Best headphones in ear bluetooth: The 8 Best Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds – Spring 2023: Reviews

The 8 Best Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds – Spring 2023: Reviews

  1. Table of Contents
  2. Intro
  3. Best Earbuds

    1. Best Upper Mid-Range

      1. Best Mid-Range

        1. Best Lower Mid-Range

          1. Best Budget

            1. Best Cheap

              1. Best Neutral Sound

                1. Best For Running

                  1. Notable Mentions
                  2. Recent Updates
                  3. All Reviews
                  4. Discussions

                  Updated May 19, 2023 at 10:31 am

                  By Theresa Ketterling

                  Whether you have a phone with no audio jack or prefer the freedom of going wireless, finding the best in-ear wireless headphones all comes down to what matters most to you. If you’re looking for earphones to use at the office, noise isolation and battery life might be your top priorities; if you need in-ears for the gym, you’ll probably care more about fit and durability. There are specialized models to fit virtually every need; some are even versatile enough to keep up whether you’re running a marathon or sitting on the bus. With so many different models to choose from, where do you start?

                  We’ve bought and tested over 230 pairs of wireless earbuds and in-ear headphones, and below, you’ll find our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds to buy. If you’re curious about wireless headphones, consider our recommendations for the best Bluetooth headphones. You’ll also want to check our picks for the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds under $50 and $100 if you have a specific budget.

                  1. Best Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds

                    Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Truly Wireless

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                    Commute/Travel

                    8. 5

                    Sports/Fitness

                    8.4

                    Office

                    7.5

                    Wireless Gaming

                    5.7

                    Wired Gaming

                    5.6

                    Phone Calls

                    6.3

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                    The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Truly Wireless are the best wireless earbuds that we’ve tested. These high-end buds are the best you can get if you care about noise isolation. Like most of Bose’s lineup, they have an outstanding noise cancelling (ANC) system that outperforms their competitors like the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless. They easily tackle plane engine noise and ambient chatter, making them a solid choice for office use or long trips. With their ANC on, they also continuously last well over six hours, and their carrying case supplies an extra three charges if needed.

                    Although they’re bulky compared to other picks on this list, they’re smaller than their predecessor, the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless, and have a very comfortable fit. They’ve also got stability fins to help keep them in your ear when you’re on the go. Their sound profile is more bass-heavy than what our graph shows. However, this is due to the shape of our rig’s ear canals, and subjectively, there’s extra boom, which muddies vocals and instruments. Luckily, if you prefer a different sound, their companion app’s graphic EQ and presets let you adjust their sound to your liking. That said, although they’re premium buds, they don’t support multi-device pairing, which is surprising at this price point.

                    See our review

                  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Bluetooth Earbuds

                    Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless

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                    8.2

                    Sports/Fitness

                    8.3

                    Office

                    7.3

                    Wireless Gaming

                    5.7

                    Wired Gaming

                    5.6

                    Phone Calls

                    6.4

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                    The Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Generation) Truly Wireless are, as the name states, the next generation of Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless. These earbuds have the same premium build and comfortable design as their successor and the same Apple-exclusive features, like an h3 chip for easy pairing with iOS devices and virtual surround sound via Apple Music. While they don’t come with sound customization features, unlike the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Truly Wireless, they have a well-balanced sound profile that suits most types of audio.

                    Their active noise cancelling (ANC) feature does a great job of blocking noise in the bass and mid-range. There’s a ‘Transparency’ mode for when you want to hear your surroundings, but otherwise, you can’t adjust the ANC. These earbuds have the same six-hour battery life as the Bose earbuds with ANC on, and their case holds four extra charges, so you can always top it up. If you’re looking for premium earbuds with a longer-lasting battery, the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 last almost nine hours on a single charge. However, they aren’t as comfortable, and their ANC doesn’t perform quite as well.

                    See our review

                  3. Best Mid-Range Bluetooth Earbuds

                    Google Pixel Buds Pro Truly Wireless

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                    7.4

                    Commute/Travel

                    8.0

                    Sports/Fitness

                    8.0

                    Office

                    7.2

                    Wireless Gaming

                    5.5

                    Wired Gaming

                    5.4

                    Phone Calls

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                    If you’re looking for a price that’s not so steep, try the Google Pixel Buds Pro Truly Wireless. These earbuds don’t have the same premium feel as the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless, but they’re packed with plenty of features you might not expect, considering their lower price. Their ANC has a similarly excellent performance, so it can help reduce noise like rumbling engines or background conversations. They have a continuous battery life of about eight hours and come with a portable charging case that stores extra charges. They even support multi-device pairing, meaning you can simultaneously stay connected with your phone and computer.

                    They have a V-shaped sound profile that adds extra bass to your audio, while vocals and instruments are bright. You can customize their sound with a graphic EQ and presets in the companion app. If you’re using a Google Pixel phone, they offer spatial audio for a more immersive listening experience. Unfortunately, while they have a comfortable fit for most people, they can pop out of your ears over time. This can affect how the earbuds deliver bass, so getting a good fit is important to ensure consistent sound delivery. If you want earbuds with a more comfortable fit overall, the Sony LinkBuds S Truly Wireless are another great mid-range option. They have a more stable fit but a weaker ANC performance.

