Even if your Android has a decent set of speakers in the back, front, or even the sides; sometimes headphones are just better equipped for the situation. Since you’re on Android, you still have a headphone jack, so you might as well use it, right? From pods that fit snuggly into your ears, and bulky headphones that fit around them, there’s something for everyone.
If you’re on a budget, are looking for the best value, or just want something ridiculously high end; we’ve got you covered. Personally, I’ve got a bias for bulky sets of headphones. That doesn’t mean I can’t see the appeal in a sleek set of earbuds, but because of my preferences, expect to see a few over-ear headphones sneaking into the list.
The Best Budget Options
Let’s start with the budget picks. If you just need something that’ll do its job, and you don’t care about getting years out of your Android headphones, this is for you. These aren’t going to be anything special, but they aren’t paper cups held together with string either. Just because you’re buying budget doesn’t mean you have to buy junk.
1. Sennheiser HD 202 II Professional Headphones
I want to start with a brand I trust, and know provides good quality for a good price. I prefer a lot of their mid-range products, but the HD 202 II is a set of headphones that provide almost mid-range quality, for a budget price.
The HD 202 II has a great range of acceptable sound for the price, and only has its faults with comfort. If you have larger ears, then these headphones won’t fit over your ears comfortably, and will hurt your ears during extended listening for more than a few hours.
Despite comfort issues, for the low price, this is a pair of headphones that sounds like it should cost $30 more than it is. If you need a new pair of headphones as soon as possible for your Android that’ll just get the job done well, and cheap; this is it.
You can get them here for a base price of $35.00:
2. Vomercy Stereo Wired Headphones (Earphones)
Before you use this set of earbuds, make sure you know how to make a proper seal inside of your ears. Earphone quality will drop off dramatically if you don’t make a nearly airtight seal with these, but with a seal, you’ll get great bass, and excellent highs and lows for a super cheap price.
The earphones include a multi-function button along with a built-in mic, which aren’t required, but are appreciated. The earbuds are comfortable enough for an hour or two of extended listening, but it might take a few tries to get the perfect seal you’ll want the bass to kick in.
For a budget pair of Android earphones, they’re decent for sound, and bass feedback, but are difficult to get in just the right spot to hear them at their best. You can pick them up for a base price of $29.99 here:
3. ActionPie VJJB-V1S High Resolution Heavy Bass (Earphones)
Sticking with the bass theme, here’s another pair of earphones that will rattle your eardrums for next to nothing. I really like this pair because of the design and comfort level that I don’t usually see with earpods. I have a hard time with earphones that just love to slide out, so these are perfect for me.
The sound quality is thankfully great all around if you can fit them properly. If not, you’ll notice some tinny audio until you can get them set in with a proper seal. They only fall short with higher frequencies, but for the price, that’s more than negligible.
They come with a nice case and set of accessories for a base price of $26.99, which you can pick up here:
4. Doosl Sports Wireless Earbuds
Next up is pair of earphones for Android users on the move. While earbuds are great for public use since they don’t draw attention, they aren’t any good if you’re going for a run or a workout and they fall out. That’s why, for sports friendly models, I recommend the Doosl Sports wireless earbuds.
While they don’t have active noise cancelling, they do help with outside noise isolation. There’s no included microphone, but a full charge can easily last you through a long workout, or a busy day after you pair them with your Android. For the price, you get what you expect out of sound quality and more, so I think they’re more than worth the cost.
You can pick these up for their base price of $18.95 here:
The Best Mid-Range Options
If you’re looking for a set of Android headphones that have good quality, will last, and won’t break the bank; you need a good, mid-range set. If you aren’t fiddling with settings and audio levels to get the perfect balance, you don’t need to go high-end to get the best possible quality.
A good pair of mid-range headphones or earbuds will last you for years to come, and will sound better than their budget counterparts.
5. H501 Active Noise Cancelling Over-Ear Headphones
This pair of headphones is a fantastic combination of noise-cancelling, and great, lasting quality for the average user. The only problem with them is that the overall sound quality is reduced while taking advantage of noise cancelling. The reduction isn’t noticeable if you aren’t used to high quality headphones, but it is there for people who can hear it.
Aside from the small quality loss, and needing at least one AAA battery; these are a great pair of headphones. The only other problem I can think of is with the ear cups themselves. If you don’t like over-ear headphones, then this pair is not for you. Otherwise, this will last you a long while, and keep your wallet just as happy as your ears.
