The are the best true wireless earbuds you can buy. They sound great and are extremely comfortable, and are our top pick, but they’re just one of six selections we’ve highlighted in this roundup. If you’re ready to leave the wires — all the wires — behind for a set of completely wireless earbuds, these are the best true wireless earbuds available.
Best true wireless earbuds at a glance:
- The best true wireless earbuds: 1More Stylish
- The best true wireless earbuds for iOS: AirPods
- The best true wireless earbuds for Android: Samsung Galaxy Buds
- The best true wireless earbuds for working out: Jabra Elite Active 65t
- The best true wireless earbuds for sound quality: Sennheiser Momentum
- The best true wireless earbuds for bass: Powerbeats Pro
Why you should buy them: Low cost, super comfortable, sweat resistant.
Who they’re for: Those who want better-than-AirPod battery, sweat resistance, and design for a very reasonable price.
Why we picked the 1More Stylish:
A sleek, comfortable design and tons of great functionality meets a very low price in 1More’s latest wireless earbuds, making them our current go-to when friends and family members ask what to buy.
You get an awesome 6.5 hours of listening time between trips to the included charging case, with three full charges in the case meaning that you’ll get up to 26 hours of playback before you need to hunt for the micro USB cable. Unfortunately, there’s no way to control volume levels — not an uncommon omission on some true wireless earbuds — and the built-in mics can’t be used to pass through external sounds, which is handy feature especially when jogging through busy intersections. These are not deal-breakers by any means but are definitely worth keeping in mind.
Unlike AirPods, these headphones do feature sweat resistance alongside built-in ear fins and silicone ear tips, meaning they remain in your ears during even the sweatiest and most head-wrenching workouts.
That, plus great sound and an included aptX codec for awesome Bluetooth audio make the 1More Stylish an absolute bargain. True to their name, the 1More Stylish come in a choice of colors: Rose pink, gold, spearmint green, and black, a degree of choice that is still quite rare amongst truly wireless products. If you’re after a pair of truly wireless earbuds, we suggest you start here.
Our full 1More Stylish Review
Why you should buy them: They’re reliable, ultra-functional, and they sound good enough to be a smart upgrade from Apple’s wired EarPods.
Who they’re for: Apple lovers, and those who like to wander from their phone.
Why we chose the Apple AirPods:
Apple’s iconic white EarPods have long been the bane of Apple-wielding audiophiles. The one-size-fits-some tubes are often tough to get correctly seated in your ears, and the sound quality is middling at best. But unlike Google’s tethered Pixel Buds, with the AirPods, Apple delivered a solid upgrade worthy of consideration.
While the sound is still fairly muddy on the latest, 2019 version, the AirPods boast slightly better audio chops than their wired counterparts, and they also pack in several useful features that work consistently. Fans of Apple will appreciate Siri connectivity, intuitive touch controls, and accelerometers that recognize when the buds are in or out of your ears to pause and play sound automatically. They offer a solid 5 hours of music streaming per charge (still among the best in their class) and even boast an extended range of around 100 feet without obstructions.
The AirPods also come with a well-engineered charging case for 24 hours of total playback time on the go, and they work well for making or receiving phone calls (the buds work independently, so you can take calls while letting one bud charge). If you don’t mind the golf-tee look — and if you can get them to fit — Apple’s AirPods are worth a good look from folks in the iOS family.
Our full Apple AirPods review
Why you should buy them: Extreme comfort, long battery life, sweatproof performance.
Who they’re for: People who want affordable, comfortable, and great-sounding wireless earbuds.
Why we picked the Samsung Galaxy Buds:
With a compact, ergonomic fit, a wireless charging case, and six hours of listening time on the go, Samsung’s Galaxy Buds offer listeners the cutting edge in terms of both tech and design.
The headphones are designed for go-anywhere, do-anything performance, with built-in ear fins and IPX2 sweatproofing that allow them to be a companion during rainy runs and sweaty workouts alike. We found the design to also be extremely comfortable, even for extended periods. The charging case is one of the smaller ones we’ve seen — not quite as compact as the AirPods charging case, but very close. The only disappointment is that it only carries a little more than one recharge’s worth of juice, which means there may be times when these earbuds can’t quite make through a full day without needing either a plug or a wireless charging mat (or phone).
App-based customizations let control what the touch-sensitive surfaces on the earbuds do — changing volume or skipping tracks can both be assigned to the side you prefer. You can adjust equalization, find your headphones, and even pipe in sound from the outside world — which is especially useful during outdoor workouts or unfamiliar trips on public transit. Such an assortment of useful features makes Samsung’s Buds your everyday listening pal.
The best part? The Galaxy Buds cost significantly less than models from Apple and Jabra.
Our full Samsung Galaxy Buds review
Why you should buy them: Solid sound, long battery life, and sweatproof performance.
Who they’re for: Listeners who want comfortable wireless autonomy, great usability, and good sound.
