The 10 Best Wireless Earbuds of 2019

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The Rundown

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Bose SoundSport


For many athletes, music helps power you through a difficult set or go that extra mile. Good sound is important, but perhaps even more crucial is the fit because no one wants to be fiddling with their earbuds in the middle of a workout. The sweat-proof Bose SoundSport wireless headphones, which come in three sizes, have StayHear+ eartips with soft silicon fins for a loose yet secure fit. Note that the looser fit will allow ambient sound to sneak in, but that’s OK for runners and bikers who need to be aware of their surroundings.

As for the sound, you’ll get solid performance with decent bass and pretty decent mid-range. Battery life is rated around six hours, which should get you about a week of workouts between charges. Plus with easy Bluetooth and NFC pairing guided by voice prompts, you can leave the hard work to your workout.

Best New Release: Samsung Galaxy Buds


Samsung has tried before to compete with Apple’s now-ubiquitous AirPods, and with the new Galaxy Buds, they've created some serious competition. One of their main selling points: they can seamlessly pair with Galaxy devices right out of the box. It may not seem like that big of a deal to fire up your Bluetooth pairing menu and link up your headphones the old fashioned way, but Samsung now has a pop-up that shortcuts that process.

Convenience isn’t where it ends though; Samsung has enlisted their longtime audio partner AKG to tune the speakers on these headphones, meaning you should get decent, thoughtful frequency response. There are the standard AAC and SBC codecs involved here, but Samsung is also adding in their Scalable Bluetooth compression, which should provide better response for the wireless transmission of audio. There’s an Ambient Sound control mode for staying alert to your surroundings, intuitive touch control, and even the ability to wirelessly charge the 58mAh internal battery alongside the 252mAh battery case. You can pick up the new Galaxy Buds in black, white, or a sportier yellow.

Still can't decide on what you want? Our round-up of the best true wireless earbuds can help you find what you're looking for.

Best Value: Anker SoundBuds Slim


If you’re not familiar with Anker products, you should be. While the company isn’t yet known for being the best of the best, its products are certainly consistent. Its SoundBuds have a hooked design that sits above your ear, guaranteeing a more secure and comfortable fit. They come with a variety of sizes and shapes for almost every ear. The rubber material also means they are water resistant (IPX5) and weighing just 5.6 ounces, they are light enough to forget you’re wearing. Inside are 6mm drivers that deliver solid bass.

As with any budget item, there are downsides. For the SoundBuds, it’s the fact that the battery only lasts about seven hours. For commuters and athletes that might not be a problem, but if you’re a marathon music listener, you might want to think twice. Still wary about buying a budget product? Anker offers an 18-month warranty plus easy-to-reach customer support.

Best Durability: Jaybird X4 Wireless Sport Headphones


Versatile, rugged, and an all-around workhorse, the new Jaybird X4 earbuds bring high-quality audio and comfort to everyone, from casual music lovers to not-so-casual triathlon participants. With an IPX7 rating, the device is fully waterproof and able to handle the same weather conditions that you can. Eight hours of battery life allow you to take it on the road, trail, or slopes without worrying about it running out of energy. The buds can get an hour of charge in just 15 minutes so they won't totally slow you down if you run out of juice.

The earbuds prioritize customization: bass and treble can be adjusted using the Jaybird app, while a comfortable, secure fit is available thanks to interchangeable ear fins, Comply Ultra Foam tips, and an adjustable Speed Cinch. With these earbuds, you can do everything from skip tracks, mute the mic, and control the volume, along with answering and ending calls so you never miss a beat.

Best for Phone Calls: Sennheiser HD1 Free Bluetooth Wireless Headphones


Whether you’re making a high-stakes sales call or are just dropping a quick line to your mom, the Sennheiser HD1 Free Bluetooth Wireless Headphones deliver crisp audio quality while still managing to look luxurious. Although the neckband style is admittedly not for everyone, the band of this pair is stitched up with a bold red string. A remote sits on the left side of the neckband, which lets you adjust volume, scan tracks and answer or reject phone calls. The discreet microphone offers high intelligibility, so every word you speak is clear. Dynamic drivers deliver a frequency range of 15Hz-22kHz and booming bass, and battery life tops out around six hours – not too shabby!

Best for iPhones: Apple AirPods 2

If you’re an iPhone user, chances are that you’ve considered a pair of AirPods. And that’s understandable considering just how nicely they play with the Apple ecosystem. With the impressive H1 chip, as soon as the case is popped up, these AirPods find your iPhone and prompt you to connect it. In a world where many manufacturers make you fumble through a Bluetooth menu, this is really refreshing. The new generation of the AirPods also brings an interesting new feature: wireless charging of the battery case.

The battery life was already impressive—with five hours on a single charge, and a total of 24 hours with the battery case— but now that you can just throw the case onto a Qi wireless pad to charge, the convenience is next-level. The premium build quality here is also amazing, but you’ll lose a bit in sound performance as these headphones sound almost the same as the EarPods that come with every iPhone. If iPhone convenience, build quality, and battery life are paramount for you, though, then these earbuds really are a good bet.

Runner-Up, Best for iPhones: Powerbeats Pro

The main value proposition of the Powerbeats Pro lies in their central H1 chip that powers the whole system, a la the Apple AirPods. Because it offers immediate pairing and promises to thwart lag using any means necessary, the Powerbeats Pro buds are vastly superior, at least in terms of connectivity, to regular Bluetooth headphones. After all, no one wants to waste time fumbling in their phone's Bluetooth settings when they could be listening to absolute bangers. But the AirPods have long been plagued with subpar sound quality, bringing into question their exorbitant price tag. Fortunately, the Powerbeats Pro doesn't have that problem.

These truly wireless headphones employ the wraparound, in-ear construction to easily secure the headphones to your ears, and to boost the sound quality. To no surprise, they're sweat- and water-resistant, though they also boast a whole 9 hours of consecutive listening time from a single charge. If you keep them tucked inside their included battery case, that number jumps to 24 hours. Volume and track-skipping controls are integrated on the earbuds themselves, and support for Apple's Fast Fuel means you can score an hour and a half of playback from just a single charge.

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Best Noise-Canceling: Bose QuietControl 30

Bose is known for its high-quality noise-cancelation headphones and its QuietControl 30 model only furthers its reputation. The neckband-style headphones rest like a horseshoe around your neck and the earbuds sit in your ear comfortably. The headphones are sweatproof, making them suitable for sports, though the design might bother some athletes.

True to its name, the QuietControl 30 let you adjust the noise-canceling feature. You can raise or lower it by clicking a button on the inline remote or using the Bose Connect app. You’ll likely want to keep it at the highest possible level, but if you’re running or biking, you might want to lower it to hear traffic and other surrounding sounds. Battery life is rated at an impressive 10 hours, but keep in mind that because it doesn’t have a wired option, it won’t work with in-flight entertainment and thus is not an ideal set for travelers.

Take a peek at some of the other best noise-canceling headphones you can buy.

Best for Hearing Protection: ISOtunes PRO Earplug Headphones

Unlike a typical pair of headphones, these ISOtunes were designed as earplugs first and foremost. Whether you're a contractor, woodworker, builder, etc. — if you work in a loud environment, then hearing protection should be a high priority. The ISOtunes PRO Earplug Headphones feature 27 dB noise cancelation which significantly reduces the effect of persistent, loud sound. You can even answer phone calls and rely on the noise cancelation to mute disruptions such as low-flying planes, lawn mowers, fans and vacuums.

The buds themselves are made from a custom-fit material that molds to the shape of your ear and the internal speakers feature ISOtunes's patented SafeMax Technology which allows users to play music at the maximum volume without damaging their hearing. For those who have physically demanding work environments, the ISOtunes Pro headphones have an IPX4 sweat- and water-resistant certification. The headphones are also compatible with Bluetooth-enabled devices and deliver 10 hours of playback or 240 hours on standby.

Best Battery Life: Jaybird Tarah Pros

Jaybird Tarah Pro

Best Buy

As a company, Jaybird has stayed focused on what it does best — making great fitness headphones. The latest Jaybird Tarah Pros really stand out for their battery life, delivering an incredible 14 hours of play time per charge. That’s almost double the battery life of the Jaybird X4s, and much longer than almost all other competing wireless headphones. The Tarah Pros only take two hours to charge completely, and in a pinch, you can add two hours of play time with only a five-minute charge.

At an IPX7 waterproof rating, these earbuds are reliable in all kinds of weather and can withstand even your toughest (sweatiest) workouts. The buds themselves pivot on the strong, braided cable so you can wear them over or under your ear. They come with three different sets of premium silicon tips, to make sure you find the most comfortable fit. Pair them with the Jaybird app to control the headphones’ EQ and optimize the sound for whatever kind of music you’re listening to.

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How We Tested

We bought and tested six top-rated pairs of wireless earbuds. Our reviewers spent more than 250 hours using them in all types of scenarios: walking on the street, working out, hanging out at home, and more. We asked them to consider the most important features when using these earbuds, from their design to their sound quality. We've outlined the key points here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in Wireless Earbuds

Design - The designs of wireless earbuds vary greatly. The most common type is the neckband-style earphones, which run the wire behind the nape of your neck. But “true” wireless headphones, which have no wires whatsoever, have also hit the market recently. However, all earbuds sit in your ear canal, making them more convenient for exercising — not to mention safer by letting in some ambient noise.

Sound quality - If sound quality is your top priority, you’ll want to pay attention to the internal drivers. The driver’s diameter is measured in millimeters and it’s generally thought that the larger the driver, the louder the sound it’s capable of producing. Earphone drivers measure between 8mm and 15mm.

