Skullcandy Hesh 3

7.7 score
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Editor rating: 7.2 / 10
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Skullcandy Hesh 3 Review Facts

If you are looking for a middle of the range and affordable pair of over the ear headphones that give you the option to connect wirelessly or wear them wired then you have come to the right place. The Skullcandy Hesh 3 headphones offer middle of the range sound quality which most customers do not notice. The sound can be a little bass heavy at times which can distort the sound a little but it is not overly bad.

There are mixed reviews when it comes to the comfort level of these headphones, if you have a larger head or wear glasses then these may be slightly uncomfortable, but if not, customers love the cushioned earcups and the improved comfort level from the previous iterations of the same headphone.

These are very affordable and have an amazing battery life that customers appreciate. If you are in the market for a budget-friendly pair of over the ear Bluetooth headphones, whether you are at the gym, in the office, or on a bus, then customers have recommended that you give these a try.

Editor's Pros & Cons
  • Great battery life
  • Fast charging
  • Can be used wirelessly or wired
  • Decent sound quality
  • Affordable
  • Noise reducing earpads 
  • Sleek design
  • Not the most durable
  • Does not come with accessories
  • No remote on the audio cable
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  • These can easily be used wirelessly or with the included cable.
  • These have a good battery life with an easy and quick charge.
  • Without music these will muffle outside sound. With music playing, outside sounds won't interfere.
  • The controls are simple to use and conveniently located.
  • The design is comfortable with padding to minimize any pressure.
  • The over-ear design allows airflow to prevent ears from getting too hot.
  • The price is on point for most buyers. These are priced well below similar models on the market.
  • These are quick to set up and pair via bluetooth.
  • This version is slimmer than the Hesh 2.
  • The sleek and foldable design make these easily portable.
  • Most buyers are satisfied with the sound quality saying these can handle a variety of genres with good balance.
  • These live up to most buyers' expectations of Skullcandy headphones.
  • The bluetooth range is good.
  • These have worked well for buyers who have used them for gaming, watching TV, and listening to podcasts.
  • The built-in mic doesn't echo when used for gaming.
  • There is minimal branding.
  • The most common complaints are about the durability. There are many claims of pieces breaking off with minimal use.
  • There is a lot of plastic used in this design which contributes to the questionable durability.
  • The design is simple which some people like, but others feel is too plain.
  • These do not come with a protective carrying case.
  • Compared to other Hesh models, these do not feel as sturdy.
  • There are a few reports of charging problems straight out of the box.
  • The volume range is limited.
  • If you are an audiophile, the sound quality may be disappointing.
  • There are mixed reviews on the comfort. A few buyers claim the ear cups are too small to be comfortable.
  • The hinges on the ear cups may creak when pressure is applied.
  • There are a few reports of sound quality deteriorating within a year.
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Of the 638 reviews we found in total, 19% were negative, and 81% were positive.


The Skullcandy Hesh 3 are a great pair of over the ear headphones, and because they are wireless they can be used for a plethora of activities. Some customers have commented that they enjoy wearing these while at work to listen to their favorite tunes or the news without disturbing their coworkers.

Other users will wear these while they are commuting on public transportation or while walking down the street. There are others still who will use these headphones while out for a run or working out in the gym.

If you are going to wear these to the gym, however, keep in mind that they are an over the ear headphone so you are going to want to make sure they are snug fitting so they will not fall off in the middle of your workout.
Basic Features

Basic Features

The Skullcandy Hesh 3 wireless headphones are made to be plain and simple. There are not a whole lot of features that this pair can boast about.

They connect to your phone or other devices via Bluetooth. They have a fairly good battery life which customers love. Customers like that there is a voice that prompts you to charge the battery of the headphones when it gets low and needs to be plugged in. The battery also has a quick charge, letting you charge them for a few short minutes to give you some additional listening time.
Advanced Features

Advanced Features

As previously mentioned, there are not a whole lot of features when it comes to these headphones but one of the better features that customers enjoy is the fact that they can use them either wirelessly or wired.

If their battery is dead or you just want to preserve the battery you can always wear them corded. Not a lot of wireless headphones on the market give you the ability to do both. You will not have to worry about not being able to use the Skullcandy Hesh 3 headphones if the battery dies on you and you are away from a power source.
Sound Quality

Sound Quality

When it comes to the sound quality of the Skullcandy Hesh 3 wireless headphones customers have stated that it could use some work. They do not have the worst sound, but they can definitely do better.

These headphones are perfect for customers who are not too picky about the sound, as it is very much average. There is nothing overly bad about the quality but the bass hits hard and the highs seem to be fairly laid back.

It is not enough to distort your music too much but if you are picky about your sound then you may want to consider another option.


The Skullcandy Hesh 3 headphones connect to your device through Bluetooth if you are using them wirelessly. You can choose to wear them wired, however, and if you do that then there is an aux cord that you can use to connect your headphones to your devices headphone jack.

The Bluetooth connection seems to be fairly stable. Customers have commented that it is easy and effortless to get them to connect and once they are connected they stay that way, they do not have to worry about it disconnecting for one reason or another.

One thing customers have mentioned they wished these offered is the ability to connect to more than one device at a time, as these will only connect to one.


There are mixed reviews when it comes to the comfort of the Skullcandy Hesh 3 Bluetooth headphones. The padding in the earcups is enjoyable by customers and they have commented that Skullcandy updated the size of the ear hole so it will fit around your ear better letting them sit more comfortably when you are wearing them.

