Even though Black Friday 2019 officially starts this coming Friday, November 29, many retailers have got a jump-start on the sales this year. On Friday, exactly a week before the official start date, Amazon, Currys PC World and John Lewis launched their Black Friday deals, and there some are serious savings to be had.
So far, there are big discounts on TVs, tech, beauty, smart devices and more. Last year, customers saved £40 million on Amazon alone and, from looking at the deals that have launched over the last few days, it looks like we may beat the record this yeaar.
With so many deals already on offer, sale-loving shoppers are truly spoilt for choice. So much choice, in fact, that the best deals can be difficult to find.
Luckily, we have prepared the following guide to help you find the best Black Friday deals this year, including the best offers currently on sale:
Where can I find the best Black Friday deals - which retailers have offers?
It's no surprise that Amazon leads the pack - the retailer started its Black Friday deals last week. Amazon is practically synonymous with Black Friday as it not only brought Black Friday to the UK, but it offers the widest range of deals in the widest range of categories - including TVs, tech, mobile phones, appliances, laptops, tablets, consoles, smart devices and more.
Both John Lewis and Currys PC World have also started their offers - the stores both price-match many of their competitors' best deals, making Currys an easy one-stop-shop for tech and John Lewis a worthwhile destination for higher-end products.
Argos is another of the big retailers getting in on the act early. The store is a good go-to for smart tech and consoles, and last year's Black Friday sale marked its biggest-ever day for video gaming sales.
For Beauty products, Bootshas also begun its sales. It's also worth keeping an eye on other cross-category retailers, such as Very and AO, which work hard to beat Amazon's prices every year - especially for home appliances.
Best Black Friday deals: Amazon
1. Echo Dot (3rd Gen)
This smart speaker uses voice command (Alexa) to play music, answer questions, update you on the day's news and more. It has a sleek pebble-like design that will suit any room, and it's impressive 56 per cent discount makes it particularly good value for money. If you already have a pair of decent speakers, however, Amazon is offering the Echo Input (which allows any external speaker to become an Alexa-enabled device) at over half price today, at £14.99, down from £34.99.
2. Echo Show 8
We're surprised that the Echo Show 8 is in the sales, and with such a significant discount, given that it is a brand new model. This 8-inch HD Smart Display connects to Alexa and allows you to view your photos, hear the day's news, set an alarm or listen to music, with its rich stereo sound. If you're looking for even more of a bargain, try to Echo Show 5, also in today's sales, which is now just £49.99, down from £79.99.
3. Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones
These noise-cancelling headphones have a simple aesthetic, and comfortable feel, but there's more to them than meets the eye. They are both Alexa and Google Assistant-enabled, so you can easily listen to music or have any burning questions answers (including "what's the weather doing tomorrow?") instantly.
4. Fire HD 10 Tablet
The newest Fire tablet offering from Amazon is in the Black Friday sales, with a surprisingly large discount. But what sets it apart from the older generation of Fire tablets? This one is up to 30 per cent faster, according to Amazon, and has a larger, 10.1" screen - making it ideal for catching up on your favourite shows during your commute. It also has 10 hours' battery life, and a high quality screen resolution, due to its 1080p Full HD display.
Best Black Friday deals: Currys PC World
5. KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer
It's the ultimate status symbol, which perhaps explains why it frequently sells out throughout the year. Now, the KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer, which we rated the best stand mixer on the market, is on sale with a £220 discount. With a 4.8-litre capacity, and iconic retro design, it is both pragmatic and decorative for your kitchen. For a little extra (£349), you can get the stand mixer in a striking red colour from John Lewis.
6. Google Nest Mini
This nifty little device allows you to control smart devices (including smart bulbs and televisions) using voice command. Plus, as with other smart speakers, you can play music or have your burning questions answered instantly.
7. Dyson V8 Absolute Cordless Bagless Vacuum Cleaner
This powerful update on the V6 model has a longer running time, of 40 minutes, so you should be able to vacuum your entire house in one fell swoop. It also has a more powerful suction than the older model, and 150 per cent more brush bar power than the V6 Animal. Like all cordless Dyson products, however, the V8 is lightweight and easy to use - the days of tripping over the lead are over.
