Wireless headphones and earbuds.
The best Bluetooth wireless headphones are the new way to enjoy music without restrictions period.
What then could be more interesting to music lovers than owning one of the best wireless headphones in 2018?
You probably will agree with me when I say; Full time Enjoyment of digital sounds and music is not possible today without a good wireless headphone. So, take the wires off and lets go wireless, after all, whats the point having a headphone if you cant move freely with it where ever you go? Completely useless I’d say.
But theres just a little problem, how do you know the best wireless headphones to buy in 2018 or the best bluetooth wireless headphones thats best fit for your budget?
Luckily, we have taken out time to test and review some of the top rated Bluetooth wireless headphones currently on the market according to hyperenthusiastic reviewers on Amazon. We then took out time to personally test and review them to know which is truely great or not and here is our findings. Our top picks includes the following (using the navigation links).
A Comparison Table of the Best Wireless Headphones of 2018
|Bowers & Wilkins PX||18 Hours||30+ Ft.||Yes|
|Bose QuietComfort 35||20 Hours||30+ Ft.||Yes|
|Sony 1000X||30 Hours||30 Ft.||Yes|
|Sennheiser HD-1||22 Hours||30+ Ft.||Yes|
|Beats Solo3 & Studio3||40 Hours & 12 Hours||30 Ft.||No & Yes|
|Jaybird X3s |
(Best for Sports)
|8 Hours||20+ Ft.||No|
|Jabra Move Wireless||8 Hours||Yes|
|Sennheiser PXC 550|
|30 Hours||30+ Ft.||Yes|
A table showing our top rated bluetooth headphones you can buy right now and what makes them great. For the remaining part of this page, we have a detailed review of each piece listed above as well as an ultimate buying guide.
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Amongst each headphones on this list of the best wireless bluetooth headphones (in ear ad over the ear) we have taken time to recommend the best which fits to various category and provided links below for easier access. If you cant wait to read the full article and review, just click on any of the links below and it will take you straight to the particular review, pros and cons of that headphone.
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Best Wireless Headphones 2018
Here then is a detailed reviewed list of the best wireless Bluetooth headphones right now.
1. Bowers and Wilkins PX – Overall Best Wireless Headphone
Battery Life: 18 Hours
Wireless Range: 30+ Ft.
aptX Bluetooth: Yes
What we like: charges via USB-C, both laptop and your regular Android charger can get them up.
What we do not like: A visible wire underneath the lower part of the headband.
When it comes to the wireless headphones world, there are not many headphones out there that carry much emotion and excitement of music as compared to the Bowers & Wilkins PX. What the B&W PX wireless bluetooth headphones did was “take everything present in the P& & P5 models and then supercharge it to even be much more better”.
The design: As always, When it involves look, Bowers & Wilkins do not hold back a bit, using premium materials to design its products with a high level of fit and finish has always been the watch word here. I’ve had two pairs of its headphones over the years, and even up till today, they both still look incredible. Its superb how the cable is threaded between the aluminum connecting the headband to the ear cups.
Sound and Audio.
I have always known the Bowers & Wilkins to have a very rich audio sound. APtx present and they include an active noise cancelling, so you can enjoy them in loud environments such as a subway train or while walking along a busy street. Sounds as sweet as (just think of anything cool and it is).
They have a very respectable battery life, even with the noise-canceling turned on.
Although, most headphones out there may tend to be more comfortable, while some offers superior noise cancellation, with most fold down into more compact cases, the Bowers & Wilkins PX trumps everything else with their combination of excellent sound and a premium gorgeous design. If you really care about headphone builds, design and comfort ability, while enjoying premium sound, it’s hard to recommend any other pair over Bower & Wilkins PX Wireless headsets.
2. Bose QuietComfort 35 Series I and II. – Runner up, Best Wireless Headphones Overall.
Battery Life: 20 Hours Plus
Noise Canceling: Present
Weight: 0.68 pounds | Cable length: 3.94 feet
The Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II is the upgraded version of the QuietComfort 35 Series I. For most of us, this is not in any way surprising at all, as a matter of fact, we would have called this list trash if the Bose QuietComfort 35 was nowhere in the top three as we all know that when it comes to quality sounds in headphones, Bose is a top brand in the industry.
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.
The QC 35s are a really powerful set of cans that you can get in the market. They do have a league of their own when it comes to buying them. But if you’re looking for premium quality sound and a great set of functionalities, you can never really go wrong with Bose headphones as the QC 35 is one of the best wireless headphones 2018.
