Whether you’re on a run, streaming your favourite show while the kids sleep or pacing your office during a work call, wireless earbuds can be a blessing. No cords to get tangled or tether you to your phone, laptop or TV? Game-changing. To help you choose a standout pair that works for your lifestyle, we’ve rounded up the seven best wireless earbuds in Canada.
What’s the difference between wireless and true wireless?
- Wireless: Wireless earbuds don’t plug into a device, but they still connect to each other through a round cord that sits at the base of your neck. The mic, controls and battery are typically housed on the cord. Some people prefer this style of earbud for running, walking or working out because if one bud falls out, it won’t drop to the ground.
- True wireless: The earbuds have no connecting cord and are independent of each other. The mic, controls and battery are built into each earbud. There aren’t any wires to contend with, but it may be easier to drop and lose a bud unless you buy a model that has ear hooks.
Do all wireless earbuds work with iPhone?
What wireless earbud features should I consider?
- Noise cancelling versus noise isolating: Noise-cancelling technology counters external noise with a frequency that cancels out some soundwaves, whereas noise-isolating earbuds physically block external noise with a snug fit. Noise cancellation drains battery life, while noise isolation does not.
- Battery life: There are two battery lives to consider: The life of the earbuds after a single charge and the additional hours of battery life that a wireless case can provide.
- Sound quality: While sound quality can be subjective, generally more advanced tech (read: more expensive) will deliver the most nuanced sound. If you’re active, search for specialized heavy bass to help you push through sweaty workouts. For a movie theatre–like experience, look for the words “spatial audio” or “virtual surround.”
What type of wireless earbuds are you looking for?
Best Wireless Earbuds on a Budget
Noise Cancelling: No | Noise Isolating: No | Water Resistant: No | Battery Life: Up to 15 hours
These wireless earbuds are comfortable to wear and deliver on the Sony reputation for a great listening experience. Though they have a few annoying cons, like feedback during phone calls, they offer a lot of value for their budget-friendly price tag.
|They have exceptionally long battery life from a single charge.||They lack the technology to isolate your voice on phone calls, causing feedback or echoes known as sidetone.|
|Their multi-function button enables phone calls, Siri or Google Assistant.||The control buttons need a firm push.|
|The earbuds are magnetized for easy storage and handling.|
It is super easy to connect to my phone. I haven’t had any problems with them falling out. I love that the earbuds magnetize together when not in use.
When I used them on my first call it was actually unbearable. Not only can you hear your own voice, but you can hear every step you take.
Best Wireless Earbuds for Android
Noise Cancelling: Yes | Noise Isolating: Yes | Water Resistant: Yes | Battery Life: Up to 8 hours for earbuds; Up to 28 hours for case
These noise-cancelling true wireless earbuds from Samsung deliver big sound with astonishing clarity. They’re easy to control through your Galaxy device or via the Samsung Galaxy Wearable app on Android phones, tablets and laptops. (On the hunt for a new Android or specialty tablet? You might like our top 7 tablets.)
|You can simultaneously connect to multiple devices and switch back and forth seamlessly.||Their sound quality depends on how well they fit your ears.|
|Thanks to three microphones and voice pick-up technology, you’ll be able to make crystal-clear phone calls.||The minimalist design means larger or smaller ears may have difficulty keeping them in place.|
|You can find lost earbuds with the SmartThings app.|
Super earbuds. Sound is perfect, battery life is great, auto-connect with my Galaxy phone.
Great buds, but they don’t fit in my ears at all. They just fall out constantly. The biggest size of tips is about the same size as other mediums.
Best Wireless Earbuds for iPhone
Noise Cancelling: Yes | Noise Isolating: Yes | Water Resistant: Yes | Battery Life: Up to 4.5 hours for earbuds; Up to 24 hours for case
All of Apple’s true wireless AirPods integrate seamlessly with other Apple products and these earbuds are no exception. In addition to easy setup for Apple users, one of the best features—pausing music or podcasts when you take the earbuds out of your ears—only works with iPhone.
|The package includes three sizes of tapered silicone tips for a more customized fit.||There are no volume controls on the earbuds themselves.|
|You can easily switch between Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency Mode (that allows some noise through) by squeezing the earbuds to activate the sensor.||It can take a while to get used to the sensor.|
|They’ll send alerts to your smartphone when the battery is low.||They’re among the most expensive wireless earbuds on the market.|
These are awesome! The ease of Bluetooth connection and the noise cancelling are incredible. They fit great and don’t fall out.
