November 2022

Wireless Earbuds: Meta Ranking Report

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

Summary

As of 7 Nov 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 Beats Fit Pro , with 6 and 4 expert endorsements respectively.

At a glance - November 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Earbuds
The Verge
TechRadar
Laptop Mag
Rtings.com
Android Central
Forbes
SoundGuys
What Hi-Fi
Tom's Guide
Wirecutter
1
- $228
Sony WF-1000XM4
1
1
1
-
3
1
4
1
4
-
2
- $200
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3
8
-
3
1
5
-
-
7
7
-
3
- $180
Beats Fit Pro
4
-
-
-
-
-
3
-
14
1
4
- $180
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
6
4
7
-
2
-
-
-
6
-
5
+2 $229
Apple AirPods Pro 2
-
3
2
-
-
-
-
6
2
-
6
+2 $279
Bose QuietComfort II
3
-
5
-
-
-
-
5
3
-
7
-2 $330
Apple AirPods Pro
5
-
-
2
10
-
2
-
-
-
8
-2 Check price
Apple AirPods 3
9
12
9
-
-
-
-
18
11
-
9
- $97
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2
-
-
-
-
4
-
1
-
-
-
10
- $100
Jabra Elite 7 Pro
-
-
-
6
1
-
-
-
-
-
11
- $259
Grado GT220
-
8
-
-
-
-
-
-
1
-
12
- $60
Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus
-
2
-
-
-
-
-
4
13
-
13
+1 $176
Google Pixel Buds Pro
7
-
11
-
7
-
-
-
-
-
14
-1 $199
Bose QuietComfort Buds
-
10
-
-
6
-
-
10
-
-
15
+1 Check price
Sony WF-C500
-
7
-
-
-
-
-
3
-
-
16
-1 $100
Jabra Elite 7 Active
-
-
-
-
-
4
5
-
-
-
17
- $16
JLab Go Air Pop
-
5
-
5
-
-
-
-
-
-
18
- $299
Master & Dynamic MW08
-
-
-
-
-
3
-
-
12
-
19
- $145
Jaybird Vista 2
-
-
-
7
9
-
-
-
-
-
20
- $88
Sennheiser CX Plus
-
-
12
-
-
-
-
-
8
-
21
- $148
Sony LinkBuds S
-
11
10
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
22
New * Check price
Nothing Ear 1
12
-
13
-
-
-
-
-
-
-

We ranked Sony WF-1000XM4 #1 in November 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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TechRadar

The best wireless earbuds overall

Pros
Full-bodied and eloquent sound
Genuinely useful features
Good ANC

Cons
Average battery life
No aptX support

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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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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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Forbes

Best Overall Wireless Earbuds

Pros
People who want excellent hands-free calling and noise cancellation
Using presets to optimize the listening experience

Cons
You want earbuds that need to stay firmly in place while working out
You want earbuds with spatial audio and Dolby Atmos support

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SoundGuys

Best ANC

Pros
Great ANC
IPX4 rating
360 Reality Audio
Bluetooth 5.2; SBC, AAC, LDAC
Extra features in app
Foam ear tips

Cons
Cost
Default sound signature is odd

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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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Tom's Guide

Great balance of useful features and top sound / Editor's Choice

Pros
Balanced and enjoyable sound
Excellent ANC
Decent battery life

Cons
Fit may not be good for all
Weak call quality

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

  • 6 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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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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Rtings.com

Best Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds

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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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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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Tom's Guide

Better ANC for less / Editor's Choice

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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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 November 2022 ranking

We ranked Beats Fit Pro #3 in November 2022 because:

  • 4 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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SoundGuys

Best for workouts

Pros
Android and iOS compatibility
In-app ear tip fit test
Noise cancelling/Transparency
USB-C case with fast charging
Secure, compact fit for exercise
IPX4-rated earbuds

Cons
Fairly large case
Known ANC update issues

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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 Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro #4 in November 2022 because:

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

Best earbuds for Samsung Galaxy phone owners

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TechRadar

Easily the best Samsung Galaxy Buds yet

Pros
Vastly improved hi-res sound quality
Solid ANC
Classy, comfortable design and finish

Cons
Battery life is only average

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Laptop Mag

The essential wireless earbuds for Galaxy smartphone owners

Pros
24-bit audio playback and 3D sound
Spacious soundstage
Powerful ANC
Pressure-relieving design
Excellent connectivity

