Best Truly Wireless Earbuds (Feb. 2018) – Reviews and Buyer’s Guide

Samsung Gear IconX Fitness Earbuds
Samsung Gear IconX Fitness Earbuds

Wireless earbuds have been increasingly popular due to their portability, convenience and handy extra features. Oddly enough, most “wireless earbuds” you see today are not fully cordless. This is because in order to create stereo sound through 2 separate earbuds, there is usually a short cable, neckband or headband for a wired connection so the sound simultaneously emits to both sides.

If you discard these wires you have completely wireless earbuds. The market was taken by storm with models like The Dash and now fully wireless earbuds are everywhere. These are not only perfect for listening to your favorite music, but also have a ton of smart features.

If you are intrigued by truly wireless earbuds, here are the top 5 pairs you can order right now from brands including Earin, Bragi, Samsung, Sony and Jabra. We’ve made a comparison chart for you that takes into consideration features, design, sound quality, fitting, and noise isolation/sound leakage. 

Best Totally Wireless Earbuds

True wireless earbuds don’t have a long battery life – currently the longest battery life is more or less 5 hours.

Here’s our comparison table, you may want to look at the Buyer’s Guide later in this post.

 

Name/PictureSize/Weight Battery LifeAccessoriesAdditional Features
The Headphone

2nd gen of the dash headphone

4.5/56 hoursFoam eartipsMic, transparency feature
Apple Airpods

Apple wireless earbuds

 4.5/5 5 hoursIncluded quick charge caseAutomatically connect Apple devices
Sony WF-1000X

Sony WF-1000X Bluetooth Wireless Noise-Canceling In-Ear Earphones w Mic and NFC (Certified Refurbished)

 4/53 hours Eartips, earhooksWater-reistant, active noise cancelling
Samsung’s Gear IconX (2018)

Samsung wireless Bluetooth Earbuds Gear IconX

 4/5 5 hoursEartips, silicon jacketsFitness tracking, 4GB internal memory, touch control
Jabra Elite Sport

Jabra Elite Sport True Wireless Waterproof Fitness & Running Earbuds with Heart Rate and Activity Tracker - Advanced wireless connectivity and charging case - 4.5 Hour

 

 3.8/5 4.5 hoursEartips, silicon jacketsFitness tracking, water resistant (IP 67), transparency feature

 

Sony WF-1000X

Sony WF1000X True Wireless Headphones
True Wireless Earbuds With Active Noise Cancellation

Sony WF-1000X  | Release date: 2017 | Style: Earbuds with wing tips | Weight: 6.8 grams | Play Time: 3 hours | Bluetooth version: 4.1 | Driver type: Dynamic | Bluetooth range: 30 feet | Active Noise cancellation: Yes | Fitness tracking: No | Sound signature: Natural sounding |[/su_spoiler]

When it comes to true wireless earbuds, there are a lot of things users complain about such as Bluetooth connection stability, sound quality, water resistance and fit. Sony has become great at fixing all these flaws and consistently producing excellent headphones. The Sony WF-1000X is a perfect set of wireless earbuds for both music and active noise cancellation.
Apple Airpods may have rock solid connection, but their sound never reaches a new level. The Sony WF-1000X seems to be the first pair on the market to have not only a great Bluetooth connection, but also amazing sound quality. They even integrated active noise cancelling effectively. This feature may improve your music listening experience, but not for your long, as the battery life is only 3 hours.
Pros
  • Great sound
  • Stable Bluetooth connection
  • Active noise cancelling feature
Cons
  • Average battery life
  • A bit bulky
  • Expensive

Apple Airpods

Apple AirPods
Airpods Have An Unsealed Style

Apple Airpods  | Release date: 2017 | Style: Unsealed | Weight: 4 grams (each) | Play Time: 5 hours | Bluetooth version: 4.1, W1 chip | Driver type: Dynamic | Bluetooth range: 30 feet | Active Noise cancellation: No | Fitness tracking: No | Touch control: Yes | Sound signature: Natural sounding |[/su_spoiler]

Apple finally released their first Bluetooth earbuds, the Airpods. They are outfitted with the new Apple W1 chip that provides excellent Bluetooth audio and connection. The Bluetooth connection is reliable and strong, with a working range of up to 50 feet. The built-in infrared and accelerometer sensors will detect when the headset is worn and touched so you can control playback.

