Office headphones are typically versatile headsets that can be used at work or in an office-like environment. You want something that will be comfortable enough to last an entire workday without causing fatigue, with a battery that won't need to be charged halfway through the day. An excellent active noise cancelling (ANC) feature can also help keep you concentrated on your work by blocking out background noise and chatty coworkers. Additionally, headphones with minimal leakage mean that you can crank up your music without bothering your nearby colleagues.
We've tested over 560 pairs of headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best headset for office use to buy. Also, check out our recommendations for the best noise cancelling headphones and the best noise cancelling earbuds. If you want to further improve your office workstation, check out our recommendations for the best ergonomic mice and the best ergonomic keyboards.
The best headphones for office use that we've tested are the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless. These comfortable, well-built headphones are an upgraded version of the Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless, and they offer a longer continuous battery life and some additional touch-sensitive controls. For example, the Quick Attention feature pauses your music when you hold your hand up to the right ear cup, so you can quickly chat with a coworker without having the remove your headphones.
Out-of-the-box, they have a bass-heavy sound profile that adds extra thump and punch to your mixes, and you can easily customize their sound profile using the graphic EQ and presets in the Sony | Headphones Connect app. They also have outstanding noise isolation, and thanks to their ANC feature, you can easily block out the sounds of coworkers chatting around you or the hum of a nearby AC unit. They also last for over 37 hours off of a single charge, which should be more than enough for multiple shifts at the office without a recharge.
Unfortunately, their integrated microphone has a middling recording quality, so your voice may sound a bit thin or muffled to whoever's on the other end of the line. The microphone also struggles to separate your voice from background noises, so it may get drowned out if you're calling from a noisy office setting. That said, they still rank among the best wireless Bluetooth headphones we've tested.
If you're looking for office headphones with a better microphone performance, consider the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless instead. Their continuous battery life isn't as long as that of the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless, and their noise isolation performance isn't as impressive, but their integrated microphone has a better performance. Your voice sounds clear and natural, even if you're calling from a noisy setting like a busy office. Out-of-the-box, these comfortable, well-built headphones have a slightly bass-heavy sound profile, and they also offer a graphic EQ for sound customization. Their ANC feature offers an outstanding noise isolation performance, too.
If you want headphones with longer continuous battery life and better noise isolation, check out the Sony, but if you prefer headphones with a better microphone performance, consider the Bose instead.
The best headphones for work under $200 that we’ve tested are the Razer Opus. These well-built headphones are a good choice for the office, and their 33-hour continuous battery life should last through more than a few shifts without a recharge. They're also comfortable enough for long listening sessions since you don't feel a lot of fatigue.
They have a very neutral sound profile out-of-the-box that makes them suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content, and there's even a graphic EQ and presets in the Razer Opus app to help you customize their sound. They also offer incredible noise isolation thanks to their ANC feature, so you don't hear the sounds of coworkers chatting around you while you listen to your music. They don't leak a lot of noise, either, so you can crank up the volume on your tunes without really bothering those around you.
Unfortunately, these headphones don't support multi-device pairing, so you can only pair them with one Bluetooth device at a time. Also, while their integrated microphone has an alright recording quality, it struggles to separate your voice from background noises if you're calling from moderately noisy settings. They're still a solid choice for making phone calls in quiet environments, and they ultimately rank among some of the best headphones we've tested.
The Jabra Elite 65e Wireless are the best earbuds for work with noise cancelling that we've tested. These well-built in-ears have a neckband design that keeps them easily accessible, even when they're not in use. They also offer eight and a half hours of continuous battery life, which should last through your 9-5 workday.
They have a comfortable design and should be comfortable enough to wear for long days at the office. Thanks to their powerful ANC, they do a great job of isolating noise around you and can reduce quite a lot of mid-range noise like office chatter. They don't leak too much audio either, so you can listen to your audio at a high volume without disturbing your colleagues too much. They can be paired with up to two devices at a time as well, which makes it easy to switch between your phone and work computer.
