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Best bluetooth wireless headphones for 2019

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Best Bluetooth Wireless Headphones for 2019

Technology has moved on considerably over the last few years. Not too long ago we would not make too much of a case for wireless headphones as the technology wasn’t quite there yet. There were issues with connectivity over Bluetooth and then it was the actual surround quality of the audio. Batteries were nowhere near what you would expect and it made them impractical. However, today things are completely different and wireless headphones are living a sort of renaissance.

Thanks to advancements in Bluetooth (thanks, aptX), the latest batch of wireless headphones not only stay connected in every situation, but they sound just as good as they’re wired counterparts to boot. There are over-ear wireless headphones, often with noise-cancelling thrown in for good measure, with major brands including Bose, Sennheiser and Sony leading the way.

There is no doubt that they are pricier than a traditional wired model, but wireless headphones give you much greater freedom of movement, making them perfect for working out at the gym, going out for a run or a great companion for phones like the iPhone X and Google Pixel 2 that simply lack a 3.5mm aux port to connect with.

Whatever your reason for upgrading, we’re here to help you pick out the best wireless headphones, regardless of your budget. What you’ll find below are the top headphones we’ve reviewed with a mix of in-ear, over-ear and on-ear headphones, plus some with neat features like noise-cancellation.

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Best Bluetooth Wireless Headphones for 2019

Technology has moved on considerably over the last few years. Not too long ago we would not make too much of a case for wireless headphones as the technology wasn’t quite there yet. There were issues with connectivity over Bluetooth and then it was the actual surround quality of the audio. Batteries were nowhere near what you would expect and it made them impractical. However, today things are completely different and wireless headphones are living a sort of renaissance.

Thanks to advancements in Bluetooth (thanks, aptX), the latest batch of wireless headphones not only stay connected in every situation, but they sound just as good as they’re wired counterparts to boot. There are over-ear wireless headphones, often with noise-cancelling thrown in for good measure, with major brands including Bose, Sennheiser and Sony leading the way.

There is no doubt that they are pricier than a traditional wired model, but wireless headphones give you much greater freedom of movement, making them perfect for working out at the gym, going out for a run or a great companion for phones like the iPhone X and Google Pixel 2 that simply lack a 3.5mm aux port to connect with.

Whatever your reason for upgrading, we’re here to help you pick out the best wireless headphones, regardless of your budget. What you’ll find below are the top headphones we’ve reviewed with a mix of in-ear, over-ear and on-ear headphones, plus some with neat features like noise-cancellation.

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Our Top Pick
Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

We are impressed with the features on offer here, particularly the best battery life we’ve ever seen on a pair of wireless headphones. Sound quality is good, but more than most headphones you need to be a fan of bass dominant music for the Solo 3 Wireless to suit you.


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Our Top Pick
Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

We are impressed with the features on offer here, particularly the best battery life we’ve ever seen on a pair of wireless headphones. Sound quality is good, but more than most headphones you need to be a fan of bass dominant music for the Solo 3 Wireless to suit you.


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Whether you’re a fan or not, the Beats brand is undeniably cool and trendy. Although at this price we’re accustomed to materials like metal, the Solo 3 Wireless stick to a plastic build. It doesn’t feel as premium compared to rival brands but does mean they are lightweight and durable – it’s somewhat astonishing how much you can bend and twist the headband with no sign of breaking.

You’ll probably spend quite a while choosing a colour as the Solo 3 Wireless come in no less than 14 different options. Some are black in colour, while others have a two-tone approach. So far we’re pretty impressed as long as you don’t mind the plastic design. Our only real complaint is that, despite the soft cushions, the headphones get a little uncomfortable after a while due to the inwards pressure.

Before we get to sound quality, there are various features that the Solo 3 Wireless offer that helps to justify the price. For starters, the headphones have Apple’s W1 chip which means easy pairing. You just need Bluetooth on and the Solo 3 near the device you want to pair. A notification will pop up and you’re away.

The Beats Solo 3 Wireless can sound muddy and uncertain in sound, with no care or accord for the intricacies of some music. We found this to be the case when listening to music genres like folk where individual instruments and vocals are integral. You will get somewhat used to how they sound for various genres over time, but compare them to some other decent headphones and you’ll realise what you’re missing out on.

