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Best Workout Headphones To Buy in 2019

Whether you’re pumping iron at the gym, doing some cardio on a treadmill, or jogging in a park, you’ll want your trusty workout headphones with you to kill the boredom. High-energy songs will get you ready to push harder and do best. For that, you need headphones that not only provide killer sound but are also convenient to use and not intrusive.

Best Workout Headphones Reviewed

There are lots of great workout headphones to choose from in terms of sound quality, performance, and comfort. When it comes to workout though, over-ear headphones and tethered ones don’t quite work as well.

We’ve picked the 5 best workout headphones you can buy right now and reviewed them. Be sure to read our buyer’s guide at the end for some ideas and what to look for during your purchase.

Our Top Pick

Our Top Pick

Jabra Elite Active 65t

The Best True Wireless Experience

The Jabra Elite Active 65t workout headphones are true wireless earphones designed for fitness-focused individuals. They come with plenty of advanced smart features, are sweat and waterproof, and boast great sound.

Among the true wireless earphones, the Jabra Elite Active 65t is the best for workouts as you won’t even notice they’re there.

Budget Pick

Budget Pick

Anker SoundBuds Curve

Sweatproof and Reliable

The Anker SoundBuds Curve boasts a great battery life of 12.5 hours, is sweat proof, offer good sound for the price, and are all-out reliable in their performance.

You don’t have to spend over $100 to get a pair of great sweatproof workout headphones. The Anker SoundBuds Curve comes with the Anker reliability tag and delivery more than what you’ll pay for them.

Jabra Elite Active 65t

For a true wireless experience, the best headphones are the Elite Active 65t by Jabra. Similar in many ways to the regular Jabra Elite 65t true wireless earphones, the Elite Active 65t are specifically designed for sports and fitness focused individuals.

The Jabra workout headphones beat the Bose wireless earphones as our top pick because they fit more snuggly in the ears. The controls on the Jabra workout headphones are easy to use, and the associated app makes customizing the sound to your liking intuitive and simple.

On board volume, tracking, and digital assistant controls ensure you don’t have to reach for your smartphone whenever you get a call or need to change tracks. An adjustable situational awareness mode allows you to have a conversation with others while keeping the headphones in your ear.

Battery life on the Jabra Elite Active 65t is a little complicated. On a full charge alone, they last 5 hours, which sounds disappointing initially. However, the carrying case can store up to 10 more hours of charge, and the rapid charging function gives you 1 ½ hour of use from just 15 minutes of charge.

The sound quality is great as well, and the Active 65t is the most comfortable true wireless headphones out there.

Pros

  • Making calls is easy
  • Comfortable fit
  • App allows you to color the sound to your liking
  • Sweat and waterproof
  • Rapid charging extends usage time beyond the designated battery life

Cons

  • Massive latency means they can’t be used to watch videos

Jaybird Tarah Pro

If you’re in need of extra durability and the true wireless workout headphones don’t get it for you, you’d do well to consider the Jaybird Tarah Pro. These are some of the most durable wireless exercise earphones out there right now. Thanks to an IPX7 rating, you’ll worry little about using them in wet conditions or when you sweat profusely.

Another standout feature of these Jaybird earphones is the phenomenal battery life. Although rated at 14 hours, they often last an hour or two beyond that. A five minute’s worth of charge gets you a whopping two hours of play time, meaning you won’t have to endure the awful gym music even if you forgot to charge them before you left.

The earbud and the wing on the Jaybird Tarah Pro are one minute, so there isn’t as much customizability as you’d find in some others. However, they fit in the ear comfortably most of the times, and the adjustable swivel means there isn’t just one single way to wear them.

The sound quality is on point on these workout earphones, and like the Jabra offerings you can mess with the EQ through a free app to color the sound to your liking.

Pros

  • Comfortable fit
  • App allows you to color the sound to your liking
  • Sweat and waterproof
  • Rapid charging extends usage time beyond the designated battery life

Cons

  • May not fit everyone
  • Unusable if small magnetic charge is lost

Bose SoundSport Free

Bose is well known for its great earphones and headphones, and they’ve played their part in the upsurge of the true wireless earphone technology with the SoundSport Free. These Bose headphones couldn’t beat the Jabra Elite Active which is our top pick, but for wireless earphones, their sound is absolutely phenomenal thanks to the signature Bose bass.

With the Bose SoundSport Free, you have various earbuds to choose from, though not all of them will fit everyone easily. We love the fact that Bose has added a tracking ability to these earphones in case you lose them.

The battery life of the Bose earphones is average, lasting at 5 hours. Much like our topic pick however, the charging case can extend the battery life by storing an additional 10 hours’ worth of run time.

