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 2020. 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 use your headphones in noisy environments and want something with ANC to help block out background noise, get the Amazon Echo Buds. Their battery doesn't last as long off a single charge as the Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless, and their control scheme isn't as good, but they don't have a wire connecting the L/R drivers, and they have a great ANC feature. Their out-of-the-box sound profile is heavy on low-bass which will please fans of dubstep or EDM, but their dip in high-bass may come across as bass-light for fans of some hip-hop or rock. Luckily, their companion app includes a graphic EQ so you can fine-tune the sound to better suit your preferences. They're decently comfortable thanks to their lightweight and relatively small design, and they're stable enough to be a great choice for taking to the gym as well.
If you want something even more comfortable, with a much longer battery life and a neckband design, check out the Bose QuietControl 30, though they're significantly more expensive. Overall, If you prefer having a wire connecting your two earbuds, or need a longer battery life, go with the Jaybird, but if you want a pair of truly wireless headphones that'll help you block out the rumbles of bus or plane engines or chatty co-workers, get the Amazon.
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.
The best earbuds for bass in the budget category that we've tested so far are the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019. These Bluetooth earbuds are quite comfortable and very stable in the ear thanks to their ear-hook design. They come with five different tip sizes to help you find the right fit, as well as three sizes of optional stability fins to add an extra layer of stability. They offer a fantastic price-to-performance ratio and are the upgraded version of the 2017 Anker SoundBuds Curve Wireless, which are among the best headphones that we've tested so far.
They have a nice bass-heavy sound profile that is sure to please fans of EDM or hip-hop, with a nice thumpy bass that doesn't sound muddy or boomy. They have a great 18.4-hour battery life which should easily last you a few full days of use, though unfortunately, they don't have additional features like power-saving to help you conserve battery life.
Their build quality is only decent and they have quite a thin cable connecting the left and right driver, but this is fairly common at such a low price point. On the upside, unlike the previous version, they're now rated IPX7 for waterproofing, though this isn't something we currently test for. Overall, they're an impressive pair of wireless earbuds for the price, and their bass-heavy sound profile provides a nice extra bit of thump to your music.
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 comfortable as the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019, and their controls aren't nearly as good, but their completely wireless design gives you an extra bit of portability and freedom. While their treble range is a little less balanced than the Anker, they still have a nice and powerful bass-range that should please fans of extra thump. Unfortunately, their battery doesn't last very long on a charge, but they feel surprisingly durable for their price. If you want something with a much better battery life and don't mind spending a bit more, consider the Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless, though their sound profile isn't nearly as bass-heavy.
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.
01/20/2020: Replaced Bose QC30 with Amazon Echo Buds, updated Anker SoundBuds Curve to Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019, removed overall number of picks.
11/21/2019: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.