The 14 Best Wireless Headphones to Buy in 2019

Taking your music on the go just got easier with these top wireless headphones

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The Rundown

Our Top Picks

Most Popular: Apple Airpods

Apple Airpods
 Courtesy of Apple
4.7

It’s hard to find a better pair of truly wireless earbuds for iOS and other Apple devices than Apple’s own AirPods. Yes, they’re a bit pricey (though alternatives like Bose’s SoundSport Free cost even more), they’re not super high-end on audio quality, and they only work fully with Apple’s own W1-chip devices, but the easy pairing feature alone is worth the price of admission. They last a long time, too, with a five-hour per headphone charge, which extends to more than 24 hours of listening time — or 11 hours of talk time — thanks to the clever little charging case. This dental floss-sized pack holds your AirPods in it with a satisfying magnetic click, and can be charged with the same Lightning cable you use to charge your iPhone.

Pairing with a W1 chip-enabled device like your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch is a breeze and will truly spoil you for any other way of doing things. Using them is great, too. A quick tap on the right earbud will start and stop music and answer phone calls and taking one AirPod out of your ear will pause whatever audio source you were listening to. It resumes right away when you replace the earbud. While some users report not liking the fit or overall look of AirPods, the lightweight design, super portable form, and perfectly acceptable sound quality make these a perfect choice for anyone using an iOS device.  

Best Overall: Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) Wireless Headphones

4.8

While the QC35 headphones were a top contender for our favorite noise-canceling headphones, they ultimately won us over for their extreme comfort. Starring large, oval ear cups and a headband that are both plumped with padding, even extended listening sessions feel comfortable. As far as noise-canceling goes, Bose is the gold standard. The QC35 has built microphones inside and outside the ear cups to sense unwanted noise and, using its new digital equalizing system, will balance sound accordingly.

This wireless pair has a battery life rated at an impressive 20 hours, but Bose has moved away from AAAs to a rechargeable battery mechanism, which makes it impossible to swap in new, standard batteries should yours die in the middle of your listening session. Thankfully, the QC35 can be used with a wire, so it’s easy to just plug in and continue listening. It’s worth noting that the sound quality is also slightly better when using it as a wired headphone, but it’s still top of its class when it comes to wireless Bluetooth sound.

Interested in reading more reviews? Take a look at our selection of the best Bose headphones

Best In-Ear: Jabra Elite 65t

4.3

Apple might have the majority of the public's attention when it comes to in-ear wireless headphones, but Jabra’s Elite 65t might just edge them out when it comes to performance. They’re truly wireless — no wires to tangle or drape across your neck — which makes them attractive to those who want an AirPod-style experience without the price tag. In addition, the Jabra Elite 65t has the added advantage of noise cancellation circuitry and a custom fit system. This makes them even more attractive to those who are looking for a better sound and fit.

The Jabra Elite 65ts are sweatproof and dustproof, as well, making them a perfect set of earbuds to take with you when exercising, and they come with different sized ear covers to get them to stay in many different sized ears. Jabra’s HearThrough mode gives you an adjustable slider to let some ambient noise through when you’re out and about, which is essential for safety. Jabra’s Elite 65t has another advantage over Apple’s offering: you can connect these to more than just iOS devices (including Android and your Mac or PC), though the iOS connection is a standard Bluetooth one, not the AirPod’s fancy quick connect. Still, with the extra fit and size customization — not to mention the adjustable noise cancellation — Jabra has the better feature set here. 

Best Noise Canceling: Sony WH1000XM3 Noise Cancelling Headphones

4.3

Honestly, we were hard-pressed to find just one category to fit the Sony WH1000XM3, but ultimately decided on Best Battery. These headphones deliver 30 hours of playback on a single charge, which is currently the longest battery life offered. You can certainly find other products that promise 30 hours, but the trade-off is that these batteries typically require several hours to recharge. Not so with the Sony wireless headphones, which offer quick-charging capabilities: even a ten-minute charge can provide up to five hours of use.

