10 best wireless headphones available today

TechRadar's top-ranking wireless headphone reviews

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard the news that Apple has taken the controversial step of removing the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack from its new iPhone 7.

Now, no one would blame you if you want to continue using your existing headphones with the new iPhone – all you need to do is use the lightning adaptor which has been bundled in with the phone.

That said, if you'd rather save that port for, I don't know, say charging your phone or connecting it to your car, there's never been a better time to invest in a pair of quality wireless headphones, which use Bluetooth rather than wires to connect to your device.

Whereas previously they suffered from poor sound quality and even poorer battery life, nowadays the latter has improved beyond all recognition and although you'll still get the best sound from a pair of wired headphones, the quality of audio given by Bluetooth has improved considerably.

So if you're looking to cut the cord, check out our guide to the best wireless headphones available today.

  • Not sold on wireless cans? Check out our guide to the best headphones overall.

Sennheiser Momentum Wireless

1. Sennheiser Momentum Wireless

Incredible audio fidelity backed by a serious price

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: N/A | Cable length: 4.6 feet | Frequency response: 16-22,000Hz | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: 28 ohms | Battery life: 25+ hours | Wireless range: 30+ feet | NFC: Yes

Comfy, rugged build
Best-in-class sound
Everlasting battery life
Terribly pricey

These no-holds-barred wireless headphones are oozing with positive qualities, but for many, they're almost prohibitively expensive. However, if you're an audio lover that can spare the expense, do not hesitate on this comfortable, hard-working set of headphones that will likely last for years.

Read the full review: Sennheiser Momentum Wireless

Jabra Move Wireless review

2. Jabra Move Wireless

Sporty Bluetooth headphones that aim to surprise

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: .33 pounds | Cable length: N/A | Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz | Drivers: Two 1.5" drivers | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 94db @ 1kHz | Impedance: 29 ohms | Battery life: 8+ hours | Wireless range: 33+ feet | NFC: No

Bold design
Lightweight
Little noise isolation

The Jabra Move Wireless are one of the best values around for Bluetooth headphones. Not only does the minimalistic design - infused with the energetic Cobalt blue styling - impress off the bat, it keeps on delivering the goods with a surprising amount of function and performance.

You'll find deeper lows and mids and highs with an extra level of crisp when you drop a couple more big bills, but for the money, the Jabra Move Wireless offer a big, full sound.

Read the full review: Jabra Move Wireless

Best Wireless Headphones

3. Bose QuietComfort 35

Bose cut the wires off its flagship cans with great success

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 0.68 pounds | Cable length: 3.94 feet | Frequency response: N/A | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: N/A | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life: 20+ hours | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: Yes

Broad and clear soundstage
Amazing noise cancellation
Active EQ an acquired taste
Boring looks

Bose has finally brought its fantastic noise-cancelling technology to a pair of wireless headphones and it's done so without any of the traditional drawbacks of wireless headphones. They sound great, and their battery life is long enough for all but the longest of flights.

At $349.95 (£289.95 / AU pricing tbc) the QC35s sit firmly at the premium end of the spectrum, but if you want the best noise-cancelling headphones available right now then you can't get any better.

Read the full review: Bose QuietComfort 35

Sony MDR ZX770BT

4. Sony MDR-ZX770BT

Affordable wireless headphones that deliver big

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: .52 pounds | Cable length: N/A | Frequency response: 20-20,000Hz | Drivers: Two 1.6" speakers | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life: 20+ hours | Wireless range: 30+ feet | NFC: Yes

Comfortable fit
Fantastic battery life
Cramped soundstage
Light on bass

While not the fanciest option available, those only looking for the must-have features will find that there's a lot to like here. The build quality and materials are top-notch for the price. The sound quality won't blow your mind, but it's totally serviceable for listeners looking for a full sound. Its most treasured feature is the battery life, which lasts for 17 hours. Personally, I was able to squeeze 20 hours out of them.

Read the full review: Sony MDR-ZX770BT

5. Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless

The British behemoth's over-ears go wireless

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: .71 pounds | Cable length: N/A | Frequency response: 10Hz - 20KHz | Drivers: 40mm | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 111dB/V at 1KHz | Impedance: 22 ohms | Battery life: 17 hours | Wireless range: 30+ feet | NFC: Yes

Great build quality
Energetic, chunky sound
Lack of mid presence
Bad volume button placement

The Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless headphones are a great pair of Bluetooth headphones for fans of bass-heavy music genres. Their sound is both robust and weighty for all genres, but especially so when it comes to EDM and hip hop.

Besides sounding great, the physical construction of the headphones is also excellent. The signature B&W look is no less pleasing here, and we're big fans of how the cable port is hidden from view by the magnetic earcups.