While the QC35 headphones were a top contender for our favorite noise-canceling headphones, they ultimately won us over for their extreme comfort. Starring large, oval ear cups and a headband that are both plumped with padding, even extended listening sessions feel comfortable. As far as noise-canceling goes, Bose is the gold standard. The QC35 has built microphones inside and outside the ear cups to sense unwanted noise and, using its new digital equalizing system, will balance sound accordingly.
This wireless pair has a battery life rated at an impressive 20 hours, but Bose has moved away from AAAs to a rechargeable battery mechanism, which makes it impossible to swap in new, standard batteries should yours die in the middle of your listening session. Thankfully, the QC35 can be used with a wire, so it’s easy to just plug in and continue listening. It’s worth noting that the sound quality is also slightly better when using it as a wired headphone, but it’s still top of its class when it comes to wireless Bluetooth sound.
BOSE QUIETCOMFORT 35 SERIES PROS and CONS
THE GOOD STUFFS
- A premium headphone that includes industry-leading noise-cancellation technology
- Very comfortable
- Broad and clear sound-stage
- Long battery life.
THE BAD STUFFS
- Design not quiet unique.
- Not sweat-proof
- Non-replaceable battery.
If in any way, you do not have the budget for the Bose QuietComfort 35 and still want the same sound and quality feel of the Bose audio headphones, then a great consideration is the Bose SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II.
Bose SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II
With most of the major features possessed by the QC, the Bose SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II is a reasonable piece to go for while keeping quality in mind and cutting off cost.
Here’s what other consumers are saying about the Bose SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II coupled with a 4.4 star rating from over 1,000 reviews.
“I freaking love these. I was using Beats Solo Wireless (rose-gold ones), and they are good. But after hours of wearing them, my ears would start to hurt. These are like wearing baby kittens on my ears!!! So soft and comfortable, and the sounds is amazing.”
And yes, we completely agree. After a one on one experience with this headset, its sure a top value for less.
3. Sony 1000Xs (Sony MDR1000X and WH1000X) – Best Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphone.
(The Sony WH1000X is our top pick for the best wireless headphones of 2018 with active noise cancellation.)
Battery Life: 30 Hours | Noise-Canceling: Yes | aptX Bluetooth: Yes | Wireless range: 30 feet
For everything else on this list, the Sony 1000X are a great choice and consideration when it involves owning a great piece of headphone. The practicality of the 1000X from sony is simply amazing. With a collapsible design, perfect ergonomics, and a 30-Hours battery, you can use these headphones as much as you would a wired pair.
Here is What you Get With These Cans
You get a scintillating sound with tightly controlled bass and dynamic highs. Also present is a top notch active noise-cancelation. Thirty (30) hours of playback. Although you do not get aptX with these models, it then becomes crucial to note that it’s a deliberate choice by Sony, since they have included their LDA transmission protocol, which claims to transmit up to three times as much data as conventional Bluetooth.
An Outstanding Feature we all love.
One thing we really love about these set of wireless headphones is the three mode tricks most high end bluetooth headphones has.
- Ambient noise mode.
- Quick attention mode.
- LDAC codec.
One is an ambient noise mode that only lets in mid-to-high frequency tones (Like announcements over a loudspeaker) and another being Quick Attention mode that allows you to let in all outside noise without taking off the headphones. (The last but not the least is perfect when giving a drink order on a plane or speaking to a coworker for a brief moment before diving back into your work.) The last trick Sony has up its sleeve is the LDAC codec.
Whats the use of having a wireless Bluetooth headphone if you will still have to bring out your smartphone to do the controls like pause, play and volume control or skip tracks? Worthless I’d say, as its much more convenient to have it all controlled wirelessly since you are going wireless. Yes, that’s exactly what the 1000X M2 offer, with touch sensitive pads that uses various gestures on each ear cup that lets you control your music without needing to reach for your music source.
The difference between the sony MDR1000X and the WH1000X is really not very noticeable, but Sony claims its an upgrade to the already great MDR1000X headphone set. For this list, we prefer the
MDR1000X since its less expensive and offers almost all the features of the WH1000X. These headphones are comfortable to wear for an extended periods of time and sounds great overall.
SONY MDR1000X and WH1000X Heaphone PROS and CONS
THE GOOD STUFFS
- Superb Active Noise-cancellation technology.
- 3 Mode funtion for different levels of music enjoyment.
- Broad and clear sounding audio.
- Long battery life.
THE BAD STUFFS
- Design not quiet unique.
- Quiet pricey, but great for audiophiles.
- Hinges are fragile, requires careful handling.
