Truly wireless earbuds offer a bit more freedom than regular headphones. They offer a lot of options for all situations, whether you want to use them at the gym, at the office, or during your commutes. Since they have no cables to restrict your movements when working out, you can give it your all without worrying about your headphones getting yanked out of your ears. The best truly wireless earbuds are compact enough to carry around in your pockets and have a durable case that provides some extra charges.
We've tested nearly 100 wireless earbuds and in-ear headphones and below are our recommendations for the best true wireless earbuds in 2019. 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 for running and working out we’ve tested so far are the Jaybird Vista. They have a surprisingly comfortable yet very secure in-ear fit thanks to their soft eargel tips and compact earbud design. They’re very well-built with an IPX7 rating for waterproofing, and come with an excellent hard carrying case that feels very solid too. It even has a carrying loop so you can easily attach it to your bag.
While they sound decent when you first use them, their companion app gives you access to a great parametric EQ so you can tweak the way they sound. The Jaybird MySound app also sets you up with an online platform of community-made playlists and EQ presets, where you can share your favorite tracks and sound profiles with your friends and even map each earbud's buttons to trigger specific commands.
These headphones are great for running thanks to their stable yet comfortable fit, customizable sound, and durable design. However, their battery doesn’t last as long as competing models like the Beats Powerbeats Pro or the Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless. Thankfully, they have an auto-off timer that can help with battery life and their charging case is supposed to provide up 10 extra hours of playback. Overall, they’re great truly wireless earbuds to wear while working out.
If you work out in a noisy environment and want something that'll do a better job at blocking out background noise, get the Jabra Elite Active 65t. They aren't as comfortable as the Jaybird Vista Truly Wireless, but they isolate sound significantly better, which is great if you want to be able to work out in peace. While they sound decent out-of-the-box, they're fully customizable through Jabra's Sound+ app, allowing you to better suit the sound profile to your needs. The app also allows you to enable Jabra's HearThrough feature, which is helpful when running outdoors. Unfortunately, they're a bit bulky and may not be the most comfortable for everyone, but on the upside, they're rated IP56 for sweat resistance, though this isn't something we test.
If you want a comfortable pair of truly wireless in-ears that are great for running, get the Jaybird, but if you are often bothered by background sounds and want a pair that isolates noise better, go with the Jabra.
The best truly wireless earbuds for iPhone we’ve tested so far are the Beats Powerbeats Pro. What makes them work so well with iPhones is the H1 chip that allows for easy pairing and a strong, stable connection. The over-the-ear hook design provides a secure and comfortable fit without having to insert the earbuds deep into the ear canals. However, this design comes at a cost: they don't isolate noise as well as other sports-oriented headphones.
Where Beats went over and beyond to set themselves apart is their longevity. At over 11 hours of continuous playback on a 45-minute charge, they have the best battery life of all truly wireless earbuds, which is great! They sound good: the profile is remarkably well-balanced, with vocals and lead instruments accurately reproduced, but the treble can be uneven at times. It's suitable for almost any type of music, including podcasts and audiobooks. That said, you're stuck with the default sound, as there aren't any apps for further customization.
The IPX4 rating is a bit disappointing as well; it's good enough for a splash, but definitely not recommended for swimming or even partial submersion. All in all, if you have an iPhone and want to take advantage of the seamless integration Apple offers, these are the best that you can get.
If you want truly wireless earbuds that still pair seamlessly to your Apple devices but want a less sports-oriented, more casual design, go with the Apple AirPods 2. Their controls aren't nearly as good as the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless since they don't have physical buttons, but they're much more compact. They have a mediocre 4-hour battery life but can be fully charged in half an hour, which is great if you need to give them a quick juice-up before leaving the house. They're very lightweight and since they don't enter your ear canal, most people should find them quite comfortable, though this can depend on your ear shape and size. Unfortunately, they have very poor bass response that will disappoint fans of bass-heavy genres, making these much better suited for podcasts or genres like classical or 70s rock.
If you have an iPhone and want a pair of truly wireless headphones that are more geared toward sports and sound better, go with the Beats, but if you want a more casual and portable design, get the Apple.
If you're an Android user and looking for the best true wireless earbuds, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless are the best that we’ve tested so far. The all-black lightweight design provides a secure fit that's good enough for sports and they don't need to be inserted deep into the ear canals, which may cause discomfort for some people. Even though the battery life is already excellent at around 7.5 hours of playtime, the included charging case provides an additional 6 to 7 hours.
