A man with a pair of wireless headphones.

Millions of consumers who picked up a new cell phone in the last 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 like call and playback controls.

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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.

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 the best wireless headphones have impressive audio quality as well.

Here at Consumer Reports, we buy dozens of headphones every year and put them through rigorous testing so 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 testing, and you can find them for under $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 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-Canceling

Bose is often credited with the invention of noise-canceling headphones, and they're still beating the competition. The Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II is one of the best-scoring headphones in our tests for both noise-canceling and sound quality.

The headphones come with integrated call, volume, and playback controls, and a dedicated smart-assistant button, which can also be used to cycle through the model’s variable noise-canceling functions and let in more or less outside sound.

According to Bose, you can double the already generous 20-hour operating time by switching off Bluetooth and using the included detachable audio cable. The ear cups swivel flat for easy storage, and they come with a carrying case and a mini-plug-to-airplane-jack adapter.

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Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II

Price: $350

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Bluetooth for the Budget Conscious

The best wireless headphones aren't all 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 they lack some features you'll find on some other models, like 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

True wireless headphones take the convenience of Bluetooth a step further by eliminating the cable that connects the two ear pieces. And the JLab Audio JBuds Air ranks among the best models we've tested. For just $50, it delivers impressive sound quality, beating pairs that cost more than twice as much.

As is often the case with true wireless earphones, the JBuds Air's advertised battery life is on the low end of the spectrum at 3.5 hours. But the model comes with a carrying case that has a built-in battery rated to fully recharge the earphones up to two times when you're on the go.

Other features include support for various digital assistants, three switchable EQ modes to change the tonal balance of the sound, and according to JLab, water resistance. As with many true wireless headphones, users with small ears may have trouble getting a secure fit. So before you buy a pair, try them on or make sure the retailer has a good return policy.

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JLab Audio JBuds Air

Price: $50

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Tailored for the Gym

1MORE may not have the name recognition of other brands on this list, but the great audio quality and a price 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 sit-up record. 

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1MORE iBFree Sport

Price: $60

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