The Best Wireless Headphones List and Buyers Guide 2019
With the rise of bluetooth after the killing of the headphone jack on most phones we wanted to put together this list of the best wireless headphones you can buy in 2019. This list will include options for buyers at different price points and include bluetooth wireless headphones and earphones. For the past couple of year I have sworn by MW40 by Master & Dynamic thanks to is versatility, stunning good looks and ability to be converted from and on-ear headphone to a over ear one. For a long time wireless headphones just weren’t that good but now in 2019 I think we are seeing the maturity in some of these headphone designs so here are our picks of the best ones we have tested.
Things to consider before buying Wireless Headphones
Each type of headphone has their own distinct advantages. What is right for you might not be the best headphone for someone else so before get into the list we want to give you some points to consider before your next purchase. If you just want to see the list of the best wireless headphones feel free to skip the next couple of sections and go straight to our top 10.
Wireless Headphones vs Wired Headphones
When it comes to choosing between the two types of headphones I think the biggest difference is pretty obvious. One will have a cable and the other will not. The advantage of going wireless obviously comes from the freedom of not being directly tethered to your device. You are able to leave your phone on a desk or in a bag an listen to your music without getting in a tangled mess.
One thing to consider is how this affects the sound quality. Wired headphones generally dollar for dollar sound better that wireless headphone. This is because making a signal wireless involves some degradation either via codec choices of cost saving measures in the hardware. The good news is that in recent years we have seen a shift away from standard wireless technology and headphone companies are introducing better bluetooth (5.0) and APTX lossless codec which go a long way to making your music sound better. If you are looking to buy a set of wireless headphones make sure you look out for those features.
Battery life of Wireless headphones
Of course going wireless is going to mean that you have charge your headphones. Its an added castle for sur but just like the codec improvements mentioned above there has been a great advancement in the battery technology meaning that bluetooth headphones last longer than ever before.
now it is not unreasonable to expect over 20 hours of playback from your headphones and they amount of run time you get should certainly be considered when making a purchase.
In addition to the battery life maybe you wand to consider headphones with a quick charge feature as well. A lot of headphones are able to give a substantial percentage of battery in charges lasting just 10-30 minutes. This is extremely handy if you are traveling and need to top up the headphones if they run out of juice.
Wireless Headphone Types and Wireless Earbuds
Just like with traditional headphones you will find models that come in all different styles and sizes. So again think about how you are going to use your headphones. If you are using them at home or in an office at a desk you might be best with a set of over the ear large comfy well paced headphones. If you are going to use them for travel or commuting your are probably going to want to consider smaller over ear headphones or even on ears.
If ultimate portability is of a primary concern then you might want to look into wireless earbuds of which we have listed our favourites below. There really is something for every scenario.
List of the Best Wireless Headphones
Beats Solo 3 Wireless
Master & Dynamic MW40
Plantronics Backbeat Go
V-Moda Crossfade Wireless
Sony WH-1000XM3 The perfect wireless Headphone
Best ANC Wireless headphones
Sony seems to be trying to dominate every area of tech in recent years and when they really got series with wireless headphones people started to take notice. Just a few short years later and we have the outstanding WH-1000XM3 which in my mind is the best wireless headphone by a long way.
The WH1000XM3 are the third generation of the XM headphone line and they just get better and better with each model. They are packed full of all the features you could ever want from a set of headphones with class leading ANC, Outstanding battery life and built in touch controls.
If you want to find out more about the XM3 then I suggest you read our review of them. They are truly excellent and even though they are not the cheapest wireless headphone on this list they are worth every penny.
Beats Solo 3
Variety in styling
Ultra fast charging
Gone are the days where beats made bad headphones. Since the company parted ways with Monster cables and were bought over by Apple they have been getting better and better every year.
The Beats Solo 3 wireless are the most popular wireless headphones of all time and are worn on the heads of celebrities as Beats likes to make you aware of with their massive advertising campaigns. Yet under all that flash there is no a really good set of headphones.
From a single charge you will get an excellent 40 hours of playback which is one of the best we have seen in our testing. The Solo 3 Wireless also have the ability to quick charge and will give you 3 hours of playback for just a 5 minute charge which makes them great for travelling.
The sound has where the Beats headphones have advanced most in recent years and while there still strong on the bass they have tightened up all the other frequencies to give more detailed and engaging mids and crisper less rolled off treble.
Finally the Beats Solo 3 Wireless are also available to buy in a number of different colour options and can even be customised to meat your own style.
Master & Dynamic MH50
Strong wireless signal
Lacks some features like ANC and App customisation
These headphones from Master and Dynamic are in my opinion the best looking set of wireless headphones you can buy in 2019.
The Master and dynamic design ethos is all about excellent build quality with killer styling and great sound. I have to admit they tick all those boxes with this one but they also have a little trick up their sleeve that makes them extremely versatile.
The MW50 headphones can be used in 2 different setups with the outer pad sections being completely removable they are effectively 2 headphones in one.
They can be used in over the ear style for added comfort or they can be used with the on ear pads if you are wanting something more portable and less bulky.
The modern retro styling oozes class and once you get them in the hand you realise quickly how well made they are. They are available in a number of finishes but all are beautiful soft leather and metal.
Sound quality stays true to Master & Dynamics house sound with slight warmth across all frequencies and a slightly elevated low end that produces excellent bass response. The are also very detailed and extremely receptive to EQing.
Available in 4 different colors if the brown leathern model to th right isn’t your thing they also have black and silver available for a more toned down look.
