Wireless headphones are great, and once you find a pair that works for you, you'll never want to go back to the wired life ever again. The biggest difference between wired and wireless headphones is that they need to be charged when the battery dies, and to make your life a whole lot easier, you want to pick up a pair that charge via USB-C (the same connector that's probably on your phone). Here are all of the best ones we were able to find!
- Some of the best: Sony WH-1000XM3
- Budget pick: Bluedio T5
- Perfect for OnePlus owners: OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2
- No complaints: Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700
- Straight up luxury: Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i
- No wires: Jabra Elite 75t
- Noise canceling buds: Sony WF-1000XM3
- Great mid-range pick: AUKEY Key Series
- Striking design: Microsoft Surface Headphones
- Samsung's latest: Samsung Galaxy Buds
- Affordable buds: ESR Mini Wireless
- Wireless charging: Anker Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro
Have a lot of money to throw down on your next pair of wireless headphones? Go for the Sony WH-1000XM3. These have quickly asserted themselves as having some of the best sound quality and active noise cancelation of any wireless headphones on the market, and all of that goodness is packed in a sleek design with 30+ hours of battery life. When it comes time to charge, the USB-C port can be easily found on the left earcup.
If you like the idea of the WH1000XM3 but want to spend a fraction of what they cost, some good alternatives are the Bluedio T5 headphones. These also deliver active noise canceling, and while it's all not as good as what Sony's headphones deliver, it's pretty darn impressive considering the low price. Bluedio offers its headphones in three gorgeous colors and promises around 25 hours of use between charges.
OnePlus's Bullets Wireless 2 earbuds are easily some of our favorite in-ear bud from the past year. The headphones look great, sound better than you'd expect, work with the Google Assistant, and deliver up to 10 hours of use on a single charge with some of the fastest charging speeds around. If you use these with a OnePlus phone, the music will automatically pause and resume when you take the buds in and out of your ears. Neat!
The Bose NCH 700s are the company's latest and greatest active noise-canceling headphones. They offer great sound quality, long battery life, and excellent comfort. The Bose NCH 700 offer USB-C for charging, and unlike the Sony WH-1000XM3, the NCH 700 offer simultaneous charging and listening.
Bang & Olufsen products are never cheap, and that point holds true with the Beoplay H9i. These wireless headphones deliver a hybrid noise cancelation system that reduces high and low frequency background noise, a Transparency Mode that allows you to easily hear what's going on around you, and unique touch controls for managing your music playback. On top of all that, they just look darn cool.
When it comes to overall package, the Jabra Elite 75t are tough to beat. First and foremost, they feature USB-C for charging, in adition to superb sound quality, comfort, and long battery life with 7.5 hours of juice on the earbuds themselves and 20.5 hours with the included charging case.
If you're looking for USB-C specifically, the WF-1000XM3 from Sony are your best bet. They offer 6.5 hours of battery life on a single charge and up to 24 hours with the included charging case. The charging case charges over USB-C, but no wireless charging for the case. Otherwise, sound quality and comfort are excellent.
Then there are these AUKEY Key Series earbuds. For not too much money, these earbuds deliver high-fidelity sound, Bluetooth 5.0 for a strong wireless connection, USB-C charging, and fast charging speeds that deliver 80 minutes of use after being plugged in for just 10 minutes. AUKEY even backs up the earbuds with a 45-day money-back guarantee and a 24-month warranty plan. Not too shabby.
Microsoft may not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of wireless headphones, but you may want to change that. The company's Surface Headphones came out of nowhere and completely surprised us. These headphones sound fantastic, offer great noise cancelation, and have a truly unique design with intuitive controls for changing the volume, skipping a song, and more.
The Galaxy Buds are the latest truly wireless earbuds from Samsung, and while they don't have as many features as previous company offerings, they're still worth a look. The Galaxy Buds are smaller and more lightweight, get better battery life, and deliver really good sound considering their small size.
There are a lot of affordable wireless earbuds on the market, but not all of them are worth your money. This pair from ESR is one of the few that is. It is IPX7 water resistant, gets up to eight hours of playback per charge, charges via USB-C, and promises an easy pairing process.
Want wireless charging and USB-C wired charging? The Anker Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro fits the description well. In addition, you'll get 8 hours of battery life on the buds end, with an additional 3 full charges on the charging case, netting you a total of 32 hours of juice between the buds and case. In terms of comfort, they're super comfy and they use a custom equalizer to tune the sound to your ears specifically.
What would I choose?
Over the past year or two, a ton of headphone manufacturers have began adding support for USB-C charging in their devices. There are a few outliers out there still choosing to use Micro-USB instead of USB-C, but that number is quickly falling.
If I had to choose one option from this list, it would definitely be the Sony WH-1000XM3. They feature class-leading ANC, excellent comfort, and long battery life. The sound quality is absolutely bass boosted, but it can fortunately be tuned in the companion Sony Headphones app.
If you're looking for earbuds, the Samsung Galaxy Buds are an equally great pick. They offers great sound quality and comfort, and battery life is decent. Battery is the worst part and they only get an additional seven hours of listening time with the included charging case. On the bright side, the Galaxy Buds charge over USB-C and have support for Qi wireless charging.
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