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Headphones Reviews

Start with our picks for the best headphones below. These are the ones we recommend based on our testing and in-depth headphones reviews.

MOST POPULAR RECOMMENDED HEADPHONES

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Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2

The Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 are a great successor to the popular BackBeat Pro. They have a better sound that still packs a powerful bass, an excellent wireless range and battery life, as well as a sturdy, comfortable design. They're a bit bulky but they're a versatile headset we recommend for everyday casual use.

SteelSeries Arctis 7 SteelSeries Arctis 7

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 is a sturdy, well-made and versatile pair of gaming headphones that you can also use wired with most devices. We often recommend them for their multiple connection options, comfortable fit and well-balanced sound that you can customize with the SteelSeries Engine software. They will work with both the XBox One and PS4 if you use them wired, plug into the controllers, but only have wireless support for the PS4. They can also be a bit tight for some since the frame of the headband is not adjustable.

Anker SoundBuds Curve Anker SoundBuds Curve

The Anker Soundbuds Curve are affordable, budget wireless sports headphones, with a good enough performance for every day casual use. We often recommend them for their stable ear-hook design, decent sound quality, and above-average battery life that make them a good choice for sports, listening to music and most use cases. They won't be the ideal headphones for more critical listeners or for gaming, but they're easily one of the better wireless headsets you can get at this price.

BEST HEADPHONES OF 2018

Find the best headphones for your needs. There are hundreds of models to choose from and we reviewed and selected the best headphones on the market. Whether you’re looking for wireless earbuds for your office or the best headphones for running, here are our top recommendations for 2018 you can buy right now.

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  • By Type
    • Earbuds/In Ear
      • Best Earbuds

        Bose QuietControl 30

        The Bose QuietControl 30 are above-average wireless earbuds for most uses cases, that deliver a satisfying sound quality. They're decently portable and offer more control over their noise cancellation than other Bose headphones we've tested so far. However, the noise canceling is not as strong, and although they're stable enough to exercise with the around-the-neck design won't be for everyone. See our review

      • Best Mid-Range

        Samsung Gear IconX

        The Samsung Gear IconX 2018 are versatile, truly wireless headphones that are great for sports. They're super portable and stable enough for running and working out. They have a decent sound quality and block enough noise to be suitable for most environments. They also barely leak, so they're a great choice for the office and commuting. Unfortunately, they have too much latency for watching movies and gaming. See our review

      • Best Budget

        Samsung U Flex

        The Samsung U Flex are decent wireless in-ears for most use cases. They sound decently well-balanced if a bit sharp on some tracks, and have an around-the-neck design that's a bit bulkier than most but flexible enough to fit into some pockets. They have a decent battery life and an excellent wireless range but struggle to isolate in loud, noisy environments. They're also fairly limited in customization options if they're not paired with a Samsung device which is a bit disappointing. See our review

    • On Ear
      • Best Headphones

        Beats Solo3 Wireless

        The Beats Solo 3 Wireless are decent mixed usage headphones, with a surprisingly balanced sound for critical listening. They're almost identical to the Solo2 Wireless but have a better range and battery life thanks to the W1 chip. They're above-average comfortable but a bit tight on the head which makes them stable enough for sports but not ideal for long listening sessions. Unfortunately, they also have fairly weak noise isolation, so they won't be the ideal headphones to use in noisy environments. See our review

      • Best Mid-Range

        Bose SoundLink On-Ear

        The Bose SoundLink On-Ear are decent wireless on-ear headphones. They're comfortable and deliver a stable listening experience. Their sound quality is above-average, and they have an efficient control scheme. Sadly, they don't block much noise and leak quite a bit. They won't be ideal for traveling and may disturb people around you at higher volumes. See our review

      • Best Budget

        Skullcandy Grind

        The Skullcandy Grind are versatile and comfortable on-ear headphones. They have an above-average sound, they're lightweight and surprisingly comfortable for an on-ear model. However, they're not as portable as some of the other on-ears we've tested, and they do not block a lot of noise so they won't be the ideal headphones for loud environments. See our review

    • Over Ear
      • Best Headphones

        Bose QuietComfort 35 II

        The Bose QuietComfort 35 II are great headphones for commuting and traveling with a few improvements over the previous model. The redesign does not change much but adds a bit more functionality and a dedicated button for Google Assistant and to switch between noise canceling modes which is a welcomed addition. They're still super comfortable headphones with a very good sound quality and a versatile, easy-to-use design but unfortunately, they're also a bit leaky a bit at higher volumes. See our review

