So what exactly is the benefit of wireless Bluetooth headphones? Well, there are a lot of benefits, but before we start looking at the various products available, let’s just clear up a little confusion. Not all wireless headphones use Bluetooth.
Your device can be paired through Bluetooth to provide a wire-free connection, and Wireless headphones can transmit a signal through a radio wave and not use Bluetooth.
You can have Wireless headphones without Bluetooth. They don’t have to use it, but for the purposes of these reviews, we are only looking at the headphones that are wireless and use Bluetooth technology for their connection.
- Top 10 Best Wireless Bluetooth Headphones In 2021 Reviews
- 1 Sennheiser Momentum 2.0
- 2 Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WH1000XM3
- 3 V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex Edition
- 4 Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 Special Edition
- 5 Bose SoundLink On-Ear Bluetooth Wireless Headphones
- 6 Sony MDR-ZX770BN Bluetooth Noise Canceling Headphones
- 7 MEE Audio Matrix Cinema Low Latency Bluetooth Wireless Headphones
- 8 Over-Ear Bluetooth Wireless Headphones
- 9 Skullcandy Riff Wireless On-Ear Headphones With Microphone
- 10 Creative Sound Blaster
- Best Wireless Bluetooth Headphone Buyers Guide
- So, What's The Best Wireless Bluetooth Headphones?
Top 10 Best Wireless Bluetooth Headphones In 2021 Reviews
1 Sennheiser Momentum 2.0
There are times when the name of a product will define itself. Sennheiser is one of those names. The Momentum range has been created to give you a sound that can only be described as staggering. It’s almost as if they have sat down and said ok, we are going to design the best wireless Bluetooth headphones ever seen or heard. But unfortunately, you have to pay big for greatness.
They were first marketed in 2015, and since then there have been few that have been able to make a serious challenge to their status as one of, if not THE best.
They have a high-quality design and use some of the best materials available. The headband, for example, isn’t just padded, it is placed between two different textures of leather. Soft and silky on the inside and toughened on the outside.
The arms on the sides are stainless steel with slider controls and actually will bend to fit the shape of your head. Comfort is, therefore assured. The ear cups are closed back and attached to the side arms through a ball joint giving more options for adjustment.
The controls are placed on the ear cups and apart from the microphones which themselves are not prominent are blended into the design. They do though house a USB charger, multi-function button, volume control, 3.5mm input, and the power/Bluetooth connection.
Superb on every level…
The build quality is also excellent, and the feel of them in your hands is expensive as it should be. The comfort level is high, finished off with leather-covered ear pads made from foam… and we are running out of space here for any more praise.
We mentioned the cost earlier. These will be worth every penny you pay for them; they are just outstanding.
Well, it’s Sennheiser at its best, even with noise cancellation it loses nothing of its greatness. They come in a leather carrying case and also included is a slim bag made from a silky material. All this adds up to them being one of the best Sennheiser headphones currently available.
Did Tina Turner do a song about these?
- Fabulous in every respect.
- High-quality sound and features.
- None, apart from the fact that the price will scare a few.
2 Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WH1000XM3
It was only two years ago that Sony gave us their award-winning XM2 design. It was often given second billing behind Bose, but Sony has made some upgrades to what was an already impressive piece of kit, and it’s back as the XM3.
The basic design is very similar, sleek, and stylish. Gone though, is the rough and rugged finish that was present around the ear cups, replaced by a more smooth and classy finish. They have used plastic in this change, and there is quite a lot of it, but it doesn’t detract from the great look created, and it feels sturdy enough.
Nice and comfortable…
The frame is more slimline than its predecessor and thus easy to carry around, and the ear cups still revolve, allowing you to wear the unit around your neck. The new slimline shape makes the whole experience comfortable.
They are lightweight, and the padding around the headband and earcups is quite bulky, but they sit nicely and comfortably around the ears and the head. This is certainly a very visible improvement and an upgrade on the XM2
The controls are situated conveniently on the edges of the ear cups. And are an easy combination of taps and swipes controlling what you are listening to and any calls you may get. Bluetooth connections are easy and stable when connected.
When is the plane leaving?
Noise cancellation is one area where these phones score heavily and are effective in shutting out surrounding sounds almost completely. Changing to the Ambient noise setting allowing just enough of the external sounds in to let you hear announcements and anything you will need to hear.
All very well and good, but what about the sound you say. It’s a Sony; it’s excellent. They produce a dynamic sound with that traditional Sony bass, but all the frequencies are clear and pronounced.