4. Sennheiser HD-1 and Sennheiser Momentum Wireless – Runner up , Best Bluetooth Headphone with Noise Cancelling.
(The Sennheiser HD-1 and Sennheiser Momentum wireless is our top pick for the best wireless bluetooth headphones of 2018 with active noise cancellation.)
Battery Life: 22 Hours | Noise-Canceling: Yes | aptX Bluetooth: Yes | Wireless range: 30+ feet
Not to be confused, the Sennheiser HD-1 was previously known as the Sennheiser Momentum (Latter called the HD-1 after the Bluetooth issues were fixed) . Both variants of headphones still sell together and interestingly choosing between them now is just like selecting a variant or a color of product. The same way you will choose between a white or black color smartphone from a seller is the same way you choose between the HD-1 and the Sennheiser Momentum wireless headphones. Over to the review now;
Call them the swiss army Knife of wireless headphones and you wont be wrong as they possess most of the features and quality to be a strong competitor in every category on this list. One very good thing about these bluetooth headphones is the sound quality they produce. If all you care about is sound quality then these are the perfect set for you. You also get aptX compatibility, which further makes the sound very smooth and soft.
Sennheiser HD1 and momentum Wireless Headphones pair
The multi-function controls are easily accessed from the rim edge of the earcups, which also house not one but several miniature mics – two for hands free calling (when paired with your smartphone) and a further four for the built in NoiseGard active noise-cancelation circuit. Also, the HD1s gtes an impressive 22hours active performance (in Bluetooth/NoiseGard mode) and can also be used as a wired passive pair (with an included locking 3.5mm jack)
What About Design and Comfortability?
First off, they look beautiful since they are built with premium leather and a strong metal frame plus a rustic look which makes it a great combination. The build doesn’t just make them good-looking – it also makes them nice and strong. When we come to the side of comfort, these headphones can be worn for days without any burden or pressure to the head or to the ears. They also have these cool thumbscrews for headband adjustments on the sides of the housing
The only reason these pair of headphones are not on the fore front of this list is the premium price tag it carries which puts them out of reach of all but the most committed of music lovers. For those that can afford them, these are a no-barrier-holding wireless headphones with great sound and tough design that can last for years.
5. Beats Solo 3 and Beats Studio 3 Wireless (supercharged) – Best Value Wireless Headphones.
If you have ever heard about headphones, chances are that you have heard about the Beats by Dre wireless headphone regardless of whether you owned one then or not.
Beats Solo 3 Wireless
Battery life: 40 Hours
(Very impressive) Wireless Range: 30 Ft. Noise-Canceling:
No aptX Bluetooth:
No (High Bass) What we like:
An impressive battery life, Deep bass. What we do not:
Expensive for the value it offers.
Beats Studio3 Supercharged.
12 Hours Rechargeable. Wireless Range: 30 Ft. Noise-Cancelling:
Yes What we like:
Beats has taken a very good wireless noise-canceling headphone and significantly increased its performance. What we do not:
No change in design and does not fold flat.
No doubt, Beats by Dre was one of those headphones that pushed the wireless headphone industry to what we now call “Quality sound”. I could still remember then, if you do not have a beat by Dre headphone, then you are using some cheap and quack headphone.
Both the beats solo3 and studio 3 bluetooth headphones are still an amzing set today. The Solo3 uses Apple’s new W1 custom Bluetooth chip, which improves battery life drastically and makes pairing the headphone with Apple devices dead simple.
The Solo3 Wireless sounds very good for an on-ear Bluetooth headphone and will appeal to bass lovers who prefer a sound profile that accentuates the bass but manages to avoid being too boomy. However, it doesn’t sound quite as clean as Beats’ more balanced Studio 3 Wireless over-ear model just below.
What About the Studio3
No doubt, Beats sound is well known for bass bloat, but on the Studio Wireless, that’s a thing of past. When it comes to sound, the beats studio3 Bluetooth headphones are relatively well-balanced headphones. There’s plenty of bass but it’s not overpowering or excess, just soft and really enjoyable. In fact, the bass was arguably a little more articulate than the bass on Sony’s WH-1000XM2, which happens to be one of the best sounding Bluetooth headphones.
Works with non-Apple Bluetooth audio devices. And was paired to a Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus for this testing. But their special pairing feature is limited to Apple devices.
Overall Verdict. (Beats Solo 3 Wireless Bluetooth Headphone)
The Beats Solo 3 Wireless is a well-built wireless headphone that sounds good in both wireless and wired modes. (more on the wired mode though), and is relatively comfortable to wear for an on-ear headphone. Its battery life is top of the world, with an impressive (40 hours) of minimum play. It also has a remote control built in to the right ear cup that’s easy to operate.
