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The 5 Best Earbuds For Bass - Summer 2021 Reviews

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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 220 earbuds and in-ears, and below are our picks for the best bass 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. Also, check out our recommendations for the best earbuds, the best wireless earbuds, and the best earbuds with a mic.


  1. Best Wireless Earbuds For Bass: Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless

    6.9
    Neutral Sound
    7.7
    Commute/Travel
    8.3
    Sports/Fitness
    7.3
    Office
    5.9
    Wireless Gaming
    5.8
    Wired Gaming
    6.9
    Phone Calls
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The Jabra Elite Active 75t are the best wireless earbuds for bass that we've tested. These well-built in-ear headphones deliver a thumpy, punchy bass that should please fans of bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop. They're well-built and have an IP57 rating for dust and water resistance, although we don't test it.

    Their sound profile is slightly excited but well-balanced overall, so vocals and lead instruments shouldn't be overwhelmed by the thump and rumble from the bass. If you want to adjust their sound, they work with a companion app that gives you access to a graphic EQ and presets. Conveniently, they don't leak a lot of sound, so you can turn up the volume when you're listening to music without bothering people around you too much.

    Unfortunately, they don't have an active noise canceling feature (ANC) and don't do a good job of passively isolating you from noises like the rumble of bus and plane engines. Also, their continuous battery life of roughly 6.5 hours is on the short side. Conveniently, their case holds around three extra charges, so you can top up the battery when you're out and about.

    See our review

  2. Alternative With Better Noise Isolation: JBL Live Pro+ TWS True Wireless

    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling Yes
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    If you want bass-heavy headphones with a better noise isolation performance, you may prefer the JBL Live Pro+ TWS True Wireless. These earbuds aren't as well-built as the Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless and don't support multi-device pairing, but their ANC feature does a great job of blocking out ambient sound, including the rumble of bus and engines. Their default sound profile is bass-heavy but well-balanced, and you can customize it using their companion app, which gives you access to a parametric EQ and presets. They're also comfortable and should be stable enough to stay in place during workouts. Like the Jabra, they provide just under seven hours of continuous use, and they come with a carrying case that holds about three additional charges.

    Try the Jabra if you want the sturdier option or want to connect your headphones to two devices at once. If you want something that does a better job isolating you from ambient noise, the JBL are a good alternative.

    See our review

  3. Best Wired Earbuds For Bass: 1More Triple Driver

    7.1
    Neutral Sound
    5.7
    Commute/Travel
    6.8
    Sports/Fitness
    6.3
    Office
    5.1
    Wireless Gaming
    7.1
    Wired Gaming
    6.9
    Phone Calls
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless No
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Hybrid

    The 1More Triple Driver are the best earbuds for bass with a wired design that we've tested. Even though they're more bare-bones in design when compared to other headphones on this list, if you don't like worrying about battery life or lag, they're a solid choice. They even come with nine differently sized earbud tips, so you can find the most comfortable fit for you.

    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. They also have decent build quality and feel pretty durable, especially as their earbuds have a brushed metal finish. Although their in-line remote offers only very basic controls, they're very efficient and straightforward to use. If you need to make a call here or there, their microphone also does a good job of capturing clear voices.

    Unfortunately, as they're low on extra features, they lack a companion app to easily customize their sound. 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. That said, if you're looking for a pair of wired earbuds for listening to bass-heavy movies or gameplay and you're looking to avoid audio lag, these are a suitable choice.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Earbuds For Bass: Beats Flex Wireless

    6.9
    Neutral Sound
    7.7
    Commute/Travel
    8.1
    Sports/Fitness
    7.0
    Office
    5.4
    Wireless Gaming
    5.3
    Wired Gaming
    6.0
    Phone Calls
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best budget earbuds for bass that we've tested are the Beats Flex Wireless. These wireless in-ears have a neck cable design that's comfortable and foldable, so you can store them in your pockets or bag without too much of an issue. They also have a bass-heavy sound profile that delivers extra thump and boom without overwhelming vocals or instruments.

    These headphones have a W1 chip, which allows you to pair them with your Apple products. Thanks to their in-ear design, they can also help cut down some noise like office chatter around you. They don't leak a lot of sound either, so you can turn up the volume on your favorite tracks without worrying about disturbing others around you. They have a continuous battery life of roughly 11 hours and are advertised to have a 10-minute quick charge feature, although we don't currently test this feature.