The charging case provides 5 full charges for Airpods

People buy Airpods because of their advanced features rather than the true sound quality. Unfortunately, the sound from the Airpods isn’t much better than wired lightning EarPods, and they aren’t integrated with fitness tracking features.

Pros
  • Rock solid connection via Bluetooth
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Sound leakage

Samsung Gear IconX 2018

Samsung Gear IconX (2018 Edition) Bluetooth Earbuds
One Of The Best Sets Of Wireless Earbuds On The Market

Samsung Gear IconX 2018| Release date: 2017 | Style: Earhooks, eartips | Weight: 8 grams (each) | Play Time: 5 hours | Internal storage: 4GB |Bluetooth version: 4.1 | Driver type: Dynamic | Bluetooth range: 30 feet | Active Noise cancellation: No | Fitness tracking: Yes | Touch control: Yes | Sound signature: N/A |

Samsung Gear IconX 2018 highlights

  • Smaller charging case
  • Longer lasting battery life
  • Fit discreetly in the ear
[/su_spoiler] To compete with startups that released or announced their totally wireless in-ear headphones, Samsung unveiled their first wearable in ear in 2016 – the Gear IconX. It is totally cordless and Bluetooth. Recently Samsung has released the upgraded second generation of the Gear IconX.

Samsung Gear IconX can play music without being connected to a device and it can track your fitness
The Gear IconX wireless earbuds are dust and water resistant, and have features previously seen in other wireless models. For example, they are built with touch control and internal storage. The Gear Iconx is a tiny Mp3 player that fits perfectly into your ears like The Dash. The silicon jacket housing and earhooks with eartips give you a comfortable and stable fit for workouts.

The battery of the Gear IConX was upgraded, so the buds can play for roughtly 5 hours when paired and streaming music from your phone, or more than 7 hours if they played as an Mp3 player using the 4 GB internal storage. When not in use you cans store them in the portable charger which provides one full charge.

Like the first generation, the 2 earbuds are independent, meaning your phone will connect to each earbud separately. The stereo audio they deliver is quite impressive with crisp bass and clear, detailed vocals. If you choose to play music from the internal storage, you must store the music on both earbuds so you don’t get mono sound from one side.

The Gear IconX focuses on fitness, so they are very comfortable and lightweight. They are also easy to fit and lock in place with high noise isolation capacity. Note that the Gear IconX has a transparency feature. Once you turn this mode on you can hear ambient sounds and vent the bass if you feel like there is too much bass present.

To track fitness metrics like heart rate, distance traveled, steps taken, and calories burned, Samsung built sensors in the Gear IconX. The data collected is synced directly to Samsung’s app. Unfortunately, these features are only available for Android users.

Navigation tracking and volume adjustment are done by tapping on the right earbud.

Pros
  • Comfortable and secure fit
  • Stable Bluetooth connection with good range
  • You can play music from internal storage without pairing
Cons
  • Fitness  tracking doesn’t work with iOS devices
  • It takes time to get used to the touch control
  • Occasional sound hiccups

Jabra Elite Sport Wireless

Jabra Elite Sport True Wireless Earbuds
Waterproof Sports Wireless Earbuds

Jabra Elite Sport Wireless | Release date: 2017 | Style: Earhooks, eartips | Weight: 7.3 grams L, 7.8 grams R | Play Time: 5 hours | Internal storage: No |Bluetooth version: 4.1 | Driver type: Dynamic | Bluetooth range: 30 feet | Active Noise cancellation: No | Fitness tracking: Yes | Touch control: No |  Sound signature: N/A |[/su_spoiler] Along with the Samsung Gear IconX and the Motorola Verve One, Jabra has joined the totally wireless earbud competition with Elite Sport. These earbuds are compact with a sport-focused, rugged design. They feature water resistance (IP67), silicon jackets with wingtips for a secure fit.

