We’ve seen some big discounts on tech, electricals and home appliances in the February sales, so if you’re after a new laptop, television or washing machine, now could be a good time to buy.
Our experts track prices throughout the year (not just when the sales are on), this means we’re able to cut through the retailers’ spin and only bring you the deals we consider to be genuinely good value.
All of the deals we’ve included in our February round-up cover products that have made the journey to the Which? test lab. As our lab tests are objective and reflect how you would use these products in real life, you can trust our reviews are accurate.
Even though all of the deals listed here show products that scored well in our tests, the best way to see if a product is right for you is to check in with our expert reviews before you buy.
Best mobile phone deal
Oppo Find X2 Lite – was £369, now £255 (31% off according to the retailer)
Lowest ever price on Amazon? Yes *
We like: Decent processor, beautiful display, charges quickly
We didn’t like: External speaker isn’t the best we’ve tested
This affordable, 5G-capable smartphone just got even cheaper thanks to a 31% price cut. It’s an Android-powered smartphone with a 6.4-inch display and gets it power from a nippy 5G chip, the Snapdragon 765G.
You get 8GB of Ram out of the box – on paper, that’s more than enough to run lots of your favourite apps at once. There’s also 128GB of storage (non-expandable, sadly) and a 4,025mAh battery.
The front of the phone has a 32MP camera. On the back, you can three more snappers: an 48Mp wide-angle lens, 8Mp ultra-wide-angle lens and 2Mp portrait monochrome lens.
Best TV deal
Sony KD55AG9BU – was £1,799, now £1,599
We like: Impressive clarity, rich colours, superb sound
We didn’t like: Trickier to use when compared to rival high-end TVs
If you’re shopping for a big-screen TV, we’ve discovered this Sony model has been reduced by £200 at John Lewis.
This 55-inch OLED is crammed with cutting-edge tech – as well as being 4K, it also supports HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision. Dolby Vision is aiming to become the new HDR (High Dynamic Range) standard, capable of tweaking contrast levels on a scene-by-scene basis.
The Sony KD55AG9BU has a Freeview and satellite tuner built in. You can also control the TV using voice commands that let you change channels, tweak the volume or search for something new to watch on a rainy afternoon.
Best tablet deal
Lenovo Tab M10 – was £149, now £99.99
We like: Fast performance, Amazon Alexa voice controls
We didn’t like: Chunky design, battery life could be better
This Lenovo tablet has been discounted by around £40 since it launched in 2019. Now, Currys PC World is snipping off an extra £10. The Lenovo Tab M10 has a 10.1-inch display. It also has 16GB of storage, which you can build upon with a microSD card if you need extra space for snaps, games and videos. You can pay extra for the Lenovo Smart Dock, which lets you control the tablet using Amazon Alexa voice commands.
A 2020 Which? investigation into Currys PC World suggests the firm has an issue with how it handles complaints about faulty products. So do consider this before making a purchase.
Best headphone deal
Apple AirPods with charging case – now £124.99
We like: Comfortable, easy to use, completely wireless
We didn’t like: We noticed some sound leakage, fairly loose fit
The iconic Apple AirPods have kept their Black Friday price at BT Shop – many other retailers are either out of stock or listing them at a higher price.
Apple’s in-ear headphones have the Siri voice assistant built-in, so you don’t need to press a button to activate it – simply say ‘Hey, Siri’.
Controls on the headphones let you play or pause music without having to reach for your phone, and Apple claims that 15 minutes of charging will give you up to three hours of listening time.
Best laptop deal
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425JA – was £699, now £549
We like: Portable, solid battery life, great connectivity
We didn’t like: Keyboard and touchpad aren’t perfect, poor video conference performance
This Asus laptop runs on Windows 10 and has a 14-inch display. Sold as an ‘ultraportable’ laptop, it’s pretty compact for its size and weighs in at just 1.2kg.
There’s a full-size HDMI port on the side of this laptop. This means you can hook it up to a second monitor for a better view – handy if you’re working from home.
Currys PC World has knocked £150 off the base model, which features an Intel Core i3 processor. It also has 8GB of Ram and 256GB of storage.
