Good wireless earbuds for any budget: Apple AirPods Pro, Bose QuietComfort, Echo Buds and more

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From active noise cancellation to wireless charging, here's how to choose the best wireless earbuds for you.
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From the trendy Apple AirPods to the high-end Bose SoundSport Wireless, there's no shortage of good wireless earbud models, all with wildly different prices. Is a $200 pair of earbuds really that much better than a $50 pair? How can you tell them apart? And how, exactly, are you supposed to pick between them while shopping online?

Here are the important factors to consider when buying wireless earbuds.

First, consider how you'll use the earbuds. Are you planning on taking them on your daily train or bus commute? If so, you may want to invest in a pair of Bluetooth earbuds with active noise cancellation, a premium feature where built-in microphones listen for ambient sounds and counteract them in your ear. Active noise cancellation makes it easy to hear music and podcasts, even in loud environments. This is a premium feature, so expect to pay significantly more for earbuds that have them.

Shopping for new wireless earbuds for the gym? Then keep an eye out for IPX4 or better water and sweat resistance, and prioritize a snug fit. Have a Qi charger handy at home, such as this $15 Anker Wireless Charger? Then you might want to pay a little bit extra for a wireless charging case.

And if you just want an inexpensive pair of earbuds that works, well, there's a pair of wireless earbuds for you, too. Here are some reviewer-loved options to consider, all available for sale on Amazon.

Trendy wireless earbuds: Apple AirPods Pro

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Sure, there are Bluetooth earbuds that are less expensive than the Apple AirPods Pro. And there are earbuds that have better sound quality. But when it comes to pairing with your Apple iPhone, Apple Watch or other Apple devices, the AirPods Pro are hard to beat. The connection is near effortless.

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