Best wireless earbuds 2024 — reviewed by audio experts

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Whether you want the best wireless earbuds for listening to music in the highest quality possible, or seek a model with the best in class ANC, we're here to help. 

With more models to choose from than ever before all claiming similar specs and features, finding the best wireless earbuds for your exacting needs can be confusing. Here we break down the best buying advice on what you should consider when looking for the best wireless earbuds. Whether that's long battery life, strong ANC, clear transparency modes or just great sound quality across all kinds of media, we do all the hard work for you and break down all the top-performers we've tested to help you find the right model for you and your platform at the best price.

All our top choices listed here are based on extensive testing carried out by experts with more than 30 years of experience testing all kinds of audio products including headphones and wireless earbuds. 

Read on for our pick of the best wireless earbuds to undergo our rigorous review routine.

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Lee Dunkley

Lee covers all things audio for Tom's Guide, including headphones, wireless speakers and soundbars and loves to connect and share the mindfulness benefits that listening to music in the very best quality can bring. As a former editor of the U.K.'s Hi-Fi Choice magazine, Lee is passionate about all kinds of audio tech and has been providing sound advice to enable consumers to make informed buying decisions since he joined Which? magazine as a product tester in the 1990s. 

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Best wireless earbuds overall

Sony WF-1000XM5 hero shot with earbuds in white charging case

Best-in-class sound with strong noise cancelation in a small and light design

Specifications

Size: Not specified
Weight: Not specified
Battery life (rated): 8 hours (ANC on), 24 hours (with charging case)
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.3 with SBC, AAC, LDAC
ANC: Yes
Durability rating: IPX4

Reasons to buy

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Outstanding sound quality
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Strong noise cancelation
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Exceptional functionality
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Excellent level of control

Reasons to avoid

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Smaller earbud size affects eartip seal and fit
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Battery life remains the same as predecessor

While the Sony WF-1000XM4 was a top-ranking model in this best wireless earbuds for several years and continues to be on sale via Sony's store and online retailers, the popular model has been outperformed by the new Sony WF-1000XM5 flagship. The latest model arrived in July 2023, and demonstrates how Sony's XM-series earbuds go from strength to strength with each new generation. 

As the latest flagship, the WF-1000XM5 wireless earbuds are smaller and lighter, yet they're equipped with some of the strongest features and performance I've ever seen from a pair of 'buds. They have some of the most dynamic and engaging sound we've heard, and their noise-canceling performance easily matches that of the Apple AirPods Pro 2 and get close to the Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds (both listed below).

Battery life hasn't been stepped up over their XM4 predecessor. But at 8 hours with ANC enabled, these top-tier Sony wireless earbuds still outperform close rivals and have some of the highest battery life of any set of more recently launched earbuds. There's LDAC support for higher-quality music, adaptive listening mode, Google and Alexa digital assistant support, and full EQ customization. Call quality is greatly improved, thanks to a new noise reduction engine with AI that's able to make voices clear even in noisy surroundings. Wind noise was kept to a minimum too, thanks to the mesh on the feed forward microphone helping to reduce its influence during calls. Ultimately, these are Sony's best-ever and the best wireless earbuds package around right now.

Best wireless earbuds for value

Sony WF-C700N in charging case placed in hand of reviewer

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Big-brand experience and superb noise canceling for $119

Specifications

Size: Not specified
Weight: 0.16 ounces (per bud); 1.09 ounces (charging case)
Battery life (rated): 7.5 hours (ANC on); 10 hours (ANC off); 24 hours (charging case with ANC on); 28 hours (charging case with ANC off)
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.2 with SBC, AAC
ANC: Yes
Durability rating: IPX4

Reasons to buy

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Vibrant, detailed sound
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Superb noise cancellation and call quality
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Comes with most signature Sony features
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Very attractive design
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Optimal comfort and fit

Reasons to avoid

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No aptX or LDAC support

Regarded as a budget alternative the an MSRP at $120 / £99 / AU$199, the WF-C700N builds on the entry-level WF-C500, one of the best cheap wireless earbuds with great sound. The WF-C700N integrates robust active noise cancelation (ANC) and come with decent battery life at the price. Sound quality is powerful with Sony’s impressive sound signature at the forefront, alongside proprietary technologies like 360 Reality Audio and DSEE Extreme. 

