Are you planning to get yourself or a loved one a decent yet affordable wireless headphone soon? In this post, I discuss our top 10 best wireless headphones under $200.
Now choosing the best wireless headphones for an affordable price not only means you have to consider their value for money.
You also need to ensure that the headphones fit correctly, that they sound great, and that they have a long battery life. That way, you don’t have to worry about them constantly dying while you’re listening to your favourite tunes!
If you’re in the market for some new, stylish and affordable headphones, it highly likely that you will find what you are looking for in our list of top 10 best wireless headphones under $200!
What to expect in this piece…
Here are the main insights you will find in this post:
- My rationale for deciding the headphones that made the cut.
- A comparison table of the 10 best wireless headphones under $200 with pros and cons and a verdict.
- My take on why each of the headphones made the list; and
- A couple of video reviews for two of the headphones. In the video, I go into more detail about my personal experience/research with these headphones. How cool is that? 🙂
How I chose the best wireless headphones under $200
While the headphones I’ve chosen aren’t necessarily in any particular preference order, each one has been personally recommended by myself.
The recommendations are based on my own personal research, my close friends’ experiences, their value for money, how good they sound, how compact they are and their battery life.
Some other factors I consider when choosing the best headphones is the design of the headphones. Do they fit over-ear, on-ear or in-ear?
I also look at any other stand-out features such as noise-cancelling, built-in microphones, control centres, and choice of colour. Plus anything else that makes them unique and still cost less than $200!
It’s important for me to recommend only the very best products. So after some extensive research, as well as my own personal experience, I’ve concluded that the below are the very best in the market. These are well worth investing your money in.
1. Marshall Monitor Headphones
More renowned for their technology in the music industry, it might surprise you to discover that Marshall also offers their own state-of-the-art wireless headphones that pack a punch when it comes to style, comfort and affordability.
The battery life on these headphones lasts around 30 hours. This affords you ample time to get through a good few of your favourite albums! They also only take around 3 hours to fully charge from flat battery so you can be back busting your moves with these on in no time!
One slightly controversial thing about the Marshall Monitor Headphones is their design; you either love it or you hate it. I personally really love the iconic black design with intricate brass details. They’ve clearly gone for the old vinyl look which I think adds a really unique touch to them.
As someone who thoroughly enjoys watching and listening to movies while using headphones, this particular brand is perfect for allowing me to do just that. The Monitor’s Bluetooth aptX technology plays music at a higher bitrate, while still reducing audio and video-syncing issues to a minimum. This means there’s never any issues with lip-syncing when watching your favourite TV shows or movies.
Furthermore, the headphones have an impressive 30 feet (10 metres) of wireless listening range. Now is perfect for someone like me who can never sit still and likes to move around while listening to something! They also fold down into a small portable case too which can easily fit in almost any sized bag!
- Excellent sound quality.
- Whopping 30 hours’ battery life.
- Compact design for easy carrying around.
- Style is not to everyone’s taste.
2. Bose SoundLink On-Ear Wireless
Sitting at the more expensive end of the price range (but still coming in at less than 200 dollars!) are the Bose SoundLink On-Ear headphones. These are perfect for commuters who enjoy passing the time by indulging in TV shows and movies while on their way to work.
Similarly to the Marshall Monitor, I’ve never heard of anyone experiencing any issues with audio-visual lag. This means you can enjoy all your favourite TV programmes without any disruptions. The dual-microphone system also means that they’re perfect for making calls on the go and you don’t have to worry about any background noise thanks to the noise-rejecting technology.
Unfortunately, they only have 15 hours’ worth of playtime so it’s a relatively small battery life compared to some of their other competitors. However, I think the fact that you can get two hours’ worth of playtime from a 15-minute charge really makes up for that.
This means if you’ve forgotten to charge them the night before, you can quickly put them on charge while you get ready for work. That way you’ll still have plenty of listening time for your commute; my friends have told me that this feature is a godsend in times of their forgetfulness!
What I particularly love about the Bose SoundLink is that you can access Siri on your iPhone. It also connects to Google Assistant if you have an Android phone. So you can make voice notes, send text messages or make calls, all by giving out instructions to Siri via the clever microphone system.
Furthermore, I also love how compact they are and that they can be folded down into a small case which means they easily fit inside any bag when they’re not in use.
- Dual-microphone system so you can talk and listen on the go.
- Very comfortable on the ears because of the soft ear pads.
- Rich clean and balanced sound.
- Slightly more expensive than other headphones on this list.
3. Sennheiser HD 4.50
Sennheiser might not be as well known throughout technology-loving households as the likes of Sony or Bose but they pack a punch when it comes to noise-cancelling, performance-driven and elegant design.
What I love about these headphones is that while they’re relatively similar to their predecessor (the HD 4.40), this particular model is more sleek, stylish and comfortable. The soft leatherette ear pads make wearing these headphones enjoyable, as opposed to just practical.
