It's a great time buy some new headphones. Here, we bring you top tips and the best deals we've seen on headphones so that you get the best sound this year. We've found the biggest discounts on Sony, Beats, Bose and more

We'd recommend looking for a good deal on more expensive headphones, rather than buying a pair that's cheap all year round. Not only is the build quality likely to be quite poor on headphones with an RRP of £30 or less, but they'll also offer a bad audio experience that we're sure you'll want to avoid. There are still some decent cheap pairs from the likes of Sony and Philips though.

There are thousands of headphones deals out there and only more to follow when the sales seasons fully hit, so it can be tricky to know which are true bargains and which are worth buying. Here, we bring you our pick of the best ones to save you the trouble.

Best headphones deals

See the best deals we've found and check out our deals site for even more discounts on headphones and keep an eye on all the Best Christmas tech deals.

Headphones deals: What to look for

Headphones can cost anywhere from £5 to £500+ depending on your needs and budget. Whatever you’re listening to is the same but spending a bit more can drastically improve the comfort and quality of your listening experience.

Whether on-ear, in-ear or over-ear, there are some great audio bargains to be had. Though remember that headphones are discounted all year, so make sure you don’t buy just for the sake of it.

Make sure you do a bit of research and pick out what you’d like to save money on, particularly with Beats; there are so many different models that what looks like a good deal could be a lower priced item with not much money off its normal, lower RRP.

We've picked out our top ten for this article but if you want to see even more deals from various different retailers, we'd recommend checking out the following online stores:

If you find 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 now.

Headphones and earphones deals for students

Another great resource to help you snag deals is Tech Advisor's Student Beans page. The Tech and Mobile section has deals from some of our favourite audio brands. Right now, you can 25% off Jabra audio products and snag up to 25% off Ultimate Ears.

You can also save up to 25% (or more) from big brands such as Apple (10% off for students), Asus, HP, Lenovo, Logitech and many more.

See all Tech Advisor student deals here.

Best headphones deals

1. Cambridge Melomania 1

From: Amazon

Was: £150

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.

2. Sony WH-1000XM3

From: Amazon

Was: £329

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.

3. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case (2019)

From: Currys PC World

Was: £169

Now: £157  (£12 off)

Currys PC World has the best AirPods with Wireless Charging Case deal at the moment for £157. This is a solid deal as Apple is asking for £199 for this model, but be aware that AirPods Pro have since been launched, which have £54 off at Laptops Direct bringing them down to £195.

4. Bose QuietComfort 35 II

From: Amazon

Was: £299.95

Now: £195.99  (£104.95 off)

These Bose headphones had an RRP £329.95, though that's come down to £299, this deal from Amazon still saves you £100 on one of the best noise-cancelling headphones on the market. They come complete with Alexa built-in. Read our QuietComfort 35 II review.

5. Sony WF-XB700 Extra Bass

From: John Lewis

Was: £129

Now: £103.20 (with code MYJLSONY20)  (with code MYJLSONY20)

They might not have noise cancelling like the WF-1000XM3, but these wireless earbuds still have a lot to offer. A bestseller on John Lewis, they are almost under £100 thanks to the 20% off code.

6. Marshall Mode

From: Currys PC World

Was: £49.99

Now: £19.99  (£30 off)

Get these stylish and great sounding in-ear headphones from Marshall at over half price. They're compatible with iOS and Android, plus have an in-line remote and mic.

7. Beats Studio3

From: Very

Was: £299

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.

8. Sony MDRZX310

From: Amazon

Was: £25

Now: £16.99  (32% off)

If you just need a pair of decent wired headphones without spending much then these Sony cans will do the trick.

9. Sony WH-1000X-M2 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

From: Currys PC World

Was: £259

Now: £219  (£40 off)

A newer model of these excellent headphones is available, but this is a great price for its predecessor, which we loved and used daily in 2019. Read our review of the WH-1000X-M3 here

10. Marshall Mid

From: Amazon

Was: £169.99

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.

When is Black Friday 2020 - should you wait for a better deal?

Black Friday will take place on Friday 27 November, immediately followed by Cyber Monday on 30 November. Traditionally the biggest sales event of the year, it may yet throw up some even greater tech deals - but with so much uncertainty around finance and retail, and no guarantees regarding what discounts we will see, we advise you not to wait: if you see a deal you like, on a product you need, and you can afford the outlay, buy it today.