Teens love using headphones for many reasons … rudely ignoring parents as they blab about family quotes or shutting out siblings while they scream being among the most common. But if you’re here looking for the best headphones for teens (whether they’re wireless headphones, wired earbuds, or wireless earbuds), you’ve come to right place. Since your kid is probably doing a lot of remote learning these days, headphones are a must in 2021. Headphones allow teenagers to shut out the extra noise when studying or relaxing, as well as engaging in social-distance learning. Honestly, the entire family does *not* need to hear your teen’s AP English class discussing Catcher in the Rye for the third week in a row.
Also, if you’re like most parents, and you can’t stand your teenager’s music, the headphones allow them to enjoy it, while you get to keep your sanity.
We understand buying headphones for teenagers is a bit controversial. Okay, we’ve undersold that a bit. Discussing the merits of headphones for kids is pretty close to starting a political discussion at the family Thanksgiving dinner. It’s way up there on the list of topics you should never f***ing bring up.
On the flip side, giving your teenager headphones can be a nice opening to teach them about polite behavior and responsibility. We know. It’s a nearly impossible task with these moody monsters. Hey— you signed up for it at the time of birth, even if raising a teen was not on your mind. #Don’tBlameUs
Best and Coolest Headphones for Teens
When teenagers say they want a new pair of headphones, they’re saying two things. They want you to pay for them, and they want Beats headphones. This highly popular model has several color choices, all of which look great. If you gift these headphones to your teens, they’ll cry for joy. And you can cry silently when you receive your credit card bill next month. Yeah, they’re f***ing expensive.
The iJoy Bluetooth Foldable Headphones features an adjustable headband, comfy earmuffs, and a five-button control right on the headphones. The foldable design makes it easy to carry wherever your teens goes and it comes in seven different colors. “They sound as good (if not better) than the wireless Beats headphones.” said one Amazon reviewer. “The sound goes VERY loud, and the bass is amazing. They were super easy to pair and auto-paired to my phone when they were turned back on. The rose gold color matches my rose gold iPhone almost perfectly. They’re also super comfortable and I wore them for hours without any discomfort. You can also listen to AM/FM radio on them, which is a cool feature that I wasn’t expecting. I would recommend these 100%.”
If your idea of finding the best headphones for teens involves spending as little as possible, these AILIHEN headphones will be your savior. They have fun colors, and they’re collapsible for easy transport. And because you know your teen will inevitably lose them, they’re cheap enough that you can order two pair at a time, and you’ll always have a replacement at the ready.
The most comfortable and best kids Bluetooth headphones may very well be this pair of Mpow headphones. The price is certainly right, and your kids will love the fun color combinations. Best of all, they’re so comfortable, your teen will have one less thing to complain about. (That just leaves 999,998 other things.)
These bluetooth headphones by Tuinyo is fast charging, long-battery lasting, and features an over the ear mic! The foldable pair also come with a convenient traveling case. One reviewer said, “Wow! I never expected these headphones would be this good for the price I paid! They are lightweight on my head, the sound is amazing. I received a phone call while wearing them and the call was very clear. I love the rose gold color. Very easy to pair with your phone. It also has FM radio. Love”
Thanks to a long battery life, HyperX may be the best wireless gaming headphones around. These headphones are comfortable. They have a sleek look and a built-in microphone for online gaming. Just understand that when the teen is talking into the microphone while playing, he or she is not conversing with you. (Some day it will happen, though. Keep your chin up.)
We fully understand that placing the Bose brand on our list of best headphones for teens is a little controversial. After all, spending this kind of money for Bose quality may be more than your teenager deserves … especially after the teen failed to complete his or her chore list for a record 35th consecutive week. But if it fits in your budget, these headphones are unequaled in quality and comfort. (Come to think of it, maybe you should buy them for yourself instead. You did your chores this week … and the teen’s chores.)
School is noisy, especially when your teenager is trying to study … or so the teen says. So these Sony headphones rank as the best headphones for school, as they have excellent noise cancelling features to make your teen feel like he or she is the only person in the entire school, allowing for unlimited studying. (Take one more excuse off the list when the kid tries to explain away the “D” in algebra class.)
