Best headphones under £200 2022: Top options from Apple, Sony, Bose and more

A solid pair of wireless headphones should be your best friend if you spend time listening to music away from home. Do you have a long commute to work? Are you going on vacation? Do you like to type your playlist in the garden? It’s all a little better if you’ve got high-quality tracks to keep you pumped, but we realize some headphones can get more than a little pricey. Not everyone has the funds to buy Apple’s obscene price AirPods Maxbut frankly, you really don’t need to spend a wad to get the best sound quality.

Audio brands have spent a lot of time building great comfortable noise canceling headphones for the modern audiophile that don’t top £200, and we know exactly which models are worth considering. And they also come in all shapes and designs, whether you’re looking for a premium pair of wireless headphones like Sony’s high-end WH-1000XM3 or a pair of more flexible and portable Bluetooth wireless headphones like those from Apple.

So who are you going for? There’s plenty to choose from and if you’re on a budget you’ll want to make the most of your hard-earned pennies, so read on for our top picks of the best headphones under £200.

Best headphones under £200

Apple is well known for its punchy, high-quality Bluetooth headphones, but the best you’ll find right now under £200 are the 3rd Gen AirPods which come with instant connectivity to iPhones, a decent, high-quality soundstage and the rock – solid Apple intelligence.

Want to dive into the world of active noise reduction (ANC) headphones? Sony’s top-end WH-1000XM4s are our favorite headphones overall, but those on a budget will find plenty to admire with the XM3s. Great sound, a great studio headphone design, and exceptional noise cancellation to dissipate background noise are what you’ll find with these brilliant boxes.

Looking for something to keep you company during training? Any wireless headphones that can keep up with your running routine are worthy of consideration in our books, and these affordable headphones from Bose meet those needs, with great sweat and water resistance, battery life of decent battery and excellent sound quality to keep you motivated.

How much should I spend on headphones?

As with many gadgets, it’s easy to be wooed with specs and end up spending too much on a pair of headphones. If you’re keeping the belt tight for the time being, there are plenty of high-quality over-ear wireless headphones and earbuds that can keep up with a busy lifestyle of travelling, commuting, or exercising.

The best wireless headphones with great sound and build quality can easily cost you £300 or more, but the mid-range sweet spot is between £100 and £200. In this price range, you’ll find some of the most advanced features like active noise cancellation, aptX audio playback, smart voice control, and touch controls, without having to sacrifice too much audio quality.

If you want to find out what the best headphones are, we’ve got you covered, with summaries of the best true wireless headphones, noise canceling headphones, on-ear headphones and running headphones.

Shop GQ’s selection of the best headphones under £200…

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