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 640 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. 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 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. You can customize their sound 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 ear cups 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.
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 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.
The best bass wireless headphones with a powerful bass that we've tested are the Skullcandy Crusher Evo Wireless. If you crave a thump and rumble, these headphones have a haptic bass slider that increases the bass and vibrations of your audio. With their slider set to the highest setting, they deliver very intense bass that should please fans of EDM and hip-hop.
In addition to the haptic bass slider, they're compatible with the Skullcandy companion app, which offers a couple of EQ presets so that 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. That said, if you're looking for more punch and rumble from your audio, these headphones are a solid choice.
The best bass headphones with an earbud design that we've tested are the Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless. These in-ears have an excited sound profile that delivers extra thump and rumble. That said, vocals and lead instruments are still present and bright in your mixes, making them a suitable choice if you like genres like rock and pop.
If you want even more bass, these earbuds have a companion app that offers a graphic EQ and presets so that you can adjust their sound to your liking. They also have a comfortable fit, are very well-built, and are rated IP57 for dust and water resistance, meaning you can use them during your workout without an issue. They also support multi-device pairing, meaning you can stay simultaneously connected to your laptop and smartphone.
That said, they struggle to passively isolate you from bass-range noise like the rumble of bus engines, which can be annoying if you commute to work. Their 6.5-hour continuous playback time also may not make it through your 9-5 workday without a recharge. Luckily, their carrying case supplies roughly three additional charges, handy in a pinch.
The best budget bass headphones 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 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 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, 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.
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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.