An iMac is no small investment, which is why it is wise to spend some time making sure you're getting the iMac that's right for you at the best price.

That's where we come in - the team here at Macworld is constantly on the look out for the best iMac deals from around the web. All year round we spot the biggest and best deals from UK and US retailers, and list them all right here in this article.

There's one obstacle right now: If it's a brand new 24in iMac you want then you might find it difficult to buy at all, let alone at a discount. This is because the 24in iMac is out of stock practically everywhere.

However, it is possible to still find discounts. For example, in the UK reseller KRCS is reducing prices and even though the iMac is out of stock you can still order it at a discount from KRCS.

iMac deals January 2022

Here are some of the best deals for the iMac we're seeing right now.

In the UK:

  • KRCS has money off the 24in iMac (even though they don't actually have it in stock). The model that usually costs £1,249 costs £1,186.55 Get the KRCS deal here. You'll have to wait 5-8 weeks, but the discount will be applied. KRCS also has a discount on the £1,449 model - get it for £1,376.55 here.
  • KRCS also has money off the 27in iMac. You can save money on all the 27in configurations at KRCS here.

In the US:

  • Newegg - has a small discount for the entry level model, but it is a refurbished model. You can get it for $1,205. Order it from Newegg here.
  • If it doesn't have to be M1, Walmart has $120 off the 27in iMac (3.1GHz Intel Core i5, 256GB SSD). Get it for $1,679 (RRP: $1,799). Get the deal at Walmart

We also have a separate article examining the best Apple deals. For more US iMac and Mac mini deals see our round up of the Best Mac deals.

What you need to know

Before we tell you about the other deals that are available, you should be aware that on 20 April 2021 Apple announced an update to the iMac: the 21.5in model has been replaced with a completely redesigned 24in iMac that comes in a collection of seven different colours and is powered by Apple's M1 Chip. Read our review of the 2021 24in iMac.

These new M1 iMacs have been selling out rapidly though, so the decent deals tend to fly off the shelves, leaving only 24in iMacs at Apple's recommended price. There are still deals to be had if you are prepared to wait for additional stock to arrive though (see the section below).

New iMacs

That's the smaller iMac, but what of the bigger 27in model? Apple hasn't given that a redesign yet and an Apple-made processor yet, but we expect that will happen in the first half of 2022 - read about what could be the 30in iMac. The model that Apple is selling right now is the one introduced in August 2020. Here's our 2020 27in iMac review.

With Apple transitioning from Intel to its own processors you will also need to consider whether you are ready to make the transition yourself. These articles might help: Should I buy an Intel Mac and Should I buy an M1 Mac.

If you want to stick to Intel the good news is that some of the best deals to be had are on the older iMacs - we find you can often pick up a great deal on a powerful model that happens to be a few years old and is priced far below the newer models. You just have to keep in mind that the only way to really future-proof yourself is to buy an M1 Mac.

We have also included some discounts for the Mac mini models below, but we do have a dedicated Mac mini deals article. Read Mac mini vs iMac to see which is best. If you're looking for MacBooks, see our round-up of the best MacBook Pro deals and MacBook Air deals. Make sure you check out our complete round up of the best Apple deals we've seen too.

If you need help deciding which Mac is best for you read our Mac buying guide. And for another way to save money on a new Apple product read about how you can trade in old products at Apple and other resellers and get money off. Read: How Apple trade in works and saves you money.

Best iMac deals right now

Here's are some of the best iMac deals you can get right now:

Best 24in iMac deals

The 24in iMac has been in very limited availability since it launched, even Apple doesn't expect to deliver any 24in iMac model in the UK until 30 December if you order now (25 November). In the US it's listed as having a two to three week shipping time. As a result half the battle is finding a reseller who has an iMac in stock, let alone one offering discounts.

Despite the lack of stock, you may be lucky enough to find some deals available on the 24in iMac. Check out the latest deals on the various models below:

  • If you want to save money and don't mind waiting up to six weeks, order the 24in iMac, 8-core CPU, 7-core GPU from KRCS. This is the model that usually costs £1,249 and you can get it for £1,186.55. Get the KRCS deal here.
  • KRCS also has a discount on the £1,449 model - get it for £1,376.55 here. KRCS also has the 24in iMac, 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 512GB (RRP from £1,649) available for £1,566.55, but there is a five to eight week delay. Order from KRCS here.

Where is the 24in iMac in stock?

As we said above, actually finding an M1 iMac in stock is half the battle. We are tracking the various resellers to see who has the 24in iMac in stock.

