True Wireless Earbuds or TWS are among the most sought after accessories for smartphones. And these are among the most advanced gadgets that you’d carry along with you throughout the day.
The best true wireless earbuds are the ones that offer the most advanced audio tech available in the market. The fact that most of the wireless earpieces are almost able to match the audio quality offered by wired earbuds is a commendable feat in itself.
Best TWS in India
1. Sony WF-1000XM4 Wireless Earbuds
2. Sony WF-1000XM3 True Wireless Earbuds
3. Sennheiser CX True Wireless
4. Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2
5. Bose QuietComfort Earbuds
6. Sony WF-C500 true wireless earbuds
7. Apple AirPods Pro
8. Apple AirPods (3rd generation)
9. OnePlus Buds Pro
10. Jabra Elite 85t
11. Beats PowerBeats Pro
12. Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro
Apart from being wireless, these are extremely compact and can be easily carried around and offer a long battery life. And in case you need to charge them up, almost all the best true wireless earbuds offer features like fast charging and wireless charging – making it extremely easy to juice them up.
Moreover, when you’re talking of the best in the lot, then factors like audio quality, wireless connectivity, design etc. are some of the key features that these buds are ranked at. These also include hands-free voice control, active noise cancellation, along with support for Hi-Res Audio codecs. Hence, the below list of the best true wireless earbuds are among the ones that rank high on all these parameters.
This list has products like Sony WF-1000XM4 and WF-1000XM3, a couple of TWS from Sennheiser, Apple’s AirPods and more which are all high-end meaning they often have a similarly high-end price tag. However, there’s a growing market of cheaper wireless earbuds that are great if you want good sound quality without breaking the bank, take a look at our best budget wireless earbuds guide for our top picks.
Best true wireless earbuds in India
The WF-1000XM4 improves whatever the Sony WF-1000XM3 offered – which means that it sets the bar even higher.
Compared to their predecessors, the Sony WF-1000XM3, we found that the new wireless earbuds offer enough quality-of-life features to make them worth upgrading to, even if they are more expensive.
A more compact design means that the WF-1000XM4 are more comfortable than their predecessors, while their accompanying control app makes it easy to adjust their EQ settings for a personalized sound.
The audio quality is among the best you’ll get from a pair of wireless in-ear headphones, and DSEE Extreme upscaling means you’ll get an approximation of high-resolution sound from standard-definition digital audio files.
While other true wireless earbuds surpass the Sony WF-1000XM4 in particular areas – noise cancellation, for example – no other model comes close to offering such excellent quality across the board. That’s why the Sony WF-1000XM4 are hands-down the best true wireless earbuds you can buy today.
Read more: Sony WF-1000XM4 review
One of the most popular truly wireless earbuds globally, the Sony WF-1000XM3 are still a great buy, especially considering the current price tag which is just under Rs 15,000. These offer class-leading noise-cancelling, above-average battery life and loads of smart features.
Globally, the Sony WF-1000XM4 are already available and they are also expected to launch in India soon. But, if you plan on getting a Sony TWS, the WF-1000XM3 are still worth spending on. In addition to Bluetooth NFC pairing, there’s Google Assistant support and familiar Sony audio processing refinements, including DSEE HX, which is available to restore subjective detail to lossy streams.
Don’t be fooled by the tiny 6mm drivers onboard; they exude clarity and bring a believable soundstage with exquisite detail. Not just that, they work well for predominantly vocal content (like podcasts) too with a smooth mid-range.
With ANC turned on, we’re looking at about 6 hours of playback on a single charge, with a bit more with noise cancellation turned off.
Read more: Sony WF-1000XM3 review
The Sennheiser CX True Wireless are the latest wireless earbuds from the German audio giant. Picking up where the CX 400BT before them left off, they’re cheaper than their predecessors, despite including a host of upgraded features that comprises a longer battery life and better connectivity.
Audio quality is exactly what you’d expect from Sennheiser, with a wide soundstage, clear mids, detailed trebles, and powerful bass frequencies – and while audiophiles may prefer a less pronounced low end, we were still surprised by how good these earbuds sound for the price. Hi-res audio support is included, too, for those who want to eke out every last bit of detail from their music.
The controls and accompanying app are very easy to use, and Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity ensures a stable connection with your device.
Thanks to a recent firmware update, you can now customize the touch controls via the Sennheiser Smart Control app, which is a handy feature that makes these buds feel a little more personal.
Our only real bugbear is the CX True Wireless’ design, which we found far too bulky for our ears. We’re hesitant to judge Sennheiser too harshly for this, since most users will probably be able to use them without issue.
Read more: Sennheiser CX True Wireless review
The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 boasts excellent sound quality, design and battery life, and is an easy recommendation for those looking for a premium product. They are amongst the best true wireless earbuds currently available, especially if the price and subjective discomfort are not deal-breakers for you.
These buds also look stunning as it comes with a shiny metallic touch-sensitive outer housing with a Sennheiser logo on the round body, making them look really sleek and classy. The charging case looks sophisticated with a woven finish that will match the colour of your bud. With over six hours of battery life in the buds and more than two full charges in the case.
The Momentum True Wireless 2 are packing 7mm dynamic drivers, which are rated to deliver “outstanding stereo sound, with deep bass, natural mids, and clear, detailed treble.” The noise cancellation is also on par with the Sony WF-1000XM3.
Read more: Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 review
In its second attempt, Bose gets a major win with the QuietComfort earbuds. These earbuds are a lot better than the SoundSport Free 一 not only is the design a lot better, the noise cancellation is exemplary. The sound quality is also really very good with superb clarity. They’re incredibly comfortable and well balanced too, despite their bulky form factor.
You get 10 adjustable ANC levels 一 at level 5 – you’ll be hard-pressed to hear much of what’s happening around you and at level 10 it blocks out pretty much everything except high-frequency sounds. Thanks to the excellent noise cancellation on these ‘Buds, you can truly enjoy your favourite tunes without being disturbed by anything else around you.
In terms of battery life, the Bose QuietComfort earbuds, with ANC set at maximum, we got about 5 hours 45 minutes – that’s including making a few calls, as well as calling up the voice assistant a few times, all through touch controls.
Read more: Bose QuietComfort Earbuds review
If you like Sony earbuds but can’t afford the WF-1000XM4, the Sony WF-C500 are a fantastic alternative.
A rapid, detailed and thoroughly engaging sound belies their low price, even if the soundstage is a little narrow for our tastes. The bass is a little recessed too, so if audio performance is your top priority it might be worth spending a bit more.
A light and comfortable design make the WF-C500 a pleasure to wear. And, in spite of their small size, the touch-sensitive housings are easy to use, allowing you to adjust your music playback, take calls, and summon your device’s voice assistant.
If you prefer, control is also available via Sony’s exemplary ‘Headphones Connect’ app. This is where you can adjust EQ settings, set your Bluetooth priorities, let the app have a good look at the shape of your ears (the WF-C500 are compatible with Sony’s ‘360 Reality Audio’ spatial audio algorithm) and toggle the Digital Sound Enhancement Engine on or off.
At 20 hours, the all-in battery life is a little disappointing. However, 10 hours from the buds alone isn’t all that bad and will suit anyone who enjoys long listening sessions.
Read more: Sony WF-C500 review
If you own an Apple device, these are hands-down the best you can get as an audio companion. The new noise-cancelling feature is neat and useful, and the overall improvements to sound and design couldn’t be more welcome – though, they are quite pricey.
While the fit is better than the original AirPods, you will need to get used to controlling them with the capacitive, touch-sensitive ridge on each stem – this takes some getting used to, but it’s a neat way to activate noise cancellation and skip tracks.
The sound quality of the AirPods Pro has certainly improved since the previous iteration – there’s a notable emphasis on vocals and bass. The battery life is strong and we found that the advertised four-to-five hours from a single charge was accurate.
Read more: Apple AirPods Pro review
The Apple AirPods (3rd generation) represent a big step up from their predecessors in terms of audio performance, connectivity, and design.
They’re a little pricier than the AirPods 2 (which have been given a permanent price cut), but cheaper than the AirPods Pro. The main trade off here is that the AirPods 3 don’t come with active noise cancellation, and their semi-open design means you’ll hear quite a lot of your surroundings while wearing them.
Still, features like Spatial Audio support and Adaptive EQ set these buds apart from the competition. We found the Spatial Audio to be particularly impressive, giving our music, films, and TV shows a more immersive feel – and if you don’t like your music to be spatialized, you can turn this feature off.
