14 Best Wireless Earbuds For Working Out & Running In 2018

(Last Updated On: January 13, 2018)

In this article, we will present to you 14 best wireless earbuds that could come in handy for your workout and running routine. As you will be able to see in the text below, we have chosen various models with different features and prices, but there is something to suit everyone’s taste and pocket. No matter if you don’t want to spend a serious amount of money on workout earbuds or you want to have branded model that you trust, we will offer some interesting deals.

Besides that, we have tried to find out what are the most important characteristics that a decent pair of earbuds should have and what are the things you should know and pay attention to when buying earbuds that you will use for different kinds of physical activities.

We have made some researches and decided to write a few words about the most important reasons for buying earbuds for working out and running – music. We will try to discover what kind of music people listen when they work out and if it is really so effective. In the end, we will give you some suggestions for achieving the best results with the least time spent working out.

Best Wireless Earbuds For Working Out & Running In 2018 – Top 14

Best Wireless EarbudsModelRatingPrice
Phaiser BHS-7304.3$30 - $40
Zeus4.3$25 - $35
Vava Moov4.3$30 - $40
SoundPeats Q124.4$25 - $35
Phaiser BHS-5304.3$25 - $35
Senso ActiveBuds4.2$25 - $35
Treblab XR1004.1$25 - $35
TaoTronics TT-BH074.1$20 - $30
Mpow Gen-24.0$20 - $30
Anker SoundBuds4.0$20 - $30
Bose SoundSport4.1$150 - $200
AYL3.8$20 - $30
Plantronics BackBeat4.0$110 - $130
Jaybird X33.5$70 - $90

 

The Most Important Features Every Sport Earbuds Should Have

Just like every product in the world, sport earbuds have specific features that characterize them as products made for sports. Earbuds that are made to be used in gyms or for outdoor sport activities have to be different, if not better, than ordinary earbuds. Sport activities include a lot of jumping, running, constant changing of position, but also sweating. That’s the reason why sport earbuds have to be able to survive being used in severe conditions. Because of that, we have marked the most important features that sport earbuds should have, so if you scroll down and look at the products we have picked out for you, you will realize that our earbuds meet all the requirements.

  • Great durability

We expect that everything we buy last at least some time and because of that, we are always looking for durable devices. And that’s completely normal. However, all devices made for outdoor use should be protected from different impacts such as rain, snow, falling from a certain height, etc. and should be more durable than devices that are used only in indoor conditions.

That goal is achieved by making those devices/gadgets from special materials that enable uninterrupted work even under severe conditions. The best option would be to make earbuds from metal materials without sacrificing product’s weight. Of course, if the product is made from metal (in our case the housings are made from metal), it is often pricier than the others. In those cases, when the manufacturer wants to release cheaper models and save money paid for the material, the common substitute for metal is aluminum or even plastic. Truth to be told, many models, even on our list are made from plastic, but that plastic has higher quality than average and the manufacturers usually provide some sweat/water resistant coatings that increase durability level.

When it comes to audio cables, it is advisable to avoid sturdy plastic materials and cover wires with soft bendable rubber that doesn’t break easily, especially on joints where most of the cables snap.

  • Nano coating or IP rating

As we have previously said, the durability of the materials used to make earbuds can be increased by adding specific layers of protection, such as nano coating. The idea is to make earbuds resistant to water and sweat. The liquid that falls on them turns into small drops and slides down from the gadget without damaging it.

Many earbuds come in boxes with IP rating advertised in capital letters. IP stands for Ingress protection. It shows us how protected our device/gadget is. Next to IP can stand two numbers. The first one shows us if the device/gadget is protected from dust and the second one if the device is sweatproof, water resistant or waterproof.

IPX0 means your device is not protected at all. Any rating from IPX1 to IPX4 means your device can survive being in contact with drops or splashes of water, but anything from IPX5 to IPX8 means that your device is water resistant and if it has IPX7 or IPX8 rating, it means the device can be submerged into water not deeper than 1m (they are completely waterproof).

If you want to know whether your device is resistant to dust, you should check the number that stands right after IP abbreviation. If there’s an X, your device is not dust proof. If there is some other number from 1 to 5, your device has very low protection from dust and it can be considered dustproof only if after IP stands number 6.

If your device has IP67 or IP68 rating, it means it is dustproof, waterproof and sweatproof.

  • Exceptional stability

Stability is one of the factors that affect general impression about comfort. The main factors that affect stability are shape and design of earpieces as well as the shape and character of ear tips and ear stabilizers (ear loops, ear wings, and ear hooks).

When looking for a pair of sport earbuds, you should always pay attention to the shape of the earpieces. If they are straight, you can expect earpieces to fall out often from your ears. If they are angled, they can penetrate your ear canal deeper and make better fit. That way, they will be more stable in your ears.

When it comes to ear tips, they should be made from materials that enable best snug and seal. Many users claim that foam ear tips make better seal, which improves sound quality and increases stability because foam ear tips adjust to the shape of your ears. Ear stabilizers should not be too sturdy to hurt your ears, but they should be strong enough to provide you with additional stability.

Many users and even reviewers on YouTube don’t know how to put earbuds in the right position and they get the wrong impression about comfort and sound quality of that very model. That’s why we have to advise you to read carefully user manuals because they offer detailed instructions for wearing earbuds.

  • Good signal range

The signal range might not seem quite important, especially for runners who wear their phones or players in their pockets or around their arms. However, if you are in the gym lifting some weights, you have probably experienced dropping your phone when moving from one place to another, because your exercises require constant moving from one piece of equipment to another. It is easier to have decent signal range and be able to move away from your phone at least 30 feet and still be able to hear music loud and clear. That way, you also protect your phone/player from unwanted damages.

