Best Headphones of 2018

By 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.

— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

Updated January 03, 2018

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Expert Score
10.0

Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7

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.

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Bose QuietComfort 35

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.

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Where To Buy

$329.00 Amazon Buy $329.99 Best Buy Buy $342.99 Walmart Buy

V-Moda Crossfade M-100

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.

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Where To Buy

$249.99 Amazon Buy $249.98 Best Buy Buy $249.99 Walmart Buy

Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless

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.

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Where To Buy

Click for price Amazon Buy $199.99 Best Buy Buy $134.00 Walmart Buy $199.99 Crutchfield Buy

Audio-Technica ATH-CKX9iS

Whether traversing a sea of commuters on a busy subway, braving stretchy pants and an hour of cardio, or doggedly tramping down the sidewalk for a boss's third frappuccino—sometimes, we just need music to keep us going. For that, the Audio-Technica SonicFuel in-ears are a great option that's been around for years. Costing well under $100, these sound great, offer a solid low-end, and fit well in most people's ears.

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Where To Buy

$50.03 Amazon Buy
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