Best Black Friday UK deals 2021: We’ll have the best deals right here

(Pocket-lint) - There's still some time before Black Friday and the Cyber Monday sales that follow, but that time will soon pass and we'll all be looking to get the best deals we can on a full range of new purchases. The Black Friday sales now cover a period much longer than just the day, so it's worth being prepared as we're expecting the Black Friday deals to start appearing almost as soon as October is finished.  This page is where we round up the best Black Friday UK deals for you right here including offers from all the major retailers such as Amazon, Currys PC World, John Lewis, AO and Argos. 

What are Black Friday and Cyber Monday?

Originally a US-only event, Black Friday has stretched across the pond and to other regions too.

It's a single day in November, the day after the US holiday of Thanksgiving, where retailers heavily discount thousands of items in the build-up to Christmas. Many retailers now start their Black Friday deals early, meaning that the Black Friday period can last for the entire second half of November. Retailers like to make the most of the opportunity to sell more products in an ever-more competitive market. 

Black Friday is followed by Cyber Monday. Originally this saw online sales following the store sales, but now it's very much part of the big sale season, falling on the Monday after Black Friday.

When is Black Friday 2021?

  • 26 November 2021

Black Friday is officially Friday 26 November 2021 and Cyber Monday will be on Monday 29 November 2021. We expect the sales to being well before these dates however.

Currys PC World reported six orders per second during Black Friday 2020, and during the first 16 hours of Black Friday 2019, Amazon UK says its customers ordered more than 180,000 video games and accessories, over 170,000 kitchen products while the best-selling tech was its own products, Phillips Hue Smart Bulbs, Sony's wireless noise-cancelling headphones, the Ultimate Ears Boom 2 speaker, Sonos One as well as the Shark Lift-Away Vacuum Cleaner. The Nintendo Switch also sold well - trends we expect to continue in 2021. We will be updating highlighted deals across retailers and brands as and when they go live, both in the buildup to Black Friday, the day itself and throughout Cyber Monday.

Direct links to retailer pages

If you've already got an idea of what you want to buy, here are direct links to the retailers with some of the best deals. 

Our curated articles pick out the best tech deals we can find. We aren't going to waste your time highlighting rubbish deals, non-bargains on dodgy TVs, underpowered laptops or terrible phones. Sadly that's not the case on some other sites who just post up any deal they can to fill their deal pages even if it's a bad deal or a bad product. 

The best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals we saw in 2020

Amazon devices 

o Ring Video Doorbell 3 is GBP60 off - just GBP119.99: Here's a great video doorbell sale on Amazon-owned Ring's high-end model. View the Amazon deal here.[1]

o New Ring Video Doorbell is GBP30 off - just GBP59.99: The entry-level Ring Doorbell is now available at a great price. View the Amazon deal here.[2]

o Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen): save GBP21.00, now GBP18.99 (was GBP39.99).With the new spherical Echo's out, there's lots of discount to be had on the previous hockey puck-shaped model.

It's now less than half price.View the Echo Dot discount on Amazon.[3] 

o Amazon Echo Dot (4th gen): save GBP21.00, now GBP28.99 (was GBP49.99).If only the latest and greatest will do, you can still get a good amount of discount on the latest Dot too.Check out the deal on Amazon.[4] 

o Amazon Echo Studio: save GBP30.00, now GBP159.99 (was GBP189.99). Echo Studio is the biggest and best-sounding Echo with five speakers, Dolby Atmos technology with 3D music and a built in smarthome hub.Check out the offer on Amazon.[5]  More Amazon UK deals[6]

Bluetooth speakers

o Marshall Stanmore II Bluetooth Speaker: save GBP100.00, now GBP199.00 (was GBP299.00).Marshall's amps are iconic, and its Bluetooth speakers take full advantage of that retro rock history. Stanmore II features Bluetooth 5.0, aptX and both RCA and 3.5mm inputs for analogue music sources.See the discount at John Lewis.[7] 

o Denon Home 250 wireless speaker: save GBP120.00, now GBP328.00 (was GBP449).Denon makes some of the finest sounding advanced wireless speakers.

The Home 250 features two tweeters, two woofers and a passive bass cone plus streaming support and Apple AirPlay 2.Check the Denon discount on Amazon.[8]

o Ultimate Ears Megaboom speaker: save GBP50.82, now GBP74.99 (was GBP125.81).For a bigger Ultimate Ears speaker with bigger sound, the 360-degree Megaboom is a great choice. It offers waterproof design and a 20-hour battery.Check out the Megaboom on Amazon.[9] 

o Bose Home Speaker 300: save GBP50.00, now GBP199.00 (was GBP249.00).Bose's 300 series smart speaker is very popular choice these days for those who want a versatile wireless speaker for their home. It features Bluetooth, AirPlay 2 and voice control support from Google Assistant and Alexa.

