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The 9 Best True Wireless Earbuds - Winter 2019
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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 in 2019. 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.


  1. Best True Wireless Earbuds For Running: Jaybird Vista Truly Wireless

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.3.1
    7.3
    Mixed Usage
    7.2
    Neutral Sound
    7.6
    Commute/Travel
    8.4
    Sports/Fitness
    6.8
    Office
    5.7
    Wireless Gaming
    5.6
    Wired Gaming
    5.7
    Phone Call
    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Truly Wireless
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    The best true wireless earbuds for running and working out we’ve tested so far are the Jaybird Vista. They have a surprisingly comfortable yet very secure in-ear fit thanks to their soft eargel tips and compact earbud design. They’re very well-built with an IPX7 rating for waterproofing, and come with an excellent hard carrying case that feels very solid too. It even has a carrying loop so you can easily attach it to your bag.

    While they sound decent when you first use them, their companion app gives you access to a great parametric EQ so you can tweak the way they sound. The Jaybird MySound app also sets you up with an online platform of community-made playlists and EQ presets, where you can share your favorite tracks and sound profiles with your friends and even map each earbud's buttons to trigger specific commands.

    These headphones are great for running thanks to their stable yet comfortable fit, customizable sound, and durable design. However, their battery doesn’t last as long as competing models like the Beats Powerbeats Pro or the Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless. Thankfully, they have an auto-off timer that can help with battery life and their charging case is supposed to provide up 10 extra hours of playback. Overall, they’re great truly wireless earbuds to wear while working out.

    See our review

  2. Alternative With Better Noise Isolation: Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless

    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Truly Wireless
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you work out in a noisy environment and want something that'll do a better job at blocking out background noise, get the Jabra Elite Active 65t. They aren't as comfortable as the Jaybird Vista Truly Wireless, but they isolate sound significantly better, which is great if you want to be able to work out in peace. While they sound decent out-of-the-box, they're fully customizable through Jabra's Sound+ app, allowing you to better suit the sound profile to your needs. The app also allows you to enable Jabra's HearThrough feature, which is helpful when running outdoors. Unfortunately, they're a bit bulky and may not be the most comfortable for everyone, but on the upside, they're rated IP56 for sweat resistance, though this isn't something we test.

    If you want a comfortable pair of truly wireless in-ears that are great for running, get the Jaybird, but if you are often bothered by background sounds and want a pair that isolates noise better, go with the Jabra.

    See our review

  3. Best True Wireless Earbuds For iPhone: Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.3.1
    7.1
    Mixed Usage
    7.6
    Neutral Sound
    7.1
    Commute/Travel
    8.3
    Sports/Fitness
    6.6
    Office
    6.0
    Wireless Gaming
    5.8
    Wired Gaming
    6.4
    Phone Call
    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Truly Wireless
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    The best truly wireless earbuds for iPhone we’ve tested so far are the Beats Powerbeats Pro. What makes them work so well with iPhones is the H1 chip that allows for easy pairing and a strong, stable connection. The over-the-ear hook design provides a secure and comfortable fit without having to insert the earbuds deep into the ear canals. However, this design comes at a cost: they don't isolate noise as well as other sports-oriented headphones.

    Where Beats went over and beyond to set themselves apart is their longevity. At over 11 hours of continuous playback on a 45-minute charge, they have the best battery life of all truly wireless earbuds, which is great! They sound good: the profile is remarkably well-balanced, with vocals and lead instruments accurately reproduced, but the treble can be uneven at times. It's suitable for almost any type of music, including podcasts and audiobooks. That said, you're stuck with the default sound, as there aren't any apps for further customization.

    The IPX4 rating is a bit disappointing as well; it's good enough for a splash, but definitely not recommended for swimming or even partial submersion. All in all, if you have an iPhone and want to take advantage of the seamless integration Apple offers, these are the best that you can get.

    See our review

  4. More Casual Alternative: Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019

    Type : Earbuds
    Enclosure : Open-Back
    Wireless : Truly Wireless
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you want truly wireless earbuds that still pair seamlessly to your Apple devices but want a less sports-oriented, more casual design, go with the Apple AirPods 2. Their controls aren't nearly as good as the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless since they don't have physical buttons, but they're much more compact. They have a mediocre 4-hour battery life but can be fully charged in half an hour, which is great if you need to give them a quick juice-up before leaving the house. They're very lightweight and since they don't enter your ear canal, most people should find them quite comfortable, though this can depend on your ear shape and size. Unfortunately, they have very poor bass response that will disappoint fans of bass-heavy genres, making these much better suited for podcasts or genres like classical or 70s rock.

    If you have an iPhone and want a pair of truly wireless headphones that are more geared toward sports and sound better, go with the Beats, but if you want a more casual and portable design, get the Apple.

    See our review

  5. Best True Wireless For Android: Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.3.1
    7.4
    Mixed Usage
    7.3
    Neutral Sound
    7.8
    Commute/Travel
    8.3
    Sports/Fitness
    7.1
    Office
    5.8
    Wireless Gaming
    5.6
    Wired Gaming
    6.7
    Phone Call
    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Truly Wireless
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you're an Android user and looking for the best true wireless earbuds, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless are the best that we’ve tested so far. The all-black lightweight design provides a secure fit that's good enough for sports and they don't need to be inserted deep into the ear canals, which may cause discomfort for some people. Even though the battery life is already excellent at around 7.5 hours of playtime, the included charging case provides an additional 6 to 7 hours.

    The overall sound profile is well-balanced but a tad light on the bass. Although Samsung has a companion app for customization, it's limited to presets. The app also allows you to remap the touch controls on the earbuds, including voice commands and ambient noise mode, which lets you hear your surroundings without having to pause your music. Unfortunately, this app is only available on Android, so while the earbuds do work with iPhones, you can't customize them unless you pair them back to an Android phone.

    If you need to take a call, the microphone is okay. Voices will generally sound thin and muffled, and it doesn't do so well when there's a lot of background noise. Overall, these are the best wireless earbuds for Android.

    See our review

  6. Best Sounding True Wireless Earbuds: Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.3.1
    6.9
    Mixed Usage
    7.7
    Neutral Sound
    6.5
    Commute/Travel
    8.2
    Sports/Fitness
    6.1
    Office
    5.9
    Wireless Gaming
    5.8
    Wired Gaming
    5.7
    Phone Call
    Type : Earbuds
    Enclosure : Semi-Open
    Wireless : Truly Wireless
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    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 the Bose are a good choice for those who want well-built sports earbuds that still deliver good sound quality.

    See our review

  7. Customizable Noise Cancelling Alternative: Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless

    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Truly Wireless
    Noise-Cancelling : Yes
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    Good sounding earbuds like the Bose SoundSport Truly Wireless Earbuds are great, if you can hear them over the noisy urban life that we live in; for those looking for something more customizable, consider the Sony WF-1000XM3. They're on the bulky side and protrude from the ear, but their passive isolation coupled with active noise cancellation are fairly effective at blocking out ambient noise. The roughly 7-hour battery life is decent and the charging case holds three additional charges, should you run low or forget to charge them ahead of time. While Sony does provide a good selection of tips, they're all quite large and achieving a good fit is a challenge. The default sound is very good but there's a bit of sharpness in the treble, which can be adjusted with the excellent Sony Headphones Connect app, one of the best on the market.

    If you want the best sounding truly wireless earbuds, the Bose are better, but if you want to be immersed in your favorite songs and tune out our ever-increasing noise pollution, get the Sony.

    See our review

  8. Best True Wireless Earbuds Under $100: Anker SoundCore Liberty Air Truly Wireless

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.3.1
    7.2
    Mixed Usage
    7.4
    Neutral Sound
    7.8
    Commute/Travel
    8.0
    Sports/Fitness
    7.0
    Office
    5.4
    Wireless Gaming
    5.3
    Wired Gaming
    6.7
    Phone Call
    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Truly Wireless
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you want cheaper versatile truly wireless in-ears with decent sound, then get the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air; they’re the best wireless earbuds under $100 we’ve tested so far. They don’t have all the features of the Jaybird Vista Truly Wireless or feel as durable as the Bose SoundSport Free, but they’re still well-rounded in-ears that are fairly inexpensive considering the value they provide.

