Whether your phone has nixed the audio jack or you prefer the freedom of going wireless, Bluetooth headphones are a great way to enjoy your favorite music cable-free. There are a couple of disadvantages compared to wired headphones, like needing to keep an eye on battery levels and possible sync issues when watching videos, but not having to worry about tangled cords when you're running out the door on a busy morning makes wireless headphones worth it for many.
We've tested over 720 pairs of headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best wireless headphones to buy. Also, check out our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds, the best true wireless earbuds, and the best budget wireless headphones.
The Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless are the best wireless headphones that we've tested. Although they're the previous generation of the Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless, these premium over-ears have a powerful active noise cancelling (ANC) system that outperforms their successor. They can cut down the low rumble of bus engines and block out office chatter. They also last over 37 hours continuously with the ANC on and have a bass-heavy sound profile that delivers extra thump, rumble, and boom to mixes. However, vocals and instruments sound muddy and cluttered. Luckily, their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets to help you fine-tune their sound. They also support Sony's 360 Reality Audio, which can help create a more immersive audio experience. To access this feature, subscribe to services that supply compatible audio files, like Tidal.
These over-ears are often compared to the Bose QuietComfort 45/QC45 Wireless, high-end ANC headphones. While the Sony headphones have the edge for noise isolation, the Bose are still a solid choice for a more comfortable fit. They're lighter and clamp a bit less tightly on your head. However, this is likely due to their more plasticky design, which some users may find a little cheap for their price point.
If you're looking for something less expensive than our top pick while still keeping much of the premium design and feature set, consider the Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless. They're as sturdy and durable as the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless and even last over 62 hours continuously, so you don't need to worry about battery life if you forget to charge them up. However, one of the trade-offs is that their ANC isn't as good as the Sony, and they don't block out nearly the same amount of noise like bus engine rumbles, although their performance is still good overall.
These comfortable over-ears have a bass-heavy sound that you can fine-tune using their companion app's graphic EQ and presets. They also support aptX and aptX HD codecs so that you can stream audio in higher quality and connect them to your PC and smartphone simultaneously. Their mic's recording quality is okay, so you'll still be understood clearly. If you're looking for headphones with a better mic performance, try the Sony WH-H910N/h.ear on 3 Wireless instead. Their integrated mic ensures that speech sounds clear and detailed. Their ANC also offers better overall performance, but their continuous battery life is shorter, and you can only pair them with one device at a time.
At the mid-range price point, the Anker Soundcore Life Q45 Wireless are well built and comfortable but have a less neutral sound profile than the Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless. They have a very excited, V-shaped sound profile with plenty of boomy bass and bright treble. They're well-suited for rock and pop, but fans of jazz or folk may find the lead instruments and vocals sounding veiled and lacking detail. You can fix it, however, with the companion app's graphic EQ and presets, which let you personalize the sound to your liking.
Despite their more reasonable price, these headphones have outstanding noise cancellation performance. They have an active noise cancellation (ANC) system that's nearly as good as the Sennheiser and can easily block out the noise from bus engines and chatty coworkers. Their battery doesn't perform as well as the two previous models, but it still lasts nearly 28 hours continuously, which will get you through a few workdays without needing a recharge. They also support multi-device pairing, which is great if you want to simultaneously connect to your smartphone and PC.
The Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless are the best wireless headphones in the budget range that we've tested. These comfortable over-ears have an adjustable ANC system, allowing you to select the setting that best suits the noise around you. Using their 'Transport' mode, they can block out an outstanding amount of sound, like rumbly bus engines, making them well-suited for your daily commute. However, there's a noticeable difference in sound quality depending on if the ANC is on or off. When turned off, your audio is somewhat hollow and thin compared to the fuller sound you hear with the ANC on.
These headphones leak audio at high volumes, and even if you're in a moderately noisy environment like an office, people might hear the content you're listening to. Out of the box, they have a very excited sound profile that pop and rock fans can enjoy, thanks to extra thump, rumble, and boom. They don't sound as neutral or balanced as the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Wireless, so vocals and lead instruments sound more muddy and cluttered than their successor. Luckily, their companion app offers an EQ and presets if you want to adjust their sound.
