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 120 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.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ are the best Bluetooth earbuds that we've tested to date. These well-built, premium-looking earbuds are very lightweight and can be comfortably worn for extended periods. Their battery life performance is impressive for a pair of truly wireless earbuds as they can last 13.5 hours off of a single charge.
Out-of-the-box, these headphones have a very neutral and well-balanced sound that makes them suitable for most music genres. If you want to customize the sound, you can choose between five different EQ presents in their companion app. Though they lack ANC, these headphones also do an adequate job passively blocking out the background noise typically found in an office setting.
On the downside, these headphones don't support multi-device pairing, which may be disappointing if you want to seamlessly switch between Bluetooth sources. Also, the control scheme on the earbuds isn't the easiest to navigate, especially if you live in a colder climate and need to adjust the volume while wearing gloves. Still, these are among the best headphones we've tested.
If you're looking for a more versatile pair of wireless Bluetooth earbuds, consider the Jabra Elite Active 75t instead. While the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless have a more neutral, better-balanced sound out-of-the-box, some listeners may appreciate the extra punch of bass in the Jabra's sound profile. Thanks to the 5-band graphic EQ in the companion app, these earbuds also offer more sound customization options, so you can adjust the sound based on your preferences. They're also capable of multi-device pairing. Unfortunately, they only last 6.5 hours off of a single charge, but their sleek and portable charging case can provide an additional three charges when you're on the go. Overall, these comfortable, well-made earbuds come with an easy-to-use control scheme that should please most listeners.
If you want wireless earbuds with longer battery life, go with the Samsung, but if you want to be able to adjust the sound based on what you're listening to, go with the Jabra.
The best wireless noise cancelling earbuds we've tested so far 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. These earbuds 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 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'll save you quite a bit of money, check out the Amazon Echo Buds. They don't look and feel nearly as premium as the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless, and they won't easily pair to your Apple devices, but they're a lot cheaper and have an equally excellent ANC feature. Their ANC is tuned a bit differently than the Apple, and actually does a much better job against very low-bass sounds, like the rumbles of engines. Their out-of-the-box sound profile is very well-balanced and versatile, and you can customize it via a graphic EQ in the Amazon Alexa app. Unfortunately, these headphones require the app even for pairing, which may bother people who don't want to install more apps on their devices.
If you have multiple Apple devices and want a more premium pair of headphones that seamlessly pair to them all, go with the Apple. However, if you want truly wireless in-ears with an excellent ANC feature that don't cost nearly as much, get 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, as well.
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. 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 for working out 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. These truly wireless in-ears offer excellent value and have premium features like wireless charging, which even many more expensive headphones lack. They look and feel well-built and last over six hours off a single charge, which is pretty good for truly wireless headphones.
They have a fairly well-balanced default sound profile that provides a good amount of extra bass without being too boomy for instrument-driven genres like classic rock. If you aren't happy with the way they sound, there are 20 presets as well as a graphic EQ in their companion app, something that's a rarity with budget-conscious headphones. They also do a surprisingly good job at passively blocking background noise, making them a good choice for giving you some peace and quiet in a loud office.
Unfortunately, their touch-sensitive controls are only mediocre overall, and they don't provide any audio cues, so it can be tough to know when you've issued a command. Their mic also isn't great, though this is fairly common with Bluetooth headphones. Overall, they provide an excellent price-to-performance ratio and are among the best true wireless earbuds we've tested.
The best budget wireless earbuds we've tested so far are the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019. These comfortable in-ears are very stable thanks to their ear-hook design, which makes them ideal for use while running or working out. They come with five different sizes of earbud tips and three different sizes of stability fins to help you get the best possible fit.
With a fairly bass-heavy sound profile, these in-ears will likely please fans of bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop. However, their sound profile is still well-balanced enough for most music genres. With an over 18-hour battery life from a single charge, they're also a great option for when you're on the go.
Unfortunately, these headphones don't have a companion app, and they don't have ANC or any sound customization features. While the overall build quality is decent, their cable is quite thin. However, they still offer a satisfactory overall performance that stands out when compared to other models in a similar price range, making them among the best cheap wireless earbuds we've seen to date.
08/07/2020: Added the Sony WF-1000XM3 as a Notable Mention.
07/10/2020: 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.
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.