8 Best Running Headphones

Last Updated on September 5, 2022 by admin

Whether you’re in the gym or outside, soundtrack your exercise with these smart earbuds.

It might not occur to everyone that choosing a pair of earphones, especially in-ear ones, is a deeply personal experience.

Our ears are all very different shapes and sizes, and there are myriad factors earbuds must succeed at to deliver the best experience; whether that’s comfort, fit, sound, convenience, or durability.

And when it comes to working out, earbuds need to deliver on all of those factors – and also not fall out of our ears while we sweat our way through that jog.

Our testers took all manner of truly wireless earbuds out for a spin (sometimes, a spin class), focusing on comfort, durability, and clarity of sound.

Every pair of earphones featured here comes with multiple bud sizes to ensure the best fit possible, which can be fiddly as they tend to be small, but it is definitely worth taking the time to find the right one.

Here are the earbuds that stood the test of HIIT, sprints, spins, and yoga.

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Jabra Elite Active 75t

Battery life: 7.5 hours (earbuds), 28 hours (charging case)
Size: 0.9 x 0.76 x 0.6 inches
Sweatproof and waterproof: Yes
Do I need to download an app? Yes

By far our favorite, these perform superbly during high-impact exercises and are the most comfortable pair by far. Be prepared to run, jump, and burpee without any interruptions or feeling the need to readjust the earbuds – they fit snugly without the feeling of completely blocking your ears.

The noise-canceling capabilities are excellent, and if you’d rather be able to hear what’s going on around you, pressing the button on the left earbud once activates the “hear through” function that allows you to hear ambient sound with astonishing clarity. Too much clarity? Use the Jabra+ sound app to adjust how much ambient sound is allowed in.

You do have to download an app in order to use them, which might feel a bit inconvenient to start with. But once connected, using the earbuds is a breeze and the app allows you to set different audio profiles, adjust call volumes and update the earbuds whenever a new software version comes about.

Jabra Elite Active 75t True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds, Navy – Wireless Earbuds for Running and Sport, Charging Case Included, 24 Hour Battery, Active Noise Cancelling Sport Earbuds
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Jabra Elite Active 75t True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds, Navy – Wireless Earbuds for Running and Sport, Charging Case Included, 24 Hour Battery, Active Noise Cancelling Sport Earbuds
  • SECURE ACTIVE FIT – We scanned thousands of ears to create the best-fitting earbuds for a sport that we’ve ever created, with a special grip coating to make sure they stay in while you move; Plus, they’re sweat proof and waterproof with IP57-rated...
  • ACTIVE NOISE CANCELLATION: With these noise cancelling earbuds, you can filter out the world and focus on your music; Use the Jabra Sound plus App to activate ANC the first time you use it and enable toggling between ANC and Hear Through via your Earbud...
  • CRYSTAL-CLEAR CALLS – 4 microphones, the latest digital signal processing and pioneering beam form technology mean these Jabra earbuds offer great call quality wherever you are; Plus, they’re compatible with Siri, Google, and Alexa
  • LONG BATTERY LIFE – With Jabra Elite Active 75t wireless Bluetooth earbuds, you get up to 24 hours of battery time (ANC on) with the pocket-friendly charging case, the Elite 75t earphones let you take calls and play music while staying connected
  • MY SOUND IS YOUR SOUND – Our latest pioneering technology tests your hearing in the Jabra Sound plus app, and tailors your music to suit your individual hearing profile; My Sound makes the music you love even better

 


Beats by Dre Powerbeats

Battery life: 9 hours (earbuds), 24 hours + (charging case)
Size: 2.2 inches
Sweatproof and waterproof: Yes
Do I need to download an app? No

As much as we hate to admit it, these earbuds really do live up to their hype. Developed by Beats by Dre and owned by Apple, these earbuds come with an over-ear hook that makes sure they stay on no matter what you do.

You could hang upside down in aerial yoga with these on and they wouldn’t even budge. They’re comfortable enough to wear all day long – and with 9-hour battery life, you could definitely do that. The case is huge – measuring 3.04 square inches – so it’s not the most compact but it does look very stylish.

Each earbud has a center playback control button and volume controls that allow you to control what you’re listening to with either hand, which can be handy if you’ve got a dumbbell in one hand.

You can also activate Siri just by saying the voice command aloud to adjust your music. Beats are known for delivering rich sound with clear bass tones, and these certainly do not disappoint, especially when repping one’s way through a set of burpees to the beat of “Mi Gente”.

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Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earbuds - Apple H1 Headphone Chip, Class 1 Bluetooth Headphones, 9 Hours of Listening Time, Sweat Resistant, Built-in Microphone - Black
  • Totally wireless high-performance earphones
  • Up to 9 hours of listening time (more than 24 hours with charging case)
  • Adjustable, secure-fit ear hooks for lightweight comfort and stability
  • Reinforced design for sweat & water resistance during tough workouts or running
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Anker Soundcore Liberty Neo

Battery life: 7 hours
Size: 2 x 1.5 x 2.5 cm
Sweatproof and waterproof: Yes
​Do I need to download an app? No

The shape of Anker soundcore’s totally wireless earphones are very similar to the Jabra elite actives, but they are more prominent, and the fit is slightly less comfortable – but don’t let that put you off too much, these are a solid pair of earphones at a very reasonable price point. Once fitted snugly inside the ear, they don’t budge and even stay put during yoga inversions.