The Sony WH1000XM3 was also in the running for Best Noise Canceling, Best Sound Quality, and Best for Travel/Best Design. In addition to its battery power, the Sony WH1000XM3 boasts superior sound, effective noise-cancellation, and an ergonomic design that fits securely and comfortably, for all-day wear. The over-ear speakers contain 40mm Hi-Res Audio drivers that are capable of reproducing a frequency range of up to 40kHz. They also feature 32bit audio signal processing and a low signal-to-noise ratio, which translates into exceptional sound quality.

Finally, we have to briefly touch on design. Sony has upgraded the WH1000XM3 headphones to accommodate long-term use. The ear cups are secure yet lightweight and the headband is much slimmer, reducing the overall bulk and alleviating pressure on the ears.

Best for Exercise: Jaybird X4

4

If you’re in the market for wireless headphones that can withstand your toughest workouts — while staying in your ear the whole time — you won’t find anything better than the Jaybird X4.

With significant updates from Jaybird’s previous X3 model, the X4 is built for heavy exercise. The earbuds are IXP7 waterproof and sweatproof, so they’ll have no problem dealing with a sweaty workout or inclement weather. (But it's important to note that they’re not meant for swimming.) These earbuds give you eight hours of listening per charge with a convenient fast-charging feature: If you plug them in for just 10 minutes, you can get an hour of playback time.

You also don’t have to worry about the X4 earbuds falling out of your ears. The earbuds have several ways to customize fit, including different-sized silicone and foam tips and fins along with a “Speed Cinch” that lets you tighten or loosen the cable hanging around your neck. You also have the option to drape the cable either under or over your ear, depending on your preference.

For sound buffs, the free Jaybird app lets you customize the EQ of your audio, producing a sound profile based on what you like to listen to. With the added waterproofing and improved fit customization, the X4 is one of the best exercise earbuds you can get.

Check out our other reviews of the best exercise headphones on the market today. 

Best Sound Quality: B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 Wireless Headphones

4.6

Perhaps the most important feature for any audiophile on the market for wireless headphones is sound quality and these Bang & Olufsen headphones don’t disappoint. They house 40mm electro-dynamic drivers that produce a deeply rich and balanced sound with high clarity and crisp mids. They have an option to be used as wired headphones, but when used over Bluetooth, we’re pleased to say the sound quality holds up. The battery life impresses, too, promising a respectable 19 hours of playtime per charge.

Bang & Olufsen is renowned for its design details and the H4 certainly upholds the reputation. Sleek yet sturdy, they are made of metal with lambskin leather on the headband and feature memory foam earpads. While they don’t have active noise cancellation, you’ll find they block out sound very effectively anyway.

Take a peek at some of the other best Bang & Olufsen headphones you can buy.

Best Durability: Jabra MOVE Wireless

Jabra MOVE Wireless
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4.9

Jabra MOVE Wireless on-ear headphones are the best all-round option on the wireless headphone market. They only weigh about a pound and are a relatively low cost option yet deliver excellent sound in a thoughtful, energetic design. The headphones (particularly the red and cobalt designs) stand out from the crowd and the look is both bold and minimalist.

The lightweight stainless steel headband is adjustable for comfort and is covered in a dirt-resistant fabric for durability. Earcups are matt-textured plastic and you’ll find a power switch that doubles as the Bluetooth discovery switch on the right earcup. On the left earcup, there is a 3.5” input, so should your battery run dry you can plug in to your device with a standard connector. You’ll also find a multifunction button that allows you to play and pause your audio from the headset. You can expect up to eight hours of constant usage and 12 days of standby time.

Another reason we choose the Jabra MOVE Wireless as our top pick is the sound performance – it’s crisp and balanced. Across bass, mids and highs, the earcup speakers perform their job admirably, and the MOVE headphones’ sound is right up there with the best wireless ones despite their relatively low price. It has a 29 Ohm speaker impedance and a speaker max input power of 80mW. Depending on your use case, you might find their lack of noise insulation annoying, and constant use can tend to wear down the leather earpads, but at this price point Jabra MOVE Wireless headphones are hard to beat.