Reviewers mentioned that the padding of the earpads is soft and tends to mold to your ears rather quickly so there is no need to take the time to try to break them in.

On the contrary, some customers have noted that the headband seems to feel a bit small and does not fit their head very well, making it feel uncomfortable. The comfort level seems to be directly related to the size of your head because if the headband does not fit well then they are going to be rather uncomfortable.

Other reviewers have also mentioned that if you wear glasses the headphones can feel a bit uncomfortable, as the ear pads sit snuggly on your ears pressing the arm of your glasses into the side of your head.


The Skullcandy Hesh 3 are a pair of wireless over the ear headphones with a minimal design and look to them. When you purchase these headphones you can choose from black, blue, gray, or red with all the colors coming in a matte finish.

The Skullcandy logo is printed on the headphones but it is not very noticeable, other than that they have a solid and plain color. The right earcup of the headphones has the three buttons that control the volume, playback, calls, etc.

Customers enjoy the simplistic design of the Hesh 3, as they are not flashy or overwhelming to look at. They are just a plain and simple pair of headphones that customers enjoy.


The Skullcandy Hesh 3 wireless over the ear headphones have some issues when it comes to durability. Unfortunately, customers have mentioned that they have experienced some premature wear and tear from them. Some customers have mentioned that they are simply not made out of the best materials and they have snapped and broken easily.

Some customers have mentioned that after only a few months of use they would stop holding a charge so they could no longer wear them wirelessly. Yes, you could still wear them plugged in and they work great, but you lose that added benefit of being able to walk around untethered which customers do not appreciate.
Ease of Use

Ease of Use

The Skullcandy Hesh 3 over the ear headphones are relatively easy to use. You do not have to have a lot of technical knowledge to be able to connect and operate these headphones. When you press and hold the power button you will get a voice prompt that it is looking for pairing.

You simply turn on the Bluetooth of the device you are trying to connect to and select the headphones you are trying to connect. Once the link is established you are good to start listening to your music, news, or whatever it is that you want to listen to.

There are only three buttons that you will have to worry about using. They are located on the right earcup for easy access when you are wearing them. The top and bottom buttons control the volume, no need to worry about accessing your device to turn the volume up or down.

The button in the middle has multiple functions. It is the power button and the one you will need to pair your headphones to your device. The button, if you double tap it, will activate your voice assistants (if your device has one available) such as Google Assistant or Siri.

If you do not want to connect your phone to your device via Bluetooth there is a 3.5 mm jack on the right earcup as well. It is as simple as plugging an AUX cord into the jack on the headphones and the other end into the headphone jack on your device.

Charging these are simple as well. You simply plug them in via a micro USB cord.
Power Source

Power Source

The Skullcandy Hesh 3 over the ear Bluetooth headphones are powered by a rechargeable battery. The battery life is rather impressive. These headphones have a battery life of up to 22 hours but keep in mind that a lot of factors come into play when it comes to how long the battery will actually last you.

If you are listening to your music very loudly then the battery will not last as long as it would if you were listening to it at lower volumes. Another great feature that the Skullcandy Hesh 3 offers is a quick charge option. If your battery is low but you do not have a lot of time to get a full charge, you can simply plug these in for about ten minutes to get an additional four hours of use out of them.

Customers praise the rapid charge feature of these headphones, it really does come in handy when you are pressed for time. If you simply do not have any time to charge them, you do have an option to wear them wired, using an AUX cable that plugs one end into the headphones and the other end into the headphone jack of your device, no battery power is needed to allow you to listen when you are wired.

The Skullcandy Hesh 3 headphones charge via a micro USB charger that comes in the package when you purchase them. They are easy to replace if you happen to lose or damage your cord, or if you simply want to have a backup charger.

Customers have commented that they would have liked to have seen these take a USB-C charging cord, as a lot of the newer phones today are using this type of cord, so they do not have to worry about keeping track of both their phone cords and their headphone cords.

That being said, it is not too much of an inconvenience and it has not deterred customers away from this product.


The Skullcandy Hesh 3 over the ear wireless headphones run about the middle of the spectrum when it comes to other similar products. The MSRP (manufacturer's suggested retail price) of the Hesh 3 rings up at $129.99 which is not super expensive comparatively.

That being said, much like just about anything else on the market these days, you can find them on sale somewhere for much cheaper. These headphones may not be the cheapest on the market but they are definitely a lot better quality than many other, lower priced ones out there.

Customers have commented that they got their money's worth out of the Skullcandy Hesh 3 and that they would happily pay that price again for them.
Key Features

Key Features

-Amazing 22-hour battery life that customers love
-Rapid charge feature that will give you an extra 4 hours of playback for only 10 minutes of charging
-Great wireless range
-Lightweight and compact
-Super easy to use with voice prompt to walk you through the connection process
-Can be worn wirelessly through a Bluetooth connection or wired
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

If you are looking for something affordable and easy to use that will last you all day then you should consider purchasing the Skullcandy Hesh 3 over the ear headphones. They have fairly decent sound quality, not the best on the market, but they are relatively comfortable and have a great price point.

These are great for people who are just looking for something to wear around the house while listening to music, those who are riding public transportation and want to tune out the world, or those who are out for a run and want to get lost in the music.

These really are made for just about anyone for any reason. Customers seem to like and recommend these headphones.