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August 5, 2018

Best Wireless Headphones for the Google Pixel 2

by John_A


What are the best wireless headphones for the Google Pixel 2?

The Google Pixel 2 is a great phone, but you’re going to need a quality pair of Bluetooth headphones thanks to the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Fortunately, there are a plethora of options to choose from, from “Made for Google” options like the Pixel Buds to tried and tested classics. We’ve tried to round out a list that offers a good variety of styles and price points, so you should be able to find the right pair for your needs.

  • Anker Soundcore Pro
  • OnePlus Bullets Wireless
  • Bose QuietComfort 35
  • Jabra Move Wireless
  • Libratone Q Adapt
  • Skullcandy Ink’d
  • Sony H.ear Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones
  • Jaybird X3 Sport

Anker Soundcore Spirit Pro


Anker may be more famous for batteries than headphones, but its new Soundcore series of wireless Bluetooth headphones are fantastic. Anker is extremely generous with its sizing here, offering four sizes of ear tips and wings, plus clips and other amenities, included for just $50.

Of course, no headphones are worth the cost if they sound bad, and thankfully Anker has spent a lot of time making sure the Soundcore Pros sound great, from deep bass to smooth highs and pleasing mids. A single charge gets about 10 hours of battery life, and they have an 18-month warranty in case anything goes wrong. Highly recommended!

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OnePlus Bullets Wireless


OnePlus has always made great phones for less than its competitors, but did you know the same is true of its accessories? The Bullets Wireless headphones are a fantastic-sounding, well-designed pair of wireless earbuds. Technically they’re neckbuds, which mean the cord wraps comfortably around the neck taking stress (and gravity) off the headphones itself, so they’re easily worn for hours at a time.

The best part of the Bullets Wireless is their charging — you get 5 hours of playback from 15 minutes of charging through USB-C. The second best part? They’re only $70, and worth every penny!

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Bose QuietComfort 35 II


When it comes to over-ear noise-canceling Bluetooth headphones, the Bose QuietComfort 35 IIs are basically the gold standard. The Bose brand is synonymous with high-quality audio products and the QC 35s are a great example of their craftsmanship.

Featuring some of the best noise cancellation you’ll find, these are ideal options for your noisy commute or for frequent travelers who want to cut out the sound of the airplane engines. Cutting out that distracting noise is important and with 20 hours of battery life, you can wear them comfortably for hours without worrying about these dying on you. There’s also a button for quickly accessing Google Assistant, which is awesome.

Sure, these puppies will set you back $349, which is a fair price for what is arguably the best noise-cancelling headphones out there. They’ve been reviewed well by most people who’ve tried them, including AC’s own Phil Nickinson, who called them nearly perfect. If noise cancellation and comfort are your biggest factors when buying headphones, you have to consider Bose.

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Jabra Move Wireless


Not looking to break the bank on headphones? You’ll want to consider the Jabra Move Wireless on-ear headphones. They’re lightweight and durable with a headband made of stainless steel and dirt-resistant fabric on the ear cups. You get up to 8 hours of music playback and 12 days of standby time on a single charge.

They were selected by the Wirecutter as the best budget wireless Bluetooth headphones you can buy after testing 115 models. They say the sound quality and comfortable fit belies the lower price, so if you’re looking for Bluetooth headphones that sound great at a great price, pick up a pair for as low as $69.

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Libratone Q Adapt


These on-ear headphones from Libratone are featured in the Google Store as a “Made for Google” certified accessory. They’ve got a great look to them and feature adjustable noise cancellation, a touch interface for controlling playback and volume, and a built-in microphone for taking calls.

While the Pixel 2 did away with the headphone jack, there’s a good chance that you still own several products that use them, so Libratone has included an optional 3.5mm cable for those times when you’d prefer a wired connection.

The Q Adapt cost $249, which is a fair price to pay for excellent sound and tremendous comfort in a smallish package.

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Skullcandy Ink’d Wireless Bluetooth Headphones


Looking to inject a bit of fun into your headphone life without emptying your bank account? Skullcandy’s Ink’d headphones are available in a bunch of bright and playful colors (Miami Blue pictured here), and at $50 they’re relatively easy to replace if they get lost or break.

The best part is that they sound really good, have 8 hours of battery life, and are extremely comfortable to wear for long periods thanks to their neckbud design.

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Sony H.ear Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones


Sony’s wireless over-ear headphones are jam-packed with features such as noise-canceling, NFC connectivity, and a handy carrying case for traveling. They’re wireless with Bluetooth 4.1 technology, but also include a 3.5mm cable with inline volume controls. They have digital noise-canceling that adapts to your surroundings to cut out unwanted sound and deliver high-resolution audio to your ears.

They’ve got a sleek and comfortable design that you can wear for hours, and you can expect up to 20 hours of playback time on a battery charge. If they die, you’ve got a wired connection available, so make sure you got your headphone adapter with you.

These will run you just over $300, and they are arguably better than Sony’s more-expensive WH1000XM2

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Jaybird X3 Sport


Jaybird has been making quality headphones for quite some time and the Jaybird X3s are no exception.

You can get a full week of workouts on a single charge and a quick 15 minutes of charging will get you a full hour at least. If you rely on your tunes to get you through a workout, check out the Jaybird X3 wireless earbuds and enjoy.

These headphones come in Blackout or Sparta (white) colors, and they’re sweat- and rain-proof, so you can pour your heart and soul into every workout without worrying about frying them. Pricing starts around $100.

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What have you tried?

What are your favorite wireless headphones that you’ve tried? Any thoughts on the options we’ve listed here? Let us know in the comments!

Update, August 4: We’ve reworked this list a bit, removing some models and adding a few more. Enjoy our choices from Anker, OnePlus, and Skullcandy!

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