7 great Bluetooth headphones for your new iPhone 7

By , Sep 9, 2016


Now that you’ve ordered your iPhone 7 and picked out a case, it’s time to think about getting another accessory: Bluetooth headphones. With Apple choosing to remove the 3.5mm jack from its latest handset, wireless headphones make the perfect companion for your new gadget.

As for which model to get, Apple’s just-announced AirPods look pretty cool. But between their steep $160 price tag and unproven real-world performance, we think there are some better options out there. Here is a list of 7 great pairs of Bluetooth headphones for your new iPhone 7.

Aukey Bluetooth Sport Earbuds


If you’re looking for the absolute cheapest pair of Bluetooth earbuds, here you go. Well, I’m sure there are cheaper sets out there, but this is about as cheap as you want to go. Aukey is a highly regarded name brand in the mobile accessory space, and its sport earbuds get respectable reviews on Amazon. Features include Bluetooth 4.1 support, in-line volume controls, built-in microphone for answering phone calls, ear hooks for better fit, 7 hours of talk time and a 24-month warranty.

You can buy these Aukey Bluetooth Sport earbuds for $23.

Photive BTH3 Over-The-Ear Bluetooth Headphones


If you’d prefer over-the-ear Bluetooth headphones, but still want to keep the price down, the BTH3s from Photive are a great choice. This is another one of those brands that you may not have heard of, but has a great reputation online. These headphones charge quickly, last for up to 12 hours, have built-in playback controls and microphone, and offer a comfortable fit. Plus, a nice hard travel case is included for free. You can’t beat that!

You can buy these Photive Over-The-Ear Bluetooth headphones for $50.

JLab Audio Epic2 Bluetooth Sport Earbuds


If we had a “Best Value” or “Editor’s Choice” selection in this post, it would be the Epic2s from JLab Audio. You really just get a lot of bang for your buck here: best-in-class playtime of up to 12 hours, IPX5-rated sweat and splash proofing, Memory Wire tech for more durability, and titanium over-ear hooks and gel tips for long-lasting comfort. Of course the headphones also sound great, and they come with a hard travel case.

You can buy these JLab Audio Epic2 headphones for $100.

Jabra Move Wireless Stereo Headphones

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Jabra is a longtime vet in the Bluetooth audio space, and its Move headphones have been widely praised by critics. They are ultra-lightweight, with an adjustable headband for a comfortable fit, and are made with premium materials. They also have built-in playback controls, a built-in microphone, and can be used as wired headphones with the included cable.

You can buy these Jabra Move headphones for $86.

Jaybird X2 Sport Bluetooth Earbuds

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Jaybird has made a name for itself in the sport earbud space, and the X2s are its latest hit. These sport Bluetooth headphones feature 8 hours of playback, an inline microphone, and built-in playback controls. The sound is impressive for Bluetooth earbuds, and Jaybird includes a “lifetime” sweat-proof warranty. Also in the package are memory foam ear tips, secure-fit ear fins, charging cable, and silicon sport carrying case.

You can buy the Jaybird X2 earbuds for $150 note: at the time of writing, the white model is on sale for $100.

Plantronics BackBeat Fit Bluetooth Headphones

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These Plantronics BackBeat headphones have a respectable 4 star rating on Amazon, but we’re including them here more for their behind-the-head design—some users find this design more comfortable and stable during workouts. The BackBeat Fits are also waterproof, flexible, and have a solid battery life providing up to 8 hours of playback. In the box you get the charging cable, and a smartphone armband—which has a pocket that can store the BackBeat headphones when folded.

You can buy these Plantronics BackBeat Fit headphones for $76.

Beats Solo2 Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones

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If price really isn’t a factor for you, and you want on-ear headphones, you’re going to want to look at the Beats Solo2s. True, Beats has gotten a bad wrap for being over-priced, but most will agree that Solo2 headphones are a solid buy. They look great, sound great, and feature 12-hour battery life. Other features include built-on Mic and an included carrying case. Plus, how good would the black Solo2s look with your new Black or Jet Black iPhone 7?

You can buy the Beats Solo2 Bluetooth headphones for $200.

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  • czbird

    or Sennheiser Momentum Wireless, well worth their premium price 🙂

  • HamptonWalley

    Are these bluetooth sugar devices not too dangerous on our heads?