Why we picked the Jabra Elite Active 65t:
Jabra’s Elite 65t Active look like tiny versions of the Bluetooth headsets that once helped define the brand, but don’t be fooled by the design throwback: They’re legit. With five hours of battery life, an IP56 waterproof rating, and a myriad of useful app-based features, the 65t are the best workout headphones you can buy.
Three sets of silicone tips and an ergonomic design all but guarantee a perfect seal in your ears, serving up a comfortable fit with excellent passive noise isolation. Sound comes through clear and detailed, with punchy bass and a surprisingly agile treble register.
Five hours of battery life per charge puts them among the best on the market, and a charging case adds two extra charges on the go. The company’s Sound+ app allows you to adjust equalization and pick whether or not you want to use your phone’s built-in smart assistant (Siri on iOS, Google Assistant on Android) or Amazon Alexa. Like Apple’s AirPods, the headphones automatically play and pause music when you remove them from your ears, but go even further, piping in adjustable ambient sound — great for hearing announcements on the train or that angry driver behind you while biking. These features combine to make the 65ts one of the best true wireless earbuds for call quality too.
Speaking of biking — or of sweating in general — the IP56 rating means that you won’t have to worry about damaging your buds with sweat or moderate amounts of dust. Simply rinse them off after a particularly hard workout, and you’re good to go.
A great feature set, comfortable fit, and good sound signature are all great assets, but the main reason to buy the Jabra Elite Active 65t is that they just work. That’s still fairly rare in this segment, and when combined with the tech, it makes these among the best true wireless headphones available right now.
Our full Jabra Elite Active 65t review
Why you should buy them: You’re looking for incredible sound and modern features, and you’re willing to pay for them.
Who they’re for: Those who want that great Sennheiser sound in a fully wireless package.
Why we chose the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless:
Sennheiser certainly took its time getting into the true wireless market, but if you’ve got a hefty spending budget, you’ll find it was well worth the wait. The Momentum True Wireless offer impressive features like transparency mode to pipe in the sound around you, IPX4 splash-proofing (though we wish they were fully waterproof at this price), and most importantly, audio performance that outdoes everything we’ve heard in the segment.
They’ve got customizable touch controls, which can be a bit twitchy at times, but once you master the technique you’ll be able to call up just about any function you need, from volume changes to summoning your preferred digital assistant. All of the changes are done within the Momentum companion app.
Sennheiser accomplishes this with a mix of great sonic engineering and crystal-clear wireless transmission, including Bluetooth 5.0 and aptX for high-quality sound transference. The one issue we have with the Momentum (apart from the price) is the battery life of just 4 hours per charge. That falls below most of our favorites on this list, and the charging case only tacks on an extra 8 hours — far below what you’ll get from Apple’s AirPods and some other top choices.
But if you’re after a set of true wireless headphones that are a step above the rest in terms of brilliant, detailed sound, these are currently the headphones to beat.
Why you should buy them: They have superb battery life, water resistance, and the kind of punchy bass the Beats brand is known for.
Who they’re for: Athletes or anyone who needs a robust set of wireless earbuds that sound great and have the stamina for even the most grueling workouts.
Why we chose the Beats PowerBeats Pro:
Battery life remains one of the biggest challenges to the true wireless earbuds category, which is why the PowerBeats Pro’s claimed nine hours of playback time per charge is so noteworthy. You’ll be hard-pressed to find longer play time in a similar product at any price. With this kind of stamina, you can probably leave the charging case at home, which is a good thing — the charging case is one of the biggest we’ve seen. But beyond the PowerBeats Pro’s herculean batteries, you’ll find they have an excellent fit, with earhooks that may look bulky but are surprisingly easy to get on and off your ears when the time comes. Thanks to the built-in optical sensors, removing an earbud instantly pauses the music, making for quick and easy transition from listening to talking.
Though the PowerBeats Pro share many of the same features with Apple’s AirPods, they’re different where it counts: Sound quality — especially low-end bass — is far better on the PowerBeats Pro, which benefit from having a sound-isolating design. The PowerBeats Pros aren’t perfect; we experienced some frustrating connection problems despite the fact that the earbuds use Apple’s new H1 wireless chip, which should be better, not worse than its W1 predecessor.
Our full Beats PowerBeats Pro review
Research and buying tips
- Can wireless earbuds connect to a PC?
- Can wireless earbuds be used on airplanes?
- Can wireless earbuds connect to the PS4 and Xbox One?
- Can wireless earbuds connect to a TV?
- Are wireless earbuds better than wired?
- Do wireless earbuds always have a charging case?
- Are wireless earbuds good for working out?
Yes, as long as the PC has Bluetooth.
Yes, check out our handy guide for connecting Bluetooth headsets to the PS4.
Only if your TV has Bluetooth transmission, or via an external device.
Not usually for sound quality, but they are for convenience.
Not always, but the vast majority do come with a charging case. If they don’t come with a case, we strongly recommend you don’t buy them.
Yes, they are awesome to work out in, as long as they have waterproofing or an IP rating and can be kept in your ears securely.