Do the best Bluetooth earbuds live up to the hype? Wireless earbuds offer great convenience, but often come with poor battery life. We rank the best Bluetooth headphones for power users with current pricing. Enjoy the wireless life!
Worried that your wireless Bluetooth earbuds are going to fizzle out mid-use? You aren’t alone. In our review of the current best wireless headphones on the market for value, we found decent battery life ranging from a pitiful 3.5-5 hours of active use.
For power users, 3-4 hours of battery life just isn’t enough. If you’re willing to spend a little more you can extend that useable life to 7+ hours. Our testers tried over 45 brand name wireless earbuds, attempting to talk, work out, and listen to music until the fully-charged batteries gave out. The results? Clear category winners for best Bluetooth earbuds.
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1. The Best Bluetooth Headphones: Activate BX Waterproof Bluetooth Earbuds $49.99
The best all around Bluetooth earbuds offer sporty flair and extreme battery life. $49.99 with free US shipping at endive.
It’s been quite some time since we saw Activate make its way to the top of a roundup, so congratulations are in order. Their BX offering deserves top position for a few reasons, but mostly for overall value. For a mere $49.99 (half of other comparable earbuds) you’ll get top quality sound, a customizable look and feel, and a dashing design with flat cabling, rubberized connection points, and metal accents that could not have been cheap forActivate to manufacture. Most importantly? A whopping 10 hours of battery life and 10 days of standby before they need a charge. The added waterproofing (clearly displayed in the image above) is also welcome, as the BX show their best side during intense workouts or active movement when you can’t worry about adjusting earbuds.
A few added notes:Activate includes a carrying case as well as three sizes of ear attachment, which will ensure that these Bluetooth earbuds will fit snugly in your ear. The BX come in three color options as well: Electric Yellow, Deep Blue, and Pitch Black.
One downside: The BX model is only offered on endive at the current $49.99 price point for the time being, which means inventory may be limited. We’ll see ifActivate opens up the market in due time for these incredible little earbuds.
2. JLab Audio Epic Executive with Active Noise Canceling $99.99
The only Bluetooth earbuds to combine long battery life with the latest in active noise canceling technology. $99.99
JLab continues to make waves by producing earbuds that innovate in design, function, and pure sound quality. And if JLab is building it’s headphones kingdom, the Epic Executive is firmly planted on the throne. With 11+ hours of Bluetooth battery life these earbuds are the undisputed longest lasting in our 2018 testing to date. Toggle on the active noise canceling feature and the outside world is silenced. We’ve complained in previous reviews about Bluetooth headphones and earbuds that say they offer noise canceling technology, but actually just do what every other product does: block your ear canal.
JLab offers the real deal. Microphones hidden on the outside of the Epic Executive listen to the outside world actively while created perfectly matched soundwaves to cancel out disturbance. Once snugly fit thanks to the included 4 sets of silicone ear tips to fit various ear sizes you won’t hear a thing. The best part? Active noise canceling (ANC) mode is almost always battery intensive, but JLab has figured out how to make these earbuds last nearly 8 hours on a single charge when active noise canceling is enabled. You won’t find more tech and better sound quality packed into the same price point.
2. The Best Bluetooth Earbuds: xFyro XS2 Wireless Earbuds with Portable Charging Case $124.99
A complete audio solution with portable charging case that doubles as a smartphone charger with free shipping on Amazon.com, Prime eligible.
We were originally turned on to xFyro’s Bluetooth earbuds by a tech-savvy early adopter searching for a viable alternative to Apple’s AirPods. If you’re in the market for the best Bluetooth headphones, the XS2s are the read deal. Combining the best of current features including waterproofing, extremely long battery life, tiny, wireless and uncorded size, and noise cancelling technology into one set of wireless earbuds is no easy feat.
Yet here we are, with a product that not only lives up to the hype, but also comes with a wireless charging case that can double as a charger for your other digital devices. Users have reported active use times of 7 hours, which is incredible for such a small device. Multiple color options add to the fun. They aren’t the cheapest, but they certainly deserve the number two spot on our list.
