Look past their offbeat design and you'll find that Apple AirPods' compact size and high convenience factor are a winning combination.
It's got some small downsides, but the reasonably priced Sony MDR-XB50BS is a step up in sound from a lot of inexpensive wireless sports headphones.
Beats has taken the same headphone that so many people know and love and improved its battery life dramatically, but the price is still too high.
The PowerBeats3 Wireless is a decent step up over its predecessor, but it's no bargain in an increasingly crowded market for wireless sports headphones.
So long as you don't expect the most powerful noise-canceling, the QuietControl 30 works really well as an everyday headphone. You can use it at the gym or for running.
The BackBeat Pro 2 is an excellent full-size wireless noise-cancelling headphone that costs nearly half as much as comparable models from Bose, Sony or Sennheiser.
Meet the Amps Air, a set of totally wireless sweat-resistant earphones that are distinguished by their "tapered groove" design.
The Jaybird X3 is a significant improvement over the X2 and one of the top Bluetooth sports headphone currently available.
If you can overlook a few small drawbacks, the MDR-1000X is a top-notch wireless noise-canceling headphone that's stacked with features and sounds excellent.
The affordable BackBeat 100, an LG Tone competitor that ships in October, is designed for both music and making phone calls.
Special editions of the Sport Coach and Sport Pulse include some small but potentially important improvements.
The Puro Sound Labs BT5200 headphones might look like some other Bluetooth headphones, but they do deliver excellent audio while helping you protect yourself from hearing loss.
Priced to compete with Bose's QuietComfort 35, the comfortable H.ear On Wireless NC offers impressive sound and noise canceling that make it a strong contender in the category.
The Skull Candy Ink'd Wireless is a better Bluetooth headphone than it looks.
While it doesn't do much to distinguish itself from other neckband-style headphones from a design standpoint, the Jabra Halo Smart seems sturdily built, performs very well as a headset for making calls and offers decent sound quality for music if you get a tight seal.
The Elements transmit wireless audio over Bluetooth and also feature a Micro-USB port on the ear cup for universal compatibility with devices that only have a digital connection (like Lightning).
The Jaybird Freedom is in many ways the best Jaybird headphone yet -- and a strong wireless in-ear sports headphone -- but a few design flaws and its high price tag spoil the package.
Call them smarter-filtering earphones, or wearables for a new ear-based age.