Whether you’re an audiophile looking for the very best, or just trying to upgrade from your phone’s old, tangled earbuds, Black Friday is the perfect time to treat yourself to a new set of headphones. Especially if you want to drown out the noise of the shopping crowds — hello, noise-cancelling headphones!
Just like every other kind of gadget during Black Friday, these noise-cancelling, wireless, Bluetooth, in-ear and/or sports-friendly music companions are on-sale for the lowest prices of the year.
Best of all, the sales have already started!
Last updated on Thursday, Nov. 22 at 9:00 a.m. PT to show current deals in stock.
So how do you know which ones are actually bargains? That’s where CNET comes in. We’ve looked through a bunch of ads to identify the best deals on headphones we can recommend, whether we’ve reviewed them or not.
Before we dive in, however, you should know:
- This page incorporates the latest sales from Amazon, Best Buy, Wal-mart, Target, Costco, Sam’s Club, BJ’s, Dell, Shopko, Meijer, JCPenney, Belk and Samsung.com.
- Deal availability varies per store, and links to specific headphones at stores might not show the Black Friday 2018 price until sales start.
- CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured below.
Alright, let’s get to it.
Headphone deals you can get today
We’re going to start with current deals. Some of these may be available just for 24 hours — so jump on them if you’re interested.
BeatsX wireless headphones: $20 off at Amazon
The BeatsX wireless headphones have up to 8 hours of battery life and have a quick recharge function for when you’re heading out for a jog but forgot to give them a charge overnight.
JBL E55BT: $60 at Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy and other retailers
I reviewed this midrange E55BT Bluetooth headphone and liked it, but thought it was a little too expensive at its list price. But at $60 it’s a good deal.
Jabra Move: $50 (half off) at Amazon and other retailers
This is a decent deal on Jabra’s popular on-ear wireless the headphone, the Move.
Hifiman Edition S for $68
I haven’t tried this wired headphone, but Hifiman makes some very good sounding headphones that typically cost a lot more.
Bose SoundSport Wireless: $100 at Walmart and Amazon ($50 off)
Bose’s popular wireless sports headphone are on sale for $100 at a few different retailers for Black Friday.
Skullcandy Ink’d Wireless: $25 at Target ($25 off)
I liked this “budget” neckband style headphone from Skullcandy. It’s a solid deal at $25.
Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth speaker: $30 off at Amazon
Okay fine, it’s not a pair of headphones, but it still plays damn fine music and you can always hold two against your head like actual headphones if that makes you feel better.
It’s waterproof and provides a great sound for such a small speaker.
Coming soon Black Friday headphone deals
Here’s a handful of the top headphone deals coming later this week. We haven’t included some so-called deals because we don’t feel they’re really bargains.
Bose On-Ear Wireless: $100 Costco ($60 off)
Availability: Starts Friday, Nov. 23 at 9 a.m.
Bose’s comfy On-Ear wireless headphone will be $100 at Costco. It’s unclear whether this deal will be available online as Costco’s website currently lists the headphones as “out of stock”.