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The best wireless earbuds, like the best Android phones, have come a long way in the last few years. No longer do you have to spend hundreds and hundreds to get passable audio, or battery life measured in hours rather than minutes, or ANC good enough to use on an airplane. Now you can get true wireless earbuds that focus on specific areas — sound quality, comfort, water and sweat resistance, battery life, ANC, compatibility, and even smart assistant features — without having to compromise.

While before we had too few quality earbuds to have real competition, today we have the opposite problem: there are just too many options flooding a very, very crowded market. That's why we've compiled a short list of the best wireless earbuds that cover a variety of categories, with the hope that you'll be able to make a better buying decision. Here are our top 10 true wireless earbud recommendations today.

Premium pick

8.50 / 10

The Sony WF-1000XM4 all-around excellent earbuds. They offer truly great audio quality, robust noise cancellation, and all-day battery life. Though on the large side, they are significantly smaller than their predecessors, the popular WF-1000XM3, and fit more comfortably in the ears for longer listening sessions. That's important, too, because these earbuds sound incredible — along with regular SBC and AAC codec support, Sony added high-quality LDAC compatibility for those with Android phones (iPhone users are limited to AAC) to go along with the improved drivers.

The WF-1000XM4 were formerly the reigning ANC champs in the earbud space, but Bose's QuietComfort Earbuds II have Sony beat on that front (more on that below). But at $280, the WF-1000XM4s are a little less expensive than Bose's offering, and offer a fuller feature set including premium staples like wireless charging and the aforementioned LDAC support. If you're looking for a great, high-end experience, look no further.

Specifications
  • Battery Life: 8 hours (24 with case)
  • Noise Cancellation: Active
  • Mono Listening: Yes
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.2
  • IP rating: IPX4
  • Waterproof: No (water resistant only)
  • Charging: USB-C, Wireless charging
  • Price: $280
Pros
  • Great audio quality
  • Better comfort and fit than the last generation
  • Great active noise cancelation
Cons
  • Still a bulky design
  • Expensive
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Sony WF-1000XM4
Editors choice

8.00 / 10

If you're looking for the top sound quality in a pair of wireless earbuds, the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 should feature in your decision-making. Like the two generations before, the True Wireless 3 offer terrific sound, which can be further customized to your liking, thanks to the detailed equalizer settings. The active noise cancellation is good but isn't as strong as Sony's technology.

These earbuds are light and comfortable, but previous generations haven't always been suitable for those with smaller ears, so that may be something to bear in mind when you're deciding. One of the best parts is that the price is $50 lower than previous generations. If you're looking for sound quality, look toward these Sennheiser true wireless headphones as a top pick.

Specifications
  • Battery Life: 7 hours (21 extra with case)
  • Noise Cancellation: Yes
  • Mono Listening: No
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.2
  • IP rating: IPX4
  • Waterproof: No (sweat and splash resistance only)
  • Price: $250
Pros
  • Lower price than previous generations
  • Strong battery life, with a wireless charging case
  • Rich sound, plus great active noise cancellation
Cons
  • The large charging case won’t work for everyone
  • Still an expensive choice
  • No multipoint support at launch
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Sennheiser Momentum TW 3
Best value

8.00 / 10

Jabra's excellent budget earbuds, the Elite 3, share a lot in common with the iconic Elite 75t, but they have one clear advantage: they're extremely affordable. At $80 MSRP (and frequently under $60 on sale), they're among our favorite budget true wireless earbuds for many reasons. First, they're really comfortable; you wouldn't expect it from a pair of earbuds this cheap, but Jabra knows how to design headphones that fit most ears perfectly, and that's true here, too. Second, the Elite 3s sound much better than they have any right to for this price; you're really not missing much dropping from the company's more expensive lineup to these ones. Third, call quality is excellent, with four dedicated microphones that excel at canceling out background noise. And finally, the earbuds are IP55 water-resistant and can eke out seven hours of battery life per bud.

The main criticism here is a lack of frills; there's no active noise cancellation or fancy ear cancel pressure-lowering design as found in the pricier Jabra lineup. The case also lacks the wireless charging found in the Elite 7 Pro. No huge loss — the case still charges quickly via USB-C — but it's worth saying.

Specifications
  • Battery Life: 7 hours (28 with case)
  • Noise Cancellation: Passive
  • Mono Listening: Yes
  • IP rating: IP55
  • Charging: USB-C
  • Price: $60
Pros
  • The price is right
  • Great sound quality for the price
  • IP55 water resistance is unheard of at this price point
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • Sound is very bass-heavy
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Jabra Elite 3

8.50 / 10

Bose's QuietComfort Earbuds II are incredible. The company says it designed the earbuds to have the best ANC on the market — not just in earbuds, but in any consumer-grade headphones. It's hard to say whether that's entirely true, but we've compared them head-to-head with some of the best over-ear ANC headphones you can buy, and the QC Earbuds II do outperform the full-size competition much of the time. They also have the great sound you'd expect out of Bose.

But as great as the buds are for ANC, the QuietComfort Earbuds II stumble in other areas. At $299, they're expensive in the extreme, and they're lacking a lot of the nice-to-have features you'd expect in this segment. There's no support for Fast Pair or multipoint connectivity, and the earbuds' case can't be charged wirelessly. They also only support the AAC and SBC codecs, so if you won't buy buds without aptX, they'll be a non-starter for you. Still, if you need the best ANC you can get in earbuds, you'll find it in the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II.

Specifications
  • Battery Life: 6 hours, 24 hours with case
  • Noise Cancellation: Yes
  • Mono Listening: Yes
  • Bluetooth : 5.3
  • Microphones: 4x per earbud
  • IP rating: IPX4
  • Supported codecs: SBC, AAC
  • Weight (earbuds): 6.2g each
  • Dimensions (earbuds): 30.5 x 17.3 x 22.4mm each
  • Charging: USB-C only
  • Price (MSRP): $299
Pros
  • The best ANC you can get
  • Clear, balanced audio
  • Lots of fit options
Cons
  • No multipoint support
  • Case doesn't have wireless charging
  • Really expensive
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Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II

9.00 / 10

With solid-sounding audio, ANC, and a fantastic transparency mode, the deliver a premium earbud experience in ways Google's past attempts couldn't. Packed with useful features like always-on Hey Google detection, Bluetooth multipoint, and marathon battery life, the Pixel Buds Pro don't have any glaring weaknesses. Google's even ironed out the connectivity issues that plagued the past couple of pairs it's released. They're available in a wider range of colors than previous Pixel Buds were, too.

They don't have the very best audio quality or ANC money can buy, but strong fundamentals, batteries that can go for up to seven hours (with ANC) on a single charge, and a hassle-free experience might be worth the premium to you. If you're an Android user with $200 to spend on earbuds, the Pixel Buds Pro are a great pick.

Specifications
  • Battery Life: Up to 7 hours with ANC on, up to 11 hours with ANC off
  • Noise Cancellation: Yes
  • Mono Listening: Yes
  • Bluetooth : 5.0
  • IP rating: IPX4 (buds), IPX2 (case)
  • Supported codecs: AAC, SBC
  • Dimensions (earbuds): 23.72 X 22.03 X 22.33 mm
  • Charging: USB-C, wireless
  • Driver size: 11mm
  • Price: $200
Pros
  • Good audio with ample bass
  • Competent ANC and a fantastic transparency mode
  • Can connect to two audio sources simultaneously
  • Great touch controls
Cons
  • No high-bitrate codec support
  • Practically nonexistent EQ settings (at launch)
  • Somewhat bulky
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Google Pixel Buds Pro

7.00 / 10

Jabra's tackling the true wireless earbud market with a strategy of small iteration: the Elite 7 Pro try to toe the line between price and performance, between compact and capable, and they nail almost everything. What they get right — sound quality, battery life, comfort, and call quality — they get really right. Where they're lacking — active noise cancelation and some comfort issues — they're still not bad.

In our Elite 7 Pro review, we found that the earbuds are good for most circumstances, but if you make a lot of phone calls, there is no peer in the industry. In addition to high-quality noise-canceling microphones, Jabra uses a bone conduction sensor — the vibrations in your jaw — to fill in the blanks in noisy environments, and the results are spectacular. At $180, the Elite 7 Pro are at the upper end of mainstream but worth looking at if you want a pair of earbuds that does everything pretty well.

