Best headphones deals 2022: AirPods, Bose, Sony and more

On the hunt for a new pair of headphones and earbuds and looking for a good deal? Luckily for you, we can help you bag a brand-new pair of headphones at a knockdown price.

Cheap wireless earbuds and premium over-ear, wireless noise-cancelling cans have already been some of the most popular products during the sales this year, with genuinely good deals on some of the best models around – and some cheap and cheerful pairs, too.

We've seen the lowest-ever prices on some of our favourite products including AirPods, Sony true wireless and noise-cancelling headphones and earbuds throughout the year, plus deals on Bose, Sennheiser, AKG and more.

We will be continuing to keep an eagle eye out for the best headphone deals around, so without further ado, let's get into the deals...

Best wireless earbuds deals

Apple AirPods Pro 2 £249 (opens in new tab)

Apple AirPods Pro 2 £249 £229 at Amazon (save £20) (opens in new tab)
Apple's second-gen AirPods Pro are discounted by £20 at Amazon UK, bringing the price down to £229. That's a saving of four per cent. Not massive, admittedly, but any discount is rare on such a new pair of Apple headphones. Five stars

Sony WF-SP800N £180 (opens in new tab)

Sony WF-SP800N £180 £120 at Amazon (save £60) (opens in new tab)
Not perfect – they can be coarse at the top end and their default bass response is perhaps too rich for its own good –but they can be finessed to deliver a really energetic, well-balanced and enjoyable sound. Add in a worthwhile control app, decent noise-cancelling and indisputable build quality, and they start to look like very good value indeed. Five stars

Technics EAH-AZ60 £200 (opens in new tab)

Technics EAH-AZ60 £200 £150 at Amazon (save £50) (opens in new tab)
The Technics EAH-AZ60 are very decent buys - especially with this discount. You get a design that’s smart, practical and comfortable, a reasonable specification that includes effective noise cancellation, and solid, easy-to-appreciate and competitive (if not class-leading) sound quality. Four stars

Technics EAH-AZ40 £130 (opens in new tab)

Technics EAH-AZ40 £130 £97 at Amazon (save £33) (opens in new tab)
The more affordable siblings to the AZ60 above, these Technics wireless earbuds don't have noise cancellation. You can still expect a detailed, robust sound, though, as well as comfort and good controls. Four stars

Jabra Elite 3 £80 (opens in new tab)

Jabra Elite 3 £80 £73 at Amazon (save £7) (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. The deal varies depending on which finish you choose. Four stars

JBL Reflect Flow Pro  £129 (opens in new tab)

JBL Reflect Flow Pro £129 £99 at AO.com (save £30) (opens in new tab)
With 30 hours of total battery life, noise-cancelling and a build that can withstand the great outdoors, these five-star earbuds are the perfect companion for summer walks and sports.

Bose QC Earbuds II  £280 (opens in new tab)

Bose QC Earbuds II £280 £249 at Amazon (save £31) (opens in new tab)
Bose’s flagship wireless earbuds were never going to be cheap, but with a successful design and noise-cancelling that sets new benchmarks for quality, the QuietComfort Earbuds II deserve to be heard. Especially now that they've dropped to the lowest-ever price! Five stars

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds £250 (opens in new tab)

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds £250 £140 at Argos (save £110) (opens in new tab)
Bose's QuietComfort Earbuds are serious contenders for best-in-class at this discounted price. You'll find it hard to beat their noise cancellation... unless you can afford to spend extra for the new £249 QuietComfort Earbuds II (opens in new tab) sequels above. Five stars

Sony WF-1000XM4 (opens in new tab)

Sony WF-1000XM4 £250 £159 at Amazon (save £91) (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

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Sony WF-C500 £90 £49 at Amazon (save £41) (opens in new tab)
Boasting impressive musicality and excellent levels of detail and insight, these comfortable, sporty earbuds are well worth even their non-discounted price. The WF-C500 feature 20 hours of battery life, IPX4 splash resistance and Bluetooth 5.0, and are available in black, white, orange and mint. What Hi-Fi? Award winner

Earfun Air £60 (opens in new tab)

Earfun Air £60 £39.95 at Amazon (save £20) (opens in new tab)
The cheapest true wireless earbuds we can heartily recommend, these five-star Earfuns do the basics right – and are now £20 off their RRP if you apply the extra £2 off voucher. Five stars

Beats Fit Pro £220 (opens in new tab)

Beats Fit Pro £220 £168 at AO.com (save £52) (opens in new tab)
(opens in new tab)If you’re looking for an Apple AirPods alternative, these comfortable, feature-packed and fun-sounding Beats are easy to recommend. The innovative new wingtip design promises a more secure fit for active lifestyles, while the presence of a Beats app for Android allows non-Apple users to also reap the benefits and features of Apple’s own brand products. Four stars

