The best wireless earbuds have an ergonomic design that not only creates a secure fit but also makes the buds comfortable to wear over long periods. A tight seal against the ear canal is also crucial for optimizing sound quality and noise-canceling performance if you’re using noise-isolating earbuds with ear tips like the AirPods Pro (the standard Apple AirPod has an open design). If you can’t get a snug fit with in-ear headphones, you’ll likely feel disappointed and ripped off, which is why I suggest buying your wireless earbuds from a vendor with a decent return policy, such as Amazon. This also helps if the earbuds don’t meet your expectations when it comes to anything from noise cancellation (and reduction of ambient noise during calls) to how well the touch controls work or how long the buds last on a single charge.
Over the last few years, the market for true wireless earbuds has exploded. Sure, Apple’s AirPods and AirPods Pro continue to be the category’s best-sellers, but there’s more to a pair of earbuds than the brand. There are a plethora of excellent competitors available, several of which are brand new for 2021, and they provide superior audio quality, battery life, and performance. Some of these buds are better suited for Android users who can’t take advantage of the AirPods’ and AirPods Pro’s Apple-exclusive features, such as hands-free Siri and, in the case of the AirPods Pro, spatial audio with head-tracking.