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Wireless headphones offer freedom from the cables that tether you to your audio devices. They're portable, deliver high-quality sound, and oftentimes include smart features to enhance your listening experience. 

And now that most premium smartphones have ditched the headphone jack, the demand for wireless headphones is growing at an exponential rate. We tested dozens of models to recommend the best wireless headphones you can buy. 

In our wireless headphone reviews we rate them based on several key criteria. We look at design and especially comfort, because you should be able to wear wireless headphones for at least a few hours without realizing you have them on. 

We also evaluate wireless headphones based on audio quality using multiple genres of music; the best wireless headphones deliver clear sound but also a fair amount of bass. Other factors include the controls and ease of use, battery life and noise cancelling performance (if offered). 

Last but not least, we look at value to determine how much bang for the buck wireless headphones offer users.

Here are the best wireless headphones you can buy now.

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Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

Specifications

Size and Weight: 8 x 6.5 x 2 inches, 8.8 ounces
Battery Life (Rated): 20 hours (NC on)
Bluetooth Range: 30 feet (10 meters)
Digital Assistant Support: Yes

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Best wireless headphones overall

These aren't your daddy's Bose. The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 has raised the bar for active noise-canceling headphones. The headphones effectively silence outside noise while simultaneously allowing you to clearly be heard, whether you're talking to someone on the phone or cueing up a digital assistant. The 700s don't skimp on audio quality either, offering clean, balanced sound with some impressive, intuitive tech flourishes.

The adjustable noise cancellation keeps things quiet without adding distortion to your music, and the Full Transparency mode is similarly impressive. Add it all up, and it's easy to see why the Bose 700 is our best wireless headphones overall.

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Apple AirPods Pro

Specifications

Size and Weight: 2.4 x 1.7 x 0.9 inches, 8.8 ounces
Battery Life (Rated): 4.5 hours (NC on)
Bluetooth Range: 30 feet (10 meters)
Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Reasons to buy

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The best wireless earbuds yet

Hands? That's so passé. Thanks to Apple's H1 chip, the AirPods Pro is packing even more hands-free Siri integration. Plus, you get the near-instant pairing and stable connections we've come to expect from an Apple audio product. 

With the new Force Sensors embedded in the redesigned stems, you may never need to touch your smartphone ever again. 

Jabra Elite Active 65t

Jabra Elite Active 65t

Jabra Elite Active 65t

Specifications

Size and Weight: 1.2. x 1.1 x 0.9 x inches,0.2 ounces
Battery Life (Rated): 5 hours, 15 hours (with charging case)
Bluetooth Range: 33 feet (10 meters)
Digital Assistant Support: Yes

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The best wireless earbuds

If you're looking for a pair of truly wireless earbuds that offer the right balance of personalized comfort and sound, place the Jabra Elite Active 65t at the top of your list. These buds made it on our best wireless headphones list because they are sleek and unassuming, deliver impressive sound, and last up to 5 hours on a charge. 

Thanks to Bluetooth 5.0 technology, the Active 65t consume less power so that you get longer battery life, can pair with two separate devices simultaneously and have a signal range of up to 800 feet. While the Elite Active 65t is designed for fitness use, it's also a great everyday pair for enjoying music and taking calls on the go, much like the standard Elite 65t.
 

Apple AirPods

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Apple AirPods 2

Specifications

Size: 1.6 x 0.7 x 0.7 inches
Weight: 0.14 ounces
Battery Life (Rated): 5 hours;13 hours (with charging case)
Bluetooth range: 30 feet (10 meters)
Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Superb wireless earbuds for Apple fans

Faster, smarter, longer-lasting, the AirPods 2 are still at the top of the heap for iPhone owners looking for the best wireless headphones. Apple has given people what they want with wireless charging and a hands-free approach to Siri. 

The fact that the buds offer longer talk time and faster pairing is the icing on the cake, especially since the old AirPods' pairing was near-instantaneous. For iOS fans, these are the best wireless earbuds you can buy.

Sony WF-1000xM3

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Sony WF-1000XM3 Earbuds

Specifications

Size and Weight: 5.6 x 4.7 x 2.5 inches, 0.3 ounces
Battery Life (Rated): 6 hours (NC on), 8 hours (NC off)
Bluetooth Range: 30 feet (10 meters)
Digital Assistant Support: Yes

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Great active noise cancelling in a compact design

The Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds successfully combine stellar sonics with impressive noise cancellation. A plethora of features and solid battery life also elevate its status among the elite to land on our list of best wireless headphones. 

Deep, rich bass and tonal balance give the buds an edge over the competition. And with an estimated 6 hours of battery life (ANC on), you'll have a lot of time to enjoy your music, movies or podcasts.

Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones

Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones

Sony WH-1000XM3

Specifications

Size and Weight: 10.4 x 7.3 x 2.9 inches, 9 ounces
Battery Life (Rated): 30 hours (NC on), 38 hours (NC off)
Bluetooth Range: 30 feet (10 meters)
Digital Assistant Support: Yes

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Great battery life for long trips

Sony definitely upped its game with the WH-1000XM3. The improvements in audio fidelity alone place these wireless headphones nearly on a par with the Bose 700. They deliver a powerful low-end punch suited for their target demographic, bass lovers, and grant listeners a suite of sound-optimizing options accessible through the Connect app. 