                    See our review

                  4. Best Lower Mid-Range Bluetooth Earbuds

                    Anker Soundcore Space A40 Truly Wireless

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                    Commute/Travel

                    8.3

                    Sports/Fitness

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                    Office

                    7.5

                    Wireless Gaming

                    5.5

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                    5.3

                    Phone Calls

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                    The Anker Soundcore Space A40 Truly Wireless are a relatively affordable option that don’t sacrifice extra features like ANC or app support. Their noise isolation performance rivals the Google Pixel Buds Pro Truly Wireless’, so they can help reduce noise during your commute or at the office. You can also choose different modes to suit different situations, including an adaptive setting meant to adjust automatically to the amount of noise in your environment. With ANC on, they last about eight hours of continuous use, and their case stores four extra charges. Like the previous pick, they support multi-device pairing.

                    They have a warm default sound profile, with cozy-sounding vocals and lead instruments. The companion app includes a graphic EQ and presets if you prefer a different sound. They also support LDAC, Sony’s proprietary codec for high-res audio, but unlike the Google earbuds, don’t come with any virtual surround sound features. They aren’t the best option for workouts since they don’t have stability fins or a very stable fit and may slip out of place if you move your head around a lot.

                    See our review

                  5. Best Budget Wireless Earbuds

                    TOZO NC7 Truly Wireless

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                    7.8

                    Sports/Fitness

                    8.2

                    Office

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                    Wireless Gaming

                    5.3

                    Wired Gaming

                    5.2

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                    The best budget wireless earbuds we’ve tested are the TOZO NC7 Truly Wireless. These earbuds are the first on the list to lack app support, and they don’t include sound customization features like an EQ. However, they offer a great ANC performance at a budget-friendly price. They cut out bass-range noise like rumbling engines very effectively, so they’re a good choice for commuting, and they’re also good at blocking office-type distractions like background conversations.

                    They’re well-built, rated IPX6 for water resistance, and stable enough to stay in your ears during workouts. Their V-shaped sound profile adds extra thump and rumble to your audio and keeps instruments and vocals bright. This sound is well-suited for genres like rock and pop, but sibilants like S and T sounds can be harsh or piercing. These earbuds also don’t support multi-device pairing. They have a long eight-hour battery life to get you through your workday and a case with extra charges.

                    The Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless are another budget-friendly option with a case that holds around 12. 5 additional charges. They don’t have ANC but offer a bass-rich sound profile with a more neutral treble response, so they don’t sound as harsh. They’re a better pair of earbuds overall if you’re not concerned about ANC, but they aren’t easy to find.

                    See our review

                  6. Best Cheap Wireless Earbuds

                    JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless

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                    7.0

                    Commute/Travel

                    7.6

                    Sports/Fitness

                    8.2

                    Office

                    7.1

                    Wireless Gaming

                    5. 4

                    Wired Gaming

                    5.3

                    Phone Calls

                    6.9

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                    If you’re on a tight budget, the JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless are worth checking out, thanks to their good build quality and surprisingly long continuous battery life of around nine hours. Their carrying case also holds three additional charges if you need it. While their battery life is impressive, the tradeoff is that, unlike the TOZO NC7 Truly Wireless, they don’t have active noise cancelling (ANC), which can be a dealbreaker for some.

                    They can block out a satisfactory amount of ambient noise like office chatter but don’t rely on them if you’re looking to cut down sounds like the rumble of bus engines, as they aren’t as effective at tacking bass-range noise. They also don’t come with a companion app, meaning that the only EQ options you have are the three EQ presets built into the earbuds, which gives you significantly less control over the audio. Using the ‘JLab Signature’ EQ, they have a bass-rich sound profile that delivers a bump of extra punch and boom to mixes. That said, the extra bass doesn’t overwhelm vocals and lead instruments.

                    See our review

                  7. Best Bluetooth Earbuds For Sound Quality

                    Jabra Elite 7 Pro True Wireless

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                    8. 4

                    Office

                    7.6

                    Wireless Gaming

                    6.1

                    Wired Gaming

                    5.9

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                    The Jabra Elite 7 Pro True Wireless are the best Bluetooth earbuds for sound quality we’ve tested. Out of the box, they have a very neutral sound profile that’s more versatile than our similarly priced pick, the Anker Soundcore Space A40 Truly Wireless, which have warmer bass and sharper sibilants. The Jabra’s vocals and lead instruments sound clear and intense, while the flat bass adds just enough boom, thump, and rumble to your mixes. If you prefer a different sound, their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets to help you fine-tune their sound to your liking.

                    These well-built in-ears can block out a decent amount of background noise so that you can focus on your audio, but their ANC system doesn’t do anything to improve noise isolation. They’re comfortable and suitable for long listening sessions, and their battery lasts over eight hours continuously. They also have an auto-off timer to help conserve battery life, and the carrying case holds roughly three extra charges.

                    See our review

                  8. Best Bluetooth Earbuds For Running

                    Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless

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                    Commute/Travel

                    7.5

                    Sports/Fitness

                    8.4

                    Office

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                    Wireless Gaming

                    5.8

                    Wired Gaming

                    5.7

                    Phone Calls

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                    Unlike other mid-range earbuds on our list, the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless feature stability fins to keep them securely in place. They have a sturdy, well-built design and are certified IP68 against dust and submersion in water, so it’s not a big deal if you drop one in a puddle. Out of the box, they have a well-balanced, versatile sound profile. If you prefer a different sound, you can customize them with a parametric EQ and presets in the headphones’ companion app.

