to the checkout, do spend a couple of minutes checking the small print before paying. You should look out for specific information on returns policies, as some retailers may offer refunds in a shorter window than usual or refuse refunds entirely, instead offering store credit - which isn’t ideal for those big ticket items like smartphones, laptops and TVs.
5. USE SECURE PAYMENT METHODS
Different payment methods offer different levels of consumer protection. Credit card payments typically give buyers more protection than those made by debit card. It’s worth noting that if you use PayPal or another third party payment service you may lose the protections you might have if you were paying with your credit card.
Once you’ve decided that a deal is legitimate and you’re ready to pay, you’ll want to get through to the checkout as quickly as possible so as not to miss out. You can avoid any delays by registering with retailers you anticipate buying from in advance and setting up a user account - including card details and your billing and delivery addresses - as this will help guarantee a speedy checkout.
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