TOP 8 Bluetooth Earbuds (STEREO)

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The following 3 categories of Bluetooth Earbuds are reviewed on this page

  1. TOP 5 highest quality BT Earbuds
  2. 2 Budget friendly BT earbuds
  3. 1 Noise cancelling Bluetooth earbuds

#1 Recommended Bluetooth Earbuds

Plantronics BackBeat Fit BT Earphones

  • Plantronics BackBeat Fit Sweatproof Bluetooth EarbudsAre these really earBUDS? Good question! One could argue that these are not the stereotypical earbuds/earphones. However, generally these are considered ‘buds’. This is known as a “behind-the-head” pattern. As you will agree, they are not around-the-ear headphones or on-ear headphones.
  • Sweat Proof : Plantronics BackBeat Fit Bluetooth Earphones, as you can see from the image, are waterproof. This is an extremely handy feature for those who use them while working out. Certain cheap Bluetooth earbuds in the market are not water resistant; as a result, they stop working if you wear them while working out/jogging. But these Plantronics FIT earbuds have a protective nano-coating that can resist any moisture without a sweat!
  • Flexible design: they’ve been designed to withstand jerks and shocks that come with rigorous exercise. This is exactly why your action-packed exercises won’t cause them to come out of your ears
  • Armband included: so that you can have your smartphone/iPod placed safely during those long excursions
  • Long battery life: a single charge gives 8 hours of uninterrupted listening. That’s more than what you got on the previous model (BackBeat GO 2) and the same as what you get on the JayBird BlueBuds.
  • DeepSleep hibernation: during periods of inactivity, the phone goes in to a hibernation and extends the standby time for up to 6 months
  • On-ear controls: Plantronics BackBeat Fit Bluetooth Earphones has on-board controls to play or pause your music; answer or reject phone calls
  • Battery meter indicator: the smart device it is connected to will tell you how much battery is left. Many earlier models didn’t have this feature and you had no idea that battery juice is low until it was completely drained and stopped working. But nowadays, most BT headphones support this and you can recharge them if juice has fallen below 20% for example
  • Built-in mic: most Bluetooth headphones have these nowadays, however, there are still a couple of models that come without a mic. They’re dedicated for listening and not talking. But the Plantronics Backbeat FIT doubles as a microphone as well!


  • No Noise Cancellation: this is obviously not meant to be a noise-cancelling pair. If that’s what you’re looking for, Check Out our Review of the Top 5 Noise Cancelling Earphones.
  • How about Noise Isolation? Not very good either. You can hear some of the external noises and some of your music leaks out. But that’s a GOOD THING if you use them outside. You don’t want them to cut-off external noises completely when you’re jogging on the street… for obvious reasons!

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Plantronics BackBeat GO 2 Bluetooth Wireless Stereo EarbudsAlso check out the previous model Plantronics BackBeat GO 2 Wireless Earbuds

  • If you don’t like the behind-the-head pattern of the Plantronics BackBeat FIT earphones, you may want to give these a try. These are typical earbuds and lighter in weight compared to the newer model.
  • P2i technology – more often than not, exercise makes you sweat. In addition, if you’re outdoor jogger type, the earbuds may also get exposed to rain/snow etc. The average pair of earphones cannot resist this moisture. However, these Plantronics BackBeat GO 2 Bluetooth Earbuds are moisture resistant thanks to the invisible nano-coating that surrounds the headset. And you can wear them in rain or shine without worrying about keeping them dry
  • Custom fit – different people have different sized ear canals. That’s why this pair comes with 3 sizes of ear tips (small, medium and large) to make sure you’ll get a secure and comfortable fit
  • Great sound quality for the price
  • Inline controller – to manage calls, play and pause music, and skip tracks so that you don’t have to get your smartphone/iPad out every time you want to listen to different track etc.
  • Built-in mic for phone calls – there is an inline microphone which you can use for phone calls. If you’re listening to music and you get a phone call, it automatically pauses the music and switches to the phone call
  • Battery meter – similar to the battery meter on the BackBeat FIT, the GO 2 also comes with a convenient on-screen battery meter. Simply, check your smart device to learn how much juice is left on your BackBeat GO 2 Bluetooth Earbuds
  • 8-device memory – most earlier models could ‘remember’ only one or two Bluetooth-enabled devices. Nowadays, many people have multiple smart devices like a phone, a tablet, car stereo, and sometimes even the TV at home is able to connect to your headset via Bluetooth. If that is the case, worry not as these earbuds are able to remember up to 8 different smart devices. This is also helpful if you want to listen to music on your friends’ phones/iPods etc.


