From tech to fashion, retail brands are cutting prices on anything and everything this weekend, and the world of home improvements is no exception.
We’ve asked the biggest DIY and home improvement retailers what they’re promoting this Black Friday, if anything at all.
B&Q, Ikea and Travis Perkins all told us they have abandoned Black Friday altogether, in favour of consistently low prices all year round. But there are a handful of DIY retailers jumping on the Black Friday bandwagon.
Not all deals are as great as they might appear. Head to our guide to Black Friday for advice on bagging a real bargain.
Black Friday deals for home improvements
Wickes is offering 15% off all online Click & Collect items when you spend more than £100, between 19 and 27 November. Enter the code BLACK18 at the checkout.
Screwfix is running several Black Friday DIY deals, including £26 off the Hive Active Heating 2 smart thermostat, which is on offer at £108.98 – cheaper than you’ll find it at Currys PC World.
We tested this smart thermostat, which is made by British Gas, earlier this year. It certainly impressed us in the style stakes, with a sleek design and changeable colour options. Head to our Hive Active Heating 2 review to see what we made of its ease of use, features and function.
Robert Dyas deals
Robert Dyas is advertising up to 50% off many of its electrical items for Black Friday.
You’ll find Bosch’s PSR 1800 18V cordless drill for £59.99 – one of the best prices we’ve seen for this model. Plus, you can get free delivery with the code FREEDEL50.
Read our Bosch PSR 18V review to find out how well this affordable drill did in our tests.
Homebase is offering 20% off artificial Christmas trees, and cutting prices back on a few select items, including some of its range of drills.
Head to our drill reviews to find out which ones we rate best. Plus, discover the drills to avoid – two big branded drills are Don’t Buys, so we’d recommend you steer clear even if you see them at a discounted price.
The brands avoiding the Black Friday rush
B&Q, Ikea and Travis Perkins have all abandoned Black Friday bargains this year, choosing instead to prioritise year-round reasonable pricing over flash sales.
An Ikea spokesperson told us: ‘Our ambition is to offer everyday low prices all year round, which is why we don’t take part in temporary discounting events.’
Paul White, commercial director at B&Q, says: ‘Shoppers have told us they trust stable low prices more than “here today, gone tomorrow” deals.’
Black Friday: what’s the verdict?
While you might find a couple of decent buys on particular products over the Black Friday weekend, it’s not always worth rushing out to grab products in the sales.
Our recent year-long Black Friday investigation found that sales prices aren’t always all they’re cracked up to be, so perhaps it’s worth putting off the home improvements until the new year after all.
For expert tips on how to take on the sales and make sure you’re getting a good deal, head to our guide to Black Friday shopping.