The 8 Best Headphones for School, Work and Play

The best headphones at Walmart Editor's picks

We’ve got good news—there are countless headphone and earbud models out there, which means there’s a pair for every possible need and budget. The challenge, though? It’s hard to find time to wade through all of them! Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list of the best headphones of 2022 so you can figure out which style and brand work for you, your partner or your child.

Our editor’s picks

Style: On-ear

Wireless: Yes

Battery life: 60 hours

Wireless range: 300 feet

Foldable: Yes

Noise cancellation: No

  • Distinct and clear

  • Limited by the volume on your device

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Style: Over-ear

Wireless: Yes

Battery life: 50 hours

Wireless range: 30 feet

Foldable: Yes

Noise cancellation: Yes

  • Can customize sound on the app

  • Buttons aren’t intuitive

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Style: Earbuds

Wireless: No

Cord length: 3.6 feet

Wireless range: n/a

Foldable: No

Noise cancellation: No

  • Three sets of earpads

  • Not comfortable for sleep

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Style: True wireless

Wireless: Yes

Battery life: 5 hours

Wireless range: Around 45 feet

Foldable: No

Noise cancellation: No

  • Auto-on and auto-connect

  • Not adjustable

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Style: Over-ear

Wireless: Yes

Battery life: 15 hours

Wireless range: 50 feet

Foldable: No

Noise cancellation: No

  • Microphone with flip-up mute

  • Need an adapter for Xbox Series X

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Style: Over-ear

Wireless: No

Cord length: Not listed

Wireless range: n/a

Foldable: Yes

Noise cancellation: No

  • Lightweight and comfortable

  • Not great in loud environments

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Style: On-ear

Wireless: Yes

Battery life: 6 hours

Wireless range: 33 feet

Foldable: No

Noise cancellation: Yes

  • Sit outside the ears

  • Won’t work with glasses

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Logitech H540 USB Headset

Style: On-ear

Wireless: No

Cord length: 5.9 feet

Wireless range: n/a

Foldable: No

Noise cancellation: No

  • On-ear controls

  • USB cord only

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In this guide
Types of headphones
True wireless headphones at Walmart True wireless

This popular style of earbuds fits inside each ear and is completely cordless. They’re super convenient for working out and listening on the go.

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Earbud headphones from Walmart Earbuds

This style fits inside each ear and the buds are usually attached to each other by a wire or they attach to your device with a cord.

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On-ear headphones from Walmart On-ear

These headphones feature small cups that fit on the ears and are connected by a headband. They are more compact than over-ear headphones and can be wired or wireless.

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Over-ear headphones at Walmart Over-ear

Whether wired or wireless, this comfortable style of headphones has larger padded cups that fit around the ears and are connected by a headband. If you’re looking for nuanced sound, you’ll probably want over-ear headphones.

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Kids' headphones at Walmart Kids

Kids’ headphones can come in many styles, but the main feature is that they limit volume so your child can’t pump their music and damage their young eardrums.

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Features to consider
  • Wired vs wireless: Wireless headphones allow you to listen to music, podcasts and TV or take calls without being physically attached to a device. (Just pay attention to the wireless range, which is the distance you can walk from your device without losing connection.) Wired headphones tether you to your device. The perk? They never need to be charged.
  • Battery life: If you choose wireless headphones, check the projected battery life before you buy—particularly if you hate frequent charging.
  • Noise cancellation vs noise isolation: Active noise cancellation (ANC) uses technology to counteract external sound waves (especially low-frequency waves like a car engine or air conditioner). Noise isolation, on the other hand, involves physically blocking out external noise with a tight fit or extra padding.[1]
  • Foldability: If you want to fit your headphones in a small bag or purse, earbuds or folding headphones might be your best bet.
  • Decibel limit: If you’re buying headphones for a child, look for a style that has volume-limiting abilities.
Best value headphones
Anker SoundCore Life 2 Neo Bluetooth Headphones Anker SoundCore Life 2 Neo Bluetooth Headphones Anker SoundCore Life 2 Neo Bluetooth Headphones Anker SoundCore Life 2 Neo Bluetooth Headphones Anker SoundCore Life 2 Neo Bluetooth Headphones Anker SoundCore Life 2 Neo Bluetooth Headphones
  • Style: On-ear

