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It can be difficult to find the best wireless headphones for your needs. That’s why we created this guide to help. We’ve spent the past 10 years testing the latest headphones and we know a thing or two about finding the perfect pair of wireless cans.

A few years ago we might have tried to dissuade you from buying a pair of wireless headphones. But times have changed. Advances in Bluetooth mean the best wireless headphones sound just as good as their wired counterparts. They offer fantastic connectivity, and some even come with nifty features, including active noise cancellation and built-in AI assistants you can control with your voice.

The cordless cans in this list make for fantastic companions if you have a jack-less phone, including the iPhone 11 and Pixel 3 that simply lack a 3.5mm AUX input to plug your headphones into. Whatever your reason might be for upgrading, we're here to help you find the best wireless headphones for you, regardless of your budget – and there are lots of models to choose from.

To help you get started we've divided our guide into over-ear headphones, wireless earphones, and true wireless earbuds. These are the three main styles of wireless headphones – so feel free to jump to whichever style fits your needs and budget. Not seeing something you like? Be sure to check back regularly as new additions are added.

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The best over-ear wireless headphones

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1. Sony WH-1000XM3

Wireless noise-cancelling headphones that sound better than Bose

Acoustic design: Closed |

Weight: 275 grams |

Frequency response: 4Hz - 40kHz |

Drivers: 40mm |

Driver type: Dynamic |

Sensitivity: 103dB |

Impedance: 46 Ohms |

Battery life: 30 hours |

Wireless range: 30 feet |

NFC: Yes

Superb noise-cancelling  Great-sounding audio  30-hour battery life  Hinges are fragile 

For the last three years, the Sony 1000X series of headphones have been our favorite wireless headphones on the market. They sound great thanks to a combination of superb wireless codecs – aptX and Sony's proprietary LDAC tech – and keep outside noise at bay thanks to Sony's ever-improving noise-cancellation algorithms. 

While the Sony WH-1000XM3 might not be a massive improvement over last year's WH-1000XM2, they're still a cut above their rivals, the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, in nearly every way: they sound better, they block out noise better and have better features like Quick Attention mode that lets in all outside noise without taking off the headphones. (The latter is perfect when giving a drink order on a plane or speaking to a coworker for a brief moment before diving back into your work.) 

Great-sounding and feature-packed, these impressive Sony headphones are great travel companions and all-around excellent wireless headphones – and while we're hoping to see the Sony WH-1000XM4 this year, they're still the best wireless headphones of 2020.

Read more: Sony WH-1000XM3 review

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2. Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

Bose's new wireless noise-cancelling headphones are easily its best yet

Acoustic design: Closed |

Weight: 0.64 lbs (289g) |

Cable length: N/A |

Frequency response: N/A |

Drivers: 40mm |

Driver type: Dynamic |

Sensitivity: N/A |

Impedance: N/A |

Battery life: 20 hours |

Wireless range: 100 meters (330 feet) |

NFC: No

Outstanding noise cancellationFun, lively soundBattery life could be betterMore expensive than Sony

Bose has really outdone itself with the Headphones 700 – and a big part of these cans’ appeal, is the sophistication of the noise cancellation they offer.

As an alternative to the Sony WH-1000XM3, these wireless headphones sound fantastic, with a vibrant, lively character and well-balanced soundstage and offer the same great noise-cancellation you'd expect from Bose.

They don't have the same dexterity as the WH-1000XM3 and the battery life is also 10 hours less than Sony headphones despite costing more, but they're still well-worth considering when looking for a pair of wireless headphones.

Read more: Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 review

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3. Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Wireless Headphones

Strong all-rounders

Acoustic design: Closed |

Weight: 310g |

Cable length: 1.2m |

Frequency response: 10 – 30,000 Hz |

Drivers: 43.6mm |

Driver type: Full range |

Sensitivity: N/A |

Impedance: 20 kOhms |

Battery life: 30 hours |

Wireless range: N/A |

NFC: N/A

Best-in-class sound qualityCompetitive battery lifeRobust Bluetooth connectionEarcups don't collapse

If you’re looking for wireless headphones with active noise cancellation and you're not put off by the $399 / £349 / AU$600 price tag, the Bowers & Wilkins PX7 are well worth considering. 

With sophisticated noise cancellation, much-improved sound quality, and a honed aesthetic, the PX7 could give any of the headphones on this list a run for their money. 

