The best sports headphones can help provide music for that motivating boost in the gym or on the track. Whether you’re lifting weights or walking in the countryside, these wireless training headphones can give you the push you need to do just that little extra. Sports headphones differ from typical wireless earbuds in that they’re designed to withstand more abuse, but at the same time deliver that thumping beat to pump you up.
They’re sweat and water-resistant, stay in your ear no matter how powerful the activity and their batteries last the duration of your workout. Many of the best sports headphones also have a mode that lets you hear the world around you so you don’t get accidentally hit – or hit – by something you practice outdoors.
Best Sport Headphones
From true wireless earbuds that completely remove the cable, to in-ear Bluetooth wireless earphones, neckband headphones, and even Bluetooth over-ear headphones, these are the best sports headphones we’ve reviewed.
1. Jabra Elite Active 75t
The Elite Active 75t is an all-around performer that reaches all records and is currently the best sports headphones to train with. Jabra has somehow managed to scale down the design while increasing battery life (7.5 hours per charge, 28 hours with charging case) and IPX rating (IP57), making these knobs waterproof, dust, and sweat resistant. Jabra also sells the buttons in a variety of eye-catching colors, including Copper Black, Grey, Coin, Marine, Sienna, and Titanium Black.
Even with its smaller shape, the Elite Active 75t offers great comfort and stability on the ear. Seriously, they didn’t move at all while we were training. You’ll also enjoy the same lively audio as the Elite series, only this time the bass is finely tuned to achieve a full, detailed sound. You can further customize the audio through Jabra’s app. Although they lack active noise reduction, they were still very effective at blocking out ambient noise. And that’s just scratching the almost indestructible surface of the Elite Active 75t.
2. Bose SoundSport Wireless
These are some of the best sounding, most reliable walking and gym headphones you can find for this money. There’s a soft cable between the two buttons, each using an in-ear hook to hold them in place. We love the design here, complete with lightweight remote control, and these walking headphones are also sweat-resistant and IPX4 splash-proof. Battery life is a modest six hours, but we can imagine most people will do that for a few runs or circuits. Overall, this is one of the best sports headphones.
3. Beats Powerbeats Pro
Do you like the convenience of Apple’s AirPods earplugs, but don’t like their design? Apple’s Beats by Dre offers an alternative with the sporty Powerbeats Pro. The wire-free, sweat-resistant earbuds hook around the ear for stability and use Apple’s H1 chip (also found in Apple’s AirPods Pro) for seamless integration with iPhones, but their all-black, wrap-around design makes them less noticeable.
Controls on either button let you change tracks and volume, take Siri calls, and answer calls. We also thought the Powerbeats Pro delivered well-balanced audio – no bass explosion here, like other Beats products. With over 24 hours of battery life (9 hours in the buds and 18 hours in the somewhat thick charging case) these earbuds are a no-brainer purchase for those looking for a set of the best sports headphones that will go the distance.
4. Sennheiser CX Sport
These Sennheisers are designed for running and the gym, with their rubber ear fins and splash and sweat-resistant design. The fit is excellent and the sound insulation is good. The earpieces are connected by a short cable with an in-line microphone and controls. The battery life is a respectable six hours and the sound quality is robust and powerful, just what you need when you’re pushing for the finish or for your last squats. And now they’re available at an affordable price.
5. Jaybird Vista
Jaybird Vista is a remarkable choice for sprinters who want dynamic sound and on-ear stability without cables. Beneath the durable, waterproof shell is powerful 6mm drivers that deliver bass-forward sound for the workout. The fit is also customizable with Jaybird that bundles a variety of earbuds and fins for different ear shapes. They’re good at passively blocking sound but almost too much; it was hard to hear oncoming sounds when we were out for a run, music jets.
