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Black Friday deals 2022: when the sales start and offers to expect

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This year's Black Friday deals are almost upon us. The sales event may not officially be until November 25 but, as we've seen over the last couple of years, offers are made available earlier than ever before. We expect the first batch will go live towards the end of October and, because of that, we're getting ready as early as possible by bringing you our expectations, predictions and all the latest info on Black Friday 2022

Our biggest takeaway from last year is that the best Black Friday deals are no longer saved until the day itself. Multiple retailers, including Amazon, Currys and Argos, launched their sales events way ahead of time. These were live from late October onwards in some cases and many of these offers held all the way through to Black Friday. Anyone who bought early, then, was already chilling out at home with their new television instead of getting involved in the chaotic and fruitless hunt for a better deal at the end of the month.

The research backs this up too. Sales data from Adobe Analytics (opens in new tab) shows that consumer spending on Black Friday was $8.9B - that's down 1.3 per cent from $9B last year and the first time ever it's actually fallen. But looking at online spending throughout the whole month of November instead tells the full story, as this was up by 11.9 per cent compared to last year to $109.8B. Plus, between November 1-29, a total of 22 days exceeded $3bn in total online spend – a new record. Only nine days had topped that figure in the same time period in 2020.

But the buying environment is very different now compared to 12 months ago. There's rising inflation and a cost of living crunch that's affected all of our spending. If retailers want to see the same levels of interest and purchases during Black Friday 2022, the deals and discounts will need to be especially strong to tempt us to part with our cash.

Hopefully, that's what we'll see in a few weeks' time. For now, we've got some more key information about Black Friday 2022 just below, as well as our predictions for this year's sale, some buying advice to keep in mind to make the most of the event and a selection of last year's best deals for comparison.

Black Friday 2022: key information

You can find a snapshot of all the key dates and information related to Black Friday 2022 just below. We'll be feeding any important news or key retailer announcements into this section over the coming months so you can be in the best position once the sales get underway next year.

When is Black Friday 2022?

Black Friday 2022 will take place on November 25. We've got a long time to go until the year's biggest sales extravaganza comes around again. In any case, it'll be worth keeping an eye out for Black Friday deals starting from between late October and early November as we think an extended sales period is almost guaranteed again for next year. The big day itself doesn't have the same impact as it once did.

The origin of Black Friday: a history lesson

Let's take a Black Friday history lesson: the first known mention of Black Friday related to this shopping experience was in November 1951, when the journal Factory Management and Maintenance (opens in new tab) used it to describe people calling in sick the day after Thanksgiving so they could have an extra day off work. 

At the same time US police were using the phrases "Black Friday" and "Black Saturday" to describe the horrendous traffic that occurred at the beginning of the pre-Christmas shopping season. 

In 1961 there was a movement (opens in new tab) from the local government to change the shopping season to "Big Friday" and "Big Saturday", but it clearly never caught on and the notion that it was the time when retailers moved 'back into the black' was seen far later and clearly an attempt to bring positivity to the term.

Black Friday deals 2022: our predictions

A selection of key tech items expected to be popular over Black Friday

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How does TechRadar prepare for Black Friday?

Black Friday is one of the most important times of the year for TechRadar to help our readers - we spend weeks ahead of the big day (well, months, to be precise) making sure the whole site is ready for you to get the information you need to make the right buying choice. Whether that's knowing which is the best laptop, TV or iPad, or just surfacing great deals through our Hawk price comparison widget, we've got everything you need to know.

It's still a little early for us to seriously dig into some predictions for Black Friday 2022. With almost half a year to go until the sales get underway again, we wouldn't want to speak too definitively about what might be on sale this November. 

A lot can change in that time and new product launches throughout the year could drastically affect the products you're after and which ones go on sale. We've also got other big sales events throughout the year to take into consideration such as Amazon Prime Day. The type of offers we see during the retailer's own event could help give us an idea of how things will play out in November. So, when that's happened in July, we'll be back with an update.

Until then, we'll leave you with our general advice on how Black Friday generally plays out, how to find the best deals and our best tips and tricks to make the most of the event. 