                    While these are our pick for the best in-ear Bluetooth headphones for running, they only last for about five hours off a single charge. The carrying case has two extra charges, but that still means they’re less than ideal for long excursions. Additionally, their ANC system doesn’t do a good job of reducing bass-range noise like rumbling engines, although it’s better at blocking out mid-range noise like ambient conversations.

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                  Notable Mentions

                  • Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3:
                    The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 have great active noise cancellation, eight hours of continuous battery, and a customizable sound profile. However, they’re less comfortable than other premium earbuds, like the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless, and don’t block out as much noise as the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Truly Wireless.
                    See our review
                  • Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless:
                    The Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless have a customizable sound profile and a great noise isolation performance. Compared to the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Truly Wireless, they have a recessed treble range. They also don’t support NFC pairing or Sony’s Virtualphones Technology (VPT) virtual surround feature.
                    See our review
                  • Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless:
                    Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are the predecessor to the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless. While both earbuds have the same premium build quality, the original model doesn’t have as good an ANC performance as their successor. They don’t have as long-lasting a battery as the second-generation model and can’t reproduce as much low-bass. However, the first generation have a more neutral sound profile out of the box, which some users may prefer since you can’t adjust the EQ settings.
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                  • Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless:
                    The Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless have a great noise isolation performance, a comfortable in-ear fit, and some features only available on Samsung devices. However, they have a shorter continuous battery life than the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless and aren’t as well-built.
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                  • Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless:
                    The Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless are a viable alternative to the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless if you prefer an ear-hook design. However, they don’t feel as well-built and don’t have any sound customization features.
                    See our review

                  Recent Updates

                  1. May 19, 2023:
                    Since the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless are out of stock, replaced them with the TOZO NC7 Truly Wireless as the ‘Best Budget’ pick.

                  2. Mar 22, 2023:
                    Checked that the products are relevant and in stock, and made minor updates to the text.

                  3. Feb 23, 2023:
                    Quality of life update for better relevance and readability.

                  4. Jan 24, 2023:
                    We’ve updated the text to ensure accuracy and product availability. However, there hasn’t been a change in our recommendations.

                  5. Dec 15, 2022:
                    Named the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Truly Wireless as our top pick and moved the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 to Notable Mentions. Replaced the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless with the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Generation) Truly Wireless and updated our mid-range pick to the Google Pixel Buds Pro Truly Wireless. We also added a ‘Lower-Mid-Range’ category.

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                  Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best in-ear wireless headphones for most people to buy, according to their needs. We factor in the price (cheaper headphones win over pricier ones if the difference isn’t worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no headphones that are difficult to find or almost out of stock in the U.S.).

                  If you would like to choose for yourself, here’s the list of all our reviews for wireless earbuds and in-ears. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection.

                  Best workout and running earbuds of 2023

                  Choosing the right earbuds for your workout routine can be a very different process than finding a pair for casual, everyday listening. The best fitness buds need to hold up to intense exercise, whether you’re just in for a quick gym session or drenched in sweat on mile 25 of a marathon.

                  Battery life is crucial, and most people prefer them to have a lively sound that can motivate and keep things moving down the stretch of a workout. And most critical of all, they need to reliably stay in your ears during exercise without constant readjustment. 

                  If you’re searching for a pair of regular, bring-everywhere buds, these might not be the right fit: instead, check out our best earbuds guide for those picks. 

                  The Beats Fit Pro are the best overall fitness earbuds.

                  The best gym earbuds for most people

                  Beats Fit Pro

                  Noise cancellation: Yes / Battery life: 6 hours / Water and sweat resistance: IPX4 / Warranty: One year / Controls: Physical buttons, voice

                  Beats Fit Pro

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                  The Beats Fit Pro earbuds have noise cancellation and transparency features that are on par with Apple’s first-gen AirPods Pro, and their sound offers more bass and kick. They also have built-in wingtips to ensure a secure fit.

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                  The best running and gym earbuds you can buy right now are the Beats Fit Pro earbuds. And Apple now sells them in even more colors like bright yellow, pink, and blue. The Powerbeats Pro were our go-to exercise bud recommendation for years — and they’re still great if you need the stability of ear hooks — but the Fit Pros are much smaller, easier to take anywhere, and include active noise cancellation. That’s something the Powerbeats never offered, and the ANC can help drown out obnoxious grunters and screamers at your local gym. If you want to hear your surroundings, just switch over to transparency mode to pipe in ambient sound. As for the sound, the Fit Pros offer plenty of kick and oomph in the bass — but nothing near the bloated boom of older Beats headphones. 

                  Instead of wraparound ear hooks, the Beats Fit Pro earbuds have permanently attached, flexible wings that hook into your ear to keep them secure and anchored in place no matter how strenuous your fitness regime is. Ask anyone you know that owns them: these things really don’t budge. And for controls, Beats critically uses tactile button presses instead of capacitive tap gestures, which makes all the difference when you’re trying to skip a track while mid-stride.  

                  The Fit Pros are rated IPX4 for water and sweat resistance. That’s not the best among our fitness earbud picks, but it’s standard for the category. They’ll last for up to six hours on a single charge with noise cancellation turned on, which should be plenty to motivate you through any race or workout of the day. The case is good for another 18 hours of total playback time. With bonus Apple ecosystem features like spatial audio (with head tracking), audio sharing, and more, the Beats Fit Pro deliver a ton of functionality and value for their price.

                  READ MY REVIEW OF THE BEATS FIT PRO.

                  The Soundcore Sport X10 are among the best budget running earbuds.

                  Best cheap workout earbuds

                  Anker Soundcore Sport X10 

                  Noise cancellation: No / Battery life: 8 hours / Water and sweat resistance: IPX7 / Warranty: One year / Controls: Physical buttons

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                  Anker’s Soundcore Sport X10 headphones have powerful bass, flexible ear loops that keep them in place, and an IPX7 rating for water and sweat resistance. They can also provide up to eight hours of continuous battery life.

                  $56 at Amazon$70 at Anker

                  If you’re looking to spend under $100 and still come away with a satisfactory set of workout earbuds, Anker’s Soundcore brand — as is often the case — is the go-to recommendation. The Soundcore Sport X10 have pliable, rotatable wraparound ear hooks that guarantee they’ll stay in place from start to finish. And their flexibility can make them even more comfortable than Beats’ Powerbeats Pro. They’ve got a bass-forward sound tuning and IPX7 water resistance, making them basically impervious to rain and even the sweatiest gym sessions. 

                  The Sport X10s last for up to eight hours on a charge, and their slim charging case won’t take up much room in your gym bag. You can pick between 22 different EQ settings in Soundcore’s app, and the earbuds have a transparency mode to pipe in outside sound when you need it. For just $79.99 (and often on sale for less), there’s a lot of value packed into the Sport X10s.

                  Sennheiser’s Sport Earbuds deliver the best sound quality among workout earbuds.

                  The best-sounding fitness earbuds

                  Sennheiser Sport Earbuds

                  Noise cancellation: No / Battery life: 9 hours / Water and sweat resistance: IP54 / Warranty: One year / Controls: Tap gestures

                  Sennheiser Sport Earbuds

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                  Sennheiser’s Sport Earbuds deliver the top-notch sound quality that the company is known for. They also come with two styles of ear tips — open and closed — that let you decide how much ambient sound you want to hear during workouts.

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                  If you’re a fitness buff and also an audiophile, Sennheiser’s Sport Earbuds might be the ideal choice. They don’t compromise on sound and have integrated fins for a secure fit. And while technically there’s no noise cancellation, Sennheiser took a unique approach and includes both closed and open-style ear tips in the box; the former provides natural noise isolation, while the latter will make it easier to hear your surroundings and eliminate your own breathing or footstep sounds. There’s even a toggle in the Smart Control app that optimizes the EQ depending on what style of tip you’re wearing.

                  With an IP54 rating against dust and water and up to nine hours of continuous playback, the Sport Earbuds should be up to the task of handling any workout routine or race. Their sound profile offers plenty of bass kick without any unwanted muddiness. These earbuds don’t have many frills, but they deliver where it counts for exercise. 

                  Jabra’s Elite 7 Active have a secure fit thanks to their special coating.

                  Best running earbuds that don’t need fins

                  Jabra Elite 7 Active

                  Noise cancellation: Yes / Battery life: 8 hours / Water and sweat resistance: IP57 / Warranty: Two years / Controls: Buttons, voice

                  Jabra Elite 7 Active

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                  Jabra’s Elite 7 Active earbuds have a special outer coating that helps them remain in your ears even during vigorous exercise — without the help of wing tips or fins that some people find uncomfortable. They also support multipoint connectivity, so you can connect them to two devices at the same time.

                  $140 at Amazon$140 at Best Buy

                  Instead of hooks or fins that some ears don’t agree with, Jabra’s Elite 7 Active earbuds use a special coating that the company calls “ShakeGrip” to keep them sturdy regardless of how sweaty your ears get over the course of a workout. They also offer adjustable active noise cancellation, so you can personalize the level of ANC that feels right for whatever activity you’re doing. Moreover, Jabra beats out Beats and other competitors with more substantial IP57 certification against dust, water, and sweat. Battery life also bests some rivals by stretching up to eight hours. 

                  These provide the same sound quality as Jabra’s flagship Elite 7 Pro buds. The only difference is that the Pros are optimized for voice call performance and everyday use, whereas these stick to the fitness realm. You can customize that audio profile using the hearing analysis in Jabra’s 

                  If you’d prefer to spend less, Jabra’s Elite 4 Active buds maintain the IP57 durability while omitting features like multipoint, wireless charging, and the adjustable noise cancellation. But giving those up drops the price down to $119, and you can often find the Elite 4 Actives for under $100 when they’re on sale. 

                  The LinkBuds let you maintain total situational awareness when listening to music.

                  The safest workout earbuds when running outside

                  Sony LinkBuds

                  Noise cancellation: No / Battery life: 5.5 hours / Water and sweat resistance: IPX4 / Warranty: One year / Controls: Wide-area controls

                  Sony LinkBuds

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                  With a hole cut right into the center, Sony’s LinkBuds don’t look like any other earbuds on the market today. They rest in your ears with the help of small stabilizer arcs, and the unique design means you’re always aware of what’s happening around you.

