As smartwatches become less reliant on 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. Give it a good pair of Bluetooth headphones and you're good to go. The only thing that's missing is LTE!
So if you'd like your smartwatch to stand on its own a little, you're going to need a good pair of Bluetooth headphones. And hey, you can always pair them with your smartphone, too.
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We've rounded up some of the best Bluetooth headphones on the market right now, suitable for all kinds of budgets.
They may look like toothbrush heads, but Apple's pair of Bluetooth, purely wireless earphones are wonderful. They come with Apple's W1 chip, which allows for seamless connectivity with your Apple Watch. It's super simple, you just pop open the charging case and - bam - they're synced to your Apple device.
They'll also quickly sync to all your other Apple devices, so you can switch them over to your Mac, iPhone or iPad if you need. Sorry, Android Wear owners, while they'll still work with your watch, they won't have all those other cool features. Also, good luck trying to buy them. They've still got six-week shipping estimates.
Anker Soundbuds Sport IE20
It's very, very difficult to find a good pair of Bluetooth earphones under $50, but you can't do any better than the Anker Soundbuds Sport. They're comfortable and have decent sound, but the real draw here is the price. If you really need a pair of Bluetooth earphones for your smartwatch for either your commute or gym sessions, you can't find a better value.
Bose SoundSport Wireless
Oh look, a decent pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones from Bose. The SoundSport Wireless come with six hours of battery life that should see you right all day. There's Bluetooth and NFC on board, and they're suitable for workouts with the built-in sweat resistance, if you like to take your Apple Watch to the gym.
Yes, yes, they're Beats by Dre headphones. They're overpriced, they're heavy on bass and audiophiles despise them. Sure, that's all totally understood. However, they also have that sweet new Apple W1 chip, and you know what that means: They'll instantly pair with all of your Apple account-enabled devices. More importantly, however, they have pretty great fast charging. You'll get eight hours of battery life, but a quick five-minute charge will instantly get you another two hours.
All you want is some Bluetooth-based sound. You don't care how good it is, whether it has quick pairing, whether it'll knock your socks off with a bunch of bass. You just need something affordable to connect to your smartwatch. That's where the Kinivo BTH240 comes in. You'll also get a pretty good 10 hours of battery life, so you won't have to worry about running out of juice in the middle of a great album.
Marshall Major II Black
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, promising 37 hours of music listening. Other people can also 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.
Jabra Move Wireless
Jabra's heritage is hearing aids, so of course they know a thing or two about digital music tech. While its REVO headphones are an impressive set that feature Dolby sound, the Move Wireless have great sound for the price, are durable and feature simple controls. They're also pretty comfortable on your head, which is important for, you know, headphones. If you want an in-cable remote or some more bass, you could always just switch over to the higher-end REVO.
Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless
Like Dr. Hammond in Jurassic Park, you spare no expense. In that case, there is no better Bluetooth option for you than the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0. They come with incredible sound and noise cancelling, so when you're taking your just lounging around with your smartwatch and just need to listen to some jams to smooth out your day, there is no better choice.
Bose SoundLink II
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.