Bluetooth Headphones Buyer’s Guide

1 Bose QuietComfort 35 II Headphones (with Google Assistant) Review
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
9.5
$69.99 $99.99 Buy It Now
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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 Pro Review
9.5
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Design and Fit
9.1
Sound Quality
9.6
Features
9.6
Bluetooth Performance
9.5
Battery Life
9.6
PROS:
  • Great sound quality that you can fully customize
  • Active Noise Cancellation
  • Transparency Mode
CONS:
  • No multipoint pairing
4 Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro
9.5
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Excellent
The Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro offers even better sound quality than the Liberty 2 Pro in a smaller size, and adds an effective Active Noise Cancellation system and convenient auto-pause feature.
Design and Fit
9.2
Sound Quality
9.7
Features
9.7
Bluetooth Performance
9.5
Battery Life
9.6
PROS:
  • Great sound quality with plenty of EQ options
  • Active Noise Cancellation
  • Auto-Pause when removing earbud
CONS:
  • Occasional Bluetooth blips
  • LDAC requires phone support
5 Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless Headphones Review
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
6 Soundcore Life P3 Review
9.4
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Great
The Soundcore Life P3 are a slightly cheaper alternative to the Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro earbuds with some added features such as gaming mode and an earbud location feature. The sound quality of the Life P3 doesn't quite match the Liberty Air 2 Pros, but should satisfy most users.
Design
9.1
Sound Quality
9.4
Features
9.6
Bluetooth Performance
9.5
Battery Life
9.6
PROS:
  • Great sound quality
  • Active Noise Cancellation
  • Gaming mode
CONS:
  • No auto-pause when earbud is removed
  • No Hear ID personalization
7 SoundPEATS TrueAir2 Wireless Earbuds
9.3
Awesome
The SoundPEATS TrueAir2 earbuds are a strong performer and are definitely worth considering if you're looking for a cheaper alternative to Apple's AirPods. They have long battery life, touch controls, and a stable Bluetooth connection.
Design and Fit
9.5
Sound Quality
9
Features
9.5
Bluetooth Performance
9.3
Battery Life
9
8 SoundPEATS Air3 Wireless Earbuds
9.3
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Awesome
The SOUNDPEATS Air3 add some new features like auto-pause when removing an earbud and the apt-x protocol for supported phones. If you already own the TrueAir2, these are not huge reasons to upgrade, but if you’re looking for a great pair of truly wireless earbuds with a semi in-ear design, the Air3 are a worthy competitor to the Apple AirPods.
Design and Fit
9.5
Sound Quality
9
Features
9.6
Bluetooth Performance
9.3
Battery Life
9
PROS:
  • Great sound quality
  • Auto-pause when one earbud is removed
  • Single earbud use
CONS:
  • No custom EQ settings
9 EarFun Air True Wireless Earbuds Review
9.2
$49.99 $65.99 Buy It Now
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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
10 TaoTronics SoundLiberty 92 Truly Wireless Headphones Review
9.2
$29.51 $39.99 Buy It Now
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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
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