Review: While I realize these Apple airpod headphones are not advertised as “workout headphones” we include them for two reasons. 1. Battery life. 2. Connectivity. Simply, they have superior technology.
Award Star: Best truly wireless headphones
Battery Life: 5 hours per charge
Technology: Apple products only. Wireless Bluetooth
Style: Truly wireless, “free” No cables of any kind ear buds
I ear sensors, music plays only when in ear.
Case doubles as charger Case hold 24 hrs worth of charge and can charge the airpods in 15 minutes.
Due to the exclusive W1 Chip, these have superior connectivity, unlike other earphones of this style.
Complete freedom, no wires, cables, nothing holding you back.
May fall out if you sweat a lot.
They look weird to some people.
Liberate your workout with truly wireless headphones.
Still not convinced?
This guy tried them in the gym and he loves them
BlueAnt - Pump Soul Wireless HD Headphones
Review: This brand from ‘down under’ has a budget price that is as light on the wallet as the headphones are to wear.
Designed with ultra-light plastics and aluminum, they are durable and lightweight.
Award Star: Best Bluetooth workout headphones
Battery Life: 24 hours
Technology: Bluetooth 4.1
Style: Over the ear wireless
Powers off when not connected to your phone to save power.
Sweat proof, anti-microbial, breathable ear cups.
Light weight plastic and aluminum construction.
Deep bass HD audio.
One touch controls.
Google + Siri integration.
Ear cups are not removable.
The snug fit, booming bass and great price will motivate you to power through your workout. The best Bluetooth workout headphones we found.
Review: These Soul X-tra Headphones were specifically designed for the gym, with removable ear cups, you can clean, breathable synthetic materials that dry quickly and won’t stink, wireless connectivity so you are not tied down by cable and fast charge so you are not waiting around for them to be ready.
Award Star: Best Wireless headphones for working out
Battery Life: 24 hours
Technology: Wireless Bluetooth
Style: Over the ear wireless headphones
Removable and washable ear pads.
Built-in LED lights help others see you in the dark, an innovative safety feature.
Breathable headband and sweat proof cups.
Snug comfortable fit – stays on during upright moves like running and standing exercises.
Excellent sound quality.
May slide during bench work or exercises done lying down.
One of the only over the ear styles we recommend for running due to the LEDs and good fit in an upright position.
Sensation55 Driver - The Sensation55 is Skullcandy's patent-pending bass extension driver. Through this driver, the Crusher delivers a powerful and realistic bass experience that transforms your audio into bass you can feel. Connectivity Technology: Wired
REX40 Driver - The REX40 is designed from the ground up by their world-class audio engineering team and delivers an extremely smooth frequency response with minimal distortion - tuned for your playlist.
Acoustical Porting - Within the construction of the ear cup, our specially designed acoustical porting allows both drivers to move freely, increasing the bass and reducing distortion.
Built-in amplifier - No more bulky in-line amplifier. The new Crusher draws its power from a premium battery (AA) powered amp hidden in the ear cup.
Adjustable Bass Control - The bass sensation slider on the left ear cup allows you to adjust the sensation levels to your preference or playlist.
rich treble and thumping bass: sound buds curve bluetooth earbuds are powered by 10 mm composite drivers. the ultra-elastic outer ring produces deep bass and a lightweight and flexible composite bio-cellulose dome delivers midst and highs with enhanced clarity.
up to 43% more bass: our exclusive bassup technology conducts real-time analysis of low frequencies to instantly strengthen the bass output. feel the bass as it surges through your body and pumps you up for the workout ahead.
hardcore playtime: 18 hours of listening (at 80% volume) gives you the power and motivation needed to fuel over two weeks of workouts. when you’re in a rush, a 10-minute charge will provide you with up to 3 hours of continuous playtime.
ipx7 waterproof: sound buds curve bluetooth earbuds are defended by a fully waterproof casing that’s based on a submarine’s structure. push yourself during your workout without fear of sweat and rain damaging your earphones. you can even rinse them with water when cleaning.
secure and comfortable fit: the bluetooth earbuds are ergonomically designed and come with ear tips and ear wings in various sizes to tailor the fit to you.
Review: These headphones by CB3 Audio provide some of the best value for money for sports headphones on the market right now. They fit well, provide excellent sound quality and are a popular choice for runners.
Award Star: Best in-ear sports headphones for sound quality
Battery Life: 7 hrs
Technology: Wireless Bluetooth 4.1
Style: In earbuds with ear hooks and a behind the neck wire connecting the two buds
IPX Rating: IPX4 Splashproof
Sweat and weather resistant.
Three earbud sizes included, medium size installed.