BEATS SOLO 3 WIRELESS HEADPHONE PROS and CONS.
THE GOOD STUFFS
- A Rock-solid wireless performance.
- Entertaining sound, especially with modern electronic music.
- A light and comfortable feel.
THE BAD STUFFS
- Not a perfect fit for handling acoustic music.
- You won’t get the most out of these if you do not own an iOS device.
Overall Verdict. (Beats Studio 3 Wireless Bluetooth Headphone)
The Beats Studio 3 Wireless Bluetooth headphones offers a more improved sound quality, an active noise canceling and quiet an impressive battery life from its predecessor in the same sturdy, simple and unique design. Further more, Apple’s W1 chip makes pairing with Apple devices very simple and easy. This headphone performs really well as a headset for making cell-phone calls and stacks up well against competing models from a sound standpoint.
A little Break out here for the top picks from various categories before we continue with the original list Next are the Best wireless headphones for sports, best wireless Bluetooth headphones under 100, the best wireless headphones under 50 as well as the most sought after best selling Bluetooth headset right now. (less than 100).
BEATS STUDIO 3 WIRELESS HEADPHONE PROS and CONS.
THE GOOD STUFFS
- Collapsible design with a comfortable and cozy pads.
- Well balanced and satisfying bass.
- Flawless operation with any of Apple devices.
THE BAD STUFFS
- Competitors in same price bracket somehow have more premium build. (but this is perfect for apple device owners).
- Battery life and Bluetooth suffer when not connected to Apple devices.
6. JayBird X3 – Best Wireless in ear Headphone for Sports.
(The Best Wireless Headphone for Sport, Fitness and Exercises 2018)
Battery Life: 8 Hours
aptX Bluetooth: No
What we like: Great sound with a surprisingly good bass. Anti-sweat and dirt.
What we do not like: An included charging aid which requires you to attach the headphones to it when connecting them to a USB port.
I hope you will agree with me when I say “There’s nothing more frustrating than fidgeting with ill-fitting earphones during your sweat session”. Thankfully, this improved version of the Jaybird X2 wireless bluetooth in ear headphone (Jaybird X3s) and it fits perfectly well in almost anyone’s ear, all thanks to the many customizable options present which obviously made it one of the best bluetooth headphones for gym.
The Build and Design
This pair of Bluetooth headphones for running as well as other sports comes with six pairs of ear-tips in various sizes – three in silicone and three in Comply foam, all of which are sweat proof and fit well under a helmet. For starters, they are very much less bulky.
Audio and Sound Quality.
the in-ear speaker design features a 6mm driver that produces a rich and balanced bass and bright highs. If the levels are not to your liking, you can fine-tune the sound in Jaybird’s MySound app and save your settings to play on any device they are paired with
Surprisingly, the 100mAh battery will carry you for up to eight hours of active playtime undermining their small size. It does also charges up very fast.
Whether you are running or intents to run in the rain or lifting at the gym, the Jaybird X3 bluetooth headphones then makes a perfect workout buddy you can always use. The design is solid and prevents the headphones from having a port that can be override with sweat and dirt.
7. Jabra Move Wireless Stereo Headset – Winner: Best Wireless Headphones Under 100.
(The Jabra Move Wireless Stereo Headset is our top pick for the best wireless headphones under 100 in 2018.)
Battery Life: 8 hours | Noise-Canceling: Absent | aptX Bluetooth: No
What we like: For the price of this bluetooth headphone under 100, its a great deal.
The Jabra Move wireless headphone is probably a household name in the wireless headphone industry that most of us probably do not know about. But for those who have even in the most little way had a feel of it, you will quickly agree to make it one of your favorite gadgets in 2018 that does it works for a less amount. Great value for your bucks.
The Jabra Move Wireless is a basic pair of headphones with a great sound comparable to other expensive and high priced models out there, as well as its terrific Bluetooth signal. While there’s an absence of aptX, the Bluetooth 4.0 never dropped out while we were using them. Not even for once. Awesome.
One of the most amazing reason we love this headphone is the sound performance – it’s crisp and balanced. Across bass, mids and highs, the ear cup speakers perform their job admirably, and the MOVE headphones’ sound is right up there with the best wireless ones despite their relatively low price. It has a 29 Ohm speaker impedance and a speaker max input power of 80mW. Depending on your use case, you might find their lack of noise insulation annoying, and constant use can tend to wear down the leather ear pads, but at this price point Jabra MOVE Wireless headphones are hard to beat.
