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 with wireless headphones is that they need to be charged every now and then, and to make your life a whole lot easier, you’ll 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
Have a lot of money to throw down on your next pair of wireless headphones? Go for the Sony WH1000XM3. 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.
$348 at Amazon
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.
$53 at Amazon
Perfect for OnePlus owners
OnePlus Bullets Wireless
OnePlus’s Bullets Wireless headphones 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 eight 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!
$69 at OnePlus
Bowers & Wilkins PX
Another good option in the premium headphone space comes from Bowers & Wilkins with its PX headphones. These deliver active noise cancelation, powerful sound quality, and autoplay/pause when you take the headphones on and off. You should see up to 22 hours of use per charge when you’re using noise cancelation, and if you turn it off, it’s extended to an impressive 29 hours.
$400 at Amazon
Straight up luxury
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i
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.
From $444 at Amazon
SWARK Ture Wireless Earbuds
SWARK has you covered if you like the truly wireless form factor but can’t spend a ton of cash. The company’s True Wireless Earbuds won’t set you back a lot of cash and deliver a completely wire-free design that works surprisingly well. You’ll get 2–3 hours of listening time per charge, the earbuds top-up in the included case, and the case is refueled with USB-C. There’s an IPX5 water resistance rating and intutitive touch controls.
$35 at Amazon
Google Pixel Buds
Released in late 2017, the Google Pixel Buds are a unique pair of wireless headphones that are definitely worth a look. The unique fabric design is eye-catching, as is the matching charge case. Google Assistant is just a tap away to answer any and all of your questions, and you can even do real-time translations using Google Translate. We also like that the pairing process is among the easiest out there.
$159 at B&H
Great mid-range pick
AUKEY Key Series
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.
From $70 at Amazon
Microsoft Surface Headphones
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.
$350 at Amazon
Samsung Galaxy Buds
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.
$168 at Amazon
Acokki True Wireless Earbuds
There are a lot of affordable wireless earbuds on the market, but not all of them are worth your money. This pair from Acokki is one of the few that is. It uses Bluetooth 5.0 for a strong connection, gets up to seven hours of playback per charge, charges via USB-C, and promises an easy pairing process.
$40 at Amazon
Rowkin Ascent Charge+
Want your wireless earbuds to really stand out from the crowd? Rowkin has you covered. The design of the Ascent Charge+ are really unique, and if you ask me, are one of the better truly wireless designs I’ve seen. There’s also Bluetooth 5.0, multiple colors to choose from, and support for Qi wireless charging.
From $100 at Amazon
What would I choose?
Wireless headphones that use USB-C for charging are still fewer and further between than I’d like, but that’s steadily changing as time goes on. The Sony WH1000XM3 are easily among the best headphones on the market right now, and if you have the means to buy them, they’re absolutely worth every penny. The sound quality and active noise cancelation is fantastic, battery life is top-notch, and the design strikes a good balance of being sleek and comfy. Alternatively, if you want something a bit more flashy, Microsoft’s Surface Headphones offer a similar experience with a bolder design, intuitive playback controls, and Cortana built-in.
If money’s a bit tight or you simply don’t like over-the-ear headphones, it’s really hard to go wrong with the OnePlus Bullets Wireless. These shouldn’t sound as good as they do for the price OnePlus is asking, but here we are. They also have a tried-and-true design, work well with the Google Assistant, and have some bonus features if you’re using a OnePlus phone.