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Wireless In-Ear Headphones

Updated: Jul. 18, 2018

So you’re looking for some wireless headphones. Welcome! The wireless headphones to suit your every need—from weight and fit to bass and treble—are out there. The first key consideration is whether you want over-ear or in-ear headphones. If you care more about bass performance and volume range or noise cancellation and battery life, then visit our over-ear headphone page.

Wireless In-Ear Headphones

So you’re looking for some wireless headphones. Welcome! The wireless headphones to suit your every need—from weight and fit to bass and treble—are out there. The first key consideration is whether you want over-ear or in-ear headphones. If you care more about bass performance and volume range or noise cancellation and battery life, then visit our over-ear headphone page.

The Quid Pick

Apple AirPods

After assessing insights from every perspective that matters, from consumers and experts to brands and retailers, the results are in. Across almost every metric, these in-ear headphones consistently came out on top. Experts and customers alike applauded the reliable Bluetooth range, long battery life, and seamless integration with iOS devices. They fit most customers well and are lightweight enough to wear comfortably for long periods.

Quid Score

85

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Lowest Price

$159

Top Ten Wireless In-Ear Headphones

The Quid Pick might not be ideal for everyone. Different people have different needs. Here are the Quiddity-approved Top 10 Wireless In-Ear Headphones.

Our methodology

Frequently Asked Questions

The difference between over-ear vs. in-ear headphones

Fit is paramount. Not only for comfort, but for proper sound quality. In terms of earpiece design, there are two main options: in-ear and over-ear. Each style offers unique benefits, depending on your lifestyle and listening needs:

Over-ear

Have cushioned ear cups that enclose the ears

  • Widely considered the best for sound quality
  • Immersive listening experience
  • Near-total or total noise cancellation
  • Optimal for stationary listening
  • Heavier than in-ear headphones

In-ear

Sits inside ear canal

  • Foam or rubber tips provide a snug fit
  • Passive noise isolation
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Secure fit is optimal for exercise
  • Small silhouette

What does truly wireless mean?

Wireless headphones sport a cable connecting the two earpieces, whereas truly wireless are completely cable-free.

Jaybird Run

Which headphones are best for working out?

Whether you’re a CrossFit zealot, seasoned marathoner, or a regular old gym rat, you need the right headphones to fuel your workouts. Look for these features: truly wireless, waterproof, lightweight, portable, fitness tracking capabilities, long battery life, and a snug fit.

Personal trainer Nick Vargas recommends the Bose Soundsport Free for working out. Watch his Reco to learn more.

Watch: Trainer Nick Vargas’ Headphone Bootcamp

Which headphones have the best battery life?

Out of our Top 10, the Beats by Dre Powerbeats 3 have the longest battery life of 12 hours. To get an idea of how these headphones perform on day-to-day usage, watch Stephanie K.’s My Take.

Watch: My Take on the Beats by Dre Powerbeats 3 Headphones by Stephanie K

Can I swim with wireless headphones on?

Some are capable of withstanding very heavy sweat and moisture, like the Jabra Elite Sport, but none of the Quiddity Top 10 are made for swimming.

Jabra Elite Sport

What are the best wireless headphones for running?

Runners should look for snug-fitting, durable, and sweat-proof headphones with a bass-heavy sound quality. The Jaybird Run, Jabra Elite Sport, and Bose SoundSport Free are three we like for running.

Bose SoundSport Free

What are the best wireless headphones for an iPhone?

The AirPods are optimized for Apple products and will most seamlessly pair with your iPhone. Beats models are also great options for an iPhone, since Apple acquired Beats in 2014.

Apple AirPods

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