id="article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> In terms of numbers, Apple's AirPods have dominated the market for true wireless headphones for the last couple of years. But with plenty of new models arriving that deliver better sound and improved performance and battery life, there are now many appealing totally wireless earbuds to choose from -- with even more on the way.
We've got lists of the best cheap true wireless earbuds and best-sounding true wireless earbuds. This list is, simply, the best true wireless earbuds. Remember that to get optimal performance, the best wireless earbuds tend to need to feel comfortable with an ergonomic design and fit right, with a tight seal. If you can't get a snug fit with in-ear headphones, you'll be sadly disappointed and think you got ripped off, which is why I suggest buying from a store with a decent return policy, such as Amazon. Note that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. Best noise canceling
Sarah Tew/CNET Sony hasn't been much of a player in the true wireless (AirPod-style) headphone arena, but its new WF-1000XM3 model may change that. While this pair of headphones isn't cheap, as far as sound quality, they're the best wireless earbuds at this price, matching and perhaps even exceeding the quality and performance of pricier competitors from Sennheiser, Beats, Master & Dynamic and Bang & Olufsen. It also has a feature that those wireless earbuds don't have: active noise cancellation technology to reduce ambient noise.
The only drawback is the WF-1000XM3 earbuds aren't rated as sweatproof or waterproof headphones. That said, I've used them for light workouts with a bit of a sweat at the gym without a problem. They use Bluetooth 5.0 with support for AAC but not aptX.Water-resistant: No (lacks IPX certification) Read Sony WF-1000XM3 review
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Sarah Tew/CNET Jaybird got off to a bumpy start in the world of true wireless -- that's "AirPod-style headphones" -- when it released its Jaybird Run workout headphones back in October 2017. Updated to the wireless in-ear Jaybird Run XT earlier this year, the Jaybird Run earbuds were well designed but had some small performance issues that held them back from being great. But their wireless successor model, the Jaybird Vista (cue the Windows Vista jokes), includes design, battery life and performance improvements that make it the quality product I'd hoped the Jaybird Run would be.
At $180 (£160, AU$280), this pair of earbuds is a little more expensive than they should be, but they're among the better true wireless headphones to hit the market in 2019. They'll appeal to those looking for a more discreet set of totally wireless sports earbuds that offer full waterproofing.Water-resistant: Yes (IPX7 -- fully waterproof) Read the Jaybird Vista review$179 at Best Buy AirPods on steroids
Beats Powerbeats Pro
Sarah Tew/CNET Yes, the Powerbeats Pro's jumbo charging case with its built-in battery is a notable drawback. But incorporating all the features that make Apple's AirPods great while delivering richer sound and better battery life in a design that won't fall out of your ear is a winning proposition. Just make sure you buy them somewhere that has a good return policy in case you're in the small minority that has ears that aren't quite a match for them. They use Bluetooth 5.0 with support for AAC but not aptX.Water-resistant: Yes (IPX4 rating -- splashproof) Read Beats Powerbeats Pro review$200 at Amazon $200 at Walmart $200 at Apple Best under $50
Sarah Tew/CNET What's most impressive about the EarFun Free is the features: Bluetooth 5.0, both USB-C and wireless charging and fully waterproof (IPX7), according to their specs. Do they sound fantastic? No, but they sound pretty good. They don't have the clarity of higher-end true wireless earbuds that cost $150 or more, but they do have plump bass and enough detail to avoid sounding dull. They're also pretty solid for making calls. An excellent value at less than $45. Read CNET first take $43 at Amazon Good value
Anker Soundcore Liberty Air
Sarah Tew/CNET If you're someone whose ears are a good match -- and fit -- for the AirPods, Apple's true wireless earphones do have some small performance advantages, particularly when it comes to battery life and making calls. But the Liberty Air ear buds sound as good, if not better, than AirPods, and I find they fit my ears better. In short, as long as you're OK with a noise-isolating design, the Anker Liberty Airs are an excellent AirPod alternative that happens to cost half the price.
The Liberty Air earbuds list for $80 but Anker seems to run regular discounts on Amazon that drop the price range a bit. Water-resistant: Yes (IPX5-rated) Read Anker Soundcore Liberty Air review$77 at Amazon $60 at Best Buy Impressive call quality
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 5100
Sarah Tew/CNET Plantronics new premium true wireless earphones, the BackBeat Pro 5100 ($170, £160, AU$299), are among the handful of true wireless headphones that are very good for making calls. For calling, they're on par with the AirPods (they have good noise reduction) and sound better for listening to music. Water-resistant: Yes (IP54 rating -- can withstand heavy sprays of water) Read CNET first take$170 at Amazon Strong all-around game
Jabra Elite 65t
CNET Jabra's Elite 65t ($170, £150 or AU$300) and slightly enhanced Elite Active 65t ($190, £170 or AU$350) have been around a while and have been among the best true wireless earbuds on the market the last couple of years. With the new, smaller Elite 75t coming October (it also has better battery life and USB-C charging), we're seeing decent discounts on these models.
Their sound isn't quite as rich or clean as the more expensive earphones above them on this best wireless headphones list (the bass lacks a little kick), but it's still a very good-sounding set of true wireless earbuds that perform well for making calls. They're still worth considering if you can find them for a good price. These use Bluetooth 4.2 (AAC but no aptX).
Water-resistant: Yes (IP56 rating -- can withstand heavy sprays of water) Read Jabra Elite 65t review $134 at Amazon $170 at Walmart $170 at Dell Most compact -- and top-notch for calls
Apple AirPods (2019)
Sarah Tew/CNET The second-generation AirPods add a couple of small but key improvements to the original, including always-on voice recognition and a wireless charging
case option. They're also a quality device for making calls, indoors and out.
The base model remains at $159 (£159, AU$249) while the version with the wireless charging case lists for $199 (£199, AU$319). However, you can often find both models for slightly cheaper online.Water-resistant: No (lacks IPX certification) Read Apple AirPods 2019 reviewSee at Walmart Impressive sound
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless
Sarah Tew/CNET At $300 (£279, AU$499), Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless are more expensive than Apple AirPods, Jabra's Elite 65t true wireless earbuds and the Elite Active 65t and Bose SoundSport Free wireless earbuds.