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Best wireless earbuds in UAE: the top true wireless buds for 2021

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The best wireless earbuds of 2021 deliver a combination of reliable Bluetooth connectivity, unbeatable audio performances, and comfortable, compact designs.

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Beats Studio Buds

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The latest earbuds we’ve tried out are the long-rumored Beats Studio Buds, which are easily the best earbuds Beats has ever made.

In other wireless earbuds news, rumors surrounding the Apple AirPods 3 and AirPods Pro 2 continue to circulate. 

They're so good, in fact, that many on this list can give some of the best wired earbuds a run for their money. 

Whether you’re looking for wireless earbuds you can wear during exercise or a noise-cancelling pair that can block out the world around you, we’ve got you covered with our round up of the very best models you can buy today.

What’s more, the best Bluetooth earbuds are often cheaper than over-ear headphones, so they’re a great option for anyone on a strict budget – though over-ear headphones are still usually superior when it comes to pure audio fidelity.

This guide covers the two main categories of wireless earphones that you'll find on the market today; best in-ear headphones and neckbud-style Bluetooth earphones. The former have no cables whatsoever, while wireless neckbuds retain a single cable connecting each earbud together.

One of the most popular pairs of true wireless earbuds are the Apple AirPods, which were launched back in 2016 and received an upgrade in 2019. However, there are far better options out there, including noise-cancelling earbuds like the AirPods Pro and our top pick, the new Sony WF-1000XM4.

Neckbud-style wireless earphones are still worth considering in 2021, too. After all, the cable that’s usually worn around the back of your neck gives you a little extra security if you’re worried about losing a bud down the drain (yeah, it happens).

With so many different models and styles to choose from, it can be difficult to find the best wireless earbuds for you. That's why this guide includes the Bluetooth earbuds for every budget, every situation, and in every form factor. 

First up – the best true wireless earbuds you can buy today. If you’re only interested in neckbuds, just scroll down the page for our top picks, including the excellent NuraLoop headphones.

UPDATE: We've received the Huawei Freebuds 4 and they are shaping to be an excellent contender in the affordable segment. We have added them below with a hand-on review following shortly.

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A pair of the Sony WF-1000XM4 Wireless Earbuds in black with gold details

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Sony WF-1000XM4 Wireless Earbuds

The best wireless earbuds you can buy today

Specifications
Acoustic design: Closed
Weight: 7.3g
Frequency response: 20-40,000Hz
Drivers: 6mm
Battery life : 8 hours (earbuds) 16 hours (charging case)
Reasons to buy
+Rapid, full-bodied and eloquent sound+Truly useful features+Impressive call quality
Reasons to avoid
-Unremarkable battery life-No aptX support

Sony is largely responsible for the rude health of the active noise-cancelling wireless earbuds market, and with the WF-1000XM4, the company has combined performance, ergonomics, and build quality more effectively than ever before. 

Compared to their predecessors, the Sony WF-1000XM3, the new wireless earbuds offer enough quality-of-life features to make them worth upgrading to, even if they are more expensive. 

While other wireless earbuds surpass the Sony WF-1000XM4 in particular areas – noise cancellation, for example – no other model comes close to offering such excellent quality across the board. That’s why the Sony WF-1000XM4 are hands-down the best wireless earbuds you can buy today.

Read more: Sony WF-1000XM4 review

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Huawei FreeBuds 4

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Huawei FreeBuds 4

Good sound, great comfort

Specifications
Acoustic design: Open fit
Weight: 4.1g
Battery Life: 4 hours (earbuds) 22 hours (charging case)
Reasons to buy
+Comfy design+Good sound quality+Volume controls on stem
Reasons to avoid
-Battery life could be better-Lacks bass

The FreeBuds 4 are a good choice if you’re looking for open-fit earbuds that don’t cram your ears. They’re feature-packed and the ability to control volume by sliding up and down is a welcome addition. 

Sound quality is good with an open and spacious presentation that’s more suited to neutral tones and though the FreeBuds 4 boast ANC, it’s hardly noticeable. If you’re in the market for decent AirPods alternatives these are worth considering. 