Plus, it sounds great.See the deal at John Lewis.[10] 

o JBL PartyBox 100 (black): save GBP60, now GBP189 (was GBP249).JBL's PartyBox 100 is big, loud and perfect for indoor our outdoor gatherings. You even get something of a light show thanks to a couple of RGB rings.Check out the discount at Richer Sounds.[11] 

More great Black Friday Bluetooth speaker deals[12]

Chromebooks

o Asus C523 15.6-inch Chromebook - now GBP279, GBP50 off (was GBP329):Powered by Intel Celeron and with 64 GB eMMC, and 4GB RAM, this is a robust and fairly light - 1.2kg - Chromebook for everyday basic use.Check out the Asus C523 deal at Currys[13]

o Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 Chromebook - now GBP399:A 14-inch 2 in 1 Laptop with a mid-range Intel Core i3 plus 64GB of storage - if you need more power check out the Windows versions below.Get this Lenovo deal from Currys PC World[14]

o Asus Chromebook Flip C436FA 14-nch Full HD touchscreen laptop  - now GBP799.99, save GBP200 (was GBP999.99):An absolute cracking deal on a top-end Chromebook - Intel i5-10210U, 8GB RAM, 256GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD.Check it out at Amazon UK[15]orJohn Lewis[16]

More great Black Friday Chromebook deals[17]

Headphones

o Bowers and Wilkins PX7 noise-cancelling headphones: save GBP70, now GBP279 (was GBP349.99).The PX7 is simply one of the nicest pairs of noise-cancelling headphones on the market, and for Black Friday you'll pay far less than the usual retail price.See the PX7 offer on Amazon.[18] 

o Sony WH1000XM3 noise-cancelling headphones: save GBP19.15, now GBP219.00 (was GBP238.15).One of the best pairs of noise-cancelling headphones, offering advanced noise-cancelling and great sound. It's available on a limited time deal.See the discount on Amazon.[19] 

o Beats Studio 3 Wireless in Defiant Black-Red: save GBP70.00, now GBP149.95 (was GBP259.00).Still arguably Beats' finest pair of over-ear consumer headphones, and now an absolute bargain if you choose the black and red colourway.

Other colours are also discounted.See the Studio 3 deal at Amazon. [20]

o AirPods Pro: save GBP50.00, now GBP198.00 (was GBP249.00).AirPods Pro aren't brand-spanking-new anymore, and so it's about time for a bit of discount. You can now get the latest ANC in-ears for a great price.Check out the deal on Amazon. [21]

o AirPods 2 with regular charging case: save GBP34.51, now GBP124.49 (was GBP159.00). With AirPods Pro now being a real thing, the second-generation AirPods are no longer the hot new thing, but that doesn't mean they're not super convenient for iPhone users.

Sound is decent, and the AirPods are reliable and so user friendly.See the offer on Amazon.[22]

More great Black Friday headphone deals[23]

Laptops

o Microsoft Surface Pro 7 12.3-inch 2-in-1 -   now GBP659, save GBP240 (was GBP899):Save an absolute whopper on this 2019 edition Surface Pro 7 with quad-core Core i5. It really is a steal. Check out the Surface Pro deal at Amazon UK[24].

o Asus Chromebook Flip C436FA 14-nch Full HD touchscreen laptop  - now GBP799.99, save GBP200 (was GBP999.99):An absolute cracking deal on a top-end Chromebook - Intel i5-10210U, 8GB RAM, 256GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD.Check it out at Amazon UK[25]orJohn Lewis[26]

o Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 3.5-inch - now GBP1,349, save GBP200 (was GBP1,549):If you've been after a Surface Laptop 3 then now's the time - Amazon has a bunch of offers on the 2019 model with some excellent hardware. This particular version features  Intel's 10th Gen Quad Core i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD and, of course, Windows 10.Check out the Surface Laptop 3 at Amazon UK[27]

More great Black Friday laptop deals[28]

Phones

o Apple iPhone 11 (renewed), 64GB, now GBP580:Renewed 2019 iPhone 11, a great phone at a cheaper price.View offer on Amazon.[29]

oGoogle Pixel 4a 5G, 128GB, now GBP449 (save GBP50):It's brand new, offers the same power as the Pixel 5 and the same camera as the Pixel 5, with a larger display and a cheaper price.See the deal at Amazon[30].

