The Best Wireless Earbuds 2022: Budget and Premium

2022 has been the year of great earbuds. Not only did we witness a massive jump in audio technologies, but we also saw tons of innovative products entering the market this year. However, you can not put all of them in the list of the best wireless earbuds.

You see, an earbud needs to meet a couple of criteria to become one of the bests. For example, you have to consider the sound quality, battery life, comfort level, features, and, most importantly, the value for the money. 

Now, looking for an earbud by keeping all the crucial factors in mind can be challenging. That’s exactly why we have curated this short list for you!

Best Wireless Earbuds for Android and iPhone

Sony WF-1000XM4 – Best All-rounder Earbuds

Sony WF-1000XM4

Hands down, the Sony WF-1000XM4 offers one of the most dynamic, balanced, and detailed sounds our ears have ever listened to. We were thoroughly impressed with its bass notes too! The buds sound tight and well-textured, which we hardly see in most other Bluetooth earphones.

Sony has also refined the vocal ooze on the WF-1000XM4. The musical delivery of the buds will surely make you come back for more. And not to mention that you will not be disappointed with the battery life of the buds. Sony WF-1000XM4 offers class-leading eight hours of battery. So you don’t have to charge it often.

Furthermore, we found the WF-1000XM4 extremely comfortable to wear. The new ear tip design with the touch-sensitive controls works like a charm. And thanks to the integrated Processor V1, you can expect to enjoy state-of-the-art noise cancellation performance too.

Key Features

  • Battery life: Up to 24 hours with the case
  • Codecs: LDAC, AAC, and SBC
  • ANC: Yes
  • Waterproof: IPX4

Panasonic RZ-S500W – Best Feature Packed Affordable Wireless Earbuds

Panasonic RZ-S500W

You might not have heard of or seen this wireless earphone from Panasonic. And you can’t blame yourself for that. Panasonic is not generally the first thing audiophiles think of when it comes to the best earbuds. But it should be!

Basically, the RZ-S500W has everything you want in a good wireless earbud but comes at a highly affordable price point. Firstly, you have excellent noise-canceling tech. So you can jam to your favorite tracks without minimal distractions.

Then, the buds have twin mics for handling all your voice call needs. Its battery life is amazing too. With the charging case, you can get up to 19.5 hours of run time. And thanks to the USB-C quick-charge feature, the buds can offer 70 minutes of playback with just 15 minutes of charge. Finally, the RZ-S500W comes with five different ear tips, which makes it easier to get a comfortable and secure fit.

Key Features

  • Battery life: Up to 19.5 hours with the case
  • Codecs: AAC and SBC
  • ANC: Yes
  • Waterproof: IPX4

Sony WF-C500 – Best Cheap Wireless Earphones

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You really do not have to spend a lot to get a good-performing pair of earbuds. Finding it hard to believe? Check out the WF-C500 from Sony!

At its core, the WF-C500 is a no-frills version of the WF-1000XM4. But they are not as expensive as the WF-1000XM4. Yes, you will not find the latest and the greatest audio features in them. But that does mean that the WF-C500 can’t offer great audio performance.

To be honest, the sound is nicely balanced on these buds. You can hear a lot of mid-range detail. Moreover, the battery life of these buds is the highest on this list. With a full charge, the WF-C500 buds can offer up to 10 hours of playback time. And the buds even have Google Fast Pair!

Key Features

  • Battery life: Up to 20 hours with the case
  • Codecs: AAC and SBC
  • ANC: No
  • Waterproof: IPX4

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II – Best Premium Wireless Earbuds

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II

The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II have got praised by everyone that uses it. We, too, are amazed by everything Bose brought to the table. In fact, we think that the QC Earbuds II is the definition of “Premium Wireless Earbuds.”

Wondering what is so great about the Bose QuiteComfort Earbuds II? As the name suggests, the buds have an amped-up design that leans heavily toward comfort. It also comes with excellent noise-canceling tech, letting you enjoy your favorite tracks in peace.

Additionally, the buds are packed with features. It has Bluetooth 5.3, which we rarely see on earbuds. The buds also come bundled with Bose app. It will let you change EQ and adjust the noise-canceling according to your preference. And let’s not forget to mention that the sound output is neutral and balanced.

Key Features

  • Battery life: Up to 30 hours with the case
  • Bluetooth: AAC and SBC
  • ANC: Yes
  • Waterproof: IPX7

Apple AirPods Pro 2 – Best Wireless Earbuds for iPhone

Apple AirPods Pro 2

Apple AirPods have always been a safe option for iPhone users. The integrated chip makes the buds easier to pair and adjust. But that is not the only thing that makes the AirPods Pro 2 stand out.

The AirPods Pro 2 has class-leading noise-canceling tech. Also, the design and fit are great for casual music listening and workouts. There’s even an Adaptive Transparency mode, which will muffle loud sounds but let in ambient sound.

Furthermore, the sound quality of the drivers is pretty much in-line with the other high-end earbuds. In short, you can not really go wrong with the Apple AirPods Pro 2.

Key Features

  • Battery life: Up to 30 hours with the case
  • Bluetooth: AAC and SBC
  • ANC: Yes
  • Waterproof: IPX4

Best TWS Earbuds in 2022

So, that was our short list of the best Bluetooth earphones you can buy in 2022. Yes, many others can get to this list. But we wanted to cover only the best of the bests. However, if we missed your favorite earbuds that you think should be on this list, do let us know in the comments below.

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