If I wanted a pair of truly wireless headphones, I'd get the Jabra Elite Sport. After extensive research (which we'll get into below), Jabra Elite came out on top. The market of actual wireless earbuds is extremely new and still very young. Not only did Jabra Elite outperform in just about every category, but they are also manufactured by a well reputed company: Jabra, who's parent company has been around since 1869.
Our Number 1 Wireless Earbuds Pick
With 3-in-1 functionality, including audio streaming, speech enhancement, and noise cancellation, wrapped up in a sleek and well-fitting completely wireless earbud, we believe this is a positive step forward in the hearable market, and the best pair we've tested to date.
Our Wireless Earbuds Runner-up
The Dash by Bragi
We think The Dash will fit the needs of mostly everyone. Not only are they Bluetooth compatible, but they also have the ability to store up to 1,000 songs directly in them. So, if you want to use them for a run or workout then you don't even need your phone to enjoy your favorite songs.In addition they're waterproof up to 3 feet, which means you can swim with them, and if you want to pass on the swimming, you at least won't ever have to worry about sweat damage. They also track heart rate, steps, cadence, and more.
Keep reading to check out the rest of our research.
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What makes a TRULY wireless pair of earbuds
Most of us use some type of headphones almost daily, whether it's at work to block out the incessant gum smacking of your coworker, or at the gym for a little inspiration. Unfortunately while all of our devices are losing their wires, headphones are only pretending to.
Don't believe me?
Check out this screenshot I took while browsing Amazon for “wireless earbuds.”
I added all the marked up red text for clarity. But as you can see, on a search result of 7 earbuds, 6 aren't actually wirelessly. For the most part they are a pair of earbuds…attached by a WIRE.
I get it. They don't require a wire to plug into the device, but that just makes them pluginless (if that's even a word), or really just Bluetooth capable.
What I'm after are truly wireless earbuds, like the kind you see Tom Cruise wear in the film Oblivion.
Now those are wireless earbuds.
You could even see from the Amazon screenshot above, that they do exist, but for some reason they're exceedingly hard to find. Until now.
How we chose what to test
Instead of picking and choosing a select few, I've gone through every single pair of completely wireless headphones that I could find. As of writing this, that's a total of 21.
I imagine that number will grow over time, and I'll be sure to update it. For now, if you happen to know about a pair that I missed, let us know in the comments below.
So, that's the good news. The bad news is that of those 21, only 15 of them were a “pair” of earbuds. The other 6 were singular earpieces. It doesn't stop there though, as of right now only 5 of the 15 are available. The other 10 are currently in either a funding or pre-order status.
How to choose the right pair for you
Before just choosing the pair that looks the coolest, or even our favorite pick, there is one specific criteria to consider: purpose.
Purpose. What exactly are you going to be using these headphones for? Do you want to track your heart rate while running? Are you just looking for some earbuds that can make phone calls? Or maybe you just need something small to carry while you travel?
Either way, decide your purpose, then take a look at our features column below and choose the best ones for you. OR… you could just go with the Bose Sound Sport Free, since that's what Casey Neistat uses.
Top 10 Completely Wireless Headphones
|1||Jabra Elite Sport||Waterproof, heart rate monitor, race pace calculator and recovery advice|
|2||Bragi The Dash||4GB storage, biometric tracking, waterproof, passive noise isolation, adaptive fit|
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|3||Apple Airpods||Auto-play, Siri integration, 5 hours battery life|
|4||Skybuds||4 hours listening time, sweatproof|
|5||Gear IconX||Built-in 4GB music player, heart rate monitor, sweat resistant|
|6||Bose Sound Sport Free||Up to 5 hours play time, sweat and weather resistant|
|7||Sony WF1000X||Digital noise cancelling, ambient sound mode, up to 9 hours battery with charging case|
|8||Nuhera IQ Buds||High fidelity audio, speech amplification, 16+ hours battery life|
|9||Earin||Sweat-resistant, sound isolation|
|10||Motorola VerveOnes+||Sweat and waterproof, HD sound, Siri and Google Now compatible|
What does the future look like?
If you're still reading that means your just as excited about the future of wireless sound as we are, which means you may also be interested in some data that suggests this is only the beginning of truly wireless earbuds. Check out this chart, form WiFore:
As you can see, the wireless earbud market is only expected to grow.
Here's a few that are still in the crowdfunding stage, but look to have the ability to make a splash in the market:
- Alien. High end wireless audio.
- Touch. Ultra small wireless Bluetooth 5.0 earbuds.
- Hypnos. Smart sleep and work assistant earbuds.
- Mugo. Tech meets fashion.
We expect to see more innovation from places like Kickstarter and Indiegogo in order to meet very niche demands of wireless earbuds, like activity tracking, sleep tracking, biometrics, and so on.
You may also be interested to read our article about hearables, though a lot of them aren't completely wireless like the ones on this page.
Regardless of what you intend to use these earbuds for, we're confident the Jabra Elites will meet, and surpass your needs. Be sure to let us know in the comments below which pair you ended up going with!
Best Completely Wireless Earbuds