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 119 earbuds and in-ears so far and below are our picks for the best bass earbuds to buy in 2019. These picks are not 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 best bass wireless earbuds that we’ve tested so far are the Jaybird Tarah Pro. They have great bass out-of-the-box and are compatible with a great EQ so you can adjust their bass however you like. They have a comfortable earbud-like fit, a simple in-line remote that’s efficient and easy-to-use, and are rated IPX7 for waterproofing.
These headphones are Bluetooth wireless headphones that can connect to the Jaybird MySound app on iOS or Android devices. The app provides a deeply customizable EQ that’s fully parametric, allowing you to adjust not only the volume of specific frequencies but also their bandwidth. This way, you can fine-tune the sound of these headphones exactly to your taste.
Although they have a good 13-hour battery life with a helpful auto-off timer, these headphones use a proprietary charging cradle with a short cable that some may find a bit restrictive. If you forget to charge them and run out of battery, you can’t borrow a friend’s micro-USB cable to charge them, unfortunately. If you don’t mind their charger, though, they're great headphones for sports and their highly customizable sound is sure to please bass fans far and wide.
If you like the earbud-like fit of the Jaybird Tarah Pro 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 QC 30.
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, 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 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 Vista.
If you’re looking for cheaper truly wireless earbuds that still have excellent bass, get the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air. They’re not customizable like the Jaybird Vista, but they reproduce audio even more accurately. Their bass response is outstandingly well-balanced, which means they can deliver deep, thumping bass that’s punchy without sounding excessively boomy or muddy. That said, if you're really into extreme rumbling bass, you might find they don’t quite deliver. Since they don’t have an app for you to EQ their sound, they’re best suited for those who want bass that's powerful but not super intense.
Get the Vista if you like to vary the way your earbuds sound depending on your mood or what you're listening to, but if you want something less expensive that just always sounds nice and balanced, then go for the Liberty Air.
If you watch a lot of movies and don’t want to have any latency issues, get the wired 1More Triple Driver In-Ear. They’re wired in-ear headphones that pack deep and consistent bass while reproducing audio fairly accurately overall. They’re well-built earphones and feel more high-end than they look.
These headphones come with 9 tip options for you to find the most comfortable and stable fit. Since they’re simple, wired headphones that work passively, you’ll never have to worry about remembering to charge them. They also don’t have any wireless latency, which means you can use them to enjoy video content or mobile games without experiencing any audio lag.
The downside of wired earbuds is that they tend to tangle in your pockets, especially when their cable isn’t detachable like the 1More. This means that if ever their cable is damaged, you have to replace them entirely. They also have a more typical in-ear fit that might not be comfortable for everyone. That said, if you don’t mind their fit and integrated cable, they’re decent earbuds overall.
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 In-Ear, but they feel more durable. They come with a nice braided cable that is 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, 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 SoundBuds Curve 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 Endurance Sprint.
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, 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.