LIVE: Amazon kicks off its early Black Friday sale with some big discounts
While there are still three weeks to go until Black Friday – aka the biggest and best shopping event of the year – brands and retailers have upped the ante by launching their deals nice and early. And we’re not complaining.
For the uninitiated, the shopping bonanza offers you the chance to bag a bargain on everything from tech, gaming and laptops to home appliances, beauty and fashion from the likes of Amazon, John Lewis & Partners, Argos, Currys, Boots and Apple. It really is the best time of year to find a deal, and of course, get your Christmas shopping lists ticked off.
In order to help you grab a bargain during the mammoth sales event, our team of expert deal-hunters are on hand to find the best early offers. We’ve already seen some standout deals this morning on a 4K TV, Emma mattress and even on the Nintendo Switch, but will continue to reveal the hottest offers as soon as they drop. Happy shopping!
Need a holiday? Check out Secret Escapes’ Black Friday sale
If it feels like it’s been a long old year and you’re very much in need of a holiday, Secret Escapes is here to the rescue by slashing the price of holidays and mini-breaks.
First up, our eyes are set on the all-inclusive holiday to Corfu, which has been reduced by up to 68 per cent (from £177 per night for two people, Secretescapes.com). From April to October 2022, you can stay in a panoramic sea view room for less than £180 per night, plus it includes all your food and drink for the duration of your stay.
If you’re looking for something a little closer to home, why not book a mini-break at a manor house in Stratford-upon-Avon? The hotel (from £139 per night for two people, Secretescapes.com) has a spa and swimming pool, making it the ideal destination for all things relaxation. And for those looking to get a little active, there is a gym and tennis court too.
Eva Waite-Taylor8 November 2021 11:30
Go handsfree with your cleaning with this iRobot vacuum cleaner deal
iRobot roomba 692040 connected robot vacuum: Was £299, now £199.99, holidaydiscounts.info
Take the hassle out of household chores with this smart robot vacuum, which currently has 26 per cent off. Designed to work on all floor types, the brand states that it has a 90-minute run time before it returns to its charging station and it can even be controlled using your phone or voice assistant. While we’ve not tested this exact one, a similar iRobot model featured in our round-up of the best robot vacuums, with our reviewer praising it for not missing any areas of the floor.
For more discounts on robot vacuum cleaners, bookmark our guide
Eva Waite-Taylor8 November 2021 11:15
The best Black Friday baby deal 2021
If you’re after a baby mobile that doubles up a decorative piece, there’s now more than £10 to be saved on this Bloomingville safari mobile that seriously impressed our reviewer of the best baby mobiles. “There’s a lovely artisan feel with this mobile thanks to the hand-finished manes and tails on the animals,” they said, adding that “both the zebra and giraffe make a satisfying rattle noise, which didn’t just fulfil us but caught our mini tester’s attention too.”
For more baby and kids’ toys deals, read our guide to the best early discounts
Eva Waite-Taylor8 November 2021 11:00
Smarten up your home with discounted Philips Hue in Amazon’s early Black Friday sale
Philips hue white and colour ambiance starter kit: Was £129.99, now £96.99, holidaydiscounts.info
Smart bulbs are a real game changer. They allow you to do everything from setting your lights to turn on and off according to a schedule or by using voice commands, to creating colourful scenes and moody vibes, or flooding your home with Sad-busting white light in the mornings. They’re expensive, but once installed they rarely need replacing. Black Friday is the perfect time to invest in this starter kit, which comes with the Philips hue hub required to link everything up.
Eva Waite-Taylor8 November 2021 10:45
Mrs Hinch loves Shark vacuum cleaners – and they’re reduced now
Shark NV620UKT upright vacuum cleaner: Was £299, now £199, Ao.com
So it’s not just Amazon that’s kicked off its sale nice and early, AO has also followed suit. And you can now save £100 on this vacuum cleaner from Shark. Usually costing £299, the upright model comes with a host of handy features, including the brand’s signature lift-away technology, which allows you to separate the larger unit from the wand so you can tackle flights of stairs, ceilings and other hard-to-reach spots, such as under low-lying furniture, with ease.
Eva Waite-Taylor8 November 2021 10:30
This Nintendo Switch bundle is the lowest price we’ve seen
Nintendo Switch neon red/neon blue bundle with ‘Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’: Was £329.98, now £298.99, holidaydiscounts.info
The Nintendo Switch is rarely ever discounted. It’s one of the most recognisable games consoles out there. You not only get the snazzy console, contrasting joy-cons and the Switch dock in black, but also a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. It has 9 per cent off at Amazon right now, and it’s the lowest price we’ve ever seen this bundle sell for.
Eva Waite-Taylor8 November 2021 10:15
Martin Lewis’s Black Friday advice for 2021
Money-saving expert Martin Lewis is known for his seriously good top tips when it comes to just about everything.
Ahead of the sales, he tweeted advising that you should “Go and do a price check now, so you have a benchmark to see if it is really cheaper when it is ‘discounted’”. He also noted that the 30 to 50 per cent off codes and discounts are the best offers to look out for.
If you’re looking for more intel, read our feature to everything Lewis recommends and more:
Eva Waite-Taylor8 November 2021 10:00
Best TV deal to snap up in Amazon’s early sale
There is no denying that Black Friday is the perfect time to bag a bargain on some new tech, and thankfully Amazon has slashed the price of this 4K TV well in advance of the sales starting.
LG 55UP75006LF 55in 4K UHD HDR smart LED TV, 2021 model: Was £699.99, now £452.99, holidaydiscounts.info
You’ll see a lot of 2020 TVs discounted during Black Friday, but this is the 2021 version of the 55in LG UP7500. The brand’s mid-range set strikes a balance between affordability and image quality while managing to pack in a bunch of smart features and streaming apps.
Eva Waite-Taylor8 November 2021 09:45
Release your inner bookworm with 48% off Amazon’s Kindle paperwhite
Amazon Kindle paperwhite: Was £119.99, now £74.99, holidaydiscounts.info
It’s a good day for avid readers because Amazon has slashed the price of the Kindle paperwhite in its early Black Friday sales.
The device took the top spot in our guide to the best ereaders, with our writer noting that it’s “a big step up from the entry-level Kindle”. It features “a high-resolution screen which is extremely easy to read” and the “design is elegant with the screen flush to the frame”. Our writer also praised the “option for free 4G which is especially handy if you want to buy a new title when you’re away from wifi, such as on the beach”. Now with a whopping 48 per cent off, it’s time to secure one.
Eva Waite-Taylor8 November 2021 09:30
Your guide to the best early Black Friday deals 2021
Good morning fellow deal-hunters. Welcome to The Independent’s rolling coverage of the best early Black Friday deals. Yes, it’s that time of year already and yes Amazon has launched its offers a whole three weeks in advance. We’re here for it.
While you probably know already after reading many of our 3,000-plus tried and tested reviews, here at IndyBest we’re all about providing you with the knowledge and intel you need when it comes to shopping so you can make informed decisions on the products that are worth your money.
But, we’re also pretty savvy when it comes to deal-hunting, which is why this liveblog is a handy resource to know. Over the course of today, we’ll be keeping you updated on the latest and best deals to shop now, whether that’s on a new TV, mattress or gaming device.
Without further ado, let’s go shopping!
Eva Waite-Taylor8 November 2021 09:25
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