High Resolution audio from a wireless headphone
Too large to be worn away from home
If we are talking about audiophile wireless headphones then we have to mention the Beyerdynamic Amiron. Beyerdynamic are a legendary headphone company and their products have been used in music production for years.
The good thing here is that their consumer headphones are also very good and they have taken what has made their wired headphones so popular and put it into a wireless model with almost no compromise on sound quality.
They are a full size set of circumaural headphones so the Amiron is best suited for home use connected to a Hifi system or at work but most will find them too bulky for traveling with.
They support high resolution codecs like APTX HD for better sound quality. The sound is very accurate and life like and they pick up lots of micro details in your music when paired with correctly mastered tracks. They are fairly balanced but they have a huge soundstage and a presence that will leave you wanting more.
The only downside is the price which with an RRP of well over $500 makes them the most expensive headphone on this list.
Plantronics Backbeat Go 810
Bang for buck
Battery life on the low side
Plantronics got popular off the back of their excellent sports headphones and now have a model for every type of user. The good thing is that even thought their portfolio of headphones has grown in recent years they still remain focussed on providing buyers with excellent bang for buck.
Not quite on the level of headphones from Sony and Bose we still consider them the best of the rest and if you find a good price for them them they can deliver some serious performance.
The Go 810 ar of course wireless headphones but unlike other headphones at this price point they have functional ANC (Active Noise Cancelling) making them great for commuters or travellers not looking to spend over $300 on headphones from more established brands.
Build quality is excellent and the styling is very sleek and classy. Battery life is good for 22 hours and of course if you do run out of juice you have the option to switch them to a wired cable that is included in the box.
Grado GW100 - Grados first full size wireless headphone
Classic Grado styling
Grado house sound
Open back design leaks a lot of noise
Some may find them uncomfortable
Grado are one of the most well known, oldest audiophile headphone brands and for many the companies Grado SR80 was their first entry into better sounding headphones. I never thought I would see the day Grado, who are usually against producing significantly new designs, would make a wireless headphone.
Even though the inclusion of bluetooth is a new thing for Grado the headphones still adhere to the retro principals of the company and they still have that awesome old school Grado look and utilise the companies amazing dynamic drivers that they use in their wired headphone systems.
Sound quality is excellent with strong mids and articulate yet not overpopulated lows. Its a smooth listen with a slight tint of warmth and very open airy presentation.
The only drawback is that the GW100 are a fully open back headphone and as a result the both leak a lot of sound and let all internal sound in. This makes them suitable only for home use or in solitude.
Bose QC35 ii ANC Headphones
Extremely comfortable headphones (best in class)
Excellent ANC technology
Less feature rich than the Sony WH-XM3
Update likely imminent
Bose had the best wireless headphones for years in the minds of the average consumer. Audiophiles and purists weren’t always as impressed but the QC35ii were their best headphone to date and if it wasn’t for the release of the Sony WH-1000XM3 it would likely be sat at the top of this list.
Most people know the Bose flagships so we won’t bore you with the details but you are essentially getting a good sounding set of headphones with, state of the art noise cancelation and excellent battery life.
There is one are where Bose has yet to be beaten and the reason I still us a set to this day. They are without a doubt the comfiest headphones I have ever used. This is thanks to the extremely lightweight body and generous airy pad that clamp your head at just the right pressure.
Sony has them beat on features right now but the Bose are still the headphone you are most likely to see on the heads of travellers in airports all around the world.
Vmoda Crossfade Wireless
Amazing build quality
Excellent sound quality for EDM and bass heavy music
You can customise the body.
Lacks some features that you find on other headphones on the list
Vmoda are another company that have taken an existing popular headphone and adapted it for wireless use. The Crossfade is on of V-Moda’s most popular models because its sounds good, has amazing build quality and has some of the best looks on the market.
So they decided to build on the popularity and make them wireless and what you have is one amazing headphone. The build quality is excellent and they are one headphone you are sure can take a beating. The sound is punchy and controlled and the bass can hit really hard when it needs to making them an excellent choice for electronic, rap and pop genres.
Battery life is a let down at only 13 hours from a full charge but the good thing is the have a quick charge function that allows you to get 3 hours playback from just 30 mins in the wall.
The Crossfade Wireless are available to customise on the V-moda website so that’s great if you are looking for headphones with a personal touch. They can also be used wired if you run out of battery and they have the ability to connect to 2 devices at once which is great if you are someone who switches between listening on phones, tablets and laptops.
Sony WH-H900 h.ear on 2 Wireless Headphones
Many features from the XM3 but at a cheaper price
Low profile ear cups look excellent
A bit bass heavy
The Sony WH-H900 are wireless headphones that have a lot of the features you will find on the more expensive XM3 headphones but ar far more affordable. Sony released them in late 2018 and they are already proving to be quite the hit amongst buyers.
I have to admit I wasn’t expecting much but I was blown away during the course of our review.
They are a very good looking set of headphones that are available to buy in a few different colour options. They looks so good because the have a tapered look to them meaning they don’t sit to far from the head despite the large pads. The pads by the way are fantastic, extremely comfortably for long listening sessions and they leave a lot of air inside the cup that helps dissipate heat build up.
They use LDAC to transmit the music which is said to give a higher level of fidelity and DSEE HX to restore any sound that is lost during file compression to wireless.
Again they have Sonys excellent touch control system on the right ear cups and you also have a range of options to fine tune the headphones by using the official Sony headphone app.