When your teen wants noise cancelling headphones, but you want well priced headphones, the compromise is this pair from Cowin. These headphones have both a wireless and wired mode, which is convenient. Several color options are available too. They may not be Beats headphones, but you can consider this a great opportunity to teach your teens that they don’t get everything they want in life.
These Riwbox XBT-880 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones features controls right on the headphones for convenience. You also have four other color! One customer said, “These are very comfortable earphones whether I go to gym or for for a morning walk on the path along the river. They have great sound and I like the fact that they are wireless and I don’t have to connect clumsy cords and keep my phone connected while I’m engaged in physical exercises.”
For the best headphones under $100, well, the Beats headphones we mentioned earlier will not apply. Instead, these Skullcandy headphones are more in line with your budgetary needs. These also qualify as a candidate for the best Bluetooth headphones, containing 15 hours of battery life. They may not look as nice as Beats headphones, but they’re durable, which may be more important for your teen anyway.
Best Wireless Earbuds
No list of the best headphones for teens would be complete without Apple AirPods. They’re stylish and desirable, almost reaching a Beats level. They can charge wirelessly inside the included case. For teenagers who are fans of everything Apple, these AirPods are an amazing gift. #parentoftheyear
If your teen has been aching for Apple Airpods but you don’t have that Apple Airpod money, heyday’s True Wireless Earbuds have the same quality and are just as comfortable (if not more, TBH). The sound quality is awesome, they connect with your devices seamlessly (it took this editor about 20 seconds to connect her heyday earbuds to her MacBook Air to listen to her Spotify playlist), and you can choose from three colors (white, deep green, and gray).
Some teens like the idea of wireless ear buds instead of the best wired headphones. Ear buds are so handy, they seem to be a technological miracle. These TOZO ear buds fit into a wireless charging case, which means they have storage readily available. Now, if your teen remembers to place the ear buds where they belong every night, rather than losing them, we’ll truly have a miracle on our hands.
Wireless ear buds are expensive. So you may have some apprehension about giving them to an absent-minded teenager. Understandable. Just remember, though, at some point soon (if you haven’t already) you will be handing this same teenager the keys to your car. (Deep breath.) Maybe take some baby steps with these Jabra ear bud headphones. See if they can take care of the ear buds before you hand over the car.
For teens who have a Samsung phone, the Samsung Galaxy ear bud headphones make the perfect match. (Actually, they even work with Apple iPhones too.) They have a reasonable price, which is a nice option for a gift to a teenager. They’re even splash resistant. God only knows why a teenager would need splash resistant ear buds, but sometimes it’s better not to ask questions.
Best Wired Earbuds
Apple EarPods are classic for a reason (in fact, were you even a teen in high school if you didn’t have these protruding from your hoodie as you walked the halls not listening to anyone but your iPod playlist? #memories). They’re comfortable, give you crisp sound quality no matter how loud your teen wants to blast their music, and are super durable (this shopping editor can attest to still having Apple EarPods from college that still hold up perfectly — and she didn’t treat them super kindly). These are also currently on sale!
With over 102,000 reviews, these extremely budget-friendly wired earbuds give you high-quality sound, are comfortable (hello, ear pads), and they last. Whether your teen is using these for remote classes or on a run, their ergo fit makes it so that they won’t easily fall out. And with a 3.6-foot chord, it’ll be hard to feel restrained.
For the teen who’s very serious about music and sound in general, we recommend the Sony MDR-XB50AP/L Extra Bass Earbud Headset for its integrated microphone and smart device playback control, which makes it ultra compatible with pretty much any device. The hybrid silicone earbuds make it so that your teen can wear these for hours (they’ll do it, anyway) without irritation.
For the best wired headphones that also cost a tick under $100 (hey, a few pennies can be a tick), these Beats in-ear headphones are a nice choice, delivering excellent audio quality. Plus, they’re part of the Beats brand, which is something even the most jaded teen can appreciate.
In-ear headphones with noise cancelling technology can serve as the best headphones for school, but they can be tough to find. These 1MORE headphones give you crystal clear sound with the environmental noise cancellation technology. They’re also more comfortable than most wired in-ear headphones, which is important because you know your teen will have them in the ears more than out.
We’ve got lots of products for teens that they’ll pretend to hate to piss you off, but that they’ll secretly love.