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 water resistance.
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 are 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 earbud fit is even more comfortable. They deliver excellent, deep bass and sound decent overall. 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, which can be disruptive while traveling.
Although the Bose QuietControl 30 look like high-end earbuds, they tend to have issues with the rubber sleeve that covers the neckband and in-line remote peeling off. Their companion app, Bose Connect, also 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.
The best truly wireless earbuds for bass that we’ve tested so far are the Jabra Elite Active 65t. They have great, punchy bass and can be customized with the Jabra Sound+ app for an even more bass-heavy experience. They’re well-built, rated IP56 for dust and water resistance, and have a cool matte blue finish that lends them a premium feel.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t have great audio reproduction, so they’re a good choice if you like not only bass-heavy genres like hip-hop but also pop, rock, or jazz music. With the graphic EQ in their companion app, you can tweak the way they sound to add more bass if you desire and even set location-based triggers to quickly change sound profiles on-the-go.
Although their in-ear fit isolates a lot of noise, it protrudes quite deeply into the ear canal and can cause discomfort over time. Their earbuds are also quite large and don’t fit as well in smaller ears. The Beats Powerbeats Pro and the JBL UA True Wireless Flash also both have excellent bass and are more comfortable, but don’t come with a companion EQ like the 65t, which provide slightly more value thanks to their customizability.
If you’re looking for truly wireless earbuds that have a more neutral bass response, get the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air. They’re not customizable like the Jabra Elite Active 65t, but those who listen to a wider range of music genres will appreciate their more balanced audio reproduction. Their bass response is outstandingly well-balanced, which means they can deliver deep, thumping bass that’s punchy without sounding excessively boomy or muddy.
Although these headphones have amazing bass overall, those who are really into extreme rumbling bass may 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 prefer more neutral bass. Overall, the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air provide great value for their price and are definitely worth considering.
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’re not as well-built as the Jabra Elite Active 65t, which is to be expected considering their price, but they still feel rather durable. They’re also more comfortable than the Jabra since their earbud design isn’t as bulky. They have deep, thumping overemphasized bass and are a good choice for fans of EDM like techno, dubstep, and house music.
Unfortunately, these truly wireless earbuds don’t have a very long continuous playtime – they only provide about 3 hours of battery life on a charge. Thankfully, their charging case can hold up to 5 extra charges, so they can last you all day if you keep them in their charging case when not in use.
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 headphones 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 headphones is that they tend to tangle in your pockets, especially when their cable isn’t detachable like in the case of these headphones. This means that if ever their cable is damaged, you have to replace the earbuds entirely. The 1More Triple Driver 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 don’t sound quite as good as 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.
The KZ AS10 sound decent and deliver great bass, but the 1More sound more balanced overall. Some people may also find the fit of these headphones to be a bit bulky, especially those with smaller ears. They come with multiple tip options to help find a comfortable fit, though, and once you get a good seal, they isolate sound outstandingly well.
If you’re looking for the best earbuds for bass in the budget category, get the Anker SoundBuds Curve. They're the best bass Bluetooth earbuds 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 reasonably well-built for their price and come with a small hard carrying case, which is a nice touch for budget headphones.
These headphones have deep, overemphasized 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 these headphones are comfortable, they don’t isolate much noise for in-ears. They’re also not compatible with a companion app for you to EQ their sound. That said, they provide incredible value for budget headphones and are among our most recommended wireless earbuds in general. You may want to check out the similar yet more sweat-proof Anker Soundcore Spirit X if you want something specifically for working out.
If you like the ear-hook design of the Anker SoundBuds Curve but are looking for something that sounds more balanced overall, go for the JBL Endurance Sprint. They have a sportier look with a bulkier design, but their in-ear fit isolates noise better. They have deep, powerful bass but sound more neutral overall, 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, and it’s easy to register unwanted actions, which can get frustrating at times. They are also not the most comfortable headphones, but you might be able to find a good fit with one of the tip options included. On the upside, they have an auto-off timer to save power and are also rated IPX7 for sweat and water resistance.
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.