6 Best Bluetooth Earbuds That Don’t Fall Out


woman working out with wireless earbuds

Since Apple introduced the Airpods, the market has been flooded with wireless earbuds from different manufacturers. While the Airpods from Apple and the Galaxy Buds from Samsung provide high-quality sound, they have a terrible fit and constantly fall out of my ears when I’m moving around too much. 

I’ve lost both the Airpods and my Galaxy Buds numerous times and their expensive price tag leaves a bad taste in my mouth every time. I tried out other options on the market and tested them extensively to find the best Bluetooth earbuds that have a secure fit and don’t fall out easily. From my research, I found two key factors of earbud design that prevent them from falling out. 

1. Texture and grip – When I wear true wireless earbuds for any sort of activity, be it running or a workout at the gym, I want them to grip my ears well. That’s where the texture comes in. Unfortunately, both my Airpods and Galaxy Buds have a slippery and shiny texture. That looks good and feels premium. However, they have poor surface resistance that becomes non-existent during long workout sessions.  

2. In-ear fit – Even if the earbuds have a slippery texture, they can overcome that weakness with a secure in-ear fit. The earbuds need to have a design that sits on the crevices and folds of your ears with the right amount of force. If they are heavy and exert too much pressure, it’s going to hurt your ears when used for a long time. If they exert insufficient pressure, the earbuds are going to fall off. 

Among all the earbuds I tested and reviewed, 6 Bluetooth earbuds came out on top. No matter who you are, you should be able to choose one from this list that fits your budget and needs. Before we move on to the individual reviews of those earbuds, check out this table below to get a snappy overview of the earbuds. 

EarbudsBose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling EarbudsPowerbeats Pro Wireless EarbudsTribit FlyBuds 3Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sport EarphonesRazer Hammerhead True Wireless (2nd Gen)Sony WF-XB700 EXTRA BASS True Wireless Earbuds
PriceCheck price on AmazonCheck price on AmazonCheck price on AmazonCheck price on AmazonCheck price on AmazonCheck price on Amazon
Weight0.32 ounces0.705 ounces0.34 ounces0.194 ounces1.90 ounces1.60 ounces
ANCYesNoNoNoYesNo
WaterproofIPX4IPX4IPX7IP67IPX4IPX4
Battery Life6 hours9 hours5 hours8 hours4 hours7 hours

#1 Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds (High-End with Advanced Features)

Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds
Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds

With Bose’s amazing line-up of audio products, I expected the Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds to come to the market a few years ago. However, that’s kind of Bose’s thing. They aren’t the first to come out with something but when they do they claim it to be the best and it usually checks out. The same holds for this pair of earbuds. 

The earbuds feel extremely premium and sturdy in your ears. While their bulk has been shaved down from the original wireless earbuds from Bose, they are still chunky enough and protrude out of my ears quite a lot compared to the other options on this list. The charger case isn’t small either. They are much bigger than the Airpods charger case. I don’t know about you, but I can’t put them in my pockets. They go in the bag. 

Bose makes up for the bulky design with the features and battery life. While they claim 6 hours of playback with ANC (Active Noise Canceling), I got an extra hour of juice on my testing. The charger case adds 12 more hours of battery life which brings the total to 18 hours and that’s plenty enough for me. It also supports fast charging that lets you get 2 hours of playtime by plugging it in for 15 minutes. 

Did I mention it supports wireless charging? But you expect that with the steep price tag. When it comes to in-ear fit, you’re aware that you’re wearing them due to their bulky design. However, they are very comfortable thanks to the soft ear tips and sit securely in your ear due to the silicone fins. You get three different sizes for the tips and one of them should fit you well enough so that the earbuds don’t fall off.

On all other factors, Bose defeats all the competition in the market. They sound fantastic with deep and refined bass and the details on the mids and highs would delight any music enthusiast. The noise-canceling on this thing is also hands down the best I’ve experienced on wireless earbuds and you can customize different settings and touch controls on the mobile app. While they are an expensive pair of earbuds, they do justify the price. 

Pros

  • Mono-listening that lets you play music on only one earbud
  • Sidetone audio
  • Incredible  Active Noise Canceling
  • IPX4 water resistance

Cons

  • No EQ on the app
  • Bulky 
  • Lack of AptX Bluetooth audio codec

#2 Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earbuds (Best for iPhone users)

Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earbuds
Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earbuds

Think of the Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earbuds as AirPods if Apple actually cared about them staying in people’s ears. They were extremely pricey when they were released. However, after a couple of years, the price has climbed down to an acceptable level. If you’re a fan of compact and sleek design, this one isn’t for you. But they would never come off your ears unless you intend them to. 

