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.
So far, we've reviewed over 480 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 Bluetooth headphones that we've tested so far are the Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II. These Bluetooth over-ear headphones are very lightweight and are among the most comfortable headphones we've ever tested. They look and feel quite premium and well-built, and have easy-to-use physical controls that give you access to a lot of commands. Their 20-hour battery life is great, and they support multi-device and NFC pairing to make pairing them to all your devices easier.
Their sound profile is very well-balanced, making them a great choice for a very wide range of content and genres, though fans of a lot of kick and thump may find their bass a little lacking. Their ANC feature is one of the best we've reviewed to date, and they block out a good amount of engine rumble, making them a great choice for your daily commute or long plane rides. They also do a superb job of blocking out background chatter and the high-pitched sound of AC units to help keep you concentrated in the office.
Unfortunately, their dedicated companion app is very limited, and it doesn't give you access to any EQ settings, meaning you can't crank up the bass to give your favorite EDM tracks more kick, which is a shame. Overall, however, these are a good pair of wireless over-ears that are very comfortable and have a superb ANC feature, making them among the best headphones we've tested to date.
If you're looking for something with even more powerful noise cancelling and like being able to fine-tune the way your headphones sound, then get the Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless. They're not quite as comfortable as the Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018, and their touch-sensitive controls can be a bit finicky, but their ANC performs even better, and their companion app gives you access to a graphic EQ to tweak the way they sound. Their ANC is the best we've tested to date, blocking out noise even better than the Bose does, and their 27-hour battery life is impressive. While they'll turn off automatically if they're disconnected from their Bluetooth source, they don't have a true auto-off timer; if you fall asleep in the train with these headphones on, their battery will keep draining. Their touch-sensitive controls also don't work in the cold, which can be a deal-breaker if you live in colder climates.
Get the Bose if you prefer physical controls or if you tend to find most over-ears heavy and uncomfortable. However, if you have an extra noisy commute, or just want something you can customize to your heart's content, you'll want to go for the Sony.
The best wireless headphones under $200 that we've tested so far are the Razer Opus. These ANC over-ears mark Razer's departure from gaming accessories and look very similar to the much-more-expensive Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless. They feel well-built and comfortable and have easy-to-use physical controls on the ear cups. They even come with a good hard carrying case to help protect them when you toss them in your luggage or bag.
Their default sound profile is very well-balanced and accurate, lending itself well to a wide variety of genres and content. If you find they lack a bit of bass, that can easily be remedied thanks to the graphic EQ and presets in their dedicated companion app. Their most impressive feature is their ANC, which is surprisingly outstanding, especially considering their price point. They're among the best noise cancelling headphones we've tested, making them an excellent choice to cut out engine noise on a bus or plane or cut out chatty coworkers in the office.
Unfortunately, they lack multi-device pairing like some other options on this list, so it's a bit more difficult to quickly switch between your phone and laptop. Their microphone performance is also fairly disappointing overall, as they don't do the best job of separating your voice from background noise. That being said, the faults are few and far between with these headphones, and they're surprisingly good for the price.
The best wireless headphones with an earbud design that we’ve tested so far are the Samsung Galaxy Buds+. The original Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless were already a hit, but the new version knock them out of the park. They have the same sleek, ultra-compact truly design, but their battery performance is better than ever. Their super portable charging case makes them easy to throw in your pocket when you're on-the-go and even supports Qi wireless charging for added convenience at your desk.
These truly wireless in-ears have an exceptionally well-balanced, neutral sound profile, making them a versatile option for music of virtually all genres. If you’d like to tweak their sound profile a bit, you can use the EQ presets in their companion app to add a bit more bass or clarity. Their 13-hour battery life is also among the best we’ve seen, not just for truly wireless headphones but for Bluetooth earbuds in general.
On the downside, their touch-sensitive controls won't be for everyone, as it's easy to accidentally trigger a command when you're adjusting the earbuds. The Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless have physical buttons that are easier-to-use, but their battery doesn't last as long on a single charge, and their default sound profile isn't as well-balanced. All things considered, the Samsung headphones provide excellent value for the price and are our top recommendation for in-ear headphones.
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. They also have a well-balanced sound out-of-the-box, although some may find their thump and rumble a little light. On the downside, they only have five hours of continuous battery life, which, on its own, may not be enough to get you through your work day. 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 best wireless Bluetooth headphones for working out that we've tested to date are the Jaybird Tarah Pro. These well-built wireless in-ears are very portable and have a very stable fit, so they won't fall out of your ears while you're working out. Their over 13-hour battery life should be more than enough for your longest runs and gym sessions, too.
These headphones have a decently neutral sound profile with a bit of extra thump and punch in the bass range to help you stay motivated during your workout. If you prefer a different sound, there's a parametric EQ and presets available in the dedicated companion app. They don't leak a lot of noise, either, so you can crank up your music without bothering others at the gym.
On the downside, these headphones don't allow for multi-device pairing, which can be disappointing if you like to switch between different audio sources quickly. They also don't really block out bass-heavy sounds like bus and plane engines, though some outdoor runners may prefer this feature as it can help them stay aware of their surroundings. Ultimately, overall, they offer a decently versatile performance that should please many casual listeners.
The best wireless Bluetooth headphones in the budget category that we've tested so far are the Mpow H10. These over-ears have a comfortable fit and a reasonably versatile performance for their price range. With an over 23-hour battery life, you won't have to worry about recharging them on a daily basis, which is convenient.
Overall, these headphones have a fairly neutral sound profile that suits many different music genres. Their sound is a bit bass-heavy, so you'll really feel the punch and thump from your favorite tunes. Thanks to their active noise cancelling (ANC) feature, they also do a great job blocking out background noise, so you can stay immersed in your music during your commute or while working in a noisy office.
On the downside, these headphones don't have the best build quality, and they aren't very stable on your head. They also leak a lot of noise, which may be annoying to the people around you. That said, these headphones still rank among the best budget noise cancelling headphones that we've tested.
If you're shopping for wireless headphones on a budget but prefer earbuds, consider the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019 instead. While their noise isolation performance isn't as impressive as the Mpow H10 Wireless, their ear-hook design makes them more portable, more breathable, and more stable in your ear, so they're much better suited for the gym. Like the Mpow, they have a pretty neutral yet slightly bass-heavy default sound profile that can please fans of bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop. Their over 18-hour battery life lasts you through long days on the go, and they don't leak a lot of noise, which is good. On the downside, the cable connecting the earbuds is a bit thin, so they don't feel the most sturdy.
If you prefer over-ears with a good noise isolation performance, consider the Mpow, but if you like portable, stable, cheaper earbuds, check out the Anker instead.
09/04/2020: Replaced the Anker SoundCore Life Q20 Wireless with the Mpow H10 Wireless to reflect pricing changes. Added the FIIL T1X True Wireless as a Notable Mention.
08/06/2020: Minor updates to the text, verification for accuracy.
07/10/2020: Added Razer Opus Wireless as "Best Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Under $200".
06/05/2020: Moved Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless to a new category: Best Wireless Bluetooth Headphones for Working Out.
02/07/2020: Replaced the Anker SoundBuds Curve Wireless with the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019.
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 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.