Best wireless in-ear headphones for your iPhone or Android phone

In-ears have always been amazing — compact, easy to use during activities, and not as awkward as a fat, over-ear set of headphones. But the wires have always been a nuisance. Yeah, you know where this is going — wireless earbuds! Just as awesome, minus the tangled wires. Sure, we replace the annoying cord for an annoying battery life concern, and it's easy to get a pair of Bluetooth headphones that actually doesn't sound good… but fear not, we've checked out a bunch of in-ear buds for you!
Let's take a look at the best Bluetooth earbuds you can buy right now!

Wired Bluetooth sets

Now, there's a slight separation between the types of Bluetooth earbuds — some will have a wire running between the two earpieces. That way, you still don't have to worry about a cord running between your head and your pocket and you get the somewhat better sound quality (most of the time), but still have the slight inconvenience of a short string that you have to worry about when storing the headphones in your pocket. All that said, here are some great examples in this category:

Best Bluetooth (wired) earbuds

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ZOOM PREVIEW LOADING + SoundPEATS QY7 image Amazon: $21.59
Kicking this off with a great bang-for-buck solution, the QY7 sounds pretty decent, have “wings” that allow for a secure fit, and come with their own carry box. You've got 7 colors to pick from, too! SoundPEATS QY7 CB3 Fit image Amazon: $39.99
Another great budget offering, these in-ear buds have an over-the-ear hook, instead of an inside wing. Might be a better option for you guys that have a hard time with in-ear headphones. They won't blow your mind with bass, but sound decent, are comfortable, and can play music for about 7 hours. CB3 Fit Advanced Model 3 image Advanced store: $79.99
Lauded to be among the best-sounding buds out there, the Model 3 in-ears definitely deliver awesome bang-for-the-buck value if you are after sound quality above all. There's a small catch, however. The Model 3s are technically wired headphones, but you can detach their cable and connect them to a separate Bluetooth receiver (included), which hangs around your neck. So… best of both worlds? Advanced Model 3 Jaybird X3 image Amazon: $129.98
The Jaybirds are universally lauded for their comfortable fit, secure fix, and generally good sound. In fact, the Jaybird app lets you tweak the headphones' frequency response and save a personal profile! Jaybird X3 Beats BeatsX image Amazon: $149.95
The BeatsX come with a stiff connecting cord, which can rest behind your neck and under a shirt. They are extremely comfortable for all-day use. Their sound-shaping will probably not be a purist's favorite, due to the signature boosted bass, but the average consumer need not worry. They come with Apple's W1 chip, so iPhone users will love the ease of pairing, and they can also get 2 hours of playtime on a 5-minute charge! Beats BeatsX Bose QuietControl 30 image Amazon: $299
This set of Bose buds has some of the best noise-cancellation you can get on a wireless in-ear headphone. The neckband design is a love it or hate it type of thing, but if you think you can live with it, you will enjoy solid sound, good fit, and ambient mic features, which allow you to choose how much of the outside world you want to hear through your earbuds. Bose QuietControl 30 gallery image

Best Bluetooth (wired) earbuds

Amazon: $21.59
Kicking this off with a great bang-for-buck solution, the QY7 sounds pretty decent, have “wings” that allow for a secure fit, and come with their own carry box. You've got 7 colors to pick from, too! View As Slideshow »

Best Bluetooth (wired) earbuds

1. SoundPEATS QY7

Amazon: $21.59
Kicking this off with a great bang-for-buck solution, the QY7 sounds pretty decent, have “wings” that allow for a secure fit, and come with their own carry box. You've got 7 colors to pick from, too! SoundPEATS QY7

2. CB3 Fit

Amazon: $39.99
Another great budget offering, these in-ear buds have an over-the-ear hook, instead of an inside wing. Might be a better option for you guys that have a hard time with in-ear headphones. They won't blow your mind with bass, but sound decent, are comfortable, and can play music for about 7 hours. CB3 Fit

3. Advanced Model 3

Advanced store: $79.99
Lauded to be among the best-sounding buds out there, the Model 3 in-ears definitely deliver awesome bang-for-the-buck value if you are after sound quality above all. There's a small catch, however. The Model 3s are technically wired headphones, but you can detach their cable and connect them to a separate Bluetooth receiver (included), which hangs around your neck. So… best of both worlds? Advanced Model 3

4. Jaybird X3

Amazon: $129.98
The Jaybirds are universally lauded for their comfortable fit, secure fix, and generally good sound. In fact, the Jaybird app lets you tweak the headphones' frequency response and save a personal profile! Jaybird X3

5. Beats BeatsX

Amazon: $149.95
The BeatsX come with a stiff connecting cord, which can rest behind your neck and under a shirt. They are extremely comfortable for all-day use. Their sound-shaping will probably not be a purist's favorite, due to the signature boosted bass, but the average consumer need not worry. They come with Apple's W1 chip, so iPhone users will love the ease of pairing, and they can also get 2 hours of playtime on a 5-minute charge! Beats BeatsX

