Listen up! These are the best headphones for every budget

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Welcome to Hook’d, Yahoo’s new shopping show! Every week, we share the most exclusive steals and deals in fashion, tech, home, and more. Our hosts this week? Star of Yahoo Entertainment’s ‘Last Night Now’ Kylie Mar, lifestyle reporter Anna De Souza, and beauty maven Sandra Vergara.

These ladies know what they like, and they know how to use it.

This week’s topic: Headphones. With so many options available, how can you be sure you’re making the right pick? Defer to the experts, of course! Our hosts share their favorites, and there’s a choice that suits every budget. You can even snag one of these pairs for just $49.

So listen up, and let your Hook’d hosts hook you up.

Quiet on the set! Inner peace through luxe headphones

The traditional style of over-the-ear headphones combines with the latest audio technologies to create one trustworthy device. (Photo: Sony)
The traditional style of over-the-ear headphones combines with the latest audio technologies to create one trustworthy device. (Photo: Sony)

Sony’s Noise Canceling Headphones do double duty—encasing you in a cone of peace when you need it, and delivering ultra-awesome sound when you’re cranking tunes or curling up with your favorite podcast. They’re Kylie Mar’s go-to headphones, and she makes a case for investing in them.

“They’re very light,” she says. “And they fit your head well.” Sony, of course, is in the upper echelon when it comes to sound quality. This pair offers easy access to Alexa and other advanced tech.

“They’re super easy to use,” says Kylie. “As soon as you power them on—right out of the box—you just connect to the app, and you’re ready to go.”

The origin story of Kylie’s love of Sony’s Noise Canceling Headphones is cute and, we must admit, relatable: “I saw them originally on Chris Hemsworth, who I am obsessed with, and was like, ‘I need these to match my future husband.’”

Shop it: Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones, $279 (Was $350), amazon.com

Wear your headphones on your wrist—and never misplace them

Who knew headphones could be so discrete? And so easy to hand on to! (Photo: Ashley Chloe)
Who knew headphones could be so discrete? And so easy to hand on to! (Photo: Ashley Chloe)

Looks like jewelry, works like tech. The Ashley Chloe Helix Cuff: Wearable Wireless Headphones are Anna DeSouza’s hands-down favorites.

Compact and self-contained, these headphones are great for those who are always losing their earbuds. “The cord goes into the bracelet,” Anna says—you wrap it into a groove on the wrist cuff for storage. So it’s always with you. “It’s kind of like fashion meets technology,” adds Anna.

Anna also loves that there’s no app involved. “All you do is pair it with Bluetooth,” she explains.

The sound is great, and Anna can attest to the staying power of the Helix Cuff. She’s had hers for years, and it still works perfectly.

Shop it: Helix Cuff: Wearable Wireless Headphones, $120, amazon.com

If you need a low-stress relationship with your headphones

 Jlab’s Jbuds are an affordable wireless headphones option that can fit into any person’s budget. (Photo: J Lab)
Jlab’s Jbuds are an affordable wireless headphones option that can fit into any person’s budget. (Photo: J Lab)

Let’s be real—the hilarious Hook’d host Sandra Vergara sure is. We’ve got to take our personalities and habits into account when we shop for tech.

She knows there’s a chance she’ll lose her earbuds. And she wisely shops accordingly. “These are around $50—so no pressure if you lose them,” she says of her beloved JLab Audio JBuds Air True Wireless Signature Bluetooth Earbuds. But that’s not the only thing that makes them her favorites.

“I bike a lot and I don’t want any wires in my way,” Sandra says. “these are completely wireless, which I love.”

Another awesome feature: “a built-in microphone that activates Siri.” This is a feature more typical of pricier headphones. Sandra notes that her JLabs have “great sound,” and their charge lasts a generous 3 to 4 hours. For her—and maybe for you—they’re a perfect fit.

Shop it: JLab Audio JBuds Air True Wireless Signature Bluetooth Earbuds, $49, walmart.com

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