Tired of tangled cords while listening to music? Some wireless headphones connect to your devices via Bluetooth to provide a cable-free listening experience (check our articles What is Bluetooth and Wired vs Wireless Headphones: Which one is for you). They’re not usually the best choice for gaming or watching TV since they tend to have high latency, but having the freedom of being untethered to your audio source is great when listening to music at the office, on the bus, or on the treadmill.
So far, we've reviewed nearly 400 headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best Bluetooth headphones to buy in 2019. See also 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 so far are the Bose QuietComfort 35 II. They're one of the most comfortable over-ear headphones we've tested so far and are versatile enough to satisfy most people. They're great headphones for travel thanks to their great ANC performance, comfortable design, and long 20-hour battery life that should last most flights or road trips.
Unfortunately, their companion app doesn't offer any EQ options, though thankfully they have great sound reproduction out-of-the-box that's well-balanced enough for all types of genres and content, from dubstep to podcasts. They do leak quite a bit of sound, however, and those concerned about bothering those around them may want to consider the Bose QuietControl 30/QC30 Wireless, which leak much less sound thanks to their earbud design.
Overall, these are a good, well-rounded pair of Bluetooth headphones that should satisfy most people thanks to their comfort, sound quality, and ANC performance.
If you often listen to music in noisy environments or want something with a more customizable sound profile, get the Sony WH-1000XM3. They aren't quite as comfortable as the Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018, but they have excellent customization options and are the best noise cancelling headphones we've tested to date. They're great for long trips thanks to their impressive 27 hour battery life, comfortable design, and excellent ANC performance. Their companion app gives you access to a lot of features, including a graphic EQ which allows you to fine-tune their sound to better suit your needs. While their touch sensitive control scheme is easy-to-use, unfortunately it doesn't work in freezing temperatures, meaning they may not be great for people who live in colder climates.
Get the Bose if you have a hard time finding headphones comfortable enough to wear for extended periods, but if you want to customize your sound or need to block out a lot of background noise, go for the Sony.
If you’re looking for versatile noise cancelling headphones but find the more premium options too expensive, then get Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2. They don’t look or feel as premium as the Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018, and their noise cancelling pales in comparison to that of the Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless, but they’re the best headphones under $200 we’ve tested so far and provide excellent value for their price. They’re well-made with a comfortable, easy-to-use design and an exciting, yet still very well-balanced, bass-rich sound. Unfortunately, they’re rather bulky and some people may find them a bit too rumbly, especially since they don’t come with an EQ.
You’ll want to get the Bose if they’re within your budget and you prefer a more premium option with better ANC, but for the price, you can't do much better than the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 thanks to their ergonomic design, good sound quality, and great battery performance.
The best wireless in-ear headphones we’ve tested so far are the Jaybird Tarah Pro. They’re also the best wireless headphones for running that we’ve reviewed, thanks to their great build quality, IPX7 rating for waterproofing, durable braided cable, and easy-to-use in-line remote. They have good audio reproduction and are highly customizable thanks to their compatibility with the Jaybird MySound app, which features a great parametric EQ. Their 13-hour battery life is very good, especially for wireless earbuds, and their magnetic earbuds even trigger an auto-off timer when snapped together.
These earbuds use a proprietary charging cradle that can be a bit inconvenient at times, especially if you forget it somewhere. If you want a cheaper pair of headphones that offer very similar sound quality, consider the JBL Reflect Mini 2, though you'll be losing a bit on build quality and battery life. Overall, the Jaybird are versatile wireless earbuds that deliver a satisfactory listening experience, not only for athletes but for more casual users as well.
If you prefer a pair of truly wireless headphones, then get the Samsung Galaxy Buds. Their bass is a little bit weaker than the Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless, which fans of bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop may find disappointing, but being truly wireless, they're much easier to take around with you on-the-go. If you're an Android user, you can use Samsung's companion app to boost their bass a bit, but unfortunately, the app is not available on iOS. The Jabra Elite Active 65t are a more sports-oriented option with a universal app, but are much less than comfortable for most people.
You'll want to get the Jaybirds if you like being able to hang your earbuds around your neck when not in use, but if you prefer the ultra-portable design of truly wireless earbuds, then go with the Samsung.
