Best Earbuds [2021]: Bose, Sennheiser, AirPods, Beats, Samsung, Google, & More: Reviews & Comparison

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David & David tested 13 pairs of earbuds to bring you an unbiased review of the best earbuds of 2021. We tested 13 pairs of earbuds including the Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds, Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2, AirPods Pro, Google Pixel Buds, and Jabra Elite 75t.

Some manufacturers took liberties with the word “wireless.” Several of these earbuds have wires, and some of those wires are very long. Others don’t call them earbuds at all — they’re “in-ear headphones.”

We didn’t expect to hear a large disparity in sound quality, but there are a few wireless earbuds that clearly stand out as the best in 2021. There are also some earbuds that sound so bad it’s almost impressive.

  1. Who Purchased These Headphones? We Did! [0:12]
  2. Why You Can Trust Our Review [0:22]
  3. Songs We Used For Testing & What We Listened For [0:24]
  4. Other Ranking Factors [0:29]
  5. The Truth About Amazon Reviews [0:40]
  6. The Truth About Pro Review Sites [0:51]
  7. Apple AirPods: Review Highlights [1:13]
  8. Apple AirPods Pro: Review Highlights [1:38]
  9. Beats Flex: Review Highlights [2:25]
  10. Beats Powerbeats: Review Highlights [3:16]
  11. Beats Powerbeats Pro: Review Highlights [3:51]
  12. Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds: Review Highlights [4:22]
  13. Bose Sport Earbuds: Review Highlights [4:54]
  14. Google Pixel Buds: Review Highlights [5:30]
  15. Jabra Elite 75T Earbuds: Review Highlights [6:05]
  16. Microsoft Surface Earbuds: Review Highlights [6:43]
  17. Samsung Galaxy Buds Live: Review Highlights [7:20]
  18. Samsung Galaxy Buds+: Review Highlights [7:54]
  19. Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2: Review Highlights [8:26]
  20. Introduction: The Best Earbuds of 2021 [9:06]
  21. #3 Best: Bose Sport Earbuds [9:31]
  22. #2 Best: Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 [10:33]
  23. #1 Best: Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds [11:33]
  24. Introduction: The Worst Earbuds of 2021 [12:33]
  25. Dishonorable Mention: Beats Earbuds [12:38]
  26. #3 Worst: Microsoft Surface Earbuds [14:04]
  27. #2 Worst: Google Pixel Buds [15:09]
  28. #1 Worst: Jabra Elite 75T Earbuds [16:28]

It became clear that expensive does not equal good when you’re comparing earbuds. Some of the less expensive options sounded much better than their counterparts in the upper-middle pricing tier.

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Where to buy:
🎧 AirPods: https://geni.us/APqws (Amazon)
🎧 AirPods Pro: https://geni.us/gOAm (Amazon)
🎧 Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2: https://geni.us/cprqE (Amazon)
🎧 Galaxy Buds+: https://geni.us/NowrvK (Amazon)
🎧 Galaxy Buds Live: https://geni.us/Vsd6q (Amazon)
🎧 Google Pixel Buds: https://www.payetteforward.com/go/pixel-buds
🎧 Microsoft Surface Earbuds: https://geni.us/CUIEkv (Amazon)
🎧 Jabra Elite 75t: https://geni.us/CUIEkv (Amazon)
🎧 Bose Sport Earbuds: https://geni.us/KWpb3C (Amazon)
🎧 Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds: https://geni.us/ZUW7jj (Amazon)
🎧 Beats Powerbeats: https://geni.us/BWhd (Amazon)
🎧 Beats Powerbeats Pro: https://geni.us/wRz9PX (Amazon)
🎧 Beats Flex: https://geni.us/uzFLR3 (Amazon)

Tracks We Used For Testing:
🎵 “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk — Pristine, well-recorded track: Overall clarity, space
🎵 “Jack Of Speed” by Steely Dan — Pristine, well-recorded track: Overall quality, 3D space
🎵 “Weird Fishes” by Radiohead/Noordpool Orchestra — Wide Dynamic Range: Clarity from loud to soft & “big” soundstage
🎵 “Tin Pan Alley” by Stevie Ray Vaughan — Wide Dynamic Range: Clarity from soft to loud & “live” sound
🎵 “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson — Bass: Makes you want to move but not overpowering
🎵 “Morning” by Beck — Bass: Not too much or too little (Goldilocks zone)
🎵 “Brass Monkey” by Beastie Boys — Bass: Powerful but doesn’t get muddy / rumbly
🎵 “Waterwheel” by Kronos Quartet — Dynamic range & space: Sounds like sound is coming from outside your head

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