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 105 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 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, comfortable in-ears have a decently versatile overall performance that can please many different listeners, and they rank among the best headphones we've tested. Their 13.3-hour continuous battery life should be more than enough to get you through your workday, and their portable charging case offers an additional charge for long days on the go.
Thanks to their balanced, neutral sound profile, they're suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content. You can even customize their sound profile using the EQ presets available in the Galaxy Wearable app. They don't leak a lot of noise, either, so you can turn up the volume on your favorite music without annoying those around you.
Unfortunately, they don't support multi-device pairing, which can be inconvenient if you switch your audio source between your devices frequently. Also, there's no ANC feature, and they struggle to block out bass-heavy background noises like bus and plane engines. Fortunately, they can still passively isolate against higher-frequency noises typically found in an office setting, like the chatter of nearby coworkers.
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 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 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, 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, their excellent ANC and seamless pairing to Apple devices make them the best true wireless earbuds for iPhone.
The Bose Sport Earbuds are the best true wireless earbuds for running that we've tested. These earbuds are sturdy enough to deal with a couple of drops and bumps and have an amazingly stable fit that should have no trouble staying in place during high-intensity workouts. They're also rated IPX4 for water resistance, though we don't currently test for this.
These earbuds have a very neutral sound profile that's a good match for lots of content, from pop music to audiobooks. While their four-hour-plus battery life isn't impressive, it should be sufficient for most workout sessions, and they have an auto-off timer to help conserve battery life when not in use. You can also use their companion app to configure their right bud to automatically answer calls when you insert it in your ear, which is great if you're out running but don't want to throw off your rhythm by pulling out your phone.
Unfortunately, these earbuds don't have any onboard volume controls. Their companion app also doesn't offer any sound customization features like an EQ or audio presets. Since they do a poor job of filtering out background noise, they aren't ideal for blocking out the rumble of bus engines on your daily commute, but this could be a benefit if you're wearing them while running outdoors and want to stay aware of your surroundings.
The EarFun Air Pro True Wireless are the best true wireless earbuds under $100 that we've tested. These small, comfortable earbuds supply over nine hours of continuous use and have a standby mode to help conserve battery power. They have a stable fit and are rated IPX5 for water resistance, although we don't currently test for that.
They have a well-balanced sound profile with a touch of extra bass, so your music has a bit of extra rumble and punch, but more delicate vocals and lead instruments aren't overwhelmed. They have an ANC system that does a great job of blocking out ambient noise like the rumble of bus and plane engines and background conversations. Their latency with Android and iOS devices is low enough that they should be suitable for watching videos, although some apps and devices seem to compensate differently for latency.
Unfortunately, they don't have a companion app or offer any way to customize their sound with an EQ or presets. Their touch-sensitive control scheme isn't the most intuitive and may take some time to get used to. That said, if you're looking for earbuds that won't break the bank, they're a great option.
If you want a more customizable pair of truly wireless earbuds, you may prefer the Creative Outlier Air V2. They lack an ANC system and don't isolate you from as much ambient noise as the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless, but they work with a companion app that gives you access to a graphic EQ and presets, so you can customize their sound profile to suit you. The app also offers a virtual soundstage feature that uses head-mapping technology to tailor the headphones' audio reproduction to your ear and face shape, though we don't currently test it. Their battery performance is very good, as they provide about 10 hours of continuous use and come with a case that stores roughly two extra charges. They have low latency with iOS and Android devices, so they should be suitable for watching videos on your phone, but unfortunately, they have high latency with PCs.
Go for the EarFun if you want earbuds with great ANC performance, but if sound customization features are a priority for you, the Creative are a good alternative.
The best truly wireless earbuds that we've tested in the budget category are the FIIL T1X True Wireless. These affordable in-ears feel well-built and have an IP65 rating for dust and water resistance, although we don't test for it currently. They have a comfortable, stable fit, which makes them a great option for workouts and sports.
Their default sound profile is slightly bass-heavy, so mixes have some extra thump, punch, and boom, which should suit fans of genres like EDM and hip-hop. If you prefer a different sound, you can customize them with the companion app, which gives you access to 15 different EQ presets. While their 6.8-hour continuous battery life may not last you through a long day, they come with a case that stores roughly three additional charges, and you can use one earbud to listen to audio while the other one charges.
Unfortunately, their integrated mic has a poor recording quality, so if you use them for phone calls, your voice sounds unnatural and distorted and may be hard to understand. Also, they can't connect to more than one device at a time. Otherwise, if you're looking for budget-friendly, truly wireless earbuds, these are a versatile, customizable option.
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.
Jan 20, 2021: Replaced FIIL T1X True Wireless with Creative Outlier Air V2 True Wireless as 'Best Budget True Wireless Earbuds'. Replaced Jaybird Vista Truly Wireless with Bose Sport Earbuds Truly Wireless as 'Best True Wireless Earbuds For Running'. Added FIIL T1X True Wireless, Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Truly Wireless, and Jaybird Vista Truly Wireless to Notable Mentions.
Dec 15, 2020: Minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.
Nov 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 Alternative' categories, respectively.
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.