Cambridge Melomania 1+ £120 (opens in new tab)

Cambridge Melomania 1+ £120 £39.95 at Amazon (save £80) (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

Panasonic RZ-S500W £169 (opens in new tab)

Panasonic RZ-S500W £169 £90 at Amazon (save £79) (opens in new tab)
One of the very best true wireless earbuds you can buy for 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) (opens in new tab)

Apple AirPods 2 (2019) £159 £115 at John Lewis (save £34)
(opens in new tab)The second-gen AirPods get a price cut now that the AirPods 3 are here. If you aren't bothered about spatial audio and those slightly longer stems, these veterans still offer unbeatable usability and decent sound quality for Apple users for a lower price. Four stars

Best wireless headphones deals

Sennheiser HD 250BT £60 (opens in new tab)

Sennheiser HD 250BT £60 £44 at Amazon (save £16) (opens in new tab)
Don't expect luxury flourishes, but these Sennheiser on-ears 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. What Hi-Fi? Award winners

Sony WH-1000XM4 £330 (opens in new tab)

Sony WH-1000XM4 £330 £219 at Amazon (save £111) (opens in new tab)
(opens in new tab)Our favourite wireless noise-cancelling headphones at this price. No longer Sony's latest and greatest (that'd be the XM5 below), but still excellent – battery life, build, comfort and usability are all great for the money.
What Hi-Fi? Award winners

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Sony WH-1000XM5 £379 £299 at Sevenoaks (save £80) (opens in new tab)
The latest and greatest Sony over-ear wireless noise-cancelling headphones have been reduced again for Black Friday, with an £83 saving that makes them even better performance-per-pound value. What Hi-Fi? Award winners
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Bose QuietComfort 45 £320 (opens in new tab)

Bose QuietComfort 45 £320 £233 at Amazon (save £87) (opens in new tab)
Bose's latest pair of wireless headphones, the QuietComfort 45, can now be picked up at their lowest price. With class-leading noise cancellation and a decently punchy, detailed sound, these popular Boses are a great shout at this price. Four stars

Shure Aonic 50 £380 (opens in new tab)

Shure Aonic 50 £380 £223 at Amazon (save £157) (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 (opens in new tab)

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 £350 £249 at Amazon (save £100) (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 (opens in new tab)

Apple AirPods Max £549 £526 at Amazon (save £23) (opens in new tab)
Yes, even with this 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

Sony WH-CH710N £130 (opens in new tab)

Sony WH-CH710N £130 £69 at John Lewis (save £61) (opens in new tab)
Can't afford the premium Sony WH-1000XM4 or XM5? 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.

Best wired headphones deals

Austrian Audio Hi-X15 £90 (opens in new tab)

Austrian Audio Hi-X15 £90 £88 at Scan (save £2) (opens in new tab)
Not a huge discount by any means, but these wired headphones were already the best value at their level. An exceptional pair of over-ear headphones that deliver premium sound quality in an affordable package.
What Hi-Fi? Award winners

Philips Fidelio X2HR £266 (opens in new tab)

Philips Fidelio X2HR £266 £157 at Amazon (save £109) (opens in new tab)
A slightly different variant to the Fidelio X2, which we have long admired: "If you’re looking for unrivalled comfort and an eye-pleasing design to boot, there’s none better," we said. This X2HR offering should be very similar in quality.

Grado SR325x £330 (opens in new tab)

Grado SR325x £330 £254 at Amazon (save £76) (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

Grado SR80x £130 (opens in new tab)

Grado SR80x £130 £99 at Richer Sounds (save £31) (opens in new tab)
If you can't afford the Grados above but are set on an open-back design, these more affordable siblings are excellent value for money – and also What Hi-Fi? Award winners

Beyerdynamic T1 3rd Generation £999 (opens in new tab)

Beyerdynamic T1 3rd Generation £999 £714 at Electric Shop (save £185) (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. Five stars

Shure Aonic 3 £179 (opens in new tab)

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

Beyerdynamic Amiron £545 (opens in new tab)

Beyerdynamic Amiron £545 £409 at Amazon (save £136) (opens in new tab)
When it comes to Beyerdynamic’s Amiron headphones, one word springs to mind: comfort. The earcups and headband are made of alcantara microfibres and microvelour, which is as luxurious as it sounds. But they're not just comfortable; they sound fantastic too. Five stars

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Joe Cox
Content Director

Joe is Content Director for Specialist Tech at Future and was previously the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across print and online for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung, reported from CES, the Bristol Show and Munich High End for many years, and provided comment for sites such as the BBC and the Guardian. In his spare time he enjoys playing records and cycling (not at the same time).