Before we take a look at the top wireless headphones for running, I have a confession to make.
I’m not quite sure how it happened, but over the last couple of years I have developed a growing fondness for running. I used to absolutely hate it…you know because it’s cardio and all. The change was gradual, starting out with just an impromptu (and somewhat accidental) brisk mile jog once in awhile. The next thing you know I’m planning how many running events I can fit into my Summer. Wait…what? How did that happen?
I’m by no means an elegant runner.
I’m not a fast runner, and I definitely can’t run incredibly far.
That being said, I do thoroughly enjoy the post-run sense of accomplishment, and positive vibes that a good run provides me with.
There’s just something about putting on my headphones and focusing on something so simple as keeping my legs moving that just melts away the stresses of the day in the moment, and makes the challenges after running that much more manageable.
Then of course there are the other notable benefits that running provides including improving your overall health, preventing certain diseases, weight loss, confidence building, stress relief, and even depression management.
Beyond that, did you know that there’s a decent amount of research supporting the idea that music can actually improve your workouts?
A number of studies have suggested that listening to music can actually make you run faster too. Some researchers have suggested that music can be used very effectively as a synchronous mode, which means that you synchronize your stride to the rhythm in order to gain a positive effect (insert crazy fast techno beat). Others have suggested that music reduces our perception of exertion, which has the effect of making the effort seem less strenuous.
Technology for has also been a big source of motivation. As soon as a realized that free apps like Runkeeper could actually track your runs AND show how you performed in comparison to other runs that you’ve done, I was hooked in a big way. It was like a little self competition was the last thing I needed to be truly motivated to start being consistent. The audio ques are also a HUGE help because they provide real time feedback regarding your performance, as long as you’re running with a good pair of trusty headphones.
I HAVE to have my headphones, but one of the problems I had when I first started running was finding a quality pair of headphones that didn’t break (eventually only working in one ear – I hate that), OR break the bank.
The 3 most important factors I consider when choosing a pair of headphones for running are:
- Wireless – They HAVE to be wireless (cords are so 90s) – and my clumsy ass tends to get tangled in cords.
- Sound quality – I like a little bit of bass. They can’t sound too tinny, and they better sound good cranked.
- Price – They can’t break the bank
With those 3 considerations in mind we’ve compiled a list of the best 15 wireless (Bluetooth) sports headphones for running.
- [Sweatproof] - The American EQ 27’s were made for long runs in the rain, sleet and snow. Internal nano-coating creates IPX-4 rated splash-proofing on the electronics in a slim design for fitness. Sweat in the gym will have no effect on the headphones
- [American Hi-Fi Sound] Tuned in our Boston HQ to produce the rich tone of the classic American hi-fi stereos - strong bass, natural midrange, and crisp highs. Unlike other truly wireless earbuds, these earbuds have a full, vibrant sound.
- [5 EQ Sound Settings] - We’ve given you the ability to change the equalizer settings in your headphones. Turn up the bass for rap and EDM tracks, make vocals clear and crisp for podcasts, and easily find the perfect sound for rock, pop and classical.
- [Hands-Free Phone Calls] - Take wireless calls and control your music without ever touching your iPhone or Android phone. The in-line microphone uses CVC noise cancellation, making your voice loud and clear
- [8-Hour Battery Life] - A full battery lasts for 8 hours of music and 240 hours of standby time. With SPEED-CHARGE tech, 15 minutes of charging will give you 1.5 hours of music. The battery status will be displayed on the top bar of your iPhone.
- 【Waterproof】Full IPX-7 rated waterproofing allows you go for long runs and hikes in the rain and snow. Sweat all you want or use these as shower headphones or boat earphones! The wireless earbud over ear hooks keep them in place! [NOTE: Not designed for swimming]
- 【80 Hour Long Battery Life】Never run out of battery during a workout again! The earbuds can play music for 8 hours straight, and the charging case will recharge them 9 more times for a total of 80 hours of playtime
- 【Bass Mode Built-In】Easily switch to bass mode to give yourself the boost you need to finish an intense workout. Bass mode cranks the bass while preventing any distortion. When you don’t want heavy bass, switch to Back Bay’s Signature sound
- 【Dual Microphones】Take cordless calls and control your music without ever touching your iPhone or Android. The two built-in mics give you the freedom of cordless phone calls. You can take phone calls, Zoom, or Skype with a single earbud or both
- 【Wireless Music Controls】Easily control volume, skip songs, pause/play music, answer calls, and activate Siri and Google Voice Assistant without ever touching your phone! By tapping on the earpiece button, you have full control over your audio
- 【Upgraded Wireless Sports Headphones】Completely free of wire, cut off the cable hung around neck when compared with traditional sport Earbuds. With zero wires to hold you back, you’ll always have your music to motivate yourself. Uniquely built for sports, running, hiking, jogging & other outside activity etc.