  • Wireless: Yes

  • Battery life: 60 hours

  • Wireless range: 300 feet

  • Foldable: Yes

  • Noise cancellation: No

These reasonably priced on-ear headphones from Anker give you major bang for your buck. Sturdy and comfortable to wear, they have the sound quality of headphones that are two or three times the price. They also have 60 hours of battery life and impressive wireless range, meaning you can leave your phone in another room and still hear crystal-clear sound.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • High notes are distinct and clear and there’s a “bass up” setting that produces heart-pumping beats.

  • They have exceptional battery life and you can charge five hours of playtime in just five minutes.

  • They’re easy to set up without instructions.

Cons
  • They are limited by the max volume on your device, so the sound may not get loud enough for your liking.

  • This model doesn’t cancel noise, so they probably aren’t your best bet if you plan to use them primarily for travel—particularly on airplanes where there’s a consistent low hum.

The draw
Really wonderful purchase. I compose, so I need good speakers, headsets and I know sound. These headphones have an amazing battery life. I charge them at night and use them about 15 hours a day, every day, and they have surprised me.
-MsJGrace, Walmart customer
The downside
They are limited to the device volume, so if you wanna go louder than whatever your phone thinks is max, you're out of luck.
-coachglove, Walmart customer
Best noise-cancelling headphones
JBL Live 660 NC Wireless Over-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones JBL Live 660 NC Wireless Over-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones JBL Live 660 NC Wireless Over-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones JBL Live 660 NC Wireless Over-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones JBL Live 660 NC Wireless Over-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones JBL Live 660 NC Wireless Over-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones JBL Live 660 NC Wireless Over-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones JBL Live 660 NC Wireless Over-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones JBL Live 660 NC Wireless Over-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones
  • Style: Over-ear

  • Wireless: Yes

  • Battery life: 50 hours

  • Wireless range: 30 feet

  • Foldable: Yes

  • Noise cancellation: Yes

If you’re looking for headphones to drown out ambient noise at work or home, these sleek JBL noise-cancelling cans are a great choice. The lightweight model really does immerse you in your own little world (you can even use an electric toothbrush and won’t hear a thing). You also have a choice of different levels of noise cancellation, depending on your needs. They come in three colours: black, blue and white.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • You can customize your sound experience on the JBL app and even control your headphones with your favourite voice assistant.

  • The headphones automatically pause sound when removed and start again when you put the headphones back on your head.

  • They come with a detachable four-foot cord in case you don’t want to use your battery.

Cons
  • The set’s buttons aren’t intuitive.

  • While the sound is generally balanced in these headphones, some users say heavy bass becomes distorted when you turn up the volume.

The draw
They really do block out sounds very well. These headphones have three features for noise cancellation. You can choose how much you want to block out, which I think is an awesome feature.
-Kalicat, originally posted on jbl.com
The downside
They aren't the best for jamming out to music that's heavy in bass. Occasionally, it snaps or crackles.
-Maria_G, originally posted on jbl.com
Best budget headphones
Panasonic ErgoFit Earbud Headphones with Microphone Panasonic ErgoFit Earbud Headphones with Microphone Panasonic ErgoFit Earbud Headphones with Microphone Panasonic ErgoFit Earbud Headphones with Microphone Panasonic ErgoFit Earbud Headphones with Microphone
  • Style: Earbuds

  • Wireless: No

  • Cord length: 3.6 feet

  • Wireless range: n/a

  • Foldable: No

  • Noise cancellation: No

Sometimes, you just want a pair of headphones that won’t break the bank. While this set of wired earbuds from Panasonic won’t beat the sound quality of pricier models, they’re extremely comfortable and work just fine for standard listening and calls. Plus, if you leave them behind on the bus or in your Uber, they’re easy to replace.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • They come with three sets of earpads (small, medium and large) so you can find your perfect fit and even use a different size in each ear.

  • They’re lightweight, tiny and easy to transport.

  • They have a microphone for taking calls.

Cons
  • For iPhone 7 and later, you’ll need a lightning plug adapter.

