TOP 21 Best Workout and Sports Headphones Reviewed [Updated 2019]

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If music is your favorite workout buddy, your headphones will be a pretty important part of your gym gear.

But, as with everything these days, there are so many on the market with so many different features, it can be hard to know where to start.

This article will list the top 21 sports headphones available this year and go over the essentials to help you choose the best sports headphones for your workouts.

TOP 21 Best Workout Headphones Reviewed 2019

Apple AirPods Wireless Bluetooth Headset

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

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • May fall out if you sweat a lot.
  • They look weird to some people.

Takeaway

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

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • Ear cups are not removable.

Takeaway

The snug fit, booming bass and great price will motivate you to power through your workout. The best Bluetooth workout headphones we found.

SOUL Electronics X-TRA Performance Headphones

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

Pros

  • Removable and washable ear pads.
  • Built-in LED lights help others see you in the dark, an innovative safety feature.
  • Rapid charging.
  • Breathable headband and sweat proof cups.
  • Snug comfortable fit – stays on during upright moves like running and standing exercises.
  • Excellent sound quality.

Cons

  • May slide during bench work or exercises done lying down.

Takeaway

One of the only over the ear styles we recommend for running due to the LEDs and good fit in an upright position.

Skullcandy Crusher Headphones

Review: These Skullcandy Crushes have a low profile relative to other over the ear headphones.

These headphones crush it with adjustable bass, and pump out sound that will motivate you to power through your workout routine.

  • Award Star: Best over the ear workout headphones
  • Battery Life: 40 hour
  • Technology: Wireless
  • Style: Over the ear. Ear cup.

Pros

  • Cups are removable and replaceable faux leather material which is washable.
  • Superior bass sound.
  • Light weight and snug fit.
  • Massive 40 hour battery life.

Cons

  • The fake leather can feel sweaty, but they are washable and replaceable.

Takeaway

For an immersive music experience to muscle you through your gym routine without recharging the battery for a week, these headphones deliver.

Our favorite and the best over the ear workout headphones  2019.

Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones

Review: These wireless headphones have some of the best sound quality on the market.

That together with how well they stay comfortably put in your ears makes them a workout winner.

  • Award Star: Best Wireless headphones for running
  • Battery Life: 6 hours
  • Technology: Bluetooth Wireless
  • Style: In-ear headphones with a wire that connects the two and runs behind the neck
  • IPX Rating: IPX4

Pros

  • StayHear+ sports tips hold the earbud in your ear with a soft silicone umbrella shaped tip that creates a gentle seal.
  • 3 tip sizes included with these earbuds.
  • Excellent BOSE quality sound.
  • Sweat and weather resistant.

Cons

  • The buttons are big, don’t “click” when pressed, and the tactile feel and experience needs improvement.

Takeaway

Easily the best headphones for running due to how well they stay in place.

Mpow Cheetah Bluetooth Headphones

Review: These Mpow Cheetah headphones are excellent for running and the gym because not only do they fit in the ear, they have ear hooks that secure them even further, so they won’t move when you do.

  • Award Star: Best Wireless headphones for running under 30 dollars
  • Battery Life: 8 hours
  • Technology: Wireless 4.1 Bluetooth
  • Style: In-ear wireless with a behind the neck cable connecting the buds
  • IPX Rating: IPX 4 (From the 4th generation)

Pros

  • All buttons are on the right side (OK, not a pro for lefties).
  • Over ear hooks, secure the headphones extremely well.
  • Sweat and weatherproof, perfect for puddle jumping in the rain.
  • Nano coated circuit board offers great water resistance.
  • Excellent budget price, buy a spare to keep in the car or gym bag.

Cons

  • The microphone is not fantastic so call quality is just OK. But you are not at the gym to make phone calls, right?

Takeaway

Run like a Cheetah or lift like a beast without being weight down by bulky headphones. Best wireless workout headphones for the in-ear style.

Anker SoundBuds Curve Wireless Headphones

Review: These ear bud style headphones work for those with small ears.

  • Award Star: Best running headphones for small ears
  • Battery Life: 12.5 hours
  • Technology: Wireless Bluetooth 4.1
  • Style: In-ear buds with behind the neck wire
  • IPX Rating: IPX 4 Splashproof

Pros

  • Behind the neck wire is adjustable.
  • Sweat and weatherproof.
  • 4 different size earbuds included, plus, wing tips and hooks. Lots of variability and choice to get the right fit for you.
  • Nice zippered case with carabineer and mesh pocket. Well done Anker!
  • Ear hook is built into the earbud so they stay secure.
  • Budget price.
  • Great battery life for this style headphone.

Cons

  • Bass is overpowering.

Takeaway

If you have small ears and a small budget, and appreciate the details, this is the best running headphones for small ears we found.

CB3 Fit Sport Wireless Earbuds Headphones

CB3 Fit Sport Wireless Earbuds Headphones

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

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • No way to adjust the behind the neck cord.

Takeaway

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.

Sennheiser HD 4.40 Bluetooth Wireless Headphones

Review: These super light over the ear headphones are good for the gym because they fit snugly and have a low profile so they stay out of the way while you are lifting and working out.