Once we have a better idea of how things lie next year, we'll return to bring you the most up-to-date predictions and insight based on our years of experience tracking all the best Black Friday deals. By now we've got pretty good at it.

Where can you find the best Black Friday deals?

As mentioned, you’ll find the best options if you bookmark this page right now. We're bringing you all the best Black Friday deals as soon as they hit the shelves and will continue to do so throughout the main event itself and the weekend afterwards as well. Until any official sales start, here's a list of retailers we've found that usually have some of the best Black Friday deals:

Amazon: an all-rounder that regularly price matches competitors (opens in new tab)
Argos: better for cheaper devices with same-day delivery (opens in new tab)
Currys: great for tech, appliances, and gaming (opens in new tab)
Ebuyer: low-cost gadgets and PC equipment (opens in new tab)
John Lewis: best for homeware, but also offers excellent tech warranties (opens in new tab)
Laptops Direct: big discounts on PCs, laptops, and accessories (opens in new tab)
Smyths Toys: vast selection of toys, electronics and gadgets
Very: massive range and regular discounts across departments (opens in new tab)

Will there be stock issues during Black Friday 2022?

Now, we all knew that trying to get a PS5 or Xbox Series X would be extremely difficult during the last Black Friday, but we also saw that tech and other items such as the brand new iPad, favourite Lego sets and Amazon devices like the Fire Stick 4K all go out of stock very quickly during the sales.

Some of these were actually still available to buy in late November but suffered from very long shipping delays into next year. This would have been brutal news if you were hoping to pick up one of these as a Christmas gift and decided to wait to see if there was a better discount on Black Friday, only to find out that it stayed the same price and wouldn't be dispatched until January.

Adobe Analytics reported a 258 per cent increase in out-of-stock messages in the previous year compared to before the pandemic, but we don't think that trend will be repeated in 2022. The stock situation for many products has massively improved throughout the year. Take the PS5, for example, which is currently widely available at multiple retailers - and has been that way for weeks based on the tracking we've done over on our PS5 restock hub. 

The semiconductor shortage isn't over, though, and supply chains continue to be stretched, so we still strongly suggest buying more in-demand or new-release products early. Even with increased stock levels across the board, there's still a good chance that the most popular products are likely to sell out around this time of year. Definitely keep that in mind for Black Friday 2022.

Black Friday 2022: Buying advice

As we've said: this isn't our first rodeo. As veterans of many Black Friday events, we've picked up a few tips and tricks in order to find the best deals and get the biggest savings on your most-wanted items. You can find all that combined knowledge right here for a crash course in becoming a Black Friday deals expert.

How to find the best Black Friday deals in 2022

Getting the best Black Friday deals for you often comes down to how much research you do ahead of the event. Use the time you have in the lead up to the event to make sure you know exactly what you want to get out of the sale. That means going beyond finding a TV brand or laptop model that suits you, but looking at what features and specs you will need to fit into your budget. Double check previous sales to see if your shopping list matches prices that have been seen before so that you stay realistic during this step. 

Once you've got your spec and features down, you'll want to consider which parts of your wishlist you can stand to drop if you do spot a particularly low price. That way you'll know exactly what to look for when the heat is on. 

Once you've found the deal you're looking for, though, it's also crucial to widen your net and make sure you can't get a better price elsewhere before heading to checkout. Bigger retailers tend to price match each other, but during particularly competitive events like Black Friday they also look to get an edge by offering additional incentives like bundles and free gifts. Of course, we're bringing the best Black Friday deals from around the web, so you can stick with us for the biggest value savings - however, if you are going it alone be sure to check other retailers' offers before committing. 

LG C1 OLED

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We do generally find that the best Black Friday deals land on the week of the sale itself, with the biggest products seeing discounts during the main event. However, you'll be seeing discounts landing as early as the start of the month in some cases. If you do spot a price that you like but you're hesitant to commit too early, it's worth going for it - especially if it was a deal you were waiting for the end of the month for. 

