6 Best Truly Wireless Earbuds in 2020

best truly wireless earbuds

Remember those times when you had to spend a good 3 minutes to untangle your earphones? Yeah, wasn’t the most pleasant one for me either. Looks like the companies heard us and have presented us with Truly wireless earbuds.

Welcome to the era of “Truly Wireless Earbuds”. With various brands launching products frequently, there are just too many options to choose from, and we won’t blame you for being confused and sticking to your wired earphones.

Fortunately for you, we are here to help. After scratching our heads (and ears too), we have a definite list of 6 Best “Truly Wireless Earbuds”.

Sony WF -1000x True Wireless Earbuds

Sony WF -1000x True Wireless Earbuds
Credits: Sony

At first glance, Sony WF-1000X looks like a cheap pair of earbuds which are provided by the company in the box with their phones. But this little guy has a trick up its sleeve to compete with the best in the market.

Design

The design of the earbuds looks not only cheap but tends towards the heavier end which might make it uncomfortable for long wear for some people.

Audio

With Sony WF-1000X, Sony introduced noise cancellation into the “Truly Wireless Earbuds” segment. The sound quality of the earbuds are phenomenal and the audio is pretty balanced out. The bass packs a punch to it but doesn’t take over which is a major plus in my opinion. The details of the vocals are also preserved. The WF-1000X had almost nailed it but Hey! nothing is perfect in the tech world.

Controls

The controls of the WF-1000X are simple. Each earbud has a button. The left earbud turns the headphone on and off and is also used for pairing. The right one is for play/pause, skipping the track and answering calls. The controls are pretty standard but the most important thing missing here is the volume control. The earbuds provide no means to control the volume which again makes us reach back into our pockets to get our phone and reduce the volume manually.

Battery and Connectivity

On a single charge the WF-1000X can run up to 3 hours and looking at the weight I expected it to give a bit more juice.

Upon testing we found some connectivity problems. The problem was not major and I believe anyone using Bluetooth devices may have been through this issue sometime. The right earbud loses connection sometimes and that too not even for a second but for the record, it’s there. (I don’t want you to say I didn’t warn you)


Style: 5/10
Audio Quality: 7/10
Battery: 6/10
Overall: 6/10


Skullcandy Push Truly Wireless Earbuds

Skullcandy Push Truly Wireless Earbuds
Credits: Skullcandy

Design

The company is known for its bold fashion statements and Push is no stranger to this tradition. For me this earbuds looked the coolest until I held it in my hand. The build from looks premium from distance but the feel is all plastic which is a major turn-down for me personally.

Audio

With the Push, we have ourselves an average sounding earbuds. Average? Why? Skullcandy is known for its bass and this earphones do manage to kick some heavy bass in but the problem with this is the bass is overkill. Just using it for an hour makes it unbearable and what was supposedly the good thing for this earbuds turned out to be it’s downfall. The reason the bass was pumped up was to cancel the ambient noise which no doubt it does well but then at what cost? (Headaches)

Controls

What it does get right is the fit and the buttons. Push is comfortable to wear and the buttons on the earbuds are tactile in a good way allowing you to control everything from volume control, music playback to using your phone’s assistant.

Battery and Connectivity

The battery offering is better than what Sony WF-1000X offers. On a single charge the Push can provide playback of six hours and the case adds six more hours which makes a total of 12 hours which on paper sounds good but most of the earbuds in this segment provide much more and hence it’s not an impressive deal. And as for the connectivity, like the Sony WF-1000X the right earbud gets disconnected occasionally which is a bugger but manageable.

Style: 8/10
Audio quality: 6/10
Battery: 7/10
Overall: 7/10


Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless Earbuds

Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless Earbuds
Credits: jabra

Want a good audio experience but don’t want to stand out in the crowd? Jabra Elite 65t is the one for you.

Design

A minimalist design but even after using plastic for the build, the earphones still give the premium vibe. The fit is one of the many benefits the Elite 65t offers. The build is soft plastic which sits comfortably in your ear which makes it usable for prolonged period of time.

Audio

The audio quality is awesome. The bass is there but not overwhelming. It’s a balanced experience but with all the competition in the market this alone wouldn’t suffice. The Elite 65t uses technology to provide its value and this is what makes it special. The mics of the Elite 65t allow outside sound to be mixed with your music which can be controlled by the Jabra app. This is a boon for all the travelers out there. On normal mode the Elite 65t blocks all the outside noise but if required this can be changed to allow outside noise to seep in making you more aware of the surrounding.

It doesn’t end here. One of the major issues that people face with earbuds is forgetting to turn them off. Don’t worry, Jabra has got your back. The earbuds when put back into the charging case puts it on charge and switches it off. And when you remove it from the case, it turns itself on automatically. This stuff is simple but very, very useful.

Controls

Each earbud has a button which does all the work you need. The left earbud has a rocker which allows you to control the volume and long press allows you to change tracks. The button on right earbud can play/pause your music, answer phone calls, use your phone’s assistant and a longer press makes it function as a power button.

Battery and Connectivity

On a single charge Elite 65t provides a five hour playback which upon testing we found that it lasts a bit more than that but the case provides an additional ten hours of playback which makes the total playback time of 15 hours. The case doesn’t use USB type-C for charging but nonetheless charging of the case is very fast. The only downside to the earbuds and the case is that it is a bit slippery and there is no comment about the water resistance of the product. The eartips selection is also a limited given the price range.

Style: 7/10
Audio quality: 8/10
Battery: 8/10
Overall: 7.5/10


Beats PowerBeats Pro

Beats PowerBeats Pro
credits: beats by dre

Design

This one here is dedicated truly to the athletes. With a sporty look, the PowerBeats Pro provides one of the best comfortable wear which enables you to listen to music for hours at a stretch. The build quality is awesome and the earbuds won’t come off no matter how much you try to shake it off. Despite having such spectacular design the only bugger here is the design of the case. The case itself looks elegant and minimalist but it’s sheer size makes it bulky and puts portability to question.

Audio

The bar set by Beats is high and PowerBeats Pro delivers on that promise. It shines the most while listening to EDM, R&B and rap. The overall sound quality is pretty good but for all those with keen music ears, you might be a little disappointed. This pair of earbuds were made keeping workouts in mind. During workouts one can enjoy the music that the PowerBeats Pro provide. Coming to the noise cancellation, PowerBeats Pro offer no noise cancellation (not even passive noise cancellation) which means that you would be hearing everything around you unless you turn the volume up to an extent which makes it uncomfortable to hear. But once in a quiet environment it provides an experience like no other. If put under right conditions PowerBeats Pro is a great choice.

Battery and Connectivity

Beats PowerBeats Pro provide 9 hours of battery backup . The case provides another two charges which brings it to a total of 27 hours of playback time. This offering is pretty good and definitely a major positive from my side. Also, Beats being an Apple company offers the easiest way of pairing. All you have to do is open the case and the PowerBeats Pro pop up on your iPhone. Android and Windows users, don’t worry. The PowerBeats Pro also connects to the devices using the traditional Bluetooth connection.

Style: 9/10
Audio quality: 6/10
Battery: 9/10
Overall: 8/10


Bose SoundSport Free True Wireless Earbuds

Bose SoundSport Free True Wireless Earbuds
Credits: Bose

What happens when one of the major players in the market comes to a new segment? You pretty much expect them to bring something new and worth your money. Unfortunately, Bose doesn’t quite live up to those expectations.

Design

Bose decided to go with the open design for the SoundSport Free Earbuds. The build of the SoundSport Free is robust and is well groomed for daily workouts and lengthy training sessions. Being water proof you don’t even have to worry about it anymore. But what is truly worrisome is that the SoundSport Free stick out of your ears quite a bit and can also get knocked off your ear easily if you are not careful with it.

Audio

This is one area that Bose gets right but there is also a condition for that, the open design being the main reason behind it. In a quiet environment the SoundSport Free truly shines and provides one of the best sound in the price range. But if used in public space, all the noise seeps through the open design shattering the soothing experience that it could provide. Moreover, the ear tips are not meant for everyone. For some it might be a perfect fit while for others, prolonged sessions are doubtful. If you are keen on buying SoundSport Free, it is advised to try it out at a store before placing the order.

Battery and Connectivity

The battery backup is pretty decent. The SoundSport Free last for about 5 hours on a full charge. Including the case, the total goes up to 15 hours of playback time. Another area where the SoundSport Free truly shines is the connectivity. The connection is ultra-reliable and almost never gets disconnected. The call quality is one of the best out there and totally worth the money if this is what you are looking for.

Style: 5/10
Audio quality: 8/10
Battery: 7/10
Overall: 6.5/10


Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless
Credits: sennheiser

The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless are one of the costlier earbuds that you can buy but the question here is, will it be worth the extra money?

Design

The silicone build makes the Momentum light weight and comfortable to wear. The earbuds feature the silver linings of the Momentum series providing it with a simple but premium look. The magnetic gold points make the Momentum earbuds attach to the case with a satisfying click making the experience much better.

Audio

Apart from the aesthetics, the Momentum Wireless doesn’t compromise with the sound quality and lives up to the bar set by itself. The Momentum earbuds does justice to all genres of music. The bass is not the best but it’s definitely there. The transparent hearing feature is a pretty cool feature to have which allows outside noise to seep in but the noise cancellation isn’t the best either.

Controls

The tap function of the Momentum make controlling your audio pretty simple and convenient. The only drawback of this feature is we can’t control the volume as precisely as we would want but this shouldn’t be a deal breaker.

Battery and Connectivity

The battery backup is decent. It gives you 4 hours of playback time on a full charge. Combined with the 2 charges provided by the case it gives a total playback time of 12 hours.

Coming back to the question, is the price tag of the Sennheiser Momentum justified? If you are willing to shell out the extra money to buy a pair of wireless earbuds then this ones won’t let you down. Those looking at this price range but are not sure about buying earbuds should look at the headphones section for much better options.

Style: 9/10
Audio quality: 9/10
Battery: 8/10
Overall: 8.5/10


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Conclusion

We have gone through the list of the best truly wireless earbuds. Since there is a plethora of brands selling them in the market and the requirement of technical knowledge to a certain level makes this process a little confusing and tedious to the uninitiated. This leads to people buying products which don’t suit the requirement and cause wastage of money. Maximum effort has been put in make this article your one stop guide and simplifying the process of purchasing the truly wireless earbuds.

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Thank you for reading 🙂

About author

Partha Adhikari

An audiophile on constant lookout for premium quality sound in a not-so premium budget.

Reviews all types of audio products such as headphones, earphones, speakers (wired and wireless) to help you make the perfect purchase decision!