The Elite Sport earbuds have sensors to track fitness metrics like VO2 Max and heart rate. The data collected is sent directly to the Jabra Life App. The app also features an equalizer so you can customize the sound. The real-time coaching feature from the app also gives suggestions based on the fitness data which tells you how to optimize your workouts.

The earbuds can be used as a headset with great call quality. There are two microphones on each earbud: one for capturing your voice and the other for filtering surrounding sounds.

Recently Jabra upgraded the battery of Elite Sport so it will last 4.5 hours compared to 3 hours in the previous model.

Pros
  • Waterproofing and heart rate monitor
  • Works with third-party fitness apps
  • Good headset function
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Bulky for users

Bragi The Headphone

2nd Generation Of The Dash Headphones
Fully Wireless Earbuds Changing The Way You Exercise

Bragi The Headphone | Release date: 2017 | Style: Eartips | Weight: 9 grams each | Play Time: 5 hours | Internal storage: No |Bluetooth version: 4.1 | Driver type: Dynamic | Bluetooth range: 30 feet | Active Noise cancellation: No | Fitness tracking: No | Touch control: No |  Sound signature: N/A | [/su_spoiler] Bragi was among the first startup to release truly wireless earbuds. Their first generation of headphones, called The Dash, were built with a lot of smart features such a heart rate monitor and transparency, but these features didn’t work as well as they had hoped. Bragi’s recent release, The Headphone, fixed these issues but they focus on a music listening experience rather smart earbuds. Unfortunately, their sound didn’t beat out the competition. Overall the sound is decent with rich bass and passable but pleasant treble.

You can take calls, navigate tracks and control playback with buttons on the right earbud. The call quality is good but still presents hiccups sometimes.

Pros
  • Decent sound quality
  • Good noise isolation
  • Strong battery life for this type of headphone
  • Lightweight and very comfortable to wear
Cons
  • No included charging case
  • The maximum volume could be raised

Cheap Truly Wireless Earbuds, Are They Worth It?

Most cheap truly wireless earbuds are outsourced from factories in China. Their prices often range from $20 to $40.

By searching Google images it is easy to find a pair that is listed on Amazon which is also sold on  Aliexpress or Alibaba. We ordered some of these to test and found that they sound average with enough bass thumping. They are a good choice for those who just need a cable-free running experience. Because these knock-offs are built with huge, cheap lithium ion batteries they are usually much larger and more uncomfortable than their high-end competitors. 

Models like SmartOmi True Wireless or Soundmoov 316T Mini Wireless Earbuds can easily be found online. These and other Chinese companies have developed their own products with unique designs, features and performance. Sellers on Amazon can be confident about the quality of products they outsource so consumers don’t have to pay a significant sum of money for a pair of wireless earbuds.

The Others

Based on our research, there are at least 17 different companies that make totally wireless earbuds (two startups, Kanoa and Doppler Labs, have shut down), including big names like Apple (Airpods), Samsung and Motorola. Meanwhile, here are some other pairs you might be interested in.

Crazybaby Air Nano

Crazybaby Air Nano | Release date: 2017 | Style:  eartips | Weight: 0.14 ounces (4grams) | Play Time: 3 hours | Internal storage: No |Bluetooth version: 4.1 | Driver type: Dynamic | Bluetooth range: 30 feet | Active Noise cancellation: No | Fitness tracking: No | Touch control: No |  Sound signature: N/A |[/su_spoiler]

Crazybaby Air Nano are the smallest truly wireless earbuds you can find. They are fairly comfortable and have good noise isolation that is fine for listening in noisy environments.

These earbuds are pretty small and if you drop them chances are you will lose them. Compared to other competitors, Crazybaby Air Nano don’t sound all that impressive because of their tiny sound and weak bass.

When not in use, they are stored in a small tube that looks like a pill case and works as a charger which can provide 4 full charges. Due to their small size, Air Nano only have 3 hours of battery.

