Best Truly Wireless Headphones – January 2018

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With many smartphones going without a headphone jack in 2017, that trend is likely going to continue in 2018, and it has allowed truly wireless headphones to really rise. In 2017, a ton of companies decided to come out with their first pair of truly wireless earbuds, including Jaybird, JBL, Bose and even ZOLO. And that is because more people are moving towards Bluetooth headphones, and many prefer the truly wireless option.

There are a ton of truly wireless options out there, but it's tough to gauge which is the best option. We have rounded up the best options available as of January 2018, down below. If you're looking for the best audio quality and best battery life, the JLab Audio Epic Air and the Jaybird RUN are likely your best bets. Although the Jaybird RUN does have better audio, thanks to its app and the customizable EQ, the JLab Audio Epic Air does have slightly better battery life. Now if you are just looking for the best audio, the Bose SoundSport Free is likely the best choice. These offer up some incredible audio, but the battery life isn't too great. So these are great for running or taking to the gym.

Of course, these truly wireless options are not that cheap, the majority of the ones on this list are above $100. However if you are looking for something that is under $100, the ZOLO Liberty are a good pair to check out. Now these won't have that rich bass that you'd get from the Jaybird RUN or the Bose SoundSport Free, but you do get great sound out of these, and they do offer plenty of battery life, while also being very small and lightweight. In fact the ZOLO Liberty are so small, you'll probably forget that they are in your ears. All of the options below are great ones to check out and use with your smartphone, tablet or really any Bluetooth-connected device. But remember, truly wireless is still somewhat new, so the quality isn't as good as a wireless pair of headphones, and neither is the battery life. But it will get better over time.

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LEZII True Wireless Sport Bluetooth V4.2 Earbuds
LEZII True Wireless Sport Bluetooth V4.2 Earbuds

These are probably some of the cheapest, truly wireless earbuds on the market right now, coming in at under $50. But these do work with Bluetooth 4.2, and battery life is only around 2 hours depending on what you’re doing with them. There is an included case which can charge them around 3-4 times. But the battery life isn’t spectacular here, and that is why these are cheaper.

JLab Audio Epic Air True Wireless 4.1 Sport Earbuds
JLab Audio Epic Air True Wireless 4.1 Sport Earbuds

Now if you’re wanting a pair of truly wireless earbuds that can last the longest on a single charge, JLab has you covered. The Epic Air can last 7 hours on a single charge, and with the included charging case, you can get an additional 30 hours of playback. Which is industry leading, but the sound quality is also on point with the JLab Audio Epic Air.

Jaybird RUN True Wireless Headphones
Jaybird RUN True Wireless Headphones

These are some of the more expensive ones out there, but definitely worth the money. The Jaybird RUN are smaller earbuds, but they are made for runners. So that means that they are not going to fall out of your ears when you are running and working out. Additionally, these can get around 4 to 6 hours on a charge and with the included carrying case, you can get another 12-16 hours.

Jabra Elite Sport True Wireless Waterproof Fitness & Running Earbuds
Jabra Elite Sport True Wireless Waterproof Fitness & Running Earbuds

Jabra has been in the truly wireless game for quite some time, and the Elite Sport have garnered a good reputation in the industry. These offer all the same benefits as others on this list, but it can also track your workout, and tell you how many calories you’ve burned and such. These provide about 4.5-hours of playback and the included charging case will get you another 9 hours.

Bose SoundSport Free
Bose SoundSport Free

Bose finally jumped into the truly wireless game late last year, with the SoundSport Free. Now these are some of the more expensive models on this list, but definitely worth taking a look at. As expected from Bose, these do offer up some incredible sound quality, and also have some impressive battery life. The earbuds themselves will last you around 5 hours on a charge, with the battery case giving you an additional 10 hours. And these come in a few different colors including black, blue and red.

JBL Free Truly Wireless In-Ear Headphones
JBL Free Truly Wireless In-Ear Headphones

JBL also joined the truly wireless revolution late last year, with the JBL Free. These are actually pretty cheap, coming in at around $150 (normally) and offer that iconic JBL sound that you’ve come to expect from JBL’s products. These offer up around 5 hours of battery life on a single charge, and with the included battery case, you can get another 10-15 hours of charging.

SOL REPUBLIC Amps Air Totally Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds
SOL REPUBLIC Amps Air Totally Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds

SOL REPUBLIC has a great pair of truly wireless earbuds here, which offer up great sound and even have a built-in equalizer, so you can get even better sound. The battery isn’t that great, lasting around 3 hours, but that should be long enough for a gym or running session. The included case can charge these about 15 times, so there’s plenty of juice to keep you going for a while here.

Samsung Gear IconX (2018 Edition)
Samsung Gear IconX (2018 Edition)

This is Samsung’s second version of the Gear IconX, which are its truly wireless earbuds. These aren’t just earbuds though, these can also track your workouts, and has a coach built-in, to help you go further in your workouts. You’ll get 5 hours of battery life when streaming over Bluetooth, but the Gear IconX does have 4GB of storage for storing music offline, and when playing locally, battery life is improved to 7 hours.

ZOLO by Anker Liberty Total-Wireless Earphones
ZOLO by Anker Liberty Total-Wireless Earphones

Anker launched a new audio brand recently, ZOLO, and its first product was the Liberty truly wireless headphones. These offer up premium sound, for under $100. Using graphene drivers, the Zolo Liberty are able to offer up some great sound while also offering up great battery life. You’ll get around 3.5 hours on a charge, but the included case can get you 24 hours of battery life.