                  $148 at Amazon$150 at Best Buy

                  The donut-style hole in the middle of Sony’s LinkBuds makes them unbeatable if you need to maintain situational awareness when you’re running or walking outside. Only bone conduction earphones would keep your ears more open to the outside world. The tradeoff is that you might have to crank the volume in louder environments like city streets, but some people prefer that if it means hearing the world around them at all times.

                  They’ve certainly got a unique style and shape, but Sony’s unconventional design helps the LinkBuds stay put quite well in my ears. You can swap between five different sizes of “fitting supporters” that lock into your ear concha to keep the LinkBuds in place more securely. They offer IPX4 certification against water and sweat and can last for up to six hours on a charge. 

                  Next to their open design and great voice call performance, my favorite thing about the LinkBuds is Sony’s “wide area” controls. These allow you to tap your cheek near the earbuds to skip tracks and activate other controls; you don’t need to touch the actual buds at all. This can be a relief mid-workout when you don’t have to be so precise about exactly where you’re tapping.  

                  READ MY REVIEW OF THE SONY LINKBUDS.

                  LG’s Tone Free Fit TF8 earbuds have special features that competitors can’t match.

                  Self-cleaning fitness earbuds

                  LG Tone Free Fit TF8

                  Noise cancellation: Yes / Battery life: 10 hours / Water and sweat resistance: IP67 / Warranty: One year / Controls: Tap gestures

                  LG Tone Free Fit TF8

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                  LG’s sporty Tone Free earbuds can automatically clean the ear tips using UV-C light when they’re in the case. You can also use an included cable to plug the case into 3.5mm audio sources and stream that audio directly to the wireless earbuds.

                  $127 at Amazon$130 at LG

                  If you’re not the most diligent when it comes to cleaning your earbuds, LG’s Tone Free Fit TF8 buds have you covered; while the case is closed and the buds are charging, UV-C light kills “99. 9 percent of bacteria on the ear gels,” according to LG. That’s not the only unique trick that these earbuds are capable of. You can also plug the case into a 3.5mm aux output — on a plane or at the gym, for example — and have that audio play over the wireless earbuds.

                  Aside from those standout features, the Tone Free Fit TF8 earbuds are also some of the most comfortable fitness buds I’ve worn, and that’s even with the integrated fins. They include active noise cancellation, a decent transparency mode, and up to 10 hours of uninterrupted playback time (with 30 hours total including the charging case).

                  Bose’s Frames Tempo keep the tunes coming without obstructing your ears.

                  The best audio sunglasses for hikes and outdoor workouts

                  Bose Frames Tempo

                  Noise cancellation: No / Battery life: 8 hours / Water and sweat resistance: IPX4 / Warranty: One year / Controls: Buttons, temple swipe gestures, voice

                  Bose Frames Tempo

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                  Bose’s Frames Tempo are sporty-looking shades that let you enjoy music and other audio while keeping your ears totally unobstructed.

                  $125 at Amazon$125 at Best Buy

                  In some cases, audio glasses like Bose’s Frames lineup can be a smarter choice than traditional earbuds. They keep your ears completely free and shield your eyes from the sun — all while playing audio directed at your ears from the built-in speakers on the temples.

                  The Frames Tempo are the most sporty of Bose’s lineup; they don’t look out of place next to a pair of Oakleys or similar shades. More important is that they provide the longest battery life (around eight hours) and best bass performance of any of the Frames. It’s still not going to match the low-end boom of earbuds that are actually seated in your ear canal, but you’ll get enough bass to keep it moving during outdoor runs or hikes. The hardware is rated IPX4 for water and sweat resistance, so as long as you avoid the heaviest downpours, you should be just fine.

                  READ MY REVIEW OF THE BOSE FRAMES TEMPO.

                  Photography by Chris Welch / The Verge

                  Update March 17th, 11:45AM ET: The buying guide was updated with new formatting and details on new Beats Fit Pro color options.

                  Top 7. Ranking of Bluetooth headphones with earhooks 2023

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                  This ranking presents the best wireless Bluetooth headphones with over-the-ear hooks in 2023 (descriptions, benefits, where to buy).

                  1.

                  Mpow Flame Solo Wireless Earphones

                  Specifications of Mpow Flame Solo Bluetooth headphones

                  Active noise cancellation No
                  Frequency range 20-20000 Hz
                  Microphone Yes
                  Number of drivers 1
                  Driver diameter 11 mm
                  Bluetooth 5.0
                  Playback time on a single charge up to 26 hours
                  Waterproof IPX7
                  Design Vacuum earphones in a case with earhooks
                  Design Standard

                  Specifications may vary.
                  Check with sellers on marketplaces.

                  Highlights of Mpow Flame Solo

                  Bluetooth Headphones ✓ 3 multi-functional buttons let you easily control calls, music and voice assistant.
                  ✓ Ergonomically designed in-ear headphones to keep your ears comfortable for extended periods of time.
                  ✓ Each earpiece can be used independently in single mode.
                  ✓ Mpow Flame Solo is powerful sound. Both earphones are equipped with quality microphones that effectively cancel out background noises with ENC (Environmental Noise Cancellation) technology for crystal clear conversations.
                  ✓ 10 minutes quick charge from the case provides 1 hour of playback.
                  ✓ Each earphone can be used for 7 hours on one full charge.
                  ✓ Mpow Flame Solo is sweat and moisture resistant.
                  ✓ Mpow Flame Solo Sports Wireless Earbuds are uniquely designed with flexible earhooks for a comfortable fit that won’t fall out during workouts.

