Office headphones are typically versatile headsets that can be used at work or in an office-like environment. This means headphones good for office use should have minimal leakage to not disturb the people around you. They should be comfortable to use for long periods of time and block the ambient noise of a moderately busy office. Below are our recommendations for the best office headphones we have tested so far.
Best Office Headphones
Headphones in this price range are well-built, durable headsets that isolate enough to block the chatter of a noisy office. They sound great and comfortably create a good seal around, on or in the ear, to not let sound leak. Some models in this price range come with additional features like wireless audio and noise-cancelling.
The Bose QuietControl 30 are the best office headphones we've tested so far. They are wireless and barely leak, so your colleagues won’t be distracted by what you're listening to, even at max volume. They also isolate well enough to prevent most of the office chatter from seeping into your audio. The around-the-neck design might not be for everyone, but they have a comfortable earbud fit, above average sound and a good battery for a comfortable listening experience.
If you like the around-the-neck design of the QuietControl 30 and have an iOS device, then get the Beats X instead. They don't actively block noise like the Bose QC30 and they're not as comfortable, but they are significantly cheaper and more portable thanks to their flexible design. They also have a good all-around performance, an above average sound and they isolate well enough for an office-like environment.
Best Mid-Range Office Headphones
In this price range, office headsets are versatile enough and do not leak much. They're durable, comfortable and also isolate well enough for the ambient noise of a busy office. However, they won't have as many additional features as the higher end models.
The Jaybird X3 are versatile headphones we recommend for office use. Like the Bose QC30, they barely leak, so you don’t have to worry about volume levels or being overheard. They also passively isolate better than some of the noise-canceling headphones we’ve tested, so they can handle lively office environments too. Although they don't surpass the Jaybird X2 in all aspects, they have a customizable app, easier controls and they're a good upgrade if you have the budget.
If you prefer an over-ear design to use at the office, then we recommend the Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2. They're more versatile overall than the Jaybird X3, with a greater wireless range and battery life. These work headphones have an exciting sound quality to get you pumped or focused while you're working. However, they're not as breathable or as portable as the X2 so if your work requires a lot of physical activity, they may not be ideal but for everything else, they're a great and relatively affordable option.
Best Budget Office Headphones
The headphones in this price range will struggle a little in loud office environments. They're not as comfortable or well built as the pricier models and also have fewer features. However, they still offer a decent sound quality and low leakage.
If you like the around the neck design of the Bose QuietComfort 30 but find them a bit too expensive, then we recommend to get the Samsung Level U Pro. They are a solid budget alternative and they are comfortable, thanks to their flexible tips. They have a reliable, low latency wireless connection and they also barely leak, which makes them suitable to use in a quieter office environment.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best office 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 office headphones that didn't make the cut:
- Sennheiser PXC 550. Customizable sound, comfortable and stable fit. Leaky at higher volumes. See our review
- Sony MDR-1000x. Outstanding isolation and above-average sound. Slightly pricey and bulky design. See our review
- Bose QuietComfort 35. Super comfortable design and great isolation. Very leaky at high volumes. See our review
- Jaybird X2. The previous model of the X3. They perform just as well for office use and they're a bit cheaper. However, they do not have any app support. See our review
- Bose SoundTrue Ultra In-Ear. Good isolation, minimal leakage. Good, wired, alternative to the Jaybird X3. See our review
If you would like to choose for yourself, here is the list of all our reviews for office headphones. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones. Personal taste, preference and where you use the headphones will matter more in your selection.