Plus, they're packing aptX Adaptive for improved stability and latency between the headphones and your device, as well as high-quality (24-bit) streaming aptX HD brought to the table.

Read more: Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Wireless Headphones review

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4. Jabra Elite 85H

Giving Sony and Bose a run for their money

Acoustic design: Closed |

Weight: 296 grams |

Cable length: N/A |

Frequency response: 10-20kHz |

Drivers: 40mm |

Driver type: Dynamic |

Sensitivity: N/A |

Impedance: N/A |

Battery life: 36 hours |

Wireless range: 10m (33ft.) |

NFC: N/A

Class-leading battery lifeExcellent ANC performanceStylish and comfortableLacks support for high-end codecs

Offering class-leading battery life, terrific style and plenty of personalization when it comes to sound profiles, the Elite 85h are easy to recommend. That said, purists will bemoan the lack of high-end codec support and there are punchier wireless headphones on the market at this price point. 

When you consider that Jabra’s Elite 85h headphones are the company’s first attempt at premium wireless ANC headphones, the result is quite commendable. We can’t wait to see what the company’s next premium ANC headphones will accomplish.  

If you want an alternative to Sony's WH-1000XM3, these are a great choice.

Read more: Jabra Elite 85H review

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5. Bose QuietComfort 35 II

Premium wireless headphones that include Google Assistant

Acoustic design: Closed |

Weight: 0.68 pounds |

Cable length: 3.94 feet |

Frequency response: N/A |

Drivers: N/A |

Driver type: N/A |

Sensitivity: N/A |

Impedance: N/A |

Battery life: 20+ hours |

Wireless range: N/A |

NFC: Yes

Broad and clear soundstageAmazing noise cancellationActive EQ an acquired tasteBoring looks

Bose took the already-excellent QC35 and updated them with Google Assistant. This means you still get the class-leading noise cancellation Bose is known for, good sound quality, and incredible comfort. Said simply, these wireless headphones sound great and their battery life is long enough for all but the longest of flights.

Despite the popularity of the QC35s, Bose has shaken things up by releasing a totally new wireless noise-cancelling headphones model, with a focus on sleek design and “breakthrough” audio tech: the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700. They may not have pipped Sony to the top spot of the best noise-cancelling headphones, but they're still a fantastic pair of over-ear headphones, coming in at number two.

Read more: Bose QuietComfort 35 II review

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6. Philips PH805

Premium wireless headphones without the premium price

Acoustic design: Closed |

Weight: N/A |

Cable length: N/A |

Frequency response: 7 – 40,000Hz |

Drivers: 40mm |

Driver type: Dynamic |

Sensitivity: 90 dB |

Impedance: 16 Ohms |

Battery life: 30 hours |

Wireless range: 33ft |

NFC: N/A

Well madeGood battery lifePunchy, controlled, and detailed soundNoise cancelation could be more effective

At $199 / £160 (around AU$290) the Philips PH805 offer exceptional value for money. These are wireless headphones, using Bluetooth 5.0 for connectivity – so high-resolution audio playback should be achievable. 

Using a single Lithium-Ion cell for up to 30 hours of playback time from a single charge, the Philips PH805 have active noise cancellation on board, administered by a couple of mics on each earcup. 

Read more: Philips PH805 review

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7. Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless

Over-ear headphones that don't skimp on the smart features

Acoustic design: Closed |

Weight: N/A |

Cable length: N/A |

Frequency response: 6Hz to 22kHz |

Drivers: 42mm |

Driver type: N/A |

Sensitivity: N/A |

Impedance: N/A |

Battery life: 17 hours |

Wireless range: N/A |

NFC: Yes

Brilliant audio qualityCool designCustomizable settingsBattery life isn’t greatMore expensive than rivals

These Sennheiser over-ear wireless headphones sound fantastic, with high levels of detail, warm bass, and natural-sounding highs.

Customizable noise cancellation is a great touch, though it doesn't quite reach the class-leading standards set by Sony and Bose. Battery life also doesn't compete with the Sony WH-1000XM3s, and they're more expensive to boot. 

So, why buy the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless? Well, if built-in Tile tracking appeals to you, and you like the industrial design and premium materials of the Momentum Wireless, that could be reason enough – and if you do opt for them over the Sony model, you won’t be missing out on any audio quality. In that respect, they’re truly matched. 

