Headphones that connect to a smartphone or tablet provide the convenience of listening to music anywhere. But for the greatest freedom, you also need to cut the cord between the phone and the headphones. For maximum portability, choose in-ear headphones, not over-ear headphones.
True wireless earbuds, as they are called, are lightweight and often comfortable when they have no wires at all.
Some of them fit so tightly around the ears that they protect against the outside world thanks to the sound insulation process. Others rely on this with electronic assistance, called active noise cancellation, or ANC.
Even more, it has additional features such as built-in voice assistants that can answer questions, send messages and turn up the volume.
You’ll most likely be using wireless earbuds with your phone, computer, or tablet, and some earbuds are smart enough to seamlessly switch between devices when you need to.
How we tested
We tested the sound quality (above all), convenience, battery life, ease of setup and ease of use. We also assessed each model for extra features and of course value for money.
The best wireless earbuds for 2022 are:
- The best general wireless earbuds – Sony WF-1000XM4 Wireless In-Ear Headphones: £ 199, Johnlewis.com
- The best wireless noise canceling earbuds – Apple AirPods pro Gen 1 Wireless Earbuds: £ 189, Amazon.co.uk
- The best luxury wireless earbuds – Bowers & Wilkins Pi7 Wireless Earbuds: £ 340, Amazon.co.uk
- The best wireless earbuds for running – Beats powerbeats pro wireless earbuds: £ 189, Amazon.co.uk
- The best wireless earbuds for sound quality – Bose quietcomfort wireless earbuds: £ 229.95, Bose.co.uk
- The best wireless earbuds for comfort – Samsung Galaxy buds2 Wireless Earbuds: £ 99, Samsung.com
- The best wireless earbuds for iPhone – 2nd Generation Apple AirPods Wireless Earbuds: £ 139, Apple.com
- Best wireless earbuds for battery life – Sennheiser 2 True Wireless Earbuds: £ 231, Amazon.co.uk
- Wireless earbuds at the best price – Beats Studio Buds Wireless Earbuds: £ 159.99, Apple.com
- The best wireless earbuds for Android – Google Pixel Buds A Series Wireless Earbuds: £ 99.99, Google.com
- The best design wireless earbuds – Nic Ear (1) wireless earbuds: £ 99, Nothing.tech
- The best wireless earbuds for Dolby Atmos – OnePlus buds pro wireless earbuds: £ 119, Oneplus.com
- The best wireless earbuds for exercise – Grado GT 220 Wireless Earbuds: £ 179.95, Amazon.co.uk
- The best wireless earbuds for noise reduction on a budget – Panasonic RZ-S500W Wireless In-Ear Headphones: £ 89.99, Amazon.co.uk
- The best wireless earbuds for your own sound profile – NuraTrue wireless earbuds: £ 199.99, Nuraphone.com