We've currently tested over 20 pairs of headphones from Anker. This brand is notable for its chargers, power banks, and cables, and they also produce audio products like headphones and speakers under the 'Soundcore' label. While they only offer truly wireless and over-ear headphones, their products are available at several price points and are usually packed with extra perks like active noise cancelling (ANC) and sound customization features in their companion app.
The best Soundcore earbuds we've tested are the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless. These sleek in-ears have a good build quality that's certified IPX5 for resistance against direct water contact. Their fit is comfortable and stable, making them a solid choice for tough workouts at the gym. Thanks to their adjustable ANC system, they can block out the low rumble of bus and plane engines as well as ambient chatter. Out of the box, they also have a bass-heavy sound profile that adds a bit of extra thump and rumble to mixes, making them a solid choice for genres like EDM and hip-hop. You can fine-tune their sound using their companion app's graphic EQ and presets. While they don't support LDAC codec for Hi-Res audio, it's worth checking out the Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro Truly Wireless instead, as they support this codec.
Unfortunately, they don't have track skipping or volume controls by default, so you need to remap these controls via their companion app if you want them. Their under six hours of continuous battery life may not be enough to get you through long days on the go. Luckily, their carrying case holds an additional four charges, which is handy in a pinch.
The Anker earbuds in the mid-range we've tested are the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless. While they lack extra features like noise cancelling and a companion app, they stand out from the crowd due to their high total battery life. They have over seven hours of continuous battery life, and their carrying case holds roughly 12.5 extra charges. As a result, they have just under 100 hours of total battery life, which is outstanding. These in-ears have a stable fit and a good build quality, rated IPX5 for resistance against direct water contact, so they aren't a bad choice for workouts.
Their bass-heavy sound profile adds thump, rumble, and punch to audio, which fans of EDM and hip-hop can enjoy. However, the earbuds don't come with sound customization features. Their controls also aren't very intuitive, and using them can push the buds deeper into your ear, which can be a bit uncomfortable. Since they lack ANC, they don't isolate you from ambient sound as well as the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless, but they can block out higher-pitched noise like conversations or a humming A/C unit, which is nice when you're working at home or in the office.
If you're shopping for cheaper earbuds, the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless are the best budget-friendly pair we've tested. These earbuds don't have the extra-long total battery life of the Life Dot 2 since their case stores three charges instead of around 12. The case is more compact, and the earbuds are similarly well-built, stable, and comfortable. Out of the box, they have a bass-heavy sound profile that brings intense thump, punch, and boom to your audio. It's especially well-suited for genres like EDM and hip-hop, and if you prefer a different sound, they work with an app with a graphic EQ and presets, which is nice at this price point.
They don't have ANC but passively block out a good amount of noise, especially office-type noise like background chit-chat. Like most headphones without ANC, they don't reduce sounds like rumbling engines very effectively. They last for about 6.5 hours off of a single charge and lack a standby mode to save power, so you may need to pop them in the case to recharge partway through your workday. You can use one earbud while the other charges, though.
The best over-ear headphones from Anker we've tested are the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless. These comfortable headphones are the previous generation of the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Wireless. While they don't support LDAC codec for high-quality audio, they offer a better overall noise cancelling performance. When set to 'Transport' mode, they can block out annoying bus and train rumbles in addition to office chatter. Their excited sound profile also delivers extra thump and boom to mixes, while vocals and lead instruments are bright and sparkly. You can tweak their sound to suit your preferences via the companion app's graphic EQ and presets. They also have good build quality and support multi-device pairing. Their over 44 hours of continuous playback time is outstanding, and they have an auto-off timer to help conserve battery life when you're not using them.
Unfortunately, the headphones leak audio at high volumes, so if you're listening to your favorite tunes in a moderately noisy environment, others can hear it. Their integrated mic also struggles to separate your voice from background noise, and speech can be drowned out if you're taking a call from a busy street. Some models can't use the ANC system when wired. However, we don't know if this issue is related to a specific batch. Overall, these over-ears offer versatile performance and are packed full of features.
Anker's Soundcore division produces truly wireless earbuds and over-ear headphones designed for casual use. They stand out from the pack as many of their products are available at several different price points and are packed full of features like ANC and companion app support. A couple of their in-ears also support LDAC codec for Hi-Res audio, which is uncommon. Unfortunately, their lineup is quite large, and it can be hard to tell the difference between similarly designed products.
Nov 14, 2022: Added the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless as the 'Best Budget Anker Earbuds'.
Anker produces a variety of budget-friendly to mid-end headphones under their 'Soundcore' brand. Although their lineup is quite expansive, and some models deliver similar performances, their products usually have extra features like adjustable ANC systems and companion app functionality, which allows you to customize them to your liking.