Signal range depends on Bluetooth version and the best option is the latest version 4.1 that ensures best data flow as well as good signal range with or without obstacles. The second best is 3.0 version. It is the only one that can really be compared to 4.1 version and one pair of earbuds with this Bluetooth version is on our list of 14 best wireless earbuds for working out and running.

The List of 14 Best Wireless Earbuds for Working out and Running


Phaiser BHS-730 Wireless Sports Earbuds

Approximate Price: $36.00

Phaiser BHS-730 are relatively affordable wireless earbuds that offer good sound quality and comfort level, as well as solid build quality. They have simple but attractive design and they are also available in many different colors (black, red, heliotrope, green and blue). BHS-730 have black earpieces and remote controller, while the color of the flat, tangle-free audio cable changes. On the front side of the earpieces, there are silver caps with built-in magnets. Replaceable ear wings are there to make the earbuds more stable, while the earpieces themselves are slightly angled to enable better snug. The controls, the USB charging port, and inline mic are on the right side of the audio cable. With those controls you can do almost anything without taking out your phone or player – you can play/pause music, answer/end calls, control the volume or skip tracks.

BHS-730 come in a rich package containing the earbuds, one USB charging cable, 3 pairs of silicone ear tips and 3 pairs of ear wings in different sizes, one pair of foam ear tips, 2 cord clips and 2 collar clips as well as user manual and sturdy carrying case.

These headphones are more durable than you would expect from a pair of 30-dollar earbuds. Their housings are made from metal alloy and the audio cable is covered with fine rubber that can survive severe usage. They also have nano coating protection that keeps them safe from damages caused by sweating, rain or sudden dropping into water. However, we advise you to try to maintain them in the best possible way, because some customers had problems with housings falling apart (metal and magnet parts breaking).

As far as comfort is concerned, Phaiser BHS-730 are very pleasant for wearing. They weigh only 0.6 ounces, so they won’t be heavy or put pressure on your ears. The manufacturer includes different sizes of ear tips and ear wings in the package, so you can find the most fitting pair in order to make the earbuds more comfortable and secure in your ears. There are also cable clips that enable you to shorten the cable as much as you want or to simply attach it to your clothes to prevent it from dangling behind your head. As they have magnets in the housings, you can simply join them and wear the earbuds around your neck, when you’re not using them.

When it comes to sound quality, we assure you that BHS-730 offer decent sound quality for your daily activities from walking to working out and running. They use 8mm drivers and the speakers deliver clear sound with strong bass, light treble and clear and punctual highs. They use Bluetooth 4.1 technology. The battery needs 1-2 hours to be fully recharged and it offers up to 8 hours of playback or talk time (6 hours on average). Signal range varies from 30 to 40 feet, depending on the surroundings and possible obstacles. The mic quality is also satisfying and your calls will be quite clear. However, you should take into consideration that these earbuds don’t have ANC and CVC 6.0 passive noise reduction technology can’t completely save you from ambient noise.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Simple and attractive design

Decent sound quality

Sweatproof

Magnetic housings

Durable earbuds

Don’t have ANC

6 hours of playback time on average


Zeus Outdoor Wireless IPX7 Waterproof Headphones

Approximate Price: $30.00

Zeus Outdoor headphones are good-looking affordable earbuds that offer a lot for only 30 dollars. They have simple sport design, especially because of the ear hooks that ensure high level of stability and prevent the earbuds from sliding out from your ears. They come in black and white colors. The earbuds have big housings with Zeus logo on the front side. The controls, mic and USB charging port are on the right earbud, so that you can play/pause music, answer/end calls or control the volume and skip tracks without using your phone. Battery status indicator will show you if the battery is ready for charging or you can still listen to music or make calls without worrying that the earbuds will power off.

Zeus Outdoor come in a nice box that, besides the earbuds, contains 3 pairs of silicone ear tips in different sizes, one pair of foam ear tips, one cord clip, USB charging cable as well as one sturdy carrying case, user manual, and warranty card.

These earbuds don’t look cheap and their build quality is quite satisfying. The earpieces are made from quality and durable plastic and the ear hooks are rubberized. They do feel a bit flimsy, but they will stay safely on your ears. The audio cable is also covered with fine rubber. It is flat and tangle-free, which makes it more durable. The earbuds even have IPX7 rating, which means they can be normally used outdoors. However, pay attention to the earpieces, because some customers had problems with drivers separating from the housings.

Zeus Outdoor are designed mostly for sports and that means they are very comfortable and stay securely in your ears no matter how much you move. They are a bit heavier than the other earbuds in this group, but 2.4 ounces won’t cause you any problems or make your workouts unpleasant. The ear tips that come along with the earbuds give you perfect possibility to find the pair that makes perfect seal and makes your music sound even better. There are even foam ear tips that have the ability to adjust to your ears and make better seal than silicone tips.