6. Bose QuietControl 30

Amazon: $299
This set of Bose buds has some of the best noise-cancellation you can get on a wireless in-ear headphone. The neckband design is a love it or hate it type of thing, but if you think you can live with it, you will enjoy solid sound, good fit, and ambient mic features, which allow you to choose how much of the outside world you want to hear through your earbuds. Bose QuietControl 30

Truly wireless Bluetooth sets

Now, if you want to be like all the cool kids and have truly cordless, truly wireless Bluetooth buds, you've got a choice, yeah. Sometimes the sound is iffy, but nothing beats the freedom of just having two in-ear headphones, no cords, no strings. Here are some pretty solid choices:

Best truly wireless earbuds

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ZOOM PREVIEW LOADING + Focuspower F10 image Amazon: $23.99
The F10s are tiny and comfortable and can play music for about 6 hours. They are our budget choice for the pick, with a $24 price-tag. You can't get much more for that amount of money! It doesn't have any wings or anything to help keep the in-ear buds in place, so if you've got ears that are a prone to push earbuds out, you may have an issue here. Focuspower F10 SoundPEATS buds with secure fit image Amazon: $37.99
Our second budget offering comes from SoundPEATS and their truly wireless in-ear buds with over-the-ear hoops. This, of course, will help you if you intend to do a lot of sports with your buds or if you have a funky-shaped ear that doesn't hold many headphones in. The buds can be split to become two separate mono bluetooth headsets, if you are into sharing with your close one. They won't sweep you off your feet with bass, but can get loud and are very convenient. Can't beat the price. SoundPEATS buds with secure fit Samsung Gear IconX image Amazon: $134.99
Samsung took a big bite with the IconX as it set out not only to make truly wireless headphones, but make them be autonomous fitness trackers, too, and give them storage to hold your favorite workout music. Of course, the result wasn't perfect (here's our review), but we'd say they are still pretty solid in-ear buds, especially now that their price has dropped a bit. Samsung Gear IconX Apple AirPods image Apple store: $159
Apple's AirPods have a classic earbud feel and are a great choice for those that don't really like in-ear headphones, due to their particular ears having a shape that doesn't favor them. Of course, the AirPods work best with an iPhone or any other iDevice, but they can act like classic Bluetooth headphones if you want to use them with an Android. An Apple device pairing with another platform — weird, huh? Apple AirPods Jabra Elite Sport image Amazon $249.99
The Jabras are popular, solid, water-proof, great-sounding and… well, expensive. It's a bit of a turn-off that $250 only gets you 3 hours of battery life (+ 6 with the charging case), but at least you get 3 years of warranty in case something goes wrong. Like the Samsung Gear IconX, the Jabra Elite Sport doubles as a fitness tracker, too! Jabra Elite Sport gallery image

Best truly wireless earbuds

Amazon: $23.99
The F10s are tiny and comfortable and can play music for about 6 hours. They are our budget choice for the pick, with a $24 price-tag. You can't get much more for that amount of money! It doesn't have any wings or anything to help keep the in-ear buds in place, so if you've got ears that are a prone to push earbuds out, you may have an issue here. View As Slideshow »

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1. Focuspower F10

Amazon: $23.99
The F10s are tiny and comfortable and can play music for about 6 hours. They are our budget choice for the pick, with a $24 price-tag. You can't get much more for that amount of money! It doesn't have any wings or anything to help keep the in-ear buds in place, so if you've got ears that are a prone to push earbuds out, you may have an issue here. Focuspower F10

2. SoundPEATS buds with secure fit

Amazon: $37.99
Our second budget offering comes from SoundPEATS and their truly wireless in-ear buds with over-the-ear hoops. This, of course, will help you if you intend to do a lot of sports with your buds or if you have a funky-shaped ear that doesn't hold many headphones in. The buds can be split to become two separate mono bluetooth headsets, if you are into sharing with your close one. They won't sweep you off your feet with bass, but can get loud and are very convenient. Can't beat the price. SoundPEATS buds with secure fit

3. Samsung Gear IconX

Amazon: $134.99
Samsung took a big bite with the IconX as it set out not only to make truly wireless headphones, but make them be autonomous fitness trackers, too, and give them storage to hold your favorite workout music. Of course, the result wasn't perfect (here's our review), but we'd say they are still pretty solid in-ear buds, especially now that their price has dropped a bit. Samsung Gear IconX

4. Apple AirPods

Apple store: $159
Apple's AirPods have a classic earbud feel and are a great choice for those that don't really like in-ear headphones, due to their particular ears having a shape that doesn't favor them. Of course, the AirPods work best with an iPhone or any other iDevice, but they can act like classic Bluetooth headphones if you want to use them with an Android. An Apple device pairing with another platform — weird, huh? Apple AirPods

5. Jabra Elite Sport

Amazon $249.99
The Jabras are popular, solid, water-proof, great-sounding and… well, expensive. It's a bit of a turn-off that $250 only gets you 3 hours of battery life (+ 6 with the charging case), but at least you get 3 years of warranty in case something goes wrong. Like the Samsung Gear IconX, the Jabra Elite Sport doubles as a fitness tracker, too! Jabra Elite Sport

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