Which 2019 True Wireless Earbuds Should You Buy?

Forget the Apple AirPods, these are 2019's must-buy true wireless earbuds.

Credit: Sennhesier

The true wireless category has exploded in the two years since Apple announced its "courageous" decision to kill off the headphone jack, and each year we keep track of all the new true wireless earbuds that hit stores in order to determine what brands are going to offer you the best experience and the best value.

Here’s a roundup of 2019's best true wireless earbuds and how each of them compare to one another.

[Related: Which 2017 True Wireless Earbuds Should You Buy?]

[Related: Which 2018 True Wireless Earbuds Should You Buy?]

[Related: Which True Wireless Earbuds Are The Best For Making Phone Calls?]

Sennheiser Momentum TW (true wireless) earbuds

What’s the sound quality like?

Our review of the Sennheiser Momentum TW is currently a work-in-progress but - sneak peek - we're really impressed with them so far. The sound quality is really clean, the built-quality and material design is top-notch and we've yet to encounter a single dropout or connectivity issue - an impressive feat for the brand's first entry in the true wireless niche.

Credit: Jabra

Look forward to our full review sometime in the near future.

Are they waterproof?

The Sennheiser Momentum TW offer up a humble (though not insignificant) IPX4-rating for splash-resistance.

Do they integrate with an app?

The Sennheiser Momentum TW earbuds are granted extra functionality via Sennheiser's own Smart Connect app. Once setup, you're able to customize the control scheme for the earbuds, adjust the sound signature using an equaliser and toggle the ambient sound filtering.

How long does the battery last?

The Sennheiser Momentum TW earbuds offer four hours of playback per charge, with another eight contained on the charger case

Do they work with voice assistants?

The Sennheiser Momentum TW true wireless earbuds matches most of the competition when it comes to smarts, offering clean compatible with voice assistants like Siri and the Google Assistant.

How much do they cost?

In Australia, the Sennheiser Momentum TW are pretty much the most expensive true wireless earbuds you can buy right now, with a recommended retail price of $499.

Where can I buy them?

The Sennheiser Momentum TW are available through Sennheiser, Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi and specialist dealers. You can also buy them on Amazon by clicking here.

TicPods

Credit: TicPods

What’s the sound quality like?

As we said in our review, "the TicPods proved themselves adequate but rarely exceptional" when it comes to sound quality.

"In some ways, they’re a little like the AirPods in this regard (minus any of Apple’s W1 Bluetooth magic sauce). When used to listen to podcasts or music like Hilltop Hoods’ The Great Expanse, I came away mostly happy with the results. The sound was balanced, though the bass wasn’t particularly deep. For the price you’re paying, the results leave little to be desired but they don’t exactly blow you away either."

You can read our full review of the TicPods here.

Are they waterproof?

The TicPods are not waterproof but they do come with an IPX5 rating against splash and dust damage - which puts them in line with most AirPod alternatives.

Do they integrate with an app?

The TicPods can be connected to the existing Mobvoi app but there's little functionality added here beyond the ability to roll out software updates.

How long does the battery last?

The TicPods offer 4 hours per charge and 18 hours of playback total.

Do they work with voice assistants?

The Mobvoi TicPods will play nice with Siri, Alexa and the Google Assistant.

How much do they cost?

The TicPods are priced at a recommended retail price of $159.

Where can I buy them?

The Mobvoi TicPods are available through Amazon and Mobvoi directly.

Jaybird Run XT

Credit: Jaybird

What’s the sound quality like?

As we said in our review of the Jaybird RUN XT, "they didn’t blow us away for sound quality but they did work more-or-less as advertised."

"If you’re listening to the Jaybird Run XT in a relatively quiet space - say, an office? - they do the job well enough. The noise-isolation isn’t as good in outdoor settings like a city street during the day but if the question is listenability, the Jaybird Run XT do hit that low bar."

"If we’re being generous, the Jaybird Run XT sound fine. The bass? It’s fine. Mids? Also fine. Most of the time, these sound like an above-average set of earbuds - which is fine!"

"You can totally get a little more out of them by messing with the equaliser. However, for the most part, the Jaybird Run XT are devoid of surprises. They failed surprise me in the same way that the best true wireless earbuds do."

You can read our full review of the Jaybird RUN XT here.

Are they waterproof?

The Jaybird RUN XT earbuds boast an IPX7 rating against water and dust damage.

Do they integrate with an app?

