Love your tunes, anywhere and anytime? Then these are the best options on the market right now, from low to high.
Bose QuietComfort 35
Bose describes these as “our best headphones yet” and it’s hard to disagree with wireless Bluetooth streaming, cutting-edge noise-cancelling technology, 20 hours battery life, great sound quality, comfortable ear cups, a sensible fold-up design, plus a cord to plug into your phone when you run out of battery. They’re heavier than QuietComfort 25s and at $499 more expensive, too — but you get what you pay for.
Retailing for $279, this over-ear headphone trumps any other offering in that price range. With different length cables and contoured cups that seal tight around your ears, it’s no wonder why these durable, comfortable headphones are a favourite of musicians and audio engineers.
Sennheiser Momentum 2.0
The sophisticated closed-back headphone for listeners who are just as concerned with style as sound quality — not that the audio is anything to be sneezed at. The sleek lightweight design features brushed stainless steel sliders and a smart leather finish over the super-soft ear cushions.
Another great budget option at just $130, these foldable headphones are portable, boast a huge battery life of 80 hours, user-friendly swivelling ear cups, and a simple back design.
Everything you’re looking for in earphones at the gym — wireless, water-resistant, secure in-ear fit, and lightning fast charge (five minutes in the wall gives you two hours of battery). This $150 product also syncs easily with your Apple devices, including the ability to take calls, so you can move around easily without being tethered to your device.
Another wireless earbud jumping on the bandwagon started by Apple’s maligned AirPods, these minuscule metal earphones are sweat-proof, have adjustable settings depending on the type of exercise you’re doing, can connect with two devices simultaneously, and harness rubber wings to secure the bud in your ear. Pricey at $250.