  • Short battery life: 4.5 hours of listening time is pretty good, however, compared to other models that last up to 8 hours, 4.5 hours is on the low side. This also has a DeepSleep hibernation mode which extends the standby time up to 6 months.
  • No noise cancellation: however, the eartips fit pretty tight and there is some level of noise isolation preventing excessive noise leakage

Also check out the model WITH charging case which allows for up to 14.5 hours of listening time

#2 Recommended BT earbuds

JayBird BlueBuds X Bluetooth Stereo EarbudsJayBird BlueBuds X Sport Bluetooth earbuds

  • Before the Plantronics Backbeat FIT was introduced, JayBird BlueBuds X Sport Bluetooth Earbuds used to occupy our top spot. But now, it has been pushed down to #2. Even now, for anyone that doesn’t like the design of the Plantronics Backbeat FIT, the BlueBuds are still the best!
  • Premium Bluetooth Audio – many average BT earbuds fail to give a rich listening experience. However, with the JayBird BlueBuds, you can hear clear, precisely tuned audio just as if you were listening through wired headphones. The sound quality of the BlueBuds may not be comparable to sounds of AUDIOPHILE-grade wired headphones like the Sennheiser IE 800 Audiophile Earbuds, the Westone W40 Quad Driver Noise-Isolating Earbuds, or NuForce Primo 8 Quad-Driver Earphones; but it’s right up there at the top among wireless headphones!
  • According to the manufacturer…sound performance tuning includes the smallest details like housing materials, wall thicknesses and even the glues used around the speaker. All these variables have been taken into account when developing BlueBuds X“. That’s what makes them sooo goood!
  • Available in Midnight Black and Storm White
  • Short “neck chain”: If you’ve used earphones in the past, you know that the extra long cable can be a headache especially if you’re using them while being active. JayBird identified this and gave a short cable that fits snug around the back of the neck
  • Snug fit in the ear canals – not only do these fit snug around your neck, but they also fit snug inside your ear canals. This has two benefits: first, it minimizes eartips coming out; secondly, it provides decent noise isolation/passive noise cancellation
  • Long battery life of 8 hours – in contrast to the Plantronics BackBeat GO 2 which only lasts ~ 4.5 hours, the BlueBuds last up to 8 hours with a single charge. For those who where them while working out, 8 hours is an entire week of gym time! For those who wear them all day long, it will still last a full day
  • In-line controls: some headphones have on-board controls, others have in-line controls. The BlueBuds belong to the latter category. The in-line controller has volume controls, a mute button and the mic
  • Sweat proof: Just like the Plantronics earbuds, the JayBird is also moisture resistant making them ideal for your gym/outdoor workouts
  • Did you know that the BlueBuds are the official training headphones of USA Triathlon? Well… now you do  :-)

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Photive PH-BTE70 Sweatproof Wireless Earbuds#3 recommended BT earbuds

Photive PH-BTE70 Wireless Earbuds

  • Sweat proof: the recently released Photive PH-BTE70 earbuds are also sweat resistant making them ideal for working out (Water Resistance: IPx6 rated). This is thanks to a thin layer of Liquipel™ that protects them from not only sweaty workouts, but also accidental splashes and spills.
  • Advanced APTX sound: generally, with Bluetooth, there is a bit of compromise on sound quality. This is because the large audio files cannot be transferred wirelessly. APTX technology solves this by compressing the audio files before being transferred from the iPhone to the headphones! These Photive earbuds uses this technology and as a result, produces high quality audio
  • Secure fit: the uniquely designed stabilizing ear hooks make sure that the earbuds stay put through even the most vigorous of workouts
  • Photive PH-BTE70 controlsLatest technology: Bluetooth 4.1; eliminates/minimizes Bluetooth connection drops
  • In-line remote no more: The “in-line remote” seen on many BT earbuds nowadays is awesome, however, some people don’t like it because it tends to get in the way sometimes. The Photive PH-BTE70 have eliminated that and placed ‘on-board’ controls right by the ear in an innovative, unobtrusive manner. Volume up/down, turn on/off, skip a track, answer/end/reject/redial a call, all at the touch of a button
  • Battery life: 6 hours, which is not bad. However, models like the JayBird BlueBuds give up to 8 hours of play time with a single charge
  • Accessories: carrying pouch and 3 sizes of ear tips (S, M, L)
  • Ultra light weight: only 0.6 ounces in weight (~17 grams)
  • Support profiles: HFP (hands-free profile), HSP (headset profile), AVRCP (audio video remote control profile) and A2DP (advanced audio distribution profile)
  • Wireless range: 33 feet (10 meters)
  • NFC: No. Here’s a similar model that has NFC

