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The 6 Best Wireless Earbuds For Running And Working Out - Summer 2022 Reviews

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Best Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds For Running

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 215 wireless earbuds and in-ear headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best options 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.


  1. Best Wireless Earbuds For Running And Working Out

    The best wireless earbuds for runs and workouts are the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless. These earbuds are well-built, lightweight, and have a comfortable fit. They're also rated IP68 for dust and water resistance and have stability fins to help them stay in your ears during workouts.

    Their default sound profile is well-balanced and should be suitable for different types of content and genres. Fans of bass-heavy music may find they lack some thump and rumble, but you can use the parametric EQ and presets in their companion app to customize their sound. The onboard controls are easy to use and can be remapped in the app, so you shouldn't need to pull out your phone to change the track or turn up the volume.

    Unfortunately, even though they have ANC, they struggle to block out background sound, so they aren't ideal if you want to isolate yourself from noise at the gym. However, they leak almost no audio, so you can crank up the volume without worrying about bothering people nearby, and they're a great choice if you want wireless earbuds for working out.

    See our review

  2. Ear-Hook Alternative

    If you prefer the fit and feel of wireless earbuds with ear hooks, check out the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless. These headphones aren't as well-built as the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless and are only rated IPX4 for water resistance, but they have sturdy, malleable ear hooks to help keep them from slipping out of place during workouts. They're also similarly comfortable and stable, and their battery lasts for more than 11 hours off a single charge. They have an H1 chip for easy pairing with Apple devices. However, unlike the Jaybird, they lack sound customization features like an EQ or presets.

    If you want better-built or more comfortable earbuds, try the Jaybird, but consider the Beats instead if you like their ear hook design for intense workouts.

    See our review

  3. Best Wireless Earbuds For Running Outdoors

    The Βose Sport Open Earbuds Truly Wireless are the best Bluetooth earbuds for running outdoors that we've tested. Their design doesn't cover or block your ears, so you can easily stay aware of your surroundings and listen to audio at the same time. They have ear hooks to help give them a stable fit, so they stay in place even during intense workouts.

    They're very sturdy and rated IPX4 for water resistance, meaning they can withstand minor water exposure like very light rain. While their open-ear design means they don't reproduce the thump and rumble of low bass, their sound packs a bit of extra boom to help keep you pumped up during long runs. Their mid-range response is also very neutral, so voices reproduce clearly, which is important if you like to listen to podcasts or audiobooks while you exercise. Their battery lasts for about nine hours off of a single charge.

    Unfortunately, they use a proprietary charging cable, making it more difficult to borrow a replacement if you forget it at home. They also lack app support and don't come with any sound customization features like an EQ or presets. Otherwise, they're a great choice for runners or anyone who wants to hear their surroundings during workouts.

    See our review

  4. Bone Conduction Alternative

    If you're looking for bone conduction headphones for running outdoors, you may prefer the Shokz OpenRun Bone Conduction. They reproduce less bass than the Bose Sport Open Earbuds Truly Wireless, so your audio lacks body as well as thump and rumble, but you may prefer their bone conduction design. Since they reproduce sound with vibrations against your temples, they fit like a pair of glasses and don't put pressure on your ears, making them more comfortable for most listeners. They also have a high IP67 rating for dust and water resistance and a long continuous battery life of about 13 hours. They also support multi-device pairing. Unfortunately, unlike the similar but pricier Shokz OpenRun Pro Bone Conduction, they don't have app support or any sound customization features.

    If you're looking for headphones that reproduce more bass, go for the Bose, but try the Shokz if you're looking for bone conduction headphones or a more comfortable fit.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Wireless Earbuds For Working Out

    The Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless are the best budget wireless earbuds for working out that we've tested. These sturdy and well-built headphones are certified IPX5 for protection against direct water contact. They also come with a variety of stability fins and ear tip sizes, so once you get a good fit, they shouldn't fall out of your ears, even if you're doing high-intensity workouts.

    These in-ears have a bass-heavy sound profile that can help keep you pumped up during tough reps. Although they lack active noise cancelling (ANC), they can passively block out a good amount of ambient noise around you. They have over seven hours of continuous battery life, and their carrying case supplies roughly 12.5 additional charges. That means their total battery life is just under 100 hours, which is incredible.

