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. Battery 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. Jaybird Vista
Jaybird has some of the most attractively designed workout earbuds on the market right now. The Vista earbuds use proprietary wing tips instead of a bolder ear hook design. The structured silicone tips work incredibly well and contribute to the earbuds’ small footprint. This makes it easy to wear them in the office, gym, or train without feeling like your earbuds scream, “I’m about to go for a jog.”
Emphasized bass response is emblematic of workout earbuds but the Jaybird Vista true wireless workout earbuds take a different approach: midrange frequencies receive the most emphasis, making vocals stand out. If this isn’t your preferred sound signature, fear not. You can easily create and apply custom EQ presets via the free Jaybird app. In fact, you can even test out other athletes’ EQ settings. This is a really neat way to make an ordinary function a social one. 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.
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 Icon
True wireless earbuds tend to be pricier than their standard wireless counterparts. That’s where the JLab JBuds Air Icon come in. These IP55 earbuds aren’t as bulky as the original JBuds Air and remain stable during all sorts of workouts. The case has an integrated USB charging cable, so all you need is a charging brick or laptop to keep you powered up. Standalone battery life has vastly improved, granting you 5 hours, 7 minutes of playtime before needing to pop them back into the case. Sound quality isn’t the best but connection strength is reliable, thanks to the new dual connection system.
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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