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The best wireless earbuds of 2020 sound great, feel comfortable, and can even give wired earbuds a run for their money.

Whether you're heading to the gym, commuting, or relaxing poolside on a sunny day, the right pair of Bluetooth earbuds for you will stay put, bring you great quality sound and won't break the bank.

It's normal to assume that the best wireless earbuds aren't as good as the best headphones – that's because a few short years ago, Bluetooth earbuds weren't the best way to listen to your favorite music. 

Fast-forward to 2020 and times have changed. Thanks to improvements in wireless transmission standards, such as aptX and innovations in battery technology, Bluetooth earbuds are quickly becoming the most popular way to listen to music. What's more, many of the best earbuds feature wireless connectivity.

With so much choice, it can be tricky to find the right wireless earbuds for you. We're expecting more models to come soon, including the rumored AirPods Pro Lite, the AirPods 3, and the Powerbeats Pro 2. That's why we've put together this handy guide to the best wireless earbuds you can find today. 

Looking to cut the cord completely? Scroll down for our top AirPod-alternatives or head to our dedicated guide to the best true wireless earbuds you can buy in 2020. 

Our top picks

  1. Bowers & Wilkins Pi3
  2. Sennheiser CX Sport 
  3. Jaybird Tarah Pro
  4. 1More E1001BT Triple Driver  
  5. Jaybird X4 
  6. Beats X
  7. Bose QuietControl 30
  8. Beats Powerbeats
  9. 1More E1020BT Spearhead 
  10. Skullcandy Ink’d+

Bowers & Wilkins PI3 Wireless Headphones

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1. Bowers & Wilkins PI3 Wireless Headphones

Neckbuds with phenomenal sound

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

Comfortable design
Excellent sound quality
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 the full review: Bowers & Wilkins PI3 Wireless Headphones review

Jaybird Tarah Pro

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6. Jaybird Tarah Pro

Well-crafted wireless earbuds for endurance athletes

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

 Excellent adaptable sound   
Durable and compact design 
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 the full review: Jaybird Tarah Pro review

1More Triple Driver BT in-ear headphones

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4. 1MORE Triple Driver BT

Audiophile sound for less than you'd expect

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 42.5g | Cable length: N/A | Frequency response: N/A | Drivers: 3 | Driver type: Full-range + balanced armature | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: 32 ohm | Battery life: 7 hours | Wireless range: 10 meters | NFC: No

Excellent build quality
Detailed, dynamic sound
Reliable wireless connection
Below average battery life
Expensive
Latency when watching video

The wired triple driver buds from 1More hit the ball out of the park, and the Bluetooth version attempts to do the same.  Using the exact same configuration of two balanced armature drivers and a single full range driver these develop the same wide soundstage and detail across all audio frequencies, with decent bass thump that's rarely achieved on earbuds. 

Aside from the rousing audio performance these also look and feel like a quality product finished in metal with a soft rubber neckband and decent size buttons that are easy to master. Battery life tops out at around 6 hours, which is below average, but fortunately these recharge using USB-C so you won't need any extra cables. 

The 1More Triple Driver BT looks classy and delivers sound far better than its price suggests, making them the ideal choice for audiophiles on a budget.

Read more: 1MORE Triple Driver BT

Jaybird X4 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

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7. Jaybird X4 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Compact comfort, good quality, competitive price

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

Excellent adaptable sound
Durable and compact design
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 the full review: Jaybird X4 review

Beats X

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8. Beats X

Good-sounding wireless earbuds that can charge in five minutes

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

 Balanced sound signature  
Quick Charge feature 
 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 the full review: Beats X review

Bose QuietControl 30

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9. Bose QuietControl 30

In-ear noise-cancelling as good as any from over-ear cans

Acoustic design: closed | Weight: 28 grams | Frequency response: N/A | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: N/A | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life: 10 hours | wireless range: 10m (33ft) | NFC: No

Stellar noise cancellation  
Long-lasting battery 
Very, very expensive
Sound isn’t great for its price 

Life is full of compromises, and it's no different with the Bose QuietControl 30. On the positive side you get a level of noise cancellation that comes close to what's offered by the brand's over-ear headphones, but the concession here is on sound fidelity, which just isn’t on the same level as that of other wireless earbuds we've tested.

