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.
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 £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. Bose QuietComfort 25
Now: £139.95 (£150 off)
Bose is well known for making excellent noise-cancelling headphones and these are a real bargain if you can't afford the wireless model.
2. Sony MDR-ZX330BT Wireless On-Ear Headphones
Now: £49.99 (£40 off)
These Bluetooth headphones from Sony are available at a good price from Amazon.
3. VAVA MOOV 28 Wireless Sports Earphones
Now: £16.99 (£9 off)
After another price cut this looks like a really nice deal on a solid pair of earphones. More details here.
4. B&O Beoplay H5 Wireless Earphones
Now: £136.63 (£92 off)
Save 40% on these in-ear wireless headphones from B&O at Amazon right now.
5. Sennheiser Momentum 2.0
Now: £229.00 (£151 off)
These stylish wireless on-ear headphones, which Amazon is offering at 40% off, have a 22-hour battery life.
6. Sony MDR-XB950B1 Wireless Extrabass Headphones
Now: £89.99 (£60 off)
A nice offer on these bass-focused over-ears. Product details here.
7. Sony WH-H900 h.ear Wireless Headphones
Now: £179 (£71 off)
8. Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones
Now: £199 (£51 off)
Amazon is offering a solid saving on the Beats Solo3 Wireless on-ear headphones, which our reviewer gave four stars out of five.
9. Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones
Now: £149 (£20 off)