A single button allows you take calls and trigger voice assistants such as Siri or Google assistant.

JayBird RUN True Wireless Earbuds

Jaybird RUN True Wireless Headphones for Running, Secure Fit, Sweat-Proof and Water Resistant, Custom Sound, 12 Hours In Your Pocket, Music + Calls (Jet)

JayBird RUN True | Release date: 2017 | Style: Wingtips, Eartips | Weight: 0.22 ounces (6.2 gram) each | Play Time: 4 hours | Internal storage: No |Bluetooth version: 4.1 | Driver type: Dynamic | Bluetooth range: 30 feet | Active Noise cancellation: No | Fitness tracking: No | Touch control: No |  Sound signature: N/A | Sound customization by App: Yes |[/su_spoiler]

Designed for sports, these sweat-proof earbuds provide a tight seal and fit securely in most ears with the support of sports fins and eartips. They might not be as comfortable as the Bose SoundSport or Apple Airpods, but they are still a great pair of headphones.

It is quite easy to connect Run Free with any phone whether they run on Android or iOS. However, if you frequently commute in places where there is a lot of wireless communication such as a subway or busy street, the Bluetooth connection might have interference. As a result the left or right earbud can drop in-and-out, causing an annoying lag in your listening experience.

A tight seal keeps bass from venting, so these earbuds sound better than un-sealed earbuds like Apple Airpods. You can also adjust the sound levels using the app, giving you the freedom to fine tune the bass, treble or mid-range depending on the kind of music you are listing to.

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 Truly Wireless Earphones

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 Truly Wireless Bluetooth Earphones
Premium Truly Wireless Earbuds

The Beoplay E8 stand out from the crowd for their sound, but the battery leaves something to be desired as it only lasts a sub-par 4 hours between charges. The sound isolation is so good that if you want to hear your surroundings you must switch on the transparency function to allow some external noise in.

Pros
  • Dynamic sound and strong bass performance
  • Good headset functionality
  • Secure, comfortable fit
  • Companion app allows for customizable sound
Cons
  • Pricey
  • Rather large

Anker ZOLO Liberty 

Anker ZOLO Liberty True Wireless Earphones
Included Compact Charging Case Allows For Quick Recharge
Anker ZOLO Liberty | Release date: 2017 | Style:  eartips/silicon jacket with hooks | Weight: 0.21 ounces (6 grams) | Play Time: 3.5 hours | Internal storage: No |Bluetooth version: 4.2/5.0 | Driver type: Dynamic | Bluetooth range: 30 feet | Active Noise cancellation: No | Tranparency mode: Yes | Fitness tracking: No | Touch control: Yes |  Sound signature: N/A |[/su_spoiler]
Anker ZOLO Liberty earbuds prove that Bluetooth 5.0 still falls shorts of the Apple W1 chip. While the Zolo sounds great, and some features work perfectly, the connection isn’t rock solid even for the Liberty+ version which is about $50 more expensive than the regular one.
Pros
  • Strong battery life
  • Pleasant sound
  • Proper seal blocks external noise
  • Sweat-proof design
  • Secure fit
  • Charging case with led indicator showing battery level
Cons
  • Call quality and transparency feature could be improved
  • Bluetooth range and stability aren’t great

Jabra Elite 65t

Jabra Elite 65t Alexa Enabled True Wireless Earbuds
Modern, Stylish Earbuds For Any Use

The Jabra Elite 65t offer refined sound and excellent call quality, and they are cheaper than other Jabra earbuds in the same category. Unfortunately, they do not have a heart rate monitor function.

With a single button you can control AI voice assistants, call functions and playback options. The Jabra Elite feature a transparency feature that allows users to let ambient sound in when they need to. Users can also fine-tune sound levels using the Jabra app.

Erato Apollo 7

Apollo 7 True Wireless Earphones
Erato Apollo Is One Of The Best Choices If Sound Quality Is Your Priority

This is another product that features a charging case, omnidirectional mic, and superior sound. The earbuds are only 4 grams, fit snugly in the ear and are almost invisible to others.

