Editor's Note: This article last updated September 14, 2015.
The majority of devices today are designed to be mobile. You are constantly on the go, and your tech should be able to keep up with you. Smartphones and laptops are only getting smaller, lighter and more hands free. Headphones have also been following this trend in the past few years. You don't see a cable connecting your laptop, smartphone and tablet together your headphones should be no different.
There are many different wireless headphones options and many different applications for those headphones. This article takes into consideration when and where you'll be using your headphones to help you make a decision on the best wireless headphones for your lifestyle.
One of the first considerations in choosing wireless headphones is deciding which ones are most comfortable. There are a few different styles of Bluetooth headphones that rest differently on your head and ears. You want headphones that you can wear for long periods of time without your ears or head becoming fatigued.
Over The Ears
These headphones cover your entire ear. Generally larger than both on-ear and earbud-style headphones, these are some of the most comfortable headphones you will find. They are usually heavily cushioned around the ears and have cushioned headbands to keep your head and ears from hurting during prolonged use.
This type of headphones rests over or against your ears and comes in a number of different styles and sizes. They are often convenient for travel, as many of them fold up into the headband, making them more portable than over-the-ear headphones. Since these headphones press against your ears, they can sometimes cause fatigue and become uncomfortable over long periods of use.
Also known as wireless earbuds, these are much smaller than both on-ear and over-the-ear headphones. They fit right into your ear and generally don't have a headband. This style is ultraportable but doesn't have the speaker size to deliver the type of audio quality that over-the-ears and on-ear headphones provide.
What you are doing and where you plan on using your headphones is an important factor in deciding on which pair is the best for you. In-ear, over-the-ear and on-ear headphones styles are all suited best in certain listening scenarios.
Best Wireless Headphones for Exercise
If you plan on using your wireless headphones mostly during exercise, then you want to go with a pair of wireless in-ear headphones. Using these headphones, you don't have to worry about pulling out the cable while you run, nor do you have to deal with a sweaty headband or ear cushions as you workout. These wireless headphones stay comfortably placed in your ears, even during the most strenuous workouts.
Best for Travel
Over-the-ear headphones are the best Bluetooth headphones for travel. When you're traveling, whether on a plane, bus, train or subway, there are many outside distractions. Over-the-ear headphones keep that noise from seeping into your ears by coving them and blocking external sounds. Many of these wireless headphones are also noise cancelling, meaning they produce a slight white noise the helps further block outside sounds.
Best for Office Settings
On-ear and over-the-ear headphones are both great choices for an office setting. Both have padded headbands and cushioned earphones to prevent fatigue from prolonged use. On-ear headphones aren't as insulated or sound proof, so you remain aware of your surroundings, which can be helpful when coworkers are trying to get your attention. Over-the-ear headphones help to cancel out unwanted noise, so you can focus without distraction.
Over-the-ear headphones are the top wireless headphones for critical listening. While on-ear headphones can also produce high-quality audio, the sound barrier that over-the-ear headphones create between you and the outside world is optimal for mixing music or watching movies. These headphones engulf your ears with quality audio and remove distractions.
Everybody's ears are different and require different levels of comfort and care. Once you know which style is most comfortable for you and where you plan on using your headphones, you can make an educated decision on which wireless headphones are the right ones for you.