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 best wireless earbuds for bass that we've tested to date are the Jabra Elite Active 75t. These truly wireless headphones are small and lightweight, making them quite comfortable for a pair of in-ear headphones. They have physically clicky buttons, which are decently easy to use, and they feel very well built overall. They're rated IP57 for dust resistance and waterproofing, though this isn't something we currently test for. If you don't care much about water resistance, you may want to consider the Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless, which perform almost identically but have a lower IP rating.
Their out-of-the-box sound profile is decently well-balanced, but they have a surprising amount of extra thump. While their bass isn't overpowering, the over-emphasis in low-bass means that the low frequencies found in EDM or some hip-hop will be very full and thumpy. They're also compatible with Jabra's good Sound+ app so you can customize the way they sound via a 5-band graphic EQ, so you can add even more bass if you want it.
Unfortunately, they don't isolate much background noise, and they don't have an ANC feature to help with this. Their battery life also didn't last as long as advertised, which is a shame. On the bright side, they still last 6.5 hours off a single charge, which is slightly higher than average for a pair of truly wireless headphones, and their small case gives you an additional three charges, which is nice. Overall, if you want a pair of wireless earbuds that will give you some extra thump and kick, these are a great choice.
If you want something to take with you to the gym, go for the Mpow Flame Pro, the best bass wireless earbuds for sports that we've tested to date. They aren't as small and versatile as the Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless, but their ear-hook design makes them feel much more stable in the ear, and they're rated IPX8 for better waterproofing, though we don't test this. Their sound profile is very bass-heavy, and fans of EDM or hip-hop will love the extra kick and thump keeping them motivated in the gym. Unfortunately, they lack in mid and treble, so they aren't a good option for more vocal-centric genres, and they don't have a companion app to customize the sound. On the bright side, their battery lasts nearly 12 hours off a single charge, and their case provides an additional three charges.
If you want something smaller and better suited to use as your daily headphones, go for the Jabra, but if you want something with a higher IP rating, and a more stable ear-hook design, get the Mpow.
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 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 these 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.
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, removed overall number of picks.
11/21/2019: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
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.