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), wireless earbuds and in-ears are even better.
We've tested 347 headphones and below are our recommendations for the best wireless Bluetooth 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 lots of neat features. You can EQ the way they sound with their companion app and their 13-hour battery life with auto-off timer keeps them running all day. 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.
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 Jaybird Tarah can. That said, they’re still a solid upgrade on the regular model, especially in terms of battery life. They’re well-rounded wireless in-ears that are not only the best wireless earbuds for running that we’ve reviewed so far, but also versatile enough for more casual use.
The best true wireless earbuds that we’ve tested so far are the Samsung Galaxy Buds. They’re more comfortable than most truly wireless headphones thanks to their low-profile design that 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 they feel well-built overall. They’re currently our best wireless earbuds for Android thanks to their compatibility with the Samsung Wearable app, great audio reproduction, and surprising 7.5-hour battery life.
On the downside, their default sound lacks a little bass. Since their companion app is only available on Android, iOS users who are fans of bass may be a bit disappointed. They also don’t have onboard storage like the Samsung Gear IconX, which are harder to find, and are only rated IPX2 for minimal water resistance. That said, the Galaxy Buds feel better-built and have far superior battery life. If they suit your needs, they’re fairly versatile truly wireless headphones that are worth considering.
If you’re looking for truly wireless earbuds for running with a more sports-friendly design, then get the Jabra Elite Active 65t. Their bulky earbud design makes them less comfortable than the Samsung Galaxy Buds, but they feel better-built overall and are rated IP56 for advanced dust and water resistance. They sound decent and have great isolation performance, perfect for helping you get in the zone at the gym. Like most truly wireless earbuds, they have 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 you the whole day.
The best wireless earbuds for iPhone that we’ve tested so far are the Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless. They’re well-designed, easy-to-use in-ear headphones that pair seamlessly with your iOS devices. They’re fairly comfortable with a great stable fit that keeps the earbuds in place while exercising. They have a very balanced sound that’s well-suited to a wide variety of music genres.
Although they have nearly 12 hours of battery life, they don’t have an auto-off timer, so if you forget to turn them off when they’re not in use they’ll continue to drain the battery. They also don’t have an IP rating, which means they may not be as water-resistant as other sports earbuds we’ve tested, but we don’t currently have our own independent tests to measure waterproofing. Overall, they're the best Bluetooth earphones for iOS users looking for earbuds that integrate well into the Apple ecosystem.
If you prefer truly wireless earbuds, then get the Apple AirPods 2. Their one-size-fits-all design won’t be for everyone since they don’t come with different tip options like the Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless, but they’re very well-built and come with one of the best charging cases we’ve seen to date. They have decent audio reproduction for vocals and instruments, but they’re lacking in bass due to their open-back design. They also don’t isolate any noise at all, but outdoor runners who like to remain aware of their surroundings may actually prefer this. Overall, whether you’re looking for earbuds to pair with your Apple Watch while you’re out for a job or just want something casual for your daily use, these headphones are worth considering.
The best wireless earbuds under $100 that we’ve tested so far are the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air. They’re versatile truly wireless in-ears that have excellent audio reproduction and a very portable design. Their charging case provides up to 3 extra charges to help them last all day and their portability, sound quality, and great isolation make them a decent choice overall.
Unfortunately, those who don’t like the way in-ears fit will likely find them rather uncomfortable. Their earbud tips protrude quite deeply into the ear canal, which isolates quite a bit of noise but can be uncomfortable after a while. They’re also not customizable, and they only provide 4 hours of continuous playback, but they’re still versatile truly wireless in-ears that are worth considering and are a good option for commuters who don’t mind their fit. Overall, they're the best wireless in-ear headphones under $100 we've reviewed.
The best cheap wireless earbuds that we’ve tested so far are the Anker SoundBuds Curve. 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 they have an ear-hook design that ensures a stable fit. 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. They’re also the best earbuds for bass that we’ve reviewed to date thanks to their exciting bass-rich sound.
On the downside, like most budget headphones, 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. Overall, they're the best Bluetooth earbuds we've tested in the budget category.
The best sounding wireless earbuds that we’ve tested so far are the Bose SoundSport Free. These sports-oriented truly wireless headphones feel very well-built and have a comfortable earbud fit. They have outstanding audio reproduction and sound slightly more spacious than most wireless earbuds thanks to their semi-open design. They provide nearly 5 hours of continuous playback, which is pretty good for truly wireless headphones, and have a convenient auto-off timer to help save power when not in use.
Although their control scheme provides all the essential functions, the buttons are very stiff which makes them difficult to use. They’re also rather bulky: the earbuds themselves protrude quite a bit of out the ears and their charging case doesn't fit in your pockets as nicely as that Anker SoundCore Liberty Air. That said, they're the best Bluetooth earbuds for sound and are a very good choice for those who want something durable without compromising on sound quality.
If you like the sporty design and great audio reproduction of the Bose SoundSport Free but are looking for something less expensive, then consider the JBL Endurance Sprint. They're the best Bluetooth in-ear headphones for sound under $50. They might not sound as open as the Bose since they have a fully closed-back design, but their battery lasts much longer and they’re significantly cheaper. They’re rated IPX7 if you’re concerned about sweat or water damage, and provide very good value overall. Their in-ear fit makes them less comfortable than the Bose and their finicky touch-sensitive control scheme can also be difficult to use at times, but they’re still among the best-sounding wireless earbuds we’ve reviewed.
The best wireless noise cancelling earbuds that we’ve tested so far are the Bose QuietControl 30. If you’re looking for more comfortable earbuds with great isolation, they're a great choice. They have great active noise-cancelling, reproduce audio fairly well, and have a comfortable earbud fit. Like most in-ears, they have little sound leakage, which makes them a decent choice for use at the office. Their neckband design ensures your music is always at arm's reach.
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 Connect app also doesn’t offer very many customization options and doesn’t provide an EQ, unlike the highly customizable Sony WI-1000X. Nevertheless, these are versatile, comfortable earbuds that are likely to please, especially for commute and travel.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best Bluetooth earbuds and in-ear headphones for most people to need 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 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.