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 600 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 wireless Bluetooth headphones that we've tested are the Sony WH-1000XM4. These comfortable over-ears have a continuous battery life of more than 37 hours, so you don't have to worry about charging them too often. Their good touch-sensitive controls offer some useful functions, like a Speak-to-Chat feature that pauses your audio and lets you hear ambient sound when you start talking.
They have a bass-heavy default sound profile that lends your music extra thump and punch, which should suit fans of genres like EDM and hip-hop. Also, if you don't like how they sound out-of-the-box, they're easy to customize using the graphic EQ and presets in the Sony | Headphones Connect app. These headphones also have an outstanding ANC feature, so you can stay focused on your audio during your commute or while working in a noisy office.
Unfortunately, they aren't ideal for phone calls because their integrated microphone can make your voice sound thin and muffled. The mic also struggles to separate your voice from background noise, so if you're calling from a loud environment, whoever's on the other end may not be able to hear you. Otherwise, if you're looking for a versatile pair of Bluetooth headphones, these are a great option.
If you prioritize comfort from your Bluetooth headphones, take a look at the Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018. While they're not as customizable as the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless, they're well-padded, have a lighter design, and don't clamp as tightly on your head. These headphones are well-built and have a fairly neutral sound profile that delivers a touch of extra thump, rumble, and boom to mixes. It shouldn't overwhelm vocals or lead instruments. They're also equipped with an ANC system that does an outstanding job of blocking out background noise like bus engines or ambient chatter. Thanks to their roughly 20 hours of continuous playback time, you can take them with you on long trips or use them throughout your shift without having to recharge them. They can also be connected with up to two devices at a time, which is nice if you like to switch between your phone and laptop. Unfortunately, their integrated mic has a mediocre recording quality, so your voice sounds thin and muffled to whoever's on the end of the line.
Try the Sony if you want to customize your headphones' sound to your tastes. However, if you're looking for wireless over-ears with a more comfortable fit, check out the Bose instead.
The best wireless headphones under $200 that we've tested are the Razer Opus. These comfortable, well-built headphones offer a very versatile performance that can please many different types of listeners. Thanks to their ANC feature, they have an incredible noise isolation performance and can block out a lot of background noise so that you can focus on your audio.
Out-of-the-box, they have a very neutral, balanced sound profile that's suitable for listening to a wide range of audio content. You can also use the graphic EQ and presets in the Razer Opus app to customize their sound more to your liking, which is nice. Also, with a continuous battery life of over 32 hours, these headphones are well-suited to long days on the go without a recharge.
Unfortunately, they don't support multi-device pairing, which can be disappointing if you like to switch your audio source between your phone and your laptop frequently. They also have a somewhat bulky design, and they don't fold into a more compact format, which can make them difficult to bring with you on the go. That said, thanks to their great price-to-performance ratio, they're 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+. These truly wireless in-ears are comfortable, compact, and lightweight, so they should have no trouble staying in your ears even during intense workout sessions. They also feel sturdy enough to survive a couple of drops and bumps and are rated IPX2 for basic water protection, though we don't currently test for this.
These in-ears offer over 13 hours of continuous playback time, which should be more than enough for a couple of days at work and is very impressive for a pair of truly wireless headphones. They have a very neutral default sound profile, so they're a good fit for a wide variety of musical genres and audio content, from pop music to podcasts. If that's not to your liking, their companion app features a couple of different audio presets.
Unfortunately, their touch-sensitive control scheme isn't especially intuitive. These in-ears also don't block out all that much ambient noise in the bass range, so you're likely to hear the rumble of bus engines on your commute. Otherwise, if you're looking for comfortable, portable truly wireless headphones with a well-balanced sound profile, they're a good option.