There's a lot less competition in these earlier discounts, which means you might be able to get your hands on some of the bigger savings or more desirable colorways before the crowds swarm. However, we'd recommend keeping your find boxed up until the Black Friday deals are fully over, as you may well see a much better price later on in the month and you can always return your previous purchase.  

When will the best Black Friday deals be available?

In previous years, we'd usually say that you would want to wait until as close to Black Friday as possible before making a purchase in order to get the best price. The last two years have completely changed our advice, though.

We've seen that when retailers start their sales from late October and early November, the prices on offer are rarely beaten on Black Friday. There may be a small spike in deals during the week leading up to Black Friday itself, but many of the offers you see in the weeks prior are actually as good as they are going to get.

LG C1 OLED: A Case Study

To use an example, one of the most sought-after products over the last Black Friday was the LG C1 OLED TV. There were multiple price cuts on this TV that we reported on in the weeks leading up to Black Friday and it never dropped any lower in the days that followed.

That's just one highlight. Generally, though, the information gathered by Adobe Analytics (opens in new tab) suggests that discounts were actually weak last time. We would definitely agree with that based on the Black Friday deals we saw in many areas and across various retailers - as well as what's happened during major sales so far this year.

Take computers, for example, which saw the largest discounts of around 14 per cent from November 2 according to Adobe (opens in new tab) - and these price cuts remained fairly flat throughout November. Similarly, a study of electronic items shows they fell by almost 10 per cent on November 1, before actually rising in price throughout the month, only to drop again by almost 12 per cent during the week of Black Friday. Not exactly a dramatic difference, is it?

So, with that in mind, if you have a specific product you're looking out for next year, you should really consider buying it as soon as that first deal becomes available. This is especially true if it's a big-ticket item like a games console, 4K TV or tablet. We've seen these haven't been reduced any further on Black Friday and could also suffer from stock issues if they are particularly popular. So, if you don't want to miss out on something entirely, we strongly suggest buying early.

Can I get cashback on Black Friday deals?

Sometimes, yes. Your debit card or credit card may offer cashback on purchases. It’s definitely worth looking into – not just for Black Friday 2022 but for any online shopping – when you're be spending money online.

Am I protected when I buy on Black Friday?

In general, you should be just as protected as you are when shopping any other time of the year. You’ll want to check on return policies and warranty periods, and you should also make sure you’re shopping at known retailers you trust. 

While many deals can seem too good to be true on Black Friday, landing on an unfamiliar website claiming to have a product for pennies on the dollar is a good sign you’re in the wrong place.

Remember that using your credit card also can offer a level of protection, so as long as you have the means to pay it back straight away, using this method can give you more peace of mind. 

Many credit cards can help you contest payments if you never receive a product, and some even offer extended warranties on products beyond the one included from manufacturer or retailer.

A woman in front of a shop window displaying a Black Friday deals sign

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Are Black Friday deals real?

Generally speaking, yes - although there are two kinds of deals. The first has been pre-agreed between brands and retailers, so they’re not as off-the-cuff as you might expect. 

The other is sudden price drops, whether that’s an algorithm working out the best way to attract users to buy (as brands like Amazon often will) or just the big names price-matching one another, or pushing the price down further as they look to be the big winner. (We saw something similar with iPads in the US).

As with any sales event you’ll see a mixture of bargains, discounted end-of-line stock and strange things found in the back of a warehouse somewhere. In 2016, consumer magazine 'Which?' accused retailers of some pretty dodgy behavior.

You might notice that some items are cheaper after Black Friday - even as soon as Cyber Monday. But those are part of the natural Christmas discounting period, and our advice is to always grab a deal if you like it, and be prepared to return if it drops lower.

What about in-store Black Friday deals?

Even though much of the world is on a path to recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, we don't expect there to be much enthusiasm from retailers to host large in-story Black Friday events this year. It wouldn't be wise to be seen encouraging crowds to rush to your shops to pick up a cheap TV or some discounted tech.

That said, retailers may still advertise and offer their Black Friday deals in-store – just don't expect them to be exclusively available from bricks and mortar locations. Instead, it's likely to be another option for those who would prefer to see something in the flesh before making a purchase.

