Updated October 04, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

The 10 Best Bluetooth Earbuds

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We spent 45 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Get wireless freedom from your devices while still enjoying your music, videos, or games. These Bluetooth earbuds are lightweight and convenient, and deliver premium sound without the cords, so you can workout or dance to your heart's content without getting tangled up. We've included a variety of styles from premium models to budget-friendly ones to fit every need. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best bluetooth earbud on Amazon.

10. Mee Audio X7

9. Braven Flye

8. TaoTronics BH026US

7. Zinat White

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6. SoundPeats Q30

5. Shure SE112-BT1

4. TrebLab XR800

3. Zipbuds 26

2. Phaiser BHS-730

1. Bose SoundSport

Over The Wireless

When I'm up in the hills by my home, I like having the sounds of nature all around me, so I don't find I need music to power me through.

As long as headphones have had wires running to their sources, I couldn't run in them. That is to say, I always found it impossible to go jogging with that chord endlessly slapping me, its weight slowly pulling the buds out from their place in my ears. No matter the sound quality, the physics of the buds never quite lined up.

Outdoors, this is not much or a problem. When I'm up in the hills by my home, I like having the sounds of nature all around me, so I don't find I need music to power me through. I also have an irrational fear of mountain lions and rattle snakes waiting for me at every turn, so I like to keep all my senses about me.

The gym is a very different story, though. Without the beauty of nature around me, surrounded only by the clanging of metal weights and the grunting of oversized men, I need all the distractions I can get. That's why I bit the bullet on a pair of Bluetooth earbuds that stay in place better than anything I've ever owned, and that sound good while they do it.

Bluetooth is essentially just a specific band of radio frequencies that ping outward in overlapping shifts many times per second. By doing so, the odds that the Katy Perry song the person on the treadmill next to you is enjoying will cut into your audio book on quantum mechanics are slim to none.

Beyond the ability to receive a Bluetooth signal, these buds are designed with all the trappings of the finest earbuds on the market, with advanced ergonomics to fit snugly and comfortably in your ear, and tiny speakers with powerful drivers to boost the bass against all the bones in your ear. The result is phenomenal sound quality, and unsurpassed security and comfort.

Sounds Like Fun

There was a time when the long white cord associated with Apple's signature earbuds was a kind of status symbol. They even had a rather annoying commercial for their iPods that featured a bunch of dancing silhouettes, the only visible feature their dangling white cords. I feel like the only people I see wearing those earbuds anymore wear them while driving, and that's just a combination of a dangerous driving situation and an increasingly passe fashion statement.

For now, in addition to the look, you'll want to read up on the sound quality.

As you look up and down our list of top rated Bluetooth earbuds, it wouldn't hurt to take the appearance of them into consideration as much as anything else. All the models on our list are exceptionally durable, so the only variables you really want to consider are fit, sound, and look.

Gym fashion has, in the past decade or so, reached well outside of the gym, and it's perfectly acceptable in our current times to go straight to brunch from yoga without so much as reapplying deodorant, let alone changing out of your workout clothes. As such, attire made for exercise has become significantly more fetching, and your earbuds are going to become an integral part of your ensemble.

As for the fit, that's a tough one to measure without sticking these things in your ears, since human ears are as variegated as fingerprints. For now, in addition to the look, you'll want to read up on the sound quality.

An audiophile probably wouldn't want to enjoy the third movement of their favorite symphony in the middle of a treadmill 10K, so manufacturers aren't trying to create mind-blowing audio experiences with their earbuds. They are, however, trying to maximize the quality you can get in a small, simple design for not too much money. That said, if you are interested in the clearest sound, established brands like Beats and JBL are likely to be your best bet.

Listening To The Past

Earphones of any kind weren't a common household item until the 1970s, when home stereo systems became more customized and better-equipped to reproduce the quality of the recordings waiting there on all that vinyl. Before that, they were almost the exclusive property of studio engineers, musicians, telephone company employees, and the military.

It, too, very quickly became a technology we could scarcely live without, whether for connecting our iPods to our earphones or for linking our cell phones to our car stereos.

It was the advent of the Walkman, however, that caused earphones to explode around the country and around the world. That portable cassette deck came with a very specific pair of headphones. They were cheap pieces of metal and plastic, drastically uncomfortable and miserable to listen through, but everybody had to have them.

More expensive headphones, like those associated with the music industry, made their way further into the culture at this point, but the field remained relatively stagnant until Apple came along with their iconic headphones in 2001. From there, all bets were off, as portable music became all but a human right made doctrine.

Around this time (a little earlier, in fact), Bluetooth technology found its way into a few appliances, most notably laptop computers and cell phones. It, too, very quickly became a technology we could scarcely live without, whether for connecting our iPods to our earphones or for linking our cell phones to our car stereos.

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Last updated on October 04, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as in front of a laptop screen, Brett can either be found hacking away furiously at the keyboard or, perhaps, enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He has been a professional chef, a dog trainer, and a travel correspondent for a well-known Southeast Asian guidebook. He also holds a business degree and has spent more time than he cares to admit in boring office jobs. He has an odd obsession for playing with the latest gadgets and working on motorcycles and old Jeeps. His expertise, honed over years of experience, is in the areas of computers, electronics, travel gear, pet products, and kitchen, office and automotive equipment.

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