Battery life - While wireless earbuds have many advantages over their wired counterparts, the downside is that they have a limited battery life. A solid pair will last you around five to eight hours on a single charge. Plus, they generally charge pretty quickly, and sometimes the case even doubles as a battery pack.


See Our Top 3 Wireless Earbuds in Action

Test Results: Jaybird X4 Wireless Sport Headphones (Best Overall)


What We Like

  • Attractive design

  • Great-quality build

  • Bassy and full sound

What We Don't Like

  • Uncomfortably tight fit

  • Slightly pricey

  • Sound also lacks definition

Jaybird X4
Jaybird X4 earbuds
Jaybird earbuds
X4 earbuds
Jaybird X4 wireless earbuds

“These headphones look amazing,” raved one of our testers. “The cool color options, the understated earbud design, and the substantial rubber casing are all great for athletes and runners.” One reviewer also loved their high-quality build. These earbuds’ fit, however, wasn’t a highlight: “These earbuds fit so snugly that it's uncomfortable and affects the sound quality,” reported one tester. Our reviewers also wished that these earbuds could be charged via USB. Lastly, its full sound had both pluses and minuses, according to one tester: "There’s a satisfying fullness and richness to them that will give fans of electronic music a certain satisfaction," he said. "But the heavy-handed use of bass seems to swallow up a lot of the detail."

Test Results: Sennheiser HD1 Free Bluetooth Wireless Headphone (Best for Phone Calls)


What We Like

  • Excellent sound quality

  • Great battery life

  • Comfortable fit

What We Don't Like

  • Dated design

  • Cheap case and cheap look

  • Slow to charge


“With a brand like Sennheiser, it's no surprise to see solid sound quality here,” our tester explained, “but we really were impressed by these wireless earbuds.” He also loved their comfortable fit and battery life: “Six hours is on-par with the best battery life we've seen in this class of earbuds,” he noted. One aspect he wasn’t as enthused about, however, was their design: “These don’t look quite as sleek and premium as many other headphones at this price point,” he said. He also thought that their case felt cheap and that they were slow to charge.

Test Results: Bose SoundSport (Best for Sports)


What We Like

  • High-quality bass

  • Solid battery life

  • Comfortable fit

What We Don't Like

  • Expensive

  • Small power button can be hard to find

Superior sound quality was the hallmark of these headphones, according to our testers. “Bose has a great reputation for sound quality,” one reviewer said, “and these earbuds live up to the reputation.” An added bonus? Our testers found that this pair had better-quality bass sound, specifically, than other earbuds. In terms of drawbacks, one reviewer thought that the power button on the earbuds was small and tough to find.

Test Results: SENSO Bluetooth Headphones (Best Value)


What We Like

  • Customizable fit

  • Great construction

  • Good-quality bass sound

What We Don't Like

  • Muddy sound

  • Connectivity not always seamless

  • Muffled microphone sound

SENSO Bluetooth Headphones
SENSO Headphones
SENSO Bluetooth
SENSO Bluetooth Wireless Headphones

One of our testers loved these earbuds because of their solid build and customizable fit: “The over-ear wings can be adjusted and hold firm to any ear shape,” he noted. Another plus, according to one reviewer, was the bass quality: “You get a surprising amount of bass for such small drivers,” he explained, “which is ideal for EDM and pop music fans.” The negatives? One of our testers thought that the connectivity wasn’t always seamless and that the overall sound was “muddy” and “lacked detail.” One reviewer also felt that the microphone sound could have been better, noting that “the sound is muffled due to the microphone’s placement on the earbud itself.”

Test Results: Anker SoundBuds Slim+ (Best Budget)


What We Like

  • Easy to use

  • Quick charging

  • Completely hands-free

What We Don't Like

  • Distant sound quality

  • Difficulty connecting at first

Although one of our reviewers felt that the sound quality of these headphones could have been better, she was “super impressed” with them, overall, as her first pair of Bluetooth earbuds. A quick charge time was also a definite plus: One of our testers reported it took just 20 minutes to get to a full battery. Our testers also loved the carrying case that came included: “It made it super easy to transport and keep the headphones in when I wasn't using them,” one said.

Test Results: Samsung Galaxy Buds (Best New Release)


What We Like

  • Excellent battery life

  • Secure fit

  • Reasonable price

What We Don't Like

  • Slightly cheap build

  • Limited Bluetooth codecs

  • Thinner bass response

Samsung Galaxy Buds
Samsung Galaxy Buds
Samsung Galaxy Buds
Samsung Galaxy Buds
Samsung Galaxy Buds

“You really can't beat the value presented here,” raved one of our testers. “For playback, convenience with the Galaxy ecosystem, and a nice-feeling fit and finish, you won't regret buying these.” In terms of negatives, he thought that their bass sound was a little thin and that their build was slightly cheap: “In keeping with the light weight of the earbuds, the construction feels like it lacks a bit of durability,” he explained.