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The 4 Best Skullcandy Headphones of 2024 Reviews

Best Skullcandy Headphones

We've currently bought and tested over 25 pairs of Skullcandy headphones. It's a brand with a decent variety of eye-catching models for casual listening, sports, and gaming.


Best Skullcandy Headphones

  1. Best Skullcandy Earbuds

    The Skullcandy Push Active True Wireless are the best Skullcandy headphones. These portable, sports-oriented earbuds have an ear hook design that helps keep the buds stable in your ears while you're running. They have a comfortable fit and are rated IP55 for dust and water resistance. Thanks to their bass-heavy sound profile, the extra thump, rumble, and boom added to mixes can help keep you pumped up during your workout. Their companion app has a graphic EQ and presets if you prefer a different sound. You can also access Skull-iQ in the app, a smart feature that allows you to make voice commands. Matched alongside their reasonable price tag, these are the best Skullcandy wireless earbuds.

    The buds have a continuous battery life of over nine hours, and their carrying case holds roughly 3.4 additional charges. Unfortunately, they lack active noise cancelling (ANC) and do a mediocre job blocking background noise, like the low rumble of bus and plane engines. You may find this a benefit if you want to stay aware of your surroundings, like when you're on a run on busy city streets. Overall, they're versatile earbuds suitable for lots of different listeners.

    See our review

  2. Best Cheap Skullcandy Earbuds

    The Skullcandy Dime 3 True Wireless are wallet-friendly true wireless earbuds made of lightweight plastic with short stems and buttons. They're highly portable, although the peekaboo lid exposes the earbuds, which is less protective than a fully encapsulating case. On the other hand, the earbuds are adventure-ready with IPX4 water resistance, and they're cheap enough to keep as a spare set when you don't want to risk your premium headphones. You get three ear tips to hone your fit; they feel reasonably comfortable with good stability. They only passively block noise, so you'll still hear the low-pitched rumble of a bus engine, but the isolation helps to muffle chatty neighbors on your commute.

    Unlike the previous Skullcandy Dime 2 True Wireless, the Dime 3 scrap app integration, and instead, you get a significantly longer continuous playback battery life, Bluetooth multipoint for two devices, three EQ presets, and a transparency mode. These buds also trade away the strong bass commonly associated with the brand for a relatively neutral sound. If you want a bassier sound for hip-hop or EDM (for example) with a higher IP rating and app support, the Skullcandy Push Active True Wireless have those features. As a cheaper alternative, the Skullcandy Smokin' Buds/Buds XT True Wireless also supply a thumpier low-end response, but typically, a lot of bass makes other frequencies harder to hear.

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  3. Best Noise Cancelling Skullcandy Headphones

    The Skullcandy Hesh ANC Wireless is a great option for those who want the best Skullcandy headphones that can block out background noises. They have alright ANC that can help isolate you from ambient chatter. While they won't cut out lower-frequency sounds, like engine rumble, they can isolate you against higher-frequency sounds, like office chatter and fridge hum. They also boast a battery life of up to 24 hours, which is good for ANC-equipped headphones. However, battery life tends to vary according to usage.

    These headphones are comfortable and decently well-built. Their overemphasized bass response brings out boomy kicks and basslines in genres like EDM and hip-hop. Unfortunately, no EQ or sound customization options exist, so you can't personalize the sound profile if the default one isn't to your taste. They also have a decent-quality microphone, and their soundstage is spacious for closed-back headphones.

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  4. Best Skullcandy Over-Ear Headphones

    The Skullcandy Crusher Evo Wireless over-ears are the best Skullcandy headphones we've tested. These wireless headphones are a versatile pick, and they're especially well-suited to bass lovers thanks to their haptic bass slider, which lets you increase the bass to your liking. On the lowest setting, mixes have more warmth and boom without muddying vocals and lead instruments. In their highest setting, they deliver a very intense thump, rumble, and body, which will please fans of EDM and hip-hop. If you still prefer a different sound, their companion app offers three EQ presets to help you adjust their sound to suit your tastes.

    These headphones have over 34 hours of continuous battery life, and you can even use them passively with their 1/8" TRRS cable if you run out of battery life. They're also well-built and decently comfortable, but the ear cups can trap some heat over time. Unfortunately, they have a poor noise isolation performance and struggle to block out the low rumbles of bus and plane engines around you, though this may not matter to you if you plan to use them in quieter environments. It's worth noting that their bass and treble delivery can vary depending on fit, seal, and positioning. You may also notice a drop in bass if you have thick hair or wear glasses.

    Alternatively, Skullcandy has released other feature-full bassy over-ears, but you may also want ANC as a step up from the base model Crusher Evo. While we haven't tested the Skullcandy Crusher ANC 2, because they're from the same lineup, you can expect lots of bass, with the added benefit of ANC if you want to reduce noise around you. These noise cancelling headphones might be the ticket for a select crowd that wants their kick drums loud.

