Whether we want to embrace it or not, we’re fully in a wireless world now. As phone manufactures forcibly remove headphone jacks from our phones, we’re being pushed to seek out convenient solutions to match this new reality. And while there are certainly no shortage of Bluetooth headphones on the market, it can be hard to suss out which ones are worth investing a few hundred dollars into. The key to finding the best headphones? You want to make sure you can get a pair that provides a quality audio experience, without giving up comfort or battery life — especially since you’re likely to wear them from home to the office and back again.
With this in mind, we’ve rounded up eight of the best available wireless headphones on the market. A majority of these come with strong active noise-canceling abilities, so you’ll be able to focus on what really matters: whatever podcast, tune, or audiobook that you just can’t seem to get enough of. Below, our top picks for 2019.
1. SONY WH1000XM3 HEADPHONES
BEST OVERALL PICK
With Sony’s WH1000XM series, the brand has become the new gold standard for noise-canceling over-the-ear headphones, boasting ease of use and premium quality features over all else. While the superior noise canceling —seriously, wear these on a plane you’ll hardly be able to hear that annoying plane drone — is enough to warrant the price tag, there are a bevy of other features that make them the best pick overall including: Side panel touch controls, a fast-charging battery with long lifespan and quick noise-canceling optimizing. The XM3 have been upgraded to include built-in Alexa functionality, too.
2. MPOW H5 HEADPHONES
We know it might be hard to believe that there’s a pair of quality wireless headphones for this price, but we promise you’re not dreaming. With a strong bass, long battery life and noise-canceling, these are a must buy for those looking to dip their toes into upgrading from a standard pair of earbuds. Did we mention the price?!
3. JABRA ELITE 85H BLUETOOTH HEADPHONES
BEST WATER-RESISTANT MODEL
The Jabra Elite model has many of the same features you’re using to seeing in high-end headphones (noise canceling, long battery life, etc.) but we think the real steal here is the call quality and the water-resistant nature. The former makes it great for wearing in the office or at home, while the latter makes it so if you want a quiet commute, you won’t need to fret about getting caught if Mother Nature decides she’s got some alternative plans for the day’s weather. That water resistance will come in handy too if you decide you really want to make sure people know not to bother you while you’re lifting at the gym.
4. AUDIO-TECHNICA ATH-M50XBT HEADPHONES
BEST FOR AUDIOPHILES
Often the go-to brand for music producers and mixers, Audio-Technica has long catered to hardcore audio enthusiasts, which means that if you’re looking for something that’s going to make your favorite song sound like the best version of itself, this is the pair for you. Modeled from the same DNA as the brand’s infamous in-studio monitors, the M50xBT offer great clarity and a deep, rich bass. Additionally, the cans have quick access controls for music and sound navigation.
5. AKG N60NC ON-EAR HEADPHONES
BEST ON-EAR PAIR
If you’re looking for a pair of headphones that’s a little on the cheaper side while also having a variety of features, look no further than the AKG N60NCs model. They’re on-ear headphones as opposed to being over-ear, but if you’re willing forgo that detail, you’ll still find plenty of quality playback and noise-canceling abilities at about half the price of some of these other models. They’re a great solution for those looking to upgrade from a standard pair of headphones without having to break your bank account.
6. MASTER AND DYNAMIC MW65 HEADPHONES
BEST LUXURY DESIGN
In addition to just being a really attractive pair of headphones (there are some serious retro, yet modern vibes happening here), the Master and Dynamic MW65 are a perfect solution for those looking to have a luxury home listening experience; We’re thinking gaming, high quality vinyl setups, or even as a cheaper home theater system replacement. Additionally, they have Google assistant build right in, which means that you can make calls or a change a song without ever needing to pick up your device.
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7. BOSE QUIETCOMFORT 35 HEADPHONES
FAN FAVORITE BRAND
Bose has been the standard for for noise-canceling for a while now for good reason. The brand has always been known for their all around quality, comfort and long-lasting battery life. The QuietComfort 35s have little new additions here (easy pairing to multiple devices and Amazon Alexa compatibility to name a few) that they’re staying in the race with other pairs. We recommend these for those that are looking for a pair of headphones that will reliable, durable and long-lasting.
8. BEATS STUDIO3 HEADPHONES
BEST FOR APPLE USERS
Outside of making Dr. Dre a boatload of cash, Apple’s high profile purchase of Beats in 2014 ensured that the brand would get access to Apple’s quality craftsmanship. While it’s taken a few years for Beats to catch up to high-end audio quality of some of its competitors, it’s safe to say that the Studio3 is the best version so far. Much like Meghan Trainor, Beats headphones are all about that bass, so you’ll be hard-pressed to find another pair that tops their performance in that regard. And Apple has made sure that these headphones are stupid easy to pair with each one of their products. So if you’re looking to stay within the Apple system and perhaps upgrade from AirPods, look no further.