The Best Bluetooth Headphones of 2018
It was not easy picking the best Bluetooth headphones of 2018. Headphones have come a long way since the beginning. I can remember when you had to carry a huge radio unit attached to its speakers around go get high quality sound. Talk about tough on your neck and shoulders. Certainly was not the best headphones for running!
Then came along those cheap white wire headphone earbuds. I think companies just threw four or five of those in every package because they were so cheap. Overall, not much different than running a string though a tin can and listening to your music. I am glad I was did not have to pick the best Bluetooth headphones of 2018 with just those options. Technically, they were not Bluetooth, but I think you get my point. Of course, the review would have been much easier (and shorter) to write since I could say “here are your choices, they are all the same and they all suck”.
So, in addition to the best Bluetooth headphones below, I want to give you a short wireless headphone buying guide. These are the qualities we looked at and will help you in identifying the best Bluetooth headphone for your use. One thing you will notice in our buying guide is that we tried to consider price in picking our Bluetooth headphone options. It is easy to just throw out a $500.00 pair of headphones and say these are the best and in truth perhaps they would be the best in many of our headphone buying guide categories but at what price? We believe that there is a balance point between price and performance. For instance, would you pay an extra $200.00 for a headphone that had a battery that lasted 15 minutes longer? What about if its signal reached out an extra foot? We did our best to take that into consideration
Our Bluetooth headphone buying guide (in no particular order):
- Ease of use. No one wants a Bluetooth headphone that takes a couple of years in college to learn how to use. Let’s face it, we are the plug and play generation. We want to pick it up and start using it. We do not want to sit through hours of YouTube videos figuring out how it works.
- Great sound quality. This one is a no brainer. No one wants to go back to the days of the cheap white earbuds. When we listen to our music we want to feel like we are there. We want to feel the music throughout body and hear every pluck of the guitar and beat of the drum.
- Good range. The whole reason we want a Bluetooth headphone is so we do not need wires and can be somewhat separated from our MP3. What is considered a good range to us depends on what you are using the headphones for. If you are using them to run or workout then you do not need that good of a range since you will be carrying your MP3 on our body anyway. If you are purchasing a more high end unit for home listening then you need a better range. Ideally, you would want to go to multiple rooms in your home; a few feet away will just not cut it.
- Noise cancellation. Part of great sound quality is not being distracted by outside noises. We want to just hear the music. It is also great for meditation, assuming we are listening to soothing music and not hard rock.
- Battery life. We like to see Bluetooth headphones with a battery life of eight hours or more. Six hours might work in a pinch but the more the better. Nothing is worse than our headphones stopping working in the middle of your workout or run. Plus, how many of us have forgotten to charge our headphones for a day to two and still expect (hope) they will last until we can charge them.
- They have to work. They have to maintain a connection with not static. Reliability is right up there with sound quality because if your headphones will not work then nothing else really matters. We do not believe that paying for a top end brand name necessarily provides better overall reliability on a percentage basis. All brands have a bad unit from time to time. However, most middle to top end brand names have very good quality control. In most cases we would not expect to see a major reliability difference between a $500.00 headphone as compared to a similar quality $100.00 headphone. In those ranges we believe percentage reliability is about the same.
- If it hurts to wear your Bluetooth headphones then then they are useless. Not only should you enjoy wearing them, ideally you should not even know they are there. Different types of headphones have different requirements in this regard. The over the ear headphones typically feel better but tend to be heavier. We tried to take these things into consideration as we rated our headphones.
- As you may have noticed we do not believe that price alone names the best Bluetooth headphone. Within reason we have not found that “you get what you pay for” necessarily holds true. Yes, a $10.00 headphone will probably not be as good as a $300.00 headphone but that does not mean that a $150.00 headphone does not give you a similar overall experience as compared to a $300.00 bluetooth headphone. Do not just purchase the brand thinking it gives you some sort of headphone superpowers.
Below are our picks for the Best Bluetooth Headphones of 2018. They are in no particular order, they are all good, just depends on the style and overall performance you are looking for – keeping price in mind also. We also did not include any of the specialty name brands in our selections. We found that although some of those were very good, you had to pay a premium for the name. The question we kept coming back to is “are you buying a name or a performance product?”. We decided we wanted the best quality headphones regardless of the name on them.
Here we go!
Plantronics is a well know name in audio and their headphones will not disappoint.
- These headphones have an immersive, high resolution sound and powerful speakers that deliver the right balance of rich bass, crisp highs and natural middle tones for your music.
