Between checking emails while walking the dog to binging podcasts during dinner prep, we need headphones that can keep up: noise-cancelling headphones for when we need to focus on work, wireless earbuds for our morning run, and unbeatable sound that does our favourite album justice.
But with so many brands and styles competing for the title of Best Headphones Ever, it can be tricky knowing where to start. So we’ve done the testing for you. Whether you’re purchasing a gift, or upgrading your tech, here are the best headphones and earbuds for audiophiles, exercise lovers and everyone in between.
Starting with a bang, the Sony WH-1000XM4 Over-ear Headphones have taken over as the most-loved wireless noise-cancelling option on the market — perfect for plane travel, intense study and noisy colleagues. Prefer a more subtle pair? Bose headphones are best — specifically the Bose QuietComfort Wireless Noise-cancelling Earbuds (as a bonus they're run and jump proof too, perfect for working out).
You’re going to need headphones that can keep up with your workout — even after 100 burpees. Enter the Beats by Dre Powerbeats Pro Totally Wireless Earphones. Fun and sporty, they're available in a colour for every look in your activewear drawer.
Is there anything worse than your music dying a few hours into an international flight or long roadtrip? You won't run into that problem again with these babies: the Jabra Elite 85T True Wireless ANC In-ear Headphones have a whopping 25-hour battery life. Plus, they're noise cancelling and boast amazing sound in a compact package.
For many of us, our headphones are just as much a part of our outfit as our clothes. Luckily, stylish headphones have come a long way in recent years, so you don’t have to feel like a radio jockey when you’re grabbing a coffee. Our favourites? The Beats By Dre Beats Fit Pro True Noise Cancelling Earbuds (the latest and greatest from the brand) and the Bang & Olufsen BEOPLAY HX Over-ear Headphones (not only do these look great but they feature B&O's superior sound quality, are extremely comfortable to wear and can lasts for up to 35 hours per charge - in our opinion, worth every penny).
Because who isn’t? If you’re the type to pop your headphones on first thing and never take them off, you need a sleek, high quality and comfortable pair of earbuds with a mic, that fit easily in your bag or pocket. Is that too much to ask? For the Apple users, you can’t go past Apple Airpods (if battery life is extra important, opt for the 3rd Generation). Samsung users, opt for the Galaxy Buds for their iconic design and creative colour range.
Whether you’re DJing, podcasting, or just really appreciate top quality sound, there are two clear winners for audiophiles: the Audio Technica ATH-M50x Monitor Over-Ear Headphones, and the super luxe, uniquely-designed Sennheiser Momentum Wireless Over-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones. You won’t be able to go back to regular listening after these.
We love the the Urbanears Plattan II Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones (they also come in a wide array of playful shades), Smiggle Carry Away Earbuds with Keyring — they’re fun, affordable and impossible to lose, which make them the best headphones for kids! Dinners out have never been so peaceful thanks to their new favourite accessory.