The biggest downside to these earphones is how bulky they are. They stick out of your ear quite a bit, which can make them difficult to use during certain exercises. Changing your shirt in the locker room can also make them pop out and drop. The Bose SoundSport Free are IPX4 rated, which makes them resistant to sweat, but it’s not as much as our top pick

Pros

  • Great sound quality
  • Comfortable fit
  • Comes with all the advanced controls of true wireless earphones
  • Sweat resistant

Cons

  • Very bulky design

Jabra Elite 65e

You might be tempted to consider the Elite Active over the Elite 65e given the price Jabra demands for these not-so-wireless workout headphones. But if you’re still iffy about true wireless earphones (because of how easily one can lose them) and want some killer noise canceling, then the Jabra Elite 65e are worth your consideration.

The sound of these bad boys is great for earphones, and the active noise cancellation is unparalleled among workout in-ear headphones. You’ll be sure to drown out the generic gym tracks and the gym bro advices others may feel they need to give you. The EQ bands in the app give you the option to fine-tune the sound to your liking.

We’re not a huge fan of the stiff collar, but it is what it is. The earbuds themselves are comfortable and won’t be falling out, nor causing excessive ear fatigue. The battery life varies depending on whether you have active noise cancellation on. With it off, it can last up to 13 hours.

But you wouldn’t buy this product if you weren’t interested in the ANC, and the battery life is roughly eight hours with it one. You also get an IP54 rating that protects them from dust and light splashes, though they’re not meant to handle excessive sweat.

Pros

  • Fantastic active noise cancelling
  • Customizable EQ through app
  • Comfortable to use

Cons

  • Quality control issues

Anker SoundBuds Curve

Ah, Anker. They seem to find their products on our lists quite frequently, which is a testament to just how good the company is at making affordable yet reliable electronic products. Anker’s SoundBuds Curve is our budget pick workout headphones in the market right now for several reasons.

First and perhaps most important is how they don’t demand an exorbitant fee to own. They perform well beyond what you’ll pay for them. The IPX4 makes them workout ready, and the battery life is great 12.5 hours – not the best out there of course but given how they don’t have an obnoxious collar band, it’s really good.

They have decent bass for the price point you’ll pay for them, and the ear hooks ensure they won’t fall of even when you’re hanging upside-down from a pull-up bar. The Anker SoundBuds Curve also have support for Siri and Google Assistant, so the vast majority of smartphone users should feel covered.

Anker has also added in noise cancellation, which is a rarity in earphones at this price point. The noise cancellation doesn’t work as effectively as other, more expensive ones though.

Pros

  • Excellent value for money
  • Sweat resistant thanks to IPX4 rating
  • Secure fit
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • Average noise cancelling

Buyer’s Guide

    After Apple announced its AirPods, the world quickly pondered the idea of truly wireless earphones with no cords. Many well-known manufacturers such as Samsung, Bose, Jabra, and more have come out with such products, but not all of them are equally good.

    This is because there are still quite a few challenges associated with true wireless earphones. The first and foremost is the ability to lose them. Many now come with apps that let you track the whereabouts of your lost earphone, but it’s still a problem many wouldn’t want to have on their hands.

    Another is battery life. Though often the associated cases can greatly increase the battery life, the standalone run time is disappointing, lasting only 4-5 hours. However, true wireless workout headphones are improving as time goes on and gaining popularity.

    Normal wireless workout headphones have been around for a long time, but they come with a cord which doesn’t make them truly wireless. The cord can be a bit annoying, especially when it a collar-style cord that houses the battery and controls. They however still are the industry standard due to the longer battery life and reliability.

    Battery life is essential if you’re a long runner or your workouts go on for an extended time. True wireless earphones only last 5 hours on their own, with the charge time extended to 10 with the case. Tethered wireless workout headphones will last longer, but the cord itself can be annoying in some workouts.

    It’s important to focus not just on the battery life, but also how quickly the headphones charge and the method of charging. Many wireless workout headphones charge very fasting, giving you an hour’s worth of runtime for a mere 10 seconds of charge.

    Finally, the is comfort of the earphones is also an important factor. This applies to how they fit in your ears as well as the cord if you’re going for tethered workout headphones. Most products come with different sizes of earbuds to fit most users’ ears, but not all of them have a design that makes them comfortable.

    How important is water and sweat resistance in workout headphones?
    Whether you’re pumping iron at the gym or running marathons, you’re bound to sweat. Sweat can seep into the earphones and damage their essential components. If you sweat a lot during workouts, it’s essential that you buy sweatproof workout headphones.

    Is interference a possibility with such devices?
    Interference is normally not an issue with wireless workout headphones, but some products do suffer from it. Be sure to read user reviews of the product you’re interested in to know if it suffers from that problem.

    Why go wireless for workouts?
    While it is possible to use wired devices during the workout, they can get in your way and it can be dangerous for you, the device your headphones are connected to, and the headphones themselves. For this reason, wireless is the way to go for workout headphones.

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