The battery life is dependent on whether you have the innovative NoiseGard active noise cancellation feature activated or not (19 hours with and 25 hours without it activated). Some people who I know who own a pair of these have told me that when they’re getting the train or working in busy environments, they love to activate the noise cancellation technology as it helps to solely listen to their music or favourite podcasts, without being distracted by other noise pollution.
The Sennheiser HD 4.50 headphones might not be quite as lavishly stylish as some of the other headphones in this guide but it’s actually the sleek and simple design that draws me to these.
Another thing that makes these headphones one of the best in the market is the clever instant pairing feature via Near Field Communication (NFC) that allows them to connect to nearby compatible smart devices.
This is particularly useful when if you’re rushing out of the door on a morning and don’t have time to sync your phone with your headphones; these babies do it all for you!
- Noise cancelling technology
- 25 hours of listening time per charge
- Fairly basic design.
4. Jabra Elite Active 65T
They’re actually the only in-ear headphones featured on this list and they’re completely wireless; so whether you’re hitting the gym every day, or you’re looking to be more hands-free on your daily commute, these headphones are perfect for you.
One thing I’m particularly fond of with the Jabra Elite headphones is their portable charging case. The case provides two additional charges for a total of 15 hours. While this isn’t the longest battery life of any headphones I’ve come across, the fact that they can be easily charged on the go is a really effective stand-out feature for me.
One downside to the Jabra Elite Active 65T headphones is that they have slightly bigger-than-average earbuds. So they might not fit you properly if you have smaller ears. This can be quite uncomfortable if it is the case so I’d recommend trying them out before you buy them.
On the contrary, they’re very well-built and come with a dust and water-resistant finish. You find this to be ideal if you plan on using them while working out a lot. They also sound great with almost any type of music genre so you can enjoy all your favourite songs and albums without worrying about them sounding funny.
Overall, I’d definitely recommend the Jabra Elite Active 65T headphones if you’re in the market for something lightweight, compact and ideal for working out with; you’d struggle to find any other headphones that will compete as well as these!
- Best headphones for sports and workouts with their sweat-resistant design.
- Compact and portable charging case making it easy to use them on the go.
- Might be slightly uncomfortable for people with smaller ears.
5. SteelSeries Arctis 7
For gaming fanatics looking to invest in a strong, sturdy and durable pair of headphones, then look no further than the SteelSeries Arctis 7.
Priced very competitively, not only are these headphones one of the cheapest in this guide, they’re also one of the best in terms of value for money.
What makes them ideal for gaming is their excellent microphone, comfortability when wearing them as well as the low wireless latency. While they’re definitely not as practical for wearing on the go such as the likes of the Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2, they still offer great quality sound which is perfect for single-gamer use or multi-player games.
While I’m not necessarily a gamer myself, I have used my friend’s pair of the SteelSeries Arctis 7 numerous times and I can vouch for their consistent comfort and practicality when it comes to playing video games. Unfortunately, they do need to be in range of a USB transmitter in order to be used wirelessly but as they provide excellent channel mixing control right at your fingertips, it’s an issue I’m willing to look passed.
The headphones’ built-in microphone is also often recognised as one of the best microphones in gaming and the ClearCast microphone delivers a crisp, clear and studio-quality sound that you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.
If you’re not that much into gaming, then these probably aren’t the best headphones for you as they struggle to become compact which makes them hard for carrying around with you on a daily basis. However, if you do have a penchant for gaming, then there’s really no contest as to which headphones are suitable for you.
At an unbeatable price, with a comfortable and durable exterior, combined with the exquisite-quality clarity microphone, you’re on to a winner with these Arctis headphones!
- Great for gaming.
- Can be used wireless and wired for your convenience.
- Not that effective at noise cancelling.
6. Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2
The Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2 headphones are often cited as the best over-ear headphones in the market by many tech-experts.
If you have a particular adoration for listening to the likes of EDM, hip-hop and dubstep, these headphones will be the perfect companion as they’re very well suited to bass-heavy genres of music. However, they’re also perfectly suitable for other types of music as well, so don’t feel like they won’t be for you just because you’re not into head-banging music!
The battery life on these headphones can also last up to 30 hours so they’re definitely one of the best pairs of headphones to invest in if you plan on using them an awful lot. A quick charging time of only 2 hours also means you don’t have to wait around too long before you can get singing and dancing along to your music again!
Unfortunately, the Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2 headphones aren’t incredibly well versed with the concept of noise-cancelling and while they do have built-in noise-cancelling technology, it’s not quite as up to scratch as the likes of Sennheiser or Sony.
They are remarkably comfortable to wear however and have an effective control system which makes them versatile and durable. The travel sleeve that comes with the headphones allows the ear cups to fit neatly inside a protective nylon casing so you can rest assured that they’re well protected while you’re transporting them from one place to another.
- One of the best over-ear headphones in the market.
- Very comfortable and versatile Active noise cancelling technology but not as effective in loud environments.
- Not that effective at noise cancelling.
7. Skullcandy Crusher
pair of headphones that are sure to make you stand out is the Skullcandy Crusher AKA one of the bulkiest albeit most robust designs in this list!
If you’re looking for something lightweight and non-descript then these headphones aren’t for you. However, if you’re looking for an incredibly affordable, comfortable and durable pair of headphones, then these fit the bill perfectly.
