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The 8 Best Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds - Spring 2023 Reviews

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Best Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds

Whether you have a phone that doesn't have an audio jack or prefer the freedom of going wireless, finding the best in-ear wireless headphones 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; if you need in-ears for the gym, you'll probably care more about fit and durability. There are specialized models 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, where do you start?

We've bought and tested over 230 pairs of wireless earbuds and in-ear headphones, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds to buy. If you're curious about wireless headphones in general, look at our recommendations for the best Bluetooth headphones. You'll also want to check our picks for the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds under $50 and $100 if you have a specific budget in mind.


  1. Best Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds

    The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Truly Wireless are the best wireless earbuds that we've tested. These high-end buds are the best you can get if you care about noise isolation. Like most of Bose's lineup, they have an outstanding noise cancelling (ANC) system that outperforms their competitors like the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless. They easily tackle plane engine noise and ambient chatter, making them a solid choice for office use or long trips. With their ANC on, they also last well over six hours continuously, and their carrying case supplies an extra three charges if you need it.

    Although they're bulky compared to other picks on this list, they're a bit smaller than their predecessor, the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless, and have a very comfortable fit. They've also got stability fins to help keep them in your ear when you're on the go. Their sound profile is more bass-heavy than what our graph shows. However, this is due to the shape of our rig's ear canals, and subjectively, there's extra boom, which muddies vocals and instruments. Luckily, if you prefer a different sound, their companion app's graphic EQ and presets let you adjust their sound to your liking. That said, although they're premium buds, they don't support multi-device pairing, which is surprising at this price point.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Bluetooth Earbuds

    The Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Generation) Truly Wireless are, as the name states, the next generation of Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless. These earbuds have the same premium build and a comfortable design as their successor, as well as the same Apple-exclusive features, like an H2 chip for easy pairing with iOS devices and virtual surround sound via Apple Music. While they don't come with sound customization features, unlike the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Truly Wireless, they have a well-balanced sound profile that suits most types of audio.

    Their active noise cancelling (ANC) feature does a great job of blocking noise in the bass and mid-range. There's a 'Transparency' mode for when you want to hear your surroundings, but otherwise, you can't adjust the ANC. These earbuds have the same six-hour battery life as the Bose earbuds with ANC on, and their case holds four extra charges, so you can always top it up. If you're looking for premium earbuds with a longer-lasting battery, the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 last almost nine hours on a single charge. However, they aren't as comfortable, and their ANC doesn't perform quite as well.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Bluetooth Earbuds

    If you're looking for a price that's not so steep, try the Google Pixel Buds Pro Truly Wireless. These earbuds don't have the same premium feel as the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless, but they're packed with plenty of features you might not expect, considering their lower price. Their ANC has a similar excellent performance, so it can help reduce noise like rumbling engines or background conversations. They have a continuous battery life of about eight hours and come with a portable charging case that stores a couple of extra charges. They even support multi-device pairing, meaning you can stay connected with your phone and computer at the same time.

    They have a v-shaped sound profile that adds extra bass to your audio, while vocals and instruments are bright. Their sound can be customized with a graphic EQ and presets in the companion app. If you're using a Google Pixel phone, they offer spatial audio for a more immersive listening experience. Unfortunately, while they have a comfortable fit for most people, they can pop out of your ears over time. This can affect how the earbuds deliver bass, so it's important to get a good fit to ensure consistent sound delivery. If you want earbuds with a more comfortable fit overall, the Sony LinkBuds S Truly Wireless are another great mid-range option. They have a more stable fit but a weaker ANC performance.

    See our review

  4. Best Lower Mid-Range Bluetooth Earbuds

    The Anker Soundcore Space A40 Truly Wireless are a relatively affordable option that don't sacrifice extra features like ANC or app support. Their noise isolation performance rivals the Google Pixel Buds Pro Truly Wireless', so they can help reduce noise during your commute or at the office. You can also choose different modes to suit different situations, including an adaptive setting meant to adjust automatically to the amount of noise in your environment. With ANC on, they last about eight hours of continuous use, and their case stores four extra charges. Like the previous pick, they support multi-device pairing.

    They have a warm default sound profile, with cozy-sounding vocals and lead instruments. If you prefer a different sound, the companion app includes a graphic EQ and presets. They also support LDAC, Sony's proprietary codec for high-res audio, but unlike the Google earbuds, don't come with any virtual surround sound features. They aren't the best option for workouts since they don't have stability fins or a very stable fit and may slip out of place if you move your head around a lot.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Wireless Earbuds

    The Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless are the best wireless earbuds in the budget range that we've tested. These more affordable buds lack features like noise cancelling and a companion app, but if you don't mind, they offer solid overall performance and one big advantage. They last around seven hours of continuous use, but their portable charging case holds nearly 13 extra charges. That gives the buds an extremely long total battery life of almost 100 hours, which is nice if you forget to charge your earbuds' case or don't want to worry about finding a place to charge it during long trips.

