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The 4 Best Skullcandy Headphones of 2020
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Best Skullcandy Headphones

We have currently reviewed 10 pairs of Skullcandy headphones. They're a fashion-forward brand that has a decent variety of headphone types for casual listening, sports, and gaming.

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Best Skullcandy Headphones


  1. Best Skullcandy Headphones

    Test Methodology v1.4
    6.8
    Mixed Usage
    6.5
    Neutral Sound
    7.2
    Commute/Travel
    7.2
    Sports/Fitness
    6.9
    Office
    5.0
    Wireless Gaming
    6.6
    Wired Gaming
    5.6
    Phone Calls
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling Yes
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best Skullcandy wireless headphones we've tested so far are the Skullcandy Venue. They're versatile noise cancelling headphones with a fairly comfortable design and easy-to-use controls. They have an exciting sound profile that pumps up the bass without completely drowning out vocals and instruments either, making them suitable for most genres of music. Their active noise cancelling feature isn't the best we've seen, but it helps these headphones isolate more noise than other Skullcandy headphones we've tested. They don't have any power-saving features, so you'll want to remember to turn them off before putting them away for the day, but it shouldn't be a big deal if you happen to forget from time-to-time thanks to their impressive 24-hour battery life.

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  2. Best Budget Skullcandy Headphones

    Test Methodology v1.3.1
    6.6
    Mixed Usage
    7.3
    Neutral Sound
    6.3
    Commute/Travel
    7.1
    Sports/Fitness
    6.3
    Office
    5.4
    Wireless Gaming
    7.1
    Wired Gaming
    6.0
    Phone Call
    Type On-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best budget Skullcandy headphones that we’ve tested so far are the Skullcandy Grind. They’re not always the easiest to find in stock, but they provide excellent value if you can find a pair online. They have a surprisingly comfortable on-ear design, a simple no-nonsense control scheme, and a solid 15-hour battery life. They're less bass-heavy than most Skullcandy headphone we've tested, but they still pack a solid punch, with a surprisingly versatile sound profile overall. They even come with a couple of different cable options, one of which has an in-line mic for better call quality, which is a welcome addition at this price point. Their in-ear design isolates very little noise, so they might not be the best if you have a particularly noisy commute, but for the price, they provide fantastic value overall.

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  3. Best Skullcandy Wireless Earbuds

    Test Methodology v1.4
    6.9
    Mixed Usage
    6.3
    Neutral Sound
    7.5
    Commute/Travel
    8.1
    Sports/Fitness
    6.7
    Office
    5.0
    Wireless Gaming
    4.9
    Wired Gaming
    5.9
    Phone Calls
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best Skullcandy wireless earbuds that we've reviewed so far are the Skullcandy Sesh. They're decent truly wireless in-ears with a solid price-to-performance ratio. They're reasonably comfortable for in-ears and have a good stable fit. Their bass-heavy sound is sure to please fans of EDM or hip-hop, but you might be disappointed if you prefer something a bit more balanced. Their battery life is also disappointing at just over 3.5 hours, with only an additional two charges from their case, which isn't great. The Skullcandy Push Truly Wireless last longer on a single charge, but their case only provides one extra charge, and they're more expensive. For the price, the Sesh are the way to go if you're looking for the best Skullcandy earphones.

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  4. Best Cheap Skullcandy Earbuds

    Test Methodology v1.4
    6.7
    Mixed Usage
    6.7
    Neutral Sound
    7.0
    Commute/Travel
    7.6
    Sports/Fitness
    6.4
    Office
    5.0
    Wireless Gaming
    5.0
    Wired Gaming
    6.6
    Phone Calls
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The Skullcandy Jib are the best cheap Skullcandy earbuds we've tested so far. If you like Skullcandy’s signature thumping bass and want inexpensive Bluetooth earbuds for your daily commute or even to have on hand as a backup pair at the gym, then they're a pretty solid option considering how little they cost. They don’t have the best build quality or battery life, but if you’re looking for something inexpensive you can keep on you at all times, they're the best cheap earbuds we've seen to date.

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Compared to other brands


  • Colorful designs. Skullcandy has some of the most colorful headphones on the market. They typically have various color schemes for each model, including some 2 or 3 toned color variants and camo/military color schemes. If you're looking for fashion-forward headphones to match your outfit, then Skullcandy will most likely have what you need.
  • Good headphone variety. Although we have yet to test Skullcandy's full lineup, they offer a good variety of models for different uses. They lack a lineup for more critical listeners, but the variety is 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 of the super cheap brands but compared to some other affordable models, the Skullcandy headphones do not feel very durable.
  • Mediocre sound quality. They have a lot of models for casual listening, but nothing that targets critical listeners. 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 the brand for you.

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

Lineup

Skullcandy has a specific name for each model that they release. They offer a wide variety of headphones from on-ears to gaming headsets, including some around the neck designs. However, since they don't have a name for their entire lineup, below are just a few examples of their headphones:

  • Crusher = An over-ear and bass-centric lineup that focuses on letting the listener alter the bass level. They also have a wireless variation.
  • Hesh = A compact and hybrid on/over-ear that also has wireless variations.
  • Grind = One of the on-ear models with a decent build quality and a wireless design.
  • Ink'd = An around the neck in-ear that would be suitable for sports and casual listening.

Conclusion

Skullcandy makes fashion-forward headphones. They have a pretty big selection of headphones for casual listening, sports, and gaming, but they don’t have a dedicated lineup for more critical listeners. Unfortunately, they're not the ideal brand for those seeking a more neutral frequency response since most of their headphones favor a bass-heavy sound profile. They're also not as sturdy or as durable as some other headphones in their price range, but on the upside, their models are relatively affordable.

Recent Updates

02/12/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.

11/14/2019: Replaced Skullcandy Push with Skullcandy Sesh.

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