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The Best-Designed Headphones You Can Buy

Do the looks of your headphone matter to you?  If yes, we are in the same situation. 

For some, it doesn’t bother whatever style of headphones they may have.   But if you are like me who cares about the looks and feel of your headphone whether it is wired or otherwise, I can you help you figure out through this post the best design out there in the market. 

If you are not yet familiar with the different types of headphones, you can check out our article here.  

As of this post, we will just focus on the designs of different kinds headphones available on the market

Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2

I really appreciate the black and tan color of Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2.  It is modish and fashionable.

If you are not worried of wearing a headphone that looks quite bulky on your head, this one could fit your liking.  This is is not as beefy if compared to a standard design of headphones.  You can enjoy its look and elegance while wearing this headphone on the street.  It looks elegant even if you are in a formal or casual dress. 

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Features:

  • Bluetooth/Wireless
  • Active Noise Cancelling
  • With smart sensors that pause music automatically when you remove your headphones and resume playback when you put them back on.
  • 24 hours battery Life

BÖHM Headphones 

This is an over-ear cushioned type of headphone.

The color of black and silver replicates the style of the design.  It is flat and simple. 

I personally inclined with black and white color but sad to say, it is presently out of stock at Amazon as of this writing.  Even though, you still have the option if you prefer the brown gold model

The advantage of its retro design is that you can use it in various ways.  It is aimed not only for listening to music but for casual gaming as well and watching movies at home.  

More than that, it’s foldable designed is suitable for gym sessions and jogging.  Of course, this is not a standard sports headphone you can use during heavy workouts.  

Just see it for yourself if you can go along with this headphone in public, as the earcups look large due to its extensive size. 

Features:

  • Bluetooth/Wireless
  • Active Noise Cancelling
  • Hands-on control with power/multifunction button, volume and playback control buttons
  • Up to 16 hours playtime

 

OneOdio Closed-Back Headphones 

There is nothing momentous with this model. 

The showpiece of this headphone is its price.  For $33.00, you don’t lose with its design.  

Though it is not exactly a premium build because most of its materials are made of plastic, the glossy effect of its design is quite nice.

The black model is preferably for those who want a typical color.  But if you want something quintessential and modern, the combination of silver and brown is likewise appealing.

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Features:

  • Wired (not wireless)
  • No Active Noise Cancelling
  • Foldable design
  • With two different audio sources

 

COWIN SE7 Headphones

Plain, slim, and compact. 

This somewhat looks a bit similar to the Bose QuietComfort 35.  

I am not against the originality of this headphone.  But this one is decent and almost half the price compared to Bose QuietComfort 35.  

Competition is part of the marketing industry.  In the end, it is the right of every consumer to make a choice.   

With due respect to its design, going outdoors with this headphone won’t make you feel uncomfortable.  You have nothing to bother as if jumbo elephants are covering both of your ears.  

The headband and the earcups are precisely proportioned to its size.  

Black and dark green models are also available.

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Features:

  • Bluetooth/Wireless
  • Active Noise Cancelling
  • With built-in microphones for hands-free calls
  • 30 hours playtime per charge

Skullcandy Crusher Headphone 

This one in particular comes from Skullcandy, an American company, in its category of wireless headphones. 

I am impressed with the design of the elongated earmuffs.  They are not that big or small.  But I think that this headphone may not exactly be for persons with big ears.  

The width of the headband looks wide. Its memory foam is quite thick.  Nonetheless, this headphone could standout if you want a fresh and new-fashioned design. 

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Features:

  • Bluetooth/Wireless
  • No Active Noise Cancelling
  • Built-in microphone and on-ear buttons to answer and end calls, change tracks, and adjust volume directly from the ear cup
  • Up to 40 hours playtime

Bose SoundLink Headphones II

The design of the original Bose QuietComfort and SoundLink Headphones are almost identical. 

The only difference between the two is that the SoundLinke Headphones has no active noise-canceling feature but with its extra bonus by reducing its price.  

Bose is among the leaders in the industry of active noise-canceling headphones and Bose QuietComfort is one the top-in-class in the category.  


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As evidently as it looks, the design of this headphone is minimalist.  

What I really like is the simplicity of its headband.  It’s clean and slim which makes you feel easy and smart.  

If you are a brand-minded person, this distinctive product is your best choice. 

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Features:

  • Bluetooth/Wireless
  • No Active Noise Cancelling
  • Light and comfortable than any standard headphones
  • Exceptional sound quality
  • Up to 15 hours playtime

Bowers & Wilkins PX Headphones

Honestly, the soft gold color with the combination of navy blue and black is the charm of this headphone, though the black model is also pretty damn good. 

I cannot expressly tell you if you would agree with me the concept of its design.  In perspective, you can clearly see its uniqueness but the design is based on your personal taste.   

My only concern is that the cups of this headphone are quite thick.  Curiously, it has soft leather with memory foam cushions and once you wear it,  it looks flat and thin. 

Features:

  • Bluetooth/Wireless
  • Active Noise Cancelling
  • Motion-sensitive Play/Pause/Stand-by
  • 22 hours battery life

JLab Audio Flex Sports Headphones

Design by JLab, this headphone is specialized for the custom fit of athletes.

This is probably the fitness essential for a sports enthusiast who needs an audio workout buddy.  

The flexibility of this headphone is remarkably elastic.  You can even adjust and set your ideal fitting preference whether you want it loose, normal, or tight.

Don’t worry, there is no hassle of cleaning this one.   The earpads are removable and washable so you can clean them up any time.  

You can find the quick click track control functional if you want to adjust the volume, play or pause the music, or skip the tracks.

This headphone is also equipped with an onboard microphone that allows you to answer calls without taking out your phone.  

If you are thinking who could be your buddy the next time you run, jog, or go to the gym, the Audio Flex headphone is a recommended product. 