While the AirPods 3 do look like the original AirPods, a more subtle, contoured design with shorter earstems makes the new buds look more sophisticated than their predecessors.
The new design also brings force capacitive sensors to the true wireless earbuds, allowing you to control your music by squeezing the stems.
The AirPods 3 are unsurprisingly optimized for use within the wider Apple ecosystem, so Android users miss out on a lot of the extra features that set them apart from other true wireless earbuds on the market.
Read more: Apple AirPods (3rd generation) review
The OnePlus Buds Pro is a big leap forward from the original OnePlus Buds. The new OnePlus Buds Pro offers an excellent audio experience, effective active noise cancellation, good battery life, and a comfortable fit. While they might not beat the Apple AirPods Pro, the OnePlus Buds Pro represents good value for money and are a great alternative to the Oppo Enco X and the Galaxy Buds 2.
The OnePlus Buds Pro does an excellent job at blocking out external noise by up to 40dB and you get to choose from three ANC modes 一 noise cancellation, max ANC, and smart. In terms of battery life, the OnePlus Buds Pro lasts up to 24 hours with the case and ANC turned off. With ANC turned on, it drops to 20 hours. A quick 10-minute charge offers up to 10 hours of playback which is quite handy, and there’s also support for Qi wireless charging.
Thanks to large 11mm drivers, you get an extremely enjoyable listening experience from these earbuds, with thumping bass that drives your music without overwhelming the other frequencies overpowering the vocals. Their clean and energetic sound lends the OnePlus Buds Pro to most genres, with a spacious soundstage. Like the AirPods Pro, the OnePlus Buds Pro can be controlled by squeezing their ear stems.
Read our OnePlus Buds Pro review
The Jabra Elite 85t delivers impressive performance thanks to some great audio quality, effective noise cancellation and decent battery life. However, they’re let down a little by the fit, which is just not on par with their more compact predecessor.
Thanks to a new pair of 12mm drivers, the audio quality has been vastly improved to offer a wider and more well-balanced soundstage. This, alongside even deeper bass, adds more depth to your favourite tunes. These buds are still able to offer over five hours of playback per charge, with its charging case able to extend this to an impressive 25 hours.
The noise cancellation feature works well, but it’s not as good as the Sony or Sennheiser earbuds.
Read more: Jabra Elite 85t review (opens in new tab)
The true wireless Powerbeats Pro are a big step up for the Apple-owned headphone brand. They have their limitations as you are not getting noise cancellation and limited noise isolation, but they are Apple’s most premium workout buds. They’re supremely comfortable, sound decent and seem to never, ever fall out. In terms of battery life, we did manage to get eight-or-so hours with the buds and close to 24 hours with the included case.
It has a sporty look and you also get fins which will ensure you get a perfect fit. These buds sound good both during a workout and during your time away from the gym. Where we found the Powerbeats Pro to perform their best is in a near-quiet environment, like your office, your home or your gym – because you can use hands-free Siri, they’re great for setting timers in between sets and placing calls to friends and clients.
Read more: Beats Powerbeats Pro review (opens in new tab)
These true wireless buds from Samsung are a big step up from the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live, offering better sound and microphone quality with multipoint pairing and spatial audio support.
While there’s a new model on the scene – the Galaxy Buds 2 – the Buds Pro are still well worth buying.
It’s worth nothing that they don’t offer the same level of noise cancellation as over-ear headphones or the sound quality of some of the other high-end earbuds on this list, but for their price they offer just enough of both to be competitive and deserving of a place on our best wireless earbuds list.
The Galaxy Buds Pro are specially built to cater to people who already have a Samsung phone. That’s because they offer multipoint pairing, hands-free Bixby support (but not Google Assistant) and the Samsung Galaxy Wearable app – this is only available on Android that you’ll need to use to unlock the Buds’ best features.
They also use Samsung’s proprietary Scalable Audio. This supports UHQ audio streaming over Bluetooth at up to 24-bit / 96kHz, SmartThings Finder and multi-mic recording, which allows you to use the Buds as a lapel mic stand-in when you shoot videos on your Samsung phone.
In recent times, an update has also added a new Noise Control option. This allows you to control the active noise cancellation and ambient sound settings from one specific earbud, which is handy if you prefer to wear one bud at a time.
Read more: Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review