18 Best Workout Headphones in 2018-2019–Bluetooth vs Wired?Top to 2020
Best Workout Headphones in 2018-2019 Headphones don’t need to be a pricey purchase. And going for the cheaper option doesn’t mean you need to accept tinny audio and a wimpy bass. But finding the best headphones on a budget can be tricky because there are a lot of bad ones you have to weed out. Luckily, we’ve done all the hard work for you.Looking for the best workout headphones? Find the perfect headphones for the gym right here.
Best Bluetooth Workout Earbuds Reviewed
Bose SoundSport Wireless
- Stable fit, great for sports
- Amazing comfort, best in category
- Stable Bluetooth functions
- Sweat & moisture proof
- Fun, bass emphasized, Bose sound signature
- Big design protrudes out of ears
- Audiophiles will dislike its imbalanced sound signature
The new Bose SoundSport Wireless are in our opinion, the best workout earbuds right now.
We used to recommend Jaybird X2s, now X3s, but because of their lackluster build quality and deteriorating customer supports we can’t recommend them as #1 anymore.
Keep in mind Bose SoundSport Wireless have a slightly “bassy” sound signature so if you like a more balanced sound, check out Jaybird X3.
What’s in the box?
- Bose SoundSport Wireless in-ear earbuds
- 3 pairs of StayHear ear tips with wings
- Shirt clip
- Micro-USB charging cable
- Zipper carrying case
Very stable fit even during exercise, mediocre noise isolation, bigger casing
With the help of winged ear tips the fit is as stable as you can get from earbuds.
These aren’t exactly regular in-ear monitors because the earbuds don’t protrude that deep into your ears. The earbuds are shallower and rest on the outskirts of your ears.
This gives you a great and stable fit, but doesn’t provide good passive noise isolation.
There is more sound leakage than with other IEMs, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
If you want to use these outside it’s good to hear what is going on around you to avoid possible traffic accidents.
At the same time if you use these in a quiet place with high volume others around you will hear your music, so these aren’t meant for office use.
For sports use, in the gyms, courts and outside, they are great because they stay put and keep you aware of surroundings.
The only bad thing about the fit is that they are rather large and protrude out of the ears, this makes it impossible to use for sleeping on the side or not looking a bit dorky.
The most comfortable workout earbuds, period! Stable and comfy in all situations.
Just like with other latest-edition Bose products, comfort is superb.
If you have problems comfortably fitting other earbuds try Bose SoundSport, wireless or wired models both do a great job.
Once you find the right size of ear tips, from the 3 different sizes, you’ll soon get so used to wearing them you’ll probably forget about them altogether.
They’re light and have great ergonomics that fit even the smallest ears comfortably.
Overall, we think these are the most comfortable sports Bluetooth earbuds you can get right now.
Good build quality, sweat and moisture resistant, thick and flexible cables, but not tank-like.
Since these are made out of plastics durability isn’t top notch, but it’s still above average. Build quality is good enough to justify the price but it isn’t one of the strong points.
Durability is probably the only average feature of these earbuds so you can’t throw them around and expect them to survive for very long.
They are sweat and moisture resistant so using them outside when raining or when sweating profusely isn’t a problem.
The wires a thick and flexible enough to instill confidence just don’t think they’re fail-proof, because they aren’t.
In-line controls and microphone.
Just like all other Bluetooth earbuds, SoundSport Wireless also have an in-line microphone and remote. You can control the volume, song selection and accept or end calls.
The microphone call quality is good enough to make calls with, just don’t expect to make quality podcasts with it.
The buttons are big enough to press easily and seem to be built well. Once you get used to it, using it becomes a breeze.
6 hour battery life, stable Bluetooth connectivity.
Bluetooth connection is very easy to establish with either, Apple or Android devices, or any other Bluetooth-enabled device for that matter.
The connection usually stays stable and doesn’t disconnect, though no Bluetooth headphones are completely without faults. Sometimes you might experience short distortion which isn’t really a problem.
The battery lasts up to 6 hours which is a bit less than what you’d want, but good enough for any sports activity. It could be better considering the price but still doesn’t disappoint.
Bose bassy sound signature, great for working out, but not for purists.
Sound quality is where you either have a love or hate relationship with Bose SoundSport Wireless headphones.
Typical Bose sound signature isn’t balanced, but rather emphasizes bass.
If you’re a purist who likes balanced sound signature, then pick the Jaybirds, but if you like stronger bass that makes the music more dynamic and fuller, then Bose sound signature will be more to your liking.
Bass is not earth-shattering to satisfy a basshead but still emphasized to annoy an audiophile.
For a more casual user who likes mainstream sound more, these are perfect. The bass gives you a nice rhythm to follow during your workouts and at the same time delivers clear highs and mids.
For the best combination of sweat-proof, great fitting earbuds with amazing comfort and a bass emphasized sound, Bose SoundSport Wireless are your best choice.
- Stronger bass response than X2s
- Best sound quality in category of Bluetooth sports earbuds
- MySound app works great for custom audio settings
- Solid 8 hours battery life per charge
- Premium Comply foam tips give the best comfort
- 3 different sizes of ear wings
- Tight fit and good noise isolation
- Compact size and light weight, can fit under a helmet
- Durability and quality control issues with early release versions
- High price (you get what you pay for)
- Warranty support from new Logitech team is a little slow
- Don’t support Micro-USB cable
The Jaybird X3 sounds even better than the previously top-rated X2.
Besides being smaller, lighter, and more comfortable, the X3 boasts big sound and a premium listening experience.
The reason why these aren’t our top pick is because of common durability issues and the removal of Micro-USB charging cable. They are still the best sounding workout earbuds, but when hitting the gym you care more about dependability than sonic fidelity.
What’s in the box?
- Jaybird X3 in-ear Bluetooth earbuds
- 3 different ear fin sizes
- 3 sets Comply foam & silicone ear tips
- 2 cord clips
- 1 shirt clip
- USB charging cable adapter and clip (not Micro-USB)
- Soft carrying pouch
Great selection of silicone and memory foam Comply ear tips, good noise isolation.
The fit for the Jaybird X3 is quite good. Multiple ear fin and ear tip sizes are provided to maximize the comfort level and provide a tight fit.
The Comply memory foam ear tips work great for reducing ambient noise.
While there is no active noise cancellation, the overall noise isolation is very good.
Smaller and lighter, small enough to fit under a helmet, good comfort and fit.
At roughly a 34% smaller size than the X2, the new X3 model is super compact, very light, and is certainly comfortable to wear.
The ear fin design seems to have been improved since the previous generation, and the size selections included in the package are great for customizing the overall fit.
A smaller and lighter earbud size stays snug and secure in the ear. And they are even small enough to wear under a helmet.
The design allows for wearing with the cable under the ear or over the ear, with the controls just behind the ear.
Cord and clothing clips are provided for any minor cable management needs.
Same durability issues seem to persist while customer service worsened. The only weak point of Jaybirds.
The Jaybird X3 features a hydrophobic nano coating that makes these earbuds very resistant to sweat and water.
A compact and tight fitting design enhances the moisture resistance properties, making these a great choice for workouts and activities.
The one mark against the X3 is that the durability was not improved over the previous model. The small ear tips have had issues coming unglued or breaking.
