Welcome to the future of audio technology! In a world where convenience and innovation converge, the search for the perfect wireless earbuds has never been more exciting. As we step into 2023, the realm of sound has undergone a transformative evolution, and we are here to unveil the best wireless earbuds that define the pinnacle of audio excellence.
These cutting-edge earbuds combine seamless connectivity, superior sound quality, and unrivaled comfort to elevate your listening experience to new heights. Whether you’re an audiophile seeking crystal-clear highs and deep, resonant lows or a tech enthusiast craving the latest advancements in wireless technology, our curated selection of the finest wireless earbuds for 2023 will surely leave you amazed.
Prepare to immerse yourself in a world of unparalleled audio freedom as we present the ultimate lineup of the best wireless earbuds that redefine what it means to experience music, calls, and everything in between. Get ready to cut the cord and embrace a truly wireless audio adventure that will revolutionize the way you connect, communicate, and enjoy your favorite sounds.
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20 Best Wireless Earbuds 2023: The Definitive List for Every Budget!
List of the top 20 best wireless earbuds 2023 below;
- Beats Fit Pro Earbuds
- Sony WF-C700N Earbuds
- Nothing Ear 2 Earbuds
- Jabra Elite 7 Pro Earbuds
- JLab Go Air Pop Earbuds
- Sony LinkBuds Earbuds
- Sony WF-1000XM4 Earbuds
- Sony WF-1000XM5 Earbuds
- JBL Reflect Flow Pro
- Google Pixel Buds Pro
- Beats Studio Buds Plus
- Apple AirPods 3rd-Gene
- JBL’s Tour Pro 2 Earbuds
- Apple AirPods Pro 2nd-Gene
- Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
- Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless
- Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II
- Amazon’s Echo Wireless Earbuds
- Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3
- Anker Soundcore Space A40 Truly Wireless
1. Beats Fit Pro Earbuds
The long-reigning champ of fitness earbuds, the Powerbeats Pro, has finally been defeated. And fittingly, they’ve been outdone by Beats’ latest earbuds. The Beats Fit Pro-trade the ear hooks of the Powerbeats for a new wing tip design that keeps them securely locked in your ears during even the most vigorous workouts.
As a result, these earbuds have a much smaller form factor – and their carrying case is mercifully far more manageable. The way these earbuds magnetically latch into the case also means you don’t have to worry about one or both buds failing to charge in the case, which was a common annoyance with the Powerbeats Pro.
Unlike the Powerbeats Pro, the Fit Pros include active noise cancellation. And they’re on par with the AirPods Pro in that department, so you’ll be able to exercise without distraction. When you do want to stay alert to your surroundings, the transparency mode is also as natural-sounding and clear as on the AirPod Pros.
2. Sony WF-C700N Earbuds
The Sony WF-C700N take most of the features and quality of the WF-1000XM4 at the top of our list and makes them smaller, lighter, and cheaper. They’re as good as earbuds get for under $100/£100 today. The active noise cancellation is really impressive, for example – in our review, we said “When ANC is on, at my desk, all but the loudest noises are softened, leaving me immersed in my playlists. It’s a feat and no mistake.”
It’s the same story for the sound quality, which we described as “one of the most expansive, three-dimensional and fun soundstages I’ve heard from a set of earbuds”, also noting that “we get an extra ounce of detail and texture through her high belt, too, compared to the competition”.
More expensive earbuds manage to provide even more detail (and there’s no support for CD-quality sound here through aptX or Sony’s LDAC wireless systems), but you have to spend twice as much to get even a bit better, really.
There’s full support for Sony’s app too, through which you can customize the sound and the noise cancelling profiles. There’s no auto-pause when you remove them from your ears and no volume control on the buds, but we can live with that. Especially since the buds are so small and comfortable, unlike most that are so feature-packed.
3. Nothing Ear 2 Earbuds
Nothing’s second-generation earbuds, the Ear 2s, preserve the stylish look of the originals while making big strides in sound quality and active noise cancellation. With their semi-translucent design and unique charging case, the Ear 2 earbuds are sure to catch some attention when sitting beside earbuds from more established brands.
The Ear 2 earbuds also add multipoint connectivity, a feature that the first pair lacked, to let you pair with two audio sources at the same time. The $149 price has gone up a bit compared to the Ear 1, but at least you don’t have to break the bank for the fresh looks and audio improvements that come with the Ear 2s.
4. Jabra Elite 7 Pro Earbuds
The Jabra Elite 7 Pro True Wireless are the best Bluetooth earbuds for the sound quality we’ve tested. Out of the box, they have a very neutral sound profile that’s more versatile than our similarly priced pick, the Anker Soundcore Space A40 Truly Wireless, which has warmer bass and sharper sibilants.
The Jabra’s vocals and lead instruments sound clear and intense, while the flat bass adds just enough boom, thump, and rumble to your mixes. If you prefer a different sound, their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets to help you fine-tune their sound to your liking.
These well-built in-ears can block out a decent amount of background noise so that you can focus on your audio, but their ANC system doesn’t do anything to improve noise isolation. They’re comfortable and suitable for long listening sessions, and their battery lasts over eight hours continuously. They also have an auto-off timer to help conserve battery life, and the carrying case holds roughly three extra charges.
5. JLab Go Air Pop Earbuds
If you’re on a tight budget, the JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless are worth checking out, thanks to their good build quality and surprisingly long continuous battery life of around nine hours. Their carrying case also holds three additional charges if you need it.
While their battery life is impressive, they don’t have as many extra charges in their case as the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless, and they don’t have ANC, which can be a dealbreaker if you need peace and quiet during your commute or workday.
They can block out a satisfactory amount of ambient noise like office chatter but don’t rely on them if you’re looking to cut down sounds like the rumble of bus engines, as they aren’t as effective at tacking bass-range noise.
They also don’t come with a companion app, meaning that the only EQ options you have are the three EQ presets built into the earbuds, which gives you significantly less control over the audio. Using the ‘JLab Signature’ EQ, they have a bass-rich sound profile that delivers a bump of extra punch and boom to mixes. That said, the extra bass doesn’t overwhelm vocals and lead instruments.
6. Sony LinkBuds Earbuds
Sony’s unconventional-looking LinkBuds have a donut hole right in the middle of each earbud. This surprisingly comfortable design is meant to allow in outside noise and keep you aware of your surroundings at all times. But it also means that the LinkBuds won’t be for everyone – especially those people who prefer to drown out the world when listening to their music.
But more than their quirky fit, the LinkBuds’ greatest strength is stellar performance on voice calls. Sony reworked its voice isolation algorithms for these earbuds, and as a result, the LinkBuds are several rungs above the call quality of the flagship 1000XM4s and nearly all competitors minus AirPods. If you’re looking for something you can pop into your ears throughout the workday, the LinkBuds don’t disappoint.
7. Sony WF-1000XM4 Earbuds
Though they come at a hefty price, the best overall wireless earbuds you can buy are Sony’s WF-1000XM4. They offer superb, warm, detailed sound quality and excellent active noise cancellation.
The ANC doesn’t quite measure up to Bose’s newer QC Earbuds II, but it’s still plenty powerful. And their impressive battery life can stretch to eight hours of continuous listening with noise cancellation turned on, enough to outlast all of Sony’s top competition.
The WF-1000XM4s have a premium, matte black (or light gray) design with stylish rose gold accents. Most earbuds come with standard silicone ear tips, but Sony includes foam-style tips that expand in your ears to create an excellent seal that, together with the noise cancellation, does an impressive job at hushing the outside world. Not everyone finds Sony’s ear tips the most comfortable – they’re in the larger size – so be sure to try them for yourself if possible.
On Android phones, the 1000XM4s support Sony’s LDAC codec for higher-quality music playback. But even when used on other platforms, they’re up there with the very best audio-focused premium earbuds like Sennheiser’s Momentum True Wireless 2 – with much better noise cancellation.
And just recently, Sony announced it would address the one main downside of the 1000XM4s: their lack of multipoint. Support for that is coming soon, so you’ll be able to pair them with two Bluetooth devices simultaneously. With their best-in-class mix of features (including bonuses like 360 Reality Audio support), improved voice call performance, and impressive battery endurance, you can’t do much better.
8. JBL Reflect Flow Pro
The ‘pro’ suffix has come to represent one thing in the true wireless earbuds world – active noise-cancelling (or ‘ANC’ if you’re an acronym admirer). And we don’t need to tell you the brand who doubtlessly made that so.
The JBL Reflect Flow Pro doesn’t go against that naming grain; active noise cancellation is very much on the menu here, complete with the increasingly common ‘ambient’ mode that actually makes external noise more discernible so as to keep wearers aware of their surroundings from a safety or convenience point of view.
The safety aspect is particularly important for a pair of earbuds geared towards exercise, of course. And JBL has been in the game long enough to know that sporty types demand a few fitness-friendly flourishes from their earbuds that aren’t necessarily part and parcel of ‘regular’ models.
In fact, the ‘Pro’-less JBL Reflect Flow, launched back in 2019, remains some of our favorite budget running headphones. So how do these more premium, noise-canceling-inclusive JBLs match up in that more competitive market?
9. Google Pixel Buds Pro
Google finally nailed wireless earbuds with the Pixel Buds Pro. Thanks to their impressive noise cancellation, good sound quality, and comfortable fit, they greatly improve upon the flawed second-generation Pixel Buds. Most important of all, they don’t exhibit any of the connectivity issues and audio dropouts that plagued Google’s earlier buds.
Instead, the Pixel Buds Pro delivers a consistently great listening experience with lengthy battery life to go along with it. They also include multipoint Bluetooth support, so you can pair Google’s flagship earbuds with two devices at the same time. It’s a hugely convenient feature that Apple, Bose, Samsung, and Sony have yet to bring to their respective earbuds.
Pixel phone owners get bonuses like easier settings (the Pixel Buds controls are built right into the native phone settings), and thanks to a recent software update, these earbuds now support head-tracking spatial audio. That’s a nice option to have for enhanced immersion when watching movies and other entertainment.
10. Beats Studio Buds Plus
Beats’ Studio Buds Plus are an upgraded, better-performing revision of the Studio Buds released in 2021. This time the company has made the noise cancellation more powerful while also improving the quality of the transparency mode and extending battery life. If you’re going for style points, it doesn’t get much cooler than the translucent color option. These earbuds are very tiny and rank up with the best in terms of overall comfort.
What’s interesting about Studio Buds Plus is that they use a proprietary chip that allows them to support native software features on both iOS and Android. Plenty of earbuds offer companion apps on each platform, but in the case of the Beats, they work with both Apple’s Find My and Google’s Find My Device. You also get simple one-tap pairing no matter which OS you’re using.
The drawback to this dual-ecosystem life is that Apple customers don’t get all the usual bells and whistles that come with AirPods or even the Beats Fit Pro; you lose out on audio sharing, head tracking spatial audio, and other tricks. Wireless charging and an ear detection sensor (for auto-pause when a bud is removed) are also MIA, which stings a bit considering the price.
11. Apple AirPods 3rd-Gen
Apple’s third-generation AirPods have a new design with shorter stems than the original model. But even with their mics now being farther from your mouth, they still perform very well on calls — and there are bigger improvements to sound quality and fit / comfort that make upgrading to the so-called AirPods 3 worthwhile.
Apple has also added new features that were previously exclusive to the AirPods Pro like head tracking spatial audio and deeper Find My integration for hunting down your misplaced buds.
And the case is now optimized to work with Apple’s MagSafe wireless charging system. The AirPods still have a one-size-fits-most hard plastic form factor, so you’ll want to try them before buying to make sure they’re the right match for your ears. But if they are, these are Apple’s best regular AirPods yet by a wide margin.
12. JBL’s Tour Pro 2 Earbuds
JBL’s Tour Pro 2 earbuds have received a lot of attention for bringing something new to true-wireless earbuds: a full-color touchscreen display embedded in the case that allows you to access the earbuds’ key features and control playback as well as adjust volume levels. It’s a bit of a gimmick but also useful.
While the buds could sound slightly better for their list price, overall the JBL Tour Pro 2s are very good earbuds that offer a good fit, a robust feature set, strong battery life, plus solid noise canceling and voice-calling performance.
13. Apple AirPods Pro 2-Gen
The highly-anticipated Apple AirPods Pro 2 are here and they enter our best wireless earbuds guide in a high spot because they offer superb audio performance and truly stunning ANC in a small and lightweight design.
The original Apple AirPods Pro has long been one of our favorite pairs of wireless buds for iPhone owners. Now the Pro 2 is a significant upgrade, offering fantastic audio performance thanks to new drivers and amplifiers. There’s also better ANC on board which, during our testing, we found to be right up with the best-in-class, blocking out almost all external sounds.
Battery life has had a decent boost and although it may not outperform all of the other wireless buds in this guide, it’s good for all-day listening at 6 hours from the buds and 30 hours from the charging case. The case has been revamped too, with an IPX4 water resistance rating for light showers and sweat as well as a built-in speaker so you can find it if you lose it.
As always with Apple products, these buds are best suited to iPhone users and aren’t cheap. But with solid audio improvements, they’re one of the best pairs of wireless earbuds you can buy right now, rivaling many of our long-standing favorites, including the Sony WF-1000XM4 and even offering ANC to give Bose a run for its money.
14. Sony WF-1000XM5 Earbuds
When Sony’s WF-1000XM4 earbuds came out in 2021, we gave them a CNET Editors’ Choice Award. And though they’re excellent, we had some quibbles – they’re on the large side and aren’t a good match for certain ears. Clearly, Sony took those gripes to heart when it set out to design its next-generation WF-1000XM5 flagship noise-canceling earbuds.
Not only are the XM5s smaller, but they also offer improved performance pretty much across the board, with better noise canceling, sound, and voice calling. Are the XM5s perfect? Not quite. And at $300 — $20 more than their predecessor — they’re costly, too. But overall they’re really impressive, easily among the very top earbuds on the market.
15. Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
Given Samsung’s formidable reputation in the smartphone and tablet arena, it’s long surprised us that the company’s Galaxy Buds output never quite hit the mark. But that changed in the best way possible with the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro – they’re good.
The headline-grabber, if you own a Samsung Galaxy device (and thus, access to the Samsung Wearable companion app and home-screen widget) is 360 audio with optional head-tracking, thus allowing you to use your phone as the focal point to direct more of that new end-to-end 24-bit high-res audio to whichever ear you prefer.
These smaller, more comfortable, and less arrogant earbuds (remember the rose gold, kidney-bean-shaped Galaxy Buds Live? These are nothing like those) are packed full of useful perks such as excellent ANC, voice detection, wearer detection, and customizable on-ear controls – all of which work very well indeed – plus IPX7 water ingress protection. All in all, a home run from Samsung – marred by the disappointing five-hour battery life.
16. Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless
Unlike other mid-range earbuds on our list, the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless feature stability fins to keep them securely in place. They have a sturdy, well-built design and are certified IP68 against dust and submersion in water, so it’s not a big deal if you drop one in a puddle.
Out of the box, they have a well-balanced, versatile sound profile. If you prefer a different sound, you can customize them with a parametric EQ and presets in the headphones’ companion app.
While these are our best in-ear Bluetooth headphones for running, they only last about five hours on a single charge. The carrying case has two extra charges, which still means they’re less than ideal for long excursions. Additionally, their ANC system doesn’t do a good job of reducing bass-range noise like rumbling engines, although it’s better at blocking out mid-range noise like ambient conversations.
17. Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Truly Wireless are the best wireless earbuds we’ve tested. These high-end buds are the best you can get if you care about noise isolation. Like most of Bose’s lineup, they have an outstanding noise cancelling (ANC) system that outperforms their competitors like the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless.
They easily tackle plane engine noise and ambient chatter, making them a solid choice for office use or long trips. With their ANC on, they also continuously last well over six hours, and their carrying case supplies an extra three charges if needed.
Although they’re bulky compared to other picks on this list, they’re smaller than their predecessor, the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless, and have a very comfortable fit. They’ve also got stability fins to help keep them in your ear when you’re on the go. Their sound profile is more bass-heavy than what our graph shows.
However, this is due to the shape of our rig’s ear canals, and subjectively, there’s extra boom, which muddies vocals and instruments. Luckily, if you prefer a different sound, their companion app’s graphic EQ and presets let you adjust their sound to your liking. That said, although they’re premium buds, they don’t support multi-device pairing, which is surprising at this price point.
18. Amazon’s Echo Earbuds
Amazon’s 2023 Echo Buds impressed me in a few ways that I wasn’t expecting. For starters, they sound good for inexpensive open earbuds, delivering decent clarity and ample bass. But they also have a robust feature set, including multipoint Bluetooth pairing, hands-free Alexa and ear-detection sensors that pause your audio when you take one or both buds out of your ears.
Their sound falls short of that of Apple’s AirPods 3, which delivers fuller bass and overall fuller, smoother sound (they’re better at handling more complicated music tracks with a lot of instruments playing at the same time).
But the AirPods 3 cost around $150 and offer only about 15% to 20% better audio. In short, if you’re looking for open earbuds — or “semi-open” as these types of earbuds are sometimes called — the Echo Buds are good value at their $50 list price and even easier to recommend when they go on sale.
19. Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3
Featuring excellent sound, improved noise canceling and voice-calling performance as well a smaller, more refined design that includes stabilizing fins (so the earbuds stay in your ears more securely), the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 were among the best new true-wireless earbuds of 2022.
They remain one of the best true-wireless earbuds overall, although the newer AirPods Pro 2 and Sony WF-1000XM5 buds are arguably superior, so only look to buy the Momentum True Wireless 3 when they are significantly discounted.
20. Anker Soundcore Space A40 Truly Wireless
The Anker Soundcore Space A40 Truly Wireless is a relatively affordable option that doesn’t sacrifice extra features like ANC or app support. Their noise isolation performance rivals the Google Pixel Buds Pro Truly Wireless’, so they can help reduce noise during your commute or at the office.
You can also choose different modes to suit different situations, including an adaptive setting meant to adjust automatically to the amount of noise in your environment. With ANC on, they last about eight hours of continuous use, and their case stores four extra charges. Like the previous pick, they support multi-device pairing.
They have a warm default sound profile, with cozy-sounding vocals and lead instruments. The companion app includes a graphic EQ and presets if you prefer a different sound. They also support LDAC, Sony’s proprietary codec for high-res audio, but unlike the Google earbuds, don’t come with any virtual surround sound features.
They aren’t the best option for workouts since they don’t have stable fins or a very stable fit and may slip out of place if you move your head around a lot.
In conclusion, the year 2023 brings a plethora of options for the “Best Wireless Earbuds.” With cutting-edge technology, enhanced features, and improved sound quality, these earbuds have revolutionized the way we experience audio. Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast, a music lover, or someone who values convenience, the market has something to offer everyone.
As you explore the top contenders, consider factors such as battery life, comfort, connectivity, and compatibility with your devices. It’s crucial to read user reviews and expert opinions to make an informed decision that aligns perfectly with your needs.
As the technology continues to evolve, the “Best Wireless Earbuds 2023″ is undoubtedly a testament to innovation and convenience. Embrace the wireless revolution and elevate your audio experience to new heights with these state-of-the-art earbuds. Remember, your ideal pair of earbuds is just a few clicks away, so enjoy the freedom of wireless audio in 2023 and beyond!
What are the best wireless earbuds for 2023?
The best wireless earbuds for 2023 will depend on individual preferences and needs. However, some popular options include Apple AirPods Pro, Sony WF-1000XM4, Jabra Elite 85t, Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, and more.
Are there any budget-friendly options for the best wireless earbuds in 2023?
Yes, there are budget-friendly options available from various brands like Anker, Soundcore, and JLab. These earbuds offer decent sound quality and basic features at a more affordable price.
Which wireless earbuds have the best battery life in 2023?
Several earbuds offer exceptional battery life in 2023. Some of them include the Sony WF-1000XM4 with up to 8 hours of playback, the Jabra Elite 85t with up to 7 hours, and the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro with up to 11 hours.
Can I use the best wireless earbuds in 2023 for making calls?
Yes, most wireless earbuds come with built-in microphones, noise reduction, and voice enhancement technologies to ensure clear and crisp call quality.
How do I find the perfect fit for the best wireless earbuds in 2023?
Finding the perfect fit involves trying different ear tip sizes that come with the earbuds to ensure a secure and comfortable fit. Some brands also offer custom-fit options through their mobile apps.
What features should I look for in the best wireless earbuds for 2023?
Look for features like active noise cancellation, long battery life, comfortable fit, water and sweat resistance, touch controls, good sound quality, and reliable connectivity.
Do the best wireless earbuds in 2023 support wireless charging?
Yes, many high-end wireless earbuds in 2023 come with wireless charging support, allowing you to charge them on compatible wireless charging pads or mats.
Do the best wireless earbuds in 2023 have customizable sound profiles?
Yes, many premium wireless earbuds come with companion apps that allow you to customize sound profiles and equalizer settings according to your preference.