The 8 Best Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds - Winter 2021 Reviews

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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 150 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.


  1. Best Wireless Earbuds: Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless

    7.4
    Mixed Usage
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless 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.

    These headphones 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, these headphones 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.

    See our review

  2. More Versatile, Fully-Featured Alternative: Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless

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

    If you're looking for a pair of truly wireless earbuds with more features, consider the Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless instead. While their default sound profile isn't as neutral or balanced as the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless, they offer a graphic EQ and presets in their companion app so you can customize their sound to your liking. They also don't leak a lot of noise, so you can enjoy your favorite music at loud volumes without really bothering the people around you. These well-built in-ears also have a comfortable and stable fit, and they're a great choice for sports and fitness, too. While their 6.5-hour continuous battery life isn't as impressive as the Samsung, their portable charging case offers around three extra charges, so you can easily recharge them.

    If you want wireless earbuds with a more neutral sound profile and a longer continuous battery life, check out the Samsung. However, if you prefer lots of sound customization options, consider the Jabra instead.

    See our review

  3. Best Wireless Noise Cancelling Earbuds: Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless

    8.1
    Commute/Travel
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling Yes
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best wireless earbuds for noise cancellation we've tested are the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless. 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.

    See our review

  4. Best Bluetooth Earbuds For Working Out: Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless

    8.2
    Sports/Fitness
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless 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.

    See our review

  5. Truly Wireless Alternative For Running: Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless

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

    If you don't want to deal with any wires at all, consider the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless. These truly wireless in-ears are less well-built than the Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless and have a far less feature-packed companion app, but they're more comfortable and even more portable courtesy of their truly wireless design. They have over 11 hours of continuous battery life and come with a case that supplies one extra charge, so they should easily last you a day or two if you take the time to put them back in their charging case on occasion. Thanks to their built-in H1 chip, they can pair seamlessly with Apple devices. Unfortunately, they don't block out that much ambient noise, which could be annoying if you use them while commuting.

    Get the Jaybird if you prioritize build quality and want a more feature-packed companion app, but consider the Beats if you value portability and comfort above all else.

    See our review

  6. Best Wireless Earbuds Under $100: Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless

    7.2
    Mixed Usage
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless are the best wireless earbuds under $100 that we've tested. These well-built truly wireless in-ears have a versatile overall performance, and they're stable enough to wear during low-intensity workouts. Their 6.4-hour continuous battery life isn't the most impressive, but their portable charging case offers around three extra charges for when you're on-the-go.

    These headphones have a bass-heavy sound profile that adds an extra thump and punch to your audio, making them suitable for listening to bass-heavy music like EDM. You can even use the graphic EQ and presets in the Anker Soundcore app to help you customize their sound. They don't leak a lot of noise, either, so you can crank up the volume on your favorite tunes without annoying those around you.

    Unfortunately, their touch-sensitive control scheme doesn't offer a lot of control over your audio, which can be disappointing if you're on the go. Also, like most in-ears, their fit may not be comfortable for everyone. However, they come with five different silicone tip sizes to help you find the best possible fit, which is nice.

    See our review

  7. Best Budget Wireless Earbuds: Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019

    7.2
    Mixed Usage
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best wireless earbuds in the budget category that we've tested are the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019. These wireless in-ear headphones are decently well-built and very stable, with an ear hook design that should allow them to stay in place even during intense workouts.

    Their sound profile has an overemphasized, but not overwhelming, bass range, which should add a little more thump and rumble to EDM and hip-hop tracks without totally overwhelming the vocals and lead instrumentals of other genres. With over 18 hours of continuous battery life, they should have no trouble lasting throughout a couple of days at work. Their in-line microphone offers decent recording quality, making your voice sound clear and bright.

    That said, their in-line mic struggles to isolate speech from even moderate background noise. Their main audio cable is also somewhat thin and flimsy-feeling, and if it's damaged, the entire unit would have to be replaced. Otherwise, their long battery life, decently well-balanced sound profile, and stable fit helps make them some of the best earbuds and in-ear headphones that we've tested.

    See our review

  8. More Customizable, Truly Wireless Alternative: FIIL T1X True Wireless

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

    If you prefer the unrestricted freedom of movement that comes with a pair of truly wireless headphones, consider the FIIL T1X True Wireless. These in-ears have a much shorter continuous battery life than the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019, but they're even more portable due to their truly wireless design. Unlike the Anker, they also have a companion app with 12 different EQ presets to let you customize their sound profile to your liking. They're also stable enough to stay in place during intense workout sessions and have nearly seven hours of continuous battery life, which should be sufficient to get you through most of a day at work. Unfortunately, their touch-sensitive control scheme can take some time to get used to.

    Get the Anker if you want wireless headphones with longer continuous battery life and easier-to-use controls, but consider the FIIL if you want a more personalized listening experience and a slightly more portable design.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless: The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless are premium-looking truly wireless in-ears with great noise isolation but no sound customization features. See our review
  • Jabra Elite 85t Truly Wireless: The Jabra Elite 85t Truly Wireless are versatile semi-open in-ears with lots of sound customization options, but they don't really isolate against bass-heavy background noises. See our review
  • Sony WI-1000X Wireless: The Sony WI-1000X Wireless are very good wireless noise cancelling in-ears for travel. The neckband design makes them less well-suited to casual use, but if you have a long, noisy commute or are a frequent flyer, they're worth considering. See our review
  • Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless: The Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless are very well-rounded earbuds. They're very similar to the Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless and are a bit cheaper, but for the small price difference, the slightly more premium Active variant is worth it. See our review
  • Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless : The Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless are well-built, versatile earbuds with an ANC feature and lots of sound customization options. However, it can be difficult to get a good seal because of their larger-than-average earbud tips. See our review
  • Amazon Echo Buds Truly Wireless: The Amazon Echo Buds Truly Wireless are noise cancelling in-ears that offer a cheaper alternative to the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless. See our review
  • Mpow X3 Truly Wireless: The Mpow X3 Truly Wireless are comfortable budget in-ears with a stable in-ear fit for sports, but their ANC feature is disappointing. See our review
  • Bose Sport Earbuds Truly Wireless: The Bose Sport Earbuds Truly Wireless have a comfortable, stable fit that makes them great for sports and fitness, but they don't offer a lot of sound customization features. See our review
  • Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless: The Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless are versatile budget in-ears with a fairly balanced sound profile. See our review

Recent Updates

12/23/2020: Removed the AUKEY Latitude Wireless and Bose SoundSport Wireless from Notable Mentions. Minor changes to the text and updates to Notable Mentions.

11/27/2020: Removed Amazon Echo Buds True Wireless due to current availability. Added FIIL T1X Truly Wireless to recommendations.

10/30/2020: Removed the Bose QuietControl 30/QC30 Wireless and the SoundPeats TrueFree/True Wireless from Notable Mentions to reflect changing availability.

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.

All Reviews

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.

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