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Ultimate Buyer’s Guide: Best wireless bluetooth headphones

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The future is now! Remember when we had to suffer with getting our headphones snagged on everything from cupboard doors to gym equipment? Yes, that’s right, wireless bluetooth headphones have hit mainstream. This means that not only has the technology matured to a point where they actually work really well, but many of them are quite reasonably priced. These are no longer just devices for dorks. In fact, with the arrival of the iPhone 7 in 2016 many consumers have found themselves NEEDING a set of wireless bluetooth headphones since Apple has completely removed the good old 3.5 millmetre headphones jack. Take a minute and bid farewell to this connector port that has likely been around for longer than you have been alive. It’s on it’s way out, but the wireless headphones we have at our disposal are legitimately awesome, so don’t fret.

So, what we have done is create an in-depth Buyer’s Guide for wireless bluetooth headphones. Just in time for Christmas shopping! We didn’t want to compare a pair of $50 earbuds with a full-blown pair of studio cans so we decided to create discrete categories of headphones. Depending on your lifestyle or sound-quality expectations you may fall in the more portable or “sport” side of things with a great pair of wireless earbuds or you may want a reference set of over-the-ear headphones that can stack up against the best around.

We have identified our absolute favorite winner in each category but also include four different “runners up.” We’ll explain our choice but also mention why you may want to go for one of the second place models. In some cases the runners up may even be better for your particular situation. What is important here is that we have removed the garbage from the equation. And there is A LOT of garbage on the market. Every pair of headphones we recommend is tried and tested and we see it as the apex of this industry. So without further ado, let’s get started with the Buyer’s Guide.

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Our first category is arguably the largest market for wireless bluetooth headphones. Most consumers are simply looking for a great pair of portable earbuds that they can pair with their iPhone or Android phone and enjoy some tunes while commuting or hanging around the house. This category has grown in leaps and bounds in the past few years. What was once a niche product category has now become basically THE way that you buy earbuds. Having said that, there are a few companies that have stood out in the way they approach wireless earbuds, particularly Jaybird. Let’s look at our overall winner for best wireless earbuds.

Best wireless bluetooth earbuds

Best wireless bluetooth earbuds | Jaybird Freedom

Jaybird - Freedom F5 In-Ear Wireless Headphones - Carbon

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Features

  • MICRO-SIZED METAL BUDS – The Freedom Headphones by Jaybird have sandblasted, injection-molded metal parts for premium comfort and fashion. The smaller housing doesn’t affect signal performance and can remove distortion, giving you crystal-clear audio wherever you go
  • UNIVERSAL SECURE FIT – The patented silicone ear fins securely attach to the top and back/lower surface areas of the ear for a snug fit, locking the earbuds in during workouts and intense physical activities
  • SWEAT-PROOF – Built to last with a sleek yet rugged design, the Freedom Wireless Headphones are great for sports, workouts, and all weather conditions. Their hydrophobic nano-coating will keep moisture away, whether it's sweat, rain, or snow
  • PERSONALIZED SOUNDS – The MySound App allows you to tweak and customize the sound of your Freedom headphones for a personalized experience, and save them for later as a profile
  • HASSLE-FREE CHARGING – With just 20 minutes of charging, you get an extra hour of playtime. With up to 8 hours of total battery life, you’ll never miss a beat!

Jaybird has been in the wireless headphone game ever since it has existed. And they have learned a thing or two over that time of trying new things and tweaking their approach. If you do a quick Google search of the best wireless bluetooth earbuds, you are guaranteed to come across the Jaybird X2. These are really one of the most well-designed products around today. But Jaybird wasn’t happy to stop with the X2’s (which are admittedly still one of my favorite sets). They created the follow-up / upgrade called the Jaybird Freedoms. These units take everything they learned from the X2s, slimmed them down, added some killer audio equalization options and somehow were able to keep the battery life at the very serviceable 8 hour mark.

Design

The Jaybird Freedoms have a pretty genius design. They have a charging clip which serves as the spot where you plug in the included micro USB cable for charging. But the magic happens when you attach this clip to the headphones while they are in use. You see, the charging clip serves as a second lithium polymer battery, effectively doubling the 4 hour run-time to 8 hours. This is awesome because sometimes you just need the lightest possible headphones (remove the clip). But sometimes you’re going to want to squeeze out as much run-time as possible (attach the clip). It is this innovation that keeps the Jaybird Freedoms at the top of our list.

