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Black Friday headphones deals 2021: early discounts on Sony, Apple, and more


This year’s official Black Friday headphones deals may be just over a week away, but we’re already seeing some fantastic early discounts on everything from over-ear headphones to true wireless earbuds.

Black Friday 2021 falls on November 26, but headphones deals are really hotting up already with lots of retailers starting their early Black Friday sales – and that means you should be looking now the best headphones of 2021 for a budget price.

It may be worth shopping early this year anyway; chip shortages around the world means that electronics manufacturers of all kinds have been hit with shipping delays. If you’re buying a pair of headphones with a specific date in mind (like a birthday), you might want to start hunting for Black Friday headphones deals sooner rather than later.

In any case, Black Friday is always a great time to find deals on headphones, whether you need a pair of budget-friendly true wireless earbuds to chuck in your bag or you’re hoping to find the pricey over-ear headphones you’ve had your eye on at a discount. 

We’ll be rounding up the very best Black Friday headphone deals on this page – and if you know exactly what you’re looking for, you’ll find dedicated guides such as the best Black Friday AirPods deals, Black Friday wireless earbuds deals, and Bose Black Friday deals elsewhere on the site. 

In the meantime, read on for our top tips on how to find Black Friday headphones deals and our predictions for this year’s discounts. 

First though, let’s take a look at the top headphones deals available right now in the US and the UK – you can still save a lot of money if you can’t wait until November 26.

The best Black Friday headphones deals in the US

Early Black Friday deals: quick links (US)

Black Friday headphones deals (US): in-ear

All-new Apple AirPods Pro: $249

All-new Apple AirPods Pro: $249 $189.99 at Amazon Save $59.01 – The AirPods Pro are always a Black Friday best-seller, and Amazon has the newest model on sale for $189.99 – that a return to their record-low price. The all-new AirPods Pro includes a MagSafe Charging Case alongside the new 2021 edition of the classic AirPods. This offer has been flashing in and out of stock at Amazon recently, so we recommend grabbing this epic Black Friday AirPods deal now before it’s too late.

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Apple AirPods with Charging Case: $129 $119 at Amazon Save $10 – You can save on the 2019 Apple AirPods with the standard charging case ahead of Black Friday. These use Apple’s H1 Wireless Chip so you can summon Siri hands-free and can easily share music with another set of AirPods. We’ve seen prices dip lower than this, so you might want to hold off on this deal.

Apple AirPods (2019) with wireless charging case: $199

Apple AirPods (2019) with wireless charging case: $199 $149.99 at Best Buy Save $50 – You can get the Apple AirPods with wireless charging case on sale for $159.99. That’s the best deal you can find right now and just $20 more than the record-low price. The wireless earbuds provide up to 24 hours of battery and can be charged using a Qi-compatible charging mat or using a Lightning connector. This Black Friday deal is also available at Amazon.

Sony WF-1000XM4 wireless earbuds: $279.99

Sony WF-1000XM4 wireless earbuds: $279.99 $248 at Amazon Save $31.99 – This is the first time we’ve seen a significant discount on the Sony WF-1000XM4, which are our pick for the best true wireless earbuds of 2021. This price could drop further over Black Friday, so you may want to hold off on buying these buds right away.

Sony WF-1000XM3 wireless earbuds: $199.99

Sony WF-1000XM3 wireless earbuds: $199.99 $128 at Amazon Save $71.99 – This is the lowest price we’ve ever seen for the WF-1000XM3, with Amazon slashing over $70 off the noise-cancelling earbuds for Black Friday. For your money you’re getting ANC, a stellar audio performance, and a stylish design. 

Sony WF-C500 wireless earbuds: $99.99

Sony WF-C500 wireless earbuds: $99.99 $78 at Amazon Save $21.99 – These are the latest earbuds from Sony and they’ve been given a neat discount ahead of Black Friday. A 20-hour battery life, detailed sound, and an IPX4 water resistance rating makes the WF-C500 great value for money.

Powerbeats Pro true wireless earbuds:   $249.99

Powerbeats Pro true wireless earbuds:  $249.99 $149.95 at Amazon Save $100 – For those looking for fitness-inspired wireless earbuds, the Powerbeats Pro are on sale for $149.99. You’re scrapping noise cancellation in favor of fantastic comfort and an ear grip design that ensures your buds will never slip out during even the most intense of workouts.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus: $149.99

Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus: $149.99 $99.99 at Amazon Save $50 – For your money, you’re getting a 22-hour battery life, improved audio quality than the original Galaxy Buds, and support for iOS devices. Previous deals have dropped to $71, so it may be worth holding on for further discounts.