Led light and sound prompts let you know you are connected.
Good bass level, impressive sound quality.
No way to adjust the behind the neck cord.
If sound quality is important to you, these earbuds offer that. One of the best wireless workout headphones in sound quality for lower end earbud style headphones.
✅ NEVER FALL OUT - This iPhone Sports Wireless Ear Buds Helps you Feel what a Real Freedom is - Run free, forget you're wearing headphones, feel the beats with the Extreme Sound and run with the wind! Words can't describe it, you gotta just feel it. Turn on the sound and push yourself to the max! MultiTed audifonos / auriculares bluetooth: great sound, great value.
✅ CLEAR HD SOUND - Imagine yourself running with your feet not even touching the ground... music in your ears and flying high... Besides clear and deep sound, high power athletes look for comfortable, secure fitting and sweat-proof cordless headphones.. MultiTed Earphones are designed to fit your most essential needs, unsettling sound, best fit, IPX7 waterproof protection and long-lasting durability. You also enjoy a zipper case, 2 sizes of foams and 3 sizes of earbuds.
✅ STRONGER BATTERY WITH UP TO 10+ HOURS PLAY-TIME - You’re not a quitter, and your best workout headphones shouldn’t be either. With ultra-long battery life, you get plenty of playback time. The CVC 6.0 noise cancelling and the built-in mic makes it easy for you to take work calls anywhere, anytime. Stay in touch without staying in the office! Pairing with your devices is instantaneous - and you also can pair 2 separate devices.
✅ ADVANCED BLUETOOTH - MORE FAST & STABLE CONNECTIVITY - The MX10 Blue tooth headset has Faster & More Stable Signal Transmission, Clearer Sound Quality, and Lower Power Consumption. The earpods are compatible with Apple iPhone X, XR, WS / 8, 8 plus / 7, 7 plus / 6, 6s, 6 plus, Mac, MacBook, PC, Android and Samsung smart phones, MP3 players and All Bluetooth Devices.
✅ ZERO RISK - YOU HAVE A FULL ONE YEAR WARRANTY - we will Always be there if You need us. Just email us and let us know. We are committed to customer satisfaction and will do whatever it takes to keep you thrilled. Our exclusive accessories kit includes the MX10 Bluetooth iPhone headphones, instructions, 3 sizes of ear tips, 2 sizes of foams, a USB charger and a stylish zip pouch with a keychain for traveling.
Review: These headphones use some pretty new and exciting technology delivering the sound through vibrations in your cheekbone allowing you to hear your music while not blocking out background noise.
Award Star: Best bone conduction headphones
Battery Life: 6 hours
Technology: Bluetooth v4.2
Style: Bone conduction headphones with a band that wraps around your head
You can hear your music but no one else can, even though there’s nothing blocking your ears!
Light weight wrap around headphones stay in place securely while exercising.
Very comfortable – you might even forget you’re wearing them!
Comes with reflective visibility strips for safety at night.
Not designed for heavy bass.
Limited control when wanting to skip tracks.
These are the best headphones for wearing at the gym if you need to be able to talk to people but want to listen to music at the same time, and they’re also the safest and most comfortable option for running outside.
True wireless earbuds for an active lifestyle – Wherever your day takes you, whatever your activity, it won’t get in the way of enjoying sports, music and calls. The Elite Active 65t are secure fitting earbuds that provide dependable in-ear stability.
Personalize your sound – Whether you’re using these as Apple earbuds, Samsung earbuds or more, you can listen to your music the way you want to hear it, by personalizing your sound on the Jabra Sound plus app. Earbuds are Apple and Android compatible.
No audio dropouts – With Jabra’s 3rd generation true wireless stability, you can take calls and listen to music without worry about audio dropouts. And there are no pesky wires getting in the way of your workout
Up to 15 hours of use – With up to 5 hours of battery on a single charge, and up to 15 hours in total with the included pocket-friendly charging case, your listening needs are met from the start of the day, to its end with these earbuds.
Take work calls from home – Incredible 4-microphone technology offers best-in-class call performance, with up to 15 hours of battery for maximum productivity— even when you’re working or learning from home on your smartphone.
TRULY wireless Sport headphones for total freedom of movement, packed full of technology that makes music sound clear and powerful
Earbuds are sweat and weather resistant (with an Ipx4 rating) and come with 3 different pairs of Stay hear and Sport tips (in sizes S/M/L) that provide a comfortable and secure fit
Up to 5 hours of play time with each charge and an additional 10 hours with the included charging case and also features a charging time of 2 hours
Track lost earbuds with the Bose connect App's "find My buds" feature
Firmware update to improve Audio video synchronization for customers using iPhones, iPads and other Bluetooth devices that support AVDTP version 1.3 or later, available via connect app. Connectivity Technology: Wireless Bluetooth
【98% Passive Noise Cancelling】 Built-in microphone with advanced noise cancelling tech. ACIL noise cancelling earbuds reduce 98% noise along with the super clear sound. One-second connect the Bluetooth, noise isolation achieved.