If you want truly wireless earbuds capable of blocking out more noise around you, take a look at the Apple AirPods Pro. While their continuous battery life is much shorter than the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless and they lack sound customization features, the Apple have an active noise cancelling (ANC) system. Their ANC can cut down an excellent amount of noise, like the low rumble of bus or plane engines as well as ambient chatter. They have a fairly neutral sound profile that's suitable for most audio content, although they lack a bit of low bass. They also have a high-end look and feel that's comfortable enough to wear for long listening sessions. Their H1 chip makes it easy to seamlessly pair them with other Apple devices too.
If you want the ability to customize your headphones' sound profile, try the Samsung. However, if you value a high noise isolation performance to help block out the noise around you, go for the Apple instead.
The Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless are the best wireless Bluetooth headphones for working out that we've tested. These headphones have a braided neck-cable design with a curved in-line remote so that you can take calls or manage your audio with ease. They're also well-built and are rated IPX7 for water resistance, although we don't currently test for it.
These decently comfortable headphones have stability fins and rotatable earbuds to help you get the best fit. Their slightly warm sound profile also adds a bit of boom to your mixes, which can help keep you pumped up at the gym. That said, if you prefer a different sound, their companion app offers a parametric EQ and presets so you can really tweak them to your liking. They also have over 13 hours of continuous battery life and are equipped with an auto-off timer to help conserve battery life when you're not using them.
Unfortunately, they use a proprietary charging cradle, which can be a bit annoying if you need to recharge the headphones and don't have the cradle handy. You also can't connect them to more than one device at a time. However, these headphones offer a well-built, customizable, and sports-oriented design that are suitable for working out.
The Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 are the best budget wireless Bluetooth headphones that we've tested. These decently comfortable headphones have a very neutral sound profile out of the box, which makes them well-suited for a variety of audio content. If you prefer a different sound, their companion app offers a couple of EQ presets to help you adjust them to your liking.
These headphones have over 24 hours of continuous playback time, which is great for long days on the road or at the office. If you like to listen to your audio at high volumes in moderately noisy environments like at an office, those around you shouldn't be able to hear it. You can even pair these headphones with up to two devices at a time, which is nice if you like to switch audio sources between your smartphone and laptop.
Unfortunately, even though they have decent build quality, some users have reported that their unit's plastic headband broke or cracked with regular use. Their ANC also struggles to reduce bus and plane engine noise, although it does a somewhat better job of cutting down ambient chatter.
If you're looking for more wallet-friendly headphones, try the Skullcandy Dime True Wireless. While they're not as comfortable as the Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless, the Skullcandy are available at a lower price point and offer a decent overall price-to-performance ratio. They have a slightly bass-heavy sound profile that delivers a touch of extra thump, rumble, and boom which should please fans of EDM and hip-hop. Although they lack active noise cancelling, they can passively block out a bit more background noise than the Plantronics. They're also well-built, have a stable in-ear fit, and are rated IPX4 for water resistance, though we don't currently test for it. However, they're quite simple in design and lack app support. Their continuous battery life is also very short at under four hours, although their carrying case holds roughly 2.5 additional charges if you need it.
Consider the Plantronics if you prioritize comfort and a slightly more customizable sound. However, check out the Skullcandy if you're looking to save money and don't mind their no-frills design.
Jul 16, 2021: Removed the FIIL T1X True Wireless as they're no longer available and replaced them with the Skullcandy Dime True Wireless. Also replaced the Bose Sports Earbuds Truly Wireless with the Jaybird Tarah Pro as they're back in stock and represent better value to most users.
Jun 17, 2021: Replaced the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless with the Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless. Added the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless to Notable Mentions.
May 18, 2021: Replaced Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless with Bose Sport Earbuds Truly Wireless as 'Best Wireless Bluetooth Headphones For Working Out' pick due to lack of availability. Replaced Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless with Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless as 'Best Budget Wireless Bluetooth Headphones' due to current pricing. Added JBL Live Pro+ TWS True Wireless to Notable Mentions.
Apr 21, 2021: Verified picks to make sure that the best products are being recommended and that they're available. Added the EarFun Air Pro to Notable Mentions.
Mar 23, 2021: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.
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.