We can all agree that making the chaos of the doorbuster deal a thing of the past is only good for all involved. Many stores in the US have in fact announced they will be closed for Thanksgiving, while their Black Friday opening times are still up in the air.

Last year's best Black Friday deals

Here's a look at the best Black Friday deals we saw last year, plus a selection of the top offers in the key categories we were following in the sales.

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Fire TV Stick 4K: £49.99 £24.99 at Amazon
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– The latest Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is a brilliant streaming device: we gave it 4.5/5 in our review (opens in new tab). There's a huge range of content available, plus Alexa voice control too. This is the cheapest deal we've seen for the 4K version outside of Prime Day, and a low-cost way to get Netflix, Disney Plus, Prime Video and more on a TV without any in-built smart features. It's proven to be one of the most popular Black Friday deals but is now back in stock for immediate delivery.

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Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser: £99.95 £84.95 at Hotel Chocolat
Save £15
- A very popular item this Black Friday, the Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser has sold out at most major retailers. However, you can still get it when going directly to the manufacturer. Just enter the code 'HOHOHO' at the basket to get this price. This funky new kitchen gadget will whip up a barista grade hot chocolate in 2.5 minutes from various single-serve chocolate pouches. An ideal gift as we get deep into these colder winter months.

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Echo Dot (4th gen): £49.99 £28.99 at Amazon
Save £21
– The Echo Dot consistently sits towards the top of our best smart speaker rankings (opens in new tab). It's small, versatile, decently loud and, thanks to Alexa, it’s pretty smart, too. If you're new to smart home tech, it's an easy first step - just don't expect it to compete with your sound system. This Black Friday deal drops the price of the latest version to just £4 more than the cheapest price we've ever seen - it hasn't been less since last year's Black Friday.

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Tower T17021 Family Size Air Fryer: £69.99 £40.99 at Amazon
Save £29
- Get 41% off this already very affordable Tower Air Fryer at Amazon. Its large 4.3 litre capacity is enough space to fry, roast, grill and bake an assortment of family-sized meals. With many other cheap air fryers selling out this year, this is the best value deal we've seen right now.

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Tassimo by Bosch Coffee Machine: £79.99 £29 at Currys
Save £50.99
– This is the best cheap coffee machine deal in the UK right now. The Tassimo by Bosch machine is pod-based and works with over 80 types of coffee and hot drinks pods. It's easy to use - you just press a button - and it's popular, with an average score of 4.5/5 stars (opens in new tab) from over 1,300 user reviews on the Currys' website. The £50 saving applies to all four colour variations.

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Apple Watch 7 (41mm, GPS): £369 £349 at John Lewis
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One of today's best Black Friday deals is the all-new Apple Watch 7 that's on sale for £349 from John Lewis. That's a £20 discount and a new record-low price for the 41mm smartwatch. This discount applies to the Blue, Starlight and Midnight colours.  This is the cheapest deal we've seen for the Series 7 smartwatch, so we'd grab this fantastic deal now before it's too late.

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YNM Weighted Blanket: £45.90 at Amazon
There isn't a deal on this weighted blanket, but it comes highly recommended by our expert sleep editor - if you're looking to get one, this is our top pick. It's made from 100% certified cotton and glass beads that give a gentle comforting sensation to induce a calmer sleep. Choose one that's around 8-10% of your body weight for the best effect - go lighter if you're not sure. And if you've got a bigger budget, consider the top-tier Luna Weighted Blanket: it's more expensive (£74.99) but it's also more premium and a great gift.

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Fitbit Inspire 2: £89.99 £57.99 at Amazon
Save £32
– The slim and simple Fitbit Inspire 2 is now at its lowest ever price as part of Amazon's Black Friday deals. This smartwatch provides a number of basic features including all-day activity tracking, a heart rate monitor and tools to track your sleeping habits. We found it to be (opens in new tab) an affordable and unobtrusive way to try out a smartwatch if you're interested in the tech.