Most music genres are well-represented, with live recordings shining in Ambient mode. The WH-1000XM3 also supports five codecs for music playback — aptX, aptX HD, AAC, LDAC, and SBC — each engineered to maximize sound quality over Bluetooth. 

Bose QuietComfort 35 II

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Bose QuietComfort 35 II

Specifications

Size and Weight: 7.1 x 6.7 x 3.2 inches, 8.2 ounces
Battery Life (Rated): 20 hours (NC on), 40 hours (NC off)
Bluetooth Range: 33 feet (10 meters)
Digital Assistant Support: Yes

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Great active noise cancelling headphones for less

These wireless headphones combine Bose's best-in-class active-noise-cancellation technology with Google Assistant for a more affordable price than the Bose 700. The Bose QuietComfort 35 II feature a liberating and comfy wireless design and a dedicated button to summon Google's AI, without skimping on the powerful active-noise-canceling technology. 

The volume-optimized EQ feature makes your tunes sound great even when you crank your phone to 11, and with the 20 hours of battery life, you'll have plenty of juice for a couple of cross-country flights.
 

Powerbeats Pro

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Powerbeats Pro

Specifications

Size and Weight: 1.1 x 1 x 0.9 inches, 0.7 ounces
Battery Life (Rated): 9 hours; 24 hours (with charging case)
Bluetooth range: 33 feet (10 meters)
Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Top sports wireless earbuds with long battery life

The Powerbeats Pro combines water- and sweat resistance, a low-profile design and signature Apple-y integration, making them a no-brainer for workout buffs with iPhones. In addition, they offer well-balanced audio and a secure, comfortable fit. 

The best part? 9 hours of battery life, which is 4 hours longer than the AirPods. Just keep in mind that these earbuds are bigger than the AirPods.

Bowers & Wilkins PX Headphones

Bowers & Wilkins PX Headphones

Bowers & Wilkens PX

Specifications

Size and Weight: 7.98 x 6.89 x 2.95 inches, 11.82 ounces
Battery Life (Rated): 22 hours (NC on), 29 hours (NC off)
Bluetooth Range: 33 feet (10 meters)
Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Reasons to buy

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A luxury look meets high-end sound

You get what you pay for. And in the case of the Bowers & Wilkins PX wireless headphones, you're paying for quality. They're pricey, but these headphones offer a gorgeous, sturdy design with great audio quality, solid active-noise-canceling technology, and long battery life. 

When the headphones are paired with the free app, listeners have the ability to tweak what they hear and how much, so they can control how much of the outside world gets in. 
 

JLab JBuds Air (Credit: JLab)

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JLab JBuds Air Wireless Earphones

Specifications

Size and Weight: 1.8 x 3 x 1.6 inches, 0.13 ounces
Battery Life (Rated): 4 hours, 14 hours (with charging case)
Bluetooth Range: 30 feet (10 meters)
Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Reasons to buy

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The best cheap wireless earbuds

For the price, JLab JBuds Air headphones supersede expectations due to their powerful bass response and IP55 durability, which provides water-resistant protection. 

The buds are an ideal investment for exercisers who want energetic sound and sturdy aesthetics, as well as for budget shoppers who want an AirPods alternative for less. The carry case is portable as well and won't weigh down your pockets.
 

Beyerdynamic Aventho Wireless Headphones

Beyerdynamic Aventho Wireless Headphones

Beyerdynamic Aventho Wireless Headphones

Specifications

Size and Weight: 6.1 x 7 x 2.75 inches, 9.6 ounces
Battery Life (Rated): 30 hours
Bluetooth Range: 32 feet (10 meters)
Digital Assistant Support: No

Reasons to buy

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Personalized sound makes a big difference

The Beyerdynamic Aventho wireless headphones deliver warm, rich audio while keeping the volume at safe levels. Thanks to the companion app, the headphones can adjust the sound profile based on your age or provide an in-depth hearing test for a more personalized listening experience. Outfitted with capacitive touch controls, the cans provide smooth command inputs and last 30 hours on a charge.

Sennheiser Momentum Free

Sennheiser Momentum Free

Sennheiser Momentum Free

Specifications

Size and Weight: TBD (Could not find online), 1.4 ounces
Battery Life (Rated): 6 hours
Bluetooth Range: 30 feet (10 meters)
Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Surprisingly good sound for earbuds

The Sennheiser Momentum Free features a well-balanced soundstage, highlighted by amazing clarity and responsive bass. Using the Sennheiser CapTune app creates an opening to fine-tune the sound profile to one's liking, though the default profile is engineered to reproduce all frequencies equally. 

The earphones also do a surprisingly good job of stabilizing connections, ensuring little-to-no dropout when you're standing several feet away from an audio source.
 

Sherri L. Smith has been cranking out product reviews for Laptopmag.com since 2011. In that time, she's reviewed more than her share of laptops, tablets, smartphones and everything in between. The resident gamer and audio junkie, Sherri was previously a managing editor for Black Web 2.0 and contributed to BET.Com and Popgadget.