The best wireless headphones for gaming we’ve reviewed so far are the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless. These headphones are among the most versatile we’ve tested thanks to their Bluetooth connectivity and great low-latency wireless transmitter, which provides a ton of connectivity and customization options as well as battery charging. They have a low-latency wireless transmitter for gaming that doubles as a battery charging station. They sound great, their retractable microphone is excellent, and their dual-battery system only stops when you do.
Unfortunately, they don’t have adjustable microphone control like the wireless Astro A50 or the wired SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC. These headsets don’t support Bluetooth, though, and are less versatile overall.
If you’re looking gaming headphones with a multi-functional wireless transmitter and great ergonomics, then get the Astro A50 Wireless. Their USB dock doesn’t provide any customization options like that of the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, but it acts as a charging stand for the headphones and provides a nice dedicated spot to store them when not in use. The Astro also sound great and are very comfortable, but they can’t be used wired and their gamer-centric design won’t be for everyone.
Get the SteelSeries if you want not only a great gaming headset, but also versatile headphones for more casual use as well. However, if you’re looking for something with a more ergonomic design to set up wirelessly with your home theater system at home, you’ll want to go for the Astros.
The best wireless headphones under $100 we’ve tested so far are the Mixcder E9 Wireless. They offer decent build quality for the price and are quite comfortable. They aren't too heavy, and the cups should be large enough for most ear shapes and sizes. They have an easy-to-use control scheme allowing you to play/pause, skip tracks, and adjust the volume, all on the headphones themselves.
Their sound quality is pretty good overall, providing excellent bass with the right amount of thump for bass-heavy music while still accurately reproducing vocals and lead instruments in the mid-range. Their treble lacks a bit detail and brightness, though, so while they're decently suited for a wide range of genres, they'll perform better with more popular genres of music like pop or hip-hop than, say, classical or jazz. They don't cancel noise as well as the similarly-priced Mpow H10 Wireless, but they feel much better-built and even leak less sound, so you can raise the volume to mask more background noise without bothering those around you.
If you want something that you can easily toss into your pockets when you aren't using them, get the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air. Their in-ear design makes them less comfortable for most people than the Mixcder E9 Wireless, but they're much more portable and do a better job at isolating background chatter. They have a decently well-balanced sound profile that should be versatile enough for most genres of music, from EDM to rock. They do an impressive job at passively isolating background chatter, which makes them a good choice for using in the office to block out noisy co-workers. Overall, they're a decent pair of truly wireless headphones that perform much better than their price would suggest.
Get the Mixcder if you want a more comfortable pair of over-ear headphones, but if you want the extreme portability of truly wireless headphones, go for the Liberty Air.
The best Bluetooth headphones in the budget category are the Anker SoundBuds Curve. They have a stable yet comfortable fit, decent sound quality, and great low price. They have powerful bass that’s well-suited for bass-heavy EDM, dubstep, or hip-hop tracks but still sound balanced enough to be suitable for more vocal-centric music. They charge in an hour and a half and provide nearly 13 hours of continuous playback, which is pretty good, especially for wireless earbuds.
Like most budget headphones, they don’t have many active features. 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 their companion app. That said, the Anker are more comfortable, sound better out-of-the-box, and provide unbeatable value for their price.
If the most important thing to you is portability, then get the SoundPeats TrueFree. They sound a bit less balanced than the Anker SoundBuds Curve Wireless, and their battery is low at just over 3 hours, but they still offer great performance for the price. They have good, heavy bass that helps bring out the thump and rumble of genres like EDM and hip-hop.
Get the Ankers if you don't mind having a cable connecting your wireless earbuds, but you'll want to go with SoundPeats if you prefer something truly wireless.
If you're not a big fan of in-ears but want an affordable pair of wireless headphones, then consider the Skullcandy Grind Wireless. They’re not as portable as the Anker SoundBuds Curve Wireless, but they're surprisingly comfortable for on-ear headphones. They’re well-built, sound decent, have a good battery life, and are easy-to-use. Although they’re comfortable, they don't have a very stable fit and also don’t fold up in a more compact format.
Get the Curve if you care about portability, but if you prefer a comfortable, on-ear design, you’ll want the Skullcandy Grind.
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.
11/08/2019: Only minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.
10/10/2019: We replaced the Mpow H10 with the newly-reviewed Mixcder E9, swapped the sports-oriented Jabra Elite Active 65t for the more comfortable Samsung Galaxy Buds, and added the budget SoundPeats TrueFree.