A man with a pair of wireless headphones.

Millions of consumers who’ve picked up a new cell phone in the past few years have found themselves stranded without a headphone jack. If you don’t want to deal with USB-C or Lightning port adapters, wireless headphones are an obvious choice.

But that’s just one reason to go wireless. You can’t beat the feeling of freedom that comes from a great pair of wireless headphones, and they typically come with convenient features, such as call and playback controls.

There are wireless headphones to suit almost any situation, whether you’re on a budget, you need something to keep you moving at the gym, or you’re looking for noise-canceling headphones to get some quiet on your next flight.

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And you don’t have to give up on sound just because you’re going with Bluetooth. CR’s technicians say audiophiles will still get better sound from the top-rated wired headphones, but our tests show that the best wireless headphones have impressive audio quality as well.

Consumer Reports buys dozens of headphones every year and put them through rigorous testing so that we can give you the information you need to find the perfect pair.

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Studio Style for Half the Price

These days Marshall puts out more than iconic British guitar amps. The company makes some impressive headphones as well, starting with the Marshall Monitor Bluetooth. The headphones sound great, but what really sets them apart is the price.

They’re among the best-performing wireless home/studio-style headphones in our ratings, and though the price fluctuates, you can often find them for as little as $150. That’s less than half of what you’d pay for some comparable models. If you want over-ear headphones with the convenience of Bluetooth, this pair is a steal. It comes with a detachable audio cable so that you can use your headphones without draining the battery, and the ear cups fold in for easy storage and travel.

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Marshall Monitor Bluetooth

Price: $140

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Great Sound on the Go

If you won’t compromise on sound quality—and you’re willing to pay for it—the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E6 may be for you. It doesn’t come cheap, but the Beoplay E6 is one of the best portable wireless models we’ve ever tested. In addition to sound quality, it has design perks including magnets that clip the earpieces together (and automatically turn the headphones off) for easy transport, a braided cable for added durability, and water resistance, according to the manufacturer.

There are some caveats. The proprietary charger could be expensive to replace, and the advertised battery life is only 5 hours. But for high-quality sound, critical listeners may be willing to overlook those shortcomings.

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Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E6

Price: $300

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Top-Notch Noise Cancellation

The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are the long-awaited successor to the company’s flagship QuietComfort 35 Series II headphones, and the two models are almost identical in performance: Both deliver superb sound quality and noise cancellation.

However, the Bose 700 earphones have a much slimmer profile when folded up, and they have a few updated elements, including more integration with digital assistants, touch controls, and sensors for Bose’s “augmented reality” apps. Bose has kept some of the best-loved features from its older models as well, such as adjustable levels of noise cancellation, a monitoring mode to let in sound from your environment, and an advertised 20-hour battery life. According to Bose, call quality is improved as well, though CR doesn’t test call quality in headphones.

With all that in mind, the older QuietComfort 35 Series II headphones are great, and they’re still widely available. If you don’t mind forgoing the latest features, you can pick them up for less.

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Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

Price: $400

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Bluetooth for the Budget-Conscious

Not all of the best wireless headphones are expensive. The JVC HA-FX9BT Gumy Wireless delivers dependable sound quality at an impulse-buy price. They retail for around $20 or even less, and they come with a carrying pouch and extra earpieces to help you find the best fit.

The E25BT didn’t score quite as high for audio quality as other models on this list, and it lacks some features you’ll find on certain other models, such as water resistance and extended battery life. But if you want a pair of wireless headphones that provide decent sound at a fraction of the cost of its competitors, the E25BT is an appealing option.

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JVC HA-FX9BT Gumy Wireless

Price: $20

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True Wireless

The Samsung Galaxy Buds are one of the best-scoring portable Bluetooth headphones Consumer Reports has ever tested. That’s all the more impressive given their “true wireless” design, meaning the model doesn’t have a cord connecting the left earbud to the right. That’s the same design scheme popularized by Apple’s AirPods, but our testers say the Galaxy Buds sound dramatically better.

The Galaxy Buds produce exemplary audio quality packed into a pair of unobtrusive earpieces, complete with easy-to-use touch controls for playback, volume, and skipping tracks. According to Samsung, they have a 6-hour battery life and come with a powered carrying case that will recharge the earphones for up to 7 additional hours of playback on the go. The case itself can be charged with a wireless charging mat, and it’s particularly small compared with the cases that come with many true wireless models.

Those perks combined with a price under $150 make the Samsung Galaxy Buds one of the best true wireless earphones on the market.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds

Price: $130

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Tailored for the Gym

1More might not have the name recognition of other brands on this list, but the great audio quality and a price of around $60 make the iBFree Sport worthy of your attention.

The model has in-line controls for phone calls, volume, and music playback, and features a water-resistant design, according to 1More. And with its advertised 8-hour battery life, the iBFree Sport should keep you moving whether you’re out for a run or trying to break your personal situp record. 

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1MORE iBFree Sport

Price: $60

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