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The 6 Best Wireless Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphones - April 2019
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Best Wireless Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphones
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As more smartphones come out without an audio jack, Bluetooth headphones increase in popularity. If you like the fit of over-ear headphones and the freedom that wireless headphones afford, you’ve surely noticed there’s a lot of options to choose from. The best wireless Bluetooth over-ear headphones are well-built, comfortable, and have a balanced, neutral sound. Some even have active noise cancelling or companion apps with great EQs. Bluetooth headphones aren’t great for watching videos because of their higher latency, but they’re usually quite versatile overall.

We’ve tested 332 headphones and below are our recommendations for the best wireless over-ear headphones to buy in 2019. See also our recommendations for the best over-ear noise cancelling headphones, the best Bluetooth headphones and the best over-ear headphones.

  1. Best Wireless Over-Ear Headphones: Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2017
    • 0.9: Winter 2016
    7.4
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
    Score components:
    7.9
    Critical Listening
    What it is: The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
    Score components:
    7.7
    Commute/Travel
    What it is: How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
    Score components:
    7.1
    Sports/Fitness
    What it is: How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
    Score components:
    7.8
    Office
    What it is: How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
    Score components:
    6.0
    TV
    Score components:
    5.6
    Gaming
    Score components:
    Type : Over-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : Yes
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    The best wireless over-ear headphones we've tested so far are the Bose QuietComfort 35 II. They’re among the most comfortable and versatile headphones we’ve reviewed. They’re well-made with a durable yet lightweight design and are easy-to-use.

    The Bose QuietComfort 35 II have deep, consistent bass, a very well-balanced mid-range, and a great treble range that doesn't sound too sharp or piercing on brighter tracks. This makes them suitable for all music genres, podcasts, or even audiobooks. They also have a great 20-hour battery life and offer one of the best active noise cancellation features we've measured, only bested by the Sony WH-1000XM3.

    Unfortunately, their companion doesn’t feature an EQ, which can be a bit disappointing on days when you just want a bit more (or a bit less) bass. They also leak quite a bit, so people around you might hear what you’re listening to, especially if you play your music loudly. All things considered, though, their great neutral sound, impressive active noise cancelling, and outstandingly comfortable design makes them the best Bluetooth over-ear headphones we’ve seen so to date.

    See our review

  2. Alternative With More Customization: Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless

    Type : Over-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : Yes
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you like to EQ the sound of your headphones, then get the Sony WH-1000XM3. They have a more boomy, bass-heavy sound that’s not as balanced as the Bose QuietComfort 35 II, but they’re compatible with a great mobile app that features a bunch of customization options, like a graphic EQ, noise cancelling control, room effects, and sound positioning.

    Unfortunately, their touch control scheme is a bit imprecise and is sensitive to colder weather conditions. They might sound a bit veiled to those who are looking for a more neutral sound right out of the box. That said, their more pronounced bass make them a great choice for fans of bass-heavy genres, and if you’re not a huge fan of bass, you can always tweak their sound profile to your liking with the app.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Wireless Over-Ear Headphones: Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 Wireless 2016

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2017
    • 0.9: Winter 2016
    7.3
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
    Score components:
    7.7
    Critical Listening
    What it is: The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
    Score components:
    7.4
    Commute/Travel
    What it is: How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
    Score components:
    7.1
    Sports/Fitness
    What it is: How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
    Score components:
    7.5
    Office
    What it is: How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
    Score components:
    6.2
    TV
    Score components:
    5.9
    Gaming
    Score components:
    Type : Over-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : Yes
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you’re looking for versatile noise cancelling headphones that are less expensive than the top picks, get the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2; they're the best Bluetooth over-ear headphones we've tested. They’re not as comfortable as the Bose QuietComfort 35 II, but they provide excellent value for their price. They have a sturdy, durable design and feature a great tactile control scheme that’s responsive and easy-to-use.

    The Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 have an exciting, bass-rich sound signature. They produce, deep rumbling bass that makes them well-suited to bass-heavy genres like EDM, dubstep, and hip-hop. They have an outstanding battery that provides 30 hours of continuous playback and have a bunch of power-saving features to help them last even longer. They even support multi-device pairing and NFC, which are great Bluetooth features, especially at this price point.

    The BackBeat Pro 2 do a decent job at isolating noise, but their active noise cancelling feature isn’t as powerful as the more expensive recommendations on this list and you can’t EQ their sound if you want less bass. You may want to consider the Anker SoundCore Space NC if you’re looking for better noise cancelling, but they have an overly thumpy, dark sound. The Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 have a more neutral sound but have even worse noise isolation than the BackBeat Pro 2. All things considered, the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 are well-rounded, versatile headphones and are a decent choice for most use cases.

    See our review

  4. Alternative With More Features: Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

    Type : Over-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : Yes
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you want to be able to fine-tune your sound exactly to your liking, then get the Sennheiser HD 4.50. They’re less easy-to-use than the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2, but they’re far more customizable thanks to their compatibility with Sennheiser Captune app. This app gives you access to a great parametric equalizer so you can have greater control over your listening experience. The Sennheiser HD 4.50 also have better isolation performance than the BackBeat Pro 2.

