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? Thankfully, headphones deals are ever-present throughout the year. But 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 wide world wide web to find the best cheap headphones deals on some of our favourite, tried-and-tested headphones, featuring pairs from Apple, Bose, Sony, Sennheiser, Beats, Beyerdynamic, Grado and more – including deals on some of the very best headphones we've ever 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 in-ear wireless earbuds. Naturally, there is always an AirPods deal to be had, too.
Sennheiser HD 250BT
£60 £40 at Amazon (save £20) (opens in new tab)
We didn't think these superb budget wireless on-ears could get any cheaper – but here we are! Don't expect luxury flourishes, but they nail the basics. They sound great for the money and have Bluetooth 5.0 and aptX Low Latency support, a 25-hour battery life, plus app support that brings EQ customisation onboard. Five stars.
£330 £229 at Amazon (save £101) (opens in new tab)
(opens in new tab)Our favourite wireless noise-cancelling headphones, period. Sony’s premium XM4 deliver a sonic masterclass and nothing really lets that down – battery life, build, comfort and usability are all great for the money. Now with a tasty £101 saving. What Hi-Fi? Award winners
Shure Aonic 50:
£380 £192 at Amazon (save £188) (opens in new tab)
A very solid first attempt at a pair of wireless noise-canceling headphones by Shure. 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 – and are now much cheaper. Four stars
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700
£350 £230 at Amazon (save £120) (opens in new tab)
A breakaway from the famous Bose QuietComfort range, the 2019-released 700 are more of a premium series with a concentration on noise-cancelling, which is best in class. Comfort and aesthetics are spot-on too and, sonically, they decent. Four stars
Apple AirPods Max
£549 £404 at Amazon (save £145) (opens in new tab)
Yes, even with this fantastic deal Apple's wireless noise-cancelling over-ear headphones are still quite expensive. But they are wonderful to use, boast spatial audio support and are one of the very best-sounding wireless headphones we've heard. Worth it. Five stars
AKG Y500 Wireless
£129 £65 at Amazon (save £64) (opens in new tab)
"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 review. A great deal on a five-star set of wireless AKG on-ears. What Hi-Fi? Award winner
£130 £84.45 at Amazon (save £56) (opens in new tab)
Can't afford the premium Sony WH-1000XM4? We haven't tested the WH-CH710N, but they promise an upgrade over their predecessors, which we liked for their detailed, musical performance and great battery life.
Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless
£349 £229 at Amazon (save £120) (opens in new tab) These superb-sounding wireless noise-cancelling headphones only serve to further enhance Sennheiser’s momentum in the headphone market. They're excellent all-rounders, and we've never seen them discounted by this much before. Five stars
True wireless earbuds
Jabra Elite 3
£80 £55 at Amazon (save £25) (opens in new tab)
The Elite 3 are fantastic all-rounders that look good, sound good, and feel solidly built. Battery life is seven hours per charge, they're a doddle to use, and they work with Amazon Alexa. Four stars
£249 £179 at Amazon (save £70) (opens in new tab)
Under review, we called Apple's premium earbuds "exceptionally comfortable" and praised their "strong noise-cancelling and balanced, easy-going sound". Not the very best-sounding out there, but extremely appealing for Apple users Four stars
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds
£250 £209 at Amazon (save £41) (opens in new tab)
Bose's QuietComfort Earbuds are serious contenders for best-in-class. You'll find it hard to beat their sound balance, and their noise-canceling is exemplary for earbuds.
£250 £190 at Amazon (save £60) (opens in new tab)
Put simply, the Sonys are the complete package – fantastic all-rounders that look great, sound great, and do everything you could ask of them. Battery life is eight hours per charge, they're nice to use and their ANC is arguably the best in the business. What Hi-Fi? Award winner
£240 £124 at Amazon (save £116) (opens in new tab)
Technics' first pair of wireless earbuds produce a punchy sound, are comfy to wear and offer solid noise-cancelling. Be quick and you can save £91 off both the Silver and Black finishes at Amazon UK. Four stars
Sony WF-C500 £
90 £59 at Amazon (save £31) (opens in new tab)
Boasting impressive musicality and excellent levels of detail and insight, these comfortable, sporty earbuds are well worth the investment. The new WF-C500 feature 20 hours of battery life, IPX4 splash resistance and Bluetooth 5.0, and are available in black, white, orange and blue. Five stars
Sony WF-1000XM3 (opens in new tab)
£230 £76 at Amazon (save £174) (opens in new tab)
Now succeeded by the £186 WF-1000XM4 (opens in new tab) but still one of the best earbuds around – now ridiculous value with this unbeatable Prime Day deal. These Sonys combine effective active noise-cancelling with a real sense of musicality. Five stars, What Hi-Fi? Award winner
£60 £34 at Amazon (save £26) (opens in new tab)
The cheapest true wireless earbuds we can heartily recommend, these five-star Earfuns do the basics right – and are now more than £25 off their RRP. Five stars
Beats Powerbeats Pro
£220 £189 at Amazon (save £31) (opens in new tab)
(opens in new tab)We're fans of the sporty 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 for the 'moss' green pair shouldn't be sniffed at.
Cambridge Melomania 1+
£120 £49.95 at Amazon (save £40) (opens in new tab) Our favourite budget true wireless earbuds deliver the most detailed sound performance we’ve heard at this price point, combined with a 45-hour battery and decent app features. No noise-cancelling, however... but half price! Five stars, What Hi-Fi? Award winner
£169 £79 at Amazon (save £91) (opens in new tab)
One of the very best true wireless earbuds you can buy under £100. They offer a combination of features (including noise-cancelling) and sound quality that is unique at this price. Five stars, What Hi-Fi? Award winner.
Apple AirPods 2 (2019)
£159 £99 at Amazon (save £60)
(opens in new tab)The second-gen AirPods get a price cut ahead of the AirPods 3's arrival. If you arent bothered about spatial audio and those slightly longer stems, these veterans still offer unbeatable usability and decent sound quality for Apple users for a much lower price. Four stars
£330 £265 at Amazon (save £65) (opens in new tab)
Our favourite wired headphones at this price, these latest-gen Grados are effortlessly musical. If you don't mind an open-back design, this deal deserves to be snapped up. What Hi-Fi? Award winners
Beyerdynamic T1 3rd Generation
£999 £725 at Electric Shop (save £175) (opens in new tab)
The latest Beyerdynamic T1 open-back over-ears are a step up in performance and compatibility from their predecessor, and among the very best headphones at this price.
Shure Aonic 3
£179 £129 at Wex (save £50) (opens in new tab)
Shure has plenty of experience with wired in-ear headphones, and it shines through in the Aonic 3. They're comfy and lightweight for starters, and absolutely nail sound quality. You won't find better – especially at this discounted price. What Hi-Fi? Award winners