Features

Speaking of innovation, the Jaybird Freedoms are the first from the company that work with the Jaybird MYSOUND app. And believe me, this is not just a lame addition to the package. The MYSOUND app basically allows you to set the exact equalizer sound on the headphones based on pre-made templates or by custom editing of the waveform on your smartphone screen. And once you have the sounds exactly how you want it, then you literally upload the setting to the firmware on the headphones. This means that no matter what you pair the Freedoms to it will retain your killer custom sound (even if the app is not installed)

Build-quality

Earbuds are the thing that I destroy most often (along with shoes). They are small and can potentially be dropped or damaged in some way due to their portability. This is why we took build-quality into account in crowning the Jaybird Freedoms the kind of wireless earbuds. Even though the earbuds are super small, they are made out of tough premium metal. On the physical side, they also feature really handy (and solid) fin stabilizers to keep the earbuds in place in your ear. All around, the design is sleak, durable and just oozes quality.

Our recommendation explained

These are the wireless bluetooth earbuds to beat. No other manufacturer really comes close to the industrial design, durability and feature set offered by this pair. If you are looking for a high quality pair of earbuds, these are your best bet.

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  • Light and innovative design
  • Sweat-proof
  • Durable
  • MYSOUND app is awesome

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  • A bit expensive
  • The Jaybird X2’s might just meet most people’s needs (see below)

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Runners up

Overall the Jaybird Freedoms are likely the most versatile headphones on this list and will likely fit the bill for most users. But if you are a user that does a lot of jet-setting around but also want the portability of earbuds, then consider the Bose QuietControl 30 noise canceling earbuds. The only reason we didn’t give these our overall best award is that not all users need the funky noise canceling function (that removes the hum of engines and other ambient noise on airplanes). Also, the Bose units are just a bit too expensive for us to recommend to everyone, but they are a solid choice.

The LG TONE Platinum earbuds are a unique design for those that want killer battery life in a distinctive band design. LG has packed in crazy quality 24 bit audio processing directly into these portable earphones! This means that you aren’t relying on the crappy audio processing on your cellphone anymore. These will certainly give you some of the best sound quality to size ratio around.

Capping off the list is Apple Beats (formerly known as Beats by Dre) and B&O with two solid, if not unremarkable sets of earbuds.

Beats by Dr Dre Powerbeats 2 Wireless In-Ear Headphone Black Sport MKPP2PA/A

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Features

  • Beats by Dr Dre Powerbeats 2 Wireless In-Ear Bluetooth Headphone (Black Sport)
  • Beats by Dr Dre Powerbeats 2 Wireless In-Ear Bluetooth Headphone (Black Sport)
  • Beats by Dr Dre Powerbeats 2 Wireless In-Ear Bluetooth Headphone (Black Sport)
  • Beats by Dr Dre Powerbeats 2 Wireless In-Ear Bluetooth Headphone (Black Sport)
  • Beats by Dr Dre Powerbeats 2 Wireless In-Ear Bluetooth Headphone (Black Sport)

Bose Quietcontrol 30 Wireless Headphones, Noise Cancelling - Black

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Features

  • Breakthrough technology lets you control your own level of noise cancellation throughout your day
  • Bluetooth and NFC pairing so you can connect to your devices wirelessly. Bluetooth range: 10 m
  • Noise rejecting dual microphone system helps reduce the noise around you to deliver clearer calls
  • Lightweight neckband design conforms to your body for all day comfort and wear ability
  • Lithium ion battery lets you enjoy up to 10 hours of wireless listening per charge

LG TONE PLATINUMTM HBS-1100 Stereo Headset with Retail Packaging (Black)

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Features

  • Smooth-contoured design with anodized brushed aluminum alloy trim - sleek, ergonomic curves provide a premium feel.
  • Hi-fi sound - Qualcomm aptX HD for 24-bit music support.
  • Harman Kardon platinum sound - refined, full-bodied sound with rich bass.
  • Balanced Armature speaker unit - optimally tuned sound that picks up every detail.
  • Dual mems microphones - maintain exceptionally clear voice calls with an advanced noise cancellation solution.

B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H5 Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds, Black

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Features

  • Immersive wireless sound for life on the move
  • Adaptive sound profile via the Beoplay App
  • Designed to be out and about (splash and dust resistant)
  • Comfortable on the long commute (and the short ones)

Best wireless bluetooth sport / active lifestyle earbuds

Jaybird X2 Best sprot / active lifestyle earbuds | Buy it for life BIFL

Jaybird X2 Sport Wireless Bluetooth Headphones - Midnight Black

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Features

  • Premium Bluetooth Audio For Skip-Free Music Outdoors
  • 8 Hours of Music + Calls With Complete Remote Controls
  • Secure Over/Under-Ear Fit Options
  • Includes Comply Premium Sport Memory Foam Ear Tips, Patented Secure-Fit Ear Fins, Friction-Fit Silicone Sport Carrying Case, Silicone Ear Tips, Charging Cable & Cord Management Clips.

