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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  • Sammy_2
    What about Jaybird X2?
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  • Eric_31
    So essentially this article can be summed up with "all the headphones listed have great noise cancelling and great sound." I would have appreciated at least a bit of effort in comparison. The only point of comparison is the price and the seemingly arbitrary and unexplained rating. This article was absolutely no help at all.
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  • LizzyHarris
    Great, thanks! :)
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  • Peter_133
    How bout Audio Technical MTH 50X or Sennheiser 598SE or Jaybird X1 or X2 or Grado SR 60E and maybe NoiseHush nx80 for $12.00 on Amazon.com. I know music is subjective but the equipment listed here is mostly crap.
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  • neuronet
    Eric I agree this seems to have none of the usual standards they would use to evaluate, say, a motherboard.
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  • neuronet
    Peter also great points they mostly included mainstream brands that the audiophiles would agree are not very high quality. For instance, Sennheiser is sort of a "go to" brand for people that really want great sound. They really need to do a much more thorough product test. This is sort of like doing an evaluation of laptops and only including Dell and Lenovo.
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  • Royharper
    Great article, I'm surprised to not see the JBL Everest Elite 700 on here. I saw a review on Audio46 where they compared it to The QC 35 and said the Everest was better. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yn18BkBnZ5U When I a&b tested the two I felt the same way that they did, and was actually underwhelmed by the sound quality on the QC35. While it has great noise cancelling It didn't sound as good as I would expect.
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  • Geoff_11
    looks to me like maybe this review was done on paper without actually testing all the products? Otherwise, you'd know that that the SMS biosport is no longer supported by any apps (i.e. the HR monitor is useless because you can't get anything to read it). This has been the case for about 6 months!
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  • hydrangea
    The Sentey earbuds are no longer available. Do you have a new suggestion?
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  • jumavictor49
    great article, but terming this list as the 'best headphones' I would disagree. Can you please update the list and also feature planar magnetic headphones, they are one of the best technology headphones in the market.
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