If you have heard of some of the best wired earbuds under $100, Erato Apollo 7 are very close in terms of sound quality, but they are truly wireless. They offer solid bass, clear treble and an overall balanced sound profile.

They fit comfortably for most ear shapes and with a one button control it is simple to navigate tracks and adjust the volume. They also have a solid Bluetooth connection up to 10 meters.

While Apollo 7 earbuds have a great build quality, they are very expensive compared to other sets such as Airpods or The Dash Headphones, and their calling functions aren’t as good as others.

Earin

totally cordless earbuds
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Earin offers a truly engaging, wireless listening experience, but it comes at a premium price. The Earin has a simplistic design with two ultracompact earbuds which are well built and light weight. The Earin earbuds fit comfortably and snugly in the ears, and use Comply foam tips which provide a high level of noise isolation. The included wing tip stabilizers provide an extra level of security for your workout.

Setting up Earin is surprisingly easy. As soon as they are fully charged and out of the carrying case, they enter pairing mode and you can instantly pair them with your phone’s Bluetooth settings.

To keep these earbuds as small as possible, Earin chose to equip them with a tiny battery which has a battery life of about 3 hours. When not in use, the earbuds are stored in a carrying case which also work as a charger that can provide 3 full charges.

In terms of sound quality these earbuds are powered by balanced armature drivers, so they sound accurate over all ranges and tune the tight, clean sound with an enjoyable transient response and satisfying amount of bass. The Earin earbuds are not some kind of gimmick. They are a genuine breakthrough in wireless technology, and a great-sounding one at that.

Pros:

  • Smallest and lightest on the market
  • Rich, full sound
  • Easy to use
  • Impressive sound quality for a truly wireless in-ear headphones

Cons:

  • Low battery life
  • No playback controls or mic for calls
  • Balance shifts sometimes from left to right

Bragi The Dash

Bragi - The Dash Truly Wireless Smart Earphones
The Dash Works As A Bluetooth Headset

Bragi is one of the most ambitious brands on the wireless earbud market, and their new model The Dash does not disappoint. It is an independent 4GB media player, fitness tracker with a step counter and heart rate monitor, and all around great earbuds with decent sound quality. While these are clearly designed with active people in mind, features like audio transparency and swipe/touch controls are quite refreshing and appealing to anyone looking for high-end earbuds.

The Dash earbuds sit comfortably and snugly in your ears. Even while running there is no risk of these earbuds falling out. An interesting feature is that if you want to change a song, you simply tap twice on the right earbud. Tapping the left earbud provides you with fitness tracking metrics. There are several silicon skins included to accommodate a broad range of ear sizes.

The Dash also comes with a transparency feature that comes in handy for runners. Normally, when you are using your earphones, the last thing you want is to hear external sounds. However, it is important to be aware of your surroundings when running outdoors. This transparency feature allows you to choose the level of external sound you want to hear so you can stay safe while running.

The only weak link of the The Dash is that the fitness tracking feature only tracks running. The only measurements you get are heart rate, steps and duration of workout. Nevertheless, these earbuds are fully waterproof so they support swimming and the app will soon have cycling features.

Lastly, the Dash can work as a Bluetooth headset, but doesn’t offer great call quality.

Pros:

  • Stellar noise isolation
  • Touch controls
  • Fitness tracking
  • Integrated 4GB MP3 player which holds up to 1000 songs
  • Great build quality

Cons:

  • Fitness tracking needs more functions
  • Bluetooth connection has problems outdoors
  • Sound lacks clarity

Read more on the buzz surrounding these amazing earbuds from The Verge, The Wall Street Journal, Engadget, and Wired.

Bragi announced the second generation of The Dash called The Headphone. Check out this post to find out how The Dash compares to The Headphone.

HearNotes 

Audio makers have been struggling to figure out how to make Bluetooth headphones sound as good as wired headphones. One recent innovation was better connectivity using Aptx. The Hearnotes utilize Kleer technology, which is said to extend battery life and deliver outstanding sound without losing clarity because of a digital connection. The range of Bluetooth is also better than other wireless earbuds that are in the same price range.