With a battery life of up to 30 hours, Smart Listening and access to Google Assistant, these are very good indeed. Another contender for best wireless Bluetooth headphones.
- Stylish, sleek, and a quality build.
- Has just about everything you might need.
- Quite expensive.
3 V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex Edition
V-Moda makes great headphones that in some ways, just look different and are often packed with the good things that top range equipment should have. These follow the trend are some of the best sounding phones around.
The design is good and has the signature shaped ear cups fit closer to your head than on previous models. They are, however, a little on the small side and may cause fit problems for some people.
The pads are made from the V-Moda synthetic leather we are familiar with and filled with a soft foam that gives comfortable padding. The headband is made of steel covered with similar padding, and there is also a steel folding fitting for when you fold them away — all high-quality build and materials.
Connect them up…
They have upgraded connections to use aptX Bluetooth which is a faster and a better quality version, but even that is a little behind the times with the new and latest version aptX HD now becoming the norm with a few companies.
Controls are situated on the top of the headphones and are very easy to use with a slider and three buttons providing all you need for sound management and call control.
Perfect for lovers of bass…
The sound, of course, is good as they always are this company. For bass lovers, they are perfect, but they don’t swallow everything else up, and the mids remain defined and the highs clear. They’ve got it just about right in this area.
The negatives? The battery life of 14 hours sounds adequate, but is way behind some of the opposition and they don’t have active noise cancellation. If you can cope with that, these are a great buy.
- Quality design and build.
- Very good sound stage.
- Battery life is rather short.
4 Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 Special Edition
Often criticized as being a bit dull and lacking style even though their performance received praise, Backbeat seemed to have changed their approach slightly and given us a great design with a lot of style.
The headband is soft simulated leather which is well padded, and the supports for the ear cup are constructed from plastic with aluminum extenders inside. The actual ear cups have a new design being more oval than round.
Built to last…
Plastic dominates the construction, but they are solid and well-built, and they contain a wire-mesh. They are also well-padded again from a simulated leather filled with memory foam. The cups turn on a joint to allow them to fold flat for easy storage. It is a solid design but is rather heavy at 19 ounces.
The controls are mounted on the ear cups and enjoy some good features. Pressing the right ear cup will either answer or ignore an incoming call. The off/on button also acts as the pairing button for Bluetooth. And below this is the ambient noise controller which is adjustable allowing you to decide how much of the outside world you will let disturb you.
A great feature are the sensors fitted into the lining of the ear cup, which pauses your music when you take the phones off.
The noise cancellation is quite effective when initiated, but not as efficient as some others on the market. They do quieten things down, but the hustle and bustle is still audible. Call quality is very good, and the sound received and delivered very clear. Bluetooth connection is stable and has a range of about 300 feet. A big plus point is the 24 hours of battery life.
For music, they deliver a solid sound though they are a little muddy at times. The bass is prominent, but the highs a bit shrill in some areas. Nevertheless, it is a decent powerful sound.
They are an attractive, well-designed set of phones that deliver a good performance and set with a reasonable price tag.
- Really nice design and well built.
- Comfortable with good call and music sound.
- Rather heavy.
5 Bose SoundLink On-Ear Bluetooth Wireless Headphones
Bose are referred to when making comparisons amongst headphone capabilities. It’s not surprising, the quality they produce is always excellent and offers a benchmark for others to follow.
These are an around-ear designed Bluetooth headset that will give you a clear and powerful sound using both Tri-port technology and also interestingly an active EQ. The sound produced, of course, is Bose, so it is going to be good for music or the calls you make or take.
It is rich and warm and has none of the brashness of some other phones who push the low and high frequencies up to the max. You get none of that here. This may be designed this way because it handles more than just music and calls but also movie soundtracks if you hook them up to your tablet.
Need to pause for thought…
It can move between two devices easily and if you are watching a movie or listening to music and a call comes in you can choose to accept or cancel. If you choose to accept the call, the headset will pause your movie for you returning to it when the call is completed. You can move up to 30 feet from your device and stay connected.
The design and construction of the SoundLink headphones are of high quality. Bose has used impact-resistant materials and combined them with stainless steel to avoid corrosion and glass-filled nylon to create a stylish, solid, but lightweight and compact set of headphones.
Nice and comfortable…
They have an adjustable, pliable headband that is well-padded and soft cushioned earcups. These will allow you to use them for long lengths of time and feel no problems. It is an understated design in black with the only visible decoration being the Bose logo.
Controls are located on the ear cups and are easy to use and have a voice prompt facility. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery will deliver 15 hours of playtime. It comes with a matching case and a USB charging cable. Also included is a 3mm backup audio cable.
