Investing in a good pair of headphones is a must for any student, whether they're studying for college finals, or doing SAT prep in high school, and just about everything else in between.
A really good pair of noise-canceling headphones is a great way to focus on studying or writing a term paper because they can block out background noise and free students from the outside world. They can also create a distraction-free zone if you're listening to music or an audiobook, or even watching a movie on a laptop in a public setting.?
While great headphones can be really expensive, we've also included a few pairs that have amazing audio quality and won't completely break the bank. After all, being broke is pretty synonymous with being a student. With our recommendations, you can save your money and spend it on more important things for school — like textbooks, laptops, and of course, ramen noodles for those infamous all-nighters.?
Here are 20 of the best headphones for students, according to reviews from all across the web:
1. AirPods ProBetter than the original AirPods in almost every way, with impressive noise-cancelation for their size and enhanced comfort for all-day wear.
Not only have they been redesigned to feel more comfortable in your ears (and actually stay put), but they also come with a brand-new noise-canceling function that's surprisingly impressive for their size. Perfect for study sessions and long walks through campus, the AirPods Pro are your ticket to a little extra "me time" during the school year.?
Unfortunately, the noise-cancelation drains the battery faster than the original AirPods, but that can easily be turned off for a juice boost. The more water-resistant design helps keep sweat out of your ears when working out, and yes, they work with Siri.?
One Amazon reviewer says:?
"Wow! I never liked the original AirPods. They always fell off. I’m so glad Apple came out with these and that I waited to splurge on headphones. The sound is beautiful, the fit is perfect. I literally just got these out the box and I fell in love! I have always been an Apple product lover. Well worth the wait!"
2. Bose QuietComfort 35 Series IIWorld-class noise-cancelation makes Bose QuietComfort the way to go for a world full of distractions.
Not only are they the ultimate library study session headphones, they also work with Alexa voice controls (which you should not use in the library) for better access to your chosen content. All of that, plus effortless Bluetooth pairing and perfectly balanced audio performance, make a hell of a good pair of headphones. They're pricey, but well worth it.
Check out what this Amazon reviewer said:
"These are amazing and Bose is great! I purchased these headphones for their noise-cancellation abilities. I am an application developer and wear them at work because I am easily distracted. I don't even listen to music with them... they just cancel just about all background noise, including random chatter from the annoying marketing department. I also use them for WebEx and Skype calls with clients. The built-in microphone is great and the noise-cancellation is helpful during those calls as well."
3. Sony MDR7506These Sony headphones are perfect for hearing balanced audio, and their comfortable earcups will feel great throughout the whole day.
Known for the amount of detail that comes from them, the Sony MDR7506 headphones are seriously comfortable, and are also great just for listening to music. They can effortlessly fold up for taking them on-the-go whenever you need (we suggest getting a carrying case, though). The only downside is the attached cord that can sometimes get in the way, but its coiled design doesn't make it too painful to manage.?
This Amazon reviewer is also a big fan of the Sony MDR7506:
"These are my favorite pair of headphones I have tried so far. The overall sound of these are very balanced. This means the Low, Medium, and high tones are for the most part balanced out. You can easily look up a lot of information on these headphones. They are an industry standard which I have enjoyed owning for more than two years now."
4. JBL JR300BT Kids Wireless HeadphonesKeep your kid's ears safe without taking the joy of music away from them — these JBL headphones have a decibel limit feature, as well as a fun design and all-day comfort.
This Amazon reviewer's kid loved them so much that she takes them everywhere (even when she's told not to):
"Simple, fun, and safe. Personally, I didn't care for the feel of the foam on my fingers, (I wouldn't put them on my head for fear of breaking them as they are meant for a child's head), but my daughter LOVES them and swears by their comfort. She doesn't leave the house without them now and will sneak them with her when she's told to leave them at home."
5. Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7BThis pair excels at blocking out noise from the outside world, which makes them ideal for students trying to study.
These headphones feature deep bass with excellent mid-range audio, while they also work very well at high volumes without distortion or degradation. The pair excels at blocking out true active noise from the outside world, which makes them ideal for students trying to study. The headphone's cancellation unit runs on AAA batteries and works for up to 40 hours of use. However, if the batteries die, the pair still do a great job blocking passive noise.?
They're also comfortable, with memory foam cushion and ear pads. Audio-Technica designed the headphones for long periods of use on airplanes, in offices, and while studying in libraries or other common areas. Moreover, their 3.5mm cord is also removable, so if it breaks, just replace it with a new one.