These earbuds have decent sound quality. We wouldn’t recommend them to an audiophile, but they are pretty good for any ordinary user. The bass is strong, but the mids and highs aren’t too clear, which makes the earbuds sound a bit muffled. The mic can make your problems when talking on the phone, as the earbuds don’t have ANC, but only CVC 6.0 passive noise cancellation technology, that can’t completely shut out ambient noise. However, Bluetooth 4.1 technology, 33-feet signal range and battery that can last up to 8 hours (needs 2 hours to fully recharge) make these earbuds a lot better than many others.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Good-looking sport earbuds

Durable

Long-lasting battery

IPX7 rating

Very comfortable and stable

Sound is slightly muffled

No ANC


Vava Moov 28 Wireless Sports Earbuds  

Approximate Price: $34.00

Vava Moov 28 are good-looking affordable earbuds made for active people who often run or work out in the gym. They look simple but attractive. Sadly, they are available only in black color. They have small housings with ear wings that increase stability level and ensure better fit in your ears. The flat and tangle-free audio cable connects the earpieces and on its right side, you can find inline mic, USB charging port, and control buttons. There are three buttons and the one in the middle is multifunctional button that can be used to play/pause music or answer/end calls. On the sides, there are volume controls that can also be used for skipping tracks. The status indicators will be changing color from red to blue when the earbuds are in pairing mode, red light will shine when they are charging and the blue one will appear when they are fully charged.

These headphones come in a simple box with USB charging cable, two spare pairs of silicone ear tips and ear wings in different sizes, user manual, collar clip and padded textile carrying bag.

Vava Moov 28 are solidly built earbuds with aluminum housings and rubber audio cable. They seem and feel quite durable for the price and there were no major complaints about that.  They also have IPX5 rating, which means they have nano coating and they are sweatproof. That also means you can use them even if you’re excessively sweating during workouts or runs.

When it comes to comfort, we can say that these headphones are quite comfortable. The earpieces have ergonomic and angled design to ensure better fit. There are also replaceable ear tips in different sizes, so you can try them on and pick one pair that fits you most, or you can buy different tips separately if you don’t like these. However, the earbuds should stay in your ears during your workouts, no matter how demanding they are. In addition, Vava Moov have magnetic housings that enable you to wear your earbuds securely around your neck when they are not in use. That way you have less chance to lose or damage them.

The quality of sound that these earbuds deliver is really pleasant. It is not anything special, but it will be enough for working out. Vava Moov use Bluetooth 4.1 technology with good signal range. The battery will take 2 hours to fully recharge and you will be able to use it for up to 8 hours. The only downside is the fact that these earbuds have only CVC passive noise cancellation that can’t completely isolate ambient noise, although that shouldn’t destroy your listening experience or make your calls muffled.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Nice and simple design

Magnetic housings

Durable earbuds

IPX5 rating

Good sound quality

Long-lasting battery

Very comfortable

No ANC


SoundPeats Q12 Bluetooth Earbuds

Approximate Price: $28.00

SoundPeats Q12 are earbuds that cost less than many others on our list and still manage to offer similar comfort level, similar sound and build quality, and they may even be better than the others. They have simple and interesting design, although is not unique as many other earbuds have the same looks. They are available in 4 colors (black, blue, red and white), they have ear wings that provide you with extra stability and secure fit, and the earpieces are slightly angled, which enables better fit and seal. The audio cable is thin and flat, and because of that, it is tangle-free. On the right side of the cable, you can find control pad with three buttons (used to play/pause music or answer/end calls, control the volume or skip tracks), inline mic and USB charging cable. The status indicator will change colors (from red to blue) when the earbuds are in pairing mode while it will stay blue when the earbuds are paired with your device. It will also be red when the battery is low or in charging mode and it will turn blue when the battery is charged.

Q12 come with additional accessories: 2 spare pairs of silicone ear tips and wings in different sizes, cable clip, collar clip, USB charging cable, user manual and warranty card.

These earbuds have aluminum housings with built-in magnets, so they should be quite durable. The cable has nice rubber finish and it seems very durable and resistant to pulling. These earbuds don’t have any IP rating, but they are sweatproof and experiences of many satisfied customers confirm that statement.

SoundPeats Q12 are highly comfortable earbuds, mostly because of the design and their weight, which is only 0.5 ounces. The earbuds are ergonomically shaped. They are angled, which helps them stay securely in your ears, with the help of ear wings. You will get enough spare tips and wings and most of the people should be able to find perfect size for themselves. When the perfect fit is achieved, even the sound quality gets better.

These earbuds deliver surprisingly good sound for this price range. They have nice and strong bass and the mids and highs are very clear and distinctive. You will be satisfied with the sound no matter what music genre you listen to. In addition, Q12 use Bluetooth 4.1 technology that ensures easy pairing with most of modern Bluetooth enabled devices and approximately 30-feet signal range. The battery will need 2 hours to fully recharge and it will last for 6 – 7 hours of playback or talk time. The earbuds use CVC 6.0 passive noise cancellation technology that reduces great amount of ambient noise and that should be enough for uninterrupted listening to music or making calls.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Simple and attractive design

Good sound quality

Durable earbuds

Magnetic earpieces

The battery should be more durable


Phaiser BHS-530 Bluetooth Headphones for Running or Exercise

Approximate Price: $30.00

One more pair of wireless earbuds made by Phaiser is on our list of 14 best wireless earbuds for working out and running. This time we will present to you one model that is completely different from Phaiser BHS-730. It is Phaiser BHS-530. They have completely different design from the earpieces to the audio cable. They look sportier and they are available in six colors (black, heliotrope, green, blue, red and grey). As expected, the controls are on the right earbud. The power on/off button (also used for pairing) is on the top of the earbud. On the bottom, you will find USB charging port and volume controls that might be difficult to use for people with thicker fingers because + and – are too close to each other. There are also built-in mic and status indicator that will show you if the earbuds are on if they are pairing/paired, but they will also show you battery status (red light when the battery is low or charging and blue when it is charged). However, you don’t have to worry about the battery, female voice will always warn you if the battery is low or if you are out of range.