Best Budget: Creative Sound Blaster Jam

Creative Sound Blaster Jam
Courtesy of Amazon.com
4.4

A pair of Bluetooth headphones under $50 that actually sound good? Yes, it's possible. The Creative Sound Blaster Jam headphones come from the company better known for making computer sound cards, but they’re punching way above their weight here.

Considering the price, there are some concessions here (the build quality is noticeably cheaper and the headphones don’t fold for travel). Earcup padding is minimal, but does the job – if you’re used to thick pads then you’ll need to look elsewhere, and the look is a little '90s (but don't trends come back every 20 years?). However, Creative Sound Blaster Jam headphones are nice and light – just 8.8 oz.

Both Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC are supported, and you’ll get a range of around 30 feet, which is pretty standard for wireless Bluetooth headphones. You’ll get up to 12 hours of use between charges, thanks to the 3.7 V 200mAh lithium ion battery inside, and it can be charged through a USB cable (a one-meter cable is provided). There’s no 3.5” input at all, so you’ll need to ensure to keep your battery charged.

Sound quality is pretty good, and is powered by 32 mm NeoDymium drivers. The bass is helped immensely when you engage the bass boost switch and mids are nice, although there will be some muddying if you push the volume up. At the high-end, the treble is crisp.

Although these headphones don’t excel in any one area, they get a passing grade for everything, and at such a low price for wireless Bluetooth headphones, they’re an extremely good value.

Check out our other reviews of the best budget headphones on the market today. 

Runner-Up, Best Noise Canceling: Microsoft Surface Headphones

3.7

The new Surface Headphones fold in amazing noise-canceling tech with some interesting and unique features. One of the earcups is actually a twistable controller — most likely modeled after the Surface Dial accessory that accompanies the Surface Studio — that lets you adjust the amount of ambient noise you can hear. If you want to focus and block out all distractions, you can turn it all the way up and block out all external sound. And if you're in public and need to be aware of your surroundings, then you can let in more ambient noise.

The construction is similar to the rest of the Surface line: sleek, sturdy, and lightweight (in this case, only 0.64 pounds). The memory-foam-style ear cups seem pretty comfortable, and the sound quality should serve most users — it delivers decibel levels up to 112 dB and a frequency spectrum covering the entire human hearing range from 20Hz to 20kHz. It’s designed to pair well with Surface products and integrates nicely with Microsoft Cortana, but you can use these with most smart assistants like Siri and Google Assitant, too.

The Surface headphones can connect via Bluetooth or with the included aux cable (if your batteries run out). They have a pretty premium price tag, but the features could be worth it for some users.

Check out our other reviews of the best noise-canceling headphones on the market today. 

Best for Android: Bose SoundSport Free

You can’t really talk about truly wireless earbuds without mentioning Apple’s AirPods, for sure, but they aren’t the only option in town. That’s a good thing, too, as most major mobile phone makers have dumped the headphone jack as well. Luckily, there’s a solid option for Android users (AirPods don’t work with non-Apple devices) in the form of Bose’s SoundSport Free earbuds.

Bose knows how to make headphones sound great, and the SoundSport Free is no exception. They’ve got a fantastic, comfortable fit and they’re sweat-resistant for all the workout activities you’re going to want to do while wearing them. The little plastic fins that stick up on each earbud are great ways to keep the SoundSport devices in your ears, especially since they are a bit bulkier than Apple’s sleek white AirPods. Thankfully, you’ll be able to locate them if they do get lost using the Bose Connect app to “Find My Buds.” The app also makes pairing a bit easier than standard ways of connecting Bluetooth devices, and Bose’s SoundSport Free has volume, pause, and skip controls right on the earbuds themselves. Many customers say that sound quality is even better than AirPods, which makes them a perfect rival and a worthwhile buy.

Best for Gaming: SteelSeries Arctis 7 (2019 Edition)

SteelSeries has a long history of making solid, quality peripherals for the demands of professional video gamers. Their headphones are just as quality, making the Arctis 7 headset a great choice for a wide variety of gamers, pro and otherwise. They’re super comfortable, with a suspension-style headband that never puts too much pressure on the top of your skull, and soft, pillowy, breathable over-the-ear cups that let you keep them on for those long Fortnite sessions. Better yet, the Arctis 7 has a 24-hour battery life, so you can charge while you sleep and never worry about them running out of battery while you’re playing.

