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The biggest shopping weekend of the year has come to a close, but great deals on popular and highly rated headphones roll on for what some retailers call "Cyber Week." (For deals on everything else, check out CR’s Holiday Gift Guide.)
Below you’ll find offers from Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, Staples, Target, and Walmart. These deals are live now, but there's no telling exactly how long the discounts will last, so don't wait too long to pounce.
Be sure to do a little reconnaissance first, though. Just because a retailer says a product is on sale doesn’t mean the price has actually been discounted, and the last thing you want is to bring home a pair of headphones that look great but sound terrible.
Here are the best Cyber Week deals on headphones and earbuds.
In-Ear Bluetooth Headphone Deals
Jabra Elite 65t True Wireless Earphones
The deal: $130 at Amazon, Best Buy
CR’s test results: Jabra Elite 65t
Want outstanding true wireless earphones that don’t cost a fortune? This deal makes the Jabra Elite 65t a fantastic option. They sound great and come with a number of appealing features. Usually they sell for about $170, but you can pick them up for $130 at Amazon and Best Buy.
Samsung Galaxy Buds True Wireless Earphones
The deal: $110 to $120 at Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart
CR’s test results: Samsung Galaxy Buds
The Samsung Galaxy Buds are true wireless earphones, the same style popularized by Apple AirPods, without a cord connecting the earpieces. Despite what you might hear from Apple fans, our testers say the Buds' sound quality blows the AirPods out of the water. In fact, they’re among our top-rated headphones of any style. This isn’t an incredible discount—you can pick them up for about $130 any day of the year—but it might be worth pulling the trigger if you’ve been thinking about buying a new pair.
Over-Ear and On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones
Beats by Dre Studio3 Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones
The deal: $209 to $280 at Amazon, Best Buy, Target
CR’s test results: Beats by Dre Studio3
The Beats by Dre Studio3 deliver above average sound and superb noise-canceling. But at the usual price of $300, they typically don’t make our top-pick lists, because there are cheaper models that perform just as well or better. For around $200, though, the Studio3 is definitely worth the cost of entry. The best deal we’ve seen is at Best Buy; but the headphones are on sale at Amazon and Target as well.
Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II Noise-Canceling Headphones
The deal: $250 to $299 at Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, Staples
CR’s test results: QuietComfort 35 Series II
Bose launched an upgraded model this year, the Bose 700, knocking the QuietComfort 35 Series II from its flagship status. The newer headphones have appealing improvements and new features, but the QuietComfort 35 Series II gets the same fantastic ratings for sound and noise cancellation in our tests. That means you have a great opportunity here to score a deal. We’ve seen these headphones in this price range a few times lately, but they usually sell for $350.
Jabra Elite 85h Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones
The deal: $200 at Amazon
CR’s test results: Jabra Elite 85h
The 85h delivers fantastic noise cancellation and dependable sound, and it’s available for about $50 off the usual price at Amazon. Features include a detachable audio cable for wired connections, a monitor mode to let in outside sound, a quick-charge function, and an option that Jabra says will automatically adjust the level of noise cancellation based on your environment. Keep in mind a few noise-canceling models we like even better can be found for less, but these sleek looking, feature-rich headphones may still be an appealing option for many shoppers.
Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones
The deal: $279 to $280 at Amazon, Best Buy, Target
CR’s test results: Sony WH-1000XM3
For years, Bose was essentially the only game in town for top-quality noise cancellation, but Sony has been hot on its tail. This is one of the most popular models on the market, and while we still think Bose’s flagship model sounds better, the Sony delivers great sound and noise-blocking performance. This is a good price; the headphones usually sell for about $350.
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