However, open-fit buds come with their fair share of caveats and just as the case with AirPods, you’ll be better off with Huawei's FreeBuds Pro model.

Read more: Huawei FreeBuds 4 review

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A pair of Apple's AirPods Pro true wireless earbuds

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Apple AirPods Pro

The perfect earbuds... for Apple fans

Specifications
Acoustic design: Closed
Weight: 5.4g
Frequency response: 20-20,000Hz
Drivers: Dynamic
Battery life: 5 hours (earbuds) 24 hours (charging case)
Reasons to buy
+Good noise cancellation+Better fit than AirPods (2019)
Reasons to avoid
-More expensive than better rivals-USB-C charging cable in box

Apple's noise-cancelling true wireless earbuds, the AirPods Pro, deliver a much better fit and an improved design compared to the original AirPods.

However they’re pretty pricey too, and as such can’t be called the very best true wireless earbuds in terms of value for money – but they may be the best true wireless earbuds for Apple fans.

These snug-fitting earbuds offer a great sound, and the additional microphones provide strong noise-cancelling (particularly when commuting), as well as a useful Transparency mode, which really does let the outside world in.

Apparently, there's a new AirPods model set to join the original buds and the newer Pros. The AirPods Pro Lite are rumored to be a new, cheaper variant of the company's popular true wireless earbuds, and they could be released this year.

Read more: Apple AirPods Pro review

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Sony WF-1000XM3 True Wireless Earbuds

These true wireless earbuds are still winners in our book

Specifications
Acoustic design: Closed
Weight: 7g
Frequency response: 20-20,000Hz
Drivers: 6mm
Battery life : 6 hours (earbuds) 18 hours (charging case)
Reasons to buy
+Efficient noise-cancellation+Inconspicuous looks+Great fun to listen too
Reasons to avoid
-Not suitable for sports

For nearly two years, the Sony WF-1000XM3 were best true wireless earbuds you could buy – until they were usurped by the WF-1000XM4.

The Sony WF-1000XM3 still manage to offer a level of noise-cancellation that's exceedingly good for a pair of earbuds, fist-pumping musicality, a sleek design, and a decent battery life. 

Read more: Sony WF-1000XM3 review

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Lypertek PurePlay Z3 (Tevi)

Incredible, affordable buds

Specifications
Acoustic design: Closed
Weight: N/A
Frequency response: 20-20,000Hz
Drivers: 6mm graphene
Battery life (on-board): 10 hours )earbuds) 70 hours (charging case)
Reasons to buy
+Incredible value+Neutral audiophile-like sound+Great battery life
Reasons to avoid
-Design is a bit plain

Formerly known as the Lypertek Tevi, the Lypertek PurePlay Z3 are among the best true wireless earbuds we’ve tried, especially given their low price tag.

With USB-C charging, a well-balanced sound, lengthy battery life, and waterproofing, they tick every box you could ask for, from what are basically a pair of budget buds. 

The Lypertek PurePlay Z3, surprisingly, might just blow you away, punching well above their weight and rivaling buds from some of the biggest audio brands on the planet. 

Consider us pleasantly surprised.

Read more: Lypertek Tevi true wireless earbuds review

[Update: If you're looking for something a little cheaper, check out our Lypertek SoundFree S20 review. These excellent budget-friendly buds deliver great sound, a long battery life, and a comfy fit without breaking the bank.

Meanwhile, Lypertek has announced the follow-up to the Lypertek PurePlay Z3, and in spite of a host of improvements, they won't cost you any more than their predecessors. 

The Lypertek PurePlay Z3 2.0 come with the latest Qualcomm QC3040 chipset, which allows for Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity, better quality connections, and aptX and AAC codecs. ]

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A pair of the sennheiser momentum true wireless 2 earbuds in black with a silver logo

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Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2

Great-sounding and noise-cancelling

Specifications
Acoustic design: Closed
Weight: 6g
Frequency response: 5 - 21,000Hz
Drivers: 7mm
Sensitivity: N/A
Battery life (on-board): 7 hours (earbuds) 28 hours (charging case)
Reasons to buy
+Incredible sound+Sleek design+Support for Hi-Res Audio
Reasons to avoid
-More expensive than rivals

The sound quality, battery life, and design of the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 are truly brilliant – and they're a really good alternative to the Sony WF-1000XM3, particularly if you prefer a more flashy design when it comes to the best true wireless earbuds for you.

