We have currently reviewed 12 pairs of Beats headphones. They're a popular brand that makes stylish and comfortable headphones that deliver decent sound with good bass.
The best Beats headphones for casual use are the Beats Solo Pro Wireless. They're well designed on-ear headphones that have an impressive build quality and an even more premium look than previous models. Their 24-hour battery life is great and they can be fully charged in just over an hour, which is also great. While they should be suitable for most genres thanks to their fairly neutral sound profile, they still have that bit of extra thump that Beats is known for, which should please fans of bass-heavy genres. Unfortunately, they can fit quite tight on the head, and even at their highest extension, the headband can't get too tall, meaning they may not fit people with larger heads. They also may not be the most comfortable due to their on-ear design. Those who prefer over-ears should consider the Beats Studio 3 Wireless, which have a lot of the same features and may be more comfortable for longer listening sessions but don't have as well-balanced a sound profile. On the upside, the Solo Pro's ANC works very well and they can isolate a good amount of ambient noise, something that's rare for on-ear headphones.
The best Beats headphones for sports are the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless. These headphones are great for sports thanks to their ear-hook design that's stable and comfortable. They won't make you sweat more than usual since they don't trap heat under an ear cup and will let you enjoy your favorite gym playlist thanks to their accurate audio reproduction. On the other hand, these headphones don't enter your ear canal deeply, which is comfortable, but doesn't create an air-tight seal to block out ambient noise, meaning they might not cut out the noise from a crowded gym, but will be great for running outside and staying aware of your surroundings. On the upside, they have over 10 hours of continuous playback, which is amazing for truly wireless headphones. This should be more than enough for a few workouts, and they have a very quick charge time if you ever forget to charge them.
The best-sounding Beats headphones for DJs we’ve tested so far are the Beats EP. They have a very well-balanced sound with great, punchy bass that brings out the kick of bass-heavy genres like dubstep or house music without overpowering vocals and lead instruments, which makes them great for a diverse set. Their in-line remote only works on iOS, but if you have an iPhone you won't have a problem making calls between gigs. On the downside, they don't feel as well-built as other Beats headphones we've tested, but they're also a lot cheaper.
Overall, Beats make sleek and modern-looking headphones that feel like fashion accessories to your style and clothing. In the past, they had a mediocre-at-best sound quality, but more recent releases have improved their audio reproduction to suit more critical listeners while retaining powerful bass for fans of bass-heavy music. However, they struggle to deliver a good noise cancelling experience, and their headphones are a bit expensive for what they have to offer.
Beats has a slightly unorthodox naming convention for their headphones, but they do offer a decent variety of models for different uses.
Beats have made great improvements to their lineup. They're still a fashion-forward brand that focuses on bold color schemes and sleek modern designs, but their recent models sound a lot better than what they’ve put out in the past. That said, their products are still a bit pricey for what they have to offer, especially their noise cancelling headphones that don’t deliver the same level of noise isolation that cheaper headphones from competing brands provide.
01/14/2020: Minor changes in text, no changes in recommendations.
11/15/2019: Replaced Beats Studio 3 Wireless with Beats Solo Pro.