BHS-530 come in a simple box with sturdy carrying case where are placed all the accessories as well as the earbuds. You will get USB charging cable, user manual, lifetime sweatproof warranty, two spare pairs of silicone ear tips in different sizes and one pair of foam ear tips.

These earbuds don’t seem so cheap at the first look but, truth to be told, they are. Their build quality is not so great and there are many earbuds in this price range that are more durable. However, there is one thing you can be sure about – they are completely sweatproof and they can survive sudden dropping into water as they have liquipel nano coating. Anyhow, be gentle with these as their neckband tends to break on the joints and that’s their weak point.

Phaiser BHS-530 are quite comfortable earbuds. They have short audio cable that won’t dangle behind your neck and distract you, but its stiff built might. The earbuds are very light as they weigh only 0.8 ounces and you get enough ear tips to be able to find the best fit. Anyway, you can always use foam ear tips that ensure better seal, better sound quality and more sound isolation than silicone ones.

BHS-530 sound amazing for a pair of earbuds in this price range. They deliver sound with strong bass and very clean mids and highs. They manage to passively isolate great amount of ambient noise, so you will be able to work out in noisy gyms or run down noisy streets without anything distracting you. BHS-530 use Bluetooth 4.1 technology with 30-40 feet signal range, which should be enough for the purpose. The battery will last for incredible 11 hours and it will require only 2 hours to fully recharge.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Simple and attractive sport design

Great crisp and clean sound

Very comfortable

Amazing battery life (up to 11 hours)

Problems with durability

Stiff neckband


Senso ActiveBuds S-250 Bluetooth Waterproof Headphones  

Approximate Price: $30.00

Senso ActiveBuds S-250 are good-looking sports earbuds that can be bought for only $30. They come in black and red colors and the biggest difference between them is the color of the cable. All the controls are on the right earbud as well as USB charging port and built-in mic. The controls are highly accessible. On the front side of the earbuds, you will see big rounded button with Senso logo on it. That is power button that you press when you want to play/pause music or answer/end incoming calls. On the top of the earbud, there are volume controls, also used for skipping tracks. The earpieces have slightly angled design that provides you with extra stability as well as the ergonomic ear hooks. They might seem a bit flimsy, but they do their job quite well.

ActiveBuds come in a simple box with 2 USB charging cables (the long one and the short one), metal car charger, three pairs of ear tips in different sizes, one cord clip and one sturdy carrying case.

These headphones are mostly made from plastic and rubber and that’s the main reason why the ear hooks and earpieces seem so flimsy, but they have proven themselves to be very durable. They also have IPX7 rating, which makes them resistant to sweat, rain, snow, showering and even submersion in 1m deep water. So, they are pretty durable, but we advise you to take care of them because earpieces falling apart is a common problem for this kind of earbuds and some users had such problems even with S-250.

When it comes to comfort, we have to say only positive things. They weigh only 0.2 ounces, which makes them so light that you won’t even feel them on your head. When you find the best fitting ear tips, you will be able to achieve the best seal that will make music sound great and the earbuds safely and securely snugged in your ear canal. Don’t worry, they won’t slip out no matter how difficult and demanding your workouts are. The audio cable might seem a bit too long, but you can always use cable clip to shorten it in case it annoys you.

ActiveBuds deliver quite a good sound with deep bass and clear highs. The mids might sound a bit muffled, but they are quite nice for the price. They use Bluetooth 4.1 technology and you can be assured that the signal will remain good even on 30-feet distance from your device. The battery can last up to 8 hours and it requires only 2 hours to fully recharge. The earbuds use CVC 6.0 passive noise isolating technology, which makes your listening and phone calls sound better and nicely isolates great amount of ambient noise.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Simple and attractive sport design

Good sound quality

Very comfortable and stable

Accessible controls

IPX7 rating

Mids are slightly muffled


Treblab XR100 Bluetooth Sport Earbuds for Running and Workout

Approximate Price: $30.00

Treblab XR100 have sports looks that remind us of some of the previously reviewed earbuds. However, they look nice and attractive enough for wearing. They are available in pink, black, white and purple colors, so there is really something for both women and men. XR100 have all the controls placed on the right earbud. You will find there all the buttons necessary for keeping your hands free and your phone safely snugged in your pocket. On the top of the earbud, you have volume controls (also used for skipping tracks) and the power on/off button (which is also used for answering calls) is on the front side. It is the biggest button with Treblab logo. The built-in mic, USB charging port, and status indicator are also there. You will be able to see color changing light (from red to blue) when the earbuds are in pairing mode. When your earbuds and your phone are paired, the indicator will turn blue and the same light will show you that the earbuds are charged. The earpieces are angled and they have ear hooks that ensure higher level of stability during your workouts.

XR100 come in a simple box with USB charging cable, user manual, many spare pairs of silicone and foam ear tips in different sizes, one nice sturdy carrying case and one cord clip.

Treblab XR100 are made mostly from plastic and silicone/rubber materials. However, there were no major complaints about build quality of these earbuds. Some of the customers had problems with damaged earpieces but those were rare cases. The audio cable is flat and thin, but it is covered with nice rubber layer. It is tangle-free and it seems quite durable. The earbuds also have IPX4 rating which means they are completely sweatproof, although the manufacturer claims that it will survive shorter contact with water.

XR100 are very comfortable earbuds. They weigh 0.3 ounces, so you won’t even know they are on your head. The angled design of the earpieces and ear hooks provide you with extra stability and prevent the ear tips to pop out from your ears. The ear hooks are really soft and comfortable, so you shouldn’t worry about them hurting your ears. If you find the cable too long, you can always shorten it with the clip provided by the manufacturer.