  • Award Star: Best headphones for weightlifters
  • Battery Life: 25 hour
  • Technology: Bluetooth 4.0
  • Style: Over the ear, ear cup wireless

Pros

  • Sennheiser quality audio, excellent midtones, good bass.
  • Snug secure fit.
  • The leatherette ear cups hold up well to sweat and perspiration.
  • Low profile.

Cons

  • The ear openings are on the small side.

Takeaway

For the best sound at the gym or on a run, these Sennheiser headphones cannot be beaten. The best wireless workout headphones in terms of sound quality.

MX10 Bluetooth iPhone Headphones

Review: These headphones are designed to stay in place no matter how hard and fast you workout while being really affordable.

  • Award Star: Best budget noise cancelling headphones
  • Battery Life: 10 hours
  • Technology: Bluetooth v4.2
  • Style: In-ear buds with over-ear hooks and behind the neck cable
  • IPX Rating: IPX 7

Pros

  • Decent base.
  • Comes with 3 sizes of silicon tips and 2 noise canceling foam tips.
  • Comfortable and stay in the ear well when running.
  • Come gift wrapped making them a great gift idea.
  • Compatible with any Bluetooth device.

Cons

  • Sound quality isn’t as top notch as higher end headphones.

Takeaway

These are great headphones if you’re looking for a budget option that stay in your ears while you’re on the move and cancel out background noise.

AfterShockz Trekz Air Bone Conduction Headphones

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

Pros

  • 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!
  • Sweat-proof.
  • Comes with reflective visibility strips for safety at night.

Cons

  • Not designed for heavy bass.
  • Limited control when wanting to skip tracks.

Takeaway

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.

Jaybird X4 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Review: These headphones are designed with serious outdoor activity in mind.

Their comfortable secure fit combined with IPX 7 waterproofing makes them a durable and reliable option for trail running in the rain.

  • Award Star: Best headphones for running in the rain
  • Battery Life: 8 hours
  • Technology: Bluetooth v4.1
  • Style: In-ear buds with wing tips and wrap around cord
  • IPX Rating: IPX 7

Pros

  • Includes fast charge feature bringing a 1 hour charge time down to 10 minutes.
  • Can be worn with the head cord going either over or under the ear depending on which style suits you better.
  • Comply with ultra foam tips or silicon tips and wings.
  • Excellent quality sound.
  • Sweat and waterproof.

Cons

  • Some issues holding charge.
  • Expensive for what you get.

Takeaway

These are a versatile pair of headphones with a secure fit, solid waterproofing and top quality sound.

Jabra Elite 65T True Wireless Headphones

Review: These headphones compete with the Apple Airpods for the top spot of truly wireless headphones.

  • Award Star: The best Wireless headphones for outdoors
  • Battery Life: 5 hours
  • Technology: Bluetooth 5.0
  • Style: Truly Wireless
  • IPX Rating: IP55 (Water and Dust)

Pros

  • Voice command compatible with Alexa, Siri and Google.
  • Noise cancellation and wind noise reduction.
  • Phone call audio comes through both headphones instead of just one as is the case with many other brands.
  • Good audio provided you figure out a good fit.
  • Has a “hear-through” feature which can be turned on and off to allow you to hear background noise if you need to.

Cons

  • Some connectivity issues for some users.

Takeaway

It is still early days for truly wireless technology, but these headphones have some excellent features which make them a great choice for outdoor exercising.

Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless Headphones

Review: If sound quality is your thing and you want to go the truly wireless route, these headphones could be worth considering, provided you don’t mind the hefty price tag.

  • Award Star: The best truly Wireless headphones for sound quality
  • Battery Life: 5 hrs
  • Technology: Bluetooth v4.2
  • Style: Truly Wireless
  • IPX Rating: IPX 4

Pros

  • Lost buds can be found with a “find my buds” app.
  • Charging case provides 2 full charges when you’re out and about.
  • Very comfortable.
  • Easy to use controls.
  • Fantastic sound quality.

Cons

  • Only one ear bud functions in phone calls.
  • Limited noise cancellation (but this can be a good thing when you need to hear some background noise for safety).

Takeaway

These truly wireless headphones are made with sound quality and working out in mind, staying in place through sweaty workouts and providing top quality audio.

Acil Bluetooth Noise Canceling Headphones

Review: These headphones deserve more attention for their excellent performance to price ratio.

They are affordable and yet deliver top quality sound and a comfortable, reliable fit while working out.

  • Award Star: The best ear buds for staying in your ears while you workout
  • Battery Life: 12 hours
  • Technology: Bluetooth v4.1
  • Style: Wireless with a back of head cord
  • IPX Rating: IPX 7

Pros

  • A magnetic clasp lets you connect the earbuds around your neck when not in use.
  • Lightweight and streamlined, not visibly sticking out of your ears.
  • Extremely good sound quality for a mid-range price.
  • Passive noise canceling is just enough to get good a listening experience without blocking everything out completely.
  • Can be connected to 2 different devices at the same time.

Cons

  • Not entirely as noise cancelling as they claim to be.