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8. JVC Fire TV Edition 65-inch 4K TV: £599 £499 at Amazon
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Though there are cheaper options available, the JVC Fire TV is a good value for money option as it comes with a number of quality of life features that the cheaper sets lack. As well as a solid 4K image quality, you also get HDR and Dolby Vision support that you'll appreciate when watching films and TV. The Alexa voice remote is a handy final touch so you can control the TV and other compatible devices with just a few words.

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Lego Architecture London: £45 £30 at Amazon
Save £15
- This is a little skyline set based on London, United Kingdom, and it's great fun to make if you're fond of, or familiar with, the city. It includes monuments like the National Gallery, the Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge. We're only a little disappointed that it doesn't feature the TechRadar offices for some reason.

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Apple AirPods Pro: £239 £185 at Amazon
Save £54
 – The best price yet for Apple's high-end earbuds. They come with significant improvements over the previous model – such as Active Noise Cancellation and a better design. We called them the best-sounding earbuds in our review (opens in new tab). A MagSafe wireless charging case is included in the price, which gives you more than 24 hours of total battery life.

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Oral-B Smart 6 electric toothbrush: £219.99 £59.99 at Amazon
Save £160 - Here's an utterly bonkers Amazon Black Friday deal on the Oral-B electric toothbrush that's offering it up for well under half price. We normally advocate for keeping it simple with these toothbrushes but this is a great opportunity to get a 'fancier' one for less. This one in particular has five brushing modes, full smartphone app integration (for tips on how to get the best results), and a handy pressure sensor to stop you brushing too hard.

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Yankee Candle Christmas Gift Set: £72 £28 at Amazon
Save £44
- There's a huge 61% off this Yankee Candle Christmas gift set which comes with eight Scented Candles, a votive holder, a wick trimmer and an Illuma-Lid candle topper. This specially chosen set will bring the classic smells of yuletide to your home for up to 75 hours with the medium-sized blobs of wax.

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Waterpik Ultra Professional Water Flosser: £67.99 £47.99 at Amazon
Save £20
- Cheaper water flossers at around £30 will get the job done but this Waterpik Ultra is only slightly more and comes with a host of extra features if you're looking to ditch the dental floss for a more effective and healthier alternative. It comes with 7 flosser tips and a 650ml reservoir that allows for 90 seconds of use.

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Ring Alarm 13-piece kit: £490 £289 at Amazon
Save £201 - OK, it's not a doorbell, but this is an impressive bundle of Ring security tech to protect your home. It includes a base station, six contact sensors, three motion detectors, a range extender, outdoor siren, and indoor camera, plus a sign to warn would-be burglars about it all. That's not bad at all for under £300 (its lowest price ever).

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 11: £69.99 £59 at Amazon
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This is a record-low price for our favourite instant camera. The Mini 11 is easy to use, includes a pop-out lens barrel for selfies and takes Instax Mini film - which is more affordable than its Polaroid equivalent. Overall, it's a great gift for anyone looking to dabble in instant photography.

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TCL C72 55-inch 4K HDR QLED TV: £799 £649 at Amazon
Save £250
The main advantage of choosing a QLED screen is that they offer wider viewing angles and superior brightness, so if your TV is going into a big room that receives a lot of light you will be able to get a much clearer picture. TCL has established itself as a low-cost alternative to the likes of Samsung and LG while still producing some well-made sets, so this is a more affordable way to pick up a QLED screen on a lower budget.

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Instant Pot Duo Crisp + Air fryer: £179.99 £99.99 at Amazon
Save £80
- There's a 44% on Instant Pot's first multi-cooker that can air fry, roast, and grill as well as all the cooking methods you'd expect. It comes with an additional lid that provides the additional culinary styles and it has a 5.7-liter capacity. 

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Emma Original Mattress: from £499 £249.50 at Emma
Save up to £359 - We think the Emma Original is the best mattress (opens in new tab) you can buy in the UK. This all-foam, medium mattress is extremely comfortable and supportive - we loved sleeping on it. Pressure relief and spine alignment is particularly good, and it's a great choice for anyone who likes to sink into their mattress and be 'hugged' while they sleep. If you overheat at night though we'd recommend a hybrid instead (there are several further down the page). Right now it's extremely competitively priced with a huge 45% cut off the price for Black Friday - a double is just £384.45, down from £699. You won't find a better mattress at a better price than this.