The adaptive ANC technology built in to the WF-C700N is remarkable at the price. It learns your behavior and tweaks noise neutralization to your environment, and low- and mid-frequency sounds went unnoticed around the house and out and about. Call quality was high and the mics silenced most background interference for clear-sounding phone conversations, making these a versatile option that have few rivals even as the most affordable model in this roundup.

Best wireless earbuds for iPhone owners

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The ultimate ANC wireless earbuds for iPhones

Specifications

Size: 1.22 x 0.86 x 0.94 inches (per bud); 1.78 x 2.39 x 0.85 inches (charging case)
Weight: 0.19 ounces (per bud); 1.8 ounces (charging case)
Battery life (rated) : 6 hours; 30 hours (charging case)
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.3 with SBC, AAC
ANC: Yes
Durability rating: IPX4

Reasons to buy

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World-class noise cancellation
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Volume controls right on the stem
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Dolby Atmos spatial audio
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Battery life improved over original model

Reasons to avoid

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Lackluster call quality
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Lanyard costs extra

Although updated to the AirPods Pro 2 USB-C in September 2023, we've been consistently impressed by the 2nd Generation model since they arrived in September 2022. There are plenty of reasons why the AirPods Pro 2 continue to beat most other wireless earbuds, and they are without doubt the best wireless earbuds for iPhone users. As the most versatile model for all kinds of lifestyles, the AirPods Pro 2 take performance to the next level. Externally, they look extremely similar to the first generation, but battery life has increased to give 6 hours on a single charge from the earbuds and up to 30 hours from the wireless charging case. 

Designed for iPhone owners looking for a more tailored listening experience, we think the AirPods Pro 2 are the pinnacle of Apple technology. While testing them out for all kinds of active lifestyle activities, we found that the fit had been improved to the point where they're a viable option for the best sports headphones, and suitable for runners and gym workouts alike. Not only are the earbuds IPX4-rated for protection from sweat and light showers, but now too is the charging case itself. 

On the audio front, Apple's H2 chip with custom amp and driver delivers impressive low and high frequencies, and you can use the iPhone's TrueDepth camera to create a personalized spatial audio sound for one of the best Dolby Atmos music experiences of any pair of earbuds. Noise cancelation is the best we’ve experienced from the AirPods Pro series so far. 

Best wireless earbuds for noise cancelation

Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds

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Best-ever ANC wireless earbuds, but misses elite features at the price

Specifications

Size: 1.23 x 0.96 x 0.79 inches (per bud)
Weight: 0.27 ounces (per bud)
Battery life (rated): 6 hours; 24 hours (charging case); 4 hours in immersive audio mode
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.3 with SBC, AAC, aptX Adaptive
ANC: Yes
Durability rating: IPX4

Reasons to buy

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Best-in-class ANC performance
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Immersive audio is a game-changer
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Comfortable and secure fit
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Great customization via companion app

Reasons to avoid

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Case doesn’t support wireless charging
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No multi-point Bluetooth
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Mixed call quality

We've been blown away by the noise canceling capabilities of the Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds since they arrived in late 2023. We thought nothing could top the ANC of their predecessor and still available Bose QuietComfort Earbuds 2, but the QC Ultra Earbuds raise the ANC game and are a brilliant follow up. 

Sound quality is great, and Bluetooth streaming includes aptX Adaptive support to for compatibility with high-performance audio codecs. The strength of the noise cancelation is second to none, and we liked that you can customize sound profiles with 10 different degrees of isolation as presets that balance ANC and awareness depending on your activity. Additionally, the Ultra's Aware transparency passthrough mode sounds highly natural, while ActiveSense automatically lowers ambient sounds when loud noise is detected. 

