Best Wireless Earphones iMore 2021
Music is more accessible than it has ever been before with options that cover every genre, along with audiobooks, and podcasts. In order to get the most out of what you want to listen to without driving everyone else near you completely over the edge you'll want a pair of earphones that deliver great sound. While there are tons of options out there, Apple's Airpodsdeliver a top knotch listening experience, have amazing battery life and were built to be used with your iPhone.
- Best Overall: Apple Airpods
- Best Value: ENACFIRE Wireless Headphones
- Best for Workout: Jaybird Vista
- Best Noise Cancelling: Sony WI-1000X
- Best Charge: Marshall Minor II Bluetooth In-Ear Headphone
- Best Sound Quality: Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless
Best Overall: Apple Airpods
Apple emphasizes design with everything in the Apple ecosystem, and its Airpods are no exception. These earbuds are made for iPhones and deliver stellar quality, significant playback, and plenty of features to enjoy. If you want the best possible listening experience with earphones on your iPhone, these are the ones to check out because they were made with your device in mind.
Airpods are built to be unobtrusive and easy to use and fit right into your ears with no extra wires or cables to get in your way. You're able to use taps to skip songs, adjust the volume, and plenty more. This even includes the Airpods pausing music when you remove one from your ear. They tend to fit snugly and for the most part, aren't prone to falling out at inopportune times.
The newest model of Airpods also delivers even higher quality. You get five hours of playback on a single charge, which works as three hours of constant talk time. If you don't have the time to charge them fully, a 15-minute quick charge delivers three hours of listening or two hours of talking. These are also compatible with Siri, so you can ask questions and get answers without needing to pull your phone out each time.
If you want the best quality for plenty of features and earphones that are sure to deliver stellar sound with your iPhone, then Airpods are the ones to grab. There are several different generations at this point and include options like the typical case or a wireless charging case. While you'll need to get used to not losing one pod or the other, these are our pick for the best of the best.
- Easy to use as part of the Apple ecosystem
- Five hours of playback on a single charge
- Tap gestures give you control of your experience
- Bass is lacking
Best Value: ENACFIRE Wireless Headphones
Finding a great pair of earphones is easier said than done with so many options available for purchase. When you're on a tight budget that gets even more difficult. You often end up sacrificing quality for a price point. Enacfire delivers an excellent pair of earphones that deliver great sound with a bass capable of drowning out the real world as you rock out.
These wireless earbuds come in a charging cradle, and while one charge will only get you four hours of continuous listening, they are easy to recharge. The earbuds come with three different sized cups for the buds so that you can find the perfect fit, and deliver great sound along the way. If you want the best earphones for an affordable price, these shouldn't be missed.
- Portable charging options
- Three sizes to help find the perfect fit
- Good sound
- Only four hours of play on a single charge
Best for Workout: Jaybird Vista
When you're working out, having some great tunes can help keep you motivated as you finish up a rep or push for one more mile before you head for home. Jaybird Vista earphones offer a solid experience that ensures you never miss a second of your favourite song while you work up a sweat. These earphones have an IPX7 water resistance rating, a sleek in-ear design, and offer up six hours of battery life on a single charge.
Finding earphones that give you a proper fit so that they don't dislodge when you're trying to run a 9-minute mile isn't always easy, but the design of these earphones makes them snug without becoming uncomfortable for long sessions. Since they use Bluetooth 5.0, you'll also keep a stable connection with your phone without worrying about accidental disconnection. They come with an excellent charging case that helps to ensure you don't lose them, but unfortunately they don't support wireless charging. One of the only downsides for iPhone users are some issues connecting to incoming calls, which is why we suggest these as your workout earphones but don't recommend them for all-day use.
- IPX7 Water resistant
- Great sound
- 6 hours of battery life
- No wireless charging option
- Some issues with incoming calls on iPhone
Best Noise Cancelling: Sony WI-1000X
We all live in a busy world, and if you've ever spent time on a plane, train, or taxi, you know how difficult it can be to tune out the world and just listen to what you want. Sony's WI-1000X earphones offer up a noise-cancelling option that still frees you from wires and doesn't require over the ear headphones to do it.
These earphones are comfortable when you're using them, and rest against your neck when you aren't, making them secure no matter where you are. They offer up both noise cancellation and pressure optimization, which makes them excellent for flights, and there is ambient noise control so you can still tune into the real world when you need to. A single charge will net you 10 hours of battery life which is nothing to scoff at, but there is a downside here. Charging these earphones takes quite a while, from zero battery to full is a whopping three and a half hours. This means if you forget to charge up before you leave, you're going to regret it, and not be able to recharge quickly.
- 10 hours of battery life
- Cancels noise and has atmospheric pressure optimization
- Comfortable band keeps them in place
- Long charging time
- Volume is not super loud
Best Charge: Marshall Minor II Bluetooth In-Ear Headphone
When it comes to wireless earphones, one of the most important aspects is how long you can listen before being forced to put your music away while you recharge. The Marshall Minor II Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones manage to deliver a whopping 12 hours of play on a single charge, offer stellar quality, and look great to boot.
These earphones are made to be listened to all day and carry a fantastic charge. Unlike some of the competition, these earphones offer up 12 hours of play on a single charge, and the quick charge function means you can snag two hours of playtime on 20 minutes of charging. They're comfortable in your ears even for long periods of time, and have Bluetooth 5.0 to keep a stable connection to your phone. While a wire does connect the two earbuds, it includes a knob that lets you adjust volume, skip tracks, and even power down the earphones. On top of all of that, there are three excellent colours to choose from: white, brown, and black. All three of them are accented in gold, giving them a great look when you're out and about.
- 12 hours of play on one charge
- Three colour options
- Bass is lacking
Best Sound Quality: Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless
One of the most significant issues when finding a pair of earphones that suits you is the quality of what you're listening to. Whether you want to rock out to the newest metal album, or you're more in the mood for an interesting podcast, you want to listen to the highest quality audio. Sennheiser's Momentum True Wireless earbuds deliver stellar sound, excellent battery life, and come with a USB-C charging case.
If you love bass-heavy music, these are an even better choice, since the bass is boosted, which delivers a harsher sound signature that some people may be fans of. There is a way around this, though, since the accompanying Sennheiser mobile app gives you some degree of control over the way everything sounds. On a single charge, you'll be able to get six straight hours of battery life with a total of 12 hours available if you use the charging case. One of the other issues you may run into is that the earphones are a bit bulky, which may not be comfortable for smaller users.
- Fantastic sound quality
- 6 Hour battery life
- Charging case with USB-C
- Boosted bass is harsh
- Earphones are bulky
- Most expensive option on this list
Every pair of earphones that made our list delivers a stellar experience that provides fantastic sound and enough battery life to get you by. However, not every pair of earphones can be the best. If you want our pick for the number one pair of earphones to check out, then you don't need to look any further than Apple Airpods.
Apple made these earphones for iPhone, and that means they are always easy to pair, and you'll never run into Bluetooth issues. Past that their battery lasts for a great 5 hours of playback on a single charge, and the quick charge option lets you get back to music without having to wait hours to do it. There is also tap functionality, and you can always ask Siri to adjust volume, skip songs and more. All together it makes Airpods our pick for the best wireless earphones available today.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Jen Karner is a staff writer who can almost always be found with Spotify playing as she writes or games. You can follow her on Twitter
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