4 of the most comfortable pairs of headphones you can buy

You might not think about it but comfort is one of the biggest factors you should consider before buying headphones.

Audio quality is important, but not if the headphones you’re wearing are uncomfortable, or painful.

These four headphones both sound great and deliver excellent comfort. If your current headphones have been hurting your head, it’s time to upgrade.

Bose QuietComfort 35

Bose QuietComfort 35

Amazon

The entire Insider Picks team recently explained which headphones we use on a daily basis and why we like them.

One of my teammates — an avid traveler — recommended the QuietComfort 35 headphones from Bose. He praised their noise cancelling and audio quality, but made a bold claim about their comfort.

He claims they’re comfortable enough to sleep in. On a plane. If that’s not a glowing endorsement of a pair of headphones, I don’t know what is.

Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones, $349, available at Amazon

Sony H.ear

Sony H.ear

Amazon

Sony’s H.ear headphones are probably the most comfortable pair I’ve ever worn.

They have enough padding on the ear cups and around the headband that they can easily be worn for hours. They’re also Bluetooth, sound excellent, and have very powerful active noise cancellation.

You can read more of my thoughts on these headphones here, but if you value comfort, I can’t see you being disappointed with them.

Sony H.ear, $227.99, available at Amazon

Noontec ZORO II

Noontec ZORO II

Amazon

If you prefer on-ear headphones instead of over-ear headphones, my choice based on comfort is Noontec’s Zoro IIs.

They’re more compact than most of the headphones on this list and have slim, ultra-soft cushioning all around them. It doesn’t hurt that these headphones also sound very good, and use non-traditional headphone colors to help them stand out.

I called these headphones out for being a great value when I first tried them last year; at their current price, they’re an incredible deal.

Noontec ZORO II Wireless Headphones, $99.95, available at Amazon

Status Audio CB-1

Status Audio CB-1

Amazon

These headphones are endorsed by of two members of the Insider Picks staff.

I wrote about them a few months ago, calling out their excellent audio quality and comfort. Yes, these are big headphones and they have a wire, but if you’re looking for headphones to use at your office, they’re a great choice.

Another member of the Insider Picks team came to the same conclusions I did after picking up a pair for herself. She liked how these headphones feel and sound so much she considers them her best workplace tech upgrade.

Status Audio CB-1, $79, available at Status Audio

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