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. We've got Black Friday deals and beyond.
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.
If you're specifically interested in Apple's wireless earbuds, read Best AirPods deals.
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 listen 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 (something that Beats headphones tend to be good at). Check reviews and product descriptions for discussion of specific types of audio.
What you'll be doing. 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 (or both) to keep them on. For a noisy commute you might want noise isolation.
Devices you need the headphones 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 consider Lightning or Bluetooth.
Your budget. 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. Sony's MDR-ZX330BT are a nice choice at under £50.
Where to find headphone deals
Here are some retailers you should check regularly - remember that deals, particularly the best ones, won't last long.
Best headphone deals
1. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case (2019)
Now: £169 (£30 off)
You could buy the 2019 Airpods with the wireless charging case directly from Apple, but it will cost you more. Right now, Amazon's price knocks over £30 off.
2. Beats Solo3 Headphones
Now: £189 (24% off)
Get almost 25% off Beats Solo3 Wireless on-ear headphones (which we gave four stars). They're available in a range of colours.
3. Sony MDR-ZX330BT Wireless
Now: £44.99 (50% off)
These Bluetooth headphones from Sony are available at a great price from Amazon providing wireless connectivity at an affordable price and even NFC to help you get set up quickly.
4. Jabra Sport Pace
Now: £33.56 (£51.43 off)
These Jabra headphones are ideal for running and workouts and feature rapid charge giving you 60 minutes of battery life from a 15 minute charge.
5. Bose QuietComfort 20
Now: £169 (£80.95 off)
Bose make some of the best noise cancelling headphones on the market and these in-ears are great for any situation.
6. Sony Extra Bass Sports
From: Currys PC World
Now: £24.99 (£10 off)
These already cheap Sony headphones designed for sports use are even cheaper.
7. Sony WH-H900 h.ear Wireless
Now: £154.95 (£95.05 off)
These Sony over-ear noise cancelling headphones look and sound great. Other colours are available
8. B&O Beoplay H5 Wireless Earphones
Now: £118.99 (48% off)
Save over £100 on these in-ear wireless headphones from B&O at Amazon right now. They clip together with magenets and have a 5 hour battery life.
9. Marshall Mid with active noise cancelling
Now: £162 (£77.99 off)
These stylish headphones have are half price and have active noise cancelling and Bluetooth.
10. Philips Hi-Fi headphones
Now: £29 (£10 off)
If you want comfortable over-ear headphones without spending too much then these Philips Hi-Fi will fit the bill.