Apple has around a two week wait on stock right now, but there are resellers that have the 24in iMac in stock: 

In the UK:

In the US:

  • Amazon - 7-core GPU is in stock in blue  and discounted to $1,258.99 (RRP: $1,299). The 8-core GPU is in stock but not discounted.
  • B&H Photo Video - 7-core GPU is in stock, no discounts right now. 8-core GPU models are also in stock.
  • Best Buy - has some models in stock right now.
  • Walmart - has models in stock and reduced prices for the $1,499 (now $1,419) and $1,699 (now $1,549) models.

8-core CPU, 7-core GPU, 256GB, RRP £1,249/$1,299

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8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 256GB RRP £1,449/$1,499

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8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 512GB SSD - RRP from £1,649 / $1,699/ AU$2,499

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27in iMac deals

If it doesn't have to be the new 24in iMac then there are great deals to be had on the 27in iMac models introduced in August 2020:

UK deals:

  • LaptopsDirect has some deals on the 27in iMacs. You can get the 3.1GHz 6-core, 10th-gen, 2020 27in iMac for £1,599.97 (RRP £1,799) at LaptopsDirect
  • LaptopsDirect also has a discount on the 3.8GHz, 8-core model. Get it for £2,099 (RRP £2,299).

US deals:

  • Walmart has $120 off the 27in iMac (3.1GHz Intel Core i5, 256GB SSD). Get it for $1,679 (RRP: $1,799). Get the deal at Walmart.

3.1GHz 6-core, 10th-gen, 2020 - RRP from £1,799 / $1,799/ AU$2,799

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3.3GHz 6-core, 10th-gen, 2020 - RRP from £1,999 / $1,999/ AU$3,099

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3.8GHz 8-core 10th-gen, 2020 - RRP from £2,299 / $2,299/ AU$3,549

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Old 21.5in iMacs

There are some deals to be had on the now discontinued 21.5in iMac, we'd steer clear of the 2.3GHz model (which was £1,099/$1,099) if you see one available, but there may be decent deals on the superior models:

 

3.6GHz quad-core iMac, 2019 - RRP from £1,299 / $1,299/ AU$1,999

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3.0GHz 6-core iMac, 2019 - RRP from £1,499 / $1,499/ AU$2,299

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Top Mac desktop discounts available now

In this section you will find some of the best deals we've seen for iMacs as well as the Mac mini and other Mac desktops. We update this list frequently, so it should be spot on in terms of how much you can save, give or take a few pounds. (Retailers often make small tweaks to the price, so if it's gone up it might be worth waiting a week or so to see if it comes down again.)

1. Apple Mac mini, 3.6GHz quad-core, i3, 256GB (2018)

From: Currys

Was: £799

Now: £549  (£250 off)

This is the Mac mini that Apple used to sell for £799 before it introduced the M1 Mac mini. for £579. Just remember that the M1 Mac mini starts at £699 now, which isn't that much more.

Apple sells this model in the refurbished store for £589, but it's out of stock right now.

2. Apple 27in iMac, 3.8GHz eight-core, 10th-gen Intel, 512GB SSD (2020)

From: LaptopsDirect

Was: £2,299

Now: £2,099  (£229 off)

If it's the top of the range 2020 27in iMac you are after, Laptops Direct has a decent deal.

You could get a similar discount from Currys, AO.com, but they are out of stock right now.

3. Apple Mac mini, M1, 8-Core CPU / 8-Core GPU, 512GB

From: Amazon

Was: £899

Now: £838.97  (£60.03 off)

Amazon has more than £50 off the M1 Mac mini with 512GB storage - that's the £899 model.

There is also money off the 256GB model.

4. Apple 27in iMac, 3.1GHz six-core, 10th-gen Intel, 256GB SSD (2020)

From: LaptopsDirect

Was: £1,799

Now: £1,599.97  (£199.03 off)

You can get a decent amount of money off the entry-level 27in iMac introduced in August 2020 from Laptops Direct (although we have seen it for less in the past).

 

5. Apple 24in iMac, M1, 8-core CPU, 7-core GPU, 256GB (2021)

From: KRCS

Was: £1,249

Now: £1,186.55  (£62.45 off)

KRCS is offering money off Apple's 24in iMac. This is the entry-level model that normally costs £1,249 in the UK. It's out of stock right now, but if you order now you will get it in five to eight weeks time.

 

6. Apple Mac mini, M1, 8-Core CPU / 8-Core GPU, 256GB

From: Amazon

Was: £699

Now: £648.97  (£50.03 off)

Amazon has a decent discount on the M1 Mac mini. If it sells out, you can also find it for £657.66 from the BT Shop.

7. Apple 24in iMac, M1, 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 512GB (2021)

From: KRCS

Was: £1,649

Now: £1,566.55  (£82.45 off)

KRCS has money off Apple's top-of-the-range 24in iMac with 512GB storage. This is the model that normally costs £1,649 in the UK.

