Top 10 Red Dot Design Award Winning Wireless Headphones in 2016 + What You Really Want for Headphones

Technology has just made a huge shift towards wireless headphones. With major changes from the iPhone 7 to user desires for cordless earbuds, the world of tech-savvy listeners is turning towards innovation.

Things are changing vastly from the stereotypical white, plugged-in earbuds and with that change comes a new list of needed features. While you may be used to the annoyances of corded earphones, your next headphones need not be the same way. Below you’ll find the features that you should expect in your next pair of earbuds.

The Sound Experience You Crave

The earbuds you get for free aren’t going to cut it anymore. Sound technology has advanced to a point where high quality sound is attainable and the new normal. When you’re looking for headphones with great audio quality, make sure that you narrow the list down to choices that specifically feature quality audio enhancements. From noise reduction to high quality audio and wireless Bluetooth technology, you’ll thank yourself later for making the decision to go with superior sound quality.

Wireless Wearable Design

Being able to wear your headphones is almost as important to your experience as the sound quality. You’ve probably experienced the following problems many times in your life: earbuds falling out constantly on a run, standing up and jerking the cord out of your phone, or having headphones that always seem to get lost. The solution to all these issues are headphones that you can wear. Instantly accessible and safe from the plugged in problem, wearable headphones are a necessity for user’s on-the-go.

Fits in With Your Style

Headphones aren’t meant to be boring. Headphones should reflect who you are and what you enjoy. They should also provide on-the-go convenience. If you’re constantly using your earbuds, isn’t it time that they fit in with your personal style? Having earphones that are in sync with your personality is a huge bonus.

Everyday Choice

Most of all, your headphones should be something that you want to wear and enjoy everyday. As you’re looking for your next earbud choice, keep in mind the idea that this is something you’ll want to enjoy over and over again. Your earphones should fit in with your lifestyle and what you often use them for.

Top 10 Red Dot Design Award Winning Headphones

To help make your choice for your next headphones, we’re sharing the top 10 Red Dot Design Award winning headphones. These headphones were chosen among thousands as the best designed headphones there are. The Red Dot judges look for quality as well as design aesthetics and award products that truly stand out.

1. Helix Cuff Headphones

Image Credit: Ashley Chloe Inc.

Image Credit: Ashley Chloe Inc.

The highly-selective jury of the Red Dot Product Design award found the Helix Cuff worthy of being honored because of its unprecedented combination of fashion and technology. The wearable wireless headphones feature not only a strong minimalist design that fits in with a user’s everyday style, but also advanced technology for superior sound. These wireless smart earphones are equipped with state of the art cVc noise reduction and aptX sound enhancements for high level sound like you’ve never had before. The Helix Cuff also features a mirror finish surface that’s said to be used on the iPhone 7.

2. UA Headphones Wireless

Image Credit: JBL

Image Credit: JBL

Under Armour makes the Red Dot Award winning list with their UA Headphones. The earbuds feature an ergonomic, reliable fit to ensure they stay securely in place. The materials are sweatproof and optimized for athletic use.

3. JBL Reflect Mini BT

Image Credit: Business Wire

Image Credit: Business Wire

The Reflect Mini BT headphones are special not only for their Red Dot award, but also for their affiliation with the NBA. The set pictured above is the Stephen Curry edition. The Red Dot panel admired the designers focus on the active user. With the Reflect Mini’s lightweight, sweat-proof design, active use is enjoyable.

4. Trekz Titanium

Image Credit: AfterShokz

Image Credit: AfterShokz

AfterShokz’s Trek Titanium headphones were made for athletes. Instead of going in the ear, these earphones conduct sound through the skull. The award winning headphones use audio waves that are conducted through the user’s bones, so listeners can enjoy music and hear ambient noise around them.

5. h.ear™ on

Image Credit: Sony

Image Credit: Sony

Sony’s h.ear™ on headphones were made for individuality and sound. They were noted by Red Dot for their attractive color range and gender neutral style. Sony designed with a minimalist aesthetic so as to appeal to a wide audience. For the color-inclined, ready for a bold everyday choice, Sony is ready to please.

6. JBL Everest Elite 300

Image Credit: JBL

Image Credit: JBL

The JBL Everest Elite 300 Headphones have a focus on comfort, which made them a Red Dot Award pick. With ergonomically shaped earpads that surround the outer ear to avoid pressure on the inner ear, the Everest Elite 300 is made for long listening. The noise cancelling feature can be customized to your liking and the headphones remember your listening preferences.

7. fiil headphones

Image Credit: DesignAffairs

Image Credit: DesignAffairs

Designaffairs created fiil headphones to allow the wearer to focus on music exclusively. The Red Dot Award jury noticed and reported, “With their iconic design, these headphones convey a return to essentials. They do without any unnecessary elements and are thus a perfect companion for sound purists.” High quality materials like anodized aluminum contribute to sound optimization.

8. BT 460 Earphones

Image Credit: Phiaton

Image Credit: Phiaton

“Thanks to modern technical features and a design geared to comfort, listening to music with the BT 460 is an enjoyable experience.” The Red Dot Design jury decided. Using brushed metal, synthetic leather, and a generous amount of padding, Phiaton made the BT 460 for comfort. An interesting function of the BT 460 is that the headphones will begin play the moment they are put on.

9. Everest Elite 100

Image Credit: Ubergizmo

Image Credit: Ubergizmo

Noise-cancellation is the number one focus of the Everest Elite 100. The device was constructed to cancel unwanted outside noise and control desired volume for a user’s unique requirements. These headphones also stand out for their comfortable neckband and overall ergonomic design.

10. Sportpods Vision

Image Credit: Boompods

Image Credit: Boompods

The one-of-a-kind aspect of the Sportspod Vision headphones are the band’s luminous light that makes exercising outside in the dark safer. Users have three different light modes to choose from to ensure that they’re seen by others on the road. The headphones are sweat resistant and secure for movements.

With the need for technologically-powerful headphones rising, it will be important to find the right kind. Your headphones determine the experience you will have with your music, phone calls, podcasts, streaming, and more. Organizations like the Red Dot Award will help listeners make educated decisions on what cordless headphones to choose.

What do you want most in your wireless headphones? Share with us what you’re looking for in the comments below.

To get updates on the latest headphones and Ashley Chloe’s wearable wireless earphones, subscribe to the newsletter below. For real-time updates in tech, music, fashion and more follow Ashley Chloe on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and LinkedIn