Wood grain headphones and earbuds deliver a natural, organic style. Our guide separates the saplings from the redwoods.
When it comes to wood grain earbuds and headphones, there are a lot of bad apples in the bunch. Wooden headphones aren’t cheap to manufacture, and we’ve seen plenty of brands in the last year produce fake wood, plasticky textures, and poor sound quality. That can ruin an otherwise beautiful wood aesthetic. Fear not! We’ve hand-selected the best in genuine wooden headphones and evaluated each product.
1. WRAITH 2.0: UPDATED DESIGN + BIG WOODEN HEADPHONES SOUND
The walnut-covered Symphonized Wraith 2.0 wood grain headphones deliver a classic sound in a classic package. Bass is deep and rich, while higher tones are, for the most part, on point. You also get no wires with your wood, meaning you can enjoy music, podcasts, and video content through any Bluetooth-enabled device.
Symphonized Wraith 2.0 Wood Grain Headphones Review: 4.7/5.0
- Great sound for the money with all ranges well-represented, with over 1,100 4.5 star reviews on Alpha XR, it’s hard to believe anything but.
- Walnut wood looks great, and will gain character with time and use. Other wood headphone color options available.
- An outstanding tangle free cord is detachable as with higher end studio monitor headphones.
- Mildly uncomfortable after 4 hours of continuous use. While that length of use time is not common, we haven’t yet tested a pair of over ear headphone aside from the Bose QuietComfort 35 that we totally loved for longer than 4 hours.
2. BEAUTIFUL BLUETOOTH WOODEN HEADPHONES WITH NO WIRES
Rich details and premium wood headphones feel from Meze with free shipping on Alpha XR, Prime eligible
Sometimes cords are bad. With a bevy of the best wireless earbuds to choose from, you may be looking for a more premium wireless style. Meze delivers with these over ear wooden headphones that produce a loud, deep bass and high ranges in line with other, more expensive Bluetooth competitors.
Meze Classic Wood Grain Headphones Review: 4.5/5.0
- The only well-styled wireless over ears in our list of best wood grain headphones and earbuds. Details are rich with real walnut wood, hand stitching, soft memory foam style covers, and all the essential accessories.
- Memory features enable you to do a range of customizations that can change the range of the Meze’s by application.
- Stunning color options that maintain the integrity of the wood grain look.
- These babies may be the most beautiful wooden headphones in our roundup, but they’re also the most expensive!
- Bluetooth wireless means you’ll need to give them a charge once in a while. Not ideal for long studio or gaming sessions.
- With wood grain headphones that look this nice, you’ll probably want to buy a headphone stand. If you want to go all out, we recommend matching your wood grain to the Casanuva walnut headphones stand.
- Not the best headphones if you have small ears, as the fit is a bit bulky.
3. MEZE MAKES OUR LIST TWICE: HIGH QUALITY WITH HIGH STYLE EARBUDS
Recently an International Design Excellence Awards Finalist in the headphone category, these high-quality wood earbuds deliver measured frequency response, inline microphone/remote for iOS devices, and multiple color/sound configurations for personal flare.
Meze Iridium Wood Grain Earbuds Review: 4.5/5.0
- The best looking wood grain earbuds behind the Meze over ear with a rich, almost red hue to the wood earbuds, combined with over 2,100 overwhelmingly positive 4.5 star reviews on Alpha XR gives us confidence these deserve a spot on our list.
- Sound is substantial at all ranges, including deep bass. These are earbuds, so be aware the sound will not be as rich as some of our other over ear style wooden headphones in this list
- The tangle-free nylon headphone cord is a welcome addition to the wood earbuds look. This extra attention to detail is one of the reasons why the Iridiums made our list.
- Similar to other earbuds we have reviewed, Symphonized uses the ear canal-blocking earbud format to hint at noise reduction technology. While it’s technically not a lie, it’s a bit disingenuous.
- Several color options beyond the stark white cord and remote, but prices and Prime availability vary depending on your choice. It feels like Symphonized may be charging a premium here for some colors and configurations.
4. SAY ELO TO ONYX: WOOD EARBUDS WITH NO TANGLES AND NO COMPROMISES
Onyx brings their A game with the ELO wood grain earbuds that look turned from a single piece of timber. This unique, single-piece design is at the top of our wood earbuds list when it comes to looks. Accented by a silver metal strip and rounded out with a woven, tangle-free headphone cord the ELOs exude sophistication. Multiple, truly fun neon color options and sound that is above what we would expect in the sub-$25 price category make the ELOs a compelling buy.
Onyx ELO Wood Grain Earbuds Review: 4.3/5.0
- Woven, tangle-free headphones won’t turn into a plate of spaghetti in your bag.
- Beautiful dark wood earbuds housing looks to be carved from a single piece of wood.
- Super lightweight; we barely felt them in when going about the day.
- Bright, fun color options add to the unique look of Onyx ELO. The colors are high quality and parts are changed all the way up to the earbud, meaning the remote control color matches the cord in each version. Check out the orange version for our favorite!
- Overall high ranges were not great here, but for under $30 the Onyx ELO’s sound quality is totally acceptable.
- Onyx attempts the old “noise isolation” trick with the product description. It’s easy to mistake this for acoustic noise cancellation like the sublime and worth every penny $250 Bose QuietComfort 20. In truth, the ELOs simply plug your ear hole, making it harder for other sounds to get in.
5. KINDEN GETS SUPER RETRO WITH THE BEST WOOD GRAIN SOUND AROUND
We expect KINDEN to bring premium sound to the table along with these premium wood grain headphones, and that’s exactly what they deliver with the nearly $100 over ear wood grain Professional headphones. The Pros represent an obsessive focus on sound quality, so much so that the cord includes no remote or attachments that would interfere or interrupt sound signal. It’s an interesting design move, but one that ensures audiophiles will enjoy perfect sound with a retro design. Try pairing them with a vintage Bluetooth speaker for the ultimate setup.
KINDEN Professional Over Ear Wood Grain Headphones Review: 4.5/5.0
- Nearly perfect sound. KINDEN makes no compromises here on audio quality. While that’s reflected in the price, you’ll be getting squeezing value out of every dollar.
- Fully-detachable, high quality TPE cable to match the Professional product name and a bevy of pro accessories (see below).
- The waxed, polished wood headphone caps are gorgeous. The KINDENs look like they come from a bygone era when things were made with quality and beauty in mind.
- Surprisingly lightweight and comfortable to wear even during extended sessions.
- We get the intentional move to sacrifice a remote control for audio quality, but in today’s age that can be a tough sell. These are studio headphones for people concerned with listing to the best in quality without interruption, but you won’t want to take these on your commute or to the gym.
- Hovering around $100, the KINDEN Professionals are at the top of the price range. Audiophile customers will appreciate the Pros more than most.
HONORABLE MENTION: MAILIYA WOOD GRAIN ARE WIRELESS, SPORTY, AND SAFE FOR WORKOUTS
The wood grain variants of the popular Mailiya Sport line of Bluetooth headphones aren’t made of real wood. Plastic on a genuine wood list? Blasphemy! Hear us out, because the Mailiyas are perfect for an active lifestyle with a durability that real wood grain headphones can’t match. If your tendency is to go totally wireless, check out our roundup of the best Bluetooth earbuds for battery life too.
Mailiya Bluetooth Sport Wood Grain Headphones Review: 4.0/5
- Lightweight, active lifestyle design affixes to your ears and won’t let go. We took the Mailiyas through a rigorous routine with no issues, and moisture or sweat won’t ruin the wood grain.
- They look great. Really. The wood grain is clearly not real, however the sharp lines and futuristic design create a wonderfully balanced and unique juxtaposition.
- 6-7 hours of real world use is plenty for a workout or run, but may be a tad short when compared to other Bluetooth headphone solutions. We prefer 8 hours of real world use for Bluetooth headphones meant to be used throughout the day.
- At under $30, the Mailiya Sport isn’t the cheapest option, but far from the most expensive. We found the price to be totally reasonable for the technology and sound quality packed into these Bluetooth headphones.
- No remote means controls are on the actual ear piece. This is not ideal and not a natural interface. Despite the annoying button positioning, we got used to hitting volume up and down after a few hours.
- Voice prompts are somewhat annoying and difficult to understand. Setting the Mailiya Sports up with the included written instructions is recommended.
That’s a wrap on our list of the best genuine wood grain headphones. While you’re at it, you should also check out our list of Apple AirPod alternatives for under $50 and our monster list of tangle-free headphones and earbuds.
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