These are the Best True Wireless Earbuds to buy in 2021

These are the Best True Wireless Earbuds to buy in 2021

If you consume a lot of media on the go or listen to your favorite tracks while commuting, having a good pair of TWS or True Wireless Earbuds can be just as important as having an awesome smartphone. There’s a fine line between having cheap earbuds that just allow you to listen to your music, and having good ones that allow you to actually be able to enjoy your music to the fullest. But earbuds don’t necessarily have to be expensive for them to be good, and there are a lot of examples of this. So if you want some good earbuds that actually give you the most out of your music, then you’ll want to give our list of the very best true wireless earbuds a good close look.

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Best Overall: Sony WF-1000XM4

Sony WF-1000XM4 wireless earbuds in black

The WF-1000XM4 is Sony’s flagship pair of TWS earphones and is a successor to the WF-1000XM3 which arguably was one of the best pairs of TWS earphones in terms of sound quality as well as ANC. The WF-1000XM4 (please fix your nomenclature, Sony) improves on some very relevant aspects of the XM3 like the size of the earbuds themselves and the carrying case that has been considerably shrunken down. Sony also claims to have improved the audio quality and the level of Active Noise Cancellation as well on these earbuds.

The battery life is solid and the support for LDAC means you can enjoy better quality music via these earphones compared to most other premium TWS earphones. Sony has also fixed the biggest gripe that users had on the last-gen model and that’s water resistance. The WF-1000XM4 is IPX4 water-resistant so you can wear them to the gym. Sony has gone the extra mile and even added features like wireless charging and speak to chat. The Sony WF-1000XM4 is expensive at upwards of $250 but the experience they provide is also equally premium.

SpecificationSony WF-1000XM4
Battery life8 hours with ANC on (24 hours w/ charging case)
Water resistanceIPX4
ColorsBlack, Silver
    Sony WF-1000XM4
    These are Sony's latest flagship offering in terms of wireless earphones and you just cannot go wrong with them. Sony's ANC tech is the best in the business and the feature-set you're getting with these is also top-class.

Also Great: Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro

Phantom Black Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro in case

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro is Samsung’s latest earbuds, and while the fact that they don’t look like beans anymore makes them way better than their predecessors, there’s way more than meets the eye here. They feature active noise cancellation, AKG-tuned sound for a better listening experience, IPX7 water resistance so you can take them with you to the gym, and if you own a Samsung phone, then you’re also in for a bunch of additional cool features, some of which resemble the ones we’ve seen on the AirPods Pro.

With majority consensus amongst our team, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro is one of the best truly wireless earbuds available in the market right now, accessible to the widest net of users. They pack in a great combination of specifications, features, comfort, style, and pricing. While they aren’t cheap, you do get a premium experience.

SpecificationSamsung Galaxy Buds Pro
Battery life5 hours with ANC on (18 hours w/ charging case)
Water resistanceIPX7
ColorsPhantom Violet, Phantom Black, Phantom Silver
    Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro
    Samsung's new very best is already out and it's wild. The Galaxy Buds Pro feature a normal-ish shape with a proper seal as well as ANC and water resistance.

Best for iOS: Apple AirPods Pro

apple airpods pro without case on black background with logo

If you’re on iOS, it’s not that you can’t use other third-party options. You definitely can, as the iPhone has Bluetooth like literally any other smartphone. But let’s be real here — Apple’s in-house options are made to work with your iPhone like a charm, and have features and tweaks that are actually exclusive to iOS. So unless you’re actually looking for something specific on your earbuds, the AirPods Pro is going to be the best of the bunch for most people. They have active noise cancellation and while they’re pretty pricey when you pit it against the competition, you just can’t beat the features if you’re on iOS — completely effortless pairing and switching between devices, Siri integration, and more.

They’re also pretty good as regular Bluetooth earbuds and yes, you can use them on Android. But if you’re on iOS, they’re really a no-brainer just for the system integration that comes with them. They’re definitely one of the best true wireless earbuds currently available.

SpecificationApple AirPods Pro
Battery life5 hours with ANC on (24 hours w/ charging case)
Water resistanceIPX4
ColorsWhite
    Apple AirPods Pro
    The Apple AirPods Pro are as good as they get right now when it comes to Apple's in-house offerings for iOS devices, but they also have excellent audio and noise cancellation.

