Best Bluetooth headphones for 2020 to listen to music with no strings attached
Who needs wires anymore? New smartphones from Apple and Google are ditching traditional headphone jacks for good.
Thankfully, wireless Bluetooth technology has never been better, and you can now listen wire-free without worrying about a dropped connection or the hiss of static.
Headphone manufacturers are scrambling to take advantage of this fact and have turned out some very sleek options over the past couple of years.
The design, durability and improved audio quality just keeps getting better and better.
Top three Bluetooth headphones at a glance:
Best Bluetooth headphones for 2020 1. RHA TrueConnect Earphones
RHA TrueConnect Earphones
If you’re looking for something that looks as good as it sound then the RHA TrueConnect’s could be exactly what you’re looking for.
The sleek ear buds boast IPX5 sweat and weather resistance while the Bluetooth 5 streaming offers improved call and music playback audio quality using simple tap controls.
Because they are super lightweight and compact these headphones are great for wearing in the gym or on the go. The Comply Foam ear tips ensure a comfy fit that helps block ambient sound so there’s no distractions.
Price: £97, Amazon – buy here now
2. Apple AirPods 2 (2nd Gen)
The second generation Apple AirPods are an instantly recognisable pair of Bluetooth earbuds and a pair you should seriously consider if you’re an iPhone user.
The updated version feature the new H1 chip, which improves connection and performance efficiency. Users now get 50% more talk time and an extra hour of battery life. They also come in a handy wireless charging case that will juice them up again.
Double tapping them can also activate Siri and there’s a built-in microphone so you can take voice calls.
What’s more, the music will automatically pause when you take them out of your ears. To get the best out of these, you’ll need a device running iOS 10 or later.
Price: £129, Amazon – buy here now
3. Bose QuietComfort 35 II Over-Ear Headphones
The Bose QuietComfort 35ii’s stunning noise-cancelling headphones have been updated to support both Google’s Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa. Just press the dedicated button to ask a question or give a command. You can also adjust the active noise-cancelling tech to different levels depending on what’s going on around you.
The headphones are light and comfortable enough for extended listening periods, with the only real complaint being that the design isn’t really eye-catching. Still, you buy headphones to listen through, not look at and these are some of the best in the business.
Price: £250, Amazon – buy here now
4. Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 2.0 Wireless Bluetooth Earphones
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 2.0 Wireless Bluetooth Earphones
You can tell the guys at Bang & Olufsen care about style because the charging case has been given a neat leather finish.
There are also touch-pads on the back of each earphone that can be used to control music and the multi-level pass through means you can also hear the outside world – if you choose.
The E8s will last for four hours between each charge with the leather case giving an additional eight.
Price: £190, Amazon – buy here now
5. Beats Studio 3 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones
There’s not much difference on the outside, but inside the Beats Studio 3 headphones have evolved into a superior pair of noise-cancelling over-ear cans.
The headphones continuously detect the noise around you (via two tiny outward-facing microphones) and adapt the noise-cancelling to give you the best audio experience possible.
If you’ve got an iPhone then these are an even better bet because Apple’s built-in W1 chip will pair effortlessly with your phone and make for a stronger connection. The only drawback is they’re still a little on the expensive side.
Price: £299.95, Argos – buy here now
These sleek-looking Sony wireless earbuds boast noise cancelling technology and will last for about three hours on a single charge.
The buttons on the side will control playback and like many of the new wireless headphones, these earbuds come in a handy travel case that doubles up as a charger.
Sony’s usual commitment to quality means that these sound great and look stylish, with a black finish that works both in the boardroom and out on the trails.
Price: £109.49, Amazon – buy here now
These tiny Jabra Elite ear plugs are particularly good at picking up your voice when you’re on the phone.
There’s a four-microphone array tucked into the tiny buds as well as built-in support for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri.
Audio sounds good and the fit is nice and snug, so you don’t need to worry about them falling out of your ears if you’re rushing to get somewhere.
Once you’ve run down the 5-hour battery, the pocket-friendly carry case doubles up as a charger that’ll give you another 10 hours.
Price: £99, Currys – buy here now
8. Skullcandy Crusher Bluetooth Wireless Over-Ear Headphone
These Skullcandy headphones feature a powerful Stereo Haptic Bass that music lovers will go crazy for. The dual custom controlled bass levels allows you to have full control over audio in each ear and will totally transform your listening experience.
There’s also extra long battery life – 40 hours to be exact so you don’t have to worry about continuously charging them for when you’re out and about.
The built-in microphone and on ear buttons makes it easy to answer calls, change tracks and adjust volume seamlessly.
Price: £139.99, Argos – buy here now
9. Jaybird X4 Sport and Running Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
This durable and stylish headphones are built for any weather and are fully waterproof.
The curved design runs over ears for an extra secure fit for wearers during sports or going for a run, the foam tips make them comfortable to wear for extended periods.
Audio is fully customisable using the Jaybird app, so you can adapt the headphones to suit what you’re listening to at the click of a button.
The Jaybird X4 also benefits from fast charging and offers up to eight hours battery life.
Price: £169.99, Amazon – buy here now
Looking for the ideal pair of headphones to complete your sporting activities in? Check out the top rated sports headphones available to buy now.