Would you believe us if we told you that Jaybird also makes the best sport / active lifestyle earbuds around as well? Well, that is indeed the case. This is actually the category that started the whole wireless headphone craze several years ago. After all, people running, jumping, lifting weights, doing… parkour… need the most freedom when it comes to playing audio. You simply don’t want those pesky wires catching on everything around you while running. Right now we are awaiting the Jaybird X3 sport headphones, but since they haven’t fully released yet, the best you are going to get is their predecessor, the Jaybird X2. These are probably the most highly praised earbuds on the market today. And for good reason.

Design

Like the Jaybird Freedoms, the Jaybird X2s are connected by a single non-tangle cord between the earbuds which rests on the back of your neck. The same familiar stabilization ear fins are here as well. They look great and have that extra splash of “sportiness” with the various bright colors that you can buy. The X2s come with a really nifty set of sport memory foam tips which conform to your ear like no other earphone tip we have ever tried. It feels comfortable and makes sure these earbuds don’t go flying out while you are jumping, running and… parkouring…

Features

Jaybird is really good at designing bluetooth devices. The X2s were one of the first pairs to have truly skip-free usage. Most lower-quality units have trouble not skipping and stuttering (especially when you phone is a bit further away, tucked in a bag or in a jean pocket). The run-time on the Jaybird X2s is right on par with their more fancy brother the Freedoms with 8 hours. The don’t come with the clip on battery pack like the Freedoms, and they don’t work with the MYSOUND app (the X3s will be adding this later this year), but feature-wise, the X2s have got you covered for the money you are shelling out for them.

Build-quality

Sweat-proof is the name of the game here. Jaybird was one of the first ones to design earbuds that were impervious to the salty liquid that pours out of your skin while you exert yourself. And this important for a set of earphones that will be put through its paces. They have a lifetime sweat-proof warranty. Add that to the overall solid-feel of these earbuds and you have a very durable set of earbuds.

Our recommendation explained

These are probably the most talked-about bluetooth earbuds around. Amazon reviews are overwhelmingly positive and these earbuds are still recommended by most techies as the “headphone to beat” on the market right now. For those of you with an iPhone 7 or another phone that ditched the headphone connector, do yourself a favor and pick up a set of these suckers.

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  • Incredible durable
  • Fit tightly in the ear
  • Good battery life
  • Great bluetooth connection

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  • Do not work with the MYSOUND app
  • Not quite as portable as the Jaybird Freedoms

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Runners up

All of the runners up in this category offer a fairly similar package to the Jaybird X2. In fact, many of these could be considered “clones” of the X2s. You can’t go wrong with any of these options from Bose, JBL/Under Armor, Motorola and Jabra which offer similar quality, sweat-proof construction, and stabilizer fins.  The Motorola VerveLoop+ comes in with a whopping 9.5 hours of battery life, which sets them apart from the competition. They also come with Siri and Google Now voice assistant integration (for what it’s worth). The only drawback to this set is a decidedly more finicky bluetooth connection. For most users they will be fine, but there have been some reports of lost connections on iPhones.

The Jabra Sport Pulse adds an integrated heart rate monitor, and the Bose SoundSport earbuds add quick connections via NFC (which is actually really handy). But at the end of the day these are all very similar and solid units in the sport headphone space. Take your pick!

Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones, Black

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Features

  • A high quality audio experience, consistently balanced at any volume, thanks to Bose active EQ. Connectivity technology: Wireless
  • Wireless convenience, with easy Bluetooth and NFC pairing aided by voice prompts
  • Exclusive stay hear and tips keep the headphones comfortably in place during workouts
  • Sweat and weather resistance for reliability while exercising
  • Up to 6 hours battery life per charge. Please refer the user guide before use

Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Headset with Built-In Heart Rate Monitor

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Features

  • Wireless Sports earbuds with Dolby sound enhancement and biometric built-in heart rate monitor
  • Jabra SPORT LIFE application to calibrate for an optimal fit & heart rate measurement, as well as integrated training management and three sophisticated fitness tests
  • Control music and calls directly from the headphones in-line controls
  • IP55 Certified, drop, strength, dirt, temperature & humidity tested - US Military Standard
  • Works with most popular fitness applications on iOS and Android devices to provide pace and distance alerts

JBL Under Armour Wireless Headphones, One Size, Black

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Features

  • With a Proven ergonomic ear tip designed specifically for athletes, twist and lock them into place - they're guaranteed never to hurt or fall out
  • Internal and external strain reliefs along with Ipx5 sweat proof construction provide the ultimate durability
  • Premium 5.8mm dynamic Drivers deliver big sound in a compact size. Jbl's legendary pure bass performance will keep you Driven to finish Strong
  • Bluetooth connectivity to iOS and Android devices allows for a wire free, distraction free workout
  • Control tracks, Volume and calls easily with a inline 3-button Mic

Motorola VerveLoop+ Super Light, Waterproof, Wireless Stereo Earbuds

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Features

  • Water and sweat proof
  • Super light with HD sound
  • Up to 9.5 hours playtime
  • Siri and Google Now compatible with integrated mic for calls
  • Lose your headset? Find last connected location on a map with Hubble Connect for Verve Life

