The right headphones should improve your listening experience and help you get the most out of the music you own, and the very best headphones will accomplish both of those goals.

The sound quality is the most crucial aspect, yet it’s also the one that the vast majority of the headphone makers get wrong.

We highlight models that you should not buy so that you do not end up with a lemon.

The best headphones are able to handle a wide variety of music styles and are comfortable enough to be worn for extended periods of time, such as on a trip or a longer commute.

They will reduce the amount of sound that escapes and stop extraneous noise from destroying the quality of your favourite music.

We put every style of headphone – in-ear, on-ear, and over-ear – through our rigorous testing process so that you can select the model that is the most comfortable for you to use.

Find out which headphones from well-known brands do not live up to their reputations, as well as which models from both larger and smaller companies are the best buys.

We tested each pair of headphones by pulling on them, twisting them, and getting them knotted up in order to discover how well they hold up under real-world conditions.

You could use some headphones to drown out the sounds of your daily journey, couldn’t you?

The process that we use to find the best headphones

In order to determine which headphones are the best, we put them through their paces by listening to many hours of music, ranging from little solo voice songs and strong rock anthems to expansive symphonic works and radio recordings.

In addition, we test each and every pair of headphones for comfort, durability, and any additional features that may be included, such as active noise cancellation and in-line remote controls.

The calibre of the sound

To ensure that your music will sound fantastic across a variety of genres, five audio professionals listen to each pair of headphones using classical, jazz, pop, and rock music. This allows you to have confidence that your music will sound wonderful regardless of the genre it is.

Leakage of acoustic energy

In addition to a subjective evaluation, we utilise a digitally calibrated reference ear to assess sound leakage and noise-cancelling capabilities of the headphones.


We evaluate the ergonomics of each and every pair of headphones that are put through the test by measuring how comfortable the earbuds or pads are, in addition to the headband (where it is there).

Stress test

Because headphones are so delicate, we put every set through our rigorous stress test in order to assist you in selecting a pair that will stand the test of time.

Reliability of the Brand

Because we conduct an annual study that polls thousands of headphone users, we are able to evaluate and rank the dependability of each brand, which means you can be confident that your headphones will last for a long time.

Regardless of how well a product performs in our lab evaluation, we will never give it the Best Buy rating if our research shows that it comes from an unreliable brand. This is true even if the product received a perfect score.

In order to qualify, a headphone brand must have a reliability rating of three stars or higher, as determined by the results of our yearly poll of headphone purchasers.

You can trust the models from the biggest headphone manufacturers on the market, such as Sony and Bose, which can go head-to-head with specialist audio brands such as Grado and Sennheiser.

Even the most well-known brands are susceptible to making mistakes, according to our findings.

Since we serve you, the customer, as our client, you can rest assured that the only thing that guides our product suggestions is the outcomes of the tests we do.

We don’t let ourselves be swayed by the opinions of other people, and we don’t take free stuff from companies who make or sell products.

Because we buy and use every product that we review, the information that we provide can assist you in making an informed decision the very first time and avoiding costly errors.