We've rounded up the best wireless headphones you can buy, from on-ears to over-ears, wireless and Bluetooth, from £30 to £300

Looking for a cable-free earphone experience? We've rounded up the best wireless headphones you can buy in 2014.

Whether you're looking for on-ear or over-ear headphones, Bluetooth or RF wireless options, we have a recommendation for your needs, whatever your budget.

From £30 to £300, we've rounded-up the best wireless headphones from our most recent reviews, and we'll be keeping this page updated as and when we review new cans...

 

Best wireless headphones under £50

SD50 SoundWear Bluetooth stereo headset from G-Hub

Four Stars

Tested at £30

When we first reviewed these headphones, they were called Slick Distributions SD50. The SD50 remains, but they now have a longer, slightly unwieldy name.

Nonetheless, the price stays the same: £30 for an on-ear pair of headphones seems fairly unbelievable. Once you consider that the SD50 is a wireless Bluetooth headphone then the proposition becomes even more staggering.

For the price it was never going to trouble the top guns nearer the £100 range in terms of features, but for this price you get a compact pair of cans with a decent charge of 10 hours. Perfect for when you're out and about.

Compatible with all Bluetooth enabled phones these SD50 headphones offer good performance for a great price.

MORE: SD 50 SoundWear stereo headset from G-Hub full review

 

Best wireless headphones under £150

Sennheiser RS 160

Four Stars

Tested at £115

The entry-level version of the Sennheiser RF headphone range, the RS 160s aren't cheap but offer plenty for the price.

With closed-backed earcups (sound is trapped in, less leakage), these headphones are made of two components: the headphones themselves (HDR 160), and the transmitter (TX 160). The latter can connect up to four pairs of headphones using KLEER wireless technology (up to 20m line of sight range), and has a 3.5mm jack for wired connection of MP3 players, smartphones and other devices.

They may have been around a while but they're still a great listen. Crisp and clean, though a touch aggressive over prolonged periods. 

MORE:  Sennheiser RS 160 review

Best aptX Bluetooth headphones under £180

Sennheiser MM 400-X

Five Stars

Tested at £180 

A 2012 Award winner, the Sennheiser MM 400-X headphones blitzed the competition with a terrific effort. Light and portable, they come with a respectable battery life of about 10 hours.

Fitted with aptX Bluetooth (a higher quality version than standard Bluetooth), the MM 400-X deliver plenty of detail and balance.

If you already own an aptX enabled smartphone (the  Galaxy S4 and  HTC One both are, for example), then listening to your tunes in fantastic quality – allied with the convenience of Bluetooth – make the MM 400-X a great choice.

MORE:  Sennheiser MM 400-X review

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Best wireless headphones under £200

Sennheiser RS 180

Five Stars

Tested at £185 

More Sennheisers! You can't argue with the results, however: the RS 180s may be three years old but their excellence remains intact.

Much like their cheaper siblings the  RS 160s, the RS 180 headphones employ the same look and use of the KLEER RF wireless transmission. Beware though, these cans are open-backed meaning they will leak sound.

The trade-off is excellent sound. Punchy and dynamic, they deliver appropriate heft no matter what you throw at them. Very much recommended.

MORE:  Sennheiser RS 180 review

Best portable Bluetooth headphones under £200

Sennheiser PXC 310 BT

Five Stars

Tested at £190

Another oldie, this time with aptX Bluetooth, the PXC 310 BT cans are a great option if you want a more portable, on-ear pair of wireless headphones. They also offer noise-cancelling in to the bargain. A little hard to come by, you should see them for around £200 if you can bag a pair.

Not to be confused with the similar looking  MM 400-X earphones, the 310 BTs also feature Sennheiser's TalkThrough functionality, which can sift through background noise and speech so you don't need to take your headphones off to talk to someone. Nifty.

It would all be for naught if the sound was poor. Thankfully, the sound is excellent, a clean and exciting listen, with little in the way of difference between wired and wireless performance. Result.

MORE:  Sennheiser PXC 310 BT review

Best bluetooth headphones under £250

Philips Fidelio M2BT

Five Stars

Tested at £250

When we first made this list Philips' Fidelio M1BT was our choice in this section, a year later and it's still Philips, but this time it's the M2BTs.

Similar in look to the M1BTs, there isn't much in the way of changes with only minor updates made. Like their predecessor, the M2BTs sound fantastic, retaining that rich, balanced sound that made the M1s so entertaining. Add to its arsenal the ability to pair/play music by using the controls on the right ear-cup and high-quality aptX Bluetooth, and you have a recipe for a convenient and fantastic sounding pair of headphones.

MORE:  Philips Fidelio M2BT review

ALSO CONSIDER:  Harman Kardon BT review

Best bluetooth headphones £300

Parrot Zik

Four Stars

Tested at £300

With the Zik, Parrot claimed to have made the most advanced headphones in the world. They're certainly full of features including a motion sensor, a touch-sensitive cover for playback, noise-cancellation, 2.1 A2DP Bluetooth and a free Android and iOS app to go with it.

Sound-wise they're very good with detail and timing, showing a decent hand with dynamics, too. Noise-cancelling works very well, diminishing most ambient sounds to a minor murmur and with all the features switched on you'll get about six hours playback.

If you're on the lookout for a headphone that combines good sound, wireless and noise-cancelling in one package, the Zik's would be handy choice

MORE: Parrot Zik full review

 

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Comments

Robert Kent's picture

August EP650s Missed a Stonking Set

The August EP650 have to take the £50 and under bracket, hands down the best in the price range. From a British company they are picking up best value for money awards all over the continent.

ColinByers's picture

I think your missing a lot of

I think your missing a lot of good headphones when you only focus on wireless ones (see  http://www.consumertop.com/best-headphones-guide/). Bluetooth speaker generally sound worse than regular ones. 

CraigMP's picture

RS180 sound issues

I have the RS180 headphones and whilst the sound quality is good, in quieter moments, you can hear a background interference hiss which I personally find intrusive (I am easily distracted by unexpected sounds)

Other than that, they are excellent and are extremely comfortable to wear, even for extended periods.

ja3's picture

August EP650

I have to echo the August EP650 recommendation. Bought a pair for an Xmas present and after testing them, I've bought myself a pair too. They are absolutely fantastic considering the price (you have to be realistic, obviously they're not going to touch a pair of HD650s).

ADeafOne's picture

Wireless headsets

I am disappointed with this report. You fail to mention that these old Seinheiser sets emit a load "I am disconnected" blast in the ears when the signal level is low - and even blow your head off when you switch them off. Be warned remove from head before switching off. 

Yes the sound quality is OK, but build quality is poor. Mine fell apart.

Your report also failed to identify any good noise-cancelling headsets suitable for watching TV.

You also failed to mention that bluetooth imposes a delay causing lipsync problems when watching TV.

Please find a good noise-cancelling RF headset that is comfortable, and suitable for television viewing.

Thanks