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The 7 Best Headphones For Work - Spring 2022 Reviews

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Best Office Headphones

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 670 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: Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless

    The Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless are the best headphones for work that we've tested. 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.

    See our review

  2. Alternative With A Better Microphone: Bose 700 Headphones Wireless

    If take a lot of calls at the office, you may want to consider the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless. While their continuous playback tie is shorter than that of the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless, the Bose have an integrated mic that offers better overall performance. Your voice is easy to understand, even in moderately noisy environments like a busy office. However, since they're wireless headphones, they rely on Bluetooth profiles to communicate data between devices, and you may notice a change in audio quality if you're making calls with your PC. Still, these well-built headphones have an excellent ANC system to help block out background noise and their fit is comfortable enough for long days at your desk. They also have a slightly bass-rich sound profile that you can customize using their companion app's graphic EQ. 

    If you prioritize a longer continuous battery life or even more customization features, try the Sony. However, if you want headphones with a better microphone performance, check out the Bose instead. 

    See our review

  3. Best Noise Cancelling Office Earbuds: Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless

    The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless are the best earbuds for work with noise cancelling that we've tested. In-ears are a lightweight, more portable, and discrete alternative to over-ears. They have over seven hours of playback time with an additional two charges in the case. They even have a standby mode to help conserve battery life when you're not using them.  

    Like other headphones on this list, these well-built buds have an ANC system that does a great job of blocking out noise like office chatter. If you work in a more collaborative workspace, their companion app has several ANC presets that you can use to adjust the amount of background sound you hear. Their neutral sound profile is well-suited for a variety of different genres too, but if you want to customize their sound, their app also offers a graphic EQ and presets. 

    On the downside, they're a bit bulky for earbuds and they don't support multi-device pairing, so you won't be able to connect them to your PC and smartphone at the same time. Their integrated mic has poor noise handling, so if you're taking a call from a busy office, your voice can be drowned out. However, if you prefer the fit and feel of in-ear headphones, they're worth considering. 

    See our review

  4. iPhone Alternative: Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless

    If you're an Apple user looking for noise cancelling earbuds for the office, you may prefer the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless. They have a shorter continuous battery life than the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless. However, they include some features for iOS users, including an Η1 chip for quicker pairing and a few customization options like button remapping. Their ANC feature has excellent performance, so they can block out background conversations and the hum of an A/C unit so you can focus on your work. Their lightweight, comfortable design is suitable for all-day use, and they have a versatile, well-balanced sound profile. Unfortunately, they don't have any sound customization features.

    If you want headphones with more customization features or a longer continuous battery life, go for the Βose, but try the Apple instead if you want features for iPhone like seamless pairing.

    See our review

  5. Best Headphones For Work Under $100: Wyze Noise-Cancelling Headphones Wireless

    The Wyze Noise-Cancelling Headphones Wireless are the best headset for office use under $100 that we've tested. These comfortable over-ears support multi-device pairing, so you can stay connected to your PC and smartphone at the same time. They also have an ANC system that can reduce chatter around you.

    Thanks to their over 22-hour continuous battery life, you don't have to worry about recharging them after every shift. Out of the box, they also have an excited sound profile that delivers extra thump and boom to mixes. You can customize their sound to your liking using their companion app's graphic EQ and presets, though. They don't leak too much audio at high volumes either, so you shouldn't disturb others around you if you like to listen to audio at high volumes.

    Unfortunately, their over-ear fit isn't very breathable, and they can trap heat around your ears, which can be uncomfortable over time. If you need to take calls at work, their mic also struggles to separate your voice from moderate ambient noise like a busy office. However, If you're looking for more affordable headphones for the office, they're worth considering.

    See our review

  6. Best Budget Office Headphones: Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless

    The Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless are the best budget office headphones we've tested. These headphones have an ANC feature that does a very good job of isolating you from ambient sound, so they can help cut out distractions like ambient conversations. They don't leak too much audio, so you can listen to music at high volumes without worrying about bothering people around you.

    Their over 32 hours of continuous battery life means you don't need to recharge them every day, and if you do run out of battery, you can use them passively with the 1/8" TRS cable that comes included. They're also lightweight, comfortable, and sturdy enough to survive a few accidental drops and bumps. 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.

    Unfortunately, they don't have a companion app or any features like an EQ or presets that you could use to customize their sound profile. Also, they don't support multi-device pairing, which is a little disappointing if you often switch between using your phone and computer at work. Otherwise, they're worth considering if you're looking for budget-friendly ANC headphones for the office.

    See our review

  7. Passively Isolating In-Ear Alternative: Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless

    If you're sensitive to the feeling of cabin pressure in your ears when using ANC, check out the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless. While their continuous playback time is shorter than the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless, the Dot 2 rely on their in-ear design to passively isolate you from sound rather than noise cancelling technology. As a result, they're able to cut down a good amount of background sound around you such as office chatter. They also have a bass-rich sound profile that adds a touch of extra thump, rumble, and boom, which is well-suited for genres like EDM and hip-hop. Although they last just over seven hours continuously, their carrying case holds 12.5 extra charges, which is handy in a pinch. On the downside, their integrated mic has a mediocre overall performance, and your voice can be drowned out if you're talking in a busy environment.

    Try the Q20 if you prefer ANC headphones that can cut down more ambient noise. However, if you prefer lightweight in-ears without ANC, take a look at the Dot 2. 

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Bose QuietComfort 45/QC45 Wireless: The Bose QuietComfort 45/QC45 Wireless are very comfortable noise cancelling headphones. However, they don't feel as well-built as the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless. See our review
  • Jabra Evolve2 85 Wireless: The Jabra Evolve2 85 Wireless have a comfortable fit, and their boom microphone offers a very good recording quality for taking calls even in noisy settings. However, their noise isolation isn't as impressive as some of the other headphones we've tested. See our review
  • Jabra Elite 85h Wireless: The Jabra Elite 85h Wireless are comfortable ANC headphones with low leakage but have mediocre noise isolation and don't perform as well overall as our top picks. See our review
  • Beats Studio3 Wireless: The Beats Studio 3 Wireless have a stylish and comfortable design. However, they have a fairly unbalanced sound profile and don't give as much value as our top picks. See our review
  • Sennheiser PXC 550-II Wireless: The Sennheiser PXC 550-II Wireless are comfortable over-ears with easy-to-use controls, a versatile sound profile, and EQ presets. However, they're only slightly cheaper than the Sony WH-1000XM4 and don't perform as well overall. See our review
  • Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless: The Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless are similar to their successor, the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless, but they have shorter battery life and don't support multi-device pairing. See our review
  • Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless: The Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless are the next generation of the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless, and they're better-built with longer-lasting battery life and better noise isolation. However, they're a bit more expensive than the budget-level Q20, and their default sound profile isn't as well-balanced. See our review
  • Jabra Elite 65e Wireless: The Jabra Elite 65e Wireless are Bluetooth earbuds with a neckband design. They have a comfortable fit, a battery life of roughly 8.5 hours, and an ANC feature that does a good job blocking office-type noise. They're a good alternative to the Apple AirPods Pro but aren't a top pick because they may be hard to find in stock. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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'.

  4. Oct 04, 2021: Checked that picks still represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock. There were no changes to picks.

  5. Aug 05, 2021: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations in their categories and that the products are in stock.

All Reviews

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.

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