  • They probably won’t be comfortable for sleep.

The draw
These things are wonderful! They don't hurt my ears, stay in without me having to jam them halfway down my ear canal and the sound quality is excellent whether I'm listening to music or talking on the phone.
-Nickie, Walmart customer
The downside
Because they stick out, they are not good earbuds to sleep in bed with. They muffle outside sound but not completely.
-Scott, Walmart customer
Best wireless headphones
Apple AirPods with Charging Case Apple AirPods with Charging Case Apple AirPods with Charging Case Apple AirPods with Charging Case Apple AirPods with Charging Case Apple AirPods with Charging Case
  • Style: True wireless

  • Wireless: Yes

  • Battery life: 5 hours

  • Wireless range: Around 45 feet

  • Foldable: No

  • Noise cancellation: No

A Walmart bestseller with more than 7,000 five-star reviews, these Apple Airpods are an easy yes for any iPhone user. The wireless earbuds are quick to pair with any Apple device and switch seamlessly between devices so you can transfer from a work call to a movie on your laptop to music on your phone without missing a beat. That said, if you want active noise cancellation and sweat resistance, you’re better off with the pricier AirPods Pro.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • Many users say they have excellent sound quality and good volume.

  • Once you set them up (which is super easy), simply pull them out of their case and they’re automatically on and automatically connected.

  • Just say “Hey Siri” to activate your voice assistant.

Cons
  • With only five hours of battery life before requiring a charge in their case (which holds up to 24 hours of charge), they’re less versatile than other headphones.

  • Many users say they’re comfortable and stay in place, but they don’t have adjustable earpads if they’re a poor fit.

  • The charging case isn’t wireless.

The draw
I use these every day and they have clear crisp sounds and I love how they can be tracked with your iPhone. I tend to lose them a lot.
-Serena, Walmart customer
The downside
Thought case was able to be charged wireless but is not. Only downfall.
-Cass, Walmart customer
Best gaming headphones
Astro A20 Gen 2 Wireless Gaming Headset with Microphone Astro A20 Gen 2 Wireless Gaming Headset with Microphone Astro A20 Gen 2 Wireless Gaming Headset with Microphone Astro A20 Gen 2 Wireless Gaming Headset with Microphone Astro A20 Gen 2 Wireless Gaming Headset with Microphone Astro A20 Gen 2 Wireless Gaming Headset with Microphone Astro A20 Gen 2 Wireless Gaming Headset with Microphone Astro A20 Gen 2 Wireless Gaming Headset with Microphone Astro A20 Gen 2 Wireless Gaming Headset with Microphone
  • Style: Over-ear

  • Wireless: Yes

  • Battery life: 15 hours

  • Wireless range: 50 feet

  • Foldable: No

  • Noise cancellation: No

Astro specializes in gaming products, so it’s no surprise that the brand created the best wireless headphones for Xbox One gaming: Astro A20 Gen 20. This gaming headset is comfortable (so you or the kids can play for hours—sorry not sorry!) and durable (so you know they’ll last). Already upgraded to an Xbox Series S or X? Try this wireless headset from Nacon Gaming.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • Cloth-covered foam ear cushions help prevent headset fatigue.

  • They have a microphone that automatically mutes your voice when flipped up, which makes them perfect for moving between online play and chatting with fam.

  • They’re compatible with Xbox One, Mac and PC, so you bring the premium audio experience with you as you hop between consoles.

Cons
  • For Xbox Series X or PlayStation, you need a USB adapter that’s sold separately.

  • The rechargeable battery lasts 15 hours but takes about 3.5 hours to recharge.

The draw
My 16-year-old is a gamer. We’ve bought several pairs over the years, but these are by far the best. Great sound, fast charge and the range is amazing.
-Susan, Walmart customer
The downside
Battery life could be longer but still good.
-Emiliana, Walmart customer
Best kids’ headphones
Skullcandy Cassette Junior Wired Headphones Skullcandy Cassette Junior Wired Headphones Skullcandy Cassette Junior Wired Headphones Skullcandy Cassette Junior Wired Headphones
  • Style: Over-ear

  • Wireless: No

  • Cord length: Not listed

  • Wireless range: n/a

  • Foldable: Yes

  • Noise cancellation: No

If you want kids’ headphones that are affordable and safe for young ears, you’ll love these Skullcandy Cassette Junior headphones in black or bright blue. They’re easy on the budget and, most importantly, they have a volume limit of 85 decibels to help protect kids from hearing damage.[2]

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • Parents can rest easy knowing their child won’t be able to blast the volume.