Jaybird has always had consistently great support for their products in the event of device failure or other claims.
However, it should be noted that Logitech recently acquired the Jaybird brand and warranty support claims have seen a slower response time compared to previous positive customer experiences.
In-line controls and microphone of good quality.
The in-line 3-button remote and talkback mic works well, and built-in voice prompts will read-out the battery life when the headphones are turned on.
The big change in how the X3 controls differ from previous models is how it connects to the USB charger.
The included custom adapter clip must be used to attach to the in-line control. (Don’t lose this clip!)
8 hour battery life, custom USB charge is a bad thing, if you lose it you need to buy a new one.
Battery life for these Bluetooth earbuds is great, with about 8 hours of listening time on a full charge.
The wireless range is very good, consistently exceeding the standard 33 inches of range.
A 2-hour charge time is generally sufficient for fully charging the lithium battery.
It should be noted that there is no included charger, only the charging clip adapter.
Great V-shaped sound signature stronger bass and highs compare to previous model, more mainstream sound, MySound app.
The Jaybird X3 provides great sound when compared to most other Bluetooth earphones.
The drivers have been improved since the previous model. And even with a smaller size, the sound of the X3 is much more powerful and pronounced.
Bass notes are strong and punchy.
Mids and highs match the powerful bass without being too overbearing.
The overall frequency response could be described as V-shaped, so it is not flat, but the immersive quality of the sound signature is almost addicting.
Again, the sound quality is very impressive considering these are wireless headphones with very small drivers.
The MySound app from Jaybird is definitely worth trying out. The overall audio quality sounds stronger and more refined when using some of the custom settings in the app.
Any microphonic noise from the cable is significantly reduced when wearing the cable over the ears.
However, if the in-line control is behind the ear, the talkback mic will not work very well.
The Jaybird X3 is a solid upgrade from older models, already making it one of the best sounding wireless earbuds this year.
Considering the premium price and minor durability concerns, the X3 is a choice worth considering for your next set of workout earbuds, especially if you can find them on sale well below the $299 MSRP.
Beats Powerbeats 3 Wireless
- Big bass and powerful output
- Very long battery life at 12 hours per charge
- Quality microphone with clear sound recording
- Secure fit with earhooks
- 4 sizes of soft ear tips
- Moisture issues can cause in-line controls to be intermittent
- Separate power button may be confusing for some users
- Included carrying case is cheap and not a great accessory
The newest Powerbeats3 model sets the bar high when it comes to overall sound quality and battery life.
They are great for long workouts, active sports, and listeners requiring solid bass in their music.
What’s in the box?
- Beats Powerbeats 3 Wireless in-ear earbuds
- 4 different ear tip sizes
- Carrying case
- Micro-USB charging cable
- Quick-start guide & warranty card
Stable fit during all activity, decent noise isolation for IEMs (in-ear monitors).
The earhook design holds the earphones in place very securely.
Four different ear tip sizes allow for a tight fit that helps reduce ambient noise and provides reasonable isolation.
Overall passive noise isolation isn’t bad, but it’s not as good as other brands can offer.
Initial fit may seem to take a while, but once you learn where they fit and sound best, these earphones fit nice and tight.
Good comfort, lightweight.
The Powerbeats3 are fairly comfortable, but the eartips can be felt pressing in against the ear after a few hours of listening.
The earhooks are well designed and will work fine if you wear glasses.
The cable is worn down under the ear, with a slide cinch in the back to take up any cable slack. This works great to even out the cables and keep the in-line control from pulling to one side.
Durability improved over previous model, in-line controls are the weak point, good durability overall.
Overall durability is pretty decent, especially with the drivers and earphone assembly.
However, the weakest component may be the in-line control seal. It seems to be susceptible to moisture and sweat.
Some of the buttons can work intermittently if moisture gets into the control housing. The Powerbeats2 didn’t seem to have a big problem in this area.
Otherwise, the earhooks hold up well, and the cable construction is good.
In-line controls and microphone, good voice quality.
The Powerbeats3 feature a 3-button in-line control with the addition of a power button.
The power switch can be hard to find and this may be a little confusing at first for those used to a Play/Power button configuration.
The talkback mic works well and call quality is decent.
As noted above, the controls can be compromised with too much moisture.
Best in class battery at 12 hours, fast charging. Better than any competition.
This is the category where the Powerbeats3 runs away from the competition.
A long 12-hour battery life provides some serious performance for endurance workouts or all-day listening requirements.
On top of that, a 5-minute charge will deliver about 1-hour of listening time if you’re ever low on power.
Bluetooth range is very good, with line of sight connectivity pushing beyond 100’ in some cases.
Pairing is really easy, especially with Apple devices. (Beats is part of the Apple ecosystem of products.)
Strong bass, classic Beats sound signature. Good for bassheads, not for audiophiles.
Beats headphones are consistently known for their strong bass and emphasis on the lower register.
If you like bass and need to use earbuds, the Powerbeats3 are for you.
The sound signature is true to the Beats brand, performing especially well for pop music and hip-hop genres.
Highs and mids are decently balanced and provide a clear sonic presence.
Some earbuds can sound washed out when pushed to higher volume levels, but the Powerbeats3 perform very well throughout a full dynamic range.
The overall power output seems a bit bigger and deeper than some of the other “premium” brands, but these aren’t particularly small earbuds either.
At an MSRP around $199, Powerbeats3 deliver rich sound, long battery life, and a secure fit that makes them a solid choice for working out. Just watch for the in-line control moisture issue.
Jabra Elite Sport – TrueWireless
- Very stable & comfy fit
- True wireless design
- Useful sports app
- Good durability & water-resistance
- Sound geared for sports community
- Average battery life compared to other Bluetooth earbuds
When it comes to workout truly wireless earbuds (each earbud separate) these are, in our opinion, the best ones right now.
The first true-wireless models had a lot of problems… very low battery life and fit problems. These are largely gone with Jabra Elite Sport.
If you’re looking for convenient workout earbuds without any wires, read on.
What’s in the box?
- Jabra Elite Sport – True Wireless Earbuds
- 3 pairs of earwings (S, M, L)
- 3 pairs of each foam & gel eartips (S,M, L)
- Short Micro-USB cable
- Hard carrying case (also acts as a 9h power storage & charger)
- Quick start guide
Very stable with good noise isolation or situational awareness (HearThrough)
Jabra Elite Sport have a really good fit. While they are quite bulky they fit in the ears nicely and stay put. Especially once you find the right earwings and eartips.
Ergonomics is great and there earbuds will fit more people.
The noise isolation is also very good. As with all in-ear headphones it’s sometimes so good it might be dangerous to use them outside.
This is why these have a special “HearThrough” feature that sends surrounding noise into your ears via the microphone. This is great when you need to have good situational awareness… when running in the city for example.
Particle proof IP6 & Waterproof IPX7
The build-quality is good. They feel sturdy and the plastic feels like it could take a lot of punishment.
There’s no wires or weak points that could get damaged.
The Jabra Elite Sport also have an IP67 rating (IPX7) which means they’re well protected from dust and water.
You can easily shower in them without worrying about water damage.
All in all, they are very well built with heavy sports use in mind. No complaints here.
Jabra Elite Sport also feature built-in controls on each earbud. You can control the usual functions; play/pause, volume, track selection, making/answering calls and pressing options for HearThrough and Jabra Sport Life app.
If you have sensitive ears you might not like pressing these buttons very often as some force is required.
Reliable Bluetooth, sports app, battery only 4.5h
The Bluetooth connection works well and is simple to connect. The earbuds don’t use Bluetooth in between but a near filed magnetic induction, basically a different type of technology.
Keep in mind this technology does not work properly on airplanes due to different air pressure. Use them on the ground only.
You can use only one earbud at the time if you want to. Maybe you want to use it for making calls, you can do that with either earbud, as long as you set it as primary. Because each earbud has its own microphone built-in you can choose either of them as primary.
When you use only one earbud the sound changes to mono so you don’t lose on any sound.
Another cool feature is automatic shut-down of the non-primary earbud when it gets away from the first one. This way you don’t have to worry about shutting each one down every time.
The battery life is probably the main bad thing of these true-cordless earbuds. While it’s not bad compared to other true-wireless earbuds, the better model at 4.5 hours still isn’t comparable to regular Bluetooth workout earbuds.
Now 4.5 hours isn’t bad if you do short workouts yourself, but for longer runs or hiking trips this might not be enough.
This is when you’d need to take the carrying case with you. It acts as a charger and power storage.
The storage holds about 9 hours of power. It’s an elegant way to solve the low battery capacity but it’s still not as convenient nonetheless.
The cheaper model offers only 3 hours of battery life so get it only if you intend to use them for short workouts and nothing else.
The Jabra Sport Life app with the heart rate monitor is another great feature. While you don’t have to use it if you don’t want to, many people love it.
You can do different tests of your body, track your progress and optimize your workouts all with the data the app provides.
Knowing all the statistics during or after a workout might be a way to improve your workout sessions and learn more about your health and body condition.
The heart rate monitor is more or less accurate and doesn’t deviate from other similar devices.
The microphones that are built in function as noise-cancelling and talking mics. Basically, you get very good voice quality and diminished background noise. Job well done by Jabra.
Geared towards general workout community
The sound quality is good. You won’t get amazing sound but for sports earbuds it’s still good. On average it’s better than most workout earbuds.
You’ll get a nice balance of bass and treble with no ranges overpowering the others.
The treble is clear and rarely harsh or sibilant. The bass is quite accurate and pretty deep, though not for bassheads.
The overall sound signature is geared towards the general public which is perfectly fine considering these are workout earbuds.
If you’re looking for workout headphones and aren’t an audiophile these will sound good to you. Keep that in mind and you’ll be very happy with the sound quality.
For the best true wireless workout earbuds, Jabra Elite Sport are the best choice on the market right now.
Plantronics BackBeat Fit
- Great durability, sweat-proof & water-proof
- Lightweight, comfortable
- Super stable fit that just doesn’t fall off (ear hook design)
- Good battery life at 8 hours
- Great value for money at under $100
- Sound quality somewhat lacking, but does the job
One of the best rated wireless sports earbuds and best value for money in our opinion.
These earbuds were developed specifically for sports. Whether you’re running, lifting weights or just playing basketball, these Plantronics are here for you.
What’s in the box?
- Plantronics BackBeat Fit earbuds
- Smartphone armband
- Micro-USB charging cable
- User manual
Stable behind-the-neck fit for all type of sports.
Plantronics BackBeat Fit are one of the most stable and comfortable wireless earbuds for working out.
Their ear hook design nicely fixes the earbuds to your ears. There are no flabby wires touching your skin and you can feel how lightweight and well-designed they are.
These IEMs are suitable for all sports activity and they won’t fall out no matter how fast you move.
If only the fit would be so good with other sports headphones.
Comfortable because of their lightweight design, earbuds don’t go too deep.
Because of their lightweight design, you will barely feel them on your head. You can easily wear these for hours on end and not get irritated. Great for long workout sessions.
It only takes a bit of time to get used to the behind-the-neck fit if it’s new to you.
Good durability, flexible while sturdy with good moisture protection.
The whole design is slightly different. It’s made out of flexible plastic that’s able to endure even less than decent treatment.
Sweating with these is not an issue, they’re sweat-proof and water-proof so you can easily use them in the rain or close to water. Just don’t go underwater, use headphones for swimming instead.
You can carry them around your neck or put them in a backpack, either way, you don’t have to be worried about breaking them.
Overall, these are one of the more durable Bluetooth earbuds.
On-board controls with smaller buttons which might be harder to press, plus a microphone.
The buttons are positioned on the earbuds and since they are so small the buttons are small too. This might be a problem for those with bigger fingers and generally need some getting used to.
Nonetheless, controls work as intended, you can change the volume, songs, play/pause and calls if you are connected to a calling device.
The microphone works well for making calls, but don’t expect studio quality.
Solid 8 hours of battery life, stable Bluetooth.
Bluetooth connection is easy to set up once you get used to controls, it stays connected and doesn’t cut the audio even at 20ft+ ranges. The connection range also depends on what music device you’re using.
Making and accepting calls works well and the sound recorded by the microphone is clear.
Battery is good with up to 8 hours of playtime. This is more or less a standard with Bluetooth earbuds and only a few models have better battery than this.
The good thing is that the battery doesn’t change its capacity over time, so you can always rely on it to last the whole workout session.
Good sound quality for sports earbuds, but you can get better.
Sound quality is probably the only average feature with BackBeat Fit.
It is nothing special and can’t really compare to higher-end models, but it is not so disappointing. These are, after all, sports headphones.
The idea is that you don’t really focus on the music while working out but rather on finishing the set of exercises and moving your body.
If you’re not used to Hi-Fi sound quality you probably won’t notice anything wrong with them. While the treble and medium range sounds aren’t most precise and rich and the bass isn’t awe inspiring either, they get the job done.
Plantronics BackBeat Fit do almost everything right; great durability, good battery life, comfortable and super stable fit for all sports, but with rather average sound quality. Nonetheless, for less than $100 these are near perfect Bluetooth workout earbuds. Definitely best value for your money.
VAVA Moov 28
- Good durability & water resistance
- Stable fit
- Lots of features for the price
- Good battery life – 8h
- Awesome value for money
- Budget model that can’t compare to high-end
Best Bluetooth earbuds for working out on the budget
VAVA Moov 28 is the best choice for Bluetooth sports earbuds if you have little money.
These are Bluetooth, waterproof (IPX5) earbuds with stable fit and decent sound all for a super low price.
If you’re looking for cheap workout earbuds, read on…
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What’s in the box?
- VAVA Moov 28 Bluetooth earbuds
- 3 sizes of silicone ear tips (S, M, L)
- 3 sizes of ear wings for fit
- Wire clip
- Small carrying mesh pouch
- Short Micro-USB cable
- User manual
Stable fit for all kinds of sports
The whole thing comes in a very small package, but because the earbuds are small and light that’s not surprising.
To get a good fit you need to find the right combination of ear tips and ear wings for your ear size.
The standard 3 sizes will fit most people. And once you do, you can easily use them for any sports or workouts you want. They don’t fall out.
The ear wing design has been proven to work great for sports use.
Passive noise isolation is good as well. Of course once you find tight fitting eartips for your ears. You might have to use smaller, less fitting eartips if you have to have situational awareness.