There's also that neckband which adds an unfortunate level of bulk to what should otherwise be a slimline pair of headphones. 

Read the full review: Bose QuietControl 30 review

Beats PowerBeats 3

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10. Beats PowerBeats

Revamped fitness-focussedPowerbeats

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

Great battery life
Good wireless range
Fit could be better
High price

The new 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 the full review: Beats Powerbeats review

1More E1020BT Spearhead in-ear headphones

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1More E1020BT Spearhead

Low-priced hero for both gaming and music

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 32.5g | Cable length: N/A | Frequency response: N/A | Drivers: 2 | Driver type: Full-range | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: 32 ohm | Battery life: 6 hours | Wireless range: 10 meters | NFC: No

We rate the 1More gaming E1020BT Spearhead as something of a sleeper hit. For one thing, while they work perfectly well as a gaming headset, when used for playing music they easily outperformed every other pair of Bluetooth neckbuds in this price range, making them our mid-range champions.

Dual drivers are made of titanium and graphene and deliver a balanced but exciting sound with a lot of toe tapping quality.   They are made entirely of plastic but, rather than feeling cheap, they actually feel fantastically light and comfortable for all day use.  

Skullcandy Ink’D+ wireless

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10. Skullcandy Ink’D+

Cheap and cheerful with suprisingly decent sound

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 23.5g | Cable length: N/A | Frequency response: 93-101dB | Drivers: 10mm | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: 16 Ohms | Battery life: 20 hours | Wireless range: 100 meters (330 feet) | NFC: No

Very affordable 
Available in bright colours 
Unrefined sound
Middling battery life

Skullcandy always scores high in the cheap-and-cheerful department with its bright colour combinations and low price points. In this pair of budget buds you get a little more, though. 

The flexible neckband is perfectly light and  comfortable but also surprisingly tough so you can roll these up and plunge them into a jeans pockets without too much concern. The sound is tuned for pop music with exaggerated highs and lows, so it does great job of all contemporary music genres without ever sounding unpleasantly cheap. We also like the big buttons which makes things easy to control on the go. It has a built in mic for taking calls and for activating your smart digital assistant of choice.

Our top true wireless picks

Or, cut the cord with these true wireless models

  1. Sony WF-1000XM3 True Wireless Earbuds
  2. Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2
  3. Klipsch T5 True Wireless
  4. Jabra Elite 65t
  5. Apple AirPods Pro
  6. Samsung Galaxy Buds+
  7. Beats Powerbeats Pro
  8. B&O Beoplay E8 Wireless Earphones
  9. Audio-Technica CKS5TW
  10. 1More Stylish E1026BT True Wireless  

Sony WF-1000XM3

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1. Sony WF-1000XM3 True Wireless Earbuds

Noise-cancelling true wireless headphones that made our dreams come true

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 7g | Frequency response: 20-20,000Hz | Drivers: 6mm | Driver type: Dome Type | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life (on-board): 6 hours | Battery life (charging case): 18 hours | Wireless range: 30ft | NFC: Yes

Efficient noise-cancellation
Inconspicuous looks
Great fun to listen too
Not suitable for sports

Considering it's still rare to get noise-cancellation in wired earbuds at all, the fact that Sony has managed to pack it into a pair that are not only wireless, but true wireless is very impressive indeed. 

While models like the AirPods Pro have tried to replicate this, Sony is still top of the true wireless table. 

That's because the Sony WF-1000XM3 manage to offer a level of noise-cancellation that's exceedingly good for a pair of earbuds – they won't offer the same isolation as a pair of over-ear headphones, but its a worthy trade off for that sleeker form. 

Sony has really knocked the ball out of the park with the WF-1000XM3. Not only are these hands down the best-looking true wireless earbuds on the market, but they also combine serious noise-cancelling tech with fist-pumping musicality. If you don’t want the inconvenience of carrying full-size cans around, they’re a persuasive alternative.

Battery life is above average, and that compact charging case is pretty slick too. Constantly improving, a recent update has brought volume control to the buds themselves, as well as support for Amazon Alexa. We reckon the true wireless jungle has found a new king.

