A good pair of headphones are worth their weight in gold – a carefully curated playlist can power you through a demanding workout while a good podcast or audiobook will entertain you while you blitz through the household chores. But picking the right pair can be tricky – with so many different types of headphones on offer, where do you start?
Great sound quality and advanced features now come in all shapes and sizes – the best in-ear headphones can compete with the best over-ear headphones, while the best Bluetooth headphones are more than a match for traditional wired designs, which means a lot comes down to personal taste. But it’s also important to consider how they’ll be used – if you’re looking for the best headphones for runners, for example, sweatproof and weatherproof wireless earbuds that fit securely inside the ear will fit the bill.
Below, you’ll find a selection of our favourites. From the best noise-cancelling headphones to help you stay focused to the best wireless headphones for sporty types, via chic, wireless earbuds for fashionistas and colourful, noise-limiting headphones for the kids.