From smart speakers to gin – the ultimate Black Friday deals revealed
Welcome to your essential guide to the best Black Friday deals around. Black Friday is one of the biggest retail events of the year but while it used to be just one day long (it’s officially November 29), it now lasts for a few weeks, and that means the amount of deals that are unveiled can be quite overwhelming.
That’s where we step in. We have teamed up with Shortlist.com (part of the DC Thomson family) and have found the 20 best deals that you need to know about.
These have been hand-picked by the team, who have combed through thousands of deals to arrive at this specially curated list. If you don’t find the bargain you are looking for, then head to Shortlist’s best Black Friday deals page, where there are hundreds more discounts on offer.
This article was created in partnership with ShortList. It is a list of independently chosen editorial picks. The post contains affiliate links to products and we may receive a commission for purchases made through these links – all of this helps supports the site.
1 Echo Dot with clock – save £25 (42% off)
Now: £34.99 Was: £59.99
This is a fantastic deal. It was only in September that Amazon announced a slew of new Echo devices and the one that caught our eye was the all-new Echo Dot. It comes with an LED clock, so it’s perfect for your bedside table, making this one of the smartest smart speakers around. At this price you can’t go wrong.
Ring Video Doorbell 2 with Echo Dot – save £109 (48% off)
Now: £119 Was: £228.99
Now is the time to get a smart doorbell. Amazon owns Ring, which means that it can offer up a hefty discount and add an Echo Dot into the mix, too. There is a cool £109 off the price of this package, which is pretty much half-price. The smart doorbell works great with Amazon Alexa.
Fitbit Versa – save £70 (35% off)
Now: £129.85 Was: £199
The Fitbit Versa is exactly what you want in a smartwatch – it offers a number of brilliant features, including a battery life that lasts four days, 24/7 heart rate tracking, GPS via your phone, NFC payments and the ability to store around 3000 songs on the device. With over a third off right now, this is a great, cheap way into the world of wearables.
Google Pixel 3A – Save £70
Now: £329 Was £399
In our recent mid-range phone test, the Google Pixel A came out as Best Overall. That was when it was full price. Now that it has a huge £70 off, this is a must-have. It packs most of the same features as the Google Pixel 3, but in a slightly cheaper chassis. That means that you get the brilliant camera functionality its bigger brother is famed for.
Kindle Paperwhite (2018) – save £35 (29%)
Now: £84.99 Was: £119.99
If you still aren’t a Kindle convert, then this deal should convince you. The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is the best e-reader around. It’s all thanks to Amazon’s ingenious technology that makes it feel like you are reading real paper. But there are extra benefits that rise it above a plain-old book – it’s packed with enough memory to hold thousands of books and the screen lights up, so is perfect for reading in bed with the lights out.
Oral B Genius 9900 rechargeable Toothbrush Duo Pack – save £325
Now: £125 Was: £450
You get not one, but two fantastic electric toothbrushes in this pack. Boots is quoting a huge £325 off, which means this deal is bound to sell out soon. If you and your other half fancy having some of the best electric toothbrushes around, then this is for you. Each toothbrush will last two weeks on a single charge and comes with six brushing options.
Emma Original Memory Foam Mattress, Medium Tension, Single
New: £257.40 – save 40% (cheapest ever price)
There are a number of discounts on Emma mattresses available through John Lewis, but this is the best we have seen. It’s the cheapest-ever price for a single Emma mattress. This is one brand that consistently wins awards because of the quality of their stock – this particular one is made from memory foam and is supplied rolled, in a space-saving box.
KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer – save £220
Now: £279 Was: £499
KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer is one of the most lusted-after mixers around. Yes, it’s on the pricey side but this is softened thanks to a £220 discount. For the money, you get a mixer that can handle 4.83 litres of produce and has a very powerful 300 watts of mixing power. It also looks stunning – with a variety of colours available.
Philips Hue White and Colour Ambiance Starter Kit – save £51 (42% off)
Now: £69.99 Was: £121
Some are scared off by the idea of making their home smart, but it’s never been easier thanks to the likes of Philips Hue. These smart lights are worth every discounted penny. For almost half the RRP, you get a kit that includes three bulbs and the bridge that makes it work with your Wi-Fi setup. Once installed, you will be able to ask Alexa or Google to turn your lights on and off – something that never grows old.
Jura Journey Single Malt Whisky – save £10 (33% off)
Now: £19.79 Was: £35
We were hoping for more whisky deals this Black Friday – we’re still early in the buying period but there currently aren’t many to go around. We did find this great little buy, though. There’s almost £15 off of this single malt, which will satisfy those looking for a hint of vanilla and a bit of smoke in their whisky.
Bosch IXO Cordless Screwdriver
Now: £24.85 Was: £41.99 – 41% off
Everyone needs a cordless screwdriver and this beauty by Bosch is 41% off right now. For the money, you get a screwdriver that charges in under three hours, comes with a metal case, 10x Standard screwdriver bits and is just the thing to help with whatever flatpack nightmare you find yourself in.
eve Sleep Hybrid Memory Foam and Spring Mattress – save £133 (36% off)
Now: £236.99 Was: £369.99
This is another brilliant mattress deal by another mattress brand that has taken the world by storm. Eve is offering its hybrid memory foam and spring mattress with a 36% discount right now – that’s some £133 off the RRP. There are more deals available, so have a look to find the right size for your bed.
The King of Soho Gin
Now: £22.99 Was £30
A relative newcomer in the gin world, this is a lovely tipple that comes in one of the best bottles we have seen. It’s rare to see this gin drop below the £30 mark, so we think this is one alcohol deal that will sell out soon. Taste wise, it’s packed with citrus and comes with a hint of spice.
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i Wireless Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphones – save £99 (30% off)
B&O is one of the best premium tech manufacturers around. Given they are a premium brand, it’s usually worth waiting for something like Black Friday to come around so you can afford the kit. This is an amazing deal on one of the best-looking, best-sounding over-ear headphones you will find. If you’ve yet to go for noise cancelling, then these are for you.
Le Creuset Stoneware Rainbow Mugs, 350ml, Set of 6, Assorted
Le Creuset is always a brand that offers great-looking homeware and we have fallen in love with this rainbow mug set. At a snip under £60 that makes it just £10 per mug. When it comes to colours, they are officially called: cerise, volcanic, Dijon yellow, kiwi, cassis and teal. Pretentious, yes, but they look lovely and are made from high quality stoneware.
Dyson AM09 Hot + Cool Fan Heater
This is something we actually use ourselves in our home office and is a brilliant buy – one which we bought for full price. It’s worth £299 and with £100 off, it’s a real bargain. It comes with a remote, myriad controls and that brilliant Dyson look and performance.
Dyson V7 Motorhead Extra Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
If you need a cordless vacuum, then there are a variety of options and prices. Dyson is always at the higher end, but with £100 off, the Dyson V7 is now a bit more attainable. What you get is a vacuum that works on both hard floors and carpet and can do 30 minutes of cleaning on one charge.
Sony XDR-S61D Portable DAB/DAB+/FM Digital Radio
DAB radios are a funny thing – essential if you have one, but never something you rush out and buy. This is a great deal for a lovely-looking DAB radio. It can act as your alarm clock and has five presets. It’s portable, too. Just pop some AA batteries in and you’re away.
De’Longhi Dolce Gusto pod coffee machine
Pod coffee may not be for the purists, but it’s a really easy way to get barista-style coffee in your home. At just £14.99 this is an absolute must-buy. There are 40 different drinks on offer and it comes in three colours – red, green and blue.
Google Home Mini
If you have yet to choose between Alexa and Google, then this may sway you. For £19 you get a great little speaker that can play music but can also be the centre of your smart home, controlling your lights, heating and more – all for the price of a decent takeaway.