6. Creative Sound Blaster JamWeighing in at only eight ounces, these headphones are so comfortable that you might not even notice you're wearing them.
"I bought these because of online reviews from online tech magazines, they sound great and are comfortable. these are the best bluetooth headphones that I have ever had, This is the first over ear bluetooth headphones that I ever purchased. i have had several bluetooth earbuds but I did not like talking on the phone with them because the voice quality was poor but I hear much better with these and I can wear these for hours without ear pain."
7. Sony MDR-ZX110NCThese feature "smart listening," which automatically adjusts audio during various activities.
"I got these babies for the gym because I can't stand earbuds. These Sony Headphones look freaking slick. The touch controls are a brilliant addition, sure my shoulder will rub against it and pause it once in a while but switching volume/songs/pausing without needing your phone is a huge plus. The build has been great so far, I put them in my gym bag without the case a lot. I obviously don't trash them because they're $350 headphones but they have stood up through a lot of use.?
The battery is outstanding, and awesome having a battery indicator on your phone. The noise cancelling is so well done. These are better than Bose, plus the sound quality is pretty damn good. Bass is nice, clear crisp sound. I honestly am happy I spent the extra to get these headphones. Way better than Beats too. The ear cups are very comfortable, and Are not too hot for extended use."The headphones are available for $348 on Amazon. The headphones also come in black and gold.
8. 1More Triple Driver In-Ear HeadphonesEach earpiece contains three audio drivers for balanced and deep bass and dynamic tones in a lightweight presentation that’s comfortable to wear.
Each earpiece contains three audio drivers for balanced and deep bass and dynamic tones in a lightweight presentation that’s comfortable to wear in your ears for a long period of time. Even the earpieces' wires are impressive with their "twine-like" look and texture. Students will love the in-ear headphones for their sound, style, and compact size, while parents will love them because they are under $100.
The typically retail for $79.99, but we've seen them go on sale for $59.99, or 25% off the retail price. The in-ear headphones also come in three colors: gray, silver, and gold.
9. Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2These have the ability to pair two devices at once, so you can go from watching a movie on a laptop to listening to an audiobook on a phone easily.
The BackBeat Pro 2 also sound very good, as they deliver comparable audio to Beats, Bose, and Sony, but at a lower price. They even have the ability to pair two devices at once, so you can go from watching a movie on a laptop to listening to an audiobook from a smartphone with ease.
The are priced at $164.88 from Walmart. The wireless headphones are even a product — read the full review .
10. RHA S500uThese feature a handy universal remote and microphone for Siri and Google Assistant voice commands.
While they are inexpensive at under $45, the in-ear headphones also have very good balanced audio with a slight bump in mid-bass with the high tones making music more exciting and alive. The pair also features a handy universal remote and microphone for Siri and Google Assistant voice commands. The in-ear headphones might not be noise cancelling, but they are noise isolating with its sound-muffling silicone ear tips, which come in seven different sizes for a wide range of ear shapes.
The earbuds retail for just $39.95 on Amazon.
11. BeatsXThese deliver clear and crisp sound in a sleek and sexy design with eight-hour battery life and fast charging.
"These are great earbuds. I'm not the techy-type person, and these are so easy to use. It automatically paired up with all my products, my iPhone and my Mac with no special anything to do. Just be sure your bluetooth is enabled. I had my phone near me and as soon as I turned them on, they paired up. They are lightweight and comfortable in my ear and come with several sizes of the ear things to fit any size ear. And they are so easy to operate. All the controls are in easy reach.?
Oh and the sound is awesome. They also keep out outside noise very well. These would be great to have on a plane or something. I got these because I garden a lot and spend a lot of time outside and needed wireless earbuds because the corded ones always end up getting yanked out of my ears or my phone in the midst of working in the yard. I also needed some that would be able to keep me from hearing outside noises like neighbors mowing etc. I'm extremely pleased with these."The are currently $109.00 from Walmart.
12. Grado SR60eHeadphones with open-backed ear cups allow the sound to feel like it's in the same room as you and not just in your ears.
For less than $80, the headphones from Grado are a great entry-level pair with superb audio that makes music a breathable and relaxed experience. Don't just listen to music, but feel it too. The Grado SR60e deliver warm tones with full-bodied vocals and a smooth and dynamic sound. The headphones were also designed for beginner and advanced audiophiles alike, so you really can't go wrong if you're looking for a more natural sound.
The retail for $79.00 on Amazon.?
13. LG Tone Pro 780Lightweight and well-balanced, with advanced quad-layer speaker technology that produces excellent audio quality and short charging times.
