Tired of tangled cords while listening to music? Some wireless headphones connect to your devices via Bluetooth to provide a cable-free listening experience (check our articles What is Bluetooth and Wired vs Wireless Headphones: Which one is for you). They’re not usually the best choice for gaming or watching TV since they tend to have high latency, but having the freedom of being untethered to your audio source is great when listening to music at the office, on the bus, or on the treadmill.
So far, we've reviewed over 400 headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best Bluetooth headphones to buy in 2020. See also our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds, the best on-ear wireless headphones, and the best true wireless earbuds.
The best Bluetooth headphones we've tested so far are the Bose QuietComfort 35 II. They're one of the most comfortable over-ear headphones we've tested so far and are versatile enough to satisfy most people. They're great headphones for travel thanks to their great ANC performance, comfortable design, and long 20-hour battery life that should last most flights or road trips.
Unfortunately, their companion app doesn't offer any EQ options, though thankfully they have great sound reproduction out-of-the-box that's well-balanced enough for all types of genres and content, from dubstep to podcasts. They do leak quite a bit of sound, however, and those concerned about bothering those around them may want to consider the Bose QuietControl 30/QC30 Wireless, which leak much less sound thanks to their earbud design.
Overall, these are a good, well-rounded pair of Bluetooth headphones that should satisfy most people thanks to their comfort, sound quality, and ANC performance.
If you often listen to music in noisy environments or want something with a more customizable sound profile, get the Sony WH-1000XM3. They aren't quite as comfortable as the Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018, but they have excellent customization options and are the best noise cancelling headphones we've tested to date. They're great for long trips thanks to their impressive 27 hour battery life, comfortable design, and excellent ANC performance. Their companion app gives you access to a lot of features, including a graphic EQ which allows you to fine-tune their sound to better suit your needs. While their touch-sensitive control scheme is easy-to-use, unfortunately it doesn't work in freezing temperatures, meaning they may not be great for people who live in colder climates.
Get the Bose if you have a hard time finding headphones comfortable enough to wear for extended periods, but if you want to customize your sound or need to block out a lot of background noise, go for the Sony.
The best wireless in-ear headphones we’ve tested so far are the Jaybird Tarah Pro. These earbuds are a great choice for sports thanks to their secure fit and IPX7 rating for water resistance, though we don't currently test for this. The earbuds are connected with a short cable that allows you to hang the earbuds around your neck when not in use, as well as housing the in-line remote and the charging pins. They look and feel quite durable, with a braided cable that feels very premium and well-built.
These earbuds sound decent out of the box and are fairly well-balanced, though the emphasis in the high bass may make them sound a tad muddy. That said, Jaybird has one of the best dedicated companion apps on the market which allows you to customize the sound through presets, a parametric EQ, or profiles created by other users. If you use these earbuds on-the-go, they have excellent noise isolation in the mid and treble range, which is good for ambient chatter and high-pitched noises such as AC units, but they won't perform as well in the bass range, where the rumbles of bus engines sit.
Unfortunately, they charge via a proprietary charger, which can be an annoyance if you lose it or forget it at home. You shouldn't have to charge them often, though, as the battery life lasts on average 13 hours and the earbuds have an auto-off feature to extend it further. Overall, if you're looking for a good pair of wireless earbuds, it's hard to go wrong with these.
If you want to eliminate wires altogether, the best truly wireless earbuds we've tested to date are the Samsung Galaxy Buds. These small truly wireless headphones are quite comfortable thanks to their lightweight design and look and feel quite premium and well-built. Despite not having stability fins, they still feel very stable in the ear and are a good choice for a run or light workout. Their battery life is also quite good at over 7 hours per charge. It's worth noting that there's a new version available, the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless, that have an outstanding 13.5-hour battery life, but they perform almost identically otherwise and are currently quite a bit more expensive.