Good comfort for long workout sessions.
The earbuds are quite long and stick out of your ears in a funny way. But that’s normal for Bluetooth earbuds.
What’s important is that you barely feel them on. They’re very light and don’t have any irritating faults.
As long as you get used to the ear wings, (which you don’t have to use if you don’t want to), you can wear them for hours without discomfort.
To make them even more comfortable you can always swap silicone tips for some Comply foam tips.
Good durability, quality materials and IPX5 design
Immediately after taking them out of the box, you’re surprised these are budget earbuds. They don’t look cheap.
The materials look and feel high quality. Sturdy in-line remote with solid “clicky” buttons, flat rubberized wire, and light aluminum casing.
The right and left earbuds are visibly marked. You can wear them as a “necklace” by connecting both earbuds with magnets. A lot of latest earbuds offer that nowadays and it’s useful.
Now about sweat-resistance… VAVA Moov 28 are IPX5 rated which means they can survive splashes of water. Possibly even a shower, though we didn’t try that.
We did, however, wash them under tap water and they still work like new. In any case, you should be confident these are perfectly sweat resistant and you can easily use them in rain or other extremely wet conditions.
Just don’t use them underwater, they’d probably die.
Overall, very good durability with good water protection.
The in-line remote and microphone are well designed. Easily clickable buttons control the usual functions of play/pause, on/off, song selection, calls and volume.
The mic also works very well and is very easy to use for calls. No distortion or unwanted noise.
Good battery life with average Bluetooth
Connecting the Moov 28 is very simple, just like with other modern Bluetooth devices.
Once your music device (smartphone, tablet, MP3…) remembers the earbuds it’s as easy as turning them on and you’re automatically connected.
You can connected 2 devices at the same time.
The range is the standard 33ft (10m) in open space. Though the moment a thicker wall comes in between you will get distortion of the sound. This is more a problem of Bluetooth than Moov 28.
Keep your music device close nearby or in the same room and you’ll get reliable Bluetooth connection.
The battery is surprisingly good. I don’t know where they’ve hidden 8 hours of battery in such a small package. But that’s the convenience of modern technology.
The battery charges up quickly, in around 2 hours which gives you 8 hours of playtime.
If you’re a bit lazy like me, you can just plug it in overnight you can be sure you’ll get full battery the next day.
The in-line remote feels solid. You can control the usual things, volume, song selection, play/pause and on/off as well as answering calls. The sound tones and small LED indicator show what state earbuds are in.
Microphone quality is good and people won’t have any complaints talking to you.
Good for budget sports earbuds
VAVA Moov 28 support aptX codec which means you’ll get better sound quality if your music device supports it too.
Now before we say anything else keep in mind these are cheap Bluetooth earbuds for working out so you can’t expect top of the line sound.
Judging compared to other cheap wireless earbuds these sound pretty good. Most users will be happy, especially for such a small price.
They can get quite loud, have clear highs on lower volumes, decent mid-range and some bass.
Now the things we noticed are the following…
At higher volume highs/treble gets harsh and slightly sibilant quite fast. Thankfully you probably won’t be listening at such high volumes most of the time since that’s not healthy.
The second thing is bass. Generally they have more of a balanced sound signature. To get pretty good bass you need to get an airtight fit. Without an airtight fit you will think these have no bass at all.
The moment you get the airtight fit you will hear some microphonics or cable noise. If you use your earbuds with an airtight seal make sure to use the cable clip to fix them properly.
You can loosen up the fit to get rid of cable noise but at the same time you’ll also lose some bass.
If you’re a basshead and like good bass, these are not for you.
The soundstage is about average as you can expect from budget earbuds.
Overall, the sound quality is good for the price though it can’t really compare to higher end models.
Durability, comfort, fit and good sound make VAVA Moov 28 the best cheap wireless workout earbuds with Bluetooth right now.
- Lightweight & comfortable
- Decent battery life at 5h
- Durable & sweatproof design
- Good sound for the price
- Great value for money
- Sound can’t compare to high-end
Phaiser is known for making good quality products for an affordable price.
For the price of around $35 you won’t find better wireless Bluetooth headphones with a stable fit and IPX rating. More on this below…
For affordable Bluetooth earbuds these are one of the best options in our opinion.
What’s in the box?
- Phaiser BHS-730 Bluetooth earbuds
- 6 sizes of silicone eartips
- A pair of Comply T-400 foam tips
- 3 sizes of ear wings
- Hard zipper carrying case
- Shirt clips & cable management
- Micro USB cable
- User manual
Stable fit for all sports and especially running
Just like so many other wireless workout earbuds, these also use ear wings to get a stable fit. Once you find the right size for your ears the earbuds stay fixed for even the most extreme movement.
You basically have to pull on the wires if you want to lose the fit.
It’s solid design and it works.
Passive noise isolation is good as is usual for in-ear headphones. The silicone eartips are good but even better are the added Comply premium T-400 foam eartips. These provide even better noise isolation, thus better sound quality and comfort.
Durability (Sweat-resistance) – good durability with lightweight & sweatproof design
Since these earbuds are made for working out they’re made from aluminum, small plastic pieces and rubber.
The aluminum casing is very sturdy but light. You will feel the earbuds but only barely.
They feel well-built and inspire more confidence than what the price suggests.
The casing also includes small magnets that are just strong enough to hold the earbuds together around your neck when not listening. It’s a convenient feature.
While Phaiser NHS-730 don’t have a known IPX rating, the manufacturer claims complete “sweat-proofness”. In fact, they offer lifetime sweat guarantee.
Basically if your Phaiser BHS-730 die because of sweat you can send them to Phaiser and get them replaced.
We haven’t tried replacing them since our earbuds work just fine but it’s a good thing to know when buying a new product.
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With the 3 standard buttons you can control volume, song selection, play/pause as well as answer calls… the usual features of Bluetooth headphones.
The in-line remote is well built and easy to use. Microphone works well for calls.
Decent battery life (5h) with Bluetooth 4.1
These wireless sports earbuds use Bluetooth 4.1 which is one of the latest versions (at the time of writing this Bluetooth 5.0 is the latest). The connection is very fast and super easy, after initial connection it takes just a couple second in our case.
While the Bluetooth isn’t perfect and sometimes you might experience small distortion this isn’t really a big problem.
The range is the standard 33ft (10m) or so in open space with shorter range if walls are in between. Basically, keep your music device close nearby or at least in the same room.
The battery life is decent at around 5 hours. Of course this depends on the volume but you won’t get much better or worse capacity.
What we couldn’t test but found out is that battery life might deteriorate faster for certain models. We all know batteries get less efficient and slowly lose power with time, but in some cases that happens faster.
Thankfully these earbuds aren’t super expensive while still having a reliable track record and good customer service.
Good sound for the price
The sound is probably the only thing that reveals the price of these Bluetooth earbuds. Since these aren’t high end workout earbuds you can’t expect high-end sound.
You can get them quite loud which is a good thing but the sound is nothing special. It’s okay, about average.
Nose of the ranges are anything special from an audiophile perspective but for a casual user these sound good.
The bass largely depends on how tight the fit you get. The better the fit, the deeper the bass.
Don’t expect sonic fidelity and you’ll be more than happy with the tunes these produce.
In the end, wireless Bluetooth Phaiser BHS-730 earbuds offer great performance in all workout situations for an affordable price.
Best Wired Workout Earbuds Reviewed
MEElectronics Sport-Fi M6
- Good, fun sound for the price
- Very affordable
- Best value for money workout earbuds
- Comfortable stable fit with ear hook memory wire
- Very popular
- Memory wire needs some getting used to
- Lower priced product, can’t really compare to more expensive models
MEElectronics Sport-Fi M6 are best wired workout IEM (in-ear monitor) headphones on a budget by our opinion. Over 7000 people agree.
The company MEEletronics is known for making quality products for little money and Sport-Fi M6 are no different.
For under $20 you’re getting a ton of value.
Ear hooks keep them stable but you have to find the right ear tips size.
They don’t fall of and don’t irritate the ears even after hours of wearing them. If you have problems with other earbuds staying in your ears, you should try these.
Choosing from 6 different ear tips from the beginning is a nice feature, it’s very likely one size will fit your ears perfectly.
Noise isolation is rather average, but hearing what is going on around you makes them suitable for outdoor use as well.
Good comfort, lightweight.
Achieving a comfortable and stable fit is a bit of a problem in the beginning, but once you get used to folding the memory wire, it works nicely.
You can order the model with a microphone to take calls during workouts, but it costs a few dollars more. If you take a lot of calls, it’s worth it.
Good, rugged durability. Flexible and rubberized design.
The design is simple but effective. Made from durable plastics with IPX5 sweat and water resistance and rubber memory wire, they are hard-core sports earbuds. They come in many different colors to match every outfit.
These are able to withstand any amount of sweat and even rain, perfect for inside or outside exercise. See other durable earbuds on the other page.
Earbuds connect with standard gold plated 3.5mm audio plug that lacks any strain relief, but this is common at this price range.
A model with in-line controls exists for more money.
The regular earbuds don’t feature any in-line controls so you’ll just have to use your playing device for that.
You can order the model with the microphone to take calls during workouts, but it costs a few dollars more. If you take a lot of calls, it’s worth it.
Strong bass, detailed sound, great for sports.
When it comes to sound MEEletronics don’t disappoint.
The bass is emphasized, but detailed and doesn’t overpower other ranges. Mids are pretty clear and detailed for a budget model.
Treble is also slightly emphasized but not unbearable.
The overall sound quality might not be great enough for an audiophile but if you’re looking for some punchy bass with overall warmer and fun sound, you’ll like these.
For the price under $20 you will have a hard time finding better workout earbuds.
Meeletronics Sport-Fi M6 are wired, sport IEMs that do everything right, as long as you keep the price in mind.
P.S. We dare you to find better cheap workout earbuds.
Bose SoundSport In-Ear
- Amazing comfort
- Stable fit
- Great for all kinds of sports
- Above average sound, Bose sound signature
- Imbalanced sound signature, lacks compared to audiophile models
- Durability could be better
The new Bose earbuds replacing Bose IE2 are one of the best wired earbuds for sports you can get right now.
If you’re familiar with Bose sound signature and value comfort, Bose SoundSport are the right pick for you.
Ear hooks keep them in place. Sound isolation sub-par.
Bose SoundSport aren’t your average in-ear monitors because they actually don’t go that deep into your ears. The design is something in between in-ear monitors and first Apple earbuds.
The earbuds sit slightly into your ear canal but don’t go very deep. This is great for comfort, but it’s not very effective at noise isolation.
You can hear quite a lot of background noise with these so make sure you don’t intend to use them in a loud environment.
Sound leakage helps with being aware of your environment so this is a good thing if you’re working out outside.
At the same time, there is more sound leakage than with average IEMs (in-ear monitor). If you listen to them loudly, others will be able to hear your music.
For gym use that isn’t too loud these are perfectly fine, even better for outside exercising or running.
Keeping them in your ears is very easy, they don’t fall out even during fast movement.
Super comfortable, lightweight.
Like said before, these are very comfortable earbuds. In fact, they can easily compare to the most comfortable earbuds on the market.
This says a lot about this Bose sports model. If you have problems finding comfy IEMs for working out, try these.
You can barely feel them in your ears and because they’re quite small you can even sleep with them with your head on the side.
They’re lightweight and have great ergonomics, you can’t ask more from a pair of earbuds when it comes to comfort.
Decent durability, not the best plastics.
This is where Bose SoundSport lack the most, this doesn’t mean durability is bad, but it isn’t top notch.
The plastic housing is built rather well, but still can’t compare to metal earbuds that you can find on the market.
The wires are relatively thin, but have good strain relief with an I shaped 3.5mm plug.
They’re also sweat and moisture resistant to survive hot and sweaty workouts, just don’t dip them into water, they aren’t water-proof.
Overall, as long as you don’t abuse them, they should last you a long time even in a harsh sports environment. Check the most durable earbuds on the market here.
A model with in-line controls and microphone can be yours for more money.
There are 2 models, one has an in-line remote and microphone and the other, cheaper one doesn’t have it.
Make sure to pick the right model as there are different models for Apple or Android devices. The remote is well made and easy to use with accessible buttons.
The microphone sound quality is good enough to make calls, but don’t expect sonic fidelity. If you’re used to cheaper in-line mics this one will be more than you’re used to.
In the package you get a nice protective carrying case, a shirt clip and 3 pairs of ear tips with wings.
Typical Bose sound signature, stronger bass.
Sound quality is another selling point for Bose SoundSport. While audiophiles might not like its imbalanced sound with recessed highs and mids and enhanced bass, it offers a fun and dynamic sound.
The bass isn’t too boosted so these aren’t basshead earbuds, but for an average user who isn’t too concerned with balanced sound, these sound great.
The music with these has a nice beat to it while not dramatically lacking mids or highs. It has the typical Bose sound signature.
Overall, the sound can’t compare to audiophile models, but is better than your average earbuds so they’re very easy to enjoy during workouts.
For a combination of great comfort and fit for sports with a slightly bassy sound, get Bose SoundSport in-ear headphones.
- High quality, detailed, fun sound for all genres
- Good sound isolation and comfort
- Memory wire keeps them in your ears even when moving
- Durable build quality
- Good value for money even at $100
- Design and memory wire needs some getting used to
Here are one of the best sounding wired sports earbuds right now.
While not made specifically for sports, they’re very suitable for working out as well. You can use them for listening to your music on the commute, on the plane flight or just enjoying the music at home.
Very versatile and useful IEM (in-ear monitor) model you can take anywhere you go.
Stable during workouts with good noise isolation.
The whole design is very specific to Shure and it takes some time to get used to. In the beginning you might have some problems getting the right fit, but in a week or two you’ll put them on like regular earbuds.
Once you find that sweet spot they will hardly ever fall out unless you pull on them accidentally.
One feature really standing out is the sound isolation that is better than competition at this price.
Ergonomic design makes for good comfort with the right ear tips.
When it comes to comfort, it all depends on your ear size and shape, but most people find them very comfortable.
The secret is in finding the right sized earbuds and ear cushions that best fit your ears. Once you do that, you’ll have a hard time finding more comfortable IEM headphones.
Shure also designs their own ear tips, also called Shure olives. These too require some time to get used to, but do their job very well at comfort and isolation.
