Tired of tangled cords while listening to music? Wireless headphones offer a cable-free listening experience and typically connect to your devices via Bluetooth (check our articles What is Bluetooth? and Wired vs Wireless Headphones: Which one is for you?). They’re convenient for any situation, especially during workouts. Below are our recommendations for the best Bluetooth headphones we have tested so far.
Best Wireless Headphones
The best wireless headphones we've tested are the Bose QuietComfort 35. They are super comfortable and easy-to-use headphones with one of the best noise cancellation on the market. That and their well-balanced sound and decent battery life make them versatile enough for most environments and use cases.
If you want a good, well-rounded pair of over-ear headphone for casual everyday use, then the QC35 are a better option than the Sony MDR-1000x (although the 1000X are more suitable for commuting thanks to their slightly better noise canceling).
More Portable Alternative
If you still want the great isolation of a Bose headphone but find over-ear models a bit too bulky and cumbersome, we recommend the Bose QuietControl 30 instead. Unlike the QC 35, they're better suited for sports and they're a lot easier to carry around on your person. They do not sound as good as the Bose QC 35, but they block a lot of noise and give you more control over their noise cancellation feature.
Best Mid-Range Wireless Headphones
For a mid-range option, we recommend the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2. They are well-rounded headphones with an exciting sound and a fast wireless connection for watching videos.
They don't isolate as well as the Bose headphones on this list, but they have a better build quality and a more ergonomic button layout that gives you more control over their active features, even without an app. They're also significantly cheaper.
More Portable Alternative
If you need a more portable design, get the Beats X. They don't have active noise cancellation, but their passive isolation is good enough for most environments. They have a well-balanced sound, a great wireless range considering their smaller size and a few additional features if you have an iOS device.
They're decently well-built and flexible enough to easily fit in your pocket. However, if you're an Android user, the Jaybird Freedom may be a better alternative.
Best Budget Wireless Headphones
For a budget option, we recommend the Samsung Level U Pro. These wireless budget in-ear headphones are comfortable thanks to their flexible in-ear tips and deliver a good sound. They’re a well-rounded cheap option that will please most casual listeners, but their build quality feels a bit flimsy which may be expected for wireless earbuds at this price point.
If you're looking for an even cheaper option, get the Mpow Jaws. They are cheaper than the Samsung level U Pro and isolate better in loud environments.
They're more comfortable than most in-ears, are wireless with a good range and portable enough that you can fold them and put them in your pocket, unlike the Level U. However their sound quality could be a deal breaker, especially if you care a lot about an accurate audio reproduction.
- Sony MDR 1000X. Best noise cancellation and superior build quality. Slightly inconsistent sound and bulky build. See our review
- Jaybird Freedom. A good alternative to the BeatsX. Versatile and comfortable in-ear headphones. Slightly short battery life and bulky charging clip can be frustrating. See our review
- Samsung Level Over Wireless. Customizable sound and good build quality. Mediocre at best isolation. See our review
- Parrot Zik 3.0. Great build quality and design. Good sound and isolation but below average battery life for an over- headphone. See our review
- Sennheiser PXC 550. Good overall performance and great customizable features. Mediocre at best isolation. See our review
- Beats Solo 3. Good sound and sleek simple design. A bit tight on the head. See our review
- Mpow Bluetooth Over-Ear. Efficient controls and good overall performance for their price. A bit plasticky and does not block a lot of noise. See our review
- JBL Everest Elite 700. A good substitute to the Plantronics with great customization options. Tight on the head and slightly bulky design. See our review
Our recommendations above are what we think are 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).
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 are no perfect headphones. Personal taste, preference and listening habits will matter more in your selection.