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The 7 Best Wireless Bluetooth Headphones - Winter 2018
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Best Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Tired of tangled cords while listening to music? Wireless headphones offer a cable-free listening experience and typically connect to your devices via Bluetooth (check our articles What is Bluetooth and Wired vs Wireless Headphones: Which one is for you). They’re convenient for any situation, especially during workouts.

So far, we've reviewed 70 wireless headphones and below are our recommendations for the best Bluetooth headsets you can buy in 2018.

Best Wireless Headphones: Bose QuietComfort 35

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
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Test Benches:

  • 1.2: Winter 2018
  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2017
  • 0.9: Winter 2016
7.4
Mixed Usage
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What it is This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
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7.7
Critical Listening
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What it is The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
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7.7
Commute/Travel
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What it is How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
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7.1
Sports/Fitness
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What it is How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
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7.7
Office
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What it is How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
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6.1
Home Theater
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5.8
Gaming
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We've tested 70 wireless headphones and the best ones are the Bose QuietComfort 35. They are super comfortable and easy-to-use Bluetooth headphones with one of the best noise cancellation on the market. That and their well-balanced sound and decent battery life make them versatile enough for most environments and use cases.

They are a slightly better option than the Sony WH-1000XM2 for casual everyday use. If you want a good, well-rounded pair of over-ear headphones, the Bose QC35 are the ones to get.

See our review

More Portable Alternative: Bose QuietControl 30

If you still want the great isolation of the Bose QuietComfort 35 and Sony WH-1000Xm2 but find over-ear models a bit too bulky and cumbersome, then we recommend the Bose QuietControl 30 wireless earbuds instead.

Unlike the Bose QC35, they're better suited for sports and office use since they're more portable, stable and barely leak. They also give you a bit more control over their noise cancellation feature than the QC35 but do not sound as good.

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Gaming Alternative: SteelSeries Arctis 7

If you're looking for a wireless headphone that's suitable for gaming, watching movies and is versatile enough to use outdoors, then get the SteelSeries Arctis 7. They're one of the best wireless gaming headsets that we've tested so far. They're sturdy, comfortable and have multiple connection options that make them compatible with PS4 and Xbox as well as mobile devices. 

Unfortunately, you won't be able to use them wirelessly with your phone and they do not have a dock to rest or showcase the headphones like the Astro A50. On the upside, they are much more versatile. Their low latency wireless connection also makes them ideal for home theater use unlike the Bose QuietComfort 35 or the Sony WH-1000XM2.

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Best Mid-Range Wireless Headphones: Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2

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Test Benches:

  • 1.2: Winter 2018
  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2017
  • 0.9: Winter 2016
7.3
Mixed Usage
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What it is This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
Score components:
7.7
Critical Listening
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What it is The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
Score components:
7.4
Commute/Travel
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What it is How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
Score components:
7.1
Sports/Fitness
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What it is How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
Score components:
7.5
Office
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What it is How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
Score components:
6.2
Home Theater
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5.9
Gaming
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The best mid-range wireless noise-cancelling headphones we've tested are the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2. They are well-rounded headphones with an exciting sound and a fast wireless connection for watching videos as long as you have the right Bluetooth dongle.

These wireless earphones don't isolate as well as the Bose headphones on this list or the JBL Elite 700 but they have a better build quality and an ergonomic button layout that gives you more control over their active features, even without an app. They're also significantly cheaper than the Bose headphones. 

See our review

More Portable Alternative: Beats BeatsX

If you need a more portable design, get the Beats X wireless in-ears. They don't have active noise cancellation, but their passive isolation is good enough for most environments. They have a well-balanced sound, a great wireless range considering their smaller size and a few additional features if you have an iOS device.

They're decently well-built and flexible enough to easily fit in your pocket. However, if you're an Android user, the Jaybird Freedom may be a better alternative since the BeatsX lack a few features on Android that are available on iOS.

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Best Budget Wireless Headphones: Samsung Level U Pro

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
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Test Benches:

  • 1.2: Winter 2018
  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2017
  • 0.9: Winter 2016
6.8
Mixed Usage
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What it is This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
Score components:
6.9
Critical Listening
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What it is The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
Score components:
7.0
Commute/Travel
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What it is How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
Score components:
7.4
Sports/Fitness
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What it is How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
Score components:
7.1
Office
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What it is How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
Score components:
5.5
Home Theater
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5.4
Gaming
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For a budget option, we recommend the Samsung Level U Pro. They are comfortable headphones thanks to their flexible in-ear tips and deliver a good sound.

Their build quality feels a bit flimsy, which may be expected for wireless earbuds at this price point, but they’re a well-rounded cheap option that will please most casual listeners.

See our review

On-Ear Alternative: Skullcandy Grind

If you're not a big fan of in-ears but want an affordable pair of wireless headphones, then we recommend the Skullcandy Grind. They're surprisingly well-built for their price range, they're easy-to-use and deliver an above-average sound that's good for most listeners.

They don't block a lot of ambient noise, but they're quite comfortable for an on-ear design and don't put too much pressure on your ears, while still being stable enough for a light jog and for working out. 

