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, making them better suited for use while exercising.
We’ve tested over 260 earbuds and in-ears, and below are our picks for the best bass-heavy 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. Check out our recommendations for the best earbuds, the best wireless earbuds, and the best earbuds with a mic.
The JBL Live Pro+ TWS True Wireless are the best earbuds for bass that we've tested. If you prefer a truly wireless design, these buds have a lightweight and comfortable fit that's easy to take with you on the go. They also last just under seven hours continuously while their carrying case holds an extra three charges.
Out of the box, these buds have a bass-heavy sound profile that delivers extra thump, punch, and boom to mixes. If you want even more bass, their companion app has a parametric EQ and presets to help you finetune their sound. These headphones have a comfortable and stable in-ear fit and are well-built. Their active noise cancelling (ANC) system does a great job of blocking out a wide range of background noise.
While bass-heavy headphones can make action-packed scenes in movies sound more intense, these buds have high Bluetooth latency on PCs as well as on Android and iOS devices. As a result, you may notice that your audio and visuals fall out of sync. However, if you mostly use your headphones for music, the JBL pack a punch, making them the best wireless earbuds with bass that we've tested.
The 1More Triple Driver are the best wired 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, meaning 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, 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. There have been user reports of receiving electric shocks from their units too. 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 Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless are the best bass-heavy earbuds under $100 that we've tested. These wallet-friendly in-ears deliver a thumpy and boomy sound well-suited for genres like EDM and hip-hop. Although their sound isn't as customizable as the JBL Live Pro+ TWS True Wireless, their companion app's graphic EQ and presets still offer the possibility to customize their sound if you want more punch and boom.
These buds have an ANC system that can block out an excellent amount of background sound, like the low rumble of bus engines and office chatter. Their comfortable and stable in-ear fit and durable build are certified IPX5 for resistance against direct water contact, meaning you can use them during a jog outdoors without an issue. Although they have under six hours of continuous playback time, their carrying case holds four additional charges, which is handy in a pinch.
Unfortunately, they don't have any power-saving features to help conserve battery life when you're not using them. They also have high Bluetooth latency on PCs, iOS, and Android devices by default, and you may notice lip-syncing issues if you're streaming video. On the upside, they have a low latency mode, which helps lower audio lag within acceptable limits.
The Beats Flex Wireless are the best budget earbuds for bass we've tested. While they tend to fluctuate in price, these colorful neck cable headphones deliver an overemphasized bass response that's worth checking out. Their bass adds extra thump, punch, and boom to your audio, which can help keep you pumped up when listening to your favorite mixes.
They have a comfortable, stable fit and a good build quality. Their battery provides about 11 hours of continuous use, so you don't need to recharge during a 9-5 workday, and they take just over an hour to recharge, which is quick. They have a W1 chip, making it easier to pair them with Apple devices. While they lack an active noise cancelling feature, they do a good job of passively isolating you from mid-range noise like ambient conversations.
Unfortunately, they struggle to isolate you from bass-range noises, so they aren't ideal if you're looking for headphones that can cut out the sound of rumbling bus engines during your commute. Their companion app also lacks features like a graphic EQ or presets that you could use to customize their sound profile. If you like their neck cable design, they offer a dose of extra thump and boom that can please bassheads.
If you want earbuds with even better battery performance, you may prefer the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless. They aren't as comfortable as the Beats Flex Wireless, but they come with a portable carrying case that can store about 12.5 additional charges, which gives them a very long total battery life of nearly 100 hours. Their sound profile also brings extra rumble, punch, and boom to your audio, so they're well-suited for bass-rich genres like EDM and hip-hop. They're even better at passively isolating you from mid-range noise like ambient conversations, which can help reduce distractions at work. Unfortunately, their latency with PCs as well as Android and iOS devices is high, so you may notice audio syncing issues if you use them to watch videos.
Consider the Βeats you want a more comfortable fit or headphones with a W1 chip for easier pairing with your Apple devices, but try the Anker if longer total battery life is more of a priority.
Apr 29, 2022: We've removed the Sony WI-SP600N Wireless from the Notable Mentions as they're no longer available. There have also been minor updates to the text for accuracy.
Mar 02, 2022: Replaced the Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless with the JBL Live Pro+ TWS True Wireless as the JBL have a slightly better overall performance. Also added the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless as 'Best Earbuds For Bass Under $100'.
Jan 05, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.
Nov 08, 2021: Checked our picks for accuracy and product availability. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
Sep 09, 2021: Checked our picks for accuracy and product availability. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best bassy-heavy earbuds 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.