- They feature active noise cancelling which not all of our choices have. If noise cancelling is an important feature for you switch on active noise cancelling to minimize ambient noise will working, traveling, running or working out.
- Battery life is certainly a plus with this unit. You can expect up to 24 hours of enjoying your favorite tunes without recharging. You cannot ask for much more than that.
- Good range, up to 330 feet away from your device. Good get more depending on conditions and obstacles. This Plantronics unit gives you a tremendous amount of freedom.
- Comes with a travel sleeve and the ear cups swivel to a flat position.
- Weighs about 7.68 ounces and is charged by 1 lithium ion battery which is included.
- This is one of the number #1 airplane headphones. These headphones include and airplane adaptor and an auxiliary cable, making it a must have for travel and a great idea for travelers of any age.
- Hook the headphones up to the viewing system on the airplane to watch the movie or show that is playing or plug them into your laptop/smartphone/tablet in order to listen to you own music or watch a movie/show of your choice.
- These headphones have a great noise cancelling technology. Developed using the latest noise cancelling technology, the Wave Sound 3 Wireless Headphone effectively blocks out surrounding noises so you can enjoy listening to music or comfortably watch movies and TV shows.
- Carrying case. For your convenience each pair of the headphones comes with their own travel-friendly storage/carrying case.
- The headphones conveniently fold, which means they fit perfectly in small clutches, handbags, carry-on bags, backpacks or weekender bags.
- Equipped with a rechargeable battery as well as a micro-USB charging cable. The WaveSound 3 headphones are easy to charge on the go and save you money on batteries.
- Specially selected drivers deliver exceptional studio quality sound.
- Bluetooth and NFC connectivity allows you to connect with your content easily and quickly making these headphones one of the most user friendly on the market.
- Control buttons are conveniently located on the ear-cup to allow you to easily command your sound and improve your overall user experience. Easy to use.
- Super comfortable, soft, protein leather ear cushions allow for long term listening comfort.
- A 2D Axis folding mechanism allows the unit to easily fit into a carrying case.
AKG K845BT headphones follow the Red-Dot Award-winning success of the previous K550 design – with important enhancements like enriched bass response and better-fitting ear-cups. Featuring Bluetooth connectivity and control buttons conveniently located on the ear-cups, the K845BT allows for instant connectivity with multiple devices. Plus, its NFC connectivity allows you to instantly pair with smartphones. Yet it’s the K845BT’s comfortable fit and no-compromise approach to sound excellence that differentiates them with the first listen. You’ll never take them off – but, if you do, their convenient fold-down mechanism allows you to take them with you in their own secure carrying case. If you want to stay connected, do it in style with AKG.
- Quality build to guarantee longevity. Alloy frame which makes these headphones super strong and durable.
- 57mm tetanizing diaphragm ensures quicker transient response to electrical signals and enhances overall sound performance.
- Delivers dynamic sound with powerful bass. You can hear every beat and every word.
- 3D sound effects will give you a lively and stirring experience, great for movies and video games.
- Has a condenser microphone which allows you to make clear phone calls.
- Padded with soft memory foam rich in protein to ensure long wearing comfort.
Bluedio advocates ultimate, fashion and simplicity, emphasizes music is the core of spiritual enjoyment of mankind and provides professional audio and wireless communication solutions. Bluedio has been growing and diversifying to more than 150 countries, with a rapidly growing portfolio of more than 30 patents
Convenient Volume up and down on the side can provide multi functionality as track selection buttons when you long-press the buttons. The design is ergonomic and you can skip songs or control volume without ever looking at the control pad on the headphones. Collapsible headset design ensures you can carry it in folded form on your flights, in the provided carry bag.
- Artificial protein leather of earmuffs simulated to human skin texture, giving you long-time comfort.Fashionable wiredrawing appearance design.
- Built in microphone for headphones functionality with controls for media and phone calls
- Control your music player directly from the headset with functions such as play, pause, next & previous track, and volume
- 5mm Standard Audio In Socket — Connects to any non-Bluetooth devices or use the headphones without a battery charge ( 3.5mm audio cable included)
- Ausdom M06 Wireless Headphones – Bluetooth Stereo headphones with built-in microphones for stream music and hands-free calls; free from annoying, tangled cords.1-year warranty and quick response & friendly customer service.
- 20 hour battery charge.
