Chances are when you get ready for your run you’re charging up your headphones to listen to your running playlist or podcast. If you’re looking for the best wireless earbuds to help improve your performance when running or working out there are plenty of options out there. We asked several fitness experts to share what they look for and like in running and workout earbuds.
Benefits of wireless earbuds
Science tells us that music can help improve our mood and relax our muscles. “Music has the ability to transform a workout experience, making movement more desirable and exercises more bearable for people of all ages and fitness levels,” explains Cathy Spencer-Browning, VP of programming and Training at MOSSA, which provides programming to health clubs and also has an at-home streaming platform.
“One of the most exciting things that music does for us when we are working out is that it actually improves our performance,” says. Spencer-Browning. It does this in two ways, it delay feelings of fatigue and also increases work capacity. “This results in higher-than-expected levels of endurance, power, productivity and/or strength.”
This sentiment is shared by Marisella Villano, owner of the Marvil Fit fitness studio in the Hamptons. “A good sound, a good beat can be the difference between a good workout or crushing your workout.”And when you crush your workouts, she says it sets the tone for your day. “The right earbuds will help you crush your workouts and give you a chance to run, swim, jump, cycle, sweat, work, play or just chill.”
Which wireless earbud is the best?
So, what constitutes the “right“ wireless earbuds (also known as in-ear headphones) for running and working out? For starters, you’ll definitely want them to be durable and have at least an IPX4 water-resistant rating. Assuming you’re going to be sweating while you’re working out, sweatproof earbuds are essential and an IPX7 water resistance rating means the earbuds can be temporarily immersed in water.
Sound quality is another important feature. You want great sound when you’re working out, and if the earbuds sound crappy, you may as well just whistle or hum to yourself. The rest of the criteria may depend on your preferences. For example, you want a secure fit, but how that relates to a comfortable fit may vary. Some people prefer earbuds with a neckband, while others can’t stand the thought of something hanging from their ears or resting on their neck. Some people prefer ear hooks, while others despise any type of hook or bone conduction headphones. And then, there are people who just want a variety of ear tips to ensure the perfect ear canal fit.
Other choices include transparency mode. Noise-canceling earbuds block out exterior sounds, but some people prefer to hear ambient sound for safety reasons. The ability to take phone calls can be essential to some people, and a distraction to others so hands-free wireless connectivity is something to look out for in its features. Below you’ll find options from brands like Bose, Jabra, Beats, Sony, JLab, and more.
Bose Sport Earbuds
Amazfit PowerBuds Pro
Jabra Elite 4 Active
Amazon Echo Buds 2nd Gen Wireless Earbuds
JLab Epic Air Sport
Raycon The Fitness Earbuds
Bose SoundSport Free
Jabra Elite 7 Active
Beats Fit Pro
Beats Powerbeats Pro
Soundcore by Anker Life A1
SkullCandy Push Active
Shokz OpenRun Pro
Tribit MoveBuds H1 Earbuds
1More Comfobuds Mini
Beyerdynamic Blue Byrd 2
V-MODA Hexamove Lite