Truly wireless earbuds offer a bit more freedom than regular headphones. They offer a lot of options for all situations, whether you want to use them at the gym, at the office, or during your commutes. Since they have no cables to restrict your movements when working out, you can give it your all without worrying about your headphones getting yanked out of your ears. The best truly wireless earbuds are compact enough to carry around in your pockets and have a durable case that provides some extra charges.
We've tested nearly 100 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 for running and working out we’ve tested so far are the Jaybird Vista. For runners, having stable headphones that don't feel like they'll fall out at any time is important, which is exactly what these earbuds aim to do. They come with three sizes of stability fins to help you get a secure fit, and the 5.5-hour battery life should be enough to get you through most workouts. They're also ratded IPX7 for water and sweat resistance, though that's not something we test for.
These earbuds sound fairly decent out of the box, but vocals can sound boomy and cluttered. If the default sound profile doesn't suit your taste, you can always customize it through Jaybird's excellent mobile companion app, which has a large number of presets, a parametric EQ, and custom profiles created by other users. This app also lets you remap the touch controls on the earbuds if you don't like the default settings, and set an auto-off timer to help extend battery life.
The noise isolation of these headphones is mediocre; however, this comes down to personal preference, as some runners prefer to have full awareness of their surroundings, while others prefer to be completely shut off from the world. In any case, if you need a pair of earbuds to take on your next run, these are highly recommended.
If you want a pair of truly wireless earbuds for running that have better noise isolation, get the Amazon Echo Buds. Their touch-sensitive controls aren't as good as the physical ones found on the Jaybird Vista Truly Wireless, and they aren't as comfortable, but they have much better noise isolation thanks to their ANC feature. If you often work out in a noisy gym or run in a busy park, these headphones will help block out background noises. Their out-of-the-box sound profile is well-suited for most genres, and their app gives you access to a full graphic EQ, so you can customize their sound to better suit your preferences. Since they're part of Amazon's Echo lineup, they also give easy access to Alexa, so you can change your music easily while on a jog or run, though this isn't something we test.
If you prefer physical controls, or tend to find most in-ears uncomfortable, go with the Jaybird, but if you want a pair of headphones with ANC, or like to ability to be able to easily talk to Alexa, get the Amazon.
The best truly wireless earbuds for iPhone we’ve tested so far are the Apple AirPods Pro. These truly wireless headphones stirred away from the typical design from the classic AirPod look; they now have a more typical in-ear design with a great noise cancelling feature. Thanks to the in-ear silicone tips, these headphones are very comfortable, very well-built, and feel premium.
They have a fairly neutral sound profile, which is suitable for a wide variety of music genres. They have more bass than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019 since they're closed-back headphones. These headphones also take advantage of Apple's H1 chip, which provides amazingly quick pairing with compatible iOS devices, and provide low latency on top of a reliable wireless connection. Their ANC feature also does a good job of blocking out ambient noise, like reducing the rumbling of a bus engine or drowning out surrounding coworkers' conversations.
Unfortunately, these headphones don't have a dedicated app per se. They have a nice interface with iOS devices, but you don't have any way of customizing their sound profile. You can only remap some controls in the iOS interface, which you lose if you have an Android device. If you love the Apple ecosystem and the simplicity of their products, these are an amazing choice if you use an iPhone.
The best truly wireless earbuds for Android devices that we've tested so far are the Samsung Galaxy Buds. These truly wireless in-ears are small and lightweight, making them quite comfortable. They feel well made and premium, and their stability fins help them feel very stable in your ear, so you should be able to use them while on a job or at the gym. Their single-charge battery life is decent at 7.5 hours, and if you want something that will last even longer, you should consider the newer Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless, though they perform almost identically and are currently quite a bit more expensive.
Their out-of-the-box sound profile is very well-balanced, neutral, and accurate. This makes them suitable for a very wide range of content or genres, though fans of a more bass-heavy or excited sound may want to use their companion app to EQ their sound. While the app is compatible with any Android device, unfortunately, it doesn't give access to a graphic EQ, and you can only alter their sound profile via the five included presets.