Read more: Sennheiser Momentum Wireless (2019) review

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8. AKG N60NC Wireless

Wireless noise-cancellation from another mid-range master

Acoustic design: Closed |

Weight: 199.4g |

Cable length: N/A |

Frequency response: 10-22,000Hz |

Drivers: N/A |

Driver type: N/A |

Sensitivity: 111dB SPL/V@1kHz |

Impedance: 32 ohms |

Battery life: 15 hours |

Wireless range: N/A |

NFC: No

Great soundCompact designNot the most comfortableInitially confusing controls

The AKG N60NC Wireless sound like a pair of headphones that should be much more expensive than they are. 

At their mid-range price point these wireless headphones offer fantastic value for money, with great sound quality and a level of noise-cancellation performance that's on a level with the much more premium entries on this list. 

Our biggest issue with these headphones is the fact that they're on-ear rather than over-ear, meaning that we found that they got uncomfortable over longer periods. 

Regardless, the benefit of this is that this is a fantastically compact pair of headphones, and if you're willing to make the trade-off then these are great for the price. 

Read more: AKG N60NC Wireless review

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9. JBL Tune 750BTNC

Quality noise-cancelling headphones for a great price

Acoustic design: Closed |

Weight: 220g |

Cable length: N/A |

Frequency response: 20Hz - 20kHz |

Drivers: 40mm |

Driver type: N/A |

Sensitivity: 95dB |

Impedance: 32 ohms |

Battery life: 15 - 22 hours |

Wireless range: 30ft (10m) |

NFC: No

Good sound qualityStrong active noise cancelationNo waterproofingAverage battery life

JBL is a popular name in the world of wireless headphones and Bluetooth speakers, and rightly so. Solidly dependable, consumers know what to expect from the brand – decent sound quality for a decent price. 

That's what we found with the JBL Live 650BTNC last year – and now, ready to take their place are the JBL Tune 750BTNC, a superior successor to the 650BTNC's as a high-spec and well-priced set of over-ear headphones.

The JBL Tune 750BTNC sound great, look great, and they fit well. Reliable and easy to use, you might miss waterproofing and a few minor features – but at this price, it feels foolish to complain too readily.

Read more: JBL Tune 750BTNC review

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10. Microsoft Surface headphones

Warm sound and great noise cancellation

Acoustic design: Closed |

Weight: 0.64Ibs |

Cable length: 3.94 ft |

Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz |

Drivers: 40mm Free Edge Driver |

Driver type: Free Edge |

Sensitivity: 115 dB |

Impedance: N/A |

Battery life: 15 hours |

Wireless range: N/A |

NFC: Yes

Brilliant sound qualityEffective noise cancellationIntuitive controlsSound may be too warm for some

Overall, Microsoft’s Surface headphones are surprisingly good, with a stunningly warm sound, and generous bass frequencies, which means your music will sound great whether you’re listening to subby hip-hop or acoustic singer-songwriters.

One criticism of this warm sound is that it can take some of the attack away from lower-mid frequencies, which some users may find a bit underwhelming. However, if sharp trebles and mids tend to give you listening fatigue, these could be the perfect headphones for you.

The calling card of these headphones is the active noise cancellation, which we felt worked really well, and we loved how easy it was to control this using the inbuilt dials on each housing. 

Although we were initially unconvinced by the high price (particularly when you can buy quality cans from heritage audio brands for less), the features work so seamlessly that it feels justified.

Read more: Microsoft Surface headphones review

[Update: Microsoft has launched two new pairs of headphones: the over-ear >Microsoft Surface Headphones 2, and the true wireless Microsoft Surface Earbuds. According to Microsoft, the new >noise-cancelling headphones come with "improved sound quality and 13 levels of ambient noise control"  – and they're considerably cheaper, too.]

Best wireless headphones 2020: over-ear headphones

  1. Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Headphones
  2. Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700
  3. Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Wireless Headphones
  4. Jabra Elite 85H
  5. Bose QuietComfort 35 II
  6. Philips PH805
  7. Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless
  8. AKG N60NC Wireless
  9. JBL Tune 750BTNC
  10. Microsoft Surface Headphones

Wireless vs true wireless: what's the difference?

Wireless headphones are traditional over-ear or on-ear headphones without the wire – the two earcups are connected by a headband. 

Wireless earbuds have existed for a while now, basically since Bluetooth was invented. Though battery-powered and not physically connected to your phone, they have a cord connecting both buds – and sometimes a band around the neck too. Check out the best wireless earbuds for more.

