Freedom at last! With a pair of wireless earbuds, you’re no longer tied to your device and can instead enjoy freedom from the wires. Of course, with so many of them on the market it can be hard to tell which is the best, which is why we’ve reviewed five of the best wireless earbuds on the market and brought you an extensive guide to help you decide.
If you’re in a hurry, we’d like to show you the Jaybird X3 Sport Bluetooth Headset, which we think is probably the overall best pair of wireless earbuds on the market today. Give them a shot. If you’re looking for something a bit more special, however, we’ve got you covered. Let’s get going and we’ll help you ditch the wires, no matter what you need in the end.
If you’re willing to spend some money, then invest in the Jaybird Run, you won’t be disappointed. Secure + Comfort Fit, Sweat-Proof + Water Resistant, 12 Hours Battery Life, Custom Sound
Top 5 Wireless Earbuds
|Jaybird X3 Sport||8 hours||Bluetooth||Check Price|
|Jaybird Run||12||Water Resistant||Check Price|
|SENSO||8 hours||Bluetooth||Check Price|
|Sony Extra Bass||8.5 hours||Bluetooth||Check Price|
|TaoTronics Wireless 4.1 Magnetic||5 hours||AptX||Check Price|
|LG Electronics Tone Pro HBS-760||11 hours||Bluetooth||Check Price|
1. Best Overall
Jaybird X3 Sport Bluetooth Headset
We’re absolutely in love with these snazzy wireless earbuds. When we recommend a product you know that we stand behind it, after all. These are also a bit expensive, so keep that in mind if you’re planning on making the investment.
For those who are interested, you’re going to be rewarded with eight hours of battery life, sweat proof buds, an ultra-comfortable fit, and great sound quality. You can even tweak the sound settings for your own personal taste.
Whether you’re working out or sitting around the house and don’t want to be bothered with wires, this is a great set of wireless earbuds. Great sound quality, noise canceling, you name it and you’ve got it with these buds.
Pros and Cons
- Great sound quality
- Noise canceling
- Customizable sound
- Secure fit
- Non micro-USB charger
2. Lightest Bluetooth Earbuds
SENSO Bluetooth Headphones
If you want comfort and a lightness about your head, then SENSO has you covered. These earbuds are the lightest around by a long shot and on top of that they’re still pretty impressive overall. These gave the JayX a close run for the money, but they’re not quite at that level of sound and functionality. You definitely can’t customize the sound, for instance. On the other hand, they’re IPX7 rated, super light, and the ear clips will keep them in place no matter what you’re doing. The audio quality on these is great as well, despite the fact that the bass is a bit weak overall. Maybe they’re not quite right for a techno lover.
On the other hand, if rock or other music without that heavy bass emphasis is your thing then you’ll be in good hands should you opt for these. Add in a low price and you’ve got a winner.
As long as you can stand the clips and lack of bass, these budget priced earbuds are simply amazing. They’re super light, sound great, and are cheap enough they’d be impressive with half the quality.
Pros and Cons
- Great sound quality overall
- Budget price
- Ear clips to hold things in place
- Super light at 8.4g
- Lacking in bass
- Not very durable
3. Best Wireless Headphones for Bass
Sony Extra Bass Bluetooth Headphones
If you’re a techno or rap lover, then you need your bass. And… these Sony wireless earbuds deliver in spades on that end. They’re a bit high priced, but with 8.5 hours of battery life and a built-in microphone to take calls quickly and easily. They’re also remarkably easy to move in without being dislodged, and all of this together makes these a great pair of headphones for those who are active and have certain tastes in music.
On the other hand, the increased cost might turn some people off. It’s up to you to decide if the extra functionality is really worth the extra money in your own circumstances.
For those who love bass, however, there’s simply no substitute for these awesome wireless earbuds. They deliver bass, are sweatproof, and boast a remarkable fit that’ll keep nearly anyone happy. Just keep the higher cost in mind.
Pros and Cons
- Extra Bass… delivers extra bass
- Awesome fit
- Built-in microphone for taking phone calls
- Easy to use controls
- Higher priced than many of our other picks
- Quit bulky
4. Best Wireless Earbuds for On the Go
TaoTronics Wireless 4.1 Magnetic Earbuds aptX Stereo Earphones
These wireless earbuds have a lot to be recommended for them, and most people will find them optimal for quality music while on the go. The most attractive features is that they’re AptX functional, which is higher bandwidth than Bluetooth and will let you use high-quality sound files with no stuttering or issues. On top of that, these buds are actually magnetic and you can clip them together like a necklace when they’re not in use. That’s a definite bonus that will keep you from having to roll them up to stick them in your pocket.
The one downside is that the battery life of five hours really isn’t all that great.
On the other hand, if you’re just headed around town then you’ll find the magnetic feature is great for keeping them around your neck, the AptX functionality allows for high-quality music, and they’ve got more than enough life for your wanderings.
Pros and Cons
- AptX functionality
- No bar to catch on hoods
- Magnetic ability
- Quick charging
- Short battery life
- Don’t fit everyone
5. Longest Lasting Wireless Earbuds
LG Electronics Tone Pro HBS-760 Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headset
If you’re going to be away from home for a long time, or in one spot for an extended period, you’re going to end up falling in love with this set. With a battery life of 11 hours you’ll be good for pretty much the entire day, no matter what you’re doing. On top of that, you can interface them with your phone for talking. All of this together adds up to a pretty attractive package. The manufacturer estimates that you’ll have 16 hours of talk time with the microphone.
The only real issue is that they’re a lot more bulky than the majority of wireless ear buds, which makes them unsuitable for those who prefer to be able to move while unencumbered. Luckily, however, the buds retract into the bar which is pretty awesome for walking around town when they’re not in use.
The real use for these is for people who need a long battery life, however. In that respect they outshine all of the competition, by a long shot.
Pros and Cons
- Super long 11 hour battery life
- Can be used as a Bluetooth headset with your phone
- Retracting earbuds
- All functions on headset
- A bit bulky
- Sounds isn’t great
Why Go Wireless With Your Earbuds
Whether you’re painting at home or going for a run, a good pair of wireless earbuds are pretty much essential.
Even the cheapest buds will let you walk away from your device a little bit, and a good pair means that you can lay down your phone or other device and walk around the house unhindered without interrupting your music or the latest podcast.
If you’ve experimented with some of the older models you really might not be all that impressed, but modern wireless earbuds can be absolutely fantastic.
Bluetooth connectivity has come a long way from the earlier models which generally consisted of a transmitter and receiver with fairly limited range.
If you’re still on the fence, then read on and we might be able to convince you to drop the wires forever.
There are a couple of disadvantages however. The main one is simply the fact that truly superb audio is only going to come from a wired connection. Things just aren’t all the way up to par there.
This is especially true if you’re using a Bluetooth connection.
The other disadvantage is mainly for those who are planning on being stationary for a long time: the battery life is limited with even the best battery. If you’re sitting at a laptop all day you may be better served buying a really good wired pair of headphones for the same cost.
Picking Out Your Bluetooth Earbuds
Cheap manufacturers have been quick to jump on the bandwagon when it comes to these buds and that means two things for those who are planning on using them: a lot of inferior products and an infuriating selection process if you’re not familiar with the items in the first place.
Thankfully, some of the big brands have brought out some truly great models which meet all of our criteria.
You’ve still got to make a choice, of course, but with a little bit of know-how things can be made a whole lot easier.
Fit and Comfort
This is the biggest factor for most people, possibly even beating out their budget. If you’ve got an uncomfortable pair of headphones then chances are you’re not even going to use them.
This means that you’re going to want a pair which fits well.
Even worse, some of the cheaper models have a tendency to fall out of your ears. No big deal if you’re trying to watch Netflix while your roommate is sleeping… but not good at all if you’re going for a jog and crossing an intersection.
So, the fit comes in two factors: they need to stay in and they need to be comfortable.
Most earbuds will come with several sizes of rubber ends, allowing you to pick out what you need in order to make sure that your ear is fitted properly. This is pretty much essential, since ear canals are all different sizes and it’s pretty rare for these earbuds to have clips for whatever reason.
Most will also have a bar or clip that fits around the neck. The best will have a controllable retraction so you only end up with the amount of wire you need to reach your ears.
You might be surprised at how useful that is, but particularly in cold weather when you’ve got a ton of different layers on you’d be surprised at how often a hood or scarf catches one of the wires and yanks a bud out.
Battery life used to be limited to just a few items in our lives, but it seems like every time we turn around these days there’s something new which needs to be charged or have the batteries replaced.
These earbuds are no exception. You want a long life, since a good portion of them become pretty much inert until being charged when they run out even if you have an auxillary cord around.
Most will have a battery life of at least eight hours, but the more battery the better.
Just remember to keep them charged or you’re going to have them die at an inopportune time.
There are two basic technologies you’re interested in here.
The first is Bluetooth, which is almost always backwards compatible and will readily connect with pretty much every device out there.
The higher the number on the version of Bluetooth… the better. The highest levels are really only usable with some of the newest phones on the market, but it doesn’t hurt if you’re planning on keeping the earbuds for a while.
