If you’ve been thinking about riding the wireless earbuds wave, you might be intimidated by the number of choices out there ― especially if you want something more affordable than Apple AirPods.
Like the name suggests, wireless earbuds connect to your phone via Bluetooth. They get their charge from a charging case that plugs into a wall outlet or other power source, and many offer listening times that last at least 24 hours.
The compact case means they’re easy to toss into a small bag or pocket, making them a perfect accessory for a workout, neighborhood walk or on-the-go work calls.
Apple Airpods and Apple Airpod Pros (which cost up to $250) are popular options for wireless listening, but there are other brands that perform just as well. We dug through tons of Amazon reviews to help you figure out which wireless earbuds stack up against them. We looked at a few criteria, including how many neat features they have, color options, charge duration and water resistance capability. Check them out below.
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JLab Go Air Pop wireless earbuds
4.5 out of 5
With over 32 hours of total listening time (including the charge from the earbuds and the charging case) and a dual connect feature that lets you listen to both at the same time or one by itself, these earbuds are an affordable option. They come in slate blue, black, lilac, red and teal. The earbuds come with three tip sizes so you can find the one that fits snugly in your ear. They're water-resistant, so you can safely use them at the gym. And like the rest of the earbuds on this list, they're Bluetooth-enabled. Promising review:
"I have tried multiple brands of earbuds and these are my favorite! They were affordable, came in lavender color and the battery has been charged once in the several weeks I have owned them for and they are still going strong! 10/10 recommend." — Destiny G.
Tozo T6 wireless earbuds
4.4 out of 5
For a pair of wireless earbuds that apparently can survive being accidentally washed in the washing machine
, look to the Tozo T6 earbuds. They come in six colors: black, blue, green, white, champagne and rose gold. They're compatible with iOS, Windows and Android. Listening time lasts for over six hours from a single charge and 30 hours total with the charging case.Promising review:
"I use these headphones for work and they are great from a sound and mic perspective. A couple days ago I was wearing the buds and instead of putting them in the case, I put them in my pants pocket and forgot. I put these through the washer and dryer. When I found out what had happened I thought it was a lost cause and was ready to buy a new set, but I popped them back into the case and they lite up, charged, and worked like nothing happened!" — Althaber's
Jabra Elite 7 Pro wireless earbuds
4.3 out of 5
My physical therapist uses these, and he's always talking about how great they are — and anything with the physical therapist stamp of approval
must be worth checking out. They come in gold beige and titanium black. The active noise-cancellation feature uses the microphones and speakers to reduce outside noise around you so you can immerse yourself in your music (or video call, or whatever you're listening to). You can get up to eight hours of listening on the earbuds and up to 30 hours total with the charging case. The Bluetooth multipoint feature lets you connect to two devices at once, and they're compatible with iOS and Android. Promising review
: "I have been using these earbuds for a couple of weeks now and I love them~ My husband needs hearing aids but is unable to get them at the moment. He keeps the volume on the big screen in the living room at max volume (100%) and I can hear it loud and clear in my bedroom. But when I am wearing these earbuds and turn on the noise cancelling feature I can't hear it at all!!! So I can listen to music or even watch something on my tablet in near peace and quiet~ I would definitely recommend these earbuds on the noise cancelling feature alone!" — Crystal J.
Beats Fit Pro wireless earbuds
4.5 out 5
These Beats earbuds come with three soft silicone eartip options so you can find the right size for your ear, as well as universal wingtips that flex to fit your ear and stay put. Choose from black, white, sage gray or stone purple. You'll also love the spatial audio feature that provides rich sound thanks to head tracking, which adjusts the music's levels as you turn your head. They're compatible with iOS and Android. The earbuds provide six hours of charge, while the case holds 18 hours.
"I was super hesitant to purchase these as I haven’t had much luck with bud style headphones fitting my ears properly, but these are great! Having the different tip options was nice, the sound quality is what you expect from Beats, and the battery life is excellent!" — Kristen Pinnick
Sony WF-1000XM4 wireless earbuds
4.4 out of 5
With advanced noise-cancellation and enhanced sound quality, these highly rated earbuds from Sony deserve a spot in your ears. They come with a charging case that holds up to 16 hours of charge power, in addition to the eight hours the earbuds themselves hold, meaning you can get a whole day's worth of listening. And if you're looking for a pair of earbuds for the gym, look no further. These are water-resistant so they won't get ruined by sweat. They're compatible with iOS and Android. You can get them in silver or black. Promising review:
"OMG, these are absolutely wonderful! I have a set of Air Pod Pros, and these blows them completely out of the water. Having never had wireless earbuds before, I thought the air pods were terrific. After seeing the reviews for the Sony's, I decided to give them a try to compare myself. NO CONTEST! If you want superior sound with lots of available bass when needed, then these are the ones to get. Well worth the money." — Keith A. Goodnough