【Crystal-Clear HIFI Sound】 Power your passion in dynamic sound! ACIL Bluetooth headphones combines with great bass stereo and dual drivers could create a live concert with fantastic HIFI sound and crystal-clear volume. Optimized for high-resolution audio with the balanced armature of music performance.
【Sweat & Waterproof】Advanced Waterproof technology ensures our wireless sports earbuds be an ideal gym buds for workout. Just enjoy the immersive sound and superior comfort while running!
【11 Hours Playtime】Long-resistant battery used is a great choice for workout. These Bluetooth sports headphones are enough for a whole week. Impressive in-ear wireless Bluetooth earbuds for sport. A compact design Bluetooth earphone with astonishing 11-hour continuous playtime!
【Ergonomic Fit with Smart Magnetic】Enhanced with ultra 4 pairs of soft ear tips, these magnetic Bluetooth earbuds are comfortable wearing. Always one size for you to choose the most suitable fit as the secure wear even the intense workout. Ultra-secure ergonomic design for lock-in with the magnetic control. Awesome acil wireless Bluetooth earbuds fit for you!
Review: If you can’t afford the high price point of the some of the models above but want something a little better than the budget options below, these headphones are a good compromising, providing good sound, great battery life and a comfortable secure fit that will cope with working out.
Award Star: Good mid-range Wireless headphones
Battery Life: 10 hours
Technology: Bluetooth v4.1
Style: Wireless with a cord that runs around the back of the head
IPX Rating: IPX 5
Charges quickly in 15 minutes.
Second generation ear wings stay put regardless of the intensity of your workout.
Very effective noise isolation.
ACC + aptX support for maximum audio quality.
Include a variety of ear tips for customizing the fit.
The low battery warning is extremely loud and shocking.
A good mid-range option for people transitioning from budget options to Bluetooth headphones.
OVER EAR EARBUDS FOR SMALL EARS - The ear buds size are smaller than other earhook headphones. You don't have to stretch your ear to put earbuds in ears. They can fit in and over small-average sized ears with no pain. These running earbuds will stay put in ears without discomfort even during long runs. These sports headphones also come with 4 different sizes ear pieces to ensure a custom comfortable fit, sealing the ear to deliver bass and isolate noises.
SECURE FIT SPORT HEADPHONES NEVER FALL OUT OF EARS WHILE WORKING OUT- Thanks to pliable over the ear loops and ergonomic ear bud design, these workout headphones fit comfortably and stay put in ears while running, jogging, weight lifting, exercising, walking and gym training. No need to stop your workout to adjust the ear buds any more.
HANDS-FREE PHONE CALL AND MUSIC TRACK CONTROL DURING RUNNING - You can use the in-line button to answer/end phone calls. The microphone allows you to communiate hands free, so that you can keep on your exercise. There's a clip which will help you stabilize the set while doing different physical activities. You can also easily play/pause, skip music tracks through the remote button. No need to take out your phone from pocket or arm band any more.
GOOD SOUND QUALITY FOR MUSIC AND PHONE CALLS - The sound of these sport earbuds is clear and crisp. They are good for listening to music during workouts, as well as listening to audio books or video during commute. Call quality and mic is good. You can hear the person on the other end clearly even on a noisy treadmill. It is fully compatible with cell phones, mp3, smartphone, laptop, computer, tablet, psp etc.
SWEATPROOF EARBUDS FOR SPORT WORKOUTS - These workout earbuds are professionally designed for music listening requirement in sports, especailly for small ears. They should not fail or break even during intense workouts. These wired earbuds have a 3.5mm gold plated jack and are compatible with cell phones, tablets, MP3, laptop, computer, Android/Windows cell phones and others with 3.5mm audio jack (need ligtning adapter to work with lightning jack devices).
Review: These ultra-lightweight headphones are ideal for running as their light weight and snug fitting design means they stay in place really easily.
They don’t have any fancy features, but if just music you want, music is what you get.
Award Star: Best non-Wireless headphones for women
Style: Corded in-ear buds with lightweight plastic over ear hook
Comfortable and stay put in your ear well while you run or work out.
Good sound quality.
These headphones prove that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a decent listening experience while you work out.
