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Best Wireless Earbuds 2019

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With smart controls, seamless connectivity and surprisingly good audio packed into a compact, cordless design, wireless earbuds make listening to music on the go convenient and fashion-forward. 

Based on our testing, the Jabra Elite Active 65t Wireless Earbuds is the best wireless earbuds you can buy. It has great sound quality and premium aesthetics, plus it makes for one of the best wireless-calling headsets. However, that's not the only option worth checking out.

Apple's latest AirPods are the best wireless earbuds for iOS fans, as they deliver longer talk time, offer hands-free "Hey, Siri" support and come with an optional wireless charging case. Samsung's Galaxy Buds are another strong choice, especially since Samsung has added Bixby support and improved gestures. 

These are the best true wireless earbuds available now.

Wireless Earbuds news and updates (Oct. 2019)

  • Apple may unveil new AirPods 3 this month at Apple's October event, offering a more secure design, water resistance and possible noise reduction. 
  • Microsoft's Surface Buds are attempting to take on AirPods. The Surface Buds will cost $249 when they arrive this holiday season.
  • Amazon's has entered the wireless earbuds market with the Echo Buds, a $129 pair of Alexa-enabled earbuds that feature Bose's active noise reduction technology. 
  • The Jabra Elite 75t ($230) wireless buds are on the way. They offer improved battery life and better fit, and will be available in October 2019.

Jabra Elite Active 65t

1. Jabra Elite Active 65t Wireless Earbuds

The best truly wireless earbuds overall

Size: 1.2. x 1.1 x 0.9 x inches | Weight: 0.2 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 5 hours;15 hours (with charging case) | Bluetooth range: 33 feet (10 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Doubles as a fitness tracker
Secure, comfy fit
Great sound customization
Quick-charge feature
Not the best control scheme
Charging case is tough to open

The Jabra Elite Active 65t are a pair of extremely comfortable earphones that are also resistant to water and dust. Using the free app, you can choose which digital assistant you want to use, as well as adjust the equalizer and call volume. The buds deliver up to 5 hours of battery life and provide clean detail and warm, lively instrumentals and vocals.

Read our full Jabra Elite Active 65t review.
 

Beats Powerbeats Pro

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2. Beats by Dre Powerbeats Pro

Best Fitness Earbuds

Size and Weight: 1.1 x 1 x 0.9 inches, 0.7 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 9 hours; 24 hours (with charging case) | Bluetooth range: 33 feet (10 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Magically seamless setup, just like with AirPods
Lengthy battery life
Well-balanced sound
Comfortable, stable fit for running
Bulky charging case

The best wireless earbuds for working out, the Powerbeats Pro from Beats combines water- and sweat resistance, a low-profile design and signature Apple-y integration, making them a no-brainer. The Powerbeats Pro also offer longer battery life than the AirPods at up to 9 hours of listening time. If you're looking for a pair of sweat-resistant earbuds that you can wear to the gym, on the trail, on the train or at work, the Powerbeats Pro is worth the money. 

Read our full Powerbeats Pro Review.

Apple AirPods (2019)

3. Apple Airpods 2

Truly wireless earbuds for Apple users

Size: 1.6 x 0.7 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 0.14 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 5 hours;13 hours (with charging case) | Bluetooth range: 30 feet (10 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Lightweight, comfortable design
Faster connection on iOS devices
Hands-free Siri integration
Good audio quality
Limited controls
No equalizer
Lacks ambient listening mode

If you're fully committed to Apple's ecosystem and need earbuds to keep you entertained on the move, the 2nd Gen AirPods are a sure bet. The near instantaneous connection speeds have gotten even faster thanks to the new W1 chip. And launching Siri is even more convenient thanks to voice activation. The audio quality hasn't improved, but call quality has. The buds still offer an estimated 5 hours of battery life, but now comes with an optional wireless charging case. 

Read our full Apple Airpods 2 review.
 

Galaxy Buds

4. Samsung Galaxy Buds

The first truly wireless buds with wireless charging

Size: 0.9. x 0.8 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 0.2 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 5 hours;15 hours (with charging case) | Bluetooth range: 33 feet (10 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Sleek, comfortable design
Great battery life
Strong audio performance
Intuitive companion app
Muffled Call Quality

Samsung is pushing the envelope with its new Galaxy Buds. In addition to providing near-instant pairing, the Buds also have wireless charging capability – all you need is one of Samsung's S10 phones and you're good to go. The earbuds also deliver great sound in a lightweight, sweatproof casing with up to 6 hours of battery life.

An update brings some other great features, such as hands-free access to the Bixby assistant and the ability to tweak equalizer settings with your voice. And a new gesture enables ambient sound mode by holding down the touchpad on the earbud.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Buds review.
  

Sony WF-1000xM3

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5. Sony WF-1000XM3 Earbuds

Best active noise cancelling

Size and Weight: 5.6 x 4.7 x 2.5 inches, 0.3 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 6 hours (NC on), 8 hours (NC off) | Bluetooth Range: 30 feet (10 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Stellar audio performance
Great noise cancellation
Tons of personalization via companion app
Excellent battery life across the board
Luxe, sharp-looking design
Touch controls could use some work
Poor call quality
Loose-fitting tips

Boasting an estimated six hours of battery life (ANC on) and a stylish, elegant design the Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds are a formidable pair of buds. They successfully combine great audio quality with impressive noise cancellation.  Deep, rich bass and tonal balance give the buds an edge over the competition. Better yet, listeners have the option to play with the built-in EQ and create their own sound profile or choose from nine different presets as well as adjust the ambient sound levels. 

Read our full Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds review.

Bragi The Headphone

6. Bragi The Headphone

The best truly wireless earbuds value

Size: 0.9 x 0.9 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 2.7 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 5.5 hours | Bluetooth range: 33 feet. (10 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Less than $100
Strong wireless performance
Adequate sound
Decent call quality
Need to plug case in to charge earbuds
Stiff button scheme

Simply called The Headphone, Bragi's earbuds ditch the bells and whistles of their teched-out predecessor in favor of nearly 6 hours of battery life, steady connectivity and easy usage. The result is one of the better truly wireless sets of earphones that deliver good satisfactory audio quality. The small buttons on the right bud can be difficult to press, and we were surprised to discover the carrying case can't charge the buds without being plugged in. But overall, The Headphone is a very good value.

Read our full Bragi The Headphone review.
 

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless

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7. Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless

Class-leading sound in a sleek, tiny package

Size: 0.5 x 0.5 x 0.5 inches | Weight: 0.5 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 4 hours;12 hours (with charging case) | Bluetooth range: 30 feet (10 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Excellent sound
Solid connectivity
Light, comfy fit
Attractive charging case
Touch controls feel crammed
High price

Powered by robust 7mm drivers, the Momentum True Wireless delivers the purest sound experience of any truly wireless model. Spacious, natural sonics combined with incredible transparency make recordings sound like in-studio sessions. The fabric-wrapped charging case also complements the earbuds' premium, clean design. It's easy to overlook any of the buds' flaws knowing that they perform phenomenally on the audio end.
 

Master & Dynamic MW07 True Wireless Earphones

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8. Master &Dynamic MW07 True Wireless Earphones

Upscale sound in a beautiful design

Size: 1.1 x 1 x 0.9 inches | Weight: 0.3 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 3.5 hours;14 hours (with charging case) | Bluetooth range: 30 ft. (10 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Dynamic audio performance
Eye-catching design
Comfortable fit
USB-C charging
Mediocre battery
Expensive

Master & Dynamic's first true-wireless model marries beautiful craftsmanship with solid audio quality. High-end materials such as acetate and stainless steel were incorporated into the MW07's design to achieve an elegant, stylish look. The shiny silver charging case, while a fingerprint magnet, does add to their upscale flare and makes up for the poor battery life (3.5 hours), along with USB-C charging, to warrant a full charge in 45 minutes. Crisp highs and punchy lows come together to create a well-balanced soundstage. They're pricey, but splurge-worthy if have you the cash.

Read our full Master & Dynamic MW07 review.
 

Mobvoi TicPods Free

9. Mobvoi TicPods Free

Colorful wireless earbuds with adaptive controls

Size: 1.6 x 0.5 x 0.2 inches | Weight: 0.6 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 4 hours;18 hours (with charging case | Bluetooth range: 30 feet (10 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Quality sound
Effective noise isolation
Water-resistant design
Vibrant color options
No companion app
Limited gesture controls

Unlike AirPods with their monotone white color scheme, TicPods come in three shades, including our favorite, Lava. The buds cost $30 less than AirPods, with minimal trade-offs. They offer up to 18 hours of play on a charge with its bundled case and intuitive gesture controls. The TicPods also deliver loud, clean audio, and are compatible with Google Assistant and Alexa, which makes them more useful to Android users.

Read our full TicPods Free review.
 

Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3100

10. Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3100 True Wireless Sports Earbuds

The ideal truly wireless fitness earbuds

Size and Weight: 1.9 x 1.4 x 1.1 inches, 0.7 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 5 hours;15 hours (with charging case) | Bluetooth range: 33 feet (10 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Damage-proof design
Bass-forward signature
Can tweak sound via mobile app
Strong battery life
Bud-to-bud connection is finicky
Heavy charging case

Fitness buffs wanting a sporty, truly wireless experience can rely on the BackBeat Fit 3100 to fuel their workouts. Mids and highs don't exactly shine here, but bass does and provides playlists' extra oomph. Using the BackBeat app lets users personalize the controls for convenience; you can enable Google Assistant, Spotify or even start a timer with a simple tap. Battery life is steady at 5 hours, plus the accompanying charging case increases it to 15 hours total.

Read our full Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3100 review.
 

Sol Republic Amps Air 2.0

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11. Sol Republic Amps Air 2.0

Dynamic sound in an industrial design

Size and Weight: 3.67 x 1.89 x 1.39 inches, TBD | Battery Life (Rated): 3 hours;45 hours (with charging case) | Bluetooth range: 45 feet (15 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Warm sound profile
Most powerful charging case out there
Sturdy, attractive design
Poor battery life
Limited controls

Great sound doesn't always come at a steep price. Sol Republic's proved this time after time, and the Amps Air 2.0 is a prime example. Despite bass dominating the sound profile, the drivers are tuned to produce clearer mids and highs for well-balanced audio. The earbuds do retain the rubberized matte finish of the original, but also lack navigation controls. Those looking to enjoy long listening sessions won't be thrilled with its 3-hour playtime, but the bundled charging case supports up to 15 extra charges. The case also doubles as an external battery for other devices.