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Father's Day gift idea: The 3M WorkTunes Connect Bluetooth headphones for $39

Help Dad enjoy his playlists while keeping his hearing safe.

Rick Broida Senior Editor
Rick Broida is the author of numerous books and thousands of reviews, features and blog posts. He writes CNET's popular Cheapskate blog and co-hosts Protocol 1: A Travelers Podcast (about the TV show Travelers). He lives in Michigan, where he previously owned two escape rooms (chronicled in the ebook "I Was a Middle-Aged Zombie").
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$41 is a small price to pay now against pricey hearing aids later.


Any dad who works with power tools needs hearing protection. And take it from this dad; age is already taking its toll, so we don't need belt sanders, lawn mowers and circular saws speeding things along.

There are plenty of safety earmuffs out there, but then how can we listen to our Greatest Hits of the '70s playlist? Simple: add Bluetooth to the mix. For a limited time, Amazon has the 3M WorkTunes Connect Wireless Hearing Protector headphones for $39.32. (Just yesterday: $41.) These sell elsewhere for as much as $60.

These headphones look like traditional workshop earmuffs and provide 24 decibels of noise reduction just by wearing them. But of course they're straight-up Bluetooth headphones as well -- and thanks to the passive noise reduction, Dad won't have to crank the volume to 11 just to hear his tunes.

How do they sound? I found the perfect person to evaluate the WorkTunes Connect: Cheapskate Jr. My 18-year-old is a welder and bladesmith, so he needs hearing protection all the time. His verdict? Two enthusiastic thumbs up. In fact, he's made it clear I'm not getting these back.

Amazon's price seems to fluctuate fairly often; just yesterday these were $41 and change. Given the dual-purpose nature of these headphones, I think any price in that range is quite reasonable.

Your thoughts?

Read more: CNET's Father's Day Gift Guide 2021

First published last year. Updated to reflect new pricing. Removed expired bonus deal.

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