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Seeing how many of us are self-isolating and working remotely, having a reliable headset is paramount to a productive workday. It lets you block out your roommates’ work calls and stay focused throughout your nine-to-five. Sure, Bluetooth audio quality can’t hold a candle to wired options, but it’s convenient for most and preferred by many. We present to you a truncated version of our sister site SoundGuys’ list of the best Bluetooth headphones.

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Best Bluetooth headphones

1. Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT

Audio-Technica ATH-50xBT being pulled from a bag.

You can easily stuff the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT into a bag after folding.

The Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT takes everything that we loved about the original ATH-M50x and adapts it for wireless listening. These headphones have up-to-date Bluetooth 5.0 firmware and support aptX HD for high-quality streaming from your favorite services. Features are sparse, but Audio-Technica has never relied on gimmicks. Instead, the headphones deliver excellent Bluetooth sound quality at a fair price. Plus, the 31.2 hour battery life is a huge perk. If you need a pair of wireless headphones to take from the home to the streets, these are promising.


2. Sony WH-1000XM3

A photo of the Sony WH-1000XM3 sitting on a stone wall.

The new Sony WH-1000XM3 uses LDAC as its main Bluetooth codec, but you might not be getting the best they have to offer.

We’ve sung Sony’s praises since the WH-1000XM2 and the Sony WH-1000XM3 are even better. These ANC wireless headphones boast some of the best noise cancelling on the market and come in at a competitive price. A slew of high-quality Bluetooth codecs are supported by this headset among which are LDAC, aptX HD, and AAC. No matter your source device, high-quality audio is at your fingertips. What’s more you can make granular EQ adjustments via the Sony | Headphones Connect app. Be aware though: doing so automatically drops streaming quality down to SBC. The WH-1000XM3 charge via USB-C and have a 24-hour battery life. If you’re itching to hush your cubicle neighbors, this headset is a brilliant investment.

3. Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

The Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 headphones feature a sliding adjustment headband now.

You can now slide the ear cups into place thanks to the new sliding adjustment system.

Bose’s beloved QuietComfort II wireless headphones have received a huge overhaul with the Noise Cancelling Headphones 700. Sound quality is markedly improved from the previous flagship model as is the design, which has a more modern touch than before. Speaking of which, these headphones support touch controls via the ear cups. It’s not quite as intuitive as Sony’s headphones but remains easy to use. ANC is excellent and can handle most situations, though not as well as the Sony WH-1000XM3 or AKG N700NC.

4. V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex

Best Bluetooth headphones: V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex with SoundGuys logo on the earcups. The headphones are in white with the clamshell carrying case behind.

Despite the bulky build, the V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex folds up to a more compact form.

V-Moda’s Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex are some of the toughest and best Bluetooth headphones on the market. They’re MIL-STD 810G certified and can be contorted any which way without damage to the headband. Both aptX and AAC high-quality Bluetooth codecs are supported to the benefit of both Android and iOS users. If you opt for wired listening, you’ll benefit from zero latency, which makes these a great option for gamers who want a versatile headset. If you’re feeling fancy, you can even get a customized pair of headphones by going directly through the V-Moda website.

Regardless of whether you deck them out or not, you can rest easy knowing that V-Moda backs its products with its Immortal Life program. This lets you swap your old V-Moda cans for a coupon worth up to 50% of the headphone’s value. This can then be used toward a new pair of headphones. Suffice to say the expense is justifiable for some with such a program in place.

Despite the bulky build, the V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex folds up to a more compact form.

5. Anker Soundcore Vortex

Best Bluetooth headphones: Anker Soundcore Vortex leaning against a wall.

For around $50, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better value that offers aptX support.

The Anker Soundcore Vortex Bluetooth headphones are an absolute bargain. These can usually be found for ~$50. Spacious ear cups allow for long listening sessions sans-temple pain and they even play nicely with glasses. They support aptX and boast 20 hours of playback on a single charge. Of course, corners had to be cut somewhere: these use a microUSB charging input rather than USB-C, a small sacrifice to make. If you want a Beats-like design at a bargain hunter’s price, pick up a pair of Anker Soundcore Vortex headphones.

These are our picks for the best wireless headphones. This category is constantly being updated with new options, so we’ll be sure to keep you informed as more options become available.

What you should know about the best Bluetooth headphones

A chart showing the AAC Bluetooth codec's performance on the Huawei P20 Pro, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, LG V30, and Apple iPhone 7.

It may be high-frequency sound, but these drop-outs will be audible to younger ears.

  • The effectiveness of Bluetooth codecs depends on your source device. For instance, AAC doesn’t perform well on Android devices, and generally speaking, LDAC isn’t hi-res. If you’re using an Android phone as your source device, check for headphones with aptX or aptX HD support. Either of these codecs will provide high-quality streaming to your device with minimal lag.
  • Bluetooth connectivity is fallible, even with Class 1 Bluetooth and Bluetooth 5.0 technology. If you’re having repeated issues with a headset, you may need to manually reset it. Since there isn’t a universal protocol for doing so, you’ll have to check your respective wireless headphones’ manual.
  • Noise-cancelling headphones are more expensive than non-noise-cancelling options, but they can reduce your risk of noise-induced hearing loss.
  • On a related note, both noise-cancelling picks listed feature virtual assistant integration. Both the Sony and Bose Bluetooth headphones support Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa integration. This means you can access your notifications, set reminders, and more all from the headset.
  • Needless to say, many of the options listed are expensive. While the initial investment is painful, it often affords premium features and extended or lifetime warranties.

Why you should trust SoundGuys

As our sister site, we entrust the folks over at SoundGuys to know their way around consumer audio, Bluetooth headphones in particular. Each writer has years of experience keeping tabs on the audio industry and understands that audio requires both subjective and objective analysis.

Best Bluetooth headphones: A man wearing the Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones.

The SoundGuys team spends plenty of time testing consumer audio products so you don’t have to.

None of the writers may benefit from featuring one product over another, and ultimately want readers to enjoy what they listen to without spending an exorbitant amount of time researching products. If you have the time and desire, feel free to read up on the ethics policy.

You can easily stuff the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT into a bag after folding.
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For around $50, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better value that offers aptX support.
It may be high-frequency sound, but these drop-outs will be audible to younger ears.
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