    • Sachka

      As long as they are not made by the Samsung Note 7 battery team, they are as dangerous as living with a wifi router.

      • Maxuel Lazzarotto

        I own a Plantronics BackBeat Fit, its being more than a year and it still working perfect. I also take showers with it…

      • Javier Lopez

        You take showers with headphones? Have you ever heard of a bluetooth speaker? Unless you live in a dorm setting or in a home where you can’t listen to music at a moderate level, I don’t see why you’d use headphones in the shower and risk breaking them or getting electrocuted.

      • Maxuel Lazzarotto

        I don’t live in my house, so in respect of the other people living there I do not force them to listen to my music …
        But I also love to run under a rain, so a Bluetooth speaker wouldn’t fit fit me.

  • Daniel Brown

    or, if the premium price isn’t an issue, Bose QC35’s. Thats my choice over crappy beats

    • Javiers

      JayBirds are also great earphones.

  • Javiers

    Honestly, if you want great head phone. Sound quality and looks get the JayBirds. I switch from beats to JayBird Freedom and never looked back.

    • Javier Lopez

      I second this. I’ve had the first gen bluebuds X for 2 years and they’ve been nothing short of dope.

  • J3ff

    Plantronics BackBeat Fit are awesome!! Ive owned 2 pairs now (cat chewed through my first pair). I didnt even think about getting another pair.

  • Martynet

    I have Jaybirds x2 and the sound is OK. If I want great sound I use my over ear Bluetooth headphones Audio Technica WS99BT. I think they are the best wireless headphones on the market. Using custom cushions though cos the hole in original cushions is only 35 mm and circle. I recommend those cans to anyone who wants 10x better sound than Beats 😉

  • Mike Colacone Saal

    Damn Cody, no mention of Bose wireless earbuds?

  • ravinigga

    Or if u want spent a lot beoplay h8 (B&O)
    Got is awesome and plus side u can remove the battery

  • 5723alex .

    None of these BT headphones (except the new Beats) have the W1 chip and will have bad sound.

  • Jonathan Amaral


    You’re welcome 🙂

  • Jamessmooth

    Are these intended to be budget focused? The jay birds are wonderful and at that price a steal. Bose QC 35 should be on the list! 🙂

  • The Fluffy Alpaca

    In my opinion, the best wireless earbuds are Jaybird X2 for most people. Alternatively Bose’s wireless earbuds or the wireless BeoPlay earbuds. If you’re very active and run a lot, you should consider Jaybird Freedom. When it comes to headphones, nothing beats (no pun intended) Bose QC35. Great comfort, great battery life, great sound, great design. The price is pretty steap though.

  • Dany Quirion

    No one seem to have realized this but, how Am I supposed to plug in the new apple lightning earpods in my mac?

    • 5723alex .

      Using the supplied Lightning to 3.5mm adapter.

      • M_thoroughbred

        The lightning adapter can’t be used on the mac. The adapter is to convert 3.5mm to lighting not the other way around.

      • 5723alex .

        Why will anyone sane want to use Lightning EarPods with his Mac ?

      • Dany Quirion

        because im not gonna buy other earpods for my mac?

      • 5723alex .

        So use the one which came with previous iPhone devices.

      • Dany Quirion

        Im selling my device

      • Javier Lopez

        Really? You don’t own any other headphones? If this is the case, there are literally hundreds if not thousands of other options available that will use the 3.5mm headphone jack. A lot of great headphones out there that won’t break the bank.

    • At first I wondered if Apple was going to provide a lightning port on the new macs, but I’m starting to think this is unlikely. Apple is trying to push wireless headphones (that’s the ultimate goal), not lightning headphones. If in 5 years we see everyone selling lightning headphones Apple will have royally messed up. So if the goal is to get people and manufacturers towards a robust wireless audio future than these headphones are just a temporary offering for customers while the transition is happening to make life less painful (and expensive)

  • Micke på taket

    Plug gate

  • Brent Shelton

    Powerboats are the only ones that stay firmly in my ear while I run or move a lot. Sound isn’t the best, but it’s solid and by far the best option for staying in your ear.

  • slamfest

    Stay away from the JLab Audio Epic2. I’ve had 2 of each of the 1st gen Epic and Epic2 and they both stopped charging. Sound was good, but had them replaced each time. Finally gave up and bought the AUKEY Bluetooth Headphones.