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 590 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.
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 to 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 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 take many calls at the office, look at the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless. While their continuous battery life doesn't last as long as the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless, the Bose have a better integrated microphone performance. As a result, your voice sounds clear and natural, even if you're talking in a noisy environment. Out-of-the-box, they have a fairly balanced sound profile with a touch of extra boom that's suitable for lots of audio content. That said, if you prefer a different sound, their companion app offers a graphic EQ so you can tweak them to your liking. They also have a very comfortable and well-padded fit. Although their ANC doesn't block out as much noise as the Sony, it still does an outstanding job of blocking out the sound of chatting coworkers so you can focus on your work.
If you favor a better noise isolation performance and a longer continuous battery life, consider the Sony, but if you prioritize a better microphone performance for calls, check out the Bose instead.
The best headphones for work under $200 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 much 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 Apple AirPods Pro are the best earbuds for work with noise cancelling that we've tested. These truly wireless in-ears are very lightweight and have a comfortable fit that doesn't put much pressure on your ears. Their excellent ANC feature does a great job of isolating you from office-type noise like background conversations.
They have a well-balanced, fairly neutral sound profile that should suit lots of audio content, although fans of EDM and hip-hop may find it lacks a little low bass. Their continuous battery life is roughly five hours, which isn't particularly long, but they're advertised to provide three to four hours of continuous playback from half an hour of charging. They also come with a hard plastic case that supports wireless charging and holds about five extra charges, and are equipped with the H1 chip for seamless pairing with Apple devices.
Unfortunately, their microphone makes your voice sound thin and muffled, so they aren't the best option for phone calls. They also don't have any EQ or other sound customization options, so you can't adjust their sound profile if you don't like it out-of-the-box. Still, if you're looking for a pair of earbuds to use at the office, these are a comfortable option that are very effective at blocking out distracting background noise.
If you're looking for noise cancelling in-ears with better overall battery performance, consider the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless. Unlike the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless, the EarFun's ANC doesn't cut down as much mid-range noise like office chatter. However, they have a continuous playback time of over nine hours, which should last through long days at the office. They have a slightly v-shaped sound profile that adds a touch of extra punch and boom to your mixes while vocals and lead instruments are bright. They also have a well-built and comfortable design. Their integrated microphone does a decent job of recording your voice, although it has a bit of trouble separating it from moderate ambient noise around you.
Try the Apple if you prioritize a better noise cancelling performance, but check out the EarFun if you're looking for a more wallet-friendly option with longer continuous battery life.
The Anker Soundcore life Q20 Wireless are the best budget office headphones that we've tested. These over-ears deliver a versatile experience for a wallet-friendly price. Their ANC can block out a very good amount of ambient noise around you, so you can focus on your work, and they don't leak very much audio, which is great if you like to listen to music at high volumes.
These headphones have over 32 hours of continuous playback time and can be used passively with their 1/8" TRS cable if you run out of battery. They have a comfortable and lightweight fit, so they shouldn't feel very fatiguing if you wear them for several hours at a time. Fans of EDM and hip-hop can especially enjoy their very excited and bass-heavy sound profile, which brings intense thump, rumble, and boom to your mixes.
Unfortunately, they lack a companion app and lack sound customization features like an EQ or presets. While their build quality is satisfactory, the hinges also feel a bit hollow and plasticky. If you don't mind spending a bit more, the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless have an even better noise isolation performance, thanks to their adjustable ANC and have more customization features. Still, the Q20 are a decent choice if you're looking for wallet-friendly headphones for the office.
If you prefer in-ears that passively isolate you from ambient sound, try the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2. They have a shorter continuous battery life than the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless and are less comfortable, but they passively block more noise. Although they don't have an ANC feature, they have an impressive noise isolation performance and do a good job of reducing mid-range noise like background conversations and high-pitched sounds like humming A/C units. They have a fairly well-balanced sound profile that delivers a bit of extra bass and leak less audio, thanks to their in-ear design. While their battery only lasts for a little over seven hours of continuous use from a single charge, these headphones come with a case that holds roughly 12 additional charges.
If you like over-ear headphones and want something with an active noise cancelling feature, go for the Life Q20. On the other hand, if you want a pair of budget-friendly earbuds and don't mind passive noise isolation instead, the truly wireless Life Dot 2 may suit you.
Jun 09, 2021: Checked the text for accuracy and product availability. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
Apr 20, 2021: Removed the Jabra Elite 65e Wireless as the Best Noise Cancelling Office Earbuds pick and the Amazon Echo Buds Truly Wireless as the Truly Wireless Alternative, because both are currently out of stock. Added them to Notable Mentions. Replaced the Jabra with the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless and made the EarFun Air Pro the 'Better Battery Life Alternative'. Checked other picks to make sure the best products are being recommended and that they're available.
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.
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.