For a more personalized fit, each earphone comes with different sizes of “ear wings”, which are removable silicone bands that wrap around the body of the earphone. The bands range from smooth to varying lengths of “wings” that fit inside the ear’s contours.

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  • Diamond-Inspired Driver: Inspired by the ultra-hard structure of diamonds, Liberty 2’s driver domes maintain their rigidity even when vibrating at high frequencies. It produces sound with superior accuracy and treble that sparkles full of detail. Around...
  • Up to 32 Hours of Playtime: A single charge gives you up to 8 hours of listening, while the charging case extends it to 32 hours. When you’re short of time, charge for only 10 minutes to enjoy 2 hours of listening.
  • HearID Technology for Personalized Sound : Take the test to create a custom set of EQ settings that are optimized for your ears. HearID maps your hearing sensitivity at multiple frequencies and intelligently analyzes the results to give you a truly...
  • Rock-Solid Fit: Soundcore’s proprietary GripFit technology enables Liberty 2 wireless earphones to sit securely and comfortably in your ears—simply slide in and twist to lock. You’ll receive 7 pairs of EarTips of different sizes and lengths, as well...

 


JBL Reflect flow in-ear true wireless headphones

Battery life: Up to 12 hours
Size: 2.4 x 2.2 x 1.8 cm
Sweatproof and waterproof: Yes
​Do I need to download an app? No

These earbuds have the most impressive battery life of the lot – and they charge very quickly too. The buds have 10 hours of juice, plus an additional 20 hours with the case. Just 10 minutes of charging gives you an extra hour of playback, making them perfect for all-day wear. The Bluetooth connection is straightforward – no need to fiddle with any apps here, just connect and go.

JBL’s repertoire of products is well-loved for its heart-thumping bass, but these go deeper. With the right energizing playlist, our testers found that they could keep pushing themselves just a little bit further and longer with the rhythm. Neat features include the “ambient aware” and “talk thru” modes, which offer quieter sound or very low volumes to allow you to be more aware of your surroundings when you need to be.

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  • TRUE WIRELESS EARBUDS: Discover the freedom of true wireless earbuds for a life on the go. Workout, listen to music, and manage your calls using these wireless waterproof sport headphones with microphone.
  • Product Note : If the size of the earbud tips does not match the size of your ear canals or the headset is not worn properly in your ears, you may not obtain the correct sound qualities or call performance. Change the earbud tips to ones that fit more...
  • HANDS-FREE CALLS AND ACCESS TO VOICE ASSISTANTS: Sport Bluetooth headphones with microphone lets you manage music and calls with ease or get info from your voice assistant at the touch of a button.
  • AMBIENT AWARE AND TALKTHRU: True wireless earbuds equipped with Ambient Aware for additional awareness in outdoor environments and TalkThru for easy conversation without taking out the wireless earbuds. Impedance (ohms): 14
  • WATERPROOF: The IPX7 Waterproof rating on the wireless earbuds enables you to get through the toughest workout in any weather.

 


Libratone Track Air+

Battery life: 6 hours (earbuds), 18 hours + (charging case)
Size: 
3.2 x 2.2 x 1.9 cm
Sweatproof and waterproof: 
Yes
Do I need to download an app? 
Yes

These are stylish, no-frills earphones that are easy to use, and you won’t have to learn once-twice-three times button presses for an array of functions. Libratone’s Track Air+ earbuds look similar to Apple AirPods with the stalks, but fit a lot better and didn’t budge even when our testers put them through a rigorous HIIT workout. They’re lightweight and simple in design and come in black, white, and silver.

Its simplicity does mean onboard controls are limited – double tap on each earbud to play or pause, turn on or off the noise-canceling, skip a track forward or activate a voice assistant. With the Libratone app, you can set which bud controls playing and pausing. Be aware there are no volume controls on the buds themselves, so you’d have to get your phone out to adjust those.

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  • Stylish design: Winner of Red Dot Design Award 2019. Chic, Scandinavian-style make them a new fashion in your ear. The minimalist and unique triangular shape and the metal anodized shell, makes it stand out from the most earphones on the...

  • Stable Bluetooth connection: 33-feet Bluetooth Range. the high performance Bluetooth 5.0 chipset Qualcomm QCC3026 and extraordinary antenna design ensure the stable and speedy connection.

  • Snug fit and good noise-cancelling: 0.2 Oz Ultral-lightweight per earbud, six tip sizes makes them suitable for lots of different listeners. These premium in-ears are very well-built and provide good noise isolation thanks to their in-ear fit....