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Compared To Other Brands

  • Colorful designs.
    Skullcandy offers some of the most colorful headphones on the market. If you like to match your tech accessories to your outfits, they tend to have several color schemes for each model, including two or three-tone variants and camo/military color schemes.
  • Good headphone variety.
    Although we have yet to test Skullcandy's full line-up, they offer many models for different uses. While they don't have any audiophile headphones, the variety is still quite good, especially considering their price range.
  • Plasticky build quality.
    Most of the headphones from Skullcandy are pretty affordable. However, this may be due to their somewhat plasticky build quality. It's better than some super cheap brands, but the durability between Skullcandy models is inconsistent compared to other affordable options.
  • Mediocre sound quality.
    They have many models for casual listening, but there's nothing designed with critical listeners in mind. They also tend to focus a lot on delivering a bass-heavy sound, so if you want a more neutral sound, Skullcandy may not be your brand.

Skullcandy vs Anker

Anker and Skullcandy are both well-known in the budget-friendly to mid-price range for their bassy in-ears and over-ears. Anker's product range delivers a wider array of features like multi-device pairing, Hi-Res Audio support, and LDAC. Some of their headphones also have powerful noise cancelling, which rivals higher-end brands, but don't expect the same flashy look or graphic collaborations as Skullcandy.

Skullcandy vs JBL

If you've been looking for affordable headphones, you've probably come across JBL alongside Skullcandy. JBL's lineup offers more choices for fans of neutral sound since they don't usually have the more bass-heavy sound common to Skullcandy headphones. Most have a companion app with a parametric EQ and presets, so they also tend to offer more robust sound customization features. You may still prefer Skullcandy's bass-heavy sound, especially for genres like EDM or hip-hop. Skullcandy also have flashier and more colorful headphones.

Overall, Skullcandy delivers a decent variety of fashion-forward headphones that come in many unique colors to match your taste, style, and preferences. They have sports and gaming headphones at an affordable price, too. Unfortunately, they don't have the best build quality, and their sound isn't the most balanced as they favor a bass-heavy audio reproduction over a neutral one.


Skullcandy has a specific name for each model they release, so it can be unclear how their headphones are categorized. Sometimes, feature-specific variants of that model are available. We consider these variants (and their base model) to constitute a lineup for this brand. This includes the following:

  • Crusher = Wireless over-ears with a bass-heavy sound.
  • Hesh = Wireless over-ears.
  • SLYR = Wireless over-ear gaming headphones with boom mics.
  • PLYR = Wired over-ear gaming headphones with boom mics.
  • Grind = Truly wireless in-ears with unique features like Skull-iQ Smart Feature support and hands-free voice control.
  • Indy = Truly wireless in-ears with a stem design and non-detachable stability fins.
  • Push = Truly wireless in-ears with ear hooks.
  • Sesh = Truly wireless in-ears. They have a simple design and don't have companion app support.

Within these lineups, headphones come in feature-specific variations or colorways. Brand collaborations that impact design tend to be included in the headphones' name, like the Doritos Dime 2 True Wireless Earbuds. Following the lineup name, feature-related variants are denoted by the following:

  • Active = Designed for sports and have better stability.
  • ANC = Supports ANC.
  • Evo = Base model.
  • Fuel = Case supports Qi Wireless charging.
  • Transparency = Transparent design.
  • Ultra = Discontinued line. Tends to have better battery performance, rapid charging, higher IP rating, app compatibility, and Tile support.

In addition, there are also a handful of standalone models available. There may have been additional variants or previous generations of this model available in the past, but now there's only one model currently available from this manufacturer:

  • Dime = Cheap, truly wireless in-ears with a very simple design.
  • Ink'd = Wired in-ears.
  • Mod = Wireless in-ears with many customization features.
  • Riff = Wireless on-ear headphones.
  • Spoke = Discontinued cheap truly wireless in-ears. They don't have any extra features.
  • Venue = Discontinued wireless noise cancelling over-ears that support multi-device pairing, which is uncommon for this manufacturer.

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 05, 2024: This list of recommendations has been checked for accuracy with very minor text edits.

  2. Jan 29, 2024: We've replaced the Skullcandy Smokin' Buds/Buds XT with the Skullcandy Dime 3 True Wireless and made minor text adjustments.

  3. Nov 28, 2023: The Skullcandy Sesh ANC have been discontinued, so we've added the Skullcandy Hesh ANC as our pick for the 'Best Noise Cancelling Skullcandy Headphones'.

  4. Sep 29, 2023: The Skullcandy Venue Wireless are discontinued, so we've replaced them with the Skullcandy Crusher Evo Wireless as the 'Best Over-Ears'. We've added the Skullcandy Sesh ANC True Wireless as the 'Best Noise Cancelling'. The Skullcandy Smokin' Buds/Buds XT True Wireless replace the Skullcandy Dime 2 True Wireless as 'Best Cheap'.

  5. Jul 27, 2023: We've validated the picks on this list and made minor updates to the text to improve its clarity. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.


Skullcandy has expanded its style from flashy colors and prominent logos to now include models with subdued colors and subtle logos. They have a large selection of headphones for casual listening, sports, and gaming but lack a more specific line-up catered toward audiophiles. Unfortunately, they're not always the ideal brand for those seeking a more neutral frequency response since most of their headphones favor a bass-heavy sound profile. Their durability seems inconsistent, with some models benefitting from sturdy designs and others feeling plasticky. On the upside, many of their headphones are relatively affordable.

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