If you like bass-heavy genres like hip-hop, dubstep, or EDM, picking headphones with great bass performance can make a big difference in your listening experience. Having the right amount of thump and punch can really get you going and make you feel pumped up. However, it’s important that the bass isn’t too much and that you don’t lose detail in the rest of the mix.
We’ve tested nearly 400 headphones and below are our recommendations for the best bass headphones to buy in 2019 that won’t sacrifice too much detail for a bass-heavy sound. It should be noted that these picks are not the ones with the highest scores in the bass category box, but rather the ones with the most enjoyable bass performance, even if their bass is over our target curve. 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-1000MX3. They're one of the best noise cancelling headphones on the market and have amazing isolation, which makes them great for daily commuting and office use. They have a more premium look and feel than the previous models and are more comfortable, too.
These headphones place more emphasis on bass than earlier generations of the series. They have deep, thumpy bass, but don’t overdo it. They’re also compatible with the Sony | Headphones Connect app that offers a graphic EQ, to get more or less bass depending on what you’re listening to and find a sound profile that suits you. They have a great 27-hour battery life with a quick 2 hours of charge time, and also have a 15-minute quick charge feature that gives you 5 hours of playback, which can be very useful.
These headphones have a touch-sensitive control scheme that’s easy to use in most conditions but can be difficult to get the hang of if you’re used to physical buttons. It also doesn’t work properly in all weather conditions, especially the cold, which can be a deal-breaker if you live in a colder climate. However, if their touch functionalities aren’t a concern for you, they’re well-rounded headphones that are sure to please bass lovers with an eye for quality.
If you live in colder climates or don't like using touch controls, go with the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless. Their ANC isn't nearly as good as the Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless and their companion app isn't as feature-packed, but they have a bass-rich sound profile that still lends itself well to most genres. They're a comfortable pair of well-built headphones with a solid metal frame and leather padding that gives them a premium, retro-looking design. Their bass isn't too overpowering and they're suitable for most genres of music since their vocals and leads still sound bright and detailed. You also get access to a great parametric EQ through Sennheiser's good Smart Control app, though it isn't as comprehensive as Sony's. Unfortunately, their ANC is only decent and they tend to leak quite a bit of audio at higher volumes. Their controls can also be a bit difficult to use as it's hard to tell which button you're pressing; if you want headphones with better physical controls and an even more comfortable design, consider the Jabra Elite 85h, though their sound profile isn't as bass-rich.
Get the Sonys if you want superb ANC and a great app with a ton of customization options, but if you prefer a more retro look or don't want touch controls, go for the Momentum 3.
If the Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless are too expensive but you still want great wireless bass-heavy headphones, get the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2. Their active noise cancelling feature isn’t as powerful, but they have excellent bass that’s deep and powerful without drowning out lead vocals and instruments. They have a simple yet complete control scheme that’s efficient and easy-to-use, a great 30-hour battery life, and have plenty of power-saving features. They aren’t the best-looking headphones out there, but they perform exceptionally well for their price.
You’ll want to go for the Sony if they’re within your budget and you prefer a more high-end, premium design with better noise cancellation, but if you don’t want to break the bank and don’t mind a bulkier design if it still performs great, then get the Plantronics.
The best bass earphones that we’ve tested so far are the Jaybird Tarah Pro. They’re very well-built in-ear headphones with a comfortable, earbud-like fit. They’re great for use while running or working out thanks to their stable, breathable design and even have magnetic earbuds that clip together for easier cable management when not in use.
While these well-designed earphones have great bass right out-of-the-box, they’re also compatible with the excellent Jaybird MySound app. You get a great parametric equalizer so you can fine-tune their bass in greater detail. The app also provides access to an online community where you can share EQ presets and playlists to help you stay motivated.
Although their 13-hour battery life is quite good, they use also use a proprietary charging clip that some may find a bit restrictive. The truly wireless Jabra Elite Active 65t come with a great charging case that uses a regular micro-USB cable, but their default sound is a touch light on thump and rumble. Overall, if you want durable in-ears with great bass that you can customize to your heart’s content, the Jaybird are hard to beat.