                  Benefits of Mpow Flame Solo Bluetooth Headphones

                  + Wide sound range for high quality sound
                  + Microphone included
                  + Low latency, long range
                  + Long battery life
                  + Water resistant
                  + Fits securely in ears

                  Disadvantages of Mpow Flame Solo Wireless Headphones

                  – None Active Noise Cancellation
                  – No Bluetooth interference reduction technology and no instant pairing (as in Bluetooth 5. 1).
                  – Possible pinna fatigue (individual)

                  2.

                  Mifa X12 Vacuum Bluetooth headphones with earhooks

                  Advantages of Mifa X12 wireless headphones

                  ✓ ✓ Headphone charging time – 2 hours.
                  ✓ ✓ Pleasant, immersive sound.
                  ✓ ✓ Sensitive sensors.
                  ✓ ✓ Up to 40 hours on a single charge.
                  ✓ ✓ Easy to use.
                  ✓ ✓ Quality microphone.
                  ✓ ✓ Moisture resistant.
                  ✓ ✓ Ear hooks.

                  Price 3 792.54 R (check on the seller’s website)

                  3.

                  Mpow Flame S Vacuum Earphones with cable and earhooks

                  Benefits of Mpow Flame S

                  ✓ ✓ Quality sound. Deep bass. aptx-hd.
                  ✓ ✓ Comfortable to use.
                  ✓ ✓ 12 hours of standalone music listening without additional charging of Mpow Flame S headphones.
                  ✓ ✓ IPX7 rain and sweat resistant.
                  ✓ ✓ CVC 8.0 noise reduction.
                  ✓ ✓ 4 pairs of ear pads.

                  Price 2 090.26 R (check on the seller’s website)

                  4.

                  Dacom Athlete G93 Wireless Bluetooth Earphones

                  Dacom Athlete G93 Bluetooth Earphone Specifications

                  Active Noise Cancellation No
                  Frequency Range 20-20000 Hz
                  Microphone Yes
                  Number of drivers 2
                  Driver diameter 10 mm
                  Bluetooth 5.0
                  Playback time on a single charge up to 20 hours
                  Waterproof IPX7
                  Design Earbuds with cable
                  Design Sporty

                  Specifications may vary.
                  Check with sellers on marketplaces.

                  Dacom Athlete G93 Bluetooth Headphone Features

                  ✓ High definition microphone.
                  ✓ Stable Bluetooth 5.0 connection.
                  ✓ Stylish execution.
                  ✓ CVC intelligent noise reduction system.
                  ✓ Clear, high quality sound.

                  Advantages of Dacom Athlete G93 Wireless Headphones

                  + Good sound with a wide sound range
                  + Mic included
                  + Low latency, long range
                  + Long battery life
                  + Submersible
                  + Cable for added comfort and control
                  + Sporty design

                  Dacom Athlete G93 Bluetooth headphones cons

                  – No active noise canceling
                  – No instant pairing ia (which available in Bluetooth 5. 1).
                  – In some cases, the cable can be uncomfortable (depending on preference)

                  5.

                  QCY T6 Vacuum Earphones with earhooks

                  QCY T6 headphones features

                  ✓ ✓ Surround sound. AAC and SBC high definition codecs.
                  ✓ ✓ Comfortable use of headphones.
                  ✓ ✓ Call the voice assistant with a triple tap.
                  ✓ ✓ Audiowise Technology’s new Bluetooth 5.0 chip delivers faster data transfer rates.
                  ✓ ✓ Sweat and moisture resistant.
                  ✓ ✓ The QCY T6 has an operating time of approximately 30 hours on a charging case.
                  ✓ ✓ Convenient touch control.

                  Price 2 032.56 R (check on the seller’s website)

                  6.

                  Mpow Flame 2 in-ear headphones with cable and behind-the-ear clip

                  Mpow bluetooth headphones features Flame 2

                  ✓ ✓ Good sound when playing music. HD sound.
                  ✓ ✓ Comfortable use of the headphones thanks to the tilted design.
                  ✓ ✓ Headphones last approximately 13 hours on a single charge.
                  ✓ ✓ Protects against moisture and sweat. IPX7 waterproof rating.
                  ✓ ✓ Bluetooth 5.0 connection.
                  ✓ ✓ The earhooks can be removed. SANLEPUS B1 Wireless Headphones 1

                  ✓ ✓ IPX5 waterproof. Sweat and rain protection.
                  ✓ ✓ Noise isolation. Good sound.
                  ✓ ✓ Voice assistant function.
                  ✓ ✓ One step connection.
                  ✓ ✓ Operating time of SANLEPUS B1 with charging case is about 24 hours.
                  ✓ ✓ Bluetooth V5.0.
                  ✓ ✓ Up to 9 hours of music listening without additional charging of SANLEPUS B1 headphones.
                  ✓ ✓ Single and dual mode pairing.