See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Sony WH-1000XM2. Wireless headphones with the best noise cancellation and superior build quality. Slightly inconsistent sound and bulky build. See our review
  • Turtle Beach Elite 800. A mediocre gaming headset, but the wireless can be either over Bluetooth or via the included base. See our review
  • Jaybird Freedom. A good alternative to the BeatsX. Versatile and comfortable Bluetooth in-ear headphones. Slightly short battery life and bulky charging clip can be frustrating. See our review
  • Samsung Level Over Wireless. Customizable sound and good build quality. Mediocre at best isolation. See our review
  • Sennheiser PXC 550. Good overall performance and great customizable features. Mediocre at best isolation. See our review
  • Beats Solo 3. Bluetooth headphones with a good sound and sleek simple design. A bit tight on the head. See our review
  • Mpow Bluetooth Over-Ear. Efficient controls and good overall performance for their price. A bit plasticky and does not block a lot of noise. See our review
  • Astro A50. A well designed and comfortable wireless gaming headset. Good for movies and videos but can't be used outdoors without their dock like the Arctis7. See our review
  • Sennheiser HD 4.50. Versatile wireless headset with a lot of features. Not as good as the Plantronics for around the same price. See our review
  • JBL Everest Elite 700. Wireless earphones; good substitute to the Plantronics with great customization options. Tight on the head and slightly bulky design. See our review
  • Beats Studio3 Wireless. A good upgrade to the Beats Studio Wireless with better overall performance. Does not perform as well as the Bose or Sony wireless over-ears for around the same price. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best wireless headphones to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper headphone wins over a pricier one 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.

 

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Any chance you guys could review the Bohm B76 headphones and maybe the Avantree Audition Pros? both seem to be pretty popular lower-cost alternatives that seem pretty interesting.
We will add them to the list, but the list has gotten quite long and we're not sure when we will get to them.
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Kanoa wireless earbuds look very interesting. They're not yet GA but I'd be curious to see how they stack up to the competition. Thanks!
Thank you for your suggestion. The Kanoa Earbuds do seem quite interesting, as they are truly wireless and feature packed. We will add them to the list. However, it may take some time until we can test them, as we have a lot of headphones currently in our review queue.
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Do you plan on reviewing the Plantronics Voyager Focus UC? I just purchased it and while the ergonomics are good, for the cost, I'm less than thrilled with it's noise canceling performance across the board. (e.g. Mic picks up other voices / rustling papers. Speaker ANC does not really do too much to deaden background noise) It would be good to see how you rate it compared to Bose QC35's etc. Maybe it's worth buying those instead.

Thank you for your suggestion, we will add the Plantronics Voyager Focus UC to the list. But, since we do not have them yet, we cannot make a direct comparison to the Bose QuietComfort 35. However, based on our test results we can confidently say that the QC35 provide one of the best noise isolation performances.

Unfortunately, unlike the QC25, the mic does pick up voices/rustling papers when making a call. This does not occur when the phone mic is not active, and shouldn't be a problem during regular listening sessions.

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Great reviews! I could really use your advice. I am looking for Bluetooth fitness headphones, but I have very small ears and most all in-ear options will fall out if I do not have a "hook" that goes around the top of my ear. I haven't seen any good options. Any ideas? Thank you!
The Powerbeats 2 have a stable ear-hook design, and their in-ear fit is a bit more comfortable than typical in-ear models. However, they don't have the best audio reproduction. Alternatively, you could get the Soundpeats Q9A, which are very similar to the Powerbeats but at a much lower price. These are the best, of the few, ear-hook designs that we've tested so far but you can always manually place the audio cables of better sounding headphones, behind your ears, to simulate an ear-hook fit. For more options, please check our Sports/Fitness recommendations.
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I prefer ON-EAR Wireless headphones because they seem to fit better and are less bulky, especially when my head is on a pillow (OVER-EAR headphones seem to get pushed around). I saw the Beats Solo 3 are ON-EAR and have favorable user ratings on Amazon, but I cannot find a review of this model at Rtings.com. Do you have a review of this pair of headphones, e.g. are they comparable to anything else?
You can check our latest review of the Beats Solo3 here.
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Hi, do you suggest Marshall Monitor Bluetooth at that price range? I could not find review for this item here, thnx for you answer
Unfortunately we can't comment on that at the moment. The only Marshall we have reviewed so far has been the Major II, and we haven't had an experience with Marshall's wireless implementation either.
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WE have a TCL tv with roku capability. Is it possible to use wireless or bluetooth headphones, as remote does not have port? Are there certain features we need to seek in the headphones? thank you!
The TCL TVs doesn't seem to have a bluetooth option. So either get a TV/Gaming headphone like the RS 165, RS 185, and A50. Or just use the analog out of the TV with your headphones using a long extension cable.
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Hi, Do you have plan to review Sony WI-1000x? I believe it's a strong competitor for Bose QC30.
No plans at the moment, but it's on our to-do list. The next Sony review we're going to publish will be the WF-1000X.
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