Best true wireless earbuds of 2018



As we're nearing the halfway point in the year, it's once again time to pause and quickly recap some of the best true wireless earbuds we've checked out so far. This is a segment that's been growing dramatically, spanning the gamut from inexpensive entry-level models, all the way to options at the top of the food chain that are filled to the brim with features. Of course, these true wireless options offer users an untethered experience where two independent earbuds deliver music to our ears.

So far, the biggest trend we've been witnessing in this space has been the saturation of the market, and thus the reduction in price. There are still a handful that carry a premium well over the $250 range, but the average price has been declining steadily. In fact, most of the mainstream offerings range between $140 and $180 – making them significantly easier for consumers to pick up. And on top of that, many of these mainstream offerings now feature ambient sound amplification, which was once reserved for the most premium devices.

The second half of 2018 should prove interesting, given the solid offerings we've been given so far for the first half. Naturally, we expect pricing to be getting even more competitive, but before we get too ahead of ourselves, let's get back on track with our list. Without any further delay, these are the best true wireless earbuds of 2018 that you can pick up right now!

Jaybird Run Earth Day Special Edition



We're starting off the list with the pair that we nominated as one of the best true wireless earbuds of 2017, the Jaybird Run. This one, however, is a newer variant of the original model. Dubbed the Earth Day Special Edition, these Jaybird Run earbuds now sport a brighter green paint job, making them much more visible in the ear than the previous colors. They were released to coincide with Earth Day, as they also feature a green-friendly packaging. Beyond that, they're lovable for their customizable sound equalizer profiles, superb audio performance, and snug fit. You can pick them up for $180 right now.



Sony WF-SP700N



One of the better truly wireless earphones from 2017, the Sony WF-1000X, was a remarkable offering that had nearly everything we wanted in a perfect pair of earbuds. However, the Sony WF-SP700N delivers even more. Being one of the latest pairs to be released, the WF-SP700N continues the legacy with a ton of packaged goodies. The listing is extensive with these earbuds, as they feature preset equalizer settings, an incredible fit in the ear, solid noise cancellation, ambient sound amplification, strong range, and arguably one of the best tuned sounds. Slapped with an $180 cost, it's unbelievable these aren't priced higher.




Rowkin Surge Charge



Rowkin has always leaned towards offering affordable true wireless solutions with its lineup, and that certainly rings true with the next one on our list – the Rowkin Surge Charge. The Rowkin Surge was released last year, but one of the biggest issues that we had with them was that they didn't come packaged with any battery charging case. That meant having to connect each one individually to a charger, which was a huge inconvenience. This time, however, the Rowkin Surge Charge fixed that by including a battery charging case – while also lowering the starting price to $120. They're definitely worth the look if you're on a budget!



B&O Beoplay E8



On the complete other end of the spectrum, we have the Bang & Olufson Beoplay E8 earbuds, a pair that fetches for a whopping $300. That may turn some people away, but it's not without any justification. If you're serious about audio quality, then you won't be disappointed by their robust performance, offering one of the best sound signatures around. In addition to that, the B&O Beoplay E8 features custom equalizer settings, transparency mode that lets through ambient noise, no latency issues, and tons of built-in controls – so you're not left to just simply using your smartphone. They're pricey, that's for sure, but as we've pointed out, there's warrant for that.



Anker Zolo Liberty+



Anker might have its roots established delivering various accessories for mobile devices, but they managed to bring to market a really good pair of true wireless earbuds with the Zolo Liberty+. They're not without their shortcomings, like latency issues when it comes to streaming videos, but for those intending to listen to music mostly, they definitely will suffice. From their snug fit in the ear, to the decent sound performance, and to offering one of the beefiest battery charging cases around, there's a pleasant package accompanying this pair! The $150 cost is right there in the middle of the pack, too, making them worthy for your consideration.



Apple AirPods



Even though they've been out for quite a while now, the Apple AirPods remain one of the best all-around true wireless solutions for casual music listeners. Sure, they're not perfect, but the combination between the $159 price point, exceptional audio quality, intuitiveness when it comes to their setup, and battery life, makes them something you should consider if you're in the market for a truly wireless pair. The design may not be for everyone, especially for those looking for a workout buddy, but they're no doubt unmistakable when worn. For casual music listening, they're more that ideal for the occasion!



Soul X-Shock



Soul's offerings have been largely on the affordable side, but with the X-Shock, its price rose up a bit to $170. They're in the same ballpark range as many other popular true wireless earbuds, but they're one of the more balanced offerings on our list with their rich & full-bodied sound signature, and great connectivity. Even better, they're unique on this list because they're perfect for nighttime running with bright LEDs embedded in them that regularly light up. And that's the thing, the Soul X-Shock were really made for runners who want to remain visible while running outdoors.



Bragi Dash Pro



Earning our runner-up position for the first half of the year, the Bragi Dash Pro makes our list because they're the most advanced pair of true wireless earbuds on the market right now! There's just nothing else around like them, establishing themselves as the premium choice to side with if you have the disposable income to throw around. It features more on-board controls than any other pair we've checked out, a rich audio performance using its foam ear tips, sound transparency mode that amplifies ambient sounds, superb isolation, and 4GB of internal storage. And you know what else? They can even help to translate languages in real-time when they're worn.