8. Apple 24in iMac, M1, 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 256GB (2021)

From: KRCS

Was: £1,449

Now: £1,376.56  (£72.44 off)

KRCS has a discount on Apple's 24in iMac with 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU. It normally costs £1,449 in the UK.

 

9. Apple 27in iMac, 3.8GHz eight-core, 10th-gen Intel, 512GB SSD (2020)

From: KRCS

Was: £2,299

Now: £2,184.05  (£114.95 off)

KRCS has knocked £££s off the price of the top-of-the-range 3.8GHz 8-core 10th-gen, 2020 iMac that launched in August 2020.

10. Apple Refurbished Mac Store (Discounted iMacs, MacBooks and more)

From: Apple

Now: Up to £300 off

You can get a Mac from Apple at much lower prices if you buy from the Refurbished Store. Apple will have thoroughly tested the model and will offer you a full warranty so it can be a great way to get a good deal. Find out more about Refurbished Macs here.

Best refurbished iMac deals

One of the best places to look for iMac deals all year round is the Apple Refurbished Store. There, you'll find huge iMac discounts, sometimes even on the latest models. These iMacs have been returned to Apple for various reasons, and then completely revamped ready for resale. One of the major benefits in buying a refurbished Mac from Apple is that it will come with a one-year warranty so Apple may fix or replace it for free should anything happen to it in that first year.

You won't be able to tell the difference between a refurbished iMac and a brand-new iMac, aside from the box it comes in, which is white to prevent people buying them and attempting to sell them as new. Find out more about buying a refurbished iMac here.

The best deals right now are for the refurbished iMac with M1 chip - but these are likely to sell out quickly. It's worth bookmarking the page though as Apple often replenishes the stock.

  • A fully specced up 24in iMac, with Apple M1 Chip with 8‑Core CPU and 8‑Core GPU, 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD normally costs £2,049/$2,099, but Apple is advertising it for £1,739/$1,609 on the Refurb Store - a saving of £310/$490. Unfortunately in the UK this stock has now run out, but it's worth keeping an eye on this page in case Apple gets more. You can buy this model in the US Refurb Store here.
  • The entry-level 24in iMac M1 (with 8-core CPU and 7-core GPU) is $1,099 (a saving of $200 on the usual price of $1,299). This is available in green here, or silver here, as well as blue and pink. In the UK right now Apple doesn't have any of the entry-level 24in iMacs available in the Refurbished Store, but this may well change so we suggest that you check back here at regular intervals.
  • The mid-range model (with 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU and 256GB SSD) is $1,269 in the US (a saving of $230 on the usual price of $1,499). You can buy it in blue here, and silver here. In the UK you can get the mid-range model (with 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU and 256GB SSD) for £1,229, which is a saving of £220 on the usual price of £1,449. Buy it in green here, or blue here.
  • In the US you can save $260 on the 24in iMac with M1 Chip with 8‑Core CPU and 8‑Core GPU, and 512GB SSD (in blue), normally $1,699 but you can get it for $1,439: Buy from the Apple's US Refurb Store here. The same deal is available in the UK: Save £250 on the same 24in iMac (this time in green). Normally £1,649 but you can get it for £1,399: Buy it from Apple's UK Refurb Store here.

It's not only the 24in iMac models that Apple is also offering in the Refurbished Store. There is also a refurbished 21.5in iMac 3.6GHz quad-core i3 for for £1,059, for example. This is the March 2019 model, which cost £1,249 before Apple updated it in March 2020 when it switched to offering SSDs as standard, but made no other change. Buy it from Apple

Amazon also has a certified refurbished store for Apple products but we would advise against buying any products that are older than five years - most of the products we see on the Amazon refurbished store are unfortunately very old.

From time to time, Amazon runs lightning deals, which could get you a discount if you act quickly. If you've found that you're missing out on Amazon's Lightning deals, which run for just a few hours and offer limited stock, we'd recommend signing up for Amazon's 30 day free trial of Prime, which will get you access to deals 30 minutes before everyone else. Plus, you'll get free next-day delivery with the Prime trial, as well as access to Prime Instant Video and more. Sign up for Prime here.

Best iMac Student Deals

Another great resource to help you save is the Macworld UK's Student Deals page, particularly the Tech & Mobile section. Right now, Apple is offering up to 10% off Macs as well as up to 50% off Apple Care. You can also save 8% on accessories and 5% on iPads. See the best iPad deals of this month here.

Simply create an account, log in, and verify your student status, and the discount is yours. See all Macworld UK student tech deals here.

If you're looking for deals on more than just iMacs, you can check out our wider guide to the best Apple bargains.

Read: How to get an Apple student discount.

How much does an iMac cost?

The only way to know if a deal is any good is to identify the actual price that the iMac should sell for (or did sell for) so we will start with the current pricing structure.

There are various models in the current line up: three 24in models and three 27in models. In addition Apple is still selling the old entry-level 21.5in iMac: the 2.3GHz dual-core model with a 7th generation Intel processor. We have been advising against buying that model for years and we will continue to do so as we don't think it represents good value for money even at £1,099/$1,099.

Apple's current and recent pricing is included below. Keep these prices in mind as you evaluate how good each deal is.

Note that when Apple updated the range in August 2020 it increased prices in the UK by £50 per iMac. The prices of the new 24in iMacs seem to have been adjusted back again though, which is great news - read: For once Apple's not ripping off Britain. To find out the official price of the iMac visit Apple's website here. 

iMac deals

2021 24in iMac models

8-core CPU, 7-core GPU, 256GB SSD, 4.5K Retina display, two Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports, Magic Keyboard £1,249 / $1,299/ AU$1,899
8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 256GB SSD, 4.5K Retina display, two Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports, two USB 3 ports, Magic Keyboard with Touch ID £1,449 / $1,499/ AU$2,199
8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 512GB SSD, 4.5K Retina display, two Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports, two USB 3 ports, Magic Keyboard with Touch ID £1,649 / $1,699/ AU$2,499

For more information about where you can buy the new iMac read: Where you can buy the 24in iMac with M1.

2017 21.5in iMac model

2.3GHz dual-core 7th-gen i5, 256GB SSD (was a 1TB HD), Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, Non Retina £1,099 / $1,099 / AU$1,699 (was £1,049)

2020 27in iMac models

3.1GHz six-core 10th-gen i5, 256GB SSD, Radeon Pro 5300, 5K Retina £1,799 / $1,799/ AU$2,799
3.3GHz six-core 10th-gen i5, 512GB SSD, Radeon Pro 5300, 5K Retina £1,999 / $1,999/ AU$3,099
3.8GHz eight-core 10th-gen i7, 512GB SSD, Radeon Pro 5500 XT, 5K Retina £2,299 / $2,299/ AU$3,549

Discontinued models

For the sake of comparison, and because good discounts are likely for these models, we'll include the 2019 27in iMac and the old 21.5in iMac models here too:

2019 21.5in iMac models (SSD as standard since 2020)

3.6GHz quad-core 8th-gen i3, 256GB SSD (was a 1TB HD), Radeon Pro 555X, 4K Retina £1,299 / $1,299/ AU$1,999 (was £1,249)
3.0GHz six-core 8th-gen i5, 256GB SSD (was 1TB Fusion Drive), Radeon Pro 560X, 4K Retina £1,499 / $1,499 / AU$2,299 (was £1,449)

2019 27in iMac models

3.0GHz six-core 8th-gen i5, 1TB Fusion Drive, Radeon Pro 570X, 5K Retina £1,749 / $1,799/ AU$2,799
3.1GHz six-core 8th-gen i5, 1TB Fusion Drive, Radeon Pro 575X, 5K Retina £1,949 / $1,999/ AU$3,099
3.7GHz six-core 9th-gen i5, 2TB Fusion Drive, Radeon Pro 580X, 5K Retina £2,249 / $2,299/ AU$3,549

These are the prices Apple quotes (or quoted), but you can get some great deals if you shop around... Or you could just keep reading as we've done the hard work for you!

Where to find the best iMac deals

If you want serious savings it's best to look beyond Apple itself. Some Mac retailers offer great discounts on Apple products and Apple accessories, so you should be able to save a few hundred pounds off some iMac configurations.

Beware, though. The Mac listed by the reseller may be an older model than the one Apple currently sells. We've seen resellers advertising Macs with money off based on the price they were previously sold at by Apple, even after Apple has started selling a newer Mac at the same price - so the deal often looks better than it actually is.

To get an idea of what the old model should be worth, take a look at Apple's refurbished store to see what Apple is selling the older version for (and remember that buying from Apple, even if it's refurbished, will mean you get a full year's warranty).

So be careful to check the age and spec of the machine being sold, and don't automatically assume that it's current. For this reason we are careful to list the spec and year of the model in our description.

We tend to find some good deals on new Macs at Apple reseller KRCS. Discounted Macs often include built-to-order configurations, too. Read: Where to buy Apple's new 24in iMac with M1.

For accessories like software, keyboards, or mice, check out all the normal electronics retailers you might consider - see our list below for inspiration - and take a look at our guides to the best keyboards and mice for Macs as well as best Mac printer deals and Mac hard drive deals.

We regularly see Mac-related deals from the following UK and US retailers:

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