Wireless workout earbuds
Jabra Elite 75t Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds (Black)
Deal price: $140; street price: $180
Maybe you’re tired of your wired headphones tethering you to your laptop. Or maybe you’re looking for a good pair of earbuds that’ll block out your upstairs neighbors (who sound as though they’ve taken up riverdancing) during work hours. If you want to optimize your work from home setup, a pair of wireless earbuds can help tremendously. The Jabra Elite 75t, our top pick for best wireless headphones, sound great, feel comfortable, and are highly convenient. They’re also small, light, and have an active battery life of seven and half hours—just enough time to get you through your work day (and all those Zoom calls). We’ve seen deals on refurbished models that came with a lower price tag, but we still think this is a solid drop on a brand new pair of our favorite wireless earbuds.
Read our guide to the best workout headphones.
A heavy-duty Bluetooth speaker
If you like to have something always playing in the background, a portable speaker you can bring around the house is a great way to listen to your life’s soundtrack. The JBL Xtreme 2 Bluetooth Speaker, the upgrade pick in our portable Bluetooth speaker guide, is more than enough speaker to get the job done (and now that the price has dropped back to a low of $200, it can do that for less). The Xtreme 2 is rugged and waterproof, ideal for use on camping trips and during snowman-building competitions. Though it isn’t the cheapest option in our guide, this heavy-duty speaker provides powerful bass, clear sound, and a 19-hour battery life. If a portable speaker with this much power tops your list, now is the time to buy.
Read our review of the best portable Bluetooth speakers.
Good headphones for glasses wearers
Over-ear headphones are a great way to block out the world around you, but for folks who wear glasses, they’re not the most comfortable to wear. That’s why our guide writers looked for a pair of headphones that the bespectacled could enjoy, too—and they landed on the Beats Solo Pro Bluetooth headphones. Comfortable to wear and easy to pair with Apple devices, the Solo Pro headphones can effectively reduce background noise even though their noise cancellation isn’t as impressive as that of our other picks, and they produce great (if just a little bass-heavy) sound. This pair is down to $170; we may see the price drop even more on Black Friday proper, but if you plan to give these headphones for the holidays, it may be smart to buy now so they’ll arrive in time.
Read our review of the best Bluetooth headphones.