Battery life is pretty good at 6 hours on a full charge, although many of its rivals are rated higher. Sound insulation is also great. However, it’s a pity Jabra didn’t program these buttons with a transparent mode to make listeners more aware of their environment. This exclusion makes Vista more practical for indoors. Currently, you can score the Vista for $20 less on Amazon, but only in Nimbus Gray. Runners who like abstract designs might consider giving themselves the brand new color Planetary Green. Overall, this is one of the best sports headphones.
6. JBL Reflect Flow
JBL is a heavy hitter when it comes to sports phones and the JBL Reflect Flow is a long-awaited newcomer to the thriving, albeit rather niche, the truthful market for sporting goods. However, in their niche category, JBL Reflect Flow headphones are impressive for the money, especially if you want bass-heavy sound for the gym without resorting to a pair of over-ear headphones – and the 10-hour battery life (or 30 with the case) will last a seriously long gym session. There are better wireless earphones for pure sonic performance, but if you want a sporty option, this is one of the best sports headphones.
7. Adidas RPT-01 Wireless
Adidas isn’t a brand you think of when talking about the best sports headphones, but the RPT-01 has the design and features to pique your interest. These on-ear cans have the same durable aesthetics as the company’s running shoes, wrapped in a stylish, strong mesh fabric and IPX4-certified water-repellent protection. You can even remove and wash the ear cushions and inner headband. Sound quality is where the RPT-01 shows its agility with Adidas launching an accompanying app with multiple EQ settings refined to select music genres and sound great.
The controls are also inventive, from the multidirectional button that executes multiple commands (play, call, power on) to the action button that users can assign to call the Siri/Google Assistant or Spotify. While the ear cushions are soft to the touch, the headband is a little aggressive and exerts more pressure than is necessary to stay stuck on top of the skull. We also wish that Adidas provided a carrying bag with the purchase.
8. Sony WF-SP800N
It has taken Sony several attempts to make a remarkable pair of sports noise-canceling wireless earphones, but the WF-SP800N is a huge step in the right direction. This durable, water-resistant model transfers Sony’s popular bass-forward profile to deliver vibrant audio, which can be personalized via the Sony Headphones Connect app by tweaking frequency levels via the built-in EQ or by choosing from nine different presets that lend themselves well to specific genres. Battery life, with 9 hours on a single charge, is the second choice for the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus, which remains strong with noise reduction on.
Speaking of ANC, the earbuds do much better at minimizing ambient noise than its predecessor, although the absence of Sony’s QN1e processor does not provide the powerful noise reduction or high-res audio performance you will find on the WF-1000xM3. It is still useful for those who want to enjoy distraction-free workouts at the gym. Also, note that the digital assistant and pairing can be picky at times. Overall, this is one of the best sports headphones.
9. Jaybird Tarah Pro
The Tarah Pro looks just like Jaybird’s other Bluetooth sports headphones, but don’t be fooled. This is the set you want to hang around your neck during your workout. It has a 14-hour battery life, so you can train, commute and talk on the phone with family and friends for a week. We also love the intuitive energy management, which automatically turns off the earphone when it’s inactive for 15 minutes. A custom audio profile setting in the Jaybird app refines the sound so it’s perfectly suited to your ears.
Build quality is the real highlight here, as the Tarah Pro has an IPX7 rating, making it waterproof and sweat-resistant. The fabric cord is extremely strong and won’t easily be damaged like the silicone cables on other models. Our only complaints are the lack of transparency and the unexpected loss of volume when switching the display on your mobile device to the remote module.
10. Bose SoundSport Free
Built with sporty types in mind, the SoundSport Free in-ears are both sweat and water-resistant and have a sufficiently firm feel. They stick out a little more than some of the competing wireless earphones, and you could say that some of the competitors look both more stylish and more discreet. But it’s more than made up for in performance. After some initial connection problems, Bose seems to have sorted it out with an update – and we’ve never had a problem with the sound quality. There’s no noise reduction, but there’s bold but balanced sound with lots of basses. A good battery life, supported by a charging case, is the icing on the cake. Overall, this is one of the best sports headphones.