Whether you just got a phone that doesn't have an audio jack or simply prefer the freedom of going wireless, finding the best Bluetooth 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's a 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 in the bus. With so many different models to choose from, though, where do you start?
We've tested over 100 pairs of wireless earbuds and in-ear headphones, and below you'll 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 the best Bluetooth headphones. You'll also want to check out our recommendations for the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds under $50 and $100 if you've got a specific budget in mind.
The best wireless earbuds we've tested so far are the Samsung Galaxy Buds+. They're a significant upgrade over the highly popular Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless. They have the same sleek earbud design, but now have an even better battery life. They're also not just the best wireless earbuds for Android anymore, thanks to the addition of a long-awaited dedicated companion app for iOS. They're comfortable, reasonably-priced, and very easy to recommend overall.
These ultra-compact truly wireless in-ears give even the bulkiest, most powerful Bluetooth earphones a run for their money. Their 13-hour battery life is practically unheard of for earbuds this small and their impressive charging case even packs an additional charge for over 25 hours of untethered listening. Their remarkably well-balanced sound profile reproduces your favorite tracks as they were meant to be heard, but their app also gives you access to a few different EQ preset options if you'd like to change the way they sound a bit.
While their touch-sensitive controls are easy enough to use, they won't be for everyone - especially since they're not very complete out-of-box, and mapping them to different commands in the app causes you to lose out on other functions. They're also lacking a couple features that other popular wireless earbuds have, like an auto-off timer, multi-device pairing, or water and sweat resistance. That said, they still provide a solid listening experience overall and remain the best wireless earbuds for casual, everyday use we've seen so far.
If you want something more versatile, then get the Jabra Elite Active 75t. They don't last as long as the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless on a single charge, but they're more fully-featured. They have physical buttons that many people find easier to use on-the-go, and a more complete control scheme that doesn't require any additional tweaking. They can also pair to two devices simultaneously and are even rated IP57 for dust and water protection. That said, while they have an auto-off timer to help save battery life, their 6.5-hour battery life doesn't quite live up to the competition. They also don't fit quite as securely as other sports-oriented earbuds we've tested, so they might not be ideal to use during very high-impact exercises, like kickboxing or CrossFit.
If you're looking for well-rounded wireless earbuds to use as your daily drivers, it's hard to go wrong with the Samsung; however, if you need something that can handle a wider variety of activities, the Jabra are the way to go.
The best wireless noise cancelling earbuds we've tested so far are the Apple AirPods Pro. They're well-designed, premium truly wireless earbuds with a remarkably effective active noise cancelling (ANC) feature. They have a comfortable in-ear fit thanks to their lightweight design which barely puts any pressure on your ear. Their ultra-compact charging case makes them super easy to carry around in your pockets and gives their battery an extra boost too, which can be a life-saver near the end of a long day.
These Bluetooth earbuds feature Apple's H1 chip for seamless pairing with all your other Apple devices, making them some of the best wireless earbuds for iPhone. They sound very well-balanced, with more bass than the original Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019, and their effective ANC feature makes them a better choice if you're looking to block out the hustle and bustle of your busy commute.
On the downside, they only last about 5 hours on a charge and don't have any sound customization options. The Sony WI-1000X Wireless have an excellent companion app with tons of customizable features, a longer continuous battery life, and can even be used wired. They're not the most comfortable, though, and their neckband design is rather bulky. The Apple are a better bet if you prefer something for compact for daily use, and remain among the best wireless noise cancelling earbuds we've tested to date thanks to their great design, impressive ANC, and balanced sound.
If you're looking for wireless earphones with excellent noise cancelling that aren't as heavy on the wallet, then go for the Amazon Echo Buds. They don't deliver quite the same, premium listening experience of the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless, but provide better value for those who don't mind. They have a very well-balanced sound with a bit of extra thump and rumble, block an outstanding amount of noise, and have a decent battery performance. However, pairing them to your phone via Alexa can be a chore, and their latency is surprisingly high, though this may vary between devices. Their charging case is also rather bulky, and they don't have the most comfortable in-ear fit we've tested either.
Get the Apple if you have money to burn on a more premium design, but if you'd rather spend your hard-earned cash on something a bit more humble, then go for the Amazon.
The best Bluetooth earbuds for working out we've tested so far the Jaybird Tarah Pro. They have a decently comfortable in-ear fit with stability fins to keep them securely in place while you train. Their in-line remote is easy-to-use, they feel very well-built, and are even rated IPX7 to help protect them against the elements if you like to work out outdoors.
