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 90 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 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 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, 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 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 a variety of content, from pop music to audiobooks. While their four-hour-plus battery life isn't particularly impressive, that 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 on a run but don't want to throw off your rhythm by pulling out your phone.
Unfortunately, these earbuds don't have any on-board 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 best true wireless earbuds under $100 that we've tested are the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2. These well-built headphones are among the best wireless in-ears we've tested and provide excellent value for the price. They have a stable in-ear fit, and their portable charging case offers around three extra charges for long days on-the-go.
Out-of-the-box, they have a bass-heavy sound profile that adds an extra boom and punch to your favorite songs. If you prefer a different sound, you can customize their performance using the graphic EQ and presets available in the Anker Soundcore app. They don't have an ANC feature, but they still have a very good noise isolation performance, so they can block out background noises typically found in an office setting.
Unfortunately, they have a mediocre recording quality, so they may not be the best choice for making phone calls. Also, they only last 6.4 hours off a single charge, which may not last through your workday without a recharge. Fortunately, you can charge one earbud while listening to the other, so you can continue to enjoy your music.
If you're looking for a more comfortable and affordable pair of truly wireless headphones, consider the Creative Outlier Air V2. While they don't isolate you from as much noise as the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless and their sound profile isn't as neutral out-of-the-box, the Creative Outlier have a lightweight fit that shouldn't be too fatiguing over time. Their excited sound profile can be tweaked to your liking in their companion app, which offers a graphic EQ as well as EQ presets and a virtual soundstage feature. They have a similarly well-built and stable design and are rated IPX5 for water resistance, although we don't currently test for this. They also have over 10 hours of continuous battery life, and their carrying case has two additional charges.
Go for the Anker if you prefer a more neutral default sound profile or if you want in-ears that can cut down more ambient noise around you. However, check out the Creative Outlier if you favor comfort over all else or if you want to use a virtual soundstage feature while you listen to audio.
The FIIL T1X are the best budget truly wireless earbuds that we've tested. These wallet-friendly in-ears are well-built and have an IP65 rating for dust and water resistance, although we don't currently test for this. They're also comfortable enough for long listening sessions and have a very stable fit, which makes them a great choice for sports and fitness.
They have a slightly bass-heavy sound profile that delivers extra thump, punch, and boom. That said, they're still neutral enough for most audio content, and if you prefer to customize their sound to suit your preferences, their companion app has 15 EQ presets to choose from. Although their 6.8-hour battery life may not be enough for long days at the office, they recharge pretty quickly, and their carrying case offers three additional charges, so you won't be without your headphones for too long.
Unfortunately, like many budget-level headphones, they have limited features, so you can't connect them to more than one device at a time. Their integrated mic also has a disappointing recording quality, so your voice sounds unnatural and distorted, which can make it difficult for people on the other end of the line to understand you. That said, if you're looking to save money, these in-ears are a suitable option, especially if you like to use EQ presets to achieve your ideal sound.
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.
Sep 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.
Jun 19, 2020: Added Google Pixel Buds 2020 to Notable Mentions.
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.