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11 Black Friday ‘deals’ that are a waste of money

The money that is saved is not worth it if you end up with a worthless product. But every year, we find Black Friday “deals” on products that we wouldn’t recommend at any price.

Which? Product recommendations are made by our experts after rigorous, independent laboratory testing.

We sort the good from the bad so that you can trust which one? The best recommendation to buy or not to buy, no matter how you wear them on sales.


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DeLonghi Active CTLA2003W Toaster (Sale price: £30)

Why do we avoid? Uneven browning means that any chance of a good breakfast from this appliance is toast.

The six different settings on this toaster give you six different ways to prepare unevenly toasted bread.

One side of our toast always sagged in our tests, while the other side was marked with spots of excessive browning. Whether you’re toasting quickly or leaving it out for a while longer, this toaster makes it hard to get it the way you already like it.

We’ve found Best Buy toasters to be cheaper than this one, so this is definitely one to avoid.

We saw this toaster for sale on Sonic Direct. It was £40 before it was put up for sale.


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Graco Logico L Car Seat (sale price: £40)

Why do we avoid? This car seat scored poorly in a side crash test, putting babies at risk of injury.

Some things are not worth compromising on, and one of them is a good baby car seat. We go above and beyond the minimum legal safety requirements in our child car seat test, and although this test meets the legal safety requirements, we do not recommend it.

The back is removable (to convert into a backless booster seat), But we did find that it did poorly in our side crash test whether the back was installed or not.

We’ve seen this Do Not Buy infant car seat for sale on Amazon. Pre-sale price was £50.

Maxi Cosi Beryl Car Seat (sale price, £270)

Why do we avoid? In our crash tests, we found that this car seat did not fully protect passengers weighing between 15 and 25 kg (ages three to seven) from a side impact.

Not only did we find it not recommended due to inadequate protection for some ages, but our car seat experts found it difficult to install and very easy to use incorrectly.

Its size isn’t quite right, which means that children, at 25kg (the upper limit for the group two group), are a bit too big for the seat, which also leaves them exposed.

This car seat meets legal safety requirements, but we believe no parent should take any risk with purchasing it.

We saw it for sale at Little Angels Prams. Before the sale, it sold for £319.


  • our Child car seat review Based on laboratory testing that exceeds minimum legal requirements.
  • We see Car seat weight groups explained For more information on choosing the right one for your child.

Hisense TV 50A7100FTUK (sale price: £249)

Hisense 50A7100FTUK

Why do you avoid: It’s one of the worst TVs we’ve ever tested; It makes the world gloomy and wise.

Our TV expert didn’t hesitate when reviewing this terrible TV, calling the 50A7100FTUK “terrible”.

Poor motion control mars the action, with shaky visuals and static scenes marred by dark contrast and a very red-skewed color palette.

The sound is also dull and not dynamic, leaving you to rely on using a separate soundbar to bring the sound to life.

We spotted this TV on sale at Argos on clearance among other TVs. Its usual price is £349.


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Fusion5 T90B+ Pro Laptop (Sale price: £160)

Why do you avoidThe combination of terrible performance and short-lived security support makes this laptop best avoided.

Yes, it’s cheap at this price, but there’s no shortage of cheaper models that are more tolerable than this.

It gets sluggish if you run multiple tasks at the same time and it’s terrible for video calls: your face and voice get out of sync.

You’ll be plugged in more than other laptops, too, with the battery only lasting between three and a half hours when new.

This laptop also loses software support in 2025, which means it won’t receive essential updates to keep you safe from emerging threats for much longer.

We found it on sale on Amazon, where it was listed for around £200 before it went down on Black Friday.


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Google Pixel 4 XL (sale price: £651)

Why do we avoid? This phone has run out of security support

This is a cracked phone, but unfortunately it is no longer guaranteed to receive basic security support. With devices connected to the internet, you need to stay safe from emerging threats that exploit your device. Without this warranty, your “new” phone is vulnerable to the threats of tomorrow.

It’s not wise to make any tech purchase, no matter how good the deal, when you’re open to exploiting your device’s privacy and security.

Which? calls on the government to move forward with legislation that would require brands to say at the point of sale how long you can expect your phone to receive security updates.

We found this mobile phone out of support For sale on Argos in the clearance section.

Motorola Edge 20 128GB (Sale price: £379)

Why do we avoid? Hi Moto, bye security support. In August 2023, we expect this phone to no longer be supported with vital security updates.

This is a decent phone but Motorola only guarantees two years of security patches, which means it currently promises to stay safe from software vulnerabilities until August 2023. That turns a tempting deal into a complete stink.

Expired security support isn’t something to take lightly, so we’ll miss out on this deal.

We saw this at John Lewis’ Black Friday sale. Our research puts its regular price at around £415.


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Hisense HV651D60UK dishwasher (sale price: £379)

Why do we avoid? These dishwasher filters need to be cleaned more than once a week.

In general, we want our dishwashers to do the housework, not give us new ones. It’s inevitable to clean the filters at the bottom of the dishwasher, but we rarely see filters that need this much cleaning—with this dishwasher, we estimate that you’ll need to do this after every third cycle.

It’s got lower tones for quietness, too—don’t expect any muting of crockery and whistling from this machine. This dishwasher makes a noise that you can hear from the next room.

We’ve seen this high-maintenance dishwasher on sale at AO, down from £399.


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Hoover HBFUP 130 NKE Freezer (sale price: £289)

Why do you avoid: We were left cold due to this freezer’s poor energy efficiency, inconsistent temperature control and slow freezing times.

This freezer takes a nice amount of time to freeze your food, leaving your goods less fresh than they should be. Even worse, its thermostat is inaccurate. On its maximum setting, it did not maintain a constant temperature of 18 degrees Celsius, but instead fluctuated.

It was launched with an F energy rating and we believe it would cost an extra £44.37 per annum to run on the current iteration of the Energy Price Guarantee. The operating cost of this energy-intensive freezer will go up next April, all to substandard results.

Currys had this bottom freezer for sale, down from the original price of £369.

Amica FDR2213C Retro Fridge Freezer (sale price: £399)

Amica FDR2213C Retro

Why do we avoid? Taking cold to ridiculous levels, this refrigerator is so slow in cooling food that it loses its freshness.

Our expert reviewer called this fridge freezer “exceptionally slow to cool”—and Amica’s recommended thermostat settings are off, leaving you in charge of determining the best setting for yourself.

For energy efficiency, it was rated A+ prior to March 2021, but with the new energy rating standards, it’s an F grade. It simply consumes too much energy for its size, causing you to spend more on your bills than necessary.

Our experts discovered this for sale at AO. It was originally priced at £479.

Currys Essentials CUR48W22 Refrigerator (sale price: £109)

Why do we avoid? This energy-efficient refrigerator is never a necessity.

Slow to cool and energy inefficient, this cheap refrigerator is something of a value trap, luring you in with a low upfront cost and hurting you with poor performance and high operating costs for years to come.

Poor lighting means it’s very dark inside too, leaving you walking around in the dark for your food.

This refrigerator is for sale at Currys. It originally sold for £159.


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