Smart home tech is getting bigger and bigger every year. What started out as just turning on your lights from an app has extended to smart heating, security, and even kitchens, while virtual assistants like Amazon Alexa and Siri are now trying to work their way into every room in your home.
Still, replacing every appliance you own with a smart version could quickly get very expensive, so it's no surprise that all eyes are on Black Friday for the chance to pick up some smart tech at smart prices. With Black Friday itself just around the corner on 24 November, and sales actually starting already, we'll be rounding up the best savings we can find right here.
Best smart home deals right now
We still have a little while to wait for Black Friday 2017 to arrive on 24 November, but deals have already kicked off from several major retailers, with more sure to follow. We've gathered up the best smart home deals that are live right now - and you can head to our deals site to find more of our curated picks.
What to expect
Going by last Black Friday, you should be able to expect some massive discounts on smart home tech across the board - in fact some smart devices were among last year's biggest sellers, so we think smart tech will be even more discounted this year.
First up, smart speakers like the Amazon Echo and Google Home will see price cuts everywhere, especially as Amazon and Google duke it out to provide your virtual assistant of choice. They'll also both be keen to get as many smart devices into homes as possible before Apple's HomePod arrives in December, so we're expecting deep price cuts - especially on the budget Echo Dot and Home Mini devices.
In fact, those have been the first devices to see discounts this year. The Echo Dot has dropped to £34.99, with the Home Mini dropping to be just cheaper at £34. Their bigger siblings are discounted too, with the Echo 2 down from £89.99 to £69.99, and the Google Home down from £129 to £78 at Currys.
Third-party speaker manufacturers with smart support should also offer discounts, though they'll likely be less aggressive. More expensive smart home products like thermostats and full lighting kits should see big offers, but keep an eye on smaller products like smart plugs or single smart bulbs - these were some of the biggest sellers on Black Friday 2016 and Prime Day 2017, and with £5 or £10 off per unit, it's a brilliant time to stock up.
Amazon is already offering a TP-Link smart plug for just £9.99 if you buy it with an Echo device, while Argos has some great reductions if you buy an Echo Dot together with two TP-Link smart bulbs or smart plugs. One of the best standalone offers so far is a Hive smart thermostat at £54 off, while smart home beginners can pick up a Samsung starter kit at half-price.
Of course, it won't end with Black Friday (or even really begin then). Deals will arrive throughout Black Friday week, and continue over the weekend to Cyber Monday on 27 November - and in some cases through to the end of the month, or even beyond into the Christmas season.
Where to find Black Friday smart home deals
Most major electronics retailers are doing big discounts for Black Friday, along with just about anywhere else that sells tech.
Amazon will have some of the biggest bargains, and its Black Friday discounts have kicked off early with the first deals live now.
If you find that you’re missing out on Amazon’s Lightning deals, which run for just a few hours and offer limited stock, we'd recommend signing up for Amazon's 30 day free trial of Prime, which will get you access to deals 30 minutes before everyone else. Plus, you'll get free next-day delivery with the Prime trial, as well as access to Prime Instant Video and more.
Sign up for Prime now to be ready for the Black Friday action.
Beyond Amazon, here are a few of the best places to check for Black Friday bargains - many of which will have deals live now:
Best Black Friday smart home deals
1. Amazon Echo Plus
Now: £109.99 (£30 off)
Amazon's new Echo Plus smart speaker, which comes with a Philips Hue smart bulb, has £30 off for the first time at Amazon today.
2. Google Home Mini
From: Currys PC World
Now: £34 (£15 off)
Google's Home Mini smart speaker has a major price reduction just weeks after its release. Read our review.
3. Amazon Echo 2
Now: £69.99 (£20 off)
Amazon only launched its latest Echo a couple months ago, and it's already enjoying its first major deal. Read our Echo 2 review.
4. Google Home
From: Currys PC World
Now: £77.50 (£51.50 off)
Get Google's smart speaker for more than £50 off. Read our review.
5. Amazon Echo Dot
Now: £34.99 (£15 off)
Pick up Amazon's cheapest Echo smart speaker even cheaper as it launches its Black Friday offers. Read our review of the Echo Dot here.
6. Hive Active Heating
Now: £124.99 (£54 off)
Save more than £50 on this smart thermostat system, which lets you control your heating direct from your mobile.
7. TP-Link Smart Plug
Now: £9.99 with any Echo (£15 off)
Grab TP-Link's smart plug for just £10 when you buy it together with an Echo Dot, Echo 2, Echo Plus, or Echo Show.
8. Amazon Echo Dot with 2 TP-Link Colour Smart Bulbs
Now: £99.97 (£15 off)
Save money by buying two TP-Link smart bulbs and an Echo Dot to control them with.
9. Samsung SmartThings Starter Kit
Now: £99.99 (50% off)
Smarten up your home with this kit, including a variety of smart sensors, now half price.
10. Fibit Charge 2 and Echo Dot 2
Now: £134.98 (£55 off)
Add the Echo Dot 2 and Fitbit Charge 2 to your basket to get a total of £55 off the pair.