The Best True Wireless Earphones You Can Buy Right Now

From budget to premium, there’s a TWS headset for everyone.

True wireless earphones - also known as TWS (true wireless stereo) - is perhaps the most convenient and easiest to use form factor when it comes to personal audio products, and with good reason. The lack of wires can be liberating, as is the lower weight and the fact that your ears can breathe, so to speak. There are other advantages too such as being able to charge the case while listening to the earphones, and improvements in the tech mean that you can get good active noise cancellation, sound quality, and battery life as well.

Our latest recommendations cover the best true wireless earphones across price categories and platforms. While most products in this segment are platform agnostic and work with just about any Bluetooth device, others may need you to connect with specific smartphones or devices to get the best performance. Read on for our top picks among true wireless earphones right now. You can also check out our Buyers Guide section for our recommendations across all kinds of headphones and earphones.

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen)

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen), True Wireless Earphones, TWS

Despite being launched in 2022, the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) remains relevant and class-leading even today. This is thanks to various software updates which have brought new features and improved performance, particularly when it comes to active noise cancellation and adaptive transparency mode. A sort of mid-generation update also brought USB Type-C charging to the AirPods Pro (2nd Gen), without needing to change anything else on the hardware front.

All of this combines to deliver a top-notch true wireless listening experience, including seamless connectivity and switching between compatible devices. The controls are very intuitive, and the process of pairing is simple and straightforward, as well. Bear in mind that all of this is provided you have an Apple iPhone or iPad to use it with. If not, the AirPods Pro really isn’t for you.

Sony WF-1000XM5

Sony WH-1000XM5

If you’re firmly rooted in the Android way of life, the Sony WF-1000XM5 is our pick for the best true wireless earphones you can buy right now. That said, it’s a perfectly good pair of earphones even if you intend to use it with an iPhone, but peak performance can be achieved when paired with a device compatible with the LDAC Bluetooth codec - something you’ll commonly find on Android smartphones and audiophile-grade portable media players.

You also get excellent active noise cancellation and battery life, but the key trick here is sound quality with the LDAC Bluetooth codec active. It’s hard to argue against this one if you have a big budget and the expectations to match with it.

OnePlus Nord Buds 2

OnePlus Nord Buds 2

You don’t have to spend too much to get good sound quality and decent active noise cancellation, and the OnePlus Nord Buds 2 is a shining example of the concept of value for money in true wireless earphones. The Nord Buds 2 fit into the Nord way of things for OnePlus, offering features and capabilities at a reasonable price. The earphones offer decent sound quality at under Rs. 3,000, along with good active noise cancellation too.

It’s often hard to get truly good performance when you’re talking about budget products, but the OnePlus Nord Buds 2 are a properly capable pair of earphones for the price. Battery life and app support help you get the most out of the headset as well.

Nothing Ear 2

Nothing Ear 2

Nothing’s ‘boutique’ approach to consumer technology has led to some radical designs and products, including the excellent Nothing Ear 2 true wireless headset. Priced in the mid-range segment for TWS products, the Nothing Ear 2 looks and feels great, and comes packed with useful features including wireless charging and app support.

Sound quality is pretty good, and using an Android smartphone or other supported device brings out the best in the headset thanks to support for the LDAC Bluetooth codec. It’s the mid-range champion right now, and among the best you can buy for less than Rs. 10,000 right now.

OnePlus Buds Pro 2

OnePlus Buds Pro 2

The OnePlus Buds 3 is out now, but keep in mind that it isn’t a ‘Pro’ headset. For that level of mid-range performance, there’s still the OnePlus Buds Pro 2. With a dual-driver setup, Dynaudio tuning, and a noticeable bump in the bass levels, the Buds Pro 2 promises a lot at a decidedly non-flagship price point. There’s also support for the LHDC Bluetooth codec, delivering better performance with compatible source devices.

Active noise cancellation is decent as well, as is battery life and app support. Of course, this headset works best when paired with a OnePlus smartphone, but you won’t find it lacking too much even if you use it with a device from a different brand.