The Best Wireless Earbuds in the UK 2020

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The Best Wireless Earbuds in the UK - 2020

20/03/2020 | RaylioutleT

Research says your wired headphones are doomed to tangle, so get a pair of these wireless earbuds now. We select the best wireless earbuds for every budget and lifestyle.

The best earbuds are the most convenient way to listen to music on-the-go. Whether you're commuting, heading to the gym, or relaxing poolside on a sunny day, the right pair of earphones will stay put and bring you great quality sound.

Whether you want a pair of powerful over-ear, noise-cancelling cans or a slimline Bluetooth set, there are so many options so it is worth doing a bit of research before biting the bullet.

With many major brands constantly looking to improve upon sound quality, durability and battery life - there's more choice than ever to suit your needs (and your budget).

Take a look below for our top choices of wireless headphones worth buying for 2020.

The Best Wireless Earbuds to Buy

1. Apple AirPods Pro

Apple AirPods Pro

Noise-cancelling earbuds are few and far between, and of the meager options available, only a couple of models are actually worth your hard-earned cash. Apple's new AirPods Pro are some of the rare buds that tick both of those boxes, but don't worry — with these bad boys, it's not like you're settling. Not at all.

Featuring a shorter and wider design and clearer sound quality over the second generation of AirPods, the Pro version's secret to good noise cancellation are its soft, removable silicone tips, which come in three different sizes. These tips make the AirPods Pro far more comfortable than most in-ear buds, but more importantly, they create a tight seal to effectively tune out ambient sounds. Granted, it's virtually impossible to achieve total silence with a little pair of in-ear buds — for that, you need a nice, hefty pair of headphones that cover your entire ear. But for their size, the AirPods Pro are pretty great at eliminating the hubbub of your surroundings.

If you ever decide you want to hear some of that hubbub — say, if you're waiting for the tube or crossing the street — simply turn on the AirPods Pro's Transparency mode. It's just like the Jabra Elite Active 65t's HearThrough feature in that it uses the buds' built-in microphones to pick up some of the sounds of your environment while preserving the clarity of whatever it is you're listening to.

  • Very Comfortable.
  • Sweat and water resistant.
  • Great sound quality.
  • Excellent noise-cancellation for their size.
  • Easy pairing a stable connection.

  • Playtime take a hit when noise-cancellation is turned on.

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2. Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones - Apple H1 Headphone Chip

Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones

Love Apple, but hate AirPods? The Beats Powerbeats Pro are a sporty alternative comfy enough for all-day wear with an all-day battery life to match. When it comes to shopping for a pair of wireless earbuds, sheer comfort is probably one of the most important (yet overlooked) features: If you're going to be wearing these things all day, they have to become one with your ears, you know? Enter: Beats' Powerbeats Pro, a Mashable's Choice Award-winning pair of totally wireless earbuds and one of the few that are actually comfortable enough for all-day use.

Granted, their somewhat bulky design isn't for everyone — but if you don't mind the ear hooks that keep them securely positioned, you're in for a really solid pair of ultra-wearable buds that won't budge.

Speaking of, the Powerbeats Pros are actually pretty similar to the AirPods as far as their tech specs go: They come equipped with Siri, feature the H1 chip for quick and easy pairing, and offer hours upon hours of battery life. If you're an Apple user who really, really hates the look of those white Q-tips, the Pros might make a solid Plan B.

  • Four pairs of eartips included.
  • Available in four different colours.
  • Fast pairing thanks to Apple's H1 chip.
  • Great battery life.
  • Great sound quality.

  • Charging case is huge and requires a lighting cable.

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3. Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless Sport Headphones

Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless Sport Headphones - Black

These bulbous little buds offer some serious oomph — just don't expect much from them when it comes to video syncing. As with noise-cancellation, wireless earbuds' bass typically pales in comparison to that of on-ear headphones. But if you want those deep thumps without the bulk, the Bose SoundSport Frees can turn up the beat (and then some) — just make sure you use their squishy silicone tips (available in three different sizes) to form a tight seal within your ear canal.

In terms of overall sound quality, former Mashable tech reporter Raymond Wong made the bold claim that the SoundSport Frees "sound better than [first-gen] AirPods" when he reviewed them in 2018, citing crisper tones and a "much clearer separation between the left and right earbuds."

Amazon customers are huge fans of the SoundSport Frees' easy pairing, as well as the fact that their companion smartphone app (Bose Connect) features a tool that can help you track down a lost bud if you accidentally misplace it. The biggest issue most reviewers have with the SoundSport Frees is that they're crappy when it comes to video syncing — the audio tends to lag a second or two behind — so if you spend a lot of time watching Netflix or YouTube, skip these buds.

  • Water resistant.
  • Stellar overall sqound qualitiy.
  • Fit is Secure.
  • Available in four different colours.

  • Bulky design

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4. Sennheiser Wireless In-Ear Headphones with Touch Control

Sennheiser Wireless In-Ear Headphones with Touch Contro

If you can justify the high price tag, you'll be the proud owner of the best-sounding buds on your block. Sennheiser? Making incredible-sounding, incredibly expensive wireless earbuds? Groundbreaking. No, but seriously: Sennheiser has a reputation for engineering high-end audio equipment of exceptional quality (as any audiophile can tell you), and its Momentum True Wireless earbuds are no exception: The mid-tones are clear, bright, well-balanced; the bass is super bold (but doesn't rattle your skull); and high notes don't sound tinny — rather, they twinkle. What's more, Sennheiser's companion Smart Control app lets you tweak the earbuds' frequency response to accommodate your personal listening preferences, and there's a Transparency Hearing mode that lets you listen to your surroundings without removing the buds from your ears.

Long story short: If you can afford these puppies, well, lucky you.

  • Durable build quality with modern design.
  • Reliable connection.
  • The best sound quality money can buy.
  • Splash resistant.

  • Pricey

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5.Jabra Elite Active 65t True Wireless Bluetooth Spots Earbuds

Jabra Elite Active 65t True Wireless Bluetooth

They may not enjoy the same mainstream brand recognition as AirPods or Galaxy Buds, but Jabra's long-lasting earbuds are excellent. The Copenhagen-based brand Jabra specialises in making headsets and speakerphones for the office, so it should come as no surprise that their Elite Active 65t true wireless earbuds boast excellent calling capabilities. But that's not their only strength: Among both Reddit users and Amazon reviewers, the Elite Active 65ts have a reputation for durability, good sound quality, great build quality, and in-ear stability during workouts — even weightlifting and CrossFit.

The Elite Active 65ts also come highly recommended thanks to something called HearThrough, a mode that uses the buds' built-in microphones to pick up ambient sounds.

You'll find plenty of other features on the Jabra Sound+ companion smartphone app, including tools to customise a music profile, monitor your earbuds' charging status, and connect them to your preferred voice assistant (Alexa, Siri, or the Google Assistant). Really, the only thing they're missing is a dedicated noise-cancellation mode — although their in-ear tips are said to be good at eliminating most environmental noises.

  • Available in four color.
  • Support Alexa, Siri and the Google Assistant.
  • Three sets of EarGels included.
  • Long battery life.

  • Some Redditors have issue pairing their buds to the Jabra Sound + app.

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