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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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 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
3 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
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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
4 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
5 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 ...
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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
6 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
7 JLab JBuds Air Sport True Wireless In-Ear Headphones Review

JLab JBuds Air Sport True Wireless In-Ear Headphones Review

JLAB's new JBuds Air Sport true wireless headphones have both a comfortable fit and the ability to hear sounds around you. Pricing Typically, you'll find that JLab products are competitively priced below many other brands. While we ...
8.9
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Great
The JLab JBuds Sport headphones are comfortable to wear, have great sound quality, and easy to use controls. The Be Aware Audio can be disorienting, so you still need to use caution when exercising outside.
Design and Fit
9
Sound Quality
9.3
Connection
8.6
Battery and Charging
9.0
Features
8.8
PROS:
  • Great sound quality
  • IP66 sweat resistance
  • Up to 6 hours per charge
CONS:
  • Be Aware Audio can be disorienting
  • Bulky charging case
8 Jaybird Freedom 2 Bluetooth Headphones Review

Jaybird Freedom 2 Bluetooth Headphones Review

If you've struggled with getting Bluetooth headphones to feel comfortable while you work out, the new Jaybird Freedom 2 Bluetooth headphones give you a lot of customization options to find the ideal fit. Design The Jaybird Freedom 2 were ...
8.9
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Great
The Jaybird Freedom 2 Bluetooth headphones are comfortable to wear and have many adjustments so you can achieve the ideal fit. You have the option of looping the wire over your ear for a more secure fit and the integrated cord management allows you to quickly tighten the wire between the buds. You also have the option of wearing the wire a little looser and clipping it to the collar of your shirt. The earbuds seal to your ear and block outside sounds, which can be a concern if you're running near traffic. The inline remote is somewhat large and the add-on charger power bank makes it even bulkier, but extends the runtime up to 8 hours.
Design
8.4
Sound Quality
9.4
Battery Life
9
Features
8.6
PROS:
  • Multiple wearing options
  • Adjustable sound settings
  • Clip-on power bank
  • Up to 8 hours of battery life with power bank
CONS:
  • Blocks outside sound, which is concerning when running near traffic
  • Remote is somewhat large
  • Proprietary charger
9 Hussar Magicbuds Bluetooth Headphones Review

Hussar Magicbuds Bluetooth Headphones Review

The over-the-ear hooks make the Hussar Magicbuds a great workout partner.  And I swear I've seen that black and red design before... PROs Over-the-ear hooks: There are a lot of Bluetooth earbuds available on Amazon that sound great, but ...
8.7
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Great
The over-the-ear hooks make the Hussar Magicbuds a great workout partner.  And I swear I've seen that black and red design before... PROs Over-the-ear hooks: There are a lot of Bluetooth earbuds available on Amazon that sound great, but don't always stay in your ear while you're running or working out. The over-the-ear hooks on these earbuds solve that issue. I did a quick test by running in place, doing jumping jacks, and doing push-ups, and the earbuds stayed in my ear without an issue. Sound quality: The sound or these earbuds is great! When sealed into my ear canal, I get a good bass response and the music quality is very good. At higher volumes I did notice some bass distortion, but still very good sound quality overall. Controls: There is no remote to flop around and hit your face. The controls are built-in to the earbuds. They are fairly easy to find and use while running, and make it easy to skip, rewind, and adjust the volume. Design: The black and red ...
Sound Quality
8.5
Design
8.7
Comfort
8.8
Features
8.5
Battery Life
8.8
PROS:
  • Great sound quality
  • Comfortable design
  • Secure fit
CONS:
  • Cannot hear surroundings
  • Can be prone to overcharging
10 Sbode Bluetooth Headphones Review

Sbode Bluetooth Headphones Review

Design In my opinion, these earbuds with the wrap-around-the-ears design is one of the best option for runners as it really helps with keeping them secure. This also allows me to pop them out slightly so I can hear the traffic around me. I also ...
8.7
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Great
The Sbode Bluetooth headphones are comfortable to wear and have very good sound quality, although it does tend to overemphasis low frequencies. The controls are conveniently located on the right earbud and they average around 7 hours of battery life per charge.
Sound Quality
7.9
Design
9.3
Comfort
8.7
Features
9
Battery Life
8.6
PROS:
  • Very good sound quality
  • Sweat resistant
  • 7 hours of battery life on average
CONS:
  • Music can sound "muddy"
  • Cannot hear surroundings
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