Whether you’re a fan or not, the Beats brand is undeniably cool and trendy. Although at this price we’re accustomed to materials like metal, the Solo 3 Wireless stick to a plastic build. It doesn’t feel as premium compared to rival brands but does mean they are lightweight and durable – it’s somewhat astonishing how much you can bend and twist the headband with no sign of breaking.

You’ll probably spend quite a while choosing a colour as the Solo 3 Wireless come in no less than 14 different options. Some are black in colour, while others have a two-tone approach. So far we’re pretty impressed as long as you don’t mind the plastic design. Our only real complaint is that, despite the soft cushions, the headphones get a little uncomfortable after a while due to the inwards pressure.

Before we get to sound quality, there are various features that the Solo 3 Wireless offer that helps to justify the price. For starters, the headphones have Apple’s W1 chip which means easy pairing. You just need Bluetooth on and the Solo 3 near the device you want to pair. A notification will pop up and you’re away.

The Beats Solo 3 Wireless can sound muddy and uncertain in sound, with no care or accord for the intricacies of some music. We found this to be the case when listening to music genres like folk where individual instruments and vocals are integral. You will get somewhat used to how they sound for various genres over time, but compare them to some other decent headphones and you’ll realise what you’re missing out on.

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Our Top Pick
Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones

The sound is better than most fitness headphones and most importantly they will stay on your ears no matter what you do. You get so much for such a competitive price when you consider how much premium fitness headphones usually cost. You could never imagine how good these headphones actually are.


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Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones

The sound is better than most fitness headphones and most importantly they will stay on your ears no matter what you do. You get so much for such a competitive price when you consider how much premium fitness headphones usually cost. You could never imagine how good these headphones actually are.


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The Bose SoundSport Wireless headphones are aimed, in fact, at sporty types: anyone who may be keen on keeping fit but for whom the drudgery of the treadmill or rowing machine is just too much to bear. As such, they’re Bluetooth wireless headphones, lightweight and colourful, with a built-in battery, a microphone for making and taking calls, and remote control built in. They’re sweat- and splash-proof and they sound pretty sweet, too.

So what do the Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones offer that the competition doesn’t? On paper, at least, the answer to that question seems to be “not a lot”. Battery life isn’t exceptional at a claimed “up to six hours”. They’re sweat-proof, but not IP-rated. And there are only three pairs of ear tips supplied in the box, so it’s possible you won’t find a snug fit.

That’s not to say these are a poor pair of headphones, though; far from it. If they fit your ears, and their popularity indicates they will to most people, you’ll find them a comfortable, secure fit. They sit on the outside of the ear canal rather than slipping in all the way like most earphones, allowing you to hear some of what’s going on around you instead of being sealed off from the outside world. Each “umbrella” tip is kitted out with rubber wings that hook into the outer part of your ear, locking them in place when you rotate the earpiece.

The neck cable is just the right length: not too short and not so long that it snags on your shirt collar. And, although the earpiece housings protrude around a centimetre out from the ear (a touch further than I’d like), they never felt like they’d fall out and they aren’t too heavy. They are a savvy design. The remote barely weighs anything, leaving nothing to drag the cable down, and they are comfortable to wear. The soft silicone rubber hooks trace the basic lines of the ear, making the fit secure enough for running or going to the gym.

The Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones are the more conventional siblings of the SoundSport Pulse. They lose heart-rate tracking but keep everything else. They are comfortable, sound great, are easy to use and don’t cost more than their high-quality rivals.

The Bose SoundSport Wireless headphones are aimed, in fact, at sporty types: anyone who may be keen on keeping fit but for whom the drudgery of the treadmill or rowing machine is just too much to bear. As such, they’re Bluetooth wireless headphones, lightweight and colourful, with a built-in battery, a microphone for making and taking calls, and remote control built in. They’re sweat- and splash-proof and they sound pretty sweet, too.

So what do the Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones offer that the competition doesn’t? On paper, at least, the answer to that question seems to be “not a lot”. Battery life isn’t exceptional at a claimed “up to six hours”. They’re sweat-proof, but not IP-rated. And there are only three pairs of ear tips supplied in the box, so it’s possible you won’t find a snug fit.

That’s not to say these are a poor pair of headphones, though; far from it. If they fit your ears, and their popularity indicates they will to most people, you’ll find them a comfortable, secure fit. They sit on the outside of the ear canal rather than slipping in all the way like most earphones, allowing you to hear some of what’s going on around you instead of being sealed off from the outside world. Each “umbrella” tip is kitted out with rubber wings that hook into the outer part of your ear, locking them in place when you rotate the earpiece.

