The Best Wireless Earbuds to Power Your Workout
Jaybird RUN XT Wireless Earbuds
Jaybird is known for making quality, comfortable workout headphones—and this brand-new launch, the RUN XT, is no exception. In addition to feeling super secure in-ear, these wireless buds boast decent bass, stellar max volume (for those who like to fully rock out), and complete waterproofing. These wireless earbuds will last you four hours on a run, with an extra eight waiting in the charging case. Plus you can listen to just one earbud at a time if you like to keep one ear on the beat and the other on your surroundings.
No doubt you've seen AirPods around town—but these earbuds actually hold up for grueling workouts, too. Despite not having the hooks of other options, AirPods stay in while you jump, run, and sweat. Because they're in-ear but not in-ear canal, they won't fully immerse you in tunes the way other options will. But their sound quality is still pretty great to cruise you through a workout. We love that they auto-detect being in-ear so you don't have to fuss with power buttons, and they offer an additional 24 hours of charge in the case (in addition to five in the earbud), making them ideal for long days.
Under Armour True Wireless Flash – Engineered by JBL
When one of the top speaker brands partners with one of the top workout brands, you know good things are to come. These JBL Under Armour wireless earbuds feature great sound, quality fit, and waterproof technology for the rainiest of runs. In addition to a battery life of five hours in ear and 20 more in the charging case, what sets them apart are two flashy features: Talk-Thru technology, which drops the music down in-ear so you can hold a conversation with your workout partner, and Ambient Aware, which essentially turns off the noise-canceling feature so you can hear your surroundings without forgoing tunes.
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Soundcore Liberty Air
If you want the AirPod style at a cheaper price and more secure fit, with similar (if not slightly better) sound quality, these babies are for you. Thanks to the rubber tip, the Liberty Airs fit snugly in-ear and, combined with their stellar noise-canceling technology and legit low bass, they're a great option for both working out and traveling. (FWIW, while these will stay in for a run or elliptical, HIIT addicts should opt for a pair with wing-tips for maximum security.)
Skullcandy Push Wireless Earbuds
These wireless earbuds boast a decent bass plus good max volume. And, most importantly, they fit very snugly and are pretty low profile. The side button is easy to use in-ear to change songs or answer calls, and they boast six hours of battery life (slightly more than most). If you're a sound snob or want something guaranteed to last through rainstorm runs, you'll have to pay a little more (these are water "resistant," not "proof"). But for earbuds that'll stay in while you move every which way and not break the bank, Skullcandy's first foray into a truly wireless earbud is a great option. (Check out these picks if you're looking for wireless headphones that are more substantial than the earbud style.)
Bose SoundSport Free
Living up to the Bose reputation, these earbuds feature a fabulous boosted bass and a fit so snug you don't hear anything other than tunes pumping in—easily the best for fit folks who prioritize killer sound (and don't mind paying a little more for it). They're definitely the bulkiest of our in-ear options, but they're waterproof for max sweating, will stay put during a workout, and are comfortable despite their size.
Samsung Gear IconX 2018
These second-generation wireless earbuds from Samsung are one of the best bangs for your buck. Not only are they super subtle when in, but the sound quality is also outstanding with great balance and decent bass, and a feature to turn on ambient listening and hear what's going on around you. We especially love the ability to tap or swipe across the buds to change songs instead of the more temperamental (and sometimes painful) button press. But, most significantly, they have 4GB of built-in storage (that's 1,000 songs in the earbuds themselves) and a whopping seven hours of life in a single charge (and seven additional in the charging case).
Jabra Elite Active 65T
This one you can judge by the rose-gold cover: These sweat-resistant earbuds pump music into your ears beautifully (and loudly), and, despite not having wings, will stay in place while you jump over plyo boxes or dodge tree branches. They'll last a full five hours before needing a recharge, but, most exciting if you're someone who always forgets to plug in your headphones until you're headed out the door, their quick charge feature lets you score one and a half hours of juice in just 15 minutes. Plus, with two microphones in each earpiece, you can actually chat on the phone with them in.
Sony Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones for Sports
Sony's sport earbuds don't disappoint. For starters, they're truly water resistant and truly noise-canceling—plus you have the option to allow in ambient sounds if you're trying to hear traffic or friends. The battery life could be better (three hours in-ear, nine hours extra in-case), but the sound quality is spectacular, especially with Sony's trademark Extra Bass feature. Most of all, they're definitely the prettiest of all the options on our list.
Bragi The Dash Pro
The Dash Pro is basically a sophisticated smartwatch in your ear. In addition to the basics of good fit and quality sound, you can upload 1,000 songs to the buds themselves, skip songs or answer calls with a head gesture, and swim with them (they're waterproof). The coolest part: Bragi's A.I. Activity tracker will measure your speed, pace, heart rate, distance, calories, breaths—well, you get the picture. Oh, and did we mention all the fitness features work without your phone around? You're definitely paying for these top-of-the-line features—but if you want to drop some more cash, you can even get the buds molded to fit the exact shape of your ear.