5 Best Bluetooth Earbuds of 2016

A lot of people are choosing Bluetooth earbuds these days, whether it is because they hate wires, or maybe because the wires hate them (it happens), I’m here to solve this problem and offer you a complete list of the 5 best Bluetooth earbuds available right now.

First, let’s take a look at what you should be looking for in a Bluetooth earbud:

  • Comfort/ Fit – Chances are that you will do exercises with your earbud, and if it does not stay in place or feels uncomfortable after some time, you should stay miles away from it. A good model should always have at least 3 pairs of ear tips to match the size of your ear.
  • Durability – It doesn’t matter if the earbuds are comfortable, if it’s not durable, you should not buy it. You should always look if the model is sweat resistant if you are going to workout with them because sweat can quickly damage a device that is not suited for it.  A good Bluetooth earbud should be able to handle at least one year of intense activity.
  • Battery time – Have you ever had the pleasure to see your smartphone die when you need them the most? It is the same with Bluetooth earbuds if your model doesn’t provide a good playback time. The earbud should offer at least 4 hours of music playback.
  • Sound – Of course, the earbud you choose should have a decent sound, we should not expect a hi-fi sound on Bluetooth earbuds, but the sound has to be detailed and clear because, after all, we are here for the music!

Before you continue, you should know that all devices below have strengths and weaknesses, no earbud is perfect, and you should not disregard a model only because it’s at the fifth position. One earbud might be great for sports while others are great for offices, quiet places,etc.   Now, without further ado, let’s go to the 5 best Bluetooth earbuds today…

 

Jaybird X2

Best Bluetooth Earbuds of 2016

I consider this earbud to be the best one for workouts and running, If you are looking for a model that suits your active lifestyle, you’ve found a great one.

Comfort and Fit

The Jaybird x2 offers a great fit for everyone with 6 different sizes of ear tips, 3 sizes of comply memory foam (that for me are the best) and 3 sizes of  standard silicone ear tips. The ear fins help secure a great fit and they are really comfortable,coming in 3 different sizes as well.

Design


Like I said,The ear fins provide a secure fit when you are running and with the right size, they will never fall from your ear. The flat cable is very durable and this design is also sweat proof with a lifetime warranty for damage caused by sweat.

Sound

The sound quality of the Jaybird x2 is amazing considering it is a Bluetooth earbud. The bass is decent, it is not an overly bassy model and that is important to me. The mids are detailed and clear with some emphasis on vocals and the soundstage for an in-ear is great, with good space around instruments. Overall, the sound is clear and well defined, you will be surprised by the quality.

 

Best Bluetooth Earbuds of 2016

Style, Accessories, and Battery

You can choose from 6 colors: Midnight, Storm, Ice, Fire, Alpha and Charge (You can check the colors here). They also have a Microphone and inline remote included, a carrying case, clips for cord management and of course, the charging cable.

Battery time of music playback is about 8h, which is above average.

Best for

People looking for a sports earbud to use on workouts, can’t go wrong with the Jaybird X2.

My rating: 9.7 out of 10

You can check it right now at Amazon.

 

LG HBS-910 Tone Infinim

Best Bluetooth Earbuds of 2016

Some people want a Bluetooth earbud just to live a life free of wires and listen to good music while they work in their offices. For these people, the LG HBS-910 is a great choice.

Design


The around the neck design is really stylish to use at home or office and these have more space for battery giving us up to 14 hours of music playback which is way above the average that is around 6h. Another great feature is the Retractable Ear Buds,  that provides more freedom to the user.

Sound

This is one of the best sounding earbuds out there, featuring the Harman Kardon Signature Sound and a Quad-Layer Speaker Technology that provides a balanced and clear sound, this is a great device for those who value sound above anything.

Best Bluetooth Earbuds of 2016

 

Style, Accessories, and Battery

Another interesting extra is the Dual MEMS Microphones, that ensures an enhanced voice call clarity. You also have 1-year warranty, and 3 colors to choose from: Black, Silver and Rose Gold. Check the colors here.

As I mentioned before, the LG HBS-910 features an outstanding 14 hours of battery time.

Best for

Those running away from wires will find great value on this earbud, this is not the best model to practice exercises with, but if you want a model to use on your job or at home that is sleek, comfortable and offers great sound, the HBS-910 is a great choice.

