Black Friday is nearly upon us, with retailers around the globe preparing for this mammoth sales event that officially takes place on 29 November. Actually it starts much earlier than that, and from here on in before you buy anything you should check whether it's at the best price. Whether you're Christmas shopping for others, looking to treat yourself or just need some new tech, during the Black Friday sale is the time to buy it.

Once a US event, and in the UK first celebrated only at Amazon, now Black Friday is literally everywhere. Currys PC World, John Lewis and all the other tech- and retail giants will be doling out bargains and discounts and there will be so much to see you won't know where to start. Well, as it happens, we can help with that.

We review tech gadgets all year long, and we know the difference between a super deal and a bit of tat or an old device they're trying to sell off quick. You can trust the advice of our team of tech experts to bring you everything you need to know about Black Friday 2019, including how to score the best deals on your favourite tech and gadgets.

Our sister sites Digital Arts and Macworld are also rounding up the best deals for designers and artists and putting together an unmissable Apple Black Friday buying guide.

When is Black Friday 2019?

Every year Black Friday falls the day after Thanksgiving, which we appreciate means little here in the UK. The date you need for your calendar is 29 November 2019, which thankfully will for most people fall just after pay day. 

Cyber Monday is also a thing, and that happens the very next Monday, so in 2019 it's on 2 December. Expect huge discounts all weekend in between, and most likely in the weeks either side.

Recently, retailers have been kicking off their sales early, so what was once a single day has become almost a whole month of bargains. Some retailers will actually keep their discounts going right through until Christmas, so it's not strictly limited to November, either.

Don't worry though, we're on hand to let you know when retailers will launch their deals events so you won't miss a thing.

Until the sales start you'll find our top tech deals below, followed by everything you need to know about Black Friday this year. Click here to skip ahead to our deals tips and tricks.

Best tech deals right now

1. Apple iPhone 11 with 100GB data

From: Fonehouse

Now: £44 per month

Pick up the iPhone 11 with an astounding 100GB of data with no upfront cost. See our full coverage of this deal.

2. Fitbit Inspire HR with Google Nest Mini speaker

From: Currys

Was: £138.99

Now: £74.99  (Save £64)

Incredible deal on our #1 Fitbit choice. Cheaper than elsewhere and with a free Google speaker! Wow!

3. Huawei P30 Lite with free Nintendo Switch console

From: Virgin Mobile

Now: From £20 per month

Pick up a Nintendo Switch for free when you buy the Huawei P30 Lite from Virgin Mobile, which has kicked off its Black Friday sales.

4. BT Sport and Broadband

From: BT

Now: From £45.99  (includes free 43in LG Smart TV or Xbox console)

Deal ends 14 November.

5. Nintendo Switch Console with free Pokemon Sword

From: Currys PC World

Was: £323.99

Now: £279  (£44.99 off)

This incredible Switch bundle comes with a free copy of the brand new Pokemon Sword game.

6. Acer Cyber Days Sale

From: Acer

Now: Up to 20% off

Acer has launched its Cyber Days Sale ahead of Black Friday with up to 20% off laptops and other devices. Ends 2 December.

7. NordVPN three-year subscription

From: NordVPN

Was: £348.46

Now: £101.76 upfront (£2.82 per month)  (70% off + 3 months free)

Get NordVPN for only £2.82 a month by signing up to the three-year plan for £101.52. And with the new Black Friday deal, you'll get three months extra free added onto the end of the subscription.

NordVPN tops our round-up of the best VPN services you can buy.

8. Adobe CC - Photography Plan 20GB

From: Adobe

Was: £9.98 per month

Now: £8.32 per month  (16% off)

This offer end 17 November. See our full coverage here.

9. Eufy RoboVac 30C

From: Amazon

Was: £289.99

Now: £189.99  (£100 off in total with voucher)

Save big on this Wi-Fi-enabled smart robot vacuum from Eufy, which we gave 4.5 stars out of 5 in our review. Just be sure to check off the additional £60 off voucher on Amazon to get the full £100 discount.

10. 23andMe DNA Test - Health and Ancestry

From: 23andme

Was: £149

Now: £74  (50% off)

23andMe's DNA and Health DNA test is now offered at an amazing 50% off. Read the full review over at our sister site Macworld US, and our full coverage of this deal, which ends 2 December.

