Cards at the ready, shoppers. Black Friday 2021 has started early and it is already bigger than ever before. Many major retailers have released discounts early, including John Lewis, Amazon, Currys and Argos.
In true Black Friday tradition, expect to find deals on everything, from electronics like TVs and mobile phones to coffee machines, vacuum cleaners and even holidays, along with fashion and beauty deals from sought-after brands. Those who are looking to get their Christmas shopping done early will be spoilt for choice, with significant discounts on tablets, gaming consoles, smart devices and more. Our guide will help you find the best Black Friday deals this year.
Here's everything you need to know...
When is Black Friday 2021 in the UK?
This year, Black Friday falls on November 26, but most of the major players have begun releasing deals already.
What are the best Black Friday 2021 deals?
There are already enticing offers on home appliances, tech and fashion from retailers including Amazon, Currys, AO.com, Very and more. Below, we've selected the best early deals in the Black Friday 2021 sales so far. More will follow as these brands announce further deals and other retailers begin theirs, so keep checking back in the run-up to November 26 -- and especially on the big day itself.
Best Very Black Friday deals
You can check pretty much everyone off your Christmas list in the online retailer's Black Friday sale, with discounts on gaming consoles, tech, tablets, toys, TVs and more.
Nintendo Switch and Mario Kart 8 Bundle
This ever-popular console is a home and handheld hybrid - switching between HD gameplay on your TV and handheld play takes seconds, and you get up to nine hours of battery.
This bundle includes Mario Kart 8 and a three month Nintendo Switch Online subscription. Amazon is also offering money off the handheld Nintendo Switch Lite (was GBP209.99, now GBP193.99, Amazon).GBP260Buy nowPrice atVery
LG 48" OLED 4K Ultra HD HDR Smart TV
You can save a whopping GBP400 on this OLED 4K Ultra-HD TV in the Very early Black Friday sale. Enjoy your favourite films and TV shows in stunningly high definition - LG's self-lit OLED technology allows for pixel-perfect detail and deep colour for a truly immersive viewing experience.
And the remote has inbuilt Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, so to change channels or access streaming services, you don't even need to lift a finger - just use your voice.GBP999Buy nowPrice atVery
Best Amazon Black Friday deals
Amazon is credited with bringing Black Friday to the UK in the first place and their sales extravaganza has been so successful for the company that it single-handedly pushed CEO Jeff Bezos' net worth past £100 billion in 2017. There are already a wide range of deals on Amazon's own-brand devices such as Kindle and Echo, along with a range of electronics (including electric toothbrushes), homeware, beauty and fashion.
LEGO 75955 Harry Potter Hogwarts Express Train Toy
Amazon is offering a 25 per cent discount on a selection of bestselling LEGO sets, which are enjoying a huge boom in popularity this year. You'll find deals on Harry Potter LEGO, LEGO City and LEGO Technic.GBP56Buy nowPrice atAmazon
Apple AirPods Pro
Finding Apple products on sale is a rarity, but luckily the AirPods pro are included in Amazon's early Black Friday deals.
These compact earphones have active noise cancellation, which does a great job of filtering out the background rumble while you commute, study or work. If you're crossing a busy road, you can activate 'transparency mode' to let background noise back in. They come with a charging case and three sets of silicone earbuds.GBP189Buy nowPrice atAmazon
Amazon Echo Dot
Take advantage of this better-than-half-price offer on Amazon's most popular smart speaker, the Echo Dot.
It allows you to voice control music from Spotify, Apple Music and more, and can answer questions, read the news, check the weather, set alarms and control compatible smart home devices.GBP19Buy nowPrice atAmazon
Amazon's bestselling e-reader is also included in the early Black Friday sale. The Kindle Paperwhite is thinner and lighter than its predecessor and is waterproof, with a true-to-life 'paper white' page that's genuinely pleasant to read. Finding a new read is easy, with over 5.5 million titles from classics to contemporary bestsellers available on the Kindle store.GBP75Buy nowPrice atAmazon
Best AO.com Black Friday deals
AO.com is the another major retailer that has jumped on the early Black Friday trend, and it's the place to go for deals on electricals (such as washer dryers and vacuum cleaners) as well as laptops and audio equipment.
Nespresso by Magimix Vertuo Next coffee machine
The easiest, most foolproof way of making coffee at home is a pod machine, and Nespresso is undoubtedly the best in business.