Best wireless bluetooth earbuds on a budget

Mpow Magneto wireless bluetooth earbuds

Mpow Magneto Wireless Bluetooth Headphones V4.1 Noise Cancelling Sweatproof Sport Headphones Stereo In-Ear Earbuds Magnetic Control Headset with Mic for Running Exercise

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Features

  • Magnetic Control: Using Honeywell Switch Sensor, it allows you to play/pause the music on your device or answer/end phone calls by attaching and separating the earbuds. No bother of pressing any button.
  • Latest Bluetooth 4.1 Technology: Easy and fast pairing with smartphones, tablets and other Bluetooth enabled music devices; apt-X codec provides pure, CD-like high quality sound for compatible devices.
  • CVC 6.0 Technology: Noise Cancellation 6.0 reduces outside noises and enables clearer sound from microphone. You can get high quality, hands-free phone conversation even on the street or inside shopping mall.
  • Excellent Battery Performance: Up to 8 hours of continuous talking / music time and up to 175 hours of standby with a single charge, so you have less time charging and more time doing.
  • Aluminum Shell: With the ingot silvered case and CD-striped reflect, the earbuds of Mpow look more than a bluetooth headset!

What if you want to get in on all of this sweet, sweet wireless headphone action but are on a budget? Well, don’t worry, this category of technology is in its 3rd and 4th generation now. This means that all of that great technology is trickling down to less expensive models. These aren’t the top of the industry, but for many consumers these will really fit the bill. Especially for people who are prone to lose and replace earbuds on a regular basis, you may want to go with a cheaper pair. They may lack the crazy quality of the aforementioned Jaybird units, but they absolutely get the job done. Our favorite model from this budget category of wireless bluetooth earbuds are from a company called Mpow. They make this really unique model called the Magnetos which have been getting almost completely positive user reviews over the past year or so.

Design

The Mpow Magnetos take an interesting design approach to their headphones. They are certainly bulkier than any of the above earbuds, but they have a really great feel to them. They have a metal design that has a sort of brushed aluminum look to them which gives them a really quality look. They have the same stabilizer fins from other units and they generally get the job done.

Features

But the standout here is the unique system Mpow has designed to allow you to use the integrated magnets in each earbud to pause and restart music as well as answer and hangup phone calls. This is pretty cool and works most of the time. I picked up a pair of these earbuds a few months ago as a second pair to my X2s and I actually really like the magnets. They hold them in a single little bundle when they are stowed away which is really handy. The Mpow Magnetos use the latest bluetooth 4.1 which will allow you to use these for around 8 hours with the advent of bluetooth low energy integrated in phones for the past couple years. With the included micro USB cable you can fully charge these back up in a couple hours. Simple.  There are no crazy EQ functions here or removable batteries. Just a set of affordable earbuds that get the job done.

Build-quality

They feel good. The metal design makes them feel very durable and the anti-tangle wire connecting the two buds is good quality. These are a $30 set of earbuds and somehow Mpow was also able to make them sweat-proof as well.  You can’t beat the quality on display here for the price.

Our recommendation explained

Overall Mpow knocks it out of the park with these affordable earbuds. I find it incredible that a company can make something this good for so little money. What a time to be alive indeed…

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  • Durable for the price
  • Magnetic pause/play works well
  • Quick connection to bluetooth

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  • Bluetooth connection can cut out if the phone is not close
  • A bit bulky as earbuds go

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Runners up

The runners up here vary in terms of affordability but they each provide a solid bluetooth earbud experience. The TaoTronics model is great but only offers 5 hours of battery. We love the Sol Republic Shadows, but they are probably bulkier than they need to be. Both the Sony SBH80 and the LG HSB-910 units are a step up in terms of sound quality over the Mpow Magnetos, but they are both double (if not triple) the price of the Mpows. The choice is yours, but we still think Mpow has hit an amazing mix of quality and affordability here.

TaoTronics Bluetooth Headphones, Wireless 4.1 Magnetic Earbuds Stereo Earphones, Secure Fit for Sports with Built-in Mic [Upgraded Version]

$79.99
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Features

  • Perfect workout headphones that are snug and secure so the headphones stay put while running, biking or at the gym.
  • Built-in magnets let you attach the two headphones together when not using, and wear like a necklace around your neck, a convenient way to carry around when you don't need them.
  • CVC noise Isolation technology reduces outside noises, enable clearer microphone sound.
  • Long battery life allows the headphones to play up to 5 hours of continuous music at a time or 175 hours of standby time.
  • Earbuds that work with all smartphones, tablets and music players. Latest Bluetooth 4.1 technology; easy and fast pairing with smartphones, tablets and other Bluetooth enabled music devices; aptX codec provides pure, CD-like high quality sound for compatible devices.