Specifications
  • Battery Life: 8 hours (30 with case)
  • Noise Cancellation: Active
  • Mono Listening: Yes
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.2
  • IP rating: IP57
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Charging: USB-C
  • Price: $200
Pros
  • Battery life
  • Comfort and size
  • Superb call quality
Cons
  • ANC isn't great
  • Average fit
  • No Fast Pair support
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Jabra Elite 7 Pro

8.50 / 10

Anker's Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro offer some of the best sound quality from a pair of wireless earbuds along with plenty of tip and wing options for even the most persnickety ear canals. With excellent ANC, decent call quality, better-than-average battery, and an app you'll actually want to use, the Liberty 3 Pros are among the best wireless earbuds you can buy today. On the downside, they're a bit big, bulky, and may not be the right style for everyone — especially those who work out a lot. With an IPX4 water resistance rating, these are not going to survive much more than a passing rain shower or mild sweat session, but for everyone else, these are some of the best buds out there.

Specifications
  • Battery Life: 7 hours (ANC off), 6 hours (ANC on), 5 hours (LDAC enabled)
  • Noise Cancellation: Yes
  • Mono Listening: Yes, independent listening (ANC/transparency, too)
  • Bluetooth : 5.2
  • IP rating: IPX4
  • Supported codecs: SBC, AAC, LDAC
  • Charging: USB-C and wireless charging
  • Price: $170
Pros
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Impressive battery life
  • Useful app experience
  • Multipoint support
Cons
  • Bulky and not as portable as some competitors
  • Touch controls are finicky
  • Only IPX4 rated
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Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro

9.00 / 10

Samsung's Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are the strangely named follow-up to 2021's Galaxy Buds Pro. They take what was great about the first generation — robust audio with a generous helping of bass, strong noise cancellation, and a comfortable shape — and jam it into smaller earbuds with a more modern, refined design.

Coming from the last generation, there aren't many new features here. There's support for 24-bit audio in compatible apps when the buds are paired with a Samsung phone, plus a gimmicky new head-tracking feature that tries to mimic positional sound, even in apps that don't offer surround sound content. The new buds also inherit the older model's middling battery life of five hours per charge with ANC. Everything else is so good that these should be on your radar if you're in the market for new, premium earbuds, but think twice before upgrading from last year's pair.

Specifications
  • Battery Life: 5 hours with ANC/8 hours without
  • Noise Cancellation: Yes
  • Mono Listening: Yes
  • Bluetooth : 5.3
  • IP rating: IPX7
  • Supported codecs: SBC, AAC, Samsung Seamless
  • Weight (earbuds): 5.5g
  • Dimensions (earbuds): 19.9 x 21.6 x 18.7mm
  • Charging: USB-C, wireless
  • Driver size: 10mm driver + 5.3mm tweeter
  • Price: $230
Pros
  • Full, satisfying sound
  • Impressive ANC for earbuds
  • Smaller and sleeker than last year's with the same battery life
Cons
  • 24-bit audio won't benefit most listeners
  • Multi-device support is limited on non-Samsung devices
  • Battery life is just okay
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Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro

7.50 / 10

The Jaybird Vista 2 are the follow-up to the originals, released primarily as comfortable workout-friendly true wireless earbuds that still sound good. This successor, released in 2021, improves on the design, fit, sound quality, battery life, and water protection while also adding active noise cancelation. Jaybird takes comfort and "earthproof" durability very seriously: the earbuds have three tip sizes that we found to fit better than most of the competition, allowing for intense workouts that don't dislodge either earbud.

An IP68 water and dust ingress protection rating — along with a MIL-STD 810G rating — make these appropriate for extreme weather, too (though if you're working out in the ice or snow, that's on you). The Vista 2's secret weapon is actually Jaybird's app, which allows you to select custom equalization settings, modify ANC intensity, and more. At $200, the Jaybird Vista 2 are not cheap, but if you want the best workout buds available, these are for you.

