In the modern world, high-tech products take up more and more space. With its help, it is possible to save a significant amount of time, as well as to make a person’s life more comfortable and convenient in all respects. This also applies to mobile headphones. For the first time, these products appeared on the Russian market back in the 90s of the last century — they immediately became very popular with young people. Today, their prevalence has become even greater. A lot of people are unable to imagine life without the use of headphones. They are used everywhere — for work, for games, for listening to music and watching movies.
Among music lovers, wireless in-ear headphones are very popular. They are characterized by small overall dimensions and low weight, which largely distinguishes them from full-size models. Largely due to their compactness, they are easy to take with you even on a long trip. They do not have a bulky headboard and any wires, making it very convenient to use this device. Unfortunately, not every user is aware of how to correctly choose such products. It is for them that we decided to rank the best wireless headphones. In the article we will talk in detail about the useful characteristics of each model, as well as give a number of tips on choosing a product.
How to choose the best wireless in-ear headphones in 2022?
Today, there is a very wide selection of these products on the market, which differ significantly from each other, both in sound characteristics and in battery capacity. In terms of sound quality, they practically do not differ from full-size models, however, it should be remembered that these devices will cost much more compared to wired headphones.
Despite the external similarity, the models are very different in terms of design features. In particular, there are dynamic and reinforcing headsets. The first type supports a wide sound range, allowing you to play both deep bass and very high frequencies. They are the most popular among music lovers. Armature devices are characterized by a smaller range, but an overall improved sound quality.
According to the degree of sound insulation, earbuds are also divided into two types — regular and in-ear. The first have small overall dimensions and poor protection from external noise, but they are very convenient to use. Intrachannel have an elongated inner part compared to the previous type. However, such a design solution provides reliable protection against sounds coming from outside.
In most models, the sound is quite powerful due to the fact that sound waves enter directly into the ear canal. However, some devices have poor sound insulation, which makes it not very convenient to use them in noisy rooms or on public transport. Such a headset has standard overall dimensions, so it is not suitable for every person due to the physiological characteristics of the auricles. The last problem is solved by installing replaceable rubber ear pads.
In our rating, we tried to include the most popular models that fully correspond to the characteristics discussed above. In addition, when choosing devices for review, we were guided by a number of other points — value for money, as well as user reviews. We have tried to compile a list of not too expensive devices so that they are affordable for most of our readers.
Ten of the best wireless in-ear headphones in 2022
10. Elari NanoPods Sport
Visually, this product is practically no different from the previous generation model. Headphones are characterized by compact size and elegant shape. They do not stick out and do not hang from the ears, they look very stylish and versatile. The model is presented in the form of two independent headphones that are connected to each other using a radio channel. The kit comes with a charging portable case that reliably protects the device from various physical influences. The case is oval, slightly rounded towards the end panel. Closer to the bottom of the inner panel is a slightly turned in-ear sound guide equipped with a dynamic radiator membrane. The landing is medium in depth. The nozzles are spherical, made of silicone, they sit on the body very tightly, do not fall off. The headphones come with three pairs of ear pads in different sizes.
Products are available in black or white. The case is well protected from dust or water ingress. In these headphones you can even safely swim in the pool. The case is compact, you can easily put it in your pocket, backpack and so on. The lid of the case snaps into place tightly, the headphones lie there in figured recesses with built-in magnets. When inside, they automatically charge. On a single battery charge, the headphones can work for about 4 hours. The battery capacity of each of them is 50 mAh, the charging station has 250 mAh. Together with the case, the product weighs only 37.5 grams.
- Acceptable cost;
- Insignificant weight;
- Decent sound quality;
- Compact case;
- Attractive appearance;
- The ability to work on a single charge for about 4 hours.
- Touch keys are not provided.
