Wireless headphones (May 2019)
Wireless headphones are hard to beat when it comes to the feeling of freedom. The range of products on the market now can feel overwhelming though so we’ll walk through the top 10 wireless headphones out there right now.
When choosing your headphones it typically comes down to budget first, then feature picking. Given the range of options it can feel daunting but it doesn’t need to be.
In this guide, we’ll look at the top 10 wireless headphones through a range of styles and budgets, if you’re already sure of the style or budget you’re looking for you might want to check out some of the narrower range of reviews below. Speaking of narrow range, if you’re in possession of a phone that doesn’t include a 3.5mm headphone jack then you might want to check out the USB-C headphone guide (or just pickup an adapter), we have you covered there too.
The key areas to consider when it comes to wireless
Battery life, both length of charge and time/ease to charge
Latency: A few higher-end wireless headphones do offer low latency.
Audio quality: obvious but often overlooked it seems
And budget: Let’s face it we all have one
SONY WH1000XM3 Wireless headphones [amazon] Note: Sony have just announced their newer, cheaper version ~$100 less which aren't listed on Amazon at the time of writing but keep an eye out here [here].
MONEY NO OBJECT
Master & Dynamic MW60 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones [amazon link]
COWIN E7 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones [amazon link]
1. SONY WH1000XM3 Wireless headphones [amazon]
- What to love: These are the 'bose killers' for good reason. The build quality, audio and feature set all justifies the high price point.
- What to hate: The microphone on calls has received some criticism as has the ability to function in cold weather so if either of these are two high priorities for you then perhaps take a look at some of the other options.
2. Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth Headphones [amazon]
- What to love: While SONY would love to say they've killed this product from Bose, there is no shaking the overall quality and appeal of what are probably the number one brand in Noise Cancelling headphones. Now with Alexa built in..
- What to hate: The major complaints from Bose are software related, whether its Bluetooth implementation or upgrades to their firmware.
3. Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT [amazon]
- What to love: You're going to save yourself a few hundred dollars taking a step down to the Audio Technica's but you aren't likely to notice unless you're very much an audiophile. The quality of build, and robustness of the product together with the Technical specs to compete means that for <$200 you're getting a great set of cans.
- What to hate: Some people note background 'buzz', others aren't impressed with the build quality (the same quality that others really love). Finally, if you're using Windows 10 check for compatibility, I'm not sure if they have now updated their support.
4. Jabra Elite 65t [amazon]
- What to love: They are basically invisible. If you can make them fit they are incredibly comfortable (to the point you will forget they are there)
- What to hate: These aren't going to be for everyone due to their design. The microphone gets mixed reviews and the battery life seems inconsistent and sadly isn't going to last you even nearly a full day if you're using them to make calls.
5. Skullcandy Ink'd Bluetooth Wireless [amazon]
- What to love: They are light, decent battery life, understated aesthetics. These headphones might be exactly what you're looking for. Add to that a sub $50 price point and you can see the appeal.
- What to hate: Having the controls dangle at the front of your neck is going to be enough for some people to be a flat "no thank you". That was the end for me.
6. mPow Flame [amazon link]
If you're looking for some headphones to accompany you on a run or to the gym you can certainly spend a chunk of change but you'll struggle to do better in terms of value for money than these. Keep in mind if your use is primarily going to be running or at the gym that you really shouldn't over index on the best audio quality but instead on fit, function and battery life.
7. Jabra Move Wireless Stereo Headphones [amazon]
For the money (sub $50) these are not a bad shout. They give the impression of being far more expensive than they are, available in a range of colors and with audio quality to compete with some of the bigger names Jabra who made their name with bluetooth devices have done a good job here.
8. Klipsch Reference [amazon]
From one of the more respected names in audio over the years, Klipsch reference headphones (even in bluetooth flavor) do a really respectable job of delivering great quality audio.
9. Urbanears Plattan 2 (wireless) [amazon link]
You're on a budget that allows you upto $50 for your new headphones and you're looking at something understated but stylish, you could do an awful lot worse than these headphone from Urbanears. They also produce a wired version which you can see in the Wired Headphone list (May) over here.
10. Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless [amazon]
I'm not saying its saving the best until last but if you made it here and you're still not finding what you like, these cans are worth a roll of the dice. Packed with a host of premium features including an incredible battery life, fast pairing and some clever microphone setup to produce better call quality. It comes with a price (~$250) but these are really top drawer.