The Arctis 7's design also features a retractable microphone perfect for in-game chatting (you can easily tuck it away when you're just listening to music or watching videos). The headphones connect wirelessly to PC, Mac, PS4 and VR devices, and can be wired to work with Xbox One and Switch consoles, too. If you use them with your PC, you’ll be able to adjust the surround sound options from there as well. The 2019 edition features 360-degree surround sound and S1 drivers that offer high-end, distortion-free audio so you can better hear your enemies approaching. The Arctis 7 will please anyone who plays a wide variety of games across console and PC. 

Best for Kids: Puro Sound Labs BT2200

Choosing a pair of headphones for your kids might seem easy, but making sure they come with some volume limits is super important. While you can easily find a cheap pair of cute headphones that look like farm animals or cartoon characters, these Puro Sound Labs BT2200 headphones for kids will make sure your child’s hearing is protected. Pediatric audiologists recommend over-the-ear headphones that don’t exceed 85 decibels of sound. Puro’s BT2200 headphones do exactly that, offering a comfortable fit for most children, prioritizing volume reduction and comfort. Sure, they’re a bit more expensive than cheaper solutions, but they’re exceedingly durable and will take heavy usage from your kids. Not only do they keep your child’s eardrums safe, but they sound pretty great too with a solid bass response and clear highs and non-muddy midrange frequencies. The Puro headphones don’t offer any active noise cancellation, but there is a bit of passive help from the soft ear cups. For less than $100, you can be sure that your kids are able to rock out without damaging their hearing. 

Best for TV: Sennheiser RS 185

If you’re looking to watch a blockbuster or play a video game at high volume without disturbing others (like roommates or parents), you're going to need a really good pair of wireless headphones. These Sennheiser RS 185s offer low-latency, high-reliability connection to the set-top box that you’ll connect to your television and headphones. Low latency means you won’t notice any lag between what you see on TV and what you hear in your headphones, while a reliable connection will make sure you’re not taken out of the immersive entertainment by static or sound stutters.

The Sennheiser RS 185s are made specifically for home theater fans, and they use radio frequencies instead of Bluetooth to give you better range, super low latency, and uncompressed sound. They’ll only work with the included transmitter, though, so don’t plan on using them for any other purpose. Sennheiser makes them open-backed, which ensures a comfortable fit to go along with the great sound, but they can leak audio, which might disturb anyone too close to you while you’re using them. Still, the RS 185s deliver high-quality audio up to 100 feet from the transmitter and get up to 18 hours of battery life on one charge.

Best Design/Best for Travel: Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones

Everyone likes to pick on Beats headphones, most notably after their Apple acquisition. Still, the Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones can’t be beat for price, sound, noise cancellation, or portability. While some reviewers note that the headphones don’t fold flat like other models, they do fold up into a little football-sized shape to fit into the included hard case, an attractive option to slip into a carry-on bag. They pair with Apple devices with ease thanks to the W1 chip, but can also be used as wireless headphones with any other Bluetooth-capable smartphones or other gadgets. You can take phone calls easily and reviewers say that the sound quality is great for video conferencing as well.

The latest Beats Studio3 model has upped the noise cancellation game, offering more auto-adjustments thanks to the addition of in-ear microphones to monitor the changes in sound if you wear glasses or have a lot of hair. While there are more expensive models out there with perhaps better sound or noise cancellation, the attractive price of the Beats keeps them atop our list.

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How We Tested

We bought and tested nine of the top-rated wireless headphones on the market. Our reviewers spent over 300 hours using them during their daily commutes, working out, relaxing at home, and more. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using these headphones, from their design to their battery life. We’ve outlined the key takeaways here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in Wireless Headphones

Design - The design of wireless headphones differs drastically. You can choose among bulkier over-the-ear headphones, sleeker neckband-style earphones, or true wireless earphones that have no wires whatsoever. Over-the-ear models undoubtedly deliver the best sound and eliminate surrounding noises, but a wireless pair that sit in your ear canal can be more convenient for exercising — not to mention safer by letting in some ambient noise.

