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If you're reading this, you probably already know there are tons of true wireless earbuds on the market right now. The companies that make the top Android phones all have their own matching earbuds, and there are also options from legacy audio brands like Bose and Sennheiser, not to mention companies you may be less familiar with. But we're here to help.

While earbuds are a fairly subjective category — everyone's ears and hearing are different — we've compiled a short list of the best wireless earbuds in various categories. Here are our top true wireless earbud recommendations.

The best true wireless earbuds in 2023

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Source: Sony
Sony WF-1000XM4
Best overall

Killer audio and ANC

The Sony WF-1000XM4 offer superb audio quality, top-tier ANC, and long battery life — up to eight hours per charge with noise cancelation on. They're pricey at an MSRP of $280, but the XM4 do a lot to justify their asking price.

  • Great audio quality
  • Better comfort and fit than the last generation
  • Great active noise cancelation
  • Still a bulky design
  • Expensive

The Sony WF-1000XM4 are all-around excellent earbuds. They offer truly great audio quality, robust noise cancellation, and all-day battery life. Though on the large side, they are significantly smaller than their predecessors, the popular WF-1000XM3, and fit more comfortably in the ears for longer listening sessions. That's important, too, because these earbuds sound incredible — along with regular SBC and AAC codec support, Sony added high-quality LDAC compatibility for those with Android phones (iPhone users are limited to AAC) to go along with the improved drivers.

The WF-1000XM4 were formerly the reigning ANC champs in the earbud space, but Bose's QuietComfort Earbuds II have Sony beat on that front (more on that below). But at $280, the WF-1000XM4s are a little less expensive than Bose's offering — and see sales far more frequently — and offer a fuller feature set including premium staples like wireless charging and the aforementioned LDAC support. If you're looking for a great, high-end experience, look no further.

Source: Bose
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II
Premium pick

Silence, at a price

The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II don't come cheap at $299, but they feature excellent audio quality and ANC that can go toe-to-toe with what you'll get in leading over-ear headphones. If you're in the market for premium earbuds, the QC Earbuds II need to be on your radar.

  • The best ANC you can get in earbuds
  • Clear, balanced audio
  • Lots of fit options
  • No multipoint support
  • Case doesn't have wireless charging
  • Very expensive

Bose's QuietComfort Earbuds II are incredible. The company says it designed the earbuds to have the best ANC on the market — not just in earbuds, but in any consumer-grade headphones. It's hard to say whether that's entirely true, but we've compared them head-to-head with some of the best over-ear ANC headphones you can buy, and the QC Earbuds II do outperform the full-size competition much of the time. They also have the great sound you'd expect out of Bose.

But as great as the buds are for ANC, the QuietComfort Earbuds II stumble in other areas. At $299, they're expensive in the extreme, and they're lacking a lot of the nice-to-have features you'd expect in this segment. There's no support for Fast Pair or multipoint connectivity, and the earbuds' case can't be charged wirelessly. They also only support the AAC and SBC codecs, so if you won't buy buds without aptX, they'll be a non-starter for you. Still, if you need the best ANC you can get in earbuds and you've got the money to spend, you'll find it in the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II.

A render of a pair of earbuds.
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Jabra Elite 4
Best value

Competent ANC for $100

The Jabra Elite 4 are the company's latest midrange earbuds. At an MSRP of $99, the buds offer convenient features like Fast Pair, Bluetooth multipoint, and active noise cancellation.

  • Surprisingly good ANC
  • Light and comfortable
  • Just $100
  • No in-ear detection
  • No customizable EQ
  • Sound quality is typical of the price

For an eminently reasonable price of $100, the Jabra Elite 4 have a lot going for them — including solid ANC that punches above its weight. They're lightweight and comfortable, and offer decent audio quality with ample bass. They do miss out on some increasingly common features like in-ear detection and EQ customization, but if you just want a reliable pair of noise canceling earbuds and you don't want to spend a lot on it, the Elite 4 will likely be up your alley.

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
Best for Samsung users
$150 $230 Save $80

The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are Samsung's smallest, lightest, and best wireless earbuds yet. They improve on the Galaxy Buds Pro in every way, with better sound quality, more fulsome active noise cancellation, and support for 24-bit audio. They're also IPX7 water and dust resistant.

  • Full, satisfying sound
  • Impressive ANC for earbuds
  • Smaller and sleeker than last year's with the same battery life
  • 24-bit audio won't benefit most listeners
  • Multi-device support is limited on non-Samsung devices
  • Battery life is just okay

Samsung's Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are the strangely named follow-up to 2021's Galaxy Buds Pro. They take what was great about the first generation — robust audio with a generous helping of bass, strong noise cancellation, and a comfortable shape — and jam it into smaller earbuds with a more modern, refined design.

