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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 all about bagging just any old pair at a dirt-cheap price...

To help you bag 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 wireless noise-cancelling over-ears and true wireless earbuds.

There really is a headphones deal for everyone...

The 5 best headphones deals live right now

Wireless headphones

Sony WH-1000XM4: £350 £301.31 at Amazon
Sony’s premium wireless noise-cancelling headphones deliver a sonic masterclass. They're detailed, dynamic and have a natural knack for timing and rhythms. Nothing really lets them down – battery life, build, comfort and usability are all great for the money.View Deal

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 £350 £250 at Amazon
A breakaway from the QuietComfort range, the 700s 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. Four stars
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Beats X wireless earbuds £110 £45 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 £89 at Richer Sounds (save £40)
"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 £110 at eBay (save £90)
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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 £98.77 at Amazon (save £31)
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 £219 at Amazon (save £111)
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.
Five stars, What Hi-Fi? Award winnerView Deal

Bose QC 35 II ANC £330 £199 at Peter Tyson (save £131)
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.View Deal

Bose SoundSport Wireless £140 £84 at Currys (save £56)
Looking for a great pair of wireless headphones for the gym or running? These Bose in-ears are an excellent option with brilliant sound quality and solid battery life. 
Five starsView Deal

Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless £349 £299 at eBay (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.View Deal

Beats Solo 3 Wireless £180 £99 at eBay (save £81)
Not the most musically subtle headphones out there, but with impressive wireless technology, a stylish design and this £81 saving, those shortcomings can be quickly overlooked.View Deal

True wireless earbuds

Sony WF-1000XM3 £230 £149 at PRC Direct
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 £195 at Laptops Direct (save £55)
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.View Deal

Galaxy Buds Live £179 £102.93 at Amazon (save £76)
This 36% off deal is only applicable for the Mystic White colourway, but if that still suits, this is a great deal on a pair of Samsung's newest (and most intriguingly shaped) Galaxy buds.View Deal

Sony WF-XB700 £129 £79 at Richer Sounds (save £50)
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...)View Deal

Beats Powerbeats Pro £220 £149 at Amazon (save £69)
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.View 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 £129 at Laptops Direct (save £30)
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

AirPods 2 + Wireless Charging Case £199 £159 at Amazon (save £40)
Prefer to have the wireless charging case? You can still make a saving with £40 off the retail price at Amazon UK.View Deal

Bose Soundsport Free £180 £139 at Amazon (save £41)
Essentially a true wireless version of Bose's superlative SoundSport in-ears, these buds are sweat- and water-proof, have a 15-hour battery life, and a sound that is nothing short of marvellous for a pair of sports earbuds at this price.  
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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 £58.40 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

AKG K92 over-ears (wired) £50 £42 at Amazon (save £8)
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AKG strikes gold with these great value headphones" is what we said when they were £50! Now they're reduced, these detailed, smooth and rhythmically sound over-ears are the best budget wired headphones currently available to buy. Five starsView Deal

Beyerdynamic Amiron over-ear headphones £449 £399 at Sevenoaks
£50 off is a great deal, especially when you consider the Amiron launch price was closer to £500. There are definitely much cheaper headphones around, but if it's audio quality and a premium finish that you prize, look no further.View Deal

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