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Update, September 15, 2020: This article was updated to replace the Sony WH-1000XM3 with the Sony WH-1000XM4.


Many of us are remote workers nowadays, and work-from-home productivity relies heavily on a good wireless headset to both communicate with colleagues and block out the sounds of noisy roommates. 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.

Best Bluetooth headphones

  1. Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT
  2. Sony WH-1000XM4
  3. Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700
  4. V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex
  5. Anker Soundcore Vortex

1. Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT

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

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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-1000XM4

An aerial photo of the Sony WH 1000XM4 wooden bench.

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We’ve sung Sony’s praises since the WH-1000XM2 and the Sony WH-1000XM4 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. 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.

Unlike its predecessor, the Sony WH-1000XM4 supports Bluetooth multipoint so you may connect the headset to two devices at a time. Unfortunately, the feature only works when streaming over AAC on both devices (firmware 2.0.6). The WH-1000XM3 charge via USB-C and have a 20-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.

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Bose’s beloved QuietComfort II wireless headphones have received a huge 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 very good 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.


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.

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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 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.


5. Anker Soundcore Vortex

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

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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

What is a Bluetooth codec?

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

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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 connection stability 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.

Good noise-cancelling headphones are expensive

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. Noise-cancelling headphones are more expensive than non-noise-cancelling options, because they pack a lot of technology into a very small package. The idea of spending $200 or more on a pair of headphones may seem mind boggling at first, but it’s well worth it if you’re easily distracted by background noise. Donning a pair of ANC headphones can quickly turn your noisy office area into a pleasant productivity cube.

Noise-cancelling headphones can also protect your hearing by reducing your risk of noise-induced hearing loss. When our surroundings are loud we tend to increase the volume of our headphones in order to combat the loud outside sounds. While this kind of works, it can damage the tiny hairs in your ears that send signals to the brain for it to interpret sound. By using a pair of noise-cancelling headphones, you’re effectively protecting your hearing because the headphones do the heavy-lifting of reducing outside noise, so you aren’t as tempted to increase the volume to dangerous levels.

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.

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.

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