How to choose the perfect wireless earbuds for your next trip

Whether it's for music, podcasts or to sync with your phone, lightweight and compact wireless earbuds are the perfect travel gadget. Here's all the expert advice and recommendations you need before you buy.

A man wears the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E6 Motion earbuds.
  • Mark Gambino
  • November 2019

When it comes to lightweight, portable listening devices, nothing beats a pair of wireless earbuds. While wired earbuds use a cable to connect to your smart device, wireless ones connect over Bluetooth.

There are a number of ways earbuds can fasten in or around each ear – such as clips, bands or rubber ear inserts – so choose the most appropriate for your desired comfort. If you’re moving around a lot, a tether wire between earbuds can prevent them from falling away if jostled free.

Battery life is a big consideration to keep in mind. You can fast charge many via USB cable but a lot now come with a battery caddy to juice up your buds when they’re not in use.

For fitness fans, the IP (Ingress Protection) rating will tell you the level of dust and water resistance. Check the box to make sure you get the right gear for your chosen sport.

Some earbuds are also designed specifically for music fans and feature high-quality audio processor chips, noise cancelling and large internal audio drivers for that big, bassy sound.

Three to try...

Jabra Evolve 65t (AUD $605)

The Evolve 65t is a professional earbud solution with multiple microphones offering improved clarity and noise cancellation, making it ideal for voice calls. They can also go for up to five hours without a recharge. opens in new window

The Jabra Evolve 65t earbuds
The Jabra Evolve 65t earbuds are sleek, discreet and offer great sound quality.

Sony WF-1000XM3 (AUD $399)

These wire-free earbuds pack Sony’s famous noise-cancelling audio technology, allowing you to focus on just the music. The cutting-edge digital audio processor and powerful drivers provide an impressive soundstage, making you feel like you’re right there, with the band. opens in new window

Beoplay E6 Motion (AUD $399)

Love to sweat it out? These earbuds come with customisable ear tips for a comfy fit. The great battery life make them perfect for long runs or touring on your bike, with the wired tether ensuring you never lose a bud. opens in new window

The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E6 Motion earbuds
The Beoplay E6 Motion combines stunning audio with sleek design.

Whatever your needs, our top three wireless earbuds are the perfect gadgets to take with you on your travels.

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