Truly wireless earbuds are fairly new in the headphones market. While there were several models made by lesser-known brands for a couple of years, they didn't become immensely popular until Apple released the first AirPods in late 2016. Since then, almost every company has thrown their hat in the ring. What used to be a relatively expensive product that lacked in features is now available at almost every price point, with a performance that can match regular Bluetooth in-ears. While truly wireless headphones can't quite match the battery life of larger Bluetooth headphones, most popular options come with a charging case to extend their overall battery life while away from a charger.
We've tested over 190 pairs of wireless earbuds and in-ear headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best true wireless earbuds. They tend to cost more than ordinary earbuds, so check out our recommendations for the best cheap earbuds if you're looking for something more budget-friendly. You can also take a look at the best in-ears and earbuds, the best earbuds for iPhone, and the best wireless earbuds for more options.
The best true wireless earbuds we've tested are the Samsung Galaxy Buds+. These sleek, premium-looking in-ears have a decently versatile overall performance that ranks them among the best headphones we've tested. They're comfortable, and they even come with several different sizes of stability fins and tips to help you get the best possible in-ear fit.
Overall, they have a very neutral, well-balanced default sound profile that's well-suited to listening to a variety of music genres and audio content. You can even customize their sound to your liking using the EQ presets available in the Galaxy Wearable app. Their over 13-hour continuous battery life is impressive, especially for a pair of truly wireless headphones, and there's even a portable charging case to get you through long days on the go.
Unfortunately, the touch-sensitive controls are a bit difficult to use while wearing gloves, so they may not be the best choice for listeners living in colder climates. They struggle to block out bass-heavy sounds like bus and plane engines. That said, they offer a well-rounded performance that can please many different listeners.
The best truly wireless earbuds for iPhone that we’ve tested are the Apple AirPods Pro. Unlike the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019 that have an earbud design, these are in-ears that go deeper into the ear canal. While some people may not find this as comfortable, it creates a tighter seal, which gives them a much better bass response and a more stable fit. Some people may also find the silicone tips less fatiguing on the ear over extended periods when compared to the hard plastic of the second generation.
They have a well-balanced sound profile that's well-suited to a very wide range of genres and content. They have an excellent active noise cancelling (ANC) feature that does a great job at blocking out the low engine rumble of bus or planes as well as background chatter in an office. Like other headphones made by Apple, they utilize the H1 chip to allow seamless pairing with all your Apple devices, making it easy to switch from your iPhone to your MacBook without having to fuss around with the settings.
Unfortunately, their battery life isn't as high as some other options on this list; they last 5.3 hours, so you'll have to take a break to recharge them to get you through a full workday. Luckily, their case holds an additional five charges, which is great, and Apple claims you can get between three to four hours of playback from a 30-minute charge, though we haven't tested this. Overall, while these are one of the more expensive options on this list, their excellent ANC and seamless pairing to Apple devices make them the best true wireless earbuds for iPhone.
The best truly wireless earbuds for running that we've tested are the Jaybird Vista. These lightweight, breathable in-ears are very comfortable, and they won't make you sweat more than usual. Also, thanks to their stable fit, you shouldn't have to worry about them moving around or falling out of your ear during your run.
Overall, these in-ears have a decently neutral and well-balanced sound profile that suits a variety of music genres. If you like to customize the sound to match your preferences, there's a parametric EQ and presets available through the companion app. Also, these headphones don't leak a lot of noise, so you can listen to your favorite music without disturbing the people working out around you.
Unfortunately, their 5.5-hour battery life is unremarkable, and they have a mediocre noise isolation performance. However, if you like to run outdoors, you may prefer a pair of earbuds that let you stay aware of the noises happening around you. Still, if you like to listen to your favorite music during your runs, these earbuds are a solid choice.
The best true wireless earbuds under $100 that we've tested are the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2. These in-ears provide excellent value overall and are surprisingly feature-packed, considering their low price point. They look and feel much more premium than their price would suggest, with a nice matte finish, and their case can be charged wirelessly via any Qi-enabled wireless charger.
Their out-of-the-box sound profile is fairly well-balanced but with a bit of extra kick and thump that shouldn't be too overpowering or boomy. If you want to change the way they sound, their companion app gives you access to a graphic EQ and 20 different presets, which is excellent. Despite not having ANC, they still do a very good job at passively blocking out background noise, though they'll do a better job at blocking out chatty coworkers than they will with bus or plane engines.
Unfortunately, their touch-sensitive controls aren't the easiest to use and don't offer as much functionality as most other options. On the bright side, you can customize all the controls within their companion app, so you customize the headphones to perform the way you want them to. Overall, these are among the best wireless in-ears we've tested and provide excellent value for the price.
The best truly wireless earbuds that we've tested at a budget-friendly price point are the FIIL T1X. These truly wireless in-ears are a compelling value proposition, with a near seven-hour continuous battery life, a companion app with 15 different EQ presets, and high-grade plastic construction that's rated IP65 for dust and water resistance, though we don't currently test for this.
They have a bass-heavy, but not overwhelming default sound profile, so they should add extra thump and rumble to your favorite EDM and hip hop tracks without being completely ill-suited for other types of content. They have a comfortable, stable fit, so you should be able to wear them on the go without worrying about having them fall out of your ears. They do a decent job of isolating against ambient noise and leak very little audio, so you can listen to your music at relatively high volumes without disrupting people nearby.
Unfortunately, their touch-sensitive control scheme can take some time to get used to, though they do provide audio feedback to let you know when you've made certain inputs. Their integrated microphone also makes your voice sound unnatural and distorted. Otherwise, thanks to their budget-friendly price point and relatively rich feature-set, they're also among the best headphones under $50 that we've tested.
If you're on a tighter budget, consider the ENACFIRE E60. Unlike the FIIL T1X True Wireless, these truly wireless in-ears don't have a companion app with different EQ presets, but they're slightly cheaper and deliver similar battery life, only with a case that supplies roughly five additional charges to the FIIL's three. They also leak less audio and block out more ambient noise. That said, their lack of stability fins results in a less stable fit, and they take approximately twice as long to recharge. Their integrated microphone also delivers inferior recording quality and does a worse job of isolating speech from background chatter.
Get the FIIL if you want a few more features and a more stable fit, but consider the ENACFIRE if you want to save some money without sacrificing battery life.
11/19/2020: Restructuring of the article; removed "Best Sounding True Wireless Earbuds" and "Alternative With Better Noise Isolation" categories. Added FIIL T1X True Wireless and ENACFIRE E60 Truly Wireless to new "Best Budget True Wireless Earbuds" and "Cheaper Alternatives" categories, respectively.
09/11/2020: Removed the Anker SoundCore Liberty Lite from Notable Mentions to reflect changing availability. Added the FIIL T1X True Wireless as a Notable Mention.
06/19/2020: Added Google Pixel Buds 2020 to Notable Mentions.
04/20/2020: Removed 'Best True Wireless Earbuds For Android' and made Galaxy Buds+ the 'Best True Wireless Earbuds'.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best true wireless earbuds and in-ear headphones to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (cheaper headphones win over pricier ones if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no headphones that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
If you would like to choose for yourself, here is the list of all our reviews for truly wireless headphones. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection.