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. In this article we bring you the best iMac deals available - yes, you can get money off a brand new iMac.

The team here at Macworld UK is constantly on the look out for the best iMac deals from around the web. We spot the biggest and best deals from UK retailers, and list them all right here in this article.

Before we tell you about the deals that are available, you should be aware that Apple updated some of its iMac range in August 2020. Apple introduced new 27in models with faster processors and improved graphics.

Apple also updated the 21.5in iMacs, but this was a minor update - the processors remain the same but the storage is now SSDs across the range (no more slow hard drives).

Here's our 2020 27in iMac review, plus 2020 iMacs vs 2019 models.

We are seeing some good discounts for these August 2020 models:

3.1GHz 6-core, 10th-gen, 2020 27in iMac
RRP from £1,799
Now: £1,649
Buy it from Currys/PC World and AO.com

3.3GHz 6-core, 10th-gen, 2020 27in iMac
RRP from £1,999
Now: £1,849
Buy it from Currys/PC World

3.8GHz 8-core 10th-gen, 2020 27in iMac
RRP from £2,299
Now: £2,099
Buy it from AO

If you want even better discounts look for the older iMac models. As resellers clear out old stock they offer big discounts, so you might find some great deals on the 2019 models. In fact, sometimes powerful models are priced far below lower-specced, but newer, models.

There is another thing to keep in mind: Apple has announced that it will be transitioning from Intel processors in its Macs to its own Apple Silicon chips within the next couple of years. The first M1 Macs have already arrived: Apple has launched the M1 MacBook Air, M1 13in MacBook Pro, and M1 Mac mini. The smaller iMac could be next to get an M1 Chip - with an update expected in early 2021 (and rumour has it the iMac could also get a redesign with a bigger screen). 

This means you need to consider whether to wait for the iMac to gain an M1 chip, or go ahead and update your iMac now. These articles might help: Should I buy an Intel Mac and Should I buy an M1 Mac.

We have also included some discounts for the Mac mini models below, but we also have a dedicated Mac mini deals article. 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 want help deciding which Mac is best for you read our Mac buying guide.

Best iMac deals right now

We'll explain how you can spot a good deal below, but in case you can't wait here's an overview of some of the best iMac deals you can get right now.

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 21.5in models and three 27in models. Apple's 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. We'd been anticipating this change for some time, but it's still disappointing. To find out the official price of the iMac visit Apple's website here. 

iMac deals

2017 21.5in iMac model (gained SSD in 2020)

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)

2019 21.5in iMac models (gained SSD in 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)

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

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

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, 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!

Best iMac deals - current models

You should be able to find some great deals from the likes of KRCS, Currys PC World, John Lewis and Laptops Direct, who usually sell iMac models at a lower price than Apple advertises. Here are some of the best iMac deals around.

One benefit of buying from Apple is you could trade in your old Mac and get money off. We have an article explaining How to get money off with Apple's trade-in program.

If you are wondering whether to buy the new iMac we have this article that might help: Should I buy the new iMac?

27in iMacs (2020 models)

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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21.5in iMacs (SSDs as standard)

2.3GHz dual-core iMac, 2017 - RRP £1,099 / $1,099 / AU$1,699 - now with SSD

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

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

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iMac Pro

Starts at £4,999 / $4,999 / AU$7,299

Prior to August 2020 the iMac Pro started at £4,899/$4,999 for a 8-core model - this model has now been discontinued with Apple offering the 10-core model in it's place for £4,999/$4,999.

You may see some deals on the older 8-core model, such as this one with Currys/PC World where that model on offer for £3,299, which is an astonishing £1,600 off!

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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 27in iMac, 3.7GHz six-core, 5K Retina Display, 2TB Fusion Drive (2019)

From: Currys PC World

Was: £2,249

Now: £1,599  (£650 off)

Save money on the 2019 iMac with this deal from Currys PC World. This was the top-of-the-range six-core 27in model that used to cost £2,249 (the equivalent now costs £2,299).

You also get £40 Microsoft 365 Family with code OFFICESAVE40 and £30 off Microsoft 365 Personal with code OFFICESAVE30. There's also one year of free Apple TV+ included when you buy this iMac.

This model features a 9th generation Intel i5 processor and AMD Radeon Pro 580X graphics. Note that this includes a 2TB Fusion Drive - Apple is now shipping all iMacs with SSDs as standard.

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

From: BT Shop

Was: £699

Now: £660.72  (£38.28 off)

BT Shop's price on the entry-level M1 Mac mini is now priced even more competitively. There's also money off the 512GB option.

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

From: BT Shop

Was: £899

Now: £833.98  (£65.02 off)

The BT Shop has £65 off the M1 Mac mini with 512GB storage - that's the £899 model.

They also have £38.28 off the entry-level 256GB M1 Mac mini - get that deal from BT here.

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

From: KRCS

Was: £2,299

Now: £2,184.05  (£114.94 off)

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

5. Apple 27in iMac, 3.3GHz six-core, 10th-gen, 256GB SSD (2020)

From: KRCS

Was: £1,999

Now: £1,899.05  (£99.95 off)

KRCS has a huge saving on the price of the new mid-range 27in iMac for 2020, with 3.2GHz 6-core Intel processor.

6. Apple iMac Pro, 3.2GHz, 8-core Xeon, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, 5K Retina display (late 2017)

From: Currys PC World

Was: £4,899

Now: £3,299  (£1,600 off)

The iMac Pro hasn't been updated since it was introduced in 2017, but it is still one of the most powerful iMacs. It's also the most expensive iMac - but Currys is offering money off!

Note that this is the 8-core model that Apple discontinued, which means you can now get 10-core model from Apple for £4,999, but this is still a decent deal.

7. Apple Mac mini, 3.0GHz 6-core, 512GB (2020)

From: Amazon

Was: £1,099

Now: £899  (£200 off)

Amazon is offering discounts on the 2020 Intel Mac mini models. This option has an 6-core processor and 512GB storage (in comparison the equivalent 2018 model only had 256GB storage for the same RRP).

Currys PC World, AO.com and John Lewis are all selling this model for £899 right now.

8. 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.

Apple is currently offering 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 offereing 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.

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.

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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