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 its hat in the ring. What used to be a relatively expensive product that lacked features is now available at 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 135 pairs of truly 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 picks 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 Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless are the best true wireless earbuds for Android that we've tested. These earbuds have an active noise cancelling (ANC) system that blocks out a great amount of ambient noise, like the low rumble of bus and plane engines. This system is also adjustable via their companion app, so you can control how much background noise you want to hear.
These earbuds have a great build quality that's comfortable, breathable, and very stable. Their neutral sound profile has a touch of bass which adds extra thump, rumble, and boom to your mixes. That said, they're still versatile enough for a variety of audio content. They also have over seven hours of continuous battery life, and their carrying case holds roughly two additional charges, which is handy in a pinch.
Unfortunately, their companion app doesn't offer any customization features to help you adjust their sound to your liking. They also have a bulkier design than most other truly wireless headphones, and they stick out of your ear, meaning they could get caught on something by accident. However, they're lightweight and should still easily fit in most pockets or bags without too much of an issue.
The best truly wireless earbuds for iPhone we’ve tested are the Apple AirPods Pro. Unlike the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019 that have an earbud design, these 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 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 blocking out the low engine rumble of buses or planes and 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, meaning 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 advertises you can get between three to four hours of playback from a 30-minute charge. Overall, 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 Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless. These Bluetooth headphones designed for sports should have no issue staying in place while you run, thanks to their comfortable ear-hook design. They're sturdy enough to survive some accidental drops and bumps and are rated IPX4 for water resistance.
Their onboard control scheme is easy to use and includes volume, call, and music functions, so you shouldn't need to pull out your phone during your run. While they lack ANC and don't passively isolate you from very much noise, you may prefer that if you exercise outside and want to hear your surroundings. Their battery provides more than 11 hours of continuous use, which should get you through a couple of long workouts without any need to recharge.
Unfortunately, they don't have a companion app and lack sound customization features. However, their sound profile is well-balanced, with an accurate bass response ensuring mixes have the right amount of thump, rumble, and punch. Overall, they're a great choice if you're looking for stable, truly wireless earbuds for running, especially if battery life is a priority.
The Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless are the best true wireless earbuds under $100 that we've tested. These in-ears have a bass-heavy default sound profile that fans of EDM and hip-hop can enjoy. However, if you prefer a different sound, their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets so you can tweak them to suit your tastes.
They have an ANC system that offers an excellent noise isolation performance whether you're commuting by bus or working at a noisy office. They're well-built and have a comfortable as well as stable in-ear fit. If you want to wear them to the gym, they're certified IPX5 for protection against direct water contact. They have under six hours of continuous playback time, and their carrying case holds an additional four charges.
Unfortunately, their integrated mic struggles to separate your voice from moderate ambient noise, so speech may get drowned out if you're taking a call from a busy street. They also have high latency on PC, iOS, and Android devices, which may be disappointing if you stream videos. However, if you're looking for more wallet-friendly headphones with versatile and customizable performance, they're a solid choice.
If you're looking for truly wireless earbuds with better battery performance, consider the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless. While they lack sound customization features and their ANC system doesn't perform as well as the Anker SoundCore life P3 Truly Wireless, they have over nine hours of continuous playback time. They also have a standby mode to help conserve battery life when you're not using them, and their carrying case supplies roughly 2.5 additional charges. These headphones have a slightly v-shaped sound profile that adds extra thump, rumble, and boom to mixes, while vocals and lead instruments are bright. They have a comfortable, well-built fit and are similarly rated IPX5 for water resistance.
Go for the Anker if you're looking for a more customizable pair of truly wireless earbuds. However, if you prioritize a better overall battery performance, take a look at the EarFun instead.
The best truly wireless earbuds we've tested in the budget category are the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless. These affordable earbuds are well-built and extremely portable. Thanks to their case that holds more than 12 extra charges, their total battery life is more than 100 hours.
They come with a selection of differently-sized ear tips and stability fins, and they're decently comfortable once you find a good fit. Also, while they don't have an ANC system, they do a good job of passively isolating you from office-type noise like ambient chatter and humming A/C units. Their sound profile is well-balanced, with some extra bass that lends more thump and rumble to mixes.
Unfortunately, they don't work with a companion app or come with any sound customization features like an EQ or presets. They also have high Bluetooth latency, so you may notice audio lag if you use them to stream video on your phone or computer. Otherwise, these affordable earbuds offer versatile performance and an extremely long total battery life.
If you're looking for even more affordable truly wireless headphones, check out the Skullcandy Dime. While they're not as comfortable as the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless and don't have any extra features, they offer a decent price-to-performance ratio at a lower price point. They have a sturdy build quality and are rated IPX4 for water resistance. Their slightly bass-heavy sound profile also adds a touch of thump and boom to your mixes, but it shouldn't be too overwhelming. Their mid-range is neutral, so vocals and lead instruments are clear and accurate. Unfortunately, their continuous playback time of under four hours may not get you through your workday or commute without stopping to recharge them. Luckily, the carrying case holds roughly 2.5 additional charges.
Try the EarFun if you like to adjust the sound profile of your truly wireless earbuds using EQ presets. If you're looking for more wallet-friendly headphones that don't sacrifice too much performance, go for the Skullcandy.
Oct 18, 2021: Replaced the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless with the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless as the Samsung have been discontinued and renamed the pick 'Best True Wireless Earbuds For Android'. Also replaced the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless with the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless as the Anker offer better overall performance.
Aug 20, 2021: Due to the previous picks being unavailable, replaced the Creative Outlier Air V2 with the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless as the 'More Customizable Alternative' to the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless, and replaced the FIIL T1X True Wireless with the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless as the 'Best Budget Wireless Earbuds'. Also replaced the Bose Sport Earbuds Truly Wireless with the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless as the 'Best True Wireless Earbuds For Running' because of their longer continuous battery life.
Jun 22, 2021: Added the Skullcandy Dime True Wireless as 'Cheaper Alternative'.
Apr 23, 2021: Replaced the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless with the EarFun Air Pro as the pick for 'Best True Wireless Earbuds Under $100'. Kept the Creative Outlier Air V2 as an alternative but made it the 'More Customizable Alternative' instead of the 'More Comfortable Alternative'.
Feb 22, 2021: Made the Creative Outlier Air V2 True Wireless the 'More Comfortable Alternative' to the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless in order to better reflect their price point. Also added the ENACFIRE E60 Truly Wireless to Notable Mentions and removed the Mpow Flame Pro Truly Wireless as they're currently unavailable.
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.