The best bass headphones under $100 we’ve tested so far are the Anker SoundCore Life 2. They’re not as feature-packed as some of the more premium options we’ve reviewed, but they perform quite well for their price, especially for fans of bass. They’re comfortable, fairly well-built, and even come with a great hard carrying case so you can protect them on the go.
By default, they have very good bass that packs lots of thump and rumble to bring out the excitement of bass-heavy genres like hip-hop and EDM. They also feature a bass boost function that you can trigger to add even more bass to your mix. With over 28 hours of battery life, these headphones will last long enough for you to listen to your favorite albums for at least a couple of days before needing to charge them too.
Unfortunately, their noise cancelling is mediocre. They also don’t have an auto-off timer, so although their battery life is great, the battery will continue draining unless you remember to turn them off when not in use. The Mpow H10 have better ANC and a standby mode to help save power, but their bass isn’t as exciting. All things considered, if you’re looking for headphones with great thumping bass that won’t break the bank, then the Life 2 are a solid choice.
If you want super powerful, head-rattling bass, go for the Skullcandy Crusher Wireless. They aren't as comfortable as the Anker SoundCore Life 2, but they are even more bass-heavy and have a unique touch sensitive bass slider on the left ear cup. The slider lets you crank the bass up to a pretty intense level that's impressive for a pair of over-ear headphones and is great for fans of dubstep and EDM. Their build quality is good and they have a much more premium look and feel than most Skullcandy headphones, which is especially impressive given their price-point. Unfortunately they have poor noise isolation due to their lack of ANC and they're a bit tight on the head, so they may not be the most comfortable for long listening sessions.
If you wear your headphones for extended periods of time and want something more comfortable, go with the SoundCore Life 2, but if you want intense, skull-crushing bass, go for the Skullcandy.
The best budget bass headphones we’ve tested so far are the Anker SoundBuds Curve. They’re surprisingly comfortable for wireless in-ear headphones and deliver the deep thump and rumble that bass-lovers crave. They’re fairly well-built considering their budget price and they even come with a nice hard carrying case, which is a pleasant surprise at this price point.
These earbuds have an exciting, bass-rich sound that’s balanced enough to be suitable for a wide range of music genres on top of the bass-heavy staples like EDM or hip-hop. Their 13-hour battery life is quite good and they charge relatively quickly too.
On the downside, their comfortable in-ear fit comes at the expense of noise isolation. While they’re still versatile enough to wear during your daily commute, you’ll find they’re not very effective at blocking out noise. They don’t leak too much, though, so you can raise your listening a bit to experience more of their heart-pumping bass without having to worry too much about bothering those around you.
If you like to wear over-ear headphones instead of in-ears but don’t want to spend too much on something with decent bass, then get the Superlux 681 Evo. They have a pretty bulky design so they’re not as portable as the Anker SoundBuds Curve, but their semi-open design results in a more spacious sound that still packs quite the punch. They sound very good overall, with excellent, thumpy bass and are quite comfortable. Unfortunately, they feel rather cheaply made and their bulky design can feel a bit unstable at times.
Get the SoundBuds Curve if you prefer more portable headphones for bass, but if you like the soundstage that over-ear headphones provide, then you’ll want to check out the Superlux.
If you want the extra portability that truly wireless headphones provide, go for the SoundPeats TrueFree. They aren't as comfortable as the Anker SoundBuds Curve and aren't as well-balanced overall, but they have very similar bass performance and are even more portable. They isolate sound very well and leak almost no audio, making them good for your daily commute or using at the office. Unfortunately, they only provide just-over three hours of battery from a single charge, but their case should give you around five additional charges.
Get the SoundBuds if you want a more comfortable pair of wireless earbuds with a better-balanced sound profile, but if you're a fan of bass who wants headphones that you can easily throw into your pocket, go for the SoundPeats.
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.
11/01/2019: Replaced Jabra Elite 85h with Sennheiser Momentum 3.