- 【One-step Auto Pairing】 Benefits from the latest Bluetooth 5.0 chip & technology, these Vislla Sport Earphones will power on and pair with each other automatically once taken out from the Charging Box, then "S7" model will appear on the Bluetooth menu for connection. Very simple operation that suitable for all ages.
- 【Premium Hi-Fi Stereo Audio】Thanks to the advanced Bluetooth 5.0 chip and CVC 8.0 noise canceling features, Vislla S7 will make you immersed in powerful & balanced sound with deep bass, what a premium listening experience! Boost your music enjoyment just from more stable signal and lower power consumption.
- 【Up to 8 hours of Listening Time】Built-in 110mAh capacity battery on each bud that will last up to 8 hours on a single full charge, so you can keep your music going. With the portable Charging Case, you will get all-day power of more than 24 hours continuous using time. Never worry about battery runs out when go out.
- 【Comfy and secure fit】Adjustable & secure-fit earhooks keep the earbuds in place when moving or working out, soft ear tips and ergonomic design offers comfortable wearing experience. Equipped with 3 pairs of spare ear caps (L/M/S) for your choice to get the most suitable fitting.
- [NEWEST BLUETOOTH 5. 0] - Adopt the most advanced Bluetooth 5. 0 technology. VILLAIN X6 Supports HSP, HFP, A2DP, AVRCP. Fast and stable transmission without tangling.
- [aptX Hi-Fi Dolby Sound] - Dance to the beats with our High-Fidelity stereo sound & aptX codec Ð VILLAIN earbuds offer an incredible balance of style & performance at an excellent price, compatible with all iPhone and Android smartphones.
- [RICH TREBLE & THUMPING BASS] - VILLAIN earphones are powered by 10 mm composite drivers. The ultra-elastic outer ring produces deep thumping bass and a lightweight and flexible composite Bio-Cellulose dome delivers midst and highs with enhanced clarity and pumps you up for the workout ahead.
- [WATERPROOF - IPX7 Rated] Ð VILLAIN earbuds are ideal for intensive workout. Push yourself during your workout without fear of sweat and rain damaging your earbuds.
- [PLAYTIME] - Up to 9 hours of listening (at 80% volume) gives you the power and motivation to fuel over one week of workouts. When youÕre in a rush, a 10-minute charge will provide you with up to 2 hours of continuous playtime.
- 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
- Protect your Beats with AppleCare+ - Add AppleCare+ to your order and receive accidental damage protection and 24/7 priority tech support from the people who know your headphones best
- BEST-IN-CLASS PLAYTIME / WIRELESS + USB CHARGING CASE: Epic Air Sport ANC features 15+ hours of Bluetooth playtime in each earbud and 55+ additional hours from the charging case. That’s 70+ hours of Bluetooth 5 playtime. Plus, use ANC to tune out noise around you, you’ll get 50+ hours of Bluetooth ANC playtime. Dual charging options: Use any wireless pad to charge your case so you stay powered. Plus use the integrated charging cable and plug into any USB-A charging port.
- SMART ACTIVE NOISE CANCELLATION: Control how you hear outside noise with three noise control modes in the hardware: ANC On, ANC Off and Be Aware (pass through outside noises). Six microphones work together to cancel out noise and provide uninterrupted audio – wherever you GO. Further customize the noise around you with the JLab Air ANC app.
- JLAB AIR ANC APP: With the new JLab Air ANC app, you’ll have control to customize the Active Noise Control settings, touch controls, and sound to your personal preference – or use the presets for JLab Signature, Balance or Bass Boost. Plus get software updates for your product right when they’re available. Available on the App or Google Play Store.
- DUAL CONNECT AND C3 CALLING: Use either earbud independently or use both and experience a seamless connection no matter the situation. Both earbuds auto connect to your device so no need to worry about switching or missing a connection. Experience clearer phone calls with C3 Calling. One mic picks up and eliminates surrounding noise while the other picks up your voice for clear conversations anywhere, anytime.
- MOVIE MODE / WEAR DETECT SENSOR: Elevate your movie-watching experience. With this super low latency mode, reduce the audio lag so voices match up perfectly to the screen. Designed with an infrared sensor in each bud, your music will pause automatically when you take them out of your ear. They’ll start playing once you place them back in.
