The best headphones for Air Travel & Commuters
If you regularly travel for work, study or another reason, you will probably know the reality of trying to break up the routine to make it that bit more interesting, or for the time to go that much quicker. A quality set of headphones can enhance your commuting experience! Whether you use them to listen to music, watch an episode of your favourite boxset or catch up with the latest podcasts, the right headphones can make your journey a more pleasant occurrence. Of course, not just any headphones will do; for commuting, consideration needs to be given to comfort, design, wireless capability and the level of noise-cancellation offered. Seasoned commuters can choose between over-ear, on-ear and in-ear styles; preferences will depend on what and how long the headphones will be being used for.
To get you started, we’ve pulled together a list of the best headphones for commuting and include some brief information on each to help you decide.
Sony promises its best noise cancellation technology in this model, thanks to the new QN1 processor. Ideal for commuter journeys where you really just want to switch off and focus on your entertainment. The headset has a 30-hour battery life, so should last the full week depending on the length of your journey. As an added feature, Sony has enabled Alexa and Google Assistant on the headset, allowing total hands-free control. The price of these headphones means they won’t necessarily be replaceable as often, therefore safety and security during travel should be noted.
Bose has designed these to be used specifically with Apple devices. The headset is available in several colours and the design of the ear cups, enables them to be folded inwards for easy storage. With good quality sound, significant noise reduction and the functionality to switch between music and calls (inline mic), the quiet comfort is a good choice wherever and howe
ver you are travelling.
The design is based on infamous DJ headphones and offers a similar level of performance. Slightly more rugged looking than some of the others on our list, the HD25 is right for you if you intend to use your headphones for more than just the regular commute.
One of the most recognisable sets of headphones, this Beats model is wireless and has an impressive 40 hours battery life. In addition, the fast charge feature can be switched on when your battery is low, but you need the set operational quickly. The headphones are compatible with both Apple and Android devices. The headphones are adjustable so you can get the perfect comfort fit.
AKG give you the option to extend battery life by switching Bluetooth off but keeping the Active Noise cancellation technology running. The headphones fold down neatly and come with a case for ease of storage and transfer. AKG is proud to offer a sound that is smooth and comforting rather than overpowering. These are a good choice to wind down in the morning or on the way home with.
These headphones ooze style and sophistication; made from Italian saffiano leather; they have been made to last. The carry case is also made from robust Italian Alcantara to ensure ultimate protection for the valuable contents. The leather memory foam pads provide the highest level of comfort with a similar level of detail afforded to the sound as well. The listener is assured of a clear, pristine sound which is heightened by proprietary angled drivers and a decoupled headband, preventing unwanted vibration and ensuring the most natural sound possible.
Industry-leading noise cancellation headphones that can last up to 8hrs on a single charge and when on the move, your case will be able to provide an additional three rounds of battery life. Customised for both Alexa and Google Assistant, these are ideal if you don’t like to feel your headphones. Control volume with a simple touch.
These wireless earbuds are designed to give you the ultimate experience for as long as you need. The carry case once fully charged holds up to 4 rounds of power for your earbuds so wherever you are you need not worry about disrupted journeys. Running on Bluetooth 5.0 technology, the wearer is assured of a quick and smooth connection. Designed by Cambridge’s HiFi engineers, the graphene driver diaphragms deliver a quality sound. Lightweight so won’t even feel you have them in!
Possibly the most recognisable of headphones, the Apple AirPods are the ideal accessory if you are an Apple product owner – no faffing with setting up, it should be seamless. For commuters, the AirPods offer crystal clear sound, and with the new H1 chip, Siri is not far either. Track controls are easy to navigate.