These earbuds might be getting even better in the near future, too; on March 5, the earbuds briefly appeared on the Qualcomm website, suggesting that the Sony WF-1000XM3 could be about to get aptX HD support – and therefore, support for Hi-Res Audio

Read more: Sony WF-1000XM3 review

[Update: We've tested the latest Sony earbuds; the Sony WF-SP800N are a sweat-resistant pair of true wireless earbuds that have both active noise cancellation and support for Sony's spatial audio format, 360 Reality Audio. Could one pair of earbuds please both workout enthusiasts and audiophiles? It certainly looks that way.]

sennheiser momentum true wireless 2

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2. Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2

Great-sounding and noise-cancelling

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 6g | Frequency response: 5 - 21,000Hz | Drivers: 7mm | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life (on-board): 7 hours | Battery life (charging case): 28 hours | Wireless range: 30ft | NFC: Yes

Incredible sound
Sleek design
Support for Hi-Res Audio
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 to adorn your ears.

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 buds, offering great noise cancellation alongside smart looks and stunning sound. 

Read more: Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 review

klipsch t5

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3. Klipsch T5 True Wireless

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

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: N/A | Frequency response: 20-20,000Hz | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: N/A | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life (on-board): 8 hours | Battery life (charging case): 24 hours | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: No

Incredible build quality
Warm, detailed sound
Excellent battery life
Deep fit may be uncomfortable

They're not cheap, but the T5 hold their own against the very best true wireless headphones – 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 – these are true wireless earbuds that can last you an entire flight from New York to San Francisco (or wherever you're next trip takes you). 

Read more: Klipsch T5 True Wireless review 

jabra elite 75t

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4. Jabra Elite 75t

A worthy successor to the Elite 65t

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 5.5g | Frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz | Drivers: 6mm | Driver type: N/A | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life (on-board): 7.5 hours | Battery life (charging case): 20 hours | Wireless range: 33ft | NFC: No

7 hours on a single charge
Compact earbuds and case
App lets you customize EQ
Overwhelming, muddy bass

The Jabra Elite 75t improve upon their predecessors, the Jabra Elite 65t, in just about every way – except for tonal balance. 

The headphones and charging case are much smaller, battery life makes an immense jump, catching up to the competition, and the customization features we enjoyed in the 65t remain. 

While they don't have the best sound quality and they lacks active noise cancellation, neither stops the Jabre Elite 75t from being a solid pair of true wireless earbuds to use, especially if you make frequent calls with your headphones on.

Read the full review: Jabra Elite 75t review

cheap AirPods Pro

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5. Apple AirPods Pro

The perfect earbuds... for Apple fans

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 5.4g | Frequency response: 20-20,000Hz | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life (on-board): Up to 5 hours | Battery life (charging case): 24 hours | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: Yes

Good noise cancellation
Better fit than AirPods (2019)
More expensive than better rivals
USB-C charging cable in box

Apple has launched its new true wireless earbuds, bringing active noise cancellation, a (finally) much better fit, and an improved design, in a bid to lure more iPhone users into the true wireless fold.

However, at $249 / £249 / AU$399, they’re pretty pricey too, and as such can’t be called the very best wireless headphones out there.

That said, if you’re an iPhone user looking for some well-fitting earbuds with strong sound quality, you could do a lot worse than the new AirPods - the redesign means they’re far less likely to fall out, 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.

The sound quality of the AirPods Pro has certainly improved since the previous iteration – there’s a notable emphasis on vocals and bass, meaning these earbuds are better for pop fans than those that enjoy a more natural presentation that lends itself to classical music or more orchestral sounds.

Apparently, there's a new AirPods model on the horizon 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

Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus in black

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6. Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus

Third time is the trick

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: N/A | Frequency response: N/A | Drivers: 6mm | Driver type: Dome Type | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life (on-board): 11 hours | Battery life (charging case): 22 hours | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: Yes

Dual-driver design
11 hour built-in battery life
iOS compatible
Limited audio codec support
Only IPX2 splash resistant
No noise cancellation

Samsung's two previous true wireless offerings, the Icon X and the Galaxy Buds, fell short of expectations. While the sound was decent they suffered from connectivity issues and poor voice quality on calls. These upgraded buds are similar only in appearance, but has much better tech throughout.

They do look almost identical to the predecessor: a mid-sized bud with a snug fit thanks to the little wing which tucks into the folds of the ear. We found them extremely comfortable and secure. The audio setup is much improved, courtesy of Samsung subsidiary and audio specialist AKG. Its a dual driver design, does provide superior frequency separation and a good overall sound, but these could still use more bass. 

