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The 2 Best Samsung Earbuds of 2023 Reviews

Best Samsung Earbuds

Samsung is a huge brand that makes stylish and feature-packed earbuds for casual everyday use. They used to have a larger lineup with more variety, but now they only make truly wireless earbuds. We've tested 12 pairs of Samsung headphones, and below, you'll find our picks for the best you can buy.


Best Samsung Headphones

  1. Best Samsung Earbuds

    The Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro True Wireless are the best Samsung earbuds that we've tested. These buds are the upgraded variant of the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless and have an improved active noise cancellation (ANC) performance. They can block out a significant amount of background noise, like the low rumble of bus engines, ambient chatter, and the hum of AC units. While they last under five hours continuously with the ANC on, their carrying case supplies roughly 2.6 additional charges, and you can use one bud while the other charges.

    These buds are comfortable, sturdy, and certified IPX7 for resistance against water immersion, making them a solid choice for sports and exercise. They also have a fairly neutral sound profile, though a dip in their mid-range hurts the clarity of vocals and instruments. Luckily, their companion app offers EQ presets to help you adjust their sound. They support Seamless codec too, which is this manufacturer's proprietary wireless codec for hi-res audio. However, you'll need a compatible device to access this feature. Still, if you're looking for the best Samsung wireless earbuds, the Galaxy Buds2 Pro are the way to go.

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  2. Best Budget Samsung Earbuds

    If you're on a budget, you'll want to check out the Samsung AKG Type-C. These earbuds have a USB-C connector instead of a 1/8" TRRS, which makes them compatible with newer smartphones that don't have an AUX port. Although they're otherwise simple in design, they have a good build quality, thanks to their braided audio cable design, and are comfortable enough for long commutes or trips.

    Their bass-rich sound profile is also well-suited for genres like EDM and hip-hop, which benefit from extra thump, punch, and boom. Unfortunately, unlike the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro True Wireless, they don't support the companion app, so they don't have any sound customization features. They also rely on their passive capabilities to help block out background noise and have a hard time cutting down commuter noise like bus and plane engines. They can still block out a good amount of mid-range noise, like office chit-chat.

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Compared to other brands

  • Lots of active features. Samsung makes earbuds with lots of active features like Bluetooth support, active noise cancelling, power-saving modes, and customization options that you can access via different companion apps.
  • Decently well-balanced, customizable sound. Samsung's earbuds reproduce audio fairly accurately, and you can usually customize their sound profile a bit with their companion app's EQ presets.
  • Stylish designs. Samsung has a lot of sleek-looking earbuds that are comfortable to wear. Their designs often include features like touch-sensitive control schemes to reduce the number of visible buttons. In addition to offering subdued color schemes like black or white, they can come in eye-catching colors like cloud blue or red.
  • Plasticky build quality. Although earbuds from Samsung look good, they tend to have a slightly flimsy build quality. They feel less durable than similarly-designed earbuds in their price range.
  • Poor variety. Samsung doesn't have a lot of variety in its models. They often release Pro or Plus versions of their original lineup with more features, but they don't offer different types for different listeners.
  • Limited OS compatibility. While all their earbuds will work with all Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices, their companion apps aren't all universal. Some only work on Android, while others only provide benefits when used with Samsung devices.

Samsung vs Google

Both Samsung and Google produce a small lineup of mostly truly wireless earbuds. To get the most out of either brand's products, you'll need to use one of their associated smartphones, as some features are only available within their native ecosystem. Both brands' current offerings are alike as most of their in-ears have neutral sound profiles and features like virtual soundstage. Google tends to have better continuous battery life, though.

Samsung vs OnePlus

OnePlus is a manufacturer of phones and related accessories like smartwatches and earbuds. Like Samsung, to access all of their features, you need a compatible device from that manufacturer. Most of their current offerings also have a stem design and support 'OnePlus Audio ID', which is a test that creates personalized sound profiles. That said, Samsung has an edge when it comes to noise cancelling, especially when it comes to the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro True Wireless.

Samsung vs Apple

Like Samsung, Apple has a small but curated lineup designed with their own ecosystem in mind. Generally, their products have a high-end feel and support unique features like Spatial Audio and adaptive EQ. They also have a pair of premium over-ears available, which is unique between both brands. Samsung's earbuds, in comparison, are slightly more customizable, even if their companion app offers only presets.

Samsung makes sleek-looking earbuds that have lots of active features for their price. Since acquiring Harman and its subsidiary AKG in 2017, their products have sound profiles that follow the Harman curve closely; this is an industry standard advertised as the sound profile that most users prefer. It results in a neutral, balanced sound that's versatile enough for a variety of audio content. However, while you can find different headphones like over-ears from AKG, Samsung themselves have a limited lineup of mostly truly wireless in-ears.


Over the years, Samsung's lineup has been pared down and simplified. They now mainly focus on truly wireless earbuds, which all fall under the Galaxy Buds lineup. In addition to this lineup, Samsung also produces headphones in collaboration with AKG. Their selection is quite limited, though, and doesn't fall under one singular lineup. For example, the AKG N700NC M2 Wireless are wireless over-ear noise cancelling headphones, while the Samsung AKG Type-C are wired in-ears with a type-C connection.

There were a couple of lineups that are now discontinued, though you may still find these headphones via some retailers:

  • Gear = The first lineup of truly wireless headphones.
  • Level = Comprises of differently-designed wireless headphones, including an over-ear, neckband, and on-ear headphones.

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 19, 2023: Since Samsung now only manufactures earbuds, we've changed the title and some of the text to better reflect this.

  2. Feb 02, 2023: We've added comparisons between the following brands: Google, OnePlus, and Apple. We've also expanded their lineup information. There hasn't been any changes to our recommendations, though.

  3. Oct 18, 2022: We've replaced the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless with the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro True Wireless.

  4. May 27, 2022: Changed 'Best Samsung Earbuds' to 'Best Samsung Headphones'. Checked the accuracy and availability of our picks.

  5. Mar 28, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations in their categories and that the products are in stock.


Samsung is a big brand that makes stylish, versatile audio products. While there isn't much to choose from when looking for the best Samsung headphones, their truly wireless models perform well overall. They're not only stylish but sound well-balanced and have good battery performance. Unfortunately, they're not built as sturdily as similar models from other brands, and their companion app could offer even more customization options.

Test results