While most people prefer earbuds for sports, many find over-ear headphones more comfortable for light exercise. It can be hard to find the best over-ear headphones for the gym, though. They usually don't fit securely enough to stay in place while training and make you sweat more than usual. However, there are still a few Bluetooth options that could be a decent option for working out or running.
Most over-ear headphones aren't designed to withstand heavy physical activity - regularly working out with them could result in issues not covered by the manufacturer's warranty. None of the over-ears in this article are designed for sport, so you have to take extra care if you decide to use them while working out or running. Keep an eye on their performance, and give them lots of time to air out between training sessions.
We've tested over 320 over-ear headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best over-ear workout headphones. Also, check out our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds for running and working out or the best headphones for running.
The Sennheiser PXC 550-II Wireless are the best over-ear headphones for working out we've tested. These sleek and premium headphones have a stable, comfortable, and decently breathable fit suitable for tough sessions at the gym. Although they're a bit bulky, they also have an active noise cancelling (ANC) system, which can block out a great amount of background noise. They even deliver over 21 hours of continuous battery life and have a standby mode to help conserve battery life when you're not using them.
Out of the box, they have a bright and well-balanced sound profile suitable for most audio content. If you prefer a different sound, their companion app has a few EQ presets to help you adjust them to your liking. However, if you don't need sound customization features and you're an iPhone user, you may want to check out the Beats Studio3 Wireless instead. These over-ears have a W1 chip, which allows you to seamlessly pair them with your Apple devices. They also come in a lot more colors and are even more comfortable than the Sennheiser. However, their ANC doesn't perform as well.
If you're looking for more budget-friendly headphones, the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless are the best over-ear workout headphones in this price range that we've tested. While they don't have many extra features, these headphones have over 32 hours of continuous playback time, so they should easily last through long workouts without an issue. Thanks to their excited sound profile, the extra thump, kick, and boom they give to audio can help keep you pumped up at the gym.
While they don't have a companion app and lack robust customization controls, they have a bass effect feature that adds extra rumble and warmth to your audio. They also have an ANC system that does a good job of blocking out background noise, which you may prefer if you want to tune out ambient sound around you. Their comfortable and lightweight design is well-suited for the gym, but they're mostly plastic, and the hinges feel easily breakable. They can also move around your head if you're moving vigorously, ruining a workout if you have to keep adjusting their fit and positioning.
The most durable over-ear headphones for working out that we've tested are the TREBLAB Z7 Pro Wireless. Unlike most over-ears on the market, these well-built over-ears have an IP rating, a global standard that indicates dust and water resistance. They're certified IPX4 for resistance against water splashes and have a lightweight and comfortable design that makes them a solid choice for tough workouts. They also have good stability and won't fall off your head with low-intensity movements.
These headphones are equipped with an ANC system to help block out noise at the gym, and with this feature on, they have over 37 hours of continuous battery life. They also have a very excited sound profile with extra thump, rumble, and warmth. Vocals and lead instruments are bright and sparkly, but they lack any sound customization features to help you adjust their sound to your liking.
The Bose QuietComfort 45/QC45 Wireless are the most comfortable over-ear headphones for working out that we've tested. They have an amazingly comfortable fit, thanks to the plush padding around the ear cups and on the headband, which reduces the chances of fatigue if you're wearing them for long periods. Although they can fall off your head if you're running, they should stay in place with less vigorous head movements. They also have physical controls that are easy to use.
Like most other Bose headphones, they have an excellent ANC system that can help cut down noise at the gym. With the ANC on, they last over 21 hours continuously, and they're equipped with an auto-off timer if you forget to turn them off. Their neutral sound profile is well-suited for a variety of different audio content too, but you can tweak them to your liking using their companion app's graphic EQ and presets. They leak audio at high volumes, which may bother others around you.
The JΒL Live 660NC Wireless are the best over-ear headphones we've tested for running. If you like to run or jog and want headphones that can stay in place when you move around, they have good stability thanks to their fairly tight fit. Some people may fit their clamping force a bit fatiguing over time. They also have an 'Ambient Aware' mode that allows you to hear what's going on around you without pausing your audio, which is nice if you like to run outdoors.
They have an easy-to-use control scheme, and their battery lasts for more than 24 hours off a single charge. They also have a bass-heavy sound profile that packs a bit of extra thump and punch to help you stay pumped up during workouts. The rest of the range is well-balanced, so their sound is suitable for different genres. While they have an ANC system, it doesn't do a good job of blocking out bass-range noise, so they aren't the best choice if you want to cut down background noise.
Jun 01, 2022: We've added the TREBLAB Z7 Pro Wireless as 'Most Durable Over-Ear Headphones For Working Out' as they're IP certified, which is very uncommon for over-ears.
May 06, 2022: Added the Razer Opus Wireless 2021 to Notable Mentions.
Apr 06, 2022: Replaced the Plantronics BackBeat Go 600 Wireless with the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless as the Plantronics are no longer available. Also added the Bose QuietComfort 45/QC45 Wireless as 'Most Comfortable Over-Ear Headphones For Working Out'.
Mar 07, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are available.
Feb 11, 2022: Checked that picks that represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best wireless over-ear headphones for working out 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 of over-ear headphones, ranked by their suitability for sports and fitness. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones. Personal taste, preference, and where you use the headphones will matter more in your selection.