With more phones ditching the 3.5mm headphone socket, there's never been a better time to cut the cord than now. Sure, you can use Lightning headphones if you're an Apple user, but embracing Bluetooth means convenience and pretty much universal compatibility with devices (including Apple, so it's not just for Android users).
Bluetooth has often been seen as an inferior option when it comes to headphones, but with the advent of newer devices and more sophisticated audio processing and transmission – aptX HD being one example able to deliver Hi-Res Audio without wires – there are plenty of Bluetooth headphones that will serve you well when listening on the move or at your desk.
Here's our pick of the best Bluetooth headsets available to buy today. There's plenty of variety with these cans, whether you're looking for on-ear or over-ear, so browse our selection and see what your next wireless headphones should be. If in-ear is more your bag then check out our other feature for those top picks.
Best Bluetooth headphones for travel
Sony has created perhaps the best noise-cancelling over-ear headphones that we've ever tested. The 1000XM3 are particularly clever with noise-cancelling, offering various modes to allow voice to pass through (or not). They can even assess pressure to apply the perfect profile when on a plane, making them excellent travel headphones. Bluetooth support for aptX HD means the utmost quality without wires, but when the 30 hour battery runs dead you can still plug in and listen passively with decent results.
Bose QuietComfort 35 II
The ideal travel headphones for those who are often on the go. These cans pair supreme noise-cancelling with Bluetooth connectivity and a locked-in sound that will almost eradicate the world around you. Unlike their predecessors, the QC35 II features a built-in rechargeable battery, which is a great step forward, and they work passively when its 20-hour life has depleted. There's also Google Assistant voice control. The only real downside is their plasticky construction considering the price point.
Best Bluetooth headphones under £100
Urbanista Seattle Wireless
If you're working on a modest budget then Urbanista has a great value proposition in the Seattle Wireless. We can't think of much better Bluetooth-equipped cans under the £100 bar. Sure, you won't get aptX HD or noise-cancellation like many of the pricier alternatives below, but the Seattle Wireless are small, portable, kick out enough bass and are well designed.
Best Bluetooth headphones under £200
Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless on-ear
Cut the cord in style. The Sennheiser Momentum M2 AEBT over-ear headphones will look majestic to some, overkill to others. But the aesthetic doesn't take-away from their high points: ultra comfort, rumbling bass, ample volume, on-device controls, great noise-cancellation, a long-lasting battery life and a price point that's tumbled over the years to make for a highly appealing purchase.
Best Bluetooth headphones for bass
B&O BeoPlay H9i
It would be too easy to criticise the B&O BeoPlay H9 for the high price and the noise-cancellation being too subtle for some. But that would be shortsighted: because the H9i is a killer over-ear headphone. Indeed, the audio quality is immense, with punchy bass levels and a wide soundstage thanks to those giant earcups. The downside is Bluetooth doesn't last as long as the competition (but there is a 3.5mm jack for passive wired listening) and the noise-cancelling isn't going to please frequent flyers for its subtlety.
Beats Studio 3 Wireless
The Studio 3 Wireless might not suit the audiophile – c'mon, everyone knows Beats is renowned for bass – but for everyone else these over-ear cans are very easy to recommend. Especially for Apple users, thanks to the integrated W1 chip and its easy pairing which allows for immediate cross-device ease-of-use between iPhone, iPad and Mac. Even if you're not an iPhone user, the ultra-long battery life, attractive and comfortable design, and serious sound quality (and, yep, masses of bass) makes these Beats standout beyond much of the over-ear competition.
V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex Edition
As much as we liked the original, the latest 'Codex Edition' Crossfade 2 Wireless adds aptX for high quality Bluetooth and it knocks it out the park when it comes tyo impactful low-end bass. The industrial design makes them standout compared to the competition, however there's no active noise-cancellation and the design is a tad pinchy compared to some.
Most unique Bluetooth headphones
Ok, so they're not strictly just over-ear, because the Nura combines in-ear fittings within the over-ear earcups. It's a unique design, but one with purpose: it makes for tailored sound, as these cans can read the shape of your ears and adjust the sound profile accordingly. They look weird, they feel rather strange to wear, but the sound quality is from another planet.
Best Bluetooth headphones for audiophiles
Truly high-end Bluetooth-only headphones, the DSR9BT is designed for the audiophile listener who doesn't want any wire-based nonsense. Indeed, there's no 3.5mm jack to be found here. Ultra-comfortable to wear, these A-T over-ears are designed unlike any other headphones on the market, featuring what Audio-Technica calls a Dnote chipset, which commands four voice coils in the headphones' 45mm drivers for optimum dynamics and clarity. And they really do sound amazing: you won't get shovel loads of bass, but the low-end is tight and neutral, while the high-end has a sharpness and timbre above any beyond anything else we've ever heard.
Bowers & Wilkins PX
The active noise-cancelling wireless headphones market has grown rapidly in recent times, so it made great sense for Bowers & Wilkins to finally enter. And it does so in considerable style with the PX, which won Best Headphones in the Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017. B&W comes from a true audiophile perspective – aptX HD features for Hi-Res Audio without the wires – and the PX is an excellent high-end alternative to the Bose, Sony and Beats competition (as also featured), in both style and audio ability terms.