Bluetooth Headphones Buyer’s Guide

1 Bose QuietComfort 35 II Headphones (with Google Assistant) Review

Bose QuietComfort 35 II Headphones (with Google Assistant) Review

You can drown out the outside world and enjoy your music with the Bose QuietComfort 35 II whether traveling by plane or by train. Design Bose has maintained a very similar design to the 1st generation of the QuietComfort 35.  The headband ...
9.6
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Excellent
As you might expect from Bose, sound quality is excellent and the QuietComfort 35s trademark noise cancellation technology is maintained in this second generation version. The headphones are also very comfortable to wear for long periods. Bose claims that the Google Assistant is now "built-in," but it is still dependent on your phone for the functionality. The Bose Connect app walks you through the setup process and helps you customize the settings easily.
Design
9.3
Sound Quality
10
Noise Cancelling
9.7
Features
8.9
Battery Life
10
PROS:
  • Superb sound quality
  • Very comfortable to wear for extended periods
  • Noise-cancellation is top notch
  • Great battery life
CONS:
  • Google Assistant processing happens on the phone
  • Bulky size
2 Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro Truly Wireless Headphones Review

Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro Truly Wireless Headphones Review

There are many truly wireless headphones out there. What makes the Anker's Soundcore brand stand out from the rest? Price Tracker Sound Quality The first thing you're probably wondering about is: how do they sound? In my opinion, on ...
9.5
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Excellent
The Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro offer superb sound quality, the ability to use either earbud one-at-a-time, and convenient USB-C and wireless charging. Call quality could be improved, but overall the Liberty 2 Pros are an affordable and great sounding alternative to other brands.
Design and Fit
9.1
Sound Quality
9.6
Features
9.5
Bluetooth Performance
9.5
Battery Life
9.6
PROS:
  • Great sound quality that can be tweaked to your liking
  • USB-C and Qi wireless charging
  • Single earbud use
  • Long battery life
CONS:
  • Microphone can sound muffled
  • Music does not automatically pause when removing from ear
3 Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless Headphones Review

Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless Headphones Review

While the Soundcore Liberty Air 2 may have a slight resemblance to the Apple AirPods, are they a suitable alternative to the pricier Apple brand? Price Tracker Sound Quality This isn’t Soundcore’s top-of-the-line earbud in terms of ...
9.4
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Great
The Soundcore Liberty Air 2 earbuds offer great sound quality, the ability to use either earbud one-at-a-time, and convenient USB-C and wireless charging. Call quality is acceptable, but you'll need to be in a reliatively quiet environment.
Design and Fit
9.0
Sound Quality
9.2
Features
9.5
Bluetooth Performance
9.5
Battery Life
9.6
PROS:
  • Very good sound quality with lots of adjustment options
  • USB-C and Qi wireless charging
  • Single earbud use
  • Long battery life
CONS:
  • Microphone can sound tinny and picks up some ambient sounds
4 EarFun Free Wireless Earbuds Review

EarFun Free Wireless Earbuds Review

Design and Fit The EarFun Free wireless earbuds have a smooth exterior that fits nicely inside the ear. It doesn’t have any around-the-ear hooks or stabilizer tabs to help hold them in place, so they may not be ideal for intense workouts. ...
9.1
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Great
While the sound quality might not quite be on the level of more expensive brands, the EarFun Free still sound great, have long 6 hour battery life, and the inclusion of wireless charging with USB-C are surprising at this price point.
Design and Fit
8.8
Sound Quality
8.9
Features
9.4
Bluetooth Performance
9.0
Battery Life
9.3
PROS:
  • Great sound quality
  • USB-C and wireless charging
  • Up to 6 hours of battery life per charge
CONS:
  • Bass isn’t quite as strong as other brands
  • No tabs or ear hooks for stabilization
5 Plantronics BackBeat FIT 3150 Review

Plantronics BackBeat FIT 3150 Review

Design and Fit One of the things I like most about these headphones is the open design of the tips on the earbuds. It has a one-size-fits-all design, similar to the Apple EarPods or AirPods. As such, the earbuds do not "seal" to your ear canal ...
9.1
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Great
If you exercise outdoors, you'll love that these earbuds allow you to hear what's going on around you, while still maintaining strong bass and great sound quality.
Design and Fit
9.6
Sound Quality
9.3
Features
8.8
Bluetooth Performance
8.6
Battery Life
9.0
PROS:
  • Great sound quality
  • Ability to hear around you
  • Charging case
CONS:
  • No noise cancellation feature
6 Under Armour Sport Wireless Train Headphones Review