Hearnotes are an innovative audio project aimed at developing earphones that are truly wireless. These ground-breaking earbuds hook securely over your ears with no wires between the two earphones. The Baton transmitter is then plugged into your device of choice to transmit sound directly to the earbuds. Included with purchase is a wireless portable case that will recharge your earphones on the go.

Pros: 

  • Premium sound through KLEER Technology
  • Longer range of Bluetooth connectivity
  • Sleek look

Earin M-2

EARIN M-2 Bluetooth Earphones
Sleek, Sexy Earin M-2 Bluetooth Earbuds

The latest wireless earbuds from Earin were introduced at CES 2017. The Swedish company claimed the M-2 are lighter and smaller than any other truly wireless earbuds available. The M-2 has a built-in mic for calls and touch sensors for playback control and call functions.

The first model from Earin encountered some problems related to connectivity. To solve this, Earin has utilized a dual antenna and near-field magnetic induction (NFMI) for a solid connection to any Bluetooth devices.

FreeWavz

FreeWavz incorporate a lot of useful features including active noise cancellation, tracking your performance and voice guidance. For sound, you can change the frequency response to match your taste of sound.

Forget about buying a fitness tracking device or a smartwatch to track your stats as you work out. Instead, the FreeWavz wireless earbuds will keep track of your workout while you listen to some motivating music. Also, the design of the FreeWavz make them comfy to wear, and should be able to withstand tough workouts.

The fitness stats that FreeWavz can monitor include steps taken, average speed, distance covered, duration, calories burned and heart rate among others. These stats are generated in real-time and delivered to your connected device through a paired app that allows you to customize and enhance your overall fitness experience.

There is also the “Heads Up” feature that allows you to communicate with FreeWavz using voice command prompts so that you can schedule meetings, check calendars and much more. Also, these earbuds are sweat resistant and water resistant as they are entirely sealed inside a soft rubber housing.

Pros:

  • 4 hour battery life
  • Great fitness features
  • Easy to use

Cons:

  • Quite large and bulky compared to other models in this list
  • The extra features reduce playtime significantly

True Wireless EarBuds Buyer’s Guide

It is worth noting that the sound quality of these models is not comparable to their wired companions, and their battery must be recharged often. Bluetooth earbuds are built with a lot of practical features. Here are the top five big challenges audio makers face when they design their wireless earbuds.

Short battery life: Due to their compact size wireless earbuds are not able to incorporate a larger, longer lasting battery, making them have lower battery capacity. This can be solved by getting a portable charging case which gives earbuds a full recharge once they are stored.

Easily to get lost if they fall out: If you wear these devices in public transportation, and one of your earbuds accidentally falls out in a crowd, the chance that it will be broken or lost is high. If they are not shock proof, the incident may even cause the drivers to break.

Sound quality: Wireless audio doesn’t attract too many audiophiles. The big issue with wireless earbuds is low sound quality. They sound lacks details and the frequency response is not as full as wired earbuds.

Connectivity issues: One of the major problems is that your phone has to connect to ear earbud separately, and then they must sync to each other. So they may not sustain connection stability, causing the audio to lag or the connection to drop.

Apps: You can monitor your activities, including heart rate and steps taken by companion apps synced with bio-sensors. However, the information obtained is not always accurate.

Heart Rate Monitor

Smart watches and other wearables like heart rate monitor wireless earbuds are built with heart rate sensors. Though these wearables don’t provide 100% accuracy, heart rate measurements collected in the app can tell a lot about your health. According to research conducted by Cardiogram and UCSF, the heart rate data recorded from smart watch users can predict diabetes with 85% accuracy. Apple has already released the Heart Study app, which sends notifications to users if it finds irregular heart rate patterns indicating atrial fibrillation.

