When everyone in your family has their own digital entertainment preference, it can lead to a very noisy room. If Netflix is battling an audiobook battling the soundtrack to Hamilton at your house, the perfect solution to spending time together as a family is headphones for all! If you want to give the family a set of headphones, here are the best headphones for every budget.
Best headphone gifts for kids
I wanted to include this special category, to make sure there’s a kid-focused option for everyone. My criteria for a good pair of kid’s headphones are price, durability, and how comfortable they are.
Another important feature to look for is a built-in volume limiter, which will help keep their hearing safe. If you choose a pair with noise-cancelling you can have a conversation with your spouse without a million interrupting questions from your inquisitive child. That will make it easier to discuss dinner plans or birthday gift suggestions with your child none the wiser.
You’ll be surprised at the variety of budget headphones available, but not all affordable headphones are equal. You might be tempted to go for a pair with a wide array of features, but resist that urge. As an example, it’s very hard for a budget pair of headphones to effectively deliver truly wireless sound with noise cancellation.
Instead, focus on the primary use for the headphones you’re giving. I’ve always been very happy with Skullcandy headphones as cost-effective and good-quality devices.
Best mid-price headphone gifts
For this category, you’re balancing features, appearance and affordability. Every good headphone maker knows there’s a market for mid-range devices, so start with a brand you trust like Beats or Sony. Keep in mind that the more features you want in a device, the more pressure you’re putting on your budget.
Best high-end headphone gifts
You’ll have access to the best features at the best quality with this tier of headphone pricing. These are some of the features you should consider.
Regular wireless headphones are connected to each other by a wire that serves as an antenna. Truly wireless, on the other hand, has no wires at all. The variable to look for is battery life: the best truly wireless headphones will offer up to 20 hours of battery life.
In an improvement over passive noise cancellation, high-end headphones can offer active noise cancellation. They use software built into the headphones themselves to compensate for the noise around you, modifying the headphone sound to counteract the noise.
Smart assistant integration
When your headphones have smart assistant integration, they are compatible with the various virtual assistants like Google Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri. A good pair of headphones will integrate with your existing digital setup and make the experience seamless.
Best headphone gifts for every budget
The simple trick to picking the right gift is knowledge. When you start with an understanding of what activities and scenarios your gift recipient will use the headphones in, you can narrow your choices down to the best options in your price range. And as always, the more research you do, the better prepared you’ll be.
You can find the best headphones for every budget on Best Buy.