As featured in the Telegraph's guide to the best coffee machines, Nespresso's Vertuo range offers more versatility than previous models, with programmable coffee sizes for espresso, lungo and more. You can claim 200 free Nespresso capsules with this offer.GBP69Buy nowPrice atAO.com
KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer
For cakes worthy of the Great British Bake Off, perfect pizza dough and creamy mash, this powerful (300 watt) stand mixer is the best in the business. It comes with four dishwasher-safe accessories, including a stainless steel mixing bowl and dough hook.GBP369Buy nowPrice atAO.com
Best John Lewis Black Friday deals
John Lewis is synonymous with Christmas, but in recent years it has become a premier destination for Black Friday deals on electricals, homeware, tech, fashion and beauty.
Like Amazon, John Lewis has launched its Black Friday sale early - here are the best live deals to shop now.
Shark IZ201 Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
The jewel in the crown of John Lewis' Black Friday sales (so far) is this offer on the ever-popular Shark cordless vacuum cleaner, which is GBP160 off. Designed to make cleaning as easy as possible, it has a flexible wand for reaching under furniture, a floorhead which can tackle both carpets and hard floors in one, and Shark's famous anti hair wrap technology. If you're looking for a handheld vacuum, the bestselling Shark Handheld model is also on sale (was GBP128.99, now GBP99.99).GBP190Buy nowPrice atJohn Lewis
Kenwood kMix KMX750 Stand Mixer
You can get GBP100 off this iconic retro-inspired Kenwood stand mixer, which is equipped with a powerful 1000W motor, six speed settings and three attachments so you can master everything from sponges to souffles.GBP270Buy nowPrice atJohn Lewis
Best Shark Black Friday deals
Shark IZ300 Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner with PowerFins, Flexology & TruePet
As featured in the Telegraph's guide to the best cordless vacuum cleaners, the Shark Anti-Hair Wrap vacuum is proving immensely popular in Black Friday sales.
This deal, on Shark's own website, takes GBP180 off the exclusive IZ300 model, which has 'power fins' to pick up more dirt. The base IZ201 model is in several retailers' Black Friday sales, including John Lewis (above).GBP250Buy nowPrice atShark
Best Dyson Black Friday deals
Dyson V11 Absolute cordless vacuum cleaner
Dyson's Black Friday deals have launched early. You can save GBP100 on this 3kg cordless vacuum cleaner, which comes with a high-torque cleaner head that gives carpets a deep clean, plus a fluffy cleaner head to gently clean hard floors.
The battery lasts for 60 minutes, and it also comes with a 35-day money back guarantee.GBP499Buy nowPrice atDyson
Best Currys Black Friday deals
Currys has joined Amazon in releasing hundreds of early Black Friday deals on everything from TVs to laptops and electricals. It also price-matches its competitors best deals, so is a one-stop-shop for all the tech and appliances you could be looking for on the big day. Read our full guide to the best Black Friday deals at Currys here, and see the best offers available now below.
Philips 55OLED706/12 55" Smart 4K Ultra HD HDR OLED TV with Google Assistant
55 inches across, with cutting-edge OLED technology providing incredible 4K (or 'ultra-HD') picture quality, the 706 also boasts Philips' groovy ambient lighting, surrounding the TV for a more immersive experience. Google Assistant lets you control both the lighting and the TV with your voice.GBP979Buy nowPrice atCurrys
Best Sky Black Friday deals
Black Friday also offers an opportunity to take advantage of broadband deals and discounts on Sky mobile and TV packages.
They're already offering a great deal on the brand new iPhone 13 (below) as well as discount packages on their Superfast Broadband and Ultrafast Broadband services.
iPhone 13 on Sky Mobile with 60GB of data
It's hard to find a deal on Apple's range-topping iPhone 13 but Sky are offering a 50 per cent discount on their 60GB per month data plan, adding up to GBP360 over the two-year deal. You can also save on 8GB and 12GB data packages.GBP42Buy nowPrice atSky
How to find the best Black Friday deals online
Black Friday deals now start much earlier than the day itself - several major retailers have already started to release early Black Friday offers.
In addition to bookmarking this guide, it is worth signing up to email lists and downloading the apps of your favourite retailers and following them on social media for updates in real time. The most savvy Black Friday shoppers bookmark a wish list of items in advance. That way, you can cut through the deluge of deals on the day and go straight to the discounts that most interest you.
Black Friday is especially useful for saving money on big-ticket tech items such as TVs, laptops and tablets - but beware that some retailers exaggerate discounts by comparing prices to RRPs that aren't reflective of how much the item costs for the rest of the year.
When is Cyber Monday 2021 in the UK?
Cyber Monday used to be the e-commerce-only sale that follows Black Friday - this year, it falls on November 29.
However, as the November shopping event has got bigger and better each year, the two have merged into one.
It's still worth keeping a lookout, though, as deals will continue to launch over the Black Friday weekend.Standard affiliate disclaimer (not tested/no expert)