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5 products you should buy in the Black Friday sales

These models are the best in class – keep an eye out for them in the sales.

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Last updated: 24 November 2021

It may not be the sale of the century, but this year's Black Friday sales are likely to be bigger than ever. 

If you've been holding off on shopping until the sales season, now's the time to get prepared, get focused and get clear on exactly what you want to achieve so you don't accidentally overspend. 

Our CHOICE experts share their thoughts on what to consider when you're looking for deals on TVs, mattresses, stick vacuums, air fryers and smartphones. 

And exclusively for CHOICE members, we reveal the highest scoring products in each category, plus insider tips from our experts. 

Buying a TV in the Black Friday sales

Looking to find a good deal on a TV in the Black Friday sales? We can't tell you what's going to be on sale, but we can tell you what the best TVs are. 

Check our expert TV reviews before you buy to make sure you're getting the best model. You can filter by size, price, brand and other attributes to find the right TV for you. 

Want to supersize your TV? There are plenty of great large TVs (65 inches and larger) on the market. But be warned: CHOICE TV expert Denis Gallagher predicts that large TVs are unlikely to be discounted significantly because they're in demand. 

A 65-inch TV sounds good, but is it the best option for you? Unless you have a large TV room, you could find that 65 inches is just too big and you won't be able to enjoy the view. 

Denis also predicts that smaller TVs are more likely to be discounted than larger models, so you could bag yourself a serious bargain if you go just a little smaller and consider a 55-inch TV instead. 

See below for the best performers in our expert TV reviews. (Members only.)

Buying a mattress in the Black Friday sales

If the thought of all this shopping is making you tired, you may be considering buying a new mattress in the Black Friday sales. 

But how can you tell if you're getting a good deal? The mattress market can be confusing and complex, with a huge range of brands, materials, prices and marketing spin – and the same products sometimes carry different labels at different retailers, so it's impossible to compare on price. 

Many retailers have lots of room to move on price. So don't be afraid to ask for a better deal, especially if you're in the store, where it's easier to haggle

But one thing we can say is: many retailers have lots of room to move on price. So don't be afraid to ask for a better deal, especially if you're in the store, where it's easier to haggle. 

Here are our tips to help you avoid getting a bad night's sleep on your new bed: 5 mattress shopping mistakes you never want to make

And the best way to avoid making a costly mistake is to check our expert mattress reviews first. We've tested mattresses from both popular retailers and online bed-in-a-box brands, including Sleeping Duck, Sealy, Emma, Snooze, Sleepmaker, Avatar and more. 

And for CHOICE members only, see below for the best mattress on the market. 

Buying an air fryer in the Black Friday sales

Air fryers are having their moment in the sun, and you may be thinking about trying one out. If you weren't sure about spending the money on a full-priced air fryer before, the Black Friday sales could be a good time to buy one on sale to see whether it's as life-changing as people claim. 

While air fryer prices range from $59 for a basic Kmart model through to $599 for a top-of-the-line Philips, you don't have to spend a fortune to find a great air fryer – but it is worth noting that the top three performers in our tests cost between $399 and $600. 

You don't have to spend a fortune to find a great air fryer

We've rounded up a list of the best air fryers under $200 to give you an idea of what your money can buy if you're on a budget. 

But your best bet is to check our expert air fryer reviews so you can find the perfect air fryer for your home and family. You can filter by price, capacity and style, and we'll give you detailed scores on things like how well they cook crumbed chicken, roast pork and hot chips, plus ease of use and other criteria. 

For CHOICE members, we'll reveal the top performing air fryers from our tests – see below. 

Buying a stick vacuum in the Black Friday sales

It's easy to assume that Dyson is the best brand in the stick vacuum market, but again you don't have to spend a fortune to find a star performer. Yes, Dyson models perform strongly in our tests and are worth considering if your budget allows. But they're not the only player in the market – and other brands are hot on their heels. 

If you want Dyson performance without the exxy price tag, check our expert stick vacuum review to find a model that delivers on both price and performance. 

And for CHOICE members, we reveal the best stick vacuums you can buy below. 

Buying a smartphone in the Black Friday sales

If you're hoping to save some cash on a smartphone during the Black Friday sales, you'll need to know all the features, which can be mind-boggling: operating system, display size, battery, range, camera, sound quality and more. 

Although you might expect the market to be dominated by the big names like Apple, Samsung, Oppo and Nokia, we've found a number of alternative brands that keep up with the better known ones. If you're spending several hundred dollars on a smartphone, you should look for 5G support as standard. 

Not sure what you need? Our smartphone buying guide can help you work out what's best for you. Once you've got that sorted, check our expert smartphone reviews to find the best performer for your requirements. You can filter by brand, price, display size, memory and more. 

To help you find the best Black Friday products, we've compiled the top performers from our tests. 

Consider becoming a CHOICE member to access them and our full test results for more than 200 product categories. 

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