Sound quality - If sound quality is your number one priority, you should take note of the internal drivers. The driver’s diameter is measured in millimeters and it’s generally thought that the larger the driver, the louder the sound it’s capable of producing. However, that’s not necessarily true, as the sound also depends on how far the drivers sit from your eardrum with any given design. Generally, earphone drivers measure between 8mm and 15mm, while headphone drivers fall between 20mm and 50mm.

Battery life - The downside of wireless headphones is that they have a limited battery life. While a good pair will last you up to 30 hours on a single charge, it can be inconvenient when you’re left powerless. To be safe, spring for a pair that has a wired option, so if you’re caught on a long flight, you can just plug the cord in via the 3.5mm jack to continue listening.

Test Results: Apple Airpods (Most Popular)

Apple Airpods
 Courtesy of Apple
4.7

What We Like

  • Great battery life

  • Easy to use

  • Comfortable fit

What We Don't Like

  • Very little customization

  • Only average sound quality

Apple Airpods
Airpods
Apple
Apple Airpods headphones
Apple Airpods case

“If you're an Apple user that loves convenience and doesn't want to think about pairing and unpairing earbuds,” then the Airpods are a great purchase, according to one of our testers. Our reviewers also loved the fit and comfort, the long battery life (five hours of listening), and the fast charge time — “You can get a full charge in approximately 15 minutes,” one of our testers noted. However, if you’re after exceptional sound, you might want to look elsewhere, cautioned one of our reviewers, who called the quality “expectedly less than the competitors.” One of our testers also wished for a more custom app experience, instead of the basic controls within iOS. Bottom line: “The seamless integration and the ease of connection is most of the reason you'd buy this,” one of our reviewers explained.

Test Results: Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) Wireless Headphones (Best Overall)

4.8

What We Like

  • Extremely comfortable

  • Amazing audio quality

  • Great noise-cancelation

  • Come with a carrying case

What We Don't Like

  • Not as stylish as some other models

  • Short charging cable

One of our testers thought these headphones were so essential that she said she wouldn’t travel without them ever again. The only real issue our reviewers had? Style. One person said, “I wish there was a way to make them less garish-looking. They're a bit bulky and you certainly don't look ‘cool’ while wearing them.” However, she still wears them daily because of the superior sound and the comfort — which speaks to their quality. One of our reviewers also noted that the charging cable is only 10 inches, which makes it tough to charge the headphones and wear them at the same time.

Test Results: Jabra Elite 65t (Best In-Ear)

4.3

What We Like

  • Very durable

  • Great sound

  • Clear phone calls

What We Don't Like

  • Finicky fit

  • Short battery life

Our testers recommended these headphones for their “ruggedness” and “standout” sound. “With an IP55 rating (offering solid dust and water resistance), these will withstand workouts and outdoor adventures longer than much of the competition,” raved one of our reviewers. Our testers also found they work great for phone calls. On the other hand, while noting it’s a matter of preference, one of our reviewers wasn’t thrilled with the fit. He explained, “Once you've rotated the buds and found the right seal, it can be a bit of an uncomfortable pressure on the ear.” Our testers also wished for a more extensive battery life — “You only get an additional 10 hours from the battery case,” one of our reviewers said. Overall? “The sound quality, connectivity, and premium build make these a satisfying purchase, even for the high price tag,” one of our testers declared.

Test Results: Sony WH-1000XM3 (Best Noise Canceling)

4.3

What We Like

  • Sleek design

  • Amazing sound quality

  • Impressive noise cancellation

What We Don't Like

  • Unintuitive touch controls

  • Expensive

“You can't get a more perfect set of Bluetooth headphones, with amazing sound quality and great noise cancellation,” one of our testers raved. In terms of sound, they have “a great, smooth response, impeccable detail, and ample bass without being cumbersome,” according to one of our reviewers. The biggest highlight for our testers? “The noise-canceling on these headphones is sort of astounding, almost to the point of being disconcerting,” one of our reviewers observed. Our testers couldn’t come up with too many negatives, although one said, “The touch controls on these headphones are a bit wonky and difficult to get used.” And while one of our reviewers noted the high price tag, he also thought it would be difficult to have any buyer’s remorse with this product.