Note: Looking for noise canceling headphones?
Generally SE-215 don’t irritate the ears and the unique Shure casing fits nicely to anyone’s ears.
Detachable wires, sturdy plastics, good durability.
The build quality is very good, it doesn’t have any particular sweat resistance or invisible coating, but fares just fine even in sweat. The casing of earbuds is all plastic, but sturdy plastics that instill confidence.
The most durable part is the wires. These are “memory” wires that you can fold to your own liking, usually forming an ear hook for best stability. The wires are detachable; Kevlar reinforced and rather thick, giving the impression they will last a long time.
You can buy wires with in-line controls & mic for more money.
The original Shure SE-215 wires don’t have any controls or microphone, but since they are detachable you can easily replace them with microphone wires if this is what you want.
Great sound quality, audiophile standard, balanced sound signature.
The biggest advantage of Shure SE215 is their awesome sound quality.
At this price they truly excel with a very natural sound and a real presence of space. You’ll hear the sound coming from different directions creating a “sound illusion” of space.
Treble is very clear and precise, though the weakest range for SE215. Where these truly flourish are the mid ranges, which are very detailed, precise and rich, just fun to listen to.
The bass is not overpowering either, but slightly emphasized, just enough to give any song a kick.
The overall mix makes for a rather natural, but also dynamic and fun sound that you can enjoy in all genres of music.
If sound quality is important to you even when you’re working out, look at Shure SE215 for amazing sound quality with durable and comfortable fit without falling out.
Sennheiser CX 685 Adidas
- Very good sound isolation
- Sweat-proof and water-proof (can wash them with water)
- “Slide to fit” mechanism works and keeps them in place
- Sound quality is just average
These are an older model, but are still considered the better model as the new ones haven’t really been an improvement over this one.
Big casing doesn’t fit well with smaller ears. Good noise isolation.
If you have very small ears, it’s best you look at some other model as these will probably not fit you. They seem to be built for average or bigger ears and they tend to fit badly to smaller ears.
The IEM (in-ear monitor) design has very good sound isolation, but still lets in some noise to let you know what is going on around you. Because of good sound isolation, these aren’t most suitable for outdoor activity where you have to be on the lookout for possible dangerous accidents.
Check out other good sound isolating earbuds.
Better comfort than expected.
With the so called “slide to fit” mechanism Sennheiser CX 685 Adidas are one of the more stable earbuds and surprisingly comfortable. You can wear them for hours without problems, unless you have smaller ears than most.
Some women with really small ears have a bit of a problem keeping these earbuds in during exercise, so if you are in this category look elsewhere.
Well built, moisture resistant, great for sports.
As is known for Sennheiser headphones, these are also very well built and made from quality materials. You can easily use them for all fitness purposes.
Para-aramid reinforced cables and sweat and water resistant design makes these perfect for sports. You can actually wash them with water if they get dirty.
No controls or microphone.
The Sennheiser CX 658 have standard wires without any controls or microphone and this is the only model that exists, so unfortunately you won’t be able to make phone calls with these sports bad boys.
Decent sound quality, poor bass, could be better for the price.
The sound quality is slightly disappointing. While overall great sports wired earbuds, the sound could be better.
Being used to audiophile grade sound won’t make you happy with these. The range most lacking is bass, it’s just doesn’t have much presence and lacks detail. Treble and mids are rather harsh, but that makes them very good for listening to audio books or podcasts.
Overall the sound is average and if you don’t mind that because you’re not really an audiophile, these are great fitness earbuds.
Sennheiser CX 685 Adidas earbuds are super durable and water-proof, have stable and comfortable fit with very good sound isolation, perfect for solo gym workouts.
Best Bluetooth On-Ear Workout Headphones Reviewed
66 Audio BTS+
- Above average, fun sound
- Awesome battery, better than any other model
- Latest technology (Bluetooth 4.0, APT-X, noise cancelling)
- Lightweight & comfortable
- Stable fit
- Good value for money
- Sound won’t satisfy an audiophile
- Some people might have a problem fitting them
66 Audio BTS+ are one of the best on-ear Bluetooth headphones and for working out, they are our top choice.
On-ear workout headphones are a great choice if you have problems with earbuds.
There are so many incredible features these have it’s very easy to understand why they’re so popular.
Lightweight and stick to ears well.
These are worn behind the neck, hooked to ears. The fit is stable enough even for running, unless you have really small ears. They are lightweight and don’t bounce a lot.
Compared to earbuds, all on-ear headphones will be slightly harder to keep on during fast exercise, it’s good to keep that in mind and pick the right model for your needs.
Comfortable for a couple of hours, not for all day.
The on-ear fit is very comfortable for working out or just listening to the music for hours, just don’t expect to wear them all day. All on-ear models are slightly pushing on ears and if you wear them for too long, they’ll become uncomfortable.
Sturdy plastics, flexible wires, good durability, no water resistance.
Durability wise these are sports headphones made out of sturdy plastics. Not being sweat-proof or water-proof doesn’t seem to be a big problem. On-ear headphones are just impossible to make water-proof because of their big headphones.
Great customer service helps here as well, if you have any problems with these, contact support and most often than not they will replace your defunct headphones for new ones.
On-board controls and microphone.
You can connect 2 devices at the same time, accept and make calls and control everything from the multi-function controls on the right headphone. The call quality is really good, clear voice recording with noise cancelling technology is the right combination.
Aptx support, stable Bluetooth connection. Great battery life.
4.0 Bluetooth connection works with iOS and Android devices or any other Bluetooth enabled MP3 players for 20ft+. They are APT-X enabled as well for better sound compression.
66 Audio BTS+ even have noise cancelling technology which is more usual for expensive headphones.
Battery life is the best in category. You can easily get over 25 hours of playtime with just one charge. This is many times more than with any Bluetooth workout earbuds.
Charging takes a bit longer, but once charged it will last and last and if you use iOS you’ll also have battery indicator to tell you exactly how much battery you have left.
Balanced sound signature, quality sound.
Sound is very good for a pair of on-ear fitness headphones. The right balance of treble mids and bass are fun to listen to.
The bass itself isn’t overpowering so these are not basshead headphones. All ranges are balanced and clear. Generally, the sound is much better than with your average headphones.
$50 on-ear wireless workout headphones with awesome battery, good fit, Bluetooth and above average sound, 66 Audio BTS+ are a steal.
Monster iSport Freedom
- Good sound for working out (a bit more bass)
- Long battery life with 20+ hours of playtime
- Super durable and water-proof (washable)
- Foldable design
- Flexible fit that stays on your head
- Cool design
- Higher price than alternatives
- Sound quality can’t compare to $200 audiophile headphones
Monster iSport Freedom are another great wireless on-ear workout headphones designed to spend most of their time in hot, sweaty gyms.
If not for their price, they’d be top choice of Bluetooth headphones, but since they cost around $200, which is much more than the alternatives, it’d be hard to say these are the best choice.
Lightweight design, stay on the head. Good noise isolation for on-ear headphones.
Keeping them on the head is very easy. They stay on even if you do bench presses or any other exercise where your body lies flat. Rubbery headphone cushions help with that, as they almost stick to your skin.
