July 2022

Wireless Earbuds: Meta Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Earbuds rankings posted by key online experts, as of July 2022.

Summary

As of 28 Jul 2022, Sony WF-1000XM4 takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed earbuds with 8 expert endorsements. 5 experts out of 8 recommended it as the '#1 earbuds' this month. It is followed by Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 and Apple AirPods Pro , with 7 and 8 expert endorsements respectively.

At a glance - July 2022 Ranking

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Rank Price Earbuds
The Verge
Tom's Guide
TechRadar
What Hi-Fi
Wirecutter
Laptop Mag
Forbes
Android Central
SoundGuys
Rtings.com
1
$248
Sony WF-1000XM4
1
3
1
1
-
1
1
3
4
-
2
$249
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3
7
4
-
5
-
3
4
5
-
1
3
$180
Apple AirPods Pro
5
2
-
18
-
2
6
10
5
2
4
$199
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds
3
12
-
9
-
4
11
6
-
-
5
$94
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2
6
-
-
-
-
6
-
4
1
-
6
$198
Apple AirPods 3
8
7
10
20
-
8
-
-
-
-
7
$180
Beats Fit Pro
4
10
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
8
$399
Bowers & Wilkins PI7
-
-
6
-
-
5
2
-
-
-
9
$130
Jabra Elite 7 Pro
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1
-
6
10
$93
Google Pixel Buds
-
-
-
8
-
11
-
7
-
-
11
$130
Jabra Elite 7 Active
-
-
-
-
-
-
5
-
2
-
13
$145
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro
-
-
-
-
-
-
7
2
-
-
14
$60
Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus
-
9
-
4
-
-
-
-
-
-
15
$130
Jaybird Vista 2
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
9
-
7
16
$299
Master & Dynamic MW08
-
8
-
-
-
-
8
-
-
-
17
$60
Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro
-
-
-
-
-
9
-
11
-
-

We ranked Sony WF-1000XM4 #1 in July 2022 because:

  • 8 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Wireless Earbuds” rankings.
  • Out of those, 5 experts ranked Sony WF-1000XM4 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
The Verge

Best overall wireless earbuds

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Tom's Guide

Great balance of useful features and top sound

Pros
Balanced and enjoyable sound
Excellent ANC
Decent battery life

Cons
Fit may not be good for all

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TechRadar

The best wireless earbuds you can buy right now

Pros
Full-bodied and eloquent sound
Genuinely useful features

Cons
Average battery life
No aptX support

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What Hi-Fi

Without doubt the best wireless earbuds you can buy right now.

Pros
Clear, detailed bass performance
Wonderful sense of musicality
Comfortable
Class-leading battery life

Cons
Missing Sony’s Multipoint feature
Lacking ear tip choices
No aptX HD

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Laptop Mag

The best wireless earbuds overall

Pros
Remarkable sound quality
Super-powerful ANC
Strong battery life
Cool intelligible features
Luxe design

Cons
Unreliable fit

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Forbes

Best Wireless Earbuds Overall

Pros
Superior noise cancellation with transparency mode
Quick 1.5 hours battery recharge time
Hi-Res Audio

Cons
High price
No Bluetooth multipoint

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Android Central

Best upgrade pick

Pros
Outstanding ANC performance
Stellar sound quality
Amazing battery life
Wireless charging case with USB-C
LDAC and 360 Audio support
Solid app support

Cons
Touch controls need work
Smaller ears may not feel comfy
Single-bud mode only in right buds

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SoundGuys

Best ANC

Pros
360 Reality Audio support
Excellent Isolation, ANC
Foam ear tips
IPX4 rating
Bluetooth 5.2; SBC, AAC, and LDAC

Cons
Price
Out-of-the-box sound a little wonky

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We ranked Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 #2 in July 2022 because:

  • 7 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Wireless Earbuds” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
The Verge

Best earbuds for sound quality

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Tom's Guide

Better ANC for less

Pros
Balanced, informative and convincing sound
Good noise-cancellation
Great control options

Cons
Some will hanker after greater bass presence
No multi-point connectivity

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What Hi-Fi

Sennheiser's latest premium wireless earbuds are its greatest yet.

Pros
Spacious, refined and insightful sound
aptX Adaptive Bluetooth support
Nicely priced

Cons
Earpieces slightly cheaper looking
Pick up wind noise

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Laptop Mag

ANC and Sennheiser sound for a premium

Pros
Superior sound quality
Excellent ANC
Beautiful design
Terrific touch controls

Cons
Disappointing call quality
No Find My Buds function or multipoint technology

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Forbes

Best Noise-Cancelling Wireless Earbuds

Pros
Excellent noise cancellation
Elegant design with no stem
Wireless charging

Cons
No Bluetooth multipoint

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Android Central

Best sound quality

Pros
Superb audio quality
More comfortable fit
Solid ANC and Transparency
Reliable touch controls
Excellent call quality
Good app support

Cons
No multipoint — for now
More EQ features would be nice
Just OK battery life

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Rtings.com

Best Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend Wireless Earbuds.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Wireless Earbuds, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for July 2022 ranking

We ranked Apple AirPods Pro #3 in July 2022 because:

  • 8 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Wireless Earbuds” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Verge

Best earbuds for apple fans

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Tom's Guide

The best-sounding wireless earbuds with ANC for Apple fans

Pros
One of the best ANC modes
Great sound
Easy to use controls
Comfortable fit

Cons
Battery life is bettered elsewhere

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What Hi-Fi

Apple's noise-cancelling wireless earbuds put up a solid display.

