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The best Bluetooth headphones

With so many excellent Bluetooth headphones available, maybe a wireless future isn't so bad.
November 20, 2022
The Sony WH-1000XM3 and Sony WH-1000XM4 lay folded up on a wooden bench.
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Many of us rely heavily on good wireless headsets to listen to tunes, communicate with colleagues, and block out noisy environments. Sure, Bluetooth audio quality can’t hold a candle to wired options, but it’s convenient for most and preferred by many. Here are the best Bluetooth headphones you can get today.

This list of the best Bluetooth headphones comes from the audio experts at our sister site SoundGuys. Check out their in-depth take here.

Buying the right Bluetooth headphones for your needs

In order to get the best sound out of your new wireless headphones, you have to consider the headset’s available Bluetooth codecs. You can read all about why particular Bluetooth codecs work better with iPhones over Android phones, but the abridged story: iPhone owners should get headphones with AAC while Android owners should get headphones with aptX or LDAC.

Start here: Everything you need to know about buying headphones

Another thing to note is how more and more Bluetooth headphones integrate active noise cancellation (ANC) into their feature sets. This is an excellent thing for commuters and jet-setters. Optimal ANC requires a good fit, which means the ear pads should fully encompass your ears without any gaps between the padding and your skull. Not only does a good fit improve sound quality and ANC performance, but it can even protect you from noise-induced hearing loss.

The best Bluetooth headphones

  1. The Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2 is an excellent pair of headphones for nearly any application.
  2. The Sony WH-1000XM5 has among the best noise-cancelling of the bunch, slightly edging out our next pick.
  3. The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are for listeners who appreciate fine design and sound quality.
  4. The V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex may not be the prettiest pair of headphones, but they sure are durable.
  5. The Sennheiser HD 350BT is a great pair of headphones that cost less than $100.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2: The best Bluetooth headphones for most people

The Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2 Bluetooth headphones on a bed of fall leaves.
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The Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2 takes everything 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 SBC, AAC, and LDAC 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 headset lasts over 64 hours which is a huge perk. These are promising if you need a pair of wireless headphones to take from home to the streets.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2

Check out SoundGuys’ full review to learn more about the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2.

Sony WH-1000XM5: The best noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones

Sony WH 1000XM5
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We’ve sung Sony’s praises since the WH-1000XM2, and the Sony WH-1000XM5 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 handful of Bluetooth codecs are supported by this headset, among which are LDAC, AAC, and of course, SBC. There’s still no aptX support, so you’ll have to go back to the WH-1000XM3 to get that. 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.

Like its direct predecessor, the Sony WH-1000XM5 supports Bluetooth multipoint, so you may connect the headset to two devices simultaneously. The WH-1000XM5 headphones charge via USB-C and have a 30-hour battery life. This headset is a brilliant investment if you’re itching to hush your cubicle neighbors.

Sony WH-1000XM5

Check out our full review to learn more about the Sony WH-1000XM5.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700: The best style

The Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 headphones feature a sliding adjustment headband now.
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Bose’s beloved QuietComfort II wireless headphones have received a massive overhaul with the Bose 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-1000XM4 or Shure AONIC 50. The microphones are outstanding on this headset, and certainly good enough for your average conference call. Bose updates its firmware and Bose Connect app frequently, and users can even create a custom EQ with the free app. This is great because the sound quality is neutral, which may not please listeners who prefer a bass-heavy sound.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

Check out SoundGuys’ full review to learn more about the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700.

V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex: The most durable Bluetooth headphones

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.
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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 get a customized pair of headphones 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.

V-MODA Crossfade 2 Wireless Headphones

Check out SoundGuys’ full review to learn more about the V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex.

Sennheiser HD 350BT: The best value

The Sennheiser HD 350BT Bluetooth headphones balled up on top of a green winter coat.
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The Sennheiser HD 350BT is a great pair of wireless headphones for anyone who can’t bear to spend more than $100. You get Bluetooth 5.0, which helps the headset stay connected to your smartphone, and a slew of high-quality Bluetooth codecs (SBC, AAC, aptX, and aptX LL). Whether you use an Android or iPhone, you can enjoy near-CD quality audio. This codec support comes in lieu of a headphone jack; there’s no way to connect the HD 350BT by wire.

The ear cups are a bit small for large ears, but the fit remains comfortable thanks to the appropriate headband tension. What’s more, Bluetooth multipoint is finicky at best. Even still, these are small compromises to make for an affordable headset that makes all music sound good.

Sennheiser HD 350BT Wireless Headphones
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Check out SoundGuys’ full review to learn more about the Sennheiser HD 350BT.

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.

The best Bluetooth headphones: Honorable mentions

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  • AKG N60NC: These are one of the few on-ear headsets you can wear for hours without head and ear pain. AKG’s noise-cancelling is very good, as is the sound quality.
  • Apple AirPods Max: This headset has among the best noise-cancelling around, but it didn’t quite nab a spot on the list because it’s so cost-prohibitive and many of its features are exclusive to iOS. You can also check out the 2nd-gen AirPods Pro if you prefer something more mobile.
  • Bose QuietComfort 45: These headphones have even better ANC than the QC 35 II, but you can’t disable ANC without immediately enabling transparency mode. Also, the boosted treble and missing EQ make this a less ideal option compared to the NCH 700.
  • Jabra Elite 45h: On-ears are a rare breed, what with the rise of true wireless earphones, but the Elite 45h stand out from the crowd due to its 50-hour battery life.
  • Under Armour Project Rock Over-Ear Training Headphones by JBL: If you’re one of the rare athletes who prefer to use headphones, rather than earbuds, to exercise, then JBL and Under Armour’s headset is for you.
  • Microsoft Surface Headphones 2: Microsoft combines noise-cancelling, good sound quality, and a dedicated mic mute switch to make the Surface Headphones 2 one of the best productivity headsets.
  • Sennheiser PXC 550-II: Sennheiser’s sound quality is stellar, as is its noise-cancelling in these relatively affordable headphones. The headset features spacious touch panels and ergonomically shaped ear cups that accommodate ears of all sizes.
  • Shure Aonic 50: If you want a pair of luxurious headphones that sound great, support all the popular high-quality Bluetooth codecs, and are comfortable for bespectacled listeners, then the Aonic 50 is your end game.

Why you should trust SoundGuys

A woman wears the Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds and reaching for the touch panel of the left 'bud.

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.

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.