When it comes to sound quality, Treblab XR100 are surprisingly good for the price. They deliver very clean and clear sound with strong bass. They use Bluetooth 4.1 technology and the signal range is up to 38 feet, which is quite good. The battery needs to be charged for 2 hours and it can last up to 9 hours per charge. The earbuds have only passive noise isolation, so they won’t be able to completely isolate you from your environment, but they will isolate great amount of ambient noise, especially if you find the right pair of ear tips. If the silicone ones can’t help, there are always foam tips that usually make things much better as they make better seal and adjust to your ears easily. When it comes to the mic, we must say it is not perfect, especially because of the lack of ANC, but you will definitely be able to make occasional calls without major problems.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Simple and sport design

Very comfortable and stable

Quite durable

Good sound quality

Long-lasting battery

No ANC

Possible problems with mic quality


TaoTronics TT-BH07 Wireless Earbuds

Approximate Price: $26.00

TaoTronics TT-BH07 are relatively cheap wireless earbuds made for active people who often work out in gyms or go running. They have simple but pleasant design and you can find them on Amazon in black, white, blue, red and green colors. They have metal magnetic housings with replaceable ear wings. The housings are connected with thin and flat audio cable that is also tangle-free. On the right side of the cable, just below the right earbud, you will find control pad with all the buttons necessary for controlling your listening or talking on phone without holding it. There are also built-in mic and USB charging port, as well as three buttons on the front side. The middle one is multifunctional button that you can use to power the earbuds on/off or answer/end calls. The two remaining buttons on the sides are volume controls and they can be used to skip tracks.

TT-BH07 come in a very simple box made from recycled cardboard and inside the box, you will find two smaller boxes. One of them contains the earbuds and the other contains following equipment: one textile carrying bag, short charging cable, user manual and 3 pairs of silicone ear tips and ear wings in different sizes.

These headphones have satisfying build quality as the housings are made from metal. They look rather durable and they also have IPX5 rating, which means they are sweatproof. Bear in mind that they can survive contact with small amounts of water, but they will stop working if you shower with them in your ears. Some of the customers reported control pad falling apart and there were some cases where the metal caps on the housings easily wore out. Truth to be told, those were more aesthetics problems and the earbuds were still able to work perfectly, but we wanted to warn you of potential problems.

TT-BH07 are very comfortable and many customers can confirm that. The manufacturer made angled earpieces and many spare ear tips and wings for better stability and fit, so you should be able to find the best combination for you easily. When the perfect seal is achieved, you will be able to find out how these earbuds truly sound and they won’t fall out from your ears no matter how much you move your head. When you want to take the earbuds off, you don’t have to put them in your pocket or your bag and risk damaging them. You can just put them around your neck and the magnets in the housings will keep them there. That way, the earbuds will be safe from damages and you won’t lose them. Being so light (0.4 ounces), they can’t make any pressure on your ears, head or your neck.

When it comes to sound quality, TaoTronics has really made great earbuds. The bass isn’t too emphasized, but it is noticeable and pleasant and the mids and highs are quite clear. The earbuds use Bluetooth 4.1 technology and their signal range is approximately 33 feet. It is advertised that the battery can last 6 hours, but some reviewers reported that it can last up to 9 hours. BH07 don’t have ANC, but only CVC and that might cause problems if you expect your earbuds to fully isolate you from the outside world because these don’t do that. However, CVC technology works nicely and with the help of the adequate tips, you will be able to isolate great amount of ambient noise and enjoy your listening or talks without major problems.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Simple and attractive design

Very comfortable

Good sound quality

IPX5 rating

Possible minor problems with build quality

Bass is not too emphasized


Mpow (Gen-2) Cheetah Bluetooth Sport Earbuds

Approximate Price: $25.00

The next product on our list of 14 best wireless earbuds for working out and running is the 2nd generation of the well-known Mpow Cheetah. By the design, these headphones are practically the same as the previous version, but the manufacturer has made certain improvements in the sound area and the protection from sweat is stronger.

Mpow Cheetah (Gen-2) have simple but very attractive sports looks. They were made mainly for workouts and running and even their design confirms that. They are available in three different colors (black, blue and green). Control buttons are on the right earbud (power button on the top and volume controls on the bottom). There are also built-in mic and USB charging port. The power button is multifunctional button and you use it when you want to power on/off the buds or answer/end incoming calls. The buttons with + and – marks are used to increase or decrease volume level or skip to the previous or next song. The main advantage of Mpow Cheetah design is very short cable that seems to fit everyone no matter how big head that person has and it definitely won’t bounce behind your neck and annoy you.

These headphones come in a nice and elegant box. Besides the earbuds, you will get spare silicone ear tips in different sizes, USB charging cable and user manual. There is no carrying bag but you actually don’t need one because these earbuds gain their primary shape (position) at the very moment you take them off your head.

Mpow Cheetah (Gen-2) are made from quality plastic and rubber. The earpieces are plastic and the neckband is made from titanium wire material with soft rubber layer, which ensures softness and durability at the same time. The truth is that the earbuds don’t really feel cheap, but there were some complaints made by users. The earbuds are supposed to have nano coating that improves their resistance to sweat and even smaller splashes of water. However, some customers experienced problems with that layer as it was peeling off, causing sweat to damage the earbuds.

