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The 8 Best Wireless Bluetooth Headphones - Fall 2021 Reviews

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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 625 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.


  1. Bestย Wireless Bluetooth Headphones: Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless

    7.1
    Neutral Sound
    8.1
    Commute/Travel
    7.2
    Sports/Fitness
    7.7
    Office
    5.8
    Wireless Gaming
    7.4
    Wired Gaming
    6.7
    Phone Calls
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling Yes
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    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 helpful 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.

    See our review

  2. More Comfortable Alternative: Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018

    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling Yes
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    If you prioritize comfort from your Bluetooth headphones, take a look at the Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018. While they're not as customizable as the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless, they're well-padded, have a lighter design, and don't clamp as tightly on your head. These headphones are well-built and have a fairly neutral sound profile that delivers a touch of extra thump, rumble, and boom to mixes. It shouldn't overwhelm vocals or lead instruments. They have an ANC system that does an outstanding job blocking out background noise like bus engines or ambient chatter. Thanks to their roughly 20 hours of continuous playback time, you can take them with you on long trips or use them throughout your shift without having to recharge them. They can connect with up to two devices at a time, which is nice if you like to switch between your phone and laptop. Unfortunately, their integrated mic has a mediocre recording quality, so your voice sounds thin and muffled to whoever's on the end of the line.

    Try the Sony if you want to customize your headphones' sound to your tastes. If you're looking for wireless over-ears with a more comfortable fit, check out the Bose instead.

    See our review

  3. Best Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Under $200: Razer Opus Wireless

    8.0
    Neutral Sound
    8.2
    Commute/Travel
    7.4
    Sports/Fitness
    7.9
    Office
    6.1
    Wireless Gaming
    7.7
    Wired Gaming
    7.0
    Phone Calls
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling Yes
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The Razer Opus Wireless are the best wireless headphones under $200 that we've tested. These over-ear headphones offer a very good price-to-performance ratio. They have a fantastic ANC system and can block out a significant amount of ambient noise around you, like the low rumble of bus or plane engines, as well as office chatter.

    These headphones have a very comfortable fit that's well-built and sturdy. Out of the box, they have a very accurate and neutral sound profile suitable for many audio genres. That said, their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets so that you can customize them to your liking. Thanks to their over 32 hours of continuous battery life, you don't have to worry about frequently recharging them. They also have an auto-off timer to help conserve their battery life, and you can even use them passively with their included 1/8" TRRS cable.

    Unfortunately, you can't use them while charging, and their bulky design could make them a bit harder to take with you on the go. They also don't support multi-device pairing, which is disappointing if you like to stay connected to your smartphone and laptop at the same time. That said, these headphones offer versatile performance and are even among the best noise cancelling headphones under $200 that we've tested.

    See our review

  4. Best Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds: Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless

    7.4
    Neutral Sound
    8.1
    Commute/Travel
    8.4
    Sports/Fitness
    7.3
    Office
    5.6
    Wireless Gaming
    5.5
    Wired Gaming
    6.4
    Phone Calls
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling Yes
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best wireless Bluetooth earbuds we've tested are the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless. These earbuds are lightweight and comfortable, with a few different sizes of silicone ear tips included so you can find the best fit for you. They're also stable enough to use during workouts and have an IPX4 rating for water resistance.

    They have a fairly neutral sound profile that's suitable for many types of content and genres. Their ANC feature can block out an amazing amount of sound, from the low rumble of bus and plane engines to mid-range noise like background conversations. They have an H1 chip for easier pairing with Apple devices, and they have low latency with iOS and Android phones, so you should be able to stream video without noticeable audio lag.

    Unfortunately, their continuous battery life of just over five hours is on the short side, but they come with a case that holds five additional charges. They also don't really have an app or come with sound customization features like an EQ or presets, which may be disappointing if you like a lot of thump and rumble in your music. That said, these earbuds are among the best noise cancelling headphones that we've tested.