  • Crystal Clear Sound: with the CVC 8.0 Noise Cancelling technology and built-in dual-mics, you can enjoy crystal clear voice for phone calls. The advanced audio codec aptX and AAC makes every note sound better.

  • Water and sweat resistant: IPX4. Exercise ready. Fast Charging On The Go: 8 Hours playtime on a single charge, recharge 3 times with the small pill-shaped charging case, 32 Hours playtime totally. Customized tap controls: Preset the double and...

 


TOZO T6 True Wireless Earbuds

Battery life: Up to 6 hours
Connectivity Technology: Wireless
Smart Touch Control: Yes
​Special Features: Microphone, sports, and exercise, wireless

These are the only pair that are not truly wireless but we were impressed by their performance and extreme budget pricing. TOZO T6 is a popular choice for sports headphones on Amazon, and it’s easy to see why at just under $30.

Simple, no-fuss controls that don’t require much instruction, they come in a neat round case that zips up, with multiple bud sizes to get the closest fit and a charger wire that can be plugged into any USB port or plug.

These deliver impressively rich sound and clarity, and you can take calls with them but our testers did experience some interference with calls while using them, so wouldn’t recommend them for long chats on the phone. But with up to 12 hours of playback, these headphones are comfortable enough to wear all day long and stay put for the most part with over-ear hooks.

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TOZO T6 True Wireless Earbuds Bluetooth Headphones Touch Control with Wireless Charging Case IPX8 Waterproof Stereo Earphones in-Ear Built-in Mic Headset Premium Deep Bass for Sport Black
  • [Smart Touch Control] Specific touch control function makes it more convenient, tap once to play/pause music and answer calls, double tap to skip forward/backward, hold to adjust the volume. You can easily control it without operating the phone.
  • [BLUETOOTH 5.3] Adopt the advanced Bluetooth 5.3 technology. TOZO T6 Support HSP, HFP, A2DP, AVRCP, which greatly improve the transmission speed and providing you with a low-latency listening experience.
  • [One step pairing] Pick up 2 headsets from charging case and they will connect each other automatically, then only one step easily enter mobile phone Bluetooth setting to pair the earbuds.
  • [IPX8 waterproof] Earbuds and charging case inner Nano-coating makes it possible to waterproof for 1 meters deep for 30 minutes. It is suitable for sports to prevent water. Ideal for sweating it out at the gym . Earbuds and case even can be washed by...
  • [Charge on the go] Playtime lasts for over 6 hours from single charge and total 30 hours with charging case. Enjoy fast charging, to fully charge the rechargerable case only 55 minutes via cable or less than 2 hours via wireless charger. Providing...

 


Jaybird Vista

Battery life: 6 hours (earbuds), 10 hours + (charging case)
Size: 2.4 x 2.2 x 1.8 cm
Sweatproof and waterproof: Yes
​Do I need to download an app? No, but the app is available for audio customization

These earbuds claim to meet US military standards and are, impressively, water, dust, sweat, and shock-proof. They fit very well and are comfortable, although our tester did experience some in-ear pressure while wearing them. A rubber wing tip attached to the body of each earbud fits into the upper edge of the ear to secure them in place.

Built for more athletic activities, they performed well during high-impact exercises and made it through an unintentional run in the rain without a hitch. They are highly water-resistant and can survive a dip into about a meter of water but swimming with them is probably not the greatest idea.

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Jaybird Vista True Wireless Bluetooth Sport Waterproof Earbud Premium Headphones - Black
  • EARTHPROOF Fully waterproof crushproof dropproof and sweatproof IPX7 construction ensures Vista can withstand any workout running or weather conditions (Meets MIL-SPEC STD810G standards) Response Bandwidth 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Product Note : If the size of the earbud tips does not match the size of your ear canals or the headset is not worn properly in your ears, you may not obtain the correct sound qualities or call performance. Change the earbud tips to ones that fit more...
  • ALWAYS READY Vista gives you 6 hours of audio on a full charge plus 10 more in the compact charging case for 16 hours of total charge and 32 hours If using one bud alone A 5-minute quick charge offering an hour of playtime
  • CONNECTED Vista’s cutting-edge JBS1 true wireless bluetooth technology ensures high quality zero-lag stereo sound for music and calls and a reliable connection that pairs easily with your phone every time
  • GO LIGHT Vista’s earbuds are among the smallest and lightest premium headphones on the market meaning that you’ll literally forget you’re wearing them

 


The verdict: Wireless headphones for running

The Jabra elite active 75t is a joy to exercise with, delivering top-notch sound and comfort which are paramount when you’re trying to get through a grueling workout.

Anker soundcore liberty neo earbuds are a close runner-up, especially as they have a similar shape and fit but at a much more reasonable price point. Beats by Dre’s powerboats pro are also a strong favorite among our testers, given the excellent sound and connection they offer, but maybe a bit of a stretch in terms of price.

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