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 lip-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 580 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 on-ear wireless headphones, and the best true wireless earbuds.
The best wireless Bluetooth headphones that we've tested are the Sony WH-1000XM4. These comfortable over-ears have a continuous battery life of more than 37 hours, so you don't have to worry about charging them too often. Their good touch-sensitive controls offer some useful functions, like a Speak-to-Chat feature that pauses your audio and lets you hear ambient sound when you start talking.
They have a bass-heavy default sound profile that lends your music extra thump and punch, which should suit fans of genres like EDM and hip-hop. Also, if you don't like how they sound out-of-the-box, they're easy to customize using the graphic EQ and presets in the Sony | Headphones Connect app. These headphones also have an outstanding ANC feature, so you can stay focused on your audio during your commute or while working in a noisy office.
Unfortunately, they aren't ideal for phone calls because their integrated microphone can make your voice sound thin and muffled. The mic also struggles to separate your voice from background noise, so if you're calling from a loud environment, whoever's on the other end may not be able to hear you. Otherwise, if you're looking for a versatile pair of Bluetooth headphones, these are a great option.
If you're looking for Bluetooth headphones and a very comfortable fit is a priority, you may prefer the Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018. These headphones don't feel as well-built as the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless and aren't as customizable, but their lightweight, well-padded design makes them amazingly comfortable. They have a more neutral sound profile than the Sony, although the bass range is still a little overemphasized, so your audio has a bit of extra punch. Their battery performance is great, as they last for roughly 20 hours of continuous use, and they have an incredible ANC feature, so they can help block out distractions while you're commuting or working at the office. Unfortunately, their microphone has a mediocre performance, so if you use them to talk on the phone, your voice sounds thin and muffled.
Go for the Sony if you want the best noise isolation performance or you want to be able to customize your headphones with an EQ and presets. If you want a more comfortable fit, the Bose are worth considering.
The best wireless headphones under $200 that we've tested are the Razer Opus. These comfortable, well-built headphones offer a very versatile performance that can please many different types of listeners. Thanks to their ANC feature, they have incredible noise isolation, so you aren't distracted by a lot of background noises while listening to your music.
Out-of-the-box, they have a very neutral, balanced sound profile that's suitable for listening to a wide range of audio content. You can also use the graphic EQ and presets in the Razer Opus app to customize their sound more to your liking, which is nice. Also, with a continuous battery life of over 32 hours, these headphones are well-suited to long days on the go without a recharge.
Unfortunately, they don't support multi-device pairing, which can be disappointing if you like to switch your audio source between your phone and your laptop frequently. They also have a somewhat bulky design, and they don't fold into a more compact format, which can make them difficult to bring with you on the go. That said, thanks to their great price-to-performance ratio, they're among the best over-ear headphones we've tested.
The best wireless headphones with an earbud design that we’ve tested are the Samsung Galaxy Buds+. These truly wireless in-ears are comfortable, compact, and lightweight, so they should have no trouble staying in your ears even during intense workout sessions. They also feel sturdy enough to survive a couple of drops and bumps and are rated IPX2 for basic water protection, though we don't currently test for this.
These in-ears offer over 13 hours of continuous playback time, which should be more than enough for a couple of days at work and is very impressive for a pair of truly wireless headphones. They have a very neutral default sound profile, so they're a good fit for a wide variety of musical genres and audio content, from pop music to podcasts. If that's not to your liking, their companion app features a couple of different audio presets.
Unfortunately, their touch-sensitive control scheme isn't especially intuitive. These in-ears also don't block out all that much ambient noise in the bass range, so you're likely to hear the rumble of bus engines on your commute. Otherwise, if you're looking for comfortable, portable truly wireless headphones with a well-balanced sound profile, they're a good option.
If you really like a truly wireless design but still need a pair of earbuds that can help block some of the outside world, go for the Apple AirPods Pro. While they're more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless and lack audio customization features, their impressive active noise cancelling feature can help reduce background noise so that you can concentrate on your day. Thanks to their Apple H1 chip, you can seamlessly pair these earbuds with all Apple devices, which is great if you're always moving between your laptop to your smartphone. Unfortunately, they only have five hours of continuous battery life, which, on its own, may not be enough to get you through your workday. However, they have an excellent charging case that provides five additional charges, so you don't have to worry so much about running out of battery life.
If you're looking for headphones with a customizable sound profile, get the Samsung. However, if you're not into tweaking your sound and prefer to have active noise cancelling to help block out noise, go with the Apple.
The Jaybird Tarah Pro are the best wireless Bluetooth headphones for working out that we've tested. These wireless in-ears feel well-built, sturdy, and stable enough for most workouts and physical activities. They come with three different ear gel options to choose from, and their "Switch Fit" design allows you to rotate the earbuds to find the best fit for you.
They have a fairly neutral sound profile that should be suitable for various musical genres, and their in-line controls make it easy to adjust the volume while you're working out. You can use the JayBird MySound app to access a parametric EQ and presets to customize their sound to suit your preferences. Their continuous battery life of over 13 hours means they should last you through a long day on the go, too.
Unfortunately, while their in-ear design passively isolates you from some noise, they don't have an ANC feature, so they aren't suitable if you want to block out the sound of a rumbling plane engine, for example. They also use a proprietary charging cable, which some may find a little inconvenient. That said, these stable in-ears are a great option if you're looking for a pair of headphones to use at the gym.
The Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 are the best wireless Bluetooth headphones in the budget range that we've tested. These decently comfortable over-ears have an incredible continuous battery life of over 24 hours, so you don't have to worry about recharging them daily. They also support multi-device pairing, so you can easily switch your audio source between your phone and your laptop.
They have a very neutral sound profile that makes them suitable for listening to a wide range of audio content. These are even a few EQ presets available in the Backbeat App to help you adjust their sound to your liking. They also don't leak a lot of noise, so you can crank up the volume on your favorite tunes without really bothering those around you.
Unfortunately, while they come with an ANC feature, they still struggle to block out bass-heavy background noises like bus and plane engines, so they aren't really ideal to wear during your commute. Also, while they have decent overall build quality, some users have reported that their unit's headband has cracked or broken over time. That said, if you're on a budget, they're still a solid choice.
If you want a pair of budget-friendly in-ear headphones, try the FIIL T1X True Wireless instead. They have a worse battery performance than the Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless, but their in-ear design makes them more lightweight and portable. They also have a more stable fit that makes them more suitable for use during workouts and other physical activities. Their default sound profile is slightly bass-heavy, which adds a bit of extra thump and punch to your music. These headphones work with a companion app that gives you access to 15 different EQ presets, so you can customize their sound to suit your tastes. Unfortunately, their battery only provides roughly 6.8 hours of continuous playback time from a single charge, although they come with a case that stores around three extra charges.
Go for the Plantronics if you want headphones with an impressive battery performance or a more neutral default sound profile. If you're looking for budget-friendly headphones with an in-ear design, the FIIL are a good alternative.
Apr 21, 2021: Verified picks to make sure that the best products are being recommended and that they're available. Added the EarFun Air Pro to Notable Mentions.
Mar 23, 2021: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.
Feb 24, 2021: Replaced the Creative Outlier Air V2 True Wireless with the FIIL T1X True Wireless as 'Truly Wireless Budget Alternative' as the Creative rose in price above our budget limit. Added the Creative to Notable Mentions.
Dec 23, 2020: Minor updates to the text and Notable Mentions. Removed the AUKEY Latitude Wireless as a Notable Mention due to changing availability.
Nov 27, 2020: Replaced Mpow H10 Wireless with Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 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.