There’s one problem with Bluetooth, however, which is that the data stream is fairly limited compared to the size of super high-quality files.
That’s where aptX comes in. If you want to stream super high-quality sound it’s really your only option, but you also need a device which supports the technology to do the streaming and connection.
Most people will find Bluetooth is quite suitable for their needs, of course, but there’s always one or two audiophiles who want to push the limit of what’s possible.
Once the hallmark of only the largest, most cumbersome headphones, you can actually get Bluetooth earbuds which have the technology nowadays.
Active noise cancellation will transmit an opposite frequency to outside noises, allowing you to enjoy your audio with less interference from the world around you.
Really it’s pretty much essential for most people’s usage, so you should give it some serious consideration if you’re looking into wireless earbuds.
Unsurprisingly, there are a ton of different specialized earbuds out there. There really is something for everyone.
One of the biggest questions we’ve been asked, usually half-jokingly, is if there are any ear buds suitable for swimming.
There actually are. Swimming. Jogging. Yoga.
Whatever your activity there’s something with a few small design tweaks that will let you ensure that you’ve got exactly what you need for your own activity.
We’ve picked out some of the more specialized one mostly as demonstrations, to show you just what’s possible with this exciting technology.
Sound quality is largely subjective in many cases, but there’s a few things you can know before you ever test out your new pair of buds.
The main thing most people are looking for is bass. Some earbuds can actually provide a surprising amount of it when it comes down to it, allowing you to get some serious booming going on.
The rest of your sound quality can get a bit iffy, except for judging by price point and brand. This means that you’ll also want to make sure you have a good return policy going on.
One last word: Bluetooth headphones really aren’t going to please true audiophiles. AptX might but if you’re super attentive to every motion of the sound coming through your headphones then you’re going to want to go with wired headphones.
Let’s face it, on occasion electronics break and that means that you’re going to need to make sure that you’ve got a good warranty when you pick out your earbuds.
A year of warranty or so can go a long way, particularly if you’re using your headphones on a daily basis.
Quite often the most common point of failure on these handy little devices is the battery. If you’ve got an iffy battery, then you’re not going to know for quite some time unfortunately.
You also want to read around about the customer service. If your device goes down, has a fantastic full replacement warranty, but takes six months to replace your buds then you’re not going to be in good hands and you’ll probably end up just buying another pair anyways.
Why Buy Online?
We’ve noted that there are quite a few qualities which you need to check out in person to ensure that you have a good fit for your ears.
Unfortunately, the heyday of audio stores, when you could simply run into a high-end shop and check out each set of headphones individually to decide on them before making a final decision are long over.
If you have an audio shop like that near you, thank your lucky stars and get down there.
Chances are you still won’t be able to try buds though, since those need to actually go in your ear and no one wants to bother sterilizing them in between.
This is why we recommend using a trustworthy online retailer with a good return policy.
If you don’t like them… return them and try the next pair on your list. It’s a very individual decision and you might just find that it takes a while to get the perfect set of wireless earbuds.
The thing is, in the end, it’s really worth it.
Of course, if you’re careful and have a good idea in the first place you might not even need to go that far.
Naturally this leads us to our next prospect.
Testing Your Wireless Earbuds
Once you’ve got things synced up, you may want to test the sound quality quickly without having to spend a bunch of time listening to music. This is particularly true if you’re planning on a return if they don’t fit.
The first thing to do is make sure that you’re happy with the way they fit into your ears. Stick ‘em in, walk around, go for a jog. Whatever you’re planning on doing with them, you should be doing.
This is especially true if they’re wired together, often a comfortable pair might hit sudden, weird snags while you’re moving around.
After this, you’re going to want to find a couple of sounds tests to make sure that they’re “good.”
We recommend something like Eminent speaker sounds tests.
Most of these consist of a noise which is supposed to sound like something, and you can determine the sound quality by how closely matched up things are.
If they pass your standards, then you may want to try something with some range. Classical music is a great idea, since it has such a wide range of different instruments and tones. This will give you a good idea of how things will perform, especially if you have eclectic tastes.
After that… plug in your music. If you’ve got that groovy techno with heavy bass, make sure it sounds right. Rock? You want the guitar to sound as close to the real thing as possible.
Once you’re done testing, it’s time to decide whether or not you’ve got the right set.
We hope that we’ve helped lead you in the direction of the best wireless earbuds for your own needs, instead of just giving you an itemized list of items which may or may not be perfect for you. Thankfully, the whole affair isn’t that hard, especially if you’re willing to invest the time to ensure you’ve got a perfect fit.