You may think you’ve found the perfect Black Friday deal – but some you should avoid no matter how good the discount is.
Shoppers are being warned that the bargains they find may not be as good as they first think.
Black Friday is the biggest shopping event of the year, where stores traditionally slash prices in a bid to encourage people to spend money before Christmas.
It can all be a bit overwhelming, especially if you’ve put pressure on yourself to find Christmas presents.
In order for you to not waste your time, consumer group Which? has compiled a list of items which appear on its Don’t Buy list.
The group put thousands of products through “tough and independent laboratory tests”, in an effort to find out which failed to live up to expectations.
Here is the full list of items Which? recommend you stay clear of:
- Marshall Major III wireless Bluetooth headphones – now £49
Which? criticised the item’s “poor sound quality and comfort”, adding that it’s an “unusual mis-step from the well-known Marshall brand”.
Despite looking amazing, Which? testers say the quality doesn’t match up.
- Baby Dan Premier True Pressure stair gate – now £40.71
According to Which?, this stair gate failed a key safety test, so it’s “potentially unsafe to use”.
The website’s safety test involves clamping the gate to a motorised arm that pulls it back and forth.
Baby Dan, the manufacturer responded by saying: “We take feedback about our safety products seriously, as safety of children is paramount to us. We manufacture to the highest possible standards.
“All our safety gates comply to the relevant safety standards (in this case EN1930:2011).
“The safety gates mentioned in your publication have been tested recently by accredited labs numerous times without any remarks.”
- Beko VCS5125AB vacuum cleaner – now £69
Which? criticised the vacuum cleaner’s “poor allergen filter”, and said it was “difficult to manoeuvre”.
The testers also noted that it was inconvenient on stairs and for cleaning high places.
- Maxi Cosi Beryl car seat – now £254.99
The Maxi Cosi didn’t do well in Which’s side-impact safety tests, particularly for older children.
In its review it found that the shell was too small to protect them properly”.
Which? reached out with their review to the company before publishing, but they didn’t supply a comment.
- Russell Hobbs Luna 23221 2-slice toaster – now £29
Which? testers found that the appliance produced “pale and uneven toast”.
The review also found that the slider is “stiff and hard to move”.
- Hisense 65A7100FTUK LED TV- now £499
Testers from Which? claim the TV has “the worst picture quality we’ve seen on a 65-inch TV for years”.
They also noted bad and weak sound, and barely noticeable bass.
- Bush 60185FFWTD fridge freezer – now £289.99
The testers at Which? noted that it is energy efficient, but is very slow to cool freshly added items.
This, according to Which?, gives “heat-loving bacteria more time to thrive”.
- Samsung HW-T400 sound bar – now £99
This sound bar offers “dull and lifeless sound quality”, say Which?.
Natalie Hitchins, Which? head of home products and services, said: “We’ve found a host of poor-quality products for sale this Black Friday, so don’t dive straight in when you spot what looks like a tempting deal or you could end up with a dud.
“Save money and time by steering clear of these Don’t Buy products. To nab a quality product that will last the test of time, look beyond the special offer and check out independent, thorough test results.”
You can read more about why Which? doesn’t recommend these items on its website.