When it comes to comfort, have no complaints. Not only because the length of the neckband won’t bother you, but also because the earbuds stay securely in your ears no matter how much you move, jump, how fast you run, etc. They come with spare ear tips and most of the buyers should be able to find good fit and seal with one of these pairs of tips. One of the positive sides of these headphones is easy pairing with all Bluetooth enabled devices and highly accessible controls that will enable you to work out as much as you want without annoying interruptions (using phone to change volume settings, skip some tracks, etc).

Mpow Cheetah (Gen-2) offer improved sound quality. They are loud, they have strong bass and clear mids and highs. They also use Bluetooth 4.1 technology with good signal range and the battery will last up to 8 hours or more if you listen audio on lower volumes. The bad thing is that the battery requires 2.5 hours to fully recharge, but that shouldn’t be deal breaker. As far as the mic is concerned, there were no major problems with call clarity or signal losses so we have to say that this feature works nicely.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Attractive sport design

Good sound quality

Very comfortable and stable

Nano coating layer is prone to peeling

The battery has to be charged for 2.5 hours


Anker SoundBuds Slim Wireless Earbuds

Approximate Price: $26.00

Anker SoundBuds are simply designed wireless earbuds that offer more than you would expect from a pair of 20-dollar headphones. They are attractive and you can get them in black, red and blue versions. The earpieces have built-in magnets and the Anker logo on the front side of the buds is placed on the chrome ring. The earpieces are angled and they have removable ear wings that can help to keep the buds in your ears. Control pad with inline mic and USB charger is below the right earbud. There are multifunctional button in the middle (power on/off and answer/end calls) and volume controls on the sides (also used for switching between tracks). The status indicator will show you if the earbuds are in pairing/charging mode and if the battery has to be charged. The downside is that the cable is rounded, so you can expect some tangling.

ActiveBuds come in nice packaging with textile carrying bag, USB charging cable, user manual and 3 pairs of silicone ear tips and wings in different sizes as well as cable clip.

These earbuds have metal parts in the housings and the tips, wings and the audio cable are made from rubber. The earbuds look quite durable and you would never guess they are so cheap. They also have nano coating and IPX5 rating, so sweating won’t damage them. Some customers experienced problems while charging the buds so we advise you to carefully read the manual, follow the instructions about charging and use only the original charger.

We can say that these earbuds are very comfortable. They weigh only 0.4 ounces and they won’t put any pressure on your ears. If you find the cable too long, you can always use the clip to shorten or attach it to your clothes. When not in use, they can easily be hung around your neck as the magnets in the housings will join and the buds will be safe from damaging or losing.

ActiveBuds aren’t earbuds that we would recommend to an audiophile, but for an ordinary customer, they are quite good. The sound quality is good, clean and balanced. In case you aren’t satisfied, try changing the tips because better seal improves sound quality of this kind of headphones. ActiveBuds use Bluetooth 4.1 technology and the signal range is 30 feet, which is quite satisfying. The battery life is good and the earbuds will be able to work for 7 hours, but it should be better. They require 1-2 hours to fully recharge.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Simple and nice design

Very light and comfortable

Quite durable earbuds

Satisfying sound quality

IPX5 rating

Battery life could be longer

Minor sound distortions


Bose SoundSport Pulse Wireless Headphones

Approximate Price: $180.00

Bose SoundSport Pulse are unique earbuds, starting from their design all the way to their performance and heart rate sensor.

SoundSport Pulse are very attractive and they are available in several colors (black, blue, red and white). They may seem a bit bulky and they really are, but there are so many things about them that will make you love them no matter how big they are. As always, Bose has its own solutions for everything and, as you could expect, the controls on the Bose SoundSport Pulse won’t be at the same place as the controls on ordinary cheap earbuds are. First of all, the removable ear tips and wings are made in one piece, so you have to use the wings that are usually separated from the ear tips and you can choose whether you want to wear them or not. Second of all, Bose doesn’t have all the controls on the right earbud nor the typical control pad. On the right earbud, you will find power on/off button and two status indicators below the button. The first one shows you if the battery is charged (green) or not (red) and the second one shows pairing status (blue light is on when the earbuds are paired with your device). On the same earbud, you will also find USB charging port. On the left earbud is the button that starts heart rate technology. On the right side of the rounded audio cable is control pad with volume controls and inline mic.

These earbuds come in a simple but carefully made packaging that contains the earbuds, USB charging cable, two spare ear tips with ear wings in different sizes and one cord clip.

As far as the build quality is concerned, we must say that the earbuds look quite durable because they are made from quality sturdy plastic and the rounded cable is also quite able to resist pulling and severe usage. The earbuds are sweatproof and even those who sweat a lot can use them normally. However, we must mention that a certain number of users reported problems with the durability of the housings and control pad because they fell apart easily, at least from their experience. Luckily, Bose SoundSport Pulse have many satisfied customers.

When we discuss comfort, we usually talk about stability and the ability of earbuds to seal your ear canal without hurting it. Sure, these earbuds provide all of that, but they also use heart rate technology and they can work with many workout applications. That way, the user has the best opportunity to follow his own progress. The earbuds read your heart rate and send data to the app you have on your phone (Runtastic, MapMyRun, RunKeeper or Endomondo) and the feedback will depend on the app quality, not the earbuds.