Powerbeats Wireless Earbuds: $149

Powerbeats Wireless Earbuds: $149 $79.97 at Amazon Save $69 – They’re not true wireless earbuds, but we do appreciate that these Powerbeats Wireless Earbuds are 50% off their regular price ahead of Black Friday. With the Apple H1 Chip inside these are hands-free Siri capable and offer great battery life.

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2: $299.95

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2: $299.95 $159.99 at Walmart Save $139.96 –  Sennheiser’s premium wireless earbuds are currently on sale at Amazon for just $195. This is an excellent saving and brings the earbuds down to their lowest ever price. If you’re looking for a new pair of premium headphones with high-quality features then it’s worth checking out this latest deal before it’s too late. 

Sennheiser CX True Wireless: $129.95

Sennheiser CX True Wireless: $129.95 $99.95 at Amazon Save $30 – These true wireless earbuds offer excellent audio performance, great connectivity, and a decent battery life – and now with a $30 discount, they’re a bargain from a well regarded brand.

JBL Tune 225TWS True Wireless Earbuds: $99

JBL Tune 225TWS True Wireless Earbuds: $99 $49.95 at Amazon Save $50 – In this early Black Friday deal you can save $50 on the JBL Tune 225, a pair of bass-heavy true wireless earbuds that are great for rap, R&B and EDM. They also have an AirPods-like aesthetic and a decent battery life.

JBL Live 300 true wireless earbuds: $149.95

JBL Live 300 true wireless earbuds: $149.95 $69.95 at Amazon Save $80 – These JBL true wireless earbuds, which come with up to 20 hours of battery life, ambient aware and TalkThru modes, and sweat resistance. This is the lowest price we’ve seen so far.

Black Friday headphones deals (US): over-ear

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Bose QC35 II: $299 $179 at Walmart Save $120 – This is the lowest price we’ve ever seen for the Bose QuietComfort 35 II. The wireless headphones boast two levels of active noise cancellation, a dual-microphone system, and up to 20 hours of battery life.

Bose QuietComfort 45: $329

Bose QuietComfort 45: $329 $279 at Amazon Save $50 – Amazon is getting in some early deals ahead of Black Friday, with these fresh ANC cans from Bose seeing their first discount since their recent launch. For your money, you’re getting a pair of wireless headphones with intuitive controls, excellent noise cancellation, and a comfortable design.

Philips Fidelio X3 headphones: $349

Philips Fidelio X3 headphones: $349 $199 at Amazon Save $150 – As an alternative to more expensive open-back headphones out there, the Philips Fidelio X3 combine impeccable sound quality with a comfortable and durable design. This deal brings them to their lowest ever price. 

Plantronics Backbeat Go 810: $150

Plantronics Backbeat Go 810: $150 $49.95 at Walmart Save $100.05 – This incredible deal sees these Plantronics noise-cancelling headphones reduced by over two thirds of the price. For your money you’re getting 22 hours of battery life, a warm, balanced sound, and stylish design.

Sony WH-CH910N Extra Bass noise-cancelling headphones: $249.99

Sony WH-CH910N Extra Bass noise-cancelling headphones: $249.99 $148 at Amazon Save $101.99 – This is an excellent deal on a pair of brand-new Sony noise-cancelling headphones. You can expect a strong low end, as the WH-CH910N are part of the brand’s Extra Bass range.

Sony WH-CH710N over-ear wireless headphones: $179.99

Sony WH-CH710N over-ear wireless headphones: $179.99 $78 at Amazon Save $101.99 – This is the best price we’ve seen on Amazon for this great pair of over-ear headphones. Featuring excellent sound and adaptive noise cancelling tech, you’re getting an immersive listening experience at a bargain price.

Apple AirPods Max: $549

Apple AirPods Max: $549 $479 at Walmart Save $70 – The Apple AirPods Max are simply some of the best pairs of over-ear headphones you can buy, featuring excellent sound quality and great noise cancellation. We’ve previously seen the price drop to $428, so it’s worth holding on for more discounts.

Beats Solo 3 over-ear wireless headphones: $199

Beats Solo 3 over-ear wireless headphones: $199 $99.99 at Amazon Save $99.96 – One of the best early Black Friday Beats deals we’ve seen so far, the Beats Solo 3 are a good alternative to the higher-end Beats Solo Pro if you don’t quite have the budget. This Best Buy deal also includes 6 months of Apple Music free for new customers, making it an excellent discount overall.

Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless: $399.95

Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless: $399.95 $225.52 at Amazon Save $174.43 – These Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless headphones come with a striking design, active noise cancellation, and fantastic audio quality. These headphones have previously dropped to $217, so it might be worth holding off in case that lower price returns – but this deal comes very close.

