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 charges 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
- Jabra's best: Jabra Elite 75t
- Classic Jabra: Jabra Elite 65t
- Noise canceling buds: Sony WF-1000XM3
- Striking design: Microsoft Surface Headphones
- Quality cans: Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3
- Pocketable quality sound: Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2
- Samsung's latest: Samsung Galaxy Buds+
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 buds 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 700 are the company's latest and greatest active noise-canceling headphones. They offer great sound quality, long battery life, and excellent comfort. They also offer USB-C for charging, and unlike the Sony WH-1000XM3, the NCH 700 offers 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 an overall package, the Jabra Elite 75t are tough to beat. First and foremost, they feature USB-C for charging, in addition 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.
While the newer 75t improve on the earbuds in every single way, the Elite 65t from Jabra are still solid earbuds, especially at their lower price point. They still offer long battery life, USB-C for charging, customizable sound through their smartphone app, and a decently small 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.
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.
Sennheiser is the consumer-friendly "audiophile" brand and the company doesn't disappoint. The Momentum Wireless 3 are Bluetooth-enabled over-ear cans that sound fantastic. They feature truly exceptional sound, decent battery life with up to 17 hours of juice on a single charge, and provide great comfort across the board.
The original Momentum True Wireless were fantastic but suffered quite a bit in the battery life department. It looks like Sennheiser has since resolved that issue with the second generation version, making great sounding headphones in a relatively portable design.
The Galaxy Buds+ are the latest true wireless earbuds from Samsung. Compared to the competition, the Galaxy Buds+ feature long battery life with up to 11 hours, deliver really good sound, and are super compact.
The Galaxy Buds aren't the latest and greatest anymore and don't have as many features as previous company offerings, but they're still worth a look at this lower price point. The Galaxy Buds are small and lightweight, have decent battery life, and deliver good sound considering their small size.
Want wireless charging and USB-C wired charging? Anker's Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro fits the description well. You'll get eight hours of battery life on the buds' end, with an additional three full charges on the charging case, netting you a total of 32 hours of juice. In terms of comfort, they're super comfy and 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 begun 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 offer great sound quality, comfort, and long battery life. The Galaxy Buds+ charge over USB-C and have support for Qi wireless charging, which adds to their values considering the price.
If you want a closer look at our favorite wireless headphones — regardless of whether they charge over USB-C — you can check it out here.
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