The cost-of-living crisis is having a huge impact on spending, and with news that energy bills and taxes are rising again – as announced in the autumn 2022 budget – lots of us are feeling the pinch. So, if you’re in the market for a new appliance, it stands to reason that you want to save as many pennies (or better yet, pounds) as you can.
Value for money is a key criteria that our experts test and score each product against. Based on the star ratings of our tried and tested favourites, we’ve selected models we think are the best value for money based on their performance, quality and price point.
The good news is, you don’t always get what you pay for when it comes to cheap kitchen gadgets: several budget appliances like air fryers, coffee machines and slow cookers excelled in our tests and earned five stars as a result. And with Black Friday just a week away and several deals already live, now’s a fantastic opportunity to pick them up at an even better price.
We’ve already seen huge offers from a range of retailers including Lakeland, Very, Robert Dyas, and Morphy Richards, with many air fryer deals, slow cooker deals, fridge-freezer deals and dishwasher deals dropping in the build-up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We’ll be continuing to track the latest discounts and updating this page accordingly, to help you keep an eye on where the best and biggest savings are.
For ideas, resources and recipes on how to eat well on a budget, find out more about our Cook Smart campaign – or discover our reviews section to read more than 600 practical buyer’s guides, which offer unbiased advice on which appliances and cookware are worth investing in. Our expert team of reviewers has tested everything from the best food processors to the best microwaves and best blenders.
Which retailers have live deals on appliances right now?
- Ninja – save up to £90 in the Black Friday sale
- Amazon – savings across a range of appliances
- AO.com – Black Friday “mega deals” on microwaves, coffee machines, air fryers and more
- Currys – save up to 40% on appliances in the early Black Friday sale
- Robert Dyas – discounts across the entire Robert Dyas range
- Argos – pre-Black Friday savings available on site
- Very – Black Friday deals available already
- Wayfair – Black Friday pre-sale live
- John Lewis and Partners – get 20% off homeware
- JD Williams – Black Friday discounts available now
- Appliances Direct – save up to 25% on small appliances
- Swan – Black Friday deals live
All of these brands are competing for your attention, so they’ll be watching their rival brands’ deals and discounts closely and adjusting their prices accordingly. We’ve also seen brands like John Lewis & Partners, AO and Currys offering a price-match promise in the past. Keep an eye out for added extras on prices that appeal to you, such as free delivery.
Best cheap kitchen appliances at a glance
- Best standard-sized air fryer for affordability: Cosori Pro 4.7-litre air fryer, £109.99
- Best simple slow cooker with timer: Morphy Richards Easy Time slow cooker, £49.99
- Best affordable coffee pod machine: Lavazza Jolie coffee pod machine, £64.99
- Best budget food processor for power: Ninja food processor with Auto-iQ, £99
- Best budget kettle: Tesco texture plastic black 1.7-litre kettle, £19
- Best bread maker for fast bakes: Russell Hobbs Fast Bake breadmaker, £63.99
- Best large-capacity stand mixer for affordability: Cuisinart Precision stand mixer, £246.99
- Best budget microwave: Russell Hobbs RHMD714G Scandi microwave, £89
- Best value dishwasher: Electra C1760WE dishwasher, £219
- Best budget fridge-freezer: Fridgemaster 50/50 frost-free fridge-freezer, £349
Best cheap kitchen appliances to save you money this Black Friday
Cosori Pro 4.7-litre air fryer
Best standard-sized air fryer for affordability
Star rating: 5/5
Compact and modern, this Cosori air fryer has all the star power of a high-end appliance but at an affordable price. We loved its tempered glass touchscreen controls and range of preset functions, which also include a niche bacon option. It looks attractive on the countertop too, and adds a perfect crispness to dishes like roast chicken.
Read the Cosori Pro 4.7-litre air fryer review and our guide to the best air fryers.
Morphy Richards Easy Time slow cooker
Best simple slow cooker with timer
Star rating: 5/5
This Morphy Richards slow cooker impressed us with its automatic timer and keep-warm setting – and now’s the perfect time to pick one up at a great price. It’s sleek, easy to use, and the hob-safe cooking pot is a handy bonus too, as you can start pre-cooking ingredients straightaway.
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Read the full Morphy Richards Easy Time slow cooker review, plus our best slow cookers guide.
Lavazza Jolie coffee pod machine
Best affordable coffee pod machine
Star rating: 5/5
Coffee lovers hoping to make a great saving this Black Friday, this one’s for you. The Lavazza Jolie is an excellent basic espresso machine with smooth, rounded edges and a small footprint.
Already a great-value gadget, it’s also particularly good for producing lungo shots of coffee. Simply lift and lower the handle to lock the capsules into place.
Read our guide to the best coffee machines.
Ninja food processor with Auto-iQ
Best budget food processor for power
Star rating: 5/5
This Ninja appliance handles all the basics like chopping, slicing grating, and kneading with ease – and while it doesn’t come with other nice-to-haves like takeaway cups and blender jugs, it certainly delivers on power and performance.
