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 180 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 best wireless earbuds that we've tested are the Samsung Galaxy Buds+. These sleek, comfortable earbuds offer an over 13-hour battery life, and their portable charging case comes with around one extra charge for when you're on the go. They even have three different sizes of stability fins and silicone tips to help you find the most stable fit possible.
Thanks to their neutral, well-balanced sound profile, they're suitable for a wide range of music genres. If you prefer a different sound, you can choose from five different EQ presets via the companion app. The app also has an adjustable 'Ambient Sound' setting that lets you control how much background noise you hear, which is nice if you want to stay aware of your surroundings, though we don't test for this.
Unfortunately, their touch-sensitive controls make it easy to accidentally press a button and can be difficult to use while wearing gloves. Like most truly wireless earbuds, their microphone performance isn't the best, so it can make your voice sound muffled and unnatural. That said, these decently versatile earbuds rank among the best headphones we've tested.
If you're looking for a more versatile pair of wireless earbuds with more customization features, consider the Jabra Elite Active 75t instead. While their bass-heavy default sound profile isn't as well-balanced as the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless, their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets to help you customize their sound profile to your liking. These comfortable, stable earbuds also have an easier-to-use control scheme thanks to their physical controls. They don't leak a lot of noise, so you can crank up the volume without bothering the people around you. Unfortunately, their slightly over 6-hour continuous battery life isn't the most impressive, but their portable charging case conveniently comes with around three extra charges.
If you want earbuds with longer continuous battery life and a more neutral out-of-the-box sound profile, consider the Samsung, but if you want more customization options, check out the Jabra instead.
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 work 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.
If you're looking for Bluetooth earphones with excellent noise cancelling that'll save you quite a bit of money, check out the Amazon Echo Buds. They don't look and feel nearly as premium as the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless, and they won't easily pair to your Apple devices, but they're a lot cheaper and have an equally excellent ANC feature. Their ANC is tuned a bit differently than the Apple, and actually does a much better job against very low-bass sounds, like the rumbles of engines. Their out-of-the-box sound profile is very well-balanced and versatile, and you can customize it via a graphic EQ in the Amazon Alexa app. Unfortunately, these headphones require the app even for pairing, which may bother people who don't want to install more apps on their devices.
If you have multiple Apple devices and want a more premium pair of headphones that seamlessly pair to them all, go with the Apple headphones. However, if you want truly wireless in-ears with an excellent ANC feature that doesn't cost nearly as much, get the Amazon earbuds.
The best Bluetooth earbuds for working out we've tested are the Jaybird Tarah Pro. With an IPX7 rating for waterproofing, a solid braided cable, and a durable, easy-to-use in-line remote, these impressively well-built wireless earbuds feel ready to handle your toughest workouts. They have a very stable fit and are fairly comfortable, as well.
While they perform fairly well overall right out-of-the-box, their compatibility with their great companion app sets them apart from the rest. Not only are there a ton of EQ presets, but there's a full parametric EQ as well for you to fine-tune the way they sound. You can even share your EQ presets or Spotify playlists with other athletes. Their battery lasts for over 13 hours, and they have an auto-off timer that triggers when the earbuds are snapped together around your neck, which can help them last even longer.
While their battery performance is quite decent, they charge using a proprietary charging cradle. This can be especially annoying if you need to top them off before a workout but forgot their cable at home. The cheaper JBL Reflect Mini 2 Wireless use a regular micro-USB cable, which is a lot more convenient, but their battery doesn't last as long, and they don't feel as well-built.
If you don't like having a cable brushing on your neck and jumping up and down at every step you take, check out the Beats Powerbeats Pro. They might not feel as durable as the Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless and are only rated IPX4 for water resistance, but overall, their fit might be better suited for runners. They have an ear-hook design that makes them one of the most stable options available, and their in-ear fit is somewhat open, so you should still be able to hear oncoming traffic and your surroundings. They have about 11 hours of life, so you'll be able to enjoy your favorite playlist for multiple workouts. They sound well-balanced and should please most people thanks to their versatility.
If you're looking for all-weather earbuds for working out and don't mind the cable, get the Jaybird. However, if you prefer the freedom of truly wireless earbuds, you'll want to check out the Beats.
The best wireless earbuds under $100 that we've tested are the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2. These truly wireless in-ears offer a great price-to-performance ratio that ranks them among the best true wireless earbuds that we've tested. Despite their price, they have a premium look and feel and lots of customization options.
Overall, these headphones have a slightly bass-heavy sound profile that adds an extra thump and punch to your favorite songs. You can even customize their sound profile using the graphic EQ and presets available in their companion app. They don't leak a lot of noise, either, so you can listen at loud volumes without bothering the people around you.
Unfortunately, like many truly wireless earbuds, their integrated microphone doesn't have the best recording quality, so your voice may sound a bit muffled to whoever's on the other end of the line. The microphone also struggles to separate speech from background noises in loud settings, like a busy street. That said, these headphones still offer a decently versatile performance that should please many listeners shopping on a budget.
The best wireless earbuds in the budget category that we've tested are the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019. These comfortable in-ears have a decently versatile performance that can satisfy many different listeners. Thanks to their ear-hook design, they have a very stable fit, so they're a great choice for the gym.
They have a fairly bass-heavy sound profile that's well-suited to genres like hip-hop and EDM. With a good seal, they don't leak a lot of noise, so you can crank up the volume without disturbing people around you. Also, their over 18-hour continuous battery life is among the longest we've ever tested for Bluetooth in-ears.
Unfortunately, these headphones don't isolate a lot of background noise in the bass range, so you can still hear bass-heavy sounds like bus and plane engines. Also, like most headphones in this price range, they lack sound customization features. That said, these headphones still rank among the best cheap wireless earbuds we've tested.
10/02/2020: Minor updates to the text. Verification for accuracy.
09/04/2020: Added the FIIL T1X True Wireless as a Notable Mention.
08/07/2020: Added the Sony WF-1000XM3 as a Notable Mention.
03/20/2020: Article overhaul; structural changes to help you find better wireless earbuds for your needs.
03/06/2020: Replaced Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless with Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless. Renamed "Best Cheap Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds" to "Best Budget Wireless Earbuds".
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 headphones reviews. 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.