Cons
Low battery life
Most coveted features are exclusive to Galaxy devices

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Android Central

Best balanced fit

Pros
Extremely comfortable
Improved ANC
Perfect for Samsung’s ecosystem
Pretty rugged design
Good app support

Cons
Lack true multipoint capabilities
So-so battery life
Finicky touch controls

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Tom's Guide

Samsung's next-gen flagship earbuds are their best so far

Pros
Wide soundstage
Effective ANC
Compact and practical design
Easy to use features
Excellent connectivity

Cons
Disappointing battery life
Bixby needs some work
Most coveted features are exclusive to Galaxy devices

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We ranked Apple AirPods Pro 2 #5 in November 2022 because:

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

The best wireless earbuds from Apple

Pros
Top-tier active noise cancellation
Great sound quality
Lots of very smart features for iPhone

Cons
Average battery life
No lossless support

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Laptop Mag

The best Apple wireless earbuds overall

Pros
+Personalized Spatial Audio
+Stronger, smarter ANC modes
+Impeccable controls
+Distinctly enriched soundstage
+Higher battery life

Cons
Poor performance on non-iOS devices
-Unchanged design

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What Hi-Fi

Apple's best-sounding wireless earbuds by quite a distance.

Pros
Clear, detailed and powerful sound
Excellent noise-cancelling
Longer battery life
Smooth, intuitive use with iOS devices

Cons
Many features restricted to iOS devices only
Customisable ANC modes would be useful

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Tom's Guide

A major upgrade with better battery life and personalized spatial audio / Editor's Choice

Pros
World-class noise cancellation
Volume controls right on the stem
Dolby Atmos spatial audio
Improved battery life

Cons
Audio performance needs finessing
Lackluster call quality
Lanyard costs extra

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We ranked Bose QuietComfort II #6 in November 2022 because:

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

Best noise-canceling earbuds

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Laptop Mag

Best noise-cancelling earbuds overall

Pros
Best-in-class ANC
Superb sound and call quality
Great customization settings
Strong wireless performance
More compact and stylish design

Cons
Expensive
Finicky touch controls and app connectivity

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What Hi-Fi

Bose's flagship wireless earbuds sound the business.

Pros
Exceptional noise-cancelling
Fantastic sense of refinement
Beautifully balanced sound
Excellent detail levels

Cons
Battery life can be bettered
Call quality is nothing special
No Bluetooth multipoint
No wireless charging

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Tom's Guide

The best-ever wireless earbuds for noise cancellation

Pros
Unbeatable noise cancellation
Refined and well-balanced sound
Excellent call quality
Great customization settings
More compact and stylish design

Cons
Battery life bettered by rivals
Poor comfort levels
Finicky touch controls and app connectivity

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We ranked Apple AirPods Pro #7 in November 2022 because:

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

Best earbuds for iPhone owners

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Rtings.com

Best Upper-Mid-Range Bluetooth Earbuds

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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
Active noise cancelling and Adaptive Transparency modes
Great auto-wear detection
Water-resistant buds and case
Pressure-sensitive stems and sliding controls
MagSafe, Wireless, and Apple Watch compatible charging

Cons
Charges via lightning cable
No way to customize the EQ without third-party app

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We ranked Apple AirPods 3 #8 in November 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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TechRadar

The best wireless earbuds for an outer-ear fit

Pros
Impressive spatial audio
Easy to use

Cons
No active noise cancellation
No interchangeable eartips

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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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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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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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We ranked Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 #9 in November 2022 because:

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

Best value

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
Bluetooth 5.2 with SBC, Scalable Samsung Codec, and AAC
Sound quality and good ANC
In-app ear tip fit test
Fast and wireless charging

Cons
Lacks aptX
No iOS app support
Sensitive touch controls

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We ranked Jabra Elite 7 Pro #10 in November 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.
Critic endorsements:
Rtings.com

Best Bluetooth Earbuds For Sound Quality

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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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We ranked Grado GT220 #11 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Wireless Earbuds” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Grado GT220 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best wireless earbuds for sheer sound quality

Pros
Good battery life
Great sound

Cons
No active noise cancellation
No control app

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Tom's Guide

The best wireless earbuds may sound pricey, but for class-leading sound they're worth it / Editor's Choice

Pros
Balanced and authentic sound
High comfort levels
Good battery life
Useful touch-controls

