Wireless earbuds are one of the best ways to listen to your music on the go, whether your commuting, heading to the gym, or relaxing poolside on a sunny day the right pair of earphones will stay put and bring you quality sound. We're fast approaching the best time to buy wireless earbuds: Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The massive sales event kicks off on November 29, but we're expecting the deals to start rolling in from the beginning of November – make sure you bookmark our Black Friday deals hub for the best headphones deals we can find. You'd be forgiven for thinking wireless earbuds aren't as good as wired models – that's because a few short years ago, Bluetooth wasn't the best way listen to your favorite music. Back in the day, Bluetooth earphones didn't sound as good as their wired counterparts, suffered connectivity issues and became known for having short battery lives.
In-ear headphones are a complicated category – some users find them to be relieving them while others don't like something being placed right in their ears. However, they have their own benefits. Light and compact enough for the gym without sacrificing on audio quality, in-ear headphones are suited for more or less every situation you can think of throwing at them – running, biking, hiking or simply walking around town. Ideally, the best in-ear headphones (often referred to as earphones) should be ultra-comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. Newer models might be completely wire-free, but if battery life is a concern for you, you might want a pair of wired buds.
The Apple AirPods Pro stand tall as our pick for the best overall true wireless earbuds right now. Apple's AirPods Pro take everything we love about the traditional AirPods and ramp things up a notch (or three). They sound better than all Apple earbuds before them, deliver excellent noise reduction, and add proper water-resistance (finally). What's more, these are the first Apple earbuds with swappable silicone ear tips, making it easy for just about anyone to get a comfortable fit. While battery life is middling at 4.5 to 5 hours (some competitors offer 10 hours or more on a single charge), the pocket-friendly charging case holds multiple recharges for 24 hours total listening time. In addition, quick charging provides an hour of listening in just five minutes, so you'll rarely need to worry about dead earbuds. In our lab tests, we found the AirPods Pro's noise cancellation was on par with pricier noise-canceling headphones, with a minimal hit to battery life. Their Transparency Mode is also among the most effective and natural-sounding we've experienced, allowing you to pipe in the outside world for those times you want to be aware of your surroundings.
Your message has been sent. There was an error emailing this page. Earbud makers have been busy doing away with wires--a good thing whether or not your phone still has a headset jack. You no longer have to deal with cords if you don't want to. True wireless earbuds connect to one another and your audio source via Bluetooth.
Wed 1 May 2019 02.00 EDT Last modified on Wed 1 May 2019 04.54 EDT It wasn't long ago that true wireless earbuds, those that don't need any wires even between the earphones, weren't very good. Solid connectivity was a challenge, dropouts were infuriatingly common and battery life was woeful. But they all offered that taste of freedom from wires that is like a ratchet – once you've experienced tangle-free listening, you'll never go back. Now there are loads of truly wireless earbuds on the market offering all sorts of features, designs and sound. None of them are bargain basement, and it's difficult to know which ones are worth buying. So here's a guide to separate the wheat from the chaff. This Guardian buyer's guide to true wireless earbuds was last updated on 1 May, and represents the best available models at the time.