The Best True Wireless Earbuds You Can Buy In 2019

11 September 2019
True Wireless Earbuds, Powerbeats Pro, Bose Soundsport Free Wireless, Apple AirPods, Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless, Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8, Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3100, Jaybird VISTA, Gear, Gadget

True wireless earbuds are becoming the new norm in gyms and on commutes alike — but which ones are actually worth the upgrade?

Headphones are developing at such a rate that, just as we were putting the finishing touches on our list of the best wireless sport headphones earlier this year, what are now known as true wireless earphones (meaning, of course, there's no wire connecting the two earbuds) almost instantly took over as the new normal for people looking to get their hands on some premium portable audio.

Now, just about every major company has their own interpretation of the true wireless earbud on the market, with offerings designed for everything from high-end audio to the most intense workouts. Here's our break down of the earbuds you should be getting in your backpack.

Powerbeats Pro

Unlike the Airpod, which Apple have long claimed are still a practical choice for people wanting a true-wireless workout headphone but aren't really, the PowerBeats Pro' will feature the PowerBeats' signature ear loop, which helps them stay in place better when you're doing rigorous exercise. The Powerbeats Pro earbuds are also 23 percent smaller than its predecessor and 17 percent lighter.

Wireless charging: Yes (carry case included).

Battery life: Up to 24 hours of Music.

Waterproofing: Yes, IPX4 splash resistant.

$349.95 at beatsbydre.com

Bose Soundsport Free Wireless

Designed by Bose to one-up the Airpod in every way, Bose's take on the "true wireless" earbud is possibly the most comprehensive sports headphone out there. It comes with a charging case that gives you two full-charges (about 10 hours of battery life), an in-built feature that lets you track each earbud on your phone if one gets misplaced, and they're entirely sweat and weather-resistant.

Wireless charging: Yes (carry case included).

Battery life: 5 hours of music (up to 10 when used with a fully charged case).

Waterproofing: Yes,  protection from rain, splashes and sweat.

$299.95 at bose.com.au

Apple AirPods

The headphones that kicked off a new generation of personal audio, Apple's earpods were, up until maybe 9 months ago, pretty much the benchmark for what a properly wireless earbud could do. Even now, they seam up perfectly with your iPhone to do just about everything you could imagine, from taking and making calls to notifications and music.

Wireless charging: Yes (carry case optional).

Battery life: Up to 24 hours of Music.

Waterproofing: No, but Apple says they can be used when working out.

$229 at apple.com

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless

Sennheiser's more luxe-led Momentum series finds its natural evolution in what is the German brand's first true wireless offering. They're not out yet, but initial reviews on the sound quality you get from these things paint them as truly class-leading if you want a pair of true wireless earbuds fit for an audiophile. They cost a lot though.

Wireless charging: Yes (carry case included).

Battery life: 4 hours of music (up to 12 with the carry case).

Waterproofing: Yes, IPX4 splash resistant.

$499.95 at sennheiser.com

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8

Occupying the upper-tier of the upper-tier, B&O's first stab at a premium true wireless earbud headphone is a winner. B&O's renowned sound quality aside, the earbuds blend luxury and versatility perfectly. Premium materials like titanium and leather are paired with durable rubber and silicone housings to create a true wireless headphone that looks great and is tough-enough to take on any workout.

Wireless charging: Yes (carry case included).

Battery life: 4 hours of music.

Waterproofing: Yes, protection from rain, splashes and sweat.

$309 at kogan.com

Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3100

The BackBeats are Plantronics' first major entry into the True Wireless market, and they've covered all the bases. They're tough, they're cleverly designed, and even come with app that will let you change playlists, set a timer or start a stopwatch, all without having to look at your phone.

Like the Powerbeats, they also feature an earhook to make sure they stay in place during intense workouts.

Wireless charging: Yes (carry case included).

Battery life: 5 hours of music (up to 15 when used with a fully charged case).

Waterproofing: Yes, IP67 water and sweat proof.

$239.99 at plantronics.com

Jaybird VISTA

Courtesy of one of the most disruptive recent players in the audio space, Jaybird's VISTA true wireless earbuds are true featherweight championship contenders. They weigh just 6g a piece in your ear, yet are packed with booming audio capabilities and even crush-proof construction. Just in case they find themselves underneath a heavy deadlift at the wrong moment.

Wireless charging: Yes (carry case included).

Battery life: 6 hours of music (up to 15 when used with a fully charged case).

Waterproofing: Yes, IPX7 water, sweat and crush proof.

$299.95 at jaybirdsport.com


Via GQ Australia