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're a fan of the truly wireless design but need something that can help block out the hustle and bustle of your day, get the Apple AirPods Pro. They're more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless, and they're not as customizable, but they have a very impressive noise cancelling feature that can help bring a touch of peace to your busy days. Thanks to Apple's H1 chip, they pair seamlessly with all Apple devices, making it easy to switch from your phone to your laptop. They sound very well-balanced, although some may find they lack a little bit of thump and rumble. They also only last 5 hours on a single charge, but their excellent compact charging case gives you an extra five charges to keep them powered throughout the day.
If you want something less expensive that allows you to slightly customize your sound profile, go with the Samsung, but if you have multiple Apple devices or want headphones that will help give you peace and quiet throughout the day, get the Pro.
If you're an athlete looking for durable wireless earbuds that can handle your toughest workouts, then get the Jaybird Tarah Pro. They're not as compact as the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless, and they don't come with a case to help extend their battery life, but they still last 13 hours on a charge and feel a lot better-built. They have an easy-to-use in-line remote so you can quickly skip tracks or adjust the volume mid-workout, and are rated IPX7 for sweat and water resistance, though this isn't something we test for. Unfortunately, they use a proprietary charging cradle as opposed to a standard USB connection, which can be a pain if you lose it or forget to bring it with you. On the upside, they have an auto-off timer that activates automatically when the earbuds snap together around your neck, which can help save power.
Get the Samsung earbuds if you want versatile day-to-day earbuds, but if you're looking for wireless earbuds to work out with, you'll want to go for the Jaybird.
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 earbuds we've tested so far are the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019. The original model was already a top performer, but the upgraded version makes them an even better bang for your buck. They look and feel more premium than their price would suggest, and their outstanding 18.4-hour battery is the best we've ever tested in a pair of Bluetooth in-ears. Their ear-hook design helps them feel very stable in the ear, and they're rated IPX7 for water resistance, though this isn't something we test for.
They have a more comfortable fit than most in-ears we've tested as they don't go too deeply into your ear canal, so you should be able to wear them all day without any fatigue. They have a bass-rich sound profile that gives lots of thump and rumble without drowning out or overpowering vocals and instruments, making them decently well-suited to most popular genres.
Unfortunately, they don't have any special Bluetooth features, unlike the AUKEY Latitude Wireless which can connect to two devices at once and also support aptX-LL for lower latency with compatible devices. The wire connecting the left and right earbuds on the Anker is also quite thin, though this isn't surprising considering their low price point. Overall, these inexpensive earbuds provide excellent value and are among the best headphones we've tested to date.
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.