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. 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. These headphones 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 want something that’s even better suited for going to the gym, go for the Mpow Flame Pro, the best bass earbuds for sports that we've tested. They aren’t quite as well-built or portable as the Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless, but they're substantially cheaper and have a more stable fit thanks to their ear-hook design. They’re best suited to EDM and hip-hop since their sound profile is quite bass-heavy and a little on the boomy side, overwhelming more delicate instrumentals and vocals. They also lack any app support to change their sound profile if it’s not to your liking. On the plus side, they have a much longer continuous battery life of just under 12 hours and a case that holds an additional three charges.
Get the Jabra if you’re looking for a pair of ultra-portable premium headphones to cope with the daily grind. However, if you intend to use them mostly for your workouts and need a more stable fit, consider the Mpow.
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 so far.
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 like the freedom of truly wireless earbuds but don’t want to spend a fortune on a decent bass-heavy pair, go for the SoundPeats TrueFree/True Wireless. They might not feel as comfortable as the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019, and they only have a single button control scheme on each bud, which can make it a bit harder to control them, but they still have a very powerful and punchy bass. Their fit also isolates a lot of ambient noise to help you focus on your music. You can easily fit the case in your pockets, but unfortunately, it doesn't have a closed lid, so the earbuds aren't that well protected once they're in. Their battery life is also a bit disappointing at only around three hours of continuous playback. For a slightly more expensive pair of truly wireless headphones, take a look at the Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless, but consider that they aren't as bass-heavy as the SoundPeats.
Overall, get the Anker if you need something with 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.
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.