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We found the best for the tech specs you care about: Over-the-ear, earbuds, noise cancelling, and sweatproof options.

There is one frustrating truth about our modern, digital age: Wires are annoying. 

As more of us are trying to end cable clutter, may we suggest you go the wireless route for your headphones, too? It’s an approach being taken in every aspect of consumer tech, from computer setups to home cinema systems. Headphones are proving to be no different.

More and more companies are releasing headphones that don’t require any auxiliary inputs to output audio. And since many smart devices are eliminating the number of input ports they include (we’re looking at you, iPhone), this makes sense. 

But with all the wireless headphones available on the market, it can be hard figuring out which work best for you. Luckily, we’ve found some of the best earbuds and over-the-ear headphones on Amazon that deliver, regardless of your lifestyle.

Here are 10 of the best wireless headphones in the UK for 2019.

Best earbud-style wireless headphones

Earbuds are the headphones to look at if you’re more active. From sweat resistant design to recharging cases, earbuds have been able to pack high quality sound into a considerably smaller package. These are our picks for some of the best:


Sweat/weatherproof • Sound quality • Bose connect app

A great pair of earbuds for working out with excellent sound quality, just keep an eye on the battery.

1. Bose SoundSport

These are great for hitting the gym, with sound quality to boot.

  • Colours:
    Black, aqua, aqua blue, citron yellow
  • Bluetooth range:
    30 feet
  • Battery life:
    5 hours
Of all the companies in the audio space, Bose has established itself as one of the best. From personal speakers to full audio systems, Bose has become synonymous with excellent sound. That quality is present in Bose headphones as well, and the Bose SoundSport Wireless earbuds are an example of the Bose quality in a small package.
The SoundSport Wireless headphones are the type of headset that can work for anyone because of their design. As standalone headphones, the SoundSports provide high quality audio that you’d expect out of a Bose product. But if you’re a runner or just like to hit the gym, the SoundSports are ideal for working out. The SoundSports are sweat-resistant and designed to stay in the ear during intense workouts. 

Voice assistant • Fast charging • Jabra Sound+ app • Workout tracking • Sweat and dustproof • Sound quality

Battery life • Easier to lose

From workout tracking to voice assistant compatibility, these earbuds are perfect for the active among us.

2. Jabra Elite Active 65t

Jabra delivers the perfect partner for working out with the Elite Active 65t earbuds that are small and versatile.

  • Colours:
    Black, copper blue, copper red
  • Bluetooth range:
    30 feet
  • Battery life:
    5 hours
True wireless earbuds — as in the kind that don’t even have a wire connecting the ‘buds to each other — are becoming more popular within the space, and its not hard to see why. While having the link cable on the earbuds is definitely useful, it can still cause some annoyance, especially while working out. If that’s how you feel, Jabra has the set for you.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t are the ideal type of earbuds for the most active people out there. The earbuds provide quality sound and can take calls, despite the lack of any connective cord between the earbuds. The Jabra Sound+ app allows you to adjust noise filters and enable a voice assistant (like Alexa), plus the built-in accelerometer in the earbuds allows you to keep track of your workout as well. Currently, 52 percent of users have given the Elite Active 65t five stars on Amazon, so the earbuds definitely deliver.  


Sweatproof • Magnets to securely hold around neck • Some noise cancelling

Build quality doesn’t compare to more expensive options • Sound quality is average at best

While it won’t set the world on fire, the SoundPEATS are reliable and affordable for anyone not looking to spend over £50.

3. SoundPEATS Q12 Plus

Reliable, affordable, and secure, the SoundPEATS 4.1 deliver a good overall experience without the heavy dollar demands.

  • Colours:
    Black
  • Bluetooth range:
    30 feet
  • Battery life:
    8 hours
If you’re in the market for a pair of wireless earbuds but you don’t want to pay a whole lot, fear not. There are plenty of options that deliver quality at a lower price point.
The SoundPEATS Q12 Plus earbuds are excellent headphones for anyone shopping on a budget. They are able to deliver great sound and can last eight hours on a single charge, which is definitely better than most around this price.
A volume control button allows you to quickly adjust the volume or answer phone calls, all while keeping your phone in your pocket. Included are four pairs of ultra soft ear tips and three pairs of ear fins, so you’ll have plenty of options when it comes to finding a comfortable fit. When they’re not in use, a magnet keeps the earbuds connected and will protect the strap from knotting. 