      • Best Mid-Range

        Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2

        The Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 are good mixed usage wireless headphones and a much-improved design over the original BackBeat Pro. They're sturdy, comfortable headphones with an easy-to-use control scheme and an exciting sound quality. They're also packed with active features that make them suitable for most use cases, but unfortunately, they don't block as much ambient noise as some of the other noise-canceling headphones we've reviewed recently. See our review

      • Best Budget

        Logitech G433

        The Logitech G433 are a good gaming headset, with a well-balanced sound, and a versatile design for everyday use. They have a detachable mic, a regular aux cable, as well as a USB/headset dongle for PCs. They're a lot more practical to use outdoors than other gaming headsets, and the boom mic is great for gaming and making calls. They're comfortable and decently well built but are not the most portable since they don't fold. They also do not block a lot of noise. See our review

  • By Feature
    • Active Noise Cancelling
      • Best Headphones

        Bose QuietComfort 35 II

        The Bose QuietComfort 35 II are great headphones for commuting and traveling with a few improvements over the previous model. The redesign does not change much but adds a bit more functionality and a dedicated button for Google Assistant and to switch between noise canceling modes which is a welcomed addition. They're still super comfortable headphones with a very good sound quality and a versatile, easy-to-use design but unfortunately, they're also a bit leaky a bit at higher volumes. See our review

      • Best Mid-Range

        Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2

        The Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 are good mixed usage wireless headphones and a much-improved design over the original BackBeat Pro. They're sturdy, comfortable headphones with an easy-to-use control scheme and an exciting sound quality. They're also packed with active features that make them suitable for most use cases, but unfortunately, they don't block as much ambient noise as some of the other noise-canceling headphones we've reviewed recently. See our review

      • Best Budget

        Cowin E7

        The Cowin E7 are budget noise-canceling headphones with a great wireless range but mediocre sound quality. They're decent for most use cases but tend to sound a little dark and muffled. On the upside, they have a moderately comfortable design, a long battery life, and block a decent amount of noise for commuting. Unfortunately, their budget price shows in their build quality which feels a bit cheap at times. See our review

    • Wireless Bluetooth
      • Best Headphones

        Bose QuietComfort 35 II

        The Bose QuietComfort 35 II are great headphones for commuting and traveling with a few improvements over the previous model. The redesign does not change much but adds a bit more functionality and a dedicated button for Google Assistant and to switch between noise canceling modes which is a welcomed addition. They're still super comfortable headphones with a very good sound quality and a versatile, easy-to-use design but unfortunately, they're also a bit leaky a bit at higher volumes. See our review

      • Best Mid-Range

        Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2

        The Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 are good mixed usage wireless headphones and a much-improved design over the original BackBeat Pro. They're sturdy, comfortable headphones with an easy-to-use control scheme and an exciting sound quality. They're also packed with active features that make them suitable for most use cases, but unfortunately, they don't block as much ambient noise as some of the other noise-canceling headphones we've reviewed recently. See our review

      • Best Budget

        Samsung U Flex

        The Samsung U Flex are decent wireless in-ears for most use cases. They sound decently well-balanced if a bit sharp on some tracks, and have an around-the-neck design that's a bit bulkier than most but flexible enough to fit into some pockets. They have a decent battery life and an excellent wireless range but struggle to isolate in loud, noisy environments. They're also fairly limited in customization options if they're not paired with a Samsung device which is a bit disappointing. See our review

  • By Price
    • Under $25
      • Best Over-Ear

        Koss UR-20

        The Koss UR-20 are below-average headphones that perform poorly in most of our test categories. They are moderately comfortable but have a weak, unexciting sound and leak quite a bit. People around you will hear your audio at high volumes, and they only provide passive isolation from ambient noise. See our review

      • Best On-Ear

        AmazonBasics Lightweight On Ear

        The AmazonBasics Lightweight On-Ear are a decent low-budget pair of headphones with a satisfying sound quality. Unfortunately, they're not the most versatile. They struggle in loud environments, and their build quality feels a little cheap and susceptible to wear and tear. They're also a bit uncomfortable. See our review