Also Great: AirPods (Third Generation)

Apple Airpods 3

If you’re not a fan of in-ear style ear tips and want something that just rests inside your ear, the AirPods 3 are for you. They come with an open-ear style design similar to previous generations of AirPods. Of course, you also get the goodness of seamless connectivity with Apple devices thanks to the H1 chip. You get multi-device support if you’re using an iPhone, Mac, iPad, and Apple Watch with seamless switching. Apple has improved the sound quality on the AirPods 3 considerably compared to the last-gen AirPods.

There’s support for Spatial Audio too this time so you can enjoy the surround sound effect from the AirPods Pro even on these. The major difference between the AirPods Pro and the third-generation AirPods is the absence of ANC. The AirPods Pro have Active Noise Cancellation which a lot of people will appreciate, especially while commuting or flying. The AirPods 3 come in a new case that has support for MagSafe charging. The usual features like Siri integration and force sensors for play/pause, skip tracks, etc. are present. If you feel that in-ear earbuds aren’t comfortable, skip the AirPods Pro and get the AirPods 3.

SpecificationApple AirPods 3
Battery life6 hours (30 hours w/ charging case)
Water resistanceIPX4
ColorsWhite
    Apple AirPods 3rd Generation
    The AirPods 3 have a similar design to the AirPods Pro but do not have the silicone tips. If you do not like the in-ear design of the AirPods Pro, you can get the AirPods 3.

Best for Most People: Samsung Galaxy Buds 2

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 in lavender

The Galaxy Buds 2 replace the Galaxy Buds+ which were easily one of the best pairs of TWS earphones on a budget. There are some much-needed improvements on these earbuds like ANC which make them all the more enticing, compared to the last-gen Buds+. The sound quality is very close to what you get from the Galaxy Buds Pro which are among the best pairs of wireless earbuds you can get.

The Galaxy Buds 2 have an IPX2 rating and come with three microphones to allow for clear audio even while taking calls. Samsung has also put in place some machine learning algorithms to help cut down on ambient noise by up to 98%. The only downside to these earbuds is that you don’t get in-ear detection, so if you remove the earbuds from your ears while you’re playing music, the track won’t pause by itself. If you’re okay with that, then the Galaxy Buds 2 are a great option.

SpecificationSamsung Galaxy Buds 2
Battery life5 hours (20 hours w/ charging case)
Water resistanceIPX2
ColorsWhite, Olive, Graphite, Lavender
    Samsung Galaxy Buds 2
    The Galaxy Buds 2 have all the core features that you would expect from a premium pair of TWS earbuds but at a reasonable price making them an ideal option for most people.

Also Great: Oppo Enco X

OPPO Enco X tws

While Oppo doesn’t sell its products in all markets around the world, if you live in the EU or in Asia, the Oppo Enco X offers tremendous value for its asking price. The Enco X is Oppo’s flagship pair of TWS earbuds and offers all the high-end features that you would expect from earbuds that are priced much higher than the Enco X. For starters, you get Active Noise Cancellation that works better than most other earbuds in this price range. Then, there’s support for the LHDC codec which is the closest you can get in terms of high-quality audio on wireless earbuds.

The Oppo Enco X doesn’t just sound good, but they also offer a good amount of features and customization when linked to an Android smartphone. The battery life is great too with about 24 hours of playback time including the case, and they’re also IP54 rated so you can wear them to the gym or outside for a run. It even has wireless charging.

SpecificationOppo Enco X
Battery life5.5 hours (25 hours w/ charging case)
Water resistanceIP54
ColorsWhite, Black
    Oppo Enco X
    The Oppo Enco X TWS earbuds punch well above their weight and offer premium features like ANC, Wireless Charging, and IP54 rating at a competitive price.

Best for Working Out: Jabra Elite Active 75t

Jabra Elite Active 75t

Having a good pair of earbuds is essential if you’re the kind of person that gets pumped up by a nice playlist on Spotify while working out, and the Jabra Elite Active 75t is a pair of earbuds that are specifically engineered for this use case. The Jabra Elite Active 75t belongs to the “Active” lineup of Jabra earbuds, and this means that they’re as good as they get for running and hitting the gym. They come with active noise cancellation so you never miss a beat, and they’re protected from sweat, water, and dust, coming with an IP57 rating, so they’ll keep up with you no matter how harsh the environment is.