The neck cable is just the right length: not too short and not so long that it snags on your shirt collar. And, although the earpiece housings protrude around a centimetre out from the ear (a touch further than I’d like), they never felt like they’d fall out and they aren’t too heavy. They are a savvy design. The remote barely weighs anything, leaving nothing to drag the cable down, and they are comfortable to wear. The soft silicone rubber hooks trace the basic lines of the ear, making the fit secure enough for running or going to the gym.

The Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones are the more conventional siblings of the SoundSport Pulse. They lose heart-rate tracking but keep everything else. They are comfortable, sound great, are easy to use and don’t cost more than their high-quality rivals.

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Our Top Pick
Otium 3110011BR IPX7 Waterproof Headphones

We’d recommend these earbuds to anyone who is active and likes bass-heavy music. Their performance is well above average, making them an excellent bargain. They are completely wireless and feature a sound signature that is a little more balanced. They do cost a little more, but the sound quality is fantastic.


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Our Top Pick
Otium 3110011BR IPX7 Waterproof Headphones

We’d recommend these earbuds to anyone who is active and likes bass-heavy music. Their performance is well above average, making them an excellent bargain. They are completely wireless and feature a sound signature that is a little more balanced. They do cost a little more, but the sound quality is fantastic.


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We were a little surprised at the quality of packaging provided with the Otium 3110011BR Bluetooth Headphones. Usually, affordable consumer electronics keep everything as simple as possible, but Otium provides a lot of value. The case is a little large to fit in your pocket. If it wasn’t for the clip, we’d consider that to be an inconvenience. But the advantage of this design is that the wire won’t get all tangled up while in storage, and the clip makes it easy to attach to your backpack, luggage, or to simply stash it in your car.

From a visual standpoint, these headphones maintain a sleek and modern appearance. There are more compact options on the market, but Otium did a great job of working with what they’ve got. The flat enclosures attached to the earpieces are highlighted with bright red screen printing, matching the flat wire. If you’re looking for something a little simpler, an all-black model is available as well. When worn, these earbuds don’t feel all that bulky. The enclosure looks similar to a hands-free headset and has a fairly sporty look. The flat cable tucks against your neck, and the ear hook is hidden behind your ear.

These clip-on earbuds mean that you’ll be sacrificing portability and weight, but the advantage is ergonomics. The process of putting them on is a little different than you’d expect. First, you tip the headphones down and place the end of the ear clip against the upper cartilage of your ear. Then you rotate the earbuds counterclockwise, sliding the clips into place. They’re incredibly comfortable to wear, yet they won’t shift when you are moving around.

If you’re looking for an affordable pair of earbuds to wear while in the gym, the Otium 3110011BR Bluetooth Headphones are a great choice. The ear clips make them a little larger and heavier than some portable models, but this allows them to sit securely on your head no matter how much you’re moving around. Combined with the IPX7 for waterproofing, you can be confident that they’ll outlast any other earbud in this price range.

We were a little surprised at the quality of packaging provided with the Otium 3110011BR Bluetooth Headphones. Usually, affordable consumer electronics keep everything as simple as possible, but Otium provides a lot of value. The case is a little large to fit in your pocket. If it wasn’t for the clip, we’d consider that to be an inconvenience. But the advantage of this design is that the wire won’t get all tangled up while in storage, and the clip makes it easy to attach to your backpack, luggage, or to simply stash it in your car.

From a visual standpoint, these headphones maintain a sleek and modern appearance. There are more compact options on the market, but Otium did a great job of working with what they’ve got. The flat enclosures attached to the earpieces are highlighted with bright red screen printing, matching the flat wire. If you’re looking for something a little simpler, an all-black model is available as well. When worn, these earbuds don’t feel all that bulky. The enclosure looks similar to a hands-free headset and has a fairly sporty look. The flat cable tucks against your neck, and the ear hook is hidden behind your ear.

These clip-on earbuds mean that you’ll be sacrificing portability and weight, but the advantage is ergonomics. The process of putting them on is a little different than you’d expect. First, you tip the headphones down and place the end of the ear clip against the upper cartilage of your ear. Then you rotate the earbuds counterclockwise, sliding the clips into place. They’re incredibly comfortable to wear, yet they won’t shift when you are moving around.