Unfortunately, their latency over PC is very high, meaning you'll likely notice some lag or delay when using them paired to a Bluetooth-enabled computer. On the bright side, some apps on mobile devices seem to compensate for this, and we measured significantly less latency on Android devices. Overall, these are quite a versatile pair of truly wireless earbuds and are among the best wireless earbuds for Android that we've tested.
If you want the portability of truly wireless earbuds without having to sacrifice on sound quality, then get the Bose SoundSport Free; they’re the best sounding wireless earbuds we’ve tested so far. They also have a comfortable earbud design that fits securely without causing too much soreness, even after longer periods of use. Their earbuds are a bit on the heavy side, but they do feel very dense and durable.
These truly wireless earphones have a remarkably balanced sound profile and reproduce audio with impressive accuracy. They have deep bass that’s punchy without being muddy and their treble is clear and present, but not too bright. They bring a touch of extra presence to vocals and lead instruments, which makes them sound slightly forward, but they otherwise reproduce audio very faithfully.
Unfortunately, they have a rather bulky design that protrudes out of the ear quite a bit and are rather difficult to use. The controls aren’t the easiest to access and their buttons are very rigid, which makes them hard to press down. That said, they do feel like solid and well-built earbuds. If you don’t mind their stiff controls, then these are a good choice for those who want well-built sports earbuds that still deliver good sound quality.
The best true wireless earbuds under $100 that we've tested so far are the Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2. These truly wireless in-ears are a decent upgrade over the previous version and have a surprisingly premium look and feel for their price point. With over 6 hours of battery life and an additional five charges in the case, these earbuds are great when you're on the go. You can also further extend your listening sessions by charging one earbud while still using the other one, which is handy.
Their out-of-the-box sound profile is fairly well-balanced and should be suitable for most genres and content. Their dedicated companion app also gives you access to a graphic EQ as well as 20 presets so you can change their sound profile to better suit your tastes. Also, the touch controls on both earbuds are responsive and easy to use - and if you don't like the configuration, you can remap them using the app.
As these earbuds don't have active noise cancelling, they rely on design to deliver passive noise isolation. They're good for blocking out background chatter, but unfortunately, won't help too much with the low rumble of bus or plane engines. The microphone is also lacking. Overall, these headphones provide a great price-to-performance ratio and are among the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds we've tested to date.
The best cheap true wireless earbuds we've reviewed so far are the SoundPeats TrueFree. They offer good overall performance at a very reasonable price, especially for a true wireless design; they’re among the best cheap wireless earbuds we’ve tested. They're fairly comfortable and stable as their small design fits well into your ears without entering the ear canal too deeply. They're well-built, too, although their case doesn't come with a lid, which is disappointing.
Their sound profile is rather bass-heavy, which suits itself well to genres like hip-hop, EDM, or dubstep. They do lack a bit of detail in the mid-range, which affects the clarity of vocals. On the upside, they're rated IPX4 for water resistance, although we don't test this internally. Their in-ear fit also passively isolate a good amount of ambient noise, which can be useful if you want to block out the noise from a crowded gym or during your daily commute.
Unfortunately, these headphones have a very short battery life, which is around 3 hours of continuous playback. While this might be enough for a couple of workouts or so, you'll probably have to charge them daily. Their case holds about four or five extra charges. Also, some people might be disappointed by their lack of volume control, which means you'll have to take out your device every time. Nevertheless, they offer a great performance-to-price ratio, but if a case with a lid and volume control is a must for you, check out the JLab Audio JBuds Air Truly Wireless.
03/20/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
02/19/2020: Removed the Beats Powerbeats Pro and the Sony MF-1000XM3. Minor text and structure changes.
01/20/2020: Added Apple AirPods Pro as 'Best True Wireless Headphones for iPhone'. Minor text and structure changes.
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 earbuds and in-ear 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.