Coming from the last generation, there aren't many new features here. There's support for 24-bit audio in compatible apps when the buds are paired with a Samsung phone, plus a gimmicky new head-tracking feature that tries to mimic directional audio, even in apps that don't offer surround sound content. The new buds also inherit the older model's middling battery life of five hours per charge with ANC. Everything else is so good that these should be on your radar if you're in the market for new, premium earbuds, but think twice before upgrading from last year's pair.

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Sennheiser Momentum TW 3
Superb sound
$200 $250 Save $50

The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 offer audio quality that lives up to the Sennheiser name in a lightweight and comfortable package, along with convenient features like ANC and wireless charging.

  • Lower price than previous generations
  • Strong battery life, with a wireless charging case
  • Rich sound, plus great active noise cancellation
  • Bulky charging case won?t work for everyone
  • Still an expensive choice
  • No multipoint support

If you're looking for the top sound quality in a pair of wireless earbuds, the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 should feature in your decision-making. Like the two generations before, the True Wireless 3 offer terrific sound, which can be further customized to your liking, thanks to the detailed equalizer settings. The active noise cancellation is good but isn't as strong as Sony's technology.

These earbuds are light and comfortable, but previous generations haven't always been suitable for those with smaller ears, so that may be something to bear in mind when you're deciding. One of the best parts is that the price is $50 lower than previous generations. If you're looking for sound quality, look toward these Sennheiser true wireless headphones as a top pick.

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Google Pixel Buds Pro
Intuitive & comfortable

With nice audio, strong ANC, and excellent battery life, the Pixel Buds Pro deliver a premium earbud experience in ways that Google's past attempts could not. If you are an Android user with $200 to spend on earbuds, these are a great pick.

  • Good audio with ample bass
  • Competent ANC and a great transparency mode
  • Great touch controls
  • No high-bitrate codec support
  • Somewhat bulky
  • Can be tricky to get out of the case

With full and satisfying audio, ANC, and a great transparency mode, the Pixel Buds Pro deliver a premium earbud experience in ways Google's past attempts couldn't. Packed with useful features like the always-on "Hey Google" detection, Bluetooth multipoint, and marathon battery life, the Pixel Buds Pro don't have any glaring weaknesses. While the Pixel Buds Pro did launch without a customizable equalizer, five-band EQ eventually made its way to the Pixel Buds app, addressing a considerable flaw the buds suffered at launch. Google even ironed out the connectivity issues that plagued the past couple of pairs released.

They don't have the very best audio quality or ANC money can buy, but strong fundamentals, batteries that can go for up to seven hours (with ANC) on a single charge, and a hassle-free experience might be worth the premium to you. So if you're an Android user with $200 to spend on earbuds, the Pixel Buds Pro are a great pick. The buds fit might feel odd for some, but you get used to it rather quickly.

OnePlus Buds Pro 2
Stylish & solid

The OnePlus Buds Pro 2 are a bit more expensive than the first generation was, but the AirPods-like stem-style buds have better sound quality and battery life. They're also available in a lovely green color.

  • Strong, bassy audio
  • Very good call quality
  • Multipoint connectivity and Fast Pair support
  • Middling ANC
  • Battery life could be better

The OnePlus Buds Pro 2 are a tame upgrade over the first-generation OnePlus Buds Pro, but the newer set features better sound and slightly improved battery life. Audio here is full and bouncy with lots of bass, but not too much. The call quality is also great. Battery life is just okay at six hours on a charge, and ANC isn't quite top of the line, but with a fun sound and a good feature set, these are easy earbuds to like at $179. If you're into stem-style earbuds, the Buds Pro 2 have plenty to offer.

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Jabra Elite 5
Excellent battery life

The Jabra Elite 5 earbuds offer good audio quality and feature noise cancellation in an entire package that's less than Apple's standard AirPods. With a solid seven hours of battery life with ANC, support with Google Fast Pair, and a stellar companion app, it's easy to see why they are one of the best wireless earbuds you can get for $150. 

  • Good audio and ANC
  • Seven hours of battery life per charge
  • Lots of convenient features
  • Sound isn't quite as full as some competitors
  • No on-earbud volume control

For a middle-of-the-road MSRP of $150, the Jabra Elite 5 earbuds offer good audio quality and noise cancellation, plus a strong battery life of seven hours of music playback with ANC. They also support numerous convenient features like Google Fast Pair, multipoint connectivity, and wireless charging. They're not the absolute best earbuds on the market today in any particular way, but for the price, there's very little to complain about here.