They also have the longest battery life of any headphones in this guide and at 40 hours’ worth of battery life, I’ve known someone who owns these to have listened to many of their favourite songs on repeat for hours on end! The quick charging technology that’s built into the Skullcandy Crusher headphones is also an incredible feature and you can get 3 hours’ worth of battery life within just 10 minutes of charging! They also charge to full capacity in just 2 and a half hours as well!
Furthermore, there’s also a built-in microphone which is ideal for taking and making calls when you’re on the move as well as on-ear buttons that allows you to adjust the volume, change song and answer and end calls.
While they’re not necessarily the most stylish-looking headphones I’ve ever seen, I can’t hide the fact that they’re the most affordable and best value for money that I’ve found from my own personal research and I couldn’t recommend them enough; especially if you’re looking for a starter pair of headphones!
- Quick charging technology.
- High audio quality.
- Comfortable, padded design around ears.
- Not very compact so hard to carry around.
8. V-MODA Crossfade
The V-MODA Crossfade wireless headphones are perfectly practical for everyday use. They’re incredibly durable and functional and even when I’ve seen them been dropped on the floor many times by my careless friends, they’ve still stood the test of time!
I love that the padding on these headphones is made from vegan leather so you can rest assured that you’re helping to look after the planet somewhat, while still listening to great music!
Unfortunately, there are numerous downsides to these headphones as well, as the battery life only lasts around 12 hours which is one of the worst in this guide. They do charge back to full capacity in just over 1 hour and a half, however, so if you’re someone who doesn’t listen to them all day, every day, they’re a great investment.
Taking of great investments, the V-MODA Crossfade headphones are priced on the more affordable end of the price range so you do get great value for money if you’re not going to be using them all the time.
Furthermore, these particular headphones aren’t ‘noise-cancelling’ as such and instead are ‘sound isolating’. This means you still get the great music listening capability, but you may also experience some unwanted background noise too. So far in my experience of using these headphones, I haven’t heard of people experiencing too many issues with background noise but I imagine if you’ll be using them in highly noise polluted areas, they may struggle to meet your requirements.
Overall, for the price of the V-MODA headphones, I think you get a great value product for your money. They’re sleek, compact and durable and are ideal for daily use if you don’t mind having to charge them more often.
- One of the most affordable headphones in this list
- Ideal for commuters who want a comfortable and stylish design.
- Unfortunately not the very best sound quality compared to its competitors
- Only 12 hours of battery time per charge
9. Audio Technica ATH-ANC700BTBK
If you’re in the market for headphones that will be one of your best choices in terms of value for money, then these particular pair from Audio Technica are the ones for you.
The long-lasting battery life is what makes this model get recommended to me time and again as an average battery life of around 25 hours means that you can listen to these for hours at a time, for days on end without charging them.
While they are quite bulky and not the most streamlined design, they do look sharp and sophisticated with their sleek, black finish and cushioned ear pads.
One of my very favourite features about these Audio Technica headphones is the ‘touch and swipe’ controls that are built into the ear cup. These controls allow you to answer and end phone calls as well as controlling volume and using video playback. This is particularly useful if you’ve got a busy day in town but still need to take calls on the go.
The Quietpoint active noise cancelling system means that you don’t have to worry about listening to any disturbing background noise. You can instead concentrate on your music, phone calls or podcast of choice for the day.
They’re on the slightly more expensive end of our budget. But they still fall under the less than 200 dollars category and for all the impressive features you get with these headphones, I’d say it’s definitely value for money!
- Lush design with plenty of padding
- Excellent audio quality and 25+ hours of battery life.
- Not the smallest or most compact.
10. Sony WH-CH700N
One of the best pairs of wireless headphones in terms of comfort is the Sony WH-CH700N.
While they’re a pretty bulky set, their beefy frame actually means they’ve got padding in all the right places so that they always sit comfortably on both your head and your ears; this is something people who I know who have used these tell me that they love about these headphones! Despite the bulkiness, they’re not overtly heavy on your head which is great when you’re petite!
The 35 hours’ worth of battery life is definitely one of the best features of these headphones and they’re one of the top pairs in the list when it comes to long-lasting batteries. Furthermore, you can even benefit from the 10-minute quick charge feature if you need some juice in these headphones in a hurry!
On top of all that, these headphones deliver performance in terms of excellent quality sound and noise control with their built-in noise-cancelling system. This means you’ll always get a much better music experience when you’re listening to your favourite albums!
One incredibly unique aspect of these Sony headphones is that they have Alexa-enabled voice control which means you can access your music, contacts and information with a simple touch and voice command.
- Very comfortable to wear
- 35 hours of battery life (one of the best on this list)!
- Quite bulky and heavy to carry around.
In conclusion, every single one of these wireless headphone brings something unique and different to the table; choosing the best pair for you is entirely dependent on the exact specs that you’re looking for. My personal recommendation are the Marshall Monitor Headphones as they have a great and stylish design and the battery life lasts over 30 hours on a good day!
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