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 nearly 450 pairs of headphones and below are our recommendations for the best bass headphones to buy that won’t sacrifice too much detail for a bass-heavy sound. It should be noted that 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 bass wireless headphones we’ve tested so far are the Sony WH-1000XM3. These popular headphones are well-known for having one of the best noise cancelling features currently available, but their bass-heavy sound profile makes them suitable for fans of thump and rumble as well. These Bluetooth over-ears and very comfortable and have a premium and well-built design. Their touch-sensitive controls are easy to use and give you a lot of functionality, and they have a 27-hour battery that should help get you through almost an entire workweek.
While their default sound profile has a good amount of extra bass, it isn't overpowering and won't come across as muddy or dark, making them excellent for bass-heavy music that still has an emphasis on vocals. Despite being quite large, their frequency response consistency is still great, so everyone should experience their bass very similarly. If you want to change their sound to give you even more bass, these headphones are compatible with the excellent Sony | Headphones Connect app which gives you access to a graphic EQ as well as presets.
Unfortunately, as these are very premium headphones with one of the best-developed ANC features on the market, they can be quite expensive. Their touch-sensitive control also may not be for everyone, as it doesn't work properly in cold climates. Overall, these are an impressive pair of headphones for many uses that are versatile enough for almost anything you can throw at them, making them one of the best pairs of headphones currently available.
If you live in colder climates or just prefer having physical buttons for your controls, get the Sennheiser Momentum 3. Their ANC doesn't work as well as the Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless and their battery life isn't nearly as long, but they have physical buttons that might be easier to use for some people, and their sound profile is almost identical to the Sony. Their companion app gives access to a better parametric EQ, so you can adjust their sound more precisely and some people may prefer their more retro-looking design. They may not be the best choice for long travel days since their ANC doesn't block out nearly as much background noise as the Sony, and their 18-hour battery may not last through your long flights and layovers. They also leak a fair amount of audio, so if you like to blast your dubstep with people close by, it may bother people nearby.
Overall, if you don't mind the touch-sensitive control scheme of the Sony, they represent better value overall due to their longer battery life and much better ANC. However, if you live in cold climates, or prefer having physical buttons and a more customizable parametric EQ, get the Sennheiser.
The Skullcandy Crusher Wireless 2016 are the best headphones with powerful bass that we've tested so far. These Bluetooth over-ear headphones feature a unique design with a bass-slider to enhance their already overemphasized low-frequency delivery; with their slider cranked up to its highest setting, you’ll feel like you just stepped into the world’s largest sub-woofer convention.
On the outside, these headphones feature a fairly premium, understated look, with a sturdy-feeling metal headband and dense plastic ear cups. They also offer a fairly comprehensive control scheme, with physical buttons for track skipping, call/music, and volume, not to mention the aforementioned bass slider on the left ear cup. An outstanding 36-hour continuous battery life means that they’ll last several days on a single charge, and the included TRRS cable means that they can be used as wired headphones if you forget to charge them up.
On the downside, they aren’t especially comfortable, with small ear cups and an overly tight headband. They also let in quite a bit of background noise and are a little bulky, so they might not be the best choice for travel. Still, if you demand skull-rattling bass above all else, it's hard to do better than these.
The best bass headphones with an earbud design that we've tested to date are the Jabra Elite Active 75t. These truly wireless in-ears are quite comfortable thanks to their small earbuds that don't put too much pressure on the inner ear. They have good physical controls that are decently easy to use, and look and feel premium and well-built. Their 6.5-hour battery life is decent for truly wireless headphones, and they have an auto-off timer to help you conserve battery.
Their default sound profile packs a good amount of thump and rumble but is well-balanced enough that vocals and instruments won't get drowned out. If you want to add even more bass, their dedicated companion app gives you access to a graphic EQ and presets, so you can customize their sound to match your taste. While they lack active noise cancellation like some other options, they still do a good job of blocking out background chatter, making them helpful to keep you concentrated at work.
These headphones are a good choice to take to the gym as well thanks to their stable fit and IP57 rating for dust, sweat, and water resistance, though this isn't something we test for. If you aren't planning on using your headphones for working out, you can also check out the slightly cheaper Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless that are basically identical but with a slightly lower IP55 rating.
The best bass headphones in the budget category that we’ve tested so far are the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019. These inexpensive in-ear headphones feature a more premium appearance than their price would suggest. They’re a great choice for working out thanks to their lightweight plastic construction, very stable ear-hook design, and IPX7 rating for sweat and water resistance, though that isn't something we test for.
Their over-emphasized (although very even) bass delivery should please fans of EDM and hip-hop without being too overpowering for genres like rock. Their 18.4-hour continuous battery life is also the longest we've tested on a pair of wireless in-ears and they leak very little audio, making them a decent choice for long days at the office.
Unfortunately, while the earbuds and ear-hooks themselves are made of dense plastic, their cable is quite thin and seems a little more fragile. Their microphone is also only mediocre at isolating your voice from background chatter, so they’re not the best choice if you make frequent phone calls in noisy environments. Still, they offer an excellent bass-per-dollar ratio and are among the best headphones we’ve tested to date.
If you're often on the go and want the extreme portability of truly wireless headphones without spending a ton, go for the SoundPeats TrueFree. They aren't quite as comfortable as the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019, and they don't last nearly as long off a single charge, but their truly wireless design makes them much more portable, and they block more background noise passively. Their sound profile isn't quite as well-balanced as the other options on this list, and while they have a good amount of bass, their lack of treble may make some music sound cluttered and muddy. Their 3.3-hour battery life is also quite disappointing, and while their case will give you an additional four charges, it takes nearly an hour and a half to charge the headphones themselves, which is long. The case of the model we purchased also doesn't have a lid, which may be a concern for some people, though they do make a version with a lid as well.
Overall, if you don't mind having a wire connecting your L/R earbuds and want a more comfortable pair of headphones with an exceptional battery and better-balanced sound profile, go for the Anker. However, if you don't use your headphones for extended periods and want to eliminate wires entirely, the SoundPeats are surprisingly decent for their price.
07/03/2020: Minor changes to text for accuracy and clarity. No change in recommendations.
11/01/2019: Replaced Jabra Elite 85h with Sennheiser Momentum 3.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best bass 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. 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.