Which pair of wireless earbuds will be right for you? They can replace a wrist band and earbuds, combining everything you need for your workout into single in-ear device. Here are the top 6 things truly wireless earbuds may have in the future:

  • Hearing Aid: IQbuds has been making the product
  • Sound customization: Included apps that allow you to adjust the equalizer
  • Real-time translation: Google has already released a prototype
  • Find my earbuds app: Many 
  • Optical sensors to monitor sugar levels in blood.
  • Thermal sensors to track body temperature.
  • Can play snoothing sounds making you sleep better (ANC Bose sleepbuds)
  • Voice assistant: Google voice, Alexa, Siri, Cortana are everywhere. Google developed their Pixel Buds, Apple did with Apple Airpods and Microsoft will soon announce their first pair of earbuds too.
  • Wireless charging: the reason why most true wireless earbuds go with a charging case because it is difficult to build micro-charging port on the earbuds, adding weight and nuisance for users. Without charging case you can’t charge earbuds. Wireless charging has been used for phones, Bluetooth mouses and it soon will be a feature for true wireless earbuds. At the end of the day, you just leave it on the charging station and they are ready to use for the next day.
  • Built-in sensor can detect which location/direction user is looking or heading to.

It is possible that they will overcome the connectivity problem like Bluetooth connection cutting out and pairing complication. For the sound quality do they sound better than Bluetooth earbuds or behind the neck Bluetooth headphones? Personally, I think my wearable’s battery life should be more than 4 hours.

Check out this post to see how did we pick? Which wireless earbuds above are worth buying please leave your comment below!

For under $100 you can get some really good earbuds.

Updated on 02/08/2018 

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Click here to view the result: Touch control is the most important feature for true wireles earbuds, which accounts for more than 80% rating score from 7, while HRM feature is the least important 43.5% people rated this feature with rating score 1.

39 thoughts on “Best Truly Wireless Earbuds (Feb. 2018) – Reviews and Buyer’s Guide

  1. There are a lot of kickstarters announcing their wireless earbuds. None of them addressed how they deal with connectivity problems that 2 separate earbuds connect wirelessly to the phone at once and are able to stream music, matching exactly to each other. At least they would have referred to the utilized technology.

    • I have a set of Braven Bluetooth speakers that pair with my cellphone together to create a stereo experience. The speakers connect together, then connect to the phone via bluetooth as one device. 0 latency between the two speakers, so I would imagine that is how these companies are doing it.

  2. Earin sells for 300$, who is going to need these expensive earbuds. With a half of this money I could buy Focal Sphear or Bowers Wilkins C5. Though they are wired in ear headphones, but I never mind they will break when dropping out of my ears, since there is always a cord stick to it.

  3. The Kanoa wireless earbuds will be shipped in july. Have you got the sample, I have ordered a pair. Just curious how they actually sound. I have heard at least more than 10 kickstarters developed wireless earbuds. None of them successfully delivered their products on time as they promised.

  4. A lot of thing would be improved, it seems truly wireless earbuds still are not an ideal option. The Dash as far as I’ve known their sound is not so good, Bluetooth connection is not stable, and it has some issues with hardwares. Well it is heavy too. It is not necessary to build MP3 player in them.

  5. I ordered a pair of the Bragi earbuds Friday afternoon, they’re arriving this afternoon.
    I’ll look back and write another post about the quality and abilities, and where the shortfalls are as far as I can tell. I don’t have a real need of the fitness functionality, I already have a good set up with other gear that serves my purposes there. My main use for this would be see if they are able to maintain functionality in a work environment.
    Perhaps, or perhaps not. We’ll see. They look a little bulky, and the fact that the things glow bothers me a bit. I’ll have to get some electrical tape to cover that.
    Work doesn’t allow earbuds, but I’m hoping a bit extra hair and some sneakiness provides me the opportunity to test them as I would like.
    Looks like Earin might have been a better option, or maybe the new Apple wireless buds coming out.

  6. Hearnotes seems to have gone out of business or something, they do not have any selling information on their website and i have contacted them through email several times and they have never responded, if anyone knows where I can actually get a pair please let me know, i cannot use Bluetooth earbuds because I use an iPod that is not Bluetooth compatible.

  7. I am looking for a product that will do the following:

    A. I indicate that I am starting a run. I input the minimum and maximum minutes and seconds per mile that I want to run. As I run, if my CURRENT speed or my OVERALL speed (since I began) is outside of that range, it will tell me. Ideally, it will be by a sound. Second best is that I have to look at it.

    B. It is self-contained. I don’t need to own or carry anything else.

    C. After I finish the run, I can also use any PC to display a graph of my speed at each point in time during the run.

    D. Ideally, I can also print a map of my path.

    Please let me know:

    E. How does it know how far I have run?

    F. The cost of the product.

    G. The monthly cost and commitment of using it.

    H. What national (United States) retail chain stores sell it?

    I. What United States web sites sell and ship it?

    J. What other functions does it perform?

    • The Samsung Gear IconX is the perfect earbud for you because it has connectivity with S-Health. It will address all of your concerns. It is $200 and was released globally on 7/19/16. It will arrive to the US soon. You can find it almost anywhere you can get headphones or a fitness tracker, such as your local Target.

      • Samsung software is junk and they are trying to keep you in their system, without allowing even basic apps to partner (such as myfitnesspal). I have a gear fit and it’s basically just a watch as the software side is so poor.
        There are lots of fitness systems round and I rate Samsung the worst

  8. Now compare these to AfterShokz … I love the fact they don’t go in the ear and I’m not an audiophile – so they are perfect for me and being out listening to music, but not canceling out the world around me. The battery life is awesome – the call time is awesome and clear. In fact – the mic was better than all hands free I have tried to date (including Bragi)

    • I own a pair of aftershokz too, I love them! I can go hiking, biking and be aware of my surroundings, I can listen to my music and talk to people they are super awesome!
      Connectivity it’s great, actually everything it’s great!

  9. Also, I would love to hear from the author why he/she feels the FreeWavz are “Quite large and bulky”… I would think from a design and feel point of view they would be more hidden and comfortable – taking the mass out of the ear and distributing it over the ear. It would feel more secure and safe from getting lost. Plus size wise – they don’t seem all that much bigger, especially compared to the others that have the extra features.
    I’m not defending them – I really want to know the basis of the observation..

  10. Well… now you’ll need to check out the new Bragi Prduct – The Headphone… they dumbed it down for just music and phone. Giving a better battery life.

  11. I would stay away from the Kanoa’s. I’ve had a pre-order for about 6 months and they’ve not delayed shipping until Spring 2017. They sent out an email a few weeks ago stating that they were in the process of preparing for shipping but then sent an email last week that said they are still working out the kinks in their prototype and are waiting on a part which was scheduled to arrive on 9/30. Doesn’t sound like they ever had any intention to ship orders out in October as they told us all.

    Not sure about the transparency of the company or their honesty. I would say fork over the $300 for Bragi, or $159 for Airpods. I have the Earin from my brother and they’re great for a workout at the gym but that’s all. No call support and the battery life is not as great as you’d hope. They also don’t stay connected to each other for long so you will have a ton of connectivity issues.

  12. I’ve read a lot of reviews about wireless earbuds. This is the best review I’ve seen thus far. Thanks. Although I’m very keen to get a pair (my bleeding edge speaking), my final verdict is that the current generation isnt ready by any of the manufacturers or brands just yet. Don’t fork out the money. Wait for the technology and features + battery life to be improved. In my readings, the Bragi and the kanoa are the 2 to watch. I am disappointed after trials of the Earin especially with low battery life, connection issues (almost all brands) and no calls. Let’s see what the airpods deliver.

  13. I have the Jabra elite and love them. Sound quality of music and calls is excellent. The variety of tips and earnings make for great fit. The case is a charging case and has its own battery. 6 hours of charging and 3 hours on the earbuds themselves. They do have two apps I like. The sports app tracks aerobic workouts and a GPS function in phone works well. I think a stand alone earphone is a long way away. The other app is a Bose base amplifier. I really like these earbuds and recommend them highly. Many more features with these. You have to try them out as too much to write about.

  14. Check out the Rowkin earbud’s reviews. I’m just so impressed by its features and price that I think I’m gonna get one for me soon!

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