We did find that those with smaller ears sometimes find them a little uncomfortable, however, and their high price just stops them from taking the top spot of this round up. 

Otherwise? Sennheiser has pretty much knocked it out of the park with these earbuds, offering great noise cancellation alongside smart looks and stunning sound. 

Read more: Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 review

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Bowers & Wilkins PI7

Thoroughly engaging and convincing sound

Specifications
Acoustic design: Closed
Weight: 8g
Frequency response: 10 - 20,000Hz
Drivers: 9.2mm
Battery life : 4 hours (earbuds) 16 hours (charging case)
Reasons to buy
+Incredible sound+Clever charging case
Reasons to avoid
-More expensive than rivals-Battery life could be better

The fact that the Bowers & Wilkins PI7, with their sky-high price-tag, a control app that’s more style than substance, an incomplete suite of touch controls, and humdrum active noise-cancelling and battery life, must sound incredible to come this close to a five-star review. 

That’s because they offer a truly enjoyable listening experience, and with a charging case that doubles as an audio retransmitter, they’re a genuinely unique pair of wireless earbuds.

Read more: Bowers & Wilkins PI7 review

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Bose QuietComfort Earbuds

Noise cancellation in the true wireless market just got serious

Specifications
Acoustic Design: Closed
Weight: 0.3 oz each
Frequency Response: N/A
Drivers: N/A
Battery: 6 hours (earbuds) 12 hours (charging case)
Reasons to buy
+Best-in-class ANC+Rich, clear sound+Secure, comfortable fit+Wireless charging
Reasons to avoid
-Lacks on-board volume control-Bulky charging case-Case could offer more charge

It’s Bose’s second attempt at a set of true wireless headphones, and the QuietComfort Earbuds are leaps and bounds better than the older SoundSport Free. Not only is the design a lot better, but the noise cancellation is also exemplary. Sound quality is also really very good – albeit a touch less bassy as compared to Sony – with superb clarity. They’re incredibly comfortable and well balanced too, despite their bulky form factor.

Read more: Bose QuietComfort Earbuds review

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Klipsch T5 True Wireless

Audiophiles will love the Klipsch T5’s sound and build quality

Specifications
Acoustic design: Closed
Weight: N/A
Frequency response: 20-20,000Hz
Drivers: N/A
Battery life : 8 hours (earbuds) 24 hours (charging case)
Reasons to buy
+Incredible build quality+Warm, detailed sound+Excellent battery life
Reasons to avoid
-Deep fit may be uncomfortable

The Klipsch T5 hold their own against the very best true wireless earbuds – in fact, we'd argue that they're among the best models on the market right now. That's because they offer stellar sound, high build quality, long-lasting battery life, and one of the coolest cases we've ever seen.

Featuring the signature Klipsch sound, these buds sound warm, clear, and never harsh. Acoustic music is lush and detailed, with that clarity extending to the highs as well, allowing the headphones to sing in the higher registers without ever being sibilant. 

Battery life is rated at eight hours per charge with the case providing an additional 24 hours – not bad at all.

Read more: Klipsch T5 True Wireless review 

[Update: The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless offer the same excellent build quality as their predecessors, alongside a great bass response that’s ideal for electronic and pop music. However, sibilance in the trebles and the lack of noise cancellation means they can’t beat the likes of the Apple AirPods Pro and the Sony WF-1000XM3, and haven't quite made it onto this list.]

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Jabra Elite 85t

A worthy successor to the Elite 65t

Specifications
Acoustic design: Semi-open
Weight: 7g
Frequency response: N/A
Drivers: 12mm
Battery life: 7 hours (earbuds) 31 hours (charging case)
Reasons to buy
+Adjustable active noise cancellation+Elegant design
Reasons to avoid
-Much bulkier than the 75t-Fit isn’t perfect

While they don’t quite cut it like their predecessors the Jabra Elite Active 75t buds do owing to a slightly bulkier design, the Elite 85t deliver impressive performance thanks to some great audio quality, effective noise cancellation and decent battery life. 

Audio has been vastly improved thanks to a new pair of 12mm in-built speakers, which are twice the size of those on the 75t buds and offer a wider and more well-balanced soundstage. This, alongside even deeper bass, adds more depth to your favorite tunes. 

Read the full review: Jabra Elite 85t review

[Update: The Jabra Elite 75t now have active noise cancellation thanks to a firmware update – which could make them a potential rival for the AirPods Pro, and a cheaper noise-cancelling alternative to the Elite 85t.]

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The beats powerbeats pro true wireless earbuds with a gold beats logo

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Beats PowerBeats Pro

Impressive-fitting workout ‘buds from Beats

Specifications
Acoustic design: Closed
Weight: N/A
Frequency response: 20-20,000Hz
Drivers: N/A
Battery life : 9 hours (earbuds) 16 hours (charging case)
Reasons to buy
+Easy pairing with iOS+Immaculate fit
Reasons to avoid
-Case is fairly bulky-Limited noise isolation

The PowerBeats Pro true wireless Beats headphones are something special – they’re supremely comfortable, sound decent and seem to never, ever fall out. 

They might not be the best true wireless earbuds in Apple's audio arsenal now that the AirPods Pro are here, but they are Apple’s most premium play into the world of running headphones, and they're the buds we'd recommend to most workout enthusiasts.

That's thanks to features like the pressure-reducing micro-laser barometric venting hole, their long battery life and good sound quality. If we had to choose between wearing these and the original AirPods around the house, office, or gym, these are what we’d wear.   

A new model may be on the cards, too – the Powerbeats Pro 2 are the rumored follow-up to these Beats true wireless earbuds.

Read more: Beats PowerBeats Pro review

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The Earfun Air Pro true wireless earbuds in black and silver

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Earfun Air Pro

A mostly brilliant and sonically balanced set of budget buds

Specifications
Acoustic design: Closed
Weight: 5.3g
Frequency response: N/A
Drivers: 10mm
Battery life : 9 hours (earbuds) 23 hours (charging case)
Reasons to buy
+Pleasing audio balance+Effective noise cancellation
Reasons to avoid
-No app for EQ adjustments-Case is a little bulky

On their own merits, the Earfun Air Pro buds are accomplished, but against the competition at this price point they shine. Amid a sea of similarly priced efforts on Amazon, they stand out thanks to their superior design and excellent audio chops, and show a high level of competence in almost all other areas. If it weren’t for slightly fiddly gesture controls and – in our experience at least – a slightly uncomfortable fit, these would immediately earn our wholehearted recommendation.

As it stands, these wireless earbuds are an excellent choice for most, offering a blend of useful features and strong performance that should make them popular with commuters in particular.

Read more: Earfun Air Pro review

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The Sennheiser CX 400BT True Wireless earbuds in white

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Sennheiser CX 400BT True Wireless

‘Affordable’ Sennheisers have Apple AirPods firmly in their sights

Specifications
Acoustic design: Closed
Weight: 5.6g
Frequency response: 5-21,000Hz
Drivers: 7mm
Battery life: 8 hours (earbuds) 16 hours (charging case)
Reasons to buy
+Widescreen, detailed, and quite upfront sound+Great app and good touch-control
Reasons to avoid
-Can be excitable with treble sounds-Ordinary battery life

Having established its credentials as a high-end true wireless earbud front-runner with two generations of its Momentum True Wireless, Sennheiser’s now turned its attention to the less rarefied area where Apple, Microsoft, Sony and all the rest duke it out. At £169 / $199 / AU$299, the CX400BT are pitched right into the thick of the action.

Happily, the CX400BT are specified to compete. They have aptX Bluetooth connectivity, with SBC and AAC codecs catered for too; they have app-based EQ adjustment; they have responsive touch-controls (which can be customized in the app); and they can be operated using Google Assistant or Siri.