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Features:

  • Bluetooth/Wireless
  • No Active Noise Cancelling
  • Sporty design, flexible, and sweat resistance
  • Removable and washable ear pads
  • 20-hour playtime

Riwbox XBT-780 V4.2 Headphones 

This headphone is a budget-friendly design.  

It is the reality that not most of us can afford luxury-priced products.  Still, you can spare a few bucks without breaking the bank.  

Despite its cheap price, the hand-polished quality is smooth and glossy. The headband is made of strong metal and the fuselage or chassis is built with matte materials.  The other parts are die-cast from a zinc alloy.

The built-in volume controller, as well as the play and pause music, is neatly placed at the side of the extended part of the headband holding the earcups. 

I like the black model because it looks more muscular.  Oddly, the white model is more feminine.  

The color white with the combination of gold presents a clean feeling.  It gives you the confidence to show it off and beat that city lifestyle. 

Who cares that your headphone costs just $39.00!

I will update this post as soon as the white model became available at Amazon. 

Features:

  • Bluetooth/Wireless (wired included)
  • No Active Noise Cancelling
  • With microphone and volume control
  • Not foldable
  • 18-hour playtime

Ghostek soDrop 2 Premium Headphones

The brushed aluminum and the metal accent of this headphone is the solid punch of its design. 

You will really hit the ceiling if you will closely look its slick design.  I can’t help but lose my temper.  

Only a few manufacturers take into consideration the trend of young generations in fashionable headphones.  In today’s present age of millennials, headphones are not just about music, it is now a fashion.  It is a state of art of self-expression.  

By the way, I am glad to be a part of the millennial era.

If you are looking for a stylish and popular design, this headphone is a no-brainer.

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Features:

  • Bluetooth/Wireless
  • No Active Noise Cancelling
  • With built-in microphone and volume control
  • Soft leather earcups
  • 14-hour battery life

Koss Porta Pro On-Ear Headphones

Among the list, this is the most simplified and portable design. 

Since its release in the 1980s, the retro and old-fashioned design may appear to put you to shame and outclass.  But the legacy of this headphone remains a vintage.  It already established its monumental status.  

The headband is one-of-a-kind.  It is just a simple piece of adjustable metal.  But it is thin, super thin unlike any other. 

The concept of its on-ear multi-pivoting earplates is designed for ergonomic alignment unto your ears.  


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Despite the lapsed of more than two decades, the company maintained its nostalgic appearance.  

I am not in opposition that it never introduce any innovation after long years but for most fans around the world (including myself), this headphone is a respected work of art.

In my personal opinion, this is a masterpiece that won’t get old by time.    

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Features:

  • Wired
  • Lightweight and comfortable
  • Exceptional sound quality
  • Collapsible headband

Special Mention

Kidz Gear Wired Headphones

Headphones are not strictly for adults, it is for kids too!

Are you willing to spend a hundred dollars for the sake of your kids?  

High-end headphones even cost a thousand dollars. 

Did you know that the most expensive headphone ever made is the Sennheiser HE 1 (Orpheus) worth $52,000.00?

It sounds serious but how freaky it is that for only $19.00, you can make the world of your little one happy!

This headphone is not a toy. The sound quality is fair.  It is specially designed for kids aging two (2) years old and above who may now start learning to appreciate the gift of music.   

It also features Kidz Control Volume Limit Technology for safety listening experience. 

Yes, our children also deserve the best quality they can get.

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Features:

  • Wired
  • Certified safe to use
  • Volume Limit Cable included
  • Colorful design

The Bottom Line

The headphones mania is now on the verge.  

As you look ahead, what defines a sterling set of headphones is not the price or its sound quality alone — the design absolutely does matter.  

In short and sweet, it is an individual concern to create your own style and fashion. 

Do I miss something else which is not on the list?  Do you also have your personal choice of headphones design?

Please feel free to hit the comments below and share your thoughts.  

About the author

DEL

Del is an affiliate marketer and has a personal interest in web design. His quest is to find remarkable consumer electronic devices and determine its capability and usefulness. Though serious, he is quite funny and curious. Good attitude, fairness, and simplicity are characters that matter to him most.  

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  • Hi Del,

    I like the simplicity and not over the top review of each headphones which makes your review so honest and unexaggerated. The lay out is so sleek and clean with each features clearly laid out on the side which is not hard to read.

    The topic is timely as a lot of people now loves their gadgets and what better way to enjoy their Netflix shows or Spotify music without a stylish headphones, right?

    Good job.

    Nida   

    • Hi Nida!  

      I am really pleased to hear such appreciation from you. 

      We always do our best to provide unbiased and straightforward reviews about consumer electronic products.  We will be so much happy to hear from you again in the future. 

      Thanks. 

  • Hey Del!

    Great analysis. You have provided all the necessary points needed for someone looking to purchase. I love headphones more than I love a simple earpiece and I think I’ve caught my eye on the one that I want here. 

    The Skullcandy Crusher looks like it would fit me perfectly and I really love this white and brown blend that it has to it. The cherry on top is the fact that it’s bluetooth. I also love that it has the volume and track change on it. 

    Works perfect for me.

    • Hello Angella.

      We’re glad to hear from you.  

      Skullycandy Crusher is also one of my personal choice of design among the list.  It is modern, stylish, and fashionable. It’s a stuff that you won’t regret to wear any time of the day and anywhere you are. 

      You’ve got a good taste!

  • Thank you for your review.  I’ve had my eye on getting a pair of Bose headphones for a while.  I may just pull the trigger based on your review. 

    This is a bit of an odd question, but do you know of any kid safe ear buds? My 3 year old wants ear buds like her older sisters, but we want to make sure they are safe. 

    Thank you in advance.