What is Black Friday?

After a holiday of giving thanks for family, friends and settled life, American retailers opted to juxtapose Thanksgiving with a huge day of commercial spending. Who were we Brits to resist the allure of heavily discounted items, too?

It is debated whether or not Black Friday refers to a day retailers finally went ‘into the black’, meaning they finally made profit for the year thanks to heightened sales, or whether it actually has morphed from a description of horrible traffic in Philadelphia on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

When Black Friday first gained huge popularity about 10 years ago, it was usual to see newsreel of people physically fighting over big TVs in the middle of Walmart (or Asda in the UK, who has now opted to not take part because of the mayhem).

You can’t blame them really, as scenes often got out of hand at shops. But Black Friday has passed beyond trivial now as it has moved online, and it is serious business for retailers.

How to get the best Black Friday 2019 deals

The most important thing to do when considering whether something is a good deal is to ask yourself: “Would I still want and buy this if it was full price?” Often the answer may be no, which means you need to think whether you’re saving money with a discount, or wasting it caught up in the excitement of a sale.

A deal for one person won’t be a deal for someone else, no matter how many times Amazon, Argos or John Lewis might tell you otherwise.

It’s important to track the prices of the gadgets and tech you want well before Black Friday too - you don't be fooled into a deal that's not such a great deal after all.

It isn’t unusual (or difficult, or illegal) for some retailers to put prices up on Black Friday. Yes, that’s right - sometimes discount prices are higher on Black Friday compared to the rest of the year because dishonest retailers know they will get more page views from people ready to click buy.

Black Friday 2019 Amazon deals

Amazon is one of the best places to go for Black Friday deals, and it has just announced that its Black Friday sale will begin on Friday 22 November through to Friday 29 November, with a series of Countdown sales between 18 and 21 November. Even before then there are deals, with its Hidden Gems sale kicking off on 8 November.

There's up to 25% off robot vacuum cleaners, up to 25% off Anker power banks and charging accessories, up to 25% off graphics tablets and accessories, and up to 25% off dashcams, among many other great deals.

It'll likely have huge discounts on its own products, but also across the site - especially through its short-lived Lightning Deals.

We'd recommend signing up to Amazon's 30-day Amazon Prime free trial. It will get you free next day delivery (although it sometimes takes a little longer during the Black Friday rush) but will also get you access to Lightning Deals 30 minutes before those who aren't Prime members.

Some Lightning Deals are so great that they sell out before that 30 minutes are up so without the Prime membership or free trial you may find you miss out completely.

We'll be tracking and posting the best Amazon deals here. We will also highlight the best Amazon deals in this article to make sure you spotting them right away (there are so many deals on Amazon that it can be hard to find what you're looking for). Our list will also help ensure you couldn't get a better deal elsewhere.

Black Friday 2019 phone, gaming and entertainment deals

If you’ve been waiting to spend on a new phone, particularly if you are buying the handset outright, you might be waiting for a Black Friday deal.

Carphone Warehouse and others such as Mobile Phones Direct often have lots of decent smartphone deals, be it on contract or SIM-only.

Given that we now have excellent handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S10, Huawei P30 pro and iPhone XS you can expect retailers to offer some very tempting deals. We've gathered all of the best phone deals here.

You'll also find excellent deals on games and games consoles. We expect Nintendo Switch deals to be among the most popular so make sure you act fast.

Meanwhile, places like Currys PC World and discount 4K TVs, sometimes by hundreds of pounds, as well as home appliances and more.

Black Friday Sales

Based on their participation in past years, you can expect Black Friday Sales from the following retailers:

Black Friday 2019 deals curated by us

We love tech here at Tech Advisor (obviously) and we love genuinely good deals just as much. We work with tech every day, so we know a good bargain - and a bad deal - when we see one.

You can visit our deals page here, all year round. But over the holiday shopping period our deals pages go into overdrive and we bring you deals from every tech category as soon as we see them. We pick out the absolute best, so bookmark the page to make sure you don't miss out on a bargain.

We are curating a huge amount of tech deals for you, the discerning tech consumer, so that you can come here and see the best deals, safe in the knowledge that the discount and retailer is legitimate.

Below is a list of all of our individual deals pages curated by us for your convenience:

Click here for the best Black Friday voucher codes.