Wires. Who needs them? Especially if you are always on the go and don’t want to get tangled up in them. Thankfully those clever types at tech companies have come up with a solution, wireless headphones.
All our wireless headphones connect via Bluetooth or near field communication (NFC), which means you connect your headphones by holding them close to the device.
When choosing a set of wireless headphones, the next factor to consider is whether you want noise cancelling. They do tend to be more expensive but this is quite often a personal choice. Some people wouldn’t go without them, others don’t really see the point.
Finally, wireless headphones come in two types, on-ear and over-ear. On-ear sit neatly on the ears and over-ear fully encompass them. Again it’s a matter of personal choice.
Here’s our favourites:
This set has been reduced from £149.99 to under £115 so you are getting a real bargain here. They sit on-ear and have a nice crisp sound. Not that many features as you would imagine for the cost, but they do have handy on-ear volume controls and battery life lasts for around 20 hours.
Another on-ear set of wireless headphones that that play hi-res audio (through a wired connection only), even so, the sound from wireless connection is still pretty good. Lovely clarity on all aspects of sound but disappointing on the bass. However, it makes up for it on battery life, you get 38 hours of listening on a five hour charge. Can also connect via NFC.
If you simply must have noise cancelling wireless headphones then Sony is a good bet. These over-ear headphones remove a huge variety of ambient sound, ensuring that you only hear the audio played through the set. Good overall sound quality, including an impressive bass, connects via Bluetooth and NFC.
You can turn on the noise cancelling feature on this set of wireless headphones by flicking a switch on the left ear. An over-ear set here that has many other controls on the actual cans, you can play, skip, pause and alter the volume. You can also listen with wires which offers even better sound quality. Good 24 hours of battery life.
Bose are considered to be world leaders when it comes to anything to do with producing products that replicate sound. Usually you would not get anything from them that includes noise cancelling for under the £300 mark, but this set of headphones is stripped of any features. Instead, you get amazingly high-quality sound with no ambient noise. Over-ear product that connects via NFC and you get about 20 hours of battery life.
A stylish pair of wireless headphones here from Bowers &Wilkins that are leather-clad and are really comfortable on the ears. An over-ear pair, sound quality is perfect, from the crisp trebles to the deeper bass notes, a brilliant range of sounds for a good price. Not great on battery life – 17 hours, but one of our favourites. Would make a great gift.
An over-ear pair that come with lovely big cushiony pads that add extra comfort. Sound wise the quality is great, and we like the added features of a twist turn off and noise-adjusting cancelling. Perfect sound quality, you get 30 hours battery life and they can connect via NFC.
An over-ear pair here from Sony which offer by far the best noise-cancelling we’ve ever heard. Other features include an ambient noise function which allows you to turn down your music and hear voices around you. It has touch-senstive controls on the right can, which let you play, pause, skip and stop and you get 20 hours of battery life. In champagne (shown) or grey.