Best true wireless earbuds: budget and premium

It seems like truly wireless earphones are suddenly everywhere, thanks in no small part to the popularity of the Apple AirPods. But while the AirPods have their benefits, if you don't have an iPhone or you want better sound quality, there are better alternatives.

The likes of Bose, Sony, Sennheiser, and, well, just about every headphone manufacturer you can think of, now has a pair of truly wireless earbuds. 

We've rounded up the best truly wireless earbuds on the market, whether you want hands-free calls, access to a smart assistant, or just great sound.

Under £100

Philips SHB4385 True Wireless BASS+

BASS+ is a very apt name, but at this sort of money the Philips' don't have much competition.

SPECIFICATIONS

Battery life: 6 hours | Features: Bluetooth | Accessories: USB charging case, 3x earbuds

Reasons to Buy
Loads of low-end for bass fanatics
Comfortable and well-built
Great battery life
Reasons to Avoid
Little detail or agility to low end
Rhythmically and dynamically uninspiring

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These are the answer for anyone seeking true wireless in-ears at a reasonable price, and whose main concern is plenty of bass. 

Philips has certainly not created an even all-round sound, but show us a person who says they don’t love sometimes love a bit of bass and we’ll show you a fibber. They also offer six hours of sound, a carry case battery charger, USB cable and a choice of three sizes of earbuds. 

If you want a pair of cheap wireless earbuds, these are the best we've tested.

Under £200

Sony WF-1000X

If you want the best-sounding pair of AirPod alternatives, you don't need to look much further than the Sony WF-1000X earbuds. And right now you can save more than £40 on the original price.

SPECIFICATIONS

Battery life: 9 hours | Features: Bluetooth, noise-cancelling, voice control | Extras: Charging carry case, 6x earbuds

Reasons to Buy
Balanced, detailed sound
Good with timing and dynamics
Truly wireless
Decent noise-cancelling
Carry case doubles as a charger
Reasons to Avoid
Our sample had a slight connection issue with the right earpiece

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We can’t help but recommend the WF-1000Xs to anyone eager for a pair of truly wireless, noise-cancelling in-ears. In the landscape of this particular market, this is the best product we’ve tested so far. 

Sony has managed to cram a lot into these diminutive in-ears: a 6mm dynamic driver and mic are inside each piece’s battery and circuit. The mic is more than just a tool for answering phone calls, it aids in the WF-1000Xs’ Google Now and Siri compatibility. They offer noise-cancelling, too. Sony also promises nine hours of battery life and a selection of six pairs of earbuds.

Sonically they deliver impressive dynamics, a decent amount of bass weight, punchy drums and a good level of overall insight. They can be a touch temperamental when it comes to connecting, but otherwise we're big fans. Rivals such as the Bose SoundSport Free and Sennheiser Momentum Free just can't match their overall quality.

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