Best True Wireless Earbuds 2019: AirPods vs. AirPods Alternatives

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Truly wireless earbuds are currently the hottest thing in the sound space. With smart controls, seamless connectivity and surprisingly good audio packed into a compact, cordless design, they make listening to music on the go convenient and fashion-forward. Now that more audio manufacturers have joined the movement, we’re seeing an abundance of models hit the market, with several great options to consider.

Tom’s Guide has done its due diligence and tested every major release in the product category. Our top overall pick, the Jabra Elite 65t Wireless Earbuds, has great sound quality and premium aesthetics, plus it makes for one of the best wireless-calling headsets. However, that’s not the only option worth checking out.

Apple’s AirPods are another fine option, thanks to how easy they pair with Apple’s phones. We also like the handy charging case.

From models that deliver long battery life and excellent sound quality to those with handy fitness features or a lower price, these are the best truly wireless earbuds we’ve tested and reviewed.

1. Jabra Elite 65t Wireless Earbuds

The best truly wireless earbuds overall

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Size: 0.9 x 1.2. 1.1 inch | Weight: 0.2 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 5 hours; 15 hours (with charging case) | Bluetooth range: 33 feet (10 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Pros: Amazing sound; Lengthy battery life; Luxe, durable design; Stable connectivity; Stellar call quality

Cons: A bit heavy; Awkward controls


Jabra Elite 65t True Wireless Earbuds

$151.99Amazon

The Jabra Elite 65t are a pair of extremely comfortable earphones that are also resistant to water and dust. Using the free app, you can choose which digital assistant you want to use, as well as adjust the equalizer and call volume. The buds deliver up to 5 hours of battery life and provide clean detail and warm, lively instrumentals and vocals.

Read our full Jabra Elite 65t Wireless Earbuds review.
 

2. Apple Airpods

Truly wireless earbuds for Apple users

Rating: 4/5 stars

Size: 1.6 x 0.6 x 0.7 inch | Weight: 0.14 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 5 hours; 24 hours (with charging case) | Bluetooth range: 30 feet (10 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Pros: Works well with all Apple products; Strong wireless performance; Stylish charging case; Decent sonics

Cons: Limited controls; Unattractive design


Apple Airpods

$159Apple

If you’re fully committed to Apple’s ecosystem and need earbuds to keep you entertained on the move, the AirPods are a sure bet. Connectivity might be its most unsung attribute, as the special W1 chip instantly pairs the earbuds to your devices while securing a solid connection. Audio is sufficient, but nothing to brag about. In addition, the mini-charging case, which is clutch for extended battery life, is the most compact and attractive of any model out there.

Read our full Apple Airpods review.
 

3. Bragi The Headphone

The best truly wireless earbuds value

Rating: 4/5 stars

Size: TBD | Weight: 27 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 5.5 hours | Bluetooth range: 33 feet. (10 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Pros: Less than $100; Strong wireless performance; Adequate sound; Decent call quality

Cons: Need to plug case in to charge earbuds; Stiff button scheme


Bragi The Headphone

$79.99Amazon

Simply called The Headphone, Bragi’s earbuds ditch the bells and whistles of their teched-out predecessor in favor of nearly 6 hours of battery life, steady connectivity and easy usage. The result is one of the better truly wireless sets of earphones that deliver good satisfactory audio quality. The small buttons on the right bud can be difficult to press, and we were surprised to discover the carrying case can’t charge the buds without being plugged in. But overall, The Headphone is a very good value.

Read our full Bragi The Headphone review.
 

4. Jabra Elite Active 65t Wireless Earbuds

A fitness version of our top pick

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Size: 0.9 x 1.2 x 1.1 inches | Weight: 0.2 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 5 hours; 15 hours (with charging case) | Bluetooth range: 33 feet. (10 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Pros: Doubles as a fitness tracker;Secure, comfy fit; Great sound customization; Quick-charge feature

Cons: Not the best control scheme; Charging case is tough to open


Jabra Elite Active 65t Wireless Earbuds

$184Amazon

The Active 65t is a notable upgrade designed for active-lifestyle listeners and fitness buffs. It carries over the same audio performance, battery life and wireless reliability of the original Jabra Elite 65t while introducing sportier features. The built-in accelerometer extends functionality by allowing users to log their runs in the Jabra Sound+ app. There’s also a HearThrough mode to alert you to ambient noise when jogging outdoors. More important, the earbuds come gym-ready, thanks to several silicone gels that are fit for exercise.

Read our full Jabra Elite Active 65t Wireless Earbuds review.
 

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5. Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless

Class-leading sound in a sleek, tiny package

Rating: 4/5 stars

Size: 0.5 x 0.5 x 0.5 inches | Weight: 0.5 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 4 hours; 12 hours (with charging case) | Bluetooth range: 30 feet (10 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Pros: Excellent sound; Solid connectivity; Light, comfy fit; Attractive charging case

Cons: Touch controls feel crammed; High price


Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless

$299.95Amazon

Powered by robust 7mm drivers, the Momentum True Wireless delivers the purest sound experience of any truly wireless model. Spacious, natural sonics combined with incredible transparency make recordings sound like in-studio sessions. The fabric-wrapped charging case also complements the earbuds’ premium, clean design. It’s easy to overlook any of the buds’ flaws knowing that they perform phenomenally on the audio end.

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6. Master & Dynamic MW07 True Wireless Earphones

Upscale sound in a beautiful design

Rating: 4/5 stars

Size: 1.1 x 0.9 x 1 inches | Weight: 0.3 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 3.5 hours; 14 hours (with charging case) | Bluetooth range: 30 ft. (10 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Pros: Dynamic audio performance; Eye-catching design; Comfortable fit; USB-C charging

Cons: Mediocre battery; Expensive


Master & Dynamic MW07 True Wireless Earphones

$299Master & Dynamic

Master & Dynamic’s first true-wireless model marries beautiful craftsmanship with solid audio quality. High-end materials such as acetate and stainless steel were incorporated into the MW07’s design to achieve an elegant, stylish look. The shiny silver charging case, while a fingerprint magnet, does add to their upscale flare and makes up for the poor battery life (3.5 hours), along with USB-C charging, to warrant a full charge in 45 minutes. Crisp highs and punchy lows come together to create a well-balanced soundstage. They’re pricey, but splurge-worthy if have you the cash.

Read our full Master & Dynamic MW07 review.
 

7. Mobvoi TicPods Free 

Colorful wireless earbuds with adaptive controls

Rating: 4/5 stars

Size and Weight: TBD | Battery Life (Rated): 4 hours; 18 hours (with charging case | Bluetooth range: 30 feet (10 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Pros: Quality sound; Effective noise isolation; Water-resistant design; Vibrant color options

Cons: No companion app; Limited gesture controls


Mobvoi TicPods Free

$129.99Amazon

Unlike AirPods with their monotone white color scheme, TicPods come in three shades, including our favorite, Lava. The buds cost $30 less than AirPods, with minimal trade-offs. They offer up to 18 hours of play on a charge with its bundled case and intuitive gesture controls. The TicPods also deliver loud, clean audio, and are compatible with Google Assistant and Alexa, which makes them more useful to Android users.

Read our full TicPods Free review.
 

8. Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3100 True Wireless Sports Earbuds

The ideal truly wireless fitness earbuds

Rating: 4/5 starsSize and Weight: 1.9 x 1.1 x 1.4 inches, 0.7 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 5 hours; 15 hours (with charging case) | Bluetooth range: 33 feet (10 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Pros: Damage-proof design; Bass-forward signature; Can tweak sound via mobile app; Strong battery life

Cons: Bud-to-bud connection is finicky; Heavy charging case


Plantronics BackBeat FIT 3100 True Wireless Earbuds

$130Amazon

Fitness buffs wanting a sporty, truly wireless experience can rely on the BackBeat Fit 3100 to fuel their workouts. Mids and highs don’t exactly shine here, but bass does and provides playlists’ extra oomph. Using the BackBeat app lets users personalize the controls for convenience; you can enable Google Assistant, Spotify or even start a timer with a simple tap. Battery life is steady at 5 hours, plus the accompanying charging case increases it to 15 hours total.

Read our full Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3100 review.
 

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9. Sol Republic Amps Air 2.0

Dynamic sound in an industrial design

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Size and Weight: 3.67 x 1.38 x 1.89 inches, TBD | Battery Life (Rated): 3 hours; 45 hours (with charging case) | Bluetooth range: 45 feet (15 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Pros: Warm sound profile; Most powerful charging case out there; Sturdy, attractive design

Cons: Poor battery life; Limited controls


Sol Republic Wireless Earbuds Amps Air 2.0

$149.99Amazon

Great sound doesn’t always come at a steep price. Sol Republic’s proved this time after time, and the Amps Air 2.0 is a prime example. Despite bass dominating the sound profile, the drivers are tuned to produce clearer mids and highs for well-balanced audio. The earbuds do retain the rubberized matte finish of the original, but also lack navigation controls. Those looking to enjoy long listening sessions won’t be thrilled with its 3-hour playtime, but the bundled charging case supports up to 15 extra charges. The case also doubles as an external battery for other devices.
 

10. Samsung Gear IconX

Truly wireless earphones for Android users

Rating: 3.5/5 starsSize and Weight: 1 x 0.7 x 1 inch, 0.28 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 5 hours; 13 hours (with charging case) | Bluetooth range: 30 feet (10 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Pros: On-board storage; Fitness-tracking features; Quick charging

Cons: Not iOS-friendly; Battery life lacking


Samsung Gear IconX

$140Amazon

Somehow, Samsung’s Gear IconX earbuds manage to pack an accelerometer, a heart-rate monitor and 4GB of memory into two tiny buds. And the buds offer a pretty comfortable fit, but the relatively short battery life and compatibility issues with non-Android phones keep the IconX from earning a higher rating.

Read our full Samsung Gear IconX review.

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