As with the QuietComfort Ultra Headphones, the Ultra Earbuds have Bose's new immersive audio tech for a 3D sound experience no matter what you're listening to. Sadly though some features are MIA, and there's no wireless charging or multipoint connectivity on board. 

Best wireless earbuds for Android

Jabra Elite 10 hero shot

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Elite sound and spatial audio with headtracking make these a great AirPods Pro alternative

Specifications

Size: 0.8 x 0.7 x 1.1 inches
Weight: 0.2 ounces (per bud)
Battery life (rated): 6 hours (ANC on); 8 hours (ANC off); 27 hours (ANC on w/charging case), 36 hours (ANC off w/charging case)
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.3 with SBC, AAC
ANC: Yes
Durability rating: IP57

Reasons to buy

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Rich, dynamic, customizable sound
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Powerful ANC
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Superior head tracking technology
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Jabra’s most luxe design since the Elite Active 75t
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Steady battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Unreliable call quality
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Spatial audio needs work
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No aptX codec support

 Jabra’s flagship Elite 10 are a more affordable option compared to rival wireless earbud flagships from the likes of Bose and Sony. In fact, when it comes to sound quality and ANC performance, these Jabra earbuds stood up well in our Sony WF-1000XM5 face-off. They sport upscale features in a luxe design that’s comfortable to wear for longer listening periods, and although not quite everything hits the flagship mark in terms of battery life and a lack of extensive special features compared to the top ranking models, the Elite 10 deserve a place in the best wireless earbuds.  

Active noise canceling is double that of its predecessor, and the Elite 10 carries Jabra’s own spatial sound tech with Dolby head tracking to deliver strong sound with great bass and detailed highs straight out of the box. There’s a multi-band EQ control, and although there’s no aptX or LDAC support for faster data transfers over Bluetooth, they're competitively priced and their overall performance makes them a strong option at the price.

Best wireless earbuds for Samsung

Galaxy Buds 2 Pro in charging case, in purple with packing box and Samsung tablet in background

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Best ANC wireless earbuds for Galaxy phones

Specifications

Size: 0.7 x 0.85 x 0.7 inches (per bud)
Weight: 0.19 (per bud)
Battery life (rated): 5 hours (ANC on); 8 hours (ANC off); 18 hours (charging case with ANC on); 29 hours (charging case with ANC off)
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.3 with SBC, AAC, SSC
ANC: Yes
Durability rating: IPX7

Reasons to buy

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Wide soundstage
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Effective ANC
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Compact and practical design
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Easy to use features
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Excellent connectivity

Reasons to avoid

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Bixby assistant unreliable 
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Most coveted features are exclusive to Galaxy devices

Samsung's Galaxy Buds 2 Pro set out to rival the AirPods Pro 2, at least for Galaxy owners. During our testing we found the sound alone makes the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro worth the investment, giving listeners a high quality audio experience and compelling 3D sound with precise head tracking. Samsung’s ANC holds its own against the category leaders and blocks out close to 90% of ambient noise. The updated design also provides improved comfort and noise isolation.

We found these buds operated well across all Bluetooth-enabled devices, but Galaxy smartphone owners get to enjoy cool features like Easy Pairing and compatibility with Samsung's Scalable Codec. It’s upsetting that Bixby (Samsung's voice assistant) doesn’t perform up to its potential, though the mediocre battery life with ANC on is a greater disappointment. Since our review, Galaxy smartphone and Buds 2 Pro owners now get 360-degree audio recording, too.  