We were impressed with its compact design and range of presets, which include puréeing, slicing, chopping and mixing. There are handy markers and measurements on the side of the mixing bowl too, and the fact it’s all dishwasher-safe (top-rack only) is a huge win.
Read our guide to the best food processors.
Tesco texture plastic black 1.7-litre kettle
Best budget kettle
Star rating: 5/5
A great buy for uni students, this is a speedy kettle that has an ample 1.7-litre capacity – ideal for the amount of use it will undoubtedly get. The black plastic body is simple-looking but has a pleasant texture, and while the switch is a little flimsy, for the price tag it performs surprising well.
We haven’t spotted any Black Friday deals on this kettle yet, but we’ll be continuing to keep track and update this page accordingly.
Read our full Tesco textured kettle review and our guide to the best kettles.
Russell Hobbs Fast Bake breadmaker
Best breadmaker for fast bakes
Star rating: 4.5/5
At first glance, it would be easy to assume this small, budget machine isn’t much to get excited about – but we were delighted to be proven wrong. This Russell Hobbs model wowed us with its good looks, compact size and fast-bake function, and looked great on the countertop.
Size wasn’t an issue for this breadmaker – particularly as it was able to turn out an impressively large 1kg family-sized loaf. There’s 12 programmes with a choice of three sizes, and can have a loaf out of the pan and cooled in under an hour using one of the two fast-bake functions.
Read our full review of the Russell Hobbs Fast Bake bread maker, plus our best bread makers guide.
Cuisinart Precision stand mixer
Best large-capacity stand mixer for affordability
Star rating: 4/5
If you’re hoping to pick up a stand mixer deal this Black Friday, this classic model from Cuisinart is a superb value-for-money choice. Its design is sleek and robust, made of glossy die-cast metal and clearly built to last a lifetime.
Paired with a generous 5.2-litre mixing bowl and sturdy handle, it’s also an easy-to-use, versatile piece of kit that can handle everything from dough to batter to mash potato.
Read our full review of the Cuisinart Precision stand mixer and our best stand mixers guide.
Russell Hobbs RHMD714G Scandi microwave
Best budget microwave
Star rating: 4/5
Small, good-looking and functional is what you get with this Scandi microwave from Russell Hobbs – and it certainly delivered in our tests.
We loved the mirrored door, matt-grey casing, and wood-effect handle, and even though it lacks the bells and whistles of a larger microwave, if you want a model that nails the basics, this is an excellent choice.
Read our full Russell Hobbs Scandi microwave review, plus our pick of the best microwaves.
Electra C1760WE dishwasher
Best value dishwasher
Energy rating: E
With a robust stainless steel exterior, 12 place settings and a nifty residual heat drying function, this Electra dishwasher earned its ‘best value’ status by delivering high performance at a low price.
Perfect for smaller households, other positive features of this model include the half-load function, eco-wash programme, and 30-minute quick-wash setting.
Read our best dishwashers buying guide.
Fridgemaster 50/50 frost-free fridge-freezer
Best budget fridge-freezer
Energy rating: F
With Black Friday fridge-freezer deals dropping thick and fast, now’s the ideal time to make an even bigger saving on this budget choice from Fridgemaster. Offering ample freezer space with stocking up, leftovers or meal prep, this fuss-free fridge-freezer is adjustable, smart-looking and relatively inexpensive to run.
It has reversible doors so can be placed pretty much anywhere in the kitchen, and while it lacks some of the high-tech functions of more expensive models, for a basic white goods appliance it does the job very effectively.
Read our buyers guide to the best fridge freezers.
When is Black Friday?
This year, Black Friday is taking place on Friday, 25 November. It typically takes place on the final Friday of November, immediately following Thanksgiving. Cyber Monday comes a few days later on 28 November 2022.
It’s usually seen as a great opportunity to pick up the best deals on Christmas presents, as it’s so close to the festive season.
What is Black Friday?
As one of the biggest shopping events of the year, Black Friday is when you’ll find some of the best and biggest savings on a huge range of products, including electricals, appliances, tech, fashion and more. Several retailers offer both in-store and online deals.
In previous years, we’ve seen Black Friday deals drop the day after Thanksgiving, but this year in particular we’re seeing offers launch much earlier than usual – with some Black Friday sales starting as early as 1 November.
What were some of the best Black Friday deals last year?
Last year, we saw huge savings across a range of budget appliances from Very, Amazon, and AO.com, with some offering up to 50% off. Several retailers also included extras on top like free delivery and free accessories. Keep an eye on our roundup of the best Black Friday kitchen appliance deals to see where you can make savings this year.
More Black Friday deals
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Black Friday slow cooker deals
Black Friday stand mixer deals
Black Friday fridge freezer deals
All savings percentages have been rounded up or down to the nearest whole number.