Apple has made a lot of improvements to the EarPods bundled with its iPhones, but buying a pair of AirPods or other premium headphones remains an obvious and effective upgrade. Good-quality headphones can transform your experience with a phone, a tablet, a Mac or a home sound system, and they don't have to cost a fortune either.

In this article we gather the best headphone deals currently on offer, as well as our general tips on what features you should be looking for and the price you should be expecting to pay - because deals aren't always what they appear to be.

Best headphone deals right now

Best headphone discounts: What to look for

There are three main kinds of headphone: in-ear (including the AirPods and other earbuds), on-ear and over-ear (a heavier, more enclosing version of on-ear). Each type provides better and more insulating audio than the one before, but is also heavier, potentially less comfortable, and probably more expensive.

When deciding which product to buy, you should be thinking about audio quality, comfort of fit, compatibility and price. Your priorities will depend on your requirements. Think carefully about:

The sort of audio you'll be listening to. Different headphones excel at different parts of the spectrum, and you should find a pair that suit your favourites, such as bass for dance music. Check reviews and product descriptions for discussion of specific types of audio.

What you'll be doing while wearing the headphones. If you'll be running and working out, you'll probably need the headphones to be sweat-proof and to have ear clips or a neck band to keep them on. If you'll be wearing them on a noisy commute you might want to look for noise isolation.

The devices you need them to be compatible with - ie the ports they need to be able to plug into. Current iPhones don't have 3.5mm headphone ports so Lightning or Bluetooth headphones are a good bet. The latest iPad Pros don't even have Lightning ports.

Your budget - obviously. If you want top-spec audio you'll have to pay for the privilege (£500-£600 isn't unusual) but it's possible to get a decent pair for well under £100. Whatever you go for, expect to pay a premium for them to be wireless or (probably, although not always) for them to be Lightning-compatible. And do some research to find out the product's usual price - retailers occasionally bump up prices ahead of Black Friday so the 'discounts' look more impressive.

Our specialised buying guides are a good source of detailed advice. We look at Lightning headphones, wireless headphones and running headphones in separate group tests.

Where to find headphone deals

Here are some retailers you should check regularly - remember that deals, and particularly the best ones, won't last long.

Best headphone deals

1. Bose QuietComfort 25

From: Amazon

Was: £289.95

Now: £129.94  (£160 off)

Bose is well known for making excellent noise-cancelling headphones and these are a bargain if you can't afford the wireless model.

2. Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones

From: Amazon

Was: £169.99

Now: From £94.99  (Up to £75 off)

Get the Powerbeats3 wireless in-ear earphones from the Neighbourhood Collection with 44% off. This is actually cheaper than the deal offered for Black Friday.

3. Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones

From: Amazon

Was: £249.95

Now: £184.77  (£65 off)

Amazon is offering £65 off the Beats Solo3 Wireless on-ear headphones.

4. House of Marley Positive Vibration 2 Wireless Headphones

From: Amazon

Was: £69.99

Now: £39  (£31 off)

Click here for more budget headphones.

5. Sony MDR-ZX330BT Wireless On-Ear Headphones

From: Amazon

Was: £90

Now: £49.99  (£40 off)

These Bluetooth headphones from Sony are available at a good price from Amazon.

6. B&O Beoplay H5 Wireless Earphones

From: Amazon

Was: £229

Now: £159.99  (£69 off)

Save 30% on on these in-ear wireless headphones from B&O at Amazon right now.

7. Beats Solo 3 Headphones + FREE Powerbeats3 Earphones

From: Argos

Was: £399.85

Now: £249.90  (£149.95 off)

A nice deal: buy the Solo 3 headphones and get the Powerbeats 3, worth £149.95, for free. The link above is for the grey version. Click here for blue.

8. Sony WH-H900 h.ear Wireless Headphones

From: Amazon

Was: £250

Now: £149  (£101 off)

Get £101 off these Sony over-ear noise cancelling headphones (in black - other colours cost an extra 99p).

9. Sony MDR-XB950B1 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

From: Amazon

Was: £149.99

Now: £89.99  (£60 off)

A reasonable offer, given that the RRP is £150. Product details here.

10. RHA MA750 Wireless Earphones

From: Amazon

Was: £149.95

Now: £112.94  (£37 off)

Amazon is offering a quarter off these in-ear headphones from RHA.

11. Beats X Wireless Earphones

From: Very.co.uk

Was: £129.95

Now: £99.99  (£29.96 off)

Read our Beats X review for more information.