Best Deals on Headphones From Apple, Samsung, Sony, and Other Top Brands
You'll find great prices on top over-ear and true wireless models
If you’re looking for a new pair of earbuds or over-ear headphones, some of the best models Consumer Reports has tested are on sale right now. And with the holiday shopping season approaching, others are sure to follow, so check back as we update the list below.
Whether you’re working or learning from home, working out, or simply want to tune out for a while, having the right headphones can make a huge difference. But they can get expensive quickly, especially if you want a true wireless or noise-canceling model. So we keep an eye on our top-rated headphones as well as all the highly rated electronic products that CR tests to help you take advantage of sales as they pop up.
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True Wireless Earphones
Apple AirPods (2nd Gen.) True Wireless Earphones With Wireless Charging Case
Unlike the AirPods Pro (below), the second-generation AirPods don’t get high marks for sound quality in Consumer Reports’ testing. But there’s no denying the appeal of these true wireless earphones for many Apple fans. And we’re currently seeing some terrific discounts on the model. If you buy the AirPods with the standard charging case straight from Apple, you’ll pay $160, but these retailers are selling them for much less.
CR’s test results: Apple AirPods (2nd gen.) With Wireless Charging Case
Apple AirPods Pro True Wireless Earbuds
The AirPods Pro deliver sound quality that’s more than sufficient for critical listeners of music and movie soundtracks. They also offer active noise cancellation to muffle outside sound and interchangeable ear insert tips, abandoning the one-size-fits-all design of other AirPods.
CR’s test results: Apple AirPods Pro
JLab Audio JBuds Air Earphones
Even at full price, these earphones deliver impressive sound quality, beating competitors that cost more than three times as much and earning them a spot in CR’s picks for the best true wireless headphones of 2021. So when you find them on sale at more than 20 percent off, it’s an even bigger bargain—note that at Amazon, only the white model is currently in stock.
The JBuds Air have an advertised 3.5-hour battery life and come with a carrying case that will recharge the earphones for an additional two cycles. Other features include support for various digital assistants, three switchable EQ modes to change the tonal balance of the sound, and according to JLab, water resistance. (We don’t test that feature or battery life.)
CR’s test results: JLab Audio JBuds Air
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live True Wireless Earphones
These true wireless noise-canceling earbuds feature touch controls for calls, playback, and adjusting the level of sound blocking. They also offer a monitor mode that lets in environmental sound and an auto pause feature that puts your music on hold when you take the headphones out. They have a 6-hour battery life, according to Samsung, and come with a charging/carrying case that will give the headphones one extra full charge.
CR’s test results: Samsung Galaxy Buds Live
Sony WF-SP800N Wireless Headphones
If you’re looking for true wireless headphones with noise-canceling tech, it's hard not to love this deal. The SP800N offers impressive sound quality and noise reduction, plus four pairs of ear pieces in various sizes and a handy monitor mode that lets you listen in on your environment when you don’t want to cancel outside sound.
CR’s test results: Sony WF-SP800N
Noise-Canceling Over-Ear Headphones
Beats by Dr. Dre Solo Pro Headphones
These noise-canceling headphones are usually a little too expensive to justify their performance, but they’re well worth a look at this Walmart price. The Solo Pro Wireless gets an above-average rating for sound quality, and the noise cancellation is superb. The Amazon price applies to the light blue model only.
CR’s test results: Beats by Dr. Dre Solo Pro
Jabra Elite 85h Noise-Canceling Headphones
These wireless studio-style headphones are a decent choice for more critical listeners. Features include a detachable audio cable for wired connections, a monitor mode to let in outside sound, a quick-charge function, and an option that Jabra says will automatically adjust the level of noise cancellation based on your environment. This sale price is available only for the black model at both retailers.
CR’s test results: Jabra Elite 85h
Monoprice BT-300ANC Wireless Headphones
If you’re looking for noise-canceling headphones on a budget, this is a terrific option. The model doesn’t have the latest features—like a monitor mode or adjustable noise cancellation—but it delivers where it counts: above-average sound quality and fantastic sound-blocking abilities. The headphones feature integrated controls for calls, volume, and playback, and the ear cups fold in and swivel flat for easy storage and transport. According to Monoprice, the battery will run for 8 hours between charges with both Bluetooth and noise cancellation turned on.
CR's test results: Monoprice BT-300ANC
Sennheiser PXC 550-II Noise-Canceling Headphones
These headphones rate with the best when it comes to sound quality and noise cancellation. They also have appealing features, such as adjustable levels of noise reduction and an ambient sound monitoring mode that lets noise from your environment back in so that you can hear what’s happening around you. The model has touch-sensitive controls and an automatic pause feature that stops your audio when you take the headphones off.
CR’s test results: Sennheiser PXC 550-II