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 190 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.
The Jabra Elite Active 75t are the best wireless earbuds for bass that we've tested. These truly wireless in-ears deliver quite a lot of thump and rumble from their compact design without sounding muddy. They also have a great build quality that's rated IP57 for dust and water resistance, although we don't currently test for this.
These lightweight headphones are quite comfortable as they don't put too much pressure on your inner ear. They're also stable enough to wear for a jog in the park, even though they don't have stability fins. Even though their sound profile is quite bass-heavy, the Jabra Sound+ companion app offers a 5-band graphic EQ if you like to tweak or customize your sound to your liking. They have an intuitive control scheme that can be used while wearing a hat or gloves. You can even pair them with up to two different devices at a time so you can easily switch between your computer and phone.
While they have 6.5 hours of continuous battery life, it isn't as long as Jabra advertises. Luckily, if you need a bit more battery life when you're on the go, their carrying case holds an additional three charges. They also struggle to cut down bass-range noise like bus engines, but if you're working at the office, they're much better at reducing ambient chatter. Still, these truly wireless headphones pack a lot of bass and are a solid choice if you prefer a wireless design.
If you're looking for a pair of bass-heavy earbuds for working out, consider the JBL Reflect Mini 2 instead. While they aren't as comfortable or as customizable as the Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless, these wireless in-ears have a breathable, sports-oriented design and a more stable fit. They come with an in-line remote that makes it easy to adjust the volume while on a run. Their sound profile is a bit more neutral than the Jabra, but they still pack an extra boom and punch to keep you motivated during your toughest workouts. They don't leak a lot of noise, either, so you can crank up the volume on your favorite tunes without bothering people working out around you. Thanks to their over 10-hour continuous battery life, they should last through your longest runs without needing a recharge.
If you prefer a more comfortable pair of headphones with sound customization features, check out the Jabra, but if you want a pair for the gym, consider the JBL instead.
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're able to 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 have a decent build quality too 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.
The best earbuds for bass in the budget category that we've tested are the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019. They're Bluetooth-compatible and are a great option for active people who are looking for a comfortable and stable fit. They have an ear-hook design that helps the earbuds to stay in place, and they come with multiple tips and stability fins to help you find the best fit. They're also an upgraded version of the beloved 2017 Anker SoundBuds Curve Wireless and are among the best headphones that we've tested.
Their sound profile is fairly bass-heavy but doesn't sound muddy. It has a nice overemphasis in the bass range that really brings out the punchy bass found in music genres like EDM. Their battery life is also quite impressive at over 18 hours of continuous playback, which is one of the highest we've measured for wireless headphones like these. Just remember to turn them off as they don't have a power-saving feature.
Additionally, the cables are a bit thin and don't feel like the most durable. 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're on a budget but prefer a truly wireless design, consider the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless instead. While they aren't as comfortable as the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019, these well-built in-ears have a breathable, portable design. They even come with a portable charging case that's ideal for long days on the go. Their sound profile is quite neutral, but there's a little extra boom in the bass range that can please fans of EDM and hip-hop. They don't leak a lot of noise, so you can enjoy your music without bothering anyone around you. They also have an impressive noise isolation performance, and they can really block out ambient noise like voices or the hum of AC units. Their over seven-hour continuous battery life isn't as impressive as the Curve, but it can still get you through your workday.
If you prefer a more comfortable pair with longer continuous battery life, check out the SoundBuds Curve. However, if you want truly wireless headphones, consider the Soundcore Life Dot 2 instead.
11/13/2020: 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.
09/15/2020: Replaced JBL E25BT Wireless with Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless.
07/17/2020: Updated text for accuracy and clarity, no change in recommendations.
03/20/2020: Made the Jabra Elite Active 75t 'Best Wireless Earbuds for Bass', added Mpow Flame Pro as 'Alternative for Sports'.
01/20/2020: Replaced Bose QC30 with Amazon Echo Buds, updated Anker SoundBuds Curve to Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019.
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.