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 480 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 headphones we’ve tested are the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless. These wireless over-ears have an even bass-heavier default sound profile than their predecessor, the Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless, which should suit fans of genres like EDM and hip-hop. While their overemphasized bass response can slightly muddy mids, their sound profile can be customized in-depth via a graphic EQ or audio presets in their feature-rich Sony | Headphones Connect app.
They're very well-built and comfortable enough to wear throughout extended listening sessions. Thanks to their superb ANC system, you can listen to your music without being interrupted by loud background noise. Their nearly 38-hour battery life should be more than enough to get you through a couple of days, but they do come with a 1/8 inch TRS audio cable if you want to listen to music passively. Audio is delivered relatively consistently, so you shouldn't experience much of a deviation in your listening experience, regardless of their fit and positioning.
Unfortunately, they aren't the best choice if you plan on making a lot of calls, as their integrated microphone delivers sub-par recording quality. They're also a little bulky, so carrying them around can be a bit of a nuisance if you don't use their carrying case. Otherwise, their fantastic ANC feature and rich feature set make them some of the best headphones we've tested.
If you aren't a fan of touch-sensitive controls, you may want to consider the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless. These Bluetooth over-ears aren't as comfortable as the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless and have a much less effective ANC system, but their physical control scheme offers a lot more tactile feedback, which may be helpful if you live in a colder climate and wear gloves. They're also very well-built, with genuine leather padding and a solid metal frame. Their default sound profile has a slightly boomy bass range, but their mid and treble response are quite well-balanced overall, yielding clear, present, and detailed vocals and lead instruments. Unfortunately, their roughly 18-hour battery life is much shorter than that of the Sony, and their Sennheiser Smart Control offers fewer configuration options.
Get the Sony if you want longer battery life and a more effective ANC system, but take a look at the Sennheiser if you want premium over-ears with a physical control scheme.
The Skullcandy Crusher Wireless 2016 are the best bass wireless headphones with powerful bass that we've tested. These Bluetooth over-ears 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 subwoofer convention.
On the outside, they 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 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.
Unfortunately, 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 are the Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless. 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 earphones, 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.
They're 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, which are identical but with a slightly lower IP55 rating.
The best budget bass headphones that we've tested are the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019. These comfortable wireless in-ears are decently versatile and offer a good price-to-performance ratio. Their over 18-hour continuous battery life is excellent, especially compared to other Bluetooth in-ears.
They have a bass-heavy sound profile that provides an extra thump and punch to the mix, which will please fans of bass-heavy genres like hip-hop and EDM. That said, they have a decently neutral audio reproduction overall, so they're still suitable for most music genres. They also don't leak a lot of noise, so you can enjoy your favorite tunes without disturbing the people around you.
Unfortunately, they don't have a companion app or any customization features. The cable connecting the in-ears is also pretty thin, which isn't ideal. That said, they pack a good punch, and they're among the best headphones we’ve tested.
If you're shopping for bass headphones on a budget but prefer the unrestricted freedom of a truly wireless design, consider the Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless. These truly wireless in-ears have a much shorter continuous battery life than the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019, but they're far more portable and slightly more sturdily-built. Courtesy of their overemphasized low and mid-bass response, they provide plenty of extra thump and rumble, but without totally overwhelming delicate vocals and lead instruments. They come with a case that supplies roughly an additional five full charges, which should be more than enough to get you through a couple of days of use. Unfortunately, their integrated microphone delivers poor recording quality and struggles with isolating speech from background noise.
Get the SoundBuds Curve if you want more battery life on a single charge, but consider the SoundCore Life P2 if you value portability above all else.
10/30/2020: 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.
09/01/2020: 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 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.