Bluetooth range • Sweatproof • Faster recharge rate

Battery life could be better • Sound quality is average

Tranya’s earbuds will deliver reliability without breaking the bank.

4. Tranya Sports

Tranya’s earbuds strike a nice balance between price and perfromance, just don’t expect Bose level sound quality.

  • Colours:
    Black
  • Bluetooth range:
    33 feet
  • Battery life:
    4 hours
The Tranya earbuds are competitively priced at less than £50, but still have the deep bass and clear treble you’re looking for in a pair of wireless headphones.
The small earbuds pack in the features that you’d expect from these earplug style wireless headphones, like Bluetooth connectivity and a durable body design. These earbuds don’t try to do anything crazy or have a gimmick, and that’s definitely a good thing. 
On a full charge, you’ll get 3-4 hours of playback, though the handy carrying case is also an external charger and can help you get another four additional charges out of it (and a battery indictor will show you where you’re at). When the headphones are removed from the case, they automatically turn on and connect to your phone. 
A sensitive antenna within the headphones mean you can use them up to 33 feet away from your smartphone, meaning you can leave your phone in your gym back without losing playback. 

Best over-the-ear wireless headphones

Maybe you want to put on some music and zone out while you travel or work. Or maybe you want to crank up the power and get lost in some heavy beats, or become completely immersed in an audiobook or podcast. Or perhaps you just want to send a clear message to the world that you’d rather be left alone, thank you very much. No matter what category you fall into, over-the-ear headphones might be perfect for you. These are our favourites:


Noise cancelling • Amazon Alexa ready • Battery life • Bose connect app

Get over the price and you have one of the absolute best wireless headphones on the market.

5. Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II)

These are some of the absolute best wireless headphones on the market right now.

  • Colours:
    Black, silver
  • Bluetooth range:
    30 feet
  • Battery life:
    20 hours
There are plenty of options from Bose for over-the-ear headphones that are sure to delight. If you’re looking for one of the absolute best, the QuietComforts are the ones to look at.
The QuietComfort 35 Series II headphones are one of the best headsets available from Bose currently on the market. These beauties can last up to 20 hours on a single charge, making them ideal for cross country air travel or blocking out noisy coworkers. Obviously, since its a Bose product, the sound quality is going to deliver. When paired with the Bose Connect app, the settings can be personalised, so you can decide just how much outside noise you want to let in. The app will also allow you to activate Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa so you can get notifications, news, and more sent right to your ears.
The headphones come with an included jack so you can use these on devices where Bluetooth connectivity isn’t offered or for when the charge is running low. 

Battery life • Choices of colour • Easily switch between iOS 10 and iOS 11 devices • Fast charging

Noise cancelling is so-so • Ear cushions are not long-lasting

Apple shines through in the Beats Studio3, from the iOS functions, W1 integration for Bluetooth and battery, and general style.

6. Beats Studio3

Beats by Dre provide some serious competition for Bose.

  • Colours:
    Blue, grey, black, pink, red, white, and more
  • Bluetooth range:
    30 feet
  • Battery life:
    22 hours
While Bose is definitely one of the best name brands, Beats by Dre is giving them some competition. Beats exploded in popularity when the brand first hit the market, which only grew when it was purchased by Apple. That hasn’t slowed the company down, as it still puts put some of the most popular headphones available.
The Beats Studio3 headphones have continued that trend with a quality wireless headset, thanks to some smart additions from Apple. The biggest is the W1 chip, which boosts the Studio3’s Bluetooth and battery performance. The Bluetooth improvements allow for a smoother connection, so there shouldn’t be any signal drops. 
The battery will last you about 22 hours and can be recharged in about 10 minutes, which is much quicker than most other headsets. Adaptive noice cancelling technology helps quiet the outside world, while audio calibration keeps things clear. 