Under Armour Sport Wireless Train Headphones Review

Sound Quality As you would expect from JBL, the sound quality on the Under Armour Sport Wireless Train headphones is great. These headphones seem to favor mids and highs more than the bass. The bass is good, but the highs seem to overpower the ...
9
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Great
The Under Armour Sport Wireless Train Headphones have great sound quality and stay securely in place while working out. The TalkThru feature is very useful and saves the trouble of having to take your headphones off every time you want to talk. However, there is no active noise cancellation, so you may still hear the noise around you. Battery life is sufficient and uses a standard Micro USB cable to charge.
Sound Quality
8.9
Design
8.6
Features
9.3
Battery
9.0
PROS:
  • Great sound quality
  • TalkThru feature
  • Washable ear cushions
CONS:
  • Can be uncomfortable for extended periods of wear
  • No active noise cancellation
7 TaoTronics Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones Review

TaoTronics Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones Review

Can you save some money with the TaoTronics ANC headphones compared to the Bose QuietComfort 35 II? Special Deal for Technically Well Readers Design The TaoTronics headphones feature two padded ear cups that are very comfortable to wear. ...
9
Great
These TaoTronics headphones don't quite have the sound quality or the noise cancellation features of the Bose QuietComfort 35 II. However, it's a fair tradeoff considering the money you will save by buying the TaoTronics instead.
Design
9.1
Sound Quality
8.9
Noise Cancelling
8.9
Features
8.5
Battery Life
9.5
PROS:
  • Very good sound quality
  • Comfortable to wear for extended periods
  • Noise-cancellation works well
CONS:
  • No voice assistant access
  • Larger than the Bose QuietComfort
8 Anker Soundbuds Curve Review

Anker Soundbuds Curve Review

The Anker SoundBuds Curves are not a bad alternative to the Beats PowerBeats and they are a fraction of the price. Design This is one of my favorite styles of earbuds, as the hook around the ear really helps keep the earbuds secure while ...
9
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Excellent
Overall, the SoundBuds Curve feature great sound and a secure, comfortable fit for running. They're ideal if you don't want to spend a lot of money on Beats or Jaybird headphone, but still want quality sound while you run. Anker's great customer service and 18-month warranty make them a smart buy.
Sound Quality
9
Design
9.1
Comfort
8.7
Features
9
Battery Life
9.1
PROS:
  • Great sound quality
  • Secure fit and for working out
  • Nano-coating for sweat resistance
CONS:
  • Somewhat bulky remote
  • Cannot hear surroundings
9 JBL Under Armour Sport Wireless Heart Rate In-Ear Headphones Review

JBL Under Armour Sport Wireless Heart Rate In-Ear Headphones Review

Many fitness trackers, such as the Apple Watch and FitBit HR, are integrating heart rate monitors.  Unfortunately, arm heart rate monitors can crap out as soon as you start doing strength training exercises.  JBL teamed up with Under Armour to bring ...
9
Excellent
The JBL Under Armour Sport headphones feature great sound and a built-in heart rate monitor. The shirt collar clip helps support the weight of the somewhat bulky inline remote. The heart rate data works with a wide range of apps and can be paired to the Apple Watch separate from the sound.
Sound Quality
9.3
Design
9
Comfort
8.8
Features
9.4
Battery Life
8.5
PROS:
  • Built-in heart rate monitor
  • Great sound
  • Wide app compatibility (not just UA apps)
CONS:
  • Heart rate monitor drains battery faster
  • Remote is somewhat bulky
10 Mpow H5 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones Review

Mpow H5 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones Review

The Bose QuietComfort headphones are known for their noise cancellation, but we're seeing Active Noise Cancellation technology come to some lower cost headphones like the Mpow H5s. How does it compare? Design The Mpow H5 headphones have a ...
9
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Great
The Mpow H5 headphones have great sound quality and are comfortable to wear, but they don't quite have the sound quality or the noise cancellation features of the Bose QuietComfort 35 II. However, at this price point, the Mpow H5s are a great value for occasional travel or for wearing at the office.
Design
9.1
Sound Quality
9.0
Noise Cancelling
8.7
Features
8.7
Battery Life
9.5
PROS:
  • Great sound quality
  • Comfortable
  • 10-12 hour batter life
CONS:
  • Not much ear breathability
  • Active Noise Cancellation feature is average
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