So you took the plunge and went full wireless by nabbing yourself an iPhone 7, did you? Well good for you! And don’t worry–all the naysayers will be going wireless soon enough and making you feel like a downright trendsetter. Of course in the meantime, you might have to deal with a few kinks from a relatively nascent industry, but it will all be worth it in the end.
Now you’re either already familiar with wireless earbuds or just getting yourself acquainted, but in either scenario, you have plenty of options when it comes to finding that perfect pair. Naturally, you can go with the complimentary AirPods but you certainly don’t have to. Scope out our list of the best wireless earbuds before settling on which ones will get all nice and cosy in those sexy lobes of yours!
Yeah, yeah, we’re aware we just said you don’t have to go with the AirPods. But that doesn’t mean you can’t or you shouldn’t. At the end of the day, Apple makes great products so you could definitely do much worse. In summary, are these the best wireless earbuds? Probably not. Will they get the job done? Definitely.
Jaybird Freedom F5
Jaybird was in the wireless game when the other brands were still tripping over chords. Their new Freedom F5s utilize metal buds, a longer battery life and a patented SECURE-FIT for some true audio liberation. The profile on these beauties is supremely clean as well.
They’re wireless. They’re waterproof. They’re “smart”. They come in a cool capsule. They last up to 12 hours (or so they claim). The VerveOnes+ are also compatible with Google Now and Siri and they include two mics for clear, smooth calls. Sounds good to us.
Samsung Gear IconX
The Samsung Gear IconX earbuds were engineered for those who lead active lifestyles. In addition to a wireless design, stabilising ear gels to keep the buds intact, a built-in 4GB music player, and water/sweat resistance, these buds are compatible with certain third-party fitness apps and therefore double as fitness trackers.
B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen
Bang & Olufsen prides itself on mobility, customisation and the use of premium materials so it seems only natural that they’d enter the game and aim for only the best wireless earbuds. The sturdy B&O PLAY earbuds sync with the BeoPlay App on your smartphone or Apple Watch to bring you enhanced control over your audio profile.
Sony SBH80BK Bluetooth Headset
This headset does feature wires but they don’t need to be plugged in anywhere. Instead, you wear the wire on your neck and rest two thin smart-memory metal strips on your shoulders. Enjoy brilliant sound by way of aptX audio enhancement. The SBH80BKs also feature HD Voice so that you may never sound muffled again.
Jabra Sport Pulse
Here’s another one aimed at all you fitness freaks out there. The Jabra Sport Pulse features a built-in heart rate monitor and syncs with the SPORT LIFE App for fitness tracking. It takes that a step further by offering training management and fitness tests. Oh, and it also plays music.
Bragi the Dash
Squeezing itself into a market that’s rapidly becoming oversaturated is the Dash earbuds from Bragi. These earbuds encourage users to swim, run, jump or dance, and even incorporate integrated sensors to track workouts. The buds also come equipped with noise cancellation technology, bilateral balanced armature speakers and PerfectFit FitSleeves to make sure those buds don’t pop out in the middle of your dance routine. These might be the best wireless earbuds for those who lead very active lifestyles.
Skullcandy XT Free
You just gotta love the name Skullcandy! And check out that swirly design pattern! Give your ears some much needed wireless flair with these sweat resistant buds, which host a Micro Sport Bluetooth with 6-hour battery life and a slew of proprietary technologies keeping them secure.
LG Electronics Tone Pro HBS-760
The HBS-760 Wireless Headset from LG is being touted as the multi-functional device that suits all your lifestyle demands. Wear it to work and to the gym and everything in between. Expect some true convenience by way of control buttons on the edge and an LED light to keep you afloat of things like a battery charge and Bluetooth connection.