At their price point, they’re not the most expensive earbuds out there, but also not the cheapest, trading bouts with a lot of options on our list. They also enjoy decent user reviews on Amazon, and Jabra is a company that has made a name for itself in the audio space over the years. They’re one of the best true wireless earbuds out there if you’re someone who works out a lot.

SpecificationJabra Elite Active 75t
Battery life5.5 hours with ANC on (24 hours w/ charging case)
Water resistanceIP57
ColorsMint, Copper Black, Navy, Sienna, Gold Beige, Titanium Black
    Jabra Elite Active 75t
    The Jabra Elite Active 75t are one of the best pairs of TWS earphones for working out. They stay put in your ears and the IP57 rating ensures they're safe against sweat.

Best Premium: Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2

These Sennheiser earbuds also come at a pretty penny as well, but Sennheiser is a name that’s known for greatness in the audio space, and the Momentum True Wireless 2 will definitely not let you down in this regard. The 7 mm dynamic drivers on these bad boys can, according to Sennheiser, deliver “deep bass, natural mids, and clear, detailed treble”. The reviews on these all seem to agree that the listening experience on these earbuds is godly. Battery life is also a plus, with seven hours of listening as well as a total of 28 hours with the charging case. There’s also an app available on both Android and iOS that allows you to use the earbuds’ built-in equalizer and tweak some of their other settings.

They’re definitely worth a look if you’re looking for the best true wireless earbuds and you have $250 burning in your pocket.

SpecificationSennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2
Battery life4 hours with ANC on (20 hours w/ charging case)
Water resistanceIPX4
ColorsWhite/Grey, Black
    Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2
    The Jabra Elite Active 75t are one of Jabra's premium options for people living a fit lifestyle. They have water resistance, good battery life, ANC, and they sound great.

Best Budget: OnePlus Buds Z

OnePlus Buds Z

OnePlus isn’t a brand that’s known for making quality earbuds. They’re known for making phones, and while their phones are good, they don’t have much of a name for themselves when it comes to earbuds. The OnePlus Buds Z, though? They’re not bad for their price tag. Now, you won’t find active noise cancellation or anything like that here. But fancy features are not the point of them. The point of them is delivering a listening experience that doesn’t suck for a pretty affordable price, and once you take that mission into account, they start to look better. Have you looked at that battery life? Five hours of continuous listening and 20 hours of total battery life is not too shabby for $50 earbuds.

If you want to keep your budget low, this is among the best picks for the best true wireless earbuds you can get for your money.

SpecificationOnePlus Buds Z
Battery life5 hours (20 hours w/ charging case)
Water resistanceIP55
ColorsWhite, Grey, Steven Harrington Edition
    OnePlus Buds Z
    The OnePlus Buds Z are really some of the best true wireless earbuds that you can get on a budget, delivering great audio and great battery life.

Also Great: Google Pixel Buds (2nd gen)

google pixel buds 2

The Google Pixel Buds didn’t really fit as a top pick in any of these categories, but it gets a shout-out nonetheless because they managed to actually improve on a lot of stuff since the first generation. I was actually one of those crazy people that owned the first-gen Pixel Buds and actually liked them a lot despite all of the (probably well deserved) criticism about them, so any improvement on them is a big plus in my book. The second-gen Pixel Buds gets rid of the wire between the two buds while also improving on a lot of things that were criticized about the originals, like the gestures, the audio quality, and more. There’s no active noise cancellation on these, but hey, they actually have a rubber seal this time!

They won’t disappoint one bit, and they’re one of the best true wireless earbuds on this list.

SpecificationGoogle Pixel Buds
Battery life5 hours (24 hours w/ charging case)
Water resistanceIPX4
ColorsClearly White, Oh So Orange, Quite Mint, Almost Black
    Google Pixel Buds (2020)
    The new Google Pixel Buds fix many of the flaws the original version had while also making them truly wireless, adding a bunch of features, and keeping everything under a not-so-high price increase.

These are our top picks for the best true wireless earbuds currently on the market. The best of the best right now, if you ask me, would be the Sony WF-1000XM4 as it’s got the best ANC, stellar battery life, and a set of premium features which definitely makes it worth its asking price. Of course, it’s all going to come down to your personal preferences and which aspect you value the most — value, price, or overall experience. Some options out there will keep your wallet mostly intact like the OnePlus Buds Z which offers great value for money, while others will make a dent on it, but also give you an amazing sound experience.

Which do you like the most?

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Sumukh Rao
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