Three of the Best Cheap Workout Headphones
Sometimes a cheap pair of headphones make sense. Let’s be real here. You are buying a piece of electronics equipment you plan to sweat on.
It is a dubious proposition at best because electronics and water have a tumultuous past.
But that’s not all.
Small things get lost in big gyms, and out in the real world.
If you are going to ruin a piece of equipment with sweat or lose it because it is small (think sunglasses). It may as well be the Cheap version, right?
WRZ S8 Bluetooth Headphones
Review: I’m old school when it comes to music. To be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of Bluetooth headphones (possibly due to the fact that my 7-year-old mp3 player does not possess this feature). But for workouts, I don’t want to worry if my mp3 will keep falling out, so I ordered these headphones by WRZ.
You know how you see in movies the ripped guy/girl working out (with some hustle music in the background?) The sound and feel on these are THAT amazing!
It feels like you have nothing at all in your ears, while still having a good quality of sound.
Award Star: Best cheap workout headphones
Battery Life: 10 hours
Technology: Bluetooth V5.0
Style: in ear headphone with a small horn that helps with keeping the earbuds in, also there’s a wire that connects the two and runs behind the neck
Come in a hard case to keep the lifespan of the earbuds longer.
Different sizes of earbud tips for different ear sizes.
Very comfortable, even for smaller ears.
Rubber ear clips give you a better fit that stays in place while you move.
The fit isn’t great for everyone. Extremely small ears might find this not their perfect match.
You have to stay realistic when buying such an affordable product – overall, I think they’re the perfect companion for an everyday runner, but don’t expect to have the sound quality of the large headphones that really block out all the noise.
PLAY ALL DAY - Crisp Bluetooth HD Audio and 8-hour battery life will have you jamming from your morning commute until your evening workout.
YOURS EARS, YOUR FIT - Multi-size EarTips and comfortable over ear hooks will keep your buds in place and your tunes pumping during even the most vigorous workouts.
UNIVERSAL BLUETOOTH HEADPHONES - Connect to your iPhone, TV, laptop, Kindle, tablet, or other Bluetooth device
LIGHT WEIGHT & HEAVY DUTY - The special Behind-The-Head wearing style holds your Ear buds in place during rigorous workouts. The flexible Memory-Wire adapts to the size of your head and helps provide a perfect seal for a better listening experience. <2 hour charge time.
LIFETIME SWEATPROOF WARRANTY - Don’t be afraid to push your workouts to the max! We’ll replace your Earbuds if they ever get damaged by sweat! No questions asked.
True HD high Fidelity sound featuring latest Bluetooth 4.1 CSR technology and state of the art acoustic components that produce incredible sound quality with deep bass and crystal clear treble.
Comfortable and secure fit with IPX-7 waterproof rating - activbuds feature ergonomically designed flexible ear hooks with gel Flex silicone earbuds to ensure your headphones stay comfortably firm in place to guarantee fatigue free ears and tangle free comfort.
Longest battery life - the new and improved Lithium polymer battery allows seamless enjoyment of music for up to 8 hours and 240 hours stand-by with a quick charge of only 1.5 hours.
Bluetooth V4.1 wireless technology with CVC 6.0 noise suppression technology - connect seamlessly with all Bluetooth enabled devices up to 30 feet away. With noise suppression technology focus on your favorite music and answer calls without skips or missed words.
1 year warranty and bonus items - bonus accessories with 1-year Manufacturer's warranty and 30 days no-questions-asked return policy. Value for money guaranteed, buy the Senso activebuds worry free today.
If you opt for over the ear headphones, look for aluminum and durable plastic construction. If you opt for the earbud style, check the reviews for the unit’s durability.
Most earbuds in earpieces are silicone and washable.
What you want to look for if you choose the over the ear style is removable cups. Sweating on to the faux leather and foam can lead to stinky ear cuffs if you cannot remove and wash them.
Water or Weatherproof
Blood, sweat and tears.
The things athletes are made of. Be sure your headphones can withstand all that your body and the weather might throw at them.
What is an IPX rating?
Some headphones are kind enough to brag about their IXP rating, which is ONLY helpful if you know what the heck IXP stand for.
I did not know, so I looked it up, so you don’t have to.
Very basically, the IPX rating refers to how well the item withstands water and dust.
The higher the rating the better.
In terms of water resistance, IPX 7 is the highest rating meaning that the item can be submerged in water up to 1 meter for thirty minutes.
To compare, a rating of IPX4 means the item can withstand water being splashed in any direction for up to 5 minutes.
In our reviews of the best Bluetooth workout headphones, we have listed the IPX rating, when available.
Note: Not all headphones have an IPX rating; even some of the best headphones for working out on the high end of the range do not feature an IPX rating.