Takeaway

These headphones are very well designed for working out being sleek, streamlined and snug fitting with super comfortable liquid silicon ear buds that don’t need wings or hooks to stay in your ears.

Optoma NuForce BE Sport4 Earphones

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

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • The low battery warning is extremely loud and shocking.

Takeaway

A good mid-range option for people transitioning from budget options to Bluetooth headphones.

Rovking Running Headphones

Review: If wireless headphones aren’t your thing, fear not, there are plenty of fantastic corded headphones just as suited to running and working out.

These headphones have all the features of great running headphone and for a seriously bargain price.

  • Award Star: Best budget non-Wireless headphones
  • Style: In-ear non-wireless earbuds
  • Technology: Wired
  • IPX Rating: IPX 5

Pros

  • 4 sizes of ear tips and shirt clip to hold the cord out of the way.
  • No concerns with connectivity or battery life.
  • Hands-free control using the in-line microphone.
  • Great noise-canceling capability.

Cons

  • Will take some fiddling and experimentation to get a good secure fit.

Takeaway

These headphones are an insanely affordable pair of corded headphones with hands-free control and a clip to keep the cord out of the way.

Koss KSC32M Fitclips Headphones

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
  • Technology: Wired

Pros

  • Sweat resistant.
  • Lightweight.
  • Comfortable and stay put in your ear well while you run or work out.
  • Extremely affordable.
  • Good sound quality.

Cons

  • No microphone.

Takeaway

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

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • The fit isn’t great for everyone. Extremely small ears might find this not their perfect match.

Takeaway

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.

Phaiser BHS-530 Bluetooth Headphones

  • Award Star: Affordable headphones
  • Battery Life: 11 hour
  • Technology: Bluetooth 4.1 HD technology
  • Style: In ear buds with behind the neck wire

Pros

  • Three tip sizes included.
  • Liquipel waterproof material and water safe technology.
  • Comfy Memory foam tips.
  • Over ear hook built in – these buds stay in place as you bike, blade, jerk and snatch.

Cons

  • Good bass – not so much for the highs.

Takeaway

A solid budget priced in ear sports headphone that stay put and resist sweat. One of the best wireless workout headphones we found.

SENSO Bluetooth Headphones

Review: Easily one of the most popular headphones and probably the best cheap workout headphones available.

  • Award Star: Best cheap waterproof headphones
  • Battery Life: 8 Hours
  • Technology: Bluetooth 4.1 CSR
  • Style: In ear buds with behind the neck cable
  • IPX Rating: IPX 7

Pros

  • Sweet faux carbon fiber case, hard case with mesh pocket.
  • Charging cable is flips to accommodate iPhone or Android.
  • Includes USB Car Charging port plus an EXTRA charging cable.
  • 3 earbud tip sizes.
  • IPX 7 Waterproof rating, which means they can be submerged up to 1 meter for 30 minutes without being affected.
  • Super soft ear hooks won’t hurt or be uncomfortable.

Cons

  • Not great in the mid, and high tones, but has good bass.

Takeaway

The most waterproof, best workout headphones, with a kick-ass budget price to boot. Seriously. One user ran them through the washer and dryer on accident. They still work.

Sport and Workout Headphones vs Other Headphone Styles

bodybuilder with headphones

What makes a sports headphone, well, sporty?

The best sports headphones have a few different characteristics compared to every day, around the house, on the train, or at work headphones.

Three Focus areas of the best sports headphones.

  • Sweat Factor – Headphones used during a workout must be sweat and weather resistant because, well, you sweat when you exercise. If you don’t, maybe you are not doing it right.
  • Stay Factor – They must not fall out, shift out of place, or pop off as you move. In other words, they cannot move while you do.
  • Sporting Factor – They cannot get in your way as you work out. They ideally should be wireless and not get in your way, allowing you to move. The less you notice their presence, the better.

I will discuss these three factors, and more, in detail as we go over what to look for in the best workout headphones.

Let’s get to it!

What to Look for before Choosing the Best Headphones for Working Out

man athlete listening music with headphones

Style

Over the ear – Ear muff or ear cup with a head band style. This style is best for sound quality and noise cancellation.

When you do not want everyone to hear what you are listening to, or you don’t want to be distracted by ambient noise (like the guy over there grunting as he lifts weights), this style is for you.

The over the ear style also has much longer battery life due to having more room for electronics inside.

In the Ear – Earbud style. These are low profile, super light, barely there, and a good choice for jarring movements, like jogging, running, and HIIT etc.

They are also great for those who like a super discreet listening option at the gym. Not everyone is comfortable wearing the more conspicuous over the ear style.

The trade-off is battery life. In-ear headphones won’t have as much battery life as larger over-ear styles.

Durability

Frayed cords, exposed wires, broken plastic pieces.

You want to avoid these hassles.

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.

Wash-ability

Most earbuds in earpieces are silicone and washable.

That’s cool.

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.

Yuck!

woman running outdoors during rain

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.

Annoying!

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.

headphones on the ground

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.

Sound quality

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.

Bass

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.

Volume

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.

Noise Cancelling

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.

man with headphones doing exercise in CrossFit gym

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!

running women putting on headphones

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.

Conclusion

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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