Best wireless earbuds

Best wireless earbuds - finding your perfect pair

Are you searching for the best wireless earbuds? Then seek no more. We’ve cut through the noise and curated a list that includes some of our favourite earbuds for every type of listener. With options from brands like Apple, Sony, Sennheiser, Klipsch, Bose, Bang & Olufsen, Jabra and more, there really is something for everyone.

For the everyday listener

So, you want earbuds. Something easy to use, affordable, reliable. Maybe you want to zone out on your commute, listen to your favourite music while you’re exercising or maybe you’re looking for a way to keep up with that new podcast while you’re running errands. We know one of these pairs of wireless earbuds will be exactly what you’re looking for.

Apple AirPods (3rd generation)

They’re the small white earbuds you see almost everywhere – Apple AirPods (3rd generation) are easily one of the most popular headphones on the market. And for good reason. Personalised Spatial Audio with dynamic head tracking places sounds all around you and creates a three-dimensional listening experience, while the adaptive EQ automatically tunes music to your ears. As always, setup is effortless and there’s up to six hours of battery life with one charge, and up to 30 hours total listening time with the Magsafe Charging Case. The touch control lets you easily control your entertainment, answer or end calls, and enjoy quick access to Siri by saying “Hey Siri”. In a step up from previous iterations, they’re now sweat and water resistant too.  

Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3

Founded in 1945, Sennheiser is one of the oldest and most respected audio brands on the market, who say that the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 ANC in-ear headphones were inspired by music. For a top-level overview, they feature Sennheiser Signature Sound, adaptive noise cancellation that automatically adjusts to your environment, high-quality voice pick up with three advanced microphones on each earbud to ensure absolute clarity, and a tailor-made fit with a variety of earbud adapters and silicone fins. Plus, there’s splash resistance, up to 28 hours playtime and wireless charging. Where it gets interesting is when you download Sennheiser Smart Control, this companion app is your passport to advanced features and incomparable fidelity. The app allows you to fine tune your listening experience by customising your sound with the integrated equaliser, a variety of presets and even a guided listening test. We feel the MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 from Sennhesier not only meet but exceed any expectations you can throw at them.     

Jabra Elite 3 True Wireless In-Ear Headphones

This next pair comes from 150-year-old Danish tech brand, Jabra who bring you their sleek Elite 3 True Wireless in-ear headphones. Brilliantly engineered to breathe new life into your music and with 4-microphone technology for crystal clear calls, these wireless headphones are here to set your sound free. Specifically designed for noise isolation, the Elite 3 features a closed acoustic design so you can stay immersed in your listening experience, wherever you are. Conversely, when you need to be aware of your surroundings, their HearThrough technology uses the bud’s built-in microphones to pick up external sounds and play them in your ears. How clever is that? Probably one of the most important things to note with these earbuds is their price point – they are, comparatively, very affordable. And because we know you’ll ask, there’s up to seven hours of battery in a single charge and up to 28 hours with the charging case. And if you’re short on time, you’ll squeeze one hour of battery from 10 minutes of charging.

For the active listeners

And now we turn to the sporty end of the spectrum, where wireless earbuds have truly set many an athlete free. No more hot and sweaty ears, no more restricted movement or getting tangled in wires – just the pure and unadulterated joy of pumping your favourite tracks while working out, hard. The focus with this category is less on the sound and call quality (which is still incredible, don’t get us wrong) and more on durability, weather resistance and transparency. You’re going to see the term “IP Rating” with each of these earbuds. But what does that even mean? Quick tech term rundown: an IP (or Ingress Protection) rating indicates how well a product protects against the entrance of solid or liquid particles, mainly dust and water. The first number represents protection against solids and ranges from 1 to 6, while the second number represents how well it protects against fluids and ranges from 1 to 9.

Jabra Elite 7 Active ANC True Wireless In-Ear Headphones

The Jabra Elite 7 Active earbuds are here to free your workout. And what’s truly the most important thing for anyone when they’re exercising? Headphones that stay firmly in place. With that in mind, they re-engineered their sports earbuds for the ultimate active fit with their unique ShakeGrip (TM) technology. Made with a special Liquid Silicone Rubber compound, this ingenious material feels incredibly soft and holds the earbuds more securely without the need for ear wings. As for the rest, adjustable Active Noise Cancellation can be set to your own preference, HearThrough technology means you can be aware of ambient sound when you’re on a run or crossing a road, and the MySound feature in the Jabra Sound+ app personalises the sound to your hearing. Perfect for both the outdoors and the gym, these bad buds are rated IP57, so they’re waterproof, sweat proof and there is a massive 8 hours of listening time.

For the gamers

Gaming headsets are a serious business – they need to offer an all-in-one solution to your needs with extreme comfort for those long sessions, isolation for games that use directional audio cues, build quality that can cope with a range of movement and of course there are mic considerations too. This is a category that might have some of you pulling a “sorry, what now?” kind of face. Traditionally, these types of headsets were over ear… not anymore with these options from Monster and Razer.

Monster Mission V1 Wireless Gaming Earbuds

It’s a truth universally known that most wireless earbuds are completely unsuited to gaming. Even high-price, premium buds don’t have the specific set of features that most gamers are looking for – enter the Monster Mission V1 Wireless Gaming Earbuds. They’re relatively new to market and have been getting great reviews across the board for one very specific reason, they prioritise latency. Quick tech term rundown: latency (or ping) refers to the total amount of time it takes your gaming device to send data to the game server and then receive it back again, it’s measured in milliseconds. Lower latency equates to less lag time, smoother gameplay and a better gaming experience. These great sounding earbuds offer an ultra-low latency of 48ms or a near-zero delay. Other key product features include dual gaming and music modes, noise cancellation for crystal-clear calls and voice chat, USB C and fast wireless charging.