- Comfortable to wear: Leather-style padded earmuffs, allowing you to wear them for a long time comfortably. Connectivity Technology: Wired/Wireless
- Now you and your friend or spouse can use headphones to connect to your computer or TV at the same time
- Foldable and easy to carry: The Ausdom ah861 wireless headphone provides foldable design for easy storage and carry
- Wired and wireless options: These headphones can be plugged in using a standard 3.5 mm cable connection
- Built-in rechargeable battery provides more music and playing and standby time than any other multi-featured wireless headphones
- 18 to 20 hours of charge time. Takes 2 hours to fully charge. 500 hours of stand by time.
- Advanced Bluetooth 4.0: Industry-leading CSR bluetooth 4.0 supports A2DP, AVRCP, HFP and HSP for a fully wireless experience; stream music to your wireless bluetooth headphones from your PC, smartphone, tablet & more with over a 33-Foot wireless range.
- Premium stereo drivers: enjoy thumping bass, prominent mids & sparkling highs with this premium bluetooth headset’s 20Hz-20KHz frequency range.
- Active Noise Cancellation decreases most of the surrounding low frequency ambient noise
- 18-Hour rechargeable battery: charge your wireless headphones for 3 Hours & enjoy up to 16 hours of playtime (18 Hours talk time). Answer incoming calls right on your stereo headphones & your music will automatically resume when you hang up.
- Please see Product description for Bluetooth Quick Connect Guide and additional information about Active Noise Cancellation and other parts of the Bohm Headphones
Advanced Bluetooth 4.0: Industry-leading CSR Bluetooth 4.0 supports A2DP, AVRCP, HFP and HSP for a fully wireless experience, Stream Music to Your Wireless Bluetooth Headphones from Your PC, Smartphone, Tablet and More Over a 33-Foot Wireless Range
Escape the everyday with your favorite tunes and audiobooks anytime, anywhere. These advanced Bluetooth earphones from BÖHM help you disconnect from your surroundings while disconnecting from the headache of tangled wires. Make this easy lifestyle upgrade to enjoy the latest word in Bluetooth headphone technology and functionality. One primary distinction is the active noise cancellation technology. Unlike passive noise isolating designs, these headphones actively cancel ambient noise for focused listening.
- TRUE HD HIGH FIDELITY SOUND Featuring latest Bluetooth 4.1 CSR technology and state of the art acoustic components that produce incredible sound quality with deep bass and crystal clear treble.
- COMFORTABLE AND SECURE FIT WITH IPX-7 WATERPROOF RATING – ActivBuds feature Ergonomically designed flexible ear hooks with gel flex silicone earbuds to ensure your headphones stay comfortably firm in place to guarantee fatigue free ears and tangle free comfort.
- LONGEST BATTERY LIFE – The new and improved lithium polymer battery allows seamless enjoyment of music for up to 8 hours and 240 hours stand-by with a quick charge of only 1.5 hours.
- BLUETOOTH V4.1 WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY WITH CVC 6.0 NOISE SUPPRESSION TECHNOLOGY – Connect seamlessly with all Bluetooth enabled devices up to 30 feet away. With Noise Suppression technology focus on your favorite music and answer calls without skips or missed words.
- PASSIVE NOISE CANCELLING.
- HANDS FREE calling and easy controls for volume, skip, pause and play.
- 1 YEAR WARRANTY AND BONUS ITEMS – Bonus Accessories with 1-Year Manufacturer’s Warranty and 30 days no-questions-asked return policy. Value for money guaranteed, Buy the Senso ActiveBuds worry free today.
Bluetooth Headphones, SoundPEATS Wireless Headset Stereo Neckband Sport Earbuds with Mic (10 Hours Play Time, Bluetooth 4.1, Sweatproof)
- Neckband designed: Around-the-neck wearing style with body-contoured fit, made of ultra-light shape-memory alloy, great for easy carrying
- Magnetic ez-lock: This headphone has a magnetic ez-lock which keeps the earpiece attached to the neckband
- Easy button control: Upgraded version of our previous model, the q800, we moved the control buttons from the front to the side of the headphone
- Bluetooth 4.1+aptx: Supports two connected devices simultaneously and automatically connects after being paired successfully for the first time
- Long-lasting usage & lightweight design: Up to 10 hours of music and 300 hours of standby time on only 2 hours of charging
The controls for the headset are on a piece that goes around your neck. This reduces the weight on you ears to almost nothing, and yet allows for a larger battery and more electronics. It also have magnets in the ear pieces, so they can be stored at the ends of the neck pieces and don’t flop around when not in use. his headphone has the magnetic EZ-lock design, It’s very convenient for you when not using it, keep the earpiece stick to the neckband, you will never worry about the cord/wire dangles around your neck.
