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The best wireless headphones and earbuds for workouts, commuting and more

Including award-winning options that can stand up to your toughest workouts.
Tyler Essary / TODAY

Finding a good set of headphones or earbuds to block out ambient noise and distractions surrounding you can be a challenge, but finding wireless headphones that can stand up to your commute, workouts and beyond can be especially tricky.

The Shop TODAY team has rounded up several top-rated, customer-loved and Start TODAY x Shop TODAY Wellness Award-winning picks for every scenario.

Keep reading to shop the best wireless earbuds from Bose, Shokz, JLab and more.

Start TODAY x Shop TODAY Wellness Awards: Best wireless headphones for 2023

Award-winning wireless headphones | More top-rated earbuds and headphones

Award-winning wireless headphones

Shokz Open Run Pro Earbuds

Award: Best Overall | Category: Best Wireless Headphones

These innovative headphones utilize the brand's bone conduction technology in order to deliver premium sound quality. According to the brand, they are also water-resistant and boast a 10-hour battery life on a full charge.

"I really loved these Shokz headphones. They were so comfortable and perfect for a workout," reporter Sarah Lemire said. "I especially liked that they didn’t go in my ears! Earbuds can often be uncomfortable, even painful, when worn for long periods of time. The Shokz provided excellent sound and no discomfort."

Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds

Award: Best Splurge | Category: Best Wireless Headphones

TODAY associate multimedia producer Luke Piccoli liked that these earbuds are compact, boast a low profile and deliver "impressive" sound quality.

"The noise canceling is the best I have used and the Aware mode does a good job at allowing sound in when you want to hear your surroundings," Piccoli said.

JLab Go Air True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds

Award: Best Budget | Category: Best Wireless Headphones

Though they weren't a perfect fit for her ears, Shop TODAY associate editor Emma Stessman says these earbuds "deliver surprisingly high-quality sound and you can control your music (change the volume, skip a song and replay a song) from the earbuds themselves, which is a major bonus when you’re running and your phone is tucked away in your pocket."

Plus, since they feature a built-in charging cord, you'll never forget to bring the cord along with you while traveling.

Tozo T10 Bluetooth 5.3 Wireless Earbuds

Award: Longest Battery Life | Category: Best Wireless Headphones

Whether you're headed out on a short jog, commuting to the office or binge-watching your favorite show, these earbuds impressed reviewers with their long battery life and secure fit.

Ashley Parrish, senior vice president of Commerce at NBC News, liked that these earbuds "didn’t fall out once — even while jogging."

Writer Joseph Lamour also liked that they're water-resistant with good sound quality.

Best wireless earbuds, according to shoppers

Apple AirPods Pro

There's a reason why Apple's AirPods Pro have become a cultural phenomenon. For starters, they're extremely easy to use. The brand's bestselling wireless earbuds can change between noise cancellation and transparency mode with ease. Each set comes with three flexible silicone tips to choose from to conform to the shape of your ear. AirPods Pro also come with audio sharing, so you can connect your pair with your friend's AirPods and listen to the same audio stream together.

Beats Studio Buds

Beats have remained a cultural icon since they debuted in 2008, and the brand's newest wireless earbuds only expand on their long-lasting legacy. (Just ask the over 4,100 Amazon shoppers who've already rated these five stars since its release in June!) Not only is price just right at just under $150, but the Beats Studio Buds have up to eight hours of listening time on a single charge. Beyond having active noise cancelling capabilities, you can also switch to transparency mode to tune into the world around you.

Tribit Qualcomm Wireless Earbuds

These 4.2-star-rated wireless earbuds from Tribit Qualcomm are a more affordable alternative to some of the other luxury brands. The earbuds can go up to two weeks without charging if you aren’t using them constantly, and can last up to 50 hours with consistent use. The noise reduction earbuds allow you to hear calls more clearly, which is ideal for working from home with other people running around the house.

Sony WF-1000XM4 Noise Canceling Truly Wireless Earbud Headphones

These Sony earbuds are a bit of a splurge, but hundreds of shoppers from Amazon and Best Buy say they're definitely worth every penny. The set (available in your choice or black or white with metallic accents) have a bone-conduction sensor that are calibrated to pick up sounds and vibrations from your voice without registering loud ambient noise surrounding you. It also features an automatic wind noise reduction mode along with an Equalized that allows you to customize the sound levels of your favorite tunes, podcasts or audio books.

Jaybird Vista True Sport Waterproof Headphones

Fitness lovers, this one's for you! The Jaybird Vista earbuds are fully sweat- and waterproof, making them great for swimmers or gym buffs who are worried about arduous training sessions. Amazon and Best Buy shoppers also note how user-friendly and compatible the Jaybird app is. Available on iOS and Android products, it allows you to customize your personal sound preferences and voice prompt presets.

Best wireless headphones, according to shoppers

Jabra Elite 45h On-Ear Wireless Headphones

The Jabba Elite 45h comes in at just under $100, which is a deal for quality travel headphones. The on-ear wireless headphones last up to 50 hours and can be charged in just a few minutes. Plus, there is an integrated microphone for making and taking phone calls while you're on the move. The actual ear cushions are made from comfortable memory foam, so you won't mind wearing these all day long.

Sony WH-1000XM4 Overhead Headphones

With a glowing 4.7-star average from thousands of Amazon and Best Buy shoppers, there's a reason why Sony's wireless headphones are an industry leader. Each charge gives you up to 30 hours of battery life, plus you can quick charge for 10 minutes to get five hours of playback. Another unique thing about these headphones is they automatically pause whatever you are listening to when you take them off. The headphones come in three sleek colors — black, blue and silver — so they can match your style.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones

The sleek design of Bose's noise cancelling headphones isn't the only thing to get excited about (though the 14,000+ Amazon reviewers who rated this pair a perfect five stars don't mind showing off the stainless steel headband and tilted earcups). This pair of headphones has 11 levels of noise cancelling to accommodate every kind of daily distraction you may face and easy accessibility to your go-to voice assistant. You can also get up to 20 hours of battery life with a single charge!

AfterShokz Air Open-Ear Sport Headphone

AfterShokz's sporty, open-ear headphones work just as hard as you do, whether you're putting in long hours at the gym or the office. The lightweight Air model is prominently known for its bone conduction technology, which allows you to keep your ears open and still hear your music and what’s going on around you. Along with being sweat- and water-resistant and having a six-hour battery life, users particularly love how ergonomic and comfortable they are.

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