    On the downside, the Sennheiser HD 4.50 don’t have any power-saving features, which is a bit disappointing since their battery will continue to keep draining if you forget to turn them off. The BackBeat Pro 2 also have a more balanced sound than the HD 4.50 right out of the box. That said, all it takes is a couple of taps on the EQ feature in the Captune app for you to experience the sound of the Sennheiser HD 4.50 your way, which makes them fairly versatile headphones.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Wireless Over-Ear Headphones: JBL E55BT Wireless

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2017
    • 0.9: Winter 2016
    6.6
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
    Score components:
    7.2
    Critical Listening
    What it is: The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
    Score components:
    6.3
    Commute/Travel
    What it is: How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
    Score components:
    6.9
    Sports/Fitness
    What it is: How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
    Score components:
    6.6
    Office
    What it is: How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
    Score components:
    5.7
    TV
    Score components:
    5.4
    Gaming
    Score components:
    Type : Over-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you’re looking for decent wireless over-ears that won’t break the bank, get the JBL E55BT; they're the best wireless over-ear headphones we've tested. They don’t come with a hard case like the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2, nor do they feel as durable, but they have a more stable fit that’s just as comfortable and can fold up in a more compact format that takes up less space.

    The JBL E55BT have deep, powerful bass that adds a bit of extra punch without sounding too boomy or muddy. They’re particularly well-suited to fans of bass-heavy music like dubstep or hip-hop, but are versatile enough to be alright for fans of other genres of music too. Their battery lasts 18.5 hours on a charge and they support passive playback, so you can use them with the provided audio cable when their battery runs out.

    Unfortunately, the JBL E55BT don’t isolate noise very well and they leak a fair amount of sound, so they’re better suited for more quiet environments. They also have poor bass response consistency, which means that people with different head shapes and sizes might not experience the same bass performance. That said, they’re still decent wireless over-ears that provide fair value for the price.

    See our review

  6. Noise Cancelling Alternative: Mpow H5 Wireless

    Type : Over-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : Yes
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you’re looking for budget headphones that reduce ambient noise, get the Mpow H5. They don’t isolate nearly as well as the other noise cancelling options on this list, but their noise cancelling feature does block a bit more low-frequency noise than the passive isolation of the JBL E55BT. The Mpow H5 can cancel some lower frequencies like engine rumbles and do a decent job at masking out higher frequencies, which should cover noises like A/C units in your office. They’re fairly well-built, feel sturdy enough to handle a few accidental drops, and come with a great hard case.

    On the downside, the Mpow H5 might sound a bit boomy to some and they have a slightly cheap-looking design. They also have the shortest battery life of this list at 12 hours, but this should last you an average day without too much problem and shouldn’t be a concern if you charge them daily.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • JBL E65BTNC Wireless: Decent wireless ANC headphones with good audio reproduction but disappointing noise cancelling for the price. See our review
  • AKG N700NC Wireless: Premium-looking wireless ANC headphones that sound good but are rather bulky and don’t provide as good value as our top picks. See our review
  • Audeze Mobius: Very good-sounding wireless headphones with lots of connections and cool features. Quite bulky and rather plasticky for the price. See our review
  • Microsoft Surface Wireless Headphones: Above-average wireless ANC headphones with a warm and bass-heavy sound signature that might not be for everyone. See our review
  • Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless: Good overall performance and great customizable features. A good alternative to the QC35 II and Sony WH-1000XM3 but the isolation is mediocre at best. See our review
  • Bowers & Wilkins PX Wireless: Decently versatile wireless headphones with great noise cancelling and excellent build quality. They would be a good alternative to the QC 35 II but they do not sound quite as good and aren't as comfortable. See our review
  • Sony WH-H900N/h.ear on 2 Wireless: A good mixed usage headphone with a well-balanced sound and a good build quality. Slightly pricey for their performance relative to the XM3. See our review
  • Sony WH-1000XM2 Wireless: Wireless headphones with the best noise cancellation and superior build quality. Slightly inconsistent sound and bulky build. See our review
  • Beats Studio 3 Wireless: A good upgrade to the Beats Studio Wireless with better overall performance. They do not perform as well as the Bose or Sony wireless over-ears for around the same price. See our review
  • B&O PLAY Beoplay H9 Wireless: Excellent build quality and great design. Average sound quality and a mediocre-at-best noise cancelling performance for the price. See our review
  • Bluedio T4 Turbine Wireless: Good overall performance but incredibly high latency and mediocre comfort level. See our review
  • SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC: Great gaming headphones that are a bit more versatile than most thanks to their Bluetooth compatibility but are still quite bulky and don't isolate noise well. See our review
  • Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless: Decent wireless over-ears that sound great but have disappointing noise cancelling and aren't as comfortable as the BackBeat Pro 2. See our review
  • Anker SoundCore Space NC Wireless: Comfortable wireless over-ears that are well-built and have very good noise isolation but sound a bit dark. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best wireless over-ear 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 over-ear Bluetooth 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.

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