Office headphones are typically versatile headsets that can be used at work or in an office-like environment. You want something that will be 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 580 pairs of headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best headset for office use to buy. Also, check out our recommendations for the best noise cancelling headphones and the best noise cancelling earbuds. If you want to further improve your office workstation, check out our recommendations for the best ergonomic mice and the best ergonomic keyboards.
The best headphones for office use that we've tested are the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless. These comfortable, well-built headphones are an upgraded version of the Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless, and they offer a longer continuous battery life and some additional touch-sensitive controls. For example, the Quick Attention feature pauses your music when you hold your hand up to the right ear cup, so you can quickly chat with a coworker without having the remove your headphones.
Out-of-the-box, they have a bass-heavy sound profile that adds extra thump and punch to your mixes, and you can easily customize their sound profile using the graphic EQ and presets in the Sony | Headphones Connect app. They also have outstanding noise isolation, and thanks to their ANC feature, you can easily block out the sounds of coworkers chatting around you or the hum of a nearby AC unit. They also last for over 37 hours off of a single charge, which should be more than enough for multiple shifts at the office without a recharge.
Unfortunately, their integrated microphone has a middling recording quality, so your voice may sound a bit thin or muffled to whoever's on the other end of the line. The microphone also struggles to separate your voice from background noises, so it may get drowned out if you're calling from a noisy office setting. That said, they still rank among the best wireless Bluetooth headphones we've tested.
If you're looking for office headphones with a better microphone performance, consider the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless instead. Their continuous battery life isn't as long as that of the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless, and their noise isolation performance isn't as impressive, but their integrated microphone has a better performance. Your voice sounds clear and natural, even if you're calling from a noisy setting like a busy office. Out-of-the-box, these comfortable, well-built headphones have a slightly bass-heavy sound profile, and they also offer a graphic EQ for sound customization. Their ANC feature offers an outstanding noise isolation performance, too.
If you want headphones with longer continuous battery life and better noise isolation, check out the Sony, but if you prefer headphones with a better microphone performance, consider the Bose instead.
The best headphones for work under $200 that we’ve tested are the Razer Opus. These well-built headphones are a good choice for the office, and their 33-hour continuous battery life should last through more than a few shifts without a recharge. They're also comfortable enough for long listening sessions since you don't feel a lot of fatigue.
They have a very neutral sound profile out-of-the-box that makes them suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content, and there's even a graphic EQ and presets in the Razer Opus app to help you customize their sound. They also offer incredible noise isolation thanks to their ANC feature, so you don't hear the sounds of coworkers chatting around you while you listen to your music. They don't leak a lot of noise, either, so you can crank up the volume on your tunes without really bothering those around you.
Unfortunately, these headphones don't support multi-device pairing, so you can only pair them with one Bluetooth device at a time. Also, while their integrated microphone has an alright recording quality, it struggles to separate your voice from background noises if you're calling from moderately noisy settings. They're still a solid choice for making phone calls in quiet environments, and they ultimately rank among some of the best headphones we've tested.
The Apple AirPods Pro are the best noise cancelling office earbuds that we've tested. These truly wireless in-ears are very lightweight and have a comfortable fit that doesn't put much pressure on your ears. Their excellent ANC feature does a great job of isolating you from office-type noise like background conversations.
They have a well-balanced, fairly neutral sound profile that should suit a variety of audio content, although fans of EDM and hip-hop may find it lacks a little low bass. Their continuous battery life is roughly five hours, which isn't particularly long, but they're advertised to provide roughly three to four hours of continuous playback from half an hour of charging. They also come with a hard plastic case that supports wireless charging and holds about five extra charges, and are equipped with the H1 chip for seamless pairing with Apple devices.
Unfortunately, their microphone makes your voice sound thin and muffled, so they aren't the best option for phone calls. They also don't have any EQ or other sound customization options, so you can't adjust their sound profile if you don't like it out-of-the-box. Still, if you're looking for a pair of earbuds to use at the office, these are a comfortable option that are very effective at blocking out distracting background noise.
If you want noise cancelling earbuds with better battery performance, you may prefer the EarFun Air Pro. Their ANC feature doesn't block as much mid-range noise as the Apple Airpods Pro's, so they aren't quite as effective at blocking sounds like background conversations, but they have much longer continuous battery life. They also have a somewhat v-shaped sound profile that doesn't lack low bass, unlike the Apple, so your music has a good amount of thump and rumble. The microphone also has a much better recording quality, so they're more suitable for phone calls. They should be comfortable enough to wear for most of the day at the office, but they aren't as well-built as the Apple.
Go for the Apple if you want the option with the best noise cancelling performance, but consider the EarFun Pro for a more affordable option, or if you want a more thumpy sound.
The best headphones for work in the budget category that we've tested are the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless. These Bluetooth over-ears offer great value and are surprisingly feature-packed, considering their low price point. They have a good amount of padding, making them quite comfortable. They have a good amount of physical buttons that are fairly easy to use. They last over 32 hours off a single charge, which is fantastic, and they can be used wired if your battery dies or your work PC doesn't have Bluetooth.
They have a surprisingly good ANC feature considering their price and will help keep you concentrated in the office, as well as giving you a bit of peace during your daily commutes. Their sound profile is fairly bass-heavy, though they have a bit of extra treble, making them quite excited-sounding and suitable for most popular genres like EDM, pop, or hip-hop. Unfortunately, they don't have a dedicated companion app, so you can't change the way they sound.
Due to their lower price, they don't look and feel quite as durable or premium as our top picks. If you don't mind spending a bit more money, you could also check out the better-built Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless, which also offer better noise isolation and more customization features. That said, the Q20 offer a great price-to-performance ratio and are a solid choice for office workers on a budget.
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 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 as well as 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 than the Life Q20 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.
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.
Dec 23, 2020: Replaced the AUKEY Latitude with the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless as 'Passively Isolating In-Ear Alternative'. Removed the Mpow H10 Wireless from Notable Mentions.
Oct 30, 2020: Added Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless to main picks, made Bose 700 Headphones Wireless 'Alternative With A Better Microphone'. Moved Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless to Notable Mentions.
Sep 01, 2020: Minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy.
Our recommendations above are a few options if you're looking for the best headset for office use 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.