The only problem is the case opens very easily. If you drop the case, the AirPods can fall right out. Get a protective case for them!
Best Wireless Earbuds for Working Out
Noise Cancelling: No | Noise Isolating: Yes | Water Resistant: Yes | Battery Life: Up to 9 hours for earbuds; Up to 36 hours for case
If your workouts are dynamic, intense and involve a lot of sweat, take a look at these true wireless earbuds from Soundcore. They fit snug on the ears—sans wires—so you can turn, move and extend your limbs any which way while zoning out to an intense audio experience.
|They’re truly sweat-proof thanks to unique hydrophobic coating.||The front-located touch controls may be hard to manoeuvre mid-run or mid-cycle.|
|BassTurbo technology delivers heart-pumping beats.||The ear hooks may interfere with glasses.|
|Charge for just 10 minutes and get 1.5 hours of music.|
They fit really well and are pretty comfortable. I was also impressed with how long a full charge lasts.
After an hour or two they start to really make my ear sore. I think it is the weight of the earphones.
Best Wireless Earbuds for Running
Noise Cancelling: No | Noise Isolating: Yes | Water Resistant: Yes | Battery Life: Up to 15 hours
Powerbeats wireless earphones, which are made by Apple-owned Beats by Dr. Dre, are ideal for people on the move. The lightweight design features secure ear hooks to keep the buds in place and powerful sound to push you through speed drills and that last sweaty kilometre. (Our roundup of the 7 best smartwatches might also be up your alley.)
|Powerbeats have a really long charge life.||They’re not noise-cancelling for truly uninterrupted runs.|
|They offer balanced sound and noise isolation.||The round cable attachment may irritate some runners.|
|The earphones also feature voice-activated Siri access.|
These new headphones are really secured to the ear and don’t get caught on things. I use my headphones at work and I’m really active.
I wish the music was louder. The bass is great, the fit is great, but I could not ROCK out like I wanted.
Best Wireless Earbuds for Small Ears
Noise Cancelling: No | Noise Isolating: No | Water Resistant: Yes | Battery Life: Up to 5 hours for earbuds; Up to 24 hours for case
While many people have criticized the size and shape of Apple’s classic AirPods, they offer an advantage to listeners with small ears. The contours of the earbuds create an excellent seal within a small ear canal—just twist the AirPods a little until you find a secure fit. This good seal will help to block outside noise.
|The classic AirPods offer voice-activated Siri access.||They aren’t noise cancelling or noise isolating.|
|Your music will pause when you remove the earbuds.||The non-adjustable shape may not fit all ears.|
|All you have to do is tap to change the volume or switch to the next song.|
Love them!! Exactly what I was looking for. Great sound, stay in place during workouts, stays connected and easy to use.
It has a double-tap feature, but I have found I have to tap a little hard for that to work.
Best Noise-Cancelling Wireless Earbuds
Noise Cancelling: Yes | Noise Isolating: Yes | Water Resistant: Yes | Battery Life: Up to 6 hours for earbuds; Up to 12 hours for case
Do you need to shush the outside world for a few hours every day? These true wireless earbuds by Bose have advanced noise-cancelling technology to deliver the inner sanctuary of your dreams, whether that involves absolute silence, uninterrupted podcasts, clear phone calls or nothing but your favourite tunes.
|They feature low, medium and high noise-cancelling levels.||They need to sit snugly inside the ear canal and ear ridge and may not be an easy fit for everyone.|
|Soft silicone on all ear-touching surfaces means greater comfort.||You must manually disconnect from one device before re-connecting with another.|
|Each earbud has its own touch controls: volume on the right and play, pause and call accept on the left.||They’re pricey.|
I work in a machine shop and these block out 99% of the noise. They are just like wearing ear plugs but the music comes through crystal clear.
I love the sound quality, but I wish we could have more Bluetooth devices connected. I don’t like the fact you have to disconnect from one device to connect to another.
Get Everything You Need
- Sound Guys. With the Rise of True Wireless, Is There a Place for Wireless?
- Headphonesty. Why You Should Buy True Wireless Headphones.
- Rtings.com. The 5 Best Wireless Earbuds for iPhone, Spring 2021.
- Cnet. Noise-Canceling vs. Noise-Isolating Headphones: What’s the Difference?
- Rtings.com. Sony WI-200 Wireless Headphones Review.
- Android Central. Are AirPods a Good Choice for Androids?
- Gearbrain. Why AirPod Pros Are the Best (and Worst) Earbuds for Runners.
- Sound Guys. Anker Soundcore Spirit X2 Review.
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