True wireless earbuds have no cord whatsoever. While wireless allows us to wear headphones a few feet away from our music players, True Wireless cuts the cord between the earbuds, giving us true freedom. If you're looking to go full wireless, we also have a round-up of the best true wireless headphones.

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The best in-ear wireless headphones

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1. Optoma NuForce BE Sport4

Practically flawless wireless earbuds

Acoustic design: closed |

Weight: 15 gram |

Frequency response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz |

Drivers: 6 mm |

Driver type: dynamic |

Sensitivity: 92 dB +/-3 dB at 1 kHz |

Impedance: 32 Ohm |

Battery life: 10 hours |

Wireless range: 10 m (33ft) |

NFC: No

Impressive audio Customized eartips  Practical design Not suited to one-ear listening 

The NuForce BE Sport4 wireless earbuds are good for pretty much any situation, whether you're looking to take them out on a run or just wear them around town. 

They're ideal for exercise, although any urbanite will also find their lightweight functionality and impressive sound isolation highly appealing. If you want proof that wireless headphones can now compete with the best of them, look no further.

Read more: Optoma NuForce BE Sport4 review

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2. Bowers & Wilkins PI3 Wireless Headphones

Neckbuds with phenomenal sound

Acoustic design: Closed |

Weight: 31g |

Frequency response: 10Hz - 30kHz |

Drivers: 9.2mm |

Driver type: N/A |

Sensitivity: 96 dB |

Impedance: N/A |

Battery life: 8 hours |

NFC: No

Comfortable designExcellent sound qualityNo waterproofingAverage battery life

The Bowers & Wilkins PI3 are the first neckband-style headphones for the company, and they're a great start. Well-designed, comfortable to wear, and simple to use, they sound really good, too.

Thanks to dual drivers, these buds sound fantastic, with crisp highs, lively mids, and plenty of powerful bass. Look past the fairly unremarkable battery life and limited features, and you'll be mostly very impressed by what these offer.

Read the full review: Bowers & Wilkins PI3 Wireless Headphones review

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3. Sennheiser CX Sport wireless earphones

No fuss buds with fantastic audio

Acoustic design: Closed |

Weight: 15g |

Frequency response: 17Hz - 21kHz |

Drivers: N/A |

Driver type: Dynamic |

Sensitivity: 112 dB |

Impedance: 28 Ohm |

Battery life: 6 hours |

wireless range: 50 m (150ft) |

NFC: No

Fantastic audio qualitySports-friendly designNot the cheapest optionMids could be richer

If the most important aspect of wireless earphones for you is the audio quality, these wireless earbuds from Sennheiser could be a fantastic choice. 

With a lively, bass-heavy presentation, and a comfortable fit, the Sennheiser CX Sport wireless earphones are ideal running headphones, and can really bolster your workout through sound quality alone. 

They have a battery life of six hours, which means they'll last you all day, whether you're wearing them on your commute or taking them out for a jog.

Read more: Sennheiser CX Sport Wireless earphones review

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4. OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2

Amazing wireless earphones for the price

Acoustic design: closed |

Weight: 13 gram |

Frequency response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz |

Drivers: 6 mm |

Driver type: dynamic |

Sensitivity: 96 dB +/-3 dB at 1 kHz |

Impedance: 16 Ohms |

Battery life: 8 hours |

wireless range: N/A |

NFC: No

Magnetic on/off switch  Lively soundStrong wireless connection Terrible carrying case 

OnePlus is most known for its “flagship killer” phones like the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro,, but the company also makes headphones – the best example of which are the company’s excellent Bullets Wireless 2, which offer an incredible value in the neck-bud headphone category. 

In terms of audio quality, they boast a lively sonic presentation and an accurate-feeling soundstage, although bass-heads may want to look elsewhere for headphones that pack a bassier punch. 

They may be $30 more expensive than their predecessors, but the improved battery life and sound quality makes up for that; it also makes it worth upgrading if you have the originals and are due a new pair of wireless earbuds. 

Read more: OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 review

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5. SoundMAGIC E11BT

Magic bullets that sound deceptively good

Acoustic design: Closed |

Weight: 24.7g |

Cable length: N/A |

Frequency response: 20 - 20,000Hz |

Drivers: 10mm |

Driver type: Dynamic, Neodymium |

Sensitivity: 100dB |

Impedance: 42 ohms |

Battery life: 20 hours |

Wireless range: 13m |

NFC: No

Fantastic priceElegant designComfortableTreble tones can sound harsh

The SoundMagic E11BTs are a great pair of wireless in-ear earphones, and given their low price, it really is difficult to fault them – the audio quality is fantastic and they look very elegant, with sleek, compact buds. 

