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The 23 best headphone deals right now

The holidays might be over, but the good tech deals aren't. Ring in the new year with the sweet sounds coming from new headphones.
Written by Christina Darby, Associate Editor on
Reviewed by Amy Lieu

With a new year comes the hopes of new beginnings. Whether that comes with a goal to be more physically active, increase your focus during the work day, or make more of a habit to call your long-distance loved ones, a pair of new headphones can help to lock your goals -- and sound -- in. 

If you missed holiday deals, luckily for you, a lot of headphone dealers are honoring the new year with new prices on headphones we love, so keeping up with your new year's goals won't sound as scary. 

Latest headphone deals

The last time this page received an update, these were the latest headphone deals worth checking out:

Best January headphone deals

Below are finds for the biggest deals on earbuds and over-the-ear headphones. 

  • Current price: $130
  • Original price: $150

If you always have to have some sort of sound to think clearly, meet your new best friend. With dual device connectivity, you can seamlessly switch from listening to a podcast on your phone as you work to a Zoom meeting via laptop without going through a pair and connect process every time. 

Speaking of chatting with headphones in, out of all the headphones I own, these have the best microphone quality both over Zoom and on just regular phone calls. 

As if they're not already some of the most convenient earbuds, they're also super comfortable, and even though they have more of a, "hang on the ear," than in-canal fit, they stay in your ears without a lot of pressure build up. If you're looking to a discounted, but just as good version of AirPods, I can't recommend this pair from Soundcore enough. 

  • Current price: $130
  • Original price: $150

These may not be the still-trending AirPods Max, but they still have that sleek over-ear futuristic look without looking too clunky. Plus, they have a 30-hour battery life and are comfortable enough to wear all day -- from desk to gym. Upon purchase you'll also get a carrying case that makes them easy to transport or throw into your bag. Perfect for a busy lifestyle and trendy, I'd want to take advantage of this deal. 

  • Current price: $129
  • Original price: $179

As someone who is picky about which earbuds they use to exercise with, these Bose buds are worth the money and the hype. With an in-canal fit and soft silicone tip, the buds don't fall out of your ear no matter how much you sweat or give you uncomfortable pressure build-up mid-way through your workout.

Of course, Bose doesn't disappoint with their renowned sound quality. The audio is clear even when you're running against strong winds. Bottom line: If you're in the market for some quality workout earbuds, I recommend grabbing these while they're on sale. 

  • Current: $100
  • Original: $150

These water-resistant, noise-canceling buds come with three soft ear tip sizes for a more custom fit as you listen to top quality sound. While Apple may own Beats and they do make a great addition to Apple ecosystems, they're compatible with Samsung devices, too. As some of the most reliable buds on the market, I think these are an investment you'll want to make. 

  • Current price: $80
  • Original price: $110

Aero's 1More buds provide effective spatial audio and top-tier microphone quality -- all for half the cost of AirPods. Even though their longer stems don't make them the most aesthetic, they help with decreasing pressure build-up after long wear and make for intuitive gesture controls. Personally, these buds have become my ole-faithful and are perfect work-day to gym accessories. 

  • Current price: $67
  • Original price: $99

These SkullCandy earbuds are tiny but mighty. With a small and comfortable in-ear fit, they still pack in a heavy bass with excellent active noise-cancelling technology. If you have small ears but are a big fan of audio, check these out while they're on sale. 

  • Current price: $148
  • Original price: $200

Even though I haven't tried these earbuds, I'm anxious to listen. Not only do they have a pebbled, ergonomic, lightweight fit but they're actually smart earbuds. With settings that adjust to your environment for the most optimal listening experience, they bring, "hands-free," to a whole new level. Especially during these cold days when I don't want to take my hands out of my pockets or gloves, I'd really appreciate my earbuds knowing what listening mode is best for me. I think it'd be a smart investment to snag these while they're $72 off.

More Amazon headphone deals

Looking for some more headphones deals for you or another podcast junkie? Here are some sales we found happening over at Amazon.

Walmart headphone deals

Walmart has some pretty nice wireless headphone deals, including some of Beats and Samsungs' most popular models. 

Best Buy headphone deals

Best Buy always has great deals. Here are some of the most current. 

How did we choose these headphone deals?

We went looking for these deals as if we were shopping for ourselves. By using discount codes and extensions and looking through retailers' websites, these were the best January headphone deals we could find for products I think the whole ZDNET team would enjoy. 

Who has the best headphone deals right now?

A lot of retailers start fresh in January with new prices and discounts, but I'd pay extra attention to Target, Best Buy, Amazon, and Walmart as you shop this season. 

What are the best value headphones?

Even on sale, headphones can be pricey. Here are my top picks for headphone brands that give you the best bang for your buck: JBL, Sennheiser, Google Pixel, and Sony. 

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