Some of the most innovative audio technology is used in the best true wireless earbuds of 2021. This means they’re on par with almost any pair of wired earbuds available.
Some of the earbuds on this list could also compete with our picks for the best over-ear headphones, which is saying a lot considering they’re all wireless.
The Best True Wireless Earbuds
The Status between Pro is the most recent earbuds we’ve tried, and they impressed us with their comfortable fit, decent audio, and simple controls, earning them a spot on this list.
In other true wireless earbuds news, the Sony WF-1000XM4, the follow-up to the best wireless earbuds of 2021, is getting some early reports.
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Meanwhile, rumors about Apple AirPods 3 and AirPods Pro 2 are still circulating.
Owing to Bluetooth and wireless music listening limitations, true wireless earbuds were a risky gamble until recently.
There’s never been a better time to cut the cord than now.
We’ve compiled a list of the best true wireless earbuds to help you find the perfect pair for your budget and needs.
Here’s a quick rundown on what true wireless earbuds are all about in case you need a refresher. Most importantly, they don’t come with any kind of cable to connect to your phone.
1. Sony WF-1000XM3 True Wireless Earbuds
Noise-cancelling true wireless headphones that made our dreams come true
2. Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2
Great-sounding and noise-canceling
3. Cambridge Audio Melomania 1
Mind-blowing sound without the wires
4. Lypertek PurePlay Z3 (Tevi)
Incredible, affordable buds
5. Grado GT220
Few true wireless earbuds sound this good
6. Bose QuietComfort Earbuds
Noise cancellation in the true wireless market just got serious
7. Klipsch T5 True Wireless
Audiophiles will love the Klipsch T5’s sound and build quality
8. Apple AirPods Pro
The perfect earbuds… for Apple fans
9. Status Between Pro
Supreme comfort and a warm, inviting sound
10. Jabra Elite 85t
A worthy successor to the Elite 65t
11. Beats PowerBeats Pro
Impressive-fitting workout ‘buds from Beats
12. Microsoft Surface Earbuds
Anything Apple can do, Microsoft can do slightly differently
13. Sennheiser CX 400BT True Wireless
‘Affordable’ Sennheisers have Apple AirPods firmly in their sights
14. Jaybird Vista
Near-perfect fitness earbuds
15. B&O Beoplay E8 2.0 Wireless Earphones
Pricey wireless earbuds that sound absolutely wonderful
16. Audio-Technica ATH-CKS5TW
Big on bass, big on battery life
17. Sony WF-SP800N
Spatial audio and noise-canceling smarts
18. Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro
Samsung’s best yet… but not the peak of perfection
19. RHA TrueControl ANC
A near personalized listening experience
What About The Apple Airpods?
Apple AirPods (2019)
The ones to beat
True wireless vs. wireless: what’s the difference?
Traditional over-ear or on-ear headphones without the cable – the two earcups are linked by a headband – are known as wireless headphones.
Visit our roundup of the best wireless headphones to learn more.
- Wireless earbuds have been around for a long time, almost like the invention of Bluetooth.
- They have a cord linking both buds – and sometimes a band around the neck as well – even though they are battery-powered and not physically attached to your phone.
- True wireless earbuds, which are the subject of this guide, have no cord at all. True wireless headphones cut the cord between the earbuds, allowing us to wear headphones a few feet away from our music players.
Best True Wireless Earbuds at a Glance
- Sony WF-1000XM3 True Wireless Earbuds
- Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2
- Cambridge Audio Melomania 1
- Lypertek PurePlay Z3 (Tevi)
- Grado GT220
- SoundMAGIC TWS50
- Bose QuietComfort Earbuds
- Apple AirPods Pro
- Status Between Pro
- Jabra Elite 85t
- Beats Powerbeats Pro
- Microsoft Surface Earbuds
- Sennheiser CX 400BT
- Jaybird Vista
- B&O Beoplay E8 2.0 Wireless Earphones
- Audio-Technica ATH-CKS5TW
- Sony WF-SP800N
- Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro
- RHA TrueControl ANC