3. Ghostek Wireless Earbuds Out of stock
7.5+ hours of battery life, lightweight, innovative design, and useful accessories with free shipping on Amazon.com, Prime eligible.
Newcomer brand Ghostek rocketed to the top of our best Bluetooth earbuds list thanks to innovate, clean design and an unbeatable battery life. Added features are welcome including a battery status light, IPX4 water resistant and sweatproof rating, and adjustable strap. Ghostek includes a carrying pouch as part of the premium packaging, along with black or white color options. For the low price point, you won’t find a better value in Bluetooth earbuds.
4. Senso Wireless Earbuds $29.97
6.5+ hours of battery life, multiple color options, and a low price point with free shipping on Amazon.com, Prime eligible.
While the Senso Bluetooth wireless earbuds didn’t take the crown for overall longest battery life, the headphones get marks for price to quality ratio. The least expensive of all products we tested, Senso’s sporty look produces reasonable sound and the best battery life at this price point. With a few colors to choose from, there is a bit of personalization to be had as well. An astonishing 15,000 Amazon reviews place Senso at a very high 4.5/5 rating, which is impressive for a new brand.
5. BeatsX Wireless Earbuds Check on Amazon
If true Bluetooth battery life is your game, then it’s hard to match BeatsX. With 8+ hours of active use time, these wireless earbuds are the longest lasting and most compact set of headphones in our lineup of best Bluetooth headphones. In fact, when faced with our grueling wear down test, BeatsX lasted well over the stated charge time. These headphones also come with a recognized brand name, which may give comfort to those seeking alternatives to the many Chinese headphone manufacturers currently soaking up the value segment.
The BeatsX does win a place in our 2017 Best Battery Life lineup, but could take some cues from other high end manufacturers on sound quality. That said, the mix between talk quality and sound is acceptable, with BeatsX doing just fine for most users. Extreme audiophiles, on the other hand, may want to check out our list of ultra-premium studio headphones.
6. Best Bluetooth Earbuds for Price: Thor Wireless Earbuds $38.98
6+ hours of active use with a monster 80+ hours of standby with free shipping on Amazon.com, Prime eligible.
While Thor doesn’t have the same name recognition as the other category winners for best Bluetooth battery life, these tiny dynamos more than make up for it when put to task. The newcomers to the wireless earbuds category (this is our first encounter with the brand) performed admirably, pushing past the six hour mark in our wear down test, and proving extremely efficient in standby mode at over 80 hours! That’s a record for standby, and one that makes Thor quite attractive to everyday users who may not remember to recharge daily. It’s also one of the reasons an unproven brand is on our list of best Bluetooth headphones.
Thor also makes our list of best Bluetooth earbuds for a handy, slim carrying case that doubles as a charger. While the other units awarded best battery life have their own charging solutions, none are quite as sleek and portable. And for the price – less than half that of any other contender – Thor wireless earbuds are very compelling indeed.
7. Best Bluetooth Headphones for Sound: Bose SoundSport Wireless Earbuds $149.00
6.5+ hours of battery life with the best sound in the category with free shipping on Amazon.com, Prime eligible.
When you buy Bose, you know you’ll be getting two things: A best in class sound system, and a wallet-busting price point. That’s all part of the magic if you want the best Bluetooth headphones. The SoundSport wireless are not cheap earbuds. If that’s your fancy, try our list of best Bluetooth headphones under 100 dollars. In our tests, SoundSport performed very well. And although they come in at about six hours of Bluetooth battery life during aggressive use, the quality of sound you get while enjoying those six hours is a different standard.
Bose also thought to create a few color combinations, not always the case at the high end of the market. That makes the Bose earbuds somewhat of an outlier – head and shoulders above the other winners for 2017 best Bluetooth earbuds in both sound quality and price point. While Bose isn’t for everyone, if you can afford the best you won’t be disappointed with SoundSport.
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