Sony's MDR-1000 is Sony's answer to Bose's QuietComfort 35. It's an impressive-sounding wireless Bluetooth headphone that also features active noise-cancellation technology that's on par with Bose's, as well as some nifty extra features geared toward frequent travelers.
The Bose QuietComfort 35 is a full-size, around-ear wireless Bluetooth headphone that also includes active noise cancellation and doubles as an advanced headset for making cell phone calls. It earned an Editors' Choice Award from CNET.
V-Moda's latest Bluetooth headphone is its best model yet, with improved sound, battery life and comfort. Featuring excellent build quality, it's one of the best premium over-ear wireless headphones, although it doesn't feature active noise canceling.
Apple's totally wireless AirPods may look a little strange, but they're designed to automatically pair with the iPhone 7, 7 Plus and other Apple devices running iOS 10, WatchOS 3 or MacOS Sierra (they're Bluetooth headphones, but Apple devices get access to special features).
Sennheiser's PXC 550 WirelessSennheiser's PXC 550 Wireless is a worthy competitor to the Bose QuietComfort 35. Like that model, it's very comfortable and features impressive noise cancellation and works very well as a headset for making calls.
Thanks to being updated with Apple's new low-energy W1 custom Bluetooth chip, Beats' Solo 3 Wireless has much better battery life than its predecessor. Its impressive 40 hours of battery life is tops for a Bluetooth headphone.
Sennheiser's Momentum Wireless is arguably the best-sounding wireless Bluetooth headphone. It also features active noise canceling, though it's not up to the level of Bose's noise canceling. This headphone started out at $500, but has come down to a bit less in some places.
If you can live with out the QuietComfort 35's active noise cancellation, Bose's SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II are a very comfortable full-size headphone with very good sound quality for Bluetooth.
Bowers and Wilkins' best-sounding headphone is now available in a wireless version, the P7 Wireless, for $400. It's a swanky-looking, well-built wireless headphone that delivers clean, well-balanced sound.
With the X3, Jaybird fixed some of the small issues that bothered owners of the X2. A slightly smaller design and better battery have made this one of the top Bluetooth sports headphones. Jaybird sometimes discounts it 25 percent, which makes it an even better value.
Plantronics BackBeat Fit has been out almost two years, but it remains a top wireless sports headphone and has proven to be durable. It started out at $130 but can now be had for around $80 online in the US.
The Beats Studio Wireless has been around for a couple of years (and is due for an update), but it's still one of the best Bluetooth headphone and also features light active noise cancellation. It started out at $379 but is now down significantly online.
Beats' Powerbeats Wireless 3 improves slightly on the design of the popular Powerbeats 2 Wireless sports headphone and adds Apple's energy-efficient W1 custom Bluetooth chip, which makes connecting the headphones very easy (for Apple users) and significantly boosts battery life.
Jabra's Halo Smart is a neckband-style wireless headphone that performs very well as a headset for making cell phone calls, has good battery life, and delivers decent sound quality for music so long as you can get a tight seal from the included earbuds.
Audeze's Sine is the company's most affordable full-size planar-magnetic headphone. This type of driver technology is known for delivering impressively clean, distortion-free sound and the Sine's sound is superb for the price, although some people might wish the comfortable were a little more comfortable. It comes come with two wired options: one with a traditional miniplug, and one with Apple's Lightning connector.
Sony's H.ear On Wireless NC comes in several eye-catching colors and features wireless Bluetooth streaming, as well as active noise cancellation. It's not quite as impressive as Sony's MDR-1000, which costs $50 more, but it does deliver excellent performance for Bluetooth.
It may seem weird to use a Samsung headphone with an iPhone, but the Level U is a likable neckband-style Bluetooth headphone that doesn't costs too much. The step-up Level U Pro sounds better, but it has a noise-isolating design and isn't as comfortable as this model.