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If you’re wanting to listen to music privately, directly from your Apple Watch, you’re going to need a pair of Bluetooth headphones. So for those of you who picked up a Watch this weekend, and don’t already own Bluetooth headphones, we’ve put together a list of some we think are worth checking out.

The list contains 10 options, ordered from cheapest to most expensive, and it features various styles and price points for all tastes and budgets. It’s also been curated to only include headphones that have received positive reviews from well-respected publications, or customers on websites like Amazon.

Kinivo BTH240

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At $25, you obviously shouldn’t expect blow-your-mind sound from these headphones, but customers over at Amazon say they perform much better than other offerings in this price range. They also feature a comfortable behind-the-head design, built-in music controls, a built-in microphone, and battery life of around 10 hours (music and talk time). You can find the Kinivo BTH240 headphones here for $25.

Soundpeats QY7

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The Soundpeats are similar to the BTH240’s in that they’re very inexpensive and receive high praise by customers for being comfortable and sounding great. The key difference here is the in-ear ‘earbud’ design, versus over-the-ear, and the Soundpeats only get around 5 hours of battery life. You can find the QY7 headphones here for $28.

Sony DR-BTN200

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If you’re wanting larger, higher quality headphones, but still don’t want to break the bank, you might check out Sony’s DR-BTN200 model. They feature two 30mm drivers for dependable sound, and a large lithium Ion battery that offers up to 40 hours of music playback. These headphones include built-in playback controls, a built-in microphone, and have a 4.5 out of 5 star rating on Amazon. You can find the Sony DR-BTN200 headphones here for $88.

Jabra Move

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Jabra is a veteran in the Bluetooth audio space, so it’s no surprise that their wireless headphones receive high marks. After testing more than 50 pairs, The Wirecutter named the Moves their top pick for Bluetooth on- or over-the-ear headphones, noting that they are “great sounding, moderately priced, and comfortable, with easy to use controls.” The headphones feature a built-in microphone (claims Siri compatibility), built-in playback controls, and 8+ hours of talk and music time. You can find the Jabra Moves here for $100.

JayBird BlueBuds X

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Customers on Amazon have rated the JayBird BlueBuds X Sport headphones 4 out of 5 stars on nearly 4,000 reviews. The consensus is that if you are looking for sport/workout headphones in the $100-$200, or you just really like the in-ear design, you have to seriously consider these. In fact, Sebastien just bought a pair. All of the standard features are here such as an in-line microphone with built-in controls and 8 hours of playback/talk time, as well as impressive additions such as Signal Plus tech for longer connection range and a lifetime warranty against malfunctions due to sweat. The JayBird BlueBuds X Sport headphones are available here for $125.

Jabra REVO

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Like the Moves, Jabra’s REVO headphones have received great reviews for being comfortable, durable, and impressive Dolby Digital sound. They also have a built-in microphone for taking phone calls and touch playback controls, but where they differ is the REVOs can last up to 12 hours and they come with a cord with an in-line mic so you can go wired. You can find the Jabra REVO headphones here for $140.

Beats Powerbeats 2

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When you buy a pair of Beats, you’re not necessarily paying for sound or build quality—you’re paying for design. So if how headphones look are important to you, you may want to check out the Powerbeats 2. I own a pair myself actually, and I like them a lot. They’re super comfortable, deliver the typical Beats ‘punchy’ sound, and [I think] they look great. Feature-wise, they’re on par with other offerings: they’re resistant to sweat, have an in-line microphone with playback controls, and the battery can last for up to 8 hours. You can find Powerbeats 2 headphones here for $200.

Beats Solo 2

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The Beats Solo 2s have that more classic, over-the-ear Beats look that you see everywhere, and have been surprisingly well-reviewed. CNET gives them 3.5 out of 5 stars, saying that they are a “well-built wireless headphone that sounds good in both wireless and wired modes and [are] relatively comfortable to wear for an on-ear headphone.” Feature-wise they check all the normal boxes and the battery offers up to 12-hours of playback. You can find the Beats Solo 2s here for $235.

Bose SoundLink

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Bose has long been highly respected in the headphones space, and its wireless SoundLink headphones are no different. CNET gives them a 4 out 5 star rating, saying that they “sound excellent for a Bluetooth headphone” and are one of the best wireless options available today. Of course high-end headphones have high-end features, so you get 2 microphones for improved call quality, auto-adjusting volume that moves up or down depending on your surroundings, and up to 15 hours of playback. You can find the Bose SoundLink headphones here for $250.

Sennheiser Momentum 2.0

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If money is no object, the Sennheiser Momentum 2s are about as top-of-the-line as you can get in wireless cans. The Wirecutter says that according to their expert panel, “these are the best-sounding Bluetooth headphones hands-down.” And again when you pay a premium, you get premium features such as Noise Gard hybrid active noise cancellation tech that blocks ambient noise using 4 microphones, 2 microphones for improved call quality and 22 hours of playback time. You can find the Momentum 2 headphones here for $500.

Have a pair of Bluetooth headphones you like that we didn’t mention? Tell us about them in the comments below.

  • M_thoroughbred

    Cody if you are considering the JayBird Bluebud X get them trust me you will not regret them and amazon has them discounted right now.