If you’re looking for an affordable pair of earbuds to wear while in the gym, the Otium 3110011BR Bluetooth Headphones are a great choice. The ear clips make them a little larger and heavier than some portable models, but this allows them to sit securely on your head no matter how much you’re moving around. Combined with the IPX7 for waterproofing, you can be confident that they’ll outlast any other earbud in this price range.

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Our Top Pick
Sennheiser RS120 On-Ear Wireless RF Headphones

Users will experience top-notch sound quality, with great features and superior comfort. They are very reliable and built to be durable and for months to come. Besides the hissing noise which can be easily eliminated the only downside seems to be that the tuning and volume controls are too close together.


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Sennheiser RS120 On-Ear Wireless RF Headphones

Users will experience top-notch sound quality, with great features and superior comfort. They are very reliable and built to be durable and for months to come. Besides the hissing noise which can be easily eliminated the only downside seems to be that the tuning and volume controls are too close together.


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With an open back construction, the RS120 Mk2 offers a spacious, airy sound. The large speakers also offer a dynamic sound that covers the frequency range with ease. Typical Sennheiser attention to detail ensures that the RS120 Mk II wireless headphones stay comfortable for the full length of the 20-hour operating time.

The Sennheiser RS120 On-Ear Wireless headset is a remarkable device that will exceed your expectations. These headsets are cheaper and different than your standard Bluetooth wireless headphones, give them a chance and you will be addicted to your new headphones. This device is cable free, produce high-quality sound without using any cables. Operating on RF (Radio Frequency) Technology of 900 MHz makes this achievable. It is a wireless device that comes with a transmitter.

The transmitter comes with a dock for charging. Recharging is easy just place the headset over the charging dock when not in use. These headphones run for hours on 2 rechargeable NiMH AAA batteries. The wireless signal transmits with a radius of up to 328 feet and can travel through ceilings and walls. You’ll be able to easily control your music right from your headphones. Included with your purchase is an RCA to 1/8 inch adapter, as well as a 1/8 inch to ¼ inch adapter. These multiple adaptors allow your headset to be compatible with almost any product that produces sound. Also, included is a 2-year warranty for your convenience and peace of mind.

Due to radio frequency technology, users can tune manually into different channels of frequency. And, with 900 MHz of frequency bandwidth, you can rest assured that you will not interfere with other channels. Reception is clean and free from background noises. The treble is clear and a deep bass gives you that awesome effects as you watch movies or television and/ or listen to music. The sound quality coming out of the HDR120 headphones is unmatched at such an affordable price. Listen to music for hours without discomfort or interruption.

With an open back construction, the RS120 Mk2 offers a spacious, airy sound. The large speakers also offer a dynamic sound that covers the frequency range with ease. Typical Sennheiser attention to detail ensures that the RS120 Mk II wireless headphones stay comfortable for the full length of the 20-hour operating time.

The Sennheiser RS120 On-Ear Wireless headset is a remarkable device that will exceed your expectations. These headsets are cheaper and different than your standard Bluetooth wireless headphones, give them a chance and you will be addicted to your new headphones. This device is cable free, produce high-quality sound without using any cables. Operating on RF (Radio Frequency) Technology of 900 MHz makes this achievable. It is a wireless device that comes with a transmitter.

The transmitter comes with a dock for charging. Recharging is easy just place the headset over the charging dock when not in use. These headphones run for hours on 2 rechargeable NiMH AAA batteries. The wireless signal transmits with a radius of up to 328 feet and can travel through ceilings and walls. You’ll be able to easily control your music right from your headphones. Included with your purchase is an RCA to 1/8 inch adapter, as well as a 1/8 inch to ¼ inch adapter. These multiple adaptors allow your headset to be compatible with almost any product that produces sound. Also, included is a 2-year warranty for your convenience and peace of mind.

Due to radio frequency technology, users can tune manually into different channels of frequency. And, with 900 MHz of frequency bandwidth, you can rest assured that you will not interfere with other channels. Reception is clean and free from background noises. The treble is clear and a deep bass gives you that awesome effects as you watch movies or television and/ or listen to music. The sound quality coming out of the HDR120 headphones is unmatched at such an affordable price. Listen to music for hours without discomfort or interruption.

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Our Top Pick
SENSO ActivBuds S-250 Bluetooth Headphones

If you are looking for a high-quality wireless earbud, we have to say that it may be hard to find a better option than SENSO S-250 ActivBuds. They deliver everything good that user cares most, including sound quality, build quality, and comfort. On top of that, they are packed with functional technology and even a 1-year warranty.


