The best wireless earbuds available in Australia

Cut the cord on your daily buds.

Best wireless earbuds
Sony WF-1000XM4
Sony WF-1000XM4
4.8 out of 5 stars
4.75
Starts at
$299
Battery life
8 hours
Durability
IPX4
Drivers
6mm
Best cheap earbuds
Jabra Elite 3 - Best Cheap Earbuds
Jabra Elite 3
4 out of 5 stars
4
Starts at
$119
Battery life
7 hours
Durability
IP55
Drivers
6mm
Best battery earbuds
Soundcore Liberty Pro 3 - Best battery earbuds
Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
Starts at
$259
Battery life
8 hours
Durability
IPX4
Drivers
10.6mm
Best sports earbuds
Beats Fit Pro - Best Sports Earbuds
Beats Fit Pro
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Starts at
$299
Battery life
6 hours
Durability
IPX4
Drivers
9.5mm
Best design earbuds
Sennheiser Momentum TW 2 - Best designed earbuds
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2
4 out of 5 stars
4
Starts at
$499
Battery life
7 hours
Durability
IPX4
Drivers
7mm
Brodie Fogg
Editorial Lead
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June 01, 2022
6 min read

True wireless earbuds are a category born from inconvenience, but that doesn't mean we could all do with fewer wires in our lives.

Smartphone manufacturers have made it more and more challenging to have a simple wired audio solution for your daily earbuds. These days, it's rare to find even a mid-tier device with a vintage headphone jack. But rather than opt for adapters and dongles, many consumers have chosen to cut the cord completely.

We've spent years researching and reviewing the latest and greatest earbuds. We're devoutly wire-free and can confidently recommend your best options if you're looking to jump on the true wireless bandwagon.

Category
Product -or- Model
Price [RRP]
Availability
Noise cancelling
Fast charging
Sweat resistant
Rating
Icon Star Full  LightBest wireless earbuds
From
$299
YesYesYes
5 out of 5 stars
5
Icon Star Full  LightBest cheap earbuds
From
$119
NoYesYes
4 out of 5 stars
4
Icon Star Full  LightBest battery earbuds
From
$259
YesYesNo
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
Icon Star Full  LightBest sports earbuds
From
$299
YesYesYes
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Icon Star Full  LightBest design earbuds
From
$499
YesYesYes
4 out of 5 stars
4
Best iPhone earbuds
Apple AirPodsPro - Best earbuds for iPhoneApple AirPods Pro
$399
YesYesYes
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5

Best wireless earbuds overall

Sony WF-1000XM4

Sony WF-1000XM4
Sony WF-1000XM4 True Wireless Earbuds
Our Rating
4.8 out of 5 stars
4.75
Sound
5 out of 5 stars
5
Design
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
Battery life
5 out of 5 stars
5
From
$299
Pro Bullet Advanced Active Noise Cancellation
Pro Bullet Great battery life with ANC on
Con Bullet You’ll love or hate the foam buds
Con Bullet No multi-device support

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

The Sony WF-1000XM4 improves on the WF-1000XM3 in more ways than one. The ANC is more advanced, it offers a comfier fit and the humongous charging case of the XM3s has been shrunk down to a more manageable size; a grander evolution than its over-ear counterpart saw in late 2020.

In the two years between the WF-1000XM3 and XM4, brands like Bose, Jabra and Sennheiser quietly played catch-up and Sony now has more competition than ever. But the WF-1000XM4 wireless earbuds have secured Sony's spot as noise-canceller surpreme, if only by a hair. 

 

Sony WF-1000 XM4 vs XM3 true wireless earbuds

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How do Sony’s new buds stack up against its industry-leading XM3s?

Best Cheap Buds

Jabra Elite 3 wireless earbuds

Jabra Elite 3 - Best Cheap Earbuds
Jabra Elite 3 wireless earbuds
Our Rating
4 out of 5 stars
4
Sound
4 out of 5 stars
4
Design
3 out of 5 stars
3
Battery life
4 out of 5 stars
4
From
$119
Pro Bullet Fantastic audio quality
Pro Bullet Good battery life
Con Bullet No ANC
Con Bullet Cheaper build

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

If your tastes in music are a little mainstream and you don't invest too much stock in the finer details of audio technology, you should save yourself some cash and opt for some budget buds like the Jabra Elite 3.

Jabra's Elite 3 are cheap enough that you shouldn't have to stretch your budget that far to afford them, and they deliver a ton of bang for your buck when it comes to features. On a gutsy technical level, the Jabra Elite 3 earbuds sport 6mm dynamic drivers, Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity, and IP55 splash and sweat resistance. All this is to say that you're not missing out a lot when it comes to the essential features by going for the cheaper earbuds option.

That said, it's in the finer, everyday details where you start to make a few concessions. For examples, the charging case does feel a little cheap, and there's no active noise cancelling to be found. All the same, Jabra's latest remain a compelling but budget-friendly choice for those who can afford the $119 asking price.

ProductBattery life (earbud)Battery life (case)Weight (earbud)Weight (case)Full charge time (case)ConnectionConnectivity
Jabra Elite 3 7 hours 28 hours 4.6g 33.4g 3.5 hours USB-C Bluetooth 5.2

Best buds for battery

Soundcore Liberty Pro 3

Soundcore Liberty Pro 3 - Best battery earbuds
Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro
Our Rating
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
Sound quality
4 out of 5 stars
4
Design
3 out of 5 stars
3
Battery life
5 out of 5 stars
5
From
$259
Pro Bullet Great battery life
Pro Bullet Immersive sound quality
Con Bullet Noise-cancelling is hit-and-miss
Con Bullet Not gym-friendly

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

If you're all about that bass, but just as into battery life, it's hard to pass on Anker's take on true wireless.

The heavy-duty Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro wireless earbuds boast eight hours of playback per earbud, and an extra 24 hours of charge in the case. That's one of  the most impressive figures out there when it comes to battery life in true wireless earbuds.

However, unlike something like the Audio-Technica ATH-CKS5TW earbuds, the Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro deliver long battery life without compromising on either everyday comfort or fidelity. The punchy sound profile won't be for everyone, but we were blown away by the Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro earbuds' ability to produce such powerful and crisply detailed sound in a tiny package.

ProductBattery life (earbud)Battery life (case)Weight (earbud)Weight (case)Full charge time (case)ConnectionConnectivity
Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro8 hours 24 hours 6g 59g 3 hours USB C Bluetooth 5.2

Best wireless earbuds for sport

Beats Fit Pro wireless earbuds

Beats Fit Pro - Best Sports Earbuds
Beats Fit Pro
Our Rating
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Sound
4 out of 5 stars
4
Design
4 out of 5 stars
4
Battery life
3 out of 5 stars
3
From
$299
Pro Bullet Solid noise cancellation
Pro Bullet Great sound
Con Bullet Chonky case
Con Bullet May be uncomfortable in smaller ears

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

For sportier sound-junkies, we can't recommend the Beats Fit Pro highly enough.

To the eye, Beats' latest are a little sportier than the AirPods or Galaxy Buds. That said, they're still streamlined enough that you could probably wear them elsewhere without giving yourself away as a gym rat

While the carry-case for these gym-friendly buds is a little bulky at 55g, the slim form factor of the earbuds themselves has little impact on either battery life or sound quality. The Beats Fit Pro will give you 6 hours of playback per bud, and another 18 hours of charge in the case.

While they don't hit the same heights of something like the Sony WF-1000X M4 earbuds for fidelity, the overlap in hardware here between these earbuds and the AirPods Pro works to their benefit in surprising and not so surprising ways. Like the AirPods Pro, the Beats Fit Pro are a set of sleek earbuds that combine premium sound quality and design with practical perks like sweat resistance, fast-charging and noise-cancellation.

ProductBattery life (earbud)Battery life (case)Weight (earbud)Weight (case)Full charge time (case)ConnectionConnectivity
Beats Fit Pro6 hours 18 hours 5.6g 55g 1.5 hours USB C Bluetooth 5

Best design

Sennheiser True Wireless Momentum 2

Sennheiser Momentum TW 2 - Best designed earbuds
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2
Our Rating
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
Sound
4 out of 5 stars
4
Design
5 out of 5 stars
5
Battery life
3 out of 5 stars
3
From
$499
Pro Bullet Classy and concealed build
Pro Bullet Possibly the cleanest true wireless audio on the market
Con Bullet $499.95 RRP

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

After the Sony WF-1000XM4 buds, the Sennheiser Momentum TW2s are the next best choice for a crisp, rounded audio profile.