Great battery life • Touch controls • Upscales compressed audio files • Excellent noise cancelling

Recharge rate is not quite as fast as other headphones

The Sony H900N are the headphones to get for all the audiophiles out there.

7. Sony WH-H900N

While it might be lacking in some features, the Sony H900N deliver the best overall performance when it comes to audio.

  • Colours:
    Black, blue, green, gold, red
  • Bluetooth range:
    30 feet
  • Battery life:
    30 hours
Sony has always been a big player in the audio game, with lots of options on the market. It only makes sense that Sony would have a good selection of headphones. Among those on the market, the H900N headphones are definitely one of the best.
Available in a range of colours, the H900N headphones are on par with the Studio3 and QuietComfort. They includes features like noise cancellation, audio upscaling, and app controls, all of which seem to be standard for high-end headphones like these. 
One major advantage that the H900N headphones have over the other headsets is the battery life. At full charge, the headphones can last up to 28 hours, which is a big jump from 20 or 22 hours. 

Deep bass • Wired or wireless • Battery lasts 20 hours

Earcups are a bit bulky • Not ideal for working out or getting caught in the rain

Despite the price, the Sony MDR-XB950AP deliver strong audio thanks to a deep bass, just don’t be taking them to the gym.

8. Sony MDR-XB950AP

These deliver strong audio thanks to a deep bass, just don’t take them to the gym or get caught in the rain.

  • Colours:
    Black
  • Bluetooth range:
    30 feet
  • Battery life:
    20 hours
Though we’d all love to have headphones that are almost £300, sometimes that high price tag just isn’t feasible. If you’re one of those people who just cant have nice things, fear not. Sony has a set of headphones for all the penny pinchers out there.
If you’re trying to save a few pounds, the Sony MDR-XB950AP headset is a great option. The headphones provide better than expected sound quality to some other headphones at that price point. They can last for some 20 hours of use on a single charge, which is on par with some headphones that cost £200 or more. 

Comfortable band and ear cushions • Battery life • “Multi-tasking” between two devices • Quincy Jones guiding voice

Audio quality could be better

The JBL E55BT Quincy Edition are definitely the headphones to get for comfort, even if the audio is only slightly above average.

9. JBL E55BT Quincy Edition

With the voice of Quincy Jones guiding you through this pair of headphones, the JBL E55BT Quincy Jones Edition are among the more comfortable headphones available.

  • Colours:
    Black
  • Bluetooth range:
    30 feet
  • Battery life:
    20 hours
As one of the oldest names in the audio space, JBL has some excellent options available. 
The JBL E55BT headphones are on the affordable end of JBL’s options but still deliver the performance you want. One way it does is through “multi-tasking,” which allows for the E55BT to easily switch between two devices seamlessly, depending on what you’re doing. 
This particular headset was also co-designed and endorsed by Quincy Jones, one of music’s greatest producers (that’s why they’re the “Quincy Edition”). This is the man who has produced albums and songs with the likes of Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, and Aretha Franklin, so we totally trust his judgement. 

Music charting with ShareMe 2.0 • Echo cancellation microphone • Quick recharge

Bass output could be better • Average Bluetooth range • Could be snug (depending on the person)

JBL lives up to its history with excellent audio and music sharing, but they might be a little bit snug.

10. JBL Everest 710

While they might be a bit snug, the JBL Everest 710 combine high-quality audio with music sharing for a headset that lives up to JBL’s name.

  • Colours:
    Silver
  • Bluetooth range:
    30 feet
  • Battery life:
    25 hours
JBL is so popular, we just had to include another pair on this list.
The Everest 710, much like the other high end headphones listed, deliver the high quality audio that one would expect from the price tag alone. But it’s the included features that really help these headphones stand out.
The biggest and best feature is the ShareMe 2.0, which allows you to connect with friends over Bluetooth to share music with them. They also have one of the better charge times, only taking two hours to get a good charge. 

Source : https://mashable.com/uk/roundup/best-wireless-headphones-uk/