Best Wireless (Bluetooth) Headphones and Earbuds
Wireless headphones free you from the cords that tether you to your music. And now that smartphones such as the iPhone 7 lack standard headphone jacks, they're more useful than ever. But with a plethora of wireless headphones available, which are worth a spot on your ears? We tested the most popular and well-known wireless headphones to find the ones that are best for you.
What to Look For
Aside from audio quality, the most important thing to look for in a pair of wireless headphones is battery life. Most devices have an expected battery life, or the number of hours the company says the device can last on a charge. Most wireless earbuds are rated for 6 to 8 hours, while wireless headphones can last about 25 hours.
It's especially important to think about how you'll be using these headphones, so you can decide how much battery life you'll need. Will you be using them primarily for hour-long workouts? Will you need them for your commute to and from work? Do you need them to last during a long flight? These are the questions to ask yourself.
Another important factor is design — depending on how you like to wear them, you may want to go with on-ear, over-ear or in-ear wireless headphones.
And now that more streaming music services are offering high-resolution resolution audio, be sure to read our audio codec FAQ for everything you need to know about FLAC files, MP3s and everything in between.
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