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#4 Recommended BT Earbuds

Wildtek Flowbuds Bluetooth Earbuds

  • Wildtek FlowbudsRich, high definition audio: thanks to Bluetooth 4.0 and AptX codec (recall that the Photive PH-BTE70 also supports APTX)
  • Distortionless bass: out of treble, mids and base, the latter is the group that is most deficient in ‘average’ earbuds (on the other hand, bases are plentiful with over the ear headphones). The Wildtek Flowbuds are an exception; their lows (base) are much stronger than the average pair of wireless earbuds
  • Moisture resistant: be it rain, be it sweat, be it a spilled drink; this pair is made to weather them all. Again, this is thanks to “Liquipel“, the water safe technology. It’s backed by IPX4 certification (in comparison, the earlier reviewed Photive PH-BTE70 is backed by IPX6 certification)
  • 6 hours of play time: 6 hours isn’t a lot, but considering how tiny these earphones are and how little space they have for a rechargeable battery, that’s a lot. Even the industry leading battery lives are hovering around 8 hours.
  • In-line controls: for call answering/rejecting and playing/pausing/skipping music. While some people don’t find these in-line controls annoying, others do. That’s why some earphones nowadays come with on-board controls like seen on the Photive pair again
  • Extras: 3 pairs of extra tips, 4 pairs of stabilizers and a handy case is included with your purchase
  • User reviewsVery good user reviews

#5 Recommended Bluetooth Earbuds

LG Tone Infinim (HBS-900) Bluetooth Stereo Headset

LG Tone Infinim earbudsThe LG Tone Infinim follows its many predecessors such as LG Tone HBS 700, HBS-730, HBS-750, and the HBS-800. The HBS-700 was one of the very first Bluetooth earbuds that came out in the market back in 2011 and it became immensely popular. These 13,000 + customer reviews on are proof of how popular it was at the time!

Out of all these different models, what do we recommend the most?

  • HBS-700 is VERY OLD, so unless you’re a collector, you’d probably want to go for the newest model
  • HBS-900 is a premium pair that ain’t cheap. However, it has been co-developed with Harman Kardon and has probably the best sound quality among the HBS siblings. There’s no doubt that it is the sleekest in the family. If you can afford the price tag, the HBS-900 is the pair to own
  • However, we have to be honest! Customer reviews are not exceptional. So, unless you have a real liking to the LG brand or the design, it’s probably best to go with the Plantronics BackBeat Fit BT Earphones, the JayBird BlueBuds or the Photive earbuds reviewed above. Don’t take us wrong, this is a great pair, but you can’t justify buying them when there are better pairs for better prices!

Budget-friendly models starting at ~$20

#6 Most budget friendly BT Earbuds

G-Cord Bluetooth Earbuds

G-Cord Bluetooth Sport Headset

  • Decent sound quality for the unbelievably low price
  • However, if you have the budget, we do recommend that you go for a better pair, further up in our list
  • The only complaint on G-Cord BT earbuds is poor low-end bass sounds. But, that’s kind of expected when you’re willing to pay less than $25 for a pair of BT earphones :roll:
  • This pair has BT 4.0, is sweat resistant, has an 8 hour battery life, lasts up to 320 hours on standby mode, has a 10 meter/33 feet wireless range, and comes with 3 sizes of ear tips for different sized ears
  • Make sure you read the user reviews on before you buy them

Similar budget friendly, yet high-quality models to check out

#7 recommended BT earbuds

MEElectronics Air-Fi® Journey AF16 Earbuds

  • MEElectronics Journey AF16 Bluetooth EarphonesThe MEElectronics Air-Fi® Journey AF16 Bluetooth Earbuds are only a few dollars more expensive than the G-Cord BT earbuds. However, they have a completely different ‘behind-the-neck’ design. If that’s the type of BT earbuds you’re looking for, this MEElectronics pair might suit you better than the G-Cord pair!
  • Secure, behind the neck fit – The cord is firmer than the one on the G-Cord earbuds and therefore stays firm around the neck. That’s why these are perfect for workouts, jogging etc.
  • Light weight – only 0.3 ounces in weight! Ultra portable and comfortable on the ears
  • Built-in mic – you can use these earbuds for phone calls as well
  • Connects with 2 devices simultaneouslythis is a BIG one. Very few BT headsets are capable of connecting with more than one BT device
  • Folds up very compact – great for taking them with you
  • On-board controls – controls for answering/hanging up calls, play/pause media, and volume controls on the right “bud”. Some people prefer the in-line controls as seen on the Plantronics BackBeat GO 2 Bluetooth Earbuds and JayBird BlueBuds X Sport Bluetooth Earbuds. But as you can understand, with a behind-the-neck design like this one, an in-line controller is not very practical. Even with the other kind of earbuds, some people find in-line controls to interfere with their ‘activities’ and therefore prefer these ‘on-board’ controls!
  • VERY good sound quality for the size of these things – clear bases, treble and mids. This is mainly thanks to the 13mm neodymium magnet drivers
  • Available in 4 colors: Black, Red, Blue, and Pink

