While the Black Friday sales may be tempting, Aussies are being warned that not everything is worth the sale price - even if it's heavily discounted.
Huge deals are now being advertised across a number of brands and retail categories, but shoppers are being advised to consider whether the items they're after actually offer value for money.
According to Australia's leading consumer-advocacy group CHOICE, there are some products consumers should stay well away from, even if they are set to save hundreds of dollars.
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Products from popular brands including Dyson, Bosch, Electrolux and Ecovacs are among the items that failed to meet expectations after a lengthy product-testing process.
CHOICE experts reviewed a range of items - including air purifiers, robot vacuums, air fryers and mattresses - testing durability, ease of use and value for money. They found that, while some items may sound like a too-good-to-pass-up deal, they simply aren’t worth the money in the long run.
What to avoid
Household appliances are some of the most popular sale items during Black Friday, with retailers slashing prices across a number of brands.
Surprisingly, CHOICE experts placed fans by popular brand Dyson on the steer-clear list, with product testers saying they just weren't worth it - even at the sale price. In fact, the experts found fans by other budget brands performed better and cost way less.
Aussie shoppers were also warned against purchasing vacuum cleaners that weren't up to scratch. The Electrolux Pure Q9 stick vacuum - which usually retails for $649 - and the Ecovacs Deebot U2 robot vacuum - which costs $249 - were two of the top products testers advised against purchasing.
The Electrolux Pure Q9 was rated "poor" for carpet and corner cleaning, while the Ecovacs Deebot U2 was given a very average score of just 15 per cent for carpet cleaning.
Consumers were also warned against purchasing heavily discounted kitchen appliances, including underperforming air fryers.
One in particular was the Kitchen Couture 3.4L air fryer, which looks stylish but scored poorly on functionality and was anything but easy to use.
Other items on the list included the Bosch KAN92VI30A fridge, which failed to impress during thermal lab tests; the GreenTech PureAir 3000 air purifier, which scored a measly 25 per cent on overall performance; and the Original Mattress Factory Refresh - worth $2,898 - which scored extremely poorly on comfort.