With the ever-increasing amount of phones and devices being released without a traditional headphone jack, wireless Bluetooth headphones are becoming more and more of a necessity. Even if you don’t have a newfangled device, there are many benefits to going with completely wireless headphones. Here are the 7 best Bluetooth headphones available right now.
When shopping around for which Bluetooth headphones to get, one of the first things you’ll probably notice is that the prices can get pretty high pretty quickly. While some headphones will sit comfortably within the ‘luxury item’ section of things and there are budget-friendly alternatives available, it’s worth remembering that by opting for a cheaper, untested set of wireless headphones you may be opening yourself up for battery problems and poor audio in the future. That being said, there are plenty of headphones out there with less extravagant price tags that have proven themselves over the years and we’ll be discussing a few of these in our top picks.
If you’re looking specifically for a set of noise-cancelling headphones, you may want to check out our guide to the best noise-cancelling headphones in 2017, instead. Alternatively, you can check out our list of the best gaming headsets, too.
Sennheiser Momentum Wireless
The Sennheiser Momentum wireless headphones are seriously impressive. If the intensely high-quality audio doesn’t do it for you, the luxurious design might and even still, if not that, then the 25+ hour battery life will seal the deal. Honestly, it’s hard to find anything negative to say about this set. That is, besides the pricing, of course. As with a lot of Sennheiser’s premium products, the Momentum wireless headphones carry a premium price tag – that being usually north of £290 / $290. If you’re a serious audio quality fanatic and have enough budget to justify a purchase, the Momentum wireless headphones from Sennheiser are probably the absolute best you can hope to get right now.
Bose QuietComfort 35
Another set that takes a position in the ‘luxury item’ or ‘premium’ side of the spectrum is the Bose QuietComfort 35. These are actively noise-cancelling headphones that deliver a remarkable sound quality thanks to a closed acoustic design coupled with Bose’s proprietary tech. With a battery life of over 20 hours, the QuietComfort is no slouch in terms of wireless capabilities either. That being said, Bose leaves something to be desired with the rather basic design of the headphones and the price tag will rule out a vast majority of the audience. Definitely one to consider if this ticks more boxes than it crosses out for you, though.
Sony becomes the first entry on our list to achieve a far more affordable set of Bluetooth headphones with the XC770BN model. This set also features a 20+ hour battery life, making it more than ideal for the majority of international flights, if needed. The closed acoustic design keeps out background noise and leaves the ear-cups to deliver audio directly to you. While the build quality is impeccable, the audio quality suffers ever so slightly from the reduced price. There’s a distinct lack of bass in some areas that can be found on other headphones twice the price of this one but for the cost, it’s a solid set of headphones to pick up.
Bluedio T3 4.1 Stereo Headphones
Bluedio has made a name for itself for delivering well-regarded Bluetooth headphones at a ridiculously affordable price for years now. While neither the design not the audio quality are going to win any awards, the Bluedio T3 is an undeniably well-crafted set of headphones with an alloy body and memory foam ear cups, for maximum comfort. These also feature a headphone jack, just in case you decide to switch to a wired form while at home or in the office. In addition to all that, the T3 also features 3D sound technology, which Bluedio promotes as delivering a ‘lively and stirring experience’. Which is nice, especially for the impulse-buy level price.
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Plantronics delivers a massively impressive set of noise-cancelling Bluetooth wireless headphones with the BackBeat Pro 2. These headphones have a seriously impressive wireless range of up to 330 feet, which is frankly, a little insane. They also feature a 24-hour battery life that beats out many of the other headphones on this list. Audio quality wise, the BackBeat Pro 2 headphones don’t go so far as to beat out some of the headphones higher up on this list but do a valiant job of competing where they can. In contrast to Sony’s ZX770BN headphones which lacked bass, at times the Plantronics BackBeats are far too bass-heavy, which can obscure the sound. That being said, the BackBeat Pro 2 is an excellent and reliable set of headphones to travel with.
Jabra Move Wireless
The second-lowest priced set on our list of top picks, the Jabra Move wireless Bluetooth headphones are an ideal set of budget-priced cans that feature a closed design as well as an incredibly lightweight frame. The battery life doesn’t even come close to matching up with all other headphones on this list (lasting around 8-10 hours at a time) but the design, build-quality and overall performance in the Jabra Move are impressive, especially given the cost.
The Sony MDR-1000X is the bigger brother of the MDR-ZX770BN seen earlier on in this article. Quite why Sony has opted for a baffling naming convention for all their headphone models is beyond me. The 1000X is a gorgeous set of headphones that folds in on itself for travel purposes (and includes its own foam travel case) but still maintains an impressive noise-cancelling tech, powerful drivers and a massive 20-hour battery life. With this set, Sony has made the closest competitor to the Bose QuietComfort 35 we’ve seen so far, with the noise-cancellation in this set far exceeding the Bose’s in terms of effectiveness. If you happen to own a Sony Xperia device, these will pair directly and offer a wider range of options and presets to make your listening experience as clear and perfect as possible.
Those are our top picks for the best Bluetooth headphones on the market right now, in 2017. Do you have a set of wireless headphones you’d recommend that isn’t on this list? Feel free to let us know over on our Twitter or Facebook and we’ll take a look!