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The 7 Best Headphones For Work - Winter 2023 Reviews

Best Office Headphones

Office headphones are typically versatile headsets used at work or in an office-like environment. You want something comfortable enough to last an entire workday without causing fatigue, with a battery that won't need charging halfway through the day. An excellent active noise cancelling (ANC) feature can also help you concentrate on your work by blocking 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 705 pairs of headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best headset for office use to buy. Also, check out our picks for the best noise cancelling headphones and the best noise cancelling earbuds. If you want to further improve your workstation, check out our recommendations for the best ergonomic mice and the best ergonomic keyboards.

  1. Best Office Headphones

    The Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless are the best headphones for work we've tested. These premium over-ears are jam-packed with extra features. Although they're the previous generation of the Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless, they have a more comfortable fit than their successor as their headband can distribute weight more evenly over your head. Thanks to their active noise cancelling (ANC) system, they can isolate you from sounds like office chit-chat and the hum of AC units. They also have a very comfortable fit and a long-lasting over 37 hours of continuous battery life.

    You can connect them to your PC and smartphone simultaneously, which is great if you tend to move between devices. While their sound profile is bass-heavy out of the box, you can customize them using their companion app's graphic EQ and presets. Their integrated mic has a mediocre overall performance, and speech can be drowned out by moderate background noise. If you're concerned about call quality, you may want to check out the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless instead. Their integrated mic offers significantly better overall performance. They support multi-device pairing and have an excellent ANC system. Unfortunately, they're more prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery, so you need to ensure a good fit each time you use them.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Office Headphones

    The Razer Barracuda Pro Wireless are the best upper mid-range office headphones we've tested. At this price point, it's unlikely that you'll find nearly the same high-powered noise cancellation performance as the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless. However, if you're willing to sacrifice the performance of some features for a lower price point, these over-ears are still worth considering. These headphones have a hybrid design for gaming and casual use, but don't let that put you off. Their integrated mic has a decent overall performance, so your voice is clear and easy to understand when you take calls or attend online meetings. They come with a wireless dongle that you can connect to your computer, and since they also support Bluetooth, you can use both technologies simultaneously to stay connected to your smartphone and PC.

    Their ANC system does a great job of blocking background noise like office chatter. They also last over 34 hours continuously and have a comfortable fit suitable for long days at your desk. They're well-built, but the hinges are a bit creaky, which can be annoying. Their versatile sound profile is suitable for most kinds of genres, and if you prefer a different sound, their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Headphones For Work

    The Anker Soundcore Space Q45 Wireless are the best mid-range headphones we've tested for work. These well-built headphones are equipped with an ANC feature that does a fantastic job of blocking a wide range of noise. They do a better job than the Razer Barracuda Pro Wireless of blocking out bass-range noise like car engines. Their integrated mic has a worse recording quality, so your voice sounds less full-bodied. However, it does a great job of separating your voice from ambient sound, even in loud environments. They have a continuous battery life of around 27.8 hours and can be wired to receive audio in a pinch.

    They have a v-shaped sound profile that delivers extra thump and rumble to your audio. It's well-suited for genres like rock and pop, but elements like voices can seem harsh or lacking in detail. However, if you prefer a different sound, it can be customized with a graphic EQ and presets in the companion app. The headphones don't leak any audio, so your music won't bother people around you if you like to listen at the office. They also support multi-device pairing, which allows you to stay connected to your phone or computer at the same time.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Office Headphones

    The Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless are the best budget office headphones we've tested. They're the previous generation of the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Wireless but offer a better noise isolation performance at a more affordable price point. Their ANC system can block out more noise across the range, making them a solid choice for blocking out office-typical noise. They also last over 44 hours continuously with their ANC on, which will be more than enough for long days at the office. Unfortunately, where they show the price difference is in their microphone. Their integrated mic struggles to separate your voice from moderate ambient noise. Speech also sounds thin and a bit dull. While they have a good build quality out of the box, some users have reported that their unit's headbands have broken over time.

    These over-ears have an excited default sound profile that adds extra thump and boom to mixes. They also have a bump of treble to help make vocals and instruments sparkle. That said, like the Q35, their sound depends on whether the ANC is on or off. It doesn't sound as thin or hollow as their successor, though. On the upside, you can tweak their sound to suit your tastes using their companion app's graphic EQ and presets.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Office Headphones

    If you're looking for a cheaper option, Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless are the best headphones for work we've tested. Yes, there are three Anker headphones from the same lineup in a row. However, Anker is the most dominant manufacturer of over-ears in the low-mid to cheap range, especially when it comes to noise cancelling. These headphones are no exception and are the previous model of the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless. Even though their plasticky build and lesser-quality ANC performance indicate their wallet-friendly price, their simple design is still worth checking out if you're looking to save money. Their over 32 hours of continuous battery life means you don't need to recharge them every day. If you run out of battery, you can use them passively with the included 1/8" TRS cable.

    While they don't support multi-device pairing, their ANC does a very good job isolating you from ambient sound, so they can help cut out distractions like ambient conversations. They're also lightweight, comfortable, and sturdy enough to survive a few accidental drops. They don't leak too much audio either, so you can listen to music at high volumes without worrying about bothering people around you. Their excited, bass-heavy sound profile is particularly well-suited for genres like EDM and hip-hop since it adds intense thump, rumble, and boom to mixes. However, they don't have a companion app or features like an EQ or presets that you could use to customize their sound profile.

    See our review

  6. Best Work Headset For Calls

    If you spend a lot of time at work on the phone or in meetings, the Jabra Evolve2 85 Wireless is the best office headset for calls we've tested. Unlike the other headphones on this list, these have a boom microphone, which sits closer to your mouth and offers much better performance than the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless' integrated mic. It makes your voice sound clear and natural and has decent noise handling, even in loud environments, meaning you won't be drowned out by background conversations or traffic outside the window. The headphones also have an integrated mic you can enable in the companion app, although you can't detach the boom mic.

    Their sound profile is well-balanced, and elements like voices in your audio are present and clear. However, they have a much weaker noise isolation performance than the Sony, especially when blocking out noise like rumbling engines. Still, the ANC feature does a good job of blocking out mid-range sounds like voices, so it can still be helpful in a busy office or call center. They support multi-device pairing via Bluetooth and also come with a wireless USB dongle that you can plug into your computer for quick pairing. However, they have high latency via USB, so you might notice audio lag if you use the dongle.

    See our review

  7. Best Office Earbuds

    The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Truly Wireless are the best earbuds for work that we've tested. These wireless buds have a very comfortable fit for long workdays and offer a fantastic noise cancelling performance. They're especially effective at blocking mid-range noise like background conversations, which is nice if you work at a busy office. Out of the box, they have a well-balanced, versatile sound profile. Elements like voices sound bright and clear. If you prefer a different sound, it can also be customized with a graphic EQ and presets in the companion app.

    Unlike the Anker Soundcore Space Q45 Wireless, they don't support multi-device pairing. Also, if you need headphones for phone calls, even the cheaper Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless have a better overall mic performance. Your voice will be understandable if you're on the phone in a quiet place, but it may be hard to hear you if you call from an office or the street. The earbuds last under seven hours of continuous use, so you may need to recharge them partway through the day. Fortunately, they come with a case that holds about three extra charges.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Bose QuietComfort 45/QC45 Wireless: The Bose QuietComfort 45/QC45 Wireless are a viable alternative to the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless or the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless if comfort is your top priority. They're lighter and clamp less tightly on your head, but they don't feel as well-built as the Sony, and their continuous battery life is shorter. Their mic performance isn't as good overall as the Bose 700. See our review
  • Sennheiser PXC 550-II Wireless: The Sennheiser PXC 550-II Wireless are comfortable over-ears and have easy-to-use controls, a versatile sound profile, and EQ presets. However, they're only slightly cheaper than the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless, and their ANC doesn't perform as well. See our review
  • Wyze Noise-Cancelling Headphones Wireless: The Wyze Noise-Cancelling Headphones Wireless are budget-friendly over-ears. They have a great noise isolation performance, but their continuous playback time doesn't last nearly as long as the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 13, 2023: Replaced the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 with the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 and the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds with the QuietComfort Earbuds II. Added the Jabra Evolve2 85 as the 'Best Work Headset For Calls'.

  2. Sep 30, 2022: We've restructured this article to better align our picks with user expectations. We've added the following headphones: the Razer Barracuda Pro Wireless, the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Wireless, and the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless. We've moved the Wyze Noise-Cancelling Headphones Wireless and Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless to Notable Mentions.

  3. Jun 28, 2022: We've made the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless the 'Best Work From Home Headphones'. Also removed the Sony WH-1000XM3, Jabra Elite 65e, Jabra Elite 85h, and Beats Studio3 Wireless from Notable Mentions. Added the Jabra Evolve2 65 to Notable Mentions.

  4. Apr 21, 2022: Replaced the Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II 2018 Wireless with the Bose QuietComfort 45/QC45 as the QC35 II have been discontinued.

  5. Feb 18, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are available.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are a few options if you're looking for the best headphones for working from home or the office 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.

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