Running a home is expensive - even more so when the essentials break down and need replacing. Try living without a washing machine for a week, or a working oven for just as long - it’s a waking nightmare, especially for families.
When important appliances start creaking and groaning, it’s time to give up the ghost and start looking for a replacement, but many are deterred by the expense. These things don’t come cheap.
That is, until the end of November when a small window of opportunity opens. It’s name? Black Friday.
From TVs and toasters to tumble dryers, the home electricals and tech giant is preparing a banquet of bargains that will allow you to get your hands on big ticket items for much less.
When is Black Friday and Cyber Monday in 2021?
For those who have yet to fling themselves wallet first into the worldwide shopping phenomenon that is Black Friday, here’s a crash course. It began as one single day of super sales in America, held the day after Thanksgiving - which is always on the fourth Thursday of November.
Prices plummeted and shoppers went home with cut-price premium goods, getting a head start on their Christmas shopping. Naturally the idea caught the attention of deal-hunters worldwide and now Black Friday is a weekend-long event, culminating in Cyber Monday.
This year Black Friday is on Nov 26 and Cyber Monday on Nov 29.
What Black Friday deals will AO have?
Last year, the retailer banked on TVs, driven by shoppers binge-watching shows over lockdown.
This year, restrictions may have lifted but we still want to watch telly on the best screens money can buy. Expect huge savings across flatscreen and LED models as well as surround sound speakers, soundbars and all kinds of home entertainment.
Hobbyists and keen cooks will also be pleased to hear that AO also has form for slashing prices on everything from cameras to breadmakers.
Where can I find early Black Friday deals?
The Black Friday deals are starting to come through at AO. We’ve cherry-picked some of the most appealing ones below.
How to find the best offers across Black Friday weekend
Black Friday shopping can be an experience, especially if you haven’t got a shopping list to work through. Whether you’re looking for something specific or you’re ready to pounce on an incredible offer, we’ll have all the best sales news, offers and discounts worth reading.
ES Best will also run a live blog from Black Friday until Cyber Monday, so you can learn about those blink-and-you’ll-miss-them deals before they’re gone.
Apple Watch Series 7, 45mm, GPS  - Midnight Aluminium Case with Midnight Sport Band
Buy now £379.00, AO
Nespresso by Magimix Vertuo Next 11719 Pod Coffee Machine
Buy now £69.00, AO
Samsung RS8000 RS68A8820SL American Fridge Freezer
Buy now £999.00, AO
Oral B Genius X Limited Edition Electric Toothbrush - Rose Gold
Keep those pearly whites gleaming with this deal on Oral-B which takes £250 off the RRP.
Buy now £90.00, AO
Samsung Galaxy Watch4 + Buds2 Bundle, GPS - 40mm - Silver
As well as new handsets, Samsung has dropped cool wearable tech recently too - like these Buds and the new Galaxy Watch4. Save £139 by buying the pair together at AO.
Buy now £249.00, AO
Ninja Foodi Max 9-in-1 OP500UK 7.5 Litre Multi Cooker - Black
There’s been something of an air fryer revolution of late, with more and more people becoming charmed by the machine, which offers the delicious taste of fried food with a fraction of the usual calorie count.
If you’ve been thinking about getting one, you won’t do better than a Ninja Foodi. Along with air frying, the machine can also perform a host of other functions, from steaming, grilling, slow cooking - even pressure cooking. TenderCrisp technology is also a feature, giving things like chips and chicken a golden outer crust while keeping the inside perfectly cooked and tender.
This Black Friday you can save on the machine - was: £229, now: £179.
Buy now £179.00, AO
De'Longhi Dinamica ECAM350.50.B Bean to Cup Coffee Machine
There’s nothing like a morning cup of Joe to help you prepare for the day. You can skip the trip (and the lines) at your local coffee shop by getting this top-of-the-range bean-to-coffee machine.
Currently discounted by a whopping £500, it can whip up everythig from a cappuccino to a latte and comes with a Twin-Shot system that allows you to prepare two hot drinks at the same time.
Buy now £429.00, AO
Sage The Bakery Boss™ BEM825BAL Stand Mixer with 4.7 Litre Bowl - Silver
Get chef-level results on the way this Black Friday. Sage’s The Bakery Box stand mixer is part of the retailer’s big shopping sale and comes with a host of features that will have you giving those GBBO contestants a run for their money.
Buy now £369.00, AO
Crockpot CSC086 6.5 Litre Slow Cooker - Black / Stainless Steel
Make winter stews and hearty broths as simple as switching on a few buttons with Crockpot’s 6.5 litre slow cooker.
Buy now £39.00, AO
Remington PROluxe AC9140 Hair Dryer White / Rose Gold
Good hair days forever with this BF purchase from Remington at AO.
Buy now £39.00, AO