Looking for a great deal on what is still probably the most popular headphone brand on the planet? We will rock you with the best Beats deals on the web. Beats by Dr Dre headphones might not be as omnipresent as they once were but since becoming an Apple subsidiary the sound quality and value for money they represent has improved immensely.
It's still true that if you're into hip-hop, rock and pop, Beats headphones are a great choice but nowadays they sound mighty fine with jazz and even classical thanks to greatly improved engineering, tuning and wireless technology. Beats headphones used to have a fairly terrible reputation among 'audiophiles' for the quality of their sound compared to their cost but most recent Beats by Dre headphones sound good to excellent. The Powerbeats Pro (review) are arguably the best headphones you can buy, Studio3 Wireless are right up there with any of the best noise cancelling headphones, and the likes of the brand flagship Solo 3 and gym-friendly Powerbeats are very solid. The new Solo 3 Pro is also superb although sadly so new that you're unlikely to see many deals on it.
Cheap Beats deals are a perennially popular online search, and the run-up to Christmas is likely to see a renewed rush to buy Beats by Dre headphones. Here are the best deals we can find.
Today's best Beats by Dr Dre headphone deals
Beats Solo 3 Wireless
The Beats Solo3 Wireless is iconic. Instantly recognisable, it's also a well-built wireless headphone that sounds good in both wireless and wired modes. They are comfortable to wear and the battery life provides up to 40 hours of listening time. The remote control built-in to the right ear cup is intuitive and easy to use. But the newest feature is the W1 chip, Apple's new Bluetooth technology, that improves battery life and makes pairing the headphones with Apple effortless. These are always getting discounts including RIGHT NOW.
Beats Powerbeats Pro
Powerbeats Pro are a 'game changer' for Beats; the quality of them is over and above anything the brand has produced before. Designed for workouts and running, the clever design of these true wireless buds means they stay still in your ears during even the most arduous physical jerks. Battery life is way better than most true wireless buds at 8-9 hours and they recharge incredibly fast. Admittedly the battery case provided is on the large side. What's even more impressive is that in terms of audio quality these are easily good enough to use outside of the gym. In fact, the overall combination of comfort, fit, sound, convenience and battery life makes them probably the best pair of earbuds you can buy right now.
Beats Studio3 (or Studio 3) Wireless
The Studio 3 is the Beats by Dre flagship: a luxe pair of cans with excellent sound and noise cancelling to rival Bose QC35 and Sony WH1000XM3. The noise cancelling adapts to the sound around you, helping to completely wipe out the rest of the world – the big, pillowy earcups help here, too. It's generally agreed these are the best sounding Beats headphones, but they aren't cheap. Even more reason to look out for a Black Friday deal on them – several retailers are offering £100 off the RRP.
Beats Solo Pro
The latest addition to the Beats fam, these are the on-ear brothers of the Studio 3 Wireless. There's similarly impressive noise cancelling – although the fact the brilliant Studio 3 are physically larger means they remain Apple's best NC headphones – and an impressively natural sounding Transparency Mode, so you can listen in on travel announcements and conversations.
Our only reservation we have with the Solo Pro is, like all on-ear headphones, it can pinch spectacles against your head, but it's better than many rivals in that respect. With Beats' usual exceptional battery life and its new, much improved signature sound – still full and weighty, but not just pure 'oomph-oomph-oomph' – Solo Pro is a great pair of cans. Will there be Black Friday 2019 deals on it? Almost certainly not, but maybe next year…
Beats X Wireless
Available in black or white (the grey and blue variants appear to have been dropped, even on the Beat by Dre website), these in-ears were announced just after the iPhone 7, the AirPods and alongside the superb Beats Solo 3 Wireless over-ear headphones, all of which feature Apple’s W1 wireless chip which augments Bluetooth for easy reconnection to your iOS device as well as easy device switching between your iCloud-registered devices.
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 3 Wireless deals
If you're living the active lifestyle and need a lightweight way of delivering tunes to your skull you might want to consider the older but probably still popular Powerbeats 3 Wireless headphones. The 12-hour battery life is great for multiple lengthy workouts between charges and the wireless tech is excellent for tangle-free times.
Beats Solo 2 Wireless
Despite lower stocks, there are still some fab deals on the Beats Solo 2 thanks to the newer Solo 3 model. These little headphones are very versatile. They have been designed to fold inwards to make them easy to pack into your bag. The rubber-topped headband creates a firm grip around the head for those who want to wear them running. But more importantly they have some of the best noise isolation through the outer coating creating a seal around the ear.
Here we have the first of our wired options, Beats Pro. On first impressions the size and weight of these headphones stand out. Designed for people mixing in studios, these headphones may not appeal to the more casual user. That said, the build quality is strong and these will withstand any clumsy drops or knocks.
The headphones are connected through a single cable which can be inserted to either earcup. The spare port can then be used by another set of headphones, allowing you to share music with your friends at the same time.
Beats Studio 2
The Studio's 2 are lighter with sleeker edges and greater attention to detail than the originals. One new feature is the rechargeable battery that gives 20 hours of listening time. If you enjoy classical music or more delicate sounds, the subtle hiss when the ANC is on may be a little irritating. Though the sound quality overall has been improved and the bass levels restrained, giving a much more balanced sound.
Beats Solo 2
The Solo 2 offers a good balance of performance and portability. Significant improvements to the sound quality have been made, though these probably aren't for the audio purists. The cups are on-ear rather than over-ear which could affect comfort and will definitely affect isolation from outside sounds.
The earcups on these over ears rotate so you can do your skillful mixing uninhibited. The bass in these cans is supposed to be particularly 'big' and you can share what you're listening to with dual-port daisy chaining.
Beats urBeats 2
If you want cheap Beats by Dre, this is as good as it gets really. It's a standard pair of earphones which come with tangle-free flat cables as well as a clicker and built-in microphone for taking calls.
Beats Powerbeats 2
These earphones are made for using while exercising. They're designed to not fall out of your ears and they're sweat and water resistant. Meanwhile, RemoteTalk controls allow you to easily take calls or change your music without having to fiddle.
Beats by Dre EP
Sitting at the lower end of the range and priced accordingly, the lightweight, wired Beats EP headphones are still very finely tuned, which means you'll be able to hear your music just as the artist intended.