The sound quality that these earbuds offer to their users is really great. Bass lovers will be especially pleased as the bass is quite strong. Besides that, the mids and the highs are also good and the general impression about the sound is that it is quite energetic and moving, so we think you will be motivated to work out harder and make better results. SoundSport Pulse use Bluetooth 4.1 technology (and NFC pairing) with 30-feet signal range without obstacles (walls, for example). The battery could be better as it offers up to 5 hours of playback and talk time, an hour less than the version without pulse rate. When it comes to the mic, we must say that it works well and, although the earbuds don’t have ANC, conversations are quite clear.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Attractive design

Great sound with a lot of bass and energy

Quite durable earbuds

Very comfortable and light (0.8 ounces)

A bit bulky

Possible problems with earpiece and control pad construction

Battery life should be longer

Expensive


AYL Wireless Sport Stereo In-Ear Headset

Approximate Price: $25.00

If you need cheap wireless, decently sounding earbuds with satisfying build quality, AYL QY8 are for you. They don’t have unique or too attractive design, but they are good-looking earbuds available in black color with silver metal rings on the earpieces. The earbuds have replaceable ear tips and ear wings and all the controls are located on the right earbud. On the front side of the earbud, you will see big ring with AYL logo. When you press and hold the button for a few seconds, the earbuds power on and they are ready for pairing. When paired, the light will remain blue and it has the same color when the earbuds are charged. The built-in mic and the volume controls are also on that bud, while the USB charging port is on the left one. It can be quite difficult to open it, but the good thing is that the cap protects well the inside of the earbuds from sweat and rain.

AYL QY8 come in a nice packaging with USB charging cable, user manual, cord clip and 3 pairs of silicone ear tips and wings in different sizes.

QY8 are mostly plastic earbuds, but they have proven to be decently built and that they can last. There were no major complaints regarding durability. The audio cable is thin and flat. It is tangle-free and it seems able to survive severe usage. In addition, the earbuds are sweatproof and you can use them for workouts without worrying that it will damage them.

Comfort level is actually higher than you would expect. The manufacturer provides soft silicone ear tips and ear wings in different sizes. You can easily find the best size for you and thanks to the material they are made from, the tips will nicely snug into your ear canal and the wings will play the role of ear stabilizers that prevent the tips from sliding out. The audio cable is not too long and the whole length of the earbuds is about 22 inches, but you can always use the clip to shorten it.

When it comes to sound quality, the earbuds have strong and deep bass, but their mids and highs aren’t bad as well. QY8 might not be as loud as some other earbuds, but they will do their job just fine for working out. They use Bluetooth 4.1 technology with approximately 33-feet signal range, while the battery can last up to 7 hours. They use CVC 6.0 passive noise reduction technology, which isolates great amount of ambient noise and makes your listening and talking on the phone clearer.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Simple and elegant design

Good sound quality for the price

Quite durable earbuds

Light and comfortable

USB charging port too stiff


Plantronics BackBeat FIT Wireless Earbuds

Approximate Price: $124.00

Plantronics BackBeat Fit are one of those earbuds that you will find very often in articles that discuss what are the best wireless waterproof earbuds. They are not perfect, of course, and their price doesn’t allow them to be more popular as most people don’t have or don’t want to spend more than $100 on a pair of sport earbuds.

Everything on them screams “sport”. Their design is very attractive and interesting and they are designed in the way that makes people enjoy their workouts. They are available in black, blue, grey and pink colors and their audio cable is thicker and shorter than average in order to prevent annoying bouncing and dangling behind your neck while running, jumping, etc. Truth to be told, they haven’t managed to cut out that bouncing completely, but they are way better than some earbuds with long cables. One interesting thing about them is that they don’t have replaceable ear tips as they come in non-removable and one-size version. The earpieces already have small loops that are in fact ear stabilizers and they prevent earbuds from slipping out from your ears. Power on/off button is on the left earbud and you can also use it to answer calls. Volume controls (also used for skipping tracks) are on the right earbud as well as USB charging port and built-in mic.

Besides the earbuds, you will get USB charging cable and one armband for phones that have similar dimensions to S3, so if you have different phone or you want carrying case or bag, you’ll have to buy armband or carrying case separately.

BlackBeat Fit are mostly made from silicone and plastic. They are bendable and they seem quite durable and able to survive everyday use. The IP57 rating enables them to be covered with sweat or submerged in water and still be able to work normally. That means you can use them in the gym or for outdoor workouts even when it is raining or snowing. However, we have to mention that some customers had problems with button responsiveness as they quit working after some time.

BlackBeat Fit weigh only 0.8 ounces so they shouldn’t hurt your ears by any means or be heavy for extended wearing. They are very stable but the bad thing is that the size of the tips isn’t adjustable. However, they are not advertised as noise cancelling earbuds, so customers shouldn’t expect perfect seal and isolation from ambient noise.

As far as sound quality is concerned, this model of Plantronics earbuds is not bad, but it is not perfect either. Their biggest flaw is that they don’t block ambient noise, so the sound can’t be as loud and clear as it could be if they were noise cancelling earbuds. However, the sound is very pleasant and smooth and we are sure you will be quite satisfied. The earbuds use Bluetooth 3.0 technology with 30 feet signal range. The battery can last up to 8 hours of listening to music (or 6 hours of talking on the phone) and it will need 2 hours to fully recharge. The earbuds support fast charging feature, so you can charge them for about 15 minutes and get enough battery for an hour of listening.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Attractive sport design

Quite durable

IP57 rating

Good battery life

Comfortable and light

Receive firmware updates through their app

Bad quality of control buttons

Non-removable one-size ear tips

The earbuds don’t cancel ambient noise at all

Expensive


Jaybird X3 Sport Bluetooth Headset for iPhone and Android

Approximate Price: $80.00

Jaybird X3 are the improved version of Jaybird Freedom and Jaybird X2 and the improvements are obvious in design, construction quality, and comfort area, while they offer pretty much the same sound quality, which is not a problem as the previous models sounded quite good.