Sennheiser PXC 550-II Wireless: $349.95

Sennheiser PXC 550-II Wireless: $349.95 $159.95 at Amazon Save $190 – With active noise cancellation, a 30-hour battery life, and great sound, these Sennheiser headphones are a great cheaper alternative to the Momentum 3.

Sennheiser HD 250BT: $69.95

Sennheiser HD 250BT: $69.95 $49.95 at Amazon Save $20 – These already budget-friendly over-ear headphones have been given a sweet $20 off ahead of Black Friday, and their excellent sound makes them well worth the money.

JBL Club One wireless over-ear headphones: $349.95

JBL Club One wireless over-ear headphones: $349.95 $174.99 at Amazon Save $174.96 – These premium wireless headphones have been given a huge $174 discount. These over-ear cans come with 40mm custom graphene drivers for a powerful, high fidelity sound.

The best Black Friday headphones deals in the UK

Early Black Friday deals: quick links (UK)

Black Friday headphones deals (UK): in-ear

Sony WF-1000XM4 wireless earbuds: £250

Sony WF-1000XM4 wireless earbuds: £250 £199 at Amazon Save £51 – This is the first time we’ve seen a significant discount on the Sony WF-1000XM4, which are our pick for the best true wireless earbuds of 2021. This price could drop further over Black Friday, but we’d recommend snapping them up now if you’re keen.

Sony WF-1000XM3 wireless earbuds: £129

Sony WF-1000XM3 wireless earbuds: £129 £115 at Amazon Save £19.75 – This is the lowest price we’ve ever seen for the WF-1000XM3, and though that discount may not seem like much, it’s excellent compared to their £220 RRP. For your money you’re getting ANC, a stellar audio performance, and a stylish design. 

Note – Prime members can get these earbuds even cheaper – just check the box that says ‘Apply 5% discount’.

Sony WF-C500 wireless earbuds: £90

Sony WF-C500 wireless earbuds: £90 £59 at Amazon Save £31 – These are the latest earbuds from Sony and they’ve been given a neat discount ahead of Black Friday. A 20-hour battery life, detailed sound, and an IPX4 water resistance rating makes the WF-C500 great value for money.

Jaybird Vista true wireless earbuds: £159.99

Jaybird Vista true wireless earbuds: £159.99 £118.87 at Amazon Save £41.12 – This is the lowest price we’ve seen for the Vista earbuds, which come with a compact charging case, snug fit, IPX7 water resistance and super-fast connection. They sound great, though the battery life is limited, and you won’t get all the fitness features found on other models.

Apple AirPods (2019) with charging case: £119

Apple AirPods (2019) with charging case: £119 £99 at Amazon Save £20 – Just ahead of Black Friday, Amazon has the AirPods with the standard charging case at record-low price of £99. That £20 discount may not seem like much, but it’s brilliant compared to the original RRP of £159. The wireless earbuds provide up to 24 hours of battery and can be charged using a Qi-compatible charging mat or using a Lightning connector.

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Apple AirPods Pro: £249 £199 at Very Save £50 – This isn’t quite the lowest price we’ve ever seen for the AirPods Pro, but it’s still an excellent deal for anyone who wants to pick up Apple’s wireless earbuds. The true wireless earbuds feature active noise cancellation, Spatial Audio, and the wireless charging case delivers more than 24 hours of battery.

Echo Buds (2nd gen): £109.99

Echo Buds (2nd gen): £109.99 £79.99 at Amazon Save £30 – A £30 saving on these four star buds, which we found had decent noise cancellation compared to the big players – but very good performance for the price. Combine that with a massive 27% saving, and you can see why this is a deal you absolutely should be snapping up.

Echo Buds (2nd gen) + wireless charging: £129.99

Echo Buds (2nd gen) + wireless charging: £129.99 £99.99 at Amazon Save £30 – You can also find a £30 saving on the wireless-case-enabled Echo Buds, bringing the same great value noise cancelling without the need for all those pesky wires.

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 (3rd gen) £169.99

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 (3rd gen) £169.99 £129.99 at Amazon Save £40 – These stylish, leather-bound headphones lack only one thing: active noise cancellation. If you don’t mind that, they’re a clear upgrade on the second-gen models, which were already sonically excellent and comfortable to boot. B&O has a strong reputation for good sound, and this is another example of winning true wireless earbuds.

Jabra Elite 75t wireless earbuds: £149.99

Jabra Elite 75t wireless earbuds: £149.99 £89.99 at Amazon Save £60 – After a hugely customizable pair of wireless earbuds, available in loads of different color variants? That Jabra Elite 75t might be for you, and while the sound quality could be better with muddier bass than we’d like, the 7 hours of battery life pick up the slack with this solid pair.

