Ready to cut the cord? Check out our guide to the ultimate Bluetooth wireless headphones of 2018
Apple’s decision to ditch the traditional headphone socket from the iPhone 7 really caused a stir. But, whatever type of smartphone you own, you can save yourself a lot of hassle by opting for a set of Bluetooth wireless headphones. As well as providing the convenience of a tangle-free wireless connection, Bluetooth headphones are compatible with most types of smartphones and mobile devices, so you never have to worry if they’ll work with the latest models.
Bluetooth headphones come in all shapes and sizes, too. There are compact in-ear headphones for sport and exercise, as well as larger on-ear and over-ear headphones that provide additional features such as noise cancellation and longer battery life.
Below, you’ll find our pick of the best chronologically listed by price, in three separate categories: best Bluetooth over-the-ear, best on-ear headphones and best Bluetooth earphones – there really is something for everyone.
If you’re not sure which is for you, read our buyer’s guide below. If you want to skip straight to the headphones, scroll past and you’ll find the reviews lower down the page.
Best Bluetooth headphones: Everything you need to know
Should I buy a pair of in-ear headphones?
Wireless headphones are all about convenience, as the Bluetooth wireless tech allows you to ditch those annoying, tangled cables and just start listening to your music with a quick tap of a button. If convenience is your number-one priority, a set of compact in-ear headphones might be your best option. They’re ideal for running and other forms of exercise, as well as general day-to-day use. You can simply slip them into your pocket when you’re finished, or just leave them dangling around your neck like a high-tech fashion accessory.
How much should I spend?
We’ve seen in-ear Bluetooth headphones for as little as £30 and these can provide surprisingly good sound quality. We’ve even seen some at this price with the high-quality aptX version of Bluetooth, which is well worth having if your smartphone or other devices also support aptX. However, some of the cheaper headphones may lack a built-in microphone, or have only limited battery life, so keep an eye out for those features before making a decision.