    Unfortunately, they don't have any sound customization features like an EQ or presets, which is disappointing. They also struggle to block out bass-heavy noise like bus engines during your commute. That said, if you don't mind their simple design, these wallet-friendly headphones are a suitable choice if you're looking for something with a bit of extra bass.

    See our review

  5. Alternative With Better Battery Performance: Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless

    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    If you're looking for headphones with better overall battery performance, consider the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless. Even though their continuous battery life falls a bit short of the Beats Flex Wireless, and they aren't as comfortable to wear, the Anker have a carrying case that supplies nearly 99 hours of total playback time. They also have a standby mode to help conserve battery life when not in use, and you can even use one while the other one charges. Just like the Beats, they have a bass-heavy but not overwhelming sound profile that should suit fans of genres like EDM or hip-hop, though they don't have any sound customization features. Despite lacking an ANC system, they do a great job of filtering out ambient noise, so you should enjoy your favorite tunes even in noisy environments. Unfortunately, their Bluetooth audio latency on most devices is high, which can be disruptive while streaming movies or playing mobile games, though apps and devices compensate for latency differently.

    Get the Beats if you want superior onboard controls and a more comfortable fit, but consider the Anker if you want to worry less about battery life.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless: The Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless are good-sounding earbuds that have excellent bass. They're very comfortable but not customizable. See our review
  • Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless: The Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless are earbuds that perform fairly well overall but are a little shy on bass. Android users can access a bass boost feature with the app, but not on iOS. See our review
  • JBL UA True Wireless Flash: The JBL UA True Wireless Flash are well-built true wireless in-ears with excellent bass and a great stable fit. They're more expensive than the Amazon Echo Buds and don't have ANC or a dedicated companion app. See our review
  • Sony WI-SP600N Wireless: The Sony WI-SP600N Wireless are good sports in-ears with noise cancelling and deep overemphasized bass. You can also customize their sound, but they may not provide the best value at their typical retail price. See our review
  • Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless: The Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless are a suitable alternative to the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless if you're looking for bass-heavy headphones that support aptX Bluetooth codec. However, they don't block out as much ambient noise around you. See our review
  • KZ AS10: The KZ AS10 are a good wired option if you want something more durable than the 1More Triple Driver but have a less casual design. See our review
  • JBL Endurance Peak II True Wireless: The JBL Endurance Peak II are true wireless in-ears designed for sports that pack a bass-heavy sound, but they aren't as comfortable as other sports-oriented earbuds. See our review
  • TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 Truly Wireless: The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 are budget-friendly true wireless in-ears with a stable fit and a bass-heavy sound profile. They have just okay noise isolation. See our review
  • Mpow M30 Truly Wireless: The Mpow M30 are budget-friendly true wireless in-ears that are better-suited for sports than the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2. Their battery and noise isolation performances aren't as impressive. See our review
  • Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019: The Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019 are wireless in-ears with a punchy yet ultimately well-balanced sound profile and over 18 hours of continuous battery life, but they're somewhat difficult to find. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jul 13, 2021: Checked to make sure the picks still represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.

  2. May 14, 2021: Replaced the Jabra Reflect Mini 2 Wireless with the JBL Live Pro+ TWS True Wireless as the JBL offer a better value to most users. Changed 'Truly Wireless Alternative' title to 'Alternative With Better Battery Performance' for improved clarity.

  3. Mar 15, 2021: Replaced Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019 with Beats Flex Wireless due to current availability. Added Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019 to Notable Mentions.

  4. Jan 18, 2021: Removed the AUKEY Latitude Wireless from Notable Mentions to reflect changing availability. Added the JBL Endurance Peak II, the TaoTronics SoundLibery 79, and the Mpow M30 Truly Wireless to Notable Mentions. No changes to product picks after re-evaluation and confirming their availability.

  5. Nov 13, 2020: Replaced the Mpow Flame Pro Truly Wireless with the JBL Reflect Mini 2 Wireless and the SoundPeats TrueFree/True Wireless with the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless to reflect changing availability.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best earphones 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.

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