Jabra Elite 85t True Wireless Earbuds: £219

Jabra Elite 85t True Wireless Earbuds: £219 £149 at Amazon Save £70 – The 85t wireless earbuds might be a little bulkier than their predecessors, but they more than make up for it with overall better noise cancellation and fun, bassy audio that makes listening to your favorite tunes immensely enjoyable.

Jabra Elite Active 75t True Wireless Earbuds: £179

Jabra Elite Active 75t True Wireless Earbuds: £179 £99 at Amazon Save £80 – Looking for a pair of running earbuds? This sportier 75t pair feature a rubberized texture for extra grip and an IP57 resistance rating. And while the sound could certainly be better, they’re a solid pair if you’re in the market for some new earbuds to run with.

Bose SoundSport wireless headphones: £149

Bose SoundSport wireless headphones: £149 £109 at Amazon Save £40 – Want a great pair of running headphones for less? The Bose SoundSport wireless headphones feature a high water and sweat resistance rating, and can last up to 6 hours on a single charge.

Huawei FreeBuds 4: £149.99

Huawei FreeBuds 4: £149.99 £109.99 at Amazon Save £40 – This limited time deal on the FreeBuds 4 sees them drop to their lowest ever price ahead of Black Friday. For your money, you’re getting active noise cancellation from an open-fit design and up to 22 hours of battery life.

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2: £279

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2: £279 £179 at Amazon Save £100 –  Sennheiser’s premium wireless earbuds are currently on sale at Amazon for just £179. This is an excellent £100 saving. If you’re looking for a new pair of premium headphones with high-quality features then it’s worth checking out this latest deal before it’s too late. 

Sennheiser CX True Wireless: £119.99

Sennheiser CX True Wireless: £119.99 £90.99 at Amazon Save £29 – These true wireless earbuds offer excellent audio performance, great connectivity, and a decent battery life – and now with a neat discount, they’re a bargain from a well regarded brand.

Panasonic RZ-S500W true wireless earbuds: £149.99

Panasonic RZ-S500W true wireless earbuds: £149.99 £82.46 at Amazon Save £67.53 – Available in white and black, these brilliant wireless earbuds offer great noise cancellation, a comfy fit, and clear voice calls – and an IPX4 water resistance rating means you can use them while working out. We don’t think they’ll be reduced much more over Black Friday, so you should buy now if you’re keen.

Panasonic RZ-S300W true wireless earbuds: £109.99

Panasonic RZ-S300W true wireless earbuds: £109.99 £58.20 at Amazon Save £51.79 – Looking for something even cheaper? These wireless earbuds don’t come with active noise cancellation, but you’re still getting an IPX4 water resistance rating and a choice of three colors. 

Black Friday headphones deals (UK): over-ear

Apple AirPods Max: £549

Apple AirPods Max: £549 £421.70 at Amazon Save £127.30 – The Apple AirPods Max are simply one of the best pairs of over-ear headphones you can buy, and the high price is a bit easier to stomach with this all-time-low discount. Featuring excellent sound quality and great noise cancellation, there are very few headphones better than these at this discounted price.

Sony WH-1000XM4: £349

Sony WH-1000XM4: £349 £249 at Amazon Save £100 – We’ve seen prices for the Sony WH-1000XM4 drop as low as £201, so we’d recommend waiting for Black Friday – however, this is still a decent discount on the best headphones you can buy today. With excellent noise cancellation, a brilliant audio performance, and a slick design, you’re certainly getting your money’s worth.

Sony WH-1000XM3: £229

Sony WH-1000XM3: £229 £159 at Amazon Save £70 – The Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones look almost identical to the latest XM4s, and they’re now available for their lowest price yet on Amazon. They’re missing a few features found on the newer version, but if you’re not fussed and you’d rather save some cash, they’re an excellent call.

Beats Studio 3 wireless headphones: £299

Beats Studio 3 wireless headphones: £299 £135.37 at Amazon Save £164.58 – With 55% off, this is an excellent price to buy the Beats Studio 3 at, especially if you’re looking for great sound, noise cancelling tech, and a superb battery life. This is the lowest price we’ve seen so far, so you’ll need to act fast.

Philips 9000 Series noise-cancelling headphones: £249.99

Philips 9000 Series noise-cancelling headphones: £249.99 £99.99 at Amazon Save £150 – This incredible 60% discount on these Philips noise-cancelling headphones is well worth checking out. For your money you’re getting 40mm drivers for deep bass, a 27-hour battery life, and clear phone calls.

