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If you're looking for a new pair of earbuds or over-ear headphones, you'll find some of the best models Consumer Reports has tested on sale right now. 

Whether you're working from home, working out, or simply want to tune out for a while, having just 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 models to help you take advantage of sales when they pop up.

If you're looking for other products, we also track prices on TVs and laptops, home and kitchen items, and spring cleaning devices.

For more info on other smart purchases, including items that earn CR's Best Buy designation for high performance at a low price, check out the ratings for all the electronics products tested in our labs.

True Wireless Earphones

JLab Auio JBuds Air

    At full price, the JLab Audio JBuds Air earphones deliver impressive sound quality, beating some competitors that cost more than three times as much, earning them a top spot in CR's picks for best true wireless headphones of 2021. So when you can save 30 percent, it's an even bigger bargain.

     

    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.)

     

    CR’s test results: JLab Audio JBuds Air Headphones

    Panasonic RZ-S500W True Wireless Earphones

      These noise-canceling earbuds deliver outstanding sound-blocking ability, and while they don't match the audio quality of the Sony WF-1000XM3s, their performance is well above average.

       

      Features include an ambient sound monitoring mode that lets in outside noise on command so you can monitor your surroundings. With a free app, you can adjust the levels of noise cancellation as well.

       

      The model has an advertised 6.5-hour battery life and can be recharged twice using the carrying case. A quick-charge feature gives you an extra 70 minutes of playback time after just 15 minutes.

       

      CR’s test results: Panasonic RZ-S500W Headphones

      Samsung Galaxy Buds

        The Galaxy Buds are among the best true wireless headphones CR has tested, making this a truly great bargain. The model produces exemplary audio quality packed into a pair of unobtrusive earpieces, complete with easy-to-use touch controls for playback, volume, and skipping tracks.

         

        According to Samsung, the Galaxy Buds have a 6-hour battery life. They come with a powered carrying case that will recharge the earphones for up to 7 additional hours of playback on the go. 

         

        CR's test results: Samsung Galaxy Buds

        Noise-Canceling Over-Ear Headphones

        Monoprice BT-300SNC Over-Ear Headphones

          Looking for noise-canceling headphones on a budget? You can’t do much better than this price. The Monoprice 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 over-ear 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 Headphones

          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 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 Headphones