For the best over- or on-ear Bluetooth headphone experience with your Apple TV, Bose's QC35 is the set to beat.

Serenity Caldwell Serenity Caldwell has been writing and talking about and tinkering with Apple products since she was old enough to double-click. Managing editor of iMore, she hosts a number of popular podcasts and speaks frequently at conferences. In past lives she worked at Macworld and Apple Retail.

Best overall

Bose QC35

$349 at Amazon

I've made no secret of my love for the Bose QC35s as travel headphones, but if you're looking for a great set of at-home cans, these are some of the most comfortable, reliable Bluetooth options on the market.

With a projected 40-hour battery that often meets or surpasses that metric, lightweight and comfortable earpads, multi-device Bluetooth connectivity, top-tier noise cancellation, and on-ear controls, the QC35 provides an immersive experience while you're watching a show or playing games on the Apple TV; one so great you often don't want to take these headphones off. They are pricy. But the quality and comfort you get from that price is more than worth it.

Bottom line: If you value comfort and world-class noise cancellation in your Bluetooth headphones, the QC35s are the headphones to beat.

One more thing: The QC35s come with a free iOS app that helps manage your Bluetooth devices. Not quite as slick as Apple's W1 chip, but still pretty great.

Why the Bose QC35 is the best

Immerse yourself into another world.

When looking for TV headphones, I've got a couple of must-fulfill requirements. They should probably be noise-cancelling (or immersive enough to not warrant it): If you're interacting with your TV and need headphones, chances are you're doing so to either drown out the current world, or have your fellow housemates's activities avoid being drowned out by the sound of a Halo campaign.

They need to be low- or no-latency: There's nothing worse than trying to watch your favorite show and having your favorite characters' voices be a millisecond behind the actions.

They also have to be comfortable: Whether I'm playing video games or watching a movie, I'm likely going to be doing so for quite some time; any Bluetooth set that pinches my ears or squeezes my head is going to lead to headaches and annoyances very quickly.

Finally, their battery should be solid: I don't want to have to worry that my headphones will die in the middle of a crucial scene or game level.

On those three criteria, the Bose QC35 passes with flying colors. Comfort and battery are a non-issue here, and the Bose QC35 remains my favorite headset for active noise cancellation, though other manufacturers like Sennheiser are hot on the company's heels. And my one niggle with noise cancellation — occasional wind noise as picked up by the headset's microphone — is less of an issue sitting on the couch than walking through a windy New England street. The Bose's sound quality is solid, though it's not going to compete with high-end audiophile options; it can blow out heavy bass sounds, though I've rarely encountered this in the movies, tv shows, music, and games where I've tested the headset.

These features aren't without a cost — $349, to be precise. And I'll freely admit, it's a lot to drop on a pair of headphones. But after months with the QC35s, they're still just as comfy and reliable as the day I bought them — no scratches or cracks in the plastic, or tears in the earpads or headband. For headphones I use both in the living room and across the country, that's an impressive feat in of itself.

Best for big sounds

Beats Solo3 Wireless

$299 at Amazon

The Apple TV can't take advantage of Beats's fancy W1 auto-pairing chip, but Apple's set top box can still enjoy the on-ear Solo3 Wireless's emphasis on big sound, 40 hours of battery, and quick-charge system. The Solo3 tend to weight more toward bass than the QC35s, and they don't offer noise cancellation, but still provide a rich, comprehensive sound. They're almost as comfortable, too, though the headband isn't quite as enjoyable long-term as the Bose models.

Bottom line: If you want headphones to use with multiple Apple devices and your Apple TV, or you need headphones that deliver big base, consider the Beats Solo3.

Best on a budget

Jabra Move

Jabra Move

$99 at Amazon

Though they lack noise cancellation, the Jabra Move has been my top pick for budget on-ear headphones over the last few years — and I'm not alone. Wirecutter writer Lauren Dragan loves the Jabra Move, as does Wirecutter editor Dan Frakes (who first turned me on to them). They were the first Bluetooth headphone pair I purchased, and they're still going strong years later. They're also comfortable to wear and provide a great sound for the price.

Bottom line: If you can't stomach paying hundreds of dollars for Bose, Sennheiser, or Beats, the Move is a great alternative.

What about in-ear headphones?

Why we're skipping them this time

In-ear headphones can be a great way to watch television or play games on your Apple TV, but they can also be very particular — largely because our ear canals are all shaped very differently. For a guide that necessitates earphones being worn for a long period of time, I find it difficult to recommend earphones that may or may not be comfortable for your ear canals for lengthy sessions.

That said, there some great in-ear options, including Bose's QuietComfort 20 and the Jaybird X2; if you prefer in-ear listening for your TV watching, you can't go wrong with either of those options.

Conclusion

For folks who can afford to drop a few hundred dollars on a great Bluetooth set, the Bose QC35 is one of the best out there; if you're looking for a more affordable set, check out the Jabra Move.

Best overall

Bose QC35

$349 at Amazon

I've made no secret of my love for the Bose QC35s as travel headphones, but if you're looking for a great set of at-home cans, these are some of the most comfortable, reliable Bluetooth options on the market.

With a projected 40-hour battery that often meets or surpasses that metric, lightweight and comfortable earpads, multi-device Bluetooth connectivity, top-tier noise cancellation, and on-ear controls, the QC35 provides an immersive experience while you're watching a show or playing games on the Apple TV; one so great you often don't want to take these headphones off. They are pricy. But the quality and comfort you get from that price is more than worth it.

Bottom line: If you value comfort and world-class noise cancellation in your Bluetooth headphones, the QC35s are the headphones to beat.

One more thing: The QC35s come with a free iOS app that helps manage your Bluetooth devices. Not quite as slick as Apple's W1 chip, but still pretty great.