They're comfortable to wear thanks to ergonomically designed eartips and a flat neckband that won’t irritate you while running or working out – and with an IPX4 rating, they should withstand sweaty sessions. 

Read more: SoundMAGIC E11BT review 

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6. Jaybird Tarah Pro

Well-crafted wireless earbuds for endurance athletes

Acoustic design: closed |

Weight: 18 grams |

Frequency response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz |

Drivers: 6 mm |

Driver type: dynamic |

Sensitivity: 95 dB +/-3 dB at 1 kHz |

Impedance: 16 Ohms |

Battery life: 8 hours |

wireless range: N/A |

NFC: No

 Excellent adaptable sound   Durable and compact design Proprietary charging dock  Fiddly eartips 

Another pair of running headphones to make it onto our list, the Jaybird Tarah Pro headphones are wireless sport headphones for the endurance runners, athletes and fitness nuts out there. With a neck cable to keep the earbuds together, they aren’t quite ‘true wireless’, but will be practical for those concerned about dropping and losing a costly earbud in the heat of a race or training session.

As the first in Jaybird’s new ‘Pro’ range of earbuds and aimed at offering higher quality audio and materials, the Tarah Pro will suit anyone not willing to sacrifice audio quality in harsher outdoor conditions or indoor workouts and who don't mind spending a bit more to get a premium product.  

Read more: Jaybird Tarah Pro review

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7. Jaybird X4 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Compact comfort, good quality, competitive price

Acoustic design: Closed |

Weight: 14.7g |

Frequency response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz |

Drivers: 6 mm |

Driver type: N/A |

Sensitivity: 99 dB +/-3 dB at 1 kHz |

Impedance: 16 Ohms |

Battery life: 8 hours |

Wireless range: 10m / 33ft |

NFC: No

Excellent adaptable soundDurable and compact designProprietary charging dockButton lag

Now committed to a yearly refresh of the popular mid-range model, the Jaybird X4 manage to outdo both the previous Jaybird X2 and Jaybird X3 wireless Bluetooth earphones, with an upgraded IPX7 water-resistance rating. Whether you're sweating buckets or running doggedly through the rain on your way to work, the X4 will be able to cope with it.

Jaybird's excellent app also provides easy EQ customization as well as the ability to make your own sound profile, with various ear tip sizes to boot. A great all round choice for anyone who doesn't want to skimp on sound or durability.

Read more: Jaybird X4 review

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8. Beats X

Good-sounding wireless earbuds that can charge in five minutes

Acoustic design: closed |

Weight: N/A |

Frequency response: N/A |

Drivers: N/A |

Driver type: N/A |

Sensitivity: N/A |

Impedance: N/A |

Battery life: 8 hours |

wireless range: N/A |

NFC: No

 Balanced sound signature  Quick Charge feature  Relatively expensive  Lacking in clarity 

Beats haven't always gotten the best rap when it comes to audio performance, but the Beats X is trying to set the record straight. The Beats X hence make up for their slightly bassy, confined sound with a rock solid connection and a pairing process that, on iOS devices at least, is as painless as it's possible to be. 

If you’re shopping for a no-fuss pair of earbuds that charge in 5 minutes, work well with iOS and don’t mind spending a little extra money on them, the Beats X are for you.

Read more: Beats X review

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9. Bose QuietControl 30

In-ear noise-cancelling as good as any from over-ear cans

Acoustic design: closed |

Weight: 28 grams |

Frequency response: N/A |

Drivers: N/A |

Driver type: N/A |

Sensitivity: N/A |

Impedance: N/A |

Battery life: 10 hours |

wireless range: 10m (33ft) |

NFC: No

Stellar noise cancellation  Long-lasting battery Very, very expensiveSound isn’t great for its price 

Life is full of compromises, and it's no different with the Bose QuietControl 30. On the positive side you get a level of noise cancellation that comes close to what's offered by the brand's over-ear headphones, but the concession here is on sound fidelity, which just isn’t on the same level as that of other in-ear or over-ear headphones we’ve tested. 

There's also that neckband which adds an unfortunate level of bulk to what should otherwise be a slimline pair of headphones. 