- High Fidelity Sound: 11mm vibrating diaphragm, CSR chip and Bluetooth 5.0 technology deliver high-fidelity audio; CVC noise cancellation Built-in mic for stereo sound and superb bass sound. Clear high & low volume, makes calls clear and stable
- IPX7 Waterproof: Sports Earbuds Design, Internal nano-coating protects the headphones from heavy rains or sweat throughout intense exercises; just enjoy your time when running, jogging, riding, hiking, fitness, or in the gym
- Foolproof Operation: Control buttons on the headphones so that you can play and pause music, adjust the volume, skip tracks, answer and end calls, and activate the voice control of your phone with one simple operation on the headphones
- Long Playtime: Built-in polymer lithium battery; Only 2 hours charge gives you up to 8 hours talk time/audio play time, enough to power your workouts with music for a week
- Comfortable and Stable: Lightweight and ergonomic design, customizable accessories with large, medium, and small size of gel eartips; soft silicon earhooks ensure comfortable and stable wear in even most intense workout
- Dual LED Displays Charging Case: Wireless earbuds with LED display make it obvious to show the battery power of the case and ear buds. The remaining power in percentage on the screen is shown to the left of the bluetooth headphones. The right side is assigning to a charging process of each bud, there are separated power consumption indicators by 4 grids in total, each grid represents 25% power of bud. During Charging, the LED indicator light will flash.
- Bluetooth and Stereo Sound Quality: Bluetooth earbuds adopt Bluetooth chip technology, which can offer a clear and smooth connection, allowing you to hear crystal clear calls like you are communicating face to face with others. Don't worry about interruptions on listing to music and calling.
- One Button Control and Auto Pairing: Compared with touch control, button control is easy so that you can obviate any operations and don't need to remember its instruction. When you pick wireless earphones out of the charging case, they'll automatically connect to the paired previous device. The range can reach up to 33ft away. When you put it back, the bluetooth earphones shut down and are recharging.
- Designed for Sports and IPX5 Waterproof: Sport headphones to keep you motivated, a secure fit that won’t shift or fall out during long hours of training, and no wires to hold you back. Equipped with 3 pairs of ear caps and flexible earhooks, which can stay on your ears and get a suitable fitting. So that you will not feel tired and pain when wearing it for a long time. IPX5 waterproof can fit for camping, running, or working out, even on a rainy day.
- 1. Phone Call Clarity Enhancement Based on 4 Mics Noise Reduction：Each earbud had a main and a vice mics,4 mics with environmental noise reduction technology work together to monitor the sounds around you and instantly produce an opposite signal to reduce background noise,help isolate speaking and suppress the unwanted disruptive sound,make sure you can hear the caller and the caller can hear what you say.Design for business and commute.
- 2. Multifunction Charging Case：Each earbud can get 8 hours play back from a single charge. 2200mAh charging case supports 8 times of recharging for both earbuds, gives up to 64 hours continuous music time. And the case is compatible with wireless charger which offers you another convenient charging method and it also can provide emergency charging for mobile. LED power display on the case can help check the charging status of earbuds and charging case.
- 3. IPX7 Waterproof and Comfortable for Sports：IPX7 waterproof effortlessly protects the earbuds from heavy rain or sweat during intense workouts and all-weather conditions.Equipped with soft,flexible and secure ear hook in a lightweight design and three different sizes of eartips for choice, which make sure they'll stay comfortabley firm in place and won't fall off. Widely applied to running,exercises,gym,travel.
- 4. Mono or TWS Mode Switch Freely：The sports wireless earbuds adopted HD rendering technology,get fast and stable signal connection and audio transmission loss,deliver crisp and powerful sound with deep accurate bass.The twin earbuds not only can be worked together for stereo music,but also can be worked independently. At mono mode each earbud can be linked to different devices, L connected to A device when R is connected to B device.
- 5. Auto Pairing and Easy Operation：Just remove sports wireless earbuds from charging case,they will power on and pair with each other automatically.Then enable the bluetooth of your phone to search “K23” to connect. After the first successful connection they’ll automatically connect to the last paired device. Each bluetooth earbud has one multi-functional press button which can make or receive call,play or pause,adjust volume and switch music.Easy and simple operation.
