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 155 pairs of truly wireless earbuds and in-ear headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best options. They tend to cost more than ordinary earbuds, so check out our picks 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 Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless. These iconic in-ears have an H1 chip for seamless pairing with all your Apple devices, making it easy to switch from your iPhone to your MacBook without fussing around with the settings. They also have an excellent active noise cancelling (ANC) feature that does a great job blocking out the low engine rumble of buses or planes and background chatter in an office. Their build is great, and they have a comfortable fit for long listening sessions.
They have a well-balanced sound profile well-suited to a very wide range of genres and content. Even though they don't have customization features to help you adjust their sound, they support Spatial Audio, which reorients sound to follow your head movements. This feature is only available on iOS/iPadOS 14 or later. While their 5.3-hour battery life isn't as high as other options on this list, their case also holds an additional five charges, which is great. Apple also advertises you can get between three to four hours of playback from a 30-minute charge.
The Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless are the best Βluetooth earbuds under $100 that we've tested. These versatile buds have a few features that make them stand out from other buds in this price range. Out of the box, they have a bass-heavy sound profile that's well-suited for thumpy and boomy genres like EDM and hip-hop. You can tweak and adjust it to your liking using their companion app's graphic EQ and presets. The buds also have an ANC system with three adjustable levels, meaning you can target different kinds of noise. Using 'Transport' mode, they can block out an excellent amount of ambient noise, including the low rumble of bus and plane engines.
While their continuous battery life of under six hours is less than many of the other picks on this list, their carrying case holds an extra four charges. They also have a good build quality certified IPX5 for resistance against direct water contact and have a comfortable in-ear fit for long listening sessions. Their integrated mic offers a fair overall performance, which is expected from in-ears as the mic sits far away from your mouth.
The best truly wireless buds under $50 we've tested are the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless. These affordable and well-built earbuds stand out from the crowd as their carrying case holds more than 12 extra charges. Although one charge lasts just over seven hours, their total battery life nears almost 100 hours, which is practically unheard of for truly wireless buds. They also enter a standby mode to help conserve battery life if you forget to turn them off. Also, while they don't have an ANC system, they do a good job of passively isolating you from office-type noise like ambient chatter and humming A/C units. They come with a selection of differently-sized ear tips and stability fins, and they're decently comfortable once you find a good fit.
Their sound profile is well-balanced, with some extra bass that lends more thump and rumble to mixes, but they don't work with a companion app or come with any sound customization features like an EQ or presets. If customizability is important to you or you're looking for even more affordable buds, it's worth checking out the JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless, which have three EQ presets built-in. However, they don't block out as much ambient noise, and their charging cable is integrated into their case, so if it gets broken, you'll have to replace the entire unit.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless are the best noise cancelling, truly wireless earbuds we've tested. Like most Bose headphones, they have a powerful ANC system that does a great job of blocking background noise, whether you're commuting by bus or working in a busy office. You can also adjust how much noise is blocked out, thanks to the multiple ANC preset modes in their companion app. Out of the box, they have a fairly neutral sound profile with a touch of extra bass to add a little more thump and warmth to mixes. If you prefer a different sound, their app has a graphic EQ and presets.
These buds have a great build quality that feels sturdy and solid. They're also decently comfortable but have a bulky design, especially for truly wireless headphones. Their design still feels lightweight, and their stability fins help hold them in place when you're on the move. Some users may also prefer their fit to other picks on this list since their earbud design doesn't go too deep into your ears. They have 7.3 hours of continuous battery life, and their carrying case supplies an additional two charges.
The Jabra Elite 7 Pro True Wireless are the best-sounding true wireless earbuds we've tested. Out of the box, they have a very flat and neutral sound profile. There's just enough bass to give your mixes thump, punch, and boom while vocals and lead instruments sound clear and accurate. If you prefer a different sound, you can customize them to your liking using their companion app's graphic EQ and presets. The app also offers 'MySound', a feature that allows the headphones to optimize their sound to your unique hearing characteristics.
These buds have a comfortable fit suitable for long listening sessions and are well-built. They last over eight hours continuously too, and their carrying case holds an additional three charges, which is handy in a pinch. Although they have an ANC system, it doesn't offer a better noise isolation performance compared to their passive capabilities. They can still block a decent amount of sound, like ambient chatter.
The Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless are the best Βluetooth earbuds for running that we've tested. They offer a sturdy build to survive drops and bumps and are rated IP68, meaning they're fully dust-tight and protected from water immersion. They're also very comfortable and have a stable in-ear fit, so they shouldn't move around or fall out during a run. The case is also rated IP54 for dust and water resistance, so you can toss it in a bag without worrying about dirt or rain damaging your headphones.
These earbuds have a well-balanced default sound profile that you can customize with a parametric EQ and presets in the headphones' companion app. While their roughly five hours of continuous battery life is a bit short for a 9-5 workday, it should last through most workouts, and their case holds a few extra charges. Unfortunately, even though they have an ANC feature, it doesn't offer a very good noise isolation performance, so they aren't ideal if you want to isolate yourself from noise at the gym. That may not be an issue if you run outside since it makes it a little easier to stay aware of your surroundings.
Jun 22, 2022: We've rehauled this article to create better recommendations. Added the Jabra Elite 7 Pro True Wireless as 'Best Sounding True Wireless Earbuds' and removed the Beats Powerbeats Pro Wireless. Removed the Skullcandy Dime True Wireless, Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless, Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless, Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless, Apple AirPods (3rd generation) Truly Wireless, Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless, Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless, and Samsung Galaxy Buds Live from Notable Mentions.
Apr 20, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.
Feb 22, 2022: Checked our picks for availability and product accuracy. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
Dec 16, 2021: Replaced the Skullcandy Dime True Wireless with the JLab GO Air POP True Wireless as the JLab offer a more customizable audio experience. Also removed the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless and replaced the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless with the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless as the Jaybird offer an even better build quality and are more customizable.
Oct 18, 2021: Replaced the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless with the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless as the Samsung have been discontinued and renamed the pick 'Best True Wireless Earbuds For Android'. Also replaced the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless with the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless as the Anker offer better overall performance.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best earbuds 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.