Wireless headphones are nothing new as this old and proven concept fits in particularly well with the nature of accessories whose purpose is to comfortably and unobtrusively pump sound in your ears while you go by with your daily business. Truly, die-hard audiophiles probably cringe and wince at the thought of surrendering their high-end cans for Bluetooth earbuds, but this wouldn’t make a difference to the average Joe out there who will certainly value the comfort and added ease of use of the wireless buds.
But which ones to buy? You’d be forgiven to be a little torn between all the options that exist n the market as device and accessory manufacturers are stepping their game and coming up with newer and newer gadgets of the type; take the currently-ongoing CES for a prime example – a large portion of all new devices that got announced were either wireless or wireless and smart headphones.
1. Best wireless earbuds under $40
2. Best wireless earbuds under $100
3. Best wireless earbuds under $200
Best wireless earbuds under $40
The Focuspower F10 is a budget offering that we would cautiously recommend. Despite that some users report connectivity issues while being outside, the majority of its owners seem to be pretty happy with these truly wireless Bluetooth-enabled earbuds. Apparently, these have the rather okay-ish battery life of around 4.5 hours at full volume and more than 7 hours if you dial things down and spare your ears at 40% volume. Should the earbuds run out of juice, you will have to use the included bespoke USB dongle charger that uses inductive charging to top them up, which usually takes half an hour. Similar to other gadgets in the same category, these arrive with 3 pairs of interchangeable ear tips that will help you find the best possible comfort for your ears.
- Not water-resistant
- Only one color option
Don’t get turn off by the price or the brand – these SoundPEATS wireless earbuds are among the best-rated ones in this price category on Amazon. You’d be forgiven to imply that a lot of corners will be cut to keep the price low, but at first sight at least this doesn’t seem to be the case. The earbuds are wireless in the sense that they aren’t hooked up to your phone via a cable, but they are still tethered to one another with a wire, which could either be a pro or a con depending on your preferences.
The earbuds themselves feature magnetic pieces that let them couple together when not in use, have noise-canceling in-line microphone, and IPX6 sweatproof design that’s gym-friendly. The SoundPEATS also have a pretty good battery life of over 7 hours, support aptX, Bluetooth 4.1, and feature easy-to-access remote controls. Finally, they come with 4 sets of interchangeable ear tips in XS/S/M/L sizes and 3 sets of ear fins. Overall, a good value for money!
Senso Bluetooth headphones
The truly wireless Soundmoov 316T are a rather decent pair of earbuds that offer real wireless stereo as per the TWS (True Wireless System) standard. This means that you can enjoy true wireless stereo without the hassle of the cord. You can use either the two of the earbuds together or share one of them with, say, your phone and the other one with another Bluetooth device; of course, you can pair the two with one another and enjoy true stereo. As far as battery life goes, Soundmoov promises up to 3 hours of continuous music listening on a full charge, whereas popping these inside their 450mAh charging box will let you recharge the earbuds up to 3 times. Just like other earbuds of the same ilk, these also come with a number of additional ear caps.
- Not waterproof
- Only one color option
Best wireless earbuds below $100
- Not truly wirelessDesign is a bit dull
- Unimpressive battery life
- Uninspiring design
Beyerdynamic’s emphasizes on sound quality with its Byron wireless Bluetooth earbuds, and we wouldn’t expect nothing less from the popular audio gear manufacturer. So, what do the Byrons have that other earbuds fall short of? Easy, they are tailored with audiophiles in mind, offering a more neutral audio representation that doesn’t exaggerate low or high frequencies as much as the vast majority of earbuds you can think of; the earbuds cover all frequencies between 10 – 23,000 Hz and a nominal pressure of 90dB. There is aptX support for even higher-quality and lower latency sound, which is something we’d expect of beyerdynamic. With a battery life of around 7.5 hours, these will easily last you a workday of continuous listening to music. There’s also a remote control attached on the cord that tethers the two earbuds together, allowing you to easily control music playback. A pair of different ear tips and optional ear fins are also included so that you can find your most comfortable fit.
RHA MA650 Wireless
British audio gear maker RHA has really come up with something pretty good here: its MA650 wireless earbuds really have any feature you might think of, including the kitchen sink. Their biggest strength it probably the stupendous 12-hour battery life that’s times better than what other wireless earbuds offer. The MA650 also feature colorful LEDs that indicate the battery’s level and also feature a battery-saving feature that kicks off after a certain time of inactivity. RHA’s fancy earbuds are also made of aluminum and have IPX4 water-resistance, a USB Type-C charging port, easy NFC pairing with your phone, as well as noise isolation. AAC, aptX, and SBC support is also on board, and with a V-shaped equalizer that covers all frequencies between 16 – 22,000Hz, these will cater to people that want their music to sound fun. As you might expect, a number of additional accessories are also included in the package.
- A bit cumbersome around the neck
Best wireless earbuds above $100 and beyond
- Only one color option (white)
- Not waterproof
Jaybird’s answer to the AirPods is more than a decent one. Their waterproof design is perfectly-tailored with sportier folks in mind as the sweat that’s prevalent during workouts wouldn’t damage the internals of the earbuds no matter how hard you push yourself. The battery inside will last you around 4 hours on a charge, with the battery case allowing you to charge earbuds twice more. Don’t worry though – these charge quite fast, with a 5-min charge equaling to a hour of playback time. You can also only use a single bud to stay in touch with your surroundings. Thanks to the comfortable fit, these won’t simply fall out during your workout, which is among the number one nuisances when working out. Aside from listening to music on these, voice calls are also on the menu. As far as sounds is concerned, you get to customize how tunes sound thanks to Jaybird’s phone companion app.
- Only one color option
- Battery life too short for a tethered headset
- Battery life leaves a lot to be desired
- Slightly bulky
Samsung Gear IconX (2018)
Samsung’s multi-functional IconX (2018) earbuds are truly one of the best and most versatile accessories you can get for your contemporary Samsung flagship. Honestly, playing music is the most boring and mundane feature of these, as they are among the few earbuds in-between that track your health data with a built-in sensor live, feeding it directly to Samsung Health. Additionally, they have 4GB of built-in storage that allows you to throw in thousands of songs on the native memory and listen to music even if you don’t bring your device along. How would you control playback, then? Easy – the front side of each earbud functions as a capacitive, multi-functional button that allows you to play/pause, forwards, skip songs, and even access your virtual workout coach. As far as battery life goes, you can eke out 7 hours of listening to songs from the internal storage and up to 5 hours of streaming on Bluetooth. The supplied charging case allows you to re-charge both IconX earbuds almost fully, but even a 10-minute charge will get you another hour of functionality.