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Acer Chromebook Spin 513, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD: £399.99 £299.99 at John Lewis
Save £100
– A great price for a 2-in-1 laptop is now live in the Black Friday deals at John Lewis. This is still a fairly basic machine, but for general everyday use, media streaming and light work it's more than up to the job. You also get the added flexibility of being able to flip it to tablet mode when using the touchscreen would be easier.

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Nintendo Switch (Neon) + Mario Kart 8 Deluxe + 3 Months Switch Online: £316.97 £259.99 at My Nintendo Store
Save £56.98
– Easily the best Nintendo Switch bundle available to buy this Black Friday. When a console by itself would usually set you back £259.99, the addition of both Mario Kart 8 and a 3-month Switch Online membership shows just good value this bundle is at the official Nintendo Store.

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Kenwood kMix Stand Mixer: £429 £199 at AO
Save £230
– Here's a significant discount on a more budget-friendly stand mixer from Kenwood. One of these will save you at least £100 compared to the high-end KitchenAid models, so if you're just dabbling into the world of baking and looking for a mixer or will only use it infrequently then this is a good alternative for the cost.

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All-new Kindle Paperwhite: £129.99 £104.99 at Amazon
Save £25
– This is the first-ever price cut on the latest Kindle Paperwhite - and it's only been available to buy since the end of October. This new version offers an improved reading experience thanks to the 6.8-inch screen, adjustable warm light and thinner bezels. Frequent readers will appreciate paying a premium for these features.

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24. Sony Bravia A80J 65-inch Smart 4K OLED TV: £2,199 £1,799 at Richer Sounds
Save £400
- Sony's brilliant Bravia A80J OLED TV is now an extra £400 off at Richer Sounds. That's the lowest price yet for the Sony set that features a 65-inch OLED panel, Dolby Vision, HDR10 and offers voice-control with the Google Assistant. It also comes with the all-important HDMI 2.1 ports for 120Hz gaming on PS5 and Xbox Series X. PS5 owners definitely want to take note as you also get a free £100 voucher to spend on the PlayStation Store with this TV.

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Shark NZ801UKT Anti Hair Wrap: £349.99 £179 at Amazon
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Now that John Lewis has sold out, Amazon is currently offering the biggest Black Friday saving on this versatile Shark vacuum. It has headlights for easier cleaning underneath furniture (a welcome practical touch) and converts to a hand-held cleaner for tackling stairs, curtains, sofas etc. If you're happy to work with a more traditional cord, this vacuum is a great buy.

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Dell XPS 13 laptop: £849.99 £722 at Dell
Save £129
– This Dell XPS 13 Black Friday deal is a great price for a device that's regularly featured in our list of the best laptops (opens in new tab) you can buy. It's a versatile machine with a 13.3-inch Full HD InfinityEdge display, Intel i5 processor, 8GB RAM and a 256 SSD. Basically, it's everything you could want from a high-performance compact laptop for work, school or just general use - and this is the cheapest we've seen an XPS 13 all year. 

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Oculus Quest 2: £299 with £50 credit at Amazon
While unfortunately not discounted this year, buying the Oculus Quest 2 with this Black Friday deal will net you an additional £50 credit for shopping at Amazon, which can be used to shop for other products hosted on the site.

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Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet: £159.99 £89.99 at Amazon
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The Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet is now 44% off and down to a new record-low price for the top-spec Fire device. This 10-inch tablet includes wireless charging, 4 GB RAM and a powerful octa-core processor to make browsing, streaming and other everyday tasks a doddle.

James Pickard
Deals Editor

James Pickard is a Deals Editor at TechRadar. After many years of scouring the net for the cheapest games and tech for his own personal use, he decided to make it his job to share those bargains with you. James also has over five years of experience covering some of the biggest sales events of the year at Eurogamer and VG247, including Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Amazon Prime Day. When not deals hunting, James can be found on the PS5, watching a classic film noir or cheering on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.