Black Friday is over and now it’s Cyber Monday, which looks set to be another day of retailers frenziedly trying to flog deals on everything from TVs to mattresses.
Which? research has found that most so-called ‘deals’ at this time of year aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.
Here, our experts round up the offers that really are worth considering so you know which are the real deals, not the duds.
Best Cyber Monday deals 2019
We’ve been crunching the data, looking at prices and using our expert knowledge to analyse deals over the Black Friday sales period.
Below are some of the best deals we’ve spotted so far today. We’ll be updating this page as the day unfolds, so do keep checking for the latest info.
Philips AC3259/60 air purifier – was £495, now £335 at Amazon (32% off)
We liked: Superb at clearing dust
We didn’t like: Basic instruction manual
This is a large air purifier, standing at about 70cm tall. It has a timer and a night mode, and you can pair it with an app for remote control.
Removing and replacing the filters is tricky, though.
Kenwood kMix KMX754 – was £430, now £169 at Amazon (61% off)
We liked: Brilliant at kneading, quiet
We didn’t like: Glass bowl is quite heavy
This popular kMix stand mixer flaunts a retro-inspired design and comes with a 5-litre glass mixing bowl. A whisk, K-beater and dough hook mean you can tackle almost any baking task without having to put in the muscle power.
It’s been pretty cheap all Black Friday, at around £200 (depending on colour) but it’s now dropped to the lowest price we’ve ever seen at £169. It usually costs around £230-250 (you should never have to pay the £430 original price quoted by Amazon), so this is a great price.
Tineco Pure One S12 – was £499, now £339 at Amazon (32% off)
We liked: Long battery life
We didn’t like: Smartphone controls are a bit gimmicky
The Tineco Pure One S12 cordless stick vacuum is the nearest rival to the pricey Dyson V11 Absolute that we’ve seen in terms of features, and at this price it’s over £160 cheaper too.
Like the V11, it has a digital control display and auto-cleaning mode, but it also includes two swappable batteries, so you won’t have to fret about running out of juice.
It’s even got a smartphone app which lets you see cleaning updates, maintenance alerts and control the vac, though we weren’t totally sold on this feature.
It usually costs around £450, so this is the lowest price we’ve seen, and on spec it gives you real bang for your buck.
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Morphy Richards 501021 Compact Soup Maker – was £49.99, now £34.99 at Argos (30% off)
We liked: Can make smaller quantities than most, compact design makes it easy to store and clean
We didn’t like: No sauté, keep-warm or auto-clean settings
This stainless-steel and black plastic soup maker is designed for smaller households. It’s noticeably more compact than most rival devices, but can still make between 0.8 and 1 litre of soup in one go – enough for about three starter-sized bowls or two larger portions.
It has very simple controls: just two preset programs for soup (either smooth or chunky), one program for blended drinks such as smoothies or milkshakes, and a manual blending button. And it’s very fast, taking less than 20 minutes to make smooth soup.
This is a good price if you’re keen on a Morphy Richards soup maker.
Netgear Orbi Whole Home Wifi System – £159.99 at Argos
We liked: Excellent coverage, lots of features
We didn’t like: Nodes are quite large and intrusive
Argos isn’t flagging this as a special offer or announcing a reduction in price, but with other retailers charging £220 for this whole-home wi-fi system, we think it’s a great deal.
This system (also known as the Orbi RBK50) includes two hardware units; one is the router that you connect to your broadband modem, the other is a satellite unit that you place around 12 metres away to extend the wireless coverage in your home.
The router is compatible with the latest wireless AC standard, and includes support for both 2.4GHz and 5Ghz frequencies. This helps to minimise the load on the network by spreading the wireless connections over two frequency bands rather than just one.
Nextbase 412GW – was £130, now £70 at Argos (46% off)
We liked: Comes with tons of features
We didn’t like: Very pricey
It may be part of Nextbase’s previous range of dash cams, but the 512GW is still one of the highest-spec models that the brand has to offer. It records footage in Quad HD, which is one of the highest recording resolutions you’ll find on a dash cam, as well as coming with all the bells and whistles – from parking mode to wi-fi.
With everything that it has to offer, it’s no surprise that this model has been one of Nextbase’s most expensive dash cams for some time now. But with this hefty Cyber Monday discount, you can get it for much less.
What is Cyber Monday 2019?
Cyber Monday always falls on the Monday after Black Friday, and continues the bargain-hunting frenzy.
Cyber Monday started in 2005, when the National Retail Federation, an American trade association, noticed a spike in online sales on the Monday after Thanksgiving.
But it’s not always just about the day itself: many stores are continuing their sales – many of which started well before Black Friday – for much of the week, including Debenhams (until Friday 6 December), John Lewis (until Tuesday 3 December) and Sky (until Friday 6 December).
Online deals can be a minefield if you don’t know what you’re looking for. We have thousands of product reviews designed to help separate the genuine bargains from the dubious discounts. We test hundreds of products, from coffee machines to tablets.
Best of Black Friday 2019 – see our top picks from the big day – many of these deals are still available for Cyber Monday
Get a great deal on Cyber Monday 2019
Amazon, Argos, Boots, Currys PC World, Debenhams, Halfords, House of Fraser, John Lewis, Littlewoods, Morrisons, Tesco and Very are all taking part this year.
But our research has shown that while Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers can look too good to miss, they don’t always represent great bargains. Some discounted products aren’t actually models worth buying, while others can be found for cheaper prices at other times of year.
Make sure you look at our reviews to find out how well products will work once you get them home. If you’re still interested, look into the normal price for that model to make sure it’s a good deal.
Armed with this knowledge, you’ll be able to spot a real bargain when the discounts hit the shops – you don’t want to be left with a cordless vacuum cleaner that only lasts five minutes, or a mediocre TV that was discounted by only a few pounds.
- Find out more: how to check if a Black Friday or Cyber Monday deal is real.