This does not mean they are not water and dust resistant, it simply means they do not carry the specific IPX rating.
How well they fit
Are they comfortable? Look for soft ear hooks vs hard plastic hooks.
If they have a cord that runs behind the neck, is it soft and pliable, or hard? Does it snag the back of the neck? Will the cord adjust to fit snugly at the back of the neck?
If you are looking at over the ear sports headphones the best over the ear workout headphones have memory foam cups and ear openings big enough to fit your ears.
It is the little details like this that will make a difference in your user experience.
Do they Move?
You don’t want the headphones to move or shift.
For really intense workouts like CrossFit, this is going to be even more important as any movement will likely cause the earbuds to fall out.
For the over the ear style, look for a band that adjusts, ear cups that fit your ear shape, and enough tension in the band to hold the headphones to your head.
The weight of the headphones is important too.
Heavy over the ear headphones tend to move and shift more than light ones.
For the in-ear style, over the ear hooks are practically a must, they secure the buds in the ear and allow you to feel as if you are not wearing earphones at all.
You don’t need to worry about them falling out while jogging or doing pull-ups.
The best headphones for gym workout are the ones that you don’t have to think, fuss with, or worry about. They allow you to focus on your game instead of the headphones.
What Earbuds are Included?
Do they fit small, large, elf, ogre or whatever ear shape YOU have?
If you choose in-ear headphones, look for brands that offer several sizes and style tips so you can get a perfect in-ear fit.
Most offer three size tips, but some brands, like the Anker SoundBuds offer not only different sizes, but shapes and styles as well.
This is important, as getting earbuds to fit small ears can be especially hard.
Some sports headphones focus more on the sports side than the sound side. It is not necessarily a bad thing since you are using the headphones to workout.
But if sound is equally important to you, check these 4 characteristics before you buy.
If you like to bump it while hitting the gym, bass may be an important factor.
As a rule, over the ear headphones offer more bass, and some styles have a bass adjustment.
Highs and mid-tones
Usually, high-end brands like Bose and Sennheiser shine in this category.
Surprisingly, some styles of earbuds either do not have high enough volume, or they cannot be lowered to a comfortable level for some athletes.
We avoided these problem earbuds in our review.
If you are in a noisy gym environment, you may appreciate noise-canceling headphones.
Over the ear headphones tend to do better at noise canceling, which is why some still use bulky over the ear headphones at the gym.
If you are a runner or jogger and you run out in the real world, noise cancellation may not be the best option, since you need to be aware of your surroundings.
You would not want to get caught off guard by a car or cyclist, or not be able to hear a barking dog.
What technology do they use?
Do they have a reputation for staying connected to the music?
Some wireless headphones, both in the cheap and high-end range, just will not stay connected to the music, leaving you with an inconsistent listening experience.
I excluded headphones that had too many problems in this area from my review because, no matter how sporty the headphone is, if it does not stay connected to your music and give a smooth consistent listening experience, then the headphone is not worth it.
Are they wireless?
This is a preference thing.
There are some people who swear by only exercising with wireless headphones. And, they may have a point when it comes to the convenience of not having fuss with wires.
But wireless headphones comes with their own cons, too.
Connectivity is more vulnerable (it is never a problem with corded headphones), battery life needs to be considered (also never a problem with corded headphones) and some people may be concerned about the EMFs associated with wireless devices.
Some corded headphones offer better sound quality than their wireless counterparts and depending on your clothing, it can be pretty easy to tuck the cords inside your shirt and out of the way.
How long does the battery last?
Some of the best wireless headphones for running of the in-ear style have battery lives up to 12 hours.
Look for at least 6 hours for the in-ear style. It should last at least a couple workouts.
One brand of over the ear headphones we reviewed, the Skullcandy Crushers, have a battery life of 40 hours. That would last through at least a week’s worth of workouts, even if you work out 7 days a week for 4 hours!
Does the unit feature a “fast charge”?
This is a nice feature to have if your headphones are wireless. A really nice feature.
Because if you forgot to charge the headphones, you don’t want to be waiting around for them to charge so you can get to the gym.
Nope. No one has time for that!
Freedom of movement
Since you are looking for headphones to exercise with, being able to move freely is a priority.
They must fit well and stay in your ears or on your head.
Don’t hesitate, pick up a pair of the best workout headphones today.
Once you try headphones designed with movement and durability in mind, you will wish you had gotten a pair sooner.
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Michael is a fitness expert and professional home/garage gym builder. His tutorials, guides, and reviews are backed up by his own experience and will definitely help you achieve your goals. He also loves putting mayo AND ketchup on the pizza for some reason!