Philips Fidelio X2HR headphones: £124.99

Philips Fidelio X2HR headphones: £124.99 £93.74 at Amazon Save £31.25 – They may be a little older now, but the Fidelio X2 are still a fantastic pair of over-ear headphones. Offering supreme sound quality, gorgeous design, premium build quality and fantastic levels of comfort – they’re among the best value headphones we’ve tested.

Philips PH805 wireless headphones: £159.99

Philips PH805 wireless headphones: £159.99 £73.99 at Amazon Save £86 – Despite this low price, you’re getting all the specs you’d want from a pair of wireless headphones with the PH805, including active noise cancellation, a long battery life, and fantastic connectivity.

Sennheiser HD 450SE: £179

Sennheiser HD 450SE: £179 £89.99 at Amazon Save £89 – These special edition headphones are exclusive to Amazon, coming with the Alexa voice assistant built in. With a fantastic sound, good noise cancellation, and a comfortable (and fully-foldable) fit, they’ll suit most commuters down to a tee.

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Sony WH-CH710N over-ear wireless headphones: £130 £69 at Amazon Save £61 – This is the best price we’ve seen on Amazon for this great pair of over-ear headphones. Featuring great sound and adaptive noise cancelling tech, you’re getting an immersive listening experience at a bargain price.

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay HX: £449

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay HX: £449 £349 at Amazon Save £100 – This is close to the lowest price we’ve seen for the Beoplay HX over-ear headphones, which come with active noise cancellation, a vivid, lively sound, and a premium build.

Jabra Elite 45h Wireless On-Ear Headphones: £89.99

Jabra Elite 45h Wireless On-Ear Headphones: £89.99 £49.99 at Amazon Save £40 – Looking for an affordable headset at the lowest price we’ve ever seen? The Jabra Elite 45h feature surprisingly good sound for the price, and a superb 50 hours of battery life.

Read our full review: Jabra Elite 45h

Jabra Elite 85h Over-Ear Headphones: £279

Jabra Elite 85h Over-Ear Headphones: £279 £169.99 at Amazon Save £110 – The Jabra Elite 85h absolutely nail the appeal of a pair of over-ear headphones. Colossal battery life and superb active noise cancellation make for a great pair of cans for when you just want some time to yourself to listen to your favorite tunes or podcasts.

Plantronics Backbeat Go 810: £140

Plantronics Backbeat Go 810: £140 £44.93 at Amazon Save £96 – While other color variants cost as much as £89, this incredible deal on the bone-white Plantronics Backbeat Go 810 could save you nearly £100. With ANC, a decent battery life, warm sound, and slick design, these wireless headphones are a bargain.

Philips Fidelio X3 headphones: £299.99

Philips Fidelio X3 headphones: £299.99 £188.53 at Amazon Save £111 – These open-back headphones deliver an incredible audio performance combined with a comfortable design. While this isn’t quite the lowest price we’ve seen for the Fidelio X3, it’s pretty close.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700: £349

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700: £349 £260 at Amazon Save £90 – For class-leading noise cancellation, look no further than the Bose 700, currently on offer at a great discount over at Amazon. While not having the best battery life, the pair offers a rich, detailed sound that’s simply a blast to listen to, and well worth the discounted cost.

Sony WH-H910N Extra Bass noise-cancelling headphones: £250

Sony WH-H910N Extra Bass noise-cancelling headphones: £250 £148.56 at Amazon Save £101.44 – This is an excellent deal on a pair of brand-new Sony noise-cancelling headphones. You can expect a strong low end, as the WH-CH910N are part of the brand’s Extra Bass range.

JBL Tune 750BTNC wireless noise-cancelling headphones: £99.99

JBL Tune 750BTNC wireless noise-cancelling headphones: £99.99 £49 at Amazon Save £50.99 – This deal may not look like much at Amazon, but when you consider these headphones’ £120 starting price, you’re getting a bargain. For your money you’re getting active noise cancellation, a solid sound, and a comfortable design.

Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless: £369

Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless: £369 £238.73 at Amazon Save £130.27 – You can save on these brilliant noise-cancelling headphones in the UK, where they’re edging closer to their lowest ever price. With active noise cancellation, Bluetooth 5 connectivity, and an outstanding audio performance, these Sennheiser cans are a bargain.

Sennheiser PXC 550-II Wireless: £299

Sennheiser PXC 550-II Wireless: £299 £161.01 at Amazon Save £137.99 – Need something a little cheaper? This is a great price for these noise-cancelling headphones, which boast a 30-hour battery life, excellent sound quality, and an understated design.

Sennheiser HD 250BT: £59.99

Sennheiser HD 250BT: £59.99 £39.99 at Amazon Save £20 – These already budget-friendly over-ear headphones boast an excellent audio performance, and with £20 off, they’re a bargain.

