It’s that time of year: Halloween is fresh over. Time to throw out the candy corns (again) and, assuming you’re a lunatic, put up the holiday decorations.
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It also means you need to start thinking about holiday gift shopping. If you’re looking to buy a gift for that favorite traveler in your life, there’s only one thing they’re going to be happy with this year: Airbnb gift cards.
OK, two things: I guarantee they’d also love a new pair of headphones — wireless headphones, in particular. Here are the best Bluetooth headphones for travel …
Best Bluetooth Headphones for Travel 2019
Sleep-friendly Bluetooth Headphones: SleepPhones Effortless
Almost every night, I fall asleep listening to podcasts or an audiobook. Problem is: most earbuds just aren’t designed to be worn while you’re sleeping. Enter SleepPhones — the “world’s most comfortable headphones for sleeping.” Think of them as pajamas for your ears. The difference between SleepPhones and other travel-friendly headphones is the plush headband which, honestly, after a few minutes of wearing, you completely forget it’s even on your head.
While they come in three different varieties, I’m partial to the SleepPhones Effortless. They easily sync/pair with your smartphone, PC, or most any other Bluetooth-enabled device with a wireless range of up to 30 feet. The battery is designed to last 10 hours — more than enough for a decent night’s sleep or a moderate flight. Plus, for travelers on the go, the battery reaches a full charge in just three hours using the wireless, induction charging functionality. There’s also built-in play/pause and volume controls so you needn’t dig around in the dark for your smartphone in the middle of the night.
Rockstar Style at a Rockstar Price: Marshall Major III Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
There’s something about Marshall’s headphones that I’ve always loved. There’s a little vintage rockstar style in the look, they’re well-built and durable, and they sound great. What’s more: they don’t cost a fortune.
Among their latest offerings are the Marshall Major III Bluetooth. I’m hard-pressed to pick a single pair of cans to tag as “The Best Bluetooth Headphones for Travel,” but these are the ones I always travel with. I wear them at home and on the go.
The Major III headphones are a slight reboot of Marshall’s Mid Bluetooth and Major III (sans Bluetooth). They feature a multi-directional control knob to control play, pause, shuffle, and volume as well as directly power the headphones on and off. The 40mm dynamic drivers are enhanced for bass response, crystal clear highs, and smooth mids. And the best part: 30+ hours of wireless playtime on a single charge! That’s almost enough to get you from NYC to Sydney and back!
Earbuds for Minimalists: Wicked Audio Arq True Wireless Earbud Headphones
Above all else, Wicked Audio offers some of the most affordable Bluetooth headphones/earbuds on the market. But, their latest — the Wicked Audio Arq True Wireless Earbud — is budget-friendly without scrimping on features.
Like all of Wicked Audio’s Bluetooth/wireless products, Arq features Wicked’s unique “Triple Battery Protection” to prevent the risk of malfunction. The exterior is sweat resistant with a rubberized finish to travel easily and withstand active lifestyles. They come with three cushion sizes and hands-free features like pause/play and answer/hang up. Plus, with high-fidelity sound, enhanced bass, and noise isolation the sound quality is solid to boot.
Money Is No Object: JBL Everest Elite 750NC
If you’re looking for the best Bluetooth headphones for travel, forget the fancy hip-hop-mogul-branded headphones. You don’t need ’em. Spend your hard-earned social media influencer money on a legit pair of feature-rich cans. The JBL Everest Elite 750NC are some of the best I’ve personally tested.
Just as important as the sound is the battery life: for long-haul flights, they last up to 20 hours on a single charge. In ANC mode, control what you truly want to hear for up to 15 hours. They also boast a 3-hour quick recharge, Legendary JBL Pro Audio Sound, and ergonomic comfort so they’re guaranteed to be comfortable no matter how long your travel day. Adaptive noise-canceling allows you to tune out the world, including that screaming kid in the row behind you. Plus, the minimalist design — especially in Gun Metal — is sleek, sophisticated, and classy.
Do you travel with wireless headphones? What do you recommend as the best Bluetooth headphones for travel?