Read more: Sennheiser CX 400BT review

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The Jaybird Vista true wireless earbuds in black with a logo on the side

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Jaybird Vista

Near-perfect fitness earbuds

Specifications
Acoustic design: Closed
Weight: 6g
Frequency response: 20-20,000Hz
Drivers: 6mm
Battery life: 6 hours (earbuds) 10 hours (charging case)
Reasons to buy
+Instant connection+Premium sound+IPX7 water resistance
Reasons to avoid
-Limited battery life

The Jaybird Vista earbuds are some of the best true wireless headphones out there – and it's not hard to see why. With a sleek, compact design, and features squarely aimed at real and budding athletes – with the ability to appeal to the less committed fitness nuts among us too.

Coming off the back of the Jaybird Run True – and waterproof Run XTs – the Jaybird Vista earbuds are highly compact fitness earbuds with the water and sweat resistance to deal with all levels of indoor and outdoor workouts. As true wireless earbuds, too, you won't find any cables getting in your way.

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The bang & olufsen Beoplay E8 Wireless Earphones with charging case

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B&O Beoplay E8 2.0 Wireless Earphones

Pricey wireless earbuds that sound absolutely wonderful

Specifications
Acoustic design: Closed
Weight: 13g (combined)
Frequency response: 20-20,000Hz
Drivers: 5.7mm
Battery life : 4 hours (earbuds) 8 hours (charging case)
Reasons to buy
+Good audio quality +Exceptional design +Easy to setup 
Reasons to avoid
-Can feel a bit snug 

Let’s get one thing out of the way – the B&O Beoplay E8 are some of the best-looking and most expensive true wireless earphones you can buy at $350 / £300 (around AU$570).

Audio quality is undeniably excellent, and you can tweak the sound to your liking using the accompanying Beoplay app on Android and iOS.

Even without tinkering around with ToneTouch, the E8 2.0s sounds crisp and clear, with punchy bass frequencies. There's no noise cancellation, though, which may expect from true wireless earbuds at this price.

If one of the main reasons you need a new pair of headphones is to work out or run, then you might want to consider the sport-friendly alternatives to the E8 2.0s, which are called the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 Sport. They're a pair of stylish buds that deliver bright sound and are designed to get sweaty with.

Read more: B&O Beoplay E8 2.0 Wireless Earphones review

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The Audio-Technica ATH-CKS5TW true wireless earbuds in black

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Audio-Technica ATH-CKS5TW

Big on bass, big on battery life

Specifications
Acoustic design: Closed
Weight: 8g
Frequency response: 5Hz - 40kHz
Drivers: 10mm
Battery life: 45 hours (with case)
Reasons to buy
+Sound great+Long battery life
Reasons to avoid
-Weighty-Fiddly case

With a promising battery life and well-managed bass enhancement over Audio-Technica’s usual neutral sound, the Audio-Technica ATH-CKS5TW true wireless earbuds have a lot going for them. 

They sport one of the most complete and well-rounded sound profiles we've seen from true wireless earbuds, although they are let down a little by their fit.

Mileage will vary of course depending on your preferred bud style and the size of your ears, but all will find the fiddly case fit will annoy over time. Still, the quality audio here may be a worthy trade-off.

Read more: Audio-Technica ATH-CKS5TW review

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The Sony wf-sp800n true wireless earbuds in black

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Sony WF-SP800N

Spatial audio and noise-cancelling smarts

Specifications
Acoustic design: closed
Weight: 9.3g
Frequency response: N/A
Drivers: N/A
Driver type: Dynamic
Battery life: 9 hours (earbuds) 9 hours (charging case)
Reasons to buy
+Basic noise cancellation+Water-resistant and sweatproof+Support for 360 Reality Audio
Reasons to avoid
-Tight in the ear

Sony's latest true wireless earbuds, the Sony WF-SP800N, are a triple-threat. They’re IP55-rated to be sweatproof and dustproof, but they’re also pretty good for commuters because they have active noise cancellation built in – which is rare for a workout pair of earbuds – and work well for demanding music lovers thanks to their support for Sony’s new spatial audio format, 360 Reality Audio.

They can be a little uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time, however, and the bass is bit muddy for our liking – still, these true wireless earbuds are well worth a look.