You can buy it for base price of: $139.99, but it regularly goes on sale, here:
6. New Bee T1 USB Type C Earphone
This next pair of earphones uses a Type C connected, so instead of connecting through your headphone jack, you’ll use your Type C port, normally on the bottom of your Android. Once connected, you can use them like any other pair of earphones. The downside to this type of connector is that while you can use it on your Android, you can’t use it elsewhere.
This set of New Bee earphones is Hi-Fi and built well for lossless audio no matter the environment. They fit well inside of most ears, have dynamic noise reduction, and are great for extended listening with how comfortable they are. They’re solid all around, but they will take up your Type C port while you’re using them.
You can get them for $39.99 base price here:
7. Egrd Mini Invisible Truly Wireless Bluetooth Headphones (Earphones)
While these earphones aren’t invisible, they aren’t very noticeable at first glance. They’re a wireless pair, with great sound quality for a Bluetooth model. One notable feature is both a dual ear mode, and a single ear mode. Now you can use just one of your wireless earbuds and not miss out on any extra audio.
One of the only downsides for these Android earphones is that there’s a blinking blue light that flashes every five to six seconds. The light isn’t that bright, and is just there so you know the bluetooth is working, but it’s hard to be invisible when your ears are flashing. The battery lasts about five hours, which is plenty of time before you need to charge them again.
If you want to try them out, you can get them for the base price of $99.99 here:
8. Paww WaveSound 3 Bluetooth Headphones
Last but not least, for mid-range Android headphones is the Paww WaveSound 3. This is a pair of Bluetooth headphones that comes with an additional 3.5mm connecter if you need to switch away from wireless. They feature active noise cancelling, but are thankfully rechargable with the included cable.
The sound quality overall is great, if not falling a little flat on highs on lows. If you fool around with your audio balancing, you can easily change things around to suit your needs if it doesn’t sound right. These still sound just fine out of the box, and can shut out most of the noise around you.
These are available for a base price of $89.99 here:
The Best High-End Options
Now we’re talking about the cream of the crop, and the absolute best set of options for a price tag that isn’t anything to sneeze at. High-end headphones are absolutely not cheap, but if you want the best possible Android experience, this is what you need to buy. I don’t know any amazing, high-end earphones, so it’s all headphones from here on out.
9. Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Bluetooth Headphone
I said it before, but let me say that these are not cheap, but you absolutely get what you pay for. The Sennheiser PXC 550s may be the best wireless headphones I’ve seen for this kind of money, and here’s why.
There’s a level of rich sound quality with the PXC 550 that’s difficult to describe, but it has enough depth to immerse any Android user. This set uses adaptive noise cancelling, and the sound quality doesn’t suffer any for it. While the sound quality itself is crystal clear with the perfect amount of bass, so is call quality.
Taking a call with one of these has more than business level quality, and can carry on for more than long enough to take multiple calls and listen to music all day with its battery. On a full charge, the PXC 550 can last even more than a week. I don’t have the time or the space to list all the pros of the PXC 550, but just take my word for it that they’re amazing.
For the price, they better be, because if you want these, you need to pay a base price of $399.95 here:
If you want to get as much as possible out of the PXC 550, you need an app to tweak the sound to your specific needs. It’s specifically made for the PXC 550, and you can get it on Google Play down below.
10. Bowers & Wilkins P7 Headphones
Last but in way least is the Bowers & Wilkins P7 set of headphones. These come wired with a different variety of cables that work for almost anything, but most importantly, with Android. Almost everything about these headphones says impressive, from the quality of the build, sound, and everything in between.
These are over-ear, so expect to be wrapped up in amazingly padded world of crisp and rich sounds, all with enough comfort to let you keep listening for hours on end. One of the only problems I can think of with this set is that you won’t want to take them off once you put them on.
If you buy the Bowers & Wilkins P7, you’re buying long lasting quality at a price that lets you know you’re getting something you can always keep with you. It goes for a base price of $399.99, and is available here:
These aren’t all the choices available on the market, but they’re some of the best you’ll find. If you need a new pair of Android headphones to replace an old pair, or need something new for the first time; anything on this list will treat you right.
Have a pair of headphones you think deserves to be up here? You can leave your picks, or just your personal favorites down below.