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