Read more: Sony WF-SP800N review

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro

Samsung’s best yet... but not the peak of perfection

Specifications
Acoustic Design: Closed
Weight: 6.3g
Frequency Response: 20 - 20,000 Hz
Drivers: Dynamic 2-way drivers
Driver Type: Dynamic 2-way drivers
Sensitivity: 105 dB
Impedance: 36 Ohms
Battery Life: 18 hours (with case)
Wireless Range: 35ft
NFC: Yes
Reasons to buy
+IPX7 waterproof+Basic noise cancellation+Simple touch controls
Reasons to avoid
-Flat, cramped sound-No Google Assistant / Siri support-Bulge out of the ear

The latest true wireless buds from Samsung are a big step up from the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live. These new Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro offer better sound and microphone quality with multipoint pairing and spatial audio support. 

It's worth nothing that they don’t offer the same level of noise cancellation as over-ear headphones or the sound quality of some of the other high-end earbuds on this list, but for their price they offer just enough of both to be competitive and deserving of a place on our best wireless earbuds list.

Read more: Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review

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1. Optoma NuForce BE Sport4

Practically flawless wireless earbuds

Specifications
Acoustic design: closed
Weight: 15 gram
Frequency response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
Drivers: 6 mm
Driver type: dynamic
Sensitivity: 92 dB +/-3 dB at 1 kHz
Impedance: 32 Ohm
Battery life: 10 hours
wireless range: 10 m (33ft)
NFC: No
Reasons to buy
+Impressive audio +Customized eartips  +Practical design 
Reasons to avoid
-Not suited to one-ear listening 

The NuForce BE Sport4 wireless earbuds are that rare find: wireless earbuds that are good for basically all situations, whether you're looking to take them out on a run or just wear them around town. 

They're ideal for exercise, although any urbanite will also find their lightweight functionality and impressive sound isolation highly appealing. If you want proof that Bluetooth earbuds can now compete with the best of them, look no further.

Read more: Optoma NuForce BE Sport4 review

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2. Bowers & Wilkins PI3 Wireless Headphones

Neckbuds with phenomenal sound

Specifications
Acoustic design: Closed
Weight: 31g
Frequency response: 10Hz - 30kHz
Drivers: 9.2mm
Driver type: N/A
Sensitivity: 96 dB
Impedance: N/A
Battery life: 8 hours
NFC: No
Reasons to buy
+Comfortable design+Excellent sound quality
Reasons to avoid
-No waterproofing-Average battery life

The Bowers & Wilkins PI3 are the first neckband wireless earbuds for the company, and they're a great start. Well-designed, comfy, and simple to use, they sound really good, too.

Thanks to dual drivers, these buds sound fantastic, with crisp highs, lively mids, and plenty of powerful bass. Look past the fairly unremarkable battery life and limited features, and you'll be mostly very impressed by what these offer.

Read more: Bowers & Wilkins PI3 Wireless Headphones review

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3. Sennheiser CX Sport wireless earphones

No fuss buds with fantastic audio

Specifications
Acoustic design: Closed
Weight: 15g
Frequency response: 17Hz - 21kHz
Drivers: N/A
Driver type: Dynamic
Sensitivity: 112 dB
Impedance: 28 Ohm
Battery life: 6 hours
wireless range: 50 m (150ft)
NFC: No
Reasons to buy
+Fantastic audio quality+Sports-friendly design
Reasons to avoid
-Not the cheapest option-Mids could be richer

If the most important aspect of wireless earphones for you is the audio quality, these wireless earbuds from Sennheiser could be a fantastic choice. 

With a lively, bass-heavy presentation, and a comfortable fit, the Sennheiser CX Sport Bluetooth earbuds can really bolster your workout through sound quality alone. 

They have a battery life of six hours, which means they'll last you all day, whether you're wearing them on your commute or taking them out for a jog.