  • The adjustable headband means the lightweight headphones provide a comfortable fit for kids and parents.

  • They fold up compact for storage and travel.

Cons
  • Because these headphones don’t have noise cancellation, your child will still be able to hear ambient noise, parent conversations, etc.

  • The built-in mic works for phone and video calls, but only in quiet environments.

The draw
These have been awesome for my little kindergarten virtual learner. The sound quality is very good and I love the volume-limiting function. When he wears these, I can feel confident that he isn't able to damage his little ears!
-Kel88, Walmart customer
The downside
They don’t cancel much noise at all. I can hear slight sounds in the background clearly.
-Therealmzfrizzle, Walmart customer
Best workout headphones
AfterShokz Trekz Air Headphones AfterShokz Trekz Air Headphones AfterShokz Trekz Air Headphones AfterShokz Trekz Air Headphones AfterShokz Trekz Air Headphones
  • Style: On-ear

  • Wireless: Yes

  • Battery life: 6 hours

  • Wireless range: 33 feet

  • Foldable: No

  • Noise cancellation: Yes

When sweating it out in the living room or gym, the comfort of your headphones should be the last thing on your mind. These AfterShokz sports headphones hook over the ears so you don’t have to worry about dropping an earbud and are certified to repel sweat, dust and moisture. They’re also the best headphones for running because they balance outside the ears, allowing you to hear cars and people around you as you move.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • They have an “OpenFit” design, meaning they conduct sound through the cheekbones instead of plugging the ears. If regular earbuds are uncomfortable for you, this style is a good bet.

  • Since ambient sound comes through, these AfterShokz are great for anyone who wants to be able to hear cars, their kids, the doorbell or the oven timer.

  • They’re ultra-lightweight and comfortable for the average wearer.

Cons
  • They may work best for larger heads and likely won’t fit well with glasses.

  • You’ll need to wear the included earplugs if you want to block out surrounding noise.

The draw
Very comfortable and good sound quality. Makes it safer to listen to music while running and at work I can listen to music but still hear if someone needs me.
-Dblue, originally posted on samsclub.com
The downside
Be advised that you will hear all the background noise you normally wouldn't hear. A plus for safety but an annoyance for someone wanting to block out the background noise.
-Seneca Lake Man, originally posted on samsclub.com
Best headphones with a microphone
Logitech H540 USB Headset Logitech H540 USB Headset Logitech H540 USB Headset Logitech H540 USB Headset Logitech H540 USB Headset Logitech H540 USB Headset
  • Style: On-ear

  • Wireless: No

  • Cord length: 5.9 feet

  • Wireless range: n/a

  • Foldable: No

  • Noise cancellation: No

For a budget-friendly pair of headphones that’s made for work calls, check out Logitech’s H540 headset. They cost less than many other headsets and have a discreet, noise-cancelling microphone that can be flipped up when not in use. The cord has a USB connection that’s made for use with laptops and desktops.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • Thanks to on-ear controls, you can easily adjust the volume or mute your calls.

  • A light indicator on the cord notifies you when the microphone is muted.

  • An adjustable headband and padded ear cups that sit lightly on the ears are comfortable to wear for hours.

Cons
  • Due to the USB cord, they’re made for use at an office or home office, not on the go.

  • They aren’t secured to the ears and can slip off if you bend over.

The draw
Comfortable to wear. Sound quality is great. Nice to have the light to indicate when the microphone is muted.
-JSN79, Walmart customer
The downside
It will slide off your head if you lean forward or bend your head down too much cuz it lays on your ears instead of cupping them.
-Jenna, Walmart customer
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Andrea Karr has a master's degree in Literatures of Modernity and is currently completing a creative writing certificate. Her list of interests is long and includes books, fitness, dogs and decorating her home.
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