Lots of people prefer on-ear headphones for their blend of comfort and portability. Bluetooth wireless on-ear headphones are even more convenient since you don’t have to worry about a cable getting snagged on anything. There are lots of decent Bluetooth earbuds out there, but it can be hard to find a satisfactory pair of wireless on-ears.
We’ve tested over 370 headphones and below are our recommendations for the best on-ear Bluetooth headphones to buy in 2019. If you’re looking for our top picks for other on-ear or Bluetooth headphones, check out our recommendations for the best on-ear headphones and the best Bluetooth headphones.
The best on-ear Bluetooth headphones for comfort that we’ve tested so far are the Bose SoundLink On-Ear. They have a lightweight design with a decently padded headband that doesn’t feel too tight on your head. The ear cups are covered in dense, plush padding that cushions your ears nicely and feels a lot better than most on-ears we’ve tested.
These are good-sounding headphones with a fairly well-balanced frequency response that lends itself well to most genres of music. Their 21-hour battery life is great and they have an auto-off timer to help prolong the battery life even further. They support multi-device pairing, so you can use them with your smartphone and laptop simultaneously, and they can be used passively with the included audio cable as well.
Although they’re comfortable, they won’t be ideal if you have a noisy commute or are working in a noise-sensitive office since they don’t isolate very well. They’re also lacking in features compared to other wireless Bose headsets; they don’t support NFC and aren’t compatible with Bose’s mobile app. That said, they still provide good value for their price thanks to their comfortable design, great battery life, and good sound.
If you’re looking for comfortable on-ear headphones but don’t want to spend too much money, check out the Skullcandy Grind. They’re not as portable as the Bose SoundLink On-Ear since they don’t fold into a more compact format, but they have a very comfortable design that can be worn for hours without causing discomfort. They sound decent, have a 15-hour battery life, and come with multiple cables for wired use as well.
On the downside, they don’t have any power-saving features, nor do they support multi-device pairing. They can also sound a bit bright or even sharp to some. Get the Bose if you don’t mind paying extra for a more balanced sound quality, but if you’re looking for the best bang for your buck in the budget range, then it’s hard to beat the Skullcandy Grind.
The best on-ear Bluetooth headphones for sound we’ve tested so far are the Marshall MID ANC Wireless. They’re stylish noise cancelling headphones that sport Marshall’s signature black and gold color scheme. They’re fairly comfortable and are well-built, sturdy headphones. They have a multi-directional control knob on the left ear cup that provides great tactile feedback and they are overall easy-to-use.
These headphones have a bright, balanced sound with deep, powerful bass. They’re well-suited for nearly all music genres, from EDM and hip-hop to jazz or classical. They have a 17-hour battery life, which is decent, and can be used while they’re charging.
Unfortunately, they have unremarkable noise isolation performance, which is disappointing for headphones with active noise cancelling. If you’re looking for better noise cancelling, consider the AKG N60NC Wireless; however, they don’t sound quite as good as the Marshall. Though their noise cancelling performance isn’t the best, these are still a good choice for critical listeners who prefer an on-ear fit.
If you prefer the sound of open-back headphones, get the Grado GW100 Wireless. They don’t feel as well-made as the Marshall MID ANC Wireless, but they’re a fair option for critical listeners looking for more open-sounding on-ear headphones. They have more bass than most Grado headphones and sound decent overall. Their battery lasts for 15.5 hours and they charge in under 2 hours, which is pretty good.
Since the Grado are open-back headphones, they have virtually no isolation, by design. If you wear them at work or while walking around downtown, you’ll hear all of your surroundings and everyone will be able to hear what you’re listening to as well. Get the Marshall if you’re looking for good-sounding wireless on-ears that are more versatile, but if you’re looking for more open-sounding headphones to use in a quiet room, you’ll prefer the Grados.
The best on-ear wireless headphones for battery life that we’ve tested so far are the Beats Solo3 Wireless. They’re well-built, compact headphones that are easy-to-use. They have a tight, stable fit but are still fairly comfortable thanks to their heavily padded cups. They have a great, long-lasting battery and are reasonably well-performing headphones all-around.
They have an outstanding 42-hour battery life, long enough to last you an entire work-week without charging, and support Apple’s W1 chip for easier pairing with iOS devices. They have good audio reproduction and sound decent overall. They also have an excellent wireless range, so you shouldn’t experience audio cuts if you don’t keep your audio source directly on you.
On the downside, they don’t have an auto-off timer, so their battery will continue to drain if you forget to turn them off. If you tend to forget to power off your headphones, consider the Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless. Their battery life isn’t as remarkable, but they turn off after 10 minutes of inactivity, which is a helpful feature. However, the Beats have a more balanced sound and are an overall better choice for most uses.
If you’re looking for more affordable wireless on-ears that still have a great battery life, then get the JBL Live 400BT. They’re less comfortable than the Beats Solo3 Wireless and they don’t feel as well-built, but they’re considerably less expensive and they’re more customizable. They provide over 30 hours of continuous playback on a charge, which isn’t quite as long as what the Beats deliver, but it’s still excellent. They also have an auto-off timer, which the Beats are lacking, so you may find their battery even better if you forget to turn your headphones off sometimes.
Get the Beats if you want something that feels more comfortable and durable, but if you don’t mind a tighter fit and more plasticky build, then go for the JBL.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best on-ear Bluetooth headphones to buy for most people in each price range. 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 on-ear headphones. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection.