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, which makes them better-suited for use while exercising.
We’ve tested over 115 earbuds and in-ears so far and below are our picks for the best bass earbuds to buy in 2019. 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. See also our recommendations for the best earbuds, the best wireless earbuds, and the best earbuds with a mic.
The Jaybird Tarah Pro are the best bass earbuds that we've tested so far. With an IPX7 rating, these headphones are meant for sports. The earbuds come with a good selection of tips and fins to help get a secure fit, which is essential for good bass response. The short cable connecting both earbuds also houses the in-line remote that's easy to use and has a remappable button. While the Bluetooth connection is decent with excellent range, they can only be paired to one device at a time and the latency is simply too high to recommend them for movies or gaming.
Bass heads will be happy with the performance of these earbuds. If you want to change the sound profile for something different, Jaybird has one of the best companion apps that lets you tune the EQ to your taste. Should you need to take a call or activate your preferred digital assistant, the microphone is passable but sounds a bit thin and muffled.
The use of a proprietary charger may be an annoyance for some, but with a 13-hour battery life and an auto-off feature, they should be able to last through a couple of workouts. If you don’t mind the proprietary charger, these headphones are sure to please most people.
If you like the earbud-like fit of the Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless but are looking for something more versatile with better noise isolation, then get the Bose QuietControl 30. They’re not as portable and easy-to-use as the Jaybird, but their active noise cancelling (ANC) feature is very good and they do an impressive job at isolating the deep rumble of airplane or bus engines. Unfortunately, they have a couple of build quality issues and their companion app, Bose Connect, doesn’t provide an EQ for you to adjust their bass with. That said, they’re still versatile headphones that are worth considering, especially if you travel a lot.
Get the Jaybird if you prefer more sports-oriented earbuds with a great EQ, but if you like the added isolation of noise cancelling headphones, you'll want to go for the Bose.
The best truly wireless earbuds for bass that we’ve tested so far are the Jaybird Vista. They have great, punchy bass and, like the Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless, can be customized with the Jaybird MySound app for an even more bass-heavy experience. They’re well-built with an IPX7 waterproofing rating and are very comfortable thanks to their low-profile earbud design.
Whether you're into hip-hop, dubstep, house, or even funk music, with the graphic EQ in their companion app, you can tweak the way they sound to add the amount of bass if you desire. You can even set location-based triggers to quickly change sound profiles on-the-go. Like most truly wireless earbuds, their battery life isn't very long, but you should be able to make them last all day if you keep them in their charging case when you're not using them.
Although their earbud-like fit is comfortable, it doesn't isolate a lot of noise. Consider the Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless if you're looking for something with better passive isolation, but their earbuds are quite large and don’t fit everyone comfortably. The Beats Powerbeats Pro have a more comfortable design, but don’t come with a companion EQ like the Jaybird.
If truly wireless earbuds like the Jaybird Vista Truly Wireless suit you but are outside of your budget, the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air could be a good alternative. They look somewhat like a black version of Apple AirPods, down to the stem that houses the touch-sensitive controls. Functionalities are fairly basic, such as track skipping and answering calls, but there's no volume control. Unfortunately, there isn't a companion app for advanced customization either. However, the default sound profile is decent, with an excellent deep bass response. The mids are a little recessed and there's a hint of sibilance, but the overall sound should please most people.
If you're looking for rumbling bass or the ability to customize the sound, go with the Jaybird, but for a pair that sounds good at a budget price, the Anker are decent.
Bluetooth headphones have been widely adopted for a number of years now, but connection issues and latency can still happen and become an annoyance. In those instances, a good wired pair such as the 1More Triple Driver could be the best solution. The build quality is decent, with a metal housing that will last for years. Unfortunately, the non-replaceable cables leading up to the earbuds are quite thin, which is a point of weakness. There's an in-line remote that's easy to use and a decent microphone for calls. 1More also provides a bunch of ear tips as well as a carrying case.
While the overall sound signature is well-balanced, with a deep, punchy bass, the latter can sound a bit muddy and cluttered. It's a sound profile that suits a variety of genres, such as hip-hop and EDM. The mid-range is slightly recessed and the treble lacks detail, but overall, they're decent.
Being wired earbuds, you'll occasionally have to deal with tangled cables, but on the upside, you'll never have to worry about forgetting to charge them or running out of battery. If all this sounds good to you, then the 1More are a good choice.
If you’re looking for in-ear headphones that feel better-built overall, then it’s worth considering the KZ AS10. They sound a touch less balanced than the 1More Triple Driver, but they feel more durable. They come with a nice braided cable that's a bit on the thin side but is replaceable, which adds to the durability of these headphones. The earbuds are housed in dense see-through plastic, which not only looks cool but also feels quite solid. Some people may also find their fit a bit bulky, but they come with multiple tip options to help find a comfortable fit, and once you get a good seal, they isolate sound remarkably well.
Get the 1More if you're concerned about fit issues, but if you prefer the durability of detachable cables, you'll want the KZ earphones.
If you’re looking for the best earbuds for bass in the budget category, get the Anker SoundBuds Curve; they're the best Bluetooth earbuds for bass at this price. They’re surprisingly comfortable for in-ear headphones and have a stable ear-hook design that helps keep them in place. They’re quite well-built, especially for their price, and come with a small hard carrying case, which is a nice touch for budget headphones.
These wireless earbuds have deep bass that’s punchy and full-bodied. Some may find their bass a bit overpowering since their mid-range is slightly recessed, but they sound relatively well-balanced overall and have good treble. They have good 13-hour battery life and take only 1.5 hours to charge.
Although they're comfortable, they don’t isolate much noise for in-ears. They also don't have a companion app you to EQ their sound. That said, they provide incredible value for budget headphones and are among our most recommended wireless earbuds in general.
If you're looking for budget earbuds with great bass and an even more sports-oriented design, then get the JBL Endurance Sprint. They're less comfortable than the Anker SoundBuds Curve Wireless, but are rated IPX7 for waterproofing and their in-ear fit isolates more noise. They have deep, powerful bass but a more neutral sound, which makes them a better choice for those who like to listen to more vocal-centric music from time to time. Unfortunately, their touch-sensitive control scheme can be quite finicky, but they have an auto-off timer to save power.
Get the Anker if you want more comfortable wireless earbuds with a more exciting, bass-rich sound profile, but if you're after a sportier design and prefer a more neutral sound overall, then you'll want the JBL.
If you like the freedom of truly wireless earbuds but don’t want to spend a fortune on a decent bass-heavy pair, then go for the SoundPeats TrueFree. They sound less balanced than the Anker SoundBuds Curve Wireless, but their deep, thumping bass makes them a great choice for fans of EDM like techno, dubstep, and house music looking for truly wireless headphones on a budget. Their battery doesn't last very long on a charge, but they feel surprisingly durable for their price.
Get the Anker if you need something with a longer continuous battery life or prefer the ease-of-use of in-line controls, but if a bass-heavy truly wireless design is what you want, then go for the SoundPeats.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best earbuds for bass 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.
11/21/2019: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.