What Makes the Best Wireless Earbuds in 2020

These days you can’t leave your house without seeing a trendy passer-by with their latest AirPods or wireless earbuds. With so many options on the market I wanted to find what made the best wireless earbuds this year.

In order of importance.

1. Battery life

 A wireless headset is great when it’s paired with a battery that lasts for a long time. The latest models usually average around 4 hours listening time + a charging case so its easy to recharge while on the go.

Heres a small chart of some of the top models and their battery life

ModelBattery LifeBattey Life with Case
Apple AirPods Pro4.5 Hours24 Hours
Mobvoi TicPods ANC5 Hours21 Hours
Samsung Buds+11 Hours22 Hours
Sony WF-1000XM36 Hours24 Hours
Popular Earbuds battery life

2. Noise Cancellation

Active noise cancellation is quite new on the block when talking about wireless earbuds. Apple moved to include ANC with their latest Apple AirPods Pro but not with their standard model.

It often comes at a slight premium on the higher end models but is worth the price.

If you don’t know what Active noise cancellation is, it essentially uses a microphone on the outside of the earbuds to listen to the background noise, then actively adjust the sound that goes into your ears to reduce that noise. Really clever stuff.

For more info on ANC check out this post here.

4. Wireless range 

Depending on what you have planned for your wireless earbuds, range can be important. If you’re like me and you want to get up and go to the toilet without interrupting your music habits then you’re going to want a good range.

Range can vary quite a bit depending if you’re outside or how thick the walls of your house are. Most of the latest wireless headphones use Bluetooth 5.0, which offers a range of 300 meters, but definitely don’t expect to get that full 300.  

4. Comfort 

 Finally but definitely not least comes in comfort. If earbuds are uncomfortable to wear then people just aren’t going to wear them. So lets take a look at what options we have when it comes to comfort.

In Ear
Apples release of the AirPods Pro became their first in ear design. With this design the AirPod sits down inside the ear, which allows for the ANC to work best. Samsungs Buds + also came as the In Ear varient.

This works great for the sporty types, runners and cyclists as the earphone is more stable and sturdy inside the ear.

On Ear

Other earphones like Mobvois TicPods ANC are on Ear earbuds. These sit just on the edge of the ear not directly inside. Though it means they can be a bit loser, i think this is more comfortable for day to day than in-ear.


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