When it comes to headphones, there’s really no one true “best” pair. It all comes down to your preferences about how and where you like to listen to your music. There’s a huge variety of different styles out there, with some pairs optimized for running and workouts, while others are designed for a premium, high-end listening experience while relaxing at home. When you’re shopping for a new pair, it’s important to find a model that’s designed to fit your needs — as well as your budget.
And if you’re in the market for a new pair of headphones, now’s a great time to buy. We saw some great deals a few weeks ago during Amazon’s Early Access Sale, which kicked off an early start to the holiday shopping season. Right now, you can find some great discounts on both budget-friendly and premium headphones and earbuds, with bargains available at Amazon, Walmart, Target and also Best Buy, which is already offering some early Black Friday deals.
Some of the best bargains available at the moment include the Sony WH-XB910N and Beats Studio Buds, and thanks to the release of the new second-gen AirPods Pro, you can pick up a first-gen pair for $80 off right now. Just be sure to jump on these deals while you can, because they may not last for long.
Deals come will start coming and going pretty quickly as we build up to Black Friday, and we’ll continue to update this page with new bargains as we spot them. Be sure to check back often for the very best prices available.
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While the brand-new AirPods Pro 2 are impressive, the original Apple AirPods Pro remain a great pair of true wireless earphones. That’s largely due to their winning design and fit, good sound, effective noise canceling and spatial audio, which is a virtual-sound mode for watching movies and TV shows. They’re also excellent for making voice calls and have a top-notch transparency mode. Also worth noting: They’re IPX4 splashproof, so they’re suitable for sporting activities, though for a more secure fit you may want to invest in third-party foam ear tips, which are grippier than the tips Apple includes.
Their lowest price to date was $159 (in late 2021), but $170 is the lowest we’ve seen them for in 2022.
The second generation of Apple’s massively popular AirPods Pro are here, and have already earned a top spot on our list of the best wireless earbuds for 2022. Deals are pretty slim right now, and we expect them to stay that way for a while, but Amazon does have a chance to save a couple of dollars if you’re looking to upgrade. You can currently pick up a pair of second-gen AirPods Pro for $239, which is $10 less than they would cost you at Apple and the lowest price we’ve seen so far. We’ll continue to update this page as more deals appear, so be sure to check back often. Read our AirPods Pro 2 review here.
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Yes, the newer AirPods 3 offer better sound and spatial audio, but a lot of people like the fit of the slightly smaller AirPods 2 and their lower price tag. They sell for $129 at Apple directly, but right now you can pick them up for just $90 at Walmart.
Bose’s QuietComfort Earbuds have been out a while, but they not only have very good sound but excellent noise canceling, which remains among the best out there right now in a set of earbuds. The $300 next-gen QuietComfort 2 earbuds just hit shelves, which is why we’re starting to see some big discounts on this older pair.
Coming in at 16% smaller than the Elite 75t, the Elite 7 Pro are Jabra’s top-of-the-line earbuds in its new range and include the company’s new MultiSensor Voice technology with a bone-conduction sensor, four microphones and intelligent algorithms to deliver new “ground-breaking call quality,” Jabra says. The voice calling performance doesn’t quite live up to the hype, but Jabra has updated the buds’ firmware, adding multipoint Bluetooth pairing and slightly improving sound quality, noise canceling and headset performance. It took a while but they’re now excellent all-around buds.
These have adjustable active noise cancellation, Jabra’s HearThrough transparency mode and Bluetooth 5.2. They offer up to nine hours’ play time at moderate volume levels with noise canceling on, and nearly three additional charges in the charging case — total battery life is rated at 35 hours. The charging case has wireless charging capabilities.
The earbuds’ IP57 rating means they are dust-resistant and fully waterproof (they can be submerged in up to 1 meter of water). For those who like to use only a single bud, you can also use either one independently in a mono mode.
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When they were released last August, Jabra touted its $80 Elite 3 earbuds as its most affordable true-wireless buds to date. Now they’re even more affordable, dipping to just $50 right now at Amazon.