                  Price 1 821.48 R (check on the seller’s website)

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                  KP

                  Many models of wireless headphones have appeared on the market, which differ from wired ones in their mobility. This is a great option for sports and people leading an active lifestyle. With such a device, the problem with constantly tangled wires or stiffness in movements disappears. In this article, we reviewed the best bluetooth headphones that are on the market in 2023, and Artem Antonov, the commercial director of Avalonika, gave advice on choosing them and answered popular questions.

                  Editors’ Choice

                  Apple AirPods 3

                  Apple AirPods 3. Photo: Apple

                  This is Apple’s new model: the most thoughtful design and impeccable sound. Thanks to the adaptive equalizer, the sound parameters are automatically adjusted based on the geometry of the ear, so bass and mids are adjusted individually. Due to this technology, the sound is voluminous and realistic.

                  Headphones are not afraid of water, as they have moisture protection type IPX4, which is also included in the case. This allows you to listen to music even in rainy weather or during intense workouts. Management is carried out using a pressure sensor.

                  Main features

                  9023 4

                  Number of built-in microphones 1
                  Use as a headset yes
                  Headphone adapter yes
                  Discharge indicator yes
                  Charge indicator battery yes
                  Talk time up to 20 hours

                  Top 10 best bluetooth headphones in 2023 according to KP

                  Sony WH-CH510

                  Sony WH-CH510. Photo: Sony

                  Consider a full-size model from Sony. Despite the fact that these are closed-back headphones, the design is light and comfortable. The sound is very clear and powerful, the bass is clearly reproduced, and you can also adjust the sound parameters for yourself using the equalizer.

                  The model is universal, suitable for listening to music, audiobooks both in a relaxed atmosphere and during vigorous activity. Headphones look stylish and will be a great accessory.

                  Main characteristics
                  4

                  Operating time 35 h
                  Impedance 8 ohm
                  Weight 132 g
                  Pros and cons

                  Lightweight and comfortable headphones with excellent sound quality and low cost

                  Some users report that the noise reduction is not effective enough

                  Shure Aonic 50

                  Shure Aonic 50. Photo: Shure

                  It is worth considering a full-size model of premium headphones for true music connoisseurs. They reproduce clear sound, as they are created taking into account many years of experience of professionals in this field. This is a wireless model, which provides maximum comfort during use and transportation. Headphones are able to work without recharging up to 20 hours, and this significantly distinguishes them from competitors.

                  This model has active noise cancellation, which is also adjustable, and you can turn on the “ambient mode”, which allows you to hear all external sounds. Shure Aonic 50 embodies all the latest developments and is equipped with many additional features. It is worth paying attention to the presence of a premium class amplifier and the ability to control using the ShurePlus PLAY application.

                  Key features
                  Construction full size
                  Driver type dynamic
                  Operating time 20 h
                  Impedance 39 Ohm
                  Sensitivity 97.5 dB/mW
                  Pros and cons

                  Headphones reproduce studio quality sound, stylish and comfortable. Photo: HUAWEI

                  This is a stylish and modern model of TWS headphones. FreeBuds 4i are in-ear, due to this they have good noise reduction. If we talk about the sound, it is clean, balanced, but to a greater extent, these headphones are adapted for playing pop music.

                  In addition, the model has protection against water and dust IP54, which allows you to listen to music in almost any environment. The headphone case is made in a comfortable, streamlined shape, so it does not take up much space.

                  Main features
                  902 35 Operating time
                  Construction in-ear
                  Driver type dynamic
                  22 h
                  Case charging type USB Type-C
                  Quantity microphones 2
                  Pros and cons

                  A good model of wireless headphones that combines style, ergonomics and high sound quality

                  Bass is not well defined for some music genres

                  JBL Tune 215 TWS

                  JBL Tune 215 TWS. Photo: JBL

                  JBL has been renowned for its high quality audio technology for many years. This model combines active and passive noise reduction technologies so that nothing interferes with listening to music, no matter where you are. High and low frequencies are pronounced for realistic and clear sound reproduction.

                  Also, the headphones work without recharging up to 5 hours, while the battery life in the case reaches 25 hours. This model is a universal option for use in everyday life.

                  Main characteristics

                  9023 4

                  Design in-channel (closed)
                  Driver type dynamic
                  Case Charging Type USB Type-C
                  Impedance 14 Ohm
                  Frequency response 20-20000 Hz
                  Sensitivity 101 dB/mW
                  Pros and cons

                  This model is from a well-known brand, which guarantees reliability and high quality

                  The size is quite large, it may not be suitable for some users

                  Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro

                  Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro. Photo: Soundcore

                  Not a very famous model and manufacturer. These headphones are quite interesting and unusual, starting with the case and ending with the device itself. The cover of the case does not just open, as in most other models, but slides up like a slider. The headphones themselves are stylish, look original. The sound is balanced, clear, the voice is clearly played, and instrumental compositions sound harmoniously and basses are reproduced.

                  There are several built-in modes and an equalizer to stabilize the sound. A special feature is the HearID test, which allows you to customize each earbud just for you.