Black Friday headphones deals: our predictions

Black Friday is always a fantastic time to find headphones deals, on everything from cheap in-ears to over-ear cans you can use for analytical listening in the studio. 

This year we’re expecting more of the same – and that means you’re almost certain to find discounts on the Apple headphones, Beats headphones, Sony headphones, and Bose headphones. 

Now that they’re a few years old, the 2019 AirPods will likely see some big discounts, which means you can expect prices to dip below $99 / £99 – especially now that the AirPods 3 have been announced. The noise-cancelling AirPods Pro and the over-ear AirPods Max are also likely to be discounted, with the later likely to see discounts of around $100 / £100, echoing deals we’ve seen this year. 

Apple’s headphones don’t just include AirPods, though; Beats headphones are likely to see some big discounts, and we think the Beats Powerbeats Pro will be included in the Black Friday sales now that the Beats Studio Buds are here.

Sony headphones are always popular over Black Friday, too, and older-gen models like the Sony WH-1000XM3 and the WF-1000XM3 will probably drop even further in price in the next few weeks. We’d expect to see current-gen models such as the WH-1000XM4 and the WF-1000XM4 get their biggest price cuts on the big day itself on November 26. 

As for cheap headphones deals? You can pretty much pick up a pair of super budget-friendly earbuds from Amazon at any time of year, but the really impressive price cuts will start creeping in over the next few weeks. Look out for deals on headphones from JLab, 1MORE, EarFun, and Lypertek if you’re on a strict budget.

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The 2019 AirPods (pictured) are likely to be discounted over Black Friday 2021. (Image credit: TechRadar)

When will the best Black Friday headphones deals start in 2021?

Black Friday officially falls on November 26 this year, but we’ve already seen some stellar discounts. Traditionally the biggest discounts are released on Black Friday itself, but in recent years headphone deals have started earlier and earlier.

This trend is very different to how it used to be, when prices would drop sharply on the day itself and then quickly rise again. However, retailers had a huge incentive to run their Black Friday sales even longer than usual last year because of the Covid-19 pandemic, far beyond Cyber Monday

With most brick-and-mortar stores closed, more people than ever were forced to shop online: data from Adobe Analytics shows more than a 50% increase in 2020 compared to 2019. This made shipping delays caused by pandemic restrictions even worse, so the extended deals came in to help make sure retailers could get their products to shoppers in time for the holiday season. 

Although restrictions are being lifted in many parts of the world, we’re expecting to see a longer holiday sales period again this year, and we predict some headphone deals will stick around until December. However, if you do see an offer you like it’s worth grabbing it while you can in case stock runs out – especially as we’re in the midst of a global chip shortage that has led to production delays for many manufacturers.  

We’ll be rounding up the very best Black Friday headphones deals here. We’ll tell you which offers are worth it – and which to avoid – so bookmark this page and keep checking back..

Last year’s best Black Friday headphones deals

One of the best ways to get a feel for the kind of deals to except this year is to look back at last year’s best Black Friday headphones deals. You can’t buy them now, but they give a good indication of which sort of models receive good discounts, and which retailers have the best deals. 

Plus, if you’re tempted by any non-Black Friday sales happening now, you can compare the price here to see whether it might be worth waiting until November 26 – or whether you’ve found a bargain worth grabbing now.

Last year’s headphones Black Friday deals (US)

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Apple AirPods with wireless charging case: $199 $149.99 at Amazon You can get $350 off the 2nd gen AirPods that have wireless charging if you’re eager to make use of your Qi charger. 

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Apple AirPods Pro: $249.99 $189.99 at Woot Now that Amazon’s epic $169 deal on the AirPods Pro has sold out, this is the lowest price we can find on the noise-cancelling earbuds. The truly wireless earbuds feature active noise cancellation, and the wireless charging case delivers more than 24 hours of battery life. Make sure you’re happy with Woot’s return policy before you buy, which is far more restrictive than Amazon’s.

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Sony WF-1000XM3 wireless earbuds: $229 $168 at Best Buy Save over $61on the best wireless earbuds of 2020 at Best Buy, which is the lowest price we’ve seen so far for the Sony WF-1000XM3. Featuring industry-leading noise cancellation, brilliant sound, and a fantastic battery life, the Sony WF-1000XM3 have consistently ranked as TechRadar’s favorite pair of wireless earbuds.

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Sony WI-C310 Wireless Earbuds: $39.99 $18 at Amazon Save over 50% on these Sony wireless earbuds, which come with 15 hours of battery life, inbuilt microphones for making calls, and 9mm drivers for crisp, clear sound.

