Deals to be wary of in the sales
The Boxing Day and January sales can be a great time to pick up bargain, but deals aren't always as special as they first appear. Our guide to the products to be wary of will stop you from regretting your impulse buys.
It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of sales shopping, and retailers know that you may let your guard down. Some products are frequently discounted throughout the year, so may not be on sale for their best price during peak sales times. Others have their prices inflated in advance in order to make their sale prices seem misleadingly tempting.
Home deals to be wary of
Bosch Tassimo Vivy TAS1402G
This compact capsule coffee machine uses Tassimo discs to make a range of drinks including hot chocolate, tea, and the usual selection of coffees. Indicators let you know when the water tank needs a top up.
We often see this Bosch model available for a discounted price, which means any special offers may not be as special as they seem. At the start of November 2018, it was available online for around £40, down from its RRP of £107.
We expect the blenders in Nutribullet's widely popular range to go on sale this winter. The Nutribullet 600's makers say that it 'literally pulverises everything' and has great 'nutrient extracting' abilities. It's powered by a 600W motor and comes with one tall 0.7-litre jug and two 0.3-litre cups.
While it's got an RRP of £79.99, it has been discounted at various times throughout the year already, and we've seen it priced as low as £40. So unless you see this one for less than that, we'd suggest holding out for a better deal.
Kenwood Kmix KMX754
This stand mixer from Kenwood is designed to rival classic KitchenAid models in the style stakes. It arrives with a glass mixing bowl and three handy attachments: a whisk, K-beater and dough hook.
If you're a keen baker, you might be keeping an eye on its price tag heading into the winter sales. But a word of warning: this stand mixer is often discounted, so don't feel like you have to jump on it on straight away. The price of this model regularly fluctuates between £300-450, so you're not getting a great deal if it doesn't fall below £300.
Tefal Actifry 2 in 1 YV960140
This Tefal is the only air fryer we've seen that has a second compartment, so you can cook steak or chicken at the same time as chips.
Its price fluctuates heavily throughout the year. While its RRP is £299.99, we've seen it on sale for as low as £160, so don't be fooled by discounts in which it's pricier than that.
Bush washing machines
If you don't want to spend big on a washing machine, you may have your eyes on Argos's own-brand Bush washing machines. But tread carefully, as our rigorous lab tests have uncovered some Don't Buy machines in the range.
Hoover washing machines
Hoover tends to produce eye-catching washing machines with plenty of features, but our tests have found that some models have excessively long cycle times.
Logik washing machines
Logik washing machines are available exclusively through Currys PC World. A low price tag makes them a tempting offer, but we've uncovered a Don't Buy model that leaves detergent lurking in the fibres of your clothes, which could be a problem for some people with sensitive skin.
Tech deals to be wary of
Currys PC World - Geo laptops
Geo laptops sit on the shelves at Currys PC World, aimed at buyers looking for a laptop that handles basic tasks such as web browsing.
But their low price tags mean low specs and slow processors, so if you're looking for a laptop to deal effortlessly with multitasking and picture editing, you might want to consider other big-name brands.
Amazon Fusion5 T90-series
Amazon often serves up deals to bargain hunters. This year, we expect to see it offer a discount on its own-brand Fusion5 T90-series laptop.
This budget 14-inch Windows 10 laptop is advertised with 32GB of internal storage, but after you factor in the OS, that drops to a less impressive 12GB. You might want to shop around for an alternative that offers more space for your pictures and videos.
Nokia has marked its return with a range of Android-powered releases including the Nokia 2, Nokia 6, Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 8.
Those new arrivals are cheaper than flagship models from the likes of Apple and Samsung. However, our own smartphone tests have shown Nokia mobiles to be a mixed bag - we've seen some high-scoring mobiles from the brand, but also some disastrous Don't Buys that you should skip.
Epson EcoTank ET-2650
This all-in-one colour Epson printer, which was reduced earlier in the year by Currys PC World, uses EcoTank technology. Rather than cartridges, you refill the black or colour tanks with the supplied bottles when needed. Our lab tests uncovered some flaws, however, showing that the printer has a pretty mediocre scanner and copier, and it's remarkably loud.