                  Main characteristics

                  902 34

                  9023 9

                  Design in-channel (closed)
                  Type of drivers dynamic
                  Operating time 26 h
                  Impedance 16 ohm
                  Charging type wireless
                  Degree of protection IPX4
                  Number of microphones 6 ​​
                  Number of drivers 2
                  Pros and cons

                  Headphones have an original appearance, good sound and able to work autonomously for quite a long time

                  Some users note that the function of stopping music when the earphone is removed does not always work stably

                  HONOR Earbuds 2 Lite

                  HONOR Earbuds 2 Lite. Photo: HONOR

                  In appearance, this model is unremarkable, looks like most TWS headphones. The sound is quite voluminous, clear, the bass is well defined. This model has an active noise cancellation function that does its job perfectly.

                  They are ideal for listening to pop music and other genres. Of the special functions, touch control can be noted. Headphones look stylish, are available in black and white.

                  Main characteristics

                  9023 4

                  Design in-channel (closed)
                  Driver type dynamic
                  Operating time 10 h
                  Charging type USB Type-C
                  Battery life 32 hours
                  Number of microphones 4
                  Pros and cons

                  A decent model at a fairly budget price, users note that due to the material, white headphones do not get very dirty and look presentable even with active use

                  Users note that touch control does not always work stably 2. Photo: Samsung

                  These are one of the most popular earphones on the market today, they stand out for their ergonomic design and rich functionality. This model is very comfortable to fit, as they have a deep fit and fairly light weight. The headphones have good noise reduction, so extraneous sounds will not distract from listening to music.

                  The sound is balanced, the manufacturer made the headphones so comfortable that even when listening to tracks for a long time, they are not felt and do not bring discomfort. Touch control features, vibration bone conduction sensor, moisture protection set the Buds 2 apart from the competition.

                  Main features
                  Construction in-ear
                  Driver type dynamic
                  Operating time 6 ​​h
                  Degree of protection IPX2
                  Case charging type wireless charging
                  Number of microphones 2
                  Pros and cons

                  Versatile for everyday use listening to music

                  Some users report that the material of which the headphones are made is rather slippery

                  HTC True Wireless Earbuds

                  HTC True Wireless Earbuds. Photo: HTC

                  Headphones have a stylish design and are available in various bright colors. This model combines all modern functions such as, for example, touch control. The kit comes with several ear pads that will allow you to choose the perfect fit just for you.

                  Proper fit will provide sufficient noise reduction and comfort for extended use. The model is equipped with a built-in microphone.

                  Key features

                  902 35 IPX5

                  Design in-ear
                  Driver type dynamic
                  Degree of protection
                  Impedance 16 Ohm
                  Case charging type USB Type-C
                  Sensitivity 94 dB
                  Pros and cons

                  Good option for everyday use at low cost

                  No active noise cancellation

                  Edifier X5

                  Edifier X5. Photo: Edifier

                  Another decent option for budget Bluetooth headphones. Available in two colors: black and white. The case is stylish and compact, has a streamlined shape. The headphones themselves look interesting, differ from competitors. The sound is clear and smooth without any emphasis on any frequencies. But even at maximum volume there are no distortions.

                  This model does not stand out for long battery life. The kit comes with interchangeable ear pads to choose the best size for you.

                  Key features

                  902 34

                  Design in-ear (closed)
                  Connectivity Bluetooth 5.0
                  Supported codecs aptX
                  Frequency response 20-20000 Hz
                  Sensitivity 95 dB
                  Pros and cons

                  Despite the low price, they have good sound and stylish design, so they deserve to be in your arsenal

                  Sound quality average, no active noise cancellation

                  QCY T1X

                  QCY T1X. Photo: QCY

                  This is a budget option for wireless headphones. This model has a small weight, compact size and convenient fastening, so it is suitable for active work. Thanks to the presence of the Qualcomm chipset, the sound does not disappear or be interrupted, because the data transfer rate is quite high.

                  The headphones also have IPX5 water protection, which is not available for all expensive models. The sound is quite good and clear, so this option is worth having in your arsenal.

                  Key features
                  Case charging type micro USB
                  Driver type dynamic
                  Operating time 5.5 h
                  Impedance 32 ohm
                  Battery life 50 hours
                  Pros and cons

                  This is a budget option that does its job well and is equipped with many modern features

                  Users note synchronization failures and not quite high-quality performance

                  How to choose bluetooth headphones

                  In order not to make a mistake in choosing the right model with such a variety of bluetooth headphones on the market, the editors of the KP turned to 908 00 Artem Antonov, Commercial Director of Avalonika .

                  Headphone sound quality is highly subjective. This is affected not only by the source itself, but also by the state of the user’s hearing.

                  It is generally accepted that the sound quality of Bluetooth headphones is somewhat lower than that of wired ones. Therefore, for bluetooth headphones, the duration of operation and charging speed are no less important than sound, since no matter how amazing they sound, an hour of playback and long charging are unlikely to suit anyone.

                  Popular Questions and Answers

                  What should I do if my Bluetooth headphones keep losing connection with my device?

                  First disconnect from the device, then reconnect. Next, check if the gap occurs in the same place geographically. There are cases of constant disconnection with different headphones at the same intersection.

                  Also, if possible, it is worth checking the quality of the connection with another source, whether there are breaks with it. Well, you should not forget about the limitation of the bluetooth range and the presence of obstacles between the transmitter and receiver.