SOL REPUBLIC Shadow Wireless In-Ear Headphones-Black/Silver

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Features

  • Premium sound with rich bass and detailed highs
  • Comfortable, natural-fit design with built in mic and music controls
  • 8 hour battery life for all-day listening
  • Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX technology
  • Water Resistant

LG HBS-910 Tone Infinim Bluetooth Stereo Headset - Retail Packaging - Black

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Features

  • Ethernet dataline surge protection 
  • Ups replacement battery Sold separately
  • 390W backup battery Uninterruptible power

Sony SBH80 Bluetooth Headset

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Features

  • NFC Pairing touch your NFC-compatible phone against the main unit of the Bluetooth wireless headset, and it starts up and connect's
  • Sound Quality: has aptXTM audio enhancement a high-quality audio codec designed to deliver a flawless wireless experience
  • HD Voice: lets the person you're talking to experience your voice as it really sounds
  • supports Bluetooth Multipoint which makes it possible to connect SBH80 to two devices at the same time
  • Audio Technology: The micro dynamic drivers in the SBH80 deliver clarity and frequency accuracy for your audio experience

Best wireless on-ear bluetooth headphones

Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2 on-ear headphones | Buy it for life BIFL

Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 Special Edition - Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

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Features

  • Audio Quality: Immersive, high res sound, and powerful speaker drivers deliver the right balance of rich bass, crisp highs, and natural mid tones for your music
  • Active Noise Cancelling Headphones (ANC): Switch on active noise canceling (ANC) to minimize ambient noise while working or traveling
  • 24 Hour Streaming: Enjoy up to 24 hours of wireless music, movies and calls before choosing the cabled connection or recharging. Sensitivity (dB SPL/1mW): 93. Impedance (Ohm): 32
  • Wireless Freedom: Stream rich, lifelike audio up to 100 meters/330 feet away from your Class 1 Bluetooth smartphone or tablet. Bluetooth v 4.0
  • Rigid Travel Case: Ear cups swivel flat to slip into the protective travel case ; Frequency response: 20–20,000 Hz

Now onto the next size of headphones. If you want something a little more substantial than earbuds in terms of sound quality but you can stomach having a slightly bulkier size, then on-ear headphones are where you will want to look. Don’t confuse the on-ear design with more traditional over-the-ear (think stereotypical big headphones). On-ear style tends to be oriented towards people who want to be mobile but still want good sound. Our pick for this category was quite difficult since all of the candidate were really awesome, but we ended up settling on the Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2.

Design

The Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2 on-ear headphones are somewhat understated in design. They are a typical headphone shape with a comfortable head band that is well put-together. While they are considered on-ear headphones, they are a bit deeper set than others on the market. This could be considered sort of a hybrid between on-ear and over the ear (is that cheating?).

Features

The Backbeat Pro 2s feature up to 24 hours of wireless bluetooth transmission! That is a lot of listening. They also feature noise canceling technology (something that is usually reserved for a travel set of headphones). One unique feature here is where Plantronics has built in an “open listening mode.”  In this mode the microphone that is used for noise canceling actually feeds this ambient noise into the headphones so you can more easily hear the world around you. I can imagine this would be very useful for someone who walks around a lot and wants to be aware of traffic around them. The bluetooth range on these is also bonkers. They will stay connected up to 300 feet away! Couple that with quick NFC connections to smartphones and tablets as well as an automatic play/pause mode when you put on or removed the headphones and you have one of the most feature-rich on-ear packages available.

Build-quality

The quality is impeccable, easily feeling much more solid to the touch than anything Bose offers. The cushioning on both the headband and the ear cups is high quality and does not feel like it will flake or crack in any way (this is a problem with less expensive ear cup material). Not only this, but the design of the Pro 2 is much smaller and lighter than its predecessor.

Our recommendation explained

The Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2 wireless bluetooth headphones are for our money the best basic on-ear (non travel) headphones available. Their ridiculous suite of features matches or beats anyone else in the field but their build quality puts them over the top.

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  • Great sound
  • Open listening mode is a great addition for people on the move
  • Massive battery life
  • Bluetooth connection can go really far

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  • A bit expensive
  • Somewhat uninspired design

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Runners up

The below models are no slouch! The Sony MDRXB950-BT (Sony please work on these model numbers…) are a great set of on-ears but they lack any of the interesting features available in many other models on the market. Having said that, a lot of people swear by the bass-y sound put out by the large Sony drivers. The Bose SoundLink on-ears almost made it to number one in our analysis. They aren’t quite as solid as the Plantronics and their battery is only rated at 15 hours, but the sound quality and external design of these headphones is top notch. I especially love the head band on the Bose. The Sony H.ear’s are just plain awesome. But you’ll pay for it. We aren’t the biggest Beats fans in the world, but the Beats Solo3 are actually amazing headphones. Pretty good sounds quality coupled with marathon 40 hour battery life was almost enough to give them the top billing number one spot here.

