The “True Wireless” market has gone through a serious growth spurt during the last couple of years and almost every manufacturer of electronics has launched their own version of the “earbuds,” some even several generations of the product.
Even though many are still sceptical to wireless earbuds and the fact that they could be as good of an option as the markets best headphones, brands are starting to prove them wrong. The products are getting better and better and most of the problems that created the scepticism are almost completely gone.
Very few are still struggling with connectivity problems, with audio and video being out of sync and short battery life. Instead, more and more manufacturers are including great benefits like active noise cancelling, sweat resistance and the ability to adjust the sound to match your hearing.
With all the great products to choose from on today’s market, it’s hard to know which earpods to go for. There are many different factors, like price, main usage (sports, everyday use, work) and sound quality, which means you should find out what is most important to you before you decide on a certain type.
We have done some research to find out what earbuds are the best on the market – here are the top 5 earbuds according to multiple tests.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2
This is the generation 2 of Sennheisers wireless earbuds and the improvements from the first product are really great. The Momentums has the market’s best sound – the perfect amount of bass and really sharp sound quality. You also get an app where you can adjust the sound according to your wishes.
The touch panels, which used to be slightly fragile, are now fully configurable and have a noticeable better response than is used to. They are very comfortable and extremely well placed, even running with them will not be a problem. The rain and sweat resistance is also a great quality.
Generation 2 has active noise cancellation, not quite as good as Sony and Apple’s earbuds, but still way up there. With around seven hours of battery time and three additional charges in the case, the total battery life comes to a great 28 hours.
The price is the biggest drawback with these earbuds, with a price of over 300 dollars.
With this impressive pair of truly wireless earbuds, Sony has managed to include a high-level noise-cancellation. It’s still not the complete isolation you get from a pair of over-ear cans, but they come with with a practical and sleek form and size. The price is around 200 dollars.
The fit is very good, although many are missing the “flap” that the first generation had. Also, the long battery life is a major plus here. The actual earbuds live up to 8 hours and the case houses a reasonably large battery that will charge the buds three extra times. The total battery life is between 24 and 32 hours.
The downside to the WF-1000XM3’s is its weakness when it comes to phone calls, especially if you’re in a windy or noisy environment. The other party often has difficulty hearing you and it can sound like you are “far away”. Also, the earbuds are not sweatproof and can start to slip out of your ear during a hard workout.
Apple AirPods Pro
Apple’s AirPods have become perhaps the most popular earbuds out there, and the slightly more expensive Pro model with new qualities has added even more value to the already loved earbuds.
The AirPod Pro has both passive and active noise cancelling and is in the top tier of the true wireless category when it comes to this. Even on aeroplanes, they manage to give you a comfortable bubble of silence.
Furthermore, Apple has a very god “ambient” feature that makes it feel like you don’t have earplugs in your ear at all. The sound is very good and well balanced, but not as good as the ones from Sennheiser and Sony due to the fact that it can be a little sharp on the high-notes of some types of music.
The earbuds are comfortable and have a great fit, even for running. The battery life is not as good as many of the competitors with 4,5 hours, and the case provides two or three full charges. But the case is smaller than most, which compromises for the battery time.
Apple AirPods 2
The Apple AirPods 2 is still a solid alternative in the true wireless category and can absolutely compete with both Sony, Sennheiser and Apple AirPods Pro, even though they don’t have the regular duct plugs.
They sit very well in place for most people and have a great bass rendering, even though they lack the silicone cushions to create bass pressure for them. The sound is both comfortable and engaging although others probably deliver the notch more well-resolved and refined.
The tiny case is another element that makes the Airpods easy to love. It accommodates up to four extra charges of the battery, and with the AirPods having a battery life of around 5 hours, with the total battery time of 24 hours.
The design makes the call quality very good, even in noisy environments which many of the top competitors lack. The price is around 200 dollars.
Jabra Elite 75t
Since the beginning of the true wireless category, Jabra has been on the rise and just below the peak. With this new model of earbuds, Jabra takes a huge step up.
The sound has improved significantly with a more lively and dynamic midrange and better bass. The plug has also have shrunk a significant amount from the previous generation, making them fit even better in the ears, even when running.
The buttons on the outside of the Jabra Elite’s offer a lot of possibilities and the app provides a great explanation of how to use them.
When it comes to calling quality, it’s not the best and can’t compete with competitors like Apple’s AirPods. The Active Model, which is also sweatproof, is supposed to have better call quality. The total battery time is 28 hours, with the earbuds having a battery life of 7,5 hours.