Read the full review: Bose QuietControl 30 review

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10. Beats PowerBeats 3

Fitness-focussed in-ears get the W1 treatment

Acoustic design: Closed |

Weight: 29g |

Frequency response: 20Hz - 20kHz |

Drivers: 10mm |

Driver type: N/A |

Sensitivity: 96 dB |

Impedance: N/A |

Battery life: 12 hours |

Wireless range: 10m (33ft) |

NFC: No

Great battery lifeGood wireless rangeFit could be betterHigh price

The PowerBeats 3 running headphones are yet another pair of Beats headphones that aim to keep your tunes pumping all day long – and while we're expecting the Powerbeats 4 to launch soon, the 2016 Powerbeats 3 are still worth considering.

They may come with the high price that is a signature of the Beats and Apple brands, but they offer a lot, especially for Apple iPhone users.

With a 12-hour battery life and a quick charge function that can add an hour of battery life in a few minutes, the PowerBeats 3 should rarely run out of juice in the middle of your commute, or your workout. They’re also ready for all the sweat from your brow, and can even handle a run in the rain.

While they may not top some of the other wireless headphones on this list for features, the PowerBeats 3 headphones will truly shine for major Apple lovers. They feature Apple’s W1 chip, which makes the Bluetooth pairing process with multiple iCloud-linked devices incredibly easy in addition to boosting wireless range.

Read the full review: Beats PowerBeats 3 review

The best wireless headphones 2020 (in-ear)

  1. Optoma NuForce BE Sport4
  2. Bowers & Wilkins Pi3
  3. Sennheiser CX Sport
  4. OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2
  5. SoundMAGIC E11 BT
  6. Jaybird Tarah Pro
  7. Jaybird X4 
  8. Beats X
  9. Bose QuietControl 30
  10. Beats Powerbeats 3

The best true wireless headphones

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1. Sony WF-1000XM3 True Wireless Earbuds

Noise-cancelling true wireless headphones that made our dreams come true

Acoustic design: Closed |

Weight: 70g |

Frequency response: 20-20,000Hz |

Drivers: 6mm |

Driver type: Dome Type |

Sensitivity: N/A |

Impedance: N/A |

Battery life (on-board): 6 hours |

Battery life (charging case): 18 hours |

Wireless range: 30ft |

NFC: Yes

Efficient noise-cancellationInconspicuous looksGreat fun to listen tooNot suitable for sports

Considering it's still rare to get noise-cancellation in wired earbuds at all, the fact that Sony has managed to pack it into a pair that are not only wireless, but true wireless is very impressive indeed – and that's why they're the best true wireless earbuds of 2020. 

The Sony WF-1000X manage to offer a level of noise-cancellation that's very good for a pair of earbuds – it won't offer the same isolation as a pair of over-ear cans, but if you're after a sleek form factor then the compromise is well worth it. 

Read more: Sony WF-1000XM3 review

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2. Cambridge Audio Melomania 1

Mind-blowing sound without the wires

Acoustic design: Closed |

Weight: 9.2g |

Frequency response: 20-20,000Hz |

Drivers: 5.8mm |

Driver type: Dome Type |

Sensitivity: 9.8dB |

Impedance: N/A |

Battery life (on-board): 9 hours |

Battery life (charging case): 36 hours |

Wireless range: N/A |

NFC: Yes

Outstanding audio qualityGood value for moneyComfortable designControl buttons can be annoying to use

Cambridge Audio is known for its high-end audio equipment, but until now, hasn’t ventured into the world of true wireless earbuds. Enter the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1s: with an outstanding 45 hours of battery life, they combine the brand’s award-winning engineering with the convenience of truly wireless listening. 

For a pair of true wireless earbuds, the sound quality offered by the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1s is sensational. In fact, it rivals some of the best over-ear headphones, which is all but unheard of for buds of this size. 

Read more: Cambridge Audio Melomania  1 review

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3. Lypertek Tevi

Incredible, affordable buds

Acoustic design: Closed |

Weight: N/A |

Frequency response: 20-20,000Hz |

Drivers: 6mm |

Driver type: Graphene |

Sensitivity: N/A |

Impedance: N/A |

Battery life (on-board): 10 hours |

Battery life (charging case): 70 hours |

Wireless range: N/A |

NFC: No

Incredible valueNeutral audiophile-like soundGreat battery lifeDesign is a bit plain

You may not have heard of up-and-coming audio brand Lypertek yet, but expect to hear a lot from it soon – its Lypertek Tevi true wireless earbuds are among the best we’ve tried, especially given the low price tag.

