It’s a pretty safe bet that you use both headphones as well as speakers to enjoy your various entertainment during the course of the day. When you’re on the go, plugged into your smartphone or tablet on the bus or on the commute, you’re certainly using some sort of headphones. Most people I know also use headphones at work. Well, that is unless you like annoying your fellow passengers or coworkers by subjecting them to your own particular and eclectic musical or podcasting tastes.

No, that’s for when you’re in the comfort of your own home, backyard or campsite, using a good set of speakers to fill your space with sweet music, setting the mood for dinner or just relaxing at the end of the day. So, it is pretty essential that you have the best headphones and speakers you can currently afford, because, quite frankly, your ears are worth it. That’s why I’m here to give you my picks for Top 10 Headphones & Speakers for every budget, as rated by you, the customers who submit reviews on the Best Buy website. These are all five-star rated headphones or speakers, with multiple positive peer reviews.

Top Headphones and Speakers Under $100

1 – Panasonic Ergo Fit In-Ear Sound Isolating Headphones

If you have a smartphone or tablet, then chances are you have used earbuds before. And, while the earbuds that came included with your devices are pretty decent, the Panasonic Ergo Fit In-Ear Sound Isolating Headphones go further with a noise-isolating design that does away with background noise, so all you hear is sweet, sweet music. The buds also come with three pairs of interchangeable ear tips, so you can find the ideal fit for your ears.

2 – Skullcandy Barricade Rugged/Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Ideal for home or at the campsite, the Skullcandy Barricade Rugged/Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker is small, but tough, with a 10W speaker and dual passive radiators for powerful sounds no matter where you are. The wireless speaker also has a speakerphone function, eight-hours of battery life per charge, and a USB input so you can charge your smart devices while its in use.

Top Headphones and Speakers between $100 – $200

3 – Klipsch Reference R6 On-Ear Headphones

With high-density foam ear cups for ultimate comfort, plus a noise-isolating design, the Klipsch Reference R6 On-Ear Headphones offer an exquisite custom fit and warm, authentic sound that isn’t competing with outside noise. The phones come with an advanced three-button remote that also gives you full voice control on Apple devices, and a built-in mic, so you can answer your calls while grooving to your tunes.

4 – Sony SRS-XB3 Splashproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

This two-channel wireless speaker features two passive radiators and extra bass tech to give you the powerful Sony audio experience you’ve come to expect. It has a compact, portable design that make it easy to take on the go, or keep on your kitchen counter or backyard deck. It offers an integrated speakerphone so you can take calls hands-free, and you get up to 24 hours of battery life on a single charge!

Top Headphones and Speakers between $200 – $300

5 – Beats by Dr. Dre Solo3 On-Ear Sound Isolating Bluetooth Headphones

Beats are one of the more well-known and trendy brands out there, popular with DJs and music lovers everywhere. That’s because these wireless phones offer a superior listening experience, with finely tuned acoustics, and a built-in dual beam-forming mic so you get crystal clear audio on your calls. The Beats by Dr. Dre Solo3 On-Ear Sound Isolating Bluetooth Headphones feature cushioned ear cups so you can listen in comfort for extended periods of time, plus its rechargeable battery provides 40 hours of use on a full charge and three hours of playback on a five-minute Fast Fuel quick charge.

6 – Bose SoundLink Revolve Splashproof Bluetooth NFC Wireless Speaker

Get true 360 degree sound with the Bose SoundLink Revolve Splashproof Bluetooth NFC Wireless Speaker. This wireless speaker offers immersive sound, portability and durability all in one. It offers easy pairing for multiple devices, a built-in speakerphone, and you can pair another speaker for even bigger sound. The battery delivers a solid 12 hours of life per charge, too.

Top Headphones and Speakers over $300

7 – Sony Over-Ear Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones 

These wireless headphones offer rich, studio-quality sound that you can customize using a companion app on your smart device. Featuring advanced noise-cancelling technology that eliminates outside sounds, the Sony Over-Ear Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones features touch sensor controls that let you skip tracks and adjust volume with the tap of a finger, and tons of cool functions to enhance your listening pleasure. For example, the Sense Engine function lets you tune in and out of music at the touch of a button, while the Quick Attention mode lets you talk without having to take off your headphones; just put your hand over the housing and the volume lowers immediately. It also gives you up to 30 hours of use per charge, plus its quick-charging technology offers up to 70 minutes of playback after only 10 minutes of charging.

8 – LifeProof AQUAPHONICS AQ11 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

With protection against water, snow and dust, the LifeProof AQUAPHONICS AQ11 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker lets you bring big, booming sound practically everywhere. This wireless speaker features 15-hours of battery life, plus it doubles as a portable charger for all your smart devices. It has a floatable design, so it won’t sink in water, and you can pair it with up to eight other Aquaphic speakers to create a dynamic sound system. It also features a drybox for storage.

9 – Sennheiser Over-Ear Noise Cancelling & Sound Isolating Wireless Headphones

Sennheiser is one of the top names in audio, and you can pretty much guarantee great sound from the brand. These wireless headphones feature advanced noise cancelling tech, supreme comfort, and an ear-mounted control panel with voice prompt system that allows you to select settings, including different sound modes that enhance your listening experience. Lightweight and foldable, these phones are still high quality and durable, offering exceptional sound, plus a triple microphone array for crystal clear calls when you’re not immersed in your tunes.

10 – Marshall Stanmore Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

You’ll love the vintage, guitar-amp look of the Marshall Stanmore Bluetooth Wireless Speaker. It delivers clean, crisp audio from a 5-1/4″ woofer and two 3/4″ dome tweeters, streamed wirelessly from your smartphone or tablet. It also offers a 3.5mm input for wired audio, plus cool analog toggle switches and analog knobs for on/off, volume, and tone control.

What are your favourite speakers or headphones? Let me know in the comment section below, or, if you’re in the market for something new, check out the above items and more on the Best Buy site.

Steven Hill
I am an award-winning writer, freelance journalist and blogger who is a self-confessed geek and tech lover. When not playing the latest video games or salivating over the newest gadgets, I enjoy cooking for my family, mountain biking or snowboarding the deep powder on Whistler Mountain.