The 10 Best Wireless Earbuds of 2021

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( Raise a hand if you can’t live without earphones! Without even realizing it, your earbuds are probably one of your most-used items, especially in the age of WFH. So it just makes sense to consider investing in a pair that’ll last you a long time. With the number of wireless earbuds that came out this year, it might be a little overwhelming to start researching the best pair for you and your lifestyle (and budget!). In case you’re in the market for the best wireless earphones, then you’ve come to the right place.


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Below are the 10 best wireless earbuds of 2021:

Apple AirPods 3rd Generation (P10,990)

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Release date: October 18

Both Apple loyalists and casual users would agree that the AirPods 3rd Generation makes a great option for wireless earbuds. In true Apple fashion, they’re easy to use and have a no-frills look. Equipped with spatial audio, these uber pocketable earbuds offer an immersive listening experience, whether you’re listening to music or binge-watching your favorite shows. Plus, it's got a longer battery life, so you can enjoy non-stop music or streaming for up to six hours. Not to mention, it’s both sweat- and water-resistant (including its casing!), perfect for those with active lifestyles—or are just really clumsy. No judgment here.

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Available online and at Apple retailers nationwide.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro (P9,990)

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Release date: January 14

Looking for something sleek, stylish, and functional? Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Pro are definitely worth checking out. The device is equipped with superb Active Noise Cancellation that can block up to 99% of noise. Apart from that, it also offers better call experience thanks to its Noise-Free Call option, which significantly minimizes unwanted sounds when you’re in a call. As for its battery life, you can enjoy a whopping 18 hours of playtime on a single charge! You’ll love that it comes in stylish colors, too, like Phantom Silver, Phantom Violet, and Phantom Black.


Available online and at Samsung retailers nationwide.

Marshall Motif A.N.C. (U.S. $219; roughly P11,037)

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Release date: September 30

The Marshall’s Motif A.N.C.'s good looks are accompanied by an amazing listening experience, thanks to its Active Noise Cancellation feature, which lets you enjoy whatever it is you’re consuming with no distractions. You can enjoy up to six hours of playback on a full charge and up to 4.5 hours when Active Noise Cancellation is in use. These compact earbuds sport Marshall’s grunge aesthetic—perfect if you’re also looking for something that’ll suit your style.


As of writing, the Marshall Motif A.N.C. is not yet available in the Philippines, but is coming soon. For now, you can shop Marshall’s other wireless-earbud models on Digital Walker’s website.

Sony WF-1000XM4 Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones (P13,999)

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Release date: June 8

They’re award-winning for a reason: Sony’s WF-1000XM4 Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones are known to cancel out more noise than ever thanks to the Integrated Processor V1 technology, a feature specially developed by the tech brand. Plus, despite their tiny size, the earphones are equipped with High-Resolution Audio Wireless, which offers a rich bass range, allowing you to listen to your tunes in the best way possible. The earphones also reduce distortion, which means you can listen to your favorite songs the way the artist intended them to actually sound—a great feature for audiophiles!


Available online and at Sony retailers nationwide.

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay EQ (P30,100)

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PHOTO BY Bang & Olufsen ILLUSTRATION War Espejo

Release date: July 29

This list wouldn’t be complete without a B&O Play pair. The Beoplay EQ is a gorgeous pair that delivers even better audio quality. It has a snug in-ear fit (it comes with four ear plug sizes!) offers superb Active Noise Cancellation, and authentic sound output with a 6.8 mm electro-dynamic driver—which basically means it provides crisp and balanced audio that allows you to enjoy music the way the artist or producer intended it to sound. The wireless earphones come in two chic colors: Black and Sand. 


Available online.

Sudio T2 (P6,500)

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Release date: September 17

You don’t want to underestimate this pair’s budget-friendly price tag (at least, compared to everything else list). Sudio’s T2 wireless earphones flaunt a no-frills design featuring a smooth matte casing and prong-free earbuds which are designed to sit in your ear comfortably even after hours of wear. Equipped with active noise cancellation, this pair offers an immersive listening experience for up to 7.5 hours of playtime in just a single charge (with a total of 35 hours on the case)—not bad at all for its relatively affordable price tag.


Available online.

Jabra Elite 7 Pro Wireless Earbuds (P11,675)

Jabra Elite 7 Pro

Release date: October 15

Danish brand Jabra came out with the Elite 7 Pro Wireless Earbuds in the last quarter of the year, and they’re totally worth adding to your wish list—here’s why: The Elite 7 Pro is equipped with adjustable Active Noise Cancellation and offers up to eight hours of playback—and up to 30 hours on the charging case! The Elite 7 Pro also lets you connect to two devices at the same time with its Bluetooth Multi-point feature and has an ultra compact design for maximum comfort. Plus, it's got great looks, too, don’t you think?


Available on Lazada.

Beats Studio Buds (P8,190)

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Release date: June 24

If you take your music seriously, Beats' Studio Buds would be right up your alley. The wireless earphones were engineered to deliver music as the artist intended thanks to their custom acoustic platform, which allows you to enjoy powerful, balanced sound. The Studio Buds are equipped with Active Noise Cancellation and have impressive Class 1 Bluetooth technology, which offers a wider wireless range and fewer dropouts, so you can move around freely whether you’re in a meeting, working out, or simply lounging around your home. The device comes with three soft, silicone ear tip sizes (small, medium or large) so you can get a snug fit no matter what. The earbuds are available in three solid colors: White, Black, and Beats Red.


Available online and at Power Mac Center.

OnePlus Buds Pro (P7,690)

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Release date: July 22

Definitely worth checking out are the OnePlus Buds Pro, which were released mid-year. The device has got a pretty accessible price tag—perfect if you’re looking for a pair that won’t make your bank account cry. Don’t underestimate its no-frills look, though. It allows you to enjoy an immersive listening experience thanks to Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation, which keeps you in control of the audio. Equipped with an advanced low-latency LHDCTM audio codec, these earbuds basically let you experience concert-level acoustics, which is also great for gaming sessions or movie nights. Finally, the OnePlus Buds Pro has a powerful battery life—up to seven hours of playback on a single charge and up to 38 hours with the charging case. 


Available on Lazada.

Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Earbuds (P7,999)

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Release date: August 21

Gamers already know that Razer’s Hammerhead True Wireless Earbuds are top-tier when it comes to audio for gaming. For one, the device has an impressive battery life: up to 32.5 hours overall playback—6.5 hours on earbuds and additional 26 hours with the charging case—perfect for serious gamers who hate distractions. Speaking of which, this pair is also equipped with Active Noise Cancellation so you can stay focused. Plus, in terms of customizability, this pair takes the cake: You can set this pair’s touch controls’ mapping, equalizer, and RGB (a.k.a. the Razer logo that lights up on the side of each earpiece)—choose from tons of colors and a wide variety of effects so you can make your pair truly your own. Cool, right?


Available on Shopee.

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