    • I just received those today but haven’t had a chance to pair them yet. They aren’t cheap so I hope I get my money worth

      • Hussain Alsanona

        Trust me Sebastien you gonna like them. I’m using them for my workout and they’re so good while running. I just ordered the Comply Foam Ear Tips. The new buds for sport and isolated.

      • M_thoroughbred

        You are going to like them trust me (I hope lol) they are a really good set of headphones good sounding and comfort. When you use them set them for over the ear it’s a little confusing as I had to YouTube it to see how is really done.

      • ak

        Trust me as well

      • Jamessmooth

        Have you used them enough to give your thoughts yet, Sebastien? I’ve had them for about 2 weeks now and I agree with the guy below: get the Comply T-500s if you haven’t yet.

      • M_thoroughbred

        Sebastien have you tried the Bluebuds X yet? And if you have how you like them?

  • These look like great headphones. I personally use the Jaybird Freedom Sprint. They’re good headphones, even if their battery life is a bit lacking at only 5-ish hours.

    • Hussain Alsanona

      I’m using the jaybird bluebuds x and I use them 5 days a week for one and half hour each day.

  • Guest

    I personally don’t like the JayBirds because they don’t fit in my ear.

  • Jamie Howle

    Another great article, thanks Cody, looking forward to the next podcast guys. Peace

  • solidsephiroth

    Question about pairing with watch and car. Is there anyway to have them both paired at the same time so I can listen to podcasts/music on the car and get notifications on my watch?

    • M_thoroughbred

      Yes you can have them both paired at the same time so you don’t have to worry about that. I know cause I do that in my car. I have a Pioneer AVH-4000NEX with CarPlay and there are times I use the Bluetooth instead of CarPlay and they seem to behave nicely lol.

  • J M

    In a list like this, I really think you need to include the LG Tone line of bluetooth headphones. If for no other reason they are a totally different style than other types of BT headphones out there. I have both those and the BlueBud headphones. The LG ones are great for around the house, and nice if I only want to have one ear bud in (because the other rests neatly in the neck strap. The BlueBuds are great for working out and running, I love them, they are light and I often can’t even tell I have them on.

    • Hussain Alsanona

      Same here

  • Drewcifer

    Hmmm… I’d be interested to see how the Parrot Zik 2.0’s stand up against the models reviewed here.

  • Jamessmooth

    Damn you Cody for making me realize I need new headphones after spending $$$ on the watch! Sebastian hook us up with a review of the earbuds when you use them!

  • Steven Honey

    i tried the jaybirds, didn’t like the fit…i like the fit of the plantroncs backbeat go 2, but the battery is a little weak. only get about 3-4 hours. the jabra rox wireless are good, but they kinda hurt my ears like the jaybirds if i use the ear wings.

  • Matta Fakt

    The problem I always run into with bluetooth headphones is volume. Even when maxed out, it’s nowhere near loud enough for my enjoyment. Any reccomendations on bluetooth headphones that can really crank out the volume?

    • M_thoroughbred

      The Bluebuds X volume is loud when you crank them up you will be amaze at how loud they are specially when you realize they are not wired. I also own a pair of Beats Studio Wireless ( my daughter gave them to me as a Xmas gift) and the are also loud can’t tell the difference in how loud they when you use them wired or wireless (Beats Studio wireless). The beats wireless are Bluetooth 4.0 LE.

  • Walcy Carroll

    I think there is a new trend maybe, during bowling and while at work I have noticed a lot of people wearing these ” Behind the neck Bluetooth headsets”
    http://www.nomorerack.com/daily_deals/view/2879611?cr=16011347

  • Martynet

    For anyone who would like a bit more serious wireless headphones with both, AAC and AptX codecs I would recommend Japanese Audio-Technica ATH-WS99BT.

  • port87

    the only thing about wireless earbuds I kind of dislike is the charge time, and its always easy to lose

  • TwinSon

    I got the powerbeats 2 on Amazon for $150. I had some rewards points to from my Visa card so that knocked off another $25 so i got them for $125 and I use them daily (gym 5 times a week plus at work when I’m busy). I enjoy them immensely but the video playback can be sketchy.

  • Alberto Espinal

    I once bought the Beats Powerbeats 2 and returned them the next day, the Iphone earbuds sounded better than them, another issue was that they don’t stay in the ears canal once you make any face expression such a smile they pop out of your ears, unless Apple has fixed some of those issues they are not worth the price!!

  • AngryDingo

    So I post a message about using a small BT receiver and a pair of custom fit headphones with urls, but no affiliation links. That way I can use a set of headphones I already have with my new watch. The post gets deleted and I’m assuming it is because iDownload wants to push these headphones through their affiliation links.

    Nice iDownloadblog. Nice.

  • Gerardo Castro

    NO BEATS PLZ…. Also keep an eye on those JBL Reflect BTs… have a pair. love them.

  • Barry

    No Phiaton in the roundup? How about call quality?

  • SmittyRedcard

    I’ve been using the Avantek HS01 bluetooth headphones for about the last nine months. Great battery life, I can connect via Bluetooth and/or AUX cable to two different sources at once. I’m currently listening to a podcast on my iPad while typing on my MacBook Pro (that’s the wired connection). Decent sound quality, super battery life, and good sound (I have called thru my iPad to my iPhone with this, just walking around my house with no interference or problems).

  • I like Powerbeats Headphones the most…