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 210 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, 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.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless are the best in-ear Bluetooth headphones we've tested. Their active noise cancelling (ANC) does a great job blocking out the low rumble of bus and plane engines and office chatter. Their companion app also offers several ANC modes to help block out different amounts of ambient noise, depending on your needs.
Out of the box, they have a very neutral and balanced sound profile with a touch of extra thump, rumble, and boom, making them a versatile choice for a variety of audio content. If you prefer, you can customize their sound to your liking using their app's graphic EQ and presets. They have over seven hours of continuous battery life, and their carrying case holds roughly two additional charges. The headphones are also very well-built and are even rated IPX4 for water resistance, which is handy if you want to use them at the gym.
That said, they have a very bulky design for wireless earbuds, and they stick out of your ears. Their integrated mic also has a poor noise handling performance, and your voice can be completely drowned out by background noise. However, if you're looking for wireless earbuds, they offer a solid performance to please most users.
If you're an iPhone user, check out the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless. While their continuous battery life isn't as long-lasting as the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless, they offer more functionality with iOS devices. These sleek and well-built earbuds can seamlessly pair with other Apple products, thanks to their H1 chip, and their Spatial Audio feature can help give you a more immersive audio experience. They also have a great ANC system that can help block out bus and plane engine noise as well as office chatter. Although they lack a bit of low bass, they have a fairly neutral sound profile well-suited for many different genres.
Consider the Bose if you're looking for wireless earbuds with better battery performance. If you want unique features like seamless pairing with iOS devices, look at the Apple.
The Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless are the best Bluetooth earbuds for running that we've tested. Thanks to their stability fin design, they shouldn't fall out of your ears during tough runs or jogs in the park. They also have great build quality, and the earbuds are rated IP68 for dust and water resistance, while their carrying case is rated IP54.
These in-ears have a comfortable and breathable fit. They have touch and physical controls that are easy to use, and you can even remap them in their companion app if you prefer a different layout. The app also lets you tweak their well-balanced default sound profile to suit your tastes using the parametric EQ and presets. The buds have over five hours of continuous battery life while their carrying case supplies an additional two charges.
Unfortunately, if you need to take a call on your run, their mic struggles to separate your voice from moderate ambient noise around you. Although they have ANC, they also do a sub-par job of cutting down noise like bus engine rumbles. However, some users may prefer this design, as it allows you to monitor your surroundings while running outdoors.
The Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless are the best wireless earbuds under $100 we've tested. These headphones have an ANC system with three different settings to help block out different kinds of noise around you. When set to 'Transport' mode, they can cut down an excellent amount of noise like the low rumble of bus engines or ambient chatter.
These in-ears have a bass-heavy sound profile that delivers extra thump and rumble to your mixes, which should please fans of EDM and hip-hop. Their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets if you want to adjust their sound to your tastes. They also have a comfortable, breathable fit and are well-built. They're even certified IPX5 for protection against direct contact with water.
Unfortunately, they lack multi-device pairing and volume controls, which is a bit disappointing. Their continuous battery life of under six hours may not also be enough to get you through long days at the office. On the upside, their carrying case supplies roughly four additional charges, and you can even use one bud while the other one charges.
If you prioritize a longer continuous battery life from your wireless earbuds, check out the Jabra Elite 3 True Wireless instead. While they don't have ANC and block out less ambient noise than the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless, they have over seven hours of continuous playback time. They're also equipped with an auto-off timer to help conserve battery life. These buds support aptX codec if you want better sound quality. Out of the box, they have a touch of extra bass in their sound, which adds extra body and warmth to mixes. While their sound is versatile enough for a variety of audio content, you can also customize them using their companion app's EQ presets if you prefer. They're well-built and have a comfortable as well as breathable fit.
Try the Anker if you prioritize high noise isolation over all else. However, if you're looking for buds that last longer off a single charge, consider the Jabra instead.
The Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless are the best wireless earphones at a budget level we've tested. These in-ears stand out from the pack due to their under 100 hours of total battery life. They have 7.3 hours of continuous battery life, and their carrying case supplies roughly 12.5 extra charges, which is fantastic.
These buds have a somewhat bass-rich sound profile that fans of EDM and hip-hop can enjoy, as it adds extra thump, body, and boom to your tracks. It shouldn't overwhelm vocals and lead instruments too much, though. While they struggle to passively block out the low rumble of bus and plane engines, they can cut down a good amount of ambient noise, like ambient chatter. They're also well-built, are certified IPX5 for water resistance, and have a stable and decently comfortable fit.
Unfortunately, these buds lack a companion app and customization features like an EQ, so you can't adjust their sound to suit your tastes. They also lack dedicated volume controls and can take time to get used to their control scheme. Still, these in-ears offer a versatile performance at a wallet-friendly price point.
If you're looking for even more affordable Bluetooth buds, go for the JLab GO Air POP True Wireless. Although they don't isolate you from as much noise as the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless, they're available at a lower price point. They have over nine hours of continuous playback time, and their carrying case supplies an additional three charges if you need it. They also have a couple of EQ presets built-in, so you can adjust their sound to suit your tastes. Using their 'Jab Signature' EQ, their sound profile delivers a bit of extra warmth and boom to mixes. The buds are also well-built, comfortable, and are certified IPX4 for resistance against splashes of water.
If you want earbuds with higher total battery life, consider the Anker. However, take a look at the JLab if you want even more wallet-friendly earbuds and don't mind fewer extra charges in the carrying case.
Dec 21, 2021: Checked our picks for product availability and accuracy. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
Dec 01, 2021: Replaced the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless with the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless and the Earfun Air Pro True Wireless with the Jabra Elite 3 True Wireless.
Nov 05, 2021: Replaced the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless with the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless as the Bose offer a slightly better overall performance. Made the Apple the 'More Comfortable Alternative'. Replaced the Skullcandy Dime True Wireless with the JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless as the JLab have a couple of EQ presets and better battery performance.
Oct 08, 2021: Replaced the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless with the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless as they've been discontinued. Also replaced the Jabra Elite 85t Truly Wireless with the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless as the Bose offer a better value to most users.
Sep 08, 2021: Replaced the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless with the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless as 'Best Wireless Earbuds Under $100' as they offer better value to most users. Also made the EarFun the 'Alternative With Better Battery Performance'.
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 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.