Fall In Love With The Most Comfortable Headphones

Last Updated on by Abe Mawri

There is nothing worse than having to put up with uncomfortable headphones.

Whether they are earbuds or over the ear headphones, discomfort quickly ruins any listening experience.

You try and readjust them constantly, you fiddle around with the angle of the ear cushions, you twist and turn them. It doesn't work.

It gets frustrating, especially if you spent your hard earned cash on them. 

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We know how frustrating this is, so we have dedicated to make a research to find the most comfortable headphones available in the market. 

Find out what makes a headphone comfortable and what to consider when buying one. 

Our Picks for the Most comfortable headphones

#1st Rated

Sony WH1000XM2: Over-ear Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

These headphones are an enhanced version of the MDR-1000X. The WH-1000XM2 is somewhat similar to its predecessor in that it comes in black or white shades but it has a slightly different finish and has fewer buttons. Since its debut in 2017, the WH-1000XM2 has become a choice noise-canceling headphone among users. It’s your everyday pair for headphones without being overkill. 

#2nd Rated

Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones

Bose is known to produce super comfortable headphones, and the QC 35 Wireless headphones are no exception. Unlike previous models that only focused on sound and aesthetics upgrades, QC 35 introduces the Bluetooth wireless listening feature. Its battery life is also pretty impressive with the headphones lasting 20 hours.

#3rd Rated

Grado SR80e Prestige Series Headphones

If looking for the most comfortable headphones under $200, the Grado SR80e will not disappoint you. I was surprised to discover its open-back on-ear design; an exceptional feature compared to other headphones I had tested. Despite its unusual construction, it delivers an excellent treble and mid-range detail. It’s also extremely lightweight and is designed to fit different ear sizes.

#4th Rated

Sennheiser RS 185 RF Wireless Headphone System

Having reviewed other Sennheiser models, the RS stands out  from the other twelve wireless models. Thanks to its new lossless 2.4 GHz wireless transmission system. The transmitter has analog and optical digital inputs so you can play two pairs of headphones from one transmitter.

Let's get into the details


Sony WH1000XM2: Over-ear Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Why is Sony WH-1000MX2 the Most Comfortable Headphone?

Overall Rating:

5 / 5

Quality 

Design

Features

Headbands

The WH-1000MX2 is pretty well-built. The headband is made of a metal bridge with a padded bottom that rests at the top of your head without creating discomfort.

Earcups

The faux-leather ear cups feel comfortable even after extended use. I particularly liked the fewer buttons fitted on the left earcup: the power/Bluetooth button and the noise cancellation button.

Wireless Feature

While the package comes with a 3.5mm wired plug, I opted for the wireless Bluetooth feature. Its control interface makes it easy to skip, forward, and playback.

Headphone Design

The headphones have an attractive non-descript design. The semi-reflective plastic, textured backing on the earcups and availability in two colors (white and black) appeals to the business-class customer the designer is targeting.

Noise Cancellation

The noise-canceling feature has been upgraded as it now features ambient sound control, atmospheric pressure optimizing, sound position control, an equalizer and surround. The additional features help users tailor the sound to the environment so they can block out any noise. The atmospheric pressure optimizer is primarily designed for users traveling by plane or those traveling long distances.

Features

The wireless Sony WH-1000XM2 is an excellent upgrade from its predecessor. Its ability to deliver great sound, noise cancellation feature coupled with its ability to fit different heads makes it beat other flagship headphones. Its fast-charging capability and ability to hold charge for 30 hours meant I could use the headphones for more than two days without charging.

Audio Quality

Another feature that stands out is its three audio features. The first is the ambient noise mode that allows users to let in mid-to-high frequency tones. It also features a Quick Attention setting that enables the user to allow outside noise without removing the headphones. The third audio setting is the LDAC codec that enables Hi-resolution Audio playback if the player you are using supports this standard.

Sony WH1000XM2: Over-ear Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones

Here are more reasons Bose QuietComfort 35 stand out:

Overall Rating:

4.5 / 5

Quality 

Design

Features

Headbands

​The headband features leather covering instead of the clothing used on previous models. I also found the cushioning underneath a little full to compensate for the additional weight caused by the wireless internals.

Earcups

​The left earcup features a 2.5mm jack for wired connections to the headphones. The right earcup, on the other hand, has the power button, the micro USB charging port and buttons for skipping, pausing, raising, and reducing the volume.

Wireless Feature

The headphones support Bluetooth wireless capability without compromising on sound quality.


Headphone Design

​Its design mimics that of the QC25 though a few changes have been made to accommodate the wireless setting. The power button is fitted on the right earcup, and it also functions as a Bluetooth pairing button. The headphones are lightweight, and the earpads provide a snug-fitting without creating discomfort.

Noise Cancellation

​Upon testing the Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones with others, I found it had the best noise cancellation feature. It cancels out the consistent low frequencies and high-pitched noises using the padding around the earcups.

Features

​Another benefit of the QC 35 was its impressive battery life. Bose had eventually entered the 21st century by implementing the built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery which has a battery life of 20 hours.

Audio Quality

QC is the most comfortable headphone when it comes to sound delivery. The sound is crisp and clear, and it does not allow the flatness common in other wireless headphones. I paired it with high-quality recording, and I must say I found it easy to feel immersed in the sound.

Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones

Grado SR80e Prestige Series Headphones

Why We gave the Grado SR80e 4 out of 5 rating?