Monster iSport Freedom also have noise canceling technology, which is not super effective, but does the job perfectly for gym conditions.
You won’t hear other gym-goers breathing and running on the treadmill next to you, but you will hear if someone shouts. These also don’t leak much sound, so you can easily enjoy your Justin Bieber without fear of getting caught.
Comfortable for hours, but on-ear design starts irritating after a while.
With lightweight design and flexible structure, these are as comfortable as any other on-ear headphones. It all depends on your head size, but if you’re somewhere average you should have no problem wearing these for the whole workout.
As for long listening 2-3 hours or more, you should pick some other over-ear headphones unless your earlobes don’t feel any pain, ever.
The disadvantage of on-ear headphones is their design that can become irritating after a few hours.
Very durable, sturdy and flexible plastics, water resistant, perfect for sports.
Since Monster created these for sports, you don’t have to be careful with these. You can easily get them sweaty or even wet, they are in fact washable so if you get them dirty, just rinse under water and viola, good as new.
Made out of durable plastics and rubber, foldable and with flexible structure makes them strong enough to survive accidental drops on the floor or harsh backpack travel.
To sum it up, they are super durable, as they should be for the high price.
On-board controls and microphone.
On-ear buttons are easily accessible and getting used to them is easy. Controlling volume and songs with headphones becomes a habit.
The built-in microphone works, but doesn’t record perfect, crispy clear sound. It’s still usable for making calls, just don’t expect better than phone performance.
Stable Bluetooth, good battery life.
Bluetooth works nicely, connects to all BT enabled devices and doesn’t disconnect up to standard 25-30ft.
Battery is very good with over 20 hours of constant playtime. For average fitness enthusiasts this is probably enough power for the whole month of workouts.
Strong bass, Aptx support, good sound quality, but not for audiophiles.
The sound has the perfect combination of highs, mids and bass for gym environment.
It’s not going to satisfy an audiophile, especially when there are so many great headphones at $200 price mark on the market.
But, for fitness these are perfect. Good strong bass that gets you going through your last set of lifts or those last minutes of aerobic exercises, with nice combination of crisp mids and highs.
They are loud enough and will help you maintain the tempo with any exercise. Featuring APT-X and ACC technology helps with wireless transmission.
As said before, sound quality is nothing special, but for working out this isn’t even that important. You should focus on pushing yourself harder and not focusing on richness or lack of the sound.
In conclusion, if you don’t mind the price, Monster iSport Freedom are one of the best Bluetooth on-ear workout headphones with super durable and flexible design, good battery life and sound signature that gets you working out harder.
- Cheap price, great value for money
- Good comfort, lightweight, foam earpads
- Good durability, flexible headband, detachable wires
- Mic & remote in ear cup
- Better than average sound quality for the price, nice bass
- A budget model that can’t compare to higher end
- No volume control on head cups
Skullcandy has become quite popular lately and we understand why.
The new Skullcandy Grind on-ear headphones offer a lot of value for its price.
The basic, black and grey model costs under $30 while you’ll have to pay around $40 for other color combinations.
These on-ear headphones offer everything a gym goer needs for very little money.
Reasonably stable, need some readjustments. Not the best noise isolation.
The headphones being on-ear, they aren’t as stable as earbuds, but if you’re lifting weights or using machine in the gym, they stay put.
They’re good to use for running as well, as long as you don’t try to do acrobatics as that would probably be too much. Here you can check best running headphones.
The noise isolation is average, you can hear some of the background noise and others will also be able to hear your music in a quiet room. No big issue if you’re in the gym when it’s quite loud or working out outside.
Light and comfortable for first couple of hours.
The foam on-ear earpads are soft enough to make them comfortable to wear for at least a couple hours, after which time your ears start to get slightly irritated.
On-ear headphones are never as comfortable as over-ear or in-ear headphones, so this is not the fault of the Skullcandy Grind, but the general design.
The ears do get warm after a while especially during exercise, but you won’t avoid heat or sweat with any other on-ear or over-ear headphones either.
They are lightweight, stay on and are comfortable to wear long enough for even the hardest working gym-goers.
Average durability, flexible headband, no water resistance.
They aren’t made for sports use specifically, so they don’t have any sweat protection, but since these are on-ear headphones the drivers are well protected from the sweat.
The metal headband is very flexible and will survive for a long time. The plastic casing is strong enough to last a couple years as well, just don’t throw them around because they’re heavier than IEMs.
The wires with L shaped 3.5mm are detachable which is great for when you accidentally pull on them too hard, they can be replaced easily without having to throw away the headphones.
For the price that you’re paying, durability is more than good enough and with some care you’ll be using these for a while.
On-board controls and microphone, sub-par mic quality.
There is one button on the side of the ear cup which controls songs and calls, but not volume. The buttons are quite intuitive and become easy to use once you learn what to press for each function.
The microphone is also present and does the job, but compared to other in-line or in-headphone mics lacks a bit in recording quality.
This is a budget model after all so it’s great you get a microphone at all.
Good sound quality for the price, strong bass.
The sound quality is surprisingly good, not like other Skullcandy models, this one is actually good for the price.
While the bass emphasized sound signature still can’t compare to high-end models in clarity and richness, it produces a satisfactory sound that’s perfect for working out.
The bass is strong enough to get you going while still hearing treble and mids with enough clarity.
The only thing we did notice is they are 33 Ohm headphones so you’ll need a bit more power to listen to them very loudly, like many earbuds which are 16 Ohm.
These are budget headphones so expect less from them and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
For best bang for your buck when buying on-ear sports headphones, get Skullcandy Grind with good combination of comfort, durability, style and sound all for a low price.
- Great “bassy” sound quality for the price
- Lightweight and comfortable
- Cheap, great value for money
- Somewhat lacking in durability
Another cheap, good value for money Koss on-ear headphones, perfect for fitness.
Koss SportaPro are very similar to famous KSC75 , but with slightly different sound signature.
Because they are light they stay on the head, bad noise isolation.
Keeping them on your head is easy due to their lightweight nature and flexible head band, making them great for jogging or working out.
These can be worn either over the ears or behind the head, either way works; it’s only a question of personal preference.
With soft ear cushions that touch your ears, sound isn’t isolated much, but they are loud enough to overpower any noisy gym. Because they let in ambient sound, they’re safe for running outside.
Very comfortable due to their lightweight design.
The cushions are mostly good for comfort, which SportaPro definitely are. Feather-like light you’re sure to enjoy wearing these for hours.
Not the best durability, plasticy design.
The durability isn’t much to be desired. The same cheap design with no durability features, probably the reason why they can be so cheap.
If you break your headphones frequently, just get 2 of these to last you a while.
No controls or microphone.
One of the simplest and cheapest headphones on the market right now, you can’t really expect any additional features like in-line controls or microphone. You can forget about that when it comes to Koss SportaPro.
Bassy sound signature, good for bassheads.
The sound quality of SportaPros is rather “bassy”, even to the point of losing treble.
Bass is deep and emphasized even at higher volumes, quite a feat for such lightweight headphones.
What Makes Good Workout Headphones?
- Stable fit
- Sweat resistance
- Noise isolation
- Reliable battery (if wireless)
- Good sound
They must stay in place. You probably already know how annoying it is when you have to constantly readjust the headphones to stay on.