Bose SoundLink On-Ear Bluetooth Wireless Headphones - Black

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Features

  • Crisp powerful sound from the best sounding wireless headphone in its class.Connectivity Technology:Wired/Wireless
  • Advanced microphone system for clear calls in windy or noisy environments
  • Up to 15 hours of playtime with rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Easy to use with state of the art interface, including voice prompts

Sony H.ear on Wireless NC Headphone, Charcoal Black (MDR100ABN/B)

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Features

  • Hear music at its best with Hi-Res Audio compatibility, Connect and stream music easily with Bluetooth, Focus on the music with Digital Noise Cancelling. Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Listen smarter with Noise Cancelling that adapts to your surroundings, Let the beats flow with Beat Response Control
  • Enjoy high-quality, hands-free calls, Long-listen comfort
  • Compatible devices - iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch (iOS 5.0 or later) supporting Hands-free Profile (HFP) iOS 7.X / 8.X / 9.X ; Smartphones - NFC-compatible smartphones installed with Android 4.1 or later. Refer the user manaul under technical specification

Sony MDRXB950BT/B Extra Bass Bluetooth Headphones (Black)

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Features

  • Bluetooth audio streaming with AAC and apt-X support, Electronic Bass Boost circuitry for added bass emphasis, Passive mode for normal, corded operation without battery. Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Comfortable around-the-ear design, 40mm drivers for wide frequency response (3 - 28 kHz, with cord), Built-in microphone for hands-free phone calling, Rechargeable battery for up to 20 hrs music
  • Convenient One-touch listening technology, Sophisticated swivel design for portability, USB charging cable and detachable audio cable included

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphone - Silver

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Features

  • High-performance wireless Bluetooth headphones in silver
  • Features the Apple W1 chip and Class 1 wireless Bluetooth connectivity
  • With up to 40 hours of battery life, Beats Solo3 wireless is your perfect everyday headphone
  • Compatible with iOS and Android devices
  • With Fast Fuel, 5 minutes of charging gives you 3 hours of playback when battery is low

Best wireless travel bluetooth headphones

Bose Quietcomfort35 on ear travel headphones

Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones, Noise Cancelling - Black

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Features

  • World class noise cancellation makes quiet sound quieter and music sound better. Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Volume optimized EQ for balanced audio performance at any volume
  • Wireless convenience, with easy Bluetooth and NFC pairing aided by voice prompts
  • 20 hour battery life per charge; up to 40 hours in wired mode
  • Noise rejecting dual microphone system for clear calls even in windy environments

So you spend a lot of time on the road eh? This means that you likely spend endless hours on planes trains and automobiles. And this time spent can really grate on your sanity. Engine noise and other ambient noise can give you headaches and just plain tire you out. So this category of headphones takes everything great about on-ear headphones and makes them your favorite traveling companion with the addition of noise canceling technology. Travelers swear by these things and you might too.  This is the first category that we finally think that Bose has the best product. The Bose QuietComfort 35 are the reigning champion of the best traveling headphones around.

Design

The Bose QuietComfort 35 are the followup to the wickedly popular QuietComfort 20s of years back. And they still reign supreme. Bose has been a market leader in the noise-canceling area for over a decade. And this expertise shines through with the QC35s. These earphones have an understated but wholely lovely design. They are… black. Very black. Or silver, if you prefer that look. The design works and is now iconic in the area of travel headphones.

Features

Feature-wise the Bose QuietComfort 35s tick all of the right boxes. They offer world-class noise cancellation (seriously, you need to try it to believe it). They also include a pretty amazing equalization system which adjusts itself on the fly as the volume changes. This is important when you are using these in both very quiet but also very loud environments. The QC35s also have quick NFC pairing so you can connect them to your phone or tablet with just a single touch. On wireless mode the QC35s will last a about 20 hours which isn’t bad for a set that are powering always-on dual microphones to make the noise cancelling magic work. On wired-mode (that’s right, you can also attach a cable) you will get up to 40 hours.

Build-quality

Well, they are Bose. Which means they are solid, but not necessarily top of the line in terms of build. They use a lot of plastic, but to be honest the QC35s seem to be able to take a beating. They come with all of the adapters necessary for in-flight use and tuck them nicely into an included travel case that the headphones unfold into. It is something that Bose has done for a while now, but it never ceases to amaze me the level of detail that is put into the build-quality and design here. Let’s just say that you will enjoy these for many, many years to come.

Our recommendation explained

Best-in-class noise cancellation, solid build-quality, good battery life… What more do you want?  At this point it is going to be hard for any other travel headphone to come close to what Bose is offering here. Dare I say that these are the perfect travel headphones?