Elari NanoPods Sport wireless in-ear headphones
9. Samsung Galaxy Buds
The headphone bundle is standard — the headphones themselves, a charging case, replaceable ear pads and a USB Type-C charging cable, and it is quite long. Products are available in three color options — black, white and yellow. In the ears, the products are located quite comfortably, they practically do not protrude beyond the shell, which favorably distinguishes them from other similar products. The mass of each earpiece is about 5 grams — one of the lightest models on the modern Russian market. The shape of the case is ergonomic, the products are well fixed in the auricle, even if you wear them for a long time, there is no feeling of fatigue. There is support for touch control, a lot of various and useful functions are provided — a voice assistant, rewinding tracks, switching between them, receiving an incoming call.
Headphones are synchronized with a smartphone using a Bluetooth 5.0 wireless channel with support for an extended number of codecs. The connection takes place within a couple of seconds, the connection is very stable and reliable. In order to take full advantage of the functionality of the product, you will have to download a special application with which you can fine-tune the equalizer and so on. The product is equipped with two microphones — one of them is directed outward, the other — towards the user.
- Work for a long time on one battery charge;
- Function of wireless charging of the battery is provided;
- Fits optimally in the ear
- Decent sound quality;
- The presence of two microphones at once.
- Relatively high cost;
- Microphones are weak.
Samsung Galaxy Buds in-ear headphones
8. HUAWEI FreeBuds Lite
The products are characterized by enhanced sound quality, the device is housed in a case that is resistant to moisture and dust, and they also have a portable case with wireless charging function. Despite the fact that these headphones have been on the domestic market for over a year and a half, they are still very popular among people. The design is minimalistic, as the developers made the main emphasis on the ergonomics of the model. As a result, the model turned out to be comfortable and very practical. The case is made on the basis of a reliable aluminum alloy of high strength, it has a very attractive metallic sheen. Moisture protection fully complies with the international standard IP54, which allows you to use the model even in rain or snow. In the auricles, they are held by comfortable silicone tips.
They connect to external devices using the Bluetooth 4.2 protocol, pairing takes place within a few seconds. There is a function of active noise reduction, there is a high-quality microphone that provides high-quality speech transmission. The headphones are equipped with MEMS silicon microphones. High and low frequencies are carefully designed, so the owner can enjoy a powerful sound that is distinguished by good clarity and decent volume.
- Stylish products with excellent ergonomics;
- Good voice;
- Provides perfectly clear sound;
- The case is reliably protected from penetration of moisture and dust;
- Compact and lightweight case with wireless charging function.
- High price;
- Vacuum headphones are not fully liked by every user.
Bluetooth earbuds HUAWEI FreeBuds Lite
7. Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earbuds
Compact and fairly lightweight headphones that are securely fastened in the ears, they do not restrict movement in any way, they do not fall out even during active movements, for example, when playing sports. The battery capacity is enough for three hours of fully autonomous operation, regardless of whether a person is talking on the phone or just listening to music. The products are equipped with an active noise suppression system and carefully thought-out sound insulation. The drivers are 7 mm in diameter, 16 ohm impedance, and are capable of supporting a very wide frequency range from 20 Hz to 20 kHz, which is within the limits of hearing of the human ear. With the help of these headphones, you can listen to music of absolutely any genre — from classical works to hard rock.
The set comes with a branded case that acts as a charging station. It has built-in magnets and a battery. Headphones are securely fastened, so they will not fall out. The battery capacity of the case is enough to provide autonomous use of the device for ten hours. If desired, these products can be synchronized with two external gadgets at once, however, synchronization must be done in turn — first one earphone is paired, and then the second.
- Acceptable cost of the device;
- High quality workmanship and assembly;
- Extended functional side of the device;
- Attractive appearance of the device.
- Synchronization with a smartphone takes a relatively long time.
Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earbuds
6 Creative Outlier Air Sports
Ideal for sports enthusiasts and businessmen. The kit contains everything you need for comfortable use of the product. The charging block is made of high-strength aluminum alloy, it is equipped with stiffeners, so it can easily withstand even significant physical exertion. The kit comes with a special armlet, which will be really indispensable for active training. The process of setting up and connecting the device to a smartphone is very simple. Each of the earbuds has a single key with wide functionality: double-click switches the track, allows you to answer a phone call, single-click starts playing the melody, pauses it. Headphones work based on the Bluetooth 5.0 wireless module. Pairing takes a few seconds, the connection is quite stable, not interrupted.
