Holiday 2020: The Best True Wireless Earbuds

Sporty woman in her twenties in sportswear using smartwatch and wireless headphones while resting in a parkShift Drive / Shutterstock.com

As many smartphones move away from headphone jacks and wireless technology improves, now is the perfect time to switch to true wireless headphones. These headphones are supplied to the brim with premium features, such as active noise cancellation (ANC) and touch controls, and deliver exceptional sound quality.

True wireless headphones provide more freedom of movement, as there is no cord between the two or to connect them to your smartphone. This makes them perfect to use during high intensity workouts as well as when relaxing on the couch. Some offer additional amenities, like hands-free access to your voice assistant and carrying cases that can charge them when you’re not using them.

We’ve found the best true wireless headphones for all types of users, with options for the avid athlete to those on a budget. Whether you are looking for a new pair on your own or can gift your family audiophile for the holidays, these fantastic headphones will be a hit with everyone.

Best overall ranking: Jabra Elite 75t

Jabra Elite 75t headphonesJabra

If you are looking for excellent sound quality, look no further than the Jabra Elite 75t headphones. they have unparalleled clear audio quality, rich frequency response and highly defined bass quality. They also feature quad microphone calling technology that filters out wind and background noise while you’re on a call, and Jabra rrecently announced an upcoming update which adds active noise cancellation. They also offer a small size and improved battery life (up to 7.5 hours per charge) and the included charging case gives you 28 hours of battery life in total.

If you’re super active you might want to consider picking up a pair of Jabra Elite Active 75t, which offer everything the Elite 75t does, but with an IP57 rating for added durability. Jabra has also just announced the Elite 85t, but these won’t be available until the end of October. Still, given Jabra’s track record of improving their headphones with each new generation, they might be worth the wait.

Whichever pair you end up with, be sure to download the Jabra Sound + app to ios and Android, which gives you access to additional features and keeps them up to date.

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Best for iPhone users: Apple AirPods Pro

AirPods Pro in a wireless charging caseApple

In addition to their iconic look, Apple AirPods Pro are comfortable to wear and sound amazing. The headphones’ active noise canceling feature does a great job of filtering out background noise, which is ideal for a immersive music listening experience or to take calls. You can also put the headphones in transparent mode and hear the world around you clearly without removing them. They allow you to access Siri and various smart assistant features using dedicated touch controls in the stem of each earbud.

AirPods Pro lasts up to 4.5 hours on a single charge, and the included wireless charging case gives you over 24 hours of battery life. The adaptive equalization feature automatically adjusts the low and mid frequencies of your audio to the shape of your ear. And with enhanced bass response, a built-in HDR amplifier, and a low-distortion speaker, the headphones perfectly optimize everything you listen to so that the sound is just right.

Best premium set


Apple AirPods Pro

Apple’s AirPods Pro offer superior sound quality, a stylish and comfortable fit, and other great features.

Best bang for the money: Skullcandy Indy Evo

Skullcandy Indy Evo HeadphonesSkull Candy

the Skullcandy Indy Evo are a great choice under $ 100. The headphones have a lot of features and are great for occasional use and during workouts, and you can even use either of the headphones solo if you need to split your focus.

Each has full media controls and can take calls or activate your device’s smart assistant. They don’t have noise cancellation, but offer up to 30 hours of total battery life, with up to 6 from the headphones and 24 from the case. If you go for the most expensive Indy Fuel, you will also receive a wireless charging case.

With three equalizer modes (music, movie and podcast), you can slightly change the sound of the audio for different types of audio. The Indy Evos are available in five fun color combinations and include integrated Tile technology to help you locate the headphones if you lose them. They also have an IP55 rating, which allows them to withstand light to moderate exposure to water, sweat and dust.

Best affordable set


Best Athletic Package: PowerBeats Pro

PowerBeats Pro EarphonesBeats by Dre

If you like to exercise at high intensity, you will need headphones that are designed to resist sweat and that won’t budge when you drip like the PowerBeats Pro. These have lightweight over-the-ear hooks that provide a comfortable and adjustable fit. The Pros also offer a reinforced design that can handle water and sweat. There’s even an audio sharing feature that lets you connect two pairs of Beats or AirPods to an iPhone and share the audio with another person.

The PowerBeats Pro can run for up to 9 hours on a single charge and get over 24 additional hours from the charging case. You can also get up to 1.5 hours of juice with a 5 minute quick charge. Each earbud offers track and volume controls, as well as autoplay and pause, and voice features that let you access your device’s smart assistant. The headphones are compatible with iOS and Android devices, so you can continue listening on all your devices.

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