    Unfortunately, they have a pretty simple design. As a result, they don't have any sound customization features to help adjust their sound to your liking, and they lack volume controls. However, if you're looking for more affordable headphones for working out, they're a solid choice.

    See our review

  6. Best Cheap Wireless Earbuds For Working Out

    The JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless are the best cheap wireless earbuds for working out that 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.

    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 should easily last through a few workouts without any need to recharge. Their carrying case also holds roughly three extra charges.

    Unfortunately, they don't have an ANC feature and don't do a good job of isolating you from sounds like traffic or workout machines at the gym. Their charging cable is also built into the case, which some may find convenient but also means you need to replace the earbuds if it gets damaged. Otherwise, they're a solid, inexpensive option if you're looking for headphones to take to the gym.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Bose Sport Earbuds Truly Wireless: The Bose Sport Earbuds Truly Wireless are very stable in-ears with great build quality. However, they aren't as customizable as the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless. See our review
  • Jabra Elite 7 Active True Wireless: The Jabra Elite 7 Active True Wireless are sports-oriented headphones with a stable in-ear fit and IP57 rating for dust and water resistance. However, they lack stability fins, and their carrying case isn't as stable as that of the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless. See our review
  • Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless: The Apple AirPods Pro are suitable truly wireless headphones with an excellent ANC. However, unlike the Jaybird Tarah Pro, their companion app is very limited, and it doesn't have a parametric EQ or presets. See our review
  • Beats Flex Wireless: The Beats Flex Wireless are budget-friendly neck cable headphones with a W1 chip, which allows you to seamlessly pair them with Apple devices. However, they lack an advertised IP rating, and some users may find that the cables leading to the earbuds are a bit long. See our review
  • JBL UA True Wireless Flash: The JBL UA True Wireless Flash are great truly wireless in-ears for sports but have mediocre battery life and aren't as customizable or comfortable as our top picks. See our review
  • JBL Endurance Peak Truly Wireless: The JBL Endurance Peak are great truly wireless in-ears for sports with a durable design and stable fit. They have an accurate audio reproduction but are bulky and have an overly sensitive control scheme. See our review
  • Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless: The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds are a good alternative to the Bose Sport Earbuds Truly Wireless, courtesy of their superior battery life and highly effective noise cancellation feature. However, they aren't as compact, stable, or comfortable. See our review
  • AfterShokz Trekz Air Bone Conduction: The AfterShokz Trekz Air Bone Conduction are uniquely designed bone conduction headphones that let you pay attention to the outside world while you wear them. They struggle to deliver audio consistently and have a shorter battery life than the Bose Sport Open Earbuds Truly Wireless. See our review
  • Sony WF-SP800N Truly Wireless: The Sony WF-SP800N are noise cancelling truly wireless in-ears designed for sports. They have an impressively stable fit, feel well-built, and have a long continuous battery life, but they lack any onboard volume control, which could be an annoyance if you want to adjust while you're out running. See our review
  • Jabra Elite 85t Truly Wireless: The Jabra Elite 85t are truly wireless in-ears that are a viable alternative to the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless, courtesy of their wide range of sound customization features, great build quality, and a decently effective ANC system. However, they have shorter continuous battery life and a less stable fit. See our review
  • JBL Live Pro+ TWS True Wireless: The JBL Live Pro+ TWS True Wireless are truly wireless in-ears rated IPX4 for water resistance. They aren't as stable as the Beats Powerbeats Pro and have a much shorter continuous battery life. However, they have a much better control scheme and a great ANC feature, making them a solid alternative if you want noise cancelling earbuds for the gym. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 05, 2022: Replaced the AfterShokz Aeropex Bone Conduction with the Shokz OpenRun Bone Conduction.

  2. Mar 08, 2022: Verified that the picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are available.

  3. Jan 11, 2022: Made the JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless the 'Best Cheap Wireless Earbuds For Working Out'. Added the Jabra Elite 7 Active True Wireless to Notable Mentions.

  4. Nov 12, 2021: Replaced the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless with the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless as the Jaybird offer more versatile performance. Also replaced the FIIL T1X True Wireless with the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless and replaced the Beats Flex Wireless with the JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless.

  5. Sep 13, 2021: Replaced the Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless with the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless as the 'Best Wireless Earbuds For Working Out' because the Tarah aren't currently available. There were no other changes to product picks.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best Bluetooth earbuds for running and working out 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.

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