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Best wireless earbuds for durability

Jabra Elite 8 Active in black held in hand of reviewer

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Best-ever durability is perfect for active lifestyles

Specifications

Size: 0.8 x 0.8 x 1.1 inches (per bud)
Weight: 0.2 ounces (per bud)
Battery life (rated): 8 hours (ANC on); 14 hours (ANC off); 32 hours (ANC on w/charging case), 56 hours (ANC off w/charging case)
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.3 with SBC, AAC
ANC: Yes
Durability rating: IP68-rated (earbuds), IP54-rated (charging case)

Reasons to buy

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Extremely durable
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Satisfying sound and call quality
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Intuitive noise cancelation
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Lengthy playtimes
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Impressive 3D audio performance

Reasons to avoid

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Control scheme affects comfort
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Missing some upscale features
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Spatial Sound could use some work

Jabra’s Elite 8 Active are made from military-grade materials for unbreakable protection. They're the most durable wireless earbuds we’ve ever seen. They combine much of what makes the company’s Elite 10 flagship earbuds so successful, while being perfectly suited to fitness fans with IP68-rated earbuds, offering the strongest water and dirt ingress protection of any pair of wireless earbuds. Even the changing case is IP54-rated. 

With powerful 6mm dynamic drivers, Jabra’s sound signature will put a spring in your step to jumpstart workouts. Adaptive active noise cancelation, spatial audio, and battery life are some of the best we’ve encountered from a pair of wireless earbuds built for active lifestyles, and the Elite 8 Active wireless earbuds benefit from solid feature support across both iOS and Android devices. 

Best wireless earbuds for running

The Beats Fit Pro propped atop its charging case

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Best wireless earbuds for iOS users with active lifestyles

Specifications

Size: 0.75 x 1.18 x 0.94 inches
Weight: 0.2 ounces
Battery life (rated): 6 hours (ANC on), 7 hours (ANC Off), 27 hours (ANC on with charging case), 30 hours (ANC off with charging case)
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0 with SBS, AAC
ANC: Yes
Durability rating: IPX4

Reasons to buy

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Powerful ANC and Transparency modes
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Dynamic sound and Spatial Audio support
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Respectable battery life
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Comfy, secure fit

Reasons to avoid

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Some features exclusive to Apple devices
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Limited Android app

The Beats Fit Pro wireless earbuds rank #1 in our best sports headphones for iPhone users with active lifestyles. They're a culmination of Apple and Beats’ greatest triumphs, packaging AirPods Pro-like performance into an updated Studio Beats design. 

When we tested the Beats Fit Pro, our reviewer was impressed by the amazing sound quality, which was backed by a proprietary transducer that keeps bass punchy, while also balancing frequencies to hear crisp mids and detailed highs. Spatial Audio for immersive 3D sound has also been added, making this the first Beats product to feature the technology. Popular features tied to Apple's H1 processor are available, including automatic switching between Apple devices and FindMy to help locate misplaced buds. We also appreciate the integrated wingtips, which keep the buds secure during runs and intense workouts.

Android users do get to bask in the sonic upgrades, though all other iOS-related features remain exclusive to iPhone and iPad users. The lack of features available on the Android app also means limits to what the Fit Pro can perform on Google’s mobile platform. 

Best wireless earbuds under $100

OnePlus Buds 3 in charging case held in hand in outdoors

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$99 noise-cancellers with excellent Android integration

Specifications

Size: 1.24 x 0.79 x 0.96 inches (per bud)
Weight: 0.16 ounces (per bud)
Battery life (rated): Up to 10 hours, 44 hours total (charging case)
Conenctivity: Bluetooth 5.3 with AAC, SBC, LHDC 5.0
ANC: Yes
Durability rating: IP55 (earbuds); IPX4 (charging case)

Reasons to buy

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Excellent feature set
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Strong ANC
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Works flawlessly with all Android devices 

Reasons to avoid

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Poor battery management
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Weak 3D audio performance

Contrary to popular belief, the Google Pixel Buds Pro are not the best wireless earbuds for Android users. That honor goes to the OnePlus Buds 3. Better active noise cancellation, connectivity, call quality, sound performance, and touch controls say otherwise. Not to mention a more premium design and sturdier protection (IP55-rated buds and an IPX4-rated charging case). Then comes the shocking MSRP, which is $100 less than the Pixel Buds Pro and a far greater value when considering OnePlus’ superior feature set. 