Jabra Elite 65t & Elite Active 65t



Topping our list of best true wireless earbuds for 2018, the Jabra Elite 65t and Elite Active 65t impressed us for a number of reasons! The biggest one, though, has to be the phenomenal battery, which at 6 hours of continuous usage, is the longest lasting battery life in any we've tested so far. Not only that, but they feature custom equalizer settings to tune the audio to your liking, an intriguing design that's very different, HearThrough sound amplification, and zero latency issues when streaming and watching videos. The latter is particularly important, because there are still very few in circulation that can properly do that. Best of all, they're priced at $170 and $180 respectively – with the Elite Active Sport offering an IP56 rating for superior protection against sweat and dust.



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20 Comments

1. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

I love the diversity of brands on this list. It seems like you really have been searching, instead of simply looking at the most popular American brands and then making a list of that. I'm really happy to see especially the Jabra Elite 65T on this list, as it is the best truly wireless IEM in my opinion. A honorable mention to the Beoplay E8 if you really want the best experience possible. Im kind of an amateur audiophile, so I have done this research on my own as well when deciding what to get. I largely agree with this list in its entirety.

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7190; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Phonearena do you know the meaning of earbuds? The Air pods are not true wireless earbuds, and they are only ones that stick out and down like two tooth brush ends, and they do not have any ear fittings. Plus they suck with Android devices.

8. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

They are the most popular, best selling earbuds in this entire list. They work seamlessly with iOS and has some very unique features. Non of these other truly wireless earphones work properly even. They forgot to mention that. Toothbrush or tooth paste I don't care as long as they work perfectly all the time.

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7190; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Clearly your another one that doesn't know the meaning of earbuds. Plus you are the perfect example of an Apple zealot. Because if Apple made and sold poop on a stick, then you would be first in line to tell everyone that Apple makes and sells the best poop on a stick. Not to mention all the continuous praising and brown nosing that you always do when it comes to Apple piyath.

9. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Where is that hideous looking google's version of earbuds they came up with by copying Apple just months after that? Oh wait, they aren't even truly wireless.....lolzzzz

10. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Where are those Samsung ones that don't work properly but has a very steep price tag?? They are the worst I think.

12. imjms737

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 05, 2018

I actually really enjoy my Samsung IconX 2018s. I was able to pick them up at the airport for around $150, which was a pretty good deal. I wanted a pair that 1) has internal music storage 2) has a secure fit for my runs and workouts 3) has more than 5h playback time, and 4) has no lag when watching videos. Samsung IconX 2018s were the only ones that fit the bill for me, and I am really happy with mine.

20. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 715; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

@sgodsell LOL! You're too biased! Airpods are not true wireless earbuds and they do not have any ear fittings? Let me ask you, have you seen and own one? Based on your comments, you didn't even know that! Of course they suck with android device because it was purely built for apple device stupid! Most android device have 3.5 jack and users WOULD mostly used wired headphones at most!

11. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Apple made all this truly wireless fiasco happen by putting out air pods. All these other glorified manufacturers came up with their versions after that. Yes few existed before that but they were basically garbage (Samsung's gear Icon X are still garbage). Airpods are the turning point of this new generation of truly wireless earbuds. Credits where credit is due.

13. sissy246

Posts: 7065; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

"Apple made all this truly wireless fiasco happen" BULLSH*T LMFAO There was way better earbuds out before apple even thought about putting some out. There is one well known reviewer that won't even review the airpods because he thinks they are so stupid looking and not worth it. Good God, get over it, LMAO

15. ph00ny

Posts: 2025; Member since: May 26, 2011

Im going to have to stop you there. Samsung nor Apple started the wireless fiasco happen. There were handful of small companies that started the truly wireless sets

2. dubaiboy78

Posts: 442; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

I agree as I have Jabra elite 65t and it was the best! Much better than my Bose soundsport wireless free headset.

4. sissy246

Posts: 7065; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Love love my jaybird runs, sound is awesome.

5. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Am I the only person in the world that is certain I'd lose one or both?

6. japkoslav

Posts: 1497; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

And Bose, the only one in this category, that isn't utter tosh is not even mentioned. Another uneducated garbage list.

7. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

I'm sorry, but you find products such as the Jabra Elite 65t and Beoplay E8 to be "utter tosh", then I personally feel that your opinion is the one that is "utter tosh" and not the list.

16. japkoslav

Posts: 1497; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Your standards for sound quality seems to be really low. I would recommend to hear more headphones and than come back to disquss the results. Anything that you can find on this list is worse than 30$ wired ear plugs. Bose is not great either, but still better than this list of utter tosh.

17. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Obviously you can find wired IEMs that offer better bang for your buck, as they don't have to worry about fitting connectivity, speakers and batteries within a small enclosure. You pay a premium for that. This list isn't about wired IEMs tho, it's solely about wireless IEMs, so how on earth can you call it a bad list? This is a pretty good list for wireless IEMs.

18. japkoslav

Posts: 1497; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

I would call a good list if there were decent headphones in it. They are not here. At least 1/2 of them suffer of high latency and all of them suck sound wise. You don't pay premium, you pay because you don't know any better.

19. eli577

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 29, 2010

Are you guys nuts? Where is the Bose Soundsport Free and the Gear Icon X (2018)? You just make a best of list and base the placing of each earbud on merely it's specs? I mean what about battery life, sound quality, etc...?

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