We've currently tested 22 pairs of Skullcandy headphones. They're a fashion-forward brand that has a decent variety of models for casual listening, sports, and gaming.
The best Skullcandy headphones with an over-ear design we've tested are the Skullcandy Venue. These Bluetooth-enabled over-ears feature generously padded ear cups and an easy-to-use control scheme. They clamp the head tight enough to stay in place during light physical activity and deliver audio with amazing levels of consistency. While their bass-heavy sound profile may be overwhelming to some listeners, fans of genres like EDM and hip-hop may enjoy the added thump and rumble. Their ANC feature helps them block out a decent amount of background noise, and even with the system turned on, you should still expect roughly 24 hours of continuous battery life. They support multi-device pairing, which is handy if you want to listen to content from your phone while remaining connected to your computer.
Unfortunately, their integrated microphone makes your voice sound thin, muffled, and lacking in detail. It also struggles with separating speech from ambient noise. Some users with larger ears may also dislike their relatively small ear cups and tight fit. Still, they're a fairly feature-dense option for commuting or office work.
The best Skullcandy wireless headphones we've tested are the Skullcandy Jib. These well-built, truly wireless in-ears only last for a little over six hours off of a single charge, but their portable charging case offers around 2.7 extra charges to help you power up while on the go. Out-of-the-box, they have a bass-heavy sound profile that adds extra thump and punch to your audio, making them well-suited for fans of bass-heavy music like EDM. They have very good noise isolation, and they can passively block out more background noises than other headphones with a dedicated ANC feature like the Skullcandy Indy ANC True Wireless. They also don't leak much noise, so you can crank up the volume on your favorite tunes without really bothering those around you.
Unfortunately, while they're decently comfortable overall, they have a slightly bulky design, and using their controls pushes them a little deeper into your ears. Also, their bass-heavy sound may be overwhelming for listeners who prefer a more neutral sound, and there aren't any options for customizing their sound profile. That said, they're still a pretty versatile pair of in-ears that can appeal to listeners who love bass-heavy music and are among the best Skullcandy earphones we've tested.
The best Skullcandy earbuds at a cheap price that we've tested are the Skullcandy Dime True Wireless. Although these earbuds have a basic, no-frills design, they offer solid overall performance at a lower price point. They have a slightly bass-heavy sound profile that delivers a touch of extra thump and boom to your mixes. However, they're still balanced enough for a variety of different audio genres. They're also well-built, have a stable as well as breathable fit, and are rated IPX4 for water resistance, although we don't currently test for it. Even though they lack active noise cancelling and struggle to block out bus and plane noise passively, they can be a suitable choice in an office setting as they do a very good job of reducing ambient chatter.
Unfortunately, they have a somewhat bulky design, and using the controls can push the buds deeper into your ears, which may be unpleasant for some users. They also lack a companion app and don't have any sound customization features to help you adjust their sound to your liking. Their continuous battery life is quite short at under four hours. Luckily, their carrying case holds roughly 2.5 additional charges, which is handy if you need it.
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 that they release. They offer a wide variety of headphones from on-ears to gaming headsets, as well as 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:
Sep 03, 2021: Checked our picks for accuracy and product availability. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
Jun 07, 2021: Replaced the Skullcandy Jib Wireless with the Skullcandy Dime True Wireless as the Dime offer better value to most users. Also renamed 'Best Skullcandy Headphones' to 'Best Over-Ear Skullcandy Headphones'.
Mar 09, 2021: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability; minor changes to text for accuracy.
Skullcandy makes fashion-forward headphones. They have a pretty big selection of headphones for casual listening, sports, and gaming, but they lack a more specific lineup geared towards critical listening. 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.