This is your complete guide to finding the best wireless headphones for you. In our guide you’ll find our no.1 pick of the best Bluetooth headphones for most people, the cheaper alternatives worth considering, and the best wireless headphones for running and the gym.
Why buy a pair of wireless headphones?
The no.1 reason is convenience – wireless headphones offer unprecedented freedom from cable tangles. Active noise cancelling (ANC) is a common and very useful feature, and wireless headphones will work with any phone that has Bluetooth, so it doesn’t matter if your phone doesn’t have a headphone jack anymore! Thanks, Apple.
…And Why Not
Battery life ranges from around 20 hours on larger over-ear headphones, but can be as little as three hours for earbuds. Using Bluetooth will drain your phone’s battery faster than a normal set of headphones, too. Sound quality is generally worse than similarly priced wired headphones, so you pay extra for the convenience. Look out for aptX support for improved wireless audio quality.
If you’re not 100% sure wireless headphones are right for you, we recommend you take a look at our best headphones round-up as well.
Meet our experts
A journalist and audiophile with over 10 years experience reviewing headphones and plenty else besides, Andrew Williams has loved and endured the best and the worst of the headphone world. Reliably snooty about Apple’s ‘FailPods’, Andrew is so hardcore he has his ears syringed every year to ensure he can hear every detail. Yes, that is unpleasant, but you can’t fault his commitment.
Our Wearables & Fitness Editor, Richard lives in the gym. He can deadlift 200kg and notes that body fat measuring gadgets don’t work on him because he “doesn’t have enough fat” – #firstworldproblems. He’s also a proper audio geek, not to mention the owner of many a fine waistcoat, making him the perfect man to judge the sound, style and workout credentials of any headphones.
This Week’s Best Wireless Headphone Deals
Audio Technica ATH-ANC40BT at Amazon.co.uk | Was £129 | Now £121