Wireless Bluetooth headphones offer a cable-free listening experience and typically connect to your devices via Bluetooth. Below are our recommendations for the best Bluetooth headphones we have tested so far, both for over-ear and in-ear/earbuds.
Best Wireless Headphones
The best wireless headphones are the Sennheiser PXC 550. They are one of the most versatile headphones we’ve reviewed so far, and they have a comfortable and stable wireless design. These Bluetooth headphones isolate decently well in loud environments with various noise canceling modes for when you need to monitor your surroundings. Their sound profile is highly customizable thanks to the Sennheiser CapTune app giving you access to a full parametric equalizer and numerous other features.
If you need a bit more isolation than the PXC 500 can deliver, then get the Sony MDR-1000X. These wireless Bluetooth headphones don't give you as much control over the active features as the Sennheisers but the noise canceling is far superior. They’re great for regular commuters or frequent flyers, and they’re also a bit better built (but more expensive) than the PXC 550.
Best Mid-Range Wireless Headphones
If you're looking for a well-rounded wireless pair of headphones with a reliable and fast connection, as well as an exciting sound, then the Plantronics Backbeat Pro are a good mid-range option. They have a better and easier-to-use control scheme than the PXC 550 and the MDR-1000X, but they do not isolate as well as some of the headphones on this list.
If you don’t mind wireless in-ear headphones, then the Jaybird X2 are a good recommendation for most listeners. They’re versatile sports headphones that have enough passive isolation to be suitable for commuting and traveling. They’re easy to carry on your person and deliver a decent enough audio reproduction and battery life for everyday casual use
Best Budget Wireless Headphones
If you want the level of customization of the PXC 550 and find over/on-ear headphones too bulky and cumbersome, then get the Level U Pro. They’re more comfortable than the Jaybird X2 thanks to their flexible in-ear tips and deliver a slightly better sound. They’re a well-rounded budget option that will please most casual listeners, but their build quality feels a bit flimsy which may be expected for wireless headphones at their price point.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best wireless headphones to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper headphone wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors and availability (no headphones that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
A few examples of wireless headphones that didn't make the cut:
- Bose QuietComfort 35. Excellent isolation and simple to use design. Comfortable fit but slightly leaky at higher volumes. See our review
- Samsung Level Over Wireless. Customizable sound and good build quality. Mediocre at best isolation. See our review
- Parrot Zik 3.0. Great build quality and design. Good sound and isolation. But below average battery life for an over- headphone. See our review
- Bose SoundLink On-Ear. Good sound and decent overall performance. However, they're slightly pricey for what they have to offer. See our review
- B&W P5 Wireless. Great design and balanced sound. A bit pricey and the on-ear design is not always comfortable.See our review
If you would like to choose for yourself, here is the list of all our reviews for wireless headphones. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones. Personal taste, preference and listening habits will matter more in your selection.