A great pair of headphones are as essential as your phone, keys and wallet; a modern daily essential that would ruin your day if you found yourself without.
Whether you’re finally tuning in to that must-hear podcast all your mates have banging on about, want to lose yourself in the latest album from your favourite artist, or just need a decent noise-cancelling pair for video calls, these tiny pieces of tech are the things we just can’t be without.
The good news is there are thousands of designs out there, so you’re bound to find the right pair for you. They could be in-ear, over-ear or wireless for true freedom (helpful for the commute and workouts). They also come in wide-ranging price points, and if you’ve got your heart set on a pricey pair the good news is that Amazon Prime Day is set to make them more affordable (alongside all the other tech gadgets like tablets, mobile phones and cameras that you have your eye on).
When does Amazon Prime Day end?
This year, Amazon’s mega sale takes place on July 12 and 13. Two days of glorious discounts are here, ready and waiting to be snapped up and delivered to your home - but only if you buy before 23:59 when the event ends.
What type of deals are available?
As well as the event-long deals (which will run from 00:01am on July 12 until 11.59pm on July 13), there are two deals to know about come the big day.
Lightning Deals are flash sales, lasting a few hours or less. Stock is extremely limited so you need to be quick when you spot something you fancy at an irresistible price. Mull it over for too long and you might miss out altogether.
Daily Deals give you a bit more breathing space, but you’ll still need to act fast if you want a slice of the sales pie. With thousands of Prime members eyeing up the same product, great deals don’t hang around for long.
Do you need a Prime account to get the deals?
The sale is only open to those with an Amazon Prime account, so if you’re not signed up, now is the perfect time. There’s more to it than just shopping (although Same Day delivery in some cities is worth it alone).
Prime membership gives you access to the entire Amazon juggernaut, from the latest Hollywood releases and Amazon exclusive shows through Prime Video. With summer here, find your new beach read in Amazon’s library where there are thousands of free titles to download, and save storage space on your devices by uploading pics to Amazon’s digital photo album, a useful free perk for Prime members.
Then there’s the world of audio enjoyment from Prime Music which will sound even better with your shiny new headphones.
Prime membership costs £79 as a yearly fee, or you can choose to pay £7.99 a month. If you’re still in education, you can save even more - Student Prime costs £3.99 a month but only after an extremely generous six-month trial period. Regular shoppers can claim a free trial too, but not for as long (30 days).
Aside from a new pair of headphones, this might be the savviest investment you make all summer.
What deals on headphones were there last year?
Audio players big and small pounced on the chance to offer deals to bargain-hungry Prime members. Panasonic, Bose, Marshall, Sony and Beats all turned down the volume on their prices, and there were specialised sports-focused earphones from the likes of Adidas and Shokz on offer too.
For instance, the price of Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones tumbled down to £94.99 from the original RRP of £179.95.
What deals can we expect this year?
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Deals on wireless ear buds
1MORE ComfoBuds Mini Hybrid - was: £92.99, now: £65
1MORE PistonBuds Pro Hybrid - was: £64.99, now: £41.99
Wireless Earbuds Godyse Wireless Headphones with Microphone - was: £21.99, now: £15.39
JLab Go Air Wireless Earphones - was: £29.99, now: £17.99
True Wireless Earbuds, SoundPEATS TrueFree+ - was: £36.99, now: £21.37
Soundcore by Anker Life A1 Bluetooth Earbuds - was: £47.99, now: £27.99
Jabra Elite 3 In Ear Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds - was: £79, now: £49.99
Sennheiser CX True Wireless Earbuds - was: £119.99, now: £59.99
Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds - was: £249.95, now: £139
Bowers & Wilkins PI5 True Wireless Noise Cancelling In Ear headphones - was: £349.99, now: £229
Beats Studio Buds
Say hello to your new best Buds. From Beats by Dr. Dre, these noise-cancelling in-ear headphones are perfect for whatever is on your daily schedule.
They’re IPX4 water resistant and sweat proof, so made for taking to the gym and will give you eight hours of playback from a full charge.
