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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The best true wireless workout earbuds: Jabra Elite 65t
Reasons to consider the Jabra Elite 65t:
- These are the best true wireless earbuds and feature an IP55 dust- and water-resistant build.
- Battery life is exceptional for true wireless earbuds, clocking in at just shy of six hours.
- Four built-in microphones promote exceptional voice quality while simultaneously reducing ambient noise.
- Connectivity is reliable thanks to Bluetooth 5.0 support, which isn’t quite comparable to Apple’s W1 chip but does the job.
Best bass: Under Armour True Wireless Flash by JBL
Reasons to get the Under Armour True Wireless Flash by JBL:
- The earbuds received an IPX7 certification and the charging case is water-resistant, too.
- Standalone battery life is excellent — granting five hours of constant playback — while the charging case affords another 24 hours.
- Similar to bone conduction headphones, safety comes first with the True Wireless Flash as it supports Ambient Aware mode. This allows ambient noise to be filtered through the earbuds while music plays, leaving you aware of your surroundings.
- Listeners get a 12-month premium membership to MapMyRun.
Best durability: Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3100
Reasons to buy the Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3100:
- The BackBeat Fit 3100 is IPX57 dust- and water-resistant, making it the most impervious option listed.
- Its earhook design is malleable enough to remain comfortable but stiff enough to be secure.
- The earbuds combine touch and physical controls for a comprehensive hands-free experience.
- Included Ambient Aware ear tips promote environmental awareness, which is a must-have for outdoor athletes.
Best sound: Bose SoundSport Free
Reasons to buy the Bose SoundSport Free:
- Despite the large, protruding earpieces, the Bose SoundSport Free stays in place during vigorous workouts.
- Battery life is solid for true wireless earbuds with ~4.5 hours of constant playback on a single charge.
- The IPX4 rating is great for general workouts, just don’t submerge the earbuds.
- Sound quality is excellent: bass frequencies are emphasized without completely masking vocals as many workout headphones tend to do.
Best value: JLab JBuds Air
Reasons to buy the JLab JBuds Air:
- For less than $50 it’s hard to outperform the JLab JBuds Air.
- IP55 certification lends itself nicely to intense workouts. If you like to run on the beach, there’s no need to worry about sand getting kicked into the earbuds.
- The fit is excellent thanks to the provided silicone wraps.
- Even though the earbuds are nearly as bulky as Bose’s, the shape fills the outer ear well and reduces wind noise.
What you should know about true wireless workout earbuds
- 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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