These headphones have an extremely neutral and well-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box. They follow our target curve almost perfectly and should be well-suited to most content and genres, from audio books to rock music. Fans of bass may be a bit disappointed, but luckily if you have an Android device, you can download the companion app to gain access to five different EQ presets. If you're an Apple user, you may want to look at the Plus, as their companion app also works on iOS, while the first generation only has an app for Android.
Unfortunately, they don't have an ANC feature to better block background noises like some other high-end options. Their controls are also quite disappointing, as they utilize a touch-sensitive surface as opposed to physical clicky buttons. While this prevents the earbuds from being pushed further into your ear, it makes them more difficult to use in colder climates while wearing gloves or hats. Overall, these truly wireless headphones should please most people, and with the release of the new version, they currently provide an excellent price-to-performance ratio.
If you use your earbuds in noisy environments and want something to help keep you concentrated, get the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless. These true wireless earbuds don't have a customizable sound profile, and don't last as long off a single charge, but they do a much better job at blocking out background noise thanks to their ANC feature. They connect seamlessly to any Apple device, but they pair just like any Bluetooth headphones to any Android or Windows device as well. Unfortunately, while they have some simple settings and minor customization options on iOS, they don't have any EQ settings, and you get no customization options if using them with a non-Apple device. Their 5.3-hour battery life isn't as long as the 7.5-hour one found on the Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless, but their case will charge them up an additional five times, as opposed to the single extra charge with the Samsung.
If you want truly wireless headphones that allow you to customize their sound profile slightly, or will last almost an entire workday, go for the Samsung, but if you want a pair that will help block out background noise on the bus or in the office, get the Apple.
If you don't want to spend a ton of money, the best budget wireless headphones we've tested so far are the Anker Soundcore Life Q20. These wireless over-ear headphones feel decently well-made, especially for their low price point, and they're quite comfortable. They have a good amount of padding on their ear cups and headband, and while the previous version, the Anker SoundCore Life 2 Wireless, are a bit too large for people with smaller heads, these are a tiny bit smaller and should fit most people better.
These headphones have an excited V-shaped sound profile that will give a bit of extra thump and kick without the bass being overpowering. This will make them a good option for a fairly wide range of genres, but unfortunately, they don't have a dedicated companion app to customize their sound profile. They have ANC to help block out background noises, and while it doesn't help much with the low rumble of bus or plane engines, it does an excellent job at blocking out chatty coworkers.
These headphones have an impressive 32-hour battery life, and they fully charge in under two hours, which is good. While they may not feel as premium or comfortable as our top picks, they're still surprisingly comfortable for their price, and are a decent choice for most people and a wide variety of uses.
if you want to spend as little as possible but want a decent pair of Bluetooth in-ears, the best cheap earbuds we've tested so far are the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019. These wireless in-ears feature an ear-hook design and their L/R drivers connect via a thin cable. While they aren't quite as portable as truly wireless headphones, they can still easily be tossed into a pocket or bag, and their 18.5-hour battery life is much longer than what you find with most truly wireless options.
Their sound profile is bass-rich and fairly excited, and while they have a bit of extra bass, their treble range is slightly bumped up as well, so vocals and instruments won't be overpowered. While they should be suitable for a fairly wide range of genres, unfortunately, these headphones don't have a dedicated companion app, so you can't adjust their sound profile to better match your personal preferences.
These headphones are quite comfortable, and come with five different sizes of tips to help ensure you get a good and stable fit. Their ear-hooks help them feel very stable in your ear, making them a great choice for bringing to the gym with you as well. Overall, these headphones offer a great price-to-performance ratio, and are among the best headphones that we've tested to date.
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 reviews for wireless headphones. 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.
03/06/2020: Changed product picks for consistency. Minor updates to text and verification for accuracy.
02/07/2020: Replaced the Anker SoundBuds Curve Wireless with the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019.
01/10/2020: Replaced Anker SoundCore Liberty Air with Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2. Minor text and structure changes.