The best true wireless earbuds for 2019

Don't get it twisted! These are the best true wireless earbuds you can buy

The 1More Stylish are the best true wireless earbuds you can buy. They sound great and are extremely comfortable, earning them our top overall pick. But they’re just one of six selections we’ve highlighted in this roundup. If you’re ready to leave behind the wires — all the wires — for a set of completely wireless earbuds, these are the best earbuds available.

Though this list reflects our picks for the very best buds you can buy right now, Google’s upcoming Pixel 4 event may offer the new Pixelbuds you’ll want to get your hands on.

Best true wireless earbuds at a glance:

The best true wireless earbuds: 1More Stylish

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Why you should buy them: Low cost, super comfortable, sweat resistant.

Who they’re for: Those who want better-than-AirPod battery, sweat resistance, and design for a very reasonable price.

Why we picked the 1More Stylish:

A sleek, comfortable design and tons of great functionality meet a very low price in 1More’s latest wireless earbuds, making them our current go-to when friends and family members ask what to buy.

You get an awesome 6.5 hours of listening time between trips to the included charging case, with three full charges in the case meaning that you’ll get up to 26 hours of playback before you need to hunt for the micro USB cable. Unfortunately, there’s no way to control volume levels — not an uncommon omission on some true wireless earbuds — and the built-in mics can’t be used to pass through external sounds, which is a handy feature especially when jogging through busy intersections. These are not deal-breakers by any means but are definitely worth keeping in mind.

Unlike AirPods, these headphones do feature sweat resistance alongside built-in earfins and silicone ear tips, meaning they remain in your ears during even the sweatiest and most head-wrenching workouts.

That, plus great sound and an included aptX codec for awesome Bluetooth audio make the 1More Stylish an absolute bargain. True to their name, the 1More Stylish come in a choice of colors: Rose pink, gold, spearmint green, and black, a degree of choice that is still quite rare amongst truly wireless products. If you’re after a pair of truly wireless earbuds, we suggest you start here.

Our full 1More Stylish Review

The best noise-canceling true wireless earbuds: Sony WF-1000XM3

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Why you should buy them: With built-in active noise cancellation, they’re the most technologically advanced true wireless earbuds you can buy.

Who they’re for: Those who want it all: Great sound, great battery life, great customization, and of course, noise cancelation.

Why we chose the Sony WF-1000XM3:

Of all the excellent true wireless earbuds on this list, there is only one model that provides active noise cancellation. It’s the new Sony WF-1000xM3, which are effectively the truly wireless versions of the Sony WH-1000xM3 — the headphones that dominate several of our best-of lists. These earbuds are a technological tour-de-force, combining superb sound quality, awesome noise cancellation, and class-leading battery life.

The WF-1000xM3 get their impressive audio chops with a little help from Sony’s DSEE HX sound processing, which has a magical ability to take even lo-fi MP3s and make them sound rich and full. The active noise-canceling circuitry is the same as the WH-1000xM3 — in other words, superb. You get whisper-quiet backgrounds on airplanes, public transit, or even noisy offices. That noise cancellation is fully adjustable, and a long-press on one of the earbuds activates a transparency mode, giving you unfettered access to the sounds of the environment around you.

Six-hour battery life is already better than most of the models on this list, but that’s with noise cancellation turned on. Switch it off and that leaps to a whopping eight hours. The charging case, which looks like it was designed by the marketing team at Duracell, stores three full charges, giving you up to 32 hours of playtime — or 24 if you like your environment ultra-quiet. Wondering how they compare to the PowerBeats Pro? It wasn’t even close.

Sony’s app for iOS and Android has EQ, ANC, and voice assistant settings for a fully customized experience. If there’s a downside to these earbuds, it’s that there’s no ability to control volume levels without reaching for your phone. Also, Sony hasn’t claimed they offer sweat-resistance, though given how many AirPods we see at the gym, maybe the Sony buds can handle a bit of moisture too. Speaking of AirPods, we compared them directly with the WF-1000XM3s: The AirPods didn’t stand a chance.

Our hands-on review of the Sony WF-1000XM3

The best true wireless earbuds for iOS: Apple AirPods

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Why you should buy them: They’re reliable, ultra-functional, and they sound good enough to be a smart upgrade from Apple’s wired EarPods.

Who they’re for: Apple lovers, and those who like to wander from their phone.

Why we chose the Apple AirPods:

Apple’s iconic white EarPods have long been the bane of Apple-wielding audiophiles. The one-size-fits-some tubes are often tough to get correctly seated in your ears, and the sound quality is middling at best. But unlike Google’s tethered Pixel Buds, with the AirPods, Apple delivered a solid upgrade worthy of consideration.

