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. 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 earbuds for sports that we've tested to date. These wireless headphones 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.
The best earbuds for bass that have a wired design we've reviewed so far are the 1More Triple Driver. If you're someone that doesn't want Bluetooth headphones because you don't want to mess with connection issues or even latency, then a wired pair of headphones is the way to go. These in-ears are fairly comfortable and they come with a lot of different tip options to help you find the best possible fit.
Their sound signature is quite well-balanced and they have a good punchy bass as well. Some people might feel like they're a bit muddy, but they still suit themselves quite well for bass-heavy genres. The build quality is decent and the metal housing feels and looks high-end. They also have a straightforward in-line remote to control your music, which also houses a surprisingly good microphone.
Unfortunately, the cables are a bit thin, which seems to be the overall weak point of the headphones. They also don't have any compatible app for easy customization. Nevertheless, if you like bass-heavy content and watch a lot of action-packed movies and don't want any audio delay, these are a great option.
The best earbuds for bass in the budget category that we've tested so far 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, then go for the SoundPeats TrueFree. They might not feel as comfortable as the Anker, 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 3 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.
05/19/2020: Minor text and structure changes; 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.