Technology has a history of making wired things we love to use wireless. Consumers love it. Wires can quickly become a tangled mess. They’re inconvenient. Now one of the best (of many) ways to enjoy wireless technology is on a headset. Numerous manufacturers make headsets with small earbuds that will fit snuggly in your ear and connect via Bluetooth to your phone or other streaming device. This means that from your pocket to your ears there is no to get in the way – your mobility is entirely unaffected while wearing wireless earbuds.
Some of these earbud headsets are designed for an active lifestyle and others are simply for travel or convenience. We have evaluated both and determined that the best models are the Motorola S11, the Denon AH series and the Outdoor Technology Tags. You can also find out more by checking out our articles on wireless earbuds.
Comfort and functionality from wireless earbuds will rely heavily on their design. Some designs simply create a seamless experience no matter what you’re doing. Many devices are simply not designed to exercise in but will be just fine for casual, wire-free use. The headsets attach themselves a variety of ways to your ears and around your neck. Remember to look for good sound quality, reliable battery life, durability and looks that will please you. Here are the categories we used to rank the best wireless earbuds available:
Even though they are small, you should look for earbuds that can be turned up to the loudest volume without blowing out the drivers. Frequency response is a key indicator of the range of sound frequencies earbuds can produce. The best products cover the range of human hearing and even beyond. Impedance is also important as it affects the flow of electrical current through the device. Too much impedance will result in weak output and poor tone; too little will ruin your speakers. Bluetooth range is among the most important features for earbuds. Bluetooth earbuds have a range of at least 30 feet, which gives you much more freedom from the devices you are paired to.
Earbuds are lightweight, but they shouldn’t be light on features. Many wireless in-ear headphones allow you to pair them with several devices at once so you don't have to go back and re-sync your headphones when switching between devices. Most earbuds are also moisture resistant, meaning light rain or sweat won't harm them. Noise cancellation and the ability to accept or reject a phone call are also excellent features.
Design & Specifications
Battery life and charge time are crucial elements in choosing the right earbuds. Most headphones will work for four hours or more, even with consistent talking or listening. It's easy to charge these devices through a slot on the earbud where you can plug in a micro-USB cable, fully charging them in around two hours. A wrap-around neck design is also important as it keeps earbuds securely in place even when you exercise.
Warranty & Support
Manufacturers sometimes provide forums, FAQs and live chat for technical assistance. Look for wireless earbuds that provide user manuals for help setting up the Bluetooth and pairing the devices. A good warranty also provides long-term customer support and reassurance.
With technology becoming more mobile every day, it makes sense to free yourself from the nest of wires running from your headphones to your MP3 player and other devices. Mobility, performance and design are essential in determining which wireless earbuds will best suit your active lifestyle.