The Jabra Elite 85h headphones deliver everything you could want in a Bluetooth pair. These headphones sound fantastic out of the box, and they’re more intuitive to set up and use than most competitors, thanks to the automatic Bluetooth pairing process and the large, easy-to-access controls. The battery life, rated at 36 hours (with active noise cancellation engaged), is also longer than that of many competitors, and the battery charges quickly, providing five hours of use after only 15 minutes of plug-in time. The Elite 85h headphones work with the Amazon, Apple, and Google digital assistants, and the microphone quality is super-clear for phone calls. This pair is also water-resistant and protected by a two-year warranty against damage from rain. The active noise cancellation (ANC) isn’t as effective as that of the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 (check out our guide to the best noise-cancelling headphones for more info), but it does reduce enough noise to be useful.
Jabra Elite 45h
A great option around $100
This on-ear pair sounds, fits, and functions like it costs more than $100. There’s no option to use these with a cord, but the ultra-long battery life means you won’t need to charge frequently.
The Jabra Elite 45h headphones continue the legacy of our former budget pick, the Jabra Move, with price-defying sound quality, comfort, and call clarity. This on-ear pair sounds better than those going for several times the price, and you can adjust the sound to your preference using the free Jabra app. They have a lightweight build, and the pillowy earpads are very comfortable to wear for hours. The microphone intelligibility is stellar for phone or video chats. These headphones offer 50-plus hours of listening time per charge, so you won’t need to plug them in very often. Though the Elite 45h isn’t IP-rated for water resistance, Jabra offers a two-year warranty against dust and water damage. This pair does not have noise cancelling, and there is no option to listen via a cord. But for folks who don’t need those features, these headphones are a great deal.
Great for the office
This feature-packed pair significantly reduces the noise of voices around you and can sound fantastic. But these headphones are pricey and require a good deal of setup.
The Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones are worth considering if you work in an open office (or, right now, a crowded home office), because they are great at blocking out voices around you. These over-ear headphones are also comfortable enough to wear all day, and the microphones are effective at reducing background noise during phone calls and video meetings. Plus, this pair has a ton of app-based bonus features, including a speak-to-chat function that senses your voice, turns on the awareness mode, and pauses your music automatically. Out of the box, this pair’s sound quality isn’t the best, but if you’re willing to put some effort into adjusting the equalizer settings in the app, the XM4 can sound better than just about any Bluetooth headphones available. The noise cancellation isn’t as effective against the noise experienced in an airplane, so we don’t recommend the XM4 for frequent fliers (check out our guide to the best noise-cancelling headphones to see how this set compares). And, unlike our other picks, the XM4 isn’t built for water resistance, but it can handle a light spritzing rain. Sony offers a one-year limited warranty that covers manufacturing defects but not water damage, so we don’t recommend that you take this pair to the gym or out for a stroll in a deluge.