The trend toward wireless headphones continues to grow, but truth be told, they’ve always been popular in the gym. Not having to attach your cord to your phone to play music is freeing and more comfortable for intense cardio and workout sessions. But just because you’re deciding to go wireless doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on sound quality or features.
You need a strong pair of wireless headphones that look good, sound better, are durable and comfortable as can be and have great battery life. Headphones for athletes should ideally have about seven hours of battery life to get through roughly week of workouts.
All of these factors taken into consideration, here is our list of the best wireless headphones for working out.
The Jaybird X2 was a pretty popular pair of wireless headphones since their debut in 2014 and the successor; the Jaybird X3 builds upon that success. It features a slight redesign meant to be more comfortable especially among hat wearers, a new MySound app for customizing the sound profile/EQ, sweat resistance, and overall improved sound quality.
It also features the same impressive eight-hour battery life as the Jaybird X2, making it one of our top picks for best Bluetooth headphones with solid battery life. Perhaps best of all is the price — at the comfort level and sound level the Jaybird X3 has achieved, it is only $129.
Bose has always been known for its excellent noise-cancelling headphones and superior comfort. While these Bluetooth earbuds don’t have noise cancellation technology, they rank high in comfort ratings. It also produces great sound and also feature sweat resistance.
Battery life could be better at just six hours and the SoundSport Wireless has an auto on/off function to help save some of that battery life. If you prefer comfort and sound over battery longevity, the SoundSport Wireless is an excellent pick at $149.
Plantronics BackBeat Fit is another solid choice on this list because it has the most unique design out of any of them. The cord linking the two earbuds together is thick and rubbery and should prove extremely durable over time. Plus, while the other headphones do feature inline controls and a microphone, BackBeat Fit puts the call and play/pause controls right on the earbuds themselves.
You press in on your ear to activate the controls. It has an IP57 dust-proof and sweat-proof rating, plus eight-hour battery life and an included armband to hold your smartphone. The BackBeat Fit retails for $129.99 but often sell as low as $80 on Amazon.
Of course, we arrive at the famous Beats headphones. The new PowerBeats3 has a few tricks up its sleeve mostly thanks to Apple’s W1 chip. It pairs seamlessly with Apple devices and lets you switch between them instantly through iCloud.
Plus, it gets incredible 12-hour battery life and is water resistant like its competitors. The sound is good, but like other Beats headphones, tends to favor strong bass. Alas, a “premium” brand warrants a premium price: the PowerBeats3 sell for a whopping $199.