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Best ACTIVE Noise-Cancelling Bluetooth Earbuds


The existing Bluetooth Earbuds with Active Noise Cancelling Technology are still in its infancy. If you spend some time reading reviews on these models, you’ll see that people are either not happy with the level of noise cancellation or with the sound quality. That shouldn’t surprise you given that both Bluetooth and ANC technology are quite advanced technologies and it’s pretty difficult to combine both those technologies in to tiny earphones!

So, if you MUST have active noise cancellation in your earbuds, we humbly request you to consider giving up on wireless technology. Check out the Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Earbuds. They have excellent noise cancellation and excellent audio quality. However, they are NOT wireless.

If you MUST have Bluetooth, but can sacrifice on ACTIVE noise cancellation, we ask you to check out our top ranked wireless earbuds listed above. Although they don’t have ACTIVE noise cancellation, most of them have pretty good PASSIVE noise cancellation (aka noise isolation).

However, if you MUST HAVE BOTH Bluetooth and ANC, we request you to give up on earbuds and to purchase a pair of Bluetooth HEADphones (NOT EARphones) with ANC. Sorry guys, just being realistic and trying to guide you in the right direction!

#8 Phiaton BT 220 Bluetooth 4.0 Active Noise Cancelling Earphones

  • Phiaton BT220 NC earbudsBluetooth 4.0 connectivity – compared to previous versions of Bluetooth (e.g. 2.0, 3.0) Bluetooth 4.0 is better on bandwidth, sound quality, energy consumption, battery life, pairing reliability, data rate etc. So, if you have a choice to choose between a model with BT 3.0 an 4.0, definitely go with the 4.0 option!
  • ACTIVE Noise Cancellation technology – Phiaton BT 220 NC Bluetooth Earbuds have built-in noise cancelling circuitry that blocks out as much as 95% of ambient background noise. These Sony Noise Canceling Bluetooth Headphones also have ACTIVE NC technology, however, are not as good as the Phiaton pair in many respects.
  • Multi-point connection: the early models could only connect with one device at a time. But many models like the Phiaton BT 220 are able to connect with two devices simultaneously (e.g. smartphone, tablet PC or MP3 player). This allows you to listen to music on your iPod and answer a call on your Samsung Galaxy Note 4! How cool is that?
  • Includes audio cable – most BT earphones only connect with BT-enabled devices and there’s no way of using them as ‘wired headphones’. But with the BT 220s you get a cable to connect to non-Bluetooth devices.
  • Built-in mic – lets you answer/make phone calls. In contrast, these noise canceling Bluetooth earbuds don’t have a built-in mic
  • Clear voice capture (CVC): this is a technology that aids in filtering out background/surrounding noises using advanced audio enhancements and even noise suppression for an improved, crystal-clear telephone experience
  • apt-X technology – like we explained earlier, APTX increases digital streaming efficiency by making the audio files smaller and thereby making the transfer between the two devices more efficient and complete
  • In-line controller with clip – FF, REW, PLAY, STOP, PAUSE, Vol+, Vol- and answer button to answer phone calls. However, some users complain that these controls can’t be operated with gloved hands. Given how tiny these things are, it’s actually not a very valid argument. You’ll find it hard to operate these buttons with gloved hands not only on this Phiaton, but any other headphone, given how tiny they are
  • NFC: Near Field Communication for quick and easy pairing with your Bluetooth-enabled device
  • Customizable, no slip fit – four separate sizes of silicon tips to fit all ear sizes
  • Long battery life – up to 16 hours of call time or 17 hours of music listening time while using the Bluetooth or noise canceling features. You might notice that this is very much longer than the battery lives of the Plantronics BackBeat FIT, JayBird BlueBuds etc. That’s because this Phiaton has a relatively large unit that holds the noise cancellation circuitry and the battery whereas the other models didn’t.
  • Standby time: 500 hrs. (with noise cancellation switched off)
  • 14.3 mm driver size – most earbuds have drivers less than this, some as low as 6 – 8mm. When it comes to driver size of headphones, it’s bigger the better!
  • Access manual here
  • Check out more features and customer reviews here…

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 Recommended Reads:

  1. TOP 10 Noise Cancelling Headphones
  2. TOP 4 Wired Earbuds
  3. TOP 5 Noise Cancelling Earbuds
  4. TOP 5 Around the ear Bluetooth Headphones
  5. TOP 3 On ear Bluetooth Headphones
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