My rating: 9.5 out of 10

You can check it right now at Amazon.

 

Plantronics BackBeat FIT

Best Bluetooth Earbuds of 2016

 

I consider the Plantronics BackBeat FIT to be one of the best sports earbuds available. considering the amount of quality in this model and the low price, this is a must go for those who are short on cash and cannot afford the Jaybird X2.

Design


The Plantronics BackBeat FIT “sit” outside your ear canal providing a comfortable fit. That is good for ambient awareness and safety, because when you are practicing exercises in public, you might get distracted and that might cause an accident. The backbeat fit helps with this and while you lose a bit of sound isolation, you gain a lot of safety.

The design is also sweat-proof and water-resistant, meaning you can do your exercises for as long as you want without worrying about your earbuds. Besides that, with a rubber construction all around the earbud, they are rather flexible and resistant, ensuring that they will last for a long time.

Sound

The sound is decent. The bass is a bit weak due to the “open” design but the sound is solid overall, the jaybirds are far better here, but you won’t be disappointed if you are looking primarily for comfort and fit.

Best Bluetooth Earbuds of 2016

Style, Accessories, and Battery

You can choose from 3 colors: green, red and blue (check here). the battery time is slightly above average, with 7 hours of music playback.

Best for

Those who want a cheaper sports earbud that delivers a lot of quality, the Plantronics Backbeat Fit is the right one for you.

My rating: 9.0 out of 10

You can check it right now at Amazon.

 

Sony SBH80

Best Bluetooth Earbuds of 2016

 

 

Another great option for offices and day to day use, the Sony SBH80 is a cheaper but worthy opponent to the LG HBS-910.

Design

Best Bluetooth Earbuds of 2016
Comparing to the LG HBS-910, the Sony SBH80 is super lightweight, which is really comfortable to use for hours with no problems. They are light, but not fragile, so you don’t have to worry about breaking them easily.

Featuring an NFC Pairing along with the Bluetooth, if your device supports it, all you have to do is touch your device to connect. It also supports Bluetooth Multipoint, allowing you to connect two devices at the same time.

Sound

Featuring micro dynamic drivers and aptXTM technology, making the audio clean, detailed, with decent soundstage and deep bass, challenging even higher priced models.

Best Bluetooth Earbuds of 2016

 

Style, Accessories, and Battery

Unfortunately, the SBH80 is available in only one color (black). This earbud has microphones with HD Voice technology that ensures your call is crystal clear and without background noise. The battery time on these is good, but could be better: around 6h of music playback.

Best for

Those looking for a clean and detailed sound,comfort and durability on a cheap earbud,this is the one for you.

My rating: 9.0 out of 10

You can check it right now at Amazon.

 

SoundPEATS QY7

Best Bluetooth Earbuds of 2016

 

For our last earbud on this list, I decided to put a really cheap one, a truly Bang for your buck, the SoundPEATS QY7.

Design

Best Bluetooth Earbuds of 2016
These earbuds feature a sweat proof design that is really lightweight and comfortable, making them perfect for sports and workouts. If you have troubles with fit, you can choose from 6 different sizes of ear tips. It also has a built-in microphone for calls and remote controls.

Sound

The sound isn’t the greatest around, with the Pure Sound and SignalPlus technology, but it is good enough for casual listeners and for this extremely cheap price we couldn’t expect too much.

 

Style, Accessories, and Battery

You can choose from 9 different colors (check it out here). You will also receive in the package: 6 Ear Cushions, 6 Ear Hooks, and a Hard Case. Battery time on these is on average 5h which isn’t the greatest, but again, for this price it is okay.

Best Bluetooth Earbuds of 2016

Best for

Those low on cash  or those not willing to spend more than $20 on a pair, is going to find on the SoundPEATS QY7 a perfect fit for them.

My rating: 8.5 out of 10

You can check it right now at Amazon.

 

Do you have any doubts? Want to say or suggest something? Drop a comment below or e-mail me and I’ll be glad to answer.

I hope you enjoyed the list,

Stay Tuned!

 

Paulo

Web developer, App developer, and Headphones enthusiast. In the pursuit of a perfect headphone and trying to develop the next "sound" app!

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