wireless earbuds are one of those ideas that sounded at first like a dream: Pop a tiny little headphone into each ear and listen to music or take calls untethered from everything. The first wireless buds were gigantic, died after a few hours, and had a bunch of other problems. Luckily, times have changed. There are a myriad of new models that sound fabulous and work perfectly. After testing dozens of them for the past four years, here are our favorite wireless earbuds right now, in a wide range of styles and prices.
Updated September 2021: We’ve added the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 and Sony WF-1000XM4, and updated our list of honorable mentions.
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