Read more: Sennheiser CX Sport Wireless earphones review

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4. SoundMAGIC E11BT

Magic bullets that sound deceptively good

Specifications
Acoustic design: Closed
Weight: 24.7g
Cable length: N/A
Frequency response: 20 - 20,000Hz
Drivers: 10mm
Driver type: Dynamic, Neodymium
Sensitivity: 100dB
Impedance: 42 ohms
Battery life: 20 hours
Wireless range: 13m
NFC: No
Reasons to buy
+Fantastic price+Elegant design+Comfortable
Reasons to avoid
-Treble tones can sound harsh

The SoundMagic E11BTs are an extremely capable pair of wireless in-ear earphones, and given their low price, it really is difficult to fault them – the audio quality is fantastic and they look very elegant. 

They're comfortable to wear thanks to ergonomically designed eartips and a flat neckband that won’t irritate you while running or working out – and with an IPX4 rating, they should withstand sweaty sessions. 

Read more: SoundMAGIC E11BT 

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5. Jaybird Tarah Pro

Well-crafted wireless earbuds for endurance athletes

Specifications
Acoustic design: closed
Weight: 18 grams
Frequency response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
Drivers: 6 mm
Driver type: dynamic
Sensitivity: 95 dB +/-3 dB at 1 kHz
Impedance: 16 Ohms
Battery life: 8 hours
wireless range: N/A
NFC: No
Reasons to buy
+ Excellent adaptable sound   +Durable and compact design 
Reasons to avoid
-Proprietary charging dock  -Fiddly eartips 

The Jaybird Tarah Pro headphones are wireless sport headphones for the endurance runners, athletes and fitness nuts out there. With a neck cable to keep the earbuds together, they aren’t quite ‘true wireless’, but will be practical for those concerned about dropping and losing a costly earbud in the heat of a race or training session.

As the first in Jaybird’s new ‘Pro’ range of Bluetooth earbuds and aimed at offering higher quality audio and materials, the Tarah Pro will suit anyone not willing to sacrifice audio quality in harsher outdoor conditions or indoor workouts and who don't mind spending a bit more to get a premium product.  

Read more: Jaybird Tarah Pro review

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A pair of the Jaybird X4 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones in silver

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6. Jaybird X4 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Compact comfort, good quality, competitive price

Specifications
Acoustic design: Closed
Weight: 14.7g
Frequency response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
Drivers: 6 mm
Driver type: N/A
Sensitivity: 99 dB +/-3 dB at 1 kHz
Impedance: 16 Ohms
Battery life: 8 hours
Wireless range: 10m / 33ft
NFC: No
Reasons to buy
+Excellent adaptable sound+Durable and compact design
Reasons to avoid
-Proprietary charging dock-Button lag

Now committed to a yearly refresh of the popular mid-range model, the Jaybird X4 manage to outdo both the previous Jaybird X2 and Jaybird X3 wireless Bluetooth earphones, with an upgraded IPX7 water-resistance rating. Whether you're sweating buckets or running doggedly through the rain, the X4 will be able to cope with it.

The Jaybird X4s also manage to keep the series' surprisingly good sound. These earphones are certainly fitness first, but that doesn't mean the other things people look for in a pair of earphones – you know, like music – have fallen by the wayside.

Jaybird's excellent app also provides easy EQ customization as well as the ability to make your own sound profile, with various ear tip sizes to boot. A great all round choice for runner who don't want to skimp on sound – or be wary of the weather.

Alternatively if you're after an even more premium experience, the Jaybird Tarah Pro earbuds offer higher-quality audio and materials for a somewhat higher $159 £139 / AU$229 price tag.

Although we're still big fans of the Jaybird X4 headphones, take a look at the Jaybird Vista true headphones further down the list – they're our top pick if you're in the market for a pair of true wireless earbuds. 

Read more: Jaybird X4 review

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A pair of the Beats X headphones in black

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7. Beats X

Good-sounding wireless earbuds that can charge in five minutes

Specifications
Acoustic design: closed
Weight: N/A
Frequency response: N/A
Drivers: N/A
Driver type: N/A
Sensitivity: N/A
Impedance: N/A
Battery life: 8 hours
wireless range: N/A
NFC: No
Reasons to buy
+ Balanced sound signature  +Quick Charge feature 
Reasons to avoid
- Relatively expensive  -Lacking in clarity 

Beats haven't always gotten the best rap when it comes to audio performance, but the Beats X is trying to set the record straight. The Beats X hence make up for their slightly bassy, confined sound with a rock solid connection and a pairing process that, on iOS devices at least, is as painless as it's possible to be. 