Test Results: Jaybird X4 (Best for Exercise)

4

What We Like

  • Premium design

  • Cool color options

  • Super functional accompanying app

What We Don't Like

  • Extremely snug fit

  • Can’t charge via USB

Jaybird X4
Jaybird
Jaybird X4 headphones
Jaybird X4 case
Jaybird earbuds

If you’re looking for wireless headphones to wear while working out, our testers highly recommended the Jaybird X4. “The cool color options, the understated earbud design, and the substantial rubber casing are all great for athletes and runners,” reported one of our reviewers. Another standout feature of these headphones, according to our testers, is the accompanying app: “It has really intuitive EQ controls and presets, ‘find my earbuds’ functionality, and even how-to guides,” one of our reviewers raved. In terms of downsides, one of our testers commented, “These fit so snugly it's uncomfortable and affects the sound quality.” One of our reviewers also didn’t like the proprietary charging port, which cuts down on their versatility. However, one of our testers felt strongly that “runners will love the build quality, bass response, and snug fit.”

Test Results: B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 Wireless Headphones (Best Sound Quality)

4.6

What We Like

  • Very comfortable

  • Good sound quality

  • Battery life is reliable

What We Don't Like

  • Bluetooth disconnects after inactivity

  • Not enough bass

  • No carrying case

We’re happy to report that the sound quality of these headphones is stellar — even when used wirelessly over Bluetooth. Another big draw was comfort. One of our testers raved, “These are easily the most comfortable headphones I've ever owned and I wear them for long periods of time every day.” One reviewer had trouble finding an indicator for battery life, but was happy with the battery itself, using it daily for over a week without needing a charge.

Test Results: Jabra MOVE Wireless (Best Durability)

4.9

What We Like

  • Sturdy but compact

  • Good sound quality

  • Reliable Bluetooth connection

  • Great battery life

What We Don't Like

  • Doesn’t block a lot of external noise

One of our reviewers told us that this pair seemed “sturdier and smaller” than other wireless headphones he had tried before, and that he felt comfortable throwing them in his bag on the way to work without worrying they would break. One of our testers also found that he didn’t have to charge them very often at all. He noted, “I used them to commute an hour each way for three days in a row without charging.” Our testers also pointed out how good the bass sounded, even at lower volumes.

Test Results: Creative Sound Blaster Jam (Best Budget)

4.4

What We Like

  • Very light

  • Good sound quality

  • Long battery life

What We Don't Like

  • Don’t feel sturdy

When using these headphones, one of our testers seemed to get even better battery use than promised. He said, “I can use it two full days of eight-hour listening before charging.” Overall, our reviewers were happy with the sound quality you get for the price. “These are definitely better than most of the budget headphones I've used in terms of sound quality,” one tester wrote.

Test Results: Microsoft Surface Headphones (Runner-Up, Best Noise Canceling)

3.7

What We Like

  • Great physical controls

  • Simple design

  • High-quality build

What We Don't Like

  • Sound quality is lacking

  • Poor battery life

Compared with other headphones, “the Surface Headphones offer the most unique take on physical controls, allowing you to customize the noise canceling and volume at the twist of an ear cup dial,” according to one of our reviewers. One of our testers commented, “With perfectly circular ear cups, and an interesting offset headband, the design on these is refreshingly simple and sleek.” On the flip side, our reviewers weren’t blown away by the sound, with one testers saying it “isn't really befitting of the price point, with a lackluster bass response and some uninspiring detail.” Our reviewers said the battery life didn’t measure up to other models, either. The takeaway: “These headphones shine when paired with other Surface devices, and that fact can make up for some of the sound quality shortcomings,” explained one of our testers.