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 590 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 Sony WH-1000XM4 are the best bass headphones that we've tested. These wireless over-ears have a bass-heavy default sound profile that should suit fans of genres like EDM and hip-hop. Some may find their sound a bit boomy or muddy out-of-the-box, but it can be customized with a graphic EQ and presets in the Sony | Headphones Connect app.
They have an impressive build quality and have a comfortable fit that should be suitable for long listening sessions. Their ANC feature is incredible, so you can listen to your music without being bothered by too much background noise, even in a loud environment. The battery performance is amazing since it lasts for roughly 38 hours of continuous use. You can also use these headphones to listen to music passively with the 1/8" TRRS cable.
However, they aren't the best choice for making phone calls because their integrated mic makes your voice sound thin and muffled. They're also a little bulky, so they aren't the easiest to carry around, but they come with a case that should easily fit into larger bags and backpacks. Otherwise, they're very customizable headphones with an incredible ANC feature and are even some of the best headphones we've tested.
If you don't like touch-sensitive controls, take a look at the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless. While they aren't as comfortable as the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless, the Sennheiser have physical controls that provide more tactile feedback, which some users may prefer, especially if you live in a colder environment and wear gloves. These headphones have a punchy, thumpy bass that can be adjusted using their companion app's parametric EQ or presets. That said, their mid-range is still neutral enough to reproduce vocals and lead instruments accurately. They're also well-built, thanks to their solid metal frame and high-end leather padding. Unfortunately, their under 18 hours of continuous playback time is significantly shorter than the Sony. While they have an ANC system, it also isn't as effective as that of the Sony either, although it still does a great overall job of cutting down background noise.
Go for the Sony if you're looking for a better noise isolation performance and a longer continuous battery life. However, try the Sennheiser if you're looking for premium over-ears that have a physical control scheme.
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're fitted with a haptic slider that can be used 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 quite 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 for passive audio playback and microphone usage on a wired connection if you forget to charge them before leaving the house.
Unfortunately, they're quite 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.
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, although we don't currently test for it. 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 just okay, and they don't recharge particularly 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.
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 fatigue. 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.
If you prefer the unrestricted freedom of movement that comes with a pair of truly wireless headphones, consider the Anker SoundCore Life P2. These in-ears have a less comfortable fit than the Beats Flex Wireless and higher wireless latency, but they're even easier to carry around due to the total lack of audio cables. Their sub-six-hour continuous battery life is less than that of the Beats, but they come with a case that supplies roughly five additional charges, so you shouldn't need to worry about completely running out of battery too often. Their bass range is emphasized to an even greater degree than the Beats, though their mid and treble ranges are fairly well-balanced, so most mixes don't sound too dark or veiled. Unfortunately, their integrated mic makes your voice sound muffled and struggles to isolate it against even moderate background noise, so they aren't the best choice for making phone calls.
Get the Beats if you want longer continuous battery life and a more comfortable in-ear fit, but consider the Anker if you prioritize go-anywhere portability.
Jun 14, 2021: Checked the text for accuracy and product availability. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
Apr 19, 2021: Verified picks to make sure the best products are still being recommended and that they're in stock.
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.
Dec 23, 2020: Replaced Skullcandy Crusher Wireless 2016 with Skullcandy Crusher Evo Wireless. Added Skullcandy Crusher Wireless 2016 to 'Notable Mentions'.
Oct 30, 2020: Replaced Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless with Sony WH-1000XM4. Replaced SoundPeats TrueFree/True Wireless with Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless due to current availability. Added Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless with Notable Mentions.
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.