8. LG OLED55B9PLA 55" Smart 4K Ultra HDHDROLED TV with Google Assistant
This 55" television has excellent picture quality, due to the 4K Ultra HD screen definition that can optimise even non-4K content, including films and television shows. Complete with a Dolby Atmos sound system, you can expect a cinematic effect. Even better, this is a smart TV, meaning you can ask the in-built Google Assistant to turn up the volume or change the channel without having to scramble for the remote control.
Best Black Friday deals: Apple
9. Apple Airpods with Wireless Charging Case
With the latest Apple Airpods you're automatically on, and automatically connected. As you're sure to know, these wireless headphones sit comfortably in your ear and give you quick and easy control of both audio and Siri. Thanks to its compact charging case, you can also stream up to five hours of sound in a single charge.
10. Apple iPad 10.2-inch, Wi-Fi, 32GB (Latest Model)
Apple fans, you're in luck; you can now get the brand's 7th-generation iPad for less than £300. The latest model does everything you'd expect and more, with its Retina display increased from the standard 9.7 inches to 10.2 inches and full-size Smart Keyboard compatibility. Available in Gold, Silver and Space Grey.
Best Black Friday deals: John Lewis
11. Philips Sonicare Healthy Smile Gift Set with ExpertClean and Airfloss Pro
John Lewis is selling the Philips ExpertClean electric toothbrush and AirFloss Pro Power for almost half the price of the original set. The toothbrush is equipped with a smart sensor that lets you know when to adjust pressure (so you can protect your gums from harsh brushing) while the AirFloss Pro can eradicate up to 99.9 per cent of plaque, according the the brand's scientific studies.
12. Tefal Prominence Aluminium Non-Stick Frying Pan, Casserole & Saucepan Set, 6 Piece
It's time to spruce up your kitchen with a new set of saucepans and frying pans. With a massive 50 per cent off, you can get this premium six-piece set sent straight to your door — in plenty of time for Christmas dinner.
13. Le Creuset Stoneware Rainbow Mugs, Set of 6
Bring a pop of colour to your kitchen with this set of six rainbow-coloured mugs from Le Creuset. While the brand may be best known for its casserole dishes, these mugs have the same scratch-resistant finish — and a similar array of gorgeous colours. Ideal for a Christmas present for the in-laws, or if you want to treat yourself this Black Friday.
14. Samsung Galaxy Watch
Long gone are the days when a watch was simply used to tell the time. Using this smart watch from Samsung, you can pay for your morning coffee with a tap, or even order an Uber (it has GPS programmed into it). Listen to your favourite Spotify playlists by connecting your wireless headphones, and track your heart rate at the gym using the fitness tracker mode. This versatile watch currently has a £100 discount from John Lewis.
How can I find the best deals this week?
There are ways you can make sure you're the first to know when shops announce their discounts.
The Telegraph is currently updating our Black Friday channel every day this week with offers as soon as they're made available, so it's worth bookmarking our pages now.
Sign up to email updates from retailers, download their apps and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. That way, you'll get notifications that keep you in the loop.
It's also a good idea to do your research in advance and bookmark the products you want to buy – as such, you create a shortcut to seeing the discounts as soon as the deals are released.
Sign up for Amazon Prime, because the online retailing giant gives Prime members exclusive discounts as well as early access to 'lightning deals' (the ones that usually sell out within minutes) 30 minutes before the rest of the internet. That extra time could be crucial on Black Friday.
What about Cyber Monday?
Cyber Monday 2019 will take place on December 2 this year, despite the sales day's growing futility. While Cyber Monday was once the day Black Friday-worthy deals would finally appear online, many of the best Black Friday deals are now web-only from the very start of the sales period.
That's not to say there won't be fantastic deals, of course. Amazon typically saves a few big bargains for Cyber Monday and an increasing number of retailers take site-wide discounts even lower, particularly if they haven't sold all they expected to.