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Wireless earbuds are a great option for listeners who don’t want to feel tethered to their phones. There are innumerable options available, from the dirt cheap to ridiculously expensive. Today we’re here to cover a few our top pick for the best wireless earbuds.

To get a more comprehensive breakdown of the best wireless earbuds available right now, head over to our sister site SoundGuys. For a quicker read, we selected the best options below.

The best wireless earbuds all-around: Sennheiser HD-1 In-Ear

Best wireless earbuds: Sennheiser HD-1 in-ear on a wood table with a Swiss army knife in teh foreground and glasses in the background.

The Sennheiser HD1 In-Ear Wireless earbuds are a neckband style earbud that are comfortable and flexible, both of which are great for all-day use.

Reasons to consider the Sennheiser HD-1 In-Ear:

  • The Sennheiser HD-1 wireless earbuds support both aptX and AAC.
  • They maintain a reliable connection within a 10-meter radius.
  • A full charge takes just 1.5 hours, affording up to 10 hours of listening.
  • Sound quality is great. The earbuds slightly boost bass frequencies and isolate well. This results in clear audio reproduction.

Best noise-cancelling: Plantronics BackBeat Go 410

best wireless earbuds: plantronics backbeat go 410 earbud housings magnetized together.

Listeners can adjust everything for these wireless earbuds via a combination of button presses on the in-line remote.

Reasons to get the Plantronics BackBeat Go 410:

  • Although they’re billed as wireless earbuds, the BackBeat Go 410 supports wired listening for when the battery dies.
  • The noise cancelling is superb and effectively combats traffic and surrounding chatter.
  • The magnetic earbud housings prevent any undue tangling and automatically pause music when hooked together.
  • These currently retail for less than $100, making them an excellent value.

Best for workouts: Jaybird Tarah

best wireless earbuds: Jaybird Tarah with carrying pouch held by man.

The Jaybird Tarah provides most of what the Jaybird X4 does for significantly less money.

Reasons to buy the Jaybird Tarah:

  • The Jaybird Tarah wireless earbuds are IPX7-rated, meaning they can withstand full submersion of one meter for up to 30 minutes.
  • The Tarah provides most of what you get from the Jaybird X4 for significantly less.
  • The cable cinch mechanism is a great solution to unwieldy cables.

Best sound: BeatsX

best wireless earbuds: the beatsx sitting atop an iPhone 8 plus.

Listeners using an iOS device will enjoy an optimal listening experience with the BeatsX due to the earbuds’ AAC support and integrated W1 chip.

Reasons to buy the BeatsX:

  • These are the best wireless earbuds for listeners who don’t want to invest in the Apple AirPods.
  • They’re Class 1 Bluetooth-compliant, support AAC, and use Apple’s W1 chip.
  • The sleek design is fashionable, and the magnetic housings are practical.

Best budget: SoundPeats Engine

best wireless earbuds: soundpeats engine wireless earbuds hanging from a vase filled with fake foliage.

The SoundPeats Engine flexible neckband features a non-skid design, creating just enough friction on the neck to remain static without weighing heavily.

Reasons to buy the SoundPeats Engine:

  • The Engine wireless earbuds are IPX6-rated, making them a great option for athletes.
  • They operate via Bluetooth 5 and support both aptX and aptX LL for high-quality streaming. This is great given the sub-$50 price point.
  • Multi-connect lets you alternate between two devices simultaneously.

What you should know about wireless earbuds

Before buying wireless earbuds, there are a few things to keep in mind when shopping around. 

  • A proper fit can vastly improve audio quality. It’s worth taking a few moments to test out the standard ear tip options. If a pair is too large or small, you could be missing out on bumping bass and general clarity.
  • Although this isn’t a list of the best workout earbuds, many of these have merited an IP certification. This stands for “Ingress Protection” and is a moniker used to inform consumers that a pair of earbuds has gone through rigorous testing to ensure water-resistance.
  • True wireless earbuds are salient, but standard wireless earbuds are still relevant. If you don’t want to deal with the connectivity issues plaguing truly wireless options, any of this list’s picks will do.

Why you should trust SoundGuys

A photo of a man wearing wireless headphones.

SoundGuys Executive Editor Chris Thomas testing the Sony WH-1000XM3.

SoundGuys is our sister site that focuses solely on all things audio. The team has a broad understanding of audio and respects that certain aspects are objective and quantifiable without disregarding the importance of subjective enjoyment. When it comes to consumer audio, SoundGuys strives to cut through the muck, granting readers more time to enjoy their music. Ultimately, the team hopes to educate readers with each post and pique the interest of fellow audio geeks.


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