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Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro
Best-in-class customization

The Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro offer great audio quality and ANC, strong battery life, and lots of fit customization options thanks to user-replaceable ear tips and stabilizing wings.

  • Excellent sound quality
  • Useful app experience
  • Good battery life
  • Bulkier than other options
  • Touch controls aren't the best
  • IPX4 rating ? less water-resistant than many other buds

Anker's Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro offer some of the best sound quality from a pair of wireless earbuds along with plenty of tip and wing options for even the most persnickety ear canals. With excellent ANC, decent call quality, better-than-average battery, and an app you'll actually want to use, the Liberty 3 Pros are among the best wireless earbuds you can buy today. On the downside, they're a bit big, bulky, and may not be the right style for everyone — especially those who work out a lot. With an IPX4 water resistance rating, these are not going to survive much more than a passing rain shower or mild sweat session, but for everyone else, these are some of the best buds out there. They're also available for about $100 most of the time lately.

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Source: Jabra
Jabra Elite 7 Pro
Best for phone calls

The Jabra Elite 7 Pro are light on the lobes and pleasant on the eardrums, but are strongest when you're making calls while on the run with crisp and clear delivery.

  • Strong battery life
  • Small and comfortable
  • Great call quality
  • Middling ANC
  • No Fast Pair support

Jabra's tackling the true wireless earbud market with a strategy of small iteration: the Elite 7 Pro try to toe the line between price and performance, between compact and capable, and they nail almost everything. What they get right — sound quality, battery life, comfort, and call quality — they get really right. Even where they're lacking — active noise cancelation and some comfort issues — they're actually still not bad.

In our Elite 7 Pro review, we found that the earbuds are good for most circumstances, but if you make a lot of phone calls, there is no peer in the industry. In addition to high-quality noise-canceling microphones, Jabra uses a bone conduction sensor — one that can sense minute vibrations in the bones of your jaw — to fill in the blanks in noisy environments, and the results are spectacular. At $180, the Elite 7 Pro are at the upper end of mainstream but worth looking at if you want a pair of earbuds that does everything pretty well, but Jabra has been discounting them pretty heavily the last few months, so chances are you'll be able to catch them $60-$80 off.

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Jaybird Vista 2
Best for workouts

While the Jaybird Vista 2 aren't are favorite-sounding pair of AirPods alternatives, they do have an incredible IP68 rating making them some of the more durable headphones on the market — the best gym buddy you can have. The ANC works well enough to give you a little quiet time when you need it, and the 8-hour battery life on the buds themselves can make sure you get through even the most intense workouts. 

  • Excellent fit
  • Tough and IP68 water-resistant
  • Long battery life
  • Crummy ANC
  • Case charges slowly

The Jaybird Vista 2 are the follow-up to the originals, released primarily as comfortable workout-friendly true wireless earbuds that still sound good. This successor, released in 2021, improves on the design, fit, sound quality, battery life, and water protection while also adding active noise cancelation. Jaybird takes comfort and "earth proof" durability very seriously: the earbuds have three tip sizes that fit better than most of the competition, allowing for intense workouts that don't dislodge either earbud.

An IP68 water and dust ingress protection rating and a MIL-STD 810G rating make these appropriate for extreme weather, too (though if you're working out in the ice or snow, that's on you). The Vista 2's secret weapon is actually Jaybird's app, which allows you to select custom equalization settings, modify ANC intensity, and more. At $150, the Jaybird Vista 2 are not cheap, but if you want the best workout buds available, these are for you.

What are the best wireless earbuds you can buy?

It's hard to go wrong with any pair of true wireless earbuds over $100 anymore — models from reputable brands are consistently good. But a few companies are making standout products, and they're usually the ones you know. Sony, for instance, earns its place at the top of the list with the WF-1000XM4, shrinking the size of its fan-favorite buds without sacrificing sound quality or noise cancellation effectiveness. If you want the absolute best ANC in earbuds today, the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II should be at the top of your list. Just be aware they lack convenient features like multipoint and wireless charging.

On the matter of more budget-friendly wireless earbuds, there are plenty of great options, like Jabra's Elite 4, whose ANC will blow you away considering their modest $100 price tag.

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Source: Sony
Sony WF-1000XM4
Best overall

Killer audio and ANC

The Sony WF-1000XM4 offer superb audio quality, top-tier ANC, and long battery life — up to eight hours per charge with noise cancelation on. They're pricey at an MSRP of $280, but the XM4 do a lot to justify their asking price.