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 520 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 are the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless. These wireless over-ears are well-built, quite comfortable, and have a comprehensive, fairly easy-to-use touch-sensitive control scheme. With an outstanding battery life of just under 38 hours, they should have no trouble lasting you throughout the workweek. They also support multi-device pairing, which is useful if you like to listen to content on your phone and computer.
They have a somewhat bass-heavy default sound profile that should please fans of EDM and hip-hop but may not suit all listeners. Thankfully, you can fine-tune your listening experience with a graphic EQ or audio presets inside their feature-rich Sony | Headphones Connect companion app, which also allows you to remap the function for their 'Custom' button, control their auto-off timer, and play music through a built-in media player. Their ANC system is highly effective and helps them do an outstanding job of filtering out everything from the low rumble of construction equipment or the high-pitched hum of an AC unit.
Unfortunately, their integrated mic provides middling recording quality, making your voice sound thin and muffled. They're also a little on the bulky side, though they do come with a sturdy, hard carrying case to make it easier to transport them around when not in use. They're a highly versatile choice and are a good fit for many different uses.
If you're looking for a pair of Bluetooth headphones with an even more comfortable fit, take a look at the Bose QuietComfort 35 II. They aren't as well-built as the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless and have a battery life that's a little over half as long, but the Bose are even more comfortable, with a relatively lightweight design and generous amounts of padding used on their ear cups and headband. Some may also prefer their reliance on physical buttons over Sony's touch-sensitive control scheme. While their ANC system isn't quite as effective, they still do an outstanding job of blocking out ambient noise. They also provide a more neutral sound profile, though it can't be adjusted since their companion app lacks an EQ or audio presets. Like the Sony, they support multi-device pairing.
Get the Sony if you want a broader feature-set and longer battery life, but consider the Bose if you prioritize an even more comfortable fit and prefer a physical control scheme.
The best wireless headphones under $200 that we've tested are the Razer Opus. These wireless over-ears are impressively well-built and comfortable enough to wear for hours at a time. They're stable enough to stay in place during light workouts and have a comprehensive control scheme that's easy to use. They supply over 32 hours of continuous playback time, so you shouldn't need to worry about charging them too often either.
Out-of-the-box, they have a very well-balanced sound profile that should suit most types of audio content. That said, if you're the type who likes to fine-tune your listening experience, the companion app gives you access to audio presets and a graphic EQ. These over-ears also have a highly effective ANC system that allows them to filter out a remarkable amount of background noise, from the low-rumble of bus and plane engines to the chatter of nearby coworkers.
Unfortunately, they don't support multi-device pairing, which can be annoying if you want to remain connected to two audio sources at the same time. They're also somewhat bulky, though they do have a sturdy-feeling case to carry them around when not in use. Overall, thanks to their rich feature-set and comfortable, sturdy design, they're also among the best over-ear headphones we've tested.
The best wireless headphones with an earbud design that we’ve tested are the Samsung Galaxy Buds+. They feature a lightweight, high-grade plastic construction and feel quite comfortable. Despite lacking stability fins, they do an impressive job of staying in your ears, even during intense workouts.
Out-of-the-box, these earbuds have a very well-balanced sound profile that's suitable for everything from EDM to audiobooks. If you'd like to personalize your listening experience, their Galaxy Wearable companion app gives you access to a couple of different audio presets. At over 13 hours of continuous playback time, battery life is quite impressive, especially for a pair of truly wireless headphones. Their case supplies an additional full charge, so they should last you a couple of days.
However, their touch-sensitive control scheme takes some time to get used to and may be hard to use if you wear gloves. Their integrated microphone also makes your voice sound thin and muffled, so they aren't the best choice for making phone calls. Minor issues aside, their impressive battery life, well-balanced sound profile, and sturdy build quality help make them some of the best true wireless earbuds we've tested.
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. Unfortunately, they only have five hours of continuous battery life, which, on its own, may not be enough to get you through your workday. 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 are the Jaybird Tarah Pro. These wireless in-ears are solidly-built and offer a very stable fit, which allows them to stay in your ears even during high-intensity workouts. They're also small enough to be tossed into your pocket or a bag without a second thought.
They offer a well-balanced sound profile out-the-box that should suit whatever type of content you like to listen to at the gym, whether that's audiobooks or EDM tracks. That said, if you're the type who needs a bit of extra bass in your music to stay pumped up, their companion app features audio presets as well as a parametric EQ to help you fine-tune your listening experience. They last more than 13 hours on a single charge, so they should have no trouble lasting you throughout marathon distances.
While they isolate you from a decent amount of ambient noise overall, they do little to filter out sound in the bass range, which may be annoying if you also plan on commuting with these headphones and want to filter out the low rumble of a bus engine. Their in-line mic also struggles to isolate speech from loud background noise. With that said, these are a great option if you're looking for a pair of premium wireless in-ears that can cope with both frequent workout sessions and day-to-day life.
The best wireless Bluetooth headphones that we've tested at a budget price point are the Plantronics BackBeat Go 810. These Bluetooth-enabled over-ears are decently well-built and have an easy-to-use control scheme. They provide over 24 hours of continuous playback time on a single charge, which should be more than enough for a couple of days at work, but they also come with a 1/8" TRS cable for passive audio playback if you run out of charge.
They have a very well-balanced default sound profile that should suit a wide variety of content, from audiobooks to EDM music. That said, their companion app has a couple of EQ presets to customize your listening experience. The app also lets you cycle between different presets for their ANC feature. These headphones support multi-device pairing, which is handy if you want to stay connected to your work computer while streaming music from your phone.
Unfortunately, even with their ANC feature, they block out very little ambient noise in the bass range, which could be disruptive if you wear these over-ears while commuting. They're also somewhat bulky and a bit of a nuisance to carry around when they're not in use. Still, if you're looking for feature-packed over-ears, these are a great value-conscious choice.
If you're looking to spend less on a pair of wireless headphones, consider the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019. Unlike the Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless, these budget-friendly in-ears don't have a companion app or multi-device pairing capability, but they are cheaper and substantially more portable. Despite lacking an ANC feature, they block out more ambient noise than the Plantronics overall, and their battery life of over 18 hours should be more than sufficient for a couple of long days at the office. They have a bass-heavy but ultimately well-balanced sound profile, which should emphasize the thump and rumble of EDM and hip-hop music without overwhelming delicate vocals and lead instruments in other genres.
Get the Plantronics if you want a few more quality of life features and prefer an over-ear fit, but consider the Anker if you want to save some money and bring your headphones on-the-go.
11/27/2020: Replaced Mpow H10 Wireless with Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless.
10/30/2020: Minor changes to the text for accuracy, consistency, and clarity; no change in product recommendations.
10/02/2020: Replaced Sony WH-1000XM3 with Sony WH-1000XM4. Made Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II an alternate pick. Added Jabra Evolve2 85 to Notable Mentions.
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.
07/10/2020: Added Razer Opus Wireless as 'Best Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Under $200'.
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.