The best budget wireless headphones: What to look for, what to buy

Steve May
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In need of a new pair of headphones? We've got you sorted. (Getty Images)
In need of a new pair of headphones? We've got you sorted. (Getty Images)

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Need some new wireless headphones that don’t cost the earth? Perhaps your old pair have seen better days, or you simply want more style choice? You’ve come to the right place.

We’ve found the best buys available right now under £75. All you need do is decide which pair looks the part, and update your summer playlists.

Headphones come in all shapes and sizes: over-ears and on-ears, True Wireless earbuds and low cost Bluetooth neckbands, sports models and fashion buds. Amid this cacophony of choice are some great buys that won’t break the bank.

Best flexible wireless headphones

If you’re after total freedom, then opt for a pair of True Wireless earbuds. So-named, because neither earpiece has a physical connection, they’re charged in a small, pocketable case and can be carried anywhere.

For incredible True Wireless value consider the JL Audio Go Air True Wireless earbuds. Available for just £24.99, they come in a choice of colours (black, blue, green and white), and offer five hours playback. They also work with Siri and Google Assistant.

Buy it: JLAB AUDIO GO Air Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds | £24.99 from Currys PC World

Best wireless headphones for daily use

For the daily commute, Active Noise Cancelling is a feature-must. The best noise cancellers will effectively negate the general hubbub of transport and chatter; you’ll really notice the benefit with podcasts and spoken books.

JBL’s good looking Tune 750 Bluetooth noise-cancelling over-ears offer 15 hours of battery life and come with an optional 3.5mm audio lead, useful when you need to conserve juice when travelling, or plug into an airline entertainment system. Boasting powerful 40mm drivers, for full-bodied bass and rhythm, they sell for £74.99.

Buy it: JBL Tune 750BTNC Wireless Bluetooth Noise-Cancelling Headphones | £74.99 from Currys PC World

Best looking wireless headphones

Wireless Bluetooth earbuds often look much of a muchness, so a little bit of attitude doesn’t go amiss.

For that extra bit of wireless style, consider the Smile Jamaica Wireless 2 earphones from House of Marley, distinguished by their lightweight wooden casing and distinctive logo. They run a newer version of Bluetooth, v5.0, which generally gives a more stable connection, and they’re sweatproof too.

Buy it: House of Marley Smile Jamaica Wireless 2 Bluetooth Earphones | £24.99 from Currys

Coolest wireless headphones

If Beats is now your fashion jam, look at the brand’s new Flex Wireless earphones. With a 12 hour battery life and distinctive Beats logo, they’re great all-purpose buds optimised for Apple iOS users.

Buy it: Beats Flex Wireless Bluetooth Earphones | £49.99 from Currys PC World

Most comfortable wireless headphones

Finally there’s comfort, which is not always a given at the budget end of the market. To assess comfort, take a close look at the headphone headband itself. Padding and/or lightweight design is your friend.

Sony’s £34.99 WH-CH510 over-ears have a lightweight headband, comfy earpads and weigh just 132g. Just as well as they also offer a phenomenal 35 hours battery life.

Buy it: Sony WH-CH510 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones | £34.99 from Currys PC World

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