Wireless Bluetooth headphones offer a cable-free listening experience and typically connect to your devices via Bluetooth. Below are our recommendations for the best Bluetooth headphones we have tested so far, both for over-ear and in-ear/earbuds.
Best Wireless Bluetooth Headphones $300+
The QuietComfort 35 are well-built and exceptionally comfortable wireless headphones. They sound great and the superb noise canceling significantly reduces the ambient noise of loud environments. They also provide a bit more isolation than the PXC 550. However, they leak quite a bit, so people may hear what you're playing, at higher volumes.
The PXC 550 have a versatile set of features that makes them great for most use cases. They're comfortable and isolate fairly well in loud environments. They have multiple sound profiles, to suit your listening preferences, and a very customisable and in-depth app that gives you a surprising amount of control over the active features. However, they're a bit pricey and can be a bit confusing to use and pair at times.
Best Wireless Bluetooth Headphones $150 to $300
The Plantronics Backbeat Pro are a decent pair of wireless headphones, with one of the most easy-to-use and ergonomic control schemes we have tested so far. They sound good if a little bass heavy. They also have one of the longest wireless ranges and they support aptX and aptX(LL). However, they're a little bulky and heavy, and the ANC produces an audible, low rumble when turned on.
The Samsung Level Over are well-designed and comfortable wireless headphones. They have a good customizable sound and don't leak much. But they're slightly bulky and heavy and add an extra layer of tinkering to get the best sound quality, which is not for everyone. They're also a bit more expensive than the Plantronics Backbeat Pro.
Best Wireless Bluetooth Headphones $50 to $150
The Jaybird X2 are great sports headphones. They're stable and wireless with a decent control scheme that's easy-to-use. They also and block a surprising amount of ambient noise and have an above-average audio reproduction. However, the in-ear fit is not comfortable for everyone.
The Samsung Level U Pro have a stable, lightweight design and good wireless range. They also deliver an above-average sound quality and more comfortable listening experience than typical in-ear models. However, the around-the-neck deign is not for everyone and the earbud audio cables feel a little cheap and susceptible to wear and tear.
Best Wireless Bluetooth Headphones below $50
The SoundPeats QY8 have an above-average audio reproduction. They're in-ear, wireless and stable enough to be used while doing sports. They also do well at isolating listeners, although they only block noise passively. They're a great option for the gym, and they're not too pricey but can be uncomfortable for some.
The Anker SoundBuds Sport have a stable wireless design that's great for gym use and won't easily fall out of your ears while running. Unfortunately, they don't deliver in the sound department like the QY8, which might be a deal breaker for some. The in-ear fit is also uncomfortable for certain listeners.
Our recommendations above are what we think is currently the best wireless headphones to buy for most people in each price range. 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 wireless headphones that didn't make the cut:
- Sennheiser Momentum 2.0.Wireless The wireless version of the momentum 2.0. Sturdy, durable design. Decent isolation but average sound quality. See our review
- Beats Studio Wireless. Stylish wireless design and good sound. A good alternative to the Samsung Level Over. See our review
- Bose SoundLink On-Ear. Good sound and decent overall performance. However, they're are slightly pricey for what they have to offer. See our review
- JBL E50BT. Above-average sound and good wireless range. But they're uncomfortable at times and do not isolate well. See our review
- B&W P5 Wireless. Great design and balanced sound. A bit pricey and the on-ear design is not always comfortable.See our review
If you would like to choose for yourself, here is the list of all our reviews for wireless headphones. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There is no perfect wireless headphone. Personal taste, preference and listening habits will matter more in your selection.
Questions & Answers
Thank you for your suggestion, we will add the Plantronics Voyager Focus UC to the list. But, since we do not have them yet, we cannot make a direct comparison to the Bose QuietComfort 35. However, based on our test results we can confidently say that the QC35 provide one of the best noise isolation performances.
Unfortunately, unlike the QC25, the mic does pick up voices/rustling papers when making a call. This does not occur when the phone mic is not active, and shouldn't be a problem during regular listening sessions.
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