The design can be described as simple and interesting, especially when it comes to stylish ear wings. They are available in many colors (green, red, black and white) and they look good in any of them. The earpieces have slightly angled design, which improves the sound quality and the stability at the same time. They are thinner, more comfortable and less bulky than the previously mentioned models. The control pad is on the left side of the cable and it has built-in mic and three buttons. The middle one is power on/off button that can be used to answer calls or activate Siri or Google Assistance. The other two buttons are used to control the volume and skip tracks. The battery is bigger than earlier and it is powered by USB charging cable with charging clip.

X3 come in a rich package with USB charging cable, carrying bag, cloth clip, cable clips, three pairs of silicone and foam ear tips and three pairs of ear wings in different sizes.

Jaybird X3 have good construction quality. They are made from plastic materials, but they do feel solid and durable. The audio cable is flat and tangle-free. These earbuds are sweatproof, but they have only nano coating instead of true waterproof rating. They are predicted to be used normally in indoor or outdoor conditions, but there were some complaints about nano coating layer peeling off after some time.

In comfort area, X3 offer quite a lot. They weigh only 0.5 ounces and they can’t be heavy or put pressure on your ears. The angled design and many removable ear tips and wings in different sizes allow you to pick the right size for your ears. In case you want better seal and better noise isolation, you can always put on foam ear tips, which will be more stable in ears as the silicone ones tend to slide out. The manufacturer provides the buyers with cable clips that enable them to adjust the size of the audio cable to their preferences and needs. One of the greatest things about these earbuds is the possibility to download MySound app and create sound profile that the earbuds will store for future use. It is also possible to connect the earbuds to two Bluetooth enabled devices at the same time or even to connect two pairs of Jaybird X3 earbuds to one device so that two persons can listen to the same music.

When it comes to sound quality, Jaybird X3 deliver pleasant sound. The bass is definitely the strongest element, while the mids and highs are slightly pushed back because of too strong bass, but you can always adjust sound to your preferences with the help of MySound app. The earbuds support Bluetooth 4.1 technology and the signal range will stay stable at 25 feet, which is not so bad. The battery can last up to 8 hours and it can be quickly charged (15 minutes of charging offers 1 hour of listening).

Advantage and Disadvantage

Attractive design

Good sound quality

MySound app available

Can be paired with two devices or two pairs of earbuds to one device

Very light and comfortable

Nano coating tends to peel off

Signal range should be increased


How Music Motivates Us to Work out Harder?

Have you ever walked a long distance to get on time for some meeting? Have you ever put on your earbuds in order to make the walk more interesting? Have you ever got there early because you walked faster and you didn’t know how and why? We are going to tell you – it is because of the music you were listening to.

Long ago people have realized that music has impact on everything they do while listening to their favorite melodies. Although there are some studies and theories that are trying to explain how music helps people to concentrate when studying or working in office, we will discuss the impact that music has on human physical activity as our topic is tightly related to sports.

It was probably sportsmen and their trainers who first discovered that music motivates them to work out harder, which led to better competition results. The impact was so big that it was decided that competitors can’t listen to music while performing. For example, the athletes used to wear small players and listened to music while competing. Things like that were forbidden in order to force them to achieve more natural and more realistic results, based only on their own abilities. However, nobody could stop them from listening to music during preparations, which was already great as they worked harder and, as a result, their body was in better shape.

Today, everybody put their headphones in their bags when heading to the gym or going for a run. The main reason is that people find their activities easier if they listen to music and there are several explanations for that phenomenon:

  • Music distracts you from pain
  • Music activates parts of your brain that make your body move
  • Music elevates your mood
  • Music makes you forget bad experiences
  • Music helps you get rid of stress.

Music has that specific effect on our brain that causes even unwanted movements, such as dancing in a store or supermarket when your favorite song is playing. It can help you get up and head to the gym because you know that one hour in the gym can make all the bad things that have happened during that day disappear. The effect can’t last forever, but music can definitely help you reduce stress and tension and make you think clearer. When you listen to music while working out or running, you focus on those melodies and you manage to forget not only psychological but also physical pain. For example, when you listen to some song that is bursting with energy, you run faster without even realizing it. At that moment, it’s just you and the music. There’s no pain in arms and legs, there’s no heavy breathing or thinking about the remaining time you have to spend working out.

When speaking about energetic music, we have to say that this kind of music is not the only one that can motivate you. There are different music genres and so many different types of songs within every genre and it’s up to you to find out what motivates you most. If you don’t love rap or electronic music, try out pop music and maybe it can guide you through your running sessions. Some people find some popular songs with motivating lyrics helpful. For example, many people listen to theme songs from movies about Rocky Balboa. They say those songs make them feel they can do anything, make them stronger and more ambitious. Things like that happen because people usually love those lyrics they can associate with or those songs that remind them of some important moments in life. That way, you think about some moments that are important for you and focus on that forgetting about physical pain.

In conclusion, we advise you to always listen to music when working out but pay attention to your playlists. If you’re a runner, it would be best to make a playlist from energetic songs with strong bass that will fill you with energy and positive thinking. If your workouts include gym equipment from treadmill to weightlifting, it would be best to carefully make your playlist from songs for more static workouts as well as special songs for running on a treadmill. Calmer songs, recommended for weightlifting, can be hip-hop or pop songs, even some ballads, but when you want to run, it would be best to listen to songs that have 120-140 beats per minute.

All in all, it is up to you to decide what kind of music you will be listening to. Our task was to present to you 14 best wireless earbuds for working out and running which can help you achieve better results. Hopefully, you will find the model that suits best your needs.


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