This Bud’s For You

Apple’s decision last year to release the iPhone 7 without a headphone jack pretty much solidified the future of the wireless earbud industry. Ready to invest in a pair of your own? Then check out our recommendations for some of the best.

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MOST EXTREME
Durable on land and sea, the Plantronics BackBeat FIT Bluetooth headphones use nano-coating technology to withstand fresh water for up to 30 minutes at a depth of one meter. The product also comes with a safety-oriented ear tip feature that allows you to hear your surroundings during outdoor activities. Constructed with a flexible design to maintain stability throughout all levels of exercise, the BackBeat will “FIT” comfortably as you push through the hardest of workouts.
$79.95 on Amazon

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MOST STYLISH
Featuring a minimalistic design and flexible biomorphic neckband, the Shadow Wireless Earphones by Sol Republic will have you looking stylish while sweating.  Sealed control buttons ensure durability and water resistance, while available color combinations include black/silver, navy/gold, and grey/gold.
$79.99 on Amazon

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MOST LASTING
You’re going to pay a steep price for the Klipsch X12 Bluetooth Neckband Headphones, however, what you get is not only great sound, but battery life that lasts up to 18 hours.  Featuring a comfortable neckband made of real leather, the product also comes with its patented Comply Ts-100 Comfort Tips, which use body-heat activated memory foam to create a more secure fit.
$399.99 on Amazon

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MOST HIGH-TECH
Elevate your listening experience to 3D surround sound with the purchase of the LG Tone Studio Wearable Personal Speaker. DTS, the company behind the surround sound experience found at your local movie theater, helped with the creation of the product. Four strategically placed speakers deliver the 3D experience while special vibration speakers maximize the bass.
$196.85 on Amazon

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MOST INNOVATIVE
Considered the best alternative to Apple’s AirPods, Here One™ wireless earbuds feature a noise-isolating in-ear design with a “pass-through” mode to let you hear outside noise, as well as a charging case containing a built-in battery capable of delivering three full charges. The six customizable noise-filters are what makes this product stand out — allowing the wearer to switch between modes like “city” and “restaurant.” But innovation comes at a price: Here One™ costs nearly 40 percent more than AirPods.
$299.99 on Amazon

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MOST AFFORDABLE
If your budget is leaning more towards the thrifty side, then consider the Anker SoundBuds Slim. The most cost-efficient earbuds on this list, the product is lightweight, water-resistant and offers 7-hours of battery life. For a decent set of inexpensive wireless earbuds, CNET calls the SoundsBuds Slim a “good choice.”
$25.99 on Amazon

 

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