Not everything hits its mark, especially battery life and spatial audio, which are disappointing compared to other models. However, the buds’ excellent wireless features (Bluetooth 5.3, Google/OnePlus Fast Pair) combined with intuitive ANC and stellar hi-res audio support (LHDC) make for a dynamic and distraction-free music streaming experience that’s enjoyable on the best Android smartphones.

FAQ

What are the best wireless earbuds?

What are the best wireless earbuds for all kinds of budgets, devices and activities to buy right now?

1. Sony WF-1000XM5

Sony's XM-series earbuds go from strength to strength with each new generation. As the latest flagship, the WF-1000XM5 wireless earbuds are smaller and lighter, yet they're equipped with some of the strongest features and performance we've ever seen from a pair of wireless earbuds. They have some of the most dynamic and engaging sound we've heard, and their noise-canceling performance easily matches that of the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds 2 or Apple AirPods Pro 2

2. Sony WF-C700N

The Sony WF-C700N are the best value noise-canceling earbuds at just $119. They build on the entry-level WF-C500, one of the best cheap wireless earbuds out there, and there adaptive ANC technology is remarkable at the price. It learns your behavior and tweaks noise neutralization to your environment, while overall sound quality is powerful with Sony’s pleasingly bass-heavy sound signature at the forefront.

3. Apple AirPods Pro 2 

The AirPods Pro 2 are the the ultimate earbuds for iPhone users. We have been blown away by the 2nd generation model since Apple launched them in September 2022. They bring significant upgrades to the popular original AirPods Pro to take performance to the next level. 

4. Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds

We didn't think ANC could be bettered when we reviewed the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds 2, but we the newer QC Ultra Earbuds released at the end of 2023 are without question the best noise-cancelling earbuds we've ever tried. If ANC is a top priority, then the new Bose flagship reduces background sounds to a pool of silence, and introduces listeners to its Immersive Audio tech to boost the listening experience even further. 

5. Jabra Elite 10

The Jabra Elite 10 are exactly the same price as the AirPods Pro 2 and come with plenty of similar features, including adaptive noise canceling, 3D spatial sound with headtracking and strong all-round performance. In fact, when it comes to sound quality and ANC performance, these Jabra flagship earbuds stood up well against the top-ranking wireless earbuds right now in our Sony WF-1000XM5 face-off.

What do IP-ratings mean? 

IP-ratings refer to the level of Ingress Protection (IP) from liquids and dirt that a device is protected from. This is part of a device's durability. 

IP-ratings explained: The first digit refers to the level of protection from solid particles, such as dust and sand. The scale ranges from 0 (no protection) to 6 (dust-tight) for full protection. For example, an IP6X rating ensures that the device is completely dust-tight, making it ideal for harsh outdoor conditions or industrial settings where fine dust particles are common. 

The second digit refers to a devices resistance to moisture, and the scale ranges from 0 (no protection) to 8 for the highest level of protection. For example, with an IPX4 rating, earbuds are protected from water splashes from any direction, while an IPX7 rating ensures that the device can be submerged in water up to 1 meter (around 3 feet) for 30 minutes without any damage.

Most common IP ratings explained

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RatingLevel of protection
IPX4This rating shows that the device has been tested and offers protection against splashes of water, making them suitable for workouts or light rain.
IPX6This rating indicates that the device can withstands power jets of water from any direction.
IPX8The device is waterproof and fully submersible up to 1.5 meters for up to 30 mins.

How to choose the best wireless earbuds for you

With so many wireless earbud options to choose from, you may find it difficult to settle on one. There are several factors to weigh up, and which one is most important depends on personal preference. Follow out list of considerations to factor in when choosing the best wireless earbuds for you. 

1. Design

When buying a new pair of wireless earbuds, it can be helpful to think about where you want to wear them. If you're going to use them on a r