UPDATE: Check out the best Black Friday home deals
|Store||Black Friday Deal|
|Lowe's||Samsung HE Front-Load Washer or Electric Dryer for $549|
|Bon-Ton||CorningWare 10-Piece French Bakeware Set for $25|
|Home Depot||Amana 5-Cu. Ft. Gas Range with Self-Cleaning Oven for $393|
|Bon-Ton||LivingQuarters 10-Piece Drinkware Sets for $8|
|Target||Armarkat 74" Faux Fur Cat Condo for $83|
|Bon-Ton||Knife Sets (Cuisinart, Farberware, more): Up to 80% off|
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Black Friday 2013 Home Goods Predictions
Although electronics typically get top billing during Black Friday, many of the deals during these sales will include home goods — items like appliances, kitchenware, tools, and more. In fact, this category can see massive markdowns during Black Friday; last year, 35% of all the deals in our home and garden section were hot enough to be marked Editors' Choice.
That's why we're including a home goods category in our predictions this year; we've done the math and singled out several types of items that we believe will see major discounts again, based on price trends from 2012 and the year so far. Read on to see why Black Friday 2013 could be the best time all year to pick up a new dishwasher, vacuum, small appliance, or even a new set of tools.
Black Friday Is a Great Time for Deals on Large Appliances
If you're in the market for large appliances, making such a purchase during Black Friday sales can yield big savings. If last year is any indication, it's a fair bet that sites like Sears, Lowe's, and Home Depot will offer some of their best deals of the year on things like dishwashers, ovens, and washers and dryers. In the months leading up to Black Friday last year, only 17% of the deals we saw were good enough to be considered Editors' Choice. But, during the Black Friday season, an astonishing 42% of our deals on large appliances were marked Editors' Choice. One standout deal from last year was an all-time low on a 24" Kenmore dishwasher at Sears; we listed it at $29 below the price that appeared in Sears' leaked Black Friday ad.
In particular, one appliances to keep your eye on this season is vacuum cleaners. Last year, Hoover offered a coupon that took 30% off sitewide and *ahem* bagged free shipping. The same coupon even cut prices on refurbished vacuum cleaners to as low as $35. We even saw one Hoover refurb that was at its cheapest by $74. If Dyson is your brand of choice however, it might be best to skip the Black Friday sales; while we saw a handful of Editors' Choice Dyson deals during Black Friday last year (mostly for refurbs), we later saw a big spike in great deals on new Dyson vacuums in May of the following year. Thus, it might be best to wait until next spring to pounce on a Dyson.
Kitchen Supplies Will Spice Things Up
Another home goods category that really shines during Black Friday is kitchen supplies, especially small appliances such as mixers, toasters, countertop grills, coffeemakers, and the like. During last year's Black Friday season, a whopping 44% of kitchenware deals listed were marked Editors' Choice, as opposed to just 24% in the preceding months. Better yet, almost half of our small kitchen appliance deals were marked Editors' Choice.
Last year, the sweetest deals in this category came from stores like Kohl's, Kmart, Walmart, and Amazon. Of the lot, Kohl's offered mail-in rebates and Kohl's Cash credits on a selection of KitchenAid stand mixers, which knocked them down to prices that were $100 less than what other stores charged. We also saw a coupon from Kmart that took an extra 10% off already-reduced items, which brought several small appliances down to single-digit prices.
This year, we expect to see another big jump in the number of great kitchen deals during Black Friday. Many items will receive free shipping, but some doorbuster-type deals may require in-store pickup. Unfortunately, these can be especially difficult to find in your ZIP code (or any ZIP code, for that matter).
Tool Deals to Go Nuts (and Bolts) Over
In last year's November buying guide, we predicted a surge of noteworthy tool and hardware deals in the winter months. We were right, but the Black Friday season leading up to this season was by far the best time to buy. In September and October, only 12% of tool deals were marked Editors' Choice, however during the Black Friday season, that number jumped to 30%.
Unsurprisingly, merchants with big tool and hardware departments offered the best deals last year: Home Depot, Lowe's, Sears, Kmart, and Amazon boasted some of the best markdowns. Home Depot, in particular, slashed prices on a number of HDX tool sets, putting some prices as low as $5. Also, Sears and Kmart discounted a large selection of Craftsman tools, with many at all-time low prices.
We predict that Black Friday will once again be the very best time to buy drills, wrenches, socket sets, tool storage, and more. However, be aware that many of these items may only be available for in-store pickup. The exception to this is, of course, Amazon Prime.
Summary: Black Friday Home Goods Predictions
- More than double the number of Editors' Choice deals on large appliances
- Vacuums will be heavily discounted, especially refurbs
- Small appliances and tool deals for under $10
- It will be the best time to buy tools but many will require in-store pickup