Wireless Headphones: Ratings of Sources
PCMag.com editors regularly conduct detailed hands-on tests of wireless headphones, naming their favorites in this handy chart. A quick glance through the latest reviews turns up a couple more models that have won Editors' Choice award since this chart was published. Top picks range from $50 to $500, so there's something for every budget.
ConsumerReports.org conducts thorough tests of headphones, rating sound quality, sensitivity and noise reduction. Its current headphone ratings include wireless models that span the price spectrum from $30 to $400. Editors classify wireless headphones as either portable or home/studio style. More than a third of the wireless headphones covered in the report are judged worthy of a recommendation, and several are singled out as Best Buys.
CNET editors pick their favorite Bluetooth wireless headphones, from $400 luxury models to more affordable $100 headphones. On a separate list (Best Headphones of 2015), they also name the best wireless headphones for TV watching. Reviews are fairly detailed, covering design, comfort and performance.
This British magazine reviews more wireless headphones than many other publications, and many of the models they test are available in the U.S. Reviews are hands-on, covering features, design and sound performance. In some cases, testers even go so far as to take headphones apart to show images of their components. Each review also includes a quick summary of pros and cons.
TheWirecutter.com uses a multi-step process to select its top picks for Bluetooth headphones and wireless home theater headphones. First, editors comb through professional and user reviews to find top-rated headphones. Then they select the 55 likeliest candidates and subject them to hands-on testing, evaluating performance, comfort and design. The last pair standing earns their "Our Pick" award, with runners-up in other categories (luxury, budget, etc.). Lauren Dragan helpfully explains why the losers lost, too.
DigitalTrends.com reviews a plethora of wireless headphones, testing features, comfort and battery life, as well as sound quality with phone calls and various types of music. Each model gets a star rating. Editors pick one Editors' Choice, while several others earn a Recommended tag.
TechRadar.com editors regularly test wireless headphones, listing the top 10 winners here. Reviews are thorough and test-based, covering performance, features and design in an easy-to-read way, complete with a list of pros and cons and a star rating.
After rigorously testing lots of headphones (including wireless ones), TomsGuide.com editors pick the very best. Each pair is worn over the course of a week for two hours at a time, to judge comfort, audio quality (over a variety of genres), call handling, features, battery life, noise canceling, Bluetooth range and more. Each gets a star rating, and the best earn an Editors' Choice award.
In this richly detailed review, Rick Burgess tests six popular wireless gaming headsets -- with the goal of replacing his own dying set. He thoroughly evaluates each headset's comfort, sound, wireless performance, microphone, features, value, battery life and overall quality, culminating in a numeric score for each headset and one top pick.
PC Gamer tests 12 wireless gaming headsets, evaluating each one's sound quality, build quality, reliability, battery life charge time, range and latency. Although the write-ups aren't as detailed as TechSpot.com's, Phil Iwaniuk does a good job explaining the pros and cons of the winners, as well as the losers.
PCMag.com puts wireless gaming headsets through its detailed review process, naming the top 10 picks. Four are wireless models, ranging from $80 to $300.
Adam Clark Estes tries 13 wireless headphones in real-world situations, looking for stylish design and great sound quality. He names four "The Best," and explains briefly why each of the others lost. Winners get a two or three-paragraph write-up that covers all of the bases, plus photos of the author wearing them.
This British site is a wealth of excellent, up-to-date headphone reviews. Editors test comfort, features, design, wireless performance and sound quality, scoring each model on a scale of one to 10 (scores are visible on the landing page, so it's easy to find the best headphones). The best models get a "Recommended" tag. Reviews are easy to read and illustrated with plenty of photos.
PC World (Australia) reviews plenty of wireless headphones, many of which are also available in the U.S. Evaluations are based on hands-on testing and cover design and functionality as well as performance. Each write-up includes a list of pros and cons and a numerical rating. Ratings are listed on the landing page, so it's easy to find the best models. Only one current (expensive) model earns an Editors' Choice, but several cheaper ones get high marks, too.
Readers nominated these headsets with mics (mostly gaming-oriented ones) as their favorites. Two wireless models make the list. Each gets a short but fairly detailed write-up, explaining what readers like about the headset. There's no mention of any testing by editors, though.
Amazon.com reviews are most useful when you've already narrowed your choice. User comments can be subjective and sometimes aren't very relevant to performance, but many headphones get lots of feedback, making it easy to spot general trends. These reviews are especially good for learning about comfort and long-term problems. Some popular wireless headphones attract hundreds or even thousands of posts, and a few of these maintain a 4.5-star or better rating.
BestBuy.com sells fewer wireless headphones than Amazon.com, but many popular models gather feedback from hundreds and sometimes thousands of users. The bottom line assessment of whether or not a user would recommend the headphones to a friend is helpful.