The charging case is made quite original — it is equipped with a pull-out compartment, where the headphones will fit, which are placed in special trays equipped with magnets. The total battery life is 30 hours, with a single charge of the battery in the headphones will last approximately 10 hours — this is one of the highest rates on the market today. The frequency range and power are impressive, thanks in large part to the presence of a graphene diaphragm. All frequencies are heard clearly, no dips in the range were found. The sound is clear and deep, including at high frequencies.
- Comfortably sit in the ears;
- Reliable protection against water splashes and dust;
- The original form of the case;
- Wide functionality of the device;
- Excellent sound;
- Long autonomy.
- The headphone buttons must be pressed with considerable effort;
- The LED indication cannot be turned off.
Creative Outlier Air Sports
5 Nokia True Wireless
Simple and easy to use, with long battery life. Their body is characterized by compact overall dimensions and low weight. Most of the body is made on the basis of aluminum alloy, but the backs are made of high-quality plastic. They are marked with the corresponding logo, and there is also a microphone hole. Everything you need for comfortable use is included in the kit — these are the headphones themselves, a USB Type-C charging cable, a cylindrical case is a docking station. They come with a couple more silicone tips. At the bottom of the case, you can find LED indicators that will report the amount of remaining charge. The headphone trays are tight, so you need to place them there carefully so that the jacks exactly match the connectors. Otherwise, the charge will not flow to the devices.
Only the right earbud can be used as a fully autonomous device, since the left one is synchronized with it, and not with a smartphone, so it cannot work separately. It connects to the device via Bluetooth 5, the case is protected from water ingress according to the IPX4 standard, but dust protection is not provided. The device works with almost all existing codecs. They hold securely in the ears, do not pop out even with significant physical activity, and there are no special devices for this — this was achieved through well-thought-out ergonomics.
- Excellent sound quality;
- The charge lasts for a long time;
- Convenient and comfortable to use case;
- Ergonomic shape keeps products tightly in the ears.
- The earphones are connected to each other, so you won’t be able to use the left one without the right one.
Nokia True Wireless in-ear headphones
4. INTERSTEP SBH-520
Opens the top four leaders of our review of the best wireless in-ear headphones with a fairly stylish and durable model. The upper part of the product is made of a special transparent plastic with a matte coating, which protects products well from fingerprints and dust accumulation. The headphones are stand-alone stations that can be used independently of each other. Each of them has its own built-in battery. The device has a small leg, due to which you can immerse the earpiece to the selected channel depth, without any discomfort. The charging case has a compact overall dimensions, so it can be carried in a jacket pocket or in a bag. The battery life is quite long, the batteries are charged in just two hours.
You can listen to music of various genres — this does not affect the sound quality at all. Connection to a mobile device is carried out instantly, no interference was noticed. You can use one of the earphones as a microphone to ensure high-definition speech when talking on a mobile phone. High frequencies are played very cleanly, no interference occurs. There is an active noise reduction system, ergonomics are also at a high level, so you can listen to music at maximum volume without causing discomfort to others.
- Compact dimensions;
- Acceptable cost;
- Insignificant weight;
- They sit tight in the ears;
- Connect to external devices automatically;
- Attractive design;
- Available in several color options.
- There is no voice assistant;
- No support for some codecs.
Wireless headphones INTERSTEP SBH-520
3. JBL TUNE 120 TWS
Developed by a world famous company that has long been engaged in the manufacture and sale of acoustic equipment. The owners of these headphones note their rather large overall dimensions — these are one of the largest devices in our entire review. At first glance, in general, it may seem that they simply do not fit in the auricles, but this impression is erroneous. They hold quite tightly, their shape is carefully thought out, but the ear pads should be selected as carefully as possible. Each earpiece sits neatly in the curves of the auricle, but does not cling to them. Despite the fact that there are no temples here, the model holds tightly, which allows you to engage in even active sports, such as running, lifting the barbell, and so on.