They also support multi-device pairing, and their continuous playback time of over 44 hours will last through long days on the move. If you're looking for a slightly cheaper alternative, consider the Wyze Noise-Cancelling Headphones Wireless. Their sound profile, while excited, is more neutral in the bass range than the Q30, but their ANC doesn't block out as much lower-frequency background noise.
Check out the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless for the most economical option. With three picks in a row from Anker, it's evident that this manufacturer dominates the lower-cost end of the market. These are no exception, and although they're a lot simpler in design than their successors on this list, they're still worth checking out if you're willing to sacrifice extra features for a lower price. Their build reflects their affordability, as the plasticky hinges feel hollow and could be prone to damage over time.
These comfortable over-ears have a V-shaped sound profile. It's well-suited for genres like pop and rock that benefit from extra bass and brightness. However, they don't have any customization features to help you adjust their sound if you prefer something more neutral. You can't adjust their ANC level to suit your environment like the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless. They also fall short when blocking out the low rumble from a bus or plane engine, but they're much better at reducing office-type noise like ambient chit-chat and whiny computer fans. They last over 32 hours continuously; you can use them wired if you run out of power.
If you want headphones optimized for sound quality, you'll want to check out the Focal Bathys Wireless. With a wireless design and ANC, these audiophile headphones stand out among other hi-fi models that typically are open-back and feature wired connections. They support streaming high-resolution audio via aptX Adaptive over Bluetooth and wired via their USB-DAC connection, which converts digital audio signals to analog.
Their default sound profile is well-balanced and rich in bass. There's ample thump, punch, and boom to compliment genres like EDM and hip-hop, while vocals and instruments sound present but slightly pushed to the back of the mix. Their companion app also has a graphic EQ and presets to give you full reign over their sound.
Their ANC is also very good and has a few isolation settings. While it can't cut out as much low-bass noise, like rumbly bus engines or heavy traffic, as the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless, these headphones can easily isolate you from office-type noise, like ambient chit-chat and whiny PC fans. They also support multi-device pairing, are comfortable enough for extended wear without fatigue, and have a 29-hour continuous battery life that will last several workdays without needing recharging. However, they're bulky and likely to fall off your head with moderate or intense movements.
The best Bluetooth headphones for calls we've tested are the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless. Even though low audio and mic quality are limitations of Bluetooth technology, these premium over-ears stand out from other options and offer the best mic performance on the list. Their mic does a good job of recording your voice clearly, even in moderately noisy environments. They have a dedicated button for muting and unmuting the mic, which can be handy if you take a lot of calls, and they last over 20 hours continuously. They also have a very comfortable fit and great build quality.
They have a slightly bass-rich sound profile that keeps vocals clear and accurate in your audio, so voices over the phone are easy to understand. Their app also features a graphic EQ that you can use to customize their sound to suit you. Even though their ANC feature doesn't perform as well as the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless', it does an excellent job of blocking background noise, so you can hear the person you're speaking with even if you're calling from a busy office. If you don't mind sacrificing ANC for better battery life, check out the Audeze Maxwell Wireless. They last over 77 hours on a single charge, and their boom mic better isolates your voice from background noise than the Bose's integrated mic. However, the Audeze are less comfortable.
May 29, 2023: We've readded the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless as our pick for 'Best Cheap Wireless Bluetooth Headphones' as they align more with users' needs.
May 05, 2023: Added the Audeze Maxwell as an in-text alternative to the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless.
Mar 16, 2023: We replaced the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless with the Logitech G435 LIGHTSPEED Wireless and added the Wyze Noise-Cancelling Headphones Wireless as an in-text alternative to the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless.
Feb 15, 2023: We've checked our picks for accuracy and product availability. We've also added a comparison between the HiFiMan Ananda-BT Wireless and the Focal Bathys Wireless.
Jan 16, 2023: Replaced our 'Upper Mid-Range' pick with the Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless and our 'Mid-Range' pick with the Anker Soundcore Life Q45 Wireless.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best Bluetooth 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 Bluetooth-compatible headphone reviews. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection.