We round-up the best of the best – from in-ear to on-ear, wireless to noise-cancelling – to bring you the ultimate headphones buying guide.

If you want to know the best headphones to buy, you've come to the right place. Whether you're after the best wireless, Bluetooth or noise-cancelling cans, and whether you prefer in-ear or over-ear, we've got you covered. We've rounded-up the best headphones on the market in 2015 from our hundreds of headphone reviews to bring you the ultimate headphones buying guide.

Since the rise of the iPod and the MP3 player, and in turn smartphones and tablets, the popularity of headphones has sky-rocketed - and so too has the number of earphones on the market.

Big brands such as Beats by Dre, Bose and Sennheiser may dominate the High Street in 2015, but there are plenty of other options to consider (and indeed plenty of better options in the case of the infamous Beats headphones).

This headphones round-up features our 2014 award-winners and the best of the products reviewed before and since. Whether you want the best headphones that money can buy for a serious home listening experience or a bargain pair of buds for under £50, we've got you covered.

Awards: Best Headphones 2014

Best in-ear headphones

If you want a pair of headphones to use when you're out and about and don't fancy lugging a chunky pair of cans around, or want a pair for running or the gym, then in-ear headphones are probably the way to go.

Don't bother with the cheap earphones you get free with your phone, instead spend a bit of cash to hear your music at its best. And the good news is you don't have to spend much, with impressive headphones available under £100 or even under £50.

Fancy something a little higher up the quality range? Take your pick from the best buds from brands such as AKG, Grado and Shure. Also worth considering is whether you want an in-line mic and remote (Apple and Android options are available).

From budget to high-end, it's all in our best in-ear headphones round-up.

MORE: Best in-ear headphones to buy in 2015


Best noise-cancelling headphones

If a hefty pair of over-ear headphones just isn't substantial enough for your noise-isolating needs, then you can always put some power behind your efforts.

Active noise-cancelling headphones not only block outside noise thanks to the design and fit, but also by creating its own sound waves (using a rechargeable battery) that cancel out ambient noise.

Believe it or not – you should, it's true – we have options from under £30, right up to more accomplished efforts at up to £300. The choice is yours.

MORE: Best noise-cancelling headphones to buy in 2015


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Best on-ear and over-ear headphones

We've always been fans of a good pair of over-ear headphones: for listening at home, in an office or any other noisy environment the best on the market deliver good sound coupled with the added bonus of noise isolation (for you and those around you).

We have portable on-ear headphones and larger, over-ear models in our round-up, alongside our favourite noise-cancelling and bluetooth over-ear headphones.

B&W, Bose and Philips all make an appearance but no, there's no Beats by Dre. Sorry, Doc. Find over-ear headphones from £130 to £330 in our best over-ear headphones round-up.

MORE: Best on-ear and over-ear headphones to buy in 2015



Best wireless headphones

The world and his dog has gone wireless in recent years, so it's no surprise headphones have joined the wire-free party. Undoubtedly convenient, usable with computers, your TV, games consoles and more, all you need to do is remember to charge them (and take in to account there will usually be a drop in sound quality in return for wireless audio).

Bluetooth and RF wireless headphones are available. aptX Bluetooth headphones tend to offer the best sound quality for wireless transmission, provided your source is also aptX compatible (as more and more smartphones and tablets are).

Again, cheap wireless headphones are available – we have a favourite under £100 – but spend more if you can,simply to get better sound and a more solid wireless performance.

MORE: Best wireless headphones to buy in 2015

Best Bluetooth headphones

Just want the pick of the best Bluetooth headphones? Then you're in luck. We've picked out five of the best pairs of Bluetooth earphones for your wireless listening pleasure.

From under £50 to closer to £200, there should be something for everyone here, with headphones from Bose, Philips and Sennheiser featuring in our round-up.

What's more, we've dug out the best prices we could find online for each pair. So there should be some bargains to be had, too.

MORE: 5 of the best Bluetooth headphones 2015

Best budget headphones

You would have had to have been living under a rock these last few years to have missed the fact that most freebie smartphone earphones really aren't much good. And that's if you even get any.

So, you should be looking to buy some new buds for your mobile music enjoyment. The good news is you needn't spend a fortune, so we've found 10 of the best budget headphones under £100, whether you're after a cheap pair of in-ear buds or over-ear cans, and five of the best budget earphones under £50.

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steve_1979's picture

Why are there no reviews of

Why are there no reviews of Westone earphones in WHF?

Andy Clough's picture


Westone has never supplied any for review.

eggontoast's picture

Your heading is wrong

That being the case, that you only review samples which are sent to you, your heading for the article is incorrect.

wiifiiii's picture

Seriously? That's ridiculous.

Seriously? That's ridiculous. 'Best Headphones Which Have Been Sent To Us in 2015'

In this day and age of forums (Head-Fi!) you need to raise your game because this list is a joke. 

ElectroMan's picture

No Stax or Audeze?

Not quite 'the best headphones' you can buy.Biggrin

Dindin komarudin's picture

over the air category

Where the Audio-Technica ATH M50 series??

Vadim Katz's picture

Why no Sony MDR 1A ?

Sony's previous flagship headphone, the MDR 1R, was a solid performer praised by many tech sites, including WHF.

However, at the end of last year they have been replaced with the newer and improved model, the MDR 1A, and I find it very strange why ever since, WHF has featured and reviewd all kind of headphones from well known to less known manufacturers, yet not a review or at least a mention of Sony's new MDR 1A.

Why no review on this model?

frankqq's picture

I recently got my ATH-M50X

I recently got my ATH-M50X from Semilton store here in Slovakia. They are really decent ones for a reasonable price. I totally recommend you to buy one too

PhilA's picture

This article makes me laugh...

There are several items of strangeness about this article:

The URL clearly says "best-headphones-to-buy-in-2014", but the title is "Best headphones to buy in 2015", so it was clearly fudged from last year to this...

It's almost as if the author doesn't know the difference between on-ear and over-ear headphones - in fact the site lists the Sennheiser SD201 as "over-ear", but to anyone who has ears larger than a child they will be on-ear

There are so many headphones missing from this list - the site doesn't even list the Bose SoundLink over-ear, anything from Audio Technica or any of the newer Sony headphones

At least more people are realising that the site's information is laughable, it's just a pity that such a previously respected brand is now so rediculous...

Shazboids's picture

Where are the reviews

Is this theist confusing site ever, where are the reviews????

Andy Clough's picture


If you click on any of the blue lnks in this article it will take you to the relevant reviews.