Bluetooth Headphones Buyer’s Guide

1 Bose QuietComfort 35 II Headphones (with Google Assistant) Review

Bose QuietComfort 35 II Headphones (with Google Assistant) Review

You can drown out the outside world and enjoy your music with the Bose QuietComfort 35 II whether traveling by plane or by train. Design Bose has maintained a very similar design to the 1st generation of the QuietComfort 35.  The headband ...
9.6
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Excellent
As you might expect from Bose, sound quality is excellent and the QuietComfort 35s trademark noise cancellation technology is maintained in this second generation version. The headphones are also very comfortable to wear for long periods. Bose claims that the Google Assistant is now "built-in," but it is still dependent on your phone for the functionality. The Bose Connect app walks you through the setup process and helps you customize the settings easily.
Design
9.3
Sound Quality
10
Noise Cancelling
9.7
Features
8.9
Battery Life
10
PROS:
  • Superb sound quality
  • Very comfortable to wear for extended periods
  • Noise-cancellation is top notch
  • Great battery life
CONS:
  • Google Assistant processing happens on the phone
  • Bulky size
2 Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro Truly Wireless Headphones Review

Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro Truly Wireless Headphones Review

There are many truly wireless headphones out there. What makes the Anker's Soundcore brand stand out from the rest? Price Tracker Sound Quality The first thing you're probably wondering about is: how do they sound? In my opinion, on ...
9.5
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Excellent
The Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro offer superb sound quality, the ability to use either earbud one-at-a-time, and convenient USB-C and wireless charging. Call quality could be improved, but overall the Liberty 2 Pros are an affordable and great sounding alternative to other brands.
Design and Fit
9.1
Sound Quality
9.6
Features
9.5
Bluetooth Performance
9.5
Battery Life
9.6
PROS:
  • Great sound quality that can be tweaked to your liking
  • USB-C and Qi wireless charging
  • Single earbud use
  • Long battery life
CONS:
  • Microphone can sound muffled
  • Music does not automatically pause when removing from ear
3 Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless Headphones Review

Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless Headphones Review

While the Soundcore Liberty Air 2 may have a slight resemblance to the Apple AirPods, are they a suitable alternative to the pricier Apple brand? Price Tracker Sound Quality This isn’t Soundcore’s top-of-the-line earbud in terms of ...
9.4
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Great
The Soundcore Liberty Air 2 earbuds offer great sound quality, the ability to use either earbud one-at-a-time, and convenient USB-C and wireless charging. Call quality is acceptable, but you'll need to be in a reliatively quiet environment.
Design and Fit
9.0
Sound Quality
9.2
Features
9.5
Bluetooth Performance
9.5
Battery Life
9.6
PROS:
  • Very good sound quality with lots of adjustment options
  • USB-C and Qi wireless charging
  • Single earbud use
  • Long battery life
CONS:
  • Microphone can sound tinny and picks up some ambient sounds
4 TaoTronics SoundLiberty 92 Truly Wireless Headphones Review

TaoTronics SoundLiberty 92 Truly Wireless Headphones Review

Design My favorite design feature of the SoundLiberty 92 is the fact that it does not "seal" to your ear canal, similar to the original Apple AirPods. This allows you to hear what is going on around you, making them ideal for running near ...
9.2
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Great
The TaoTronics Sound Liberty headphones are a great alternative to the Apple AirPods. The open design allows you to hear what is going on around you and you can use one earbud at a time if you want. Sound quality is great and the earbuds feature IPX8 water resistance.
Design and Fit
9.5
Sound Quality
8.7
Features
9.3
Bluetooth Performance
9.0
Battery Life
9.3
PROS:
  • Great sound
  • Open design allows you to hear outside sounds
  • 5-hour battery life
  • IPX8 water resistance
CONS:
  • Case has no wireless Qi charging
  • Touch controls sometimes slow to respond
  • No noise-canceling mics
5 TaoTronics SoundLiberty 94 Active Noise Cancelling Truly Wireless Headphones Review

TaoTronics SoundLiberty 94 Active Noise Cancelling Truly Wireless Headphones Review

Design Typically, headphones with active noise cancellation are the large, over-the-ear types that can take up a good bit of space in your carry-on. TaoTronics SoundLiberty 94 are truly wireless earbuds that incorporate this technology at a ...
9.2
Great
The SoundLiberty 94 earbuds are a decent alternative to much larger Active Noise Cancelling headphones and are much more portable. The Active Noise Cancellation technology is not quite as effective as what is found on larger over-the-ear style headphones, but they are still fine for shorter trips or for mowing the lawn.
Design and Fit
9.5
Sound Quality
8.7
Features
9.3
Bluetooth Performance
9.0
Battery Life
9.3
PROS:
  • Great sound quality
  • ANC technology in a ultra-portable size
  • Long battery life
CONS:
  • Active Noise Cancellation not as effective as larger headphones
  • Case has no wireless Qi charging
6 TaoTronics SoundLiberty 88 Truly Wireless Headphones Review

