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Bluetooth earbuds have significantly advanced in recent years. They sound better, last longer and are more portable than ever before. From truly wireless earbuds to around-the-neck in-ears, the market is getting more and more crowded, but they aren’t all created equally. In-ears are compact but not everyone will find them comfortable, especially for longer listening sessions. Earbuds aren’t as compact but are generally more comfortable over long periods of time We’ve tested 64 wireless in-ears and earbuds so far and here are our top 5 recommendations.
Jaybird Tarah Pro: Great sports headphones with an impressive EQ
Noise Cancelling: No
The best wireless in-ear headphones we’ve reviewed so far are the Jaybird Tarah Pro. They’re well-built, easy-to-use in-ears that have a fairly comfortable earbud-like fit. They have a very stable fit and are rated IPX7 for superior water resistance, which makes them a great option for sports.
Out-of-the-box, the Jaybird Tarah Pro have very good audio reproduction and are well-suited for a wide range of music genres. If you like to be able to have various sound profiles for different purposes, the Jaybird MySound app lets you do just that. It features a great parametric EQ so you can customize the sound to your liking and save your choices. The Tarah Pro also have a very good battery. They last for slightly over 13 hours and they have magnetic earbuds that can snap together to trigger an auto-off timer.
Unfortunately, the Tarah Pro, like most Jaybird headphones, have a proprietary charging cradle. This can be inconvenient if you forget the charging cradle at home since you can’t use a regular micro-USB cable to charge them. All things considered though, the Jabra Tarah Pro are well-rounded, versatile headphones that are especially great for sports and fitness.
Bose QuietControl 30: Versatile and comfortable earbuds with great isolation
Noise Cancelling: Yes
The Bose QuietControl 30 are versatile noise cancelling wireless headphones with a comfortable earbud fit. Most in-ears protrude deeply into the ear canal and cause discomfort over time, but the Bose QC 30 fit snugly in the ear canal without entering too far, so they’re more comfortable over time.
They have very good noise cancellation, which is great for commuters and those who travel a lot. They also have a fairly balanced sound with a lot of bass, which is nice if you like to listen to hip-hop or dubstep. Their wireless range is decent, and they have a good 11-hour battery life with an auto-off feature that saves a lot of power and can be adjusted via the Bose Connect app.
Unfortunately, the rubber sleeve that covers the neckband tends to come off with time. This issue is mostly cosmetic but is definitely disappointing for premium earbuds at this price point. Their app also doesn’t have an EQ. Otherwise, the Bose QuietControl 30 are versatile, comfortable earbuds that are a good choice for commuters.
Jabra Elite Active 65t: Versatile truly wireless in-ears
Wireless: Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling: No
If you want something a bit more portable than the Bose QuietControl 30, then get the Jabra Elite Active 65t. They have a compact truly wireless design and a good charging case that will easily fit in your pockets. They’re very well-built and are great for sports thanks to their stable fit and IP56 rating for dust and water resistance.
The Elite Active 65t sound decent and their battery lasts for 5 hours of continuous playtime. Though you won’t be able to use them for more than 5 hours at a time, their charging case provides 2 additional charges, which means they should last you the whole day if you place them in their charging case while they’re not in use. They support Bluetooth 5.0 and can pair to 2 devices simultaneously.
Unfortunately, the 65t’s earbuds are a bit bulkier than typical in-ears, so they won’t be the most comfortable headphones for everyone. They also sound a bit sharp on S and T sounds, but you can EQ their sound profile, unlike the Bose, thanks to the customizable Jabra Sound+ app.
Anker SoundBuds Curve: Decent sounding budget sports headphones
Noise Cancelling: No
If you’re looking for well-rounded wireless earbuds at a low price, get the Anker SoundBuds Curve. They have a surprisingly comfortable fit with stable ear-hooks that prevent them from falling off your ears, even during intense exercise.
The Anker SoundBuds Curve fully charge in an hour and a half and their battery lasts for nearly 13 hours of continuous playback, which should be long enough to last you a full day of use. They pack a lot of bass, which makes them a good choice to use if you like listening to EDM, dubstep, rap, or hip-hop.
Although they look fairly well-made for budget headphones, they don’t feel very durable or sweatproof. They’re also not the ideal headphones for more critical listeners, but they sound better than most wireless in-ears in their price range and their deep bass will help get you pumped at the gym. That said, if you want the best bang for your buck, then it’s hard to beat the Anker SoundBuds Curve.
Bose SoundSport Wireless: Comfortable wireless earbuds with above-average sound
Noise Cancelling: No
If you like the earbud fit of the Bose QuietControl 30 and don’t require noise cancellation, then get the Bose SoundSport Wireless. They’re a lot cheaper than the QC 30 but are just as comfortable. They’re fairly well-built, with a thick audio cable that links the two dense and durable earbuds and are good choice for sports enthusiasts who care about sound quality.
The Bose SoundSport Wireless sound very good for wireless earbuds. They have a well-balanced sound that caters well to all music genres, from hip-hop to classical. They last just about 6 hours on a charge so you may need to charge them in the middle of the day, but they have an auto-off timer to save power when not in use. They have a great wireless range and also support NFC for easy pairing with certain mobile devices.
The SoundSport Wireless have a thick rubber coating that seems to provide some water resistance, but they’re not as sweatproof as some of the other wireless in-ears and earbuds we’ve tested. They’re also not ideal for loud environments, unlike the QC 30 which are better-suited for noisy commutes or long flights. That said, if you’re an outdoors runner looking to remain aware of your surrounding while still enjoying your favorite tunes, the Bose SoundSport Wireless are worth considering.