If you’re shopping for a no-fuss pair of Bluetooth earbuds that charge in 5 minutes, work well with iOS and don’t mind spending a little extra money on them, the Beats X are for you.

Read more: Beats X review

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A pair of the Beats PowerBeats 3 in black

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8. Beats PowerBeats

Revamped fitness-focussed Powerbeats

Specifications
Acoustic design: Closed
Weight: 26.3g
Frequency response: 20Hz - 20kHz
Drivers: N/A
Driver type: N/A
Sensitivity: N/A
Impedance: N/A
Battery life: 15 hours
Wireless range: 10m (33ft)
NFC: No
Reasons to buy
+Great battery life+Good wireless range
Reasons to avoid
-Fit could be better-High price

The latest Powerbeats are a thoughtful evolution of Beats' wireless workout earbuds. They're missing a few niceties like active noise-reduction and may potentially feel less comfortable than some competitors, but by and large they're a decent cheap alternative to Apple’s higher-end in-ear headphones.

After spending some time with them, it's clear that the new Beats Powerbeats is a significant upgrade on the company's wireless workout earbuds, offering a sound quality lifted directly from the Beats Powerbeats Pro, an IPX4 rating and Apple’s H1 Wireless Chip that can summon Siri with the sound of your voice.

What we don't like about them is that the fit can be tough to get right and even slightly uncomfortable when you wear them for an extended period.

Read more: Beats Powerbeats review

How to choose the best wireless earbuds

With so many wireless earbuds to pick from, how do you know which are right for you? 

Obviously, price is a huge factor. You can get a good pair of wireless earbuds for under AED 500. But often you do get what you pay for in terms of connectivity, build and noise cancellation. 

Next up is form. Do you intend to workout with your earbuds? In which case you'll need a design that'll stay put, like the Beats Powerbeats. Or maybe small and minimal is what you're after, so opt for a pair of discrete true wireless buds, like the Jabra Elite 85t. 

But the biggest consideration is whether you should go wireless, which means there isn't a cable from your phone to your buds. Or true wireless, which is totally wire-free. Let's take a look at the differences, pros and cons of these types of buds.

Wireless vs true wireless: what's the difference?

Wireless earbuds have existed for a while now, basically since Bluetooth was invented. Though battery-powered and not physically connected to your phone, they have a cord connecting both buds – and sometimes a band around the neck too.

True wireless earbuds have no cord whatsoever. While wireless allows us to wear headphones a few feet away from our music players, True Wireless cuts the cord between the earbuds, giving us true freedom. If you're looking to go full wireless, we also have a round-up of the best true wireless headphones, but you'll find our top picks here, too.

Wireless headphones are traditional over-ear or on-ear headphones without the wire – the two earcups are connected by a headband. Check out the best wireless headphones for more.

Best wireless earbuds, at a glance:

True wireless earbuds

  1. Sony WF-1000XM4 Wireless Earbuds
  2. Sony WF-1000XM3 True Wireless Earbuds
  3. Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus
  4. Lypertek Tevi 
  5. Grado GT220
  6. Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2
  7. Bowers & Wilkins PI7
  8. Bose QuietComfort Earbuds
  9. Klipsch T5 True Wireless
  10. Apple AirPods Pro
  11. Beats Studio Buds
  12. Jabra Elite 85t
  13. Beats Powerbeats Pro
  14. Microsoft Surface Earbuds
  15. Earfun Air Pro
  16. Sennheiser CX 400BT
  17. Jaybird Vista
  18. B&O Beoplay E8 2.0 Wireless Earphones
  19. Audio-Technica ATH-CKS5TW
  20. Sony WF-SP800N
  21. Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro

Wireless earbuds

  1. NuraLoop headphones
  2. Optoma NuForce BE Sport4
  3. Bowers & Wilkins Pi3
  4. Sennheiser CX Sport
  5. OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2
  6. SoundMAGIC E11 BT
  7. Jaybird Tarah Pro
  8. Jaybird X4 
  9. Beats X
  10. Beats Powerbeats 

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