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
Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case (early 2019)
From: Laptops Direct
Now: £149 (£51 off)
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. Beats Studio3
Now: £219 (£80 off)
Our reviewer gave the Studio3 wireless headphones 4.5 stars and an Editor's Choice award. One of the best pairs of Beats you can get.
2. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case (early 2019)
From: Laptops Direct
Now: £149 (£51 off)
Laptops Direct has the best AirPods deal at the moment and you can get the non-wireless charging case model for just £149. This is a solid deal as Apple is still asking the full £199 for this model, but be aware that AirPods Pro have since been launched, which the retialer also has £50 off.
3. Sony WH-1000XM3
Now: £229 (£100 off)
The 5 star XM3 headphones have hit a new low price, partly due to the new XM4 model but they remain an excellent purchase and arguably much better value-for-money. You can get the same price at John Lewis.
4. Bose QuietComfort 35 II
Now: £225 (£104.95 off)
There's over £100 off these Bose compared to the original RRP, which are one of the best noise cancelling headphones on the market. They come complete with Alexa built-in. Read our QuietComfort 35 II review.
5. Cambridge Melomania 1
Now: £99.95 (£50.05 off)
Grab a third off one of the best pairs of wireless earbuds around. We gave them a rare five stars in our review.
6. Sony WH-XB900N Extra Bass
Now: £127 (£103 off)
These bass heavy over-ear headphones have noise cancelling, Alexa and a 30 hour battery life. At almost half off, that's a great deal.
7. Jabra Sport Pace
Now: £39.99 (£45 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.
8. Marshall Mid
Now: £99.99 (£70 off)
These stylish Marshall headphones have a whopping £70 off meaning you can now grab them for under £100. They have a handy control knob and over 30 hour battery life.