The best wireless earbuds available today

TechRadar's picks for the best wireless earbuds

Wireless earbuds are an incredible innovation for those of us who love listening to music while working out, but hate being tethered to our devices.

This level of freedom used to come at a cost of either sound quality or price but thankfully those caveats have gone the way of Sarah McLachlan – they're just not a huge deal anymore. Now you can find premium-sounding wireless earbuds for as much or just a bit more than their wired counterparts.

You could spend hours thumbing through spec sheets or perusing recommendations online, but you're here because you want the best-sounding wireless headphones without all the hassle, right? Good. We've got you covered.

Here are the 10 best wireless earbuds, ordered by their price-vs-performance:

1. Jaybird X2
2. Optoma NuForce BE Sport3
3. Beats X
4. Bose QuietControl 30
5. Apple AirPods
6. Jabra Elite Sport
7. Jaybird Freedom Wireless
8. Moto Surround
9. Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless
10. Plantronics BackBeat Fit

Not looking for in-ear earbuds? Here's our list of the best wireless headphones!

Best Wireless Earbuds

1. Jaybird X2

Sporty headphones that are great for casual listeners too

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 18 grams | Frequency response: 20Hz - 20kHz | Drivers: 10mm | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 95dB +/-3dB | Impedance: 20 Ohms | Battery life: 8 hours | Wireless range: 98 feet | NFC: No

Amazing value
Above average battery life
A bit expensive

At the top of the class are the Jaybird X2, possessing a trifecta of fantastic sound performance, above-average battery life and ease of use, something that its competition has a hard time accomplishing. Even if you're not necessarily looking for your next pair of gym-ready headphones, the features that make the X2s great for fitness use, like hearty sound performance and above average battery life, translate fluidly into a set of wireless in-ear headphones that are equally great for general use.

Read the full review: Jaybird X2

Best Wireless Earbuds

2. Optoma NuForce BE Sport3

One of the best wireless earphones you can buy

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 18 grams | Frequency response: 20Hz - 20kHz | Drivers: 10mm | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 102dB +/-3dB at 1kHz | Impedance: 16 Ohms | Battery life: 10 hours | Wireless range: 10m (30ft.) | NFC: No

Great sound
Great battery life
Tons of accessories
Cheap remote

NuForce knocked it out of the park with the BE Sport3 headphones. They're an incredible value for a pair of wireless headphones that sound good, last all day, have a bulletproof build and incredible noise isolation. While they're not the most dynamic or resolving headphones, NuForce shows us that the future of wireless headphones is a bright one.

Read the full review: Optoma NuForce BE Sport3

3. Beats X

Good-sounding wireless earbuds that can charge in five minutes

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: N/A | Cable length: 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

The Powerbeats aren't the only wireless in-ear headphones made by Dr. Dre. The Beats X headphones have all the features you'd expect out of the workout earphones with an even better audio performance and comfortable design.

It has a few problems of its own – including poor noise isolation and a lack of fidelity – but if you’re looking for a no-fuss pair of earbuds that charge in 5 minutes and don’t mind dropping some cash on them, the Beats X are for you.

Read the full review: Beats X

4. Bose QuietControl 30

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

Acoustic design: N/A | Weight: 28 grams | Cable length: N/A | 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: Yes

Stellar noise cancellation
Long-lasting battery
Sound isn’t great for its price
Neckband will be divisive

Life is full of trade-offs, and it's the same with the Bose QuietControl 30s. On the plus side you get a level of noise cancellation that’s on a par with the brand's over-ear headphones, but the compromise here is on sound quality, which is simply not as good as that of other in-ear or over-ear headphones we’ve tried.

Read the full review: Bose QuietControl 30

5. Apple AirPods

Wireless with good sound, but Apple's AirPods are too expensive

Acoustic design: N/A | Weight: N/A | Cable length: N/A | Frequency response: N/A | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life: 5 hours | Wireless range: 10m (30ft.) | NFC: N/A

Pairing is quick and easy
Sound is quite good
Easy to lose
No in-line remote

There’s lots to like about the AirPods including their sound quality, and how seamlessly they pair with your device. But despite some positives, we just can't give the AirPods the top spot on the list. At the end of the day their lack of in-line remote means that there are easier headphones to use while out and about, and Siri isn’t a good enough replacement. They might not fall out as easily as we once feared, but they don’t feel secure enough for their price or strong enough in the performance category to make up for their faux-pas.