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SENSO ActivBuds S-250 Bluetooth Headphones

If you are looking for a high-quality wireless earbud, we have to say that it may be hard to find a better option than SENSO S-250 ActivBuds. They deliver everything good that user cares most, including sound quality, build quality, and comfort. On top of that, they are packed with functional technology and even a 1-year warranty.


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The Senso ActivBuds S-250 waterproof Bluetooth headphones are waterproof (IPX-7 rating), noise-cancelling, Bluetooth 4.1, HD stereo earbuds with very light ear-hooks that provide stability, comfort, and confidence that your workout won’t be interrupted by an earbud falling out by accident. They sport a long-lasting battery that won’t quit for 8 hours – long enough to outlast any workout you can throw at it or a binge-watching movie marathon.

The Bluetooth 4,1 audio means there is virtually no lag between the video you see on the screen and the audio you hear in your ear. Bluetooth 3.0 headphones had that insanely disturbing half-second delay that meant your dialogue was nowhere near what was appearing on the screen. It really took the joy out of your favourite movies or shows. Not these SENSO ActivBuds S-250 headphones. You can enjoy the Bluetooth 4.1 functionality for many comfortable hours, at a distance of around 30 feet. The only issue we might have is that they’re a little clunky. But the trade-off between their ‘clunkiness’ vs. their fit and sound, makes it worth it.

There is a widely accepted, yet unproven fact that you won’t get the same sound quality from earbuds as you would from a premium pair of headphones. Unfortunately, a lot of earbud brands completely negate the fact that earbuds have to have better sound quality. The ActivBuds S250 is capable of delivering Hi-Fi sounds. Paired with the latest Bluetooth CSR technology, you will enjoy the instant connectivity of a wired sound. The bass is true and deep, while the trebles and mid-tones are clear and crisp. They’ve got quite a kick to them, too. With CVC 6.0 noise suppression, you don’t have to worry about annoying sounds around you, you won’t hear a pip.

The Senso ActivBuds S-250 waterproof Bluetooth headphones charge very quickly and have a built-in mic so that you can receive phone calls while listening to your favourite audio. They give you a beeping in the background while you enjoy your music so you don’t have to worry about missing that important call because the headphones cancel out the ringing of your phone. It is down to you whether you answer the call or stay listening to music.

The Senso ActivBuds S-250 waterproof Bluetooth headphones are waterproof (IPX-7 rating), noise-cancelling, Bluetooth 4.1, HD stereo earbuds with very light ear-hooks that provide stability, comfort, and confidence that your workout won’t be interrupted by an earbud falling out by accident. They sport a long-lasting battery that won’t quit for 8 hours – long enough to outlast any workout you can throw at it or a binge-watching movie marathon.

The Bluetooth 4,1 audio means there is virtually no lag between the video you see on the screen and the audio you hear in your ear. Bluetooth 3.0 headphones had that insanely disturbing half-second delay that meant your dialogue was nowhere near what was appearing on the screen. It really took the joy out of your favourite movies or shows. Not these SENSO ActivBuds S-250 headphones. You can enjoy the Bluetooth 4.1 functionality for many comfortable hours, at a distance of around 30 feet. The only issue we might have is that they’re a little clunky. But the trade-off between their ‘clunkiness’ vs. their fit and sound, makes it worth it.

There is a widely accepted, yet unproven fact that you won’t get the same sound quality from earbuds as you would from a premium pair of headphones. Unfortunately, a lot of earbud brands completely negate the fact that earbuds have to have better sound quality. The ActivBuds S250 is capable of delivering Hi-Fi sounds. Paired with the latest Bluetooth CSR technology, you will enjoy the instant connectivity of a wired sound. The bass is true and deep, while the trebles and mid-tones are clear and crisp. They’ve got quite a kick to them, too. With CVC 6.0 noise suppression, you don’t have to worry about annoying sounds around you, you won’t hear a pip.

The Senso ActivBuds S-250 waterproof Bluetooth headphones charge very quickly and have a built-in mic so that you can receive phone calls while listening to your favourite audio. They give you a beeping in the background while you enjoy your music so you don’t have to worry about missing that important call because the headphones cancel out the ringing of your phone. It is down to you whether you answer the call or stay listening to music.