If you consider yourself a bass-head and love the thump and rumble of genres like hip-hop, dubstep, or house music, picking the right headphones for your listening experience is important. You want to look for headphones with deep bass that packs enough punch to be enjoyable without overpowering the rest of the track you’re listening to. Headphones with great bass can help keep you pumped during your workouts, but bulky over-ears usually aren’t the best choice. Earbuds or in-ears are more portable and breathable, making them better suited for use while exercising.
We’ve bought and tested over 260 earbuds and in-ears, and below are our picks for the best bass-heavy earbuds to buy. These picks aren't necessarily the ones that scored highest in the bass category, but rather the ones with the most enjoyable bass performance overall. Even if their bass is over our target curve, they don’t sacrifice too much detail or clarity. Check out our recommendations for the best earbuds, the best wireless earbuds, and the best earbuds with a mic.
The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 are the best earbuds for bass that we've tested. These premium in-ears have a bass-heavy sound profile, thanks to their recessed treble, which helps deliver extra thump, warmth, and boom to mixes. Vocals and lead instruments are still clear and present, though. You can customize their sound profile to your liking using their companion app's 3-band graphic EQ and presets.
If you want to block background sound, these buds have an active noise cancelling (ANC) system. They can cut down the low rumble of bus and plane engines as well as office chatter. They also have over eight hours of continuous battery life, and their carrying case holds an extra three charges if you need it. They have a decently comfortable fit, but the stability fins can be uncomfortable, depending on your ear shape.
The JBL Live Pro+ TWS True Wireless are the best wireless earbuds for bass in the upper mid-range category that we've tested. Out of the box, these buds have a bass-heavy sound profile that delivers extra thump, punch, and boom to mixes. If you want even more bass, their companion app has a parametric EQ and presets to help you finetune their sound. While bass-heavy headphones can make action-packed movie scenes sound more intense, these buds have high Bluetooth latency on PCs and on Android and iOS devices. As a result, you may notice that your audio and visuals fall out of sync.
These headphones have a comfortable and stable in-ear fit and are well-built. Their active noise cancelling (ANC) system does a great job of blocking out a wide range of background noise, including the rumbles of bus engines. With their ANC on, they last just under seven hours continuously while their carrying case holds an extra three charges.
The Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless are the best mid-range bass-heavy earbuds we've tested. These buds have a thumpy sound that should please fans of EDM and hip-hop. If you crave even more bass, their companion app provides a graphic EQ and presets to help you tweak them to your liking. Although their 5.7-hour continuous battery life doesn't last as long as our upper mid-range pick, their carrying case supplies an extra four charges.
These buds have a comfortable fit suitable for long listening sessions. They also have an ANC system that offers excellent performance, whether you're on the bus or in the office. If you want to take them with you to the gym, they have a stable in-ear fit and are certified IPX5 for resistance against direct water contact, making them a sturdy choice for exercise.
The Beats Flex Wireless are the best wireless earbuds for bass in the budget category that we've tested. While they tend to fluctuate in price, these colorful and well-built neck cable headphones deliver an overemphasized bass response that's worth checking out. Their bass adds extra thump, punch, and boom to your audio, which can help keep you pumped up when listening to your favorite mixes. Their companion app lacks features like a graphic EQ or presets that you could use to customize their sound profile.
Their battery provides about 11 hours of continuous use, so you don't need to recharge during a 9-5 workday, and they take just over an hour to recharge, which is quick. They have a W1 chip, making it easier to pair them with Apple devices. While they lack an active noise cancelling feature, they do a good job of passively isolating you from mid-range noise like ambient conversations. They struggle to isolate you from bass-range noises, so they aren't ideal if you're looking for headphones that can cut out the sound of rumbling bus engines during your commute.
The 1More Triple Driver are the best wired earbuds for bass we've tested. Even though they're more bare-bones in design than other headphones on this list, you won't have to worry about battery life or lag. These earbuds have a well-balanced sound profile that delivers a punchy, boomy bass. Although some users may find them a little muddy-sounding, they're still suited for bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop. Unfortunately, they lack a companion app to easily customize their sound.
These buds have a decent build quality and feel pretty durable, especially as their earbuds have a brushed metal finish. The cables leading up to the earbuds also feel slightly thinner than the rest of the audio cable, and they seem especially prone to wear and tear over time. There have been user reports of receiving electric shocks from their units too. Although their in-line remote offers only very basic controls, they're very efficient and straightforward to use.
Jul 26, 2022: We've replaced the Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless with the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 as the Sennheiser offer a more versatile overall performance. We've revamped the titles of our picks for clarity and added the Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless to Notable Mentions.
Apr 29, 2022: We've removed the Sony WI-SP600N Wireless from the Notable Mentions as they're no longer available. There have also been minor updates to the text for accuracy.
Mar 02, 2022: Replaced the Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless with the JBL Live Pro+ TWS True Wireless as the JBL have a slightly better overall performance. Also added the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless as 'Best Earbuds For Bass Under $100'.
Jan 05, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.
Nov 08, 2021: Checked our picks for accuracy and product availability. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best bassy-heavy earbuds to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (cheaper headphones win over pricier ones if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no headphones that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
If you would like to choose for yourself, here is the list of all our reviews for earbuds and in-ear headphones. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection.