Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

Last updated date: April 23, 2020

DWYM Score
8.6

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

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Overall Take

Lively sound and best-in-class battery life put the Beats Wireless On-Ear Headphones ahead of competitors. Although most headphones top out at 30 hours of battery life, Beats offers up to 40 hours with this model. If your battery runs out, just a few minutes of charge can buy you at least a couple more hours of listening time. In our analysis of 223 expert reviews, the Beats Beats Wireless On-Ear Headphones placed 8th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note April 8, 2020:
Checkout The Best Wireless Over-Ear Headphones for a detailed review of all the top wireless over-ear headphones.

Expert Summarized Score
8.3
28 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.1
17,466 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Beats Solo3 Wireless is a well-built wireless headphone that sounds good in both wireless and wired modes and is relatively comfortable to wear for an on-ear headphone. Its battery life is best-in-class (40 hours) and has a remote control built-in to the right earcup that's easy to operate by feel. The new W1 chip makes it supersimple to pair with Apple devices.
- CNET
November 9, 2016 | Full review
The Beats Solo 3 Wireless sound is lively and energetic, fitting the Beats brand image well.
- Tech Radar
July 15, 2019 | Full review
At 40 hours, the Solo 3 Wireless’s battery life is nothing short of outstanding, and quite simply unheard of in current wireless headphones. Thanks to better battery management by the W1 chip, it’s a huge jump from the 12 hours on Beats’ previous model.
- What HiFi
November 13, 2018 | Full review
The Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones boast a solid 40 hours of battery life. In terms of other headphones on the market this clocks in as a pretty great battery life, as most wireless headphones come with around 25-30 hours of battery life. Granted, this number could vary depending on how you use the headphones and how loud you play music.
- Bar Bend
May 10, 2019 | Full review
Battery life is truly class-leading, though. Not only do these headphones last for up to 50 hours, they’re pretty quick to charge, too.
- Trusted Reviews
July 18, 2018 | Full review
Throwing them back on a charger for 5 minutes is enough to get you another 3 hours of battery life.
- Soundguys
September 22, 2016 | Full review
The biggest news here surrounds the W1, which makes all other Bluetooth headphones suddenly look like a tin can and string. Designed to make pairing seamless, one button press auto-pairs the headphones not just with your iPhone but with any other iOS device you have linked up to iCloud.
- Wired
October 19, 2016 | Full review
Apple W1 chip enhances experience with iOS devices and has superb Battery Life.
- Tech Spot
The good news is that the rubbery padding on the Solo3s' headband—a material I've always felt to be weird choice—has seemingly grown more cushiony, which takes some of the edge off the top of your head.
- Reviewed
March 6, 2017 | Full review
The cushioned earcups are adjustable and foldable for a customized fit and easy storage. Class 1 Bluetooth connectivity allows you to control your music, take calls, or activate Siri through the multifunction on-ear controls and microphone.
- Digital Trends
July 10, 2019 | Full review
There are buttons on the side of the left earcup to control playback, volume and calls. They aren’t touch sensitive but that’s a good thing as good old traditional buttons are far more reliable and they don’t require a hefty push to work.
- Geartec Online
The headphones can be folded and come with a soft case to making taking them around easy.
- Good Housekeeping
September 7, 2018 | Full review
These fully-adjustable headphones come with comfort-cushioned ear cups that buffer exterior noises, a handy carrying case, 3.5 mm RemoteTalk cable, as well as a universal USB charging cable.
- Lifewire
September 13, 2019 | Full review
I enjoyed my time with the Beats Solo 3s. They’re comfortable and convenient, and they do a reasonable job with most music genres.
- The Verge
December 22, 2016 | Full review
The Solo3 Wireless delivers a powerful deep bass response that doesn't distort, even at top, unwise listening levels.
- PC Magazine
January 26, 2017 | Full review
What makes it really cool is that it adjusts for sound leakage caused by your hair, glasses, the shape of your ear, and even the movement of your head. But you can turn Pure ANC off if you want to enjoy longer battery life.
- Mashable
March 4, 2019 | Full review
The Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones will have you covered in comfort for both trips both near and far.
- Travel and Leisure
September 18, 2019 | Full review
Bass this heavy is a guilty pleasure.
- iLounge
October 31, 2016 | Full review
The Beats Solo3 is fairly easy to use, but can be a bit finicky.
- Tech Gear Lab
January 8, 2018 | Full review
They also feature soft-touch material on the band that keeps your head comfortable and the headphones from slowly climbing off. This means that you can exercise without worrying about your headphones flying off.
- Lead Rating
July 19, 2018 | Full review
The Solo3 wireless have easy to find controls on the side of the ear cups that let you play/pause your music or control volume. There’s also a built in mic so you can use the phone for hands free calling. I found the call quality excellent. It’s very clear, no breakup and folks on the other end said they could hear me just fine when it was quiet.
- Erinlyyc
September 6, 2017 | Full review
The Beats Solo3 Wireless uses an efficient Apple W1 chip that brings seamless setup and switching for your Apple devices and can deliver up to 40 hours of battery life, to play music as long as you want. It is your perfect everyday headphone wherever you are — at home, at work, or school.
- Find Reviews
Thankfully, the Solo3 headphones have a whopping 40 hour battery life, and in my own testing I can confirm that these things feel as if they’d be good for days.
- Tools and Toys
February 14, 2017 | Full review
Beats Solo3 has a built-in mic for making decent calls.
- Low Tech Times
June 1, 2018 | Full review
The headphones themselves have controls: a small power button on the right earpiece that doubles as a pairing button when held in; volume controls and a play/pause button on the left earpiece. All are easily found by touch.
- Gadget Guy
December 9, 2016 | Full review
Due to this W1 chip, battery life is rated at a whopping 40 hours which is just fantastic. Most Bluetooth headphones today hover around the 20 hour range, so this effectively doubles that.
- Recording Now
February 1, 2017 | Full review
I used them obsessively for the first three days. Then I checked the battery life and they were still 95 percent charged. They also hold their charge pretty well, so if you’re not using them for a week, they’ll still have power when you return.
- iPhone Life
April 25, 2017 | Full review
Solo3’s battery life is just impressive; with a cool 40 hours of battery life users don’t have to worry about recharging it midflight.
- The Rate Inc
What experts didn't like
It's expensive, and doesn't sound quite as good as other wireless headphones that cost $300.
- CNET
November 9, 2016 | Full review
Lack of fidelity for the price.
- Tech Radar
July 15, 2019 | Full review
No Lightning connector and the fit is too tight.
- What HiFi
November 13, 2018 | Full review
There is no beating around the bush on this one, but the Beat Solo3 Wireless Headphones are not the cheapest headphones on the market.
- Bar Bend
May 10, 2019 | Full review
This is expensive.
- Trusted Reviews
July 18, 2018 | Full review