The buds are large and extend out of your ear quite far and there’s a piece that goes over and around your ear for a snug and secure fit. Unlike the AirPods, they come with different sizes of soft-touch replaceable ear tips. No hard plastic one-size-fits-all crap. These make the earbuds comfortable and the bulk of the earbuds is carried by the stronger external ear muscles instead of my ear canal. 

They share the Apple H1 chip with the AirPods. However, they somehow sound better. They don’t have a flat sound signature and I don’t expect that from Beats. Instead, the bass and sub-bass are more refined and pronounced. However, they don’t overpower the rest of the frequency range. The rubber tip also creates a snug fit and provides amazing noise isolation. 

The physical buttons on these buds make me feel the force every time I tap them to control music or receive a call. However, I love the volume rockers at the top. Nice and simple, no over-engineered swiping panels or need for Siri. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t or can’t use voice control. It responds to the regular “Hey Siri” prompts and the H1 chip makes it smooth and convenient.

However, I’ve had some issues with Siri getting activated without me wanting to, so I turned the feature off. Check out this article on how to disable voice control.

Pros

  • Rich audio quality
  • Snug and secure fit
  • H1 chip allows more flexibility
  • Generous wireless range

Cons

  • Mids aren’t emphasized
  • Still a bit pricey for what they offer
  • Bulky charging case that’s not pocketable

#3 Tribit FlyBuds 3 (Budget option with the most value for money)

Tribit FlyBuds 3
Tribit FlyBuds 3

The true wireless earbud market is flooded and dominated by the trikes of Apple, Samsung, JBL, and Jabra. You need to pack quite a punch to make your earbuds stand out. The first thing Tribit did was make the Tribit Flybuds 3 phenomenally inexpensive. The cost-cutting is evident in the use of plastic, design, and the bulky charging case. However, its strength outshines its weaknesses and makes this the most value-for-money earbuds on the market. 

While the design won’t turn any heads, the Flybuds 3 are exceptionally secure and the ear tips can block out a lot of background noise. Tribit was also very generous with the additional ear tips on their budget earbud. I got six pairs of ear tips with an additional three pairs of ear fins that wrap around the outer panel for extra stability and a secure fit. 

Tribit markets the sound signature of these earbuds as extra bassy and I found it true in my testing. While the bass is nice and isn’t overpowering, clarity could be better. They don’t have the clearest and most crisp audio output and I wasn’t expecting that from a budget pair. You won’t be disappointed with the loudness either. In a quiet environment, 10 percent volume was more than enough for me. 

These earbuds give you around 4 to 5 hours of playtime on every charge. On the other hand, Tribit claims that the 2600 mAh charging case can provide a combined battery life of 100 hours. While I couldn’t test the battery life of the case extensively, it’s been a week since I charged it. The charging case can also act as a power bank to charge other devices. 

However, the most outstanding feature of these earbuds is their water resistance. It is rated IPX7, which puts it above the AirPods Pro that costs several times more.   

Pros

  • Waterproof with an IPX7 rating
  • Charging case doubles as a power bank
  • Affordable 
  • Excellent fit

Cons

  • Unremarkable design
  • No app to tame the audio

#4 Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sport Earphones (Best Connectivity)

Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sport Earphones
Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sport Earphones

When Klipsch redesigned their first-gen model, they started from the inside out. That’s why the Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sport Earphones have a reduced battery size which makes them 25 percent smaller than the first generation T5. That may sound like things going backward. However, I was surprised to find out that the second generation still delivers 8 hours of battery life. Combined with the charging case, you’ll get north of 30 hours of battery backup.  

Since the earbuds are smaller, they have become more comfortable and the soft fins on the Sport model make them fit snug in my ears. The wireless connectivity and range have also improved and Klipsch has achieved this by putting the stainless steel antennae on the exterior. There were no call drops or signal interference during my testing. This design works flawlessly.

The earbuds also ship with six different pairs of patented oval-shaped silicone tips and the right pair would give you a comfortable fit with impressive noise isolation. Moreover, four active beamforming microphones work together to reduce ambient noise. I had a great call and audio quality with minimal external noise. The sound is also exceptional at this price with a neutral sound signature. With support for both aptX and AAC, I didn’t face any issues while streaming high bandwidth music. 

