Whether you just got a phone that doesn't have an audio jack or simply 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 100 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 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 look and feel very similar to the previous version, but now have an improved battery. They're no longer just the best wireless earbuds for Android, 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 boast a 13-hour battery life and their impressive charging case packs an additional charge for over 25 hours of untethered listening. Their sound signature is remarkably well-balanced, reproducing your favorite tracks the way they were meant to be heard, but you can use the EQ presets in their app if you'd prefer something a bit different.
While their touch-sensitive controls are easy enough to use, they won't be for everyone. They're missing some important functions out-of-the-box, and mapping them to different commands in the app causes you to lose out on other controls. They're also lacking a couple of features that other popular wireless earbuds have, like an auto-off timer, multi-device pairing, or a better IP rating for durability. 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. 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, which differs from the previous AirPods 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. These earbuds also sound very well-balanced and neutral, which makes 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 5 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 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.
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 we've tested so far 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, too.
While these wireless earbuds perform fairly well overall right out-of-the-box, it's their compatibility with their great companion app that 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, then check out the Beats Powerbeats Pro instead. 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 and don't mind the cable, then get the Jaybird. However, if you prefer the freedom of truly wireless earbuds, you'll want to check out 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 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 clones we've seen so far.
The best budget wireless earbuds we've tested so far are the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019. They provide amazing value thanks to their comfortable, stable design and their good audio reproduction. They also have ear-hooks that allows the headphones to stay in place. They're fairly similar to the previous Anker SoundBuds Curve Wireless, but with better battery life and a better water-resistance rating.
These Bluetooth earphones are pretty versatile. They have a very stable fit that makes them great for sports and they're rated IPX7 for waterproofing, although we currently don't test this internally. While they have lots of bass, it doesn't overpower vocals and instruments so they still sound pretty well-balanced. This sound profile will be well-suited for people who love working out with a bass-heavy playlist. 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.
05/06/2020: Verification for accuracy, minor changes to the text. No changes in recommendations.
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".
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.
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 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.