On the newest smartphones and other electronic devices, headphone jacks seem to be an endangered species. As more and more companies ditch the jack in favor of Bluetooth connection, it’s time to get with the program. If you’re wary of change, know that a pair of wireless headphones will simplify the way you travel: As you walk through the airport, along the beach, or on the trail, you’ll fall in love with the freedom of not having a cord tie you to your devices.
Wireless headphones come in all different models and price points. Here are some of the best options for every travel budget.
For a more affordable pair of wireless headphones that still deliver sound quality and long battery life, check out the JLab JBuddies, which have 13 hours of battery life and fold up to for portability. Another great feature of these wireless headphones is the memory-foam cushion, which provides comfort on a long flight.
Price and where to buy it: $20 on Target.com
Rowkin Bit Charge Stereo Earbuds
If you prefer the subtlety of earbuds but worry about wireless earbuds getting easily lost, check out the Bit Charge Stereo Earbuds from Rowkin. Each pair of earbuds comes with its own charging case that doubles as an external battery you can use to give your phone a little extra juice. The portable charging case also uses magnets to hold the earbuds in place, so you don’t have to worry about them falling out or getting lost in your bag.
Price and where to buy it: $200 on Amazon.com
Marshall Major III
If you want to connect to your music in style, Marshall, the iconic amp-maker touted by all your favorite rock stars, also makes wireless headphones. The recently released Marshall Major III headphones are extremely comfortable and convenient for travel since they include a cord to transform them back into a regular non-wireless pair of headphones. This is extremely handy should you find yourself on a long-haul flight unable to connect wirelessly to the in-flight entertainment system.
Price and where to buy it: $79 on the Marshall Website
Wireless Headphone Hat
If you like the idea of wireless headphones but don’t really like the way they feel or look, check out the Wireless Headphone Hat. This beanie doubles as a pair of Bluetooth headphones that can sync to your phone, so you can stay cozy without missing your tunes.
Price and where to buy it: $59 on the Grommet
These wireless earbuds from Yevo are extremely comfortable and secure, which makes them great for working out or on your more rigorous travel days. The carrying and charging case is also very portable and these earbuds are equipped with HD premium sound, so you won’t miss out on quality.
Price and where to buy it: $129 on the Yevo Labs Website
If you like the idea of wireless, but really worry about dropping your wireless headphones and losing them, check out these wireless, but not 100-percent-cordless pair of earbuds like Jaybirds. Connected by a wire, you can enjoy a wireless workout without the anxiety of losing an earbud.
Price and where to buy it: $90 on Amazon.com
If you don’t think a pair of wireless headphones or earbuds can make it through your workout, the RunPhone Wireless will give you the confidence that your headphones aren’t going anywhere. Though it looks like a regular sweat-band, there are hidden speakers that let you listen to music wirelessly.
Price and where to buy it: $100 on the Grommet
Sony 1000XM2 Noise-Canceling Headphones
If you’re looking for a top-of-the-line pair of wireless headphones to get you through a long-haul flight, try the 1000XM2 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones from Sony. With high-resolution audio quality, 30 hours of battery life, and a noise-cancelling profile made just for the in-flight experience, these wireless headphones are worth the high price if you crave a quiet flight.
Price and where to buy it: $349 on the B and H website
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