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 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 120 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 when compared to most other excited or bass-heavy headphones, but you can easily adjust the way 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 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 silicon 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 3-4 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 true wireless earbuds for running and working out that we’ve tested to date are the Jaybird Vista. These in-ears come with multiple sizes of stability fins to help you get a good, secure fit that won't move even during more intense workouts. They feel very durable and well-made and are rated IPX7 for water and sweat resistance, though this isn't something we test for.
Their default sound profile is fairly well-balanced, though it may sound a bit sharp and piercing on certain tracks to some people. Luckily, they're compatible with Jaybird's great MySound app which gives you access to a parametric EQ to fully customize the way they sound. They're a good option for running outdoors, as they don't isolate too much background noise and will help you keep aware of your surroundings.
Unfortunately, their control scheme is somewhat limiting as both earbuds have the same controls. While this can be helpful if you only have one hand free, it means that you lose some controls, like the option to skip back to the previous track. Their microphone is also quite poor, even by Bluetooth standards, and your voice will sound muffled, lacking in detail, and difficult to understand.
If you want the best truly wireless earbuds for running that have better noise isolation, get the Amazon Echo Buds. They aren't as comfortable as the Jaybird Vista Truly Wireless, and their touch-sensitive controls offer even less functionality, but they're cheaper, and they block much more background noise thanks to their excellent active noise cancelling (ANC) feature. Their default sound profile is quite well-balanced and their dedicated companion app has a graphic EQ so you can change it to match your personal taste. They don't feel quite as durable as the Jaybird but don't feel too cheap overall and are just as stable in the ear, even without stability fins. Unfortunately, they rely very heavily on the Amazon Alexa app, which may annoying if you don't want to load more apps onto your phone.
If you want the best truly wireless earbuds for running that have a more comfortable and premium-feeling design, get the Jaybird. However, if you want ANC to give you more peace and quiet while also spending less, to spend a bit less, go for the Amazon.
The best true wireless earbuds for sound quality that we've tested so far are the Bose SoundSport Free. These in-ears have a fairly unique semi-open design that creates a much more open soundstage compared to most closed-back in-ears. They're fairly bulky, but since they stick out fairly far from your ear, they're still quite comfortable, and they look and feel quite premium and durable.
These headphones have a very well-balanced and accurate sound profile that's versatile enough for a wide variety of genres. Unfortunately, fans of bass-heavy genres may be slightly disappointed at their lack of extra kick and thump, and their companion app doesn't include any EQ options. Since they have a semi-open design, they block almost no background noise, so they aren't the best choice to help keep you concentrated at work or to give you some peace on your daily commute.
Their battery life is fairly low at under 5 hours, and their case only gives two additional charges, which is especially disappointing considering its fairly large size. Overall, they aren't the most well-rounded option, but if you're a critical listener who's looking for a pair of truly wireless headphones that still gives you open and accurate sound reproduction, these are a great 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 in-ears are surprisingly decent considering their very low price tag and represent a price-to-performance ratio that was unheard of with truly wireless headphones a year ago. They come with four tip sizes to help you find a comfortable and secure fit and feel quite durable overall.
Their sound profile is quite bass-heavy and dark, and may not be for everyone. They're best suited for genres like EDM or hip-hop, and likely aren't the best choice for more instrument or vocal-driven music and content. Their battery life is also disappointing at just under 3.5 hours, though their case gives an extra four charges, which is good. While the model we tested came with a case that only holds the headphones in place with magnets and doesn't have a lid, there's also an available variant with a lid for a few dollars more.
Unfortunately, when testing we found their pairing procedure to be fairly inconsistent, and it took several tries to properly pair the two earbuds. We also found that the two earbuds lost connection with each other from time to time, which seems to be a common issue with truly wireless headphones at this price point. Overall, if you don't want to spend a ton of money but still want an overall decent pair of truly wireless headphones, these are a great option.
06/19/2020: Updated text for clarity and accuracy. 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 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.