      • Best Earbuds

        Anker SoundBuds Curve

        The Anker SoundBuds Curve are good sports headphones, with a long battery life and a decent sound. They're comfortable with a stable ear-hook design for exercising and working out. They're compact enough to fit into your pockets, and they're decently well built, although the audio cable is a little thinner than comparable wireless in-ears. Unfortunately, they do not block that much noise so they may not be the best headphones for loud, noisy environments and their sound may be a bit too bass-heavy for some. See our review

    • Under $50
      • Best Over-Ear

        Mpow Bluetooth Over-Ear

        The Mpow 059 Over-Ear are average mixed-usage wireless headphones. They're decently comfortable, they have a good control scheme and a long battery life. They won't be the ideal headphones for working out or for blocking the noise of your commutes, but their sound quality and features are surprisingly decent for their price range. See our review

      • Best On-Ear

        Skullcandy Grind

        The Skullcandy Grind are versatile and comfortable on-ear headphones. They have an above-average sound, they're lightweight and surprisingly comfortable for an on-ear model. However, they're not as portable as some of the other on-ears we've tested, and they do not block a lot of noise so they won't be the ideal headphones for loud environments. See our review

      • Best Earbuds

        Samsung U Flex

        The Samsung U Flex are decent wireless in-ears for most use cases. They sound decently well-balanced if a bit sharp on some tracks, and have an around-the-neck design that's a bit bulkier than most but flexible enough to fit into some pockets. They have a decent battery life and an excellent wireless range but struggle to isolate in loud, noisy environments. They're also fairly limited in customization options if they're not paired with a Samsung device which is a bit disappointing. See our review

    • Under $100
      • Best Over-Ear

        Logitech G433

        The Logitech G433 are a good gaming headset, with a well-balanced sound, and a versatile design for everyday use. They have a detachable mic, a regular aux cable, as well as a USB/headset dongle for PCs. They're a lot more practical to use outdoors than other gaming headsets, and the boom mic is great for gaming and making calls. They're comfortable and decently well built but are not the most portable since they don't fold. They also do not block a lot of noise. See our review

      • Best On-Ear

        Samsung Level On Wireless

        The Samsung Level On Wireless are a surprisingly great set of headphones. They feel flimsy but deliver in the sound department, with accurate audio reproduction. They also do a decent job with noise isolation. Unfortunately, they don't feel as durable as the Level Over and their touch controls can be a bit frustrating to use at times. See our review

      • Best Earbuds

        Jaybird Freedom

        The Jaybird Freedom are great sports headphones that have a more streamlined design than the X2 and X3. They're sufficiently stable for most workout routines and have a decent sound quality. They also block a lot of ambient noise passively and barely leak so you can play your music at higher volumes and not distract anyone around you. Unfortunately, the bulky charging clip is inconvenient and makes the headphones a bit unstable for running when attached. See our review

    • Under $200
      • Best Over-Ear

        Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2

        The Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 are good mixed usage wireless headphones and a much-improved design over the original BackBeat Pro. They're sturdy, comfortable headphones with an easy-to-use control scheme and an exciting sound quality. They're also packed with active features that make them suitable for most use cases, but unfortunately, they don't block as much ambient noise as some of the other noise-canceling headphones we've reviewed recently. See our review

      • Best On-Ear

        Bose SoundLink On-Ear

        The Bose SoundLink On-Ear are decent wireless on-ear headphones. They're comfortable and deliver a stable listening experience. Their sound quality is above-average, and they have an efficient control scheme. Sadly, they don't block much noise and leak quite a bit. They won't be ideal for traveling and may disturb people around you at higher volumes. See our review

      • Best Earbuds

        Samsung Gear IconX

        The Samsung Gear IconX 2018 are versatile, truly wireless headphones that are great for sports. They're super portable and stable enough for running and working out. They have a decent sound quality and block enough noise to be suitable for most environments. They also barely leak, so they're a great choice for the office and commuting. Unfortunately, they have too much latency for watching movies and gaming. See our review

    • Under $400
      • Best Over-Ear

        Bose QuietComfort 35 II

        The Bose QuietComfort 35 II are great headphones for commuting and traveling with a few improvements over the previous model. The redesign does not change much but adds a bit more functionality and a dedicated button for Google Assistant and to switch between noise canceling modes which is a welcomed addition. They're still super comfortable headphones with a very good sound quality and a versatile, easy-to-use design but unfortunately, they're also a bit leaky a bit at higher volumes. See our review

