The world of wireless earbuds is rife with options, and you can’t go a week without another pair being announced by one brand or another. It’s great for the consumer to have a ton of choice, but it also creates an issue when it comes to making a decision. Well, we’re going to ease that burden on you just a bit by showcasing seven of the best wireless earbuds for superior sound quality.
Sony impressed the world with its 1000XM line of over the ear headphones, and the 3rd-generation of the cans are still on top. Sony must be pretty happy with itself, now that it’s also responsible for the best wireless earbuds, too. The WF-1000XM3 earbuds don’t just borrow heavily from it’s over the ear counterpart’s name, but also its features.
Sony was one of the few earbud makers that added real noise cancelation to its products, and it’s doubled down on that with it’s latest pair. The WF-1000XM3 share improved noise cancelation from its predecessors (WF-1000X and WF-SP700N) but can go the distance in battery life now — a full 6 hours with noise canceling on, and 8 hours with it off. The charging case can also provide a three full additional charges. The buds also include quick charging, where a 10 minute charge will provide 90 minutes of playback.
The trademark feature of the over the head 1000XM headphones is the ability to place your hand over the right earbud to quickly lower the volume of whatever audio is being played and allowing the microphones to pull in sound from your environment. This is also included with the earbud variants, and you can quickly chat with someone or hear an announcement without taking them off.
Possibly the only downside to these earbuds is the fact that they’re not water resistant, which is a huge shame, and will be a dealbreaker for some.
It’s hard to “have it all” with wireless earbuds. However, if water resistance and noise cancelation are important to you, then the Sony WF-SP700N may be for you.
With digital noise cancelling in tow, IPX4 water resistance, Sony’s punchy EXTRA BASS, and a nifty ambient sound mode, there’s little else to ask for in these earbuds. Emphasis on the “little else.” Unfortunately, these earbuds can only get you 3 hours per charge, which is below than the average standard. It’s really a shame. Sure, you should be able to get a full, extensive workout done at the gym, and they should be quite serviceable for daily commuting purposes, but that’s it.
If there was a silver lining for these headphones, it’s that you can find them used or open-boxed for under $50.
If there was a pair of earbuds that the Sony WF-1000XM3 usurped the throne from, it would probably be the Jabra Elite 65t earbuds. While they may not ship with noise cancelation, they’re still some of the best you can put in your ears today.
The Elite 65t’s provide 5 hours of continuous playback on a single charge, which is more than acceptable for earbuds. In “case” you’re in need of some more juice, the carrying case will provide an additional two charges.
They’re also both water and dust resistance, with a rating of IP55, and come with a 2-year warranty.
The Powerbeats Pro are so good that we didn’t even bother to add the Airpods to this list. Some would argue that the design of these headphones don’t make them earbuds, but they’re more than likely be on anyone’s consideration list if they’re in the market for a truly wireless audio experience.
The Powerbeats Pro have a lot going for them. They can be used independently from one another, they each have a bonkers 9-hour battery life, and feature secure ear hooks that wrap around to provide a perfect logo placement…
These headphones are built for the gym and other physical activities, so it should come as no surprise that they’re both sweat and water resistant. If the design is to your liking and you have the money to spend, the battery life alone make these headphones worth getting.
When Samsung delivered its Airpod competitors to the world, they met and in some ways, exceeded them.
The Galaxy buds can last for 6 hours on a single charge and its charging case can add an additional 7 hours. The case itself has built-in wireless charging. This is particularly useful if you have a Galaxy S10, as you can charge the earbuds simply by placing them on the back of the phone.
The sound of the AKG-tuned Galaxy Buds are balanced, and you can adjust incoming environmental noise with Ambient Mode. They’re also water-resistance, so you can take them on a run or an intense trip to the gym without worry.
A lot of truly wireless earbuds suffer from cutting out from time to time—in one or both ears. Luckily, this is drastically minimized with Bluetooth 5, as it provides a much stronger connection. While not all earbuds use the newest version of Bluetooth, the RHA Trueconnect boasts that it does.
Shipping with a 5 hour battery life, 20 hours of additional battery with the charging case, and fast charging, the RHA Trueconnect earbuds are a bit of a standard affair. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that either. Users will also be treated to an IPX5 water-resistance rating so they’re gym and sport-friendly as well.
Sennheiser knows a thing or two about sound, and it shows that once again with its Momentum earbuds. These headphones have very big sound in a very small package.
The earbuds can be controlled by touch at the end of the bud, and offers intuitive gestures to do so. Other features rounding out the Momentum earbuds include a 4 hour battery life (12 with charging case), ambient sound mode, and a IPX4 splash resistance rating.
The features on the Sennheiser Momentum earbuds aren’t the most impressive, with the exception being the sound quality. That said, for $300, you’re going to have to really want them.