The 6 Best Bass Headphones - Fall 2021 Reviews

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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 625 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.


  1. Best Bass Headphones: Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless

    7.1
    Neutral Sound
    8.1
    Commute/Travel
    7.2
    Sports/Fitness
    7.7
    Office
    5.8
    Wireless Gaming
    7.4
    Wired Gaming
    6.7
    Phone Calls
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling Yes
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best bass headphones that we've tested are the Sony WH-1000XM4. These Bluetooth over-ear headphones have a default sound profile that brings extra thump, punch, and boom to your music. For those looking for an even more bass-heavy sound, you can customize it with a graphic EQ and presets in the headphones' companion software.

    They're very comfortable, with a lightweight design and well-padded earcups. Their ANC feature does a fantastic job of blocking out background noise, meaning you can focus on your audio at the office or during your commute. They have easy-to-use controls on their earcups and a long, 37-hour continuous battery life, so you can use them for a few days without recharging.

    However, like their predecessor, the Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless, they have touch-sensitive controls that may not work as well in colder environments. Their mic has a mediocre recording quality and struggles to separate your voice from background sound, so they're also not ideal if you need to use your headphones for phone calls. That said, they're among the best wireless headphones that we've tested.

    See our review

  2. Alternative With Physical Controls: Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless

    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling Yes
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    If you prefer physical controls to touch-sensitive, consider the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless. While they aren't as comfortable as the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless, they have a good control scheme with physical buttons, which can be easier to use if you live in a cold place and wear gloves. Out of the box, they have a bass-heavy sound profile with extra thump and rumble. You can also customize their sound with a parametric EQ and presets in the companion software. While they struggle more than the Sony to block out mid-range noise like conversations, their ANC feature delivers an impressive overall noise isolation performance. Their continuous battery life of about 17 hours is also quite a bit shorter but still easily lasts through a 9-5 workday and commute.

    If you're looking for more comfortable headphones or want a very long continuous battery life, try the Sony. However, the Sennheiser are worth considering instead if you prefer buttons to touch-sensitive surfaces.

    See our review

  3. Best Headphones With Powerful Bass: Skullcandy Crusher Evo Wireless

    6.7
    Mixed Usage
    7.3
    Neutral Sound
    6.6
    Commute/Travel
    7.0
    Sports/Fitness
    6.4
    Office
    5.7
    Wireless Gaming
    7.3
    Wired Gaming
    6.3
    Phone Calls
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The Skullcandy Crusher Evo are the best bass wireless headphones with powerful bass that we've tested. These wireless over-ears have a boomy sound profile out-of-the-box, but, like previous models in the Crusher lineup, they have a haptic slider that you can use to increase the amount of thump and rumble in your listening experience. At its most powerful setting, they should satisfy even the most bass-hungry listeners.

    Despite their wildly exaggerated sound profile, they have a somewhat conservative appearance, so they shouldn't look too out-of-place during your daily commute or at the office, and they feel solid overall. They supply over 34 hours of playback time on a single charge, which should be more than sufficient for most uses. They also come with a 1/8" TRRS cable that allows passive audio playback and microphone usage on a wired connection if you forget to charge them before leaving the house.

    Unfortunately, they're bulky and don't do the best job of staying on your head, especially during workouts. Also, they block out very little ambient noise and leak quite a bit of audio, so they're best suited for use in a quiet environment. All of that said, these headphones are a great choice if you're looking for very powerful bass response.

    See our review

  4. Best Bass Earphones: Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless

    6.9
    Neutral Sound
    7.7
    Commute/Travel
    8.3
    Sports/Fitness
    7.3
    Office
    5.9
    Wireless Gaming
    5.8
    Wired Gaming
    6.9
    Phone Calls
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The Jabra Elite Active 75t are the best bass headphones with an earbud design that we've tested. These truly wireless in-ears have a comfortable fit that doesn't put too much pressure on the inner ear. Their bass-rich default sound profile delivers a good amount of thump, rumble, and punch without sounding muddy or cluttered.

    They have good physical controls, with easy-to-use, clicky buttons. The companion app gives you access to a graphic EQ and presets, so you can customize their sound to suit your tastes. They're a good choice to take with you to the gym since they have good stability and an IP57 rating for dust and water resistance. Despite lacking an active noise cancelling feature, they block out a good amount of office-type noise like background conversations, so they're not a bad choice to help you concentrate at work either.

    Unfortunately, their battery life of roughly 6.5 hours is just okay, and they don't recharge quickly. However, they come with a good case that holds about three extra charges. Overall, if you're looking for a pair of earbuds with a bit of extra bass, they're a good, decently versatile option.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Bass Headphones: Beats Flex Wireless

    6.9
    Neutral Sound
    7.7
    Commute/Travel
    8.1
    Sports/Fitness
    7.0
    Office
    5.4
    Wireless Gaming
    5.3
    Wired Gaming
    6.0
    Phone Calls
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best budget bass headphones that we've tested are the Beats Flex Wireless. Although these colorful headphones have a simple design, they deliver a bass-heavy sound with extra punch, thump, and boom. Their sound shouldn't completely overwhelm vocals and lead instruments, though.

    They have a comfortable and stable fit, so you can wear them for long listening sessions without feeling fatigued. They're well-built, and their silicone and plastic design is flexible enough to fold up so that you can store them in most pockets or bags. Thanks to their W1 chip, you can seamlessly pair them with other devices in your Apple ecosystem. They also have roughly 11 hours of continuous playback time, which should be enough to get you through your workday.

    Unfortunately, they don't have any sound customization features like an EQ or presets. They also struggle to passively block out bass-range noise like the rumble of bus or plane engines. That said, they do a better job of cutting down office chatter.

    See our review

  6. Truly Wireless Alternative: Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless

    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    If you want headphones that give you a bit more freedom of movement, you may prefer the Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless. They have higher Bluetooth latency than the Beats Flex Wireless and aren't as comfortable, but their truly wireless design makes them more compact and easier to carry around. There's no audio cable that can get hooked on something and yank the headphones out of your ears, which you may prefer if you need to move around a lot when you wear them. Their sound profile delivers even more thump and punch than the Beats', but the mid and treble ranges are very well-balanced, so it shouldn't be too overwhelming. While they only last for just under six hours of continuous use, their case holds about five extra charges, so you can top them up if you run out of battery. However, they aren't the best choice for phone calls since the integrated mic has a poor recording quality.

    If you want more comfortable headphones or longer continuous battery life, get the Beats. If you prefer truly wireless earbuds or want a more portable option, consider the Anker instead.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Jabra Elite 85h Wireless: The Jabra Elite 85h Wireless are comfortable over-ear headphones with a versatile sound profile, great battery life, and excellent controls, but with sub-par ANC. See our review
  • Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO: The Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO are great wired headphones for critical listening that provide more bass than most open-back models. See our review
  • Microsoft Surface Wireless Headphones: The Microsoft Surface Wireless Headphones are versatile noise cancelling headphones that pack a good amount of bass. However, they're more expensive than similar options. See our review
  • Audio-Technica ATH-M50x: The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x are popular wired over-ears with a well-balanced sound profile with a small amount of extra bass. They're also not as bass-heavy as our top picks and not as versatile overall. See our review
  • Skullcandy Hesh 3 Wireless: The Skullcandy Hesh 3 are bass-heavy wireless headphones with incredible battery life. Good for most uses, but not as well-built as the Crusher Wireless and lack the bass slider. See our review
  • Bose QuietControl 30/QC30 Wireless: The Bose QuietControl 30/QC30 Wireless are comfortable and practical noise cancelling earbuds with a good amount of bass. Build quality isn't the most durable, and the neckband design isn't for everyone. See our review
  • Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless: The Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless are in-ears with a customizable EQ so you can turn up the bass. Lower battery life and bulkier design than the newer Elite Active 75t, but you may be able to find them cheaper. See our review
  • Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless: The Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless are a viable alternative to the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless if you want a more neutral out-the-box sound profile and don't mind their shorter battery life and lack of a multi-device pairing feature. See our review
  • Skullcandy Crusher Wireless 2016: The Skullcandy Crusher Wireless 2016 are wireless over-ears equipped with a haptic bass slider, much like the Skullcandy Crusher Evo Wireless, but have a less comfortable fit. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Oct 12, 2021: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are available. There were no changes to recommendations.

  2. Aug 13, 2021: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.

  3. Jun 14, 2021: Checked the text for accuracy and product availability. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.

  4. Apr 19, 2021: Verified picks to make sure the best products are still being recommended and that they're in stock.

  5. Feb 19, 2021: Replaced Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019 with Beats Flex Wireless due to current availability. Added Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019 to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

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 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.

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