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The best true wireless earbuds: these are the top AirPods-alternatives today
The best true wireless earbuds of 2021 boast some of the most advanced audio technology around today. This means they’re just as good as almost any pair of wired earbuds on the market. Some of the earbuds in this list could possibly even rival our selection of the best over-ear headphones – and given these are all sans-wires, that’s really saying something.
True wireless earbuds used to be a risky bet until fairly recently, due to limitations with Bluetooth and wireless music streaming. However, there’s never been a better time to cut the cord. In the guide below we’ve selected the best pairs of true wireless buds to help you choose the right pair for your budget and your needs.
In case you need a refresher, here's what true wireless earbuds are all about. Most importantly, they have no cable at all to connect to your phone or any other device. However, what sets them apart from wireless earbuds is there’s no cable to connect each bud to the other either. What this does is makes true wireless earbuds extremely convenient, as well as flexible for a whole range of environments and uses. But there's one big downside: you need to be extra careful not to lose one.
The best true wireless earbuds of 2021 in the list below are all high-end – and most have a price tag to match, though there's a growing market of budget wireless earbuds that prove you don't have to break the bank in the quest for excellent audio.
Each pair in this guide comes with a whole bunch of impressive features built-in, including active noise cancellation, hands-free voice control, and support for Hi-Res Audio codecs. Of course, if you're just after stellar sound quality, we recommend you check out models like the Bowers & Wilkins PI7, Grado GT220 and the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1, which are there to cater to your inner audiophile.
One of the first mainstream pairs of true wireless earbuds that went truly mainstream were the Apple AirPods, which were launched back in 2016. However, things have moved on since then, and Apple's earbuds were given their own update in 2019. These days there are far better options out there, including the noise-cancelling AirPods Pro. Before you buy a pair of old-school 'Pods, check out our selection of the best true wireless earbuds and AirPods-alternatives you can buy in 2021.