Which? reveals the worst products to buy this Black Friday

The bargains may not be all they seem (Picture: which?)

We’re already loving all the Black Friday deals, and getting swept up into the flurry of pre-Christmas spending that comes each year.

Just because we see big signs saying ‘sale’ and ‘discount’ everywhere, though, doesn’t mean we should overspend or buy products we normally wouldn’t.

It’s still important to do your homework before purchasing (or let a company like Which? do it for you).

They’ve shared with us the dud products being offered this Black Friday, which have been set at ‘Don’t Buy’ on their site.

This means the products should be avoided, after Which?’s rigorous, independent tests showed them to be not worth your cash.

Here are their worst products of Black Friday:

Lenovo IdeaPad S145-15IWL laptop

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You may think this is a fantastic deal, as it’s available on Argos at £199.99, saying on the site that it used to be £299.

However, in Which? tests, experts commented on the ‘bad speakers’ and ‘poor screen’, labelling it as a definite Don’t Buy.

Graco Logico L Highback Booster seat

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This seat is available from Halfords for £39.99 – a saving of £10 – with an additional ‘Black Friday Deal’ of 10% extra off.

However, it was labelled as a Don’t Buy by Which? for a worrying reason. According to their independent crash tests, there was a major fault in the seat in the side crash test.

The reviewer found that, with the back fitted, the seat would have exposed the child to a risk of serious injury, and it was even worse with the back removed. Not really worth the saving, then.

Marshall Major III bluetooth headphones

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These were described by Which? as having ‘poor sound quality and comfort’ and labelled as a Don’t Buy.

If that doesn’t bother you, though, you can get them at Currys PC World for £79.00 promoted as a ‘Black Tag Deal’ (which would, according to the retailer, save you £50).

Russell Hobbs Sabre Plus 22.2V cordless vacuum

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You might see this product on for £89 – a saving of £10 in the retailer’s ‘Biggest Ever Black Friday’.

Or you might read the review where Which? experts described it as ‘terrible at pet hair’ and ‘awful at carpets.’

Beko VCS5125AB corded vacuum

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This is being sold by AppliancesDirect for £54, which is claimed to be a £31 saving.

It was labelled as a Don’t Buy following Which? tests. The consumer test site stated that it was ‘inconvenient on stairs and high places’ and ‘bad at negotiating uneven surfaces.’

ElectriQ EAP120HC air purifier

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If you were to see this online, you’d agree that it was a great saving. It’s available for £39.97 in the sale at AppliancesDirect – less than half price (a saving of £48).

But, Which? testing has found that this device was not up to the job – making it a Don’t Buy.

According to the consumer review site, some customers were tempted to buy products after seeing the former and current prices side by side. However, they say you shouldn’t always assume that the RRP is what items are worth.

Natalie Hitchins, Which?’s Head of Home Products and Services, said: ‘Our research has found substandard products at reduced prices this Black Friday, suggesting that you should take the sales with a pinch of salt to avoid ending up with a dud.

‘If you want a high-performing product that will last you well, you need to look beyond the sales price and seek out independent, thorough test results.’


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