oGoogle Pixel 4a, 64GB, now GBP319 (save GBP30):The Pixel 4a is a great compact mid-ranger with a class-leading camera and now a cheaper price.View the discount at John Lewis.[31]

o Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G, 128GB, now GBP599 (save GBP100):The flagship phone that's not flagship price - our pick of the S20 family - the 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 version.View deal at John Lewis.[32]

oSamsung Galaxy S20, 128GB, now GBP649 (save GBP250):Samsung's 2020 flagship with a big reduction - a great phone with a great camera.See the deal from John Lewis.[33]

oOnePlus Nord 5G, 256GB, now GBP419 (save GBP50):The Nord is a Snapdragon 765 phone with 5G, a great build and display - but much cheaper than a flagship phone.View deal on John Lewis.[34]

More great Black Friday phone deals[35]

Smartwatches including Apple Watch

o Apple Watch Series 5 44mm GPS & Cellular, now GBP399.99 (save GBP129.01):Last-gen Watch 5 offers pretty much everything you need, now at a lower price for this aluminium model.View the offer on Amazon UK.[36]

o Apple Watch SE 44mm GPS, now GBP285, save GBP14 (was GBP299): The Watch SE is one of the newer Apple Watches, launched alongside the Series 6 but missing a couple of features like the always on display.View the deal on Amazon.[37]

o Fossil Gen 5, now GBP149, save GBP130 (was GBP279):The Fossil Gen 5 smartwatch runs Wear OS and works with Android and iPhone devices.

It has built in heart rate, NFC and a speaker.View the deal on Amazon[38]

oSamsung Galaxy Watch 3, save GBP37, now GBP375 (was GBP412):The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is the latest smartwatch from Samsung and it is a lovely device with lots of great features.View the offer on John Lewis[39].

oHuawei Watch GT2, now GBP109, save GBP90.99 (was GBP199.99): The Huawei Watch GT2 is a sporty, slim smartwatch with water resistance, GPS tracking and heart rate monitoring.View the offer on Amazon[40].

oGarmin Fenix 6, now GBP359, save GBP170 (was GBP529.99):The Fenix 6 is Garmin's top-of-the-range sports devices, offering advanced metrics for all types of sports but really focused on outdoors adventurers.View the deal on Amazon[41].

o Garmin Instinct, now GBP169, was GBP269.99 (save GBP100.99):A Garmin sports watch designed for the active outdoors - in a range of colours.View offer at Amazon.[42]

More great Black Friday smartwatch deals[43]

Tablets

Apple iPad Air 2020 64GB with Cellular, now GBP672.97, was GBP716.00:Amazon has got a decent discount on the brand-new iPad Air, which won't likely see too many other deals -View this offer on Amazon UK[44].

Apple 10.2" iPad, now GBP379.00, down from GBP449.00:This is a great discount on Apple's standard iPad -View this offer at Curry's PC World[45].

Apple iPad mini (2019) 64GB - now GBP377, was GBP399:This is a modest reduction, but the mini is rarely discounted so it's worth jumping on -View this deal at Curry's UK[46]

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite - now GBP296.00, was GBP349.00:This is a great discount on the Wi-Fi version of the tablet -View this deal at Amazon UK[47]

Fire 7 now GBP34.99, was GBP49.99 (save GBP15):Amazon's cheapest tablet gets a crazy discount. Available in 16 or 32GB sizes, this 7-inch tablet is great for those who don't want to spend big.See the deal on Amazon UK.[48]

Fire HD 8 now GBP54.99, was GBP89.99 (save GBP35):The Fire HD 8 has a good size of display and comes in 32 or 64GB storage options. It has plenty of power and good speakers, great for entertainment on the move.Get this deal on Amazon UK.[49]

Fire HD 10 now GBP89.99, was GBP149.99 (save GBP60):The Fire HD 10 was updated in 2019 to make it more powerful, with a faster processor and a move to USB-C for faster charging.

It offers a great 10-inch full HD display, so it's perfect for watching movies on long flights with its 12 hour battery life.View this deal on Amazon UK.[50]

Kindle Oasis (2019) now GBP169.99 (save GBP60):The latest Oasis is waterproof, has an adaptive front light and changes hue to match the room. It's slim, light, while also having a 7-inch display, larger than the other Kindles. It's a premium reading experience.Click here to see this deal at Amazon UK.[51]

More great Black Friday tablet deals[52]

TVs

o Samsung 43-inch H8505, now GBP679 (save GBP170).This LED backlit 4K set is all about brightness.Check out the deal at Currys PC World[53]

o Philips 43-inch PUS7505, now GBP289 (save 15%).Perhaps you're looking for a 2020 TV to act as a gaming monitor.

