We Tested Wireless Earbuds for 300+ Hours — These are the Best

Stefan Vazharov
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Shopping for wireless earbuds today can be an overwhelming experience because of the sheer amount of options you can choose from. Whether you're looking for an affordable option, a great workout companion, or a pair of earphones that'll help you tune out your surroundings, there are too many options to count.

Well, we did the work for you, spending countless hours researching and testing all that is out there.

You'll notice that most of our top picks today are completely wireless! Once part of an expensive and questionable sub-category of products, today’s best wire-free buds have evolved to deliver great sound, a reliable device connection, and enough battery life to meet the demands of most users. Most importantly, they're also priced competitively, making them more attainable than ever before.

Best Wireless Earbuds

How We Tested

To find the best wireless earbuds, I spent more than 300 hours researching roughly 20 potential entries from today's top brands. After poring over reviews from consumers and reading the thoughts of other industry experts, I set out on extensive personal testing.

I spent at least a week with every pick on this list, using the earbuds daily on my commute, at work, and even while exercising. I evaluated the earbuds on the following criteria:

  • Ergonomics and how they feel in the ear
  • Audio performance and overall sound quality
  • Fit during various activities
  • Battery life

We all know that sound is one of the most important factors when shopping for wireless earbuds. To test the earbuds' sound capabilities, I listened to my favorite playlists — along with a few podcasts — and paid close attention to their audible frequency range. The term relates to the headset's ability to deliver the treble (highs), the midrange, and the bass in your favorite tracks.

The treble and the midrange performance sets the best wireless earbuds apart from their rivals. It will help you enjoy the vocals, as well as the finer details in a song's instrumental accompaniment to the fullest. Bass is typically the easiest audio bit to reproduce. But, especially in affordably-priced headsets, it might come at the expense of the mids and the highs.

I also made and took calls using each headset in order to evaluate the quality of its audio, as well as the performance of its built-in microphone(s).

Now that you know what to look for in a pair of wireless earbuds, check out our reviews of the best options on the market today and get ready to begin a new sound journey without wires.

Best Overall

The all-new Jabra Elite 75t earbuds are better in every way than their already excellent predecessors — which just happened to be our longtime top pick in the ballooning wireless earbud field. They're more elegant, comfier, and more entertaining sound-wise. They last longer between battery charges, too.

The Elite 75t deliver a powerful bass, which you can adjust via Jabra’s mobile app. Thanks to four built-in microphones, phone calls sound amazing, too. Finally, the buds last up to 7.5 hours between charges; their battery case holds a few additional charges, for a total of 28 hours of wireless freedom.

All in all, these buds have everything you'd want in wireless earbuds.


The Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro completely wireless earbuds are Anker’s most exciting audio product to date and a worthy alternative to our top pick from Jabra (we do, however, think the Jabras are more comfortable and durable).

The buds have an impressive sound, which can be tailor-made to your hearing via a feature called HearID. It is easy to set up in the mobile app and it sets the buds apart from all competitors in their price range and beyond.

You'll get up to 8 hours of battery life from the buds, and the charging case holds three additional full charges. I like that the accessory is also compatible with wireless charging.

Best Under $100

Developed in the UK, the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 truly wireless earbuds are our favorite for less than $100, thanks to a great sound and a solid 9 hours of battery life.

The charging case holds an additional four full charges, bringing you a total of 45 hours of independence from cables and charging outlets.

A featherweight, water-resistant build and handy volume and playback controls are also among the product’s noteworthy features.

Luxury Feel on a Budget

The Soundcore Life P2 completely wireless earbuds by Anker overdeliver for their price tag. The buds have a refined design, a comfy fit, and an entertaining sound with just the right amount of enhanced bass.

The matte-black finish with copper accents of the Life P2 is particularly noteworthy, because it makes them look more expensive than they are. Their fully waterproof build with an IPX7 rating is also a great feature at this price point.

The buds’ battery endurance is also impressive. The same goes for their carrying case with fast charging capabilities.

Pricey But Perfect

After weeks of testing, I can confidently say that the Powerbeats Pro may just take the crown in the completely wireless earbuds realm. If they weren't priced so steeply and out of range for the everyday consumer, they'd very well take our top spot.

They deliver impeccable comfort, an excellent audio experience, and up to a whopping 9 hours of playback between charges. Their charging case uses a Lightning connector for replenishing its battery.

With Apple's H1 chip on board, the Powerbeats Pro earbuds will effortlessly connect to an iPhone, an iPad, or a Mac, as well as allow you to summon Siri with voice commands.

Ultimate Neckband

If you're shopping for neckband earbuds, the RHA T20 Wireless should be your gold standard, and if you're obsessed with high-quality wireless sound, you need to give them serious consideration.

They have swappable tuning filters, which alter the sound on a hardware level. You can choose to have powerful bass, enhanced vocals, or a balanced, audiophile-grade sound.