Read the full review:  Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless

Koss BT540i

6. Koss BT540i

High-performance Bluetooth headphones for music lovers

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: N/A | Cable length: 4.5 feet | Frequency response: 10-25,000Hz | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: N/A | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: 38 ohms | Battery life: 10+ hours | Wireless range: 30+ feet | NFC: Yes

Low-profile design
Balanced sound
Befuddling button layout

If value is your main concern when looking for a set of headphones, you'll be pleased with the Koss BT540i. The Milwaukee, Wisc.-based Koss is known for providing a good bang-for-your-buck experience and these are no exception.

While these lack premium features like touch controls on the earcups or active noise cancellation, you'll hardly notice, what with the spectacular sound quality and comfy ear cushions.

Read the full review: Koss BT540i

Best Wireless Headphones

7. Optoma NuForce BE6i

Wireless in-ear headphones with (almost) no compromise

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 18 grams | Frequency response: 20Hz - 20kHz | Drivers: 10mm | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 95dB +/-3dB | Impedance: 20 Ohms | Battery life: 8 hours | Wireless range: 98 feet | NFC: No

Great sound
Tons of accessories
Cheap remote

Continuing the trend that the original NuForce BE6 started, the Optoma Nuforce BE6i are a minor update to an already great pair of earbuds and remain one of our favorite in-ear wireless headphones for the price.

Offering good sound, build quality and battery life in its segment if you're looking for a pair of wireless in-ear headphones that can survive a strenuous work out, the these should be on the top of your list of headphones to try.

Read the full review: Optoma NuForce BE6i

Best wireless headphones

8. Beats Solo 2 Wireless

Proof that Beats is quickly closing the gap between style and sound

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: .47 pounds | Cable length: 4.2 feet | Frequency response: N/A | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: N/A | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life: 12+ hours | Wireless range: 30+ feet | NFC: No

Long battery life
Great sound
Expensive

There are certain qualities we all like in a set of headphones and these have 'em: sleek design, great sound and long-lasting comfort. However, the signature feature in Beats headphones is one that some people may not be so fond of, namely, their heavy lean on bass.

Thankfully, Beats is moving on from their bass-heavy past and moving to a more balanced sound. This is evident as ever in the Beats Solo 2 Wireless and it's about time.

Read the full review: Beats Solo 2 Wireless

Plantronics BackBeat Pro

9. Plantronics BackBeat Pro

Noise-canceling Bluetooth headphones with plenty of features

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: .74 pounds | Cable length: N/A | Frequency response: N/A | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: N/A | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life: 24+ hours | Wireless range: 330+ feet | NFC: Yes

Fantastic 24 hour battery
impressive sound
Slightly pricey

The Plantronics BackBeat Pro are a slick, professional looking option with the beat to back it. The BackBeat Pro is easy to recommend based on looks alone, but more importantly, it speaks for itself with some seriously sweet features like 24-hour battery life, great sound and noise cancellation.

Read the full review: Plantronics BackBeat Pro

If the selection we've provided so far has been a little out of reach financially, you'll like this next set of wireless headphones. The JBL Synchros E40BT are a surprisingly well-rounded choice. Not only do they look good, but they sound reasonably great for the price.

If you're looking for an affordable, good-performing set of wireless headphones, check these out.

Read the full review: JBL Synchros E40BT

Parrot Zik 2

10. Sony MDR-1000X

Noise-cancelling headphones that care about Hi-Res Audio

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 275 grams | Frequency response: 4Hz - 40kHz | Drivers: 40mm | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 103dB | Impedance: 46 Ohms | Battery life: 20 hours | Wireless range: 30 feet | NFC: Yes

Quick Attention mode
Noise cancellation
Lengthy battery life
Finicky Ambient Noise mode

The MDR-1000X are definitely the closest competitor to Bose's QuietComfort series I've ever had the pleasure of testing. Some high-end codecs (LDAC, AAC and aptX) help the 1000X sound even better than the QC35s, but ultimately the noise canceling is a bit less effective in Sony's pair of cans.

What should drive your decision on whether to buy the MDR-1000X is your music player – if you're a Sony Xperia owner, you'd be hard-pressed to find a pair of headphones that sound as good as these with noise canceling tech built-in. Even if you're not, Sony's wares are still worth a listen – and maybe a purchase – if you aren't too put out by its $400 (£330 or AU$700) price tag.

Read the full review: Sony MDR-1000X

We're constantly reviewing new wireless headphones, but let us know if there is a set that you'd like us to take a look at.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nick Pino is the senior home entertainment editor at TechRadar and covers TVs, headphones, speakers, video games, VR and streaming devices. He also occasionally writes about Pokemon when no one is watching.