TaoTronics SoundLiberty 88 Truly Wireless Headphones Review

Design My favorite design feature of the SoundLiberty 88 is the same thing I like about the SoundLiberty 92: the earbuds do not "seal" to your ear canal, similar to the original Apple AirPods. This allows you to hear what is going on around you, ...
9.2
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Great
The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 88 earbuds have improved call quality over the SoundLiberty 92 thanks to noise-canceling microphones. For listening to music, the SoundLiberty 88 do not disappoint and are a great alternative to the Apple AirPods. The open design allows you to hear what is going on around you and you can use one earbud at a time if you want. .
Design and Fit
9.5
Sound Quality
8.6
Features
9.4
Bluetooth Performance
9.0
Battery Life
9.3
PROS:
  • Great sound quality
  • Open design allows you to hear outside sounds
  • 5-hour battery life
  • IPX8 water resistance
CONS:
  • Case has no wireless Qi charging
  • Touch controls sometimes slow to respond
7 EarFun Air True Wireless Earbuds Review

EarFun Air True Wireless Earbuds Review

Design and Fit The EarFun Air wireless earbuds somewhat resemble the AirPods with their stem that extends down from your ear. Like the EarFun Free, they do not have any around-the-ear hooks or stabilizer tabs to help hold them in place, so ...
9.2
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Great
The EarFun Air earbuds are a nice alternative to the more expensive AirPods, but please note that these passively cancel out noise by sealing into your ear canal (AirPods are more open). The EarFun Air earbuds sound great, have long 7-hour battery life between charges, and the inclusion of wireless charging with USB-C are not common at this price point.
Design and Fit
9.2
Sound Quality
8.9
Features
9.4
Bluetooth Performance
9.0
Battery Life
9.3
PROS:
  • Great sound quality
  • USB-C and wireless charging
  • Up to 7 hours of battery life per charge
CONS:
  • No tabs or ear hooks for stabilization
8 EarFun Free Wireless Earbuds Review

EarFun Free Wireless Earbuds Review

Design and Fit The EarFun Free wireless earbuds have a smooth exterior that fits nicely inside the ear. It doesn’t have any around-the-ear hooks or stabilizer tabs to help hold them in place, so they may not be ideal for intense workouts. ...
9.1
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Great
While the sound quality might not quite be on the level of more expensive brands, the EarFun Free still sound great, have long 6 hour battery life, and the inclusion of wireless charging with USB-C are surprising at this price point.
Design and Fit
8.8
Sound Quality
8.9
Features
9.4
Bluetooth Performance
9.0
Battery Life
9.3
PROS:
  • Great sound quality
  • USB-C and wireless charging
  • Up to 6 hours of battery life per charge
CONS:
  • Bass isn’t quite as strong as other brands
  • No tabs or ear hooks for stabilization
9 Plantronics BackBeat FIT 3150 Review

Plantronics BackBeat FIT 3150 Review

Design and Fit One of the things I like most about these headphones is the open design of the tips on the earbuds. It has a one-size-fits-all design, similar to the Apple EarPods or AirPods. As such, the earbuds do not "seal" to your ear canal ...
9.1
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Great
If you exercise outdoors, you'll love that these earbuds allow you to hear what's going on around you, while still maintaining strong bass and great sound quality.
Design and Fit
9.6
Sound Quality
9.3
Features
8.8
Bluetooth Performance
8.6
Battery Life
9.0
PROS:
  • Great sound quality
  • Ability to hear around you
  • Charging case
CONS:
  • No noise cancellation feature
10 Under Armour Sport Wireless Train Headphones Review

Under Armour Sport Wireless Train Headphones Review

Sound Quality As you would expect from JBL, the sound quality on the Under Armour Sport Wireless Train headphones is great. These headphones seem to favor mids and highs more than the bass. The bass is good, but the highs seem to overpower the ...
9
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Great
The Under Armour Sport Wireless Train Headphones have great sound quality and stay securely in place while working out. The TalkThru feature is very useful and saves the trouble of having to take your headphones off every time you want to talk. However, there is no active noise cancellation, so you may still hear the noise around you. Battery life is sufficient and uses a standard Micro USB cable to charge.
Sound Quality
8.9
Design
8.6
Features
9.3
Battery
9.0
PROS:
  • Great sound quality
  • TalkThru feature
  • Washable ear cushions
CONS:
  • Can be uncomfortable for extended periods of wear
  • No active noise cancellation
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