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  • Best in class noise cancellation
  • Portable (with a carrying case)
  • Good battery life

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  • Lots of plastic in the design

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Runners up

We actually included another pair of Bose headphones on this list. The Bose Soundlink around-ear headphones are a good option for someone who either doesn’t need noise-cancellation or just doesn’t want to shell out the extra dough for the QC35s. These are perhaps one notch below the QC35s, but are all around great travel headphones. The closest thing you will get to the Bose QC35s are either the Sennheiser PXC 550s or the Sony MDR1000X. These are basically direct answers to the Bose offering, complete with noise cancellation and similar convenience features. In fact, there are loyal Sennheiser users that absolutely prefer the Sennheiser sound quality to the Bose. These are all solid choices for the avid traveler.

Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Bluetooth Headphone

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Features

  • Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology in an ergonomically designed lightweight, comfortable and collapsible travel headset perfect for travel. Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • NoiseGard adaptive noise cancellation ensures superior sound quality in every environment. Impedance:Active 490 Ohm/ Passive 46 Ohm
  • Intuitive user control and convenience thanks for voice prompts, touch controls, NFC pairing, smart pause and automatic on/off
  • Triple microphone array delivers business class communications with exceptional vocal clarity. Sennheiser sound signature quality with selective sound modes to enhance the listening experience
  • The PXC 550 wireless is fully compatible with CapTune, sennheiser's premium quality music player and powerful sound tuning app to perfectly adjust the feel of your music to your personal preference

Sony Premium Noise Cancelling, Bluetooth Headphone, Grey Beige (MDR1000X/C)

$174.99  in stock
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Features

  • Isolate yourself from external noise with industry-leading noise cancelation
  • Frequency response - 4Hz-40,000Hz

Bose SoundLink around-ear wireless headphones II Black

$229.00
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Features

  • Deep, immersive sound, improved EQ best in class performance for wireless headphones. Connectivity technology: WiredWireless
  • Latest Bluetooth technology for easy connectivity and seamless audiovideo syncs
  • Advanced microphone system, HD voice for clear calls in windy or noisy environments
  • Up to 15 hours play time with rechargeable lithium ion battery
  • Switch between 2 Bluetooth devices so you can watch a video while staying connected to your smartphone. Wireless range up to 30 feet (9 meter)

Beats Studio Wireless Over-Ear Headphone - Titanium

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Features

  • Pair and play with your Bluetooth device with 30 foot range
  • Dual-Mode Adaptive Noise Canceling
  • 12 hour rechargeable battery with fuel gauge
  • Take hands-free calls with built-in mic

Best over the ear studio quality bluetooth headphones

Sennheiser Momentum studio over the ear headphones

Sennheiser Momentum Wireless - Black

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Features

  • Closed back, over-ear design featuring Bluetooth technology and immediate pairing to smart devices using NFC connectivity for wireless freedom
  • Noise Gard hybrid active noise cancellation blocks ambient noise using 4 microphones for ultimate isolation to dramatically improve sound quality in noisy environments
  • 22 hour battery life with both Bluetooth and Noise Gard activated to insure performance during long commutes or plane flights
  • technology uses 2 built-in microphones working seamlessly to improve voice quality and remove external noise during phone calls
  • Two year warranty when purchased from an authorized Sennheiser dealer

Some say that anything other than a studio pair of monitor headphones are not “real” headphones. And they have a point. In order to get all of the intricate highs, lows and mediums you really need a finely tuned pair of headphones with the proper drivers and sound processing. Luckily we are seeing high end headphone makers moving into the wireless bluetooth area and offer really high quality studio-grade bluetooth headphones.  Blasphemy? Perhaps. Awesome? Yes. If you are looking for a pair of studio-quality headphones that you can critically listen to Pink Floyd around the house or to literally wear in a studio, then you owe it to yourself to check out the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless headphones.

Design

The Sennheiser Momentum Wireless headphones are absolute beasts (in a good way). These look like a set of premium headphones that the Beatles wore at Abbey Road Studios. Complete with the metal adjustment bar and the leather cup pads. The design on the Momentums is palpable. These are the kind of headphones that you want to show off when someone comes over to visit. They are like an old turntable, anachronistic but somehow familiar. But mix in a bit of modern technology (in this case bluetooth wireless connectivity) and you have something like the Sennheiser Momentums.

Features

The Momentums feature a full closed back design with four microphone noise cancelling technology to cancel out any unwanted ambient noise. They have a 22 hour battery life while you are using the noise cancellation (obviously more if it is not on). This makes these headphones actually a decent choice for the sound-obsessed traveler as well. There is NFC for quickly connecting your phone and a full two year warranty.

Build-quality

Sennheiser simply does not mess around when it comes to build-quality. And that is doubly true when it comes to the Momentums. The structural headband uses stainless steel (none of this plastic BS from other manufacturers). The ear pieces are made from real leather. Memory foam is integrated into the ear pieces for extremely comfortable listening sessions. There isn’t anything to not like in terms of build-quality here.