The Elite 3 have a fairly basic feature set, though they offer strong sound and call quality for the money. They have 6mm drivers, four microphones for calls and Jabra’s HearThrough transparency mode. Qualcomm aptX HD audio is supported for aptX-enabled devices.
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All of Samsung’s Galaxy Buds models are on sale right now, including the Galaxy Buds 2, which I tend to like the best of the current crop of Galaxy Buds. You can pick up a pair in the graphite color variant for as low as $98, with most other colors discounted by around $30. Read our Galaxy Buds 2 review.
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We have a list of the best sounding wireless earbuds and the Bowers & Wilkins PI7 is near the top of that list. I always thought they sounded great, but they labor under a list price of $399, which is prohibitively expensive for most people. Still, when they were initially released, Bowers & Wilkins had trouble keeping them in stock.
The PI7 buds are one of the few earbuds I’ve encountered where the wireless charging case converts into a transceiver, so you can plug the case into the headphone port on an airplane’s inflight entertainment system, or a computer, and wirelessly stream audio from the case to the earbuds. Right now you can save $100 on the white color variant, or $79 on a pair in charcoal. Though for some reason B&H Photo is keeping the deal pretty hidden right now, so you’ll have to add them to your cart to see the discount.
These sleek Sennheiser earbuds were recently bumped off our list of the best earbuds for 2022 by the newer Momentum 3s, but still offer a premium listening experience. And right now, you can pick them up for a great value. They feature a 7mm dynamic driver for optimum sound reproduction, as well as a built-in equalizer for a personalized sound profile. They have active noise-canceling capabilities, as well as a transparency mode for when you need to be more aware of your surroundings, and Bluetooth 5.0 for seamless connectivity. They’re also water-resistant with an IPX4 rating, and have a battery life of up to seven hours — or 28 hours with the charging case.
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Even on sale, the AirPods Max are pretty pricey, but they do have the build quality to back it up. A stainless-steel frame and aluminum earcups give them the weight and feel of ultrapremium headphones, and the memory-foam earpads make them supremely comfortable despite their size.
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The WH-XB910N are Sony’s midlevel noise-canceling headphones and since they’re an Extra Bass model, they do have a preponderance of bass. While the noise canceling isn’t up to the level of the WH-1000XM4 or new WH-1000XM5, it is improved over the previous model and it does have some of the extra features found on those higher-end models, including speak to chat, wearing detection sensors and Sony’s Precise Voice Pickup technology. There’s also multipoint Bluetooth pairing, so you can pair it with your phone and computer simultaneously, and it supports Sony’s LDAC audio codec.
These are a nice bargain at $123, which is the WH-XB910N’s lowest price to date.
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Released in mid-2020, the Jabra Elite 45h were essentially billed as the best on-ear headphones for the money and among the best headphones for work. While there’s nothing terribly fancy about them, they are a great value for on-ear headphones, with good sound quality, a sturdy design and comfortable fit — for on-ear headphones, anyway.
They perform well as a headset for making calls too, and include a sidetone feature that allows you to hear your voice so you don’t talk too loudly. Battery life is also good and it has multipoint Bluetooth pairing so you can connect to both your computer and your smartphone at the same time, and easily switch between the two should a call come in on your phone.
We’ve seen these headphones on sale for as much as $50 off, so it may be worth it to wait and see if the price drops even further.
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While the Beats Fit Pro ($200) technically aren’t AirPods, they’re built on the same tech platform as the AirPods Pro (yes, Apple owns Beats). Unlike Beats’ earlier and less expensive Studio Buds, the Beats Fit Pro include Apple’s H1 chip and have most of the AirPods Pro’s features, including active noise canceling, spatial audio and Adaptive EQ. They’re also splash-proof with an IPX4 water-resistance rating. I’d venture to call them the sports AirPods you’ve always wanted. And for some people, they might just be better than the AirPods Pro.
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The Beats Studio Buds look a lot like the rumored stemless AirPods that people were talking about but never materialized — as AirPods anyway. Geared toward both iOS and Android users, they’re missing a few key features on the Apple side of things (there’s no H1 or W1 chip), but they’re small, lightweight earbuds that are comfortable to wear and offer good sound. They fit most ears securely, including mine — I run with them without a problem — but others may find a better fit with the Beats Fit Pro and their integrated wing tips.