While the sound is still fairly muddy on the latest, 2019 version, the AirPods boast slightly better audio chops than their wired counterparts, and they also pack in several useful features that work consistently. Fans of Apple will appreciate Siri connectivity, intuitive touch controls, and accelerometers that recognize when the buds are in or out of your ears to pause and play sound automatically. They offer a solid 5 hours of music streaming per charge (still among the best in their class) and even boast an extended range of around 100 feet without obstructions.

The AirPods also come with a well-engineered charging case for 24 hours of total playback time on the go, and they work well for making or receiving phone calls (the buds work independently, so you can take calls while letting one bud charge). If you don’t mind the golf-tee look — and if you can get them to fit — Apple’s AirPods are worth a good look from folks in the iOS family.

Our full Apple AirPods review

The best true wireless earbuds for Android: Samsung Galaxy Buds

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Why you should buy them: Extreme comfort, long battery life, sweatproof performance.

Who they’re for: People who want affordable, comfortable, and great-sounding wireless earbuds.

Why we picked the Samsung Galaxy Buds:

With a compact, ergonomic fit, a wireless charging case, and six hours of listening time on the go, Samsung’s Galaxy Buds offer listeners the cutting edge in terms of both tech and design.

The headphones are designed for go-anywhere, do-anything performance, with built-in earfins and IPX2 sweatproofing that allow them to be a companion during rainy runs and sweaty workouts alike. We found the design to also be extremely comfortable, even for extended periods. The charging case is one of the smaller ones we’ve seen — not quite as compact as the AirPods charging case, but very close. The only disappointment is that it only carries a little more than one recharge’s worth of juice, which means there may be times when these earbuds can’t quite make through a full day without needing either a plug or a wireless charging mat (or phone).

App-based customizations let control what the touch-sensitive surfaces on the earbuds do — changing volume or skipping tracks can both be assigned to the side you prefer. You can adjust equalization, find your headphones, and even pipe in sound from the outside world — which is especially useful during outdoor workouts or unfamiliar trips on public transit. Such an assortment of useful features makes Samsung’s Buds your everyday listening pal.

The best part? The Galaxy Buds cost significantly less than models from Apple and Jabra.

Our full Samsung Galaxy Buds review

The best true wireless earbuds for working out: JLab Epic Air Sport

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Why you should buy them: They’re fully sweatproof, have all-day battery life, sound great, and are very reasonably priced.

Who they’re for: Runners, cyclists, or anyone who likes to listen to music while working out.

Why we picked the JLab Epic Air Sport:

Our previous pick for this category, Jabra’s Elite Active 65t, had lots to brag about back in 2018, but this is 2019, and there’s a new boss in town: The JLab Epic Air Sport (3rd gen), which best the Jabras in every possible way. They’re more water and dust resistant, they’ve got twice the battery life, they fit well and stay put, and they sound terrific. They even beat the Jabras on price. What more could you ask for?

How about a built-in triple set of EQ presets that you can access without an app? Or a “be aware” mode that lets you pipe-in external sounds to help with safety? The Epic Air Sport have both. With an IP66 rating, the only wet experience you should avoid is swimming, and even sand won’t compromise the sensitive electronics inside.

The 10-hour battery life is the best of any true wireless earbuds right now, and their charging case can replenish them more than five times before needing to be plugged-in. It’s such a big battery, JLab even encourages you to use it to top up your other devices with it. They come with seven sets of ear tips (including a foam set) that should give everyone a comfortable fit, and their robust ear hooks — though not especially stylish — will keep the Epic Air Sport from going anywhere without you.

Top it all off with the latest Bluetooth 5.0 wireless tech for easy pairing and reliable connections, and a price that puts these earbuds within reach of even the most modest of budgets, and you can see why we’re so bullish on the new JLab Epic Air Sport.

Our full JLab Epic Air Sport review

The best true wireless earbuds for sound quality: Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless

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Why you should buy them: You’re looking for incredible sound and modern features, and you’re willing to pay for them.

Who they’re for: Those who want that great Sennheiser sound in a fully wireless package.

Why we chose the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless:

Sennheiser certainly took its time getting into the true wireless market, but if you’ve got a hefty spending budget, you’ll find it was well worth the wait. The Momentum True Wireless offer impressive features like transparency mode to pipe in the sound around you, IPX4 splash-proofing (though we wish they were fully waterproof at this price), and most importantly, audio performance that outdoes everything we’ve heard in the segment.

They’ve got customizable touch controls, which can be a bit twitchy at times, but once you master the technique you’ll be able to call up just about any function you need, from volume changes to summoning your preferred digital assistant. All of the changes are done within the Momentum companion app.