You can expect up to 12 hours of battery life from the T20 Wireless. I like that RHA has equipped the product with a USB-C connector for charging. A wired audio cable is also included. Also, RHA's 3-year warranty is the best in the business.

Best Noise-Canceling

The Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds have noise-canceling capabilities that are truly in a league of their own.

They tune out ambient noise better than any competitor, including neckband offerings that are nowhere near as compact and comfortable. I tip my cap to Sony for achieving this feat in a completely wireless product.

You can adjust the noise-canceling level by simply tapping on the left earbud. You can fine-tune it to your exact liking via Sony’s mobile app. Rather impressively, there’s also the option to let the WF-1000XM3 earbuds automatically adjust to noise-canceling experience based on your activity and surroundings.

Stylish and Handcrafted

If you care about style and craftsmanship above all else, these will be your newest obsession.

The Master & Dynamic MW07 Plus completely wireless earbuds are beautiful, feature-packed, and totally worth their hefty price tag. Designed in New York City, they have handcrafted acetate housings, which are available in a multitude of eye-grabbing finishes. The buds are also comfy and water-resistant.

Like all M&D products, the MW07 Plus buds sound exceptional, thanks to finely tuned audio drivers. Unlike their predecessors, they pack adjustable noise-canceling tech. They have epic battery life and a stylish charging case.

High-End Noise-Canceling for Less

The reasonably priced Soundcore Life NC wireless earbuds by Anker tune out ambient noise just as well as higher-end products, but at a fraction of their price.

They're even compatible with Hi-Res Audio content, and you can tweak the sound to your exact liking via an intuitive mobile app.

The neckband headset has an understated design, a comfy fit, and up to 10 hours of battery life between charges. With the noise-canceling feature off, you can get an even more impressive 15 hours of wireless tunes. Anker has bundled the earbuds with a rich set of ear tips and accessories, as well as a robust 18-month warranty.

Tailor-Made for Apple

As their name suggests, the AirPods Pro pack even more features than the iconic and ubiquitous regular variant, headlined by superb noise-canceling tech, vastly improved ergonomics (there’s a test to ensure that they fit perfectly!), as well as an IPX4 rating for water resistance. The latter is truly groundbreaking, because it makes the earbuds ideal for exercising.

The sound of the AirPods Pro is impressive as always. Regardless of your content preferences, the buds will deliver a sonic experience that’s balanced and entertaining in equal measure.

The AirPods Pro are, unsurprisingly, incredibly easy to pair with Apple devices. They are hands-down the best option for iPhone, iPad, and Mac users.

Tailor-Made for Samsung

The Galaxy Buds+ are Samsung’s equivalent to the Apple AirPods. The completely wireless earbuds pair seamlessly with Galaxy smartphones, just like the AirPods do with an iPhone. You can even charge them wirelessly (their case is compatible) off the back of your Samsung phone, so long as it’s a Galaxy S10 or newer.

Outstanding battery life is why everyone should consider the Galaxy Buds+, not just existing Samsung owners. With up to 11 hours of playback between charges, the earbuds can rock out longer than any competitor.

As their name suggests, the Galaxy Buds+ have not only a longer battery life, but also a better sound than the previous generation. The performance during calls is also vastly improved.

The Oldie But Goodie

The Bose SoundSport Free truly wireless earbuds have been around for almost 3 years now.

The offering quickly established itself as one of the best of its kind. You'd be wrong to think that's changed since! I’ve been using a pair of Bose SoundSport Free since their launch, and still enjoy them quite a bit.

They have a lightweight body with an IPX4 rating for water resistance, as well as a comfortable fit that makes them a perfect companion for commutes and workouts.

The wire-free earbuds offer the brand's signature audio experience, headlined by a mostly neutral sound with a well tuned bass delivery. They can last up to 5 hours between battery charges.

Good for You and the Planet

The House of Marley Redemption ANC are the most Earth-friendly wireless earbuds available today.

Like all of the brand’s products, the noise-canceling earbuds and their charging case are crafted using sustainably sourced materials, including recycled plastic and silicone, plus reclaimed wood, among others. They make the Redemption ANC not only eco-friendly accessories, but also characterful ones with conversation-worthy design.

The sound of the Redemption ANC earbuds is headlined by a powerful and entertaining bass, just as you’d expect from a House of Marley product. Their noise-canceling performance is not on par with the product category’s best offerings from Sony and Apple.

Best for Bass

The Skullcandy Push truly wireless earbuds have an eye-catching design that’s available in a multitude of colors, a comfortable fit, convenient touch controls, a reasonable price, and a bass-heavy sound signature.

The bass comes courtesy of two 9.2-millimeter audio drivers, tuned to deliver thumping lows. It might not be to everyone’s taste, but it surely is entertaining for many types of content.

The colorful Skullcandy buds can deliver up to 6 hours of wireless audio between battery charges. Their carrying case holds one additional full charge, resulting in 12 hours of freedom from cables. They also come with a 2-year warranty.

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