Office headphones are typically versatile headsets that can be 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 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 625 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 Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless are the best headphones for office use that we've tested. Like their predecessor, the Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless, these well-built over-ear headphones have an ANC feature that blocks out an outstanding amount of noise. Their Quick Attention feature pauses your audio and lets in ambient sound when you cover the right ear cup, so you can chat with a coworker without removing your headphones.
They have a long continuous battery life of roughly 37 hours, which should easily last you through a few 9-5 shifts without recharging. Their default sound profile brings extra thump, punch, and boom to music, while vocals and instruments are present and clear. They may sound a bit muddy, but fortunately, you can adjust their sound profile with a graphic EQ and presets in the Sony | Headphones Connect app. Their fit is comfortable and not too tight, so they shouldn't cause much fatigue even if you wear them all day.
Unfortunately, their integrated mic makes your voice sound thin and muffled over the phone. It also struggles to separate it from background noise, so they may not be ideal if you work in a moderately noisy setting and need headphones to use for calls. That said, their fantastic noise isolation and well-padded design make them great for use at the office. They're also among the best wireless Bluetooth headphones that we've tested.
If you want headphones better-suited for phone calls, you may prefer the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless. These headphones have a shorter continuous battery life than the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless, but their integrated mic makes your voice sound clearer and more natural over the phone. It also has a significantly better noise handling performance, so if you're talking on the phone somewhere loud like a subway station, the person on the other end should still be able to hear you. They're also very comfortable, well-built, and have a more neutral default sound profile, which some may prefer. You can also customize it with a graphic EQ and presets in the companion app, similar to the Sony. Unfortunately, their ANC feature has a worse overall performance, although it still does a fantastic job of isolating you from the sound of chatting co-workers and humming A/C units.
If a longer continuous battery life or a better noise isolation performance is your priority, consider the Sony, but try the Bose instead if you're looking for headphones with a better microphone.
The Razer Opus Wireless are the best headphones for work under $200 that we've tested. These well-built over-ear headphones are impressively comfortable, so you should be able to wear them all day without much fatigue. Their continuous battery life of about 33 hours is more than long enough to last through a commute and 9-5 workday.
They have a neutral, well-balanced default sound profile suitable for a wide variety of music genres and audio content. If you want to customize it, there's a graphic EQ and presets in the Razer Opus app that you can use. These headphones have an ANC feature that does a fantastic job of isolating you from distractions like chatting coworkers or traffic outside your window. They don't leak much sound, so people sitting near you shouldn't be able to hear your music even if you turn up the volume.
Unfortunately, they can only pair with one device at once, which is a little disappointing if you're always switching between using your phone and computer. Also, while their mic has an adequate recording quality, it's not very good at separating your voice from loud background noise, so they aren't ideal for taking calls in noisy settings. Otherwise, if you're looking for comfortable, noise cancelling headphones for work, these are among the best headphones we've tested.
The best earbuds for work with noise cancelling are the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless. These Bluetooth in-ears are lightweight, quite comfortable, and come with three differently-sized options of silicone ear tips so you can find the best fit. They have an ANC feature that does a great job blocking out a wide range of noise, from the high-pitched hum of an A/C unit to the rumble of bus and plane engines.
They have a reasonably neutral, well-balanced sound profile that's suitable for a variety of genres. Their battery provides roughly five hours of continuous use, which is a bit on the short side, but their case stores about five additional charges, so you can top them up at your desk when they run out of power. They provide low latency with iOS and Android devices over Bluetooth, so you shouldn't notice audio lag if you use them to stream videos on your phone, and they have an H1 chip for easy pairing with Apple devices.
Unfortunately, they aren't ideal for making phone calls since their integrated mic makes your voice sound thin and muffled. They also struggle to reproduce the thump and rumble of low bass, which may disappoint fans of genres like EDM and hip-hop, and unfortunately, they lack sound customization features like an EQ or presets. That said, these premium-looking in-ears offer incredible noise cancelling and are worth considering if you want compact headphones to use at the office.
If you want noise cancelling earbuds that don't need recharging as often, you may prefer the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless. These Bluetooth earbuds aren't as well-built as the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless, but their nine hours of continuous battery life should last you through a 9-5 workday without recharging. While they don't have any sound customization features, some may prefer their slightly v-shaped sound profile, bringing more rumble and punch to mixes. They're similarly comfortable and have a much better overall mic performance, so they're better suited for taking phone calls at work. Also, while their ANC feature doesn't perform as well as the Apple's, it still blocks out an impressive amount of noise.
If you prioritize a better noise isolation performance, go for the Apple, but try the Earfun instead if you're looking for a more budget-friendly option or favor a 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, meaning 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. They're 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.
Oct 04, 2021: Checked that picks still represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock. There were no changes to picks.
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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.
Our recommendations above are a few options if you're looking for the best headsets for 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.