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 nearly 400 headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best Bluetooth headphones to buy in 2019. 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 that we’ve tested so far are the Bose QuietComfort 35 II. They’re very comfortable, easy-to-use noise cancelling headphones that sound great. Their 20-hour battery life is great, and they also have a handy auto-off timer that you can adjust in the Bose Connect app. They isolate noise very well, thanks to their great active noise cancelling (ANC); however, it was even better before a recent firmware update (4.5.2). The headphones still cancel an impressive amount of noise, just not quite as well as they used to.
Unfortunately, you can’t customize the way they sound with their app. They also leak a considerable amount of sound, so if you’re concerned about bothering those around you with your music, you might want to consider the Bose QuietControl 30. They perform similarly, but their earbud design results in less leakage. However, the QC 35 II are the best wireless over-ears we’ve tested so far thanks to their unparalleled blend of comfort, ease-of-use, sound quality, noise isolation, and battery performance, so if you prefer over-ears you’ll want to go for them instead.
If you’re looking for even better ANC and also like customizing the way your headphones sound, then get the Sony WH-1000XM3. They’re not quite as comfortable as the Bose QuietComfort 35 II and their touch-sensitive controls aren’t as easy for everyone to use, but their ANC is significantly better and they’re much more customizable. The Sony | Headphones Connect app provides not only a graphic EQ, but room and sound positioning effects, audio codec options, and more. Their controls don’t work properly in the cold, though, which can be a deal-breaker for some. Get the Bose if you’re not one to spend time customizing your headphones and you prefer something that just works. However, if you enjoy taking the time to fine-tune your headphones to better suit your needs, you’ll want to go for the Sony.
If you’re looking for versatile noise cancelling headphones but find the more premium options too expensive, then get Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2. They don’t look or feel as premium as the Bose QuietComfort 35 II and their noise cancelling pales in comparison to that of the Sony WH-1000XM3, but they’re the best headphones under $200 we’ve tested so far and provide excellent value for their price. They’re well-made with a comfortable, easy-to-use design and an exciting, yet still very well-balanced, bass-rich sound. Unfortunately, they’re rather bulky and some people may find them a bit too rumbly, especially since they don’t come with an EQ. You’ll want to get the Bose if they’re within your budget and you prefer a more premium option with better ANC, but for the price, you can't do much better than the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 thanks to their ergonomic design, good sound quality, and great battery performance.
The best wireless in-ear headphones we’ve tested so far are the Jaybird Tarah Pro. They’re also the best wireless headphones for running we’ve reviewed, thanks to their great build quality, IPX7 rating for waterproofing, durable braided cable, and easy-to-use in-line remote. They have good audio reproduction and are highly customizable thanks to their compatibility with the Jaybird MySound app, which features a great parametric EQ. Their 13-hour battery life is very good, especially for wireless earbuds, and their magnetic earbuds even trigger an auto-off timer when snapped together.
These earbuds use a proprietary charging cradle that can be a bit inconvenient at times, especially if you forget it somewhere. If you want a cheaper pair of headphones that offer very similar sound quality, consider the JBL Reflect Mini 2, though you'll be losing a bit on build quality and battery life. Overall, the Jaybird are versatile wireless earbuds that deliver a satisfactory listening experience, not only for athletes but for more casual users as well.
If you prefer a pair of truly wireless headphones, then get the Samsung Galaxy Buds. Their bass is a little bit weaker than the Jaybird Tarah Pro, which fans of bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip hop may find disappointing, but being truly wireless, they're much easier to take around with you on-the-go. If you're an Android user, you can use Samsung's companion app to boost their bass a bit, but unfortunately, the app is not available on iOS. The Jabra Elite Active 65t are a more sports-oriented option with a universal app, but are much less than comfortable for most people. You'll want to get the Jaybirds if you like being able to hang your earbuds around your neck when not in use, but if you prefer the ultra-portable design of truly wireless earbuds, then go with the Samsung.
The best wireless headphones for gaming we’ve reviewed so far are the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless. These headphones are among the most versatile we’ve tested thanks to their Bluetooth connectivity and great low-latency wireless transmitter, which provides a ton of connectivity and customization options as well as battery charging. They have a low-latency wireless transmitter for gaming that doubles as a battery charging station. They sound great, their retractable microphone is excellent, and their dual-battery system only stops when you do.
Unfortunately, they don’t have adjustable microphone control like the wireless Astro A50 or the wired SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC. These headsets don’t support Bluetooth, though, and are less versatile overall. The Pro Wireless may be a bit bulky, but they’re very good headphones overall and are great not only for PC or PS4 gaming, but for watching TV and even just listening to music at home.
If you’re looking gaming headphones with a multi-functional wireless transmitter and great ergonomics, then get the Astro A50 Wireless. Their USB dock doesn’t provide any customization options like that of the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, but it acts as a charging stand for the headphones and provides a nice dedicated spot to store them when not in use. The Astro also sound great and are very comfortable, but they can’t be used wired and their gamer-centric design won’t be for everyone. Get the SteelSeries if you want not only a great gaming headset, but also versatile headphones for more casual use as well. However, if you’re looking for something with a more ergonomic design to set up wirelessly with your home theater system at home, you’ll want to go for the Astros.
The best wireless headphones under $100 we’ve tested so far are the Mixcder E9 Wireless. They offer decent build quality for the price and are quite comfortable. They aren't too heavy, and the cups should be large enough for most ear shapes and sizes. They have an easy-to-use control scheme allowing you to play/pause, skip tracks, and adjust the volume, all on the headphones themselves.
Their sound quality is pretty good overall, providing excellent bass with the right amount of thump for bass-heavy music while still accurately reproducing vocals and lead instruments in the mid-range. Their treble lacks a bit detail and brightness, though, so while they're decently suited for a wide range of genres, they'll perform better with more popular genres of music like pop or hip-hop than say, classical or jazz. They don't cancel noise as well as the similarly-priced Mpow H10, but they feel much better-built and even leak less sound, so you can raise the volume to mask more background noise without bothering those around you.
If you’re looking for something more portable, then the best wireless earbuds under $100 we’ve reviewed so far are the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air Truly Wireless. Their in-ear design makes them less comfortable than the Mixcder E9 Wireless, and their battery life isn’t as good, but they reproduce audio even more accurately and feel better-built. They also isolate a lot of noise passively, doing an even better job with sounds in the mid and treble ranges than the Mixcder. Get the Mixcder if you prefer over-ears, but if you want in-ears that deliver a solid performance for the price, go for the Ankers.
The best Bluetooth headphones in the budget category are the Anker SoundBuds Curve. They have a stable yet comfortable fit, decent sound quality, and great low price. They have powerful bass that’s well-suited for bass-heavy EDM, dubstep, or hip-hop tracks but still sound balanced enough to be suitable for more vocal-centric music. They charge in an hour and a half and provide nearly 13 hours of continuous playback, which is pretty good, especially for wireless earbuds.
Like most budget headphones, they don’t have many active features. If you use a Samsung device and want more customization options, like an EQ or an auto-off timer, consider the Samsung U Flex. They’re a bit more expensive, but also provide a more premium experience with their companion app. That said, the Anker are more comfortable, sound better out-of-the-box, and provide unbeatable value for their price.
If the most important thing to you is portability, then get the SoundPeats TrueFree. They sound a bit less balanced than the Anker SoundBuds Curve, and their battery is low at just over 3 hours, but they still offer great performance for the price. They have good, heavy bass that helps bring out the thump and rumble of genres like EDM and hip-hop. Get the Ankers if you don't mind having a cable connecting your wireless earbuds, but you'll want to go with SoundPeats if you prefer something truly wireless.
If you're not a big fan of in-ears but want an affordable pair of wireless headphones, then consider the Skullcandy Grind Wireless. They’re not as portable as the Anker SoundBuds Curve, but they're surprisingly comfortable for on-ear headphones. They’re well-built, sound decent, have a good battery life, and are easy-to-use. Although they’re comfortable, they don't have a very stable fit and also don’t fold up in a more compact format. Get the Curve if you care about portability, but if you prefer a comfortable, on-ear design, you’ll want the Skullcandy Grind.
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.