Headphones for all: 8 early Black Friday deals that let you crush your holiday list—starting at just $5

David Weiss
·6 min read

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The best Black Friday deals on headphones are happening right now at Walmart. (Photo: Walmart)
The best Black Friday deals on headphones are happening right now at Walmart. (Photo: Walmart)

Once upon a time, headphones and earbuds were for audiophiles and introverts – what better way to achieve social distancing than marching to the beat of one’s own drummer? No longer is that the case: nowadays, every gym-goer, strap-hanger, pedestrian and pop music devotee loves the option of entering a noise-cancelled world of their own. And what better gift is there, as we approach the holidays, than the sound of music?

As with comedy, timing is paramount when shopping for such techno-baubles, and right now is the optimal moment to waltz on over to Walmart and take advantage of stellar deals on wireless Bluetooth earbuds and cushy headphones. Richer or poorer, music freak or podcast addict, here are eight worthy entries ranging from a couple of bucks to several hundred. Whatever your specs regarding convenience, multitasking or ultra high-fidelity, Walmart’s got the goods, at a great price. It’s all part of our effort to make the holidays easier in these unprecedented times. Shop early, save money, buy multiples—and check some names off your list.

And, you’ll get free unlimited shipping with Walmart+. Not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 15-day trial here, but a quick three question survey will add on an additional two more weeks for a solid 30 days of use. (And by the way, those without Walmart+ still get free shipping on orders of $35 or more.)

Below, first dibs on Walmart’s great deals on headphones and earbuds:

GPED True Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds

GPED True Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds. (Photo: Walmart)
GPED True Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds. (Photo: Walmart)

Okay, brace yourselves: Walmart is nearly giving these GPED earbuds away at $26—they ordinarily go for more than $100. These marvels are water- and sweat-proof for weekend warriors, and the one-button control ensures easy music and phone-call management. The portable, magnetic wireless charging case means you’ll never run of juice, and automatic Bluetooth pairing makes syncing your smartphone a snap. Did we mention they sound amazing as well?

“Great value for truly wireless headphones,” said a happy reviewer.

Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones II, Black

Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones II, Black. (Photo: Walmart)
Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones II, Black. (Photo: Walmart)

Bose knows quality audio, so if you’re particular about beefy basslines and crisp cymbal crashes, these babies ought to fill the bill nicely. Of course, whistles and bells are mandatory for $299 (amply marked down from $349), which means you can use Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to control your music, send and receive texts and even summon the names of all of Santa’s reindeer. Acoustic Noise Cancelling technology can be fine-tuned to your sonic environment and the 20 hours of battery life should get you from here to Timbuktu without missing a beat. Perfect for very good little boys and girls, and well-behaved grownups too.

Sennheiser 508382—CX350BT In-Ear Canal Wireless Headphones with Bluetooth

Sennheiser 508382—CX350BT In-Ear Canal Wireless Headphones with Bluetooth. (Photo: Walmart)
Sennheiser 508382—CX350BT In-Ear Canal Wireless Headphones with Bluetooth. (Photo: Walmart)

Here’s plenty of sonic bang for your buck: Sennheiser’s stylish and smooth-sounding earbuds are chockablock with premium features. A free dedicated app personalizes your audio preferences and enables firmware updates; Bluetooth 5.0 compatibility makes for reliable connectivity; and superior sound quality comes by way of some nerds-only tech specs (AAC, SBC Codec and AptX Low Latency support, if you’re taking notes). Digital Assistant support, 10 hours of battery life and 30 percent off should seal the deal. These will go fast, so get down on it.

Skullcandy Riff Bluetooth Wireless Over-Ear Headphones with Mic

Skullcandy Riff Bluetooth Wireless Over-Ear Headphones with Mic. (Photo: Walmart)
Skullcandy Riff Bluetooth Wireless Over-Ear Headphones with Mic. (Photo: Walmart)

Frequent travelers know Skullcandy from airport retail outlets: when you’re looking for affordable buds or phones, these more than make the grade. Skullcandy’s Riff Wireless headphones are lightweight and comfortable (memory foam cushions), fit nicely on the ear, collapse into a half-handful, and take only 10 minutes of charge to net you two hours of listening time. Button controls do the usual good stuff – change tracks and volume, talk to Alexa or the Google Guy and send hands-free texts. “I love these headphones!” proclaimed one reviewer. They’re yours for 40 smackers.

Skullcandy Ink’d Plus Bluetooth Wireless In-Ear Earbuds

Skullcandy Ink’d Plus Bluetooth Wireless In-Ear Earbuds. (Photo: Walmart)
Skullcandy Ink’d Plus Bluetooth Wireless In-Ear Earbuds. (Photo: Walmart)

Skullcandy is as well-known for its style-sense as its audio chops, as evidenced by these super-fly, lavender/purple earbuds perfect for Prince fans (you know who you are). “Beyond amazing, not just for the price,” a raspberry beret-wearing reviewer noted, impressed no doubt by the noise-isolating fit, the bottomy bass and the overall functionality. Slip these on, start up the little red Corvette and party like it’s 2099. Low price, high-end performance.

Bietrun Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds

Bietrun Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds. (Photo: Walmart)
Bietrun Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds. (Photo: Walmart)

More proof that money can’t buy you love, but it can snag you a great pair of wireless buds (thanks, Walmart). Twenty-four clams gets you Bluetooth 5.0, a portable wireless charging case (up to 95 hours of power) and an ear-canal snugness that means they stay in place even while you’re jogging, doing yoga or bouncing around on the neighbor’s trampoline (we get it—you’ve been inside a lot). Three-dimensional sound for pennies on the dollar. “Fits perfectly, great audio,” said a satisfied Beitrun-lover.

Cschidworld E7 Bluetooth Earbuds

Cschidworld E7 Bluetooth Earbuds. (Photo: Walmart)
Cschidworld E7 Bluetooth Earbuds. (Photo: Walmart)

Cschidworld is definitely a mouthful, but who cares when Walmart is offering up the brand’s $100 earbuds for just $26? Bluetooth 5.0 means a stable connection from up to 10 meters away, and the 5-gram lightweight construction and three sizes of ear-caps make for a comfortably snug fit, no matter. One-button design facilitates music curation and management of incoming calls. Charges via handy portable storage box. I can’t pronounce Cschidworld, but I ain’t hatin’ either!

Unisex Stereo In-Ear Earbuds

Unisex Stereo In-Ear Earbuds. (Photo: Walmart)
Unisex Stereo In-Ear Earbuds. (Photo: Walmart)

Impress your friends by using these $4 earbuds just once and tossing them in your $5 coffee afterwards! Okay, just kidding – but at three bucks, one reviewer said that they “never thought a headphone so cheap would be so good.” If you’re hard on your earbuds this is a great solution for you—no muss, no fuss, no pain when you accidentally drop them in the used-towel bin at the gym. Lightweight and sweat-resistant, with HD sound and button controls. And all for the price of a cup of joe – again, do not dunk. Nobody likes a showoff.

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