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Is Black Friday a good time to buy a sound bar?

We've crunched the numbers and reveal whether you should search for a sound bar deal this Black Friday

Christmas is around the corner, and with it comes a host of relatives clustered around the TV watching Christmas specials or festive films. A sound bar could help the whole family hear every word of the Queen’s speech clearly, so should you buy a cheap model in the Black Friday sales?

We tracked the prices of five sound bars on sale in either the 2017 or 2018 Black Friday sales (one in 2017, four in 2018).

We gathered pricing data on the day of the sale, and for six months before and after, to find out how many were at their cheapest price on Black Friday.

Keep reading for our pick of the pricey sound bars to keep an eye out for in the sales this year, as well as a selection of cheap sound bars just in case you can’t find the deal you’re looking for on Black Friday.


Pick the best model for you by checking out all our Best Buy sound bars.


Do sound bars get reduced on Black Friday?

Three out of five models dropped in price on Black Friday compared with the six months prior – suggesting that if you’re looking for a sound bar deal, it could be worth waiting until the big sales day.

You don’t need to rush in to buying, though. Two out of five were reduced in price after Black Friday, including one that was £49 cheaper on at least five occasions in the six months following Black Friday 2018. So take the pressure off, and make sure you read our reviews before buying.

Look out for the full results from our Black Friday pricing investigation in the next few weeks, when we’ll reveal just how many products were at their cheapest-ever price on Black Friday 2018.

Sound bars to buy on Black Friday

These sound bars cost a pretty penny, so you could snap up a deal if you find them in the Black Friday sales.

Samsung HW-Q70R

This sound bar is normally £799, so any deals on Black Friday would make a decent dent in the cost. It’s feature-packed complete with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, and it can be combined with Amazon Alexa devices for voice control. For those who get a new gaming console for Christmas, it also has Game Mode Pro.

It’s stylish, but does it also sound good? We reveal whether this sound bar should be added to your Black Friday shopping list in our full Samsung HW-Q70R review.

Samsung HW-Q90R

This is the most expensive sound bar we’ve ever tested (it usually costs around £1,499), so there’s plenty of room for a reduction in price. It’s Samsung’s high-end offering, and the most powerful it’s launched in 2019. It has everything you’d expect from a premium model, including Dolby Atmos and Alexa compatibility, as well as rear speakers for a full surround-sound system – great for that annual Die Hard viewing in the run up to Christmas.

It promises a lot, and has a lot of bells and whistles. Does it deliver enough to justify the high price, or even a reduced Black Friday price? Find out in our full Samsung HW-Q90R review.

Cheap sound bars on test

Of course, not all sound bars will be on sale on Black Friday 2019. There are cheaper options, but in some cases that low price may be too good to be true. One of the models below failed to impress experts and was labelled a Don’t Buy, so check out our reviews before snapping up that bargain.

LG SK1 (reworked)

This entry-level sound bar launched in 2018, and struggled through our tests. LG reworked the SK1 and relaunched it in 2019. It’s cheap, often under £100, and has built-in Bluetooth.

But with just a 40W output, how did the latest model perform? Read our full LG SK1 (reworked) review to find out.

Samsung HW-K335

A simple sound bar with a separate subwoofer, and built-in Bluetooth so it can double up as a wireless speaker – perfect if you want to play some Christmas tunes.

It can be found for less than £130 all year round, which is cheap for a sound bar, but is it worth the cost? You can find out by reading our full Samsung HW-K335 review.

LG SK5

 

This is the most expensive model in our cheap sound bar round-up, costing £299 at Argos. It is more expensive than others, but has plenty of features including a wireless subwoofer.

It has adaptive sound control that automatically adjusts the audio profile to suit what you’re watching – perfect for seamlessly switching from your favourite festive film to the EastEnders Christmas special.

It sounds promising, but does it deliver? Read the LG SK5 review to find out.

How to buy the best sound bar

If you’re gearing up for Black Friday but not sure which sound bar features you need, or whether you would be better off with a sound base, check out our how to buy the best sound bar guide for expert Which? advice.

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