Best Wireless Earbuds
Best Wireless Earbuds Review
The best wireless earbuds of 2020 combine compact designs with stellar audio performance and Bluetooth connectivity. They're so good in fact, that many give some of the best wired earbuds a run for their money. There are lots of reasons you might want to grab a pair of wireless earbuds. They’re great for the gym, commuting, or relaxing outside on a sunny day. The best Bluetooth earbuds are designed to stay put in your ears and to bring you good quality sound – and they're usually cheaper than over-ear wireless headphones.
1 JBL TUNE 120TWS – True Wireless in-Ear Headphone

JBL TUNE 120TWS – True Wireless in-Ear Headphone

JBL PURE BASS SOUND: These Bluetooth earbuds feature a 5.8 mm driver powering the JBL Pure Bass sound which provides a powerful wireless punch to all your playlists. TRUE WIRELESS EARBUDS: Discover the freedom of a Bluetooth wireless ...
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2 Sony WF-SP800N Truly Wireless Sports In-Ear Noise Canceling Headphones

Sony WF-SP800N Truly Wireless Sports In-Ear Noise Canceling Headphones

Truly wireless earbuds with soft cushioned arc supporter Get deep in the zone with digital noise cancellation Battery life up to 9 hours/18 total hours with carrying case, or up to 13 hours/26 total hours with noise canceling disabled ...
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3 Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Plus, True Wireless Earbuds (Wireless Charging Case included)

Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Plus, True Wireless Earbuds (Wireless Charging Case included)

Exactly what you want to hear. Galaxy Buds+ are the perfect fitting earbuds to isolate you from distracting noises, so you can stay focused on what you want. And if you’d like to filter in some of the outside world to be more in-tune with your ...
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4 Bose SoundSport Free, True Wireless Earbuds

Bose SoundSport Free, True Wireless Earbuds

TRULY wireless Sport headphones for total freedom of movement, packed full of technology that makes music sound clear and powerful Earbuds are sweat and weather resistant (with an Ipx4 rating) and come with 3 different pairs of Stay hear and ...
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$ 199.00 $ 149.00
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6 Jabra Elite Sport Earbuds – Waterproof Fitness & Running Earbuds

Jabra Elite Sport Earbuds – Waterproof Fitness & Running Earbuds

True wireless earbuds – Jabra Elite Sport earbuds offer superior sound for calls and music and advance wireless connectivity to ensure true performance. Two microphones in each earbud work together to filter our background noise and ensure ...
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7 Wireless Earbuds Active Noise Cancelling, Mpow X3 ANC Bluetooth Earphones

Wireless Earbuds Active Noise Cancelling, Mpow X3 ANC Bluetooth Earphones

Active noise cancelling: Mpow X3 active noise cancelling (ANC) wireless earbuds cancel the environmental low-frequency noises, so you can enjoy music in an immersive way without turning up the volume too high. You can also turn on the earbuds' ...
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8 Method Active Wireless Earbud – Olive

Method Active Wireless Earbud – Olive

Bluetooth wireless technology Up to 10 Hours of Battery + Rapid Charge IPX7 Sweat and Waterproof Secure FitFin ear gels and magnetic earbuds Built-In Tile Tracker
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9 Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds

Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds

The world's most effective noise cancelling earbuds Noise cancelling earbuds — 11 levels of active noise cancelling let you enjoy music, podcasts, & videos without distractions. Transparency Mode lets the outside world in for quick ...
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10 Wireless Earbuds, Mpow M30 in-Ear Bluetooth Headphones

Wireless Earbuds, Mpow M30 in-Ear Bluetooth Headphones

Surpass All Your Expectation: 1.Use either earbud at a time for calls and music. You can switch freely between twin mode and mono mode. 2. Unlike others, M30 is a thoughtful product. If you lose one earbud, just simply purchase the exact one ...
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11 Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 – Bluetooth Earbuds with Active Noise Cancellation

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 – Bluetooth Earbuds with Active Noise Cancellation

Enjoy unrivalled stereo sound created by Sennheiser's unique 7mm dynamic audio drivers Switch off your surroundings and focus on the deep bass the natural mids and the clear treble thanks to Active Noise Cancellation Experience ...
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12 Jaybird Vista True Wireless Bluetooth Sport Waterproof Earbud

