The best wireless headphones available in India

Wireless headphones can be polarizing. Not everyone loves the idea of dropping the stalwart 3.5mm jack. But, listen, it's possible to get that pristine audio quality that wired headsets provided along with the convenience of wire-free listening.

All you need is a pair of awesome wireless headphones, and thankfully we've rounded up the best right here. 

You might've been hesitant to cut the cord before – everyone has heard a horror story of wireless headphones' bad battery life or awful sound quality before. But you've got little idea of how inconvenient wired headphones are until you try out a pair of really good wireless headphones. 

Forget having to run a wire down your top every time you want to listen to music on the go, or struggling with a cable to get your phone out of your pocket, wireless headphones are comparatively a convenience dream.

Headphones, no strings attached

So what makes wireless headphones so special? And how do you determine the best wireless headphones from a whole bunch of wannabes? 

Easy. You try dozens of wireless headphones and stack them against one another, mono a mono. (Well, stereo a stereo in this case.)

While these headphones are great for anyone looking to cut the cord from their music players, they're especially practical when you consider the growing amount of phones launching without a headphone jack such as the iPhone 7, HTC U Ultra and Moto Z. Most of these phones are shipping with adaptors to use your existing headphones, but if you want to charge your phone at the same time then wireless headphones are the way to go. 

Looking to finally ditch the cord? Here are the top 10 wireless headphones, ordered by their price-to-performance ratio:

  1. Bose QuietComfort 35
  2. Sennheiser Momentum Wireless
  3. Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless
  4. Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
  5. Sony MDR-1000X
  6. Sennheiser PXC 550
  7. Jaybird X3

Best Wireless Headphones

1. Bose QuietComfort 35

Premium headphones that include industry-leading noise-cancellation

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

Sitting at the top our list is the Bose QC35. 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 Rs. 29,363 the QC35s sit firmly at the premium end of the spectrum, but if you want the best noise-cancelling headphones available and the best wireless pair of cans, you can't get any better than this.

Read the full review: Bose QuietComfort 35

Sennheiser Momentum Wireless

2. 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

Best-in-class sound
Everlasting battery life
Noise-cancelling for good measure
Terribly pricey

Although they're a much better looking, and sounding, pair of headphones, the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless (not to be confused with the smaller, cheaper, Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear Wireless) are kept off the top spot of the list by their premium price point, which puts them out of reach of all but the most committed of music lovers. 

But for those that can afford them, these are a no-holds-barred wireless headphones are oozing with positive qualities. They're comfortable, hard-working set of headphones that will likely last for years.

Read the full review: Sennheiser Momentum Wireless

3. 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.

The sacrifice you're making with these headphones is noise-cancellation, which they lack. They're also surprisingly bulky which, though comfortable, might be offputting if you're hoping to use them on your commute. 

Read the full review:  Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless

4. Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2

These wireless noise-cancelling headphones are a traveler’s best friend

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 0.64 lbs (289g) | Cable length: N/A | Frequency response: N/A | Drivers: 40mm | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life: 24 hours | Wireless range: 100 meters (330 feet) | NFC: No

Incredible 24 hour battery life
Noise-canceling at a great price
Bass overwhelming at times
Styling not for everyone

If you're a frequent traveler you're probably all too familiar with headphones that can't hold a charge and can't block out sound, let alone sound very good. Let us introduce you to the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2, one of the few headphones on the market that can do all of the above and cost less than half as much as one of the bigger names like Beats, Bose and Sony. 

If we had to boil it down to its core, the BackBeat Pro 2 offers an excellent travel headphone with incredible battery life, supreme comfort, the ability to pair two device as once and, most importantly, good sound quality for the cost.

Read the full review: Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2

5. 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 we'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 Rs. 28,990 price tag.

Read the full review: Sony MDR-1000X

Best wireless headphones

6. Sennheiser PXC 550

Great sound marred by fiddly controls

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: .5 pounds | Cable length: N/A | Frequency response: 17 - 23,000 Hz | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: N/A | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: Active 490 Ω / Passive 46 Ω | Battery life: 30 hours | Wireless range: 30+ feet | NFC: Yes

Great sound
On/off control well implemented
Expensive
Touch controls

If you're a fan of Sennheiser's sound, but want noise-cancellation in addition to wireless operation then the PXC 550 headphones might be exactly what you're looking for. They might be pricey, but these headphones sound great. 

The reason we haven't put them further up the list comes down to their controls. Although controlling the headphones with a series of swipes on the outside of the earcup feels futuristic, it's not much help when you want to quickly skip through multiple tracks, or set the volume at a specific level.

Outside of these issues, these are a great pair of headphones that tick (almost) all the boxes. 

Read the full review: Sennheiser PXC 550

7. Jaybird X3

Wireless in-ears perfect for everyday use and workouts alike

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 17.9 grams | Frequency response: 20Hz - 20kHz | Drivers: 6 mm | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 96dB +/-3dB | Impedance: 16 Ohms | Battery life: 8 hours | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: N/A

Amazing value
Durable, compact design
Proprietary charging dock
Intermittent signal

The Jaybird X2 headphones were already great, and the X3s improve upon this format in many ways. They're smaller, have a longer battery life, and support a new app that allows you to tailor their sound to be exactly the way you want. 

They're also sweat resistant, meaning that you don't need to worry about using them in the gym. 

There are a couple of niggles that prevent them from being able to move slightly higher up the list. Their use of a proprietary charging dock is annoying when you want to quickly charge them away from home, and in this day and age their wireless connectivity should be that little bit better. 

Niggles aside, these are a great pair of budget headphones that won't leave you disappointed. 

Read the full review: Jaybird X3

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