The #1 Best iPhone 8 Headphones (That AREN’T AirPods)

By Richard Goodwin •  Updated: 04/07/20 •  4 min read

If you’re rocking an iPhone 8 and you’re after a decent pair of headphones but you don’t want AirPods, read on for our #1 picks right now…


Best Headphones For iPhone 8

As of right now (early 2020), the following headphones are our current #1 picks for sound-quality and comfort. We’ve also included both premium and cheaper options in this list; you have a couple of expensive options in the OTE section and one cheap option simply because we couldn’t decide between the Sony and Bose headphones.

With the earbuds, you have two great options – a premium option via Samsung and an ultra-budget pair from Xiaomi. You can see how they compare below:

Bose QC35 II – Our #1 Pick

Sound Quality: ✰✰✰✰✰
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Noise-Cancelling:

Voice-Assistant:
Price: 💲💲💲💲

Battery Life: ✰✰✰✰✰
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Sony WH-1000XM3 – A Close Second...

Sound Quality: ✰✰✰✰✰
Comfort: ✰✰✰✰
Connectivity: ✰✰✰✰✰
Noise-Cancelling:

Voice-Assistant:
Price: 💲💲💲💲

Battery Life: ✰✰✰✰
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COWIN E7 – Best Ultra-Budget Option

Sound Quality: ✰✰✰
Comfort: ✰✰✰✰
Connectivity: ✰✰✰✰
Noise-Cancelling:

Voice-Assistant:
Price: 💲

Battery Life: ✰✰✰✰
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Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus – Best EarBuds Option

Sound Quality: ✰✰✰✰✰
Comfort: ✰✰✰✰✰
Connectivity: ✰✰✰✰✰
Noise-Cancelling:

Voice-Assistant:
Price: 💲💲

Battery Life: ✰✰✰✰✰
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Xiaomi RedMi AirDots – Ultra-Budget Option

Sound Quality: ✰✰✰
Comfort: ✰✰✰✰
Connectivity: ✰✰✰✰
Noise-Cancelling:

Voice-Assistant:
Price: 💲

Battery Life: ✰✰✰
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Why We Picked These Headphones?

Firstly, I hate arbitrary lists of products. They suck. You don’t get anything from them and, most of the time, they’re just put together to get affiliate clicks. And that doesn’t help anybody. This list for the best iPhone 8 headphones is short and focussed for a few specific reasons:

Why You Need Wireless Headphones For iPhone 8

Apple’s iPhones haven’t had a headphone jack for a good long while now. In fact, Apple was the first company to remove the headphone jack from its phones. Android phone makers quickly followed suit and, over the space of the next couple of years, the headphone jack all but disappeared from the lion’s share of phone releases.

This opened the door for wireless headphones and earbuds. Apple’s AirPods have been the #1 best-selling headphones for a few years running now. Can you guess why Apple wanted to remove the headphone jack so badly? It’d be funny if it weren’t so in-your-face and obvious! Either way, the world and its billions of consumers have now moved on…

You can still use wired headphones with the iPhone 8, of course; you just have to make sure to buy a 3.5mm jack to lightning cable converter (you can get them via Amazon for not much money). For most, though, if you’re using headphones on the iPhone 8, you’ll want to use wireless ones – either over-the-ear (OTE) style or earbuds. Our current picks are listed at the top of this post. These are the ones we use and recommend, so if you want out advice – go with one of those!

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Richard Goodwin

Richard Goodwin has been working as a tech journalist for over 10 years. He is the editor and owner of KnowYourMobile.

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