Right now is a perfect time to buy your first set of wireless headphones or to upgrade those you’ve got. Whether you’re working from home, playing games or listening to audio—a good set of headphones is essential. Most recent models incorporate comfort, extended battery life and simple charging. There are options for every need and budget. Here’s our top 10, randomly listed choices.
You can choose your own level of noise cancellation with the Bose QuietComfort 35 QC35 II headphones. They’re compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant and have a fast-charging battery that lasts for 20 hours. Bose isn’t the most affordable brand, but they have a reputation for great quality. They’re also very comfortable, which makes them ideal for long commutes.
Another one of our premium-range favourites is the Sony WH-1000XM4. Two microphones on each ear cup detect sound and a sensor captures ambient noise, automatically adjusting how much is let in. They have 30 hours of battery life and a wireless range of 30 m. They’re comfortable, lightweight and can pair with two devices at the same time.
The Jabra Elite 85H is widely regarded as an effective noise-canceller and comfortable to wear. They detect background noise and adjust audio levels accordingly. If you prefer, you can also set your own noise-cancellation level using the Jabra Sound+ app. (There’s also on-ear detection that automatically pauses music when you take the headphones off!) They have a wireless range of 10 m.
This model is the predecessor to the Sony WH-1000XM4 (see above), but is still up-to-date when it comes to features and battery life (30 hours). They offer great noise cancellation quality, adjustable with the Sony app, and can be used wirelessly or with an attached cable. The touch sensor panel allows you to control playback and noise cancellation, although some say the touch control takes a little getting used to.
JBL Tune 750BTNC headphones are another solid option. They have very effective noise cancellation as well as good sound quality, and are often cheaper than other headphones in this category. Just be aware that they don’t have the newest Bluetooth 5 connectivity, so they won’t have the same wireless range as premium headphones.
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Sennheiser Momentum 3 wireless headphones make sound—sound wonderful! These high-quality industrial design headphones will impress with their warm bass and natural-sounding highs. Although the battery life doesn’t compete with some other premium models, the inclusion of customisable noise cancellation and built-in Tile tracking (which helps you find your headphones, should you misplace them) are great advantages.
The Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Wireless can be costly, but they offer superb sound quality and very polished noise cancellation. Their battery life matches that of premium noise-cancelling headphones (30 hours), and their Bluetooth connectivity is consistent. The ear cups don’t fold so they’re not as portable as other premiums sets. Did we mention that they also look very sleek?
Philips PH805 headphones are well-made and can provide excellent value for your money. They are good all-rounders. Boasting a controlled, rich-bodied sound, they have Bluetooth 5 connectivity and so have the capacity for high-resolution audio. Battery life is around 30 hours, and they have some active noise cancellation.
The Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless are top-of-the-range for music quality, giving a consistently real, warm, crisp and clean sound regardless of genre. Although they shield you from outside sound, they don’t have active noise-cancelling. They’re also a little on the bulky side, with a non-folding headset—perhaps not the best choice for the frequent traveller.
10. Lindy BNX-60
The Lindy BNX-60 are another great choice for the budget-conscious. They are easy to use, offer reasonable noise cancellation and balanced sound quality for a battery life of around 15 hours.