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10 best in-ear headphones 2023 reviewed and rated: top earphones to buy today

You'll find the perfect pair of true wireless earphones for every ear and budget here, all reviewed and rated

The number one accessory for a phone or tablet is not a weird case that lets you watch Netflix with the screen on your belly. It’s a decent pair of headphones. In-ears are where they’re at these days and increasingly in-ears are completely wireless (sometimes called true wireless) and come in a charging case.

After all, a good pair of wireless headphones is something you can use every single day of the year. Maybe it’s a better buy than that VR headset you might use for two weeks then leave to gather dust until it’s out of date.

There are several things you need to consider when buying a pair of in-ears – sound quality being important, but there’s also comfort and fit – how adjustable it is – as well as specification. Do they have noise cancelling? Will they work well with your devices? Is there a case and does it have wireless charging? How long is the battery life?

There are numerous factors to think about but there can only be one list to be on – here’s our guide to the best wireless earphones around.

Our pick of the best in-ear earphones


Sony WF-1000XM4

By doing pretty much everything really well, the WF-1000XM4 continue Sony’s long and proud tradition of building the best true wireless in-ear headphones you can buy. A punchy, detailed and well-balanced listen.


  • Articulate, convincing sound
  • Great call quality
  • Ergonomically impeccable
Sony WF-1000XM4 review

Bowers & Wilkins PI7

Bowers & Wilkins’ debut true wireless buds are brilliant for reasons we weren’t quite expecting, but we felt slightly let down in other areas that should be sewn up for the price you’re paying. The sound quality is exceptional and possibly the best we’ve heard yet from a pair of true wireless buds, and the build quality is as you would expect from Bowers & Wilkins.


  • Exquisite sound quality
  • Clever Bluetooth charging case
  • Fantastic build quality
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 review

Apple AirPods Pro

Apple’s AirPods Pro are fantastic wireless in-ears, comfortable and incredibly intuitive making for a seamless user experience. It does feel a bit of a stretch to call them ‘Pro’ as they don’t quite match similar priced competitors for sound quality.


  • Comfortable and secure fit
  • Decent noise cancellation
Apple AirPods Pro review

Nothing Ear (1)

Brings ANC, wireless charging and splash resistance to a class that often does without all three. The unique design is easy on the eye and they sound pretty punchy for the price too.


  • An enjoyable listen
  • Distinctive design
  • Battery life merely OK
  • Lots of features for the price
Nothing ear (1) review: believe the hype?