For less than $70, these headphones are lightweight and well-balanced with their advanced quad-layer speaker technology that produces excellent audio quality and short charging times. The pair were also built for receiving crisp and clear phone calls, so you'll never get muffled when you call home to ask your parents for more money. They can even be paired with two devices at the same time, so you don't have to re-connect when switching between a laptop or smartphone.
The LG Tone Pro 780 retail for $69.99 from Walmart. The set comes in blue, gold, and white.
14. Urbanears Plattan 2These collapsible headphones offer up really good passive noise isolation with a stylish and fun look.
"I absolutely love these headphones! These are my very first pair of over-ear headphones, so I was nervous at first because I've only ever used earbuds, but they're great! Extremely comfortable, amazing sound quality (in my opinion, as good of quality as my Bose earbuds!), and adjustable. I like how I can fold them up and stick them in my backpack, though I usually keep them around my neck. These headphones are so good that I rarely use earbuds now. I love the soft feel around my ears and the sound. Worth the price! Definitely recommend!"The go for just $44.95 on Amazon. The headphones come in a wide variety of stylish colors like black, blue, gray, pink, purple, white, and much more. There's also that goes for $99.95, which is a bargain for such a stylish pair under $100.
15. Audio-Technica QuietPointThese are an older model, but they still deliver world class audio and high level noise cancelling at a considerably low price.
The in-ear headphones include a special adapter attachment, which run on AAA batteries for up to 60 hours, that achieves the pair's noise-cancelling feature. It clips on to your belt or pocket like an old school pager, so it's not the most stylish, but it gets the job done at the fraction of the price. The pair effectively reduces background noise, so it's great for students who want to study in common areas like a cafeteria. They were also designed for comfort in your ears, along with preventing sound leakage.
The retails for only $35.00 from Walmart.
16. Monster iSport IntensityDurable and sweatproof to keep the music going, with handy controls right on the wire, so you don’t have to fiddle with your smartphone while using them.
"I have such a hard time finding earbuds because the buds don't fit in my ear. These are amazing! Immediately when I put them in my ear they stayed and didn't move which is rare for me to find. Would definitely recommend. The sound is a little more of a base then clear but it still sounds good and I don't mind that."The are priced at $19.99 on Amazon.
17. Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BTA great value for students and audiophiles alike with 45mm drivers for quality audio and NFC "tap-and-touch" pairing for up to eight devices.
The headphones' battery even provides up to 38 hours of use with 1,000 hours of standby time on a full charge. The pair can also trade between wireless and wired listening whenever the battery runs dead. In this way, you don't have to wait to re-charge it. Just plug in the wire and you can continue to enjoy podcasts, audiobooks, music, and movies on the go. Audio-Technica includes all of these wonderful features in a compact package that's under $150.
Snag the as part of a bundle deal (it includes a sports armband, charger, and more) at Walmart.
18. Corsair HS50The microphone reduces ambient noise, and it's also removable, so it doesn't get in the way if you want to use the headphones for something else.
19. H2O Audio HeadphonesThese are IPX8 rated for 100% waterproofing in heavy sweat, rain, and complete submersion for up to 12 feet of water.
"These waterproof earbuds as all regular earbuds don't have superior home theater sound, but the music doesn't sound bad either. All waterproof earbuds rely on an airtight seal to conduct sound waves. Which means you need to experiment with the different sizes provided and don't expect to get a real good work out that first day. As a safety mechanism the bud does go out when water comes in direct contact with it but it is easily fixable. So far the soft blue pads have held up pretty long. When they do finally wear out, they're pretty cheap to replace. This product offers a wider variety of sizes with good quality that has lasted me. Once I found my correct fit for each ear the buds hardly fall out. If they do its because of my error."The retail for just $39.99 on Amazon.
20. JLab Audio DiegoThis sleek and sexy pair are also rugged and flexible, and also comfortable and affordable for students with a price that's under $15.
Although most wires are often round, which is why they get tangled so easily, the durable wires of the JLab Audio Diego in-ear headphones are flat, so they're tougher to wrap up in themselves. The sleek and sexy pair are also rugged and flexible, while comfortable and affordable for students with a price that's under $15. They come with JLab's signature audio and sound that features solid and strong bass with crystal and crisp mid and high tones.
The retail for the low price of $14.99 on Amazon. The pair come in four stylish color combinations, such as midnight black and gunmetal, sport yellow and grigio gray, pacific blue, white, and midnight black, and Miami-purple and mint.