      • Best On-Ear

        Beats Solo3 Wireless

        The Beats Solo 3 Wireless are decent mixed usage headphones, with a surprisingly balanced sound for critical listening. They're almost identical to the Solo2 Wireless but have a better range and battery life thanks to the W1 chip. They're above-average comfortable but a bit tight on the head which makes them stable enough for sports but not ideal for long listening sessions. Unfortunately, they also have fairly weak noise isolation, so they won't be the ideal headphones to use in noisy environments. See our review

      • Best Earbuds

        Bose QuietControl 30

        The Bose QuietControl 30 are above-average wireless earbuds for most uses cases, that deliver a satisfying sound quality. They're decently portable and offer more control over their noise cancellation than other Bose headphones we've tested so far. However, the noise canceling is not as strong, and although they're stable enough to exercise with the around-the-neck design won't be for everyone. See our review

  • By Usage
    • Gaming
      • Best Headphones

        SteelSeries Arctis 7

        The SteelSeries Arctis 7 are a great gaming headset, with a versatile design, a good sound, and an excellent mic. They also have a long-lasting battery life, and a standard audio jack so that you can use them passively like casual headphones. Unfortunately, they're a bit bulky, and the headband frame is not adjustable so they may be a little tight for some listeners. They also won't be ideal to use in loud environments because they don't block a lot of noise. See our review

      • Best Budget

        Logitech G430

        The Logitech G430 are above-average gaming headphones with a good-enough sound for critical listening. They're comfortable and have a decent mic that filters a lot of noise. However, they're not very versatile headphones. They won't do well in loud environments, they leak a lot and they're not made for sports or commuting. See our review

    • Commuting
      • Best Headphones

        Bose QuietComfort 35 II

        The Bose QuietComfort 35 II are great headphones for commuting and traveling with a few improvements over the previous model. The redesign does not change much but adds a bit more functionality and a dedicated button for Google Assistant and to switch between noise canceling modes which is a welcomed addition. They're still super comfortable headphones with a very good sound quality and a versatile, easy-to-use design but unfortunately, they're also a bit leaky a bit at higher volumes. See our review

      • Best Mid-Range

        Samsung Gear IconX

        The Samsung Gear IconX 2018 are versatile, truly wireless headphones that are great for sports. They're super portable and stable enough for running and working out. They have a decent sound quality and block enough noise to be suitable for most environments. They also barely leak, so they're a great choice for the office and commuting. Unfortunately, they have too much latency for watching movies and gaming. See our review

      • Best Budget

        Anker SoundBuds Curve

        The Anker SoundBuds Curve are good sports headphones, with a long battery life and a decent sound. They're comfortable with a stable ear-hook design for exercising and working out. They're compact enough to fit into your pockets, and they're decently well built, although the audio cable is a little thinner than comparable wireless in-ears. Unfortunately, they do not block that much noise so they may not be the best headphones for loud, noisy environments and their sound may be a bit too bass-heavy for some. See our review

    • Critical Listening
    • Home Theater
      • Best Headphones

        Astro A50

        The Astro A50 is a good gaming headset with a very good sound for critical listening. These headphones are well-built, durable and have a premium-looking design with comfortable ear cups that you can wear for hours. Sadly, you can't really use them as casual, everyday headphones. They're not made for commuting or sports and have to be in range of their base station to work. See our review

      • Best Budget

        Logitech G433

        The Logitech G433 are a good gaming headset, with a well-balanced sound, and a versatile design for everyday use. They have a detachable mic, a regular aux cable, as well as a USB/headset dongle for PCs. They're a lot more practical to use outdoors than other gaming headsets, and the boom mic is great for gaming and making calls. They're comfortable and decently well built but are not the most portable since they don't fold. They also do not block a lot of noise. See our review

    • Office
      • Best Headphones

        Bose QuietComfort 35 II

        The Bose QuietComfort 35 II are great headphones for commuting and traveling with a few improvements over the previous model. The redesign does not change much but adds a bit more functionality and a dedicated button for Google Assistant and to switch between noise canceling modes which is a welcomed addition. They're still super comfortable headphones with a very good sound quality and a versatile, easy-to-use design but unfortunately, they're also a bit leaky a bit at higher volumes. See our review

      • Best Mid-Range

        Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2

        The Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 are good mixed usage wireless headphones and a much-improved design over the original BackBeat Pro. They're sturdy, comfortable headphones with an easy-to-use control scheme and an exciting sound quality. They're also packed with active features that make them suitable for most use cases, but unfortunately, they don't block as much ambient noise as some of the other noise-canceling headphones we've reviewed recently. See our review

