Updated November 13, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

The 10 Best Headphones For Exercise

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This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in March of 2018. If you're a frequent gym-goer, you'll understand the frustration of having your earbuds fall out in the middle of a workout. Treat yourself to a pair of headphones made specifically for use while you exercise. They're comfortable, sweatproof, and designed to stay put during any activity, including running, weightlifting, yoga, and even swimming. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best headphone for exercise on Amazon.

10. AfterShokz Xtrainerz

9. Boltune BH020

8. AfterShokz Aeropex

7. JBL Endurance Sprint

6. Beats Powerbeats Pro

5. TaoTronics SoundElite 72

4. Phiaton Bolt BT 700

3. Anker Soundcore Spirit X

2. Jaybird Vista

1. Bose SoundSport Free

Editor's Notes

November 07, 2019:

One of the most interesting parts about modern headphone technology is how small, lightweight, and versatile today's models are. If you want the lightest and most advanced, the Bose SoundSport Free, Jaybird Vista, and Phiaton Bolt BT 700 should be near the top of your list. They're all true wireless in-ear models and they're all top-of-the-line, though they do have their slight differences. The Bose are a great all-around pair, the Jaybird are meant specifically for working out, and the Phiaton use advanced balanced-armature hardware to deliver just about the best sound quality of any in-ear model. The Boltune BH020 are another great pair of true wireless earbuds, and while they're much less expensive than the others, they just don't sound quite as nice.

If you're worried about such tiny earbuds falling out during an intense workout, no problem; there are plenty of options designed to stay even more securely in place. The Beats Powerbeats Pro are some of the most well-known, but oh boy, are they expensive. Meanwhile, the Anker Soundcore Spirit X and JBL Endurance Sprint provide quite good audio, and cost considerably less. And if you're not quite as worried about having hooks to keep them in place, the TaoTronics SoundElite 72 are some of the best-sounding budget-friendly models available. They even take advantage of the high-end AptX HD codec, which provides better-than-CD-quality audio over a typical Bluetooth connection, and almost all recent smartphones support it.

We also listed a couple AfterShokz models that use bone conduction rather than traditional speakers. The AfterShokz Aeropex are some of their most successful wireless headphones, while the AfterShokz Xtrainerz have zero wireless capabilities but do have built-in media storage, and as such they're ideal for use while swimming, when actual in-ear headphones can be problematic and Bluetooth connections simply won't work.


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on November 13, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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