With USB-C charging, a well-balanced sound, lengthy battery life, and waterproofing, it ticks every box you could ask for, from what are basically a pair of budget buds. The Lypertek Tevi, surprisingly, might just blow you away, punching well above their weight and rivaling buds from some of the biggest audio brands on the planet. 

Read more: Lypertek Tevi true wireless earbuds review

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4. Klipsch T5 True Wireless

Audiophiles will love the Klipsch T5’s sound and build quality

Acoustic design: Closed |

Weight: N/A |

Frequency response: 20-20,000Hz |

Drivers: N/A |

Driver type: N/A |

Sensitivity: N/A |

Impedance: N/A |

Battery life (on-board): 8 hours |

Battery life (charging case): 24 hours |

Wireless range: N/A |

NFC: No

Incredible build qualityWarm, detailed soundExcellent battery lifeDeep fit may be uncomfortable

With their stellar sound and build quality, long-lasting battery life and what may be one of the coolest cases we've ever seen, we'd argue that the Klipsch T5s are of the best models on the market right now..

Of course, you're buying a Klipsch product because it features the signature Klipsch sound, which is warm, detailed, and never harsh. Acoustic music is lush and detailed, and the detail extends to the highs as well, allowing the headphones to sing in the higher registers without ever being sibilant. 

Read more: Klipsch T5 True Wireless review 

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5. Jabra Elite 75t

A worthy successor to the Elite 65t

Acoustic design: Closed |

Weight: 5.5g |

Frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz |

Drivers: 6mm |

Driver type: N/A |

Sensitivity: N/A |

Impedance: N/A |

Battery life (on-board): 7.5 hours |

Battery life (charging case): 20 hours |

Wireless range: 33ft |

NFC: No

7 hours on a single chargeCompact earbuds and caseApp lets you customize EQOverwhelming, muddy bass

The Jabra Elite 75t improve upon their predecessors, the Jabra Elite 65t, in just about every way – except for tonal balance. 

The headphones and charging case are much smaller, battery life makes an immense jump, catching up to the competition, and the customization features we enjoyed in the 65t remain. 

While they don't have the best sound quality and they lacks active noise cancellation, neither stops the Jabre Elite 75t from being a solid pair of true wireless headphones to use, especially if you make frequent calls with your your headphones on. 

Read more: Jabra Elite 75t review

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7. Apple AirPods Pro

The perfect earbuds... for Apple fans

Acoustic design: Closed |

Weight: 5.4g |

Frequency response: 20-20,000Hz |

Drivers: N/A |

Driver type: Dynamic |

Sensitivity: N/A |

Impedance: N/A |

Battery life (on-board): Up to 5 hours |

Battery life (charging case): 24 hours |

Wireless range: N/A |

NFC: Yes

Good noise cancellationBetter fit than AirPods (2019)Good for tracking hearing healthMore expensive than better rivals

Apple has launched its new true wireless earbuds, bringing active noise cancellation, a (finally) much better fit, and an improved design, in a bid to lure more iPhone users into the true wireless fold. 

However, at $249 / £249 / AU$399, they’re pretty pricey too, and as such can’t be called the very best wireless headphones out there. With an entry-level version of these buds expected this year – the so-called AirPods Pro Lite – this could soon change.

The sound quality of the AirPods Pro has certainly improved since the previous iteration – there’s a notable emphasis on vocals and bass, meaning these earbuds are better for pop fans than those that enjoy a more natural presentation that lends itself to classical music or more orchestral sounds.

Read more: Apple AirPods Pro review

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8. Beats PowerBeats Pro

Impressive-fitting workout ‘buds from Beats

Acoustic design: closed |

Weight: N/A |

Frequency response: 20Hz - 20kHz |

Drivers: N/A |

Driver type: N/A |

Sensitivity: N/A |

Impedance: N/A |

Battery life: 25 hours (with case) |

wireless range: N/A |

NFC: N/A

Easy pairing with iOS Immaculate fit Enjoyable sound Case is fairly bulky 

ThePowerBeats Pro true wireless Beats headphones are something special – they’re supremely comfortable, sound decent and seem to never, ever fall out. 

Thanks to small additions like the pressure-reducing micro-laser barometric venting hole, their longer battery life and their superior sound quality, they're the best Beats headphones you can buy in 2020. 

Read more: Beats PowerBeats Pro review

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8. SoundMAGIC TWS50

Fantastic sound, fantastic price

Acoustic design: Closed |

Weight: 4g |

Frequency response: 20-20,000Hz |

Drivers: 6mm |

Driver type: Dynamic, neodymium |

Sensitivity: 107 dB |

Impedance: 20 ohms |

Battery life (on-board): 7 hours |

Battery life (charging case): 23 hours |

Wireless range: 10m / 33ft |

NFC: No

Light, compact, comfortable designOpen, detailed soundDecent battery lifeSlightly inhibited dynamics

With the TWS50, SoundMAGIC has hit the price/performance sweet-spot, thanks to these true wireless earbuds' fantastic price, comfortable design, great sound, and support for Bluetooth 5.0.

They offer a wide, spacious soundstage, with a good, well balanced presentation, alongside a decent battery life and comfy fit – in short, if you're looking for some cheap AirPod-alternatives, the SoundMAGIC TWS50 are well worth a look. 

Read more: SoundMAGIC TWS50 true wireless in-ear headphones review

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9. Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless

Great sound and style

Acoustic design: Closed |

Weight: 72.6g |

Frequency response: 5-21,000Hz |

Drivers: 7mm |

Driver type: Beryllium |

Sensitivity: N/A |

Impedance: N/A |

Battery life (on-board): 4 hours |

Battery life (charging case): 12 hours |

Wireless range: N/A |

NFC: No

Strong full-range soundStylish designImprecise volume controlCould be more comfortable

Sennheiser entered the race with its Momentum True Wireless earbuds. An extension of its reputable Momentum range, these cordless buds offer Sennheiser's trademark high-fidelity audio in a gorgeously sleek package.

You only get four hours of charge in the earbuds, but the carry case will be able to charge them two times over on top of that, giving you 12 hours in total when on the go.

Don't expect to see these buds here for much longer, though; the new Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 look to be better than their predecessors in just about every way. Stay tuned...

Read the full review: Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless review

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10. B&O Beoplay E8 2.0 Wireless Earphones

Pricey wireless earbuds that sound absolutely wonderful

Acoustic design: Closed |

Weight: 13g (combined) |

Frequency response: 20-20,000Hz |

Drivers: 5.7mm |

Driver type: Electro-dynamic |

Sensitivity: N/A |

Impedance: N/A |

Battery life (on-board): 4 hours |

Battery life (charging case): 8 hours |

Wireless range: 100ft |

NFC: Yes

Good audio quality Exceptional design Easy to setup Can feel a bit snug 

Let’s get one thing out of the way – the B&O Beoplay E8 are some of the best-looking and most expensive wireless earphones you can buy at $350 / £300 (around AU$570).

Audio quality is undeniably excellent, and you can tweak the sound to your liking using the accompanying Beoplay app on Android and iOS. The Bang & Olufsen E8 2.0 truly wireless earphones look great and sound great, although the touch-sensitive buttons are a little too sensitive at times, and there's no active noise cancellation. 

However, it's hard to not find these earphones appealing, and if you want your true wireless earbuds to look as good as they sound, they could be the perfect model for you.

Read more: B&O Beoplay E8 2.0 Wireless Earphones review

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11. Audio-Technica ATH-CKS5TW

Big on bass, big on battery life

Acoustic design: closed |

Weight: 8g |

Frequency response: 5Hz - 40kHz |

Drivers: 10mm |

Driver type: Dynamic |

Sensitivity: 110 dB |

Impedance: 16 ohms |

Battery life: 45 hours (with case) |

wireless range: N/A |

NFC: N/A

Sound greatLong battery lifeWeightyFiddly case

With a promising battery life and well-managed bass enhancement over Audio-Technica’s usual neutral sound, the Audio-Technica ATH-CKS5TW true wireless earbuds have a lot going for them. 

They've one of the most complete and well-rounded sound profiles we've seen from true-wireless earbuds, and that's despite the claimed bass enhancement. It's a very enjoyable sound that they make.

However, they are let down a bit by their fit – mileage will vary of course depending on your preferred bud style and the size of your ears, but all will find the fiddly case fit will annoy over time. Still, the quality audio here may be a worthy trade-off.

Read more: Audio-Technica ATH-CKS5TW review

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