      • Best Budget

        Samsung U Flex

        The Samsung U Flex are decent wireless in-ears for most use cases. They sound decently well-balanced if a bit sharp on some tracks, and have an around-the-neck design that's a bit bulkier than most but flexible enough to fit into some pockets. They have a decent battery life and an excellent wireless range but struggle to isolate in loud, noisy environments. They're also fairly limited in customization options if they're not paired with a Samsung device which is a bit disappointing. See our review

    • Sports/Fitness
      • Best Headphones

        Samsung Gear IconX

        The Samsung Gear IconX 2018 are versatile, truly wireless headphones that are great for sports. They're super portable and stable enough for running and working out. They have a decent sound quality and block enough noise to be suitable for most environments. They also barely leak, so they're a great choice for the office and commuting. Unfortunately, they have too much latency for watching movies and gaming. See our review

      • Best Budget

        Jaybird Freedom

        The Jaybird Freedom are great sports headphones that have a more streamlined design than the X2 and X3. They're sufficiently stable for most workout routines and have a decent sound quality. They also block a lot of ambient noise passively and barely leak so you can play your music at higher volumes and not distract anyone around you. Unfortunately, the bulky charging clip is inconvenient and makes the headphones a bit unstable for running when attached. See our review

  • By Enclosure
    • Open Back
    • Closed Back
      • Best Headphones

        Bose QuietComfort 35 II

        The Bose QuietComfort 35 II are great headphones for commuting and traveling with a few improvements over the previous model. The redesign does not change much but adds a bit more functionality and a dedicated button for Google Assistant and to switch between noise canceling modes which is a welcomed addition. They're still super comfortable headphones with a very good sound quality and a versatile, easy-to-use design but unfortunately, they're also a bit leaky a bit at higher volumes. See our review

      • Best Mid-Range

        Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2

        The Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 are good mixed usage wireless headphones and a much-improved design over the original BackBeat Pro. They're sturdy, comfortable headphones with an easy-to-use control scheme and an exciting sound quality. They're also packed with active features that make them suitable for most use cases, but unfortunately, they don't block as much ambient noise as some of the other noise-canceling headphones we've reviewed recently. See our review

      • Best Budget

        Skullcandy Grind

        The Skullcandy Grind are versatile and comfortable on-ear headphones. They have an above-average sound, they're lightweight and surprisingly comfortable for an on-ear model. However, they're not as portable as some of the other on-ears we've tested, and they do not block a lot of noise so they won't be the ideal headphones for loud environments. See our review

HOW OUR HEADPHONES REVIEWS WORK

Our testing team subjects each product in our lab to uniform measurement procedures that evaluate all aspects of its performance, no matter the type of headphones. The results are then weighed in our system to reflect the impact they will have on your experience, based in your intended usage. The list below shows the impact different tests have on our recommendation scores by usage.

Usage

Mixed Usage
Critical Listening
Commute/Travel
Sports/Fitness
Office
Home Theater
Gaming

Test Results

Design
Controls
Ease of use
Feedback
Call/Music Control
Volume Control
Microphone Control
Channel Mixing
Noise Canceling Control
Talk-Through
Stability
Build Quality
Comfort
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference
Portability
Volume
Stand required
Sound
Treble
Std. Err.
Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
Weighted THD @ 100
Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
PRTF Size (Avg.)
PRTF Distance
Openness
Acoustic Space Excitation
Correlated Crosstalk
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
Mid
Std. Err.
Bass
Std. Err.
Low-Frequency Extension
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
Weighted Phase Mismatch
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Bass
Mid
Treble
Self-Noise
Leakage
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
Microphone
Recording Quality
LFE
FR Std. Dev.
HFE
Weighted THD
Gain
Noise Handling
SpNR
Active Features
Battery
Battery Life
Charge Time
Power Saving Feature
Audio while charging
App Support
Connectivity
Latency
Default Latency
aptX Latency
aptX(LL) Latency
Base/Dock
Optical Input
Line In
Line Out
USB Input
RCA Input
PS4 Compatible
Xbox One Compatible
PC Compatible
Power Supply
Dock Charging
Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
Line of Sight Range
Bluetooth
Multi-Device Pairing
NFC
PS4 Compatible
Xbox One Compatible
Wired
Analog
USB
PS4 Compatible
Xbox One Compatible
PC Compatible