While these wireless in-ears have a decently well-balanced sound out-of-the-box, what sets them apart from the rest is their compatibility with the great Jaybird MySound app. It gives you not only access to a fully parametric EQ, so you can fine-tune the way they sound to your heart's desire, but provides you with a whole library of community presets and playlists. They shouldn't run out of power before you do thanks to their 13-hour battery life, and they have an intuitive auto-off timer that activates when their magnetic earbuds snap together around your neck when they're not in use.
On the downside, they use a proprietary charging cradle instead of a regular micro-USB, or even USB-C cable. Jaybird sells spares in case you lose it, but it's another annoying dongle you have to carry around. They also don't come with the nicest case, which is disappointing considering their price. That said, they're still among the best Bluetooth earphones for running and working out we've seen to date.
If you're a runner fed up with microphonics, that annoying rustling or thumping sound you hear when the cord of your earbuds brushes against the back of your neck or shirt, then get the Beats Powerbeats Pro. They're a lot more expensive than the Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless, but they have a more comfortable ear-hook design that eliminates the need for wires completely. They fit securely whether you're giving it your all training on the track or sprinting toward the finish line on race day. Keep in mind, though, that while they're rated IPX4 for light water and sweat resistance, they likely won't survive if it starts pouring rain. If you're concerned about durability, the Jaybird Vista Truly Wireless have an IPX7 waterproof rating, but their controls aren't as easy to use, and their battery performance pales in comparison to the Powerbeats'.
If you prefer a more traditional wireless design that you can hang around your neck between sets at the gym, then get the Jaybird, but if you want a truly wireless design for running, go for the Beats.
The best Bluetooth earphones under $100 we've tested so far are the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2. They have a surprisingly premium design that closely resembles that of the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless, especially if you get them in white. They have a comparable battery performance, balanced sound, and are even more customizable thanks to their improved companion app.
These truly wireless earbuds are quite versatile. They isolate quite a bit of noise thanks to their in-ear fit, and they hardly leak any sound either, so you can raise your listening volume to block out even more noise without having to worry about bothering those around you too much. Like many of Anker's headphones, they have an excited, bass-rich sound out of the box. However, they're among the first from this brand to support the Anker Soundcore app, which gives you access to lots of sound customization options, including an 8-band EQ.
While their touch-sensitive controls are improved over the previous model, the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air Truly Wireless, they're still not the easiest to use. They also don't have a talk-though or transparency mode, which is a bit disappointing considering how well they isolate noise - you'll have to take them out of your ears every time you need to hear something going on around you. That said, these are pretty minor flaws for what's an otherwise very well-rounded, versatile product and they're among the best AirPods clone we've seen so far.
The best budget wireless earbuds we've tested so far are the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019. They provide outstanding value for the price thanks to their comfortable ear-hook design, remarkable battery life, and exciting bass-rich sound. They even come with a nice hard carrying case, which is a welcome addition at this price point.
These Bluetooth earphones are pretty versatile. They have a very stable fit that makes them great for sports and are rated IPX7 for waterproofing. While they have lots of bass, it doesn't overpower vocals and instruments so they still sound pretty well-balanced. Their outstanding 18-hour battery life is one of the best we've seen of any wireless earbuds we've reviewed so far - just remember to turn them off when they're not in use since they don't have an auto-off timer.
While they're more comfortable than most in-ear headphones we've tested, they don't isolate very much noise. The AUKEY Latitude Wireless isolate more noise passively than many headphones with active noise cancelling we've tested, but their battery life is on the shorter side and they aren't very comfortable to most people. All things considered, they provide better value as everyday earphones and are among the best cheap wireless earbuds we've seen to date.
03/20/2020: Article overhaul; structure 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".
02/07/2020: Removed Jaybird Vista along with "Best for iPhone", "Best Sounding", and "Best Noise Cancelling" categories.
01/07/2020: Removed Jabra Elite Active 65t, replaced Anker SoundCore Liberty Air with Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2, replaced Bose QuietControl 30/QC30 with Amazon Echo Buds.
11/27/2019: Replaced Beats PowerBeats Pro with Apple AirPods Pro, dropped Apple AirPods 2019. Minor text and structure changes.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best Bluetooth 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 wireless Bluetooth earbuds and in-ear 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.