Working out without wires is preferred by most athletes, and with the increasing popularity of true wireless earbuds, there exists a slew of great choices to accompany you on your next workout. We’ve broken down our list of best true wireless workout earbuds into a few categories to satisfy nearly any type of athlete.
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Best true wireless workout earbuds
Editor’s note: We will update this list of the best true wireless workout earbuds regularly as new devices launch.
1. Jabra Elite 65t
If you’re looking for an all-around stellar pair of true wireless workout earbuds, look no further than the Jabra Elite 65t. These IP55 earbuds are both dust and water-resistant. They’re not just durable, though; no, they function smoothly too. These use Bluetooth 5.0 firmware which increases power efficiency and connection strength. Batter life is great for true wireless ‘buds: you get 5.85 hours of playback before needing to pop them back into the compact case. Additionally, autoconnect is quick and reliable; plus, removing the earbuds from your ears automatically pauses media playback. The lack of high-quality Bluetooth codec support can be forgiven, seeing as these perform consistently well and can often be found on promotion.
2. JLab Jbuds Air Sport
Emphasized bass response is emblematic of workout earbuds and the JLab JBuds Air Sport, take this to the extreme without creating too much distortion. These IP66-rated earbuds are tough, functional, and cheap. JLab provides a vast assortment of ear tips, so you can create a proper seal for the best bass response and clarity. If you exercise outside, then Be Aware mode is something you’ll often use: it amplifies external noise while playing your music.
Battery life is ok; you get 4.5 hours of listening on a single charge. On your way to the gym, you may realize the earbuds are dead. In that case, just place them into the case for 15 minutes and you’re afforded 1.5 hours of listening. Unfortunately, these only support the AAC high-quality codec. However, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue as most people don’t analyze their music when working out.
3. Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3100
If you want the safest, most durable true wireless workout earbuds, the Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3100 are it. These IP57-certified ‘buds feature ear tips deliberately designed to allow the ingress of external noise. This is even more effective than JLab’s Be Aware mode. Unfortunately, this also makes the earbuds less versatile as you may not always want to hear your surroundings, but it’s invaluable for outdoor athletes. Each earbud has a holographic panel. The left earbud’s panel is touch-sensitive and enables volume controls. The low-end is remarkably exaggerated but auditory masking makes it difficult to hear the full effect, which is probably for the better anyway.
4. Beats Powerbeats Pro
These are a prime example of how true wireless earbuds should fit both in and around the ear. The dedicated nozzles are angled, making for a more comfortable fit, while the ear hooks maintain a secure hold around the ear during exercise. Just like the AirPods, the Powerbeats Pro house Apple’s H1 chip for hands-free access to Siri and operate via Bluetooth 5.0. These are some snappy earbuds. The Powerbeats Pro aren’t hte most durable earbuds listed but the IPX4 rating means they can withstand nearly any workout.
Battery life is fantastic. You get nearly 11 hours of playback from these, and just five minutes in the case allows for 1.5 hours of listening. Plus, the case holds an additional 1.5 charges. If you can afford them, the Powerbeats Pro are the best workout earbuds for iPhone users.
5. JLab JBuds Air
True wireless earbuds tend to be pricier than their standard wireless counterparts. That’s where the JLab JBuds Air come in. These IP55 earbuds may be bulky but they manage to stay in the ear during any sort of work out. The case has an integrated USB charging cable, so all you need is a charging brick or laptop to keep you powered up. Sound quality isn’t the best but connection strength is surprisingly reliable given how economical the JBuds Air are.
These are our picks for the best true wireless workout earbuds right now. We’ll be sure to update this list as more true wireless workout earbuds hit the market.
What you should know about the best wireless earbuds for working out
- A good fit can make a huge difference. If you’re using the right ear tips, you may hear excellent skull-shaking bass, but if they don’t properly fit your ears, it could result in disappointing bass and lackluster clarity.
- If you’re an indoor cardio enthusiast and like to stream videos while exercising, look out for wireless options with high-quality Bluetooth codec support like the Anker Liberty Air or Mobvoi TicPods Free.
- All workout earbuds must be treated with a water-repellent coating if not given an official IP certification. If you’re using headphones without water-resistant features, you run the risk of short-circuiting them.
- True wireless connectivity remains dubious at best, so don’t be concerned if connectivity stutters every now and then. It’s annoying but virtually unavoidable with the technology as is.
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