Office headphones are typically versatile headsets that can be used at work or in an office-like environment. This means headphones good for office use should have minimal leakage to not disturb the people around you. They should be comfortable to use for long periods of time and block the ambient noise of a moderately busy office.
So far, we've tested 166 headphones and below are our recommendations for the best office headsets.
Best Office Headphones: Bose QuietControl 30
Headphones in this price range are well-built, durable headsets that isolate enough to block the chatter of a noisy office. They sound great and comfortably create a good seal around, on or in the ear, to not let sound leak. Some models in this price range come with additional features like wireless audio and noise-canceling.
Of the 166 headsets we've tested so far, the Bose QuietControl 30 are the best headphones for work. They are wireless, discrete and barely leak, so your colleagues won’t be distracted by what you're listening to, even at max volume.
They isolate well enough to prevent most of the office chatter from seeping into your audio. The around-the-neck design might not be for everyone, but they have a comfortable earbud fit, above-average sound quality and a good battery life for long listening sessions at the office. They're pricier than some of the other wireless in-ears on this list like the BeatsX or the Samsung level U Pro but they are by far the most comfortable and well-rounded earbuds/in-ear we've tested.
Over-Ear Alternative: Bose QuietComfort 35
If you prefer an over-ear design, then the best alternative to the Bose QuietControl 30 are the Bose QuietComfort 35. They isolate better and are even more suitable for lively and noisy office environments. They're also one of the most comfortable over-ear headsets that we've tested so far so you can wear them for hours and not get any fatigue.
Unfortunately, they're a bit leaky at higher volumes, so they won't be ideal if you work in a very quiet office. In this case, maybe consider the Beats Studio3 Wireless or the Sennheiser PXC 550. They leak a lot less but do not isolate as well. However, if you work in a noisy environment, then the Bose headphones are a great recommendation and a more comfortable alternative to the Sony WH-1000XM2.
Best Mid-Range Office Headphones: Beats BeatsX
In this price range, office headsets are versatile enough and do not leak much. They're durable, comfortable and also isolate well enough for the ambient noise of a busy office. However, they won't have as many additional features as the higher end models.
If you like the around-the-neck design of the Bose QuietControl 30 and have an iOS device, then get the BeatsX instead. They don't actively block noise like the Bose QC30 and they're not as comfortable, but they are significantly cheaper and more portable thanks to their flexible design.
They also have a good all-around performance, an above-average sound and they isolate well enough for an office-like environment. However, they won't be as versatile for all users like the Jaybird X3 but if you're using it with your PC, then the BeatsX are slightly better.
Over-Ear Alternative: Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
If you prefer an over-ear design to use at the office, then we recommend the Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2 as a cheaper mid-range option to the Bose QuietComfort 35. These headphones have an exciting sound quality to get you pumped or focused while you're working.
However, they're not as breathable or as portable as the Beats X so if your work requires a lot of physical activity, they won't be ideal, but for everything else, they're a great and relatively affordable option.
Best Budget Office Headphones: Samsung Level U Pro
The headphones in this price range will struggle a little in loud office environments. They're not as comfortable or well built as the pricier models and also have fewer features. However, they still offer a decent sound quality and low leakage.
They also have a reliable, low latency wireless connection and they barely leak, which makes them suitable to use in a quieter office environment.
Cheaper Alternative: Mpow Jaws
If you're looking for something even cheaper, get the Mpow Jaws. They have a similar around-the-neck design than the Samsung Level U Pro but are a bit more comfortable as the in-ear buds do not put pressure within your ear canal.
They're also well suited for office use as they barely leak, even at high volumes. Unfortunately, they do not sound as good or have as many features as the Level U Pro.
- Beats Studio3 Wireless. A less leaky alternative to the QC35. Stylish and comfortable design but somewhat mediocre adaptive isolation. See our review
- Sony WH-1000XM2. Outstanding isolation and above-average sound. Slightly pricey and bulky design. See our review
- Sennheiser PXC 550. Customizable sound, comfortable and stable fit. Leaky at higher volumes. See our review
- Bose QuietComfort 25. Comfortable design and great isolation. A wired alternative to the QC35 but also quite leaky. See our review
- Samsung Level Over Wireless. Good versatile audio reproduction and low leakage. But bulky design and mediocre noise cancellation. See our review
- Bose SoundTrue Ultra In-Ear. Good isolation, minimal leakage. See our review
- Jaybird X3. A good alternative to the BeatsX especially for android user. But slightly worse performance overall. See our review
- JBL Everest Elite 700. Good noise isolation and customizable sound. A bit tight on the head and bulky design. See our review
- Sennheiser HD 4.50. Low leakage and above-average noise canceling. See our review
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best office headphones to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper headphone wins over a pricier one 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 office headphones. 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.