Headphones under $25 are ideal for a last-minute purchase or if you need a temporary pair of headphones. Below are our recommendations for the best headphones under $25 we have tested so far.
Best Over-Ear Headphones under $25
The Sennheiser HD 201 are the best budget over-ear headphones under 25$. The HD 201 have a decent sound quality and they’re comfortable, which makes them a good recommendation if you’re looking for really budget casual or critical listening headphones.
Best On-Ear Headphones under $25
If you prefer on-ear headphones and only have $25 to spend, get the AmazonBasics. They’re still somewhat flimsy headphones that are not versatile enough to use in loud noisy environments and they look and feel a bit cheap. However, they sound surprisingly well balanced for their price range, they’re portable and do not leak much.
Best In-Ear / Earbuds Headphones under $25
If you want wireless headphones, the best cheap earbuds are the SoundPeats Q9A. They have a stable design that’s great for sports. The below-average sound quality may be a deal breaker for some. However, they’re more comfortable than typical in-ears. They also barely leak, so they’re great to use in quieter environments when you do not want to disturb those around you.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best cheap headphones to buy for most people. We factor in the price (a cheaper headphone wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors and availability (no headphones that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
A few examples of cheap headphones under $25 that didn't make the cut:
- Rovking V1. Cheap budget sports headphones. Low leakage but poor sound quality and isolation. See our review
- Venstone X1. Low leakage and a stable ear-hook design, but they perform slightly worse than our recommendations. See our review
If you would like to choose for yourself, here is the list of all our reviews for headphones under $25. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones. Personal taste, preference and listening habits will matter more in your selection.