Headphone wires are a pain. They bunch up in your pockets, become tangled, and get in the way when you’re listening to tunes or talking on the phone. True wireless headphones can make things simpler. Lots of wireless headphones have a long battery life, noise-canceling technology, and brilliant sound quality, so why not step out of the stone-age and get yourself a pair? Imagine taking in a podcast while exercising, or grocery shopping without having to cope with any wires. Plus, you can keep wireless headphones in your ears all day, taking calls and enjoying media without having to plug and unplug over and over again. Here are our favorite wireless ear buds on the market right now.
Hear Music The Way Musicians Want You To
You’re also able to listen through a single one if you don’t want to have both in. Amazon
Anker’s Soundcore Liberty Pro 2 earbuds are quite the upgrade compared to any of the previous buds in their line. They are able to reproduce a full mix—which is hard to do in smaller buds—that captures a lovely blend of warm bass tones and crystal-clear highs. While the sound in this product line has always been impressive, especially when you consider the price, the Liberty Pro 2 buds crank the quality up a few notches. In terms of battery life, they feature a full eight hours in the buds, with three extra full charges from the carrying case. The case charges via USB-C or with compatible wireless Qi charging devices. Four built-in microphones make phone calls crisp, and their new HearID helps customize the sound to your ears. After taking a quick listening test, the companion app creates a listening profile for you.
Great For Workouts
Most secure in your ears. Amazon
These lightweight high-end noise-isolating earbuds from Beats hook over your ears, keeping them extra safe from falling. They provide nine hours of listening time on a full charge, which extends to 24 hours with their charging case. Adjust the volume and skip or pause tracks via buttons on each earbud. Either earbud is also voice compatible, so only one is required at a time for phone calls. A cool feature of these headphones is that they can get up to 1.5 hours of battery life from a short 5-minute charge, so even when the battery is low, you don’t have to worry about fully running out of juice. They are sweat- and water-resistant.
EQ Them To Match Your Ears
With their reasonable price, it’s hard to beat the value on these earbuds. Amazon
These Anker headphones are an audiophile’s dream: they have diamond-coated audio drivers to increase quality and bass response, and they can also equalize their sound based on your ear’s specific sensitivities using the HearID app. They also feature a four-microphone noise cancellation system, making for extra clear phone calls. The battery life is competitive, with seven hours of playtime from a single charge that extends to 28 hours with the included case.
Most Compatible With An iPhone
Easiest access to Siri. Amazon
These modern classics are now the standard iPhone user’s wireless headphones. They automatically pair with your Apple devices with a speedy connection, and you can switch between your laptop or iPhone easily. Access Siri to look up information hands-free or dictate your texts. The audio quality is high (though for noise-canceling you’ll need the AirPods Pro, below), and you can simply double-tap your headphones to pause or skip a track when listening to music. These also come with a charging case, which can provide your headphones with multiple charges over the course of a day. For any serious Apple user, the AirPods are a safe bet.
Sweat- And Water-Resistant
Custom fit for people with larger ears. Amazon
Apple’s AirPods Pro stands out in a number of ways that significantly change the listening experience. Not only are they now sweat and water-resistant, but they also have active noise-cancellation and a transparency mode—toggle between those by holding the sensor on one of the earbuds or adjusting the setting on your iPhone. The AirPods Pro also have adaptive EQ that tunes the music based on the shape of your ear. The most welcome change is Apple’s inclusion of three sizes of silicone tips, which standard AirPods lack. The buds hold a 4.5-hour charge, but up to 24 hours with the charging case.
Six Colors Available
7.5 hours of life on a single charge. Amazon
Jabra’s new sweat- and dust-proof Elite 75t Earbuds are designed with fit and comfort in mind. This model of the earbud is 20 percent smaller, but doesn’t sacrifice any sound quality. By reducing the size, Jabra was able to make the product fit better, resulting in more control over the audio. Jabra also increased battery life in both the charging case and the earbuds. You’ll get 7.5 hours of consistent listening in the buds and 20.5 extra hours in the case. With the case’s USB-C input, fast charging will give you an hour of listening time in just 15 minutes. The four onboard microphones also make your phone calls super-clear. Through the Jabra Sound+ app, you can also use the headphones with Siri, Google Assistant, or Alexa.
Durable And Reliable
Smaller, lighter design. Amazon
These earbuds from Plantronics provide great sound quality for listening and speaking via four noise-canceling microphones. The microphones block out external sound when you’re listening to music and also make sure your voice comes in clear during calls in noisy environments. Smart sensors in the earbuds make it so that you can receive a phone call by placing one or both earbuds in your ears. Alternatively, taking them out will pause any audio you’re listening to. These headphones are durable in the face of rain, sweat, and humidity, and they come with a nifty charging case. The battery is good for 6.5 hours of listening and four hours of speaking on the phone, but the charging case allows an extra 13 hours of use.