5 best headphones for working out – Insider
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Adding music to your workout can easily up your motivation, help keep pace, and block out unwanted distractions. Yet, an uncomfortable or ill-fitting pair of headphones is only going to bring your workout down.
“Headphones for working out need to be much better at staying in place with minimal encumbrance or adjusting, since the last thing you want to deal with is a headphone falling out or a cord in your way,” said Caroline Grainger, ISSA Certified Personal Trainer at FitnessTrainer Online Personal Trainers, to Insider. “Cordless headphones are an absolute must.”
I agree, which is why every headphone in this guide is wireless with a
connection. There are plenty of these on the market but not all are best for working out. Over-ear headphones can be too bulky for high-impact activities, while some may want Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) to block out most outside noise. Overall, sweat- and water-resistant earbuds are going to be the most secure option without compromising sound quality.
To compile this guide, I enlisted the help of three other people to test headphones and consulted with two experts for added insight. Below are the five best we tested, as well as the criteria we judged while testing everything and answers to a few FAQs.
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Here are the best headphones for working out
Best overall: Jabra Elite 4, $119.99 available on Amazon
The Jabra Elite 4 wireless earbuds are sweat- and waterproof, have Active Noise Cancellation, and won’t break the bank.
Best sound: Bose Sport Earbuds, $149 available on Amazon
Bose Sport Earbuds boast the kind of high-quality sound Bose is known for, plus use a winged ear-tip for a super secure fit.
Best luxe: Apple AirPods Pro, $197 available on Amazon
Apple’s AirPods Pro aren’t cheap but they provide some of the best active noise cancellation abilities available with added transparency mode when you do want to hear things around you.
Best compact: Skullcandy Mod, $49.88 available on Walmart
Although small in size and priced affordably, the Skullcandy Mod headphones have a secure and compact fit, plus customizable buttons to suit any preference.
Best for swimming: Zygo Solo, $299 available on Zygo
The Zygo Solos are your go-to headphones if you’re an avid swimmer, and unlike other swimming headphones, Zygo doesn’t store music in the headphones but instead uses a transceiver you stick outside the pool to enable a Bluetooth connection.