Since they are marketed as Sports earbuds, they have armed them with appropriate sealing mechanisms and materials. It has an IP67 rating which makes it both dustproof and waterproof. I had a shower while wearing them and they still work fine. However, I don’t recommend you do that.  

Pros

  • Wide range of tweaks possible on the companion app
  • Mic monitoring feature lets you listen to your surroundings 
  • Waterproof and dustproof

Cons

  • The charging case is heavy
  • No active noise cancellation

#5 Razer Hammerhead True Wireless (2nd Gen) (Gaming Oriented)

Razer Hammerhead True Wireless

As mentioned above, it’s tough to stand out in the flooded true wireless earbud market. So, razer threw in some RGB in the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless (2nd Gen). The Chroma RGB can be controlled from an app on your phone as well as the Synapse app on your computer. Fortunately, that’s not the only highlighting feature of these earbuds.  

The revised second-generation earbuds cost more than the original Hammerhead true wireless and have added plenty of features to justify the bumped-up price. For starters, the drivers are better and deliver a punchier bass and crisp highs. While you may not prefer that kind of sound signature for listening to music and watching movies, it helps in gaming. If you don’t like the default settings, you can tune the EQ from the mobile app. 

I was also surprised that razer added active noise canceling on these earbuds. Gamer or not, this feature at this price point will tempt plenty of buyers. Sure, the active noise canceling is modest at best, but it’s still better than nothing. Certainly a better alternative over noise isolation offered by most other brands at this price. It’s also important to note that all those lighting components add up and make these earbuds very heavy and that makes the ear fatigue kick in rather quickly. 

These earbuds also have a great design and I personally love the premium glossy black finish. The ear tips also sit deep in the ear canal and prevent the earbuds from falling out. You don’t need to turn on the RGB when you use it either. I certainly didn’t while I was traveling with these. However, I like the flair and how the lights sync up with the rest of the Razer accessories on my gaming PC. Your Instagram is going to blow up. 

Pros

  • Deep bass and clear highs make for a powerful audio experience while gaming
  • Extensive sound and lighting control via the companion app
  • 20 hours combined battery life with ANC and RGB turned on

Cons

  • Flashy design
  • Noise-canceling isn’t remarkable

#6 Sony WF-XB700 EXTRA BASS True Wireless Earbuds (Best Bass)

Sony WF-XB700 EXTRA BASS
Sony WF-XB700 EXTRA BASS

Sony agrees with Bose when it comes to earbud design. They would rather keep the bulky design to fit in high-quality drivers that deliver amazing sound quality. The Sony WF-XB700 EXTRA BASS True Wireless Earbuds is a prime example. While they have a bulky design, the use of plastic has helped to make the earbuds very light at around 8 grams for each earbud. But the plastic used for the earbuds and the case could be better. The texture feels scratchy. 

Sony didn’t pair active noise canceling with these earbuds. However, the ear tips are dense with a slow rebound and provide excellent noise isolation. It’s so good that I thought I put on my sleeping earplugs. While the earbuds provide an impressive battery backup of 7 hours, the charging case is rather disappointing since it provides only one extra charge. When I tried using these earbuds as my daily driver, I had to charge the case every night. That was annoying. 

While the charging case isn’t impressive, the earbuds sound mind-blowing. They stick to the marketing with an emphasis on the bass. This makes my upbeat workout songs playlist more enjoyable. They also fit perfectly on my ears and don’t come off even when I’m pushing myself to the limit on the last mile. They would be great for athletes and workout sessions. 

Pros

  • Fantastic fit
  • Ample and enhanced bass
  • Sweat resistance with an IPX4 rating

Cons

  • Average battery life
  • The plastic used for the earbuds could be better

Conclusion

While the Airpods, Galaxy Buds, and the Pixel Buds are the usual choice of Bluetooth earbuds for people in the respective system, you also need to make sure they don’t get lost by falling out of your ears. I’ve compiled the above list of Bluetooth earbuds after extensive testing and research and none of them would come off easily. You may pick one that suits your needs. 

Rune Bearson

As you can see, I love my headphones! I use them every day when commuting, watching YouTube videos, playing guitar/piano and doing chores. I'm a podcast addict and I like all kinds of music from metal to chillout ambient.

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