Whether your phone has nixed the audio jack or you just 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 400 headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best Bluetooth headphones to buy. See also our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds, the best on-ear wireless headphones, and the best true wireless earbuds.
The best wireless headphones we've tested so far are the Bose QuietComfort 35 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 at 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. 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 - so 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, then you'll want to go for the Sony.
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 which makes 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 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 around you, go for the Apple AirPods Pro. While they're more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless and they 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 around you, go with the Apple.
The Jaybird Tarah Pro are the best wireless headphones for working out that we've tested so far. Whether you're a casual jogger or a pro athlete, these wireless earbuds are durable and stable enough to survive tough workouts. They're also rated IPX7 for water resistance, although we don't currently test for it.
Right out-of-the-box, they have a decently balanced sound profile that should be suitable for most users. If you like to customize your sound experience, their companion app offers a parametric EQ as well as presets so you can really tweak them to your liking. Their in-line remote is a nice touch too, as you can quickly adjust the volume or skip tracks even while you're on the move. Their 13-hour battery life should also last long enough for most workouts or physical activities and they even have an auto-off timer that's automatically triggered when the earbuds snap together, which is great for saving power when not in use.
On the downside, they use a proprietary charging cradle with a short cable, so you won't be able to borrow a friend's USB cable if you forget the cradle and need to charge your headphones. They also don't have multi-device or NFC pairing. Still all in all, these earbuds are a great choice for active users who want wireless headphones that work as hard as they do.
The best wireless headphones in the budget range we’ve tested so far are the Anker Soundcore Life Q20. They’re the updated version of the Anker SoundCore Life 2 Wireless and pack a few solid upgrades, like better noise cancelling and battery performance. They're very comfortable, feel fairly well-built, and look pretty sleek.
These wireless over-ears have an excited sound signature that packs lots of thump and punch while still sounding pretty well-balanced overall. There's even a bass-boost button if you desire even more bass. Their noise cancelling is quite good and will help quiet many disruptive noises during your day. Their 32-hour battery life also ensures you'll be able to keep listening to your heart's desire; just remember to turn them off when you're done since they don't have an auto-off timer.
While fans of EDM and hip-hop are sure to appreciate their added bass, if you prefer classical, jazz, or even rock music, you might find these headphones too bass-heavy, especially if you hit the bass-boost button by accident. That said, they don't sound too muddy or cluttered, and have a bit of extra brightness to counteract all the bass. They provide good value for the price overall and are quite easy to recommend.
The best cheap wireless Bluetooth earbuds we've tested so far are the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019. While their predecessor was already a top-performing pair of headphones, this upgraded version offers even better performance for your dollar. They also have a more premium look and feel despite their price point and their over 18 hours of battery life is outstanding for Bluetooth in-ear headphones.
These earbuds have a comfortable fit, so you can wear them for long listening sessions without fatigue. Thanks to their ear-hook design, they're stable enough to be worn while working out too, and they have an IPX7 rating for water resistance, although we don't currently test for this. They also deliver a thumpy, rumbly bass that doesn't overwhelm vocals or instruments, making them well-suited for most audio genres.
On the downside, unlike other headphones like the AUKEY Latitude Wireless, they lack additional Bluetooth features like multi-device or NFC pairing. The cable that connects the Anker's left and right earbuds is thin, and while this isn't surprising at their price point, it makes them more prone to breakage. Still, these inexpensive earbuds are among the best headphones we've tested so far and provide excellent value for their price.
06/05/2020: Moved Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless to a new category: Best Wireless Bluetooth Headphones for Working Out.
05/07/2020: Minor text updates for accuracy and consistency; no changes to product picks.
02/07/2020: Replaced the Anker SoundBuds Curve Wireless with the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019.
01/10/2020: Replaced Anker SoundCore Liberty Air with Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2.
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.