If you don’t like the cumbersome design of over-ear headphones and prefer headphones with a smaller footprint, earbuds and in-ears can be a good choice. But if you don’t like having a wire going to your phone and prefer the freedom of wireless technology (or maybe your phone doesn’t even have an audio jack), Bluetooth wireless earbuds and in-ears are even better.
We've tested 347 headphones and below are our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds to buy in 2019. See also our recommendations for the best sounding wireless earbuds, the best Bluetooth headphones, the best wireless earbuds for iPhone, and the best earbuds and in-ears.
The best Bluetooth earbuds we’ve tested so far are the Jaybird Tarah Pro. They’re highly customizable in-ear headphones with a very good battery and decent sound. Their very stable fit makes them a great option for fitness enthusiasts, and they isolate well enough to be a good choice for commuters too.
These headphones have pretty good audio reproduction for in-ear headphones and are compatible with the great Jaybird MySound app for further customization. They also have a very good battery for wireless in-ears, notably when compared to the regular Jaybird Tarah or the Jaybird X4. They last over 13 hours on a charge, which should be more than enough for an average workday. Their latency is still a bit too high to fully enjoy streaming video and mobile gaming without lag, but they perform better than most Bluetooth headphones.
Unfortunately, these earbuds come with a proprietary charging cradle that’s a bit restrictive, since it means you can’t just borrow a friend’s micro-USB cable if you leave yours at home. They also can’t connect to two devices simultaneously like the regular Tarah can. That said, they are one of the best wireless in-ear headphones and they are still a solid upgrade on the regular model, especially in terms of battery life. They’re versatile, well-rounded wireless in-ears that are a decent choice for everyday use.
If you’re looking for more comfortable earbuds with great isolation, get the Bose QuietControl 30. They’re not as customizable as the Jaybird Tarah Pro and aren’t as good an option for sports, but they do have a great active noise cancelling feature. They reproduce audio fairly well, and, like most in-ears, they have little sound leakage, which makes them a great choice for your daily commute. They have a comfortable build and are quite versatile for everyday use.
Unfortunately, there have been reports that the neckband build quality isn’t the best, as the rubber casing starts peeling off after a few months of usage. The Bose app also doesn’t offer sound customization other than a noise cancelling slider, and the neckband design might not be for everyone. Nevertheless, the Bose QuietControl 30 are one of the best wireless earbuds we've tested; they're versatile, comfortable earphones that are likely to please, especially for commute and travel.
If the sports-friendly design of the Jaybird Tarah Pro appeals to you but you prefer a truly wireless design, get the Jabra Elite Active 65t. They have a bulkier in-ear design that’s less comfortable than the earbud-like fit of the Jaybird, but they feel better-built overall and come with a great hard charging case. They sound decent and have great isolation performance, perfect for helping you get in the zone at the gym.
Because they’re truly wireless earbuds, these headphones have a fairly short battery life. However, they provide slightly more than 5 hours of continuous playtime, which is decent, especially considering their charging case provides 2 additional charges. As long as you store them in their case when not in use, they’ll last up to 15.6 hours. They’re among our best truly wireless earbuds and are easy to recommend.
If you’re looking for ultra-portable truly wireless earbuds that are more comfortable than the Jabra Elite Active 65t, then get the Samsung Galaxy Buds. They’re very lightweight and their low-profile design fits securely without putting too much pressure on your ears. They come with a great hard charging case that easily fits in even the smallest pockets and feel well-built overall.
When paired with an Android phone, these earbuds connect to the Samsung Wearable app which lets you customize their touch-sensitive buttons and manage notifications. They have great audio reproduction by default, but are a little bass-shy, so fans of bass-heavy genres like dubstep may want to boost their bass a bit using the EQ presets in the app. They boast a 7.5-hour battery life and their wireless charging case provides an extra charge, so they should last you all day, especially if you take breaks to charge them every now and then.
On the downside, the Samsung Wearable app is only available on Android, so bass-lovers who use iOS may want to consider the Jaybird Run XT, which don’t sound as balanced out-of-the-box but can be customized with a parametric EQ on iOS and Android. That said, the Galaxy Buds are better-built, more compact, and are more comfortable. If they suit your needs, they’re fairly versatile truly wireless headphones that are worth considering.
If you like the sound quality of the Samsung Galaxy Buds but would like to save a bit of money and don’t need as many active features, get the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air. They’re not as comfortable as the Galaxy Buds, and their control scheme has mediocre feedback, but they’re decent-sounding truly wireless in-ears at a fair price. They have great isolation and are a good choice for commuters who don’t mind their fit.
They may not be customizable, and they only provide 4 hours of continuous playback, but they’re still versatile truly wireless in-ears that are worth considering. Their charging case provides up to 3 extra charges to help them last all day and their portability, sound quality, and great isolation makes them a decent choice overall.
If you recently got a new smartphone without a headphone jack and don’t want to spend a ton of money on Bluetooth headphones, the best Bluetooth earbuds in the budget category are the Anker SoundBuds Curve. They’re among the best cheap earbuds we’ve reviewed and provide excellent value for their price. They’re more comfortable than most in-ears we’ve tested since their earbud tips don’t enter too deeply in the ear canal and have an ear-hook design that ensures a stable fit.
These headphones sound decent for the price, with deep bass that’s thumpy and punchy enough to be suitable for bass-heavy genres without sounding too muddy or cluttered. They have a great, balanced mid-range and very good treble as well, which makes them a solid choice for all kinds of music too. Their 13-hour battery life outperforms that of more expensive models, like the Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless, and they even come with a nice hard carrying case, which is a welcome addition at this price point.
On the downside, they don’t have any power-saving features, so you’ll need to remember to turn them off when not in use or else their battery will continue to drain. They also don’t have a companion app, so your EQ options are more limited. Though their ear-hook design ensures a stable fit, they don’t have the most sweatproof design, so athletes may want to consider the similar yet more sweat-resistant Anker SoundCore Spirit X Wireless.
If you like the over-ear hook design from the Anker SoundBuds Curve but sound quality and sweat resistance are more important to you, then consider the JBL Endurance Sprint. They might not have the long battery life of the Curve, but they have better sound quality. They are also more sweatproof and are rated IPX7 if you’re concerned about sweat or water damaging your headphones.
Unfortunately, their bulkier ear-hooks and deep in-ear fit make them less comfortable than the Anker. Their finicky touch-sensitive control scheme can also be difficult to use at times, but they’re still very good headphones for sports.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best Bluetooth earbuds and in-ear headphones to buy for most people in each price range. 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 everywhere).
If you would like to choose for yourself, here is the list of all our reviews for wireless Bluetooth in-ear headphones and earbuds. 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.