In all, if in-ear headphones aren’t your style, your next best bet is the Jabra Move Wireless. Although they may look like a budget buy, do not be deceived: this set of on ear Bluetooth wireless headphones is nothing but an all-around stellar product. From the fun and edgy design to excellent performance, these cans come recommended for anyone interested in having a great wireless headphone in 2018 but for less.
JABRA MOVE WIRELESS STEREO HEADSETS PROS and CONS.
THE GOOD STUFFS
- Great sound for the price.
- Bluetooth signal is great, which makes it not loose connection often.
- Bold design and leightweight. Easy to carry about.
THE BAD STUFFS
- Not foldable.
- 8 hours on moderate volume.
8. Sennheiser PXC 550 – Well Designed, Perfect For Travel.
Battery Life: 30 Hours
Noise canceling: Present
aptX Bluetooth: No
Wireless range: 30+ feet
Weight: 0.5 pounds | Frequency response: 17 – 23,000 Hz | Impedance: Active 490 Ω / Passive 46 Ω |
What we like: On/Off Control well implemented and excellent functionality, including a clever feature where you simply have to click the cups ninety degrees to turn them on, making them among the easiest headphones to just grab and go.
What we do not like: Touch controls not 100% perfect for everyone
The Sennheiser PXC 550 wireless headphones are a really great choice when it comes to sound quality. No doubt, Sennheiser has proven their worth when it comes to innovation with this set of headphones. Sennheiser’s PXC 550 will quickly earn its place among your favorite tech gadgets in 2018.
Innovation and Power ups
The noise-cancelling headphones feel relatively light (they’re just eight ounces) without feeling cheap. Instead of a power button, you can turn on the PXC 550 by twisting the right ear up from a flat position. You can swipe up/down on the earcup for adjusting volume and swiping left/right will change tracks.
Sennheiser pxc 550 wireless bluetooth headphone.
When powered on, the PXC 550 automatically pairs to the last connected device via Bluetooth 4.2 and remembers two devices at a time. The 2.5mm proprietary input sits next to the microUSB power port. Sennheiser claims up to 30 hours of battery life before needing to recharge. The PXC 550 excels when it comes to mids and trebles with clear dynamic sound that feels natural. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for bass (so heavy bass users will want to look elsewhere).
How about packaging
The business-like design shines when it comes to folding up into a ball and placed back into their soft material case. The combination of noise cancellation, great sound and compact design make the 550 a top-notch choice for transport.
Although the touch controls might not be perfect for everyone, these really are one of the most innovative sets of headphones with great features as well. If you are a fan of Sennheiser’s sound, but want noise-cancellation in addition to wireless operation then the PXC 550 headphones might be exactly what you’re looking for. They might be pricey, but these are really one of the very best wireless headphones 2018 has got in the market for you. perfect for travelling.
SENNHEISER PXC 550 BLUETOOTH HEADPHONE PROS and CONS.
THE GOOD STUFFS
- Great and quality Sound that competes with industrial best standard.
- Well designed and premium looking.
- Great Battery Life with active noise cancelling.
How We Chosed Our Top Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
Chances are that after going through our list of the top rated and best wireless headsets of 2018, you are probably wondering how we came up with this list, most likely because the more expensive models or your favorite bluetooth headsets which you find really cool is not listed.
If a pair of headphones tends to market itself as more of a wireless model with noise-canceling added, we rate it and get it listed in the list of the Best wireless Noise-Cancellation headphones.
Features we looked at includes; Sound & Audio quality, design & comfort ability, battery life and lastly, other added features. We have not rated these wireless bluetooth headsets using Noise-cancellation as the primary focus as we have got a second list coming of the Best wireless Noise-cancellation Bluetooth headphones.
Here is how we choosed our top wireless headphones of 2018. (more to come as the list gets updated while we do more reviews and product testing. As inline with our product picking methods as stated in our best products selection page;
- First, we carried out our market survey including feedback’s from active consumers as well as professionals, sound engineers and DJs asking them what the best wireless headphones (Bluetooth and WiFi) they have ever used are. We then compile the list of the most talked about.
- Secondly, we visit the selling pages of these products to see exactly how they have been rated by those whom have purchased them.
- Lastly, using a carefully collected data, we go all in to buy some (not all) of these products and do a personal test. While arranging them accordingly.
In the early days of wireless audio and headsets, we were faced with glitchy and intermittent audio, but somehow, wireless cans persevered and survived. Fast forward to today in the 21st century, Bluetooth technology has so much improved to allow audio to be transmitted without any loss of quality compared to before. The batteries also have improved to allow you several days of use without the need to charge them.
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