Sennheiser accomplishes this with a mix of great sonic engineering and crystal-clear wireless transmission, including Bluetooth 5.0 and aptX for high-quality sound transference. The one issue we have with the Momentum (apart from the price) is the battery life of just four hours per charge. That falls below most of our favorites on this list, and the charging case only tacks on an extra eight hours — far below what you’ll get from Apple’s AirPods and some other top choices.

But if you’re after a set of true wireless headphones that are a step above the rest in terms of brilliant, detailed sound, these are currently the headphones to beat.

Our full Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless review

The best true wireless earbuds for bass: Beats Powerbeats Pro

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Why you should buy them: They have superb battery life, water resistance, and the kind of punchy bass the Beats brand is known for.

Who they’re for: Athletes or anyone who needs a robust set of wireless earbuds that sound great and have the stamina for even the most grueling workouts.

Why we chose the Beats PowerBeats Pro:

Battery life remains one of the biggest challenges to the true wireless earbuds category, which is why the PowerBeats Pro’s claimed nine hours of playback time per charge is so noteworthy. You’ll be hard-pressed to find longer play time in a similar product at any price. With this kind of stamina, you can probably leave the charging case at home, which is a good thing — the charging case is one of the biggest we’ve seen. But beyond the PowerBeats Pro’s herculean batteries, you’ll find they have an excellent fit, with earhooks that may look bulky but are surprisingly easy to get on and off your ears when the time comes. Thanks to the built-in optical sensors, removing an earbud instantly pauses the music, making for quick and easy transition from listening to talking.

Though the PowerBeats Pro share many of the same features with Apple’s AirPods, they’re different where it counts: Sound quality — especially low-end bass — is far better on the PowerBeats Pro, which benefit from having a sound-isolating design. The PowerBeats Pros aren’t perfect; we experienced some frustrating connection problems even though the earbuds use Apple’s new H1 wireless chip, which should be better, not worse than its W1 predecessor.

Our full Beats PowerBeats Pro review

The best stylish true wireless earbuds: Klipsch T5 True Wireless

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Why you should buy them: These truly wireless earbuds are one of the few that sound as good as they look, and we think they look awesome.

Who they’re for: Those who want truly wireless earbuds that sound great, last all day, and make a classy design statement.

Why we chose the Klipsch T5 True Wireless:

With the Klipsch brand, the bar tends to get set pretty high when it comes to sound quality. Thankfully the company’s latest set of truly wireless earbuds is no exception. In fact, these earbuds make a strong argument for second place in the sound quality category, right behind the Sennheiser Momentums, as they offer better overall fidelity than any other earbuds on this list. The superlatives continue, however, with an eight-hour battery life per charge and an additional 24-hours of juice on-tap in the charging case. Let’s take a moment right now and give proper admiration to that charging case: It looks like (and opens like) a Zippo lighter, and we think it imparts the same cool factor on anyone who carries it. It’s a tad heavy, but those curved corners and metal finish make it all worthwhile.

It’s also worth mentioning that the T5s are impressive for their call quality. That’s not normally something that people care about a lot in truly wireless earbuds, but with their long battery life, it’s good to know you won’t need to reach for your phone to take calls. Usability is also excellent thanks to the T5’s built-in controls for volume, track control, play/pause, and voice assistants. That usability ought to get even better when Klipsch releases its Connect App later this year.

Rounding out the T5’s strengths are IPX4 water-resistance — good for most activities — and uniquely shaped sound tubes that not only project sound directly into the ear, but allow the mass of the earbuds to sit squarely in the center of the ear itself. It’s a much more comfortable arrangement than many earbuds.

Our hands-on impressions of the Klipsch T5 True Wireless

Research and buying tips

Can wireless earbuds connect to a PC?

Yes, as long as the PC has Bluetooth. Some have Bluetooth by default, but you can add it with an affordable USB adapter.

Can wireless earbuds be used on airplanes?

Yes. You can enable most devices’ Bluetooth radio while in airplane mode.

Can wireless earbuds connect to the PS4 and Xbox One?

Not to the Xbox One, but check out our handy guide for connecting Bluetooth headsets to the PS4.

Can wireless earbuds connect to a TV?

Only if your TV has Bluetooth transmission, or via an external device.

Are wireless earbuds better than wired?

Not usually for sound quality, but they are for convenience.

Do wireless earbuds always have a charging case?

Not always, but the vast majority do come with a charging case. If they don’t come with a case, we strongly recommend you don’t buy them.

Are wireless earbuds good for working out?

Yes, they are awesome to work out in, as long as they have waterproofing or an IP rating and can be kept in your ears securely.

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