Black Friday Deals 2018: We tell you everything you need to know about the gargantuan shopping extravaganza that is Black Friday, including the dates you need to know, what you can expect in terms of discounts and how you can bag yourself a serious bargain.
If you’re shopping for a bargain buy, Black Friday has become the date to mark in your diary. It’s really risen in prominence in the UK, far surpassing traditional sale dates like Boxing Day or January, with a vast array of bargains and discounts to be had across practically anything you could want.
- When is Black Friday in 2018?
- How big are the discounts on Black Friday?
- Deals live right now
- How do I find the best deals on Black Friday?
But it can be hard to find the best Black Friday deals as retailers become savvier in how they price their products. That’s where our guide to Black Friday 2018 comes in. Here we’ll answer all of your biggest questions about the big shopping day as well as deliver the best hand-picked deals that are worthy of your wallet.
Black Friday Deals 2018 – When is Black Friday in 2018?
Black Friday this year will fall on Friday November 23rd, 2018.
Black Friday actually originates out of the US, and has always occurred on the Friday immediately after Thanksgiving and was responsible for some famous scenes of people madly rushing into stores, hell-bent on grabbing a bargain buy. Of course, Black Friday has since travelled across the pond and has become a massive sales day in the UK and elsewhere.
But you shouldn’t think of Black Friday as a one day event. It’s morphed to become a sales extravaganza that spans the preceding week and beyond into the following ‘Cyber Monday’, if not the entire month of November. Everyone wants to be first out the blocks with the best discounts, so it all becomes a bit of a mad month.
The best deals will fall on Black Friday Week (or some call this Cyber Week), however. So be sure to keep the week commencing Monday 19th November, 2018 clear in your diary, too.
Black Friday Deals 2018 – How big are the discounts on Black Friday?
This can really depend on what you’re looking for, but every penny helps. Last year, some highlights included literal thousands of pounds off LG OLED TVs, PS4 Pro for £100 off, £300 savings on DJI drones and Dyson vacuum cleaners for £200 off.
There’s really going to be something for everyone, and possibly a bunch of bargains you never knew you needed but simply can’t resist.
Every retailer will get involved, but the biggest players will be Amazon, Currys, Argos, John Lewis and all of the major supermarkets like Tesco and Asda. Black Friday 2018 will breed competition between all of the retailers, which is great for consumers hungry for discounts.
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Black Friday Deals 2018 – Deals live right now
All prices were correct at time of publication but are subject to change. If you see something you want, it pays to snap it up in case the price changes.
So you’ve come to this page to prepare yourself for Black Friday, but now you’re itching to see what discounts are already available. Here are some of the best deals going right now:
Best Amazon TV Deals
If you're a fan of Philips' Ambilight technology this deal is an absolute steal for a 50-inch TV for a bargain price.
Hisense make some of the best value 4K sets, and this one has gotten even cheaper, making it a great choice if you're in the market for a large 65-inch TV.
After something a little more premium? Then you should check out the 4K, HDR ready Panasonic TX-65EX700B, which has had £800 cut of its price on Amazon.
You can take off a whopping saving off this ginormous 2017 model from Hisense. This the lowest price it's ever been available for from Amazon.
Best Currys TV Deals
A 43-inch 4K HDR television for a fraction over £400 isn't to be sniffed at. This Samsung TV also looks stunning.
A bargain price for a big screen TV that supports HDR and both Freeview Play and Freesat HD. We're also big fans of LG's webOS television operating system that has plenty of apps.
A massive saving on this big TV. This model has 4 HDMI ports, so no shortage of connections for your set top box, games consoles and more.
This Sony TV runs Android meaning a whole raft of useful apps straight from your TV. Sony's cable management also reduces clutter and maintains this gorgeous TV's clean lines.
If you've got the room for it, this 58-inch beast of a TV is incredible value for just £639. It supports all the bells and whistles like HDR, too.
Best John Lewis TV Deals
You can save a substantial £200 off this handsome 55" LG TV that includes Harman/Kardon tuned speakers and a central crescent stand, perfect if you only have a small TV stand. Also includes a 5 year warranty.
Best Argos TV Deals
Your eyes do not deceive you. You can get a 43-inch 4K HDR TV for just £349.
This is a fantastic deal if you want a bigger screen.
This stunning 49-inch Sony BRAVIA will look great in your living room and includes all the catch up and streaming services you could want.
Best NOW TV Deals
An easy and cheap way to get the best that Sky offers alongside all the catch-up services you could want.
Best John Lewis Apple Watch Series 3 Deals
Best Dyson V6 Deals
Save a significant £80 on Dyson's entry-level cordless handheld vacuum cleaner.
Step up to the 'Pro' model. Perfect for removing hair, dirt and dust from furniture and confined spaces.
Best Dyson V8 Deals
The excellent Dyson V8 Animal comes with a motorised brush bar that drives into your carpet to get even the peskiest dirt and pet hair.
The V8 Absolute packs in even more cleaning power thanks to extra accessories including a soft brush head that's perfect for hard surfaces. It's worth opting for the Total Clean model for the same money, however.
