Top on-ear headphones of 2022 – Supra-aural over-ear headphones provide excellent sound quality, comfort and portability, making them ideal for commuting, travelling or office use. These are our top picks of the best on-ear headphones of 2022. All prices correct at time of publication.
Our overall winner
We think the Jaybird Tarah are the best supra-aural headphones for those who want to maintain their hearing (and have a bit more money). The subtle, customizable volume buttons and sleek, wide headband make them supremely comfortable and they sound great with tons of power. If you’re looking for a step up in style and sound, then you should also consider the Klipsch Reference On-Ear II. Though not as comfortable or popular with bass lovers, they deliver high quality sound that many people love.
If you’re on a budget, you should check out the Panasonic HTB250AS or Beats Solo3 Wireless on-ear headphones which offer excellent value for your dollar with solid performance in all areas. Our favorite sub-$100 on-ear headphones are the Philips Citiscape Downtown Premium. They may lack bass and some audio fidelity, but it’s still decent enough to enjoy music without fatigue.
The most underrated supra-aural headphone is arguably the Skullcandy Hesh 2 Bluetooth – affordable, stylish, lightweight and offers an excellent overall listening experience if you can put up with its noise cancelling being just average. For true audiophiles, we recommend taking a look at the Sony MDR7506 studio monitor model – legendary design coupled with even better sounding drivers!
Runner up #1
Designers designed these with the perfect sound profile in mind. They’re very lightweight and portable, but also durable and sturdy. Plus, the comfort level is fantastic for those long days listening to music or podcasts. They’re great for travel too as they’re compatible with a variety of devices and have built-in mic/remote.
The only downside would be the lack of noise isolation, which can sometimes come in handy while traveling, or even just to stay aware when outside and being around cars or people. The low cost makes them an excellent option for someone who wants something that sounds good without spending a fortune.
Runner up #2: These wireless earbuds are an excellent option if you’re looking for small and easy to carry wireless earbuds that offer high quality audio. They have 8 hours of battery life per charge, so you’ll never get caught off guard by low battery again! Just plug them into your phone’s USB port to charge back up and you’ll be ready to go again in no time! One downside is that they don’t have a microphone or volume control, so you’ll need to take care of everything through your device. But this shouldn’t be much of an issue as it’s quick and easy.
Winner: Our winner hands down has to be the Beats Studio3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones . Not only do they provide studio quality sound with state-of-the art acoustics, but there are three different power modes – Low Power Mode, Normal Power Mode, High Power Mode – depending on how much juice you want left at the end of the day.
The best basshead option
If you’re looking for big, bodacious bass and strong instrument separation, the Beats Studio3 Wireless are hard to beat. If you’re in a dry environment and don’t need to completely drown out external sound (for example, when wearing them at work), then the Bose QuietControl 30 is a really nice set. But if you’re looking for truly powerful isolation, then Sony’s MDR1A stands out from the crowd.
They have excellent noise cancelling abilities and are comfortable to wear for long periods of time because they have thick padding around the ear cups and headband. The ear cups also pivot 90 degrees so that it’s easy to lie down with them on if necessary.
That said, we think that some users might find these too heavy for their liking. At 415g, these aren’t lightweight by any means and we’d only recommend carrying them about in a bag rather than packing them up. In terms of design, these look smart but lack some of the flair seen on other models. Still, if you’re after an option that will suit most people without making too many sacrifices then this could be your best bet.
Budget buy #1
MEE Audio Pinnacle Sound Â Â Â This is a low cost supra-aural headphone that packs plenty of sound, offering clear and distortion free treble and good bass. The over the ear design ensures that the headphones stay in place while you’re running or exercising. Though they are not noise cancelling, they offer good sound isolation meaning you can enjoy your music without too much background noise interrupting your listening experience.
They come with a 3.5mm audio cable, an inline microphone and remote control so you can answer calls and use these as a hands free kit too. What’s more, they come with a carrying pouch to keep them safe and tidy when not in use. Our only complaint about this product is that it does not include a carry case for travelling which means you’ll need to invest in something separately if you want one. Otherwise, it’s hard to fault this budget buy. They’re also available in different colours (black, blue and red) and sizes (small/medium).
The speaker design features soft memory foam ear pads which make wearing these a comfortable experience – even after hours of listening. If you’re looking for an inexpensive pair of on-ear headphones then look no further than the MEE Audio Pinnacle Sound Headphones!
Budget buy #2: Vocal Life VL-600 For those who don’t mind spending just a little bit more, we recommend checking out the Vocal Life VL-600. These are high quality supra-aural headphones with great sound quality – even at high volumes! They offer good noise isolation too meaning that you won’t be distracted by background sounds while listening to your favourite tunes.