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Best cheap headphones deals 2021: wireless, noise-cancelling and more

Wireless headphones and true wireless earbuds sell like hot cakes – not surprising considering how many impressive models (and deals!) populate the internet. But where do you start, you ask? Well, how about at a pair with a big saving? With headphones deals ever-present, there are always plenty of heavily discounted headphones to choose from. But of course, it's not about bagging just any old pair at a dirt-cheap price...

To help you acquire the best pair at the best price, we've scoured the world wide web to find the best cheap headphones deals on some of our favourite models, featuring pairs from Bose, Sony, Sennheiser, Beats, Beyerdynamic, Grado and more – and including deals on some of the very best headphones we've tested. 

Our regularly updated pick includes everything from high-end hi-fi headphones for home use, to sports earphones you can sling in your gym bag, plus the now ubiquitous over-ear wireless noise-cancelling headphones and true wireless earbuds.

There really is a headphones deal for everyone...

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Wireless headphones

Sony WH-1000XM4: £330 £279 at Amazon (save £51)
Sony’s premium wireless noise-cancelling headphones deliver a sonic masterclass. And nothing really lets that down – battery life, build, comfort and usability are all great for the money. Five stars, What Hi-Fi? Award winnerView Deal

Shure Aonic 50 ANC wireless £380 £202.80 at Amazon (save £1177) Given this is new ground for Shure, the Aonic 50 are a solid first attempt at a pair of wireless noise-canceling headphones. They aren't quite as engaging as the Sony and Sennheiser class leaders, but they do offer outstanding levels of detail, a clear and clean delivery and solid bass. Four starsView Deal

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 £350 £249 at Amazon (save £101)
A breakaway from the QuietComfort range, the 700 are more of a premium series. Both the acoustics and digital signal processing have been redesigned. Comfort and aesthetics are spot-on too and, sonically, they're great.
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Beats X wireless earbuds £110 £44 at Zavvi (save £65)
Bluetooth earphones don’t get much easier to use than this, particularly for iPhone owners. Wireless performance is great, they’re an easy fit and the sound is decent.View Deal

AKG Y500 Wireless £129 £99.95 at Amazon (save £30)
"Juggling good sound quality, clever features, durable build quality and attractive design in equal measure is no mean feat, but AKG pulls it off while making it look easy" – that's what we said of them under intense review. Five stars, What Hi-Fi? Award winnerView Deal

AKG N60NC ANC £200 £99.95 at eBay (save £90)
They are compact, convenient and affordable - in fact, they're one of the best wireless headphones we've heard at the money". That's what we said of these great cans on review – and that was at the asking price of £200. Five stars, What Hi-Fi? Award winnerView Deal

Sony WH-CH710N ANC £130 £98 at Amazon (save £32)
We haven't tested this wireless ANC model but they promise an upgrade over their predecessors, which we liked for their detailed, musical performance and great battery life.View Deal

Sony WH-1000XM3 ANC £330 £239 at Amazon (save £91)
2020 Award winner. These superb Sonys may now have a successor in the form of the new WH-1000XM4, but these are still excellent buys – especially for their price, which is the lowest we've seen.
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Bose QC 35 II ANC £330 £195 at Peter Tyson (save £135)
Prefer Bose? The Sonys above may sound a little superior, but if you're happy to sacrifice that last little bit of sonic ability in the name of added comfort and a much cheaper price, these Boses have to be serious contenders. Four starsView Deal

Bowers & Wilkins PI3 sports £170 £129 at Microsoft (save £41)
These brilliant five-star buds are now down by £41 and well worth your attention whether you intend to use them for running, watching TV or just mooching about. Rain, splash and sweat resistant and available in blue, gold and space grey. Five starsView Deal

Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless £349 £299 at Sevenoaks (save £50) These superb-sounding Sennheiser wireless noise-cancelling headphones only serve to further enhance Sennheiser’s momentum in the headphone market. They're excellent all-rounders, and we haven't seen them discounted by this much before. Five starsView Deal

True wireless earbuds

Sony WF-1000XM3 £230 £140 at Amazon (save £90)
A new benchmark for true wireless earbuds, the WF-1000XM3s combine effective active noise-cancelling with a real sense of musicality. Our favourite truly wireless earbuds, now well and truly discounted. Five stars, What Hi-Fi? Award winnerView Deal

AirPods Pro £249 £189 at Laptops Direct (save £60)
Under review, we called the AirPods Pro "exceptionally comfortable" and praised their "strong noise-cancelling and balanced, easy-going sound". As well suited to a long-haul flight as they are to a run around the block, they could be the only pair of headphones you ever need. Four starsView Deal

Galaxy Buds Live £179 £109 at Chitter Chatter (save £70)
A great price on a pair of Samsung's most intriguingly shaped Galaxy buds, which, while not the best-sounding out there, do boast a comfortable fit and open, bass-generous presentation.View Deal

Sony WF-XB700 sporty £129 £69 at Richer Sounds (save £60)
We haven't tested these sporty Sonys yet, but a) we currently have them in for review and so far our impressions are positive, and b) their specs are very good for sporty buds of this price (18-hour battery life, IPX4 rating...) Four starsView Deal

Beats Powerbeats Pro £220 £148 at Amazon (save £72)
We're fans of the Powerbeats Pros for a number of reasons. Build quality is excellent, as is their fit and list of useful features. These true wireless earbuds come into their own for exercise, so this new low price shouldn't be sniffed at – and you might want to put those fitness workouts to good use and move fast if you want a pair.View Deal

Sony WF-SP700N £179 £109.27 at Amazon (save £70)
A more budget pair of Sony wireless earbuds that are aimed at sporty types, thanks to the waterproof and splashproof design, 3-hour battery life and Google Assistant voice control. Now over £100 off. Four starsView Deal

Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 £100 £99.95 at Richer Sounds (save £20) What Hi-Fi? Award winners, the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1s deliver one of the most detailed sound performances we’ve heard at this price point. Enough said.
Five stars, What Hi-Fi? Award winnerView Deal

Apple AirPods 2 (2019) £159 £119 at Laptops Direct (save £40)
Technically and sonically better than before, the second generation AirPods offer unbeatable usability and decent sound quality. This model has the standard charging case. Four starsView Deal

JBL Reflect Flow £130 £90 at Argos (save £40)
In our five-star review we praised the Reflect Flow's detail, musicality and strong bass depth. They also deliver a solid fit and long battery life, perfect for those evening runs. Expect up to 10 hours per charge, with an extra 20 from the case. Five stars
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In-ear headphones

Beyerdynamic Soul Byrd (wired) £69 £59 at Amazon (save £10)
Chirpy-sounding and relatively cheap, the Soul Byrds are a superb pair of affordable in-ear headphones. Now a tenner off. Five stars

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Over-ear headphones

Beyerdynamic Amiron over-ear headphones £500 £449 at Sevenoaks
There are definitely much cheaper headphones around, but if it's audio quality and a premium finish that you prize, look no further. These are some of the very best wireless headphones on the market, so a £50 discount is most welcome.View Deal


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