The Total Clean packs in the most accessories for the money, making it a bargain at its new reduced price.
Best Amazon GoPro Deals
If you're after the GoPro Karma drone, you can get a phenomenal bundle alongside the Hero6 Black.
Best Amazon Fire TV Stick Deals
Add Fire TV smarts to your telly on the cheap.
Best Amazon Electric Toothbrush Deals
This model supports 5 brushing modes and includes a travel case, four heads and works with a paired smart brushing app.
The Oral-B Smart 4 4000N includes 3 brushing modes, including whitening and sensitive. It will also adapt its speed if you're brushing too hard and includes a connected app to train you to brush better.
The Smart 6 includes a whopping 5 brushing modes, and includes accessories including 3 brush heads, travel case and a smart stand holder. Importantly, it also uses a Li-ion battery, which last longer (up to two weeks).
Best Currys Electric Toothbrush Deals
This model has three intensity settings and a QuadTimer to ensure you dedicate enough time to cleaning every part of your mouth. It's also safe on orthodontics, dental work and veneers.
This advanced model includes a connected app to make sure you're cleaning properly and even tell you when you need to go back for a second pass to miss any bits. A UV brush head sanitiser also kills bacteria.
Best Argos Electric Toothbrush Deals
If you're looking for a basic model that will still improve your overall dental hygiene, this is a great choice. Argos is selling it for the lowest price anywhere.
Best Amazon Drone Deals
DJI's latest and greatest folding drone is its smallest yet and includes 4K video and a raft of automated flight modes. The Fly More Combo pack includes extra accessories like batteries and propellers that make it great value and even more so with this discount.
The eye-catching Parrot Disco looks more fighter jet than traditional drone. It's incredible fun to fly thanks to its fixed-wing design. Right now, you can make a massive saving off the original price.
Best Currys Drone Deals
DJI's original and excellent folding drone includes a fantastic 4K camera and lots of automated flight modes. The Fly More Combo pack includes useful accessories including extra batteries and propellers to get the most out of your drone.
The DJI Spark doesn't normally include a remote control as standard, instead you use your smartphone, which isn't as ideal. Right now, Currys is offering the controller for free with the Spark, saving you £159.
Best Amazon Laptop Deals
We’ve seen this deal in a couple of places, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive. This is the complete package, including a Core m3 Surface pro, TypeCover keyboard, 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD. If you’re after a tablet for getting work done, look no further.
If you need something a bit lighter for when you take your laptop out and about, the Lenovo IdeaPad 320S is a top choice. With its 14-inch chassis and svelte 1.69kg weight, this machine is inherently baggable. With an SSD on board along with an Intel Pentium Gold processor, performance for your web browsing and office tasks is right at hand.
The Miix 510 is a solid tablet-cum-laptop with a lightweight design and detachable keyboard. There’s a Full HD 12.3-inch screen on board along with a dual-core Intel Core i3 processor and 4GB of RAM. If you can’t stretch to a Surface Pro, this is a good alternative.
This laptop packs in a huge number of features for under £1000, including a full 6GB GTX 1060 GPU for triple-A gaming, a 120Hz screen for a butter-smooth experience and a 128GB combined with a 1TB hard disk. It’s only on offer at third-party sellers on Amazon, however, so who knows how long it’ll last.
Best Argos Laptop Deals
Acer’s Swift 3 is one of our favourite lightweight laptops, thanks to its sprightly dual-core processor, SSD storage and lightweight design. If you want a bit more power than the average student and like having lots of web browser tabs open at a time, this could be the laptop for you.
This laptop weighs in at 1.6kg, packs a Full HD screen and a dual-core Intel Core i3 processor, all for under £500.
Another top-notch Surface Pro deal, Argos has the Core i5 version of this tablet on sale for £800. It’s noticeably more powerful and better-specified than the Core m3 model. You’ll need to buy a TypeCover keyboard separately, but it’s a decent deal nonetheless.
Best Currys Laptop Deals
There was a time when the best Dell deals could only be found on Dell’s own website, but no longer. This deal on the latest generation Inspiron 15 5570 is a cracker, saving you £151 on a 15.6-inch laptop with a Full HD screen and a power-sipping Intel Pentium processor.
This lightweight Ultrabook ticks a lot of boxes weighing in at just 1.4kg and coming equipped with a dual-core Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. This makes it well suited for lugging around in a backpack, giving it plenty of cred for school and university students.
It wasn’t that long ago that bagging a decent gaming laptop would set you back well over £800, so this nifty little number from Acer is a seriously tempting piece of kit. With an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU and a quad-core Intel Core i5 processor, this laptop is ready for eSports gaming on the go.
This is the best Surface Pro deal we’ve seen in 2018. Not only do you get a Surface Pro, you also bag a TypeCover keyboard, normally costing over £100 by itself.