- [Great if you can't stand earbuds] It would rest outside of your ears instead of within the ear canal. Ergonomic design of this headphone when you are on the treadmill, it stays in place so much better than earbuds. Wearing these with glasses is still comfortable. Would not getting ears ore like with earbuds
- [Extremely lightweight & compact] The headphones are light enough that you don't even notice them when go for a run with them on which makes running easier to get through with my music shuffle. Use these earphones for backs packing and in the gym. Can easily put them in the pocket. Can wear them with your head on a pillow or under a hat
- [Easy to control music & calling] Over the ear headphones have 4 control buttons, not two like in-ear ones. The right-hand earphone has controls to pick up calls, raise or lower volume, and skip ahead or go back a bit. Each button is indicated with a raised dot but if you take a minute to situate your finger on the dial it's easy to navigate. Experience true hands-free calling and enjoy music on the go. Calling is in stereo, call quality sounds like when you are holding a phone
- [Extend usability battery life with top notch sound] Headphones are arrived fully charged and ready to go out of the box. Use it several hours a day and charge it on Monday, the battery would last the whole week
- [Handy case included] The headphones come in a small travel case and the band that goes around the neck maintains a twisted position for compact storage when not being worn
- 🎁【Ultra Stable & Comfortable】After numerous tests and continuous improvement, we've finally designed the latest version of ear hooks that can completely fit your ears. With the skin-friendly material, these wireless earphones maximize comfort and stability at the same time. No more discomfort or pain even after prolonged use and no falling experience of earbuds!
- 🎁【Perfect for Sports】The included ear hooks are specially designed, which can fully fit your ear contours and maximally guarantee a comfortable wearing experience without falling out. Made of IPX7 waterproof material, our Bluetooth earbuds help you fully focus on and enjoy your workouts. Due to the button operation system, you don't have to worry about misoperation like sudden pause by accidental touch caused by moving hands.
- 🎁【35H Upgraded Ultra-long Play Time】Thanks to the Bluetooth 5.0 chip with lower power consumption, the Bluetooth headphones can offer 5 hours of continuous play time. In addition, the 600mAh charging case can charge the earphones 6 times, so the total play time can reach up to 35 hours. Just enjoy the music from morning till night!
- 🎁【True Wireless Stereo Plus Technology】This latest wireless pairing technology helps you seamlessly and optionally switch between Stereo Mode and Mono Mode. With our wireless earphones, you don't have to reconnect them with your phone and click again to play music if you put one of the earbuds back into the case, bringing you the convenience that other headphones on the market can't provide.
- 🎁【All is Under Control】We have perfected the operation system of the earbuds so that you can do daily operations through the headset itself. With the Multifunctional Button, you won't have to take out your phone to operate anymore.
- BATTERY LIFE - Up to 12 hours of listening time
- CUSTOMIZED FIT - All-day comfort with Flex-Form cable and four eartip options
- APPLE HEADPHONE CHIP - Powered by the Apple W1 headphone chip for seamless connectivity
- THE MUSIC STOPS WHEN YOU DO - Magnetic earbuds with Auto-Play/Pause
- LISTEN WITH A FRIEND - Audio Sharing lets you wirelessly share audio with another pair of Beats headphones or AirPods
- High-performance wireless earphones
- Up to 15 hours of listening time
- Adjustable, secure-fit earhooks for comfort and stability
- Reinforced, sleek design for sweat & water resistance during tough workouts or running
- Improved connection speed via the Apple H1 headphone chip
- Up to 15hrs Playtime: Built-in 120mAh battery and 1-2 hours quick charge offers enough playtime for music listening or phone calls.
- Stable and Secure Connectivity: Upgraded 5.0 Bluetooth technology provides stable, fast-speed connections, allowing you to enjoy music hassle free. Compatible with PC & phones.
- Amazing Sound Quality: Designed with 11mm copper speakers complete with enhanced bass and reduced distortion.
- IPX7 Waterproof Design: Internal Nano-coated design ensure waterproof function, great for exercises; making your earphones more durable to use.
- Excellent Noise Cancellation: Latest RCV technology enables clearer phone calls. Leaving you with superior sound and passive noise cancellation.
- Wireless Bluetooth earbuds engineered by Bose for your best workout yet
- Bose lifelike sound: Makes your music sound like the performer is right there beside you, pushing you to go 1 more mile or do 1 more rep.
- Secure and comfortable earbuds: Customize your fit with the included 3 sizes of StayHear Max tips that won’t hurt your ears and won’t fall out no matter tough your workout is.
- Weather and sweat resistant earbuds: IPX4 rated, with electronics wrapped in special materials to protect from moisture wherever you exercise
- Clear calls: A beamforming microphone array separates your voice from surrounding noise so your callers can hear you better.