    They are well-designed and look similar to the Apple AirPods 2 2019, but with a glossy finish. They isolate quite a bit of noise passively and are fairly comfortable, even though they fit quite deeply in the ear canal. They have outstanding audio reproduction and sound balanced enough to be suitable for all genres of music.

    Unfortunately, their touch-sensitive control scheme doesn’t offer the same level feedback as models with voice prompts or physical buttons. They also don’t feel as well-built or as durable as some of the more premium truly wireless in-ears we’ve reviewed. That said, they’re still a good choice for those looking for versatile truly wireless in-ears at a reasonable price.

    See our review

  9. Best Cheap True Wireless Earbuds: SoundPeats TrueFree/True Wireless

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.3.1
    7.0
    Mixed Usage
    6.7
    Neutral Sound
    7.6
    Commute/Travel
    8.2
    Sports/Fitness
    6.7
    Office
    5.0
    Wireless Gaming
    4.9
    Wired Gaming
    6.0
    Phone Call
    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Truly Wireless
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you’re looking for truly wireless earbuds that deliver decent performance without breaking the bank, then get the SoundPeats TrueFree. They’re among the best cheap wireless earbuds we’ve tested thanks to their solid build quality, reasonably comfortable design, and decent sound.

    They have a bass-heavy sound signature with lots of punch. They’re well-suited to genres with lots of deep, thumping bass like dubstep, techno, or house music thanks to their extended and over-emphasized low bass. Fans of more vocal-centric jazz, classical, or even pop music may find they lack detail, but this won’t be as noticeable by everyone. Their 3.3-hour battery life isn’t as good as that of some of the more premium options on this list, but their charging case holds an estimated 4 to 5 extra charges for extra power.

    Unfortunately, they’re missing volume controls and their charging case doesn’t have a lid. You may want to consider the JLab Audio JBuds Air if you prefer having volume controls and a better-built case, but they perform very similarly otherwise. The JBuds Air are also more expensive, so the SoundPeats generally provide better value overall.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • JBL UA True Wireless Flash: Well-built earbuds that isolate a lot of noise and have great audio reproduction, but lack features compared to the Jabra Elite Active 65t. See our review
  • B&O PLAY Beoplay E8 2.0 Truly Wireless 2019: Premium earbuds that have a high-end look and feel but have an unbalanced sound and their app provides lackluster EQ presets. See our review
  • Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless: Very well-built in-ears with a great case but unremarkable sound and less sound customization than other Sennheiser products. See our review
  • JBL FreeX Truly Wireless: Fairly well-rounded truly wireless in-ears with impressive audio reproduction. Don’t stand out in any major way, but decent overall for the price. See our review
  • Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Truly Wireless: Very portable earbuds with a unique earplug-like fit that results in outstanding isolation, but can be uncomfortable and sound boomy. See our review
  • JBL Endurance Peak Truly Wireless: Predecessor to the Samsung Galaxy Buds with more fitness-oriented features. Becoming difficult to find online, but still an interesting option due to onboard storage. See our review
  • Anker SoundCore Liberty Lite Truly Wireless: Truly wireless in-ears with a stable ear-hook fit and impressive audio reproduction. A great alternative to Jabra Elite Active 65t, but touch-sensitive controls can be finicky. See our review
  • Creative Outlier Air Truly Wireless : Well-built earbuds that have a decent battery life and perform alright overall, but don’t particularly stand out compared to similar models. See our review
  • TREBLAB X5 Truly Wireless: Decent truly wireless in-ears that perform alright overall, but have a poor battery. See our review
  • Anker Zolo Liberty+ Truly Wireless: Budget truly wireless in-ears with an unusual design that’s fairly comfortable, but doesn’t feel very well-built. See our review
  • Skullcandy Push Truly Wireless: Very well-built in-ears with a great case, but unremarkable sound and less sound customization than other Sennheiser products. See our review
  • JLab Audio JBuds Air Truly Wireless : Stylish design with fairly long battery life for truly wireless in-ears, but a bit plasticky and may not provide the best value. See our review
  • Samsung Gear IconX Truly Wireless: Decent truly wireless earbuds with on-board storage, but can be difficult to find in stock. See our review

All Reviews

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.

Recent Updates

11/22/2019: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.

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