Jaybird Vista True Wireless Bluetooth Sport Waterproof Earbud

EARTHPROOF Fully waterproof crushproof dropproof and sweatproof IPX7 construction ensures Vista can withstand any workout running or weather conditions (Meets MIL-SPEC STD810G standards) ALWAYS READY Vista gives you 6 hours of audio on a full ...
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Best Wireless Earbuds

Buyer's Guide, Comparison and Advices
 
This guide will introduce two different wireless earbuds on the market today. True wireless earbuds and neck support Bluetooth headset. The former does not have any cables, while the wireless neck brace retains a cable connecting each earbud-usually worn around the neck.


With so many options, it may be difficult to find the best wireless earbuds for you. That’s why this guide provides the best wireless earbuds for every budget, every situation and every size. First of all-the best true wireless earbuds you can buy today.

Why you should trust us

I have a bachelor’s degree in music performance and audio production from Ithaca College, and I tested more than a thousand pairs of headphones and earplugs while working at Wirecutter.

In addition to reviewing the equipment of audio-visual magazines, I have entered and left top recording studios for more than ten years, first as a broadcast producer and broadcast talent, and then as a professional voice actor. My articles have been reported in “Fast Company”, “Forbes”, “Los Angeles Times” and “Time”, “Good Morning America”, “BBC World Service” and “NBC Night News”.

Then there’s our panel of experts, including Brent Butterworth, a Wirecutter staff writer with decades of experience, and John Higgins, a session musician, sound editor, and occasional Wirecutter writer (and Lauren’s spouse) with a music master’s degree from the University of Southern California.

Wireless earbuds are for people who want to listen wirelessly and who want their money to go toward convenience, sound, comfort, and call quality rather than other features such as heavy sweat resistance or the best noise cancellation. Whether you’re sitting at your desk, in a plane or train, or in the back of an automobile, any of these wireless earbud picks should offer a reliable way to transmit great-sounding music to your ears and a clear-sounding voice to your phone-call recipients. On- or over-ear Bluetooth headphones are also capable of hitting these points, but they can get in the way of glasses and are quite bulky compared with earbuds.

This best in-ear headphones guide covers both traditional Bluetooth earbuds, in which the two earbuds are connected via a cable (usually referred to as a collar or a neckband), and what we call “true wireless” Bluetooth earbuds, which look a little like hearing aids and don’t have a cord connecting them either to your music device or to each other. The microphones are built into the earbuds themselves, as are any track and volume controls, since no cable is available to support a traditional in-line remote. Because these earbuds are small, many don’t have more than a five-hour battery life, although the new Bluetooth chipsets that started being used in late 2019 allow for longer battery life. Most recharge in their carrying case.

True wireless earbuds have become increasingly popular because of how light and unobtrusive they feel. As such, many manufacturers are now focusing their attention on releasing new earbuds in this style, which is why all of our best earbuds are true wireless. However, if you prefer a connected-earbud style, we recommend some traditional Bluetooth earbuds in the Other wireless earbuds we like section.

Many of the headphones in this category are resistant to water or sweat but aren’t designed for high-impact or very wet conditions. For workouts, we suggest looking at our guide to the best workout headphones.

Although we did take active noise cancelling into account as a bonus feature for the models in this guide, if you fly a lot or need earbuds with the very best noise cancelling possible, check out our guide to the best noise-cancelling headphones.

Keep in mind that most manufacturers design their wireless earbuds to work specifically with mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. If you’re planning to use your wireless earbuds with a computer, you may find it difficult, if not impossible, to get a reliable Bluetooth connection, depending on your computer’s operating system. We test wireless earbuds using an Apple laptop and generally have success pairing them. However, occasionally some computers may run into driver issues when it comes to connecting Bluetooth audio devices. Sometimes it is a matter of updating your computer’s driver software or making adjustments in the control panel. But occasionally, no amount of tweaking will make a difference. We recommend testing out your earbuds with your computer within the return-policy window to ensure they’re compatible.