Cons
No active noise cancellation

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We ranked Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus #12 in November 2022 because:

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

The best wireless earbuds for affordable sound quality

Pros
45-hour total battery life
Incredible audio performance
Astounding price for the quality

Cons
No active noise cancellation
Few fancy smart features

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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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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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We ranked Google Pixel Buds Pro #13 in November 2022 because:

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

Best Earbuds for Google Pixel Phone Owners

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Laptop Mag

Dynamic-sounding buds for Android-philes

Pros
Dynamic, customizable audio
Effective ANC
Sufficient battery life
Excellent wireless performance

Cons
Loose fit
No aptX support or USB-C cable

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Android Central

Best for Android users

Pros
Good, clear sound
Integration with Android and Google Assistant
Excellent ANC performance
Great fit and comfort
Reliable media controls
Wireless charging

Cons
Could use more bass
Needs a custom EQ
Battery life could be longer with ANC
More ear tip sizes would be nice

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We ranked Bose QuietComfort Buds #14 in November 2022 because:

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

The best wireless earbuds for sheer noise blocking power

Pros
Best-in-class ANC
Rich, clear sound

Cons
No onboard volume control
Bulky 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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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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We ranked Sony WF-C500 #15 in November 2022 because:

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

The best cheap wireless earbuds that are packed with features

Pros
Informative, organized and lively sound
Neat and comfortable
Proper control app

Cons
Total battery life is middling

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What Hi-Fi

Sony's cheap wireless earbuds really hit the spot.

Pros
Compact and comfortable design
Spirited, well-balanced sound
Fine control app

Cons
Ordinary battery life
Slightly small-scale sound
Numerous serious rivals

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We ranked Jabra Elite 7 Active #16 in November 2022 because:

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

Best Earbuds For Working Out

Pros
People with an active lifestyle who want durable and great sounding earbuds
Anyone who works out in a noisy gym

Cons
You want earbuds that offer spatial audio with active head tracking or Dolby Atmos

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SoundGuys

Best versatility

Pros
Great sound quality
IP57 rating
Adjustable ANC/HearThru
Great mobile app
USB-C, wireless, and fast charging

Cons
No aptX (SBC/AAC only)
Potential pressure/comfort issues
ANC only okay

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We ranked JLab Go Air Pop #17 in November 2022 because:

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

The best wireless earbuds under £20/$20

Pros
Light, small, comfy design
Sounds great for the price

Cons
Odd fitted charging cable
Not the last word in sonic brilliance

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Rtings.com

Best Cheap Wireless Earbuds

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We ranked Master & Dynamic MW08 #18 in November 2022 because:

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

Best Earbuds For Business Professionals

Pros
Adults who want elegant looking earbuds that can be used in a professional setting
People who need extended Bluetooth range
Travelers who want quality audio while traveling by airplane, train, or bus

Cons
You want more basic, affordable earbuds

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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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We ranked Jaybird Vista 2 #19 in November 2022 because:

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

Best Bluetooth Earbuds For Running

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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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We ranked Sennheiser CX Plus #20 in November 2022 because:

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

A necessary update with signature Sennheiser sound

Pros
Crystal-clear sound
Restrained, stylish design
Strong noise cancellation
IPX4 water resistance

Cons
Still bulky for small ears
No wireless charging

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Tom's Guide

Flagship sound and good ANC for half the price of the AirPods Pro

Pros
Superior sound and call quality
Decent active noise cancelling
Great controls
Respectable battery life

Cons
Uncomfortable design
EQ is ineffective
No wireless charging or multipoint technology

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We ranked Sony LinkBuds S #21 in November 2022 because:

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

The best wireless earbuds for smaller ears

Pros
Compact, light and comfy to wear
Enjoyable sound
Great control app

Cons
Could sound more assertive
Don't look or feel special in any way

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Laptop Mag

Excellent wireless buds worthy of flagship recognition

Pros
Balanced, well-defined sound
Effective ANC
Terrific call quality
Small and comfy
Third-party app support and lots of features

Cons
Lacks the original’s innovative design

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We ranked Nothing Ear 1 #22 in November 2022 because:

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

Best Earbuds for Standout Style

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Laptop Mag

Pros
Detailed sound quality
Good call quality
Responsive touch controls
Impressive Bluetooth 5.3 range

Cons
Divisive design
Plenty of noise leakage

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