Best headphones for podcasts and audiobooksWe all love kicking back and losing ourselves in hours and hours of audio storytelling. The only problem is that the folks we share a space with may not want to hear the newest podcast episode about basket weaving or serial killers or some combination of the two. And that is why headphones are essential. But picking the right pair for you can be tricky. So here’s some advice that will help you find the best headphones for podcasts and audiobooks.


Sony WH-1000XM4You are going to spend a lot of time wearing these headphones, so comfort is extremely important. Podcasts and audiobooks are not short affairs. So look for headphones that will be comfortable and easy to wear for hours at a time. Your particular version of comfort will depend on your preference between in-ear headphones and over-ear headphones.  If you prefer over-ear earphones, look for ample padding on each earpiece and the ability to expand the headphones to perfectly fit your head. And for in-ear headphones, check that they have the shape that feels most comfortable.


I always start with a budget when I go shopping. It takes some of the fun out of it, true, but it also makes sure I don’t run out of grocery money by the end of the month. And budget-friendly headphones are less painful to replace when mishaps occur.


You don’t need to be tethered to your device while you binge your newest podcast obsession. Wireless headphones will give you the freedom to set your device down on the table and forget about it. You can move around the living room or kitchen, listening to your audiobook while multitasking.

There are two types of wireless headphones. The first has a wired connection between the two headphones.

Sennheiser in-ear truly wirelessThe second is called “truly wireless” because there are, well, no wires at all. The truly wireless headphones are usually a little more expensive but they have the highest amount of freedom.

Of course, the trade-off with wireless headphones is battery life. You’ll need to make sure you recharge the headphones routinely, or you’ll end up with unexpected cliff-hangers as the battery runs out mid-sentence.

Noise cancellation

I want to hear the host of the podcast without the sound of my 12-year-old arguing for more screen time. Noise cancelling headphones will help you focus on the sounds you want and block out the sounds you don’t want. But keep in mind that noise-cancelling headphones mean you won’t hear the environment around you, so you’ll be less alert in dangerous situations like cycling in heavy traffic.

Best headphones for podcasts and audiobooks for you

I know you wanted a simple single answer on what the best headphones would be. But, your personal preferences have a tremendous impact on what is actually best for you. As an example, I don’t like the sensation of something pressing the top of my ears against my glasses frames, and I am cheap. Therefore, the best headphones for me are wired, in-ear headphones that don’t break the bank account. You might be completely the opposite and so wireless, noise cancelling headphones are your preference. You know what will work best for you.  So take some time to think about what you like, use the advice I’ve given you, and you’ll find the right pair for your podcast and audiobook enjoyment. Happy listening!




Chris is a novelist, avid gamer, tech enthusiast, and proud dad of a 13-year-old video game master.