Best Wireless Earphones or EarBuds under $250 in 2021

Moderators at OzBargain have decided to run yearly polls to decide the best products in popular categories that get asked repeatedly in the forum. Our aim is to have a central thread where users can vote on the items, suggest options and also change their vote throughout the year. The polls will end once the year is over.


Question

What is the best (true) Wireless BT earbuds in 2021?

As more and more phones now come without a dedicated 3.5mm Audio Jack, it's not surprising that wireless audio devices are starting to become more popular. True Wireless earphones (abbreviated as TWS) are also now common as Apple Airpods have ignited a new trend & styling.

Some of the things you need to consider apart from their sound quality:

  • Battery life of both the charging case and earbuds
  • Size of the charging case
  • How well the buds fit in your ear, comfort, could you wear it while jogging or exercising
  • The quality of the microphone for clearer phone calls
  • Active noise cancelling or passive noise isolation
  • Water resistance (for sweaty workouts)

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Poll Options Sat, 01/01/2022 - 00:00

  • 56
    Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus
  • 32
    Sony WF-1000XM3
  • 14
    Jabra Elite Active 75t
  • 13
    Apple AirPods 2
  • 3
    Samsung Galaxy Buds Live
  • 3
    Bose SoundSport Free
  • 3
    Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2
  • 2
    Huawei FreeBuds 3
  • 1
    Jabra Elite 75t
  • 0
    Audio Technica ATH-ANC300TW
  • 0
    Bose Sport Earbuds
  • 0
    Mpow m30 plus

Comments

  • Soundspeats Sonic: Plays music/audio for 12+ hours on one charge, 35 hours incl charging case. Mic works well for calls, even when outdoors. In-ear design ensures it snugly fits and holds well for exercise. Passive noise iso. Avail to purchase on Amazon <$60.

    • Soundpeats sonic has been removed from the poll. There is now a sub $80 budget category poll running.

  • Needs a Taotronics option.

  • So if you are getting the sony under 250 then good for you and get them, the only issue with them is that they kindly look coming out of the ears like i cant explain it but they are big… the application interface is brilliant..

    I got myself momentum 2 they are out of your budget but are pretty good. the application is not as good as the sony though

    Buds live i wouldnt go for them as apparently they have issues with the sound.. depending how snug they are fit and they tend to fall off

    i heard from the jbhifi guy that the jabra ones have had quite alot of returns due to being faulty no idea if the issue is with the new model as well..

    oh well i dont know about others…

  • Suggested Mpow m30 plus

    Excellent running TWS for people with big ears. Very good sound quality. Excellent passive attenuation. Very high build quality.

    Sound great from low to high volume. Plays low without distortion.

    Battery life of both the charging case and earbuds:
    Battery at 4 hours for non exercise purposes. But Plus case has large battery and quickly recharges buds (10 minutes gives me a few hours). Case can be used as a small power bank in a pinch with proper fast charging. I use daily and charge case every week or two.

    Size of the charging case
    Large with the plus model recommended, but case doubles as a small power bank.

    How well the buds fit in your ear, comfort, could you wear it while jogging or exercising
    Fit well in large ears (comes with small tips which I can't test…). They are small, almost discrete, slightly protruding from ears. People regularly try to talk to me with them in. They are designed for exercise and work for running. If the right tip is used they stay firm in the ear. Only real down side is that they can cause slight wind noise when running or jogging into a head wind.

    The quality of the microphone for clearer phone calls
    Reasonable. Need to use both for the active noise cancellation to work at it's best.

    Active noise cancelling or passive noise isolation
    Active noise cancellation for microphone only. Passive noise isolation is excellent. I would estimate it at around 12dB to 15dB for me (compared to properly fitted air plugs). Downside is own movements (like striking the ground when running) sound excessively loud as everything else is so quite.

    Water resistance (for sweaty workouts)
    I can get very sweaty when I run. Mine work fine after six months.

    Further

    Build quality
    These are light and feel cheap but are constructed well. I have slept on them with no deterioration in build. Units from early 2020 were reported as being easy to break.

    If you are not interested in exercise, soundpeats have slightly better sound quality with significant better battery life.

  • Does anyone have thoughts on the Jabra 85t's? I know they're normally over $250 but I've been looking for some ANC/truly wireless earbuds for the gym, cycling and potentially WFH video calling.

    • I have the 75t and it's the best earbuds I've gotten hands down. I need them mostly for calls and music and they do a great job.