Our recommendation explained

The Sennheiser Momentum Wireless over the ear headphones are the embodiment of quality old world design mixed with modern innovation. They keep everything awesome about their studio-grade headphones and then add high resolution bluetooth connectivity. These are simply the benchmark for this high end wireless bluetooth headphone category.

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  • Amazing sound
  • Great design (one might say head turningly awesome)
  • Great build quality
  • Good battery life

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  • Expensive
  • Bulky (not for people on the move a lot)

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Runners up

There are some other doozy headphones that came runners up here. And honestly, it was a bit of a toss up. Each of these models is rock solid. The Audio Technica ATH-MSR7BK SonicPro’s are a perfect set of headphones for someone who appreciates great sound but can’t quite justify the $500 for the Sennheisers. The same with the V-MODA crossfade, although we weren’t too excited about only 12 hours of battery life with these or the slightly futuristic style on these. If you want something that makes a bit more of a statement in terms of design, consider the pretty wacky looking Parrot Zik 3.0 headphones. They have a bit of a 1960’s mid-century modern feel to them, but they are also one of the most highly reviewed sets of bluetooth headphones around. These could have easily been picked #1 in this category. 

Parrot Zik 3 - Black Overstitched

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Features

  • New automatic adaptive noise canceling and stunning 32-bit audio processing
  • Smart touch control panel and Bluetooth 3.0 audio streaming
  • Charge your headphones wirelessly or use USB audio to listen and charge simultaneously
  • Listen for 18 hours with “flight mode”
  • Control, share and customize your music with the updated free Zik app

Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless Headphone, Black

$327.52  in stock
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Features

  • P5 Wireless combines the fantastic sound of P5 Series 2, with advanced Bluetooth streaming for unrivalled wireless acoustic performance. Impedance : 22 ohms (passive)
  • Using high quality Bluetooth aptX, P5 Wireless allows you to stream Hi-Fi quality music from your smart phone, tablet or computer
  • An incredible battery life of 17 hours of wireless playback between charges. P5 Wireless charges via USB and if you want to save your battery, it also comes supplied with a cable.
  • P5 Wireless features drive units based on the award winning P7, designed with a diaphragm like traditional loudspeakers, resulting in more precise diaphragm movement and amazing sound quality.
  • Bowers & Wilkins has more than five decades of experience creating the world's best loudspeakers, and they've put that expertise into the P5 Wireless for a stunning pair of headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7BK SonicPro Over-Ear High-Resolution Audio Headphones, Black

$264.49  in stock
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Features

  • Designed to reproduce Hi-Res Audio, allowing you to hear your music the way it was intended
  • Exclusive 45 mm True Motion Drivers improve transient response and minimize sound distortion for rich, detailed audio reproduction
  • Features multi-layered air damping technology for extended mid-to-low frequency response
  • Housings constructed of an aluminum/magnesium mix provide a lightweight, rigid structure that reduce unwanted resonance
  • Three precisely placed vents within the layers work to control air flow and improve dynamics

V-MODA Crossfade Wireless Over-Ear Headphone - Gunmetal Black

$287.99  in stock
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Features

  • Crossfade's award-winning signature sound both in wireless mode via Bluetooth technology and wired mode for pure analog and zero latency essential for gamers and DJs. Connectivity Technology: Wireless; "Sound isolating" will not completely block out sound in the same way that "noise canceling" headphones will
  • Built-in hidden microphone specially tuned and optimized for phone calls and voice recognition. With a breathable vegan leather and 3D mesh exterior
  • Lithium-ion battery provides up to 12 hours of continuous music, entertainment and calls, recharge it to 100% in 100 minutes thanks to the included elegant V-Micro USB cable; unlimited hours of music in analog wired mode
  • Dual-diaphragm 50mm driver is a refined version of the award-winning Crossfade M-100 that was crowd sourced by hundreds of audiophiles and won 17 editors' choice awards, unrivaled speaker consistency, perfectly balanced air flow mechanics and materials
  • Luxurious material combination of steel and new vegan leather, tested to the strictest V-MODA durability standards, memory foam cushions and headband provide comfort for extended listening sessions and natural noise isolation. No Battery Analog Mode - Powerful, pure sound without the pollution, latency and coloring of an artificial EQ

The wrap up

There you have it folks, all of the best wireless bluetooth headphones around. From the lean portability of the Jaybird Freedoms to the unmistakable elegance of the Sennheiser Momentums, you now should have enough knowledge to get the perfect set of headphones.

For your viewing pleasure we have pulled out all of the products listed above and put them into a handy list with prices below. They are in order of appearance in this buyer’s guide. We hope you liked the guide and encourage you to share it on social media with anyone you think needs to be pointed in the right direction.  Thanks!


List: The best wireless bluetooth headphones

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