Connectivity and voice issues seem to have been largely resolved and, together with the much improved sound and new iPhone compatibility, they earned a place on our list.

Read more: Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus

beats powerbeats pro

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7. Beats PowerBeats Pro

Impressive-fitting workout ‘buds from Beats

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: N/A | Frequency response: 20-20,000Hz | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: N/A | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life (on-board): 9 hours | Battery life (charging case): 16 hours | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: No

Easy pairing with iOS
Immaculate fit
Case is fairly bulky
Limited noise isolation

The new PowerBeats Pro true wireless Beats headphones aren't exactly the earbuds analysts have been predicting, sure, but they 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 are 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 or office, these are what we’d wear.   

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

Read more: Beats PowerBeats Pro review

bang & olufsen Beoplay E8 Wireless Earphones

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8. B&O Beoplay E8 2.0 Wireless Earphones

Pricey wireless earbuds that sound absolutely wonderful

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 13g (combined) | Frequency response: 20-20,000Hz | Drivers: 5.7mm | Driver type: Electro-dynamic | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life (on-board): 4 hours | Battery life (charging case): 8 hours | Wireless range: 100ft | NFC: Yes

Good audio quality 
Exceptional design 
Easy to setup 
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 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. So, the Bang & Olufsen E8 2.0 truly wireless earphones look great and sound great, although the touch-sensitive buttons are a little too sensitive at times, and there's no active noise cancellation. 

However, it's hard to not find these earphones appealing, and if you want your true wireless earbuds to look as good as they sound, they could be the perfect model for you.

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

Audio-Technica ATH-CKS5TW

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9. Audio-Technica ATH-CKS5TW

Big on bass, big on battery life

Acoustic design: closed | Weight: 8g | Frequency response: 5Hz - 40kHz | Drivers: 10mm | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 110 dB | Impedance: 16 ohms | Battery life: 45 hours (with case) | wireless range: N/A | NFC: N/A

Sound great
Long battery life
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've one of the most complete and well-rounded sound profiles we've seen from true-wireless earbuds, and that's despite the claimed bass enhancement. It's a very enjoyable sound that they make.

However, they are let down a bit 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

1More E1026BT True Wireless in-ear headphones

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10. 1MORE Stylish True Wireless

The best budget true wireless buds worth buying

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 53g | Frequency response: N/A | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: Dome Type | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: 16 O | Battery life (on-board): 6.5 hours | Battery life (charging case): 24 hours | Wireless range: 10m | NFC: Yes

Great sound
Light and compact
Low price
Feels cheap
Tricky fit

The 1More brand has already notched a couple of spots on our headphone lists, and this great-sounding budget-priced offering scores them another top spot.

Made entirely pf plastic they don't feel quite as classy as other products on this list, but that makes them much lighter and, together with their add-on silicon wings, much less likely to fly out as you whip your head around in the traffic, or in the kitchen. They use the aptX protocol to preserve your music quality over Bluetooth.  And the audio performance punches well above its price, with decent soundstage and enough bass. 

They're the best-priced true wireless buds we've tested that are still worth buying, so they crept on to our list. 

Read more: 1More Stylish E1026BT True Wireless  

Wireless vs true wireless

Wireless vs true wireless: what's the difference?

Wireless earbuds – the focus of this guide – 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:

  1. Optoma NuForce BE Sport4
  2. Bowers & Wilkins Pi3
  3. Sennheiser CX Sport
  4. OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2
  5. SoundMAGIC E11 BT
  6. Jaybird Tarah Pro
  7. Jaybird X4 
  8. Beats X
  9. Bose QuietControl 30
  10. Beats Powerbeats 

... and these are our true wireless picks:

  1. Sony WF-1000XM3 True Wireless Earbuds
  2. Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2
  3. Cambridge Audio Melomania 1
  4. Lypertek Tevi
  5. Klipsch T5 True Wireless
  6. Jabra Elite 65t
  7. Apple AirPods Pro
  8. Beats Powerbeats Pro
  9. SoundMAGIC TWS50
  10. B&O Beoplay E8 Wireless Earphones
  11. Audio-Technica CKS5TW

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