The Best Wireless Earbuds

The Best Wireless Earbuds

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Our pick

Jabra Elite 75t

Jabra Elite 75t

The best true wireless earbuds

The Elite 75t wireless earbuds are comfortable, great-sounding, and equipped with all the controls and features you need.

Buying Options

$150 from Amazon

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 (yet, see What to look forward to for more info), 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.

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Runner-up

Beats Powerbeats Pro

Beats Powerbeats Pro

The best wireless earbuds for exclusive Apple users

The Powerbeats Pro earbuds sound great and offer all the easy Apple-pairing benefits of the AirPods with none of the downsides.

Buying Options

$200 from Amazon

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 Jabra Elite 75t.

Budget pick

Skullcandy Sesh Evo

Skullcandy Sesh Evo

The best budget wireless earbuds under $100

If you want completely wireless earbuds but are spooked by high prices, the Sesh Evo is an affordable option that sounds good and offers a lost-earbud exchange program.

Buying Options

$117 from Amazon

May be out of stock

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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