Compatible with both Apple and Android, they come in a range of colours though black is forever a classic.
Buy now £99.99, Amazon
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro
If you’re a fan of Samsung’s tech, then you won’t want to miss out on the latest Pro wireless headphones. The two-way dynamic speakers offer an incredible bass and superb quality.
With intelligent active noise control, you can switch between noise cancelling and amient sound so music fits your environment.
With an incredible 55 per cent off, we can’t promise they will be this cheap again so make sure you add them to your Amazon basket right now.
Buy now £99.00, Amazon
Tiksounds Wireless Earbuds 5.1
This deal from an Amazon-owned company sees 24 per cent wiped off the usual cost of £24.99. The in-ear wireless buds offer 35 hours of playtime and they're waterproof too, so you can wear them on your next run no matter how sweaty or rainy things get.
Buy now £18.74, Amazon
Deals on wireless headphones
Sennheiser HD 450SE Wireless Headphones with Voice Assistant Integration & TP-Link Nano - was: £186.99, now: £69.99
Philips Wireless Headphones for Kids/Bluetooth - was: £49.99, now: £20.45
Philips On-Ear Headphones H4205BK/00 with Bass Boost - was: £39.99, now: £17.28
Beats Studio3 Wireless Noise Cancelling On-Ear Headphones - was: £299.95, now: £149
Betron HD800 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones with Microphone Over Ear Design - was: £44.99, now: £23.99
Betron S2 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones with Microphone - was: £34.99, now: £26.99
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700
One of the leaders in audio tech, Bose is a byword for excellence when it comes to personal sound equipment. The brand's overhead noise cancelling headphones are currently on sale with free one-day delivery for Prime members. Expect crisp sound and beautifully heavy bass on these headphones, which feature 11 levels of active noise cancelling for whatever you're playing: think music, podcasts, YouTube tutorials and calls.
Buy now £175.00, Amazon
Sennheiser HD 450BT Wireless Headphones
Now 38 per cent off, Sennheiser’s overear wireless headphones are the pair for those who want to immerse themselves fully into their songlist. It’s got 30 hours of battery life and boasts active noise cancellation, so there’s no chance of interruptions, even in busy places.
Buy now £119.99, Amazon
Deals on wired headphones
Philips Audio SHP2500/10 Hi-Fi Headphones - was: £22.99, now: £11.84
JBL Quantum ONE Over-Ear USB Wired Professional Gaming Headset - was: £59.99, now: £47.99
Betron BS10 Earphones Wired in Ear Earbud Headphones - was: £16.99, now: £10.99
SoundPEATS Bluetooth Earphones IPX5 - was: £35.99, now: £17.99
Hi-Res Extra Bass Earbuds Noise Isolating In-Ear Headphones
Can’t get enough of that bass? Turn it up loud and dirty with these great-quality headphones at a price you’ll jump at. The lightweight set is ideal for keeping as a secondary back-up pair with a sleek design that sits comfortably in the ear. Compatible with most devices that have a headphone jack.
Buy now £8.50, Amazon
Sony MDR-ZX110 Overhead Headphones - Black
Save 15 per cent on Sony's overhead headphones which boast noise cancellation technology to fully immerse you in your favourite albums.
Buy now £13.99, Amazon
Deals on sports headphones
Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones - Apple H1 Headphone Chip, Navy - was: £219.95, now: £149
JLab JBuds Air Sport True Wireless Earbuds - was: £69.99, now: £39.99
SoundPEATS Q35 HD Neckband Bluetooth Headphones IPX8 Waterproof Wireless Earphones for Sports - was: £39.99, now: £25.19
SoundPEATS S5 Wireless Earbuds Bluetooth 5.0 - was: £39.99, now: £23.79
Shokz Aeropex Sport Running Headphones
Music is vital to running: nothing helps you beat your PB than your favourite tracks pounding in your ears. Regular headphones pale in comparison to a pair made specifically for exercise, like this model from Shokz. They sit beside your ears, held steady with a secure band that wraps around your head, allowing you to listen to both your running soundlist and road traffic.
Buy now £95.96, Amazon