The overall sound profile is well-balanced but a tad light on the bass. Although Samsung has a companion app for customization, it's limited to presets. The app also allows you to remap the touch controls on the earbuds, including voice commands and ambient noise mode, which lets you hear your surroundings without having to pause your music. Unfortunately, this app is only available on Android, so while the earbuds do work with iPhones, you can't customize them unless you pair them back to an Android phone.
If you need to take a call, the microphone is okay. Voices will generally sound thin and muffled, and it doesn't do so well when there's a lot of background noise. Overall, these are the best wireless earbuds for Android.
If you want the portability of truly wireless earbuds without having to sacrifice on sound quality, then get the Bose SoundSport Free; they’re the best sounding wireless earbuds we’ve tested so far. They also have a comfortable earbud design that fits securely without causing too much soreness, even after longer periods of use. Their earbuds are a bit on the heavy side, but they do feel very dense and durable.
These truly wireless earphones have a remarkably balanced sound profile and reproduce audio with impressive accuracy. They have deep bass that’s punchy without being muddy and their treble is clear and present, but not too bright. They bring a touch of extra presence to vocals and lead instruments, which makes them sound slightly forward, but they otherwise reproduce audio very faithfully.
Unfortunately, they have a rather bulky design that protrudes out of the ear quite a bit and are rather difficult to use. The controls aren’t the easiest to access and their buttons are very rigid, which makes them hard to press down. That said, they do feel like solid and well-built earbuds. If you don’t mind their stiff controls, then the Bose are a good choice for those who want well-built sports earbuds that still deliver good sound quality.
Good sounding earbuds like the Bose SoundSport Truly Wireless Earbuds are great, if you can hear them over the noisy urban life that we live in; for those looking for something more customizable, consider the Sony WF-1000XM3. They're on the bulky side and protrude from the ear, but their passive isolation coupled with active noise cancellation are fairly effective at blocking out ambient noise. The roughly 7-hour battery life is decent and the charging case holds three additional charges, should you run low or forget to charge them ahead of time. While Sony does provide a good selection of tips, they're all quite large and achieving a good fit is a challenge. The default sound is very good but there's a bit of sharpness in the treble, which can be adjusted with the excellent Sony Headphones Connect app, one of the best on the market.
If you want the best sounding truly wireless earbuds, the Bose are better, but if you want to be immersed in your favorite songs and tune out our ever-increasing noise pollution, get the Sony.
If you want cheaper versatile truly wireless in-ears with decent sound, then get the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air; they’re the best wireless earbuds under $100 we’ve tested so far. They don’t have all the features of the Jaybird Vista Truly Wireless or feel as durable as the Bose SoundSport Free, but they’re still well-rounded in-ears that are fairly inexpensive considering the value they provide.
They are well-designed and look similar to the Apple AirPods 2 2019, but with a glossy finish. They isolate quite a bit of noise passively and are fairly comfortable, even though they fit quite deeply in the ear canal. They have outstanding audio reproduction and sound balanced enough to be suitable for all genres of music.
Unfortunately, their touch-sensitive control scheme doesn’t offer the same level feedback as models with voice prompts or physical buttons. They also don’t feel as well-built or as durable as some of the more premium truly wireless in-ears we’ve reviewed. That said, they’re still a good choice for those looking for versatile truly wireless in-ears at a reasonable price.
If you’re looking for truly wireless earbuds that deliver decent performance without breaking the bank, then get the SoundPeats TrueFree. They’re among the best cheap wireless earbuds we’ve tested thanks to their solid build quality, reasonably comfortable design, and decent sound.
They have a bass-heavy sound signature with lots of punch. They’re well-suited to genres with lots of deep, thumping bass like dubstep, techno, or house music thanks to their extended and over-emphasized low bass. Fans of more vocal-centric jazz, classical, or even pop music may find they lack detail, but this won’t be as noticeable by everyone. Their 3.3-hour battery life isn’t as good as that of some of the more premium options on this list, but their charging case holds an estimated 4 to 5 extra charges for extra power.
Unfortunately, they’re missing volume controls and their charging case doesn’t have a lid. You may want to consider the JLab Audio JBuds Air if you prefer having volume controls and a better-built case, but they perform very similarly otherwise. The JBuds Air are also more expensive, so the SoundPeats generally provide better value overall.
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.
11/22/2019: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.