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The 7 Best Wireless Bluetooth Headphones - March 2019
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Tired of tangled cords while listening to music? Wireless headphones offer a cable-free listening experience and typically connect to your devices via Bluetooth. They’re convenient for any situation, especially during workouts.

So far, we've reviewed 283 headphones and below are our recommendations for the best wireless headphones to buy in March 2019. See also our recommendations for the best wireless over-ear headphones, the best wireless earbuds, and the best true wireless earbuds.

  1. Best Wireless Headphones: Bose QuietComfort 35 II

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2017
    • 0.9: Winter 2016
    7.4
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
    Score components:
    7.9
    Critical Listening
    What it is: The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
    Score components:
    7.7
    Commute/Travel
    What it is: How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
    Score components:
    7.1
    Sports/Fitness
    What it is: How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
    Score components:
    7.8
    Office
    What it is: How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
    Score components:
    6.0
    TV
    Score components:
    5.6
    Gaming
    Score components:
    Type : Over-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : Yes
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    The best wireless headphones we've tested are the Bose QuietComfort 35 II. They're super comfortable and easy-to-use Bluetooth headphones with one of the best noise cancellation feature on the market. They also have a well-balanced sound and a good battery life, which makes them versatile enough for most environments and uses.

    The QC35 II are a slightly better option overall than the Sony WH-1000XM3 and the Bowers and Wilkins PX, mostly thanks to their more comfortable over-ear fit and easier to use design. They also have a slightly better-balanced default sound that packs a lot of bass without overpowering instruments and vocals.

    Overall, they are the best Bluetooth headphones we've reviewed. The Sony WH-1000XM3 have a lot more customization options and the B&W PX are better built and look a lot more premium than the Bose for around the same price. However, the better sound quality and comfort level of the QC35 II make them the slightly better choice overall. If you prefer a more portable option, but are still looking for great isolation, check out the earbud-style Bose QuietControl 30.

    See our review

  2. More Customizable Alternative: Sony WH-1000XM3

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

    If you prefer having control over the sound of your headphones but still want great isolation from ambient noise, get the Sony WH-1000XM3. They're not quite as comfortable as the Bose QuietComfort 35 II, but they have a great companion app that lets you customize your listening experience. You get access to great EQ, pre-sets, and room effects, as well as more in-depth ANC controls, including an optimizer to calibrate the noise cancellation to your environment and an auto-off timer that you can set yourself to save battery.

    Though some may prefer the bass-heavy sound of Sony WH-1000XM3, it also makes them sound slightly darker overall. They may sound a little boomy to some, but you can always EQ their sound profile to better match what you're listening to. Overall, the XM3 are one of the best Bluetooth headsets we've tested and are a solid alternative to the QC35 II.

    See our review

  3. More Versatile Alternative For Gaming: SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless

    Type : Over-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you want a headset that can do it all, get the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless. It doesn’t have an active noise cancelling feature like the Bose QuietComfort 35 II or the Sony WH-1000XM3, but it’s one of the most versatile headsets we’ve reviewed so far. It has not only an awesome low-latency wireless transmitter with tons of connectivity options for gaming and home theatre use, but also supports Bluetooth.

    The Arctis Pro Wireless are very good headphones for most uses and are particularly great for gaming, watching TV or movies, and critical listening. The Arctis Pro Wireless sound impressive. The wireless transmitter of Pro Wireless doubles as a battery charging station and they come with two swappable batteries. They have very little latency when used with their wireless transmitter, and although they lag a bit more over Bluetooth, they still perform better than most wireless headphones. Unfortunately, the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless don’t have adjustable microphone control, like the wireless Astro A50 or the wired Arctis Pro Wireless GameDAC. These headsets don’t support Bluetooth, though, and are less versatile.

    See our review

  4. Best Mid-Range Wireless Headphones: Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2017
    • 0.9: Winter 2016
    7.3
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
    Score components:
    7.7
    Critical Listening
    What it is: The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
    Score components:
    7.4
    Commute/Travel
    What it is: How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
    Score components:
    7.1
    Sports/Fitness
    What it is: How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
    Score components:
    7.5
    Office
    What it is: How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
    Score components:
    6.2
    TV
    Score components:
    5.9
    Gaming
    Score components:
    Type : Over-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : Yes
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you like wireless noise-canceling headphones like the Bose QuietComfort 35 II and the Sony WH-1000XM3, but find them a bit too expensive, then get the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 instead. They're not as comfortable and have weaker noise canceling than the Bose and do not have the customization options of the Sony WH-1000XM3, but they are one of the more versatile and well-rounded over-ears that we've tested and offer a great value for your money.

    They have an exciting sound that will please fans of bass, a sturdy, comfortable, and ergonomic design that's easy to use, and a great wireless range and battery life that's suitable for most uses. They're also decent enough to watch movies and game with if you have the right Bluetooth dongle that supports aptX Low-Latency.

