Best true wireless earbuds iMore 2021

True wireless earbuds remain all the rage as they are the pinnacle of wireless headphone innovation. Packing great sound quality, exceptional battery life, and a charging case in a super portable case is an incredible engineering feat. Apple/Beats headphones take it a step further, though, especially when pairing with an iOS device. This is thanks to the H1/W1 chip, allowing one-click pairing, seamless switching between devices, and system-level integration on iOS.

AirPods Pro

Best Overall: The Apple AirPods Pro

Staff Pick

The AirPods Pro is the pinnacle of truly wireless earbuds if you own an iPhone. They feature fantastic ANC performance, great sound, and a super comfortable fit. They also work with many of the hottest wireless chargers on the market. The AirPods Pro is the best true wireless earbuds right now.

AirPods 2

Runner Up: AirPods (2nd generation)

The biggest difference between AirPods and AirPods Pro is that the Pro feature ANC. If you don't care about that, save your money and get the 2nd generation AirPods. They feature a one-size-fits-all design, good sound, solid battery life, and a super-compact design.

Moss Powerbeats Pro

Long battery life: Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones

At the expense of a much larger charging case, the Powerbeats Pro features up to nine hours of battery life on the side of the buds, nearly doubling that of AirPods. The Powerbeats Pro uses a hook design that goes around your outer ear, which equates to a super secure fit.

Master & Dynamic MW08

Master class: M&D MW08

The always-styling Master & Dynamic once again hit a home run with the MW08 true wireless earphones. Available in six color combinations, these buds are made of light-weight ceramic and offer Bluetooth 5.2. They provide 12 hours of listening per charge plus 30 hours in the case for up to 42 hours of total battery life. Now, that's a lot of music!

Bowers & Wilkins P17 Headphones in Charcoal

Lux choice: Bowers & Wilkins P17 Headphones

For something truly special, consider the Bower & Wilkins P17. Offered in two color combinations, these true wireless earbuds are built for long-term use, offer a nice balanced sound, and look terrific in the ears. They also come with a worthwhile companion app.

Sony WF-1000XM3 render

ANC all day: Sony WF-1000XM3 Noise Cancelling Headphones

The Sony WF-1000XM3 is a great alternative to the AirPods Pro. They feature up to 6 hours of battery life on a single charge (vs. 4.5 hours on AirPods Pro) with ANC enabled. However, both the earbuds and the charging case are much larger with the WF-1000XM3 compared to AirPods Pro.

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 Render

Awesome sound: SENNHEISER Momentum True Wireless 2 - Bluetooth in-Ear Buds

Sennheiser is known for having truly exceptional sound across all of their products, and the Momentum True Wireless 2 keeps that tradition going. However, that does come at the expense of a bigger earbud size and slightly shorter battery life.

Jaybird Vista earbuds render

Workout buds: Jaybird Vista True Wireless

The Jaybird Vista feature IPX7 water resistance. They'll withstand nearly all types of exercise (sans swimming). The Vista is also super comfortable, features great sound, and has a relatively small charging case.

Belkin Soundform Freedom True Wireless Earbuds

Find my earbuds: Belkin SOUNDFORM Freedom True Wireless Earbuds

The Belkin SOUNDFORM earbuds are the first 3rd party earbuds to participate in the Apple's Find My network. They feature 8 hours of battery life per charge and 28 hours of additional hours of charge in the case, for a total of 36 hours of battery life. They are Qi wireless capable and sweat and splash resistant.

Tranya B530

Great value: TRANYA B530 Bluetooth 5.0 Deep Bass True Wireless Earbuds

These low-cost earbuds give you up to ten hours of continuous music per charge and 80 hours overall with the charging case. With passive noise cancellation and immersive bass, the Tranya B530 is sure to please.

$30 at Amazon
Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Earbuds

Sweet alternative: Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Wireless Earbuds

The Liberty Air 2 aren't necessarily the cheapest true wireless earbuds around but are incredibly valuable. For their price, the Liberty Air 2 feature the best combination of sound quality, battery life, comfort, and portability.

Urbanears Alby Purple

Colorful choice: Urbanears Alby

Available in multiple colors, the Urbanears Alby provides up to 15 hours of total playtime — three hours of non-stop listening per charge plus 4x additional on-the-go charges with the USB-C charging case.

$61 at Amazon

The verdict is in

It shouldn't surprise anyone, but the AirPods Pro are the best true wireless earbuds. They feature active noise cancelation, great comfort with multiple ear tip sizes, decent battery life with up to 4.5 hours on the side of the earbuds with ANC enabled, and a compact wireless charging case. Honestly, outside of battery life, the AirPods Pro will be tough to beat when it comes to true wireless earbuds.

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Our runner-up, the AirPods (2nd generation) and Powerbeats Pro, aren't surprising either as they share the same H1 chip found in the AirPods Pro that lets you switch between your Apple devices super effortlessly. All three sets of earbuds charge over Lightning, and the AirPods Pro and AirPods (2nd generation) are even more effortless, thanks to their wireless charging cases.

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