Best Bluetooth headphones for Apple Watch

The best: Jaybird X2 Sport See at Amazon

Jaybird X2 Sport Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Your Apple Watch gives you freedom and mobility while you stay connected, and the headphones you choose for it should do the same. The in-ear Jaybird X2 headphones give you that same freedom and quality without the bulk that some over-ear headphones have.

Bottom line: If you want Bluetooth headphones that are light, secure, and pair perfectly with your Apple Watch, the Jaybird X2 Sport is the best choice.

Status: Released September 2015. The Jaybird Freedom wireless headphones are also available but have a very different design and haven't been as extensively reviewed.

In depth

These are the headphones every Apple Watch wearer wants!

The Jaybird X2 headphones offer noise isolation rather than cancellation, which is a desirable feature for people who are always on the go. Whether you're out walking or running or heading out on your morning commute, you want to hear your music, podcast, or conversation while being mindful of traffic and other ambient noise. The noise isolation that Jaybird X2 features will make the talk or music in your headphones the most prominent sound you hear but allow you to keep tabs on the sounds of your surroundings; noise cancellation would virtually block that ambient sound completely.

Don't let the word "sport" mislead you; these are awesome for everyone.

You also want comfort and a great fit, and you get both with Jaybird. You can choose to loop the earbuds over the top of your ear (recommended for runners) or under your ear, like many other earbud styles. They ship with three different sizes of silicone and foam ear tips; your perfect fit is in there.

The Jaybird X2 is available in six different colors, so you'll find one that complements your Apple Watch. They come with a lifetime sweat-proof warranty, and you don't have to be a marathon runner to appreciate that. Don't let the word "sport" mislead you; these are awesome for everyone and as for battery life, don't worry about a thing; Jaybird's got you covered for up to eight hours of music or talk.

Runner-up: Bose QuietComfort 35 See at Amazon

Bose QC 35

The Bose QC 35 are outstanding headphones, no doubt. If you want to rock the over-ear look with your Apple Watch, Bose is the way to go. The battery gives you up to 20 hours of usage, the Bluetooth connectivity is second to none, and they're plenty comfortable. Bose is also the leader in active noise cancellation, which is great for getting in the zone but not ideal for being out and about in traffic or busy cityscapes. The other thing is, they're on the highly pricey side. Nonetheless, they are more than worthy of consideration.

Bottom line: If you want the over-ear cool factor and stellar sound quality and don't mind a higher price point, then Bose QC 35 are just what you're after.


Also interesting: VTIN Gourami See at Newegg

VTIN Gourami Bluetooth headphones

Also very comfortable and offering excellent sound quality are the VTIN Gourami Bluetooth headphones. They feature a 33-foot range and up to 7 hours of music or talk time. They also earn a place on our rundown for the very handy magnetic feature that allows you to clip the earbuds together and wear them around your neck without them slipping off. The magnetic function also allows you to pause music when their together, playing again when you separate them. You can even answer calls this way. Sure, they look a little different than most earbuds, but the sound quality and convenience they offer make them a solid choice.

Bottom line: If a magnetic feature, good sound quality, and a unique look tick all the boxes for you, VTIN Gourami headphones are right for you.

On a budget: SoundPEATS Bluetooth headphones See at Amazon

SoundPEATS Bluetooth headphones

For less than $25 you can get a pair of Bluetooth headphones by SoundPEATS and choose from nine different colors. The battery lasts up to six hours and the earpieces are sweat-resistant. The sound quality may not measure up to the more expensive brands, and the microphone placement might mean talking a little louder, but they'll do the trick.

Bottom line: If you don't want to break the bank, SoundPEATS Bluetooth headphones will serve your Apple Watch quite well.


Jaybird is best! See at Amazon

Jaybird X2 Sport Wireless Bluetooth headphones

As in-ear headphones go, the Jaybird X2 is tough to beat. The Bluetooth connection is solid, the sound quality is fantastic, they're reasonably priced, and with a lifetime guarantee on the earpieces, they'll probably be the only ones you'll need for a long, long while. People rave about them, and you will, too.

Bottom line: If you want Bluetooth headphones that are light, secure, and pair perfectly with your Apple Watch, the Jaybird X2 Sport is the best choice.

Status: Released September 2015. The Jaybird Freedom wireless headphones are also available but have a very different design and haven't been as extensively reviewed.