Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard the news that Apple has taken the controversial step of removing the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack from its new iPhone 7. Now, no one would blame you if you want to continue using your existing headphones with the new iPhone – all you need to do is use the lightning adapter which has been bundled in with the phone.
That said, if you’d rather save that port for, I don’t know, say charging your phone or connecting it to your car, there’s never been a better time to invest in a pair of quality wireless headphones, which use Bluetooth rather than wires to connect to your device. Whereas previously they suffered from poor sound quality and even poorer battery life, nowadays the latter has improved beyond all recognition and although you’ll still get the best sound from a pair of wired headphones, the quality of audio given by Bluetooth has improved considerably.
So if you’re looking to cut the cord, check out our guide to the best wireless headphones available today.
1. Sennheiser Momentum Wireless $448.27
Incredible audio fidelity backed by a serious price
Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: N/A | Cable length: 4.6 feet | Frequency response: 16-22,000Hz | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: 28 ohms | Battery life: 25+ hours | Wireless range: 30+ feet | NFC: Yes
- Comfy, rugged build
- Best-in-class sound
- Everlasting battery life
- Terribly pricey
These no-holds-barred wireless headphones are oozing with positive qualities, but for many, they’re almost prohibitively expensive. However, if you’re an audio lover that can spare the expense, do not hesitate on this comfortable, hard-working set of headphones that will likely last for years.
2. Jabra Move Wireless $59.99
Sporty Bluetooth headphones that aim to surprise
Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: .33 pounds | Cable length: N/A | Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz | Drivers: Two 1.5″ drivers | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 94db @ 1kHz | Impedance: 29 ohms | Battery life: 8+ hours | Wireless range: 33+ feet | NFC: No
- Bold design
- Little noise isolation
The Jabra Move Wireless are one of the best values around for Bluetooth headphones. Not only does the minimalistic design – infused with the energetic Cobalt blue styling – impress off the bat, it keeps on delivering the goods with a surprising amount of function and performance.
3. Bose QuietComfort 35 $349.00
Bose cut the wires off its flagship cans with great success
Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 0.68 pounds | Cable length: 3.94 feet | Frequency response: N/A | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: N/A | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life: 20+ hours | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: Yes
- Broad and clear soundstage
- Amazing noise cancellation
- Active EQ an acquired taste
- Boring looks
Bose has finally brought its fantastic noise-cancelling technology to a pair of wireless headphones and it’s done so without any of the traditional drawbacks of wireless headphones. They sound great, and their battery life is long enough for all but the longest of flights.
4. Sony MDR-ZX770BT $399.98
Affordable wireless headphones that deliver big
Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: .52 pounds | Cable length: N/A | Frequency response: 20-20,000Hz | Drivers: Two 1.6″ speakers | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life: 20+ hours | Wireless range: 30+ feet | NFC: Yes
- Comfortable fit
- Fantastic battery life
- Cramped soundstage
- Light on bass
While not the fanciest option available, those only looking for the must-have features will find that there’s a lot to like here. The build quality and materials are top-notch for the price. The sound quality won’t blow your mind, but it’s totally serviceable for listeners looking for a full sound. Its most treasured feature is the battery life, which lasts for 17 hours. Personally, I was able to squeeze 20 hours out of them.
5. Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless $399.98
The British behemoth’s over-ears go wireless
Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: .71 pounds | Cable length: N/A | Frequency response: 10Hz – 20KHz | Drivers: 40mm | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 111dB/V at 1KHz | Impedance: 22 ohms | Battery life: 17 hours | Wireless range: 30+ feet | NFC: Yes
- Great build quality
- Energetic, chunky sound
- Lack of mid presence
- Bad volume button placement
The Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless headphones are a great pair of Bluetooth headphones for fans of bass-heavy music genres. Their sound is both robust and weighty for all genres, but especially so when it comes to EDM and hip hop.
6. Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 $249.99
These wireless noise-cancelling headphones are a traveler’s best friend
Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 0.64 lbs (289g) | Cable length: N/A | Frequency response: N/A | Drivers: 40mm | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life: 24 hours | Wireless range: 100 meters (330 feet) | NFC: No
- Incredible 24 hour battery life
- Noise-canceling at a great price
- Bass overwhelming at times
- Styling not for everyone
If you’re a frequent traveler you’re probably all too familiar with headphones that can’t hold a charge and can’t block out sound, let alone sound very good. Let us introduce you to the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2, one of the few headphones on the market that can do all of the above and cost less than half as much as one of the bigger names like Beats, Bose and Sony.
7. Koss BT540i $119.99
High-performance Bluetooth headphones for music lovers
Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: N/A | Cable length: 4.5 feet | Frequency response: 10-25,000Hz | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: N/A | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: 38 ohms | Battery life: 10+ hours | Wireless range: 30+ feet | NFC: Yes
- Low-profile design
- Balanced sound
- Befuddling button layout
If value is your main concern when looking for a set of headphones, you’ll be pleased with the Koss BT540i. The Milwaukee, Wisc.-based Koss is known for providing a good bang-for-your-buck experience and these are no exception.
8. Optoma NuForce BE6i $99.99
Wireless in-ear headphones with (almost) no compromise
Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 18 grams | Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz | Drivers: 10mm | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 95dB +/-3dB | Impedance: 20 Ohms | Battery life: 8 hours | Wireless range: 98 feet | NFC: No
- Great sound
- Tons of accessories
- Cheap remote
Continuing the trend that the original NuForce BE6 started, the Optoma Nuforce BE6i are a minor update to an already great pair of earbuds and remain one of our favorite in-ear wireless headphones for the price.
We’re constantly reviewing new wireless headphones, but let us know if there is a set that you’d like us to take a look at.