If you want to see what wireless earbud options exist for even less money, you can turn to our guide to the best earbuds under $50; just know that, when it comes to Bluetooth earbuds, you often get what you pay for, especially in audio quality.

To find the best wireless earbuds for daily use, we first took into account every Bluetooth earbud model from more than 100 reputable manufacturers that put their focus on audio quality and mic quality. But that was simply too many to test, even for our dedicated panelists. So we narrowed down the list using some key criteria:

  • Great sound quality and a secure, comfortable fit are of utmost importance for wireless headphones you’ll use throughout the day. We noted which earbuds got the worst reviews from the pros and disregarded any with consistently poor reviews. Our panelists generally prefer the comfort and convenience of true wireless designs over the feel of collar-style wireless earbuds, and that’s reflected in our main picks. But fit is even more crucial with true wireless designs: If a true wireless earbud falls out while you’re on the go, it’s just one wrong bounce away from being gone for good.
  • Voice-call quality is also key for daily-use earbuds, since you’ll likely be taking a lot of calls on them. In this regard, they should ideally match or beat the corded earbuds that came with your phone.
  • Good battery life is another must-have feature in a set of Bluetooth earbuds that you’ll use every day. That means at least seven hours for traditional earbuds and four to five hours for true wireless designs with a charging case—the more, the better.
  • The earbuds should also be splash and sweat resistant. Although these headphones aren’t designed for working out, you never know when you’ll get caught in a heat wave or a downpour on your commute.
  • Finally, we think you should spend less than $250 for a set of true wireless headphones with these features and around $100 for wireless headphones where the two earbuds are connected by a wire or collar (although we allow a price closer to $150 for extra features such as active noise cancelling). That’s enough money to obtain high build quality as well as good sound from a company with a decent track record and reliable customer support.

We also checked out professional reviews of wireless earbuds from outlets such as CNET and PCMag as well as customer and fan reviews on websites like Amazon, Best Buy, and Head-Fi to further fine-tune our list. Over the past five years, we’ve spent 100-plus hours testing more than 200 pairs of wireless earbuds.

Our pick for the best true wireless earbuds: Jabra Elite 75t

1 Jaybird Vista True Wireless Bluetooth Sport Waterproof Earbud

Jaybird Vista True Wireless Bluetooth Sport Waterproof Earbud

EARTHPROOF Fully waterproof crushproof dropproof and sweatproof IPX7 construction ensures Vista can withstand any workout running or weather conditions (Meets MIL-SPEC STD810G standards) ALWAYS READY Vista gives you 6 hours of audio on a full ...
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Best Wireless Earbuds
Buy Headphones FAQ

To make things easier for audiophiles, this guide focuses on sound quality above all else. Over-ear headphones could also be a better option for your ear health than in-ear headphones models, putting a bit more distance between those loud tracks and your eardrums. If safeguarding your hearing is important to you, that’s another reason to look for a pair of over-ears.

The best wireless earbuds to buy now
  1. Jabra Elite Active 75t. The best wireless earbuds overall. …
  2. Apple AirPods Pro. Best wireless earbuds for Apple users. …
  3. Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus. Excellent feature-laden Android buds. …
  4. Beats Powerbeats Pro. …
  5. Google Pixel Buds 2. …
  6. Jabra Elite 75t. …
  7. Sony WF-1000XM3. …
  8. Apple AirPods 2.
  • Sony WF-1000XM3 True Wireless Earbuds. Noise-cancelling true wireless headphones that made our dreams come true. …
  • Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2. Great-sounding and noise-cancelling. …
  • Cambridge Audio Melomania 1. …
  • Lypertek Tevi. …
  • SoundMAGIC TWS50. …
  • Klipsch T5 True Wireless. …
  • Apple AirPods Pro. …
  • Jabra Elite 75t.

Earbuds are things we tend to use every day on the way to work or when exercising, so it’s worth getting a really good pair if you enjoy listening to music or audiobooks. There are some cheap wireless earbuds on the market but, almost without exception, I’d advise you to avoid them

Looks aside, Bose SoundSport Free Wireless has a few wins over AirPods in general. Here are a few things that are better than AirPods in certain situations: In-ear style with natural noise cancellation and more sealed audio delivery. IPX4 rating for water resistance against sweat and rain

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