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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 (check our articles What is Bluetooth and Wired vs Wireless Headphones: Which one is for you). They’re convenient for any situation, especially during workouts.
So far, we've reviewed 75 wireless headphones and below are our recommendations for the best ones you can buy in 2018.
Best Wireless Headphones: Bose QuietComfort 35 II
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 on the market. They're also an improvement over the previous Bose QuietComfort 35 thanks to their better control scheme and a dedicated button to trigger Google Assistant. That and their well-balanced sound and decent battery life make them versatile enough for most environments and use cases.
They are a slightly better option than the Sony WH-1000XM2 for casual everyday use, although the Sonys have a bit more customization options and a superior companion app. However, if you want a good, well-rounded pair of over-ear headphones, the Bose QC35 II are the ones to get.
More Portable Alternative: Bose QuietControl 30
If you still want the great isolation of the Bose QuietComfort 35 II and Sony WH-1000Xm2 but find over-ear models a bit too bulky and cumbersome, then we recommend the Bose QuietControl 30 wireless earbuds instead.
They're better suited for sports and office use since they're more portable, stable and barely leak. They also give you a bit more control over their noise cancellation feature than the QC35 but do not sound as good.
Gaming Alternative: SteelSeries Arctis 7
If you're looking for a wireless headphone that's suitable for gaming, watching movies and is versatile enough to use outdoors, then get the SteelSeries Arctis 7. They're one of the best wireless gaming headsets that we've tested so far. These headphones are sturdy, comfortable and have multiple connection options that make them compatible with PS4 and Xbox as well as mobile devices.
Unfortunately, you won't be able to use them wirelessly with your phone since they're not Bluetooth headphones, and they do not have a dock to rest or showcase the headphones like the Astro A50. On the upside, they are much more versatile. Their low latency wireless connection also makes them ideal for home theater use unlike the Bose QuietComfort 35 II or the Sony WH-1000XM2.
Best Mid-Range Wireless Headphones: Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
The best mid-range wireless headphones we've tested are the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2. They are well-rounded headphones with an exciting sound and a fast wireless connection for watching videos as long as you have the right Bluetooth dongle.
They don't isolate as well as the Bose headphones on this list or the JBL Elite 700 but they have a better build quality and an ergonomic button layout that gives you more control over their active features, even without an app.
More Portable Alternative: Samsung Gear IconX
If you need a more portable design, get the Samsung Gear Iconx. These truly wireless earbuds are decently affordable, have an above-average and customizable sound quality, and a great design.
They're compact and come with a great charging case that will easily fit into your pockets so you can have them on you at all times. They're also a great option for sports since they're stable, they do not hinder your movements and come with a couple sensor and trackers that keep track of your progress via the Samsung Gear/health app. They have a lot of features for their price, but they're a bit limited to Android devices so if your an iOS user, the BeatsX or the Jaybird Run would be a better option.
Best Budget Wireless Headphones: Samsung U Flex
For a budget option, we recommend the Samsung U Flex. They are a better-built alternative to the Samsung Level U Pro with more features if you have a Samsung device. The flexible headband makes them a bit more portable too while still being decently comfortable for an in-ear.
They have a decent but not great sound quality, although it could be better if you EQ them via the app. Unfortunately, the Samsung Level app, when paired with the U Flex, is very limited for most Android users unless you have a Samsung device, and it is not available for iOS. If you are an iOS user, then the Jaybird Freedom will be the better option, but they're not as well built as the U Flex and have a couple of flaws with their charging system. The charging clip is bulky and necessary to charge the headphones so if you forget it at home or lose it, then you will quickly run out of battery.
On-Ear Alternative: Skullcandy Grind
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're surprisingly well-built for their price range, they're easy-to-use and deliver an above-average sound that's good for most listeners.
They don't block a lot of ambient noise, but they're quite comfortable for an on-ear design and don't put too much pressure on your ears, while still being stable enough for a light jog and for working out.
- Sony WH-1000XM2. Wireless headphones with the best noise cancellation and superior build quality. Slightly inconsistent sound and bulky build. See our review
- Jaybird Freedom. A good alternative to the Samsung U Flex. Versatile and comfortable Bluetooth in-ear headphones. Slightly short battery life and bulky charging clip can be frustrating. See our review
- Sennheiser PXC 550. Good overall performance and great customizable features. Mediocre at best isolation. See our review
- Beats Solo 3. Bluetooth headphones with a good sound and sleek simple design. A bit tight on the head. See our review
- Mpow Bluetooth Over-Ear. Efficient controls and good overall performance for their price. A bit plasticky and does not block a lot of noise. See our review
- Astro A50. 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. Versatile wireless headset with a lot of features. Not as good as the Plantronics for around the same price. See our review
- JBL Everest Elite 700. Wireless earphones; good substitute to the Plantronics with great customization options. Tight on the head and slightly bulky design. See our review
- Beats Studio3 Wireless. A good upgrade to the Beats Studio Wireless with better overall performance. Does not perform as well as the Bose or Sony wireless over-ears for around the same price. See our review
- Beoplay H9. Great build quality and a good sound, Too expensive for their performance compared to other wireless noise-canceling headphones. See our review
- BeatsX. A good alternative to the Samsung Gear IconX if you're an iOS user. See our review
- Beoplay E8. Decent truly wireless earbuds with a great isolation performance but the Samsung Gear IconX offer a similar if not better performance for much cheaper. 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
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.