If you listen to a lot of bass-heavy genres like dubstep, EDM, or hip-hop, you likely want a pair of headphones that can add a solid amount of punch and thump to your music. While a lot of headphones are bass-heavy, it's important to find a pair with a balanced enough sound profile that maintains detail in the rest of the mix so your music doesn't sound muddy or muffled.
We’ve tested over 675 pairs of headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best bass-heavy headphones to buy that won’t sacrifice too much detail for a bass-heavy sound. These picks aren't the ones with the highest scores in the bass accuracy category box, but rather the ones with the most enjoyable bass performance, even if their bass isn't accurate. See our recommendations for the best headphones for music, the best earbuds for bass, and the best audiophile headphones.
The best headphones for bass we've tested are the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless. Out of the box, these over-ears have a bass-heavy sound profile that delivers extra thump, rumble, and boom, which is great if you love genres like EDM and hip-hop. You can tweak and adjust their sound to suit your tastes using their companion app's graphic EQ and presets. They have a very comfortable fit for long listening sessions and an exceptional noise isolation performance so you can focus on your music. Their over 37 hours of continuous playback time should easily last through long days on the go, and they have an auto-off timer to conserve battery life if you forget to power them off.
Unfortunately, their touch-sensitive controls may not work well in cold weather. If you prefer headphones with physical controls, the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless are a good alternative. They have buttons on their ear cups for music playback, volume, and ANC control that you may find easier to use, especially if you're wearing gloves. They aren't quite as comfortable as the Sony headphones but offer a similarly intense bass response to please fans of a thumpy, punchy sound.
The Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless are the best bass earbuds we've tested. While they're getting a bit harder to find in stock, these lightweight in-ears have a v-shaped default sound profile, which is great for genres like rock and pop. This sound ensures extra thump and punch while vocals and lead instruments are bright in mixes. If you crave a bit more bass from your headphones, their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets so that you can adjust their sound to your liking.
Overall, they have a great, comfortable build quality and are certified IP57 for dust and water resistance, making them a solid choice if you want to use them during your workout. They're less ideal for your commute since they don't have ANC and don't do a good job of blocking out noises like rumbling bus and plane engines. Their 6.5-hour continuous battery life is also a little short, but their case holds three extra charges, and they have an auto-off timer to conserve battery life.
The Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless are the best budget bass headphones we've tested. Their bass response is flat but over-emphasized across the range, so they deliver deep thump, punch, and body without making mixes muddy. If you want to adjust their sound, their app includes 20 EQ presets and a graphic EQ. They're also well-built and decently comfortable once you find a good fit with the included ear tips. Their 6.4-hour continuous battery life leaves something to be desired, but their case holds three extra charges, so you can top them up when you need to. It's also possible to use one bud while the other charges in the case.
Unfortunately, they don't have an ANC feature, so they don't do a good job of reducing noise like rumbling engines during your commute. If you're looking for earbuds with ANC, the TOZO NC9 Truly Wireless are another budget-friendly option with a bass-rich sound profile. They do a very good job of blocking out noises like plane engines, but they have shorter continuous battery life. They also have a harsher, more piercing sound than the Anker and lack sound customization features.
The best bass wireless headphones that we've tested for fans of an intense bass response are the Skullcandy Crusher Evo Wireless. If you're looking for even more bass than our top pick can deliver, these headphones have a haptic bass slider to further increase the bassy vibrations of your audio. With their slider set to the highest setting, they deliver very intense thump, rumble, and boom that should please fans of EDM and hip-hop. They're also compatible with the Skullcandy companion app, which offers a couple of EQ presets so you can customize their sound to your liking.
Their over 34 hours of continuous playback easily lasts through long days on the go, and they come with a 1/8" TRRS cable, which is handy if you want to use them wired. They also have a decently comfortable fit and feel well-built. Unfortunately, they have poor noise isolation and struggle to block out ambient noise like the low rumble of bus and plane engines as well as office chatter. They also leak some audio at high volumes, so if you like to listen to your audio at high volumes, others around you may hear it.
The best sports-oriented headphones for bass we've tested are the Skullcandy Push Active True Wireless. Unlike the other earbuds on this list, they have ear hooks that give them an impressively stable fit. Once you find a good fit with the selection of differently-sized tips, they should easily stay in place even during your most intense workouts. They also have 'Skull-iQ', which is a feature that lets you use built-in voice commands for music playback, volume, and other functions without using your phone's voice assistant. They're sturdily built and rated IP55 for resistance against dust and water exposure.
Their bass response is slightly over-emphasized across the range, so your music has some extra thump, punch, and boom to help keep you pumped up during workouts. Their sound isn't quite as bass-heavy as some of the other picks on this list, and it's suitable for a variety of genres. If you want to turn up the bass a little more, their app includes a graphic EQ and presets for sound customization.
Jun 07, 2022: Replaced the Beats Flex Wireless with the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless as the 'Best Budget Bass Headphones' because the Beats' price has increased. Added the Skullcandy Push Active True Wireless as the 'Best Sports Earbuds For Bass'.
Apr 08, 2022: Removed the Microsoft Surface Wireless Headphones, Bose QuietControl 30/QC30 Wireless, and Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless as they're no longer available.
Feb 09, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.
Dec 08, 2021: Checked our picks for accuracy and product availability. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
Oct 12, 2021: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are available. There were no changes to recommendations.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best headphones with extra bass and the best bass wireless headphones to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (cheaper headphones win over pricier ones 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 headphones with an overemphasized bass response. 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.