Wirefree (true wireless) earbuds are one of those ideas that sounds like a dream: Pop a tiny little headphone into each ear and listen to music untethered from everything. Until recently, the reality was quite different. Most of the first wirefree buds were gigantic, dead after a few hours, and had a bunch of other problems. There are a host of new models that sound fabulous and work (almost) perfectly. After testing dozens of them for the past three years, here are our favorite wirefree earbuds right now, in a wide range of styles and prices.
Today, Sennheiser introduced the Momentum True Wireless earbuds, which provide stereo sound thanks to 7mm dynamic drivers. These earbuds have a four-hour battery life; the charging case holds an additional eight hours of capacity. They will be available starting in mid-November for $299.95. The Momentum True Wireless earbuds are compatible with smart assistants like Siri and Google Assistant. Two-mic beamforming helps make picking up your voice in a noisy room clearer -- this translates to better phone calls and interaction with voice assistants.
TL;DR: Listen on the go with a pair of Skullcandy Indy True Wireless earbuds for just $39.99, a 52% savings as of Sept. 25. Wireless headphones are only as good as their battery life, which is why we like the Skullcandy Indy Earbuds: You'll get up to 16 hours with its charging case. These earbuds are water-resistant and come with capacitive touch controls, so you can use them wherever you go. With a quick tap, you can change the song, adjust the volume, or manage calls. The sound profile is also designed to eliminate distortion while ensuring crisp highs and warm lows.
SAVE $59.95: Didn't get the headphones you wanted this holiday season? Whether your 2021 resolution is to work out more or just to finally ditch your virtually-obsolete wired headphones, you can score a deal on a new pair of wireless earbuds in the new year. These Jabra Elite 85t true wireless bluetooth earbuds fit the bill perfectly -- and with the extra $7.97 off at the checkout, they're sitting at their lowest Amazon price ever at just $170.04, according to price tracker Camelcamelcamel. The Jabra Elite 85t true wireless Bluetooth earbuds have a small, compact design and high-quality noise cancelling, too. With advanced active noise cancellation, you can adjust how much outside noise you want to hear -- from total silence to being able to hear street noise while you're walking outside.
Jabra may have just announced its latest totally wireless earbuds at CES, but I got a hold of a pair early and have been using them as primary headphones for about a week. While the $170 Elite 65t that I've been wearing isn't a final model, they still gave me an idea of what to expect when the final version ships next month. Mostly, Jabra proves that you don't need to spend $250 (or more) to get a pair of earbuds that won't get tangled and still sound really good.