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The 7 Best Headphones For Work - Fall 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 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 745 pairs of headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best headset for office use. 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 Bose 700 Headphones Wireless are the best headphones for work we've tested. These high-end cans offer a well-rounded performance, making them a solid choice for long days at work. Like most Bose headphones, they have a powerful noise cancelling (ANC) system that can easily block out chatty coworkers and whiny AC fans. With their ANC on, they last over 20 hours continuously and have an auto-off timer to help conserve battery life when not in use. They also support multi-device pairing, so you can stay connected to your smartphone and PC simultaneously. Their integrated mic does a good job of capturing your voice clearly and can separate speech from background noise very well.

    These over-ears also have a comfortable fit, so you won't experience fatigue while wearing them for long periods. They have a bassy sound out of the box, but if you prefer a different sound, their companion app offers a three-band graphic EQ to help you adjust them. If you're looking for office headphones with a bit more customizability, try the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless. Instead, their companion app offers a six-band graphic EQ and a virtual soundstage feature to make audio feel more immersive. However, their microphone performance isn't as good.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Office Headphones

    The Razer Barracuda Pro Wireless are the best headphones for work in the upper mid-range we've tested. At this price point, it's unlikely that you'll find nearly the same high-powered noise cancellation performance as the Bose 700 Headphones 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. Their integrated mic has a decent 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 cheaper headphones have a sturdy build and a comfortable fit for most people. Their ANC feature does a fantastic job of blocking out a wide range of ambient sound, including noise like background conversations at the office. The integrated mic doesn't make your voice sound as full-bodied as the Razer Barracuda Pro Wireless but does a better job of separating it from noise, which is a bonus if you work in a pretty noisy office.

    Their continuous battery life of around 28 hours easily lasts through a couple of workdays. You can also listen to audio passively with the included cable. Their V-shaped sound profile adds a lot of extra rumble and punch to your audio. Instruments and voices can sound harsh, but you can use the in-app graphic EQ and presets to adjust the sound. The headphones don't leak much audio, so even if you like to listen to loud music at work, it won't bother people nearby. They also support multi-device pairing, which is nice if you connect to your phone and computer simultaneously.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Office Headphones

    If you're looking for a more budget-friendly option, you might prefer the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless. These headphones are significantly cheaper than the Anker Soundcore Space Q45 Wireless but have a comparable ANC performance. They're very effective at blocking noise like rumbling engines outside your window. The Q45 are better at reducing mid-range noise, like background chit-chat, but the Q30 still block out a good amount.

    These headphones last around 44 hours of continuous use, so you don't need to recharge them daily. They're comfortable for most people and are decently well-built, although some users have reported that the headband breaks over time. The integrated mic has an alright recording quality, so recorded speech is clear and understandable. However, compared to the Q45's mic, it struggles to separate your voice from ambient sound, so it's not ideal for calls from noisy environments.

    They have a bass-heavy sound profile, but the balanced mid-range helps ensure that voices sound clear and detailed. Their app also features a graphic EQ and presets for sound customization, and they support multi-device pairing. However, they leak much more audio than the Q45, so people nearby can hear your music if you crank up the volume. If you're worried about bothering people in a quiet place, you might prefer the Wyze Noise-Cancelling Headphones Wireless, which can't block out as much noise but leak much less audio.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Office Headphones

    If you're keeping your spending to a minimum, try the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless instead. Even though there are three Anker picks in a row, it's no surprise that this manufacturer dominates the lower-end market, thanks to their powerful ANCs, which are uncommon in over-ears at this price point. They may not provide the same level of noise isolation as their predecessor, the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless, but they can still cut down a good amount of ambient sound. They also last over 32 hours continuously, which will easily get you through long days at the office.

    Like their successor, these headphones have a bassy sound, though they have a 'BassUp' feature if you want to add even more thump and rumble to your audio. They have a comfortable and lightweight fit, although their design feels plasticky. If you need to take calls, their integrated mic offers decent recording quality, making your voice easy to understand. However, background sound can drown out speech if you work in a busy office. These over-ears also lack multi-device pairing, so you can't connect them with multiple devices simultaneously.

    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, they're specifically for business calls. They have a boom microphone, which sits closer to your mouth and offers better recording quality than the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless' integrated mic. It makes your voice sound clear and natural and has decent noise handling, even in loud environments, meaning background conversations or traffic outside the window won't drown you out.

    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 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 Sony WF-1000XM5 Truly Wireless are the best earbuds for work that we've tested. These sturdy earbuds have a comfortable fit for long days at the office. When you use the foam ear tips, their ANC system blocks out an incredible amount of noise, isolating you from all kinds of distractions, from traffic outside your window to background conversations. They also leak very little, so you can crank up the volume without bothering people nearby. They last for just under nine hours of continuous use and have a warm, well-balanced default sound profile. Their integrated mic doesn't make your voice sound very natural or full-bodied, which is normal for Bluetooth earbuds, but it records voices clearly and has decent noise handling, so you can take a call in a noisy place without being drowned out.

    Their head gesture commands let you answer and end calls without using your hands, which is nice if you need to take a lot of calls throughout the day. They're comfortable for most people, but you may find the ear tips put pressure on your ears after a while. If you tend to wear your earbuds all day and want something even more comfortable, you might prefer the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Truly Wireless. These earbuds have fantastic noise isolation and a more comfortable fit for most people. However, their mic has worse noise handling, so they aren't as well-suited for making calls in busy offices or on the go.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Bose QuietComfort 45/QC45 Wireless: The Bose QuietComfort 45/QC45 Wireless are a solid alternative to the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless, especially if you care about comfort. They're lighter and clamp less tightly onto your head than the 700, which can make all the difference on long flights or trips, but their ANC doesn't block out quite as much ambient sound, though it still offers excellent overall performance. 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 Bose 700 Headphones 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. Sep 19, 2023: Replaced the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Truly Wireless with the Sony WF-1000XM5 Truly Wireless as the 'Best Office Earbuds'.

  2. Jul 20, 2023: We've replaced the Logitech G435 LIGHTSPEED Wireless with the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless, as the Anker have noise cancelling and a better overall mic performance. We've also swapped the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless for the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless, as the Bose's mic is superior.

  3. May 23, 2023: We've added the Bose QuietComfort 45/QC45 Wireless to the Notable Mentions and checked the article for product availability and accuracy.

  4. Mar 14, 2023: Replaced the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless with the Logitech G435 LIGHTSPEED Wireless. Added the Wyze Noise-Cancelling Headphones Wireless as an alternative to the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless.

  5. 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'.

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.