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 130 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 that we've tested to date are the Samsung Galaxy Buds+. These very lightweight in-ears are surprisingly comfortable since they put very little pressure on the ear. Their 13.3-hour battery life is the longest we've ever tested on a pair of truly wireless headphones, and they look and feel quite premium and well-built.
Their default sound profile is extremely accurate and natural, making them versatile enough for all genres and content. Some people may find they lack bass compared to most other excited or bass-heavy headphones, but you can easily adjust the sound via five EQ presents within their companion app, which is great.
Unfortunately, their touch-sensitive controls are a bit disappointing, and if you prefer physical buttons, you may want to check out the Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless, though their battery doesn't last nearly as long off a single charge. The Samsung also only get one additional charge from their case, but on the bright side, you can easily recharge the case by tossing it onto any Qi-enabled wireless charger. Overall, these are among the best headphones we've reviewed, and are the best true wireless earbuds we've tested so far.
The best truly wireless earbuds for iPhone that we’ve tested so far are the Apple AirPods Pro. Unlike the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019 that have an earbud design, the Pro 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 work day. 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 to date 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.
On the downside, 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.
If you're looking for a pair of sports-oriented earbuds with a better noise isolation performance, consider the Amazon Echo Buds instead. While they aren't quite as comfortable as the Jaybird Vista Truly Wireless, they have an active noise cancelling feature that does an amazing job blocking out background noise so you can focus on your workout. These in-ears are breathable and stable enough to stay in your ear even during strenuous workouts. They also have a decent sound reproduction, and the 3-band graphic EQ in the Echo app allows you to customize the sound to your liking. On the downside, their touch-sensitive controls aren't the easiest to use, and they don't have an option for volume control, which may be inconvenient to manage during your workout. That being said, these portable in-ears should please most athletes with their performance.
If you want a more comfortable, easier-to-use pair of in-ears, go with the Jaybird, but if you're looking for earbuds that can block out background noise, choose the Amazon instead.
The best sounding true wireless earbuds that we've tested to date are the Bose SoundSport Free. These comfortable, well-built in-ears have a well-balanced sound profile and a fairly versatile overall performance. They even come with a portable charging case to help protect your headphones when you're on the go.
These headphones have a very neutral sound that can please a wide variety of listeners. They pack a good punch in the bass range, and instruments and lead vocals are clear and present in the mix. Fans of bass-heavy genres like hip-hop and EDM may be disappointed by the lack of deep low-bass, but overall, these headphones are suitable for many different types of music.
On the downside, these headphones don't come with any sound customization features, so you can't adjust the sound to your liking. They also have a terrible noise isolation performance, so your music may be drowned out by background noise during your commute or while working in a noisy office. That said, if you're looking for portable earbuds with a neutral sound profile, these headphones are a solid choice.
The best true wireless earbuds under $100 that we've tested to date are the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2. These in-ear options 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 their 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 to date and provide excellent value for the price.
The best cheap truly wireless earbuds we've tested so far are the SoundPeats TrueFree/True Wireless. These well-built wireless in-ears offer a great price-to-performance ratio and a versatile performance. They're decently comfortable, and their portable charging case offers around four additional charges for when you're on the go.
These headphones have a slightly dark sound profile that's ideal for listening to bass-heavy genres like hip-hop and EDM. They don't leak a lot of noise, so you can crank up the volume on your favorite tunes without bothering the people around you. Also, they have a good noise isolation performance, so they can block out background voices and sharp sounds like AC units.
On the downside, these headphones struggle to block out bass-heavy background noises like engines, so they may not be ideal to use during your commute. They also don't come with any customization features, so you can't change the sound profile to your liking. However, compared to other wireless earbuds in this price range, these headphones offer a decent performance that should satisfy most listeners.
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.
08/13/2020: Slight changes to text for accuracy and clarity; no change in product recommendations.
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'.
02/19/2020: Removed the Beats Powerbeats Pro and the Sony MF-1000XM3.
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 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.