    Unfortunately, they are a little bulky and cumbersome to carry around. Also, since they have no EQ, you cannot really adjust their bass if it's too much for you. However, if you're looking for a good, mid-range wireless over-ear, then you can't do much better than the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2.

    See our review

  5. More Portable Alternative With Onboard Storage: Samsung Gear IconX

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

    If you need a more portable design that can fit into your pockets, then get the Samsung Gear IconX. They don't have the excellent wireless range or long lasting battery life of the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2, but they have 4GB of onboard storage, so you do not need to have your phone on you to listen to music. They also have a built-in coach to keep track of your progress via the Samsung Gear/Health app which makes them a great option for sports. They sound decent and have a good passively isolating in-ear design that's suitable for sports and commuting.

    Unfortunately, the Samsung Gear IconX are not very sweat resistant. Our test model would often get clogged and lose a lot of its volume output. Although they could be cleaned, this isn’t ideal for athletes or even more casual fitness enthusiasts.

    See our review

  6. Best Budget Wireless Headphones: Anker SoundBuds Curve

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2017
    • 0.9: Winter 2016
    6.8
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
    Score components:
    6.9
    Critical Listening
    What it is: The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
    Score components:
    7.0
    Commute/Travel
    What it is: How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
    Score components:
    7.9
    Sports/Fitness
    What it is: How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
    Score components:
    6.9
    Office
    What it is: How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
    Score components:
    5.5
    TV
    Score components:
    5.3
    Gaming
    Score components:
    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you like deep thumping bass and saving money, get the Anker SoundBuds Curve. These well-designed wireless in-ears have a great performance-to-price ratio and are among our best cheap earbuds. They’re more comfortable than many other in-ear headphones we’ve tested and have a great, stable fit which makes them a good choice for sports and fitness activities.

    The Anker SoundBuds Curve sound decent, especially for budget in-ear headphones. They have powerful bass and are well-suited for bass-heavy EDM, dubstep, or hip-hop tracks. Their deep bass may feel slightly overpowering to some, but their sound is still adequately balanced enough to enjoy most genres of music. They have a decent battery too; they charge in an hour and a half and provide nearly 13 hours of continuous playback.

    Like many other budget headphones, the Anker SoundBuds Curve don’t have many active features, as they don’t have any battery power saving options and don’t have a companion app. 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 the Samsung Level app. That said, the Anker SoundBuds Curve provide unbeatable value, especially if you’re a fan of bass.

    See our review

  7. On-Ear Alternative: Skullcandy Grind

    Type : On-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you're not a big fan of in-ears but want an affordable pair of wireless headphones, then we recommend the Skullcandy Grind. They won't be as portable as the Anker SoundBuds Curve, and they do not fold like other on-ears to be a bit more compact to carry around in your bag. On the upside, they're surprisingly well-built for their price range, they're easy-to-use, and deliver an above-average sound that's good enough for most listeners and uses. They have a good battery life and decent wireless range, and they're easily one of the most comfortable on-ears we've tested, only beaten by the Bose SoundLink On-Ear which are much pricier.

    They don't block a lot of ambient noise, and they aren't the most stable headphones for sports and physical activity since they are not as tight on the head as most on-ears (which is a good thing for comfort, but not stability). However, they offer a great value for your money and are a difficult headphone to beat at this their price.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Sony WH-1000XM2: Wireless headphones with the best noise cancellation and superior build quality. Slightly inconsistent sound and bulky build.  See our review
  • Jabra Elite 65e: A good and cheaper alternative to the Bose QC30, but worse sound and noise cancellation overall.  See our review
  • Bowers & Wilkins PX: Decently versatile wireless headphones with great noise canceling and excellent build quality. They would be a great alternative to the QC 35 II but they do not sound quite as good.  See our review
  • Sony WH-H900N / h.ear on 2: A good mixed usage headphone with a well-balanced sound and a good build quality. Unfortunately, their isolation is not as good as some of the competing models.  See our review
  • Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless: Good overall performance and great customizable features. Mediocre at best isolation.  See our review
  • Astro A50 Wireless:  A well-designed and comfortable wireless gaming headset. Good for movies and videos but can't be used outdoors without their dock like the Arctis7.  See our review
  • Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC: Versatile wireless headset with a lot of features. Not as good as the Plantronics for around the same price.  See our review
  • Samsung U Flex: Decent wireless in-ears with lots of customization options, but limited functionality for non-Samsung users. See our review
  • Bose QuietControl 30: Good noise-canceling earbuds for traveling. A worthwhile consideration for those who like the QC35 II but prefer an earbud-style fit. See our review
  • Turtle Beach Stealth 700: A good gaming headset that is Bluetooth-compatible but doesn't perform as well as other similarly priced headphones. See our review
  • Beats Studio 3 Wireless: A good upgrade to the Beats Studio Wireless with better overall performance. They do not perform as well as the Bose or Sony wireless over-ears for around the same price.  See our review
  • Marshall MID ANC: A versatile and good sounding on-ear with a great design, but a mediocre noise isolation performance. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best wireless headphones to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper headphone wins over a pricier one 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.

 

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