    See our review

  5. Alternative With Adjustable ANC: Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless

    Type Earbuds
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling Yes
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    If you want earbuds with an adjustable ANC feature, you may prefer the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless. These Bluetooth earbuds have a bulkier design than the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless and aren't as comfortable, but you can set their ANC feature to a few different levels using their companion app. It allows you to adjust the amount of ambient sound that it blocks out. When it's turned up, the ANC feature isolates you from an impressive amount of noise, including the low rumble of bus and plane engines. These earbuds are also well-built and have a longer continuous battery life of about 7 hours. Their sound profile is also neutral, with a bit of overemphasis in the bass range, so mixes have a touch of extra thump and rumble, which fans of genres like EDM and hip-hop may appreciate. Unfortunately, they lack sound customization features.

    If you want a more comfortable fit or a slightly better overall noise isolation performance, go for the Apple, but consider the Bose instead if you want earbuds with an adjustable ANC system.

    See our review

  6. Best Wireless Bluetooth Headphones For Working Out: Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless

    7.3
    Neutral Sound
    7.5
    Commute/Travel
    8.4
    Sports/Fitness
    7.1
    Office
    5.8
    Wireless Gaming
    5.7
    Wired Gaming
    6.4
    Phone Calls
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling Yes
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best wireless Bluetooth headphones for working out are the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless. These in-ears have a comfortable fit, durable build, and are rated IP68 for dust and water resistance. Thanks to their stability fin design, they shouldn't fall out of your ears during tough workouts.

    Out of the box, they have a well-balanced sound profile that's suitable for most audio content. That said, their companion app offers a parametric EQ and presets so that you can adjust their sound to suit your tastes. They also have a lightweight and portable design, making it easy to put them in your pockets when you're on the go. Their controls are easy to use, and the headphones automatically pause if you remove one bud from your ear.

    Although they have an ANC system, they still really struggle to block out background sound around you, which may be frustrating if you're working out in a noisy gym. They also have a continuous battery life of roughly 5.3 hours, and you may need to recharge them to get through your day. Luckily, their carrying case holds about two additional charges if you need it.

    See our review

  7. Best Budget Wireless Bluetooth Headphones: Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless

    8.0
    Neutral Sound
    7.1
    Commute/Travel
    7.2
    Sports/Fitness
    7.2
    Office
    6.0
    Wireless Gaming
    7.6
    Wired Gaming
    6.8
    Phone Calls
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling Yes
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 are the best budget wireless Bluetooth headphones that we've tested. These decently comfortable over-ear headphones have a very neutral sound profile out of the box, which makes them well-suited for a variety of audio content. If you prefer a different sound, their companion app offers a couple of EQ presets to help you adjust them to your liking.

    These headphones have over 24 hours of continuous playback time, which is great for long days on the road or at the office. If you like to listen to your audio at high volumes in moderately noisy environments like at an office, those around you shouldn't be able to hear it. You can even pair these headphones with up to two devices at a time, which is nice if you like to switch audio sources between your smartphone and laptop.

    Unfortunately, even though they have decent build quality, some users have reported that their unit's plastic headband broke or cracked with regular use. Their ANC also struggles to reduce bus and plane engine noise, although it does a somewhat better job of cutting down ambient chatter.

    See our review

  8. Cheaper Alternative: Skullcandy Dime True Wireless

    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    If you want cheaper Bluetooth headphones, you may prefer the Skullcandy Dime True Wireless. They have a much shorter continuous battery life than the Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless and aren't as comfortable, but they're still quite versatile and available at a lower price point. They have a good build quality, an adequately comfortable fit, and should be stable enough to stay in your ears during workouts. They're also rated IPX4 for water resistance. They have a well-balanced sound profile, with a slightly overemphasized bass range that adds a bit of extra thump, punch, and boom to mixes. They also passively isolate you from more ambient noise. While their continuous battery life of roughly 3.8 hours isn't long enough to last through a 9-5 workday, they come with a case that holds about 2.5 additional charges.

