Whether you're a seasoned athlete training for an upcoming event or like to go for a jog now and then, a good pair of sports-oriented wireless earbuds can make all the difference in your exercise routine. While many runners prefer going truly wireless, having a cable between your earbuds can be a benefit when you're working out in the gym. Truly wireless earbuds eliminate the annoying rustling sound you hear when a cable brushes against your shirt, also called microphonics. However, if you're receiving instructions from a coach or simply want to strike up a conversation with a friend, it's a lot easier to let your earbuds hang around your neck while they're not in use.
We’ve tested over 225 wireless earbuds and in-ear headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds for running and working out. Also, make sure to check out our recommendations for the best headphones for working out, the best wireless earbuds under $100, the best neckband headphones, and the best true wireless earbuds.
The best earbuds for working out and running we've tested are the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless. These earbuds designed for sports are very well-built and come with a few different sizes of stability fins. Once you find a good fit, they'll stay in your ears even during intense workouts. They have an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance and come with a case that has an IP54 rating, so you can throw it in your gym bag without worrying about damaging your earbuds. Their default sound profile is well-balanced, but fans of bass-heavy music might want more thump and rumble. Luckily, you can use the parametric EQ and presets in their companion app to customize it.
They have an ANC feature, but unfortunately, it doesn't have a good performance, so these headphones aren't ideal if noise cancelling is the priority. Their roughly five-hour continuous battery life is long enough for most runs. However, if you're worried about running out of power, the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless are a good alternative. They have a bulkier ear hook design and lack sound customization features, but are still a great choice for runs and have around 11 hours of continuous battery life.
The Jabra Elite 3 True Wireless are the best earbuds for running in the mid-range that we've tested. These in-ear headphones aren't as well-built as our top pick, but they have an IP55 rating for resistance against dust and water contact, so you don't need to worry about a bit of rain during a run outside. They don't have stability fins, but they are stable enough to stay in your ears during a workout and have a sleeker look.
Their bass-heavy sound profile adds rumble, punch, and boom to your audio to help keep you pumped up during your workout. The rest of the range is well-balanced, so they can work if you're more of a podcast person. There's also a companion app with a graphic EQ and presets that you can use to adjust their sound to suit your tastes. Like the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless, they don't have noise cancelling and aren't ideal for cutting out ambient sound, although they can cut out a decent amount of noise like background chit-chat. They have a longer battery life of roughly seven hours and come with a case that holds three extra charges. However, the case doesn't have an IP rating for dust and water resistance.
If you're looking for something more budget-friendly, the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless are the best earbuds for running we've tested at this price point. These cheaper headphones aren't as customizable as the Jabra Elite 3 True Wireless since they don't have a companion app, and they have a less comfortable fit for most people. Still, they feel sturdy and have stability fins to help keep them in your ears during runs. They're rated IPX5 for resistance against minor water exposure (but not dust).
Their bass-heavy sound profile brings some intense thump and rumble to your audio but is balanced enough for content like audiobooks. However, they don't come with an EQ or presets for sound customization. Similar to the Jabra, they last for around seven hours of continuous use. They stand out for their long total battery life—their case holds about 12.5 extra charges, so you can always pop the earbuds in the case if they run out of power. These earbuds also lack ANC, but they do a good job of passively blocking out noise, especially background conversations.
The JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless are the best cheap wireless earbuds for working out we've tested. These in-ears have a decently comfortable fit and are stable enough to stay in place during a run in the park or a workout at the gym. They're also rated IPX4 for resistance against being splashed with water. Unfortunately, they struggle to isolate you from sounds like traffic or workout machines at the gym. Their charging cable is built into the case, which some may find convenient but also means you need to replace the earbuds if it gets damaged.
Unlike many cheaper headphones, they come with three different EQ presets that you can use to customize their sound. You can toggle between them with the onboard controls. Using their flattest EQ preset, they have a bass-rich sound profile that adds extra thump, punch, and boom to your audio. They also provide more than nine hours of continuous battery life, so they'll easily last through a few workouts without needing a recharge. Their carrying case also holds roughly three extra charges.
The best Bluetooth earbuds for running outdoors that we've tested are Shokz OpenRun Bone Conduction. These buds don't enter your ears. Their design sits near your temples, allowing you to easily monitor your surroundings without pausing your audio, which keeps you safe while running or exercising outdoors. They also reproduce audio differently: they send vibrations along your bones to produce sound. It means they struggle to reproduce thump, rumble, and boom, which may be a dealbreaker if you like bass-heavy music. However, they can reproduce mids very well, so vocals and lead instruments sound clear and detailed, making them a solid choice for genres like podcasts.
They have a good build quality that's certified IP67 for dust and water immersion resistance, but their neckband feels a little thin and prone to damage over time. They have a comfortable fit, and since their design hooks over your ears, you don't have to worry about them moving around too much during your workout. They also last over 13 hours continuously and have a standby mode to help conserve battery life if you forget to turn them off.
Jan 13, 2023: Made minor updates to the text and checked that the products are in stock.
Nov 04, 2022: Made minor text updates and made sure the products are available at the right price point.
Aug 03, 2022: We've removed the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless as an alternative as well as some of the out-of-date picks in the Notable Mentions. We've also removed the Bose Sport Open Earbuds Truly Wireless as they're not currently available from most retailers.
May 05, 2022: Replaced the AfterShokz Aeropex Bone Conduction with the Shokz OpenRun Bone Conduction.
Mar 08, 2022: Verified that the picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are available.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best earbuds for working out and running for most people to buy 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 wireless in-ear headphones and earbuds. 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.