One thing I’m still not a fan of is the plastic padding on the top of the headband. I found that it has such a strong grip that it sometimes pulled my hair when I was taking off the headphones.
- Soundguys
September 22, 2016 | Full review
Despite all the upgrades, $300 is still an awful lot to pay for headphones, even if they are as much status symbol as audio device.
- Wired
October 19, 2016 | Full review
Headband can get uncomfortable during longer listening sessions
- Tech Spot
The bad news is that, if you're anything like me, less than an hour into a listening session and your ears will feel sore—like lame muscles the day after a rough workout.
- Reviewed
March 6, 2017 | Full review
Sound quality is good, but more than most headphones you need to be a fan of bass dominant music for the Solo 3 Wireless to suit you. If you’re likely to listen to other genres far more, then we’d recommend looking elsewhere.
- Geartec Online
The controls on the ear cup makes a clicking sound when pressed.
- Good Housekeeping
September 7, 2018 | Full review
The Beats’ lack of subtlety may seem like a downside, especially when you factor in their high price tag.
- The Verge
December 22, 2016 | Full review
This is a bit overpriced. Headband can get uncomfortable during longer listening sessions.
- PC Magazine
January 26, 2017 | Full review
This is pricey and not as comfortable as some options.
- Mashable
March 4, 2019 | Full review
We prefer a much more balanced frequency response.
- iLounge
October 31, 2016 | Full review
The major downside to the Beats Solo3 is its bass, which was very weak when compared to other high end models.
- Tech Gear Lab
January 8, 2018 | Full review
The headphones are amazingly light considering the fact that they are wireless.
- Lead Rating
July 19, 2018 | Full review
The problem with this model is its connection, as it has Bluetooth issues when getting connected to a PC. And if that wasn’t enough, it also struggles to establish a connection via USB.
- Find Reviews
One small problem with the quick charging feature, for me, is the fact that this still uses micro-USB instead of Lightning.
- Tools and Toys
February 14, 2017 | Full review
It’s expensive and assembly does not fold flat.
- Low Tech Times
June 1, 2018 | Full review
So what happens the first time I review some Bluetooth headphones? Dropouts galore. Not all the time, just when I had the player in my pants pocket and I was walking around.
- Gadget Guy
December 9, 2016 | Full review
Overall, comfort is decent for an on-ear headphone, but not as plush as some over-ears.
- Recording Now
February 1, 2017 | Full review
This is a bit expensive.
- iPhone Life
April 25, 2017 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Beats Solo3 Wireless Feel Your Music Custom Comfort All-day Play Apple W1 Chip image 1 image 1 Compare Beats products Solo3 Wireless Solo3 Wireless Studio3 Wireless Studio3 Wireless EP EP Fit On-Ear Over-Ear On-Ear Noise Canceling N/A check mark N/A Colors (PRODUCT)RED, Gloss Black, Gloss White, Gold, Matte Black, Rose Gold, Satin Gold, Satin Silver, Silver, Defiant Black-Red, Mickey’s 90th Anniversary Edition, Club Yellow, Club White, Club Red, Club Navy Blue, Defiant Black-Red, Gray, Matte Black, Red, Shadow Gray, White, Desert Sand, Crystal Blue, Midnight Black, 76ers Blue, Celtics Black, Lakers Purple, Raptors White, Rockets Red, Warriors Royal, Neymar Jr. Black, Blue, Red, White Battery Life Up to 40 hours Up to 22 hours with ANC Up to 40 hours without ANC N/A Fast Fuel Charging check mark check mark N/A Bluetooth® Wireless Connectivity* check mark check mark N/A Apple W1 chip* W1 technology* - *Requires iCloud account and macOS Sierra, iOS 10, watchOS 3 or later versions W1 technology* - *Requires iCloud account and macOS Sierra, iOS 10, watchOS 3 or later versions N/A AndroidTM Compatible check mark check mark check mark Weight 2 pounds 1.9 pounds 1.5 pounds