Right now, Best Buy has all colors, including the new blue and gray variants, on sale for $60, which is the all time lowest price we’ve seen.
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The Pixel Buds Pro hit shelves just earlier this year and have already earned a spot on our list of the best earbuds overall for 2022. They’re the first Google earbuds to feature active noise cancellation and are equipped with custom 11mm drivers for a premium listening experience. They also boast an impressive battery life of up to 31 hours with the charging case and are protected from rain and splashes with an IPX4 water-resistance rating. Google also claims it will be adding some other premium features like spatial audio and a five-band equalizer later this year.
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The Pixel Buds Pro ($200) with active noise cancelling recently hit shelves, but if you’re looking for a more affordable pair, you can save a few dollars right now on the Pixel Buds A-Series. Though we’ve seen them on sale for as much as $30 off before, so it may be worth waiting for a better deal.
re coming soon and feature active noise canceling, but in the meantime you can get $30 off the more affordable Pixel Buds A-Series. That’s their lowest price to date.
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These deals have expired, but we expect to see these products at similarly discounted prices sometime in the future.
While the C500’s design sensibility has more in common with the high-end WF-1000XM4 than their predecessor, the WF-XB700 Extra Bass, the C500 don’t have noise canceling and are pretty basic as far as earbuds go, with no ear-detection sensors or transparency mode. But the buds are compact, lightweight, fit comfortably and sound good for an entry-level model. They list for $100 but frequently cost less than $70. Read our Sony C500 first take.
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The QuietComfort 45 have virtually the same design as their predecessors, the QuietComfort QC35 II, which many people considered among the most comfortable over-ear headphones — if not the most comfortable. They have the same drivers, according to Bose, and the buttons are in the same place. However, there are small but notable changes, including USB-C charging instead of micro-USB and an improved microphone configuration that boosts their voice-calling noise-canceling performance (they’re both excellent). The QC45 also include multipoint Bluetooth pairing, so you can connect them with a PC and your phone simultaneously. Read our QuietComfort 45 review.
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The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have been out a while but are still one of the best over-ear noise canceling headphones, with excellent sound, noise cancellation and top-notch headset performance for voice calls. Bose’s newer QuietComfort 45 headphones probably have the slight edge in terms of comfort and offer a tad better noise canceling, but the Headphones 700 arguably sound a little better with slightly more refined sound. $269 is their lowest price to date.
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No earbuds are perfect, of course, and not everybody will love the fit of the Sony WF-1000XM4 buds. But if you’re looking for great-sounding earbuds with active noise cancellation, solid voice-calling capabilities and good battery life, these buds check all the boxes.
Normally $280, you can grab a pair for $248 right now. But keep in mind the price for these dropped to $198 on Prime Day, which is the best price we’ve seen.
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The LinkBuds are, in a sense, Sony’s answer to Apple’s standard AirPods. While they don’t sound as good as Sony’s flagship WF-1000XM4 noise-isolating earbuds, they offer a discreet, innovative design and a more secure fit than the AirPods, as well as good sound and very good voice-calling performance.
Like the third-gen AirPods, their open design allows you to hear the outside world — that’s what the ring is all about. That makes them a good choice for folks who want to hear what’s going around them for safety reasons or just don’t like having ear tips jammed in their ears. They also have a few distinguishing extra features, including Speak to Chat and Wide Area Tap. Instead of tapping on a bud, you can tap on your face, just in front of your ear, to control playback.
They’re IPX4 splash-proof and thanks to their fins — Sony calls them Arc Supporters — they lock in your ears securely and work well for running and other sporting activities. $148 is their lowest price to date.
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Unlike the “open” LinkBuds, the LinkBuds S are traditional noise-isolating earbuds with tips you jam in your ears. They’re more compact and lighter than Sony’s flagship WF-1000M4 and also feature Sony’s V1 processor. While their sound and noise canceling don’t quite measure up to the WF-1000XM4’s, they’re close and cost less. They’re the Sony buds for people who can deal with larger buds like WF-1000XM4 but want 80 to 85% of those buds’ features and performance for $80 less.
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