Whether you’re joining a Zoom meeting or taking a jog around the block, these are the best wireless headphones for lockdown living.
The Best Wireless Headphones for 2021
For anyone who can’t decide between under-ear or over-ear, the JayBird X4 wireless headphones may be the answer to your prayers. You can adjust the device to whatever fits your comfort. Plus, with protection from sweat and rain, and 8-hours of usage on one charge, they're great for gamers and runners alike. Available in two colors.
User Review: “Perfect multipurpose earphone.”
The Mpow Flame Bluetooth Headphones are under $20 on Amazon, and give you about eight hours of use on a full charge. The water-resistant coating allows for sweating (again, great for long runs), and they come with a travel case. Available in eight colors.
User Review: “Sound, although not professional quality, is better than other headphones in this price range and in many cases on par with headphones that are much more expensive.”
For something absolutely wire-free, try these True Wireless Earbuds from Jabra. These buds can run up to five hours on a full charge and are voice compatible with Siri, Alexa, or Google Assistant. Available in three colors.
User Review: “Perfect sound. Does not lose connection. The battery lasts an amazingly long time. I fly every week and have had bose, sony, JBL. This is my go-to headphones for traveling now. the case is so handy.”
Another truly wireless pair for the budget-minded folks out there, and currently available for only $29.99. Battery life is a tad limited so you may have to charge them more than other wireless headphones, but the quality for value is hard to beat.
User Review: “All in all for the price I could not find a better earbud on the market."
Some people hate earbuds. If that’s you, then go for these headphones from Bose. With noise-canceling technology, voice commands, and up to 20 hours of playtime, these are perfect for long Zoom meetings. Available in three colors.
User Review: “I am in love with these headphones. I originally hesitated because of the cost but because I travel so much, and use 2 cell phones (one for business and one for personal), I decided to bite the bullet and hope for the best. These do not disappoint! I have worn them on various flights and they have done a great job of canceling out the crying kids while I listen to music.”
Earbud haters looking for a low-cost option should consider these noise-canceling headphones, available for just $60.00. With active noise-canceling technology, a built-in microphone, and over 30 hours of playtime, these are ideal for the at-home life. Available in six colors.
User Review: “I would like to say that the appearance and comfort of these headphones are great and the Bluetooth function is easy to use. I just spent the entire day traveling on planes and in airports and the battery life is very good. At one stop I did add a bit of charge to them but just to be safe type thing and I don't believe I would have had an issue if I didn't. They also come with a plug so that if you wanted to use them with a unit that had no Bluetooth, they would also work.”
Another full-coverage headphone, the Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 comes with a travel sleeve, and the earcups swivel flat for easier storage. These headphones allow for up to 24-hours of playtime and feature active noise canceling technology. We love the smart sensor that automatically pauses your music when you take them off, and restarts when you put them back on.
User Review: “I did a lot of research on how to get the most bang for my buck when it comes to noise-canceling Bluetooth headphones. I travel a lot and I also like that these headphones can become wired and plug into an airplane's entertainment system and still give me the noise-canceling effect. These are great, and I would recommend them to anyone. I would also add that they are cheaper than the competitors and offer comparable performance.”