Reasonably priced, they are of great value.
- High-quality construction and materials.
- Good sound performance.
- Fifteen hours of battery life is a bit low.
6 Sony MDR-ZX770BN Bluetooth Noise Canceling Headphones
Sony has always been able to produce a quality product, and their headphones are often of very high quality.
These are designed and manufactured with one thing in mind. The music. They are built to a high standard with ear cups with cushions that minimize pressure on the ears. The headband is a little thin on the padding though, but nevertheless, they provide a good seal and therefore a powerful sound.
They are nearly all plastic in construction, but the quality is strong and helps them not to become too heavy. They have a good storage design because when the music stops, the ear cups twist around and fold flat for easy storage,
Noise-canceling is achieved by simply pushing a button. The surrounding sound is analyzed by the AINC circuit, and the correct level of noise-canceling applied.
The design applies a level of functionality to your choices allowing you to use Bluetooth with or without noise-canceling features or use the supplied audio cable for passive listening that won’t rely on the battery. Pairing is easy, and built-in aptX codec support maximizes the quality of the signal.
When your phone is paired, you can answer a call at the touch of a button, and the music will be suspended and resumed when the call is finished.
Let’s return to the sound…
40mm drivers punch out 20Hz to 20 kHz of frequency response which delivers a powerful sound. The bass is deep, but under control, and the mids and top end clear and concise in their definition. A Sony sound.
They offer thirteen hours of battery life with noise-canceling in use.
Impressive headphones as you might expect from one of the market leaders — certainly, one to consider as best wireless Bluetooth headphones.
- Music reproduction is of high quality.
- Well-built and strong with good noise canceling.
- The price might be a little high.
7 MEE Audio Matrix Cinema Low Latency Bluetooth Wireless Headphones
Mee audio was established in the US in 2005 by some people who love their music and wanted it to sound as good as they could get it. This set of headphones are designed with a view to getting the most out of watching movies by producing staggering sound.
The proprietary CinemaEAR technology that is built-in allows you to switch between a range of listening and enhancement modes — all very simple to operate at the touch of a button. Just choose whichever option you prefer.
Bluetooth and Clear Voice…
Qualcomm aptX codecs ensure you get the best from your Bluetooth connection with the latest low-latency technology just for the movies. And for the calls there two levels of Clear Voice which will improve clarity and speech when you are using the phone.
The controls are kept to a minimum and made easy to use. You can control your music, what you listen to, and how loud it is from the controls on your devices. The built-in mic will allow you to make and receive your calls.
They haven’t gone overboard with the design and kept it very plain and simple, and this means that it does lack a bit of styling. The earpads are very well made with excellent cushioning, but they could certainly have improved the headband comfort level.
What about the sound?
Well, as you would expect considering what we said in the first line of this review, it is good and powerful with thundering bass and very clear high frequencies. Very cinematic.
They come with a case, and two cables, stereo audio, and a USB charger.
They are a decent set of phones with lots of good features. Music is fine, Bluetooth connections for calls are clear subject to the usual distance requirements, and watching videos with a cinematic sound very good. That’s what they were made for. Thirty hours of battery life is good. The design and comfort level could have been a bit better, but for the price, no one will complain.
- Good sound for movies and calls.
- Thirty hours of battery life.
- Maybe a bit more cushioning around the headband.
8 Over-Ear Bluetooth Wireless Headphones
Well, these certainly are a budget set of headphones in amongst some serious competitors. But as we have always said, sometimes you can’t always judge a product by the price tag.
The build quality is as you might expect. Lots of plastic and not feeling particularly strong in the hand. They have a design that allows you to fold them down after use to store them away, which is always a good feature.
Not too bad, all things considered…
They are lightweight weighing just 8 ounces. The padding on the ear cups is quite thick and soft and is made from rubber with faux leather covering. The headband is adjustable and has similar padding to the ear cups though it maybe could have done with just a little more. All things considered, build and comfort aren’t too bad.
On the right ear cup, are positioned controls for volume and other music control and play functions along with a charging port for the micro USB cable. There is also a jack socket on the left cup for a 3.5mm cable. Also installed on the ear cups are the call answering system and microphone. The controls are quite easy to use and positive to the touch.
Connections to Bluetooth are quick…
Either using NFC or normal Bluetooth pairing and it is stable with clear reception.
