Best Headphones Deals: Looking for a bargain deal on a new set of headphones? Read on.
It’s cold and dark outside. If you find yourself having to step outside of a morning – as most of us do – then its best to do so in a warm audio bubble.
Nothing distracts you from the oppressive inanities of everyday life like a good set of tunes (or a podcast, or an audiobook) pumped straight into your ears. Needless to say, a good solid set of headphones is essential to this equation.
And we’re not talking about the earbuds that shipped with your smartphone. They’re fine for the absolute basic business of conveying audio to your ears, but they’re really not very good.
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Indeed, you only need to spend a relatively small amount of money on new headphones to improve your situation. And that’s precisely what we’re here to help you do.
How much you’re willing to spend on those new headphones will determine what kind of sound and features you’ll be able to expect. There are other factors to take into consideration though, like form factor and purpose. We’ll run through the kind of things to keep an eye out for towards the end of this feature.
For now, let’s run through some of the latest headphones deals from the UK’s best online suppliers.
All prices were correct at the time of publication, but do tend to change quickly. Act fast if you want to snap up a bargain.
Best Headphone Deals – Amazon
Amazon sells rather a lot of stuff at generally low prices. This may not come as a total surprise to you. It pretty much goes without saying, then, that Amazon is a very good source of headphones deals. Which is why we’ve opted to lead with the big A. As ever with Amazon, you’ll find that stock levels and prices tend to fluctuate a fair amount, so if you see something that appeals, don’t hang around.
Best Headphones Deals – Argos
A trip to Argos is enough to warm the soul of anyone over 30. Remember when its quirky ordering system felt like the future? The beloved UK retailer is about much more than mere nostalgia, however. It’s shifted with the times to become a serious online operator. Argos picks its online battles well, and is a solid source of some of the cheaper headphones models that don’t always get a lot of exposure with its high street rivals.
Best Headphones Deals – Currys PC World
Currys PC World are renowned for their extensive range of computers (the clue is in the second part of the name) and white goods. But you’ll also find that the high street retailer is a decent source of headphones deals. And with the company’s conscientious price-matching efforts, you’ll often find that is matches Amazon’s prices with a couple of perks like extended warranties and bonus extras.
Best Headphones Deals – John Lewis
Reports of losses and high profile executive resignations should tell you that John Lewis, one of the most beloved UK high street retailers, is in a spot of bother. But you shouldn’t feel impelled to shop there for your headphones out of the goodness of your heart. John Lewis remains a great source of high-end headphones, in particular, while its website is a very pleasant and intuitive way to seek out deals. Add in the famous John Lewis 2-year guarantee, and you’re laughing.
Best Headphone Deals – eBay
You tend to turn to eBay for second stuff from private sellers, and who wants a grotty used pair of headphones? But eBay is about much more than that. It also offers a storefront to a whole heap of retailers great and small. Their offerings tend to include old and discounted stock as well as comprehensively refurbished stuff. It’s a great place to get a headphones bargain.
Best Headphone Deals – Very
The Very brand may only be around ten years old, but it has its roots in the old catalogue business. It’s actually a rebranding of the once-famous Littlewoods. Now firmly online-focused, Very offers its fair share of bargain deals – and that includes headphones.
Best Headphone Deals – Carphone Warehouse
No, we know you’re not shopping for a carphone. Who is? Funny name aside though, Carphone Warehouse continues to be one of the biggest high street sellers of mobile phones and their accessories. And it’s those accessories that enable the retailer to offer some incredibly enticing headphones deals.
Choosing a headphone deal
So those are some of the great deals buzzing around the wires of the UK internet right now. Pretty tempting, eh?
But wait just a minute. Have you actually stopped to think about what you’re after? Yes, yes, you’re after some headphones. But there’s much more to it than that.
What do you want your headphones for? And don’t say ‘listening to stuff’. Your use case will determine what sort of headphones you should aim for, and even how much you need to spend.
Are you looking for a robust set of headphones to go out running with? Then a set of in-ear wireless headphones should do the trick – preferably with some kind of water resistance (to keep the sweat and rain out) and ear hooks to keep them planted on your head. The good news is, you should be able to get something suitable for less than £100.
Or perhaps you’re a frequent commuter who wants to keep the noise out while you travel. In that case, there’s aa thriving market in on-ear and over-ear headphones with active noise cancellation (ANC). You might need to be prepared to spend a few hundred pounds, if you really want to get something good.
Maybe you’re a after a detailed, enveloping home listening experience. We get you. It can be tricky setting up a decent home system, especially with neighbours, housemates and family members to consider. Have you entertained the idea of a good set of classic over-ear wired headphones? That could cost you a few hundred pounds or more, too.
One thing that’s worth emphasising is that you have options in each category. So alongside thinking about what you want your headphones for, consider too your budget. Put the two together, and head back up to our deals listings.
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