    They have a decently comfortable fit for most people, and thanks to their stability fins, they'll stay in place during workouts. Their sound profile adds rumble, punch, and boom to your audio. Vocals and lead instruments are clear and present, so their sound is suitable for a variety of genres, but these elements also lack a bit of detail. The earbuds don't have any sound customization features like an EQ or presets, unlike the pricier options on this list. Also, the lack of ANC means they aren't good at blocking out bass-range noise like rumbling engines.

    See our review

  6. Best Cheap Wireless Earbuds

    If you're on a tight budget, the JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless are worth checking out, thanks to their good build quality and surprisingly long continuous battery life. Although their total battery life is significantly lower than the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless, they still last over nine hours continuously. Their carrying case also holds three additional charges if you need it. While their battery life is impressive, the tradeoff is that they don't have active noise cancelling (ANC), which can be a dealbreaker for some.

    They can block out a satisfactory amount of ambient noise like office chatter but don't rely on them if you're looking to cut down sounds like the rumble of bus engines, as they aren't as effective at tacking bass-range noise. They also don't come with a companion app, meaning that the only EQ options you have are the three EQ presets built into the earbuds, which gives you significantly less control over the audio. Using the 'JLab Signature' EQ, they have a bass-rich sound profile that delivers a bump of extra punch and boom to mixes. That said, vocals and lead instruments aren't overwhelmed by the extra bass.

    See our review

  7. Best Bluetooth Earbuds For Sound Quality

    The Jabra Elite 7 Pro True Wireless are the best Bluetooth earbuds for sound quality we've tested. Out of the box, they have a very neutral sound profile that's more versatile than our similarly priced pick, the Anker Soundcore Space A40 Truly Wireless, which have warmer bass and sharper sibilants. The Jabra's vocals and lead instruments sound clear and intense, while the flat bass adds just enough boom, thump, and rumble to your mixes. If you prefer a different sound, their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets to help you fine-tune their sound to your liking.

    These well-built in-ears can block out a decent amount of background noise so that you can focus on your audio, but their ANC system doesn't do anything to improve noise isolation. They're comfortable and suitable for long listening sessions, and their battery lasts over eight hours continuously. They also have an auto-off timer to help conserve battery life, and the carrying case holds roughly three extra charges.

    See our review

  8. Best Bluetooth Earbuds For Running

    Unlike other mid-range earbuds on our list, the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless feature stability fins to keep them securely in place. They have a sturdy, well-built design and are certified IP68 against dust and submersion in water, so it's not a big deal if you drop one in a puddle. Out of the box, they have a well-balanced, versatile sound profile. If you prefer a different sound, you can customize them with a parametric EQ and presets in the headphones' companion app.

    While these are our pick for the best in-ear Bluetooth headphones for running, they only last for about five hours off a single charge. There are two extra charges in the carrying case, but that still means they're less than ideal for long excursions. Additionally, their ANC system doesn't do a good job of reducing bass-range noise like rumbling engines, although it's better at blocking out mid-range noise like ambient conversations.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3: The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 have great active noise cancellation, eight hours of continuous battery, and a customizable sound profile. However, they're less comfortable than other premium earbuds, like the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless, and don't block out as much noise as the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Truly Wireless. See our review
  • Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless: The Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless have a customizable sound profile and a great noise isolation performance. Compared to the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Truly Wireless, they have a recessed treble range. They also don't support NFC pairing or Sony's Virtualphones Technology (VPT) virtual surround feature. See our review
  • Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless: Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are the predecessor to the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless. While both earbuds have the same premium build quality, the original model doesn't have as good an ANC performance as their successor. They don't have as long-lasting a battery as the second-generation model and can't reproduce as much low-bass. However, the first generation have a more neutral sound profile out of the box, which some users may prefer since you can't adjust the EQ settings. See our review
  • Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless: The Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless have a great noise isolation performance, a comfortable in-ear fit, and some features only available on Samsung devices. However, they have a shorter continuous battery life than the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless and aren't as well-built. See our review
  • Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless: The Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless are a viable alternative to the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless if you prefer an ear-hook design. However, they don't feel as well-built and don't have any sound customization features. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Mar 22, 2023: Checked that the products are relevant and in stock, and made minor updates to the text.

  2. Feb 23, 2023: Quality of life update for better relevance and readability.

  3. Jan 24, 2023: We've updated the text to ensure accuracy and product availability. However, there hasn't been a change in our recommendations.

  4. Dec 15, 2022: Named the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Truly Wireless as our top pick and moved the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 to Notable Mentions. Replaced the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless with the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Generation) Truly Wireless and updated our mid-range pick to the Google Pixel Buds Pro Truly Wireless. We also added a 'Lower-Mid-Range' category.

  5. Jul 25, 2022: We've reformatted this article to present better picks for users' needs. We've replaced the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless with the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 as 'Best Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds' and added the JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless as 'Best Cheap Wireless Earbuds'.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best in-ear wireless 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 U.S.).

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.

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