Most affordable headphones—2021 buyer’s guide

Looking for a great pair of headphones at an affordable price? Check out these tech-heavy, budget-friendly headphones.

Most affordable headphones—2021 buyer’s guide
Most affordable headphones – buyer’s guide 2021

Want a new set of headphones without spending upwards of $200? Well, you don’t have to. Today, we’re highlighting the most affordable headphones you can buy in 2021, and you’re going to want to get your credit card ready because these headphones boast ANC, long-lasting batteries, cross-platform compatibility, and all the other specs you expect from more expensive models.

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Below, you’ll find headphones that give you 44 hours of battery life—and that’s with the ANC on. There’s also a whole bunch of gaming headsets that work across multiple platforms, all while giving you a more immersive experience. Check out these headphones and more on the list below.

1. The Thermaltake ARGENT H5 RGB 7.1 boasts 50 mm drivers. This gaming headset completely immerses you in your environment.

Most affordable headphones—2021 buyer's guide
Thermaltake ARGENT H5 RGB 7.1 on a desk

For gaming headphones that won’t eat into your budget, go for the Thermaltake ARGENT H5 RGB 7.1. This gaming headset has spatial awareness, helping you detect your enemies’ location. The mic lets you communicate with other players.

Get it for $109.99 on the official website.

2. The Anker Soundcore Life Q30 has a 40-hour playtime and provides clear, crisp sound thanks to its 40 mm drivers.

Anker Soundcore Life Q30 fast-charge headphones
Anker Soundcore Life Q30 on a woman

Yes, you can get affordable headphones with a long battery life: the Anker Soundcore Life Q30. They play for 40 hours in Active Noise Cancelling mode or up to 60 hours in Standard mode. Then, a 5-minute charge provides an extra 4 hours of listening.

Get them for $79.99 on Amazon.

3. The Xbox Stereo Headset delivers spatial sound technologies and is lightweight. That way, you can game in comfort without any headaches.

Xbox Stereo Headset
Xbox Stereo Headset on a user

Avoid sore ears while gaming with the Xbox Stereo Headset. It supports spatial sound technologies like Dolby Atmos, Windows Sonic, and more. Meanwhile, the large, soft earcups are comfy over your ears.

Preorder it for $59.99 on the official website.

4. The EKSA E910 provides excellent immersion with its ENC microphone. That way, background noise won’t interfere with your communication.

EKSA E910 5.8 GHz wireless gaming & music headset
EKSA E910 side view

The EKSA E910 is one of the most affordable set of headphones because it costs a wallet-friendly $89.99. But it gives you an immersive experience, too, thanks to its ENC microphone. It blocks out environmental noise while you talk for more seamless gaming.

Get it for $89.99 on the official website.

5. The JBL Tune 660NC help you tune out the outside world and concentrate on the music thanks to their active noise cancellation.

JBL Tune 660NC in a video

Focus on your audio with the JBL Tune 660NC. These wireless headphones have active noise cancellation and impressive sound. Also, you get up to 44 hours of playtime—even when you have the ANC on.

Get them for $99.95 on the official website.

6. The EKSA E900 Pro 7.1 provides virtual surround sound and works on your Xbox, Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, and PS5.

EKSA E900 Pro 7.1 virtual surround sound gaming headset
EKSA E900 Pro 7.1 with a controller

The EKSA E900 Pro 7.1 is one versatile headset. It works with an array of gaming platforms as well as mobile gaming devices. It’s also quite comfortable to wear and comes with two cables that you can detach.

Get it for $39 on the official website.

7. The Razer Barracuda X works on multiple platforms. Even better, it’s light, ergonomic design lets you play comfortably.

Most affordable headphones—2021 buyer's guide
Razer Barracuda X with a monitor and keyboard

Another of the most affordable headphones you can buy in 2021 is the Razer Barracuda X. It costs under $100 and weighs less than half a pound. Meanwhile, the TriForce 40 mm drivers deliver incredible sound.

Get it for $99.99 on the official website.

8. The JBL Tune 510BT lets you listen for as long as you wish. And with Bluetooth 5, it wirelessly streams JBL Pure Bass.

Most affordable headphones—2021 buyer's guide
JBL Tune 510T on a woman eating popcorn

You get long battery life and full bass capabilities with the JBL Tune 510BT. Additionally, the speed charge function delivers 2 hours of battery with just a 5-minute charge. Best of all, it comes in 5 colors.

Get it for $49.95 on the official website.

9. The Logitech G335 distributes weight evenly with its suspension design. What’s more, it weighs only 240 grams for comfortable wear.

Logitech G335 wired gaming headset
Logitech G335 in different colors

For a stylish yet comfortable set of must-have affordable headphones, check out the Logitech G335. They boast a comfortable fit and work on most platforms. Finally, their reversible elastic straps are washable.

Get it for $69.99 on the official website.

10. The EPOS H3 works across gaming platforms. Meanwhile, the EPOS-developed sound delivers deep bass and premium clarity.

EPOS H3 on a woman at a computer

Game across platforms with ease when you have the EPOS H3. This gaming headset works on Xbox One, PS5, softphone, MacOS X, Nintendo Switch, and others. What’s more, you can lift the boom-arm mic to mute it.

Get it for $119 on the official website.

From gaming headsets to headphones for leisure listening, you can get a great product without blowing your budget. Which ones did you like the most? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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