Read the full review: Apple AirPods

6. Jabra Elite Sport

A good, but not quite perfect pair of wireless earbuds

Acoustic design: N/A | Weight: N/A | Cable length: N/A | Frequency response: N/A | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life: 5 hours | Wireless range: 10m (30ft.) | NFC: N/A

Long enough battery life
Automatic rep-counting
Uncomfortable fit over time
Heart rate data not perfect

The Jabra Elite Sport headphones are a very powerful proposition, and can do a wide variety of things to help everyone from the novice to the practiced fitness enthusiast. That said, they’re also competent Bluetooth buds for use around town, with a long-enough battery life and good sound quality.

However, issues with the slightly iffy heart rate data at times, and the still-not-quite-automated-enough cross training still grate. Overall, they're good enough, but a touch more expensive than they need to be.

Read the full review: Jabra Elite Sport

Best Wireless Earbuds

7. Jaybird Freedom Wireless

Decent sound quality and stunningly small design

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 13 grams | Frequency response: 20Hz - 20kHz | Drivers: 6mm | Driver type: N/A | Sensitivity: 96 +-3dB At 1KHz | Impedance: 16 Ohms | Battery life: 8 hours | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: No

Great build quality
EQ settings follow you
Short battery life

If you're looking for something stylish and don't mind compromising slightly on sound quality, the Jaybird Freedom Wireless is probably your best bet. Comfort and design are definitely high points for the Freedoms, and we especially liked being able to bring the EQ settings we setup on our phone wherever we went. Unfortunately, though, mediocre sound quality and a short battery life keep them from winning top marks.

Read the full review: Jaybird Freedom Wireless

Best Wireless Earbuds

8. Moto Surround

Great sound quality and wireless functionality at an unbeatable price

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 39 grams | Frequency response: N/A | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: N/A | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life: 12 hours | Wireless range: 150 feet | NFC: No

Booming sound
Very affordable
Minor interface lag on iOS

If you don't mind rocking the band, the Moto Surround hits all the high notes in terms of price, performance and battery life. In our tests, the Moto Surround survived 12 hours in between charges and displayed real skill in outputting bass, mid and treble in equal amounts. You can appreciate the balanced sound signature while your wallet appreciates the price.

Read the full review: Moto Surround

Best Wireless Earbuds

9. Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless

Iconic Beats design, now for the workout crowd

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 24 grams | Frequency response: N/A | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: N/A | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life: 6 hours | Wireless range: 30 feet | NFC: N/A

Powers workouts with tons of bass
Universal controls
Comfort issues

Beats have always had a spot at the gym, but the Powerbeats2 shrink the giant iconic cans down to a more manageable earbud size. The Powerbeats2, like the larger over-ear Beats, specialize in dropping the bass, which is just what the doctor ordered for listening during a workout. That said, the Powerbeats leave a lot to be desired in the comfort and battery departments.

Read the full review: Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless

Best wireless earbuds

10. Plantronics BackBeat Fit

Sporty headphones that are great for casual listeners too

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 24 grams | Frequency response: N/A | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: N/A | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life: 8 hours | Wireless range: 33 feet | NFC: No

Crystal clear sound
Long lasting battery
Loose fitting head strap
Limited volume and bass

While they're a bit older now, the Plantronics BackBeat Fit deliver outstandingly long battery life and beautiful audio bursting with a full spectrum of sound alongside an excellent, durable design. The downside to these guys is that the constant bobbing of the cord that wraps around the back of your neck isn't very comfortable and it's been known to randomly disconnect in the middle of a set. If you can deal with a few caveats, though, Plantronics' BackBeat Fit is a stellar gym companion.

Read the full review: Plantronics BackBeat Fit

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