​Best Bluetooth headphones for your smartwatch

Apple Watch and Android Wear-friendly earphones to suit every budget
​Best headphones for your smartwatch

With the rise of the Apple Watch and Android Wear smartwatches you can now carry your tunes on your wrist, but you'll need a spiffing pair of wireless headphones to listen to them.

As smartwatches become less tethered to your smartphone, pairing them up with headphones makes more and more sense. The Apple Watch can already play music, track your exercise and even pay for things in your local store, so untethering is becoming more and more common. What's more, going wireless is greta with your smartphone too.

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We've rounded up the best Bluetooth headphones on the market to suit all budgets, so check out these wireless streaming beauties.

Bose SoundSport Wireless

Finally, a decent pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones from Bose, the SoundSport Wireless comes with six hours of battery life that should see you right all day. There's Bluetooth and NFC on board, and are suitable for workouts with the built-in sweat resistance, if you like to take your Apple Watch to the gym.

$149.99, bose.com | Amazon

Marshall Major II Black

I just tweaked into this: Marshall's first a wireless cans, the Major II Bluetooth headphones, offer a dose of retro style with a big sound. The 40mm customised drivers and runs off a 680mAh battery, promise 37 hours of music listening, and other people can listen in on the action via the 3.5mm socket, if you so desire. Listening via the Bluetooth aptX technology means you can answer, reject or end calls from your watch and you can control volume and skip tracks via the big analogue knob.

$149.99, marshall.com | Amazon

Jabra REVO Wireless

Jabra's heritage is in hearing aids, so they know a thing or two about digital music technology. Its REVO headphones are an impressive set of headphones featuring Dolby sound tech and a microphone to command either Apple's Siri or Google Now. You can even use the touch playback controls that allow you to take calls or skip tracks simply by tapping the ear cups.

Though a single charge can last for a reasonable 12 hours of continuous use, Jabra also provides an auxiliary cable allowing you to plug them into a smartphone once the REVO are out of juice.

$139.99 jabra.co.uk | Amazon

Bluedio M2


You mostly likely haven't heard of this Chinese brand, but they offer quite a range of Bluetooth headsets for less than the price of a most wired headphones. The M2 in-ear headphones promise crystal clear sound for more than 7 hours of non-stop block-rocking beats thanks to Bluetooth 4.1 compatibility, and a variety of replaceable ear buds are provided to suit any size of ear canal.

If you've blown all your cash on an Apple watch or the latest Android Wear offering and are looking for a budget set of Bluetooth headphones to pair it up with, the Bluedio M2 might just be worth a shot.

$18.99 bluedio.com | Amazon

Sony AS800BT

Although they may not have the snappiest of monikers, Sony's AS800BT in-ear headphones pack NFC technology for speedy pairing and feature a convenient remote control on one of the ear buds for answering calls or skipping tracks.

Great for leaving your phone at home and going for a run with only your smartwatch for company, and will keep going for 4.5 hours off a single charge via the micro USB port.

$149.99 sony.co.uk | Amazon

Bose SoundLink

If you're after some quality headphones to pair with your Apple Watch or Android Wear smartwatch, but refuse to compromise on quality, you'll want to checkout the on-ear Bose SoundLink Bluetooth headphones.

Bose is renowned for its audio clout, and the SoundLink headphones certainly don't disappoint. They include two microphones that reduce background noise for top-notch call quality, and offer an ample 15 hours of continuous playback.

Like the REVO from Jabra, there's also a 3.5mm audio cable to revert to, should you prefer.

$249.99 bose.com | Amazon

Plantronics Backbeat Pro

Plantronics has propped up the Bluetooth headset category for many years, but more recently introduced stereo headphones into their range. The BackBeat Pro is its entry into the premium end of the spectrum, packing a smorgasbord of features for a very reasonable price that doesn't disappoint.

With quality drivers and active noise cancelling on board the tech is up to scratch and the massive 100m range means you can dance around the house without fretting over range. Even with all these features, the battery offers 24 hours of wireless streaming, meaning they might even outlast the battery life of your Apple Watch.

$179.99 plantronics.com | Amazon

Sennheiser Urbanite XL

If you have the cash to splash on a brand new Apple Watch, chances are that you'll want a set of headphones that not only look the part, but deliver equally impressive audio quality, too.

The Sennheiser Urbanite XL balance understated design with top-notch audio credentials with NFC for speedy setup and Bluetooth that enables you to connect to your smartwatch, smartphone and six other devices simultaneously.

The Urbanite XL will battle even the Plantronics BackBeat Pro for battery life, lasting 25 hours off a single charge, whilst the collapsible design make them easy to stow away when not in use.

$299.99 sennheiser.com | Amazon

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