This current-gen 43in set from Philips has Ambilight to expand the image beyond the frame. And there's 15 per cent off.Bag this bargain at Currys PC World[54]

oSamsung 55-inch Q85T QLED, now GBP899 (save GBP400).A great Samsung TV, pushing 4K HDR with a healthy discount.View the offer here[55]

o Philips 55-inch OLED+935, now GBP1,699 (save GBP300).The top-end 2020 set from Philips is gorgeous to look at, complete with Ambilight for added dynamism.Exclusive deal to Currys PC World[56]

o Panasonic 65-inch HX580, now GBP679 (save GBP220).Panasonic's 4K LED TV brings crisp pictures and a high refresh rate - at a low price.See the deal at Amazon[57]

o Samsung 65-inch Q80T, now GBP1299 (save GBP500).Hitting the sweet spot of its QLED range, this set is very fairly priced and has super picture quality.Check out the deal at Currys PC World[58]

More great Black Friday TV deals[59]

Our curated deals pages

Selected deals by brand

Which retailers offer Black Friday UK deals?

Amazon UK

Last year Amazon sold over 2 million items, with an estimated average saving of 40 per cent.

Argos

Argos runs deals all through the year, but Black Friday is a time to get something special. There are great bargains on tablets, TVs and games consoles but there are cheaper goods to be had in almost every category it covers.

Carphone Warehouse

Carphone Warehouse always offers a range of deals on mobile devices, tablets and accessories. 

Currys/PC World

Currys PC World runs deals throughout the year and Black Friday is no exception when it has some super offers available. 

eBay

eBay is the land of deals for many, be that new from store outlets, or from individuals who have something that you want, but they don't.

Traditionally, there a full range of deals available through eBay, and although they haven't specifically been positioned as Black Friday deals, it's always worth looking. Games consoles, in particular, were very cheap last year.

EE

EE's Black Friday usually takes the form of some major deals on handsets, although you can also get bargains on price plans and PAYG deals too.

John Lewis

John Lewis has a commitment to be "Never Knowingly Undersold" so, as the site points out, it has to "match competitors' prices". The advantage with John Lewis is that it offers aftercare and often guaranteed cover for five years for many products, which is ideal for big gadgets like TVs or laptops.

GAME

Game starts pushing a range of offers on consoles and games early, but you can expect some even bigger deals come Black Friday. 

Mobiles.co.uk

Mobiles.co.uk is part of the Dixons Carphone group and a strong competitor when it comes to price.

It will have some great offers on the day.

O2

O2 isn't a big Black Friday participant but could be tempted to offer some major discounts this year considering its competitors will. 

Tesco Mobile

Tesco Mobile's Black Friday deals usually last a week or so.

Three

Three always has something planned for Black Friday.

Vodafone

Vodafone will be taking part in Black Friday, we expect. 

Dyson

Dyson always slashes prices for Black Friday. 

Samsung

Samsung always offers plenty of bargains across its online store. There's no indication that this year will be any different.

Tips for bagging a Black Friday bargain

PriceSpy[60] has the below tips for consumers looking to get the best deals this Black Friday. 

1. Check out the competition

The first thing to check is if an offer really is as good as it sounds.

Is the same TV available at an even better price elsewhere? 

2. See through the 'normal price' bluff

Shops often dress discounts up to look bigger than they are. They do this by raising the price shortly before the sale and then compare the sale price to this elevated standard price. 

3.

Compare the features

If shoppers don't know exactly what they want, it's common to just buy up the biggest bargains during a sale. However, they may not be getting the best deal. Be sure to compare product features and characteristics of similar models.

4. Preparation is key

Create a wish-list of products and try not to deviate from it too much.

A good price on something you don't need is not a bargain. Setting price alerts will notify shoppers as soon as the prices drop, so they don't miss the boat.

5. It's not just gadgets

A lot of people still associate Black Friday with electronics.

This is no longer the case. In fact, a diverse range of shops discount their products. Last year, PriceSpy saw an average saving of 15 per cent off its home and garden category.

Writing by Dan Grabham and Rob Kerr.

Editing by Chris Hall.

Originally published on 18 November 2014.

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