The right earpiece has a built-in microphone, but it is located at the top of the model, so to talk on the phone you will have to remove it from your ear and bring it to your mouth. Each device has an LED indication of battery status, as well as control buttons. They are rubber, they have a very short stroke. The case is made of two types of plastic — matte gray on the back and lacquered white on the outside. The case is equipped with a built-in battery with indication. Pairs with any smartphone almost instantly via Bluetooth 5.0.
- Bright and very beautiful appearance;
- Despite the large size, it is very comfortable to wear;
- Well thought out soundproofing and noise reduction system;
- Can be used as a headset;
- There is a voice assistant;
- Excellent workmanship.
- Great value;
- The headphone case still protrudes a little beyond the auricles.
JBL TUNE 120 TWS in-ear headphones
2 AC Robin Echo
We finally made it to #2 on our list of the best wireless in-ear headphones. This product works on the basis of a reinforcing radiator, thanks to which it was possible to achieve the most clear and balanced sound in the widest frequency range. No distortion was observed during listening. Connection with an external device is provided by the Bluetooth 5.0 module, which provides not only a stable connection with a smartphone, but also a very fast data transfer. The case is very comfortable, the headphones can be easily worn for a long time.
The metal case for carrying the Echo headphones is equipped with a capacious battery — it can be used to provide a significant battery life: up to 100 hours of listening or 15 headphone full charge cycles. The headphones themselves will work up to 7 hours without recharging. Headphones meet the IP67 standard, which provides excellent protection against sand, water, dust. This allows you to use AC Robin Echo in any weather, including heavy rain and severe frosts. Headphones look quite stylish, the case is partly made of high-quality metal, and the rest is made of reliable plastic, resistant to various physical influences.
- Hold tightly in the ears;
- Very stylish and modern appearance;
- Well-designed active noise cancellation system;
- High quality workmanship;
- Fast data transfer;
- Acceptable cost of the device.
- The plastic is a little flimsy.
in-ear wireless headphones AC Robin Echo
Tyumen wireless headphones CGPods take pride of place not only in our rating. For the third year in a row, they are in the TOP-5 of the best-selling «ears» in Russia, overtaking even global brands — Huawei, JBL and Sony.
Our domestic CGPods are a worthy alternative to Apple AirPods. In terms of quality and characteristics, Tyumen headphones are in no way inferior to the «apple» ones. They sound no less good. And they work without an outlet exactly the same — 20 hours. In terms of functions, CGPods even surpassed the «apples». For example, Tyumen headphones have moisture protection (IPX6). They can take a shower, swim in the pool, walk in the rain. CGPods can be washed under the tap at least every day — very hygienic! Apple AirPods are not waterproof.
The «apples» have an ordinary branded case. The Tyumen CGPods Lite have an original anti-stress case that clicks the lid like a bubble wrap. Soothes! Outwardly, the model’s case resembles a jewelry box, looks just as expensive and beautiful. An excellent gift for a girl with a hint, but without any «marriage» flights. The earphones themselves are small and light – you can wear them all day long without straining your ears. There are mechanical buttons on the case to control the smartphone, there are 11 commands in total (apples have only 3).
With all their advantages, Tyumen CGPods are 4 times cheaper than Apple AirPods — only 5,000 rubles. This is an honest direct price of the manufacturer — without intermediary margins. CGPods do not cooperate with chain stores like M.Video, which increase prices by 2-3 times. CGPods can only be ordered online — directly from the manufacturer.
- Decent sound;
- Moisture protection IPX6;
- 20 hours of work without an outlet (exactly like Apple AirPods);
- The original case-antistress.
- There are no pronounced “juicy” basses (the CGPods 5.0 model has it).
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Our roundup of the best wireless in-ear headphones in 2022 has come to an end. We hope that the information we have collected will be enough for you to be able to choose the most suitable model for yourself. If you still have any questions, or if you want to share your experience with us and other readers using this product, then comments on this article are at your complete disposal.