Sennheiser’s sequel to the 2018 Momentum TW (True Wireless) earbuds are an almost flawless improvement on the formula laid out by their predecessors. Sennheiser has managed to improve overall battery life (and listening time) and add ANC (active noise cancelling) without compromising the concealed form factor and extraordinary sound we loved in the original.

ProductBattery life (earbud)Battery life (case)Weight (earbud)Weight (case)Full charge time (case)ConnectionConnectivity
Sennheiser Momentum TW27 hours21 hours 6g 58g 1.5 hours USB C Bluetooth 5.1

Best iPhone earbuds

Apple AirPods Pro

Apple AirPodsPro - Best earbuds for iPhone
Apple AirPods Pro
Our Rating
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Sound
5 out of 5 stars
5
Design
4 out of 5 stars
4
Battery life
3 out of 5 stars
3
From
$399
Pro Bullet iOS integration
Pro Bullet Squeeze controls
Con Bullet Battery life hasn’t kept up with the competition
Con Bullet High price-tag

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

If you're after a premium pair of wire-free buds, it's hard to go past the AirPods Pro. The AirPods Pro build on the already excellent AirPods formula with improved sound, a comfier fit, and noise-cancellation.The AirPods Pro are the best all-round wire-free buds right now, touting great sound, surprisingly good noise-cancellation, a comfortable fit, and seamless connectivity.

While you can't expect miracles from a tiny pair of earbuds, the AirPods Pro can cancel out a surprising amount of noise. They make the world just a little bit quieter. As you might expect, AirPods Pro work best with other Apple products, but you can still use them with Android smartphones or tablets.

ProductBattery life (earbud)Battery life (case)Weight (earbud)Weight (case)Full charge time (case)ConnectionConnectivity
Airpods Pro4.5 hours 19.5 hours 5.4g 45.6g 3.5 hours Lightning Bluetooth 5

How we chose the best wireless earbuds

We've taken price, battery life, sound quality, technology, and all the trimming into consideration when coming up with our top recommendations.

First thing's first; wireless buds aren't cheap. Based on the 14 models we've reviewed so far, you should expect to pay an average premium of $300 to $350 for quality.

Then there's battery life. When you're looking for a pair of wireless buds, the form factor is a huge consideration. If you're going to be carrying it on your person for most of the day, you're going to want the package to be as compact as possible. But typically, the smaller the package, the shorter the battery life. Realistically, most of the buds below will give you enough juice to get you through the day, but the models with a little more endurance will be better for folks who don't want another device to charge every night.

Lastly, there's the sound quality. Now, we can tell you the driver size, type, and material of some models, but ultimately, our audio quality rating is a matter of opinion. It's less about the technical specs and more about how we think each model stacks up against the next.

True wireless earbuds buying guide

What to look for when comparing true wireless earbuds
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Back when true wireless earbuds first began to become popular among mainstream consumers, opting for cheap often meant opting for compromises when it came to either sound quality, comfort or battery life.

Nowadays, there are decent earbuds options available at almost every price segment. Paying for something premium will likely yield better results, but even budget earbuds feel easier to get away with than they did once upon a time. If you're in the market for a set of true wireless earbuds, here are some key questions you'll want to consider.

  • Do you need really sweat or water resistance?
  • How much battery life do you want?
  • Where are you going to be wearing these earbuds? Are they for the gym or for everyday commuting?
  • Are you going to be taking hands-free calls with these earbuds?
  • How important is noise-cancelling to you?
  • Are you hoping to be listening to high resolution audio using these headphones?
  • Do you care about having earbuds that neatly integrate with the operating system of your connected device?
  • How bulky does a case have to be for it to bother you?
  • How much money feels like too much money to spend on a set of earbuds?

Every consumer's needs are different, and their answers to the questions above will vary accordingly. Regardless, getting a sense of what features and specs you care about is usually the simplest way to navigate a crowded gadget landscape. That's just as true for true wireless earbuds as anything else.

Brodie Fogg
Written by
Brodie Fogg
Brodie Fogg is the Australian editorial lead at Reviews.org. He has covered consumer tech, telecommunications, video games, streaming and entertainment for over five years at websites like WhistleOut and Finder and can be found sharing streaming recommendations at 7NEWS every month.

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