Best broadband deal
Vodafone Superfast 2 Broadband – now £22.95 per month
Looking for an affordable broadband deal this month? Vodafone’s Superfast 2 package, which promises an average download speed of 63 Mbps, is the same price as the slower Superfast 1 package.
Vodafone’s £22.95/month Superfast 2 package offers 20 Mbps maximum upload speed and unlimited broadband usage.
Best vacuum cleaner deal
Shark DuoClean Anti Hair Wrap with Powered Lift-Away and TruePet ICZ160UKT – was £429.99, now £324
We like: Easy to use, good battery life, picks up pet hair
We didn’t like: Not the best at cleaning on lower power settings
You can save over £100 on this Shark vacuum cleaner if you shop with Very. This is a good deal, but this isn’t the lowest price we’ve seen. In January, the Shark ICZ160UKT was on offer at a tempting £299. Currys PC World and John Lewis are currently selling this cordless vacuum cleaner for £329.
The Shark ICZ160UKT features a flexible tube that connects the motor to the handstick. When you’re cleaning around the house, you can choose to leave the unit on the stick and use it as an upright vacuum cleaner, or detach it entirely. Detaching it will give you more room to manoeuvre, which is good news if you’re tackling dirt and dust on the stairs or in ceiling corners.
Check in with our expert cordless vacuum cleaner reviews to see which models you can trust to banish dirt and pet hair.
Best mattress deal
Dormeo S Plus Evolution – was £999.99, now £499.99
We like: Good spinal support, durable, easy to move around on
Dormeo says it is running its ‘biggest-ever sale’ over on its website, with selected mattresses treated to discounts until 1 March 2021.
The Dormeo S Plus Evolution is included in the sale. This memory foam mattress is made up of two ‘single’ mattress cores that have a firm side and a soft side. Fitted together, they form a double-sized mattress that you can flip depending on which surface you prefer. This Dormeo mattress is topped with a removable, machine-washable cover.
Best washing machine deal
Hotpoint NSWR963CGKUK – was £369.99, now £279 (save £90.99)
We like: Cleans well, rinses well, excellent spin
We didn’t like: Programs are lengthy, uses more electricity and water than other machines we’ve tested
Currys PC World has slashed the price on this freestanding Hotpoint by almost £100, making this a tempting washing machine for buyers on a budget.
The Hotpoint NSWR963CGKUK has a couple of noteworthy wash settings. An anti-allergy program aims to clean away irritants such as pollen and dust mites, while the anti-stain setting is designed to blast away dirt at 40 degrees.
We tested the graphite model, but this washing machine is also available in black, white with a black door trim, and white.
For more offers, see the best washing machine deals for 2021.
February sales shopping tips
Check the Which? website
As well as finding you the best deals this February, we’ve also put together a list of the best and worst shops.
We’ve quizzed thousands of Which? members on their experiences of shopping in some of the country’s best-known stores and websites, as well as with lesser-known brands. After crunching the numbers, we can reveal which retailers score highly for product quality, range and value for money.
To see which retailers impressed in our latest shopping survey, head over to our extensive guide on the best and worst shops.
Watch out for sneaky tricks
Some retailers use underhand tactics to pressure you into making a purchase.
These include anchor pricing (when products are on sale more often than they aren’t), pressure selling (’30 people are viewing this right now!’) and dubious claims about the ‘before’ price of a product.
If you’re unsure how good a deal is, use a tool such as PriceRunner to compare prices across retailers.
Research customer reviews
It’s always a good idea to read reviews before you buy a product, but not all reviews are trustworthy.
Some sellers incentivise people to post fake positive reviews to drown out genuine negative ones. If you’re in any doubt, check out our expert guide on how to spot a fake review.
Whether you bought a product in-store or online, you still have rights under the Consumer Contract Regulations.
The regulations give you a 14-day window to return a non-faulty product, which begins on the day you receive your goods. Many retailers will give you longer than this, but it is always best to check before you buy.
We’ve put together advice on the additional rights you have when shopping online in our online returns guide.
This story was originally published on 01 February 2021.
*Based on data from price-tracking tool CamelCamelCamel.
** A 2020 Which? investigation into Currys PC World suggests the firm has an issue with how it handles complaints about faulty products. So do consider this before making a purchase.