The real highlight here is the onboard Google Assistant, which casts a long shadow on of’ Siri. The “Hey Google” functions on these buds are super capable, packing some Blade Runner rescue features, like language translations that come through in real time.
They’re lumpy and curvaceous, and when you first look at them, you think, “There’s no way these things are going to go inside my ears.” But Samsung designed a headset that sits in your ear in a truly unique way. The beans don’t tunnel into your ear canal like most of the other offerings on this list; they rest on the surface of it, securely, somehow.
That means that, while other earbuds tend to vacuum-seal your brain, the Galaxy Buds Live let you actually hear yourself talk. This makes them extraordinary for people who enjoy chatting on the phone via their wireless earbuds, or who like their podcasts accompanied by the sounds of crunching leaves under their feet.
But the funky design means the Galaxy Buds Live aren’t the greatest contender for noise-cancelling, if that’s your thing. I’d highly recommend these little’ beans for owners of Samsung Galaxy phones.
The phone hooks them up with a lot of nifty upgrades, like the ability to charge on the go by resting the case right on the device. I know there are audiophiles who are dying for a pair of earbuds that satisfy their thirst for sharp, crispy sound.
There’s the Edifier TWS NB2 that also came out this year, which is not explicitly designed for gaming but is marketed as such due to the headset’s super low-latency. ), and the carrying case, unlike that of most headsets on the market, is actually snug enough to sit in your pocket.
I’ve tried a few offerings from Earful, a budget-friendly brand that was recognized at the Consumer Electronics Show this year for its innovative design and engineering. I can see why it acknowledged Earful: For a price point this low, these buds should not be anywhere near as reliable as they are.
The touchpads are kind of finicky, and the little gum drops aren’t quite as weighty as you want them to be, but I used them for about three weeks straight and eventually forgot how inexpensive they are. Earful also offers the $60 Earful Air headset, which has noise-cancelling and sloped stems like the Apple AirPods, and on October 13, it's unveiling Hybrid ANC earbuds, a more premium offering that will be priced in the $80 range.
Unless you sit at home on the couch all day long (hey, more power to ya), you’re going to want earbuds that stay in place through your entire range of motion. This October, Sabra rolled out a firmware upgrade on the headset’s ANC capabilities, making the 75t line as reliable for noise cancellation as it already is for calls, sound quality, and fit.
This new headset (which has a pricier variation that was “personally approved by Dwayne Johnson, the hardest worker in any room”), comes in at a sharp $150. Whereas a lot of other workout headsets are lightweight, the LIVE 300 is a hefty package, with a textured surface that feels almost like a barbell.
My favorite part is the charging case, which is rock solid and seems like it’s made of stone-cold steel. You load it up with your earbuds, slide it shut, and it snaps into place with a satisfying click.
Paired with some tortoise-shell frames and a hand knit scarf, they’ll make you look like the coolest kid in all of Brooklyn. These Marley-brand buds don’t offer Apple-quality noise cancellation (the ANC hardly makes a difference) but you won’t have to sacrifice too much for style; this headset actually sounds pretty damn good.
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Those early true wireless earbuds (or “TW” earbuds, as they’ve come to be called) had a lot of problems, though, with notoriously poor Bluetooth connectivity and a short battery life. This year’s crop of TW earbuds offer incredible battery life and excellent audio quality.
Not even the cheapest modern TW earbuds suffer those kinds of issues anymore. In fact, after you survey the options, you’ll probably find there’s no reason to bother with old-fashioned wired earbuds.
That makes them good contenders for your sound system of choice when exercising, and they come with an array of ear tips for getting a great fit. But you do get Alexa voice control and as much as 10 hours of battery life when you top off from the charging case.
Like the AirPods, Powerboats Pro have no noise cancellation, but they are water resistant, making them a better choice for workouts. Judging by sound quality alone, it’s hard to beat the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 earbuds.
Not only is the audio quality at near audiophile levels, but these earbuds may have the best noise cancellation, bar none. But if price is no object, these earbuds offer a great fit, intuitive touch controls, 7 hours of battery life (28 with the charging case) and a convenient transparency mode that lets the outside world in without turning off noise cancellation.
Apple’s AirPods Pro are among the most popular in this roundup, thanks perhaps in equal part to the design and marketing. They fit more snugly than the original AirPods, include an excellent rendition of noise cancellation, and they’re water-resistant, giving you peace of mind to use them while exercising or in rain without fear.
The AirPods Pro are wonderful for iPhone owners thanks to the easy pairing and tight integration with the Apple ecosystem. But they are a little pricey, and you can get earbuds with similar capabilities for less, a fine route if the Apple brand isn’t critically important to you.
They have limited water resistance, though, and no noise cancellation, so they’re not necessarily the perfect earbuds for everyone. I’ve spent a lot of time testing dozens of wireless earbuds from Apple, Samsung, Sabra, Sony, Anger, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and the bestwirelessearbuds for you will depend on what you hope to get from them.
If you’re focused on productivity and multitasking during these days of working at home, the Sabra Elite 75t are the bestwirelessearbuds for those jobs. Samsung got so much right with the Galaxy Buds Plus that they’re an easy recommendation for anyone looking for a dependable set of true wireless earbuds at a fair price.
Samsung’s two-way drivers deliver emphatic bass and highlight the mid frequencies in a way that other earbuds often skimp on. You can personalize that EQ tuning (and adjust ambient sound preferences) using Samsung’s companion mobile app, which is available on both Android and iPhone.
Their sweat resistance doesn’t quite reach par with other earbuds in this price range, and they lack noise cancellation, but those are about the only knocks I can direct at the Galaxy Buds Plus. From the seamless setup to quickly switching between your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, the experience is fantastic.
When it does come time to hear what’s happening around you, Apple’s transparency mode offers the most natural-sounding amplification of ambient noise that I’ve heard yet. They can’t compete with Samsung, Sabra, or others (including Apple’s own Powerboats Pro) in the bass category, however.
Voice calls quality is second to none, so these (and the standard AirPods) are the go-to pick if you’re often chatting with people through your earbuds. The other new addition is spatial audio, which will use head tracking to deliver a “theater-like” surround sound experience.
Sabra’s earbuds have an advantage that remains rare among true wireless earbuds : you can use them with two devices simultaneously. Every other product on this list requires you to switch from one paired device to the other, but with the Sabras, you can listen to tunes on your laptop while staying connected to your phone in case a call comes in.
You can adjust the EQ using Sabra’s app, which also includes numerous other features for tailoring the earbuds to your liking. Sabra backs them with a two-year warranty, a longer period of support than most, in the event you experience any hardware issues.
If you deem yourself an audiophile and rank pristine sound above everything else, it’s worth taking a look at Sennheiser’s Momentum True Wireless 2 earbuds. Active noise cancellation helps keep you lost in your favorite albums, even if the Sennheiser fall behind our other top picks in areas like battery life and ease of use.
The WF-XB700 earbuds sound downright terrific for the price, the connection stability is rock solid (with no audio sync issues when watching videos), and their ingenious charging case always makes clear that everything is charging as it should, thanks to a slightly transparent lid. I can’t call them the best true wireless earbuds you can get, but I think a lot of people would be perfectly content with the WF-XB700s if they wanted to save some money.