Apple AirPods

Last updated date: April 10, 2019

Review Melt Score
8.3

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We looked at the top 1 Wireless Earbuds and dug through the reviews from 7 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, New York Times Wirecutter, Tech Radar, CNET, Digital Trends, Wired, The Verge and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Wireless Earbuds you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 57 expert reviews, the Apple Apple AirPods placed 4th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note April 10, 2019:
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Expert Summarized Score
8.0
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
5,974 user reviews
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What experts liked
Can charge quickly and hold a charge for hours
- BestReviews
Apple’s AirPods pair extremely easily to Apple devices (they’ll automatically pair to phones, tablets, and computers where you’re signed in with your Apple ID) and let you swap between those devices automatically
- New York Times Wirecutter
The AirPods themselves will then happily automatically pair each and every time you put them into your ears, and will automatically disconnect when you take both out.
- Tech Radar
You can now control playback of your music with a double tap.
- CNET
For instance, if you’re listening to music and remove one AirPod, the music will pause until the removed AirPod is re-inserted, at which point the music or podcast picks right back up where it left off.
- Digital Trends
For all their faults, Apple’s candy-cane headphones are so easy to pair, and so comfortable to wear for hours at a time, that I can overlook the many faults.
- Wired
For one, AirPods actually sound great, even better than EarPods.
- The Verge
What experts didn't like
Won't work with some older iPhones.
- BestReviews
However, they lack the physical music and volume controls you might be accustomed to in wired earbuds, relying instead on Apple-specific features, such as Siri and custom tap controls.
- New York Times Wirecutter
We’ve grown to love having an in-line remote with our headphones, and having to constantly pull out our phone to skip to the next track feels like a step backwards.
- Tech Radar
Expensive replacement parts.
- Digital Trends
The oddest thing about the AirPods isn't how they look; it's that Apple's evidently not all that concerned with how they sound.
- Wired
I cannot get them to stay in my ears for long periods of time.
- The Verge

From The Manufacturer

Powered by the all-new Apple H1 headphone chip, AirPods deliver a faster and more stable wireless connection to your devices — up to 2x faster when switching between active devices,3 and a 1.5x faster connection time for phone calls.4The H1 chip also drives voice-enabled Siri access and delivers up to 30 percent lower gaming latency.5 So whether you’re playing games, listening to music, or enjoying podcasts, you’ll experience higher-quality sound.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Jabra Elite 65t Wireless Earbuds
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 6
2. Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 5
3. TREBLAB Elite Sports Bluetooth Earbuds
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 4
4. Apple AirPods
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 7
5. SENSO Bluetooth Headphones
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 7
6. Plantronics BackBeat GO Wireless Headphones
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 6
7. Bose SoundSport Free Wireless Sport Headphones
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 5
8. Cobble Pro True Wireless Earbuds
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 4
9. FOCUSPOWER F10 Mini Wireless Earbud
Overall Score: 6.9
Expert Reviews: 5

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