The Black Friday season is an excellent time to score deals on electronics of all kinds, and we're not just talking about TVs and laptops. You'll find everything from large appliances to kitchen electrics to power tools included in Black Friday ads, with doorbuster prices that beat anything we'll see the rest of the year. And there's a lot to choose from. We saw tons of deals in our home & garden category during Black Friday 2013 — in fact, only our clothing and computers categories saw more offers.
Want to get a peek at this year's home bargains? Check out the infographic below, then read on for our in-depth analysis.
2014 Black Friday Home Goods Predictions
The Best Appliance Sales of the Year (in a Year of Great Appliance Sales)
Thus far, 2014 has been an excellent year for large appliances. Sears offered its biggest appliance savings to date during its Labor Day sale, which took up to 54% off refrigerators, washers, dryers, and more. And Hoover offered unprecedented savings of up to 80% off select vacuums during a September sale. Recent deals like this leave us confident that Black Friday will be even better. After all, in the past three years, 35% of Black Friday appliance deals were hot enough to be marked Editors’ Choice. Compare that to just 15% of appliance deals earning that distinction so far in 2014.
Large appliance sales tend to start early; last year, Sears began offering discounts of up to 40% on the Monday before Black Friday, and Lowe's began slashing appliance prices on Wednesday. The majority of doorbuster-style discounts don't show up until Thanksgiving, though. Many retailers throw in free shipping for these items during Black Friday sales, which can save you around $70 (depending on the store). However, accessories like "installation kits" (which are automatically added to your cart) can skew your total, so remove them if you don't need the parts.
Black Friday Serves Up Delicious Deals for Your KitchenBoscov's, three Black & Decker small appliances with a $15 Kohl's credit for $21, and kitchen electrics for $4 from Kmart. It's no wonder then that almost half of all the Black Friday kitchen deals we'll see will be worthy of an Editors’ Choice nod.
Last year we saw excellent kitchen item sales as early as the Tuesday before Black Friday, with the period between Wednesday and Black Friday seeing the largest concentration of Editors' Choice-worthy deals. However, Cyber Monday week actually boasted more kitchen sales overall than the week of Black Friday. Keep that in mind if you don't find the small appliance or kitchen gadget you're looking for during Black Friday.
Great Black Friday Tool Deals Require Some Digging
If you're hunting for best-of-the-year tool discounts, your shopping window is pretty small: the Wednesday before Black Friday through the Saturday after it is when we saw the largest concentration of Editors' Choice tools last year. Finding a truly great hardware deal can be tough, as these items make popular gifts and retailers will often offer marginal discounts on a slew of tools to get shoppers into the store.
That said, Black Friday is, without a doubt, an excellent time to buy tools. Last year, we saw hand tools for just $2 from Ace Hardware, and nearly $150 in savings on a power tool bundle from Home Depot. Of course, you can save yourself the trouble of digging through a sale to find gems like these if you keep checking back with DealNews throughout Black Friday.
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