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The 7 Best Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds And In Ear Headphones - March 2019
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Best Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds
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If you don’t like the cumbersome design of over-ears and prefer low-profile headphones, smaller earbuds and in-ears can be a good choice. But if you don’t like having a wire going to your phone and prefer the freedom of wireless technology (or maybe your phone doesn’t even have an audio jack), Bluetooth connected earbuds and in-ears are even better. 

We've tested 315 headphones and below are our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds to buy in March 2019. See also our recommendations for the best sounding wireless earbuds, the best Bluetooth headphones, and the best earbuds and in-ears.

  1. Best Wireless Earbuds: Jaybird Tarah Pro

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2017
    • 0.9: Winter 2016
    7.2
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
    Score components:
    7.1
    Critical Listening
    What it is: The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
    Score components:
    7.5
    Commute/Travel
    What it is: How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
    Score components:
    8.2
    Sports/Fitness
    What it is: How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
    Score components:
    7.3
    Office
    What it is: How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
    Score components:
    5.9
    TV
    Score components:
    5.7
    Gaming
    Score components:
    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    The best wireless Bluetooth earbuds we’ve tested so far are the Jaybird Tarah Pro. They’re highly customizable in-ear headphones with a very good battery and decent sound. Their very stable fit makes them a great option for fitness enthusiasts, and they isolate well enough to be a good choice for commuters too.

    The Jaybird Tarah Pro have pretty good audio reproduction for in-ear headphones and are compatible with the great Jaybird MySound app for further customization. They also have a very good battery for wireless in-ears, notably when compared to the regular Tarah. They last over 13 hours on a charge, which should be more than enough for an average workday. Their latency is still a bit too high to fully enjoy streaming video and mobile gaming without lag, but they perform better than most Bluetooth headphones.

    Unfortunately, these earbuds come with a proprietary charging cradle that’s a bit restrictive, since it means you can’t just borrow a friend’s micro-USB cable if you leave yours at home. They also can’t connect to two devices simultaneously like the regular Tarah can. That said, these are still a solid upgrade on the regular model, especially in terms of battery life. They’re versatile, well-rounded wireless in-ears that are a decent choice for everyday use.

    See our review

  2. Better-Isolating Alternative: Bose QuietControl 30

    Type : Earbuds
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : Yes
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you’re looking for more comfortable earbuds with great isolation, get the Bose QuietControl 30. They’re not as customizable as the Jaybird Tarah Pro and aren’t as good an option for sports, but they do have a great active noise-canceling feature. They have a great neutral sound, and, like most in-ears, they have little sound leakage, which makes them a great choice for your daily commute. They have a comfortable build and are quite versatile for everyday use.

    Unfortunately, there have been reports that the neckband build quality isn’t the best, as the coating starts peeling off after a few months of usage. The Bose app also doesn’t offer sound customization other than a noise canceling slider and the around-the-neck design might not be for everyone. Nevertheless, the Bose QuietControl 30 are good-sounding earbuds that are very comfortable and should not disappoint most users, especially for commute and travel.

    See our review

  3. Truly Wireless Alternative: Jabra Elite Active 65t

    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Truly Wireless
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you prefer a truly wireless fit, especially for sports, get the Jabra Elite Active 65t. They don’t sound as good out-of-the-box as the Jaybird Tarah Pro, but they are a versatile truly wireless option that's great for sports. They’re well designed with a high-end matte finish and come with a very good charging case.

    However, their bulkier earbud design might not be for everyone and some might not find them as comfortable. That said, the Jabra Elite Active 65t are compatible with the Jabra Sound+ app, which has a few controls and customization options and are decent overall truly wireless earbuds for most use cases.

    See our review

  4. Best Mid-Range Wireless Earbuds: Samsung Gear IconX

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2017
    • 0.9: Winter 2016
    7.1
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
    Score components:
    7.2
    Critical Listening
    What it is: The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
    Score components:
    7.5
    Commute/Travel
    What it is: How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
    Score components:
    8.2
    Sports/Fitness
    What it is: How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
    Score components:
    7.3
    Office
    What it is: How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
    Score components:
    5.5
    TV
    Score components:
    4.9
    Gaming
    Score components:
    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Truly Wireless
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you’re looking for feature-packed truly wireless earbuds that are more comfortable than the Jabra Elite Active 65t, get the Samsung Gear IconX; they're the best Bluetooth earbuds in the mid-range category. Their price fluctuates a lot, but it’s often possible to find them on sale for a good deal. They’re not as easy-to-use as the Jaybird Tarah Pro, but they’re more portable and come with a great hard charging case. They have a lightweight in-ear fit that’s very stable and great for sports while also being comfortable enough for everyday use.