Pros
Comfortable fit
Impressive noise-cancelling
Balanced sound

Cons
Noise-cancelling impacts timing
Key rivals sound better

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Laptop Mag

The best Apple wireless earbuds

Pros
Effective active noise cancelation
Adaptive EQ
Clean, balanced sound
Superb call quality

Cons
Lower battery life than the AirPods 2
No companion app

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Forbes

Best Wireless Earbuds For iPhone

Pros
Spatial audio
Advanced features
Works seamlessly within the Apple ecosystem

Cons
Premium price

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Android Central

Best for Apple users

Pros
Excellent noise cancelation
Transparency mode works very well
Super comfortable design
Playback gestures are great
Compact, high-quality charging case

Cons
So-so battery life
No customization on Android
Lightning for charging
Expensive

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SoundGuys

Best iPhone

Pros
Good fit with three ear tip options
Sound quality
Good active noise cancelling
The pressure-sensitive stems for controls
Portable charging case (Lightning/wireless)

Cons
Price
Charges via lightning cable
Design not for everyone

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Rtings.com

Best Upper-Mid-Range Bluetooth Earbuds

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We ranked Bose QuietComfort Earbuds #4 in July 2022 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Wireless Earbuds” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Verge

Best noise-canceling earbuds

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Tom's Guide

Best ANC performance from an earbud, but price is high

Pros
Unbeatable ANC
Excellent call quality
Dynamic sound
Strong, reliable connectivity

Cons
Daily battery life gave 30 mins less than rated in our tests
Large charging case

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What Hi-Fi

Fantastic wireless earbuds with some brilliant built-in tech.

Pros
Exciting, entertaining sound
Superb balance
Impressive noise-cancelling

Cons
Average battery life

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Laptop Mag

The best noise-cancelling wireless earbuds

Pros
Unbeatable ANC and call quality
Solid audio performance
Responsive touch controls
Bluetooth 5.1

Cons
Bulky, heavy case

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Forbes

Best Earbuds For Travelers

Pros
Volume optimized active EQ
Superior noise cancellation
Very comfortable to wear

Cons
Requires Bose Music app to switch between paired devices
Bulky wireless charging case

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Android Central

Best noise-canceling

Pros
Superb sound quality
Outstanding ANC performance
Solid ambient mode
Comfortable fit
Wireless charging case

Cons
Larger by comparison
Case is much bigger
App needs an EQ
Pricey

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We ranked Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 #5 in July 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Wireless Earbuds” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
The Verge

Best earbuds for samsung fans

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Laptop Mag

Best Samsung wireless earbuds

Pros
Extremely comfortable
Competitively priced
Powerful ANC and ambient modes
Great audio performance

Cons
Weaker water resistance than competitors
Middling battery life

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Android Central

Best balanced fit

Pros
Bold sound
Effective ANC
Very comfortable fit
Good battery life
Nice color options

Cons
IPX2 rating isn't very durable
Microphones are so-so
Finicky controls

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SoundGuys

Best all-around

Pros
Compact design
In-app ear tip fit test
Sound quality
Bluetooth 5.2 with SBC, AAC, and Samsung Scalable codec
Fast and wireless charging

Cons
No iOS app support
Lacks aptX
Not compatible with Samsung 360 Audio
Sensitive touch controls

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We ranked Apple AirPods 3 #6 in July 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Wireless Earbuds” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Verge

Best earbuds for voice calls on iPhone

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Tom's Guide

No ANC, but great sound and a best buy for dedicated Apple followers

Pros
Well-balanced sound
Spatial audio support
Effective Adaptive EQ

Cons
No ANC or Transparency mode
Loose fit may not suit all

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TechRadar

The best option for Apple lovers who want Spatial Audio

Pros
Impressive spatial audio
Easy to use

Cons
No active noise cancellation
No interchangeable eartips

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What Hi-Fi

The AirPods 3 are daily delights with a strong selling point in spatial audio.

Pros
Spatial audio support is a real bonus
Balanced, clear and detailed sound
Strong battery life

Cons
Beaten for transparency
Still no on-bud volume adjustment
Fit won't be for everyone

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Laptop Mag

The best non-ANC premium wireless earbuds

Pros
Extremely comfortable
Great audio
Excellent battery life
MagSafe charging support

Cons
A bit expensive
No active noise cancelling

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We ranked Beats Fit Pro #7 in July 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Wireless Earbuds” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Beats Fit Pro as #1.
Critic endorsements:
The Verge

Best earbuds for working out

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Tom's Guide

The best noise-cancelling wireless earbuds for active lifestyles

Pros
Powerful ANC and Transparency modes
Dynamic sound and Spatial Audio support
Respectable battery life
Comfy, secure fit

Cons
Some features exclusive to Apple devices
Limited Android app

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Wirecutter

The best true wireless earbuds

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We ranked Bowers & Wilkins PI7 #8 in July 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Wireless Earbuds” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best earbuds for style and luxury

Pros
Look great
Powerful sound

Cons
Expensive
Average noise cancellation

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Laptop Mag

Luxe wireless earbuds with rich ANC and sound

Pros
Hi-fidelity sound
Eye-catching design
Better ANC than the AirPods Pro
Charging case doubles as a wireless adapter

Cons
Low battery life
Steep MSRP

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Forbes

Best Premium Wireless Earbuds

Pros
Generates deep bass and detailed high notes
Noise cancellation adapts to your surroundings
Wireless charging case offers analog audio retransmission

Cons
Short battery life
Wireless charging case is bulky
High price

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We ranked Jabra Elite 7 Pro #9 in July 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Wireless Earbuds” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Jabra Elite 7 Pro as #1.
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Android Central

Best wireless earbuds overall

Pros
Excellent audio quality with solid ANC
Better fit and comfort
Outstanding call quality
Pretty good durability
Reliable button controls

Cons
Custom ANC shouldn't be mandatory
Too few codecs

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Rtings.com

Best Bluetooth Earbuds For Sound Quality

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We ranked Google Pixel Buds #10 in July 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Wireless Earbuds” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
What Hi-Fi

The latest Pixel Buds wireless earbuds get an A-grade from us.

Pros
Well-rounded, clean sound
Comfortable
Reliable connection

Cons
No volume touch control on buds
No noise-cancelling

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Laptop Mag

Best wireless earbuds for Android users

Pros
Super comfortable and lightweight
Excellent voice command integration
Good audio quality
Really affordable

Cons
Lack active noise cancellation
Weak volume

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Android Central

Best for Android users

Pros
Wireless charging case & USB-C wired charging
Integration with Android and Google Assistant
Good sound
Lightweight build
Fantastic media controls

Cons
Lacks active noise cancelation
Battery life could be longer
Comfort might not be great for everyone
No wireless charging case

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We ranked Jabra Elite 7 Active #11 in July 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Wireless Earbuds” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Forbes

Best Wireless Earbuds for Running

Pros
Has six microphones with built-in wind protection
Great battery life
Pairs with two devices at once

Cons
Bass-range audio suffers with active noise cancellation enabled

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SoundGuys

Best versatility

Pros
Great sound quality
Adjustable noise cancelling and HearThrough
USB-C, wireless, and fast charging
IP57 rating
Useful companion app
Bluetooth 5.2

Cons
SBC and AAC only, no aptX
Potential pressure/comfort issues
ANC could be better

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We ranked Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro #12 in July 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Wireless Earbuds” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Forbes

Best Wireless Earbuds For Android Users

Pros
High level of water resistance
Spatial audio with Dolby Atmos support

Cons
Some features only work with Samsung mobile devices

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Android Central

Best value wireless earbuds

Pros
Excellent sound
Effective ANC
Rugged water and sweat resistance
Comfortable design
Spatial 360 Audio
Reliable microphone quality

Cons
Lower battery life than before
Finicky touch controls
Needs custom EQ

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We ranked Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus #13 in July 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Wireless Earbuds” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

No ANC, but a great-sounding earbud for less than $100

Pros
Excellent sound
Long battery life
Elegant, splash-proof design

Cons
No ANC
Mediocre voice call quality

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What Hi-Fi

Another great pair of budget wireless earbuds.

Pros
Extra dynamic expression
Great clarity
Slick app support

Cons
No noise cancelling

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We ranked Jaybird Vista 2 #14 in July 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Wireless Earbuds” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Android Central

Most rugged

Pros
Good audio quality
Audio customization abounds
Comfortable fit and rugged design
Decent ANC and ambient modes
Improved battery life
Case is trackable and water-resistant

Cons
Still just as bulky as before
aptX support would've been great

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Rtings.com

Best Bluetooth Earbuds For Running

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We ranked Master & Dynamic MW08 #15 in July 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Wireless Earbuds” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

Great sound and features, but better value can be found elsewhere

Pros
Stylish, durable design
Great sound
Great ANC
Decent battery life

Cons
More expensive than AirPods Pro

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Forbes

Most Stylish Wireless Earbuds.

Pros
Excellent battery life
Superior acoustics
In case charge takes just 15 minutes for 50% recharge

Cons
Premium price
No Bluetooth multiport pairing
Lacks adjustable EQ

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We ranked Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro #16 in July 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Wireless Earbuds” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Laptop Mag

The best ANC wireless earbuds value

Pros
Strong audio performance
Adequate ANC and ambient listening modes
Stable battery life
Excellent connectivity

Cons
Finicky touch controls

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Android Central

Most versatile earbuds

Pros
Great sound quality
Excellent battery life
USB-C and Qi wireless charging
Extremely comfortable
Custom equalizer

Cons
Lacks aptX codec
Touch controls are finicky
Not the best for sweaty workouts

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