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An Overview On Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

In recent years, over-ear headphones have made a resurgence as some consumers have traded in their earbuds for better sound. Some over-ear headphones also feature noise-cancellation functionality, which comes in handy while you’re traveling. But as Digital Mom Blog’s Molly Thornberg points out, today’s consumers want the same wireless functionality that they can get with wireless earbuds.

“Wireless over-ear headphones are traditional headphones that go over the ears, but don’t have a wire,” says Thornberg, who regularly writes about technology on her blog. “This popular style of headphones connects to a device via Bluetooth, giving you the freedom to listen without having to worry about a wire.”

But there are a few things to consider when you’re picking out a pair of wireless over-ear headphones. You’ll need to make sure you choose a pair that provides reliable Bluetooth connectivity, not to mention one-touch linkup. Trying to connect devices via Bluetooth can easily get frustrating.

If you’re buying over-ear headphones for noise-isolating functionality, you’ll first want to check to see whether the pair you’re considering includes active noise-canceling. Headphones with that feature automatically create a sound wave that blocks out the level of noise detected around you. Some headphones simply create a seal around your ear and have you play music to block out noise, but active noise cancellation can be especially beneficial if you work in noisy environments or you travel via airplane.

It’s also important to consider sizing when you’re choosing a pair of over-ear headphones. Unlike earbuds that slip into almost any size ear the same, over-ear headphones need to work with the circumference of your head. Many come with adjustable headbands to help create that perfect fit. An ill-fitting pair of over-ear headphones can make it tough to get that seal you need to shield your eardrums from all that crowd noise around you. If you’re buying headphones for younger adults or you have a larger head size, you may want to measure your own head and compare it to the headband size before buying.

DWYM Fun Fact

The first pair of audio-emitting headphones was invented at a kitchen table. Although in-ear headphones were patented in 1891, engineer Nathaniel Baldwin put the first pair of over-ear headphones together in 1910, using his kitchen table as a work surface. The invention didn’t take off immediately, however, but the U.S. Navy eventually ordered 100 pairs, padding his bank account generously. His wealth was only temporary, unfortunately. Baldwin put his money to work in support of the Mormon polygamous movement – a decision that eventually bankrupted him. Headphones made their way to the mass consumer market in the late 1930s, when Bayerdynamic began marketing the first pair of over-ear headphones for home use.

The Wireless Over-Ear Headphone Buying Guide

  • When it comes to noise cancellation, no two pairs of headphones are equal. It’s important to first distinguish between active and passive noise cancellation, with active noise cancellation generating sound waves to keep outside noise from getting to your eardrums. Passive noise cancellation simply uses the build of the earcups themselves to keep noise out. Some may prefer the passive approach in situations where they still might need to hear, such as on an airplane when a pilot could come over the intercom with important announcements..
  • If you’re using your headphones while exercising or working around the house, make sure you choose a pair with controls that you can easily reach. Relying on your smartphone to pause or adjust the volume can be problematic when you’re wireless since your device may be on the other side of the room. But it’s also important to make sure the controls aren’t in a location where you might accidentally press them, especially if you plan to wear them while lying down.
  • As with other wireless products, wireless headphones require a battery for the Bluetooth connection. Some over-ear headphones have batteries that last as long as 30 hours, which will come in handy if you’ll be away from the charger for a while.
  • The best thing about wireless headphones is that they give you the freedom to roam around without your phone on you. That means if you’re cleaning or exercising, you can simply set your phone down nearby and enjoy a hands-free listening experience. But it’s important to check just how close to your device you’ll have to stay while listening. “Find out how far the headphones can play from the connected device,” Thornberg advises. “Wireless range can vary from 10-100 meters.”
  • As with earbuds, wireless over-ear headphones can be used for phone calls. To have that capability, though, you’ll need to make sure your headphones have a built-in microphone.
  • One of the best things about modern over-ear headphones is how comfortable they can be. Many feature earpads made using faux leather, also known as protein leather, and the cups are padded for extra comfort. You may not plan to wear your headphones for hours at a time, but someday when you’re on a long flight or trying to buckle down and study for a big test, you’ll appreciate a pair that doesn’t hurt your ears after a while.
  • No matter what other features your headphones offer, it won’t matter if the sound quality is poor. Research the speakers that are built into your chosen pair. Whether you listen to music, podcasts, movies or audiobooks using your headphones, true-to-life sound is essential, as is a deep bass response.
  • If you’re spending money on something, you’ll want a pair that lasts. The headbands on many headphones are made of plastic, but they’ll also probably have sliders to allow you to adjust the fit. Check the construction of all of this, as well as the stitching on the earcups, to make sure you’re buying a pair that will give you years of reliable use.