Wireless headphones solve a lot of problems – and the best part is that you don’t have to spend ages trying to untangle them when you’re ready to put them to use.
If you’re tired of living life with wires, trading your old ones for a shiny new high-tech pair sounds like a no brainer.
With the range of headphones available on the market today, choosing the perfect pair for your needs might require a bit of research. Luckily most of the major tech retailers like Currys and Amazon have a huge range, with great quality, budget-friendly options on offer like the BeatsX wireless headphones.
With many major brands constantly looking to improve upon sound quality, durability and battery life, there are also plenty of high tech options like the Bose QuietComfort 35 ii and Beats by Dre Studio 3 headphones to splash out on if your budget can stretch that far.
But before splashing out on an expensive pair it’s important to ask yourself a few questions:
• What will you be using the headphones for?
• Which features will be most useful/beneficial?
• How much do you want to spend?
Once you’ve worked out those three vital things, take a look below for our top choices of wireless headphones worth buying for 2021.
Best wireless headphones for 2021
1. HUAWEI FreeBuds 3, £95
Huawei’s Freebuds 3 are a great option if you’re not quite ready to jump into some of the other pricier alternatives.
Boasting a low-power Bluetooth chip for reduced power consumption the FreeBuds 3 ensure a longer battery life, which will give you 2.5 hours of voice calls or about 4 hours of continuous music playback on a single charge.
Pop them into the charging case when they need more power, the case is also handy for carrying around with you when you’re on the go. Included in the set is a USB charging cable that will give allow you to get juice at any compatible port.
2. Jaybird Vista True Wireless Earphones, £109.99
The Jaybird Vista’s are completely wireless and Bluetooth operated and have been developed for outdoor enthusiasts. The buds are sweat and water resistant so you can exercise comfortably, without worrying about them breaking mid-run.
Three sizes of interchangeable, silicone ear-gels ensure you can find the perfect fit. Secure and comfortable, they stay locked in place no matter how hard you push yourself, and feel weightless in the ear so you can fully concentrate on keeping fit.
The headphones come with three sized interchangeable silicone ear-gels to ensure you find the perfect fit for your ears. The silicone gels also keep the headphones in place, so you can push yourself to the limit.
3. Apple AirPod Pro, £196
If you loved Apple’s AirPods, you’ll love the AirPod Pro’s.
These sweat and water resistant headphones allow you full peace of mind during non water sports and strenuous exercise. There’s also a transparency mode for when you do want to hear the outside sounds – perfect if you need to ask a colleague a question or connect with your surroundings.
A wireless charging case will offer you a full 24 hours of continuous playback.
4. Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones, £239
These sleek-looking Sony headphones pack in noise cancelling technology and will last for about 30 hours on a single charge, now that’s a lot of playlists.
As well as integrated Google assistant and Alexa capabilities, you can be sure that whether it’s music, a podcast or your favourite show – you won’t be interrupted by external sounds.
Buy here now from John Lewis for £239
5. Bose QuietComfort 35 ii, £198.99
The Bose QuietComfort 35 ii headphones boast volume optimised EQ which ensure music sounds its best with over 20 hours of wireless playback time. The superior noise-cancelling functions allows you to set the audio to suit your surroundings – whether that be at a noisy gym or simply relaxing at home with a spot of meditation.
There’s also a Bose app that can be downloaded for extra functionality too, users are able to personalise settings of the headphones on there and share music with other compatible bluetooth Bose headphones and manage software updates.
6. BeatsX Wireless Headphones, £49.99
The BeatsX wireless headphones feature the same W1 chip as the iPhone 7, making for a swift and easy pairing with no fussy 3.5mm connections.
The wireless headphones, which loop around your neck (magnetic earbuds keep them tangle-free), provides two hours of playback after just five minutes on a charger. Leave them charging for 45 minutes and you can expect eight hours of playback.
7. Echo Buds, £199.99
The Echo Buds from Amazon have a sleek and minimalist design, that will soon become your favourite travel companion.
Utilising Bose’s active noise reduction technology, fully immerse yourself in whatever it is you’re listening to without the interruption of outside sounds.
Access Alexa hands-free and a fit that suits you with an option of three differently sized ear tips.
The JBuds by Jlab have a luxury look without the luxury price tag. They’re some of the most affordable earphones on the market at the moment, that don’t compromise on great quality sound.
A stable bluetooth connection allows you to easily connect to your smartphone or bluetooth enabled device. They come with a sleek looking charging case, that will give you around 14 hours of playback time.
Not bad for under £50.
9. Beats by Dre Studio 3 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones, £299.95
There’s not much difference on the outside, but inside the Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones have evolved into a superior pair of noise-cancelling over-ear cans.
The company’s tech will continuously detect the noise around you (via two tiny outward-facing microphones) and adapt the noise-cancelling to give you the best experience possible. There’s also around 40 hours of continuous playback time, the only drawback is they’re still mighty expensive.
Buy here now from Argos for £299.95
If you’re on a budget, but are looking for a great quality pair of headphones with noise cancelling technology – these ones from GOJI are a great contender.
Enjoy a battery life of up to 20 hours on a single charge. Thanks to Bluetooth 5.0, you’ll always get a strong connection with your smartphone. It’s compatible with iOS and Android so will connect to all of your devices efficiently.
If you’re looking for more ways to drown out the noise, check out our list of the best noise cancelling headphones for 2021.