Having the feeling that your headphones can fall off any time steals the focus from the workout which means worse results in the end. This is the most important requirement for workout headphones, if they don’t stay on, they’re useless.
Usually, lighter headphones are more comfortable and thus suited for gym work.
Many different designs, like ear hook and “memory” wire all help keep the earbuds/headphones on during exercise.
Comfort comes in the same category, feeling discomfort of your ears is the last thing you need.
Resistance to sweat and moisture. Sports headphones have to be resistant to moisture because if you’re pushing yourself you’ll be sweating like a pig.
Or if you’re using them outside you’ll get caught by the rain and you don’t want to see your workout earbuds broken because of that.
One of the rules in fitness says “No pain no gain.” and when you’re in the middle of a hard, sweaty workout you shouldn’t be worrying about your headphones.
Physical durability is an important factor as well. During exercise, you will be making fast moves and the chances of accidentally hitting your headphones are higher than normally.
Perfect gym headphones have to sustain any hits and bumps without suffering damage.
Another solution to durability problem can be the price. If the workout headphones are really cheap you don’t have to worry even if you do damage them.
Getting cheap headphones takes away the worry of breaking them.
Because if you’re honest, sometimes we are all clumsy. And breaking $200 headphones is very different than breaking $40 headphones.
Noise isolation, is important because you probably don’t want all the people around you to hear what kind of music you’re listening and at the same time you don’t need to hear what they are talking about.
Here are best noise isolating earbuds.
If you are wearing headphones, it usually means you’re listening to your music and don’t want to be disturbed.
By isolating yourself from the surrounding sounds you will better focus on your exercise form and intensity. Because there is no chance of getting hit by a driving car in the gym you don’t need to worry about not being able to hear your surroundings, you can go for complete isolation.
Running in the streets still requires some awareness of your surroundings just in case an accident is about to happen.
Good noise isolation keeps you focused and gives you that extra privacy from the environment.
Battery strength if wireless, the battery has to have long life to get you through at least one workout if not more.
Since most people are not working out several hours every day, you should look for Bluetooth headphones with at least 4-5 hours of battery life when playing music. This should be a minimum.
Obviously, the longer the battery life the better.
Thanks to today’s technology most of the products on the market have better than 4h batteries. There are some headphones with 20+ hours of battery life and some with very short charge time.
If you can get it fully charged in 15 minutes the overall battery life really isn’t that important.
Keep in mind, this only applies to wireless headphones, wired don’t need a battery.
Sound quality also comes into play here. Just because you’ll mostly use the headphones during exercise doesn’t mean you have to suffer bad sound quality.
All the models in this article have above average or even great sound quality, check the reviews below for more info.
Whether you want clean, balanced sound or enhanced bass, there is a workout headphones model with the sound signature you want.
The sound quality of Bluetooth and wired headphones is very close and mostly depends on the model and not the technology used.
If it’s balanced, audiophile sound you want or loud and deep bass, workout headphones reviewed here won’t disappoint.
Earbuds vs Headphones, Which is Better for Working Out?
It is pretty much common sense that big, bulky headphones just aren’t suitable for using in the gym.
The main reason is their size and weight which makes it very hard to keep them on your head.
Using bigger, over-ear headphones for working out would only be suitable if you exercise very slowly and do more or less controlled movements.
The best alternative is on-ear headphones which are a bit smaller than over-ear. And these are much more likely to stay on your head even during fast movement.
You can find many on-ear models that are lightweight and keep on your ears very well without having to adjust them all the time.
Why Big Headphones Aren’t Suitable for Workouts?
Apart from their heavy size discussed above, big headphones aren’t suitable for workouts because of their shaky fit.
The one major advantage of big, cushioned headphones is comfort, but this is only achieved with less stability. That is ok for use at home, but when you’re running on the treadmill or lifting weights, they’re just a nuisance.
Then again, you don’t have to believe us, try it yourself, maybe you find a model that is just fine and when you do, tell us which one it is so we can review it.
Bluetooth vs Wired – Are Wireless Headphones Better for Exercising?
This is a hard question.
The answer is; it depends.
There are pros and cons to each type. The strengths of wireless or Bluetooth headphones is the freedom that you get from not having any wires.
You can put your phone or MP3 player somewhere in the gym, connect it to your headphones and start working out. The connection distance is usually long enough to cover the whole gym area.
The problem is that Bluetooth headphones have a battery that you have to charge. Usually a battery will last from around 4h up to 25h in some really good models.
If you don’t mind keeping the battery charged, wireless workout headphones are the way to go.
On the other hand, wired headphones are much cheaper, plus it’s a more hassle free experience.
Wires are a proven technology that works well, especially with improved tangle free cords. No need to think about charging the battery, just plug in and play.
You still have to keep your phone or MP3 player somewhere in your pocket, but then again, most of us are used to that.
The only problem might be pulling the wires too hard. This can happen faster than you think when working out. Thankfully, because of the cheap price you can buy many wired headphones for the price of one pair of Bluetooth type.
Bluetooth (Pros & Cons)
- No wires, you’re free to roam around (in Bluetooth range)
- Lower chance of damaging them (less wires)
- All Bluetooth headphones support accepting/answering calls
- Need to charge the battery (battery power lowers with age)
- Usually more expensive
Wired (Pros & Cons)
- Usually cheaper than Bluetooth
- Always ready, no need to charge battery
- Wires can get tangled and damaged easier
- Not all wired models support answering/making calls
- Need to have music device close nearby at all times
In the end, it comes to a personal preference, there is no right answer and whatever you choose, you’ll make a good choice.
Hey, you can try both types and find out which you like the best.
How to Improve Workout Earbuds? (by Getting Better Fit/Ear Tips)
Many people report having problems with keeping earbuds in the ears.
When working out, most people sweat and when sweat comes in contact with rubber ear tips, those tend to start slipping out. This is a common problem even with many sports oriented earbuds.
1.One very good solution we’ve found is to get better, non-sliding ear tips.
Comply premium foam tips are the best and highly recommended. Any Comply ear tips will do just make sure you pick the right type to fit your workout earbuds.
There’s 100, 200, 400, 500 type. Check Comply ear tips here.
- Just role them up with your fingers to make them pointy shaped.
- Put them in the ear canal.
- Once inside your ear, they reform to give you a very snug fit that’s comfortable and noise isolating. Perfect for working out.
If you have problems keeping in your earbuds, try these first before giving up on them.
2. Getting custom molded ear tips (for cheap…)
Usually custom molded ear tips cost a fortune. But there’s a budget option as well.
Decibullz, an American-made product. Basically a DIY custom molded earplug.
You can fit many different earbuds and create uniquely fitting ear tips just for you.
It takes a bit of hand skills, but if you’re into that you’ll get one of the best fits for your ears.
Can I Shower with My Workout Headphones?
Maybe. It depends on the water protection of your workout headphones. (IPX rating)
Just because the manufacturer says the headphones are water-proof or sweat-proof it doesn’t mean you can shower with them.
You’d need at least IPX5 (more is better) to comfortably shower with your workout headphones on.
The problem is, not all companies reveal their IPX ratings. Bose for example won’t tell you the IPX of their models.
In cases when you don’t know it’s better not to try it.
For all others, IPX5+, go right on.