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
Office headphones in this price range are well-built, durable headsets that isolate enough to block the chatter of a busy 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 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 still want the great isolation and comfort of Bose headphones but do not like the neckband design of the QC 30, then the wireless Quiet Comfort 35 are a good alternative. They’re one of the most comfortable closed back, over-ear headphones we’ve tested so far. These work headphones sound great and will easily block the ambient noise of most office environments. Unfortunately, they are a bit leaky at higher volumes which might be distracting to the people around you.
Best Mid-Range Office Headphones
In this price range, office headphones 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. They also won't sound as great.
The Jaybird X2 are versatile enough to be a good option for office use. Like the 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 a lively office. However, the in-ear design might not be comfortable enough for hours of listening.
If you’re looking for a good, mid-range over-ear alternative to the X2, then get the Level Over Wireless. They have a far-reaching wireless connection so you can be listening to your PC or laptop and still have the freedom to walk around the office. They have a great battery life, and they’re also comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time without them hurting your ears. However, although they don’t leak much they also don’t isolate well against ambient noise. They will be ideal if you work in a quiet office but may struggle a little in louder environments.
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 Quiet Comfort 30 but find them a bit too expensive, then the Level U Pro are a solid budget alternative. They’re comfortable for an in-ear design thanks to their flexible tips and have a reliable, low latency wireless connection. They also barely leak which makes them suitable to use in a quieter office environment. Unfortunately, they’re not as well-built as the QC30, but they’re also considerably cheaper.
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 comfort and sound but a bit pricey and slightly bulky. See our review
- Bose QuietComfort 20. Excellent noise isolation. Portable and stable design. Mediocre audio quality. See our review
- Bose SoundTrue Ultra In-Ear. Good isolation, minimal leakage. Good alternative to the Jaybird X2. 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.