Yes, we place our highest priority on audio performance when evaluating a new pair of headphones. Design isn’t an afterthought, however—if the headphones sound amazing, but are uncomfortable and/or have poorly executed controls, they’re not going to score a top rating. And just as we care about fit and functionality, we’re also suckers for a beautiful design.
So whether it’s a modern, sporty option, or a pair that looks like the inside of a sports car, we’ve picked our favorite-looking headphones in each category, from noise-cancelling to budget-priced. Our only criteria beyond looks is they must sound good as well. They may not be the absolute best-sounding options in their respective categories (though some are), but they’ll make you happy if you like the look. And yes, they look fantastic.
If you want to share your tunes with others, meanwhile, check out the most stylish speakers we’ve seen.