While some users may like their bass-heavy sound profile to help keep you pumped up at work, they're not the best-balanced for vocal-centric content. Luckily, their companion app has a graphic EQ so you can finetune their sound to better suit your needs. If you prefer headphones that have a more neutral and accurate sound profile out-of-the-box, try the Bose QuietControl 30/QC30 Wireless. However, the Jabra are more customizable and have a better in-line mic, which is handy if you tend to make a lot of phone calls.
If you prefer more portable headphones that don't have an audio cable, try the Amazon Echo Buds. While their continuous battery life doesn't last as long as the Jabra Elite 65e Wireless, and they aren't as comfortable, the Amazon have a lightweight truly wireless design that makes it easy to take with you on-the-move. They have an excellent ANC, so you can block out quite a bit of ambient chatter around you, and they leak less sound. Their charging case also holds five additional charges, which is great if you want to top off their battery charge while you're on your break. Out-of-the-box, they have a balanced sound profile that's suitable for a variety of audio content, but if you prefer to tweak their sound to your liking, there's a graphic EQ available via their companion app. However, they don't have volume controls.
If you're looking for more comfortable headphones with longer battery life, check out the Jabra. However, if you're looking for truly wireless headphones and don't mind pausing to recharge them during your workday, consider the Amazon.
The best headphones for work in the budget category that we've tested are the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless. These Bluetooth over-ears offer great value and are surprisingly feature-packed, considering their low price point. They have a good amount of padding, making them quite comfortable. They have a good amount of physical buttons that are fairly easy to use. They last over 32 hours off a single charge, which is fantastic, and they can be used wired if your battery dies or your work PC doesn't have Bluetooth.
They have a surprisingly good ANC feature considering their price and will help keep you concentrated in the office, as well as giving you a bit of peace during your daily commutes. Their sound profile is fairly bass-heavy, though they have a bit of extra treble, making them quite excited-sounding and suitable for most popular genres like EDM, pop, or hip-hop. Unfortunately, they don't have a dedicated companion app, so you can't change the way they sound.
Due to their lower price, they don't look and feel quite as durable or premium as our top picks. This is to be expected, but they still feel sturdy enough to be able to withstand a few accidental drops or bumps. Overall, they offer a great price-to-performance ratio and are among the best headphones we've tested.
If you prefer in-ears that can passively isolate noise around you, try the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2. While they're not as comfortable as the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless and they have a shorter continuous battery life, they can reduce more noise passively. Even though they don't have an ANC, they do a great job of cutting down ambient chatter around you. They also have a better-balanced sound profile that still delivers a bit of extra bass. They're very portable, have a good build quality, and leak less audio too. While they only last around 7.3 hours on a single charge, their carrying case adds over 12 additional charges. They also have a standby mode to help conserve battery life when not in use.
If you prefer the fit and comfort of over-ear headphones with active noise cancelling, go for the Soundcore Life Q20. However, if you don't necessarily need ANC and passive isolation is just as suitable, consider the truly wireless Soundcore Life Dot 2.
Feb 19, 2021: Minor updates to the text for accuracy; no changes in product picks after verifying their availability. Removed the Bose QuietControl 30/QC30 Wireless from Notable Mentions as it isn't widely available; added the Jabra Evolve2 85 Wireless to Notable Mentions.
Dec 23, 2020: Replaced the AUKEY Latitude with the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless as 'Passively Isolating In-Ear Alternative'. Removed the Mpow H10 Wireless from Notable Mentions.
Oct 30, 2020: Added Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless to main picks, made Bose 700 Headphones Wireless 'Alternative With A Better Microphone'. Moved Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless to Notable Mentions.
Sep 01, 2020: Minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy.
Jul 03, 2020: Added Razer Opus Wireless to new 'Best Office Headphones Under $200' category.
May 05, 2020: Moved Bose QuietControl 30 to Notable Mentions. Added Amazon Echo Buds as 'Truly Wireless Alternative' and replaced Anker SoundCore Life 2 with Anker Soundcore Life Q20.
Our recommendations above are a few options if you're looking for the best headset for office use for most people. 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 headphones, ranked by their suitability for office use. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones. Personal taste, preference, and where you use the headphones will matter more in your selection.