The Best Wireless Earbuds

We love the Jabra Elite 75t wireless earbuds because they deliver the best combination of performance and features for the money—and they’re delightful to use. Their diminutive size makes them both comfortable and discreet, the controls are painless (literally and figuratively), they offer approximately a full workday of battery life per charge, and they sound great with music and phone calls.

We have a new budget pick, the Skullcandy Sesh Evo. We’ve also added long-term test notes for the Jabra Elite 75t.

The best Bluetooth earbuds

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Jabra Elite 75t
Battery life 7.5 hours (earbuds); 28 hours (charging case)
Speaker size 6mm
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.0
Size 0.9 x 0.76 x 0.6 inches
Weight 1.2 ounces (charging case); 0.2 ounces (per earbud)
IP rating IP57
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$180.00
Design/ comfort
9
Audio quality
8
Battery life
9
Value for money
7
PROS:
  • Secure fit, excellent noise isolation
  • Good app, hear-through mode
  • Detailed sound, powerful bass
  • Very good for voice calls
  • Decent battery life
CONS:
  • Bass can sometimes be too aggressive
  • No aptX, LDAC Bluetooth codec support

The Jabra Elite 75t true wireless earbuds are the best Bluetooth earbuds because they sound great, feel comfortable, and offer the convenience of being completely cable-free. Compared with our previous top pick, the Elite 65t, the new earbuds have a smaller, lighter form, as well as better battery life (seven and a half hours per charge, up from five) and simpler controls. Jabra did away with the smaller, separate volume controls of the 65t and now offers one large, easy-to-press multifunction button on each earbud to control adjustments such as play/pause, volume, track skip, and digital-assistant activation. The four-microphone array and improved active wind-noise reduction keep your voice sounding exceptionally clear over phone calls. Though the Elite 75t earbuds don’t have active noise cancellation, they block out much of the sound around you and have a transparency mode so that you can choose to hear your surroundings when you need to. The IP55 rating against water and dust and sweat damage means that taking a jog or getting caught in drizzle is no big deal. The pocket-size storage case charges via USB-C and holds a little over two full charges. Plus, a two-year warranty from Jabra will protect you from any unexpected hiccups.

The best wireless earbuds for exclusive Apple users

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Beats Powerbeats Pro
Battery life 9 hours (24 hours with charging case)
Size 10 x 7.87 x 11.02 inches
Weight 130 grams (With case); 21 grams (Earbuds)
IP rating IPX 4
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$250.00
Design/ comfort
9
Audio quality
9
Battery life
8
Value for money
7
PROS:
  • Easy pairing with iOS
  • Immaculate fit
  • Enjoyable sound
CONS:
  • Case is fairly bulky
  • Limited noise isolation
  • Only IPX4 rated

If the Jabra Elite 75t pair is unavailable or you’re devoted to Apple and want the easy pairing experience you get with Apple’s H1 chip, we recommend the Beats Powerbeats Pro. Just like Apple’s own AirPods, the Powerbeats Pro earbuds pair quickly and easily with Apple devices. They also offer “Hey Siri” voice activation and the ability to wear either earpiece individually for situational awareness, but there is no transparency mode as on the Jabra pair. Unlike the AirPods, the Powerbeats Pro earbuds offer water resistance (but no official IP rating), a secure fit, and volume and track controls. They sound great, with a slightly boosted bass, and they have a longer, nine-hour music-listening battery life between charges (six hours for calls). When you put them into the charging case for just five minutes, it adds 90 minutes of use (and the case will charge the earbuds fully around one and a half times more before it needs to be recharged), but the case is not as small as the case you get with the Jabra Elite 75t or the AirPods. And the Powerbeats Pro set is more expensive than the

The best budget wireless earbuds

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Skullcandy Sesh Evo
Battery life 5 hours (earbuds); 19 hours (charging case)
Speaker size 6mm
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.0
Size 7.28 x 4.21 x 1.54 inches
Weight 63.5g
IP rating IP55
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$58.00
PROS:
  • Can be used either in solo or stereo mode
  • Tile tracker built inside
  • Nice design
CONS:
  • Can be hard to pair back into stereo mode
  • You lose some features in solo mode
  • Sound can be tinny on phone calls

If you have your heart set on true wireless earbuds and don’t want to pay $100 or more, we recommend the Skullcandy Sesh Evo, the successor to our previous budget pick. The Evo keeps what we liked about the original Sesh—a fun, bass-forward sound, a comfortable fit, water resistance (with an IP55 rating), and easy-to-use controls—and adds improved battery life, Tile integration, and USB-C charging. The longer battery life of five hours per charge (versus three hours for the original Sesh) is still middle of the road for true wireless earbuds, but you do get 19 hours from the included charging case, which is small enough to fit in a pocket. We love that these earbuds come with a two-year warranty and Skullcandy’s Fearless Use Promise, which means if you lose or break one earbud, you pay to replace only that part, and the company will ship you a completely new pair.

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How we picked the best wireless earbuds

To find the best wireless earbuds for daily use, we first took into account every Bluetooth earbud model from more than 100 reputable manufacturers that put their focus on audio quality and mic quality. But that was simply too many to test, even for our dedicated panelists. So we narrowed down the list using some key criteria:

  • Great sound quality and a secure, comfortable fit are of utmost importance for wireless headphones you’ll use throughout the day. We noted which earbuds got the worst reviews from the pros and disregarded any with consistently poor reviews. Our panelists generally prefer the comfort and convenience of true wireless designs over the feel of collar-style wireless earbuds, and that’s reflected in our main picks. But fit is even more crucial with true wireless designs: If a true wireless earbud falls out while you’re on the go, it’s just one wrong bounce away from being gone for good.
  • Voice-call quality is also key for daily-use earbuds, since you’ll likely be taking a lot of calls on them. In this regard, they should ideally match or beat the corded earbuds that came with your phone.
  • Good battery life is another must-have feature in a set of Bluetooth earbuds that you’ll use every day. That means at least seven hours for traditional earbuds and four to five hours for true wireless designs with a charging case—the more, the better.
  • The earbuds should also be splash and sweat resistant. Although these headphones aren’t designed for working out, you never know when you’ll get caught in a heat wave or a downpour on your commute.
  • Finally, we think you should spend less than $250 for a set of true wireless headphones with these features and around $100 for wireless headphones where the two earbuds are connected by a wire or collar (although we allow a price closer to $150 for extra features such as active noise cancelling). That’s enough money to obtain high build quality as well as good sound from a company with a decent track record and reliable customer support.

We also checked out professional reviews of wireless earbuds from outlets such as CNET and PCMag as well as customer and fan reviews on websites like Amazon, Best Buy, and Head-Fi to further fine-tune our list. Over the past five years, we’ve spent 100-plus hours testing more than 200 pairs of wireless earbuds.

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