Overall Rating:

4.0 / 5

Quality 

Design

Features

Headbands

​You don’t want to wear this headphone for extended periods. The headband is made of plastic material, and it is not cushioned with pad foam.

Earcups

The earcups were somewhat uncomfortable as they were stuffed with slabs of foam that were not as soft as leather padding.


Wireless Feature

The headphones support Bluetooth wireless capability without compromising on sound quality.


Headphone Design

I found the open back design somewhat awkward as it allowed external noise to leak. It is this feature that makes the Grado SR80e ideal for indoor use, not travelers or people in noisy environments.


Audio Quality

The sound is simply fantastic. The clarity, dynamics and details is unmatched for this price range. The bass is clean, punchy and the frequency bands barely bleed into each other. I would buy this pair when on a budget.

Grado SR80e Prestige Series Headphones

Sennheiser RS 185 RF Wireless Headphone System

What’s more about the Grado SR80e ?

Overall Rating:

4.0 / 5

Quality 

Design

Features

​RF Connectivity

Sennheiser claims the headphones have a 328-foot line-of-sight range. In my experience, the sound never faltered in my 1000-square-foot apartment and 35-foot out into the building’s hallway. Also, the walls and other obstacles between the transmitter and the phone reduced its usable range.


Audio Quality

The headphones deliver some thick, rich sound. Its low-distortion feature meant I could turn up the volume pretty loud without harming my ears. The detail is also pretty good though Sennheiser balances it with a full-fat tone.

Sennheiser RS 185 RF Wireless Headphone System

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What Make Headphones Comfortable?

The Size Of The Ear Cups

This is huge (no pun intended). One of the most common complaints about uncomfortable headphones is that the ear cups are too small. The result is that your ear sits awkwardly in and out of the cup. The cushion, while at first deceivingly soft and luxurious, quickly starts to put strain on the ear cartilage. Over time this can become painful. So it's vital that the size of the ear cup is large enough that it fully encompasses your ear. If you have tiny ears this will be less of a problem.

Earcups with an extended depth are more comfortable compared to those with shorter ones. The extended depths imply the cushioning covers the top of the ear cups leading to reduced tension when in contact with the ears.

The Headband

Not all headbands are created equal. They come in different shapes and sizes, and come in different materials. As this is going to be draped over your head for hours at a time, it has to be comfortable. These days most serious headphones will come with a pretty nice soft headband. They are mostly padded and quite plush. Alternatively you can find headphones with leather or vinyl headbands which are also quite comfortable.

Equally important as the material is the size of the headband. You do not under any circumstances want a headband that is too tight. This will cause serious discomfort as it will result in the ear cups cramping into your head. Unless you want them pushing into the side of your face the whole time, you want to find a headband that sits snugly around your head but not too tightly. The best case scenario is to find an adjustable headband.


And finally, headphones with thick cushioning are more comfortable than those with slim cushions. Be sure to examine the material used to make the cushioning. Memory foam is the best material for cushioning headphones as it is breathable, soft, and feels comfortable on the skin.

The Weight

Assuming you are not a wrestler with an unusually strong neck, having heavy headphones can put unnecessary strain on you which will cause discomfort. So it is important that your headphones are lightweight. Ideally they will be so light that you will hardly feel them at all, or put them around your neck and completely forget about them.

The Force of Clamping

It is the amount of pressure the headphone exerts when resting on your head. Users need to fit the headphones to determine if they fit comfortably. Extremely tight fitting may exert too much pressure causing headaches. If the fit is too loose, the headphones might fall off from your head. If you can’t find a perfect fit, purchase headphones with an adjustable length to find the most comfortable fit.

The Ear cup Allowance

The feature determines how well you hear the music. Comfortable earcups should fit adequately over or on without stretching the headphones downwards. Over the ear ear-cups should cover the ear without struggling to keep them in position.

What to Consider When Buying Comfortable Headphones

1

Comfort


It is the most critical feature. How comfortable are the ear cups and what is the weight of the headphones.

2

Audio

Good comfortable headphones should deliver quality sound. Users should be able to enjoy music without feeling irritated due to reduced sound transmission.

3

Cost

The ever-changing technology makes it possible to purchase a pair of headphones with desired features at an affordable price.

4

Wireless Connectivity

Wireless headphones make it easy to listen to music without carrying your smartphone, tablet, MP3, or other devices around. Look at the Bluetooth connection range when purchasing the headphones.

5

Noise Cancellation

The headphones should have the capability to cancel out external noise when listening to your favorite music. The feature is handy for users traveling by plane or long distances.

Wrap Up:

All of these headphones are sure to deliver high comfort. As for finding the most comfortable headphones for you personally, at the end of the day it often comes down to individual preference. Everyone has their own quirks and tolerances. The best way to make a final decision is to take some time to read the actual customer reviews.

Choosing a good pair of headphones is not just about aesthetics. You want to ensure they fit comfortably on your head without clamping too tightly or loosely. Also, you want to ensure it has a noise-cancellation feature so you can listen to music without disruption. Wireless connectivity is another crucial factor to consider when buying modern headphones. Also, shop within your budget.


Abe Mawri

Hey I'm Abe, one of the guys behind Headphone Selection. I enjoy expressing my real life experiences with technology and sharing it with others and I will use this website to continue doing so 😉