The best wireless headphones for music and podcasts

Cut the cord already.

headphones on a notebook
What wires?Vladimir Kondriianenko via Unsplash

A good pair of wireless headphones can be life-saving, especially when you’re working from home. Whether you’re bumping your favorite tunes or entering the second hour of a conference call, these headphones make life a little bit better. When looking for a pair you should consider your priorities; is it sound quality, battery life, range, or noise cancellation that matter most?

Sony WH-1000XM3
Ahead of the pack.Amazon

With the best noise cancelling in the industry and pristine sound quality, the WH-1000XM3 have earned a reputation for outperforming the top-of-the-line Bose headphones. These Sony’s are packed with features, including 30 hours of battery life; touch controls; “Quick Attention Mode,” which allows you to raise your hand to your ear to turn down your music to engage in conversation, and a built-in Alexa assistant. They adapt well from work to play environments; you can take a call and be back to your music without having to mess with a single setting. They also come in black.

Apple AirPods Pro
Super easy to set up.Amazon

There’s no mistaking AirPods for a cheapo pair of earbuds; the AirPod Pros are just on another level. You’ve got noise cancellation; three-size earbud customization; adaptive EQ, which automatically tunes music to the shape of your ear; anti-sweat protection; and transparency mode, which allows the sounds of the world to make it to your ears when you’re out for a jog. Just one charge in the wireless charging case can give you 24 hours of battery life and 4.5 hours of listening time. You’ve also got Siri at your beck and call at all times. What more can you ask for?

Bose Noise Cancelling Wireless Bluetooth Headphones 700, with Alexa Voice Control
Talk Talk.Amazon

Bose has a reputation for delivering state-of-the-art, enveloping, pristine sound. These 700s are no exception, but while they are great for listening to your favorite symphony, they truly excel for phone calls. Seriously. Thanks to an advanced microphone array that dampens outside noise and focuses on your voice and to Bose’s noise-cancelling technology, you’ll never have a clearer call. Need to look something up, or need to place a quick order during the drive home? Google assistant and Alexa are just a button click away.

Sony WF-1000XM3
Tune in and tune out.Amazon

If you’re looking for the advanced noise-cancellation tech found in Sony’s WH-1000XM3 over-ear headphones but prefer earbuds, you can’t do better than the WF-1000XM3. You get the same noise-cancelling technology, 24-bit audio signal processing for improved sound, truly wireless connection with audio pumped uninterrupted into each bud, and Alexa assistant for voice-activated music selection.