Best John Lewis Laptop Deals
This gaming machine packs a quad-core AMD Ryzen processor and an 8GB AMD Radeon RX 580 graphics card for triple-A gaming at Full HD resolution. Not only that, it comes with a large 256GB SSD and a 1TB hard disk for all your games, and the extreme ROG STRIX styling you’d expect from Asus. This offer is on clearance, so get in quick.
This offer applies to the grey and blue models of this 15-inch laptop. With a Core i3 processor, Full HD screen and 1TB hard disk, this laptop ticks all the boxes for a family or home laptop that’ll face the rigours of surfing the web and working on documents.
The same offer as above, but with a higher-spec model with a faster Intel Core i5 processor. This model is a better bet if you’re planning on doing tasks like editing photos, as the faster processor will help you get things done faster.
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Black Friday Deals 2018 – How do I find the best deals on Black Friday?
We’re glad you asked. Over the years, we’ve discovered a fair few tips and tricks through our dealhunting endeavours, which we’re more than happy to share.
Here are eight expert bits of advice to help you nab the hottest bargains.
1) Make a wishlist
The first thing you should do as Black Friday approaches is to make a note of exactly what you want to buy.
It might sound like common sense, but trust us – it’s all too easy to get caught up in the madness and make foolhardy impulse purchases.
We love old-fashioned pen and paper for this task, but there are plenty of sophisticated options out there, too – the best we’ve found so far is Amazon List.
It’s a universal wishlist widget, so all you do is add the button to your browser’s bookmarks toolbar, and then click to add products from any online store to your list.
It’s a simple but remarkably effective step you can take to stay focused on the best and forget the rest this Black Friday.
2) Wait for Lightning to strike
While we’re obviously excited to see what the likes of Currys, John Lewis and Argos are getting ready to price slash, you could quite happily do all your Black Friday shopping on Amazon without missing out.
However, to get the very best bargains you need to keep an eye on the online shopping giant’s Lightning deals, which see it offer ridiculous discounts for short periods of time.
There are a couple of things you can do to take the pain out of monitoring Amazon’s Lightning deals.
Prime subscribers enjoy exclusive deals, early access to Lightning deals, Prime Music and Prime Video, unlimited one-day deliveries, and more. If it’s within your budget, it’s well worth trying out, and you can get a free 30-day trial to see if it’s for you.
3) Use a good price-tracking tool
Not all Black Friday deals are created equal, and for every genuinely great bargain out there, there’s a right ol’ lemon hoping to mug you of your hard-earned cash.
Fortunately, it’s easy to safeguard yourself – and your wallet – against such ploys. You’ll want to have a good price-tracking tool in your Black Friday arsenal, and our favourite right now is CamelCamelCamel.
Drop any Amazon link in its search box and you’ll see the highest, lowest, and average price of whatever product you’re interested in, giving you a proper bird’s-eye view of the ‘deal’ you’re looking at.
No, it won’t win any design awards, but between the basic search functionality and all the useful add-ons you can utilise – from Twitter alerts to Amazon List synchronisation and browser extensions – CamelCamelCamel is nigh on indispensable.
4) Get all the apps you can find
With deals coming and going in the blink of an eye, you need to be ready to jump on the best bargains as soon as they land. That means arming your mobile devices with the right apps ahead of Black Friday.
Pretty much all major UK retailers (and their US counterparts) offer dedicated apps for Android and iOS, so stockpile your homescreen with all your favourite stores. We’d recommend Amazon, John Lewis, Currys and Argos as a bare minimum.
5) Get your espresso machine ready
Black Friday doesn’t work office hours – it’s a round-the-clock affair and some of the best deals will drop at anti-social times, if our experience is anything to go by.
That’s why all of the above advice is so important.
If your dream 4K TV goes on sale first thing in the morning, you’ll want to know about it post-haste and be ready to snap it up ever faster. Arming yourself with all the necessary information and tools is essential to making the most of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Moreover, Amazon has tended to release its first batch of Black Friday deals as the clock strikes midnight, so if you’re an “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” type, your dedication to deal hunting may just be rewarded should you pay a visit to your favourite retailer while us normal folk count sheep.
6) Hitting the High Street? Google is still your friend
You may already know that Google shows you busy and quiet times at shops, restaurants, bars all around the world.
Just in time for Black Friday, the search giant has added a seriously useful new feature to its Maps-integrated ‘Popular Times’ card, bringing real-time crowd information to this service.
That means that if you’re hitting the High Street for Black Friday, you can Google your destination in advance and hopefully avoid the fisticuffs.
Give it a whirl – your psychiatrist will thank you.
7) Save yourself the hassle
We’re rarely ones to overclock our own motherboard here at Trusted Reviews, but with Black Friday headed our way again, we really do think we can help you find the very best deals without all the hassle.
You won’t find any long, indiscriminately compiled link dumps here – just stuff we rate and would buy ourselves. All the deals we feature are carefully vetted by our expert editors for the quality of the product and the ‘bargainous’ nature of the deal.
If you want to cut-out a fair bit of legwork when deal-hunting, check back regularly for all the latest and greatest savings.
What are you looking to snap up this Black Friday? Let us know in the comments below.