Best Headphones of 2018By Reviewed.com Staff
Choosing the right headphones can be a tricky business. Most people simply head to the store and pick up the first pair they find that are cheap and sound halfway decent. But not you. No, you're too smart for that, too discerning. You know that it's better to invest a little more and walk away with a pair that'll look good, sound even better, and last for the long haul.
We've tested hundreds of headphones here at Reviewed, and seen our fair share of good, better, and best. The models below are the cream of the crop, the best of the best, all the wheat without any of the chaff, and we'd be happy to tell you why. If you want to find out more about a particular model, click through to read our full review.
Updated January 03, 2018
When headphones are able to balance form and function, we stand up and take notice. Audio-Technica’s ATH-MSR7 do just that by combining thick memory foam padding, an aluminum/magnesium housing, and rich, consumer-friendly sound to create a fantastic overall value. They’re cans that'll please audiophiles and average consumers alike—so long as they don’t mind spending a little to get that high quality.
Bose's QuietComfort over-ears are ubiquitous on planes and trains, but for good reason—noise cancellation and unmatched comfort make them perfect for business class. The newest entry—the QC35s—deliver the same level of comfort and performance we've come to expect from the QC line, but this time, they're equipped with wireless functionality. They don't come cheap, but the QC35s graduate at the top of their class.
Where To Buy$329.00 Amazon Buy $329.99 Best Buy Buy $342.99 Walmart Buy
The Backbeat Sense, a wireless pair of on-ears from Plantronics, check off the most important boxes: they're comfortable, they sound fantastic, and from a design standpoint, they look great. There's a couple of glaring flaws, namely a noisy jostle when you walk and inconsistent Bluetooth performance. That said, the Sense excel enough where it counts and make for an altogether smart choice.
Where To Buy$86.25 Amazon Buy $78.99 Walmart Buy
Meet the Crossfade M-100, one of V-Moda's top tier offerings. Billed as the first crowdsourced headphones on the market, the M-100s offer impressive performance with a sound tailored to everyday listening. If you prefer a flatter "studio" sound profile, you might want to look elsewhere. But if you just want your music to sound good, it's hard to argue with the value proposition the M-100s provide.
Where To Buy$245.28 Amazon Buy $249.98 Best Buy Buy $249.99 Walmart Buy
If you're in the market for wireless earbuds for running or going to the gym, the Beats Powerbeats 3 are as good as it gets. The earhook design ensures they stay put, the Class 1 Bluetooth means you can stay connected from up to 100 feet away, and the sound quality is fantastic. They aren't cheap, but if you're tired of being disappointed by wireless 'buds, these are worth the investment.