Now I don’t know about you, but personally I’m not sure I could get through a day in the office without a trusty set of headphones. Depending on my mood, I can spend the day soaking up podcasts or tapping my foot to Spotify playlists – but either way the day would seem a lot longer without something to keep my brain occupied.
Here at vouchercloud HQ we thought we would try to find the ultimate pair of office headphones, because we’re nice like that, and because there’s not much going on in current affairs lately so this is clearly the question on everyone’s lips. We hear you, citizens of the world! Wonder no longer!
Just to narrow down the heady search for the best office headphones, we’ve stuck with the epicentre of all things budget electrical goods – Amazon. You can grab some Amazon vouchers to save yourself a pretty penny too, and don’t judge us for sticking to one store because hey – we don’t have all day!
These headphones look pretty funky. Not only do they come in a variety of colours (my personal preference is the green and pink set), but they also have the added bonus of a microphone included. I’m not sure why you really need that, but it’s good to have anyway. This set is seemingly compatible with pretty much every device you can think of (work computer, laptop, iPhone…) and their selling point appears to be the noise isolation pads – whose main purpose is to “minimize sound leakage” but also benefits from keeping your ears super comfy. Great work!
Sound quality: 4/5
Pros: Big chunky set perfect for blocking out annoying noise, very reasonable price, foldable.
Cons: I personally love the look but they are a bit garish if you want something subtle.
You probably already have a pair of these but I had to include them as they are a pretty failsafe option when it comes to headphones. The Apple set is small, elegant and well designed – very easy to transport to and from work if you need to and you get the added bonus of looking like a person who owns an iPhone. The main benefit of buying from Amazon is that they are decidedly cheaper than the RRP. Legitimate? I’ll let you decide. Regardless, these are clearly a very popular choice and therefore worthy of our consideration.
Price: £7.50 (compared to £25 from certified Apple retailers)
Sound quality: 3.5/5
Pros: Cheap, easy to use, no fuss.
Cons: Potentially not actually legit Apple products (but nevertheless so convincing you wouldn’t know), the unique shape makes them uncomfortable to wear for some.
Ok, now we’re getting onto the pricey stuff. Yes, these are expensive headphones but they are also wireless, Bluetooth ready and lest we forget, snazzy as heck. Don’t worry, these headphones also come with a wire for you to plug into your ancient work computer – but aren’t they cool? They are available in two colours (I am quite partial to the white) and have a rechargeable battery. Most importantly though, the sound is phenomenal. And they’re comfortable, which is necessary if you’ll be wearing them 8 hours a day.
Sound quality: 5/5
Pros: Amazing sound, very high tech, comfortable.
Cons: Price, price, price.
This cute little pair look cool and interesting but are still fairly minimalist (they do come in a range of colours, some more showy than others). Importantly, they’re comfortable to wear and they sound good whilst also being very reasonably priced. Also, they’re made with natural materials and the company donates to global charities, if that’s your thing. These headphones aren’t going to blow your mind but I think they will serve you well and at the end of the day, isn’t that all we’re after?
Sound quality: 3/5
Pros: Smart look, tangle-free fabric cord, reasonable price, high comfort, earth friendly.
Cons: Nothing really, they aren’t in the same league as more expensive sets but for the price what do you expect?
This set look classy as heck, which I am a big fan of (a bit of a sucker for anything white and gold – what can I say?). They’ve got those comfy noise isolation pads, are foldable for storage and of course are compatible with all devices. The sound quality of these headphones really is excellent, especially for the price, and the cable is durable (also featuring a slider to adjust volume). These also come in white and black – both colours of which I am a fan of. Really, this pair look absolutely ideal for the price and seem to tick all of the boxes. What a winner!
Sound quality: 4/5
Pros: Price, design, comfort.
Cons: The style is possibly not to everyone’s taste.
So there you have it, a rundown of our top picks for office listening. There’s something for every price range and a good range of styles – so take your pick! Of course, there are plenty of other headphones available on Amazon (what can’t you get from them?) if nothing we’ve listed here has struck a cord.