True Wireless earbuds are a class of headphones that offer the ultimate in convenience. By eliminating the "tether" between the earbuds, True Wireless offers a stylish and tangle-free way to enjoy tunes anywhere you are.

The True Wireless category really took off when Apple introduced its original AirPods. Since then, competition has been fierce, resulting in many excellent options for consumers, with the latest models offering great battery life, and premium earbuds that sport active/adaptive noise cancelling, in addition to the already effective passive isolation that many earbuds offer.

Who Should Buy True Wireless Earbuds

  • Smartphone owners looking to upgrade their stock headphones
  • Fitness enthusiasts who want earbuds that want get in the way
  • Professionals who spend a lot of time on the phone, or in Zoom meetings
  • Music lovers who want a low key way to enjoy their tunes
  • Frequent travelers who want noise canceling headphones that don't take up a lot of space

What to Look For in True Wireless Earbuds

  • Long battery life
  • Replaceable ear tips
  • Charging case
  • Touch-sensitive controls
  • App-based configuration and options
  • Noise cancelling
  • Wide frequency response
  • Water resistance

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1. Apple AirPods Pro

A truly impressive feat of design and engineering, the Apple Airpods Pro is a tour de force in terms of True Wireless earbuds. They are comfortable, sound great, are feature-packed. Usually offered some sort of discount, the price is actually quite good for what you get. Apple hit a home run with the AirPods Pro, and while they work best with iOS, they are also a great choice for any other Bluetooth source (like an Android phone).


  • Includes three sizes of silicone eartips
  • Adaptive EQ adjusts to the shape of your ear
  • Effective noise canceling
  • Sounds great
  • Over 24 hours of battery life with included charging case
  • Water resistant


2. Sony WF-1000XM3 True Wireless Earbuds
Sony's decades of experience designing excellent headphones, including some of the best earbuds ever made, is readily apparent in this exceptional True Wireless offering 1000XM3. If the Apple aesthetic is not your thing, Sony's excellent True Wireless offering is the way to go to get a great all-around combination of sound quality, effective noise cancelling, and comfort.


  • Highly effective digital noise canceling
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Battery life is 6 hours
  • Up to 24 hours play time with charging case
  • 10 minute charge gives 90 minutes playback
  • Activate voice assistance with one touch
  • 24-bit signal processing

3. Beats Powerbeats Pro

Now that Beats is owned by Apple, its products benefit from the technology Apple can bring to the table. In this case, the Powerbeats Pro offer the Apple H1 Headphone Chip, which takes care of DSP and Bluetooth and thanks to its high efficiency, helps with battery life.

The key thing about the design of these headphones is that they loop over your ear, so they won't come loose, they are excellent for exercise. Furthermore, they have extended battery life, and can go for nine hours of continuous playback. What's more, it only takes five minutes of charge to add 90 minutes of play time.


  • Designed for active users, will stay put during workouts
  • Extremely long battery life
  • Nine hours of play time, over 24 hours when including the charging case
  • Available in multiple colors
  • Volume and playback controls on each earpiece
  • Sweat and water resistant


4. Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro

Samsung's Galaxy Buds Pro are excellent performers, easily on par with Apple and Sony's offerings when it comes to comfort and sound quality, and even the noise cancelling is highly effective. These earbuds feature a sleek design that stays flush with your ear, very low key. This is a dual-driver design, with a 11 mm "woofer" and a 6.5mm "tweeter" and has been tuned for a rich, yet neutral and balanced sound that complements music, games, movies and shows.


  • Eight hourrs playtime per charge, 28 hours with case (noise canceling off)
  • Three microphones for enhanced noise canceling and voice calls
  • Ambient sound mode lets you hear what's going on around you
  • IPX7 water resistance


5. Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2

You can count on Sennheiser to deliver headphones that combine great sound, ergonomics and build quality. The company's second-generation Momentum True Wireless 2 headphones are all that, making them a premium option for discerning listeners within this category. Of course you get active noise canceling, and now you get up to seven hours of battery life before needing to quickly charge up using the charging case. With the case, you get up to 28 hours of playback before you need to find a plug (or use a USB power bank).


  • Both earbuds are touch sensitive
  • Lightweight and comfortable
  • IPX4 splash resistant
  • Works with Google Assistant and Siri