Specifications
  • Battery Life: 8 hours (24 with case)
  • Noise Cancellation: Yes
  • Mono Listening: Yes
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0
  • IP rating: IP68
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Charging: USB-C & Wireless charging
  • Price: $150
Pros
  • Excellent fit
  • Tough and waterproof
  • Battery life
Cons
  • Poor ANC
  • Charging time
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Jaybird Vista 2

7.00 / 10

You may not have heard of the Creative Outlier Air V3, but they could be your next pair of true wireless earbuds. They have a lot to offer, starting with a very affordable price tag and an impressive feature set. Indeed, for this price, you get decent ANC, wireless charging, and excellent battery life. They may not be the best-looking pair, and you shouldn't expect them to sound as great as some of the more expensive models on this list, but given their price, they're worth considering for people who need a pair to listen to music or place calls during the day. What's more, their IPX5 rating is good enough to protect them from water splashes and rain, making them an excellent all-rounder. If ANC and superior audio quality aren't essential to you, these budget buds are worth a serious look.

Specifications
  • Battery Life: 10 hours (40 with case)
  • Noise Cancellation: Yes (Active Noise Reduction)
  • Mono Listening: Yes
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.2
  • IP rating: IPX5
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Charging: USB-C & Wireless charging
  • Price: $70
Pros
  • Battery life
  • Wireless charging
  • Price
Cons
  • Design and charging case
  • Audio quality
  • Poor ANC
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Creative Outlier Air V3

What are the best wireless earbuds you can buy?

It's safe to say that you can't really go wrong with any pair of true wireless earbuds over $100 these days — models from reputable brands are consistently good. But there are a few companies making standout products, and they're usually the ones you've heard of. Sony, for instance, earns its place at the top of the list with the WF-1000XM4, shrinking the size of its fan-favorite buds without sacrificing sound quality or noise cancelation effectiveness. If you want the absolute best ANC in earbuds today, though, the $299 Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II should be at the top of your list. Just be aware they lack convenient features like Fast Pair and wireless charging.

You'll also be blown away by the sound quality and the premium design of the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3. They're not cheap, but they're particularly great if you're looking for rich sound. The noise cancellation isn't as great as the Bose or Sony earbuds above, but the Sennheisers feature better battery life, and they're a touch cheaper, coming in at $250. That's $50 less than the last-gen Momentum True Wireless headphones from Sennheiser.

If sound quality is your North Star, Anker's Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro should also be close to the top of your list. They offer the full, satisfying range you'd expect from a pair of over-the-ear headphones in a much, much smaller package. Anker's personalized EQ feature built into its excellent app pushes it above the competition, too, since you don't have to do much to get the Liberty 3 Pro sounding exactly how you'd like them.

Samsung's Galaxy Buds 2 Pro and Google's Pixel Buds Pro are both great picks from two of the top players in Android — though their feature sets are pretty different. Samsung's sound a little better, with fuller bass and more EQ options, and offer 24-bit audio in select apps on Samsung phones (just be aware 24-bit is far from shorthand from superior). Google's, meanwhile, have excellent battery life, plus Google Assistant support and Bluetooth multipoint.

On the matter of more , there are plenty of great options, like Jabra's Elite 3, whose sound quality will blow you away for its sub-$80 price.

Finally, if you're into working out, Jaybird's exceptional Vista 2 earbuds may be expensive, but they fit great, don't quit for hours, and can withstand any elements you can think to throw at them.

FAQ

Q: Do you need active noise cancelation (ANC) in your true wireless earbuds?

ANC has become the feature to offer for true wireless earbuds above a certain price range, and while it's certainly useful to have, it's not the essential feature that it is on larger, over-the-ear headphones. That's because ANC is less effective on earbuds that, for physical space reasons, can't block nearly as much external noise as a well-isolating headphone that cups your entire ear. On earbuds, ANC algorithm has to work much harder to achieve the same results. That said, products like the Sony WF-1000XM4 and Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro prove that finely-tuned ANC can be extremely effective in the right environments — a plane or bus, or perhaps a moderately-loud cafe — and improvements to the experience are coming every year.