The sound quality is a bit surprising, and better than you might expect it to be. Rather bass-heavy as some tend to be, and it does become quite dominant depending on the bass levels of the track, but considering the price quite good. Probably won’t appeal to a specialist, but to the ordinary listener, they are ok. Battery life is about 15 hours.
For the money, they are a decent set of Wireless Bluetooth headphones.
- A good sound if a little bass-heavy.
- Build quality is ok and can be folded away.
- Some will want a tougher build with more features and be happy to pay more for them.
9 Skullcandy Riff Wireless On-Ear Headphones With Microphone
Skullcandy is a US company that specializes in producing headphones for a variety of activities, some of which could be called quite testing. In fact, the founder, Rick Alden, was halfway up a mountain when his phone rang and he realized it would be a good idea to have a phone that would answer calls and have other features in difficult situations.
Also, the company tends not to clutter up their headphones with stuff you don’t really need. They keep it very simple but effective. While they offer a range of phones, they all have one thing in common. They are loud. Very loud with the bass right upfront.
A minimalist design…
In the design and manufacture, they have not included some things that may be considered by some important. The earpads are not well endowed with padding, and the headband has none at all. There is no wired listening facility, and this model is certainly not good for the gym, but there are some plus points.
The sound is strong, and we have already mentioned the bass being prominent. They fold up and are easily stored. The battery charger is excellent with two hours of use from a ten-minute charge. And the controls are easily located and are convenient.
The usual volume and track change facilities are included as is the ability to activate a personal assistant for messaging or other information. The microphone and call answering is also grouped together.
They are a bit light on accessories, but the important things are there and as we have said the sound is very good.
Good value for money for those who need to make and take calls halfway up a mountain!
- Includes what you need at a good price.
- Good sound.
- Some are going to want more features.
10 Creative Sound Blaster
Another set of budget headphones for those that don’t want to spend a fortune. Not everyone does, and therefore these cheaper models have certainly got a place in the market, just don’t expect too much from them.
With the budget models, the first thing that becomes apparent is the build quality. If the budget is limited, then this is an area where cutbacks will be made, and that is the case with these headphones. You won’t refer to them as tough and rugged, but they are not going to fall apart on you. Also, they do not fold up, so need to be treated carefully after use.
A bit thin on comfort levels…
The padding around the ears is a little thin, but having said that, they are not uncomfortable. But there is no padding on the headband which is a strange feeling if you are used to the soft padding of some models.
The good aspects are that they are not bulky but quite slim, and they are lightweight. That for the price makes them quite adequate in our book.
The connections are just the basic Bluetooth pairing, no aptX with these phones. The usual distance of ten meters works fine. They have decent twelve-hour battery life. Adequate in the area of connections and battery as well.
The controls are placed on the right ear cup. And include a multi-function button that handles most of the actions, except volume and bass boost, which are positioned beside it. Call quality was nothing to write home about but functioned ok.
The sound is not so good. There is a bass boost which may not have been necessary, and when used muddies up the mids. The tops are quite shrill and can be a little piercing. They are an on-ear style, so they are not going to hold the sound in either.
They are what they are, a set of phones that will do the job at a budget price.
- Competitive price.
- Fulfills all the functions you would expect well enough, but doesn’t excel at any.
- Some will just prefer to spend a bit more on phones that are more substantial.
Best Wireless Bluetooth Headphone Buyers Guide
There are a lot of big names in this review, with some staggering products in terms of their design and performance. The competition between some of them is interesting, as they either upgrade or bring out new models to try and keep ahead of the rest.
Whilst we are considering the ‘big boys’ let’s give a hand to those who are making budget headphones — trying to provide connectivity at a cheap price. Their product will never be as good as some, but it is important they are there, so well done to them. There are some excellent products out there for the prices offered.
This is what it is all about these days. Staying in touch with everything going on around us. There could only be one decision to make when buying into this market. Does the music come first or does the receiving and making calls take preference?
They all do both of course, but some are designed more for the music, others more for the incoming and outgoing communication. New connectivity modes are now on offer. Qualcomm’s creation of aptX has raised the quality in the communication bar to a higher level, and some models we looked at embrace this new tech.
It gives a bigger bandwidth, and that means less compression, which means better sound. aptX transmits audio at 352kbps. The bar has recently been raised a bit more with a new generation, aptX HD, transmitting at 576kbps. Even better quality.
As the quality improves, the price goes up, of course.
Set Your Budget
This is a difficult one because the difference between the top and the bottom is very large, but you have to say to yourself is this for fun, do I need it, how much do I need it and how good must it be? Having answered that set of questions and a quick look at the bank balance and you can make your decision.