Buying Guide: The best wireless earbuds available today

Wireless earbuds are an incredible innovation for those of us who love listening to music while working out, but hate being tethered to our devices.

This level of freedom used to come at a cost of either sound quality or price but thankfully those caveats have gone the way of Sarah McLachlan – they’re just not a huge deal anymore. Now you can find premium-sounding wireless earbuds for as much or just a bit more than their wired counterparts.

You could spend hours thumbing through spec sheets or perusing recommendations online, but you’re here because you want the best-sounding wireless headphones without all the hassle, right? Good. We’ve got you covered.

Not looking for in-ear earbuds? Here’s our list of the best wireless headphones!

Best Wireless Earbuds

1. Jaybird X2

Sporty headphones that are great for casual listeners too

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 18 grams | Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz | Drivers: 10mm | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 95dB +/-3dB | Impedance: 20 Ohms | Battery life: 8 hours | Wireless range: 98 feet | NFC: No

Amazing value
Above average battery life
A bit expensive

At the top of the class are the Jaybird X2, possessing a trifecta of fantastic sound performance, above-average battery life and ease of use, something that its competition has a hard time accomplishing. Even if you’re not necessarily looking for your next pair of gym-ready headphones, the features that make the X2s great for fitness use, like hearty sound performance and above average battery life, translate fluidly into a set of wireless in-ear headphones that are equally great for general use.

Read the full review: Jaybird X2

Best Wireless Earbuds

2. Optoma NuForce BE6i

If you liked the NuForce BE6, you’re gonna love these

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 18 grams | Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz | Drivers: 10mm | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 95dB +/-3dB | Impedance: 20 Ohms | Battery life: 8 hours | Wireless range: 98 feet | NFC: No

Great sound
Tons of accessories
Cheap remote

Continuing the trend that the original NuForce BE6 started, the Optoma Nuforce BE6i are a minor update to an already great pair of earbuds and remain one of our favorite in-ear wireless headphones for the price. Offering good sound, build quality and battery life in its segment if you’re looking for a pair of wireless in-ear headphones that can survive a strenuous work out, the these should be on the top of your list of headphones to try.

Read the full review: Optoma NuForce BE6i

Best Wireless Earbuds

3. Jaybird Freedom Wireless

Decent sound quality and stunningly small design

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 13 grams | Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz | Drivers: 6mm | Driver type: N/A | Sensitivity: 96 +-3dB At 1KHz | Impedance: 16 Ohms | Battery life: 8 hours | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: No

Great build quality
EQ settings follow you
Short battery life

If you’re looking for something stylish and don’t mind compromising slightly on sound quality, the Jaybird Freedom Wireless is probably your best bet. Comfort and design are definitely high points for the Freedoms, and we especially liked being able to bring the EQ settings we setup on our phone wherever we went. Unfortunately, though, mediocre sound quality and a short battery life keep them from winning top marks.

Read the full review: Jaybird Freedom Wireless

Best Wireless Earbuds

4. Moto Surround

Great sound quality and wireless functionality at an unbeatable price

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 39 grams | Frequency response: N/A | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: N/A | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life: 12 hours | Wireless range: 150 feet | NFC: No

Booming sound
Very affordable
Minor interface lag on iOS

If you don’t mind rocking the band, the Moto Surround hits all the high notes in terms of price, performance and battery life. In our tests, the Moto Surround survived 12 hours in between charges and displayed real skill in outputting bass, mid and treble in equal amounts. You can appreciate the balanced sound signature while your wallet appreciates the price.

Read the full review: Moto Surround

Best Wireless Earbuds

5. Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless

Iconic Beats design, now for the workout crowd

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 24 grams | Frequency response: N/A | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: N/A | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life: 6 hours | Wireless range: 30 feet | NFC: N/A

Powers workouts with tons of bass
Universal controls
Comfort issues

Beats have always had a spot at the gym, but the Powerbeats2 shrink the giant iconic cans down to a more manageable earbud size. The Powerbeats2, like the larger over-ear Beats, specialize in dropping the bass, which is just what the doctor ordered for listening during a workout. That said, the Powerbeats leave a lot to be desired in the comfort and battery departments.

Read the full review: Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless

Best wireless earbuds

6. Plantronics BackBeat Fit

Sporty headphones that are great for casual listeners too

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 24 grams | Frequency response: N/A | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: N/A | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life: 8 hours | Wireless range: 33 feet | NFC: No

Crystal clear sound
Long lasting battery
Loose fitting head strap
Limited volume and bass

While they’re a bit older now, the Plantronics BackBeat Fit deliver outstandingly long battery life and beautiful audio bursting with a full spectrum of sound alongside an excellent, durable design. The downside to these guys is that the constant bobbing of the cord that wraps around the back of your neck isn’t very comfortable and it’s been known to randomly disconnect in the middle of a set. If you can deal with a few caveats, though, Plantronics’ BackBeat Fit is a stellar gym companion.

Read the full review: Plantronics BackBeat Fit

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