- PPS 12 ELECTRO ACOUSTIC TECHNOLOGY: Bluedio Victory developed with an advanced propietary technology to provide clarity and deep sound, particularly for music and films.
- TRANSCENDENT S/PDIF OPTICAL TRANSMISSION: 24bit 48kHz audio resolution for high definition audio quality.
- TOUCH-AND-DRAG OPERATION: A sensitive touch pad on the right ear, giving you full control of your listening experience.
- PROTEIN EARPAD: High quality skin-texture earpad, designed for your fit and comfort, allows you to enjoy high-quality, Long-listen comfort.
- DUAL MODES: Can function wirelessly via bluetooth, or wired via 3.5 mm auxillary cable, 6.3 mm adapter or optical audio cable (provided). Wired mode is suitable for high bandwidth mp3 feed.
Bluedio Victory headphones are top-of-the-line Bluedio headphones that deliver Premium sound leveraging the proprietary 12 driver design. Bluedio Victory headphone with its PPS12 Drivers have resilient polymer body to cut-down resonant distortion, streamlined ear cups to sport that elegant look. These headphones are designed to deliver a sound that is filled with rich bass, with warmer tones while maintaining the optimum mid-levels and highs.
- ENJOY MUSIC IN PEACE – These noise reduction headphones combat the sounds of engine noise so you can relax in the air with your favourite music
- FREE YOURSELF FROM WIRES – Bluetooth headphones connect swiftly to mobile phones, tablets and laptops giving you the freedom of not being tethered to your device
- CONTROL YOUR MUSIC – The integrated remote control allows you to answer calls, play, pause and skip tracks and adjust the volume straight from the earpiece
- TALK HANDS FREE – Bluetooth headphones with microphone so that you can take and make phone calls hands-free
- UNIVERSAL CONNECTION – A 3.5mm connection allows you to use these noise cancelling headphones with non Bluetooth devices, great for in flight entertainment and mp3 players
These Bluetooth wireless headphones combine comfort, style and convenience with a sound quality that demands to be heard. With 50mm driver units, lows are clear and rich whilst highs and trebles stay well defined and sharp.
Connection via its Bluetooth 4.1 chip is swift and simple, you’ll have them connected to your smartphone or tablet in seconds and no wires. For mp3 players and PCs without Bluetooth, simply hook them up with the provided 3.5mm cable for instant listening
- Premium wireless headphones for high-quality sound at home, commuting, travelling or anywhere; available in four cool Retro colors. We love this retro design. It may not be for everyone to we think it looks cool.
- Large, sound-enhancing 40mm neodymium drivers with acoustic bass control deliver full bass and trebles for clear, balanced Audio
- Rechargeable, high-capacity battery provides power for up to 24 hours of playback when fully charged; 2.5 hours with a 15 minute quick charge
- Pairs in seconds with Bluetooth devices; quick-access controls and built-in mic seamlessly manage music and phone with the touch of a button
- Super-soft cushioned ear pads ensure long-lasting comfort; lightweight wire adjusters apply gentle pressure on both head and ears for a close, personalized fit
With a new retro style and premium playback from all your Bluetooth devices, the Panasonic RP-HTX80B wireless headphones are tailor-made for commuting, travelling, walking or just relaxing. Large, sound-enhancing 40mm neodymium drivers with Acoustic Bass Control fill your ears full bass and trebles while also reducing distortion for clear, balanced audio. When fully charged, a high-capacity battery provides power for up to 24 hours of playback. And when time is short and the battery’s low, a 15-minute quick charge keeps the music flowing for up to 2.5 hours. Super-soft cushioned ear pads and lightweight wire adjusters on the head and ear cups apply even pressure on head and ears for a snug, gentle fit. The RP-HTX80B wireless headphones pair in seconds with all your Bluetooth devices. And a mic and quick-access controls seamlessly manage your music and phone with the touch of a button. The RP-HTX80B headphones are available in four cool retro colors to match your life, look and style. Choose from Sangria, Matte Black, Matte Steel or Dijon
- Wireless Bluetooth Sound with AptX integrated electronics for enhanced acoustical clarity
- On-Board Control to change volume, tracks, and answer calls
- Soft Memory Foam Cushions create the perfect seal and long lasting comfort
- On Board Microphone
- Koss PLX40 Dynamic Element precisely tuned to feature crisp highs, robust mids and smooth lows for the ultimate personal listening experience
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