    The Samsung Gear IconX are well-built and sound pretty decent. They have pretty good isolation performance hardly leak at all, so you can raise the volume of your music to safe listening levels without those around you hearing what you’re listening to. Their battery is okay, with 4.6 hours of battery life, but this is about average for truly wireless in-ears in 2019. They even have 4GB of onboard storage, so you can load them with your favorite tracks and enjoy listening to music or audiobooks on a run without needing your smartphone.

    Unfortunately, they’re not very sweatproof, and our unit had issues with getting clogged with sweat and debris after only a few months of use, decreasing the volume output. It was possible to clean them to bring them back to normal, but the Jabra Elite Active 65t doesn’t seem to have this problem. That said, if you don’t mind a little routine maintenance, the Samsung Gear IconX are still a great choice for athletes and fitness enthusiasts looking for comfortable truly wireless in-ears.

    See our review

  5. Cheaper Alternative: Anker SoundCore Liberty Air

    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Truly Wireless
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you like the sound quality of the Samsung Gear IconX but would like to save a bit of money and don’t need as many active features, get the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air. They’re not as comfortable as the IconX, and their control scheme has mediocre feedback, but they’re decent-sounding truly wireless in-ears at a fair price. They have great isolation and are a good choice for commuters who don’t mind their fit.

    The Anker SoundCore Liberty Air aren’t as well-built as the Samsung Gear IconX – their glossy finish is a fingerprint magnet – and they don’t have any customization options, but they’re still versatile truly wireless in-ears that are worth considering, especially if the Samsung Gear IconX are hard to find at a good price.

    See our review

  6. Best Budget Wireless Earbuds: Anker SoundBuds Curve

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2017
    • 0.9: Winter 2016
    6.8
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
    Score components:
    6.9
    Critical Listening
    What it is: The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
    Score components:
    7.0
    Commute/Travel
    What it is: How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
    Score components:
    7.9
    Sports/Fitness
    What it is: How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
    Score components:
    6.9
    Office
    What it is: How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
    Score components:
    5.5
    TV
    Score components:
    5.3
    Gaming
    Score components:
    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If the Jaybird X4 or Bose SoundSport Wireless are still too expensive, the best wireless in-ear headphones we've tested in the budget category are the Anker SoundBuds Curve. They aren’t truly wireless like the Jabra Elite Active 65t, and they do not isolate as much in noisy conditions, but they’re compact, comfortable headphones with over-ear hooks for good stability while running.

    They have a decent sound profile with an overemphasized bass which can be good for bass-heavy genres, and usually sound better than most headphones in that price range. They also have a good 12-hour battery life which should last you all day.

    Unfortunately, they don’t isolate noise very well and don’t have the best build quality with thin cables. Nevertheless, the SoundBuds Curve offer great value for their price.

    See our review

  7. More Sweatproof Alternative: JBL Endurance Sprint

    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you like the over-ear hook design from the Anker SoundBuds Curve but sound quality and sweat resistance are more important to you, then consider the JBL Endurance Sprint. They might not have the long battery life of the Curve, but they have better sound quality. They are also more sweatproof and are rated IPX7 if you’re concerned about sweat or water damaging your headphones.

    Unfortunately, the bulkier hooks and in-ear fit aren’t as comfortable as the Anker Curve and the touch-sensitive control scheme is hard to use, sometimes inaccurate, but it's a nice and rare addition to headphones in that price range.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Bose SoundSport Wireless: Decent wireless headphones with great sound that are good for sports but have poor isolation and aren’t very sweat-proof. See our review
  • Jabra Elite 65e: A cheaper alternative to the QC30 but slightly worse performance overall.  See our review
  • Jaybird Freedom F5:  A lightweight and well-built sports headphone with a customizable sound. The charging clip may be a deal breaker for some.  See our review
  • Apple AirPods Wireless: Versatile and well rounded wireless earbuds. Limited on Android.  See our review
  • Samsung Level U Pro: A customizable wireless in-ear with a decent sound. Not as well built as the U Flex but a good alternative.  See our review
  • Anker Soundcore Spirit X: A more sweat-proof alternative to the SoundBuds Curve but also a bit more expensive.  See our review
  • Sony WI-SP600N: A wireless noise canceling in-ear with a good build quality, and a decent performance overall. However, the mediocre noise cancellation may not be the best value for your money.  See our review
  • Bose SoundSport Free: A truly wireless variant of the Bose earbud design. Comfortable and sound good but slightly bulky and lack good customization options.  See our review
  • B&O PLAY Beoplay E8: Well-designed premium truly wireless earbuds with a high-end feel. Don’t sound as good as our top picks so they may not provide great value for most. See our review
  • Jaybird X4: They Jaybird X4 are decent wireless earbuds that support multi-device pairing but are outperformed by the Tarah Pro in nearly every other category. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best Bluetooth earbuds and in-ear headphones to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper headphone wins over a pricier one 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 wireless Bluetooth in-ear headphones and earbuds. 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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