Wireless headphones aren’t perfect. They rely on battery power, thus requiring diligent charging, and they occasionally suffer from Bluetooth interruptions and short range. Plus, unless they come with an auxiliary cord (many over-ear headphones do), you won’t be able to connect them with non-Bluetooth-compatible devices, such as a headphone jack on a flight. That said, cutting the cord eliminates the tangle, and the stress, normally found with headphones. And since Bluetooth technology has grown out of its adolescent years, wireless headphones aren’t only better in 2017, they’re also much more varied, offering something for every listener.

Editor’s Note: We did not include wire-free earbuds in this list, like the Apple AirPods, Bragi’s The Dash and Samsung’s Gear IconX. You can find a roundup of the best wire-free earphones here.
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In-Ear Headphones

For the Active Lifestyle

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INK’D Wireless by Skullcandy $50

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BackBeat Fit by Plantronics $76

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Powerbeats 2 by Beats $85

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BT 110 Bluetooth 4.0 Sport Earphones by Phiaton $99

NuForce BE6i Earphones by Optoma $99

X3 by Jaybird $130

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Tone Infinim HBS-910 by LG $150

Sport Pulse Special Edition by Jabra $160

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Powerbeats 3 Wireless by Beats $200

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Over-Ear Headphones

Active Noise-Isolating and Noise-Canceling

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Grind Wireless by Skullcandy $99

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Move Wireless by Jabra $100

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BT540i by Koss $115

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BackBeat Sense SE by Plantronics $156

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Everest Elite 700 by JBL $299

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Soho Wireless by Harman Kardon $300

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Crossfade Wireless by V-Moda $300

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Solo3 Wireless by Beats $300

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h.ear on Wireless NC by Sony $349

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QuietComfort 35 by Bose $349

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Momentum Wireless by Sennheiser $350

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P5 Wireless by Bowers & Wilkins $400

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BeoPlay H8 by Bang & Olufsen $499

MW60 by Master & Dynamic $549

Monitor Bluetooth by Marshall Headphones $249

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