Like their predecessors, the Jaybird RUN XT earbuds integrate with the company's Jaybird MySound app. This  lets you mess around with things EQ settings and the physical shortcut buttons on the Run XT earbuds.

If you do lose one of the earbuds, there’s also a find-my-earbuds feature that helps you locate the last place they were connected.

There’s also a super-neat layer community element involved. You can not only share your equaliser settings with other Jaybird MySound users but also share Spotify playlists  - assuming you’re a Spotify user, of course.

How long does the battery last?

The battery life here is decent - but it can’t match heavyweights like the Zolo Liberty+ or Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds. You get 4 hours on earbuds plus another 8 hours via the charger case.You're looking at twelve hours total.

Do they work with voice assistants?

The Jaybird RUN XT earbuds play nice with both Siri and the Google Assistant.

How much do they cost?

The Jaybird Run XT are available at a suggested retail price of AU$279.95.

Where can I buy them?

When it comes to retail, the Jaybird Run XT can be found at JB Hi-Fi and Rebel Sport. You can also buy them on Amazon by clicking here.

Nokia True Wireless Earbuds

Credit: Nokia

What’s the sound quality like?

We came away satisfied with the Nokia True Wireless earbuds when it came to sound quality.

In our review, we said that "when you’re in the right environment, the Nokia True Wireless Earbuds sound decent enough. They don’t exceptional - but for a free pack-in, they sound more than good enough. They emphasize the bass. They don’t have AptX support. You win some. You lose some."

Are they waterproof?

The Nokia True Wireless Earbuds do not have any formal form of water resistance.

Do they integrate with an app?

The Nokia True Wireless Earbuds do not integrate with a companion app of any kind.

How long does the battery last?

On their own, the Nokia True Wireless Earbuds offer 3 hours of playback per charge. When used with the carry-case/charger, you're looking at 14 hours of total playback.

Do they work with voice assistants?

The Nokia True Wireless Earbuds will play nice with Google Assistant.

How much do they cost?

In Australia, the Nokia True Wireless Earbuds do not have a recommended retail price.

Where can I buy them?

In Australia, the Nokia True Wireless Earbuds are included as a pack-in with the new Nokia 9 PureView.

Beats Powerbeats Pro

Credit: Beats

What’s the sound quality like?

We'd rate the Beats Powerbeats Pro quite highly when it comes to sound quality. In our review we found that "hip-hop tracks like Logic’s “Keanu Reeves” and Dessa’s “Grade School Games” sounded the best - but I wouldn’t say that non-hip-hop tracks sounded bad when heard through the Powerbeats Pro either."

You can find our full review here.

Are they waterproof?

The Beats Powerbeats Pro are sweat and water resistant.

Do they integrate with an app?

The Beats Powerbeats Pro do not currently integrate with an app.

How long does the battery last?

The Beats PowerBeats Pro offers a sizable 9 hours of playback per charge and over 24 hours of total usage.

Do they work with voice assistants?

If you're an iPhone owner, the Beats Powerbeats Pro are able to integrate with Siri.

How much do they cost?

In Australia, the Beats Powerbeats Pro true wireless earbuds have a recommended retail price of AU$349.

Where can I buy them?

In Australia, you can buy the Beats Powerbeats Pro true wireless earbuds through the Apple, the Beats online store and JB Hi-Fi.

Sony WF-1000XM3

Credit: Sony

What’s the sound quality like?

Our full review will be up in the near future but, in the meantime, we're really impressed with the Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds. Like their predecessors, the WF-1000X M3s use noise-cancelling to clean house. Wipe the slate clean before extending their own capabilities and treating you to a gourmet course of mids and highs with a side of bass-boosted goodness.

Are they waterproof?

The Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds have no sweat or water resistance.

Do they integrate with an app?

The Sony WF-1000XM3 true wireless earbuds are integrated with the Sony Headphones app. This is available on both iOS and Android and it gives you the ability to customise the sound signature through an equalizer, enable DSEE HX audio playback, prioritize either sound quality or connection reliability and enable adaptive noise control.

How long does the battery last?

You’ll get about six hours of playback from the Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds per charge, plus another 18 from the fully-charged case. This totals out at about 24 hours.

Do they work with voice assistants?

The Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds can be connected to the Google Assistant using the Sony Headphones app.

How much do they cost?

In Australia, the Sony WF-1000XM3 true wireless earbuds have a recommended retail price of AU$399.

Where can I buy them?

In Australia, you can buy the Sony WF-1000X true wireless earbuds through the Sony online store here.

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