Whether you have a phone that doesn't have an audio jack or prefer the freedom of going wireless, finding the best wireless earbuds all comes down to what matters most to you. If you're looking for earphones to use at the office, noise isolation and battery life might be your top priorities, but if you need in-ears for the gym, you'll probably care more about fit and durability. There are specialized models out there to fit virtually every need, and some are even versatile enough to keep up whether you're running a marathon or sitting on the bus. With so many different models to choose from, though, where do you start?
We've tested over 170 pairs of wireless earbuds and in-ear headphones, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best Bluetooth earbuds to buy. If you're curious about wireless headphones in general, take a look at our recommendations for the best Bluetooth headphones. You'll also want to check our recommendations for the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds under $50 and $100 if you have a specific budget in mind.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ are the best wireless earbuds that we've tested. These sleek, premium-looking in-ears have a very versatile overall performance that makes them suitable for lots of different listeners. They're comfortable and impressively stable in your ear, so they should stay in place even during more strenuous workouts.
They offer a very neutral and balanced sound profile, so they're suitable for listening to lots of different audio content. There are a few EQ presets in the Galaxy Wearable app that let you customize their sound to your liking. Also, their continuous battery life of 13.3 hours is impressive, and their portable charging case can help you power up when you're on-the-go.
Unfortunately, they don't have an ANC feature, and they can't really block out bass-heavy background noises like bus or plane engines. Also, their touch-sensitive control scheme isn't very easy to use if you're wearing gloves. However, these well-built in-ears still rank among the best headphones we've tested.
If you're looking for a pair of truly wireless earbuds with a broader range of features, consider the Jabra Elite Active 85t. These truly wireless headphones have a less stable fit than the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless and have a slightly less well-balanced sound profile, but they're equipped with an active noise cancellation (ANC) feature and are multi-device pairing-capable, so you can stream music from your phone while remaining connected to your computer. Their companion app also features a graphic EQ. They feel better-made and have a more comprehensive control scheme that offers a greater degree of feedback. Unfortunately, their single-charge battery life is less than half that of the Samsung, though they do come with a case that supplies nearly 30 hours of total playback time.
Get the Samsung if you want longer continuous battery life and a more stable fit, but consider the Jabra if you want a richer feature set and a more premium build quality.
The best wireless earbuds for noise cancellation we've tested are the Apple AirPods Pro. These premium in-ears are very well-built and provide excellent noise isolation thanks to their in-ear fit and active noise cancelling feature. They come with silicone tips that differ from the previous Apple models and might suit a lot more people for a more comfortable and stable fit.
They use the Apple H1 chip to connect to iOS devices, making them one of the best wireless earbuds for iPhone. They also sound very well-balanced and neutral, making them suitable for a wide variety of music genres. Their ANC is also great and blocks a lot of ambient noise, making them a good option if you often ride public transit.
Unfortunately, their interface isn't available with Android devices, and the microphone doesn't offer a good recording quality. You should also get about five hours of continuous playtime, which isn't bad for truly wireless headphones but won't be enough for a full day. Nevertheless, if you're looking for high-end wireless earbuds that block out the noise around you and let you focus on your music or audiobook, these are an excellent choice.
The Jaybird Tarah Pro are the best Bluetooth earbuds for working out that we've tested. These well-built wireless in-ears have a very stable fit, so they shouldn't fall out of your ears during your workout. They're lightweight and breathable, and they even have an IPX7 rating for sweat and water resistance, though we don't test for this.
Overall, they have a decently neutral sound profile, with a touch of extra boom in the bass range to help you stay motivated during your toughest workouts. If you prefer a different sound, you can customize them using the parametric EQ and presets available in the Jaybird MySound app. They don't leak a lot of noise, either, so you can crank up the volume without bothering the people working out around you.
Unfortunately, they don't support multi-device pairing, which may be disappointing if you like to switch your audio source from your phone to your laptop frequently. Like many wireless headphones, their in-line microphone doesn't have the best recording quality, so they aren't the best choice for taking phone calls while on a run. However, if you love to listen to music during your workout, these headphones are a solid choice.
If you want to avoid wires altogether, check out the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless. Unlike the Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless, they lack an EQ to help adjust their sound to your liking and they aren't as well built, but they have a truly wireless design, which some users may prefer. They're more comfortable, have over 11 hours of continuous battery life, and their hard carrying case supplies one additional charge, which is nice when you're on-the-go. Their balanced sound profile is also suitable for a variety of audio content, and thanks to their H1 chip, it easy to seamlessly pair them with Apple devices. While they don't cut down very much ambient noise, some people may prefer this as it allows you to stay aware of your surroundings when running outdoors.
Consider the Jaybird if you're looking for better-built headphones with a customizable sound profile. However, if you want something more comfortable, try the Beats instead.