    If you want the headphones with a more comfortable fit and sound customization features, go for the Plantronics, but consider the Skullcandy instead if you want a cheaper option and don't mind a shorter continuous battery life.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Jabra Evolve2 85 Wireless: The Jabra Evolve2 85 are premium professional headphones and perform quite similarly to the Jabra Elite 85h Wireless, though they do have a flippable boom microphone. They aren't as sturdy as the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless and have an inferior ANC system. See our review
  • Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless: The Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless are budget-friendly over-ear headphones with an ANC system that can block out a good amount of ambient noise. However, they have a very excited sound profile and lack sound customization features to help adjust their sound to your liking. See our review
  • Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless: The Anker Soundcore Life Q30 are noise cancelling over-ears that are a great alternative to the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 due to their superior noise isolation capability, multi-device pairing capability, and longer battery life. However, they aren't as stable on the head. See our review
  • Bose 700 Headphones Wireless: The Bose 700 Headphones are comfortable over-ears with an outstanding noise isolation feature, but they don't have any sound customization features. See our review
  • Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless: The Sennheiser Momentum 3 perform quite well overall but aren't quite on par with the Bose QuietComfort 35 II and Sony WH-1000XM4 for around the same price. See our review
  • Jabra Elite 85h Wireless: The Jabra Elite 85h are comfortable over-ear headphones with a great physical control scheme and well-balanced sound, but their ANC isn't on par with other noise cancelling headsets. See our review
  • Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless: The Beats Powerbeats Pro are truly wireless sports-oriented in-ears that have a longer battery life than the Bose Sport Earbuds Truly Wireless, but they aren't as well-built or as stable in the ear. See our review
  • Creative Outlier Air V2 True Wireless: The Creative Outlier Air V2 come with more sound customization features than the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless, but they aren't as stable in your ear. See our review
  • Apple AirPods Max Wireless: The Apple AirPods Max are wireless over-ear headphones with a premium design, well-balanced sound profile, and outstanding noise isolation capability, but their ANC system isn't quite as effective as that of the Sony WH-1000XM4, and they have fewer sound customization options. See our review
  • JBL CLUB PRO+ TWS True Wireless: The JBL CLUB PRO+ TWS are a great alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless since they leak less audio, block out more ambient noise, and have a companion app with a parametric EQ. However, they aren't as well-made as the Samsung and have shorter continuous battery life. See our review
  • Bose Sport Earbuds Truly Wireless: The Bose Sport Earbuds Truly Wireless are more comfortable than the Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless but aren't as customizable and have shorter continuous battery life. See our review
  • EarFun Air Pro True Wireless: The EarFun Air Pro are a good alternative to the Apple AirPods Pro. Their ANC feature isn't as effective, and they have a less neutral sound profile, but they have longer continuous battery life from a single charge and a better microphone recording quality. See our review
  • JBL Live Pro+ TWS True Wireless: The JBL Live Pro+ TWS are truly wireless in-ears with a noise cancelling feature that enables them to filter out more ambient noise than the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless and have an in-app parametric EQ but they aren't as stable in the ear and have a significantly shorter continuous battery life. See our review
  • Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless: The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless are Bluetooth earbuds with an extremely neutral sound profile and a continuous battery life of roughly 13 hours. However, they're discontinued and are no longer sold by the manufacturer, so they may be difficult to find available. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Oct 07, 2021: Replaced the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless with the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless because the Samsung have been discontinued by the manufacturer. Added the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless as the 'Alternative With Adjustable ANC'.

  2. Sep 07, 2021: Replaced the Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless with the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless as 'Best Wireless Bluetooth Headphones For Working Out' as the Tarah Pro are currently out of stock.

  3. Aug 12, 2021: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations in their categories and that the products are available.

  4. Jul 16, 2021: Removed the FIIL T1X True Wireless as they're no longer available and replaced them with the Skullcandy Dime True Wireless. Also replaced the Bose Sports Earbuds Truly Wireless with the Jaybird Tarah Pro as they're back in stock and represent better value to most users.

  5. Jun 17, 2021: Replaced the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless with the Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless. Added the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

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.

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