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 charging 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 690 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 work that 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 a significantly better overall performance, they support multi-device pairing, and they 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.
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 when you take calls or attend online meetings, your voice is clear and easy to understand. 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.
The Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Wireless are the best mid-range headphones for work we've tested. Although they're lower in price than the Razer Barracuda Pro Wireless, they still offer very similar performance as our upper mid-range pick without many drawbacks. These over-ears have an ANC system that does an excellent job of cutting down ambient chatter as well as the high-pitched hum of computer fans. With the ANC on, they last over 44 hours continuously, and you can even use them passively if you run out of battery life.
These comfortable headphones have multi-device pairing, meaning you can stay connected to your smartphone and PC at the same time. Out of the box, they have a bass-heavy sound profile that delivers extra thump, rumble, and boom to mixes. Unfortunately, their sound changes depending on whether the ANC is on or off. When off, your audio sounds thin and hollow. You can finetune their sound to your liking using their companion app's graphic EQ and presets.
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 should 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.
The Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless are the best headphones for work at the budget level 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 are indicative of 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.
The Jabra Elite 7 Pro True Wireless are the best earbuds for work we've tested. While their ANC system underperforms compared to other similarly priced headphones like the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Wireless, and their continuous battery life is significantly lower, the trade-off comes in the form of their lighter, more portable design. They have a comfortable in-ear fit, and their design is sturdy and well-built. Their battery lasts over eight hours continuously, but their carrying case supplies an additional three charges if you need it. You can even use one bud while the other charges.
These buds have an integrated mic with good recording quality, so your voice sounds clear and easy to understand. However, if you're taking calls from a busy office, your voice can be drowned out by background sound. They support multi-device pairing, making it easy to connect them to your PC and smartphone at the same time. Their very neutral sound profile is versatile enough for most kinds of audio content, but you can adjust their sound to your liking using their companion app's graphic EQ and presets.
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.
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.
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.
Feb 18, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are available.
Dec 01, 2021: Replaced the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless with the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless as the Bose have adjustable ANC. Also removed the Razer Opus Wireless and added the Wyze Noise-Cancelling Headphones Wireless as 'Best Office Headphones Under $100'.
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.