If you’re a bass head and like bass-heavy music, picking the right headphones for your listening experience is important. If you’re also looking for headphones to use during your workouts to keep you going, bulky over-ears might not be the best choice; go with earbuds or in-ears for a more portable format. It’s important that the bass doesn’t overpower the rest of the mix and lose overall sound quality.
We’ve tested 76 earbuds and in-ears so far and below are our best picks for the bass earbuds to buy in 2019. These picks are not necessarily the ones who scored higher in the bass category box, but rather the ones who have great and enjoyable bass performance, even if it is overemphasized over our target curve, without sacrificing too much detail. See also our recommendations for the best earbuds.
The best earbuds for bass we’ve reviewed so far are the Jaybird X4. They have a deep and punchy bass by default, but they are also compatible with the MySound app which gives you access to a great EQ so you can customize your sound to your liking. These headphones don’t have a typical in-ear fit and are designed more like earbuds. They don’t enter your ear canal as deeply, making them more comfortable.
Their battery life is around 7 hours, so you might have to charge them daily if you use them at work, but if you use them for sports or commuting, they’ll last a few days. They have an IPX7 rating, so they should be sweat and water resistant.
Unfortunately, their battery life is not the best, and since they are wireless, they won’t be suitable for watching video content because of their high latency. They also come with a proprietary charging cradle that is restrictive and that you always need on you to charge them. On the upside, they come with multiple fit options for you to find the best fit and are great for sports. You can also look at the Jabra Elite Active 65t for a truly wireless option with customizable sound, but they are pricier.
If you like the Jaybird X4 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 X4, but they have a more comfortable fit. They deliver excellent, exciting bass and sound decent overall. Their active noise-canceling (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.
Unfortunately, the microphone performance is mediocre-at-best, especially compared to the far superior recording quality of the Jaybird X4. However, the QC 30 have an auto-off timer to preserve the battery, which also lasts 4 hours longer than the battery of the X4. They are versatile headphones that are worth considering if you travel a lot.
If you watch a lot of movies and don’t want any latency issues with wireless headphones, get the wired 1More Triple Driver In-Ear. These are typical in-ear headphones that pack a deep and consistent bass, but also a great overall audio reproduction. The materials feel durable and more high-end than what their look suggests.
You also won’t have to worry about battery life and charging them since they are simple, wired headphones and will work passively. It also means you won’t have any latency with these headphones, which is great for video content. They come with a surprising 9 tip options for you to find the most comfortable and stable fit.
On the downside, you’ll be limited to the cable length, and the typical in-ear fit might not be the most comfortable one. If you want a wired pair of headphones with a comfortable earbud fit, we suggest the Bose SoundTrue Ultra In-Ear.
If you’re looking for in-ear headphones that are built to last and don’t mind a more bare bones design, then it’s worth considering the KZ AS-10. They don’t sound quite as good as the 1More Triple Driver In-Ear, but they have a better build quality and a more stable fit. 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 plastic casing of the earbuds is made of a dense see-through plastic, which is not only a cool design choice but also feels quite solid.
They sound decent and deliver great bass, but the 1More Triple Driver sound more balanced overall. Some people may also find the fit of the KS AS-10 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.
The best earbuds for bass in the budget category are the Anker Soundcore Spirit X. These wireless in-ear headphones are very versatile and have overemphasized bass, which is great for bass-heavy genres and for working out to keep you pumped. They have an ear-hook design that is very stable for most sports, and they come with multiple fit options for a comfortable design.
They have a good 12-hour battery life that takes less than 2 hours to charge, which is great for in-ears in that price range. They also support Bluetooth 5.0, so you might get better wireless range and reliability than what we measured on our current test bench. They are also more sweat resistant than the similar Anker SoundBuds Curve.
However, they have thin cables, they aren’t the best at isolating noise passively, and like most Bluetooth headphones, they have high latency. On the upside, the Spirit X headphones offer one of the best value for your money and should suit most people.
If you like the ear-hook design of the Anker Soundcore Spirit X but are looking for a more balanced sounding alternative, without losing powerful bass, go with the JBL Endurance Sprint. They have a flashier look, and the ear-hooks are bigger than the Spirit X, but they isolate noise better. They have slightly worse battery life, but they have a touch-sensitive control scheme, which is a rare addition at this price range.
Unfortunately, the control scheme is very sensitive, 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 nice 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 earbud for bass to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper headphone wins over a pricier one 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/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.