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Powerbeats Pro true wireless earbuds:  $249.99 $159.99 at Best Buy For those looking for fitness-inspired wireless earbuds, you can snag the Powerbeats Pro on sale for just $159.99 at Best Buy – though this price only applies to the moss green, red, and neon yellow versions.

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Bose QC35 II: $349.99 $199 at Walmart Bose is no stranger to great comfort and impressive sound quality, and the Bose QC35 II doesn’t fall far from the tree. These wireless headphones also boast two levels of active noise cancellation, a 2-microphone system, and are on sale for $199.

Bose SoundSport wireless earbuds: $129 $89 at Amazon The Bose sound quality you’ve come to rely on, plus the benefits of wireless earbuds and extra premium features thrown in at a fantastic price? That’s a Black Friday deal to grab onto. 

Bose SoundSport wireless earbuds: $129 $89 at Amazon The Bose sound quality you’ve come to rely on, plus the benefits of wireless earbuds and extra premium features thrown in at a fantastic price? That’s a Black Friday deal to grab onto. 

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus: $149 $109.99 at Amazon Amazon has knocked $40 off the price of the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus, and it’s the lowest price we’ve ever seen. These earbuds come with a dual-driver design, and 11-hour built-in battery life, and are compatible with iOS as well as Android.

Last year’s headphones Black Friday deals (UK)

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Apple AirPods 2019 with charging case: £159 £124.37 at Amazon If you don’t need wireless charging, you can save yourself some cash and pick up the standard 2019 AirPods. While this is undoubtably a good deal, it’s worth noting that we’ve been seeing this price since November last year and they could drop further on Cyber Monday.

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Apple AirPods Pro: £249 £195 at Laptops Direct Laptops Direct was already offering the lowest price we’ve seen for the AirPods Pro in the UK, and it’s cut an extra £3 off its Black Friday deal price for a whopping £54 overall reduction. For your money you’re getting noise cancellation, a nifty transparency mode, and a wireless charging case capable of topping up your AirPods to 24-hours of battery life, alongside great sound and Apple connectivity.

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Lypertek Tevi True Wireless Earbuds: £99 £69 at Amazon With USB-C charging, a well-balanced sound, lengthy battery life, and waterproofing, the Lypertek Tevi tick every box you could ask for, from what are basically a pair of budget true wireless earbuds. Now with £30 off, they’re even more of a bargain than they were before. 

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Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700: £349.95 £279 at Selfridges These Bose cans are among the best noise-cancelling headphones you can buy in 2020, and with just over £70 off, they’re a steal, boasting fantastic ANC, great audio performance, and a sleek design. 

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Sony WH-CH510 wireless headphones: £50 £29.99 at Amazon If you’re just after a super cheap pair of over-ear headphones, these Sony cans should do just the trick – and they cost even less than usual right now. There’s a £20 price drop on the WH-CH510 headphones right now – with an impressive 35 hours of battery under the hood, quick charge, a mic for quick hands free calls, and even voice assistant compatibility.

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Sony WF-1000XM3 wireless earbuds: £220 £149 at Amazon Save over £70 on one of the most popular premium wireless earbuds today at Amazon. Featuring industry-leading noise cancellation and fantastic battery life, the Sony WF-1000XM3 have consistently ranked as TechRadar’s favorite pair of wireless earbuds.

Tips for buying headphones over Black Friday

Let’s start with the basics. If you’re looking to buy a new pair of headphones, the easiest way to get started is to consider the form factor you like best: in-ear headphoneson-ear headphones, or over-ear headphones

Many headphones these days come with wireless connectivity, which is really handy if you’re going to be using them while commuting. Saying that, the fidelity offered by a cable will appeal to audiophiles that want to get the most out of their hi-res audio files. 

There are also lots of extra features to keep in mind, like active noise cancellation, which helps to keep environmental noise from ruining your music. And, if you’re going to be working out with your new headphones, you should look for an IP water-resistance rating, which will ensure a little sweat or rain won’t break them. 

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The Adidas RPT-01 (pictured) are excellent headphones for working out with. (Image credit: TechRadar)

If you’re after pure performance, you can’t beat the Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones, (that sit at the top of our best headphones of 2021 list). By every possible metric, the Sony WH-1000XM4 are a wonderful pair of wireless noise-cancelling headphones. They deliver exactly what they promise and then some thanks to their exceptional noise cancellation and cutting-edge codec support.

Alternatively, if you prefer in-ear headphones, then look out for Black Friday deals on the 1More Triple Drivers. These were already a bargain at their RRP of $100 / £100  but during discount season you can expect to see them sell for much less. 

Finally, if you’re after some headphones to help you power through your next workout, why not try the Adidas RPT-01 wireless on-ear sport headphones. We think they’re the best workout headphones of 2021 thanks to their breathable design and far longer battery life than any true wireless earbuds. The headband and ear cushions can be removed and washed after particularly sweaty sessions; and while the sound quality isn’t the finest we’ve ever heard, the RPT-01s are suitably loud and bassy, which is something you’ll want to push you through those final reps.

How much should I spend on headphones this Black Friday?

The headphones you buy over Black Friday might be largely dictated by your budget. The good news is that a tight budget doesn’t mean you have to compromise on great sound, design, and features.

Trusted brands such as Sony, Jabra, Cambridge Audio, and Lypertek all offer budget-friendly headphones that don’t skimp on the specs for under $100 / £100. 

But what about the super cheap headphones and earbuds you see on Amazon? It pays to do some research, and if you haven’t heard of a brand before it’s well worth checking out our reviews at TechRadar to see if you should bother with their headphones.

You should also be aware that if you want premium features such as ANC, or you want your headphones to be made from high-quality materials, you’ll probably need to spend a little more. 

The great thing about Black Friday is that these more premium headphones can be reduced to really reasonable prices, so it’s worth holding on until November 26 if you have your eye on a particularly pricey pair.

The 3 best headphones to look for on Black Friday

A pair of the sony wh 1000xm4 over ear headphones in black

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The best headphones you can buy today

Specifications
Acoustic design: Closed
Weight: 253g
Frequency response: 4Hz to 40kHz
Drivers: 1.57-inch dome-type
Battery life: 30 hours
Reasons to buy
+Improved noise-cancellation over previous model+DSEE Extreme audio upscaling+Allows for multipoint pairing
Reasons to avoid
-Not water-resistant

If you’re looking for headphones that can do it all this Black Friday, the Sony WH-1000XM4 are the best all-rounders you can buy.

These wonderful noise-cancelling headphones don’t look different from their predecessors, the Sony WH-1000XM3, but new features, including multipoint pairing, DSEE Extreme upscaling, conversational awareness and auto-play/pause using a built-in sensor, mean they’re a significant upgrade.

The Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones also support Sony’s 360 Reality Audio format, which enables spatial audio on stereo headphones, plus the LDAC codec that can send a bitrate of up to 990 kbps.

Last year’s Black Friday deals saw in some excellent Sony WH-1000XM4 deals, so it’s well worth keeping your eyes peeled in the run up to this year’s sale event.

Read more: Sony WH-1000XM4 review

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The Airpods pro

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The best AirPods you can buy today

Specifications
Weight: 5.4g
Drivers: Dynamic
Battery life : 24 hours
Reasons to buy
+Good noise cancellation+Better fit than AirPods (2019)
Reasons to avoid
-More expensive than better rivals-USB-C charging cable in box

The AirPods Pro are the best AirPods you can buy in 2021 bringing active noise cancellation, a snug fit, and an improved design to the company’s previous true wireless earbuds.

Now that they’re a little older, we think they’ll see some steep discounts this Black Friday – and if you’re on a very strict budget, the non-noise-cancelling 2019 AirPods are also likely to be discounted heavily.

Saying that, the AirPods Pro are much better-sounding that their predecessors –there’s a notable emphasis on vocals and bass, meaning these earbuds are better for pop fans than those who enjoy a more natural presentation that lends itself to classical music or more orchestral sounds.

Apparently, there’s a new AirPods model on the horizon to join the original buds and the newer Pros. The AirPods Pro 2 are rumored to be a new, cheaper variant of the company’s popular true wireless earbuds, and they could be released in 2022 – which makes Black Friday AirPods Pro deals even more likely.

Read more: Apple AirPods Pro review

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A pair of the 1More Triple Driver In Ear Headphones in black and gold

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The best in-ear headphones of 2021

Specifications
Acoustic design: Closed
Weight: 18g
Frequency response: 20-40,000Hz
Drivers: Dynamic
Battery life: N/A
Reasons to buy
+Lush sound quality+Excellent build and design+Unmatched value 
Reasons to avoid
-Plastic remote feels cheap

The 1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones already represent great value for money, so any Black Friday deals would make them an absolute bargain.

With such an excellent build and design, it’s hard to fault the Triple Drivers at any price. Sure, the inbuilt remote feels a little cheap, but that’s more than made up for by the lush sound quality offered by these luxe-looking earbuds that are unmatched in value  and sound. For the price, it’s impossible to do better than 1MORE’s Triple Driver in-ear headphones – though you should also leep your eyes peeled for their more premium siblings this Black Friday, the 1MORE Quad Driver In-Ear Headphones.

Read more: 1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones review