We’ve seen some big discounts on tech and electricals, plus kitchen and home appliances, in the May sales. So if you’re after a new laptop, television or fridge freezer, now could be a good time to buy.
Our experts track prices throughout the year (not just when the sales are on), this means we’re able to cut through the retailers’ spin and only bring you the deals we consider to be genuinely good value.
All of the deals we’ve included in our May round-up cover products that have made the journey to the Which? test lab. As our lab tests are objective and reflect how you would use these products in real life, you can trust our reviews are accurate. Even though all of the deals listed here show products that scored well in our tests, the best way to see if a product is right for you is to check in with our expert reviews before you buy.
Samsung Galaxy A22 5G, £143
This budget phone from Samsung has a big screen with 2,408 x 1,080 resolution. It has 64GB of storage and is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 700 processor paired with 4GB of Ram. The three rear cameras include a wide-angle lens to expand the field of view you'll get in your pictures and videos.
LG 50UP78006LB, £349
This is a great price for a 50-inch set and, despite being one of LG's more basic models, you get a great remote with a microphone to control the TV with your voice. Plus, it's £80 cheaper than the discounted price we saw last month.
It has a 60Hz screen, whereas more advanced TVs manage 120Hz – so bear this in mind if you're a gamer. It doesn't mean it will be bad at displaying games, but high-end TVs will be better.
Apple iPad Pro (2021), £954
This is the 2021 version of the iPad Pro and it has a 12.9-inch screen – the biggest screen you can get. It's powered by a mighty M1 processor and there’s 8GB of Ram backing it up. The model we tested has 128GB of storage, but you can buy versions with 256GB, 512GB, 1TB or 2TB at higher prices.
The cheapest we found for the 128GB version was £954 – this is around £120 less than its typical price.
Apple AirPods Pro, £169
Normally selling for around £200 in the main high-street retailers, a good discount can be had on the AirPods Pro at the moment if you go online.
HP Pavilion x360 14-dy0015na, £599
This 14-inch model is from HP’s two-in-one hybrid range – you can use it like a standard laptop, but you can also twist the keyboard around the other way on its 360-degree hinge and use it like a touchscreen tablet. It even comes with a stylus accessory for jotting notes and drawing on-screen, making it a flexible, multi-purpose device.
It's currently on sale for £599, which is a £120 saving on its typical price.
Hotpoint NSWM963CWUK, £347
This is a freestanding washing machine with a maximum capacity of 9kg on the cotton wash, and 4.5kg on the synthetics program. Notable programs include an anti-allergy setting, a steam hygiene option, an anti-stain wash and a rapid program that promises to clean a full load in just 45 minutes.
It’s currently available now with a 20% reduction on its typical price of £430.
Samsung RB29FWRNDBC freestanding fridge freezer, £429
This fridge freezer's fridge compartment is larger than the freezer, so it could suit households that eat more fresh than frozen food. It also has some useful extra features, including separate digital thermostats and a fast-freeze function, which adds a boost of cooling power during the freezing process to help ensure your groceries stay as fresh as possible.
We've seen this model on sale for well over £500, but we've spotted it on offer this month for just £429.
But how good is it at keeping food properly chilled?
Shark IZ201UK, £179
The IZ201UK is a cordless upright vacuum cleaner with Shark's Anti Hair Wrap floorhead. It can be used both on floors and as a handheld cleaner for smaller jobs. The metal cleaning tube has a hinge made of flexible tubing, which helps it reach under furniture during cleaning. It’s also handy for storage, as you can fold down the stick and squeeze it into a cupboard.
It usually costs £249, but it's currently available for £179.
Otty Aura hybrid double mattress, £349.99
Otty is calling Aura its most affordable hybrid mattress. And currently, it's price has dropped to £350 which is 50% off what Otty states is the full price of £700. There's also an extra 5% off if you sign up for marketing emails and texts at the moment, which will take the price down further to just over £332.
Inside the Otty Aura, there's a 16.5cm pocket spring core, surrounded by two layers of foam with extra memory foam layers on top that helps to contour to your body shape. In our tests, we classified this as five for firmness on a scale where one is very firm and 10 is very soft.
As well as finding you the best deals this May, we’ve also put together a list of the best and worst shops.
We’ve quizzed thousands of Which? members on their experiences of shopping in some of the country’s best-known stores and websites, as well as with lesser-known brands.
After crunching the numbers, we can reveal which retailers score highly for product quality, range and value for money. To see which retailers impressed in our latest shopping survey, head over to our extensive guide on the .
Some retailers use underhand tactics to pressure you into making a purchase.
These include anchor pricing (when products are on sale more often than they aren’t), pressure selling (’30 people are viewing this right now!’) and dubious claims about the ‘before’ price of a product.
It’s always a good idea to read reviews before you buy a product, but not all reviews are trustworthy.
The regulations give you a 14-day window to return a non-faulty product, which begins on the day you receive your goods. Many retailers will give you longer than this, but it is always best to check before you buy.