The Creative Outlier V2 are the best wireless earbuds under $100 that we've tested. These well-built truly wireless headphones deliver over 10 hours of continuous playback time with two additional charges in their carrying case if you need it. They also have a comfortable and stable fit, which is nice if you like to jog or work out.
Right out-of-the-box, they have an excited, v-shaped sound profile that adds thump and boom to your mixes while keeping vocals and lead instruments bright. That said, if you prefer a different sound, their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets. While we don't currently test it, you can also access the Super X-FI virtual soundstage feature which adjusts the headphones' sound reproduction to better suit your ears. If you like to stream video from your smartphone when you're on-the-go, they have low audio latency on iOS and Android.
Although they have a decent overall passive noise isolation performance, they struggle to cut down bass-range noise like bus and engine chatter as well as mid-range sounds like ambient chatter. However, if you're looking to save some money, these headphones offer a customizable audio performance with a comfortable, well-built design. They're even among the best cheap wireless earbuds that we've tested too.
The best budget wireless earbuds that we've tested are the FIIL T1X True Wireless. These truly wireless in-ears offer up a fairly customizable listening experience, with a companion app that allows you to switch between 15 different EQ presets. That said, their default sound profile is fairly well-balanced and should suit a wide mix of musical genres and audio content.
The buds have a solid-feeling plastic construction that should survive a couple of drops and bumps with little difficulty. They're also rated IP65 for dust and water resistance, though we don't currently test for that. They're comfortable enough to wear for extended periods and do a great job of staying firmly in place, even when your head around vigorously. Their nearly seven-hour battery life is relatively good for a pair of true wireless headphones, though they have a carrying case that supplies roughly three additional charges as well as a standby mode to help conserve power when not in use.
Unfortunately, they have somewhat high audio latency when connected to Bluetooth-enabled PCs as well as some mobile Android devices, which can be disruptive if you're planning on gaming or streaming videos while wearing them. They also struggle to block out low-pitched ambient noise, like the rumble of bus or plane engines. That said, if you're looking for relatively affordable yet versatile true wireless headphones, these are a good option.
If you're looking for wallet-friendly Bluetooth headphones with a better noise isolation performance, take a look at the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 94 Truly Wireless. While they're slightly just above the $50 price point and, unlike the FIIL T1X True Wireless, lack any sound enhancement features, they have an ANC to help cut down background noise. This feature has excellent performance and can block out the rumble of bus and plane engines as well as office chatter. These well-built headphones also have a stable fit and are even rated IPX5 for water resistance, though we don't currently test for this. However, some users may find their bass-heavy and dark sound profile a bit muddy. They also have a continuous battery life of under four hours, which may not last through your workday. Luckily, their carrying case holds three additional charges and they have an auto-off timer to conserve battery life when you're not using them.
If you're looking for truly wireless headphones with a more customizable sound profile and longer continuous battery life, try the FIIL. However, if you need an ANC to help reduce noise during your commute or workday, consider the TaoTronics.
Mar 26, 2021: Verified our picks to ensure accuracy and product availability. There have been no changes in our recommendations.
Feb 25, 2021: Replaced Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless with Creative Outlier Air V2 True Wireless as 'Best Wireless Earbuds Under $100' due to broader feature set. Replaced Creative Outlier Air V2 True Wireless with FIIL T1X True Wireless as 'Best Budget Wireless Earbuds' due to current pricing. Removed 'More Stable Alternative' category. Added TaoTronics SoundLiberty 94 Truly Wireless to main recommendations as the pick for new 'Noise Cancelling Alternative' category. Added Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless, Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro Truly Wireless, and Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Truly Wireless to Notable Mentions.
Jan 26, 2021: Replaced Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless with Jabra Elite Active 85t Truly Wireless due to superior mixed usage score. Replaced Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019 with Creative Outlier V2 True Wireless due to current availability. Removed Sony WI-1000X Wireless from Notable Mentions due to current availability. Added JBL CLUB PRO+ TWS True Wireless to Notable Mentions.
Dec 23, 2020: Removed the AUKEY Latitude Wireless and Bose SoundSport Wireless from Notable Mentions. Minor changes to the text and updates to Notable Mentions.
Nov 27, 2020: Removed Amazon Echo Buds True Wireless due to current availability. Added FIIL T1X Truly Wireless to recommendations.
Oct 30, 2020: Removed the Bose QuietControl 30/QC30 Wireless and the SoundPeats TrueFree/True Wireless from Notable Mentions to reflect changing availability.
Sep 04, 2020: Added the FIIL T1X True Wireless as a Notable Mention.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best wireless earbuds and in-ear headphones for most people to buy, according to their needs. 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 in the US).
If you would like to choose for yourself, here's the list of all our reviews for wireless earbuds and in-ears. 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.