These are the Best True Wireless Earbuds in August: Sony, Apple, Samsung, and more!

These are the Best True Wireless Earbuds in August: Sony, Apple, Samsung, and more!

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: Beats Studio Buds

Beats Studio Buds in Red

A while back, Apple took over Beats and since then, they’ve been launching audio products that come integrated with Apple’s W1 or H1 chips. The Beats Studio Buds however, do not come with a custom Apple chip but still have features like fast pair and a pop-up connection request when used with an iPhone along with battery indicators. While they’re easy to pair and use with iOS, the Beats Studio Buds are a great option for anyone looking to get a pair of TWS earphones really.

They also work well with Android unlike the AirPods that have limited functionality. The sound signature is also something most people are going to like. If you like extra bass in your music, you’ll be pretty happy with these. It’s got the typical Beats appeal to it and is available in sporty color options. If you’re looking for a good pair of TWS earphones to work out with, you should consider the Beats Studio Buds.

SpecificationApple AirPods Pro
Battery life8 hours (24 hours w/ charging case)
Water resistanceIPX4
ColorsBlack, Red, White
    Beats Studio Buds
    The Beats Studio Buds are a good option not only for iOS but also if you're on Android. They're a good companion for workouts and have a sound signature most people will enjoy.

 Best for Most People: Samsung Galaxy Buds+

Samsung Galaxy Buds+

The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ may not be the latest generation of earbuds in the market right now, but they’re the ones that should suit the widest set of audiences right now. Yes, the earphones lack ANC and don’t feature any type of water ingress protection — but other than that, they’re an excellent pair of earphones. They feature great audio performance, a very comfortable fit, amazing microphone performance for calls, great battery life, and a lot more.

What makes the Galaxy Buds+ suitable for a wider set of audiences? The fact that you can get them at some amazing prices. We’ve seen the variant go down as low as $110, which is quite a steal for the product you’re getting.

SpecificationSamsung Galaxy Buds+
Battery life11 hours (22 hours w/ charging case)
Water resistanceIPX2
ColorsWhite, Aura Blue, Cloud Blue, Black, Red, Pink, Ultra Violet (BTS edition)
    Samsung Galaxy Buds+
    The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ are some of the better and cheaper earphones out there, with a pretty loaded feature set. They lack ANC and IP rating, but other than that, they offer a complete experience that's made sweeter by the various deals and discounts that you can get along the way.

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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