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A Guide to the Best Headphones of 2020

May 27, 2020
Hannah M. | Author
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For music lovers, podcast enthusiasts, fitness fanatics and all-around hard-workers, a pair of reliable headphones is non-negotiable. But choosing the pair that’s right for you isn’t always easy. That’s why we’ve had our experts pick out the best headphones of 2020, so you can make the right choice based off the models with the top features and crystal-clear sound.

Below, we’ve rounded up the very best; from wireless wonders that can take you from work-to-play effortlessly and truly wireless headphones great for exercise, to noise-cancelling champions to help you zone out and headphones with microphones for increased connectivity. Check out our list for the ultimate low-down.

Best wireless headphones

Most people wouldn’t dream of buying headphones that aren’t wireless these days; the freedom of movement without being restricted by cables makes them truly versatile. Ideal for those who are on the move a lot, these are the best headphones for exercise, everyday commuters and general busy-types.

  • JBL E45 Bluetooth Wireless On-ear Headphones : Budget-friendly and perfect for anyone with an on-the-go lifestyle, these wireless headphones have powerful JBL Signature Sound, a sleek, contemporary look and up to 16 hours' battery life. You can seamlessly switch from music on your portable device to a ring from your phone.
  • Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones : These Bluetooth headphones offer up to 40 hours of battery life with the added plus of Fast Fuel – which means five minutes of charging gives you three hours of playback. Beats has been creating award-winning sound for years - it’s a brand you can trust.
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  • Jabra Evolve 75e Wireless Earbuds : The wireless earphones for professionals. Whether you're wearing them at work or on the move, these Skype-certified Evolve 75e give up to 14 hours of power. And they fully charge in 2 hours! Five control buttons provide easy access to calls and music, and include a smart button for one-touch access to Siri® and Google Now™.

Best true wireless earbuds

If the above wireless headphones aren’t striking a cord with you, then you may be looking for true wireless earbuds and if so, you’ve come to the right place. Truly wireless earphones are ideal if you’re constantly on your feet; they have no connecting wires, so the battery, controls and mic are all built into the housing of the earbud. Peep some of the very best below.

  • Apple AirPods Pro with Wireless Case : The hugely popular AirPods Pro offer an exceptional truly wireless experience. Designed to deliver active noise cancellation, amazing sound quality and quick charging with a wireless charge, you’ll do well considering this pair - especially if you own other Apple devices as they can be setup easily across all of them.
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  • Apple AirPods with Charging Case : Equally as doted on, the Apple AirPods Pro predecessor has rich and high-quality audio, with the ability to double-tap to play or skip forward. Brilliant for when you’re mid-run and wanting to skip a slow song.
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  • JBL Tune Truly Wireless In-Ear Headphones : If you’re all about that bass, then JBL has got your back. Ergonomically shaped in order to bring long-lasting comfort and able to deliver 16 hours of audio heaven, this pair will become your new best friend in no time.
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  • Beats Powerbeats Pro Totally Wireless Earphones : Beats strike again with another pair of high-performance headphones, designed to maximise any fitness lovers’ sweat session. They stay secure with over-the-ear mounts and are noise-isolating too, so once you’re in the zone you’ll be truly unstoppable.

Best noise-cancelling headphones

Whether you’re working from home or on a Sunday stroll, sometimes you want to block everything out and enjoy your music - and we understand that. The best noise-cancelling headphones don’t waver on quality; they offer phenomenal sound whilst tuning out any unwanted ambient noise.

  • Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones : This sophisticated pair features two listening modes: Active Noise-Cancelling to give you the space to create with fully immersive sound, and Transparency to help you stay aware of your surroundings. The sleek style has been designed for your comfort, too (win, win).
  • JBL Live 650BTNC Wireless Over-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones : With JBL’s Signature Sound and enhanced bass, every track on your playlist will pop. They also offer easy access to the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, with only a tap on the ear cup allowing you to play your favourite playlist, text your friend or check the weather.
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Best headsets for work; headphones with microphones

As we get used to working from home, the need for a pair of headphones with a microphone has increased. Headsets usually get likened to something worn in a live pop performance from the ‘90s, but nowadays they’re demonstrating cutting-edge features that serve to help you progress in the corporate world.

With professional sound quality, noise-cancelling features and microphone abilities, these headsets will help you stay connected when working remotely.

  • Plantronics Voyager 3200 UC : For a truly immersive experience with multi-device connectivity, this headset is a standout option for those who want to power-on without interruptions. This pair has active noise-cancelling and impeccable audio quality. With three precisely tuned microphones and enhanced noise-cancelling technology, Voyager 3200 UC separates your voice from disruptive background sounds so your caller hears what you’re saying, not where you’re saying it. Plus, support for wideband audio ensures compatibility with HD Voice-enabled smartphones.
  • Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 Headset Wired Black : This